Recent Water Damage Posts
Slab Leak in a Hunters Creek Home
This Hunters Creek resident in Orlando suffered water damage in multiple rooms throughout their home due to a slab leak. The rooms affected with water were the laundry room, kitchen and living room. SERVPRO of South Orange County was contacted days after the loss occurred. However, due to the extent of the damage, aggressive dehumidification was required. SERVPRO of South Orange County also had to do some demolition, which means most of the wood floors were pulled due to the extent of the damages. Here is a picture of the warping in hardwood floors due to the slab leak. The faster we can arrive at your site after a loss, the more we can prevent secondary or permanent damage to your property. Call us today 407-226-2621
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No matter the weather, our community knows they can rely on SERVPRO of South Orange County for their restoration needs after any water damages settled into their homes or businesses. We are available at any point during the day, all week long — 24/7/365! Our highly trained office staff will aid you every step of the way, helping you assess the best course of action and all of your mitigation needs. From there, our experienced technicians garnish the masterful abilities to restore your home with professionalism and dedication, focusing on accomplishing their goals in doing the best they can to make the lives of those affected a little less hectic. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.
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Most people don't actively plan on water damage in their homes or businesses, so deciding the proper way to restore a flood damaged property is important.
With so many aspects of life becoming increasingly more expensive by the day, it is no wonder that so many Americans choose to go the Do-It-Yourself route on an ever expanding wide array of tasks. While changing one's own oil or even doing one's own drywall job is commendable, there are still some jobs that are best left to the professionals. Water damage restoration and mitigation is one of them.
Each year, billions of dollars in property damage occur all over the United States due to flood damage. While some of these properties will inevitably be written off, the vast majority are completely salvageable. This means that, even though massive property damage was ultimately incurred, there absolutely never should have been any to begin with. All too often, this is the simple result of the property owner not recognizing the severity of the situation and taking the proper steps to remedy it.
One of those important steps is to properly mitigate damage right away.
Call SERVPRO of South Orange County for professional mitigation services anytime around the clock at 407-226-2621.
It's the water you don't see that can cause the most damage
This home in Hunters Creek, Fl had mold under the living room carpet due to a sink leak from kitchen that was not properly mitigated by homeowner.
In this Hunters Creek, Fl home the towel and box fans have been put up. The mop and shop vac returned to their resting place. The structure may look dry on the outside, but often times unseen water is continuing to cause damage below. SERVPRO of South Orange County professionals understand that health risks, mold and other damage can result from unseen water. By responding quickly with a full-line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of South Orange County professional can provide the drying, deodorizing and the protection needed for you or your customer’s property and its contents.
So before risking the value of the property or further damage by attempting to clean and dry it yourself, or if you want to be sure that a past event is not creating problems today, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of South Orange County.
Restoration VS Replacement
Who should be First on the Job?
To reduce claims costs in a fire or water damage situation, timely response is crucial. In most cases, the first person who makes contact with the customer be a restoration vendor rather than a contractor. A restoration vendor’s focus is restoration and a contractor’s focus is replacement. Most contractors do not have the expertise or training to determine if a surface can be restored to preloss condition. Since they can not make this determination, contractors may recommend replacement. Once an insured hears replacement, they are often not receptive to restoration.
SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals will demonstrate to the insured the restorability of an item. Our technicians never commit the insurance company to replacement. Even if it is obvious during pretesting that an item cannot be cleaned or restored, SERVPRO of South Orange County technicians will not imply the insurance company is responsible for replacement. We cannot interpret the policy. Adjusters adjust, SERVPRO of South Orange County cleans and restores. If it is determined that an item cannot be cleaned or restores, the adjuster will be contacted so that he/she can make a determination as to what the policy will allow.
By responding to claims quickly and professionally, SERVPRO of South Orange County professionals can save insurance companies money that may have been spent on replacement.
General Water Damage Tips
- A simple leak test can ensure leaks are not going undetected. To check for hidden leaks, record the current water meter readings. Turn off all faucets and appliances using water and do not flush toilets for one hour. After an hour of water shut off, record the water meter reading again. If the meter reading changed while no water was being used, a leaking pipe may to blame.
