Recent Water Damage Posts

Bathrooms are a Typical Source of Water Damage in Lafayette Homes

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom Flooding The water damage to this bathroom in Marin County caused significant flooding, requiring extensive cleanup services.

Bathroom Water Damage in Your Lafayette Home

Water damage knows no bounds and can occur at any time and in any location. There are, however, a few rooms in the house that are more vulnerable to water damage than others. Take, for example, the bathroom. Three areas of the bathroom are particularly prone to water damage. 

1. Bathroom sinks

2. The bathtub

3. The toilet

Leak Under the Sink

When you discover a pool of water on the bathroom floor beside or inside the cabinet, you are witnessing the dreaded situation you may have scoured the internet for: "leaking pipe under bathroom sink." Finding out where the leak is coming from is essential for fixing a leak under the bathroom sink. You can fix or replace the defective part once you know where the leak is coming from. A clogged drainpipe, a loose pipe connection, or a leaking sink drain are the most common causes. So, if you notice a problem under your sink, act quickly to repair the leak and dry the damaged area.

Trouble in the Tub

Another common area in the bathroom where water damage can be seen is around the tub and the shower. If water can escape the tub's constraints, it could be due to one of the following issues:

1. Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are one of the most common causes of water damage in bathrooms. Unregulated water pressure, temperature variations, or the overall deterioration of old pipes can all cause this. In addition, in the winter, uninsulated pipes can potentially freeze, causing pipes to burst. 

2. Leaking Pipes

There are various aspects of a shower enclosure or bath that could be leaking, and you should inspect them. Caulking around the edges, just like your sinks and toilets, will keep water from seeping into the walls, behind shower enclosures, and beneath your tub. You may already have water seeping in where it doesn't belong if it shows signs of wear, cracking, discoloration, degradation, pealing, or missing entirely. Water damage behind the walls of your shower or tub may cause major issues in the future, or it may be growing mold without your knowledge.

3. Sewage Backup

Due to heavy rainfall or other storms, sewer systems are sometimes unable to handle the volume. Issues with main sewer lines might also prevent them from carrying wastewater away. When the main sewage line clogs, water and sewage will back up your pipes and enter your home through the lowest point, usually the shower drain. This is a highly serious condition that water damage experts should treat to decrease the risk of health hazards.

Toilet Overflow

Your toilet and sewage system are both straightforward systems that remove sewage from your home using gravitational forces. However, water damage is not far behind when something hinders this system from working as it should. For example, clogs in drain lines or the central sewage system might stop waste from leaving the house and cause the toilet to overflow. Black water is the term for this overflow. When dealing with a toilet overflow, keep your distance and contact a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda. This type of water frequently includes Black Water, the most dangerous kind of water damage because it has encountered feces, a breeding ground for toxic germs and disease-causing pathogens.

Time to Spot a Potential Water Leak

A bathroom water leak is never a good thing. Unfortunately, homeowners squander tens of thousands of gallons of water each year. Bills and stress levels climb as water seeps out of the pipes and into your home. Water damage is usually proportionate to the amount of time it goes unchecked. As a result, the key to avoiding unnecessary damage is to recognize the issue before it has a chance to escalate.

Trust SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda for Your Restoration Needs

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is a professional water damage restoration company with the skills and resources to restore your home to its pre-damage condition. Our staff responds quickly to assess the damage, develop a customized restoration plan, and get to work. Our goal is to make water damage from a bathroom leak "Like it never even happened."

  • We Handle the Insurance Process for You!
  • Free Damage Estimates
  • 24/7 Emergency Services

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda for Immediate Assistance - (925) 299-1323

Water Damage in Your Orinda Home? Here's What to Do

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Your Orinda Home? Here’s What to Do

Has water damage impacted your life? One of the most typical homeowner’s insurance claims is for water damage. Water damage can be caused by various factors, including burst pipes, appliance problems, and plumbing leaks. Experiencing a water loss can be frightening and overwhelming because you may not know where to even begin. The best thing you can do is stay calm and call in a professional right away.

The first step you immediately should follow is calling your insurance company to report the loss. Their job is to guide you through the entire process because they know it can be a challenging time. Then, they will communicate your coverage and even recommend water mitigation companies in your area. The next step you should make is choosing the right water mitigation company for your needs, like SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda.

How can I locate a reputable mitigation company?

The technique of limiting or preventing the amount of water damage that occurs after a water loss is known as water mitigation. To restore your home, you need to hire a skilled mitigation company. Choose a reliable company that is licensed in its profession and has a track record of success.

What should you look for in a company that specializes in water mitigation?

You’ll want to make sure the company you choose fits specific requirements, just as you would with any other significant decision. Consider the following factors while making your decision:

  • Do they work with a wide range of insurance companies?
  • Are they licensed and insured?
  • Do they have IICRC certification?
  • Do they have a good standing with the BBB? (Better Business Bureau)
  • Do the staff have up-to-date certifications in their respective fields?
  • How many years of experience does the company have in water mitigation?

