Recent Water Damage Posts

What Does Water Damage Look Like?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

brown discoloration on kitchen ceiling due to a water leak, creating water damage This water damaged ceiling was due to a pipe breaking in the attic of this home, requiring extensive cleanup by SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield.

Have you ever had a small discoloration on your ceiling grow over time, eventually prompting you to look up "ceiling stains cause"? Chances are you're not alone - and you're not the only one who didn't realize they had growing water damage on their ceiling!

How Do You Know If You Have Water Damage?

Water damage is much more common than you think. According to iii.org, about 1 in 50 insured homes file an insurance claim due to water damage every year!

So - how do you know if you have water damage, especially if it's so common? One of the most effective ways is to be familiar with the signs of water damage so that you can address the issues before they get worse and require you to call in a professional for water damage restoration.

Signs of Water Damage:

  1. Brown spots or water stains on ceilings or walls. This discoloration is a huge sign that there may be a water leak behind the wall or in the ceiling. This is usually an early sign, and should be investigated as soon as possible.
  2. Bubbling or chipping paint. Bubbling latex paint can have water built up underneath it, waiting to burst and pour it all out.
  3. Musty odors. Musty odors are usually a sign that there is moisture in your home some place it should not be. Musty odors are also an indicator of mold growth.
  4. Higher than normal water bills. This can help tip you off that there is a water leak somewhere in your home. When you have an unexpectedly high bill, inspect your home for these other signs of water damage to find if you have hidden leak.
  5. Growth of mold and mildew. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours after a water leak or flooding. When water damage goes unaddressed, mold can end up being an indicator of t he problem and require extensive mold remediation.
  6. Soft floors, walls, or ceilings. When you find spongy areas in your home, they're likely completely saturated with water.
  7. Wet areas around your home. This sign is the most obvious - but if you ignore it, the damages will stack up.

What Causes Water Damage?

Like the signs of water damage, there are numerous (and what feels like infinite) causes of water damage.

  1. Leaking or burst pipes. Pipes may leak or break because of old age, changes in water pressure, or due to freezing in the winter.
  2. Roof leaks. Summer storms can rip off the shingles from your roof and ice dams in the winter can cause water to begin pouring into your home. Either way, a leaky roof can cause serious damage to the entirety of your home.
  3. HVAC units. This cause of water damage is much more common in the summer when ACs are high in use. Condensing units or pumps many times stop working and depending on its location, can flood your entire basement or require extensive ceiling repairs when in your attic.
  4. Plumbing issues. These types of issues are usually "hidden", meaning it's hard to tell that something is wrong until there are water stains on ceilings or walls. Toilet backups, shower valve leaks, leaks under sinks, or leaking toilets can all cause damage to your home.
  5. Worn or old household appliances. Our office receives a large amount of water damage calls that result from refrigerator ice lines leaking or failing, washing machines or water heaters letting go, or dishwashers letting out all their water on to hardwood floors. Have your appliances checked or maintenanced about every 7-10 years to avoid these causes of water damage.
  6. Flooding or storms. Large flooding events can cause a huge amount of water damage to your home that cannot be handled yourself.

What Should You Do Next?

If you've discovered water damage in your home, there are a few different routes you can take to clean up & repair it.

Option 1: DIY

For smaller water damage issues, you may be interested in doing the cleanup & repairs yourself. For example, if you had a small sink link that caused slight discoloration to the ceiling below, but you know that the source of the water is fixed and that it is not wet, you can handle it yourself. In these cases, you can usually just paint over the water stains with the correct type of paint.

Option 2: Call in the professionals & file an insurance claim

If your damage is any more than what was detailed under "DIY" route, it's probably best to call a water damage company to help you with the cleanup and repairs. Restoration companies have a system to ensure that your property is completely and property dried out after water damage - something that may not be guaranteed by doing it yourself!

Have Questions or Need Help? Call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield Today! 203-707-1952

SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield provides 24/7 damage restoration emergency service. We work with your insurance company, help you file your claim, and provide free estimates for out-of-pocket work. We're Here to Help make it "Like it never even happened."

What To Do When A Pipe Bursts In Your Fairfield Home

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

browning and bubbling from water damage ceiling from a burst pipe, moisture meter reading high moisture Burst pipes can cause a large amount of water damage in your home.

