Recent Water Damage Posts

Being Prepared for a Flood at a Residence

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Being Prepared for a Flood at a Residence Flood in an Orlando, FL residence

Ideas Homeowners and Residents May Consider in Order to Being Prepared for a Flood

Disasters can strike at any time, and it is important to be as prepared as possible for any unforeseen and troubling circumstances. A flood at a residence in Orlando, FL is an example of an event that could suddenly devastate a home, and there are certain steps that an individual can take to be ready if such a disaster strikes. Here are a couple of ideas that homeowners and residents may consider in order to be as prepared as possible.

1. Prepare the Family

Water damage may totally disrupt a family and their residence for an extended period. It may be a good idea to plan and take precautionary measures, such as creating an emergency plan for the family. This plan may include designating tasks for each family member to complete in the event of an emergency or deciding upon which important documents to keep secure and easily accessible in case an immediate evacuation is necessary. Additionally, an emergency bag may be a great idea to organize now. This “escape bag” can include essential items such as food and water to last for several days until professionals who specialize in repairing water damage can access the home.

2. Prepare the Home

A flood may occur for many reasons, including natural causes such as weather and storms, as well as something within the home like a broken pipe. If a homeowner has prepared his/her home for an emergency, this may significantly reduce the time that it could take to recover. Going through the home and making a list of preparations may save precious time. A homeowner may consider taking notes of any areas within the home that may need repair, and jot down tasks such as “fix broken pipe,” or “fix electrical outlets near the sink,” for instance. It may also be a good idea to explore the option of purchasing flood insurance coverage.
It is impossible to predict when a catastrophe may strike. However, if the family and the home are prepared, getting back to normal after a flood may be possible – and in a short amount of time!

Ways to Lower Your Business Interruption Insurance Loss

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ways to Lower Your Business Interruption Insurance Loss SERVPRO of SW Orlando can restore any residential or commercial building back to normal as quickly as possible.

Can you imagine starting a business and not purchasing property insurance, fire insurance or other hazard coverage? It would be unwise to even consider go without these benefits. In the event of a disaster such as flooding, these plans could save you and your Orlando, FL, company from financial ruin. A severe emergency could make your building unusable and thus temporarily cease operations. Business interruption insurance is critical in these cases. There are ways to make sure your financial losses are minimal.

What It Covers

If you have to close your doors to your office due to large water damage, you could start to lose money and watch as customer jump ship and head over to your competitors. Business interruption insurance can help in the following ways:

  • Compensates you for lost income if you have to leave the building and not conduct business
  • Covers operating expenses such as electricity
  • Covers the revenue you would have brought it had the disaster not occurred.

What Do You Do Next

If the flooding is extensive and shuts you down longer than you expected, your costs may exceed coverage limits. To avoid heavy losses, you may think things are out of your control. This will largely depend on how long it takes to clean up after the incident and make your building safe for work again. A quick recovery will help keep these losses down.

Hire the Right Help

This is where it’s critical to bring aboard an experienced, skilled flood restoration company. Whether it’s a broken pipe, sewer backup or other reason the water damage occurred, a competent team of professionals will move the recovery process forward more quickly. The crew will use the most advanced equipment and techniques to remove all water and then dry and sanitize the affected area.

If major flooding shuts down your business, make sure you hire the right cleanup team to get you back to work. This will help ensure the costs don’t exceed coverage limits.

Drip, Drip, Drip: How To Tell If Your Shower Is Leaking

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drip, Drip, Drip: How To Tell If Your Shower Is Leaking Shower leaking in a Orlando,FL home

Water damage can be costly to the unsuspecting homeowner. In the fast pace of a daily routine, it can be difficult to remember to check for potential damage from something as mundane as a bathtub leak or shower pan leak. However, the earlier a leak is caught, the higher the chance that all you need is a simple repair.

How To Look for Damage

The first thing to do when looking for damage from a leak is to visually inspect the area. If you suspect a shower or bathtub leak, look for obvious signs of water damage:

  • Look for any obvious cracks or damage to shower tile or the bathtub itself where it looks like water could be escaping.
  • Peeling or loose trim can indicate potential damage from repeated water exposure.
  • Check the faucet or shower head by running water for a short time and then turning the water off, observing any unusual water flow where the fixtures are attached to the wall.
  • You may also be able to see issues with the threshold of a shower while the shower is on, such as water escaping when the shower doors are closed.
  • Any stains in the ceiling directly underneath a bathroom are a definite red flag and need to be addressed as soon as possible.