Don’t let a water damage event get the best of you. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is ready to respond to your emergency. Emergency water mitigation services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have the personnel and equipment to deal with any sized disaster. Give us a call today at (925) 299-1323.

Can You Save a Flood Damaged Carpet or Rug?

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

A carpet may be an expensive investment, so finding it in a destroyed state and thinking it needs to be replaced can be worrying. The age and quality of the carpet are important considerations in determining whether it must be replaced. Furthermore, understanding the sort of floodwater involved is critical in determining whether damaged carpet cleaning is possible. In the water damage restoration industry, we classify floodwater into three main categories.

Category 1: Clean Water

Clean water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on the length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

Category 2: Gray Water

Gray water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or health effects. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

Category 3: “Black Water”

Black water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe health effects if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water form the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Because every water damage situation is unique, you won’t know for sure if or when your carpet and pad can be saved unless you have a professional restoration company assess the damage. Time can mean the difference between saving your carpet and saving money by not having to replace it. However, in some cases, carpet replacement is unavoidable due to the toxicity of the water that caused the damage.  

Although there are some DIY solutions for dealing with water damage, it’s better to leave it to the professionals. Professionals trained in water damage restoration have the appropriate knowledge, expertise, and equipment to work on your water-damaged property. You secure your safety and well-being by have an expert work on the damage. Doing it yourself, depending on the type of water, might be dangerous and lead to health effects. You put yourself at danger of developing health effects if you don’t have the necessary safety gear.  

If you experienced water damage and suspect your carpet has been damaged, give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call for a free inspection. Call us today at (925) 299-1323.

Can Water Intrusion Ruin Hardwood Floors in My Lafayette Home?

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

How to Save Your Hardwood Floors From Water Damage in Your Lafayette Home

Water and wood do not mix. Wood flooring is susceptible to moisture damage when there is a water loss in the home. Depending on the water source, any number of contaminants can erode the finish and potentially harm the wood. Therefore, to save hardwood that has been damaged by water, swift response time is critical.

Why are wood floors so quickly destroyed when a house floods?

When a property is flooded, the flooring is often the first to be damaged. The moisture that collects because the pooling is quickly absorbed by wood and carpet. When water lies on top of hardwood floors, the wood absorbs the water via its pores, producing warping and discoloration, which can be irreversible. A water damage restoration company in Lafayette is required to avoid significant damage. SERVPRO knows the value of speedy response times, which is why we react to callouts as quickly as possible.

What should I do when my hardwood floors are water damaged?

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda right away. Water or flood damage to your wood flooring an unexpected event that may be intimidating, distressing, and costly. Water damage causes immediate harm to the construction materials used to construct your home. If  not addressed quickly, the damage can be irreparable. SERVPRO offers emergency water damage drying and restoration services to prevent further damage to your beautiful wood flooring. With our wood floor drying technology, we can often save your hardwood floors after they have been damaged by water. It is critical to recognize the various sources of water and moisture damage to hardwood floors. Here are the top 5 types of hardwood floor moisture issues:

  1. Cupping: When moisture builds up in the hardwood, it expands on the sides and edges, causing the flooring to be uneven. As a result, the sides protrude and are not parallel to the wood's core. 
  2. Crowning: Due to moisture build-up, the wood boards are pressed together in the case of crowning. Depending on the quantity of moisture present, the form of physical damage could result in wooden planks sticking out of the wood, which can cause shrinking permanently. The sooner you find the source of the problem and dry up the floors, the less likely you are to have to replace the hardwood floors.
  3. Buckling: Buckling is an uncommon occurrence in which individual hardwood pieces detach from the subfloor and protrude. Extreme water damage, such as that caused by severe floods, is the most common cause of buckling. Because buckling is one of the most serious forms of physical damage, replacing the hardwood floors is your best bet for the future. 

What is the Water Damage Drying Process for Wooden Floors?

When SERVPRO's professional IICRC Certified project manager arrives at your house, they will analyze the water damage and devise a plan to save your hardwood flooring. The following are some of the assessments we conduct:

  • Identify the cause or source of your property's damage.
  • Using thermal imaging equipment to determine the course of the water through the property.
  • Identifying the areas of the property that have been impacted by water damage, such as ceilings, walls, floors, fixtures, mechanical damage, and so on.
  • Establish a strategy, such as how SERVPRO will dry your property and what specialist equipment (such as wood floor drying mats) will be used.

Why choose SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda?

After a fire, smoke, or water damage disaster, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda specializes in cleaning and restoring of residential and commercial property. We are an IICRC-certified company with highly trained staff in property damage restoration. We believe in continual training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to maintain regular IICRC-industry certifications, so you can rest certain that our team is up to date.

