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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.

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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!