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What are Signs of Bathroom Water Damage?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can Help Locate and Remediate Lake Worth Water Damage

Homeowners dealing with water damage will agree that it can be quite a headache. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two most common areas of the home that suffer from various kinds of water damage. Bathrooms often have at least three water sources between the sink, the shower or bathtub, and the toilet. As such, there are multiple places where leakage can occur. On top of dealing with leakage, bathrooms also create a lot of humidity from steamy showers or baths. When moisture levels rise in a small space like a bathroom, several potential issues can result.

Living in South Florida means hot days and nights, which means you need a well-functioning bathroom to clean up. Therefore, homeowners need to be aware of the most common signals that water damage may be present. The following are some of the most typical Lake Worth bathroom water damage signs: 

  • Damp, musty smells
  • Floor damage like buckled, cracked, or stained tiles/wood
  • Noticeable issues with discolored walls, warped walls, or wet walls
  • Mold presence on the walls, ceiling, or corners
  • Gaps between the grouting/calking 

The ability to pinpoint possible water damage signs in your bathroom is critical to minimizing the overall damage and cost to repair. While something like an overflowing sink, tub, or toilet is an apparent cause of bathroom water damage, other issues may present themselves much slower and inconspicuously.

If and when you notice that your bathroom has some water issues, you must be proactive in seeking help. Our team of highly trained bathroom water damage professionals attacks the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth today to learn more! (561) 588-9777 

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What Happens if Water Stagnates Too Long After an Incident?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Suggests Prompt Water Damage Repair Lessens the Cost and Extent of Damage to Your Lake Worth Property 

Even if you catch a water incident within your home quickly to turn off the water supply, what happens in the hours to come is extremely important. Many accidents involving water in your home allow moisture to seep into cracks and crevices. This water invisible to the untrained eye can present a challenge due to the onset of secondary damage and mold and bacterial growth. Calling in skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) to your Lake Worth home is smart to handle the situation. 

How Do You Handle Water Damage? 

  • We are on standby 24/7 to address any size or scope project, allowing us to quickly and efficiently handle your water damage repair in Lake Worth.
  • Our IICRC-Certified team follows proven protocols for salvaging as much as possible from the affected area, including your personal belongings, furnishings, and structural materials.
  • The advanced equipment we bring to each job facilitates fast, effective water extraction and drying to make your home's interior "Like it never even happened" once we wrap up the project. 

With any water loss incident, relative humidity plays a significant role in our ability to meet our drying goals. We carefully plan out how many air movers, fans, heaters, and dehumidifiers are necessary to bring the humidity levels down safely. To ensure we are on the right track, our team uses moisture sensor technology to determine areas where moisture might be lurking. Common areas for hidden moisture after a water loss event in a residential building include the subfloor, ceilings, wall cavities, and behind the baseboards. 

Call (561) 588-9777 to enlist the help of our team at SERVPRO of Lake Worth. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we are ready to address your water damage repair needs. 

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How do Plumbing Failures Cause Water Damage?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has the Know How to Remediate Water Damage in West Palm Beach 

Whether your West Palm Beach home suffers from a sudden plumbing emergency or the long-term effects of an unnoticed slow leak fast and expert help delivers a superior result. Although it might seem like the harm from a smaller leak is easily managed with do-it-yourself efforts, the reality is any water loss needs assessment and then mitigation by trained disaster restoration technicians. Our team is reliable, insightful, and an industry leader.  

Water damage inflicts far-reaching effects on your West Palm Beach abode. With a water emergency, the visible issues are often just a glimpse of a much more severe and progressively destructive problem. Professional evaluation, project planning, and implementation of the tasks required can restore and preserve the integrity and comfort of your home.  

When the SERVPRO team arrives, an experienced project manager inspects the scene. We map out the extent of the water damage, which frequently involves using advanced technology like thermal scanning. Trapped water under cabinets or behind walls can complicate what seems like minor damage from a loose connection or cracked pipe or hose. More major flooding, such as that from a broken water heater, also migrates into cracks and crevices. Our professionals know how to locate all the excess moisture to ensure our efforts completely solve the problem. 

Standing water more in-depth than a couple of inches removes quickly with our submersible pumps. Wanded extractors take over, more efficient at pulling moisture spread over vast expanses and joints between floors and walls. SERVPRO service vehicles carry these tools as well as more specialized equipment like floor mats utilizing a negative pressure system to suction water up from several layers of hardwood and subflooring.  

Our IICRC-trained technicians take moisture measurements of the building materials affected to inform our determination of drying goals. After removing the liquid, the SERVPRO green trucks provide air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. They assist in pulling moisture out of porous structural components into the air as vapor and then condensing or absorbing the vapor for removal.  

