Recent Water Damage Posts

Things You Should Know in Case of a Water Damage

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water line seen on carpet On carpet, water lines can be easily seen as the water can discolor the carpet and create staining.

Water can be extremely intrusive in a household. When dealing with a leak from a water supply line, the sooner you can find the source and stop the leak, the better. 

This family dealt with a leak from an upstairs bathroom that made its way throughout their whole downstairs. Ceilings collapsed, insulation fell through, and much furniture was lost to this water intrusion.

Water Damage Facts:

  1. Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours, so call SERVPRO ASAP if you are experiencing a water damage!
  2. Even a small leak from a crack in a pipe can spill 250 gallons of water per day. A crack ? of an inch in length can be all that is needed to add up to a massive repair bill.
  3. Water is a conductor of electricity, which means that if you are experiencing a water damage, you should turn off electricity in order for technicians to be able to safely extract water.
  4. If left for long periods of time, water can turn into a dangerous biohazard. If water is sitting for more than 72 hours, it is considered “black water” and is a pathogenic biohazard. “Black water” can also include sewage and chemical waste.

Stop further water damage with these tips

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

If you find yourself experiencing a water loss in your home, follow along for some tips on how to prevent further damage to your home and furniture.

If you are able, shut off the source of the water. Sometimes storms can bring water into your home, but if you have a leak inside your home, turn the water supply to your house off first. This will prevent any more leaking in your home until you can call SERVPRO in to assess the damage and come up with a plan of action for remediation. If you have light flooding or a small water loss, protect your wooden furniture from rising water by wrapping the legs with aluminum foil or placing wood blocks under the wooden legs. 

Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

Don’t leave wet fabrics such as drapes or curtains up. Hang furs and leather goods.

Turn on your air conditioning for maximum drying power in the summer.

Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting to prevent staining.

Move art objects to a safe, dry place.

This knowledge can help save you from an even bigger headache during your water damage, so don't forget to bookmark this page to refer back to in case of emergency, and call the pros at 940-241-3434.

What Is the Typical Cost for Water Damage Restoration?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

stack-of-industrial-drying-fans Industrial fans for drying flood damage

The average cost for home water damage restoration is around $3,000. With that said, there are many factors that affect the cost of water damage restoration, and the total cost can range anywhere from $1,000 for a minor repair to more than $5,000 for the most severe restorations. 

The best way to determine how much your water damage restoration, in particular, will cost is to call a professional to come for a home inspection. However, by understanding the factors that affect the cost (see below), you might be able to get a sense of how much you can expect to pay during the restoration process. 

Factors That Affect the Cost of Water Damage Restoration

Every water damage restoration is unique. Water damage is a rather broad term that can range from a small leak that is caught quickly to the result of severe flooding. In determining the cost of a water damage restoration, there are certain factors that a professional company will consider. These factors include but are not limited to the source of the water damage, how severe the damage is, the rooms that are the most affected and the type of water that caused the damage. 

Source of the Water Damage

There are a variety of ways in which water can enter and damage a home. One of the main factors that affect the price of the restoration is why exactly the damage occurred in the first place. Several of the more common sources of water damage include:

  • Roof 
  • Basement
  • Bathroom
  • Floor 
  • Drywall
  • Plumbing

While water damage that results from an issue with a bathroom fixture may not lead to the need for an extensive or lengthy repair, significant damage to the basement may require quite an investment to fix the concern and restore the results of the water damage. 

In addition to finding out where the water entered, water damage restoration professionals will also consider how exactly the water damage occurred (missing shingles, busted pipes, etc.) and seek to treat the underlying concern. 

Extent of the Damages

The extent of the water damage also depends on a variety of factors and plays a direct role in how much the restoration will cost. One of the main considerations in how severe the damage is to the home is how long the problem existed before it was detected and properly inspected. 

Also, the amount of material that is damaged is an important assessment to make as well. While minor damage to the floorboard may not be expensive to repair, severe damage to both the walls and floors can lead to a significant bite out of the wallet. 

