Recent Water Damage Posts

HVAC Condensation Lines Can Cause Water Damage

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

High temps mean more condensation from your HVAC which means you can have a problem if not watched closely.

When your HVAC creates condensation, that water needs somewhere to go, and those lines can become clogged quickly. This can cause your emergency line to either break or your drop pan to overfill, and that water needs somewhere to go! So, what should you do if this happens causing water damage?

  • Call an HVAC company to service your unit. This is probably the easiest and most efficient method, but unfortunately the most expensive.
  • Check to make sure your primary condensation line, usually located near the ground outside the home in an area of high foot traffic, is slowly dripping water when your HVAC is on.
  • If your primary line is not dripping check the secondary line, usually located somewhere like above a window or door as to be more noticeable when dripping.
  • If the primary, or both lines, are not dripping while the unit is on, find a way to flush out or remove the potential blockage. The cleanout will usually be located close to the HVAC main unit. Make sure you thoroughly research how to properly clear your lines before attempting to!
  • Check your HVAC unit drip pan, make sure it has no holes or rust around it. If it is damaged, you may need to have it replaced.

SERVPRO® of Washington County will come out and perform a free moisture inspection on your Washington County, TN residence or commercial property if you believe you may have had a potential accident. We get an estimate to you or begin communication with your insurance. If your HVAC system is leaking or backing up, call SERVPRO® of Washington County at 423-434-0046.

Have You Checked Your Toilets Lately?

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Many times, the toilet in your home can be the last thing you think about causing water damage. As they age, however, the components that allow it to function properly can jam or malfunction, causing several potential problems. While some of these might be a drawn-out refilling process that can affect your monthly water bill, more severe consequences might include overflowing of the reservoir when the float mechanism does not engage.

Overflowing reservoirs might not affect your Washington County home but it does often require professional water removal and recovery. Even with noticing the problem shortly after it begins, an instance like this can quickly cover the bathroom floor and affect cabinetry and the vanity as well. Our SERVPRO professionals can understand the importance of reacting quickly to this situation.

The tile or laminate flooring likely installed in your bathroom can resist penetration from the pooling water, but saturation can still occur with these materials if the problem does not get addressed quickly enough. While each plank or tile itself works to resist absorbing the moisture, seams and grout joints are more penetrable. To protect your flooring from extensive damage, extraction must begin shortly after the situation gets discovered.

Our SERVPRO of Washington County professionals can arrive with high-powered extraction equipment for severe damages like our gas-powered units. For smaller pools, we can also bring in our portable sump pumps and extraction wands. Once the excess has gotten removed from the flooring, we can set up our advanced drying equipment to protect and preserve exposed cabinetry, fixtures, and flooring. We can double check our drying efforts with our thermal imagery cameras to detect lingering moisture pockets that require added attention.

As traumatic as an overflowing reservoir might seem, the right professional assistance can make this water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Give SERVPRO of Washington County a call anytime disaster strikes at 423-434-00046.

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration in Washington County

  1. Initial Emergency Contact
    • You can call us at 423-434-0046, 24 hours a day to begin the water restoration process because taking immediate action is crucial after water damage occurs. When you call us, we will ask your questions to get an overview of the damage and to help us determine what resources to dispatch to you.
  2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
    • When we arrive on the scene in response to water damage, we will do a detailed property inspection to assess the scope of the damage and to develop a thorough plan of action. We will identify the water source, the category of water, and check for safety concerns.
  3. Moisture Extraction
    • The water extraction process will remove most of the moisture via our vacuum and pump units. We will start this process as quickly as possible to lessen the likelihood of more damage occurring and to reduce drying time. We can also help you move out your belongings if they might be damaged as well.
  4. Dehumidifying and Drying
    • After the excess water has been removed, we can begin fully drying all porous materials that have absorbed water. Our industrial-grade equipment moves air quickly and helps moisture to evaporate as fast as possible, which will dry out floors, walls, and carpets as well as discourage mold growth.
  5. Cleaning and Repair
    • After sustaining water damage, impacted surfaces will typically require professional cleaning. In addition to structural cleaning, we will clean your belongings that are able to be restored. We will also do odor removal to prevent the musty odor that water-damaged objects often develop.
  6. Restoration
    • The final step is ensuring that your property is restored to its pre-water condition. This will involve things like drywall and flooring repairs or even reconstruction. By working with us, you are working with a company that can handle all elements of the restoration, including the difficult reconstruction parts that truly restores things back to their pre-damaged state.

What's In Your Water? Is It Safe?

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that the water either coming into your home or from your home due to busted pipes or leaks has what we call a “category”? When it comes to handling mitigation in your home it is better to allow the professionals at SERVPRO of Washington County to deal with the emergency because you must treat the water correctly to be safe. You never know what is either in your water or what the water has passed through to create contamination.

The information below explains the main types of water damage and could help you identify the problem quickly if it ever happens to you.

Category One: Clear Water

This water is the cleanest, most non-toxic form of water damage. It is potable water, perhaps directly from the tap. It is unlikely to cause you any harm, even if you are exposed for some time. Nevertheless, even clean flooding can lead to electrical and structural faults, so it is safer for you to call in the experts for repairs. Clean water comes from things like a broken water supply line, tub or sinks overflow with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines to name a few. However, once clean water leaves the exit point, it might not remain clean after contacting other surfaces or materials. Although it is considered the "safest" of the categories, it can degrade to category 2 or 3 if left untreated.

Category Two: Gray Water 

Gray water damage is a little bit more serious and requires a speedier removal process. This is because it may contain potentially unsafe levels of chemicals, microorganisms, or dirt. Examples of Cat 2 water includes but are not limited to: overflow from dishwashers or washing machines; overflows from toilet bowls with urine; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure and broken aquariums.
If left untreated, it can quickly degrade into category 3.

Category Three: Black Water

Cat 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Cat 3 water can include but are not limited to: sewage; toilet backflows from beyond the trap; flooding from seawater, rivers or streams, ground surface water, or other contaminated water entering the indoor environment.

The team at SERVPRO of Washington County is skilled in the safe handling of the different categories through training and protective clothing to eliminate the risk of sickness.

Call SERVPRO of Washington County at 423-434-0046 if your not sure what kind of water yours is.

Did You Know There Is A Water Damage Timeline?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Did You Know There is a Water Damage Timeline?

Intrusion of water into your home from a storm can result in mold growth. When water damages are not addressed right away, the result is an increased risk of mold growth. Mold may appear within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage intrusion event if the conditions are conducive to mold growth.

SERVPRO of Washington County, handles water damages every day, and we know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or business building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which help prevent the secondary damage like mold growth. 

Water Damage Timeline

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 begin to 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. Mold spores grow if conditions are conducive to microbial growth.

Before risking further damage to you home, and belongings do not try to clean a water damage incident on your own, instead call SERVPRO of Washington County at 423-434-0046 to handle the water damage cleanup and restoration. They will make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Deal with Water Damage Immediately

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage causes serious problems – it shrinks leather, warps wood, damages carpet, and causes other serious problems. In fact, it only takes a few hours for the water to cause irreversible damage to your home or business. Immediate damage repair is crucial in preventing water damage from further destroying your residential or commercial property.

Urgency & Sensitivity

We understand that water damage causes a devastating set back to your family or business which is why we act quickly to provide an assessment of the damage, give you an on-site free estimate and get to work quickly on mitigating your damage. Our goal is to provide quick, professional, and reliable service that gets your damage repaired with minimal disruption.