Making it, “Like it never even happened,” demands precise moisture measurement, skilled water cleanup, and thorough structural drying courtesy of the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Worth. Schedule an assessment by calling us 24/7 at (561) 588-9777.  

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Does Water Intrusion Disappear by Itself in my Palm Beach Home?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Enacting water restoration early on can help you to avoid further costs in the future.

Without Addressing the Root Cause of a Water Issue, your Palm Beach Home Can Continue to Sustain Harm

How long should I wait before calling professional restorers?

A water issue in your property is only going to get worse without professional intervention from a certified Palm Beach restorer. Property restoration can seem like an inconvenience to your everyday life, often causing homeowners to avoid the problem or hope it disappears by itself. In our experience, minor property leakages can undergo quick restoration causing minimum inconvenience to the homeowner. However, a long-term water exposure issue can cause structural harm or mold infestation and could force a temporary move out. SERVPRO can reduce future losses in your home by performing timely mitigation and restoration.

How can I dry beneath a wet carpet?

Carpet cleaning is a common requirement when using water damage restoration services here in Palm Beach. Sometimes it can be time-consuming to lift a carpet from the floor altogether because it requires moving furniture and other items out of the affected area. One workaround for dealing with wet carpets is to float the carpet. Floating a carpet involves detaching it from the seams and baseboard before placing the supply of an air-mover beneath the carpet. Centrifugal air-movers are powerful enough to circulate warm, dry air beneath the carpet, restoring the underside and the subfloor below. If possible, SERVPRO technicians use carpet floating to reduce the inconvenience to a homeowner as well as the overall time-frame of restoration.

What restoration is available for wet carpets?

    •    Removal, disposal, and replacement of a damp carpet pad
    •    Thorough drying and pre-conditioning of the carpet fibers
    •    Buffering to return carpet fibers to their preloss condition

Enacting water restoration early on can help you to avoid further costs in the future. Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777.

How Can I Get the Water Out of My Carpet?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water removal from carpet Water damage in your Lake Worth home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO techs have the advanced equipment to restore the carpets in Lake Worth properties.

Many factors determine how much restoration potential a carpet has after a water loss in the home. It is important to begin cleanup efforts as rapidly as possible before the water has a chance to migrate under the carpet and into the subfloor or lower levels of your property. The longer the mitigation efforts get delayed, the more potential for secondary losses. 

Does My Carpet Have Water Damage If It Feels Dry But Smells Musty?

You may have water damage in your Lake Worth carpet if you notice it feels dry to the touch, but you smell a steady musty odor. This is often the result of drying only the top of the carpet fibers, and the pad and/or backing remain damp before. This can create a perfect environment for mold spore germination as well as deteriorate the carpet backing and padding underneath. 

When SERVPRO technicians handle wet carpet, they perform multiple applications to ensure the best outcome, including: 

  • Testing the carpet fibers to choose the best cleaning agents
  • Extraction using professional equipment for maximum moisture removal
  • Drying using high-velocity air movers and pull out any embedded moisture left behind
  • Deep steam cleaning to remove water spots and sanitize the carpet

Specialized Drying Techniques Dry the Underside of Carpet

SERVPRO techs dry carpet from the bottom up when necessary. They loosen one side and use the air movers to direct the flow underneath. Other methods involve putting plastic barriers over the specific loss area and forcing warm, dry air into that space only. 

As the first sign of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777. The certified technicians are available 24/7 to assist local homeowners with any size water loss. 

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What to Do After Large Scale Water Damage in Lake Worth Homes

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO’s How To For Water Damage

There are many ways a home can get hit with massive water damage. Hot water tank failures dump tens of gallons of water rapidly, a pipe burst when the homeowner is away or asleep can result in copious amounts of water before the water gets turned off. When disasters like this occur, knowing the actions to take can assist in lessening the loss to both the structure and contents. 

After interior water damage happens in Lake Worth homes, there are actions a homeowner can take to get ahead in the cleanup efforts before SERVPRO team members arrive on-site such as: 

  • Mop or use towels to blot excessive water
  • Wipe water from wood furnishings
  • Unplug and remove lamps if it is safe to do so
  • If upholstered furniture is wet, prop the cushions up 
  • Place foil or blocks under solid wood furniture legs and wet carpet, so the stain does not bleed into the fibers creating a permanent stain
  • carpeting.
  • Pick up magazines, printed materials, and colored rugs from wet carpet to prevent stains
  • Remove framed art and photographs on the walls to another area of the home away from the elevated humidity conditions

Inspection on Arrival by SERVPRO 

The technicians carefully scope the home to determine all areas of water migration. This attention to detail ensures during the extraction and drying phases; no water gets left behind. When homeowners have already moved small objects and prevented the bleeding of dyes and stains onto the wet carpet, it allows the mitigation to go that must faster.