Got Water Damage? Call Us Today at (925) 299-1323.

Water Damage from a Burst Pipe

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home.  Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, disruptive to your personal schedule, and result in unwanted insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage. Thankfully, there are experts in water damage that can help the problems from a burst pipe be much more manageable.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage. Call a professional to determine what is the best course of action. An inexperienced homeowner attempting to fix the problem may just make it worse.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor such as SERVPRO to assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Mold Hazards

Mold is another serious problem that stems from water damage. Mold can be particularly vexing to homeowners. Because mold is living, it can grow and fill large portions of a home without the homeowner being aware. Eventually, mold can lead to structural damage. Mold can be in basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Mold removal can be a very difficult task once a foothold has been secured. A concerned homeowner in the Bay Area should order a mold inspection after any plumbing problems to ensure that this issue does not expand into an expensive and potentially dangerous situation.

Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. The skills needed to deal effectively with mold, structural damage, and leaking pipes are beyond the average homeowner. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. It is always best to hire an expert to inspect the damage after experiencing a burst pipe.   SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda has the experience as a full-service water restoration company to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst pipe.  Solving the problem of a burst pipe correctly will protect the investment of your home for years to come. Call us at (925)299-1323

Burst Pipe? Address it immediately!

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home.  Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, disruptive to your personal schedule, and result in unwanted insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage. Thankfully, there are experts in water damage that can help the problems from a burst pipe be much more manageable.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage. Call a professional to determine what is the best course of action. An inexperienced homeowner attempting to fix the problem may just make it worse.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor such as SERVPRO to assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Mold Hazards

Mold is another serious problem that stems from water damage. Mold can be particularly vexing to homeowners. Because mold is living, it can grow and fill large portions of a home without the homeowner being aware. Eventually, mold can lead to structural damage. Mold can be in basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Mold removal can be a very difficult task once a foothold has been secured. A concerned homeowner should order a mold inspection after any plumbing problems to ensure that this issue does not expand into an expensive and potentially dangerous situation.

Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. The skills needed to deal effectively with mold, structural damage, and leaking pipes are beyond the average homeowner. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. It is always best to hire an expert to inspect the damage after experiencing a burst pipe.   SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda has the experience as a full-service water restoration company to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst pipe.  Solving the problem of a burst pipe correctly will protect the investment of your home for years to come.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help residents and business owners with any-sized water and flood damage emergencies.

When your home has water damage, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.  Call us so that we may help at (925)299-1323

Water damage and Insurance

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Different types of water damage are insured by different types of policies.

Homeowners and renters insurance provides coverage for burst pipes, wind driven rain and damage resulting from ice dams on your roof. Generally speaking, water that comes from the top down—such as rainfall and burst sprinklers—is covered by a standard homeowners policy.

Some policies cover sewer and drain backups, but many do not; however, you can purchase a sewer backup rider to your homeowners or renters coverage.

Typically, water that comes from the bottom up—such as an overflowing river—is covered by a separate flood insurance policy, which can be purchased from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and from some private insurers. If you live in a flood prone area, learn more about appropriate coverage.

Properly maintaining a home is one of the best ways to prevent water damage from water disasters.

If you have water damage please call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda at (925)299-1323

Having Unexpected Water Damage

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

If you have the unfortunate experience of having water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda with any questions or concerns. We are available 24 hours a day and can have a team of trained professionals out to your property to begin drying in no time!

Make sure you are taking preventative measure in your home or business! If you do come across flooding or any type of water damages give us a call!

If you have any questions about water damages to your property give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call and we can answer any questions, schedule an inspection of your property and begin the remediation process the same day. We are specialists on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.

Call us anytime at 925-299-1323

What to Do and Not Do after a Water Damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

If you have the unfortunate experience of water damage from clean water, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda trained professionals can handle your water emergency quickly and effectively.  Here are some tips of what you can do and don' do after a water damage.

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

 DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda for excellent, effective water removal services. Trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We work to get your home looking, "Like it never even happened."

 Call us 24/7 at (925) 299-1323

Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda 24 Hour Emergency Services

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 925-299-1323

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Do's and Don'ts When Water Damages Your Home

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Remains of an office that has been damaged by water. Pieces of ceiling on the right and a wet notebook on the left. Water damage at an office.

If you have the unfortunate experience of water damage from clean water, here are tips regarding what you should and should not do during a water leak or flood.

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

 DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

When you want a superb water removal service. Trust the trained technicians here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda. We work to get your home looking, "Like it never even happened."

 Call Us Anytime at (925) 299-1323

Gutter Cleaning Prevents Water Leaks

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaks are the worst. This rainy season make sure you’ve protected your home by cleaning your gutters. Here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we know how devastating it can be to endure heavy water damage. Therefore, we would like to share with you steps on how to take control by reinforcing your drainage system.