Detailed Damage Assessment

Using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, our highly trained technicians can accurately and thoroughly assess the full extent of the water damage to your property – both the seen damage and unseen.

Insurance Assistance

Not sure how to handle your insurance claim for water damage? We provide assistance with majority of the insurance paperwork and in most cases, can even direct bill the insurance carrier for you. This way you can have peace of mind knowing that your insurance billing and claim is handled just as expertly as the restoration process itself!

What to Expect at On-Site Assessment & Estimate?

? Once we have confirmed your appointment, a technicians will be dispatched to your location. Typically, we can get a representative to your property within the hour.

? Upon arrival, your production manager will assess the water damage and review findings with you and your insurance company (if you are filing and insurance claim). We provide details on the extent of affected building materials (seen and unseen), process for mitigating the damage and scope the estimated repairs.

? Once you and your insurance (if you are filing a claim) approve the project, your technician will begin work to restore your home or property.  This will include daily monitoring of the drying progress and constant evaluation of the safety of the structure.

That One Water Call

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

I remember a time when I got a call from a young woman who was in such disarray, you could not understand anything she was saying. I finally got her calmed down and she explained why she was so upset. She was filling up the tub in her bathroom for a nice bubble bath after a long hard day at work. As the tub was filling up, she poured in her bubble bath and lit some candles. While she was waiting, she got a call and ran downstairs to answer the phone. It was from a loved one that lived out of town that she hadn’t heard from in months. Needless to say, she got distracted by the excitement of the phone call and forgot all about the bath she started upstairs. She said she was on the phone for about 10-15 mins when she heard a huge gushing sound. When she turned around, water was running down her stairs like a waterfall. She said it damaged most of her upstairs and was even coming through the ceiling downstairs. She was devastated. Her advice was “when taking a bath, stay in the bathroom from start to finish and let that phone call go to voicemail”. 

Do You Know What To Do In A Water Damage Situation?

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

water in basement water in a customers basement

Now most of us have been taught about fire safety, fire prevention, and what to do in case of a fire. But have you learned about water damages and the effects it can have on your Washington County home? Although having a water damage isn’t common to cause bodily injury, it is important to have knowledge of how it can affect your home. So, what is considered water damage? In general, this problem can be defined as water that destroys the interior of your home. It can be caused by many different sources throughout your home such as a broken water pipe inside your walls. It can be caused by an appliance like a refrigerator line, a washing machine, or even a dishwasher. Many plumbing sources like your kitchen faucet, bathroom sink or shower faucets, and toilet plumbing lines can leak causing a water damage to occur. When this happens, you can sometimes see water flowing out on the floor, or notice drywall, flooring, and cabinets wet or wet to the touch. Other ways you can spot a water damage is by looking for water stains. An obvious, telltale sign of water damage. Unexplained humidity or dampness in your home can be a sign of an undetected water leak. Also, if you are hearing strange noises like random dripping or trickling, it is best to check all sources of water in your home. If you are unable to find anything but still feel like there is something leaking there are a few things you can do. Contact your water company to check your meter. They will check to see if the meter is running when all sources are turned off. If it is then more than likely you have a leak somewhere. You can also contact a local plumber to check your appliance or plumbing lines as well.

How to Help Prevent An Unexpected Water Loss

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Water Leak Water Pipe Leak

Water damage is one of the more devastating things that can happen to your business, short of a fire. Water losses can often close your office which in turn can mean lost revenue and productivity time.

Unfortunately, while there’s not much you can do about storm related water damage, it’s easy to curb any unexpected damage to your business by doing regular inspections of your commercial space. Below are some places to check for water damage on a routine basis.


  1. Roofing

                Rain seeping in through damaged roofs can go unseen and often cause water damage that goes left unnoticed for months and in turn causes mold growth that can cause health problems to you and your staff. Have a roof routinely inspected by a professional to prevent leaks, especially before our rainy spring season.

  1. Pipes

                Your pipes can cause a ton of headaches. If you’ve got a burst pipe it can cause hundreds to thousands of gallons of water to flood your office space. If you have a slow leak, it could cause mold. It’s a good idea to have a plumber come out and inspect your pipes.

  1. Sprinkler System

                Did you know that your sprinkler system can leak? It can! We’ve had a few jobs where a sprinkler had made a lot of damage in commercial buildings. Do regular checks to make sure your system isn’t faulty or broken. It can also save lives during a fire.

If you’ve had any water damage to a commercial property, give SERVPRO of Washington County a call immediately at 423-434-0046!

Detecting Water Damage In Your Washington County, TN Home

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ceiling water damage

Have you ever wondered if you have water damage in your home? You may think a water leak is easy to detect and something you would notice right away but that is not always the case.  Sometimes the signs of water damage are hidden outside, behind a wall, under the floorboards, in a crawl space or attic, and behind appliances. No matter when it happened there are ways to detect the situation.

Follow these steps to detect these signs of water damage in or around your home

  • Water Accumulation- the most obvious sign is standing water
  • Discoloration- watch for yellow-brownish water spots and stains on walls. You may also notice bubbling and cracking in the paint.
  • Texture Changes- warping, buckling, sagging, sinking, and/or expansion in flooring
  • Mold and/or Mildew- dark spots growing in corner and edges of walls and flooring
  • Odor- moisture, humidity, and low circulation in the air cause mold and mildew to grow causing a musty odor.

Now that you have detected the issue what should you do?  Call SERVPRO of Washington County to come check it out! 

SERVPRO of Washington County is well-versed in dealing with water damages. We have helped commercial properties as well as residents remove water and prevent the risk of secondary damages like mold or mildew buildup. Using state-of-the-art moisture detectors and our commitment to provide the very best service we are here to ensure your water damage issue is dealt with effectively and efficiently.

We are just a phone call away and are local to the area which reduces our call out times and we can be there when you need us.  Call SERVPRO of Washington County at 423-434-0046 today for a professional inspection, remediation, and restoration service from an award-winning business.

Should I Remove My Water Damaged Carpet or Not

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

wet carpet being pulled wet carpet being pulled because of a water loss

Should I Throw It Away?

A pipe break, a leak, or any other water incident inside your home in Washington County, can greatly damage various items, including your carpet. This can be frustrating if your carpeting is new or if you take care of it. However, not every case of water damage to this item means you must replace it. Consider these factors before throwing away this prized decoration.

 Status of Padding
The padding below the carpeting serves multiple purposes, from absorbing daily wear-and-tear to insulating a large part of your house. An unintentional benefit it provides involves taking in a significant amount of water. Carefully remove the affected flooring and see if the padding is wetter than the part it protects. If the water is mostly absorbed, you can simply throw it out and salvage the upper sections. A damage professional can assist you with this task.

 Category of Water Damage
If flooding caused this problem, you would have to figure out the water's contamination category. If the liquid comes from a pipe break or overflowing appliances, it is considered clean water or category one. Water that comes from toilet bowls, dishwashers, and sump pumps is somewhat contaminated, so it is category two greywater. Sewage and groundwater are also known as black water, or category three. If the last category has touched the carpet, you will need to replace it immediately.

 Duration of Damage
Time is also another key factor in deciding whether to replace the carpeting. Generally, if the damage has lasted more than 72 hours, you should replace it. Even if the water is clean, it can weaken the material and encourage mold growth when left alone. Therefore, it is important to respond to the damage fast and call in professional restoration services to inspect and resolve the situation.
Water damage from flooding or a pipe break can affect your floor carpeting differently. Look at the elements involved in the carpet's damage to determine the course of action.

