Recent Water Damage Posts

4 Ways To Minimize the Risk of Dishwasher Leaks

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Drainage system under the sink SERVPRO has a team of trained restoration technicians who know the exact steps to take after you've experienced water damage.

4 Ways To Reduce The Chances Of A Dishwasher Leak.

Dishwashers are extremely convenient kitchen appliances that many busy households in Hillsboro Beach, FL, may use frequently. However, if not properly installed or maintained, these machines can cause significant water damage. To help minimize the risk of a leaking dishwasher and reduce the need for extensive flood cleanup and restoration, you should employ the following four strategies.

1. Ensure Proper Installation

In order to operate efficiently, a dishwasher should be level with all four legs securely planted on the floor. An unbalanced machine can result in expediated wear and tear and internal warping that may contribute to leaks.

2. Use Recommended Detergent

There are numerous brands and formulas of dishwashing detergent available on the market, but it’s essential that you consistently utilize only products formulated for these appliances. Other solutions, such as liquid dish soap, may produce excessive suds. This can increase pressure on the door gasket and damage the water-tight seal, resulting in a leak.

3. Routinely Inspect Under Unit

Because many critical components reside under the unit, you may not notice symptoms of a leaking dishwasher until significant water damage has occurred. To help prevent this problem, you should routinely remove the front kickplate while the machine is operating and inspect for drips and dampness. If you discover a broken or loose clamp, seal or hose, you should promptly repair or replace it.

4. Evaluate Door Gasket

If you notice pooled water in front of your machine, a damaged door gasket may be the culprit. Water lubricates this important component and helps prevent it from cracking. For this reason, you should use your dishwasher at least once a week. It’s also important to routinely inspect the seal for signs of deterioration and replace it as necessary.

No homeowner wants to endure a messy flood cleanup. Employing these strategies can help you prevent or detect a leaking dishwasher before extensive water damage occurs.

How Does Water Damage Affect Building Materials?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage on the floor Take action to mitigate water damage as soon as it occurs at your home in Deerfield Beach, FL. Call SERVPRO, we are ready for your needs!

What Effects Do Water Damage Have on Building Materials?

Water damage affects various building materials in different ways. From crumbling drywall to swelling wood, here are a few of the effects that exposure to water can have on common materials.

Drywall

Water can begin to penetrate drywall within hours. This building material may react in several ways, including:

  • Disintegration
  • Swelling
  • Supporting mold growth

Drywall exposed to water should be torn out and replaced only after the surrounding area is completely dry.

Flooring

Wood flooring and carpeting respond to water damage differently. Wood floors are particularly vulnerable after water permeates the polyurethane coating. You may observe some of the following effects:

  • Cupping
  • Swelling wood
  • Splitting planks

Solid wood flooring may be restored through several methods, such as:

  • Sanding
  • Scraping
  • Refinishing
  • Removing and retrofitting planks

Regardless of flooring type, wet subfloors may need to be replaced. Moist concrete at the base should also be completely dry prior to restoration.

Carpet exposed to clean water from a supply line break may be dried if the damage is quickly discovered and mitigated. If carpet remains saturated for hours or days or is initially exposed to contaminated gray or black water, it should be torn out and replaced.

Metal

Metal may become discolored and begin to corrode within days or weeks of exposure to water. Rust-proof coatings may provide some protection.

Wood

Untreated wood may become stained within minutes or hours of exposure to water. Wood may start to split, swell, or warp within hours or days. Depending on the type of wood, duration of exposure, and structural significance, these components may need to be replaced.

Take action to mitigate water damage as soon as it occurs at your home in Deerfield Beach, FL. Contact a plumber for water pipe repair. A residential restoration service can advise you about swelling wood and which building materials can be safely restored or will need to be replaced.

4 Recommendations To Lower Water Usage and Save Your Business Money

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage on wall. Even with smart practices, a professional water damage restoration crew may be necessary for the damage from water issues.

Water can be quite an expense for a Coconut Creek, FL, business. Not only is there an operation cost, but water issues from excessive wear can also lead to flooding that potentially closes off sections of your business. With these four recommendations, you can reduce your usage and slow down the deterioration of your utility system.

1. Seek Reasonable Alternatives to Water Cooling

Water is often used in businesses for cooling assets such as ice machines, compressors, condensers, or vacuum pumps. These products have variants that utilize air cooling for similar performance without water consumption. You should evaluate everything cooled in your business and determine if there are feasible alternatives.