- Frequently check pipes under sinks for signs of water leaks.
- Know where the main water shut-off valve is located and ensure it is operational.
- Check for leaks and signs of water intrusion around water structures, pipes, windows and doors.
- Check potential problem spots for moldy odors, discoloration or dampness.
- Install drip pans and drains where accessible.
- Respond immediately if water intrusion occurs in order to minimize damage and loss.
Effectively drying water damaged structure
While every water damage situation is different, requiring different approaches and equipment, generally SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals will use air movers and dehumidifiers as needed to help speed up the drying process.
The number of air movers used depends on the surfaces (walls, ceiling, under cabinets, etc.) being dried and the configuration of the structure. For example, if only the floor is wet, and the damage is confined to one large room, fewer air movers would likely be required. Extra air movers would be required for additional wet surfaces such as walls and ceilings. In an Insured’s home with several smaller rooms damaged by water, more air movers would be needed to circulate the wet air to the dehumidifier and the dry air back to the wet areas.
Dehumidifier requirements are based on both the nature of the environment being dried and the capacity of the dehumidifier. The nature of the environment is determined by the amount of porous and absorbent materials present, including carpet, clothing, upholstered furniture, and unfinished wood. The more absorbent materials present, the more moisture present, increasing the need for dehumidification. Dehumidifier capacity is measured in two ways: the number of gallons of water removed in 24 hours under ideal temperature and humidity situations and the number of cubic feet per minute of air the dehumidifier conditions.
While this is a general overview of how SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals determine when and how many air movers and dehumidifiers to use in a water damage situation, every loss situation must be evaluated and monitored to help guarantee fast, thorough drying. Water trapped inside walls, small rooms making it difficult to establish air circulation, long term exposure, the amount of absorbent materials present, the size of the dehumidifier and many other variables must be taken into account.
The real measure of whether a balanced drying system has been established is the repines of structure and contents. Your local SERVPRO of South Orange County team is trained and equipped to make sure moisture levels inside an Insured’s home or office are effectively being reduced.
Water damage clean up response the moment you call.
A pipe bursts. An upper-floor bathtub overflows. A water heater leaks. Flood waters gush in. A sprinkler system malfunctions.
Water damage can happen in any number of ways. But if your business or your customer’s home is under a few inches of water, everything else takes a backseat. Only one thing matters when your business can’t operate, and there is just one thing on the mind of the water-logged resident: A solution.
SERVPRO of South Orange County is that solution. Equipped with the knowledge, the experience and the training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened,” SERVPRO Technicians will start helping the moment you call.
Whether it’s your industrial carpet or your customer’s hardwood floor that has been soaked, the science beyond drying can be a tricky thing. There’s the temperature, a relative humidity and the cubic feet of the damaged area to consider – and that’s before you figure in the type of carpet, hardwood or subflooring in the structure, along with a number of other potential issues. Backed by more than 39 years of experience in the restoration business, SERVPRO of South Orange County Technicians will help put your worries at ease, because they understand the science of drying.
When water damage strikes, give SERVPRO of South Orange County a call (407) 226-2621.
We will help to make things right, make things dry and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Where did the water damage come from?
Water can enter and damage a structure from numerous sources. The three major types of water are clean water, gray water and black water, which might include external flooding or sewage back-up.
Clean water is just that – it does not contain waste products. Sources of clean water include burst pipes, defective appliances and rain or snow when a structure has a leaky or damaged roof. The water generated by natural disasters such as rain and heavy snow is usually relatively clean and presents few health problems.
Gray water is water that has been used and carries waste products, but does not include human waste. Examples include and overflowing washing machine or dishwasher which dumps water on the floor, or a shower stall or sink which is overflowing. This type of water contains waste products, but generally does not present the hazard of spreading disease. Water used to control structural fires also carries waste, but does not normally present a danger of spreading diseases.
Black water that contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary. Floods are an example of black water and can cause the most severe damage to structures and their contents, and they can also spread disease-causing organisms. Floods can completely inundate a structure. Flood waters carry silt, mud and debris of every imaginable type. Special precautions must be taken to protect workers from disease-carrying residues.
Because of the potential for such large amounts of water, and the possibility that it may be days or even weeks before the flood waters recede, structural damage is very likely.