When assessing the extent of the damage, a professional company will also check for signs of mold, bacteria, asbestos and other signs of concern. 

The Area of Damaged

Certain areas of the home have more value than others. If the damage takes place in a room such as the living room that has expensive flooring, furniture, and well-insulated walls, then the repair and replacement cost will likely be higher. If the damage is to a sunroom, laundry, or another area that requires a less expensive replacement cost, then the cost might be lower. 

Additionally, if the roof or plumbing is damaged, then the cost may increase as well. A professional company will also look at the total area that is damaged. Restoring a small section will obviously be less expensive than replacing entire walls. 

The Category of Water That Caused the Damage

There are actually different categories and classes of water. The type of water plays a role in how expensive the water damage restoration will be as well. There are three main categories of water damage.

  • Category 1 refers to clean water. Category 1 damage is the easiest and often least expensive to fix. Clean water can result from leaky faucets, sprinklers, burst pipes, water heaters and other clean water sources.
  • Category 2 involves “grey water,” which can be more expensive to clean up and may result from washing machines, dishwashers, etc. Grey water can carry microorganisms and human waste.
  • Category 3 carries the most potential harm in “black water.” Black water is also the most severe and expensive to fix and typically results from flooding, storm surges, and other complex issues. This category includes harmful bacteria, sewage, seawater, and Category 2 water damage left untreated.

Speak to a Professional Water Damage Restoration Company

If you have found water damage inside your home, then feel free to reach out to us to start the water damage restoration process. Our friendly professionals are happy to provide you with information about the restoration process and arrange a time for the home visit to inspect the damage.

What Is Water Damage Restoration?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

cracked wood floor Cracked wood floor due to exposure to water and moisture

Water damage restoration is the process of fixing damage to a home or commercial property that is caused by water. Water damage can range in severity, from small issues that require a quick and easy repair to extensive damage that requires the replacement of walls and flooring. 

Regardless of the severity, water damage often requires professional assistance to restore the property properly. Otherwise, the issue can become worse and lead to more serious concerns such as mold infestation

The following is an overview of what water damage restoration is exactly, including a step-by-step process to how a professional water damage restoration company can solve the issue. 

Steps in the Water Damage Restoration Process

One should call a water damage restoration professional to schedule an inspection anytime water damage of any degree occurs. The reason is that water damage is not as simple as putting a towel down and letting the water soak it up. 

Instead, it involves a lot of science. A qualified professional company will have education, training, and expertise in how to effectively clean up and fix the effects of water damage. Although each client may have a unique experience, clients can expect to go through a similar process as the one listed below. 

Water damage questions

Those who experience water damage to their home tend to have lots of questions. The first step in the treatment process is to find out whether or not the issue requires professional service. They need a damage assessment. 

Most of the time it is best to have a water damage restoration professional examine the damage. If water damage is found, then the best thing to do is call a professional to learn more information. 

Inspection and damage assessment

During the first conversation, the client and the restoration professional can arrange a convenient time for a home inspection to assess the severity of the damage. 

During the inspection, they will likely examine the class and category of the damage, which ranges from minor moisture absorption to severe damage to hardwood, stone, and other construction materials. At the end of the inspection, they may provide their recommendation for treating the issue and an estimate. 

Water removal and extraction

The first part of water damage restoration is to stop the damage where it is before things get any worse. To do so, the first thing they will likely do is remove all water using professional equipment. 

If there is not any mold or bacteria growth, then this step ensures that stubborn mold does not develop, and it can prevent any spread of mold to limit the damage that was done. This can typically be completed in one visit.

Drying and dehumidification

Homeowners are not entirely in the clear from further damage after the water is removed. The remaining moisture can also cause issues if not dealt with properly. The next step after removing all standing water is to dry and dehumidify the affected area. This process is more complex than water removal, and it can take several weeks to remove all the remaining moisture. 

