Recent Water Damage Posts
Scoping damage from hidden water leaks
A hidden water leak in your bathroom, if left untreated, can cost you, especially if it leads to serious damage to walls, flooring, and paint. There are subtle signs you can look for in your home to figure out if you need a plumber to fix those leaking fixtures and pipes before things get worse. When you have a massive leak, you need a certified remediation company to help you clean up the damage, such as SERVPRO.
One sign of a hidden leak and the need for professional water removal is a wall which has blistering wallpaper or paint. Most of the time, steam from hot showers in your home should not cause this to happen. When water and moisture get between the paint and the wall, they stop the bond and start to separate the two, making the paint rise from the wall and fall off in bits. It is the same case with wallpaper.
A wall which is warped or stained for no apparent reason is a clear sign of a plumbing leak. Drywall becomes soft and starts to bubble when it is exposed to moisture, eventually warping and breaking up into pieces. If the leak reaches your ceiling, it will sag and could leak some of the accumulated water, causing more damage to your bathroom.
At SERVPRO, our technicians have tools like moisture meters to find any hidden moisture and leaks in your bathroom and to remove any accumulation of water from those leaks. We first figure out what is causing the leak, fix the problem, and eliminate the water with industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers. Quickly drying your bathroom is important to avoid the growth of mold. Once your bathroom is dry again, repairs are made, including replacing any damaged drywall, and the affected area is sanitized.
Sometimes your flooring can be damaged as well if the leak was bad enough, causing cracking, staining or buckling. Moisture can make your floor feel soft or spongy depending upon the material it is made of. In these cases, you often find a damp subfloor as well. If the problem is found quick enough, we can dry it out and salvage it without having to replace it, but we may need to put new subflooring in as well where the water damaged it.
Don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Macon when you believe you have a hidden leak in your bathroom. We are available to help you at any time if you need us, please call (478) 474-6700.
How to deal with contaminated water and water damage
These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Macon professionals arrive. Please follow these DO's and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. Here are the DO's and DON'Ts for Water damage from Contaminated Water.
•Call SERVPRO of Macon immediately at (478) 474-6700.
•Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. This includes damages incurred by a sewage backup.
•Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
•Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
•Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
•Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
•Use products for personal hygiene and cleaniness if exposed to contaminated areas.
Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult with your local health department or physician.
About SERVPRO of Macon
SERVPRO of Macon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a sewage backup or a contaminated 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.
Have questions about Contaminated Water Damage and Cleanup? Call us - (478) 474-6700
Emergency Water Damage Service: 24/7/365
SERVPRO of Macon is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year for water emergencies, large or small. 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 - (478) 474-6700
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 Macon 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? (Company and Agent) if your filing a claim
- 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 Macon
SERVPRO of Macon 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 corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Faster to your Water Damage Event
What happens when you let water damage sit...
The sooner you respond to a water emergency on your property, the less the damage will cost you. Go with the team that’s faster to any-sized disaster.
- Within Minutes - Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery and belongings.
- Within 1 to 2 Hours - Drywall swells, metal surfaces tarnish and furniture begins to warp/mold.
- Within 48 Hours to Week - Mold grows, doors and furniture warp, metal begins to rust.
- Over A Week - Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks.
Here at SERVPRO we have the following Service Response Guidelines*:
- ONE – Within one hour from the first notice of your loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
- FOUR – Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.
- EIGHT – Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.
*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.
Busted Toilet Line in Vacant Home: What would YOU do?
Picture this: a toilet line bursts inside a vacant residence, affecting thirteen rooms total. Two rooms are tile and the others hardwood. The hardwood had cupped and started buckling. What should be done to address the problem?
SERVPRO of Macon will quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques. In this case, some areas of flooring had to be removed to dry the sub flooring. The wood also ran underneath kitchen appliances, so those had to be moved to access that flooring to dry.
Safety is our first priority, so if this ever happens to you, consider this:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
If you ever experience water damage in your home or business, trust the technicians at SERVPRO of Macon to dry and restore your property. We're trained in IICRC standards for water restoration, and we've been around the block more than a few times when it comes to dealing with disasters. Call us at 478-474-6700!
When water damage turns a restful home into a stressful situation
Your home should be your place of rest. But when water begins leaking - even small leaks in areas you can't see - your home could quickly become a source of stress. The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loved ones.
SERVPRO of Macon 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. That is why we offer 24-hour emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals. With top-of-the line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Macon has the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.
After all, 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 us 478-474-6700. We'll be there to help!