What you'll need:

  • Ladder
  • Buckets or a tarp
  • Trowel or gutter scoop
  • Garden hose
  • Spray nozzle
  • Wire hooks
  • Work gloves or latex gloves
  • Gutter hardware

First thing you’d want to do is place the ladder squarely and safely on the floor. Then place a tarp or buckets underneath for collecting debris. Put on your latex gloves and then your work gloves to keep your hands dry. Afterwards, grab the debris you can clogging the gutters and throw them to the tarp below or place them in a bucket. The next step would be to use the garden hose with the spray nozzle attached to flush any remaining debris in the gutters. If you don’t see the same amount of water is releasing from the drain, it might mean that you have a clog. In this case you’d want to place the hose at full power from the bottom of your gutter to shoot water in the opposite direction.  The last thing would be to check the gutter and see if it is sloped correctly to remove the possibility of standing water.  

Taking these steps will assure that you have a nice clean flow of water when the rain falls.

If you need restoration services from a leader in the industry with nationwide support. Then call us at (925) 299-1323. Call us anytime!

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Rainy Season Begins. How to Prevent Water Damage.

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Top of photo says, "Here to Help" and there is a SERVPRO professional copied 3x holding a flashlight under a crawl space. Here to Help

Winter is coming

I just learned that in California it can get cold enough that your pipes can freeze. This can lead to a very expensive accident if a pipe ruptures and leads water to seep in all over your home. Therefore, it is important to take preventative measures to ensure you will avoid unnecessary headaches. 

Check your pipes

Have them insulated by either surrounding them with either foam or any other insulator material. Use electrical tape to wrap the insulator around your pipe. For pipes that are hard to reach, use hot water to run through the pipes which assist in warming up the pipes.

Another preventative measure you can take is by caulking and sealing your windows in your home.

Inspect your home and count the windows around. Use a caulk gun, if you do not possess one go to your local hardware store and buy one. You could also ask a professional to determine which caulk you will need to seal your windows.  Consider as well, your timing of the project and the weather conditions. Caulk may take 24 hours to dry and a rainstorm could ruin your progress. Then make sure you clean and remove any old caulk before applying the new caulk. Smooth it out with a popsicle stick or plastic spoon. Then wait for 24 hours and your home becomes better insulated.

How long it has been since your roof was inspected?

I would advise hiring a professional to inspect your roof since it can be dangerous. Also, make sure your gutters are cleaned to remove any blockage of drainage due to excess gunk or leaves. 

There are many more preventative measures but taking these steps will secure your home a little more than just riding the season out.

For any professional restoration services, contact us here at (925) 299-1323

SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

Water Damage Prevention

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Recovering from water damage is time consuming, aggravating and costly. These are all good reasons to take precautions to lessen the chances of your property being damaged by water or to reduce that amount of damage.

One way to prevent water damage is as easy as occasionally checking your plumbing system for leaks, including pipes and faucets in sinks, toilets, showers and bathtubs.

In particular, look for discoloration around sinks, as this may be an indication of a leaking pipe. For extra protection, re-caulk around sinks.

Preventing and repairing small problems, such as a toilet leak, could save you a lot of time and money in the long run. A leak left unchecked often requires the expertise of a professional to fix the damage.

Also, inspect the area surrounding water heaters and air conditioning units for wet spots. As preventative maintenance, have your air conditioner inspected by a professional at least once a year.

Sump pumps also should be checked for problems a few times a year.

On the outside of your home, regularly inspect your roof and gutter systems for problems.

Signs of water problems in your roofing system are broken or cracked shingles, damaged chimneys and vents, deterioration in roofing valleys and/or water stains on your ceilings. Detecting these minor problems early on can keep major problems from developing in the future. Serious roof damage can be very difficult and expensive to fix.

For your gutters, make sure they are free of debris, such as leaves and sticks. Consider installing gutter shields to prevent debris build up. Downspouts should be pointed away from your building to stop water accumulation at your home's foundation.

Here is a list of some steps you can take to remediate water damage before the professionals arrive:

  • Remove standing water from the interior of your property. Try sweeping it outdoors, and then wet-vac the remainder.
  • Relocate wet carpet and other water-logged items to a sunny area, if possible, to aid in the dry-out process.
  • If possible, run a dehumidifier to help prevent mold growth and speed the drying process.
  • Move debris and other items damaged beyond repair to the exterior of your property for easy pick up by trash haulers.
  • Transfer valuables to a safe and dry place.
  • Document property damage in writing and take photos, if possible, for insurance claim purposes and for the restoration professionals.


Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Frank_Nemshick/216933


The Effects of a Flood on Your Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Most people believe fire can cause the most damage to their home. However, water damage can be just as costly and devastating to your home as fire damage. One flood can ruin your home forever, especially if your home does not undergo proper water damage restoration after being flooded. Floods can damage your home both cosmetically and structurally.