What This Means for You

If you find any of these signs of possible leakage, it’s time to contact an emergency restoration professional. An experienced professional can not only prevent further structural damage from occurring around the bathtub but can also take steps to eliminate any mold or mildew buildup from trapped water.

Just remember, if you find any signs of a possible shower or bathtub leak in your bathroom, you can rest assured that a restoration professional in Orlando, FL, is Here to Help. Enlisting the aid or experienced professionals can help you get your home back to normal as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

Shut Off Valves at Work

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Shut Off Valves at Work We also have shut off tags you can put on your water valves so they are easily noticeable.

Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO of SW Orlando can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of SW Orlando Professionals at 407-704-0327; 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Immediate Steps to Take if You Suffer From Water Damage

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Immediate Steps to Take if You Suffer From Water Damage Follow these tips so you can be prepared.

Let’s face it, water damage is threatening to your property’s value and can cause some serious, well damage. Whether you’re facing a storm; a flood; leaks from a weakened roof, HVAC or busted pipes; or experience overflowing appliances, water damage can wreak havoc in an array of emergency situations. To prevent further damage and to increase chances of salvation, it is critical to act quickly within the first 24 hours. Considering you have safely evacuated the premises and safety officials have declared it safe, follow these steps to immediately rectify your business from water damage.

Avoid Additional Risks

Upon returning to your property, survey the premises and document any visible structural damage that may further endanger you and your property. Look for signs of warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, and holes. If safety officials haven’t done so already, contact utility companies to cease all water and electrical sources. Even if the power is still out upon your return, physically turn off the main power line and individual fuses to avoid risk of electrocution should the power be reactivated.

Document Everything

While surveying your property, take photos and document all damages. Digital photos will allow you to properly store, back-up and transfer files quickly and conveniently. Be sure to document all damages prior to removing any water or starting on any repairs; otherwise, you risk decreasing the extent of your insurance coverage.

Contact your Insurance Provider

Contacting your insurance provider is critical immediately following water damage and your return to the property. Your insurance provider will be able to assess the situation, file a claim, determine whether or not the damage is severe enough to send an adjuster, and provide invaluable next steps. They will also ask for the documentation you’ve collected so it’s important to have that readily available. Pro Tip: if government authorities have declared your region a ‘disaster area’, property owners may have access to increased resources, services and financial assistance.

Secure the Property

Place board over broken windows, fasten tarps, and carryout other measures to avoid further leaks and water damage.  Be sure to document all of your efforts to secure your property from further damage.  If these precautionary steps are not taken and something else happens, additional damages may not be covered by your insurance provider.

Mitigate Mold Damage

It only takes 24-48 hours for mold to develop following a flood or water damage. If items have been wet for less than 48 hours, they may be salvageable. Remove wet contents such as carpeting and furniture as soon as possible. If an item has been exposed longer than 48 hours, it may be harder and more expensive to salvage. If possible, you can start the drying out process within 24 hours and eliminate mold and mildew growth by: 

  • Removing wet furniture or lifting it off of carpet
  • Place aluminum foil or other carpet separators on furniture to prevent carpet stains
  • Remove and hang area rugs to dry
  • Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out wet areas
  • Turn air conditioning on to help remove humidity and speed the drying process

Contact A Professional Restoration Service

If any amounts of water need more than a mop and you’ve followed the immediate steps to secure your business, water removal may require professional attention. SERVPRO of SW Orlando has the expertise, training and equipment to quickly remedy water damages and help your business get back to working order faster. Give SERVPRO of SW Orlando a call at 407-704-0327.

Orlando 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Orlando 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of SW Orlando provides 24 hour water damage restoration service in Orlando.

SERVPRO of SW Orlando is available 24 hours a day 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 - (407)704-0327 

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 SW Orlando 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 SW Orlando

SERVPRO of SW Orlando 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.

How SERVPRO Assesses Flood Damage After a Dishwasher Breakdowns in your Orlando Home

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Assesses Flood Damage After a Dishwasher Breakdowns in your Orlando Home Orlando flooding relies on SERVPRO of SW Orlando for cleanup and water removal.

SERVPRO's Array of Measuring Devices Ensures a Dry Home Post Flooding

Dishwashers are a welcome addition to many households. After all, who does not love being able to simply rinse the dishes, set the cycle, and let the machine do the work? It is very convenient. However, like any other appliance, a dishwasher might malfunction, and a dishwasher breakdown often equals a flood of water in your kitchen.