Call SERVPRO of Washington County at 423-434-0046 and they can help you decide if it can be saved?

3 Steps To Take for Post-Disaster Recovery Dealing With Damaged Property

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Inspecting damaged roofing shingles Adjuster making a report while inspecting a home in Johnson City, TN

Steps To Take To Begin The Recovery Process

Natural disasters like hurricanes and tsunamis take a severe mental, physical, emotional, and economic toll on those with the misfortune of being in their pathway. The cost is often devastating, if not fatal, and recovery can be a lengthy and difficult process. Even those who escape personal injury often find themselves dealing with the fallout of damaged or destroyed property. If your home or other property in Johnson City, TN, has suffered damage from a natural disaster, there are certain steps you need to take to begin the recovery process, such as filing an insurance claim and dealing with a home adjuster.

1. Contact Your Insurance Company
One of your first actions in the wake of a disaster that causes property damage should be to contact your insurance company. Trying to get insurance claims approved can take a great deal of time, so it is important to file as soon as possible to get the process started.

2. Prepare for a Visit From an Adjuster
After getting in contact with an insurance agent, you should begin preparing for a visit with a home adjuster, who will determine the amount of damage done. Preparation includes activities like the following:

  • Locating and listing any damage
  • Documenting broken or lost items
  • Making copies of receipts for the adjuster
  • Contacting licensed contractors to obtain written cost estimations

The adjuster's report is a deciding factor in the settlement amount you receive, so it is important to be ready for the adjuster. Having your own cost estimates and damage lists ready to hand over also makes it more likely that the adjuster will not miss any important damage.

3. Contact a Professional Restoration Service
Another important post-disaster step you should take is to find a professional restoration company to help restore your damaged property. Professionals can help clean and refurbish your belongings, bringing them back to their original state, or as close to their pre-disaster state as possible.
Recovering from a natural disaster is a difficult, often painful experience. It is important to take the right steps, like preparing for a home adjuster visit, from the beginning to ease the process.

5 Ways to Conserve Water

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

Insulation covers with the words COVER UP THE PIPES Investing in proper insulation may result in energy savings.

5 Ways to Conserve Water

No matter the size of your property in Big Cherokee, TN, water is a needed element for day-to-day operations. Unfortunately, that eventually means running into water issues that can result in significant waste or extensive problems that require a water damage and restoration expert. Making a few changes and better monitoring can not only prevent damage, but it can also make your building more sustainable and green.

1. Fix Leaks
Unfortunately, not all leaks are as simple as a dripping faucet. Hidden leaks can slowly cause damage and go undetected for a long time. If the water bill seems to be going up for no reason, call a trusted plumber to find the source of the problem and stop it.

2. Low-flow Plumbing
If your building is older, it might be time for a water upgrade. Although it is an investment, water-conserving fixtures can reduce the costs associated with high usage. Along with lowering your bill, you will be helping save upwards of 1,000 of gallons of a vital resource each year.

3. Insulation
Also associated with older buildings, the plumbing itself may be lacking insulation or it may severely damage. Considering how much hot water is used daily, investing in proper insulation may result in energy savings.

4. Smart Technology
With everything going smart, your building can also be fitted with the latest smart technology. Monitoring systems provide real-time data on consumption and provide analytics on daily gallon usage and costs per year. If water issues arise, these systems also quickly alert you to a problem.

5. Manage Water Features
Ensuring your property is welcoming and inviting for customers, guests and employees often means landscaping and even possibly a water feature. While fountains and waterfalls add ambiance, ensure they are turned off after hours to conserve water.
While water issues may come in many forms, there are some simple ways to reduce usage and lower your bill.

An Explanation of Secondary Damage

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling Mold growth on ceiling in Sulphur Springs, TN

Anyone who has ever experienced a flood at home knows the terrible damage it can cause. Water from a burst pipe, sewer backup or ruptured appliances can ruin carpet, furniture, electronics and building materials. Fortunately, with the help of a flood remediation specialist, you can get your home back into one piece. But you can't worry only about this primary damage. Even after water cleanup, you can find black mold growth or other fungal issues.

How Mold Appears

When fungal growth causes problems in your Sulphur Springs, TN, home following a leak or flood, it is known as secondary damage. Mold shows up in humid, wet areas of the house. The following are common culprits of mold appearances:

  • Leaky pipes in walls or under sinks
  • Leaky appliances such as washers, dishwashers and refrigerators
  • Poor airflow in rooms such as basements, attics, and bathrooms
  • Failure to dry surfaces after water damage

Mold Concerns
Mold can rear its ugly head within 24 to 48 hours after water damage. The growth can be particularly fast when there is high humidity. Mold often grows on walls, ceiling tiles or carpet. However, this fungus can spread onto any organic surfaces.

Preventing Secondary Damage
It's possible to keep mold growth at bay or even prevent it from ever being a problem in your home. Quick action after water damage is essential. Crews will thoroughly dry the area with powerful fans. You can do your part by opening windows and making sure you have proper ventilation. Technicians will also sanitize the affected surfaces.

Cleaning After Secondary Damage
For small areas, you can clean up mold yourself by using bleach and scrubbing the surfaces. However, if you see black mold, or if the mold covers a considerable area, let the professionals handle it. The crews have the right equipment and tools to quickly and efficiently get rid of this fungal growth.
Stay on top of your black mold problem. Understand the consequences of the fungus and follow these steps.

4 Steps To Take If Your Building Has Been Damaged By Water

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers and dehumidifiers placed in the hallway of a building, drying up wet area Water cleanup in a Big Cherokee, TN building

4 Steps To Take If Your Building Has Been Damaged By Water

If you have experienced serious water damage in your Big Cherokee, TN, building, you might be feeling frustrating and panicked. In this kind of emergency, it can be difficult to determine how you should proceed. The following are some steps you should take if you find yourself in this situation.

1. Contact Your Insurance Company
One of the first things that you should do after any kind of damage to your building is to contact your insurance agent to begin filing a claim. You will need this money to repair the building and any broken pipes, and waiting too long to begin the process could result in your claim being denied.
2. Document Any Damage
While you are waiting for an adjuster to inspect the building, you can begin documenting the damage on your own. If it is safe to do so, you may want to go through each area and make a list of items that have been affected. It is a good idea to take pictures as well since the adjuster can use these when working on your claim.
3. Begin Cleaning Up
It is important to begin water cleanup as soon as possible. The longer the water sits, the worse the secondary damage will be. This can include mold growth as well as warping wood and rusting metal. Any items that can be moved to a dry area should be relocated.
4. Avoid Using Electricity
Water damage and electricity are not a good mix. You should avoid turning on or off any electrical devices until after repairs have been made. Instead, turn off the power to the building using the main breaker.
If you need to have repairs to your building done, contact a water damage remediation company. They can safely remove the water, perform cleanup, and restore the building to its previous condition. They can also salvage many of your affected belongings, from furniture to paper documents to electronics.

5 Reasons Your Pipes May Be Noisy

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

New gray and brown drain pipes isolated There are a number of reasons the pipes in your Gladstone, TN, home may be making noises

Here Are Five Sounds You May Want To Know About

There are a number of reasons the pipes in your Gladstone, TN, home may be making noises. From sounds coming from everyday use to noises that may indicate a potential pipe break, here are five sounds you may want to know about.