Sewage back-up also has the potential of spreading disease. It can be as simple as a commode overflow, or can it can be a massive disaster. Municipal sewage lines can become plugged and force large amounts of sewage up through all drains connected to the system.
SERVPRO of South Orange County has the experience, knowledge, equipment and products to handle any size and any type of water damage.
Insurance and Water Damage
According to the chart from Insurance Services Offices, water damage and freezing have increased and caused 60-80 percent of losses in 2003. An article appearing in the American Association of Insurance services magazine, Viewpoint, reports that the recent rise in water-related claims may claims may be due to modern building practices and increased homeowner luxuries. For example, it is not uncommon to find a full bath located on a n upper floor of a current-day home. In fact, second or third story lavatories are standard in many of today’s modern floor plans. This was not the case in floor plans of the past, however, where multiple baths were rarely found.
Some larger contemporary homes require multiple water heaters due to the size of the home and an increased amount of water fixtures. When a home requires multiple water heaters, one water heater, one water heater unit will often be placed in the attic to save space in storage or utility areas while still allowing rapid water distribution throughout the home. Water fixtures such as sinks, tubs, showers and water heaters located in an upper floor of the home. Water fixtures such as sinks, tubs, showers and water heaters located in an upper floor of the home can cause extensive damage if a simple leak develops.
The extent of damage is only amplified if the problem is more sever, such as a broken pipe or ruptured hot water heater. The increasing amount and location of water fixtures in recently constructed homes are two possible problems relating to rising water damage claims. The rapid growth and construction of apartment and condominium complexes, where several stories of living quarters, kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are connected to surrounding units, also contribute to increased water claims.
In addition to increased amenities posing possible water predicaments in contemporary homes, modern building supplies and practices may also be part of the problem. As awareness and importance of energy conversation increases, building practices are becoming more energy efficient, which may actually hinder the drying process by restriction airflow. The Association of Insurance Services article, “Getting Soaked” notes current building materials are not necessarily effective in keeping unwanted water out of housing structures or in permitting the structure to dry properly once water intrusion has occurred.
Precaution, routine inspection and preventative maintenance can help minimize water damage. Below are some general tips to help reduce extensive water damage. Log onto SERVPROofsouthorangecountyfl.com for more information on water damage and water removal, including a complete list of water “Do’s and Don’ts”.
Why should I choose SERVPRO of South Orange County for my water damage clean up?
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Why should I choose a professional restoration company for water intrusion/ damage?
- Homeowners should not risk doing the work themselves as there may hidden water or moisture that may go undetected to the untrained eye. Taking into account that mold growth can occur in as little as 24-48 hours in the presence of moisture, undetected water damage can pose long term problems if not properly handled.
- Due to the potential hazards associated with water-related damage, moisture and water should be handled by properly trained and equipped professionals to ensure complete and necessary drying to prevent future harm, extensive structural damage and possible contamination.
- Improper cleanup could hinder property resale value.
- Professional restoration companies have essential tools and techniques to measure moisture in the area to ensure proper and complete drying in a timely manner.
- Water technicians should be fully aware of water or moisture-related characteristics to locate leaks or water damaged areas that may otherwise go unnoticed.
- Homes and other properties are large and often expensive assets. Why run the risks associated with improper drying, deodorizing and disinfecting which can lead to potential secondary structural damage? Help protect your property’s value by calling upon a Professional.
- According to a “Residential Water Claims” article on the International Risk Management Institute website, restoration companies and contractors are often an asset in a water claim situation. The article states, “a major concern in today’s insurance climate is the problem of mold and mildew. When most restoration companies deal with water claims, every effort is made to prevent any problem with mold and mildew.” Restoration companies are in the business of salvaging rather than replacing, which could serve as a benefit to the insurance company.
Why should I choose SERVPRO of South Orange County for water cleanup and restoration?
- SERVPRO of South Orange County recognizes the necessity for prompt and accurate response and offer 1-4-8 Response Guidelines to help minimize additional, secondary or permanent damage and contamination. In addition, SERVPRO of South Orange County is available for emergency response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Knowledge and training are key elements in effective water removal and moisture damage. SERVPRO of South Orange County applies their industry knowledge, training and understanding of hoe relative humidity, temperature, vapor pressure and air movement influence drying conditions.