Flood damage to your Orlando home can be a serious cause for concern. A dishwasher might cause a surprisingly large flood in your kitchen, so naturally, you want to get that cleaned up as quickly as possible to mitigate any further damage. That is why we recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO at once -We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
An essential element of our job is assessing the damage to your home. A thorough assessment lets our experts know how much moisture is present, which is vital information that we need to decide upon the best course of action.
 
A visual inspection is an important first start, but of course, that is only one part of the process. Our teams come prepared with a range of powerful equipment to help us assess the flood damage to your home:
 
A moisture sensor to help us ascertain how deeply water has penetrated into soft materials. The sensor displays a blinking light and makes an audible beep when moisture is present, and this allows us to measure the extent of the damage. We have other models that work silently.
 
A moisture meter to help us measure how much moisture is in any structure. Meters are useful for testing the damp content of every part surrounding your dishwasher including not only the floor but also walls, wall insulation, cabinets, and rugs or carpets. Do not worry if you have a wooden floor. Our SERVPRO experts also come equipped with penetrating moisture meters that can be used to take a reading under wood flooring or even inside the wall. Our technicians calibrate the instrument to suit the material that we are testing.
 
Thermo-hygrometers. Thermo-hygrometers measure the temperature and the relative humidity in your kitchen. Our technicians use these readings to determine the extent of the water damage. This is usually used after the water has been removed, a verification that a standard RH has been attained.
 
A complete evaluation of the situation assists us in drawing up an effective individual drying plan for your kitchen. We monitor moisture and humidity throughout the drying process so you can rest assured your kitchen is at optimum dryness and humidity before we call the job done. We can also provide documentation to your insurance company.

How to Prepare for Water Damage in 5 Steps

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prepare for Water Damage in 5 Steps Call SERVPRO of Southwest Orlando today 407-704-0327

Most water damage that happens to your home is uncontrollable and unpredictable. It could potentially cost you thousands of dollars. When the water starts coming into your home, there is not much you can do to stop it but there is a couple things you can do to prepare for it. Here are a few steps you can take so you can be prepared for the worst.


Step 1: Stop the Source of the Water
If it is possible, stop the water at its source. If it has to do with your plumbing then turn off your water line as soon as possible. This will help with decreasing the amount of damage.
When the flooding occurs from storm water, there is no stopping a storm but you can try and divert the water away from your home by blocking entry points.


Step 2: Think Safety
If it safe, then shut off all electrical sources by turning the circuit breakers or unplug devices. Water and electricity don’t mix, remember that. Make sure everyone, including children, are away from standing water.


Step 3: Protect Your Possessions
Try and remove or raise your furniture from flood water. Water soaked furniture begin to mold very quick and you the last thing you will want is to throw away all of your belongings after a flood. Protect the things that are irreplaceable rather then carpet and other flooring.


Step 4: Contact Your Insurance Company
Now is the time to call your insurance and see how they will approach the water remediation. All insurance companies have professionals who specialize in this kind of emergency so they will have the best people to restore your home back to normal. Do not try to remove the water by yourself. You can just end up cause more damage.


Step 5: Work With the Professionals
When you are choosing a company to perform your water remediation; you need to compare everyone highs and lows. Make sure they have good reviews and are available at your earliest request. SERVPRO of Southwest Orlando is highly dependable and will exceed your expectations for your water remediation.

Do's & Don'ts of Water Damage

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do's & Don'ts of Water Damage #SERVPRO #WaterDamage

No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or to wake up to the sound of a broken pipe spraying water on valuable furniture and household possessions. However, the possibility of water damage occurring in your Southwest Orlando home is very real. Whether it is a pipe burst or a weather-related issue, it is important to arm yourself with some basic knowledge to deal with this type of emergency before it happens.

Here are a few tips to help in the event of water damage in your Florida home:

  • First, ascertain whether it safe to stay in the house.
  • Make sure there are no active electrical devices or outlets immersed in or near the water.
  • Note that wet floors are slippery and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Keep in mind that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
  • Have your plumber’s phone number ready and available.
  • Contact your SERVPRO Professional at (407) 704-0327 for complete restoration.

While waiting for your SERVPRO Professional to reach your location, here is what you CAN do:

  • Shut off the water
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air condition on for maximum drying in the Summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects and other prized possessions to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.