Recent Water Damage Posts

Flood Risk

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

If you’re in the process of buying a house or you’re looking for a new homeowners insurance policy, you might be familiar with what a flood zone is. If you don’t know what they are, you might want to start reading up on them.

Zoning for Floods?

A flood zone is an area in a specific geographical space that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has determined has at least some risk of flooding. There are four primary types of zones, which correlate to the severity or category of excessive water events that can occur in that area.

  • Moderate to Low-Risk Areas
  • High-Risk Areas
  • High Risk – Coastal Areas
  • Undetermined Risk Areas

How to Find Your Zone

Each area’s zones are depicted on a community's Flood Insurance Rate Map, also known as FIRM, which can be found online at https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-rate-map-firm. You can also contact your local municipality or look on their website, most cities will have zoning information available online. You can try searching for the term “flood elevation certificate” for faster results. 

Some people may think that these zones can only be found next to a large body of water or along a river or stream, but that’s not the case. Houses that are nowhere near a body of water can experience a flood if there’s a large rain storm. 

Emergency Preparedness

Knowing what kind of flood zone you live in can also be helpful for storage options and emergency preparedness. If you live in a high-risk zone, for example, you probably don’t want to put boxes directly on the floor, and you might want to increase the number of your emergency supplies. 

If you weren’t aware that your home is potentially at risk for a flood, and a storm causes water-related damage, you should contact a storm damage specialist in your area to determine your best course of action and get the damage repaired as quickly as possible.

Drip, Drip, Drip: How To Tell If Your Shower Is Leaking

6/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can be costly to the unsuspecting homeowner. In the fast pace of a daily routine, it can be difficult to remember to check for potential damage from something as mundane as a bathtub leak or shower pan leak. However, the earlier a leak is caught, the higher the chance that all you need is a simple repair. 

How To Look for Damage

The first thing to do when looking for damage from a leak is to visually inspect the area. If you suspect a shower or bathtub leak, look for obvious signs of water damage:

  • Look for any obvious cracks or damage to the shower tile or the bathtub itself where it looks like water could be escaping.
  • Peeling or lose trim can indicate potential damage from repeated water exposure. 
  • Check the faucet or shower head by running water for a short time and then turning the water off, observing any unusual water flow where the fixtures are attached to the wall. 
  • You may also be able to see issues with the threshold of a shower while the shower is on, such as water escaping when the shower doors are closed. 
  • Any stains in the ceiling directly underneath a bathroom are a definite red flag and need to be addressed as soon as possible.

What This Means for You

If you find any of these signs of possible leakage, it’s time to contact an emergency restoration professional. An experienced professional can not only prevent further structural damage from occurring around the bathtub but can also take steps to eliminate any mold or mildew buildup from trapped water. 

Just remember, if you find any signs of a possible shower or bathtub leak in your bathroom, you can rest assured that a restoration professional in Florida is Here to Help. Enlisting the aid of experienced professionals can help you get your home back to normal as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

How Does Water Enter Your Home’s Crawl Space?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Inside your walls and under your floorboards, you have spots of open air. If water gathers there, it's hard to detect. This wet crawl space is worrisome because darkness and moisture can combine to produce mold; therefore, not only could you have a damaged structure, but you might have fungus. Complicating it further is the air conditioner, picking up these spores and spreads them throughout the residence. Protect your place. Be aware of what to look for and how to correct it.

How Did Water Invade My Home?

While your home may seem tightly sealed up, it may actually have some openings, leaving your place exposed to flooding issues without you even knowing it. For example, perhaps you have a few shingles that have fallen off. If that's the case, rainwater could easily sneak beyond into the ceiling, pooling up in the attic unbeknownst to you. What about a pipe in the wall? A small crevice could be releasing drips into the walls. In addition, the following reasons could create hidden moisture problems:

  • Foundation issues
  • Irrigation pipe problems
  • Main water line leaks
  • Gutters clogged with ice or leaves
  • Air handler trouble

Try and pay attention to your surroundings and see if you're having changes in humidity or noticing water stains. Those could be indications that you need to check for wet crawl space.

How Do You Get Rid of It?

To remove the liquid, you'll need to fix the initial complication. That means bringing in professionals to repair any damage. Then, find a water remediation company to evaluate moisture levels. If pools accumulated, you may be open to fungus growth or structural damage. This team of experts can dry out the area, take out any problematic sections and begin repairs. Hopefully, it will feel as if the flood never occurred.

Be aware of your surroundings, and understand how water can hide in your home. Areas such as roofs, attics, and foundation levels should not be ignored, rather, they should be checked regularly. If you suspect you have a wet crawl space, call experts to dry it out and make repairs.