2. Redesign for Efficient Landscaping

If your business has any green areas, you can take measures to save your green money. A helpful idea is to plant only vegetation that is native or can live with little watering. Additionally, by maintaining the soil’s health, your plants can retain any moisture and sustenance needed without waste.

If you live in a wet climate, recycling rainwater by collecting and storing it for future use can keep plants thriving. Without the risk of water issues from pipe wear, this natural liquid can be safer and more economical.

3. Compare Guidelines and Benchmarks in Your Industry

Trial and error can be costly. Fortunately, information is often available from other businesses in your industry. Expected usage benchmarks are publicly available, and studied sustainability reports provide information on the effectiveness of any water upgrade that others have tried and that you may be considering.

4. Inform Employees About Water Efficiency

Your employees are vital for reducing your business’s water misuse. With their help, you can have your employees be mindful and maybe inform you of ways to save. A reminder alone can be effective for keeping people vigilant of wasteful habits.

Even with smart practices, a professional water damage restoration crew may be necessary for the damage from water issues. Deterioration is inevitable from regular wear, but you can mitigate it beforehand. By cleaning up your business’s procedures, you can likely avoid having to deal with cleaning up a major flood later.

How To Replace a Leaky Toilet

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage waste on the floor of a Deerfield Beach, FL home Sewage backup in Deerfield Beach, FL.

How To Replace Your Own Toilet

It’s never a good sign when you have a leaking toilet in your home. The leak can become a major flood if not taken care of quickly. Follow these steps to learn how to replace your own toilet.

Removing the Old Toilet

Before you can install a new toilet, you have to remove the old one:

1. Measure the distance from the wall to the bolts on the base of the toilet and from the wall to the side of the bowl to ensure your new toilet is the correct size.

2. Turn off the water.

3. Flush to remove the water from the tank.

4. Take the tank lid off and wipe up leftover water.

5. Disconnect the water supply line from the tank, unscrew the nuts, and lift it off the bowl.

6. Wipe up leftover water inside the bowl and remove the nuts at the base.

7. Lift the leaking toilet up and set it onto a garbage bag.

8. Remove the wax ring from the drain hole, clean out excess wax, and put a wad of paper towel into the hole to prevent sewer gas from venting.

9. Clean the floor if needed, remove the old closet bolts, and replace them with new ones.

Installing the New Toilet

Now it's out with the old and in with the new. Here's how to install your new commode:

10. Warm up a new wax ring with warm water and place it onto your new toilet.

11. Remove the towel from the drain hole. Carefully place the toilet onto the hole. If you miss it, it’s better to start with another new ring. Gently wiggle the toilet so it’s flat on the ground and aligned squarely with the walls.

12. Install any necessary hardware to the new tank, set it onto the bowl using a level, and tighten the bolts.

13. Connect the water supply, slowly turn the water back on, and check for leaks.

Every homeowner will likely face issues with an old toilet at some point. When it becomes a leaking toilet, follow these steps to replace it yourself or call a local toilet repair company in Deerfield Beach, FL, to ensure everything is done correctly and avoid the risk of future flooding.

Is Mold Lurking in Your Deerfield Beach Home?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on the walls on a home in Deerfield Beach, FL Mold is a prevalent issue many Floridians deal with.

An undetected, lurking, costly pest: mold. All too often, many spaces in your Deerfield Beach home are the perfect environment for mold to foster. Mold thrives in damp and humid spaces, quickly spreading to many areas in as little as 24 hours. Knowing the cause of mold, where it grows, and what preventative measures to take can save your home from a mold infestation.

Mold is everywhere. It is found on our clothes, on our pets, in the air in our home. It is impossible to get completely rid of all mold spores, but it is possible to not allow any areas in your home become the perfect breeding ground. Areas that are often saturated with plenty of water and condensation are likely to be the first areas for mold. These include your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas. Cleaning up all water from the area when you have finished is recommended. Consistent inspection of pipes and water hoses is also encouraged as small leaks can quickly turn into areas remaining constantly wet.

Your garage and HVAC system are also common places that are prone to mold. Garages are often a damp space and HVAC systems that are not properly working can suffer condensation or water pooling.  Once mold comes in contact with moisture on any material it can spread quickly. Many materials in your home, if not all, are subject to mold damage. This includes wood, walls, furniture, clothes and carpets.

