Detecting Water Damage In Your Home in Plymouth/Wareham
Tips That Detect Water Damage In Your Home
For residential homes in the US, the national average of water wasted is 10,000 gallons of water per year, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water damage is caused by undetected plumbing leaks. Overall, water damage repairs contribute to a substantial amount of loss of property if the proper steps are not put into place to remedy the damages in a timely fashion. So how do you know if your plumbing is in danger of water damage due to an undetected plumbing leak?
TIP 1. VISIBLE WATER
The most obvious sign to look for that indicates a leak and water damage is if you can visibly see the water and it is pooled in an area. Visible water collecting in any area can cause water damage that requires immediate attention before a larger problem incurs.
TIP 2. STRANGE SOUNDS
Some water damage can go on undetected by your eyes which is why it is important to pay attention to what you hear. Any out of the ordinary sounds may indicate a leak, including dripping water, rushing water, and creaking or bowing floorboards. This is caused by the destructive processes of rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, and materials like plywood delaminating.
TIP 3. ODD SMELLS
Water leaks can hide in your home silently and hidden from plain sight, so using your sense of smell can help you determine any problems to your internal plumbing. A big clue to hidden moisture is investigating any distinct musk scented odors. These can usually be noticed without any aid from tools.
TIP 4. COLD ENVIRONMENT & DAMP SPOTS
A home can often be affected by damp walls, from water and moisture collecting over time. This in turn may cause your home to feel cold. This is due to damp spots that cause heat to be drawn out of the walls.
TIP 5. DISCOLORATION & MOLD
Other visible indications of water damage or pipe leaks in your plumbing are any discoloration in the drywall as well as streaks that appear to look like water spilled (this can point to an overflowing gutter). Finding mold or mildew collecting during an inspection around your home, which also causes a strong musty odor is a sure way to detect water damages caused by a leak.
Specialists at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham, an industry leading company who specialize in restoration services for damages caused by water, fire, mold, and storms, have determined the best course of action for detecting water damage before they happen.
Water Damage Restoration Process After a Flood
When your home or business gets flooded from a storm what are the steps you need to take to get your property back in shape?
Flood damage caused by man-made or natural disasters are an unavoidable tragedy that often leave business owners of commercial property in a state of despair and loss of assets. The most common types of flooding are usually unexpected and cause major water damage include flash flooding, coastal flooding, engineering issues, overbank flooding, and ice jam flooding, to name a few.
Following a disaster caused by rising and standing flood waters, companies that offer water damage restoration services are needed to determine the proper procedures of returning the affected commercial properties to their original state. The steps of those procedures can include (but are not limited to) the following:
Step 1. Inspecting the Damage The first steps to restore flood damages caused by water is to perform a loss assessment and evaluation of affected materials of the property affected. This inspection is performed by using specialized water detecting equipment such as infrared tools, probes, and other water sensing devices.
Step 2. Water Extraction The second step to repairing flood water damage is to remove and dry any existing water or moisture that is either standing or causing an area to remain damp. Failing to remove water can lead to mold build up as well as further damage to structural materials. This step is the most critical as the longer the water remains in the structure, the higher the damage there will be to clean up and repair.
Step 3. Clean Damages The third step to restoring a structure after a flood would be to sanitize and deodorize the damaged areas. This step is completed by using equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, carpet vacuum cleaners, and sub-floor drying systems. Flood water can contain contaminants and sewage backup which poses a risk to the health of individuals if not appropriately removed.
Step 4. Rebuild Structures The last step to restoring property after flood damages have incurred is to assess the remaining structure after it has been properly dried and cleans and finally make necessary repairs for rebuilding any lost structural integrity to its former appearance and quality.
Some other methods to think about in preventing water damage that may occur in the future would be to replace the previous materials (such as carpet, wood floors, and walls) with fast drying materials that include stone and concrete. Building the structure at a higher elevation and installing electrical systems to be at a higher elevation is also an option to preventing as much damage to property.
The Benefits of Commercial Cleaning Contracts
See how commercial cleaning contracts make running a business easier and more affordable.