Immediate Steps to Take if You Suffer From Water Damage

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Let’s face it, water damage is threatening to your property’s value and can cause some serious, well damage. Whether you’re facing a storm; a flood; leaks from a weakened roof, HVAC, or busted pipes; or experience overflowing appliances, water damage can wreak havoc in an array of emergency situations. To prevent further damage and to increase the chances of salvation, it is critical to act quickly within the first 24 hours. Considering you have safely evacuated the premises and safety officials have declared it safe, follow these steps to immediately rectify your business from water damage.

Avoid Additional Risks

Upon returning to your property, survey the premises and document any visible structural damage that may further endanger you and your property. Look for signs of warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, and holes. If safety officials haven’t done so already, contact utility companies to cease all water and electrical sources. Even if the power is still out upon your return, physically turn off the main power line and individual fuses to avoid the risk of electrocution should the power be reactivated.

Document Everything

While surveying your property, take photos and document all damages. Digital photos will allow you to properly store, back up, and transfer files quickly and conveniently. Be sure to document all damages prior to removing any water or starting any repairs; otherwise, you risk decreasing the extent of your insurance coverage.

Contact your Insurance Provider

Contacting your insurance provider is critical immediately following water damage and your return to the property. Your insurance provider will be able to assess the situation, file a claim, determine whether or not the damage is severe enough to send an adjuster, and provide invaluable next steps. They will also ask for the documentation you’ve collected so it’s important to have that readily available. Pro Tip: if government authorities have declared your region a ‘disaster area’, property owners may have access to increased resources, services, and financial assistance.

Secure the Property

Place board over broken windows, fasten tarps, and carry out other measures to avoid further leaks and water damage.  Be sure to document all of your efforts to secure your property from further damage.  If these precautionary steps are not taken and something else happens, additional damages may not be covered by your insurance provider.

Mitigate Mold Damage

It only takes 24-48 hours for mold to develop following a flood or water damage. If items have been wet for less than 48 hours, they may be salvageable. Remove wet contents such as carpeting and furniture as soon as possible. If an item has been exposed longer than 48 hours, it may be harder and more expensive to salvage. If possible, you can start the drying out process within 24 hours and eliminate mold and mildew growth by: 

  • Removing wet furniture or lifting it off of the carpet
  • Place aluminum foil or other carpet separators on furniture to prevent carpet stains
  • Remove and hang area rugs to dry
  • Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out wet areas
  • Turn air conditioning on to help remove humidity and speed the drying process

Contact A Professional Restoration Service

If any amounts of water need more than a mop and you’ve followed the immediate steps to secure your business, water removal may require professional attention. SERVPRO has the expertise, training, and equipment to quickly remedy water damages and help your business get back to working order faster. 




How SERVPRO Assesses Flood Damage After a Dishwasher Breaks Down In Your Haines City/Polk City Home

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Array of Measuring Devices Ensures a Dry Home Post Flooding

Dishwashers are a welcome addition to many households. After all, who does not love being able to simply rinse the dishes, set the cycle, and let the machine do the work? It is very convenient. However, like any other appliance, a dishwasher might malfunction, and a dishwasher breakdown often equals a flood of water in your kitchen.

Flood damage to your Haines City/Polk City home can be a serious cause for concern. A dishwasher might cause a surprisingly large flood in your kitchen, so naturally, you want to get that cleaned up as quickly as possible to mitigate any further damage. That is why we recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO at once -We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
An essential element of our job is assessing the damage to your home. A thorough assessment lets our experts know how much moisture is present, which is vital information that we need to decide upon the best course of action.
 
A visual inspection is an important first start, but of course, that is only one part of the process. Our teams come prepared with a range of powerful equipment to help us assess the flood damage to your home:
 
A moisture sensor to help us ascertain how deeply water has penetrated into soft materials. The sensor displays a blinking light and makes an audible beep when moisture is present, and this allows us to measure the extent of the damage. We have other models that work silently.
 
A moisture meter to help us measure how much moisture is in any structure. Meters are useful for testing the damp content of every part surrounding your dishwasher including not only the floor but also walls, wall insulation, cabinets, and rugs or carpets. Do not worry if you have a wooden floor. Our SERVPRO experts also come equipped with penetrating moisture meters that can be used to take a reading under wood flooring or even inside the wall. Our technicians calibrate the instrument to suit the material that we are testing.
 
Thermo-hygrometers. Thermo-hygrometers measure the temperature and the relative humidity in your kitchen. Our technicians use these readings to determine the extent of the water damage. This is usually used after the water has been removed, a verification that a standard RH has been attained.
 
A complete evaluation of the situation assists us in drawing up an effective individual drying plan for your kitchen. We monitor moisture and humidity throughout the drying process so you can rest assured your kitchen is at optimum dryness and humidity before we call the job done. We can also provide documentation to your insurance company.

What You Need To Know About Black Water

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

If your home has experienced serious flooding, you’re probably facing extensive water damage. Flood water is considered black water, which means you will need to call in experienced remediation specialists who understand the best practices for restoration to handle the cleanup. This is because black water poses a serious threat.