When you have a broken pipe in your home, it can quickly become an overwhelming nightmare. Walls, ceilings, and floors may be affected by water damage on multiple levels, along with your furniture and other personal belongings.

If you need immediate emergency assistance, call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield 24/7 - 203-707-1952

7 Steps To Take For Burst Pipe Cleanup

  1. Immediately turn the main water line off. You want to stop the water flow to prevent excess water from flooding your home. Also, you cannot begin to clean up water while it is still flowing.
  2. Call a plumber. They can find the burst pipe for you and repair it.
  3. Move any wet items from the flooded area. Move carpets, furniture, and other belongings to help speed their drying time, and clear the affected areas for cleanup.
  4. Begin to remove standing water as fast as possible. You can use a wet dry vacuum from Home Depot or Lowes to suck up water, or even use towels, mops, and buckets. If there's a large amount of standing water, you may need a water cleanup company to come in and extract the water with their commercial grade equipment instead.
  5. Begin drying out the flood-affected areas. You should set up fans on their highest settings and set up dehumidifiers to get as much excess moisture as you can. Unfortunately, in more severe water damage situations, household fans and dehumidifiers may not be able to get the job done. In this case, you may want to buy higher grade equipment from a hardware store or call in a water damage restoration company to set up their commercial grade equipment.
  6. Inspect the damaged areas. Look to see if drywall, ceilings, hardwood floor, or subfloor is water damaged or wet. If so, you may need to make flood cuts to help walls and ceilings dry, replace flooring, or call a restoration company with specialized equipment to restore your water damaged hardwood floors. If you aren't sure if your property is dry or not, you should call a water damage company to come out and take moisture readings - they will be able to tell you just how wet materials are.
  7. Perform any needed repairs. You may need to fix drywall, repaint, or install new carpets.

Why Is It So Important To Properly Dry Water Damage?

If you don't correctly handle water damage in your home and water or moisture is left behind, it's more than likely for mold to grow and require mold remediation, as well as the following:

  • Paint may bubble or blister
  • Wood flooring may warp, swell, or become moldy
  • Unwanted smells
  • Structural decay or dry rot

Check out our water damage timeline for more details!

Is a Burst Pipe Covered by Homeowner's Insurance?

In most cases, the damages caused by a broken pipe will be covered by your insurance company. They will likely not cover fixing the actual pipe, but they will cover the cleanup & repair of the damages caused by it. That means you may have to pay your plumber, but not the restoration service that comes out to clean up damages.

If you're unsure about your insurance coverage, our Project Managers can help you review your policy on site and help you make the decision on whether or not you should file your claim based on coverage and your deductible. If needed, they can even file the claim with you to ensure your loss is covered.

Have Questions or Need Help? Call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield Today! 203-707-1952

We are highly trained water damage specialists, ready to respond to your call 24/7, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield provides all customers:

  • 24/7/365 Rapid emergency service
  • Free Inspections
  • Free estimates
  • Direct insurance billing & guidance through insurance process.

Don’t wait for water damage to get worse. Call 203-707-1952 to speak with our on-call technicians now!

What Should You Do When Your Basement Floods?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

groundwater flooding a finished basement, view from outside. Flooding in Fairfield can get to be overwhelming - Do you know what to do if your basement floods?

When you get home from a long day at work in Fairfield County, the last thing you want to find is a foot of water in your basement. Your furniture and other belongings may be submerged in water, carpets may be saturated or even floating, and your basement walls may take on moisture as well. 

What are you supposed to do first? Who should you call for help? Flooded basement cleanup can be overwhelming for even the most experienced homeowner - Call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield 24/7 for immediate emergency service.