- Powerful and professional equipment is essential for proper mitigation and efficient restoration of water damaged areas. SERVPRO of South Orange County is outfitted with state-of-the-art industrial grade equipment and products to measure the extent of moisture saturation and offer proper drying, deodorizing and disinfecting of water damaged areas.
- SERVPRO of South Orange County offers content restoration to restore water damaged contents and personal belongings. Often when water damage occurs, personal possessions are also damaged by water or moisture. SERPRO Technicians work diligently to try and return personal contents to pre-loss conditions.
- SERVPRO of South Orange County works with insurance, real estate, contracting and property management companies to offer complete file management, estimates and detailed explanations of work, including status updates, changes and feedback to keep companies fully aware of a property’s drying, cleaning and restoration status. At SERVPRO of South Orange County, we know you want quality information and proof of results. SERVPRO technology is designed to support your efforts!
- Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process. Restoring property is the SERVPRO Professional’s first priority. You will appreciate the immediate response, and you will know everything possible is being done to limit the damage. Even if a loss is below the deductible amount, fast action helps assure the event will stay small!
Professional Drying Following A Commercial Water Damage in Orlando Florida
35,000 DOWNTOWN ORLANDO OFFICE FLOOD HANDLED PROMPTLY BY SERVPRO OF SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY
When a water damage is initially discovered, building occupants and property managers may be both surprised and perplexed. Their normal day-to-day functions can be disrupted, resulting in business downtime. Property owners and building occupants are often consumed with multiple questions and uncertainty as they evaluate the situation and consider the next step of action. “What do I do?” and “Who do I call?” are two commonly asked questions following a water damage discovery.
If your business or property suffers a water loss, immediately contact SERVPRO of South Orange County, Research indicated, “The arrival of a specializing cleanup company signals the start of the solution that will help lead to resolution.” Professional drying and prompt action by experienced restorers following a water intrusion can make a big difference in mitigating structural damage and minimizing secondary damages. A Claims Magazine article entitled “Solving the Mold Challenge Before it Grows” states, “Speed of response by service providers and first responders is the most important component, and one that sets the tone for the steps that follow. Of restoration is to be an option, expeditious and proper removal and treatment of affected items essential.”
SERVPRO of South Orange County understand the importance of timely response. When dealing with a water intrusion, time can be the differentiator between primary, secondary and permanent damage. The amount of time materials remain wet can also determine if they are restorable or must be replaced. Water impacts material immediately and the damage increases as time passes. For example, wood absorbs moisture quickly, which can result in swelling or staining; however, prompt splitting and warping. The professional restorer focuses on eliminating water and moisture quickly to prevent additional damage.
Upon arrival, SERVPRO of South Orange Countys professional team will assess the situation to determine the extent of the damage, A technician will inspect all building components for water and moisture. Although water may only be visible in one room, it is very possible that surrounding areas have also been affected, Water can invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point within the structure. Water can seep through pinhole crevices and cracks in floors and walls travelling further down into the building. Surfaces such as wood, drywall and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of the structure. Inspecting all building components and measuring the moisture level of not only the visibly affected area but also all surrounding areas helps ensure secondary or permanent damage does not occur because wet materials or building components were overlooked.
Knowledge, skill and equipment are all key elements in effective water removal and moisture damage. SERVPRO of South Orange County Technicians apply their industry knowledge, training and experience to measure the extent of moisture saturation and offer proper drying, deodorizing, and disinfecting for areas flooded or damaged by water.
Let SERVPRO of South Orange County assist you with all your commercial and residential needs. We are available 24 hours a day,7 days, a week 365 days a year. We can be reached at (407) 226-2621
Water Damage and Sewage Damage- Orlando, Fl
Sewage Backup-Orlando, Fl
"Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.
More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur."
It is also important to determine the source so that an appropriate response can be applied. Many times the response can be shaped by determining the source of the intrusion. If the source of the damage is from a flood or other clean water source the response may be much less destructive and more materials will be able to be saved. However, if the source is determined to be a contaminated source such as a sewage back up, even if the water appears clean and clear it is often times still very much contaminated as well.
"Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.
The IICRC complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500)."
Once you have determined the source a response can be chosen. The response generally falls under 2 different categories: Flood clean-up or Sewage clean-up.
Below are some tips suggested by the IICRC for Water Clean-up:
The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours.
Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
Assess damage to items and materials
Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage.
There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner.
It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains.
The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
Expose pockets of saturation
Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying.
Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried.
On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation.
Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment and the right circumstances if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides.
Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
Conduct a thorough cleaning
Durable, nonporous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can usually be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents.
During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold.
After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad.
Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation.
Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
Confirm drying before reconstruction
Downtown Orlando Water Damage-Important Information
Once you contact SERVPRO of South Orange County with your water damage needs a professional will be on their way within an hour.
Upon arrival the trained and certified water damage professional will review all applicable forms with you in order to begin work.
The first step in restoring your home after water damage if to idenitify the source. We will check all surrounding areas of where the onset on the water damage begun and make sure the source has been stopped in order to successfully dry out the building.
We will identify the type of water to ensure your property is restored based on IICRC S500 guidelines. There are three classes of water Clean, Gray, and Black.
Once the source had been determind and the class of water is identified. We will sruvey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for any safety hazards. If you are aware of any issues please bring them to our attention before arrival.
Once we review our plan of action with you, work will begin immediately! Furniture will be moved or blocked to prevent further damage to your content. Any standing water will be extracted. Any material that can not be restored will be removed and properly disposed of.
Drying equipment which removes moisture and brings the humidity level back to normal will be set up in your home. Typically it takes 3-5 days for a complete dry out. We will come back each day to monitor your building to ensure drying is at maximum potential.
Please contact SERVPRO of South Orange County (407) 226-2621 with all your water damage needs. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist.
Orlando Water Damage Restoration – (407) 226-2621
SERVPRO of South Orange County provides a wide range of restoration services to residents and business owners throughout Central Florida. One of our primary services focuses on Orlando Water Damage Restoration. Our main goal is to provide you with quality services in order to return your life to normal. Clearly when water damage occurs to your home or business it can be a very stressful situation. We aim to remove this stress from your life as soon as possible.
Many people are under the assumption that they can handle water damage restoration as a DIY project. Upon completing their restoration project they have a belief that everything is going to be fine. However, this is far from the case as a great deal of secondary damage can occur because of this. By taking this into consideration it is important to consider all of the benefits to hiring a water damage restoration company to return your life back to normal.
Eliminate Health Related Concerns
By working with a company that has trained professional to resolve your restoration issues you will have a restoration process that was performed correctly. We use the best tools available in order to quickly remove all water from your carpet and furniture quickly. One thing many people do not take into consideration is the amount of time it takes to completely dry out water damage.
Mold can start growing after only 48 hours of having water damage. By removing all signs of moisture from your location quickly you can help eliminate the dangers of mold in your home or business. Many sicknesses and possible death can occur because of black mold.
Other things people don't take into consideration is the bacteria that can be in certain types of water. Clearly most people are aware of the dangers related to a sewage backup. However, many don't realize the many dangers that flood waters can present to their health. This is why it is important to have a professional restoration company remove all of these risks.
Reduce Restoration Costs and Potential Loss
By hiring an Orlando water damage restoration company to restore your home or business you are also reducing the costs and potential loss to items at your location. By working with us here at SERVPRO of South Orange County you are working with a properly trained professional team that will use the latest technology available to restore your home or business. We will also be able to check for any secondary damages that are possible from water damage.
Mold growth is the last thing you want to deal with because of an area that was incorrectly restored from previous water damage. While in many cases it seems like a great idea to tackle a project yourself, in this case working with us is the best choice. We will respond to your location quickly and get to work right away in order to make certain no additional damage occurs. We will also provide you with a written estimate and answer all of your questions before we begin any of the work. While returning your home or business back to normal is important, we also find it equally as important to provide the best customer service experience.
If you have experienced any water damage, give us a call here at SERVPRO of South Orange County 24 hours a day 7 days per week and we will dispatch one of our technicians to your location as soon as possible.