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Archived Water Damage Blog Posts

Water Damage with equipment set

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Equipment Water Damage with equipment

Always count on SERVPRO for a fast responds time!

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was contacted by a home owner at 12:00 midnight Monday for a water damage caused from a water line leak from the refrigerator, our emergency crew responded within minutes of the call and was ready for the task. The supervisor headed to the job site within a short time while the crew loaded up all  the necessary equipment and proceeded to their destination. They accessed the situation and extracted water in all affected areas. When they had the situation under control they began setting DH’s (Dehumidifiers) and air movers (fans) on the affected areas. When we finished late that night the customer was very pleased on how we took control of their situation. We told him that our goal was to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Please call SERVPRO of Lake County FL. at Ph. 352-735-3311

Broken Pipe

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Broken pipe Pipe with a major crack in it

Broken Pipes - Everything You Need to Know Before Calling an Expert

A burst pipe can cause significant damage within a very short time. If you are looking at a frozen pipe, remember that water expands in volume by 9 per cent with great force. The pipe simply can’t sustain the pressure and so it breaks open. Unless you happen to be a plumber, you will want to call one immediately.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Find your water main and shut it off immediately.
  • Safety first. If you have ceilings ready to drop, stay clear of the area.
  • Shut off the electricity if the water is seeping into any of your wiring.
  • Open a faucet to help relieve the remaining pressure.
  • Put a bucket under the leak if possible.
  • Start your clean up. Get out the mops and buckets, the wet vac or anything you have and start getting rid of any water you can. The quicker the better to help reduce the spread of the damage and prevent mold.
  • Set up any fans to blow warm air into the impacted rooms.
  • Open doors to closets and pantries to let air in and give it a chance to dry.
  • Clean up any obvious damage as soon as you can.
  • Review your insurance policy and call your agent.
  • Call SERVPRO a water damage specialist AT 352-735-3311

Broken Pipes

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment Setting up drying equipment and holes drilled in wall for drying wall cavity.

2021 Water Damage Repair & Restore Costs: Ceiling, Basement, Drywall Per Sq Ft - HomeAdvisor

The average homeowner spends between $1,140 and $4,728 to restore or repair water damage, with an average of $2,931 (depending on the size of the loss) A licensed professional can determine the cause and extent of the destruction by categorizing and classifying the damage to your home — the two largest factors in figuring the final bill. Want to avoid large cleanup and repair bills? Preventative maintenance and cleaning up quickly after damage are critical to keeping costs down. How long moisture is left untreated increases the scope of the damage and allows mold to grow. Preventing damage by contacting professionals to diagnose causes and make small repairs can save thousands later. Regardless of cause or cost, always document the damage for insurance claims. For all your needs, please call SERVPRO of Lake County at 352-735-3311

The Ebb & Flow

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employees in front of a SERVPRO Vehicle SERVPRO Employees

My name is Brittany and I am the office manager of our franchise. I have been with this company for a Three years now and in that time, I have learned so much about the restoration and remediation industry. The losses we most frequently encounter are water. A water loss can occur for many reasons, including a leak in a supply line, a broken pipe, or a storm event. No matter the cause, each loss is devastating and needs to be handled with care. Our crews are highly trained in water restoration. Our Crew Chiefs and managers all hold water remediation technician and applied science of drying certifications from the IICRC. (The IICRC is explained in another blog entitled “The IICRC and what it Means to SERVPRO”)

Typically, my responsibility on each job is on the back end- I make sure all the paperwork is in order, build our invoice, deal with the insurance companies, and complete the file. The work you see takes place on site where our crews work on assessing the damage, placing equipment, and overseeing the drying process. They assist the customers each step of the way and act as the face of our franchise. Any loss is scary but we are happy to help!