8 Things to Do When Your Basement Floods

  1. Keep safety at the top of your mind. You should never enter a flooded crawlspace or basement without assessing the situation first. If the water is covering the entire basement or is more than a few inches deep, you may need to turn off the electricity and gas before entering. Even after the power is off, enter with caution! There may be electrical appliances that are submerged in water and can pose a risk to your safety. You should also find the appropriate gear to wear into the basement if the water is possibly contaminated and could make you ill.
  2. Find the source of your basement water problem. You can't effectively clean up your flooded basement if it is still actively flooding. If the source is groundwater from heavy rains, wait until the storm has passed and water stops seeping into your basement. If flooding is due to a burst pipe, HVAC leak, or a faulty appliance, you should immediately shut off the source of the flooding. It may be obvious, but these steps can save you a lot of time and cash.
  3. If you have a drainage system or a sump pump in your basement, see if they're clogged or working. If you can get these working, the flooding can drain and the worst part may resolve itself.
  4. Begin the basement water removal process. Depending on the amount of water, you may not be able to clean it up yourself. If water is not covering the entire basement, try and use a wet dry vacuum to get up as much as you can. You can even use a mop, rags, and a bucket. If there is more than an inch or two of water covering the majority of your basement, it may be best to call a flood removal company like SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield. Water damage restoration companies have specialized equipment like extractors to quickly remove and pump water out of your basement.
  5. Remove any wet or water damaged items. Throw away things that can't be saved, and move salvageable items to another place so that they can dry more easily.
  6. Begin the basement drying process. Set up any household fans or dehumidifiers that you have in the most saturated areas. Unfortunately, many times household equipment cannot completely dry out a basement that was flooded because it just isn't powerful enough. In these cases, you should call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield to handle the drying process for you. Our teams use commercial grade equipment to quickly dry-out your basement, and they can also perform any other demolition, like flood cuts, to ensure your basement is fully dried. Our crews even perform a moisture reading before removing equipment and declaring work completed.
  7. Clean and sanitize the basement walls and floors. You want to make sure any leftover dirt or contaminants are not left behind from the flood water, especially if it was from something like a broken sewage pipe. This step is also important to help prevent mold from growing in your basement - which may begin to spread in as little as 48 hours after flood damage.
  8. Research what you can do to prevent future floods in your basement. If something simply needs to be fixed like a pipe or sump pump, get it done as soon as possible. If groundwater was the source of flooding, take steps to waterproof your basement, install a sump pump, or change where water runs off your property from the gutters. These small steps can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration in the future.

Why Is My Basement Flooding?

Flooding or wet basements have numerous causes:

  • Water heaters or furnaces letting go
  • Burst pipes
  • Broken refridgerator lines
  • Washing machine overflow
  • Rainwater through: Cracks in the foundation, water seepage, failed sump pump, failed drainage system

Should I Call A Professional To Cleanup My Flooded Basement?

There are definitely cases where you can handle cleaning up a small amount of flooding in your basement by yourself! But, if the water covers your entire basement or is deeper than an inch or two, we strongly recommend calling a flooded basement company, like SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield.

As a professional water damage company, we have the equipment, training, and experience to return your basement back to normal in as little as three days. Working fast is essential when it comes to water in your home to prevent the growth of mold & mildew, odors, and structural issues.

Need Help? Call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield 24/7 For A FREE Cleanup Estimate - 203-707-1952

Stages of Remediation

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Due to recent rainstorms, leaking water from the second floor of this space soaked through the floor and caused the first floor ceiling to become damaged. Three stages of restoration can be seen here. First, the affected material is removed, allowing for proper remediation to take place. Proper airflow is what is important at this stage.  Next, new ceiling material is installed. Finally, we paint to match the old color and reinstall the light fixtures.  Once the owners of this recreational facility saw the remediated area, they were happily surprised and extremely satisfied with the results.

SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Dirt From Water Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage, sometimes it is not as easy as removing the water and drying everything out.  This low-income housing complex had a burst pipe on their second floor.  The water leaked down to the first floor, and carried with it a whole lot of dirt and debris.  The photo demonstrates just how much dirt the water stream actually brought with it. Our crew removed the water, dried everything out, and then washed the floors so that the customer was happy.  If you have water damage, please do not hesitate to call us.

SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Huge Water Extraction

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

This person called us with over a foot of water in their large finished basement.  We were on scene within minutes with our large water pump to extract the water.  Usually, we only need one hose to pull all the water out of any given structure.  There was so much water here that we had to use two hoses. Luis can be seen here making sure the water is flowing out properly to minimize the amount of time it took to remove all the water.  If you have water in your home or business from a storm, please call us.

SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Acting Quickly May Save Your Belongings

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

When a basement floods, everything that is sitting on the floor gets wet.  Some things may be okay, but most of your belongings will become damaged, the extent of which only gets worse the longer they stay submerged.  Many times, if the water is pumped out and extracted quickly, some items can be saved, at least to some extent.  We specialize in large-scale water extraction, and can pump thousands of gallons of water in a timely manner.  This is a photo of a recent homeowner’s basement who called us.  With our equipment, we got the water out, and began the drying process.

SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Small Pipe, Big Problems

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

It is astonishing just how much damage a little water can do. Take a look at the damage in this bedroom. The entire ceiling had to be removed and some of the walls were affected as well. You can see the size of the pipe that caused the damage.  If a pipe this size can produce that much water, imagine if the pipe had been one of the larger ones in the home.

We had to remove the ceiling and portions of the wall to begin the drying process.  Once that is done, we can bring in our fans and dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Water Damage Response Time

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

When a water issue strikes your home or business, response time is the most important factor when containing the damage.  SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield is extremely fast, but steps that you can take on your own before our professionals arrive can make a huge difference.

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.

SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Flood At A Car Dealership

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Last month, the combination of a burst pipe and excess rainwater caused a local car dealership to flood. 

SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield was called in to remediate the damage.  What was unique about this instance is that the water affected both carpeted and laminate flooring.  This presented a challenge because we needed to use multiple types of drying and dehumidifying tactics to successfully fix the issue.  We also had to do the job while not disturbing or damaging the automobile inventory.

As you can see in the photo, we were able to completely dry out the affected area.  The carpet in the office areas were left dry and odor free.

SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

What is Ice Damming?

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs of heated buildings that results from melting snow under a snow pack reaching the eave and freezing there. Freezing at the eave impedes the drainage of meltwater, which adds to the ice dam and causes backup of the meltwater in a manner, which may cause water leakage into the roof and consequent damage to the building and its contents if the water leaks through the roof.

Ice dams are a common sight in the Northeast. We've handled several claims this past month stemming from ice damming. What we've found is the flatter the pitch of the roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to get a grip. Gutters at the eaves can also trap snow and ice. If snow and ice build up high enough in the gutter, it can provide a foundation for an ice dam.

Stay tuned for our next blog, where we’ll tell you how to prevent these dangerous ice dams.

Ice Dam Prevention

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

PREVENTING ICE DAMS

You can scrape snow from the roof whenever it falls, using a snow rake from below or a broom or plastic shovel from above. BE CAREFUL: The first method can bury you in snow, while the second can send you slipping off the roof. Hire someone who knows how to use a safety line.

You can replace your shingle roof with standing seam or other metal roof. Or you can replace the bottom three feet or so of your shingle roof with a wide metal drip edge. Whatever you do, install a water-repellent membrane under any new roofing.

NOTE: If your roof is not very steep, an ice dam can still form on metal roofing and drip edges.

DEALING WITH EXISTING ICE DAMS

1. Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chucks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool! You’ll cut through the shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This is slow, dangerous work, so hire someone experienced at roofing. Even if you do it safely, the chunks of ice can take pieces of shingle with them.

2. Clear out gutters and downspouts. Again, this is ladder work and an easy way to damage either plastic or metal gutters and spouts.

3. Melt troughs through the ice dam with calcium chloride ice melter. Do NOT use rock salt! It will damage paint, metals, and plants beneath the eave and wherever the salty water drains.

A good trough-maker is a tube of cloth (a leg from an old pair of panty hose works well). Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and lay it vertically across the ice dam. It will slowly melt its way down through the dam, clearing a path for the underlying water to flow free.

WHAT DAMAGE DO ICE DAMS CAUSE?

When an ice dam gets big enough, melted water backs up behind it and seeps underneath the shingles. Eventually, it will drip into the insulation and down into the ceilings and exterior walls beneath the eave, ruining sheetrock and paint. If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, windowsills, cars, pets, and people. If the roof sheathing stays wet, it can form mildew and start to rot.

That's where we come into play. We can't prevent the ice damming from happening, but we can help you take care of the damages that it can cause. 

Frozen Pipe Water Damage In Westport Fairfield

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Temperatures have fluctuated between cold and bone-chillingly cold.  When it gets very cold, homes and businesses are at higher risk of pipes freezing and ultimately bursting.

Here are a few tips to remember:

• Check around your home or business for areas where water supply lines are in unheated areas. Wrap exposed pipes with foam, insulated materials or pipe heating cables. Watch these locations on a daily basis when temperatures is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

• If you are going out of town, and you suspect that temperatures will drop, turn off the water to your home and open all the taps to drain the water system. Set your temperature no lower than 55° F.