Cleaning and repair

One of the main concerns of water damage is the spread and additional growth of mold and bacteria. Water damage restoration is not only about improving the quality of the home and making the home safer, but professionals also know how to properly clean and sanitize all that is affected. 

This may include carpets and drapery inside the room, along with clothes that are vulnerable to getting bacteria as well. The professionals may also use air scrubbers to remove harmful particles and moisture from the air. 

Damage restoration

Ultimately, the previous steps are necessary preparation for the damage restoration. This is the biggest step in the process. Every water damage restoration is unique, although it generally involves replacing damaged parts of the home. 

Depending on the severity, this might be as easy as replacing the drywall and insulation of the affected area. In severe cases, it might be recommended to replace entire walls, especially if there are issues with black mold, asbestos or other toxic substances.

The longer the damage persists, the more lengthy and expensive the restoration is likely to be. Subsequently, it is strongly encouraged to notify water damage restoration professionals and arrange an inspection as soon as an issue is detected. The fact is this is most often not a do it yourself project, and it often requires the expertise and knowledge of a professional.

Contact Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Get in touch with our water damage restoration specialists to learn more about how we can remove the water and moisture from your home and repair the effects of the water damage. We are happy to answer your questions, and we can find a time that is most convenient for you for a water damage inspection.

Routine Vent Cleanings

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

A dirty and dusty vent from a ranch home An example of a dirty vent that we have come across.

As spring draws near you may begin to feel the tell tale effects of hay fever. Itchy eyes, sneezing or congested sinuses are all common discomforts associated with this time of year. However did you know that these symptoms can also be caused by the unclean ducts in your own home?  Air duct cleaning is an important way to improve the overall air quality of your home. Performing regular duct cleaning will remove dust, allergens and even mold that may otherwise begin to build up in your ducting system. Even though experts recommend ducts every three to five years, other factors do come into play that may demand more frequent cleaning. Such things to consider may include: 

  1. Having pets
  2. If you have or live with someone with allergies
  3. A noticed increase in respiratory illnesses 
  4. Noticing a build up of dust throughout the home. 

There are also visible signs that your home may be overdue for a duct cleaning job. These signs are could include: 

  1. Visible dust within the ducting system
  2. Build up of dust on the vents as well as 
  3. Dust builds up on the walls and ceilings of nearby vents. 

How To Treat Mold

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Highland Village know that where there’s water, there’s sometimes mold. The best way to deal with it is to first understand mold and what the basic remediation procedure consists of. Molds are everywhere and are a vital part of the ecological system and have existed a long time. Mold contamination was known in biblical times. The method used to re-mediate moldy surfaces will depend on the type of surface. Usually if the surface is more porous then we would remove the materials, but if the surface is nonporous the materials can be cleaned of existing mold. These are the five basic procedures for re-mediating a surface that contains mold.

  1. Begin by using containing procedures to encapsulate mold spores, this will prevent them from spreading into unaffected areas.
  2. Next is to remove materials that are porous and severely affected by mold.
  3. After that, it is necessary to clean the rest of the mold from surfaces that are nonporous to acceptable levels that are deemed clean.
  4. Next, remove the rest of the settled spores.
  5. The final step is to dry the structure of the remaining moisture to achieve levels that mold cannot grow.

Of all these procedures that are used to re-mediate mold, the keys to successful mold mitigation are drying of the affected structure in order to reduce moisture levels and removing materials that are affected by mold. No matter what the case may be, we at SERVPRO of Highland Village are prepared to deal with it and make it “Like it never even happened.”

HVAC Condensation Can Cause Water Damage

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

When your HVAC creates condensation, that water needs somewhere to spread, and those lines can become clogged quickly. This can cause your emergency line to either break or your drop pan to overfill! So, what should you do if this happens causing water damage?

Call an HVAC company to service your unit? This is probably the easiest and most efficient method, but unfortunately the most expensive.

Check to make sure your primary condensation line, usually located near the ground outside the home in an area of high foot traffic, is slowly dripping water when your HVAC is on.

