Recent Water Damage Posts
Water Damage bathroom
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
Water damage with 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
Are You Sure this Water's Sanitary?
In this picture you can see the results of the sewage flooding and contamination
When working a water damage we distinguish each job by category. For instance, a Cat 1 would involve sanitary water, a Cat 2 would be significantly contaminated, and a Cat 3 would be grossly contaminated. This important because it affects work activities and protective measures that are need for each job. It is important for our technicians, when working these jobs, to protect themselves by wearing the following PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): Full face respirator with combination HEPA particulate/organic vapor filters, a full body suit, nitrile gloves, heavy-duty work gloves and water proof boots.
On this particular Cat 3 job, a building under construction experienced a sewage loss in one of the restrooms, which resulted in most of the floor throughout the wing being affected. We were contacted by the customer and were able to respond immediately to begin the work process. In this case, we performed a water extraction, decontaminated affected areas with antimicrobial multiple times, removed flooring and drywall, placed several air scrubbers and dehumidifiers to aid in the drying process, and HEPA vacuumed all affected areas.
Upon completion of services our customer was thrilled to be able to resume construction on the building and appreciative that our highly trained and certified crew made such a massive, gross debacle “Like it never even happened.”
General water loss
Two of our techs are setting containment to protect the unaffected areas on this job site.
Water damage’s all have the potential to cause far-reaching damage when they strike. However, not all is lost. Water restoration experts can help salvage most of the items in a house. Homeowners count their losses too quick before engaging the services of restoration experts like SERVPRO. It is important to know the effects of water damage so that homeowners understand the need for remediation. Wind damage, for instance, can cause heavy roof damage. Roof damage is mainly from loose tiles or shingles. Wind damage during and after a storm can also cause moisture under loose shingles to sip through the roof. Homes with wooden roofs can experience wood swelling. This leads to further roof damage necessitating immediate repair. Postponing roof repair especially from strong storms containing rain and high winds only leads to more costs. A simple roof leak repair can turn into a roof replacement if not handled immediately. It is also crucial to conduct roof inspection, especially after a storm warning. This minimizes the costs to be incurred in roof repair after the storm damage happens. A roof inspection will identify all the damaged places, and the roof repair will be handled in time. All roof leaks are also sealed to ensure that the roof is able to withstand the coming weather damage. Homeowners need to explain the type of damage so that the home restoration experts can come with the right tools and gear to carry out water remediation. One such tool is a sump pump. These sump pumps are used to drain water after a flooding or water damage. A sump pump can also work automatically. It can be left in a room to drain the ground water. The pumps are able to handle the ground water even as it rises. Commercial sump pumps are also available to deal with massive flood water situations such as river flooding. In a home application, the flood pumps can be used with vacuums. For all your restoration needs please call SERVPRO of Lake county Florida
The Ebb and Flow
My name is Brittany and I am the office manager of our franchise. I have been with this company for a little over a year 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!
Water that was trapped underneath a laminate floor
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."