Even Drying of the Structure and Contents

When SERVPRO technicians set up their drying equipment, they are careful to deploy air movers and dehumidification equipment in numbers that work to bring down the ambient air moisture levels at roughly the same pace. Hence, the structure dries evenly and on schedule. The techs monitor the process by taking air readings while the equipment is running to ensure the process stays on schedule. 

When water damage is the problem, SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 is the solution. The certified techs have the experience and equipment to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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Wherever Condensation Forms, Water Damage can Take Hold in Your West Palm Beach House

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Water damage to your West Palm Beach can take completely over your home.

Moisture content in your West Palm Beach home's air fluctuates and can vary between different rooms. Many of the things your family does everyday uses water. Most of these use hot water, but heat does not always play a role in how humid your home might be at any given moment. Even cool water, like from your refrigerator's drip pan, can raise the amount of water vapor in the kitchen.

Dampness trapped within your property in West Palm Beach makes water damage much more likely to occur. We can help you prevent this from happening, or mitigate any current, existing deterioration. However, preventing situations that might cause problems typically cost homeowners less than mitigation and restoration. 

Preventing problematic situations also protects contents like furniture and personal belongings, increasing its cost-effectiveness. It is possible to do the majority of these measures easily, as well. 

One of the most effective ways that significantly decreases water vapor in the air is checking the ducts between the vent to the outside and the bathroom, stove, and dryer for leaks. Tiny holes that seem inconsequential cost increase your monthly expenses because not only do these allow steam to exit the ducts before all of it gets pushed outside by an exhaust fan, small breaks and tears can force your system to work harder. This can wear out your system's components faster and raise your monthly electric bill. Our building services crew can help by inspecting your house's ventilation system and repairing any worn areas.

Other ways that a homeowner can decrease the water vapor content include not opening the dishwasher until it has completely cooled inside, running the exhaust fan when cooking or showering, cleaning out the clothes dryer lint trap, and using the air conditioner when the weather is humid. Making sure that any air conditioner units installed in a window drain properly can also help prevent water damage. Checking to make sure that the drip pan under the refrigerator is level can protect the floor, also.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth also responds to residents' needs in Ocean Ridge, Palm Springs,and Manalapan. Call (561) 588-9777 for water damage experts who can help with both preventative measures and any mitigation, cleanup, or restoration needed.

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Positive and Negative Impacts of Actions Taken After Water Damage Incidents in West Palm Beach

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Let us show you the correct way with your West Palm Beach water damage. 

Water spills cause many problems and might even force you to seek alternative accommodation until they are resolved. You might consider taking different steps to resolve the issue. However, it is crucial to understand the full impact of any action taken before you start. Alternatively, you can engage a professional that deals with water damage restoration to ensure every action taken is helpful.

Impact of fast water removal

Removing the water that intrudes into unwanted areas of your property is crucial for the restoration of a water damage incident in West Palm Beach. Speedy water removal has a positive impact because apart from assisting with faster recovery of the loss, it also helps minimize secondary damage and chances of microbial growth. However, fast extraction can sometimes lead to a negative outcome. For example, if the incident floods your basement, fast extraction can destabilize the walls. Our SERVPRO technicians pump out only two to three

The Impact of deodorization

After water intrusion in a structure, deterioration of materials and processes such as microbial growth start, which leads to the development of bad odor. Deodorization can help manage such odors by neutralizing them or masking them with a sweet scent. The deodorization process can be performed in different ways including;

  • Use of time-release beads
  • Fogging
  • Use of activated oxygen
  • Direct Spraying
  • Use of Air Filtration Devices

Each deodorization method works differently. For example, activated oxygen combines with odor molecules, neutralizing them while fogging delivers the deodorizing agent in tiny particles that penetrate deep into materials. Sometimes deodorization can have some unintended consequences. Ozone can react with moisture causing a bleaching action, so it is not ideal for deodorizing wet carpets or upholstery. Our SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in the use of odor control products and procedures, allowing us to choose the most suitable method for your loss site.