• Unhook the water hoses from the exterior of the home and bring them inside, to maintain their life.

• Drip your faucets, to reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes during an arctic blast weather advisory.

• Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much costlier repair job if pipes freeze and burst

• Open cabinet doors when temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The warm air can circulate around the pipes and prevent the water from freezing.

Popular Locations of Frozen Pipes:

• Outside wall

• Under a sink

• Unheated crawlspace or basement

• Outside water spigot

• Swimming pool supply lines

• Water sprinkler lines

• Attics

• Garages

Tips on Thawing Frozen Pipes:

• If a pipe bursts before it is thawed, immediately shut off the water at the water main to prevent further damage!

• Frozen but not ruptured? If you turn on the faucet and the water doesn’t come out or comes out in a trickle, your pipes are probably frozen. You need to act quickly to thaw the frozen pipe before it bursts.

• Identify the frozen water supply pipe.

• Open a faucet supplied by the frozen line, even if you have not found the frozen spot.

• To find the blockage, follow the pipe back from the faucet to where it runs through cold areas such as an exterior wall, unheated crawl space or in some cases an unheated basement if the pipe is near an outside wall.

• Often the frozen area of the pipe will be frosted or have ice on it. If the situation is getting critical the pipe may be slightly bulged or look slightly fissured.

Frozen Pipe Behind a Wall:

• Leave the main water valve near your water meter open when thawing the pipe.

• If the frozen pipe is behind a wall or ceiling, you’ve got a challenge on your hands. You have three choices:

• Turn up the heat in the house and wait.

• Use an infrared lamp or lamps to heat the wall where you think the frozen area is located. Infrared lamps are better than regular heat lamps because the heat passes through the air without heating it, directing more energy to warming the wall and frozen pipe.

• Tear out part of the wall or ceiling to get at the frozen section of pipe. Then thaw the pipe as an exposed pipe.

If Your Pipes Burst…

• Turn off the water supply. Locate your water shut off valve and turn off the main water shut-off valve. You should find this in the basement or where the service pipe enters your home. Drain the system by turning on all your cold-water valves.

What You Can Do to Manage the Damage (until we get there):

• Water Buckets. If you notice the leak quickly you can catch dripping water in buckets.

• Make a hole in the ceiling to let water out.

• Turn off electronics/appliances

• Open Drawers, closets and cabinet doors to in enhance drying.

Water Damage Restoration in Westport Fairfield

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

This elementary school in Westport Fairfield, CT had a pipe burst on an upper floor.  Water poured onto the floor and eventually started to flow onto the floors below, causing multiple layers of water damage in the process.  SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield responded quickly and effectively.  As you can see in the photo, the floor was restored to its previous state, and school was resumed in a timely fashion.

There's never a convenient time for fire, water, or any other damage to strike your Stamford commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation

2-story water damage in Stamford

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Bubbled paint from pooled water

A pipe break caused this house to flood on he second floor. The water flowed down the walls into the first floor, damaging the walls and carpeted floor in the process.  This before picture shows the first floor ceiling with gallons of water bubbling the paint.

SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield was called in to clean up the aftermath. We pulled up the damaged carpet to reveal a gorgeous hardwood floor.  We cleaned the wood floor and delighted the homeowner.  The owner was thrilled-she said "This floor never looked this good in the 10 years I've owned this house".

Saving Personal Belongings from Water Damage

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what they can save from water damage.  Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Every water damage is unique in some sense, so what can be saved is really on a case by case basis. However, here are some guidelines that you can use to make the best decision possible.

 

What Type of Water Damage

 

Determining whether the water that damaged your personal belongings is clean or contaminated will be a big factor in whether or not it can be salvaged. Obviously, if you are dealing with clean water, the chances of you being able to save some of your belongings is higher.  Even though it may be possible to restore something that is damaged by contaminated water, it is more than likely not worth the health risk that it may bring.

 

Porous vs Non Porous Materials

 

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This also means it increases the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and damage beyond repair. This is not always the case and if handled quickly and properly, many times these items can be saved as well. On the other hand, porous materials like marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem being restored. Since there is really nothing for bacteria and mold to root itself in, a simple cleaning is usually no problem.