1. Hammering

This sound in the pipes could be indicative of a larger problem. Water hammering is caused when a valve or faucet is suddenly turned off and the water is forced to a quick stop with nowhere to go, causing it to move back through the pipe and cause vibrations. Look for loose pipes or missing pipe straps, as well as areas where the pipes may be moving against studs or joists.

2. Humming

Humming can occur if the water pressure is too high for the pipes. Generally, it is recommended that the pressure be below 55 pounds per square inch. A professional can take a water reading and make any necessary adjustments.

3. Rattling

Suspended pipes that have come loose from their fastenings may make a rattling sound as water moves through them. If this issue is not attended to the vibrations may eventually lead to a pipe break. It’s best to contact a professional when you hear rattling so they can secure these pipes before you have to fix broken pipe issues such as flooding.

4. Whistling

Whistling can occur inside valves and faucets when a loose washer or screw causes an obstructions forcing water to flow through a tight space. It is unlikely that this problem will cause a pipe burst, as it can be fixed by replacing the offending washer or crew.

5. Gurgling

Gurgling most often occurs when there is an obstruction in the drain. Left unattended this can lead to drain backup and water overflow problems which may require the attention of a water damage restoration service. Removing any obstructions can help the water drain properly again.

Knowing what these noises mean can help you avoid a potential pipe break. Remember that each sound could indicate a different problem, and that it’s best to contact a professional to handle any plumbing needs.

5 Ways to Clean Content After Water Damage

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water cleanup in Austin Springs, TN

The Best Way to Restore Your Office Contents

If you have experienced a flooded company in Austin Springs, TN, due to a broken pipe, storm damage, sewer backup, or other cause, you may be wondering the best way to restore your office contents. Fortunately, your local restoration service may have a number of ways to help restore these items. Here are five of the most common.

1. Dry Cleaning

This process is often used for sensitive fabric types. You may see it used for items such as curtains, or in situations where the chemical cleaners may be the best option for removing damage.

2. Wet Cleaning

Wet cleaning can be used on any item that can safely be placed in a washer. It may be used for rugs or small pillows. Carpet shampooing is another form of wet cleaning.

3. Soaking

In the case of a flooded company,you may also see soaking in a cleaning solution used. In most cased object that may be soaked are non-mechanical in nature, and never electronic. These items may be things like desk organizers or small furniture.

4. Freeze Drying

If paper documentation has been damaged a restoration professional may use freeze-drying as part of the cleaning process. This is used to help dry the document while keeping it intact. There may be other steps involved in this process before the paperwork can be considered usable again.

5. Solution Wiping

In cases where the object is too large for other methods, it may be cleaned by wiping it with the appropriate cleaning solution. This cleaning option is most often used for structural cleaning or large furniture.
If you have a flooded company there are a few ways office items can be cleaned and restored. Dry cleaning, wet cleaning, soaking, freeze-drying. Or wiping with a cleaning solution may all be used depending on the item type and size. If you have any questions a professional can help.

What Causes Noisy Pipes?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

More water damages are caused by broken pipes

Be Aware of What Causes Noises In Your Pipes

When you turn on the kitchen or bathroom faucet, do you ever heard loud noises coming from the pipes? This isn't a normal phenomenon. These noises could be signs of a major problems with your plumbing. If you ignore the sounds, you could eventually face flooding in your Big Cherokee, TN, house. Be aware of what causes these noises in your pipes so you can avoid bigger issues such as a pipe break in the future.

Drop the Hammer

Something known as a water hammer is a leading cause of the loud noises you may hear. You may have to eventually fix broken pipe when this is happening. This occurs when the water is off but there is still water inside. The water will try to get out, so it bangs against the walls of the pipe, causing a hammering sound. To correct this, you can try the following:

  • Reset the water system's air chambers.
  • Shut off the main water to the house.
  • Make sure the pipes are secured.

Under Pressure

Water pressure can have a big effect on the noises you hear from the pipes. If you want to avoid a pipe burst, you should be aware of the water pressure. Too much of it can cause thumping noises in the pipes. A pressure of 80 pounds per square inch is ideal.

Rubbing Sounds

You know you may be facing a pipe breaking when you start hearing noises that sound like something is rubbing the pipes. This may happen when the copper pipes are not sufficiently insulated. Excessively hot water can cause these issues, so it could be helpful to turn down the water heater. If all else fails call a plumber to inspect the pipes.
A pipe break can lead to extensive flooding in your house. A professional water removal company can help, but it's better to recognize the cause of loud pipes in the first place.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet can Prevent Damage

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking faucet in a Telford, TN home

A leaking faucet may cause a simple annoying drip, water consistently spilling out onto the countertop or even dripping into the cabinet below the sink. Not every leaking faucet requires a visit from the plumber, however. Some minor repairs can be quite easily completed yourself at home.

Repairing a Faucet

When you discover water where it should not be, it is time to take some action. Often it is a matter of replacing some of the inner workings, rather than needing to replace the faucet itself. Here are the steps you will need to take to undergo the repair.

Shut off the water supply beneath the faucet you are repairing.
Plug the drain to prevent screws or other small parts from going down the drain accidentally.
Buy replacement parts in Telford, TN, for the type of faucet you have – either cartridge, ceramic disk, ball or compression.
Dismantle the faucet in order to replace washers or corroded parts. For parts you can reuse, soak corroded parts in vinegar to remove any mineral buildup.
Follow the replacement instructions that come with the parts kit.
Reassemble and tighten the parts. Once you have a fixed leak, turn the water supply back on, slowly turn the faucet on and watch for any leaks or drips.

Start Simple

Always check filters and washers first, as those are simple fixes and can often cause a dripping faucet. If you are intimidated, go ahead and call a plumber – do not allow a leak to continue because you do not want to pay a plumber – cleaning water damage from a leak can cost many times over what a plumber charges.
If you discover the leaking faucet too late and there is some significant water damage, call the professional water restoration team that can clean and restore your home in Telford, TN. Remember however, that maintaining your faucets and keeping an eye on them can help prevent serious damage from occurring.

Suffering Through Sewage Cleanup

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Sewer backups manifest first in tubs and floor drains in the lowest points of the home

Suffering Through Sewage Cleanup

When there is a waste management leak or a backup in Big Cherokee, TN, you could be facing a potential sewer cleanup disaster. Follow these simple steps to keep yourself safe from all of the dangers inherent to this kind of hazard.

1. Dreaded Diseases

The primary issue that stems from a sewage leak comes from biohazardous material. Bacteria, viruses and other potential pathogens can all hide in that disgusting mess, and exposure to fluids and gasses can make you or your loved ones incredibly sick.

It’s always a good idea to hire professionals to handle the problem, especially since they will already have the tools necessary for sewage cleanup. It pays to take advantage of a skilled team that will keep you out of harm’s way.

2. A Barrier to Bacteria

If a sewer backup in Big Cherokee, TN, is small enough that you feel you can keep it under control yourself, you still need to wear adequate protection. Wearing gloves, boots, masks and eyewear is essential, and it’s also a good idea to have full-body coverage in case any splashing occurs.

As far as porous materials like clothing, carpet and drapes are concerned, cleaning them is probably more trouble than it’s worth. While bacteria and other contaminants can be killed with bleach, the amounts found in sewage are so great that they may be ruined for good.

3. Water Removal

The water from a sewer cleanup gets everywhere and needs to be contained right away. Backflow can turn a flooded toilet into a cauldron of biohazard chaos, so make sure you dispose of any physical material in strong plastic bags.