Evaluation of each action taken to restore water damage is crucial for a positive outcome. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss Practical Tips For Cleaning Your Water Damaged Home In West Palm Beach

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Practical Tips For Cleaning Water Damage In West Palm Beach

Cleaning up after any disaster in your West Palm Beach home can be problematic enough, but after natural disasters like severe storms and hurricanes hit the coastline, your home can require more than traditional cleaning efforts. Many seek the experience and training of professional restorers after loss incidents like this, and our team has an entire division of skilled cleaning technicians able to address each facet of recovery your home requires.

Hurricanes and other severe storms present an increased likelihood of structural damages and water damage in West Palm Beach properties. While many of these situations require the advanced equipment and detection tools available to our SERVPRO team, there are practical steps that a homeowner can take to reduce their immediate loss and ultimate out-of-pocket expense during this water restoration process to follow. There are also ways that you can begin cleaning and debris removal safely so that you are one step closer to preloss condition.

Clean Up Loose Debris and Rubbish – Cleaning up your home after a disaster might seem insurmountable, but it is often a matter of getting rid of the most significant heaps and piles of debris. Once removed, cleanup can feel much less daunting and challenging.

Avoid Standing Water – Standing water could become contaminated with foreign bacteria or any manner of additional threats. Until you're fully aware of the risks and have the appropriate personal protective equipment to address it, you should avoid standing water.

Get Air Moving – Air circulation, especially from equipment like our SERVPRO team uses like air movers, can help to begin drying out exposed materials and help to reduce moist and damp areas of the house that can promote mold growth.

Utilize Higher Ground – Protecting your belongings is a staple of the recovery work that our professionals undertake with our arrival at your home. To prevent valuable contents remaining exposed to excessive moisture or rising waters, you can move them to a new location that is sure to stay dry and unaffected by the changing conditions.

Severe weather events like hurricanes can be devastating to homes and commercial properties, but our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team is here to help however you need. We are local and arrive quickly to help with effective mitigation solutions. Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.

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Plumbing and Water Damage Problems in West Palm Beach? Hurry and Call SERVPRO for Restoration

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Call Us to Your West Palm Beach Home to Remove Water and Restore Your Property After a Major Leak

Aging Fixtures Can Cause Water Damage in West Palm Beach Homes

Corrosion of bathroom fixtures is a substantial problem for many West Palm Beach homes. While the simple combination of oxygen, water, and carbon dioxide can be enough to mar the appearance of these faucets and other elements, other present minerals in the water supply can also attribute to this unappealing result, or worse yet, the deterioration of these fixtures to the point of breaches in the plumbing system.

Water damage in West Palm Beach that results because of the erosion and degradation of bathroom and shower fixtures can present a rapidly worsening disaster. Until you can get the valves shutoff to the specific fixture, or the entire household, water can continually find a path to this opening, as this is the area of pressure loss in your pressurized plumbing system. Combating mineral deposits and harmful substances in the water can prove challenging though, as many homeowners do not recognize a severe problem until they need our SERVPRO restoration services.
 
Surface water treatment is a common practice for the area, pulling from larger reservoirs and natural water sources. The general practice here is to add in disinfecting products, often concentrated chlorine, which can kill off any threats or foreign substances in the public water supply. What chlorine does not address, however, are minerals like iron, manganese, magnesium, and fluoride. Higher concentrations of specific minerals can damage plumbing, especially in times where water gets held in the pipes for prolonged periods.
 
Once degradation has begun, even in areas like showerheads or sink faucets, it is challenging to stop or even slow. SERVPRO can provide fast service to remove standing water and then address excess moisture and restore a normal RH level. Whole-house filters can help to reduce the presence of mineral deposits in the water supply, which can prolong the life of your plumbing. If the damage has already occurred, and fixtures must get replaced, you should consider these filters with the installation of these new elements to encourage the longevity of your entire system.
 
Plumbing breaches can be devastating for your household as the water can spread quickly from the bathroom through neighboring areas.

 Our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We have ready trailers prepared to roll out from our facility to help with substantial water loss incidents 24/7. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (561) 588-9777.

How to Dry Your West Palm Beach Home After Locating Standing Water

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

This leaking hot water heater created a mess!. SERVPRO was able to thoroughly dry the home and get it back to its preloss condition.

Removing Standing Water from Your West Palm Beach Home

Water loss incidents persisting long enough to create a standing water situation in your West Palm Beach residence can be an overwhelming circumstance for homeowners. Finding the right equipment and the best approach to handle these effects fast and effectively requires a quick response. As soon as you recognize an emergency developing, you need to react immediately with preventative measures and powerful tools available through specialty locations like major chain hardware superstores. 