Most floods occur during storms, such as hurricanes, or during the spring time when the snow melts. However, many homes are flooded by over run sewage systems or other human caused floods. These types of floods enter your home from the outside. The flood water seeps through your walls causing damage to your drywall, insulation and even your electrical systems. If your home is not properly repaired after this type of damage it will most likely start to grow dangerous mold inside the walls. Your home may also start to smell due to the water damage.

Wood frame homes that have been flooded may also start to have structural damage. Wood frames that have been saturated with flood water may start to warp and rot, leading to costly repairs and permanent damage to your home.

After your walls have been damaged by flood water you will most likely have to remove the drywall and insulation and replace them with new materials. If your walls were textured, you will have to retexture your walls before repainting them. Flooding can also damage the outside of your home as well. The outside walls of your home may need to be resided, retextured or have the stucco replaced.

Once the flood water has made its way inside your home it begins to damage your flooring. Carpets will become saturated and, if they are not restored properly, will have to be replaced. However, if carpets are restored and dried properly by a water damage restoration specialist, they may be able to be salvaged. But remember, it's always best to discard carpet that has been affected by water not considered to have come from a clean source. Any baseboards you have in your home will also most likely need to be replaced after they have come into contact with flood water.

Other types of flooding such as toilet overflows, will start to damage your home from the inside. However, in cases of extreme flooding, these types of flooding can also damage your walls.

Floods can also cause damage to any cabinetry in your kitchen or bathrooms. Cheaper quality cabinets made from particle board will usually have to be replaced because they will fall apart. Appliances that touch the floor such as dishwashers, stoves and washing machines may have to be replaced due to flood damage as well.

It is important to remember that while many people think of flood water as just being water, it has much more in it. Flood water is filled with chemicals, dirt, human waste and debris that can find its way into your home if it is flooded.

The best way to save your home and prevent costly repairs after it has been flooded is to call a licensed water damage restoration specialist. A good water damage restoration company will act quickly to prevent further damage and return your home to normal.

Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Vic_P._Roberts/1103728

Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 925-299-1323

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What not to do when you have water damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes when we have a water damage situation going we want to do something in order to minimize losses. Check our other posts for more information on how to prevent and act fast. We also know it's very important to know what not to do and that's why we are bringing you this list:

  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove standing water.
  • Do not leave furniture directly on wet carpeting.
  • Do not begin to repair or repaint any damage surfaces until they are completely
    dry.
  • Do not turn ceiling fans on when the ceiling is wet.

We also want to remind you that we are here to help. SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Spotting Water Damage

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda knows that sometimes it's the water you don't see that causes most of the damage and because we care about you we brought information on how to see signs of water damage in your basement of foundation. Evidence of water damage isn’t always obvious and sometimes it’s not even visible so make sure you pay attention to these signs:

  • CHANGES IN COLOR/TEXTURE OF SURFACES -  Both walls and floors can show signs of water damage.
  • CRACKING – This will usually occur in the foundation and/or floor and can happen both inside and outside the home.
  • ODOR – While basements and crawl spaces usually have a certain smell, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a water problem. Pay attention to a strong damp, musty odor that doesn’t go away (even after a storm or wet weather). In most cases, it is mold or mildew that you smell, which means you’ve got moisture or water damage on your hands.
  • MOLD – If you can’t spot mold, you can sometimes smell it, so that’s why it’s important to pay attention to distinctive odors in the basement. Mold will appear on furniture, wood and other organic materials, walls and other surfaces either as dark green or black in color or sometimes a white powdery substance.

Content Source:

https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/flood/how-to-spot-water-damage-in-your-basement-or-foundation/115005754828

Preventing Water Damage

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda is always here to help with you have water damage in your home or business but we also  strongly believe in prevention. Water can damage important things and make you lose valued items we nobody wants that. that's why we are bringing you some tips to help you be safe from water damage:

  • Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

  • Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.

  • Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them

Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.

Flooding and Water Damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda we know a basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Because basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Scarsdale basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (925) 299-1323

If Water damage is handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda we are Flooding Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Experiencing Flooding? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - (925) 299-1323

Helpful tips to Prepare for a Water Damage

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Know your insurance coverage. Most renter’s or homeowners insurance policies don’t cover flooding, or even a sewer backup. Find out what coverage you have.
  2. Keep a record of all of your belongings. Take photos and keep copies of a receipts or other documents for your valuable items. Store a copy of these records online or at another location.
  3. To limit the risk of water damage within your home check your pipes frequently and pay attention to any indicators of water damage, such as dripping sounds in the walls, dark spots on the ceiling, or significant change in your water bill.
  4. Inspect your roof and foundation often. Make sure there are no cracks in the foundation or shingles missing. Check that the landscaping around your home is sloped to direct water away from your foundation, rather than toward it.
  5.  Water damage can be overwhelming. If a water damage should strike find an expert you can count on. SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda is Always Here to Help! –Call (925) 299-1323

Water Damage During Rains

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Spring calls for rain and storms, and for many people that can lead to wet floors or even flooding. Intrusion of water into your home can result in mold growth if left unattended. The best way to control mold growth is to control the moisture. Getting rid of mold completely in a household environment is nearly impossible.