Bring any other contaminated items to a room with a concrete floor until you can take care of them separately. When all of the movable items are out, wash and rinse the area with warm water and bleach. This will disinfect your sewer cleanup, letting you finally get your home out of the gutter!

What To Do If You Find Contaminated Water in Your Home

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to know what type of contaminated water is in your home

If your home in Gray, TN, experiences flooding, the remaining water is considered contaminated and needs to be dealt with immediately. Depending on the source of the contaminated water and how long the water has been left standing, dangerous bacteria and viruses may be present that can harm anyone who comes into contact with them. This guide will help you learn how to identify and respond to water found in your home.

Three Types of Contaminated Water

While all flood waters in your home are considered contaminated, there are three categories based on the potential damage and contamination level of the standing water:

• Category 1 - Clean Water: This is water that comes from a known clean water source. Examples of clean water sources include a broken water supply line or a leaking sink.

• Category 2 – Gray Water: Category 2 water contains contaminants that can cause possible sickness. If the water damage occurred to your home due to sump pump failure, flooding from the dishwasher, or toilet bowl overflow with no feces, it is considered gray water.

• Category 3 – Black Water: This type of water is extremely unsanitary and can cause extreme illness if consumed. Examples of black water include sewage or toilet overflow with feces and flood waters from rivers and streams outside.

How To Respond To Flood Water

If dealing with black water, make sure to leave your home immediately and treat the situation as an emergency. Left to sit, even Category 1 or Category 2 water can evolve into Category 3 water as it interacts with contaminants. For this reason, it is essential to contact a water damage cleanup company to quickly rid of the water and restore your home.

Knowing what type of contaminated water is in your home after a situation like a flood or a pipe bursting occurs is important for keeping you and your family safe from harm. No matter the source of the water, you should always contact a cleanup company to help prevent further damage from occurring.

3 Ways To Stay Ahead of Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Becoming more involved in sprinkler maintenance is important for your safety.

When you’re the owner of a business in Johnson City, TN a multitude of tasks should be carried out to maintain your property. Unfortunately, one chore that seems to consistently fall by the wayside is sprinkler maintenance. Despite infrequent use, it’s highly important to always be vigilant about inspecting your fire sprinklers to curtail a dangerous situation or even accidental activation. Here are three ways to stay ahead of the problem and feel peace of mind knowing your building is safely prepared.

1. Commit to a weekly inspection of non-electronic sprinkler control valves. If your commercial property is equipped with non-electronic control valves, it’s crucial that you check them on a weekly basis to guarantee that they’re open. In the event of a fire, if they were closed they might as well be useless. Electronic control valves should be addressed as well, but a professional can test these during the annual fire sprinkler inspection.

2. Clean and remove any coating or residue on sprinkler heads. Since fire sprinklers don’t see a lot of action, they can gather dirt, grime or greasy residue over time that can block water from coming out properly. Sprinkler maintenance requires regular cleaning, especially in areas where these coatings can accumulate quickly, such as in kitchens.

3. Check your building’s water pressure, including the pressure running through the sprinkler system. You can probably rest assured that your sprinklers will be exposed to the same amount of water pressure as the average pressure of the water in your building. However, if you’ve dealt with water issues in the past, such as accidental activation situations that required a specialized team trained in water damage repair to handle the problem, then checking the water pressure everywhere on the property can be essential.

Leave Nothing to Chance

Becoming more involved in sprinkler maintenance is important for your safety and that of anyone else in your Johnson City, TN commercial building, so following these three ideas for greater sprinkler management can be ideal for everyone.

Things That Go Bump in the Water Heater

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

A water heater flush is a great way to ensure that your appliance is operating smoothly.

Things That Go Bump In The Water Heater 

Have you ever been home alone in Cherokee, TN and heard a strange noise only to realize it was coming from your water heater? We often forget about this appliance until something goes wrong, and while not every noise it makes is cause for concern, giving it proper attention is necessary to keep it running smoothly for years.

One common issue that causes popping and crackling is sediment build-up. Over time, sediment collects on the bottom of the tank and around the element tubes. Every time you use your hot water, it has to force its way through this build-up, causing those noises you hear. Loose sediment can also cause rumbling sounds. Luckily, fixing this problem is easy with a water heater flush. Here's how to do it:

1. Turn Off the Power

Before you begin, make sure to shut off the power source to your water heater. This is a vital step for avoiding injury.

2. Flush the Tank

Attach a garden hose to the drain valve of your tank. Make sure the other end of the hose is in an appropriate location for drainage. Open the drain valve and let the water flow. While the tank is draining, turn on the hot water in your kitchen. Let the hot water run for a few minutes, then close the tank’s incoming water supply valve until the hose runs dry. Next, turn the supply valve on again for a final flush before turning it off again.

3. Fill It Up

With the water in your kitchen or bathroom still running, turn on the tank water supply once more. Watch the kitchen faucet run until the gaps in the water flow stop, indicating that the tank is full. Then you can turn the faucet off.

4. Turn It Back On

Once the tank is full, turn the energy supply back on. Your tank flush is complete.

A water heater flush is a great way to ensure that your appliance is operating smoothly. If you are concerned about the noises coming from your water heater, a home repair specialist can provide an expert second opinion and help you flush the unit.

Handling a Water Loss in Johnson City, TN

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Turn off the power

According to statistics, water losses make for one of the most highly rated claims in home insurance claims in the US. Most people try to prevent this event all they come, but being that most are not professionals, it unexpectedly does. And, although the importance of water damage prevention is emphasized, it is also important that people are equipped to deal with a water loss crisis. Here are some tips that might come in handy.

Check the Flow Source

The first thing you do in case you notice water flooding your home is to switch off the main water line. This in case it is caused by a leaky or burst pipe. However, sometimes flooding might be caused by other factors other than leaky pipes. If you cannot identify the source of water flooding your home, you should call your Johnson City, TN plumber, immediately, to come check the issue and guide you on the way forward. But before they get there, try all you can to avoid more water from flowing.

Turn Off Power

If the leak has already started and cannot be contained, small pools can quickly turn into a large mass of water, getting even to your power appliances. This might pose danger to you and your family. Perhaps, even resulting to death.

Salvage Dry Items

If there are any dry items that are in the way and might get wet, do get them out immediately. You don’t want to deal with more loss than the water has already caused.

Wet Items

The next step is to get wet items out. If they can be saved by drying, let them air in the sun and dry.

Water Extraction

If the water loss is not severe, you can probably get the water out by yourself. However, it is not advisable to extract water if the leak is from your sewer line. Also, if the water is severe, you should get a Johnson City professional to your home, as soon as possible. This is in the best interest for both you and your insurance company.

Dealing with Insurance

Once you have made the call to a water loss professional, you can start preparing to make your insurance claim. First, ensure that you document everything that happens, including all areas that have been affected by the water.

Next is to keep all record for services offered by your Johnson City water extraction company. And, if you did not use the services of any professional, keep the receipts for any equipment that you may have bought or hired to handle the water extraction.

The last step is to present the claim in most cases, if you used the services of a water extraction professional, they will help you deal with the insurance company, although this usually comes at a price termed as deductible.