There are many machines and practices that our SERVPRO professionals use to address water removal in West Palm Beach houses. The objective is first to determine the cause of the water damage and what must occur to both to repair this problem and to stop the supply pouring out temporarily. Since you need to stop water flow to repair plumbing and fixture concerns successfully, find your shutoff valve where your service enters the property. Turning off the water supply prevents further water movement so that you can assess the severity of the plumbing issues and begin drying and cleaning. 

Even our SERVPRO professionals utilize sump pumps and wet-vacs for specific scenarios. Many homeowners already own a wet-dry vac, especially considering the likelihood of severe weather threats to the coast. With some patience, you can extract the bulk of saturation and standing water from flooring materials with this machine. 

Dehumidification units and drying fans like the air-movers that our professionals use in water loss recovery are also available for rent in specific shops. These tools help you to dry out damaged areas of your home before the spread worsens. 

Ensure that your home is entirely dry and clean after a water loss incident. Lingering water in any area of your property can welcome situations like mold and microbial growth. Whenever water loss situations occur, you can count on our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team to help you however you need. Give us a call at (561) 588-9777.

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How Excessive Moisture Affects Your West Palm Beach Home

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Excessive moisture can become a friendly environment for mold growth.

Does Water Damage Dry Up in Your West Palm Beach Home?

Many West Palm Beach homeowners fail to see the severity of water loss incidents without standing water and visible damages. In truth, prolonged moisture and dampness, even in areas that are difficult to see or access, can pose the same potential threats as standing water can. More alarming is the volume of homeowners that believe that these water loss incidents can dry up on their own without the intervention of professional restorers or focused drying efforts with efficient equipment.

Water damage in West Palm Beach does not restore itself. Even with the possibility of environmental conditions drying out moisture and dampness over time, the effects to the exposed structural elements and construction materials persists. A wise solution is to address the water damage as it happens with efficient and effective tools like our high-velocity air movers and the Injecti-dry system that can penetrate areas like wall cavities, ceiling spaces, and into flooring.

In a single day, moisture and dampness can cause irreparable damage to construction materials like drywall. The saturation causes the material to bloat and distort, either making it too heavy to remain in position, or to degrade to the point of falling apart. Our SERVPRO professionals can assess the spread of moisture damage like this from the initial visit, making a note of the dampness levels for preservation approaches like flood cuts.

Allowing moisture and dampness to resolve on their own also presents secondary risks for your entire household. Mold spores naturally exist in your home, even in wall cavities or inaccessible areas of your property. When given the appropriate conditions to seat and thrive, these mold spores can adhere to damp surfaces and materials and begin to form hazardous colonies. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists can address these concerns as well, but they could also have gotten avoided with the appropriate initial response to the water damages.

If you want to know if dampness and moisture from water loss incidents can dry up on its own, the answer depends on the condition. To avoid costlier restoration and potential remediation, give our SERVPRO of Lake Worth rapid response team a call at (561) 588-9777.

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9 Most Common Causes of Water Damage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

If you believe that your home has suffered from water damage, our team of SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is here to help.

Water damage in the home, especially damage that is not identified, can cause serious issues to the home’s structure and even to you and your family’s health. Unfortunately, far too many homeowners are unaware of some of the most common causes of water damage and are therefore not prepared to prevent it in the first place. While some water damage is unavoidable, being educated on typical sources for water issues will make you more prepared to identify a problem and handle it before it becomes both costly and destructive to your home.

Residential water damage is extremely common, especially in homes throughout the South Florida region. Understanding potential sources of water issues is the first step to prevention. The following are some of the most common causes of water damage:

  1. Washing machine supply lines pressure
  2. Dripping toilet
  3. Busted or leaking pipes
  4. Sewer lines backup
  5. Gutters
  6. Water buildup in crawl spaces
  7. HVAC problems
  8. Malfunctioning appliance like dishwasher, sink, refrigerator, etc.
  9. Heavy rains or major storms

While the above causes are the most commonly seen challenges for homeowners, there are a variety of additional causes of water damage. Being proactive is the best way to save money and maintain your home’s interior and exterior in optimal condition. If you believe that your home has suffered from water damage, our team of SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is here to help. Call us today to learn more!

Recognizing Signs of Water Damage

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can arise in all areas of your home, but the most commonly seen areas affected are the walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and exteriors.

Homeowners in South Florida are well aware of high stressful and costly water damage can be. Water damage is caused by a wide variety of things, ranging from things like heavy rainstorms all the way to washing machine leaks. While many people think of water damage in terms of a busted pipe or a massive flood, some of the most intense damage comes from seemingly minor issues. That is why it is so important to recognize signs of water damage as early as possible, before the damage grows significantly. Fixing a water damage problem in the earliest stages is the key to reducing the amount of restoration required.