If you find yourself with a soggy or soaked carpet, give SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda a call!

We know how to handle your small water damages as well as your large water damages. If you have any questions or need assistance at any hour of the day just dial (925) 299-1323 and we will answer 24/7! We are here to make it Like it never even happened!

Water Damage From a Burst Pipe Should be Promptly Addressed

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

A small undetected leak can lead to great water damage.

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home.  Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, disruptive to your personal schedule, and result in unwanted insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage. Thankfully, there are experts in water damage that can help the problems from a burst pipe be much more manageable.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage. Call a professional to determine what is the best course of action. An inexperienced homeowner attempting to fix the problem may just make it worse.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor such as SERVPRO to assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Mold Hazards

Mold is another serious problem that stems from water damage. Mold can be particularly vexing to homeowners. Because mold is living, it can grow and fill large portions of a home without the homeowner being aware. Eventually, mold can lead to structural damage. Mold can be in basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Mold removal can be a very difficult task once a foothold has been secured. A concerned homeowner in the Bay Area should order a mold inspection after any plumbing problems to ensure that this issue does not expand into an expensive and potentially dangerous situation.

Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. The skills needed to deal effectively with mold, structural damage, and leaking pipes are beyond the average homeowner. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. It is always best to hire an expert to inspect the damage after experiencing a burst pipe.   SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda has the experience as a full-service water restoration company to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst pipe.  Solving the problem of a burst pipe correctly will protect the investment of your home for years to come.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help residents and business owners with any-sized water and flood damage emergencies.

When your home has water damage, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.  Call us so that we may help at (925) 299-1323.

Faster to your Water Damage Event

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 925-299-1323

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 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.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 925-299-1323 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 925-299-1323

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 925-299-1323 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

Flood Facts and Safety Tips

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Floods rank as one of the most common, costly, and deadly natural disasters in the United States. No matter where you live, flooding happens in many ways due to overflow of streams, rivers, lakes or oceans or as a result of excessive rain.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming tasks.  A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks or longer.

 Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:

  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 
  • A 2,000-square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.

Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:

  • Stock up on First Aid items
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
  • Battery operated radio for weather reports
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene necessities

Understanding the common types of Floods

Flash Floods - are the most dangerous kind of flood, combining the nearly unstoppable force of flood waters with deadly unpredictability and speed. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a grown man off his feet, and just two feet of water can cause a car to begin floating.

Coastal Flooding - is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.

Urban flooding is specific in the fact that the cause is a lack of drainage in an urban area. As there is little open soil that can be used for water storage nearly all the precipitation needs to be transport to surface water or the sewage system.

River Flood - occurs when a river overflows its banks. This happens for a few different reasons. One, lots of rain. Whether it’s tropical systems (tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.) reaching land.

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. If your home or business suffers from flood damage, our trained technicians has the expertise, resources and equipment to handle the job.  

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (925) 299-1323

Fast Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.

Water damage can originate by different sources such as floods, broken pipes, leaky faucet or toilet overflow.  If left untreated, water damage can lead to mold or other bacterial growth.  Water damage can be challenging depending on the severity of the damage and the amount of water that caused the damage.  Whether it is from a clean or outside source, water can soak your carpet, padding, and surrounding walls and can cause costly damage that can be difficult to repair without complete replacement if not handled right away.   If you find yourself in a situation that involves standing water in your home, it is imperative that standing water is removed completely to help lessen the damage and/or limits a secondary damage.  Hiring a water restoration company like SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda can make the cleanup process easier to handle.  Our technicians has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.  

Water damage can do so much harm in a short period of time.  Whether you have an inch, a foot of water or more, the quicker you respond to water damage, the less damage your property will endure.  SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda can quickly respond to water damage emergencies.  Our technicians use powerful extraction pumps to remove the standing water.  We also use special moisture readers to detect moisture that has made its way behind walls and below flooring.  After we removed all the water, our technicians will use powerful fans and dehumidifier to dry out all affected areas.  

As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding to any size disaster.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption in your life and restore your home to its pre-water damage state.  We make disasters, “Like it never even happened.”

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today - (925) 299-1323

Water Damage Remediation Process

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda for excellent, effective water removal services at (925) 299-1323.