Bottom Line

We cannot do without water. But at times water can be the source of great problems. When you notice a water damage loss, do no waste time, call your water extraction professional immediately. For more information entailing disaster restoration services and prevention, please visit www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com

Some Simple Toilet Fixes

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Some Simple Toilet Fixes

If you find water pooling around the floor of your bathroom, there’s a good chance you have a leaking toilet. Fortunately, most issues of this type don’t require replacing the entire bowl, and can instead be solved at low cost with a few replacement components.

1. Inspection

The first step is to gain a proper understanding of where problems are likely to occur. While an old toilet will not usually fail in the basin itself, it is possible for the wax seal beneath the toilet to disintegrate over time. To check the status of the seal, simply remove the plastic-capped bolts holding the toilet to the floor. Be sure to cut off the water supply line beforehand and empty the tank of the leaking toilet.

2. Replacement

If you have ascertained that the seal has failed, the next step in the toilet repair process is to purchase a replacement seal that fits your specific drain. Scrape the remaining pieces of the seal away from the outlet with a putty knife or other flat-bladed tool and place the new one over the drain. When reinstalling the toilet, it may be necessary to exchange or cut the bolts affixing the unit before replacing the caps.

3. Future Maintenance

Afterwards, it may be advantageous to place a caulk seal at the point where the toilet contacts the floor. This can help keep incidental moisture, such as condensation from shower steam, from seeping under the toilet and causing unwanted mold or bacterial growth. Be sure to also inspect pipes, supply lines, and the inner tank mechanisms for wear and tear that can cause other kinds of leaks. If significant water damage occurs, consider contacting a service specializing in water damage restoration.

While a leaking toilet can be a hassle, don’t hesitate to perform some simple repairs to keep your bathroom in good shape. Manage your home’s plumbing in Austin Springs, TN, properly to prevent lasting damage.

Will Filing a Homeowners' Insurance Claim Raise Your Rates?

12/29/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded home in Johnson City, TN

It's common knowledge that when a person gets into a car accident, his or her car insurance rates go up. When a person is diagnosed with an illness or utilizes his or her health coverage a lot, his or her health insurance rates go up. So, it would make sense that if you were to file a homeowners' insurance claim, your homeowners' insurance rates would go up, right? Unfortunately, the logic behind your thinking is sound. That said, there are some ways in which you can minimize your risk of rate hikes and keep your premiums relatively low.

Items That Often Result in Rate Hikes

First and foremost, it's important to understand what causes insurers to raise rates in the first place. Surprisingly, events such as a home flood or burglary often don't lead to extensive rate hikes. This is because your insurance company likely already included the cost of the risks in your policy, and also because the two examples are unforeseeable events. That said, your insurer may punish you if it receives an insurance claim for any one of the following:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Burse pipes
  • Mold remediation
  • Secondary water damage

This is because each of the above items is preventable. If your insurance company doesn't decide to drop your coverage, you can almost count on an increase in coverage rates.

How To Avoid Rate Hikes

If you're like most homeowners in Johnson City, TN , you will only file a claim in the event of a large loss. That said, because you're not likely to file a claim for a minor event, it makes zero financial sense to have a low deductible. If you plan on paying for the first $500 to $1,000 out of pocket, set aside that money in an interest-bearing account and, if needed, use it to repair your home. In the meantime, raise your deducible to match that amount. This will keep you from using your insurance needlessly and therefore, risking a rate hike.

Unfortunately, you cannot always avoid filing an insurance claim, and unfortunately, you can almost always count on a rate hike if you do. If absolutely necessary, you may be able to convince your local water remediation team to negotiate with your insurer for better rates on your behalf.

Three Steps To Minimize Damage Due to Leaks in Your Home

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most common sources of home damage in Johnson City, TN is a slow leak that doesn't get the attention it deserves. Did you know that a faucet leak under the kitchen sink can lead to hundreds of gallons of wasted water in a single day? The estimated costs of even average leaks can total a couple hundred dollars a year per leak. If you've found a leak under your kitchen sink, act fast to minimize the damage of flooding.

Act Fast to Prevent Serious Damages

• Shut off the water at the shutoff valve. There may be a valve located under the kitchen sink. If you have a basement, the home's main shutoff valve is probably there. Otherwise, check in the crawlspace or near your water heater.
• Call the insurance company. If you have leaks, flooding, or standing water in the home, there's a potential for significant damages. The insurance company may cover the costs of hiring professionals to complete repairs or to take steps to ensure that long-lasting water damage doesn't cause further trouble.
• Call restoration professionals. If you catch the leak quickly enough, you may be able to handle any necessary kitchen repair on your own. However, if the leak has been happening for several days or weeks, you'll want the expert attention of flooding remediation professionals. These experts have the tools and training to locate leaks, recognize the signs of further damage, and completely dry building materials, so your home and family aren't exposed to further damages.

Protect Your Home and Family

Your home may be one of your most significant investments and even minor leaks can pose a serious risk to the well-being of the building. Learn to recognize the signs of hidden leaks and keep the phone number of your plumber or water restoration professional on hand. When you do notice signs of trouble, use these three simple steps to avoid further, expensive damages. Visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com for more information on water damage

OMG, There Is Water in the Light Fixture!

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Once the area has been restored back to normal, you can put in that new fixture (the one without water in the light) you really wanted to begin with.

The little water drops seem so gentle as they land on your shoulder, but these deceiving little guys have just dropped some big news on you. As you look up, you finally see what they were trying to tell you... there is water in the light fixture. Now you are in a heightened state of concern. Scratch that, you are in a full panic. You need to know what to do right now, so here is a quick look at important steps to take to protect your safety, prevent further damage, and restore your home in Johnson City, NC.

• Turn off the electricity at the power supply panel. Don't touch the light switch and don't touch any area in contact with water until you have shut the power off at your home's power supply panel.
• Turn off the water supply. Identify the source of the water and shut it off. If you are having difficulty finding the leak, you can always turn off the main water supply that comes into your home until the professionals come.

Now you have eliminated the immediate danger of electrical shock and have stopped the leak. The water in the light is still there, but you have a little more time to assess the damage for clean-up and repair.

Obviously, you have to replace a light fixture, but as you are looking up, you notice a sagging section from the ceiling. It's now clear that you have ceiling damage, too. Water damage requires special cleaning methods depending on the type of water that caused the damage: was it clean water from a pipe, "gray" water from a shower drain or washing machine, or "black" water from the toilet or a regional flood? Each type of water requires a different level of cleaning and restoration, but specialists can help do this in a comprehensive and safe way for your family.

Once the area has been restored back to normal, you can put in that new fixture (the one without water in the light) you really wanted to begin with.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com/.

Water Damage Could Cause an Electrical Fire — Here’s How You Can Prevent It

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has a roof leak, a leaky pipe in the ceiling or leaking windows, you may discover water coming from strange places, including light fixtures. This type of water damage is extremely dangerous, as water in a light can lead to circuits popping, harmful sparks or even electrical fires. If you notice ceiling damage or water surrounding a light fixture, you need to act immediately. Some things you should do prior to contacting your Johnson City, TN water damage cleanup team include:

• Turn off the electricity
• Diagnose the issue
• If the problem stems from a leaking pipe, shut off your water supply line
• Contact an electrician

Safety First

The very first thing you want to do if you discover water damage near an electrical source is to turn off your home’s electricity entirely. You can do this by throwing the “main” switch on your home’s breaker box or panel. Once you’ve hit the switch, get a no-contact electrical tester and hold it near a few outlets in your home. If it doesn’t beep or flash green, you’ve successfully shut off your home’s power.