Identifying the source of the water is the very first step in detecting water damage. As water accumulates in one location, the damage begins to spread quickly, so being vigilant is imperative. The following are some of the most common signs of water damage to keep an eye on:

  • Foul smells caused from bacterial growth
  • Peeling paint
  • Water bill increases
  • Stained or discolored ceilings and/or walls
  • Warping, sagging, or buckling of floors, ceilings, or walls
  • Puddles of water
  • Mold growth
  • Hearing running water when the home is quiet
  • Damage to the exterior of the home, particularly cracked roof tiles

Water damage can arise in all areas of your home, but the most commonly seen areas affected are the walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and exteriors. If you believe that you home may have some water damage, it is important to act right away. Contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO for immediate help!

Water Damage on Your Boat

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping a careful eye on your boat’s interior is critical to extending the life of the boat overall.

For boat owners in South Florida, mold and mildew are true enemies. It may seem counterintuitive to think of water damage being present in a vessel meant for water. However, water damage in boats is a real issue that requires quick action to repair and restore the boat for safe use. When long days are spent out on the ocean, things like dirt, fish slime, salt, and water presence begin to wreak havoc on your boat’s interior. As such, it is important to understand the signs of water damage in your boat in order to proactively address the variety of issues that will stem from that type of damage.

With summertime right around the corner, the majority of South Florida boat owners are getting ready for back-to-back-to-back weekends on the water. Gathering your friends and family for a boat day is one of the best parts about living in Florida. So, keep these water damage signs in mind while preparing your marine vessel:

  1. Electrical system is corroding
  2. Blistering on the fiberglass
  3. Boat seats are cracking or damaged
  4. Carpet smells of mold and appears dirty and damaged
  5. Metal is rusting
  6. Warping of flooring
  7. Delamination

Keeping a careful eye on your boat’s interior is critical to extending the life of the boat overall. Marine vessel restoration is something that you should consider if any of the above signs are present on your boat. For more information about boat water damage, contact SERVPRO today!

Areas in Florida Most at Risk of Flooding

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

Our team of highly trained water damage specialists are ready to respond to your flood damage or water damage emergency.

According to reports from the journal of Environmental Research Letters, approximately 3.9 million homes in America will be at risk of flooding over the next 100 years if the current sea levels rise just one foot. Florida ranks amongst the most susceptible to flooding in the entire country due to its southern location and being surrounded by water. U.S. News reported that the states most at risk of flooding include Florida, Louisiana, California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Predictions point to the fact that homeowners in South Florida may need to start migrating to higher ground over the next few decades.

Over 1.6 million people live off of Florida’s coast and are at risk of flooding whenever a major storm hits the region. The subtropical climate paired with more than 1,100 miles of coastline makes living in Florida both a treat and a threat. First and foremost, you should be aware of whether or not your home is located in a flood zone. You can use this FEMA Flood Map Tool to determine that information. The following are the most vulnerable Florida cities when it comes to storm surge flooding:

  1. Tampa, FL
  2. Miami, FL
  3. Fort Meyers, FL
  4. Sarasota, FL

In fact, the above Florida cities all ranked in the top eight most susceptible cities in regard to storm surge flooding, according to a study from Karen Clark & Company (KCC) in 2015. No matter where you live in Florida, it is important to be aware of the flooding and the potential dangers that it may cause your home. Water damage from flooding can cause a wide range of problems in your home’s interior and exterior. When a major storm hits, SERVPRO is here to help in the aftermath. Our team of highly trained water damage specialists are ready to respond to your flood damage or water damage emergency. Contact us today to learn more!

Most Common Signs of Water Damage

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another.

Water damage in a home can be a serious problem if not detected early. Unfortunately, loose water inside of a house can flow virtually anywhere it wants to and thus presents a potential issue for homeowners who are unaware of its existence. Contrary to popular belief, a leaky or busted pipe is not always easy to notice, especially when water is moving slowly. The ability to recognize the most common signs of water damage is critical to identifying the problem before it becomes a costly, major headache. While water damage repair and restoration can fix almost any losses, protecting your home or business from water damage by spotting the signs early is extremely important.

Things like flood damage or a toilet overflow show water damage in a property clearly. However, some of the most damaging issues come from the seemingly undetectable leaks. The following are the most common signs of water damage:

  1. Moisture in carpet or other flooring
  2. Painted walls with raised lines or wallpaper that begins to peel
  3. Dark grouting around floor tiles
  4. Separation between trim or baseboards from the wall
  5. Stains on ceilings that look like rust or watermarks
  6. Mold spore growth on walls or ceilings
  7. A musty odor in particular spots in the home
  8. Higher water bills
  9. Buckling of wood floors
  10. Changes in the “typical” sounds of the plumbing system

From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another. Being aware of the common signs of water damage can help homeowners to save money and the integrity of the home’s structure. If you think that your home is showing some of the above signs, contact us today to learn more about our water damage repair and restoration services!

