Recent Water Damage Posts
Standing Water Pitfalls
Summertime brings with it fun activities like squirt gun fights and running through the sprinklers, but what happens if the water from these activities don't drain away and result in pools of standing water? Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and parasites that can be harmful to your health. Mosquitoes commonly breed in shallow pools of standing water and often carry diseases including malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika fever.
Here are a few things to check to make sure you don't have any potential hazards around your home.
- Empty, drain or cover all things that can and may hold standing water
- Change water collection pans for plant pots weekly
- Clean bird baths on a regular basis
- Check your landscaping drainage and ensure that it drains away from your home
Water can provide a lot of fun during the summer months, but it can cause some problems. Use these ideas to keep your home safe from standing water pitfalls.
Is Your Hot Water Heater Healthy?
At SERVPRO of Vacaville, we are experts at assessing water damage in your home or business, as well as removing standing water and drying out damaged materials. With an average tank size between 30 and 50 gallons, leaking hot water tanks can be a major source of water damage problems and can flood an entire home and cause significant damage if not detected quickly. But how do you know if your hot water heater is about to fail?
A lack of hot water is the most common sign of a failing hot water heater. Rumbling, creaking or popping noises are another common indicator of an unhealthy water heater. This can mean that sediment is forming on the surface of the water heater or that the unit is on the verge of a crack or leak. Murky or foul-smelling water are also signs of a failing water heater. Additionally, the pressure relief valve opens to release pressure buildup in the water heater and can sometimes fail to function properly. This can have dangerous results and should be inspected by a plumber if you suspect a problem. And finally, pooling water beneath the unit can be a sign of a leaking water tank.
If you see any of these common indicators, contact a plumber immediately to help determine the source of the problem. And if you do experience a water leak or damage of any kind, call SERVPRO of Vacaville at (707) 724-8977 to remediate all of your water problems.
It's the Water You Don't See That Causes the Most Damage
Your home should be your place of rest. But when water begins leaking - even small leaks in areas you can’t see - your home could quickly become a source of stress. The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home, and even more importantly, the health of your loved ones.
SERVPRO of Vacaville understands how disruptive water damage can be for your entire family and will help ensure that the source of the water is identified. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency response by trained professionals. With top-of-the-line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Vacaville Professionals have the expertise to help make your house feel like home again. Call us at (707) 724-8977 and we’ll be sure to make sure we take care of you, no matter how big or small your problem is.
Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you Can Do Until Help Arrives
No one wants to deal with water damage to your home, and hopefully it’s not something that happens often. When it does, be sure to call SERVPRO of Vacaville, a water damage repair and restoration specialist, as soon as you notice any damage. We have the experience, expertise and equipment to restore your property properly. In the meantime, here are a few tips to keep in mind which may help minimize the damage done to your home.
What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use your television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Having to deal with water damage can be frustrating and confusing, but the specialists at SERVPRO of Vacaville are on call 24-hours a day to respond to your residential or commercial emergency. If you have any questions, give us a call today at (707) 724-8977.