 

The Amount of Time the Water Saturated

 

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet for. The longer an item sits in water, the deeper it can penetrate. As you can imagine, this makes it increasingly more difficult to bring it back to its normal state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.

 

Factor in the Replacement Cost

 

Water damage restoration of personal belongings is no different than any other type of repair. You will always want to evaluate how much it is going to cost to repair something versus simply replacing it. Is the item you want to save really worth paying a professional to do work on it? Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

 

You should also take into account that paying for restoration does not guarantee your item will be returned to its original state. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the item anyways.

 

If you are unsure about whether or not one of your items could be salvaged, it is best that you get it analyzed by a professional. If you hire a water damage restoration company to handle a dry out of your property, they will be able to assist you in assessing damage to your personal belongings as well. To speak to a professional water restoration representative at SERVPRO, contact them today.  They are always there to help.

 

Do You Need Help With Water, Mold, or Fire Restoration? Call SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield today!

Effective Yet Simple Water Cleanup Tips

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

A broken pipe is by far one of the greatest nightmares homeowners face. Even just a small broken kitchen pipe can quickly cause a considerable quantity of damage to your home. It is for this reason that you need to take care of water damage immediately.

 

Dealing with water damage requires seeking the help of a trained professional water restoration expert, such as the experts of SERVPRO. Before they get there, there are a few things you can do to assist in keeping the damages to a minimum. Here are a few tips:

 

 

 

Turn Off the Water

 

You might be tempted to seek out the source of the leak as your first step. This can be problematic, however, depending on the type of leak or damage. If, for instance is simply an overflowed sink, then you would just turn off the sink. However, what if a pipe that you can’t see has burst?

 

It’s because of reasons like these that you need to turn off the water supply as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you temporarily turn off electrical power as well. The last thing you want is for the water to mix with electrical wires!

 

 

 

Accelerate the Drying Process

 

The next step entails doing everything in your power to get your home to dry. Start by opening windows and turning on fans. This will get air flowing through your home, which will help to start drying it and also reduce the buildup of disgusting odors.

 

If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on immediately. It will extract moisture from the air, thus helping accelerate the drying process. Run it for as long as possible. If you stop early, it could lead to the growing of mold and mildew.

 

If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then don’t worry, because the water restoration experts will bring one with them. As we said earlier, however, just make sure you contact them right away. They need to get to your home as soon as possible!

 

Make sure you also remove rugs and other portable carpeting and place them outside to dry. Try to wipe down furniture and personal items (books, chairs, toys) as much as possible.

 

 

 

Pull Out a Wet/Dry Vacuum

 

Another step that we recommend taking is pulling out a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. We understand that you might not have one. If you do, use it to remove as much water as possible from carpets, upholstered furniture and/or tile and wood floors.

 

This process can take quite a while, but it’s important to remove as much water as possible. Also, make sure you focus more on wood surfaces than carpeted areas. Due to wood’s porous nature, it’s apt to soak up all the water, which in turn will cause it to become warped and delaminated.

 

Again, if you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, don’t worry. The restoration professionals will take care of this for you. Just make sure you contact them immediately!

 

 

 

Things Not To Do

 

There are some things you should definitely NOT do after your home suffers from water damage:

 

Never leave web fabrics and clothing items in place. Try to hang them.

Also avoid leaving books, magazines and other such items on wet floors.

Please refrain from trying to use a regular vacuum cleaner to clean up water.

Avoid using electrical equipment and appliances a like television.

Stay out of rooms that have a wet ceiling.

These might seem obvious, but it’s good to know. Be especially careful with wet ceilings. They could be much weaker than you think, and the last thing we want is for a roof to collapse on you!

 

 

 

Final Steps

 

The real work won’t start until the restoration company gets there. Professionals, such as SERVPRO, possess the equipment needed to do real water extraction and repair. Part of this process will involve installing certain equipment, be it professional-grade dehumidifiers and whatnot.

 

When this occurs, make sure you follow the directions given to you. Usually, the professionals will ask you to keep their equipment running for a while. Make sure you stick to their schedule and do not arbitrarily turn off their equipment. This could negatively affect the drying process and make things worse.

 

The last thing the professionals will do is give you preventative maintenance tips. It is recommended that you follow through on these steps to insure that your home and belongings return to their former state. It can make the difference between whether or not your home ever suffers unneeded water damage again!

For all of your water, fire and mold restoration needs, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield a call today!