Preventing Water Damage in Your Kitchen

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

From the sink to the dishwasher and from the refrigerator to the freezer, there are many potential water leaking hazards inside of the kitchen.

Water damage in the kitchen is something that homeowners often forget to consider as they tend to associate water damage with bathrooms and laundry rooms. Unfortunately, water damage in your kitchen is typically hard to recognize due to the various smells already in that area. From the kitchen sink to the dishwasher and from the refrigerator to the freezer, there are many potential water leaking hazards inside of the kitchen. Since detecting moisture in the kitchen is difficult, but it is important to understand the most effective ways to prevent water damage in the kitchen.

Water damage can arise at any moment in your home. In the kitchen, water damage is most often found due to the following:

  1. Dishwashers
  2. Refrigerators
  3. Countertops and Sinks

Dishwashers will sometimes malfunction, causing blockage of the main filter and thus causing a leak and eventual water damage. To prevent this, make sure that you are regularly checking the base of the dishwasher and looking for any collection of excess water. Also, look out for any leaks in the dishwasher which might be caused by an improperly sealed hose. Refrigerators often cause water damage because they are rarely moved. To prevent a potential water problem, be sure to occasionally check behind your refrigerator for any water. Finally, countertops and sinks are obviously exposed to water each and every day. To prevent water damage in these areas, check under your sink for any pooling water and make sure that the grout on your countertops is intact, as this is a sign of water damage.

Kitchen repairs for water damage can be costly and annoying. Not only will you have to pay to fix the problem, but it will disrupt your day-to-day routine since the kitchen is the focal point of most homes. In addition, mold growth is a threat when kitchen water damage goes undetected. As such, be sure to keep the above tips in mind to prevent water damage in your kitchen.

What To Do After a Flood in Your Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Our water damage experts are a team of professionals who will work diligently to mitigate damage and restore your home back to normal.

Water damage is not fun for any homeowner and unfortunately, South Florida is prone to flooding. As such, knowing what to do in the event of a flooded home is critical to mitigating the damages and getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible. From rainstorms to overflowing toilets and from leaky faucets to poorly insulated showers, water damage can occur in a myriad of different scenarios. In South Florida, the summer season brings a ton of rain and thus increases the likelihood of flooding in your home. Water damage is actually an issue nationwide, accounting for nearly 1,400 home or work indoor flooding each and every day.

The first 24 hours following any type of flooding or water damage in your home is often the most important. No matter how bad the damage may be, quick response times almost always play a vital role in reducing the amount of destruction that is suffered by the property. Keep in mind the following tips on what to do after a flood in your home:

  1. Use mops to remove any excess water
  2. Remove tabletop items and then wipe off excess water on wood furniture
  3. Take all cushions and upholstery and prop them up to remove water
  4. Pick up furniture legs where possible and place aluminum foil down between the legs and the wet carpet
  5. Turn on the A/C to max in order to speed up the drying process
  6. Take colored rugs off of wet carpet immediately
  7. Transfer any art objects to a dry area in the home
  8. Collect all loose items from the floor
  9. Use dehumidifiers for small spaces
  10. Remove any books, photographs, or important papers from wet areas
  11. Shut off electrical systems
  12. Turn on all fans in the home to circulate airflow
  13. Disinfect any contaminated areas with non-toxic, strong disinfectants
  14. Throw away any damages items
  15. Call water damage professionals as soon as possible to assess and repair the damage

If a pipe bursts or a heavy rainstorm strikes unexpectedly in your home, it’s difficult to avoid panicking. Homeowners must take a deep breath and contact SERVPRO as soon as they can to get professionals on the job immediately. Our water damage experts are a team of professionals who will work diligently to mitigate damage and restore your home back to normal. With our highly trained technicians, our goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today!

Top 10 Water Damage Tips After Flooding

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

With expertise and equipment second to none, SERVPRO is your solution to water damage repair and restoration following any type of flooding.

Water damage is a concern for anyone living in South Florida and any coastal area in the United States. Whether your home was damaged due to a bad storm that caused flooding, a bursting pipe or leak, or even heavy rains that get trapped in your house, knowing what to do immediately after is critical. In fact, many potential water damage problems can be completely avoided or solved in handled correctly and in a timely fashion. Safety should be the priority first and foremost. However, after all of the people in your home are safe and secure, it’s time to get to work on minimizing the water damage in your home.