Diagnose the Issue (and Have It Fixed)

Once you’ve shut off all power to your home, it’s time to investigate. You need to know if the water in the light stems from a leaky pipe, a poorly installed window or a hole in the roof. Without finding and fixing the problem, you risk having the same issues next time it rains or snows.

Contact an Electrician

Once you’ve diagnosed and fixed the issue, call an electrician to remove the bad wiring and replace it with new, safe wiring. While you may be able to repair the leak on your own, you should never attempt to do electrical work by yourself.

Discovering water in a light can be frightening, as everyone knows that wet electrical appliances are bad news. However, if you are careful and follow the advice above, you can eliminate the issue and restore your home to a safe condition once more.
Visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com for more information on water damage. 

Should I contact my Insurance Agent after a storm?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Contact your insurance agent immediately. They'll need to visit your property to look at the water damage or fire damage. Documenting damage is a must for processing your claim. Although you can't avoid all water damage or fire loss, you can speed along the process by which you can begin repairs and replacement of lost items. Your agent can help you locate contractors to address water damage and fire damage. If your flood or fire loss is total, their timely claim processing will speed your finding a new home.

Your home or business needs to find help after a storm has caused either water loss or electrical fire damage. There is no time to wait and calling your insurance agent will get you on the right track.

For more information entailing disaster restoration services and prevention, please visit www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com

Residential Recovery: How To React to a Sewage Backup

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Most people don’t give sewage much thought, but that all changes the moment it ends up on the floors of their homes. The problem could stem from a flooded toilet or even result from a full-blown sewer backup, but in any case, immediate action is necessary. Contaminated water is a risk to property in Johnson City, TN and although there are steps you can take to mitigate damage, it’s often best to leave sewer cleanup to a professional restoration team. Here’s what you should know if you run into this type of home catastrophe.

The Do's and Don’ts

Walking into a room and finding a shallow pool of dirty water is enough to give anyone pause, but it’s crucial to take swift action to keep everyone safe. Before you call for reinforcements, consider these first steps:

• Do remove people and pets from affected areas and keep the areas clear of traffic.
• Do open windows to vent out fumes and circulate fresh air.
• Do outfit yourself with protective garments if possible, including rubber gloves and boots as well as eye and face protection.

It’s also beneficial to avoid these knee-jerk reactions when sewer cleanup becomes necessary:

• Don’t remain in the home or use appliances if the water has reached wall outlets or other electrical sources, as this is a major fire risk.
• Don’t utilize harsh chemical-based solutions to eliminate clogs, before or after flooding occurs.
• Don’t use running water in your home or attempt to flush toilets, which can make problems worse.

Make the Right Call

Unless you’re extremely confident in your capabilities, it’s smart to consult professionals when sewer cleanup is required. A sewer backup or badly flooded toilet introduces harmful microbes to the environment and can cause illness and lasting property damage if the right sanitization methods are not employed. If you’re a homeowner in Johnson City, TN keep a qualified recovery team among your contacts for assured peace of mind. Visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com for more information on water damage.

Water in the Basement? You Need a Pump

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water in the Basement? You Need a Pump

The rains have gone, but now you’ve got two feet of water in your commercial property’s basement. That’s okay; there’s a pump for that. More specifically, there are two main kinds of equipment that are usually appropriate for this mess: sump pumps and trash pumps.

Sump Pumps

A sump pump will generally come in one of two configurations:
Pedestal Pump
Submersible Pump

A pedestal pump has the motor on top, where it is more easily serviced, if somewhat more conspicuous. A submersible pump has the motor sealed inside. Submersible pumps can often handle a more variant load without clogging, but tend to have a shorter lifespan. Either type of pump can help rid you of flood water and will remove water quickly enough to reduce water damage.

Trash Pumps

Trash pumps are portable pumps that are specifically designed to pump large amounts of water. They’re capable of moving water that contains debris like mud and sludge, making them perfect for cellars that might work as outdoor storage only. Trash pumps are often more inexpensive than built-in sump pumps, and being portable gives them an advantage. However, a trash pump would be hard pressed to remove two feet of water from a reasonably sized basement in a hurry.

Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment

The proper equipment goes a long way. If you find that you’re in a bind insofar as getting rid of the standing water in your basement, a qualified professional in Johnson City, TN can do the job for you with no fuss. If you’ve got a serious volume of water in a large area, a truck mounted pump might be required. Water extractors like these are the best bet for that kind of water removal, as they pull a large volume quickly.

The amount of water damage you have will be proportionate to the speed with which the water is removed, so you may find that it’s worthwhile to call in a contractor who has the equipment you need, rather than relying on doing it yourself. Visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com for more information on water damage.

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional For Water Damage Restoration

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


3 Reasons to Hire a Professional For Water Damage Restoration

No homeowner wants to find themselves ankle-deep in water as the result of a flooded home. Whether you’ve got a pipe break, supply line break or just a big leak in your basement, it’s best to call upon the services of a professional when this happens. The process of restoration, mitigation and overall water cleanup and drying is easily handled by professionals. Many homeowners believe that wiping up the mess, whether it’s water in home or water in business, and then opening some windows and turning on some fans to help dry it out is enough, but the truth is, proper water damage restoration involves much more than that. Read on to find out three reasons why hiring a professional for water damage restoration is a smart choice for you, your family and your home.

Proper Equipment
Professional water damage restoration, mitigation and water cleanup specialists have industrial-sized and industrial-grade equipment to thoroughly fix flood damage and water in home or water in business. These tools are necessary for the quick removal and extraction of standing water and excess water soaked in carpets or furniture so that the drying process can begin. Time is an important factor when it comes to a flooded home and water cleanup. A professional’s equipment will ensure these processes happen quickly and effectively so that no time is wasted addressing flood damage.

Hiring a professional water damage restoration company ensures your valuable possessions are protected. You’re more likely to salvage them and their condition if you act quickly. This is another reason why hiring a professional is so important - they extract water efficiently and employ fast drying times with their high-performance equipment.

Knowledgeable
A Professional water damage restoration company employs knowledgeable, highly trained individuals who are experts in their field. They can spot the small stuff that may turn into more expensive, bigger problems later. Not all sources of flood damage or water damage are apparent and obvious, so a good water restoration company is important for spotting potential future problems, and they can offer advice on what you can do to prevent them from ever occurring, which will save you lots of money in the long run.

They’re also knowledgeable enough to explain to you the processes they will undergo for flood damage, restoration, mitigation and water cleanup, as well as drying, so that you can understand each step that’s completed to ensure there are no long-term issues from the flood damage, whether it was caused by weather, a pipe break or a supply line break in your neighborhood. They’ll logically explain the results you should expect to see from expert repairs to your flooded home.

Cover Every Inch
A professional restoration company for addressing water in home or water in business is going to cover every inch of your home where water has leaked or collected. Water always tries to find the path of least resistance and will flow where gravity takes it, meaning it can hide in unexpected places. A professional is going to know where to look and know how to prevent it for the future. They’ll ensure that every inch of water, whether it resulted from a supply line break or pipe break, is properly extracted from your home.

If you’re experiencing a supply line break, pipe break, flooded home, water in home or water in business, call upon the services of a professional water mitigation service and restoration company. They’ll help you restore your property, whether the water is in your basement, attic, or living area, back to normal so you can live your life in a home that’s dry and clean.
Visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com for more information on water damage.