What Is Black Water?

During a flood, sewers and toilets can overflow, pipes can burst and flood waters can pick up any number of contaminants as they flow through an area. This contamination with feces, urine and other dangerous pollutants are what make flood water “black.” Any stagnant water that has been around long enough to support the growth of harmful bacterial is also considered black.

Why Is It Dangerous?

Contaminated flood water carries dangerous bacteria that can cause humans and animals to become sick. This can occur from accidentally swallowing water or having it come into contact with small wounds or scratches. This includes the flood water saturating possessions after the bulk of the flooding has receded, which is why you should not attempt your own water damage cleanup. Diseases that can be caused by black water include the following:

• Hepatitis

• Gastroenteritis

• Giardia

• Campylobacteriosis

• Typhoid

• Cholera

What Should You Do About It?

Because flood water is considered black water, you shouldn’t attempt to clean your own home after a serious flood. Contact a professional remediation service to handle it for you. After its representatives have assessed the situation, they will begin the process of extracting the remaining water, disinfecting your home and drying it out with industrial equipment. It’s critical this process happens quickly to avoid irreversible damage and mold growth.

When you’re facing water damage after a flood, don’t endanger your family’s health by trying to clean it up yourself. Hire a trained professional who has the knowledge and specialized equipment to handle the damage safely and effectively.

Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage

7/3/2021 (Permalink)

No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or to wake up to the sound of a broken pipe spraying water on valuable furniture and household possessions. However, the possibility of water damage occurring in your Haines City/ Polk City home is very real. Whether it is a pipe burst or a weather-related issue, it is important to arm yourself with some basic knowledge to deal with this type of emergency before it happens.

Here are a few tips to help in the event of water damage in your Florida home:

  • First, ascertain whether it is safe to stay in the house.
  • Make sure there are no active electrical devices or outlets immersed in or near the water.
  • Note that wet floors are slippery and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Keep in mind that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
  • Have your plumber’s phone number ready and available.
  • Contact your SERVPRO Professional at (407)226-2621 for complete restoration.

While waiting for your SERVPRO Professional to reach your location, here is what you CAN do:

  • Shut off the water
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air condition on for maximum drying in the Summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects and other prized possessions to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Shut Off Valves at Work

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City Professionals at 863-236-3553; 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

How To Clean Your Building After a Toilet Flood

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

There may not be much that is nastier to deal with than a sewer backup, and your business plan may not include the budget for a sewer cleanup, so, it might be worth looking into flood insurance. Nonetheless, problems can occur and the unexpected can happen, throwing a wrench into the works. Differing from a category 1 or clean water flood, a flooded toilet carries serious contaminants that must be properly dealt with.

How Do You Clean Up Sewer Water

If the water is running clear, stops upon shutoff and is confined to a non-porous bathroom floor, you may be able to mop it up and clean it with detergent and chlorine bleach. If the water has any color to it, is coming from deeper in the drain or is spilling out onto carpeted areas, down a heat duct or is deep enough to be standing you will likely need assistance from a professional sewage cleanup service.

Remove everyone from the area to avoid exposure

Find the water shutoff valve and turn the flow off, if possible

If the water is not running mostly clear, it may be coming from the sewer rather than the supply line

Water must be extracted and cleaned up

Sanitizing and disinfecting must be thoroughly done as sewage can be considered a biohazard

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The sewer line may need to be cleared professionally to unblock the drain. A sewer cleanup service may be necessary to help with that as well as the cleanup. Sewage water is likely to contain bacteria and viruses and it is critical to contain the spill and begin professional a sanitizing process as soon as possible, using industrial disinfectants. Every nook and cranny needs attention. Any rugs, carpets or soft surfaces will likely need to be disposed of.

Employ preventative measures such as regular drain and supply line inspections and enzyme treatments to reduce the risk of flooding. When prevention fails and the need for sewer cleanup occurs, take it seriously to ensure proper restoration.

Dealing With Water Damage

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage can be unexpected and frustrating. If you or someone you know has had water damage give us a call. We are always here to help. Water damages can be caused by numerous things. Some of those things are listed below.

  • Toilet overflow
  • Water supply line break
  • Roof leak
  • Flooding
  • Fish tank break
  • AC Leak 
  • Fridge Leak 
  • Water Heater Leak
  • Slab Leak 

Many things can cause water damages. Call us if you have any questions.

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us today, we are always here to help.

3 Steps To Take When There Is Water in Your Crawl Space

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Crawl spaces are often overlooked by homeowners until there’s a flood and they are forced to investigate. These areas are usually located between the ground and the first floor. Many homeowners struggle with entering crawl spaces, which are only several feet high. What you do not want to find is water in these spaces. These three safety tips are essential for ensuring that all water is removed from your home after heavy rainfall. 