If your primary line is not dripping check the secondary line, usually located somewhere like above a window or door as to be more noticeable when dripping.

If the primary, or both lines, are not dripping while the unit is on, find a way to flush out or remove the potential blockage. The cleanout will usually be located close to the HVAC main unit. Make sure you thoroughly research how to properly clear your lines before attempting to!

Check your HVAC unit drip pan, make sure it has no holes or rust around it. If it is damaged, you may need to have it replaced.

SERVPRO of Highland Village will come out and perform a free moisture inspection on your residence or commercial property if you believe you may have had a potential accident. We get an estimate to you or begin communication with your insurance. If you HVAC leaking, call SERVPRO of Highland Village at (940)-999-1279

Keep a Sharp Eye Out for Water Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Stained and discoloring ceiling from water damage Water stain on a sagging ceiling.

When Should You Contact Us?

One of the biggest reasons a water job becomes more expensive is because of owner negligence. For most water damage jobs, the problem just gets worse over time if it’s ignored. Home and business owners can end up paying a much higher bill for our mitigation services because of the effects that water can have on any hygroscopic material. Whether it’s standing water or just soaked into the drywall, the degradation process has already begun and won’t stop until an outside force (like SERVPRO) begins the drying process. When you find water damage, the best thing to do is to find the source of the water and shut it off. If the water is coming from a location that you either can’t reach or unable to turn off, the next step is to call a plumber in the area. Once you’ve got the water turned off then it’s time to call SERVPRO of Highland Village for a free estimate to access the situation.

It doesn’t matter the size of the water damage, we will be able to take care of it. However, water damage can be difficult to spot sometimes. It’s hard to know what’s worth calling us for so here are a few signs.

  • Wet or soggy carpets
  • Buckling or warping wood floors
  • Sagging or soft ceilings or walls
  • Water stains on ceiling or walls

We have highly trained technicians on call 24/7 whenever you need us. Don’t wait until the situation gets worse, contact our highly trained team at SERVPRO of Highland Village at (940)-241-3434

When Did You Last Check Your Toilet?

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fans set up in a bathroom because of an unchecked toilet An unchecked toilet.

Aging Toilets 

Aging toilets have been the cause of a few water damages that SERVPRO of Highland Village has been asked to respond too. As they get older, however, it’s components can degrade and malfunction over time if not properly maintained. Any kinds of jam or malfunctions can lead to more serious issues. Admittingly, some of these issues might be a long-term refilling process that can affect your monthly water bill or a more serious issue like an overflowing reservoir.
Overflowing reservoirs might not be as damaging as a pipe bursting, but it will still require professional water removal and recovery. Even water flowing from the reservoir of the toilet for more than a few minutes can rapidly cover your bathroom floor causing the floor, baseboards and sometimes cabinets had to be taken out. Materials such as tile or laminate flooring may be non-hygroscopic (having little or no tendency to absorb moisture), however, saturation can still occur with these materials if the problem is not addressed promptly.
SERVPRO of Highland Village has professionals who can arrive with high-powered extraction equipment for the most severe water damages. Once we arrive on-site and get cleared to begin, any more damage done by the water should stop and the mitigation process will start. Once we’ve pumped any standing water out, we use our professional drying equipment to preserve any part of your affected home or business. As traumatic as this can seem, with a prompt response from you, SERVPRO of Highland Village will make any water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Give SERVPRO of Highland Village a call anytime catastrophe strikes at (940)-999-1279

Water trapped in a crawl space

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water from a storm not so long ago recently made its way underneath the home of a customer in Little Elm. SERVPRO of Highland Village was called to inspect the property for major holes in the foundation, as well as clean up the water and remove odors caused by the standing water under the house.

We successfully pumped all of the water out from underneath the house as well as dried the space out over a number of days. As the job was nearing an end, we then sprayed the space with one of our fresh SERVPRO deodorizers, as well as eliminated odors that were in the house due to the water.

The customer was very satisfied with our work upon completion and told us that she would certainly recommend us to anyone that she knew.