Measures to Take After Water Damage

7/27/2017 (Permalink)


Measures to Take After Water Damage

Water in home can cause lots of damage. Not only can flood damage ruin valuables but the house itself. If you act quickly enough, you can reduce the flood damage to the home and even save some prized possessions. The success of any water damage restoration mainly depends on how long the water in business has been allowed to persist.
Never take water damage lightly. Even if there is just an inch of water in business or it is just damp, it creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. The result is that any water damage restoration will be quite expensive. The mold that results from water in business can ruin furniture, carpets, and all the flooring. It can also affect the indoor air quality, which can make it impossible to live in the building even after drying all the water. Besides calling the insurance company, here are some great tips for flood damage restoration.

1. Disconnect all the Electronics

If one finds water in business after a major flood, the first step should be to switch power off at the main switch. After that, proceed to switch off all electronics and move them to higher ground to prevent any permanent flood damage. If this is done just a few hours after the flooding, there is good chance that the restoration will be successful.

2. Move anything not Bolted to the Ground

Another mitigation measure one must take to prevent further water damage is to move everything else out of the water. If a person has furniture, carpets and other objects that can be moved, make an effort to move them to high ground. A person may be able to save their carpet if they get it disinfected and cleaned for instance. However, it is unlikely that one will save the under padding, which is what absorbs most of the water.

3. Remove the Water

After moving everything, one will need to get rid of water in home. It is an important mitigation measure in reducing damage to the structure. There are numerous ways to get rid of the water. If flooding has caused a power outage, a person will have to use manual means to get rid of it. Use mops and buckets to soak up water and pour it down the drain. As long as the sewer is not backed up, this mitigation measure will work just fine. It will also make the professional drying by experts later on quite easy.

4. Get Rid of Moisture in the Affected Area

Drying out the area affected by water in home is important after one gets rid of all the excess water in home. It is an important mitigation measure in preventing the growth of bacteria and mold. If the rain subsided, open the windows to allow for circulation of air. It is important that the drying process starts as soon as possible. If the drywall was affected, it will have to be cut away in areas that were touched by water.

5. Disinfect the House

After the water cleanup process, when everything has dried out, the house will need to be disinfected. The water cleanup process can only get rid of water but not bacteria and mold that could spread from burst sewer pipes. Apply enough disinfectant in all areas of the house that were contaminated during the water cleanup process. Even the clothes one wore during water cleanup need to be disinfected.

6. Dispose of Waste Responsibly

It can be quite tempting to throw everything out in a messy pile and send it to the dumpsite. Instead, one should take some time to organize that damaged goods into neat piles and take the recyclable items to a recycling center. It will help to alleviate the pressure on the local landfill. Dispose of adhesives, toxic liquids, and any damaged electronics in the right manner. It shows that one cares about the environment. Visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com for more information on water damage.

Handling a Water Loss and Cleanup in Johnson City, TN

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Handling a Water Loss and Cleanup in Johnson City, TN

There are a vast array of reasons why a homeowner should take necessary steps towards maintaining their properties' values. A vast array of homeowners are unaware of just how significant the smallest adjustments to one's property can have on its overall value. Unfortunately, unexpected scenarios can occur that can dramatically affect the value of a home, oftentimes, for the worst.

If your home has recently undergone a natural disaster in which flood damage has occurred, please do not hesitate to contact one of the representatives who are available to assist with water cleanup in Johnson City, TN. The mitigation that arises from unexpected instances of water in home or water in business is so great that it can put quite a detriment on one's life. If your property has had water loss due to broken pipelines or drains, then water damage may have affected the conditions of the items that surround your property. Drying is required but the homeowner may not be aware of exactly what they can do to dry the property as much as possible in as quick of a time as possible. Restoration efforts will be necessary and one of the best ways to ensure that it occurs in the quickest time possible is by contacting a water damage professional of Johnson City, TN. They will be glad to assist you with your home's problems and make adjustments and/or repairs as necessary. Water loss is something that is never expected, however, can be quite detrimental to the quality of a home. If you have recently had flood damage, you may be needing to acquire one of the company's drying services. They possess some of today's most technologically advanced machinery and equipment along with the skills, training and certifications necessary to give your home what it needs in pertinence to the mitigation that has been caused from the unexpected instances of water in home or water in business.

Natural disaster should be something that is not necessarily looked at as being the end of all good things for a homeowner, however, it is something that will need to be tended to with repairs and restoring efforts in mind. If you need to acquire services of restoration, then water cleanup services may be one of the most optimal services that are available to you. In such cases, please do not hesitate to provide the representative who is on the phone with pertinent details to your very case and they will be more than happy to assist you with your particular situation. If you want to make improvements to your home and have not had it undergo any kind of drastic emergency situation as some of the circumstances that have been listed above, the company can assist you with conducting the necessary tasks for the overall betterment of your property as well. Please feel free to give them a call so that they can assist you with setting up a conveniently timed appointment, one that is most accommodating to your very needs and personal schedule. Visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com for more information on water damage and restoration. 

Steps to Take After Water Loss in Johnson City, TN

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Steps to Take After Water Loss in Johnson City, TN

Water damage is a common occurrence among the residents of Johnson City, TN. When there are many forms of water loss, natural disaster and pipe leaking are the most common. With high levels of flood damage in Tennessee, there are several professional companies offering water restoration services.

Understanding the Difference between Flooding and Leakage

Many people think the two are the same. Damaged pipes cause leaking, and if it goes unnoticed, it can result in serious problems.

Flooding, on the other hand, is a natural disaster, whereby you are forced to not only save your stuff from flood damage but also from tossing away. Its water in business loss continue to rise even after the water levels have gone down.

Ignoring water cleanup from either of these forms of water in home damage can cause severe losses. Mold can quickly accumulate and start spreading uncontrollably on their own.

Salvage from Water Damage

When water loss occurs, you need to think of measures of saving whatever you can. If you consider the high price of quality carpets these days, it should be the first thing you need to save. Timely saving before the carpets soaks deep prevents it from wicking.

If possible, consider the help of a professional from Johnson City before drying. An expert will be quick and will do water extraction and restoration to prevent permanent damage after drying. They can go as far as vacuuming the carpet hence avoiding chances of wicking.

Relocating

Immediately a flood happens in Johnson City, Tennessee or you realize pipe leakage in your home you should consider transferring as much stuff as you can. Doing this enhances mitigation of the water damage.

It is not possible to manage this on your own. In addition, water cleanup is not something you can do after work or wait until the weekend. It requires prompt attention. In this case, you should consider making use of one of the many companies in Tennessee offering disaster management services.

Just like many other cities, it is not safe from crooked service providers who fail to deliver what they promise. To ensure you do not fall into the hands of such dishonest services providers, do a thorough research.

A good service provider should be in a position to provide speedy mitigation to reduce the effects of the natural disaster. If possible, make early contact with one damage control company from any part of Tennessee. Doing this prevents you from rushing when disaster strikes.

Preventing Water Loss from Leakage

When it is not possible to have control over nature and flooding, we cannot say the case is the same with leaking pipes. If leaking happens in areas of the house that are concealed, the resulting problems can be fatal. For example, consider the consequences of a prolonged leaking on your carpet of wooden flooring. By the time you apprehend, it will be too late leading to serious repair costs.

You can avoid water in home and water in business damages by utilizing the services of one of the numerous plumbing companies in Johnson City. They will help in repair service and maintenance of your piping system. If done at least twice a year, you will never have to worry about unnoticed leakages. Visit http://www.SERVPROwashingtoncountytn.com for more information on water loss.