Recent Water Damage Posts
What We Need to Know.
Knowing what questions we may ask helps you be more prepared for a water damage.
A water damage in your home can be a daunting experience. Knowing a little about what we will need before you call, can help expedite the process and allow us to answer your questions more effectively during the first call. Here are a few of the questions you can expect to be asked during that nerve-wracking initial call:
- Your name, address, and the best contact information to reach you.
- Insurance information, if you have already called them.
- The cause of water damage and when it occurred.
- Is power and water still on at property?
- How many rooms, and what type of flooring was affected?
- Are ceilings affected in any of the rooms?
- Is your home on a slab or a crawlspace and how many stories?
- Is property accessible and who will be meeting our crew?
We are available to help make the water clean up process as painless as possible for you and your family. Call, any time. 24/7 ~ 843.552.1226
Protect Your Home From Water Damage
Did you know water damage can be one of the most common and costliest disasters your home may experience? Bursting pipes, malfunctioning appliances or storm damage are just some of the ways water can damage your home.
While water damage can be a common issue to deal with as a homeowner, there are things you can do to protect your home from these difficult scenarios.
How to Protect Your Home
Not only will you find that water damage is a big headache to deal with, but it can also have a long-term impact on your home—namely, mold. Mold can start to grow in as little as 24–48 hours of water exposure.
As you begin to think about ways to safeguard your home, break it down by areas of impact to make the task easier.
You can prevent water damage from happening in the basement by checking for water seepage. Look for vulnerable areas of the basement that may need resealing, make sure water drains away from your home and install a backwater valve.
In the kitchen and bathrooms, water damage can occur due to plumbing and appliance failures.
Be sure to regularly:
- Inspect all appliances, correcting any issues with hoses and faucets
- Check all seals and caulking around your showers and tubs.
- Know where the main shut-off valve is in your home
- Only run the washing machine or dishwasher while you are home.
Protecting your possessions from water damage can’t always happen, but there are steps to take that may decrease the amount of loss. Using waterproof bins to store items is always advised and, if using your basement for storage, keep items stored on shelving off of the floor.
How to Start the Recovery Process
In the event you do encounter a water damage situation in your home, you can stand a good chance at salvaging items if they can be dried out within 48 hours.
Make sure that you immediately contact your insurance company and evaluate the extent of the water damage in your home.
You will want to quickly dry your home out and dehumidify it following a water damage disaster. Be sure to remove wet objects and disinfect remaining materials. Working with SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston simplifies the entire process from drying to insurance claim for you as you work to put your home back together.
It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston, who are here to make it "Like it never even happened!" We are here 24/7 ~ 843.552.1226.
Not All Water Is Created Equal.
Our professionally trained and certified technicians can help you identify the type of water and how to safely mitigate any damage.
It would be much simpler if we could think of all water causing damage as the same, but in reality, there are three different classifications for this water: clean, gray and black. Understanding the differences in these types of water will help you understand how to better handle the situation.
What Is Clean Water?
Much like its name states, “clean” water is not the type to pose an immediate threat to your health as this water is free of contaminants and resulting from:
- Broken water lines
- Malfunctioning appliances
- Toilet holding tanks
- Snow melt and rainwater
This is the easiest type of water damage to clean up after, as there will not be as many microbes living in the water, but after sitting for 48 hours and following contact with the surfaces of a building, clean water then moves up to a category two, which is gray water.
What Is Gray Water?
With “gray” water, water damage cleanup and restoration will become a bit more serious and involved. It may pose a health risk because it will contain chemical or biological contamination.
Gray water can often come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. Again, the 48-hour exposure time applies here as well because if it is not quickly treated, gray water will turn into black water.
What Is Black Water?
Black water is the third classification of damaging water and the most serious of the three classifications. Considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter, it would include floodwaters containing soil and all sewage waters.
Sewage is laden with contaminating microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, which can be harmful to humans. Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:
- Gastroenteritis-type illnesses
Remember, when it comes to floods, assume that all water is black water since it will pick up contaminants as it travels along its path.
All three of these floodwater classifications are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), which is an organization that certifies and sets the standard for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.
It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services! We are here for you 24/7 ~ 843.552.1226
Common Causes of Water Damage to Your Home
A broken pipe caused this Summerville, SC home's water damage.
While severe weather is one of the first things one thinks of where water damage is concerned, water damage can happen in other ways.
Storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage, but they are often not the main culprits. Everyday household items in your home can be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.
There are different types of water damage, storm damage, and gradual damage. Gradual damage is something that has been happening over time, i.e. plumbing issues behind the walls causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation. Unfortunately, this type of water damage is usually not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related and other emergency water damage usually is.
Common Water Damage Culprits
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading household systems that cause water damage are:
Frozen pipes can burst due to water pressure buildup caused by freezing water or when the supply system materials fail and results in pipes leaking or bursting.
Plumbing drain system failures occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from material breakdown issues.
Toilets are the second leading source of residential water damage loss after plumbing supply system failures and can range from faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines.
When an older water heater has reached its life expectancy, the tank begins to deteriorate and rust and corrode, resulting in leaking or bursting issues.
Typically caused by water supply hose failures, machines overflowing and drain line failures, washing machines are one of the top 10 sources of residential water damage losses.
If your home has experienced water damage of any type, the team at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston is available 24⁄7 to help with cleanup and restoration and make it look “Like it never even happened.”
Feel free to call our emergency line 24/7 ~ 843.552.1226 or through our Contact Us page. We are always here to help!
Our Newest Addition!