Water damage can originate from many different sources of heavy storm, floods, broken pipes or leaky roof.  The damage to your building materials can range from mild to severe depending how long it has been exposed to wet condition.  Standing water and moisture create the perfect environment for bacteria and mold.  Mold can start to grow in as little in 24 hours and if left unattended, it can be harmful to people especially those with compromised immune system.   In an event of water damage, safety is always the primary concern on any water damage job.  If you try to do this on your own, you’ll end up spending countless hours trying to figure it all out and still not come close to solving the problem.  SERVPRO Franchise professionals are highly trained and equipped with knowledge to restore your property.  Below are some steps our technicians performs during a water damage restoration.

Identifying the Source and Water Type 

We will check for the source of moisture and check for contaminated water in your home or business. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful. There are different types of water, typically categorized as either Clean, Gray, or Black and each one with different safety and cleanup protocols. If necessary, our crew will work to stop the water flow as quickly as possible to avert further damage. 

Surveying Damage and Mold 
 
Once we have determined what type of damage we're dealing with, our technicians search the home visually and with moisture detection equipment to find out what objects have been affected, and what else needs to be done. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth, which often takes priority in a cleanup operation. 
 
Furniture and Water Removal 
 
The next step is to remove all furniture from affected areas, and then pump out water if necessary. We use industrial-grade machinery to pump water from the interior to the exterior of the home, with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump. 
 
Drying and Odor Treatments 
 
At this point, we bring out more heavy machinery to begin drying and deodorizing the affected area, to make sure no more damage or mold growth occurs and any bad smells are removed. 
 
Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning 
 
In many cases, some or all of the carpeting in a room will need replacing. We make sure to evaluate carpeting carefully for moisture so as not to incur extra expenses. Sometimes, a cleaning may only be necessary, particularly when water damage is contained early on. After that is done, final cleanup and sanitization are done on walls and objects, then furniture is brought back into the home or rooms affected. 

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us today at (925) 299-1323.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage emergency at your home SERVPRO of Lafayette/Orinda/Moraga is Here to Help. We're just a phone call away (925) 299-1323.

Water damage is the most serious emergencies that can happen to your home.  Your primary focus should be safety first. Water damage can come from many different sources such as; roof leaks, broken pipes, leaky dishwashers, toilet backups, or flooding due to heavy rainstorm.  No matter where the leaks or flooding originated from, it doesn’t take a lot of water to cause tremendous damage. Just an inch or two can destroy carpets and dry wall, warp wood floors, building components, electronics and personal items.  Not to mention, it can lead to possible mold growth if not addressed immediately.  Water damage can be a traumatic experience for homeowners.  Being informed about the causes, consequences, and ways to handle water damage can help you overcome the problem more efficiently.  Here are some useful emergency water damage tips that will assist you in taking proper action in case of water damage to your home.

What to DO After Flooding

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Don't use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

Water damage is best left to professional emergency restoration technicians.  Hiring a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Lafayette/Orinda/Moraga can quickly extract the water and then dry your home using state-of-the-art equipment.  Our staff are highly trained in property damage restoration.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have a water damage emergency? Call us today at (707) 588-8226.  We are always Here to Help!

The Water You Don't See

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda uses advanced equipment and techniques to extract water quickly and closely monitor & document the drying process.

The water you don't see can originate from many sources including foundation leaks, burst pipes, leaky roof or poor drainage around the home.  When you suspect that you might have a water damage, it’s important to know what the common causes are so that you know how to prevent minor water damage from turning into a huge problem.  But if you're already experiencing water damage, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda Franchise Professionals are here to help!  Our technicians are highly trained and can safely clean, disinfect, deodorize and restore your home.  A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions, especially when the water you don't see can contain bacteria, cause mold or rot and other unseen damage.

If you have any water damages to your property give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call and we can answer any questions you have, schedule an inspection of the property and begin the remediation process. We are specialists on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.

We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us anytime at (925) 299-1323 

The Effects of Water Damage

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

If the laminate floor has been flooded in your home, give SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park a call. We are ready to restore damage to your property.

Water damage can come from natural disasters, plumbing failure, and a range of other sources.  Floods, heavy snow, and heavy rain are other possible causes of this type of damage and can lead to having water in basements.  When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases.  Standing water presents a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and even black mold.  If left untreated, your wet floor can severely hinder your indoor air quality and spread a variety of different contaminants.  Once a home or business sustains water damage, it is important to start the water damage cleanup immediately.  Starting water damage cleanup as soon as possible increases the likelihood of saving water-soaked furniture, carpets, rugs, clothing, and other items.

If you experience a water damage and looking for a trusted restoration company,  SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is Here to Help restore your home back to pre-water damage condition.  We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment.  

Call us anytime at (925) 299-1323

Water Damage Prevention Tips

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

The best way to prevent water damage from rainwater is to ensure the exterior materials of your home are properly constructed and maintained.