The following are some of the top tips for handling water in damage in your home after flooding:

  1. Remove excess water from wood furniture, tabletop items, and also mop areas of the floor with pooling water
  2. Turn up the air conditioner during the summer months to increase drying rate
  3. Avoid any electrical hazards until a professional has arrived
  4. Prop up and/or remove wet cushions and upholstery
  5. Hang any fabrics that have gotten wet
  6. Remove colored items, books, or magazines from the floors or wet carpets
  7. Get rid of colored rugs that are near wet carpeting
  8. Take away any art objects to a place that is dry and safe from water hazards
  9. Stay out of rooms with wet, sagging ceilings
  10. Never use your household vacuum to attempt to remove water

The water removal and water cleanup process can be overwhelming and frustrating, especially following a big storm or major appliance leak. It is important to contact highly-trained technicians to handle the water damage in the most effective and safe manner possible. With expertise and equipment second to none, SERVPRO is your solution to water damage repair and restoration following any type of flooding.

Sewer System Backups in Your Home

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Sewer system backups cause potentially life-threatening that must be taken seriously.

The aftermath of sewer system backups in your home can be very dangerous. The water from sewage backups not only present an awful odor, but it may also cause unhealthy living conditions and even property damage. Things like viruses, parasites, and bacteria may all arise from untreated sewage and these illness-causing organisms threaten the safety of anyone living in the home. As such, a sewer system backup must be cleaned and disinfected by experienced professionals in order to minimize the possibility of disease.

The following may be causes of a sanitary sewer system backup:

  • Broken or blocked pipes
  • Increases in rain near leaky pipes
  • Insufficient system volume for newer residential communities
  • Poorly designed sewer systems
  • Poorly installed sewer systems

Regardless of the specific cause, sewer system backups lead to contaminated water and therefore require professional assistance to eradicate. There are three different types of contaminated water:

  1. Category 1 “Clean Water”: water from a clean source like a broken clean water supply line. This category 1 water can quickly become category 2 or 3 if left untreated.
  2. Category 2 “Gray Water”: water that has a significant level of contamination and may cause illness or discomfort if consumed. Gray water often comes from things like toilet overflows (with some urine but no feces) or dishwasher/washing machine overflow. This category 2 water can quickly become category 3 if left untreated.
  3. Category 3 “Black Water”: water that is grossly unsanitary and may cause severe disease or death if consumed. All contact with black water should be avoided, as it may contain harsh chemicals, microbes, and untreated sewage. This is often found from flooding rivers or sewer backup.

A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach should be hired to disinfect and clean the interior and exterior of the home. Sewer system backups cause potentially life-threatening that must be taken seriously. Contact us today to learn more!

Recognizing Water Damage in Your Home

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Contact our professional water restoration team at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach in order to assess the damage and restore your home.

In the heart of Florida’s rainy season, it is important to understand the dangers of water damage to your home. Flooding can be caused by a variety of things from natural disasters to dishwasher leaks or washing machine leaks. Regardless of how a water damage situation occurs, handing the situation in a timely manner is the key to prevent serious destruction to your home.

The initial step in preventing this type of harm to your home is in the recognition of water damage in the first place. In some cases, water damage is quite obvious and easy to spot. In other cases, however, water in your home is rather subtle and may begin to cause damage before it is even recognized. As such, look out for the following signs of water damage in your home:

  • Look for stains on the walls, ceilings, and window/door frames
  • Check drywall for cracks
  • Look at the floors for buckling or warping as well as dark spots on wood floors
  • Feel around for damp carpeting
  • Smell for odors of dampness or mold/musk
  • Check areas where paint is peeling
  • Look out for mold spores which often appear as discoloration
  • Check around the pipes in the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room for leaks or water stains
  • Monitor the home’s exterior looking for damaged roofing and standing water outside of the home – the home should be the highest point of your property as the ground should appear downward from the house

The primary focus following the recognition of water damage in your home must be safety. Wet materials from water damage can be dangerous to touch, move, or clean yourself. Therefore, it is very important to contact our professional water restoration team at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach in order to assess the damage and restore your home.

Faster to your Lake Worth Water Damage Event

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Worth provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Lake Worth.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lake Worth provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lake Worth arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 561-588-9777

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • 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 Lake Worth

SERVPRO of Lake Worth 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.

Lake Worth 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Worth provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Palm Beach County.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 561-588-9777

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lake Worth has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Lake Worth

SERVPRO of Lake Worth 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.