If your home has suffered recent water damage or is going through the restoration process, be sure that all building materials and items that have come in contact with the water have been completely dried. Lingering moisture may go unnoticed, allowing mold to take place. This can be extremely costly to remediate the mold and potentially replacing many items that have been deemed unsalvageable.

Keeping mold at bay is not impossible. It just takes diligence on a homeowner’s end to be sure that: typically wet areas are dried, their appliances are working correctly and are not suffering any leaks and if they have experienced water damage to seek profession help.

Preventing Water Damage to Your Deerfield Beach Home

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Flood water on the floor of a kitchen in a Deerfield Beach home Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage.

Staying Prepared for Any Water Damage to Your Home

A Deerfield Beach homeowner knows that maintaining a home can be costly and when accidents happen, costs are raised exponentially. Flooding and water damage are the most likely accidents for a homeowner to endure at some point. These situations can happen quickly and without warning. Perhaps during a repair in your bathroom a pipe bursts or a worn-down appliance begins to leak significantly. Whatever the source of water damage may be, regular inspection can help save on costs and headaches. As a good rule of thumb assessments should occur at least 2-3 times a year for any evident and potential sources of water.

Water lines and pipes can wear over time, eventually leaking or breaking all together. Inspect the pipes under your sink and water lines around your appliances or outside of your home. Make sure that there is no pooling around these areas or irregular condensation as this may be hinting at a potential near future issue.

Check your appliances to make sure they are running correctly, with no malfunctions, big or small. The list of appliances should include your dishwasher, refrigerator, washer and dryer, water heater and HVAC system. Appliances that are broken or having slight trouble properly working, can not only be a potential water emergency waiting to happen, they can also be a huge drain on energy costs. Frequent inspections will help catch any future issues and lead to needed maintenance or total replacement.  

In your bathrooms and kitchen, be sure that there are no areas present to allow for leaks or pooling. This can mean making sure there are no cracks in your tub or shower and checking any surrounding grout for any holes or deterioration.

Inspecting your home’s foundation, roof, doors, and windows is also a smart move as these too face wear and tear over time. Your roof, in particular, endures many storms and hurricanes in Deerfield Beach. Being exposed to flying debris and heavy rains, roofs can develop holes or loose shingles, allowing water to enter the home. This goes for the gutters on your roof as well to ensure they are not blocked and allowing water to drain properly.

Maintaining your home should not cost more than your time. Occasionally inspecting your home can be the difference between a few minor repairs and a huge water damage emergency.

Water Damage Restoration Process in Deerfield Beach

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Air movers set up to dry a blue carpet in Deerfield Beach, FL. SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach has the equipment and experience needed to extract water.

Responding to any calls for water damage quickly is what we do. Water that has entered the home has the potential to be a biohazard or safety hazard and can cause extensive damage in a short period of time. Our crew has had years of experience dealing with water emergencies and knows a proper restoration process is critical.

Assessment and Inspection

Once our team is on site, we walk through your home or building, inspecting the main affected area and those around it. We do this because we understand water is able to permeate many different materials and flow quickly to more than one area. When inspecting any potential damage, we look to the source of water and determine the category. This is especially important as different categories of water require different precautions and cleanup.

We also look for mold damage, whether it is existing or new mold, or an environment that would give mold the opportunity grow. With the right conditions, mold can develop in as little as 24 hours, spreading quickly and causing further damage.

Water Removal and Pack Out

After the completed assessment and our crew has walked you through what comes next, we begin water removal. During this step there is a probability that we will conduct a pack out of your home or building. This will help to sort and rid of any items that are not restorable. A pack out also mitigates any damage to items that were not affected. Our crew will then use heavy-duty, powerful pumps to remove hundreds of gallons of water from your property quickly.

Drying

Following the water extraction, dehumidifiers and air movers will placed throughout the damaged area for drying. At this time, our crew may remove building materials like drywall, insulation, carpet or wood. Due to the porous characteristics of these materials, water has likely infiltrated your walls or floors. Thorough drying is not possible if these building materials are not removed, allowing the water to sit, creating secondary water damage.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Using proprietary cleaning supplies and methods, we sanitize all valuables and areas that were included in the damage. Content restoration is also a service we provide during this time, if needed, to lessen the number of items you may need to replace. Our crew works to return your home or business to a healthy, inhabitable state.