Welcome, Velo, to SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston!
Everyone likes new stuff right? We certainly do! SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston takes great pride in making sure we have the best possible products and equipment on hand. This allows us to take care of your restoration needs in the most efficient manner and reduce the impact on your day to day life.
This is our newest addition to the Production inventory: The DRI-EAZ Velo Low Profile Centrifugal Air Mover. The Velo is at least 10 pounds lighter and uses just shy of 50% less amps to run. These facts, coupled with reduced noise and size, make this fan ideal to most comfortably and quickly dry out water damage in your home or business.
Remember, we are here 24/7 for all of your fire, water, and mold restoration needs. (843) 552-1226
Is your college student ready for a flood??
Charleston students! Are you ready in the event of a flood or fire in your dorm or apartment?
With the school year finally upon us, there are many college students on the move! Whether they are moving away from home or just moving from one dorm or apartment to another, they all have one need in common. Renter’s Insurance! On more than one occasion, SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston has watched frustrated parents and students, throw away and have to come out of pocket to replace items damaged by water, fire, or mold.
For an extremely minimal premium, most content policies cover replacement cost of contents damaged the event of a water or fire loss, living expenses if you are displaced from the unit, and possibly items borrowed from someone else that happened to be damaged in the same loss. Some have liability coverage for injury after an accident with your pet or other incident in the home. There is also often coverage for a burglary or financial fraud.
Needless to say the value far outweighs the cost when you consider that recovering from a single event could cost thousands of dollars. Reach out to your local insurance agent for a quote before you unpack that first box! If you don’t know a local agent, feel free to give us a call for recommendations.
As always, we are here to help. 24/7/365 ~ (843) 552-1226 or on our website.
All of us at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston hope you have a safe and amazing school year!
With Water Damage, Response Time is Critical!
Faster to any size disaster!
Any where in the Charleston Area.
SERVPRO strives to have the best response time possible when we are called for a fire or water damage. Our 1-4-8 policy sets us apart when it comes to taking care of your home or business in the most expeditious manner. Our goal is two-fold: To reduce interruption to your family or business and to make the insurance claim resolution seamless and timely. Dealing with all of the facets of a water damage and insurance claim can be overwhelming. Adding additional frustration and cost to the mix due to a delay in response time is simply unnecessary.
Here is a timeline on how the damage from water can progress over just a few weeks:
WITHIN MINUTES…Water spreads very quickly from source to adjoining rooms. Furniture can stain carpets. Paper items are ruined.Color in carpets can run.Odors, especially pet or smoke, are released from the carpet and pad. Electronics (computer towers, power bars, etc.) can be damaged.
WITHIN HOURS…Wood and cabinets begin to swell, split or delaminate.Drywall begins to disintegrate.Bacteria begins to present and sewage contaminants become airborne.Many metal surfaces will begin to tarnish.Odor becomes stronger and more nauseating.Wooden & Vinyl floors can bubble, buckle or cup.
WITHIN A WEEK…Mold will begin to appear and affected areas will no longer be restorable.Metal surfaces will begin to rust.Mold and mildew can begin to cause health problems.Wood on cabinets or doors and door casings begin to swell.Water will have seeped into the internal areas of furniture increasing the cost of drying, or make drying impossible.
WITHIN WEEKS…Residence may need to be evacuated due to health hazards.Drywall surface beyond the original affected area can be affected by seeping moisture, mold and mildew.Wood on cabinets, doors and casings can split and finishes be destroyed.Original affected area, as well as additional areas covered in mold and mildew, will become unsalvageable and will need to be replaced.
SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston is ready for your call. Contact us 24/7 at (843) 552-1226. For non-emergent needs we can also be reached thru the on line Contact Us Form.
Turn Around, Don't Drown!
Turn Around, Don't Drown! Flood Safety Awareness Week 2014
Flooding remains one of the top weather killers in the U.S., with the average number of annual fatalities totaling near 90. More than half of these fatalities are vehicle-related. The National Weather Service has been working to bring those numbers down and, for the past decade, has been doing so using its “Turn Around Don’t Drown” campaign, which is dedicated to teaching the public about flood safety.
Hector Guerrero, warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS San Angelo, Texas, forecast office, began formulating a plan for a program to raise awareness of the dangers of driving or walking into flooded areas in the early 2000s. While Guerrero worked at the NWS forecast office in Brownsville, Texas, he became concerned when hurricane evacuees from the Texas coast would relocate to the heart of Texas’ Flash Flood Alley. He was also aware of the dangers associated with flash floods having grown up in Austin, also part of Flash Flood Alley. “I wanted a catchy phrase along the lines of the fire-safety mantra "Stop, Drop and Roll,” said Guerrero. “After brainstorming with a group of firefighters from Harlingen, Texas, I chose ‘Turn Around Don’t Drown.’”
Guerrero worked with a team from NWS Southern Region Headquarters and together they partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, and the City of Fort Worth Fire Department. NWS launched the “Turn Around Don’t Drown” program in Texas in 2003. Once the phrase was officially trademarked by NOAA, the program made its national debut in 2004.
Since then, hundreds of permanent “Turn Around Don’t Drown” signs have been established along roadways prone to flooding across the U.S. and the slogan has become an often repeated catchphrase in the media, classrooms and even the home. In addition to the NWS education materials, NWS partners also distribute resources bearing the phrase.
For information on how SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston can help if you are facing flood damage to your home or business, please take a look at the Water Damage Restoration page on our website.
You can also Contact Us, 24/7, for help. (843) 747-8750
Atricle courtesy of NWS & NOAA