1. Locate the Source of a Flood 

A wet crawl space is a result of water entering your home in an undesirable way. The following might cause this frustrating problem:

  • Poor foundation of the building 
  • Malfunctioning downspouts and gutters 
  • Ruptured water lines 
  • Excessive subterranean water 

It’s important to at least make an educated guess about what caused the flooding so that you can do everything you can to not make it worse. If you suspect a broken pipe, for example, it’s wise to avoid your shower, sinks, and toilet until your wet crawl space is clean. 

2. Consult With the Experts 

Orlando, FL, has many companies that specialize in residential water issues. Ideally, you want to trust water damage experts that are experienced and trained. They should be able to look over your property and know exactly what to do to make it as good as new. Repairs can be an extensive process, so patience and faith in a company are key. 

3. Waterproof Your Crawl Space 

Nobody can control the weather. Waterproofing your crawl space is an excellent way to get peace of mind when the clouds start to gather and you think your home might be the target of a natural disaster. There are many waterproofing techniques ranging from applying a sealant to your home’s foundation to installing a sump pump. 

The dark and muddy depths of a wet crawl space can be intimidating, especially when it's flooded. These three safety suggestions can help eliminate anxiety and simplify the clean-up process.

Water Damage To A Home

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage to a Master Bedroom

Dealing with a water damage can be incredibly stressful. Let SERVPRO take care of it for you. Many people have busy lives, dealing with many situations but when it comes to a water damage, we can ease your mind. The photo shown is a water damage to a master bedroom. The dark spots on the floor show where the water traveled and settled. The customer called us to take care of the problem. They were very pleased with our service.

SERVPRO of Haines City/ Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Re-mediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Water Damage Caused By A Leaking Roof

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling Damage Caused by Roof Leak

If you have a roof leak it is especially important to get a professional company out to address the damage and either fix it or tarp it. If the leak continues it can turn into more than just a roof leak. The Photo shown is of a roof that leaked and continued to leak and eventually caused the drywall ceiling to collapse. The customer was overwhelmed and needed help. SERVPRO was able to go out and take it off their hands. They were incredibly pleased with our services.

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Re-mediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-236-3553, we are always here to help.

Water Damage from Summer Storms

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Attention Businesses! With the start of this years 2020 Hurricane Season, SERVPRO would like you to know that we are a 24-Hour Emergency Response Team. As Floridians we know that with all the rain and wind that comes our way, our businesses and homes could see damages. It is extremely important to have a plan of action ahead of time and that is what SERVPRO is here for. If your home or business is impacted by this year’s storms, give us a call. We are always here to help!  

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Knowing What to Do If You Have Water Damage

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

A water damage can happen at any point in time whether your home or not. It is always important to know what to do when a pipe bust, a toilet over flows, a sewer line backs up or a fish tank busts. Call SERVPRO we will be able to guide you through what to do. Be sure to know where your water shut off valve is. Knowing where this is and how to turn it off can help save your home when a pipe bust.  

 SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Dealing with Water Damage

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage can be unexpected and frustrating. If you or someone you know has had a water damage give us a call. We are always here to help. Water damages can be caused by numerous things. Some of those things are listed below.

  • Toilet overflow
  • Water supply line break
  • Roof leak
  • Flooding
  • Fish tank break
  • AC Leak 
  • Fridge Leak 
  • Water Heater Leak
  • Slab Leak 

Many things can cause water damages. Call us if you have any questions.

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Bathroom Sink Overflow

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Photo Showing Water Damage From An Overflowing Bathroom Sink

In this photo, notice the amount of water that is puddled on the rug and tile floor. This was a water damage that happened in Kissimmee FL. It was caused by an overflowing sink that went unnoticed until it seeped into the next room where the homeowner had been sitting. This caused water to travel throughout the home. Anything can happen so its best to expect the unexpected and have a plan of action for moments like this.

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Dealing With Water Damage

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage can be unexpected and frustrating. If you or someone you know has had a water damage give us a call. We are always here to help. Water damages can be caused by numerous things. Some of those things are listed below.

  • Toilet overflow
  • Water supply line break
  • Roof leak
  • Flooding
  • Fish tank break
  • AC Leak 
  • Fridge Leak 
  • Water Heater Leak
  • Slab Leak 

Many things can cause water damages. Call us if you have any questions.

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Community Fest- Follow Up

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Community Fest

First of all, thank you everyone that came out to join us for the community fest in Winter Haven. We got a lot of great photos and met some pretty amazing people of our community. To give a number on how many great people, 5,000- 6,000 attended the event.

SERVPRO would like to remind you that we are a fire, water and mold restoration company. We also offer a lot of other great services like Deep cleanings, carpet cleaning and Bio-hazard Cleanups. If you have a question regarding any of our services please give us a call. We are always here to help. 

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.