Water damage tends to leave its mark in the forms of wood rot, peeling paint,  wall stains, and mold growth. The best way to prevent water damage from rainwater and snow melt is to ensure the exterior materials of your home are properly constructed and maintained. Follow these tips to avoid costly future repairs.

  • Repair doors & windows - check for old and worn out doors or windows to ensure that your caulking isn't cracked.
  • Gutters  - clean and inspect your gutters regularly to ensure they are free from debris that can clog and cause water damage.
  • Downspouts -  clean and check your downspouts at least twice a year.  If you live in a extremely rainy climate, you should check them more frequently.
  • Sump pump - check it at least once a year and make sure that it is working properly.
  • Plants & Trees - some plants and trees around your home can be a problem if not properly maintained.  Make sure to trim the extended roots to prevent blockages from your drainage system.
  • Use a drainage snake, not chemical - chemical can eat away at your pipes.  Try your luck using a drain snake to avoid potential damage to your pipes.

If you are experiencing water damage at your home and need a restoration specialist, give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call at (925) 299-1323. We will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and restore your home, "Like it never even happened!"

What to Do and Don't Do After a Water Damage

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition.

If you have the unfortunate experience of water damage from clean water, SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda trained professionals can handle your water emergency quickly and effectively.  Here are some tips of what you can do and don' do after a water damage.

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

 DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda for excellent, effective water removal services. Trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We work to get your home looking, "Like it never even happened!"

 Call us 24/7 at (925) 299-1323

Water damage in your business

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

Servpro of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is always Here to Help!

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we know how to handle any and all water damages that you may encounter, but we want to give you a few pointers to help you prevent water damages from happening at your business.

Unfortunately, even the most carefully operated commercial building can experience a water damage event sometime in its lifetime. Water damage tends to leave its mark in the forms of rotting, warping, staining, and mold growth. A great way to prevent damage from getting worse is to have staff be well-practiced in how to handle an emergency and most importantly have a response plan ready! 

To help keep your property in shape keep a look out for these potential causes of water damage:

·         Malfunctioning appliances – washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators,

·         Air conditioning and heating units leading to corrosion of HVAC systems and mold may grow from the leakage

·         Leaking pipes

·         Windows - Inspect windows from the inside for glass and air seal integrity. (Manually test all locks, cranks, and interior walls around windows for water damage)  

Call and ask your local SERVPRO representative to help prepare your Emergency Readiness Plan today!

Dial (925) 299-1323

Rainy weather means wet carpets

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

Servpro of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda 925-299-1323

Spring calls for rain and storms, and for many people that can lead to wet floors. If you find yourself with a soggy carpet, give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call!

We know how to handle your small water damages as well as your large water damages. If you have any questions or need assistance at any houru of the day just dial 925-299-1323 and we will answer 24/7!

Having unexpected water damages

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Servpro of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda 925-299-1323

If you have the unfortunate experience of having water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of lafayette/Moraga/Orinda with any questions or concerns. We are available 24hours a day and can have a team of trained professionals out to your property to begin drying in no time!

Having a wet winter means water getting into unexpected places. Make sure you are taking preventative measure in your home or business! If you do come across flooding or any type of water damages give us a call!

If you have any questions about water damages to your property give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call and we can answer any questions, schedule an inspection of your property and begin the remediation process the same day. We are specialists on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.

Call us anytime at 925-299-1323

What to do with Water Damage?

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened"

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we are faster to any size disaster, your water damage or flooding is no problem for us to handle!

Standing or slowly dripping water attracts microorganisms. Moisture is the driving force allowing for growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. SERVPRO utilizes a proprietary software technology called CCIS to inventory each room. We will assist to "restore before replace" to control costs and expedite to completion the entire service. 

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda For Excellent, Effective Water Removal Services. Trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We work to get your home looking "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help Santa Rosa and surrounding communities with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.

 Call 24/7 at (925) 299-1323

Experts on Water damage!

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we know disaster strikes unexpectedly, but our SERVPRO professionals are prepared and ready to handle your water emergency quickly and effectively. We handle black water and gray water restoration. 

We are available 24/7 for any loss you may have! Just give us a call so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at 925-299-1323

Remember at SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we are always Here to Help!

Flooding and Water Damage

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage? Call Servpro today!

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we know a basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Scarsdale basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure
  • And many more

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (925) 299-1323

If Water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure; not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we are Flooding Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Experiencing Flooding? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - (925) 299-1323

Rain water or a broken pipe, call SERVPRO!

11/3/2015 (Permalink)

Call the cleanup team that's faster to any size disaster!

Disaster strikes unexpectedly but our SERVPRO professionals are able to handle your water emergency quickly and effectively. We handle water mitigation in residential and commercial properties. That's black and gray water extraction and restoration. 
We are available 24/7 for any loss you may have! Just give us a call so we can make it "Like it never happened."
Remember at SERVPRO we are always Here to Help!