When you are managing an office building, shopping at a mall, or having dinner at a local restaurant, having a maintenance contract for cleaning services is one of the most reliable and efficient ways to keep your business running smoothly without the hassle of messes that can often catch you by surprise. Many property managers of master planned communities, high-rise condominiums, and commercial properties will agree that there are many benefits of choosing a maintenance cleaning contract to provide all of your specialty cleaning services.
One main reason maintenance contracts are beneficial to have as opposed to calling a vendor on an as need basis is that contracts save time. Avoiding stressful situations that can take up too much of your time can easily be eliminated by having a cleaning maintenance contract. Imagine if a flash flood storm strikes your area and flooding waters invade your business within a day, leaving your commercial property with unexpected standing water removal and flood repairs.
In the event that there is an emergency like property storm damage it’s important to address the repairs as most are time sensitive in nature. Chances are, if you don’t have a cleaning maintenance contract in place you are stuck waiting on a random company to respond to your request, which could take days. Meanwhile, your property continues to depreciate and incur more water damage.
In addition to waiting days for a cleaning service request to be responded to, the cost of each request you make for cleaning services could end up costing you an arm and a leg. With cleaning contracts these costs are usually offered at a bulk rate or broken down to where you are able to preview the charges before you make a request for cleaning maintenance services. For example, an unexpected problem that could arise would be if your office building gets vandalized right before you need to make a good impression with new clients and you need to have it removed before they arrive for a meeting. Having a cleaning contract in place can alleviate the stress of paying for unexpected costs as well as aid in the amount of time it takes to clean the area in a timely manner.
Last, but not least, business owners and commercial property managers find cleaning maintenance services beneficial because it provides the peace of mind that in the event of an emergency or during even during regular property inspections, they can rely on the contracted professionals to arrive swiftly to resolve the problems, provide a lower base cost of cleaning service requests, and be reliable.
From water restoration to cleaning mold or sewage debri, having certified professionals at the tip of your hands makes all the difference to relieving you from being stressed and out of pocket. Qualified companies like SERVPRO specialize in providing several services for commercial cleaning maintenance. Cleaning maintenance services include cleaning of Air Ducts/HVAC systems, sewage, carpet, upholstery, wall coverings, ceilings, walls, hard floors, deodorization, and vandalism.
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Fire Damage caused by a wood stove - Kingston, MA. 02364
This fire damage in Kingston required a top to bottom cleaning. We used chem sponges to clean all surfaces, including ceilings, walls and floors. We placed an air scrubber, which captures the contaminated air and produces clean non-contaminated air. The air scrubber helps control the odor left behind from a fire damage.
Customer's Comments: "Tony is a great employee and floor supervisor"
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Fire Restoration - Fire Damage - Wareham, Ma. 02571 - Grease Fire - Kitchen Fire
This fire damage in Wareham MA occurred from a grease fire in the kitchen. This loss required a top to bottom cleaning. We used chem sponges to wipe down all surfaces including ceilings, walls and floors.
Customer's Comments: "Very professional team of men. Ron was extremely helpful and informative, also Tony - very helpful + polite."
To learn more about our Fire Restoration services go to: http://www.SERVPROplymouthwareham.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration
Duct Cleaning - Wareham, MA. 02571
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You never know what may be in your ducts! This duct cleaning in Wareham MA had a total of 10 registers (vents) and 2 returns. We used our Nikro Duct Cleaning System, which left the ducts completely cleaned! The customer rated our services with perfect 10's.
To learn more about our Duct Cleaning services please visit: SERVPRO - Duct Cleaning
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Water damage in Plympton, MA. This water loss had trapped water underneath the tile floor in the kitchen. We used a Rescue Mat System to dry this out. We also used Injector-Dries to dry out the cabinets in the kitchen island. Containment was used to enclose the kitchen island for this specialty drying.
Carpet Cleaning - Wareham, MA. 02571
Carpet Cleaning - Wareham, MA. 02571 - Clean, Deodorize and Scotch Guard Carpets
SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham was called in to clean this customer's carpets in Wareham MA. For each carpet cleaning we perform, we clean, deodorize and scotch guard.
Customer's comments: "Absolutely professional job, thank you"