Rebuild/Repairs

During the very last stages of this water damage restoration, repairs may be required to complete the job. This can include replacing your drywall and flooring or, based on the extent of damage, rebuilding whole areas. Whichever option is necessary, our team is trained and equipped to do so.

The length of time for each water damage restoration job can vary as can the steps required. Our team has experienced numerous water damage emergencies with different necessities for each. We do our best to work quickly and effectively, no matter the process, to get your Deerfield Beach, FL home or building back to pre-damage conditions.

Water Damage Categories and What They Mean

4/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water and sewage backup in a bathroom in Deerfield Beach, FL When your Deerfield Beach home experiences a flooding or leak, there is no time to waste.

Though water is translucent in color, it is very possible for it to be labeled either gray or black but not be either in color. When referring to water as gray or black, the reference is to the category of water damage.

There are three water damage categories: Clean, Gray, and Black. The source of the water is what dictates the classification. This classification aids in the restoration process as clean-up crews are aware of any physical or environmental risk of the water damage. Clean-up crews are also privy to the extent of restoration and cleaning that is necessary.

1. Clean Water

Clean water sources are seen as sanitary and include: water lines, faucets, and rainwater. Though this water is deemed clean, it is not safe for drinking nor is it recommended to deliberately stand it. Clean water or category 1 water, should be removed quickly as it can still lead to damage to items in the affected area or building materials. Category 1 water can also accumulate bacteria when left stagnant, turning it into a category.

2. Gray Water

Gray water, also called a category 2, comes from sources that contain traces of contaminants but is not immediately dangerous. This includes water from dishwashers or toilets. Coming into contact with this water can pose health risks if proper equipment is not used when cleaning up this water and associated damage.

3. Black Water

Black water is the most dangerous water with serious implications for health and structural damage if not safely approached. Sources from black water, also known as a category 3 contain highly toxic contaminants. These sources range from sewers, rivers, or stagnant water.

The different categories of water provide further insight into how to handle each water damage situation and the level of caution to take. Despite, Categories 1 and 2 having higher implications to a person’s health, they all have very serious consequences to your Deerfield Beach, FL home and its contents, if water damage restoration does not occur quickly.

Faster to your Deerfield Beach Water Damage Event

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment setup on the floor of a Deerfield Beach business SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –(954)-596-2208

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach

SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your Deerfield Beach property.

Deerfield Beach 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician removing water from the floor of a Deerfield Beach home When your Deerfield Beach home experiences a flooding or leak, call SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach.

SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small in the Deerfield Beach area. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (561) 856-1207

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach 

SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Does Filing a Claim Result in a Hike in Insurance Rates?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A businessman pressing an Insurance Claim button on a transparent screen. Filing an insurance claim.

Does Filing a Claim Result in a Hike in Insurance Rates?

There are many potential sources of water damage besides natural disasters. A pipe bursting because it froze from a sudden temperature drop may lead to a home flood in your bathroom or kitchen. Unnoticed drips from faulty gaskets can soak into floors, leading to large messes and mold growth before discovery. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average household experiences leaks that cause almost 10,000 gallons of water loss annually, with 10% of families wasting 90 or more gallons a day. That's a lot of liquid possibly saturating your house and causing harm. If you encounter such a circumstance, one of your first actions would probably be to contact your indemnity provider so you can get a professional cleanup and restoration service in Deerfield Beach, FL, to come out and begin handling it. However, you may be wondering if filing an insurance claim will raise your rates. The answer is, it depends.

There Are Other Factors That Matter
Whether or not your monthly payment goes up is largely situational. If you fall into certain categories, it will likely see an upsurge:

  • You reside in an area prone to crime and severe weather
  • You choose a liability claim over a property one, and it is not your first one
  • Your home has a history of frequent claims
  • The damage is extensive

The Price Leap Isn't Permanent
Your premium will probably go back down. Most companies will keep a record of the insurance claim for a number of years before lowering your rates again. They may never drop back to the original value though.

The Amount Rates Change Varies
This is dependent on how much of a risk you are perceived as. The considerations that impact whether you have to shell out more after a claim in the first place also influence how much more you must pay. A hurricane will probably cause your rates to soar in comparison with a small claim for a burst pipe.
Whether or not your insurance claim leads to a rise in your policy payments changes on a case-by-case basis. Greater likelihood of you needing to utilize your provider's services correlates to higher hikes.