I have worked a few water losses in my time here. One Sunday, I responded to a home that had flooded entirely after the toilet supply line broke. We spent hours extracting the standing water, taking moisture readings, and placing equipment. The work was hard and definitely a lot dirtier than I am used to. At the end of that first day, the customer's arrived to go over our progress. They had been onsite when we initially responded and we understood their panic. Their demeanor after seeing the home that evening was totally different. Their home wasn't back to normal, but they had a clear understanding of the process and what to expect after speaking with us. We walked each room and showed them what work had been performed- from removing baseboards to detaching doors to lifting the soaked carpet. Over the next few days, we continued to update them on the progress. By the time everything was dry, those folks felt more like family.

Some jobs are more difficult than others, some days seem longer than imaginable. But each day, I am appreciative of the industry and the difference our franchise can make for even just one person. 

Water Water Everywhere

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

If you recently had a water damage or leak in your home you can relate to the stress that it can cause you and your home.

Did you know that it’s the water in the areas that you don’t see that can cause the most damage?

These unseen damages can affect the value of your home and potentially the health of your loved ones.

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough to thoroughly clean unseen water intrusions.

SERVPRO of Lake County franchise professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified regardless of where it hides.

We offer 24-hr emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals. With top of the line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Lake County Franchise Professionals have the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.

When it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems. So if a water damage occurs in your home, just call SERVPRO of Lake County at (352) 735-3311.

We will be there to help make it, “Like it never even happened."

Water Damage

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet Removal Tearing out Commercial Carpet

Flooding and other water damage can be sudden and destructive to your property. If left untreated, the excess water can cause health hazards and create structural damage. Immediate action is necessary to save you both money and worry. Whether the culprit is a broken pipe, a faulty household appliance, an overloaded washing machine, sewage back up, or simply rainwater, a commercial building flooding can be devastating – and when it comes time to fix water damage, it can be costly.

Turn to SERVPRO of Lake County for quality water damage restoration services that are effective and affordable. We use cutting-edge technology and non-invasive methods to find the cause of flooding and fix it at the root of the problem. Unlike other technicians, we have in-depth understanding and experience assessing water damage and creating customized solutions. Our highly trained professionals arrive on time, prepared, and get the job done right, fast and on time. Please call SERVPRO of Lake County at 352.735-3311                                                

Demo after a water damage

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

starting a floor removal after a water damage Demolition of a floating wood floor

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida received a call at 5:00am from two toilet overflows. Our crew was onsite by 6:00am and started going over all the paper work and getting it signed so we could proceed to start the job. Our SERVPRO crew began to extract the standing water from room to room. We had lots of furniture to remove from one area to another and extract as we cleared a room. After all the areas were extracted we began to demo the flooring. There were three rooms that the floor was removed all debris picked up and bagged in 3mil plastic and loaded in our trailer and hauled away. The customer was extremely happy with the time we arrived onsite until everything was cleaned up and loaded in our trailer. Please call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida at 352-735-3311 and we will be glad to help. 

Drying Chamber

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Plastic Drying chamber Drying Concrete wall Cavity

The Essential Guide to Drying Chambers in Water Damage Restoration

Drying chambers, by nature, will limit the risk of moisture spreading. Because they can section off a specific area, the moisture is quickly pulled out of the air by dehumidifiers. If not sealed, the moisture would move throughout the building, potentially causing damage in other areas. Drying chambers can be established for any site requiring treatment, including small cavities, cupboards, and within walls.

A main concern with other treatment methods is how much resourcing is required to dry a given area. With drying chambers, you’re able to target the specific location you need to work on and not waste energy by the surrounding environment. If the flooring is all that needs to be treated, you’re not losing precious time and power to keep an entire room at the proper temperature, with the right amount of airflow. You’re simply applying energy to the damaged flooring, dramatically reducing resource requirements and saving yourself from other potential issues.

While drying chambers are efficient, they need to be implemented correctly to maximize their benefits. 

Water Damage

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Drywall removal Removal of damage drywall from water damage

The Short- and Long-Term Effects of Water Damage


The first problem that you might be concerned about when it comes to flooding in your home is damaged belongings. As you might already know, even minor flooding can lead to damaged or ruined furniture and other belongings. If your home has recently been flooded, there is a good chance that at least some of your belongings will have to be thrown away. Before you start bagging everything up and hauling it off to be disposed of, though, you should contact a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Lake County FL In some cases, household belongings can be salvaged. For example, during the water damage process, water is often removed from upholstered furniture in an effort to save that furniture from permanent damage. Sometimes, clothing and linens can be washed and salvaged. If dried in time, wooden furniture can sometimes be restored after flooding too.                                                                                                                                         

Removal of Base Board

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Technician removing base board Removing Base Board molding from water damage

How To: Remove Baseboard - Bob Vila

Whether you’re planning on replacing a floor or simply wanting to change up the style of trim in a room, your project to-do list will likely start with removal of the baseboard, that strip of wood or plastic that covers the joint between the walls and floor, as well as any shoe molding that may be present. Particularly if you want to save money by reusing the same baseboard over a new floor, it’s important to free the trim without damaging it—and without scratching, denting, or gouging the walls. At one time, achieving such precision required a number of outmoded tools, hard work, lots of patience, and extra time and money spent repairing holes and replacing damaged trim. Now, with the help of an impressively simple new tool called the Trim Puller, obtaining a pro-quality job is a total snap, saving you time and money along the way.

Content Manipulation

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Contents in the middle of a room. Content Manipulation

A content manipulation is either packing or moving back your items after a major loss such as water or fire damage in order to quicken the remediation process. A pack-out is the moving of customer’s contents to a secured storage location. Here at SERVPRO of Lake County Florida, we have multiple storage options: whether its your own unit or off site storage units we are here to help. Sometimes we just move it carefully in the center of there home if the wish. There are certain items that we do not pack-out; these tend to be high value items such as jewelry, family heirlooms, or other items requested by the homeowner. We do not pack-out liquids due to the possibility of spills. Once remediation is complete we then pack-back your items to their original spots.

Water Damage

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Demo on floor Removing laminate flooring

Home owners came back from vacation to find their toilet supply line had broken. They talked to their neighbor who highly recommended SERVPRO of Lake county Florida. They called us after hours and we responded quickly. We arrived onsite within 45 minutes and after all the paperwork was reviewed and signed by the home owners, SERVPRO of Lake County Florida went to work Extracting water and manipulating contents throughout the home. All the Homeowners three rooms of Laminate flooring had to be removed from being under water for days. The owners were very happy with everything we did to save their valuables and blocked up their furniture from further damage. SERVPRO of Lake county Florida is available 24/7 for all your emergency needs. Ph. 1-352-735-3311

Water with content manipulation

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage Water Damage with content manipulation

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was called out over Thanksgiving due to water coming out of the garage door. The homeowner was out of town and the neighbor was watching it for them until they returned. When the neighbor went to check on the house, he discovered lots of water coming out the garage. He contacted the home owner and they called SERVPRO of Lake county Florida. Upon arrival SERVPRO immediately went to work extracting lots of water and moving five rooms of contents and blocking up furniture. SERVPRO kept the neighbor and home owner informed on everything we were doing and explained why. As a result, they were very happy with choosing SERVPRO of Lake County Florida. Please call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida for all your restoration needs at 1-352-735-3311     

Water Damage

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Tile removal Tile Removal from floor being flooded

From leaking faucets to burst pipes and flooding, water damage is one of the most common and potentially destructive problems you can face as a homeowner. If not taken care of immediately, excess water in your home can promote electrical hazards, cause expensive damage to your home’s structure and furnishings and can even lead to the growth of hazardous mold. When the worst happens, call the experts at SERVPRO of Lake County Florida. With one call, we’re at your side, providing expert guidance on what to do, with the experience to fix the problem, fast.

What is water mitigation?

Water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the amount of water damage that happens after a flood or due to a leaking roof, or as a result of any number of water-related problems. By taking fast action, you can prevent additional damage and cost, with our help.

What causes water damage?

Water damage happens for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Burst or broken pipes & hoses
  • A clogged toilet
  • Moisture behind walls
  • A leaking roof
  • Foundation cracks

Whatever the cause, fast mitigation is key to restoration, and this is where SERVPRO of Lake County Fl. excels 24 Hr. per day 7 days per week. Please call SERVPRO at 352-735-7711