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Sneaky Places Water Damage May Hide | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

water damage and flooding on kitchen tile Water damage can happen at any time. SERVPRO of Pueblo will ensure that each water mitigation job is done correctly and completely.

The dangers of water damage can often feel the most intimidating after heavy rains, but that’s not always the clearest indicator that it will occur. Many events can lead to water damage, often having nothing at all to do with the weather.

Discovering water damage can be inconvenient and costly. Many homeowners’ insurance policies do not accept water damage claims—when they do, the typical amount is over $6,000. Knowing the sneaky spots water damage is likely to hide is essential for homeowners to be on their guard no matter the weather.

Where to Look for Water Damage
  • Underneath windows. The installation of windows includes sealing them with the exterior wall, but with time, this can change. Discoloration under windows is a sign water damage has occurred.

  • Underneath siding. Siding panels that overlap or join at corners can often give way for leaks. Check regularly for signs that water is seeping through to the plywood underneath.

  • Underneath door thresholds. Metal door threshold plates are not weather-sealed, so they can let water onto the wood underneath. Indicators of this are if they feel loose or swollen.

  • Underneath exterior paint. Layers of paint applied to porches or exterior doors can often let water through. Swelling or softness when the paint is touched can indicate this.

  • Underneath the dishwasher. Dishwashers have quite a few potential spots for leaking, and they can often go unnoticed for years. Pull yours out regularly to ensure there are no errant drips.

  • Inside interior walls. The pipes that run between walls can often leak, especially around bathrooms or kitchens. Discolored paint or water spots are a common sign of this.

  • Underneath a toilet. The base seal of a toilet can get weaker with time, causing a gradual leak that damages the floor below. The most common sign of this is a toilet that has become unsteady as the wood underneath deteriorates.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

The Case Against Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

The Case Against Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

We’ll always need water for life, but one thing that we could do without is the damage that water can do to our homes and property.

Know that there are many driving forces behind the various types of water damage.

Water Damage and Its Causes

From 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. found that the five most common causes of homeowners insurance claims were:

  • Exterior wind damage
  • Non-weather-related water damage
  • Hail
  • Weather-related water damage
  • Theft

Water damage takes up two of those five slots, meaning that it is a very common issue. It’s best to thing of water damage in terms of being weather-related and non-weather-related.

Non-weather-related damage is the most common factor at home, often coming from plumbing or appliance issues. While just as trying, weather-related water damage is not as common and can stem from rain and snow.

At home, the top five causes of water damage are plumbing issues, washing machine leaks, busted water pipes, aging water heaters and bad weather.

Keeping Your Home Dry

The price of water damage may be high, but it would be much higher if not covered by your homeowners insurance plan. In most cases, the following damages are covered by a standard policy:

  • Damages caused by from weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Discharge and overflow of water, even by accident
  • Tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging of a steam or hot water heating system
  • Freezing of plumbing and pipes

While water damage can be highly stressful, there are ways to help stave off certain water-related issues.

You can use these preventive fixes and routine maintenance suggestions to keep your home safe from some water damage situations:

  • Applying water sensors and automatic shut-off valves
  • Installing metal mesh connection hoses on the washer and dryer
  • Making sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris
  • Ridding the hot water tank of buildup by flushing it every six months
  • Keeping grease out the kitchen sink and drain

These tips can help make sure you avoid some rather costly water damage at home.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of Puebloon your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

 

Understanding the 3 Water Classifications | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding the 3 Water Classifications | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Water that causes water damage is not all the same. There are three different kinds of water: clean, gray and black. When you begin to understand the differences in these types of water, you will better understand how to handle a water damage scenario.

First and foremost, quickly remove all of the moisture and damp items to inhibit the growth of mold in its ideal situation. Remember, no matter what type of water has caused damage, there will always be a cleanup and restoration process to go through.

Clean Water

As the name says, this water is free of contaminants and is considered “clean,” not the type to pose an immediate threat to your health. Examples of clean water is water from:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

This will be the easiest type of water damage to clean up after since there will be fewer microbes living in the water. After a period of 48 hours, however, and following contact with the surfaces of buildings, clean water will become a category two water, which is gray water.

Gray Water

Gray water starts to make water damage cleanup and restoration more involved. This is water that may pose a health risk because it will contain chemical and/or biological contamination. The slight contamination in gray water means that it would need to be thoroughly treated before being safe to consume.

Gray water is water that can come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. Again, the 48-hour exposure time applies here because if not quickly and properly treated, gray water becomes black water.

Black Water

With black water, you are now involved with the most serious of the three types of water since it is considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter, which would include floodwaters containing soil and all sewage waters.

Sewage is highly contaminated with microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, which can be harmful to humans. Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

When it comes to floods, consider all waters black water since as it moves along its path, it is busy picking up contaminants from everything it encounters.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC) is an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry and recognizes all three of these classifications of water. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Pueblo is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

 

Ways to Protect Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Ways to Protect Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Ways to Protect Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Water damage—one of the most common and costliest disasters you may experience as a homeowner. Pipes bursting, dishwashers malfunctioning, washing machines overflowing or storm damage are just a few of the many ways water damage could strike your home.

There are plenty of ways you can protect your home from this common issue homeowners deal with. Let’s take a look at some.

How to Protect Your Home

Not only will water damage be a hassle to deal with, but it could quite possibly have a long-term impact on your home if cleanup is not done properly. Mold will begin to grow within 24–48 hours after moisture exposure and is one of the most common side effects of water damage.

When you begin to look for ways to protect your home, it may help you to break it down by areas of impact. These areas might include the basement, kitchen, bathroom, flooring and ceilings.

You can help prevent water damage in the basement by preventing water seepage. This can be done by resealing vulnerable areas of the basement, making sure water drains away from your home and installing a backwater valve.

Your kitchen and bathrooms can experience water damage due to plumbing issues and appliance failures.

Take some time and follow these recommendations:

  • Inspect all appliances regularly, especially paying attention to hoses and faucets
  • Check all seals and caulking around showers and tubs to ensure there is no leakage
  • Know where your home’s main shut-off valve is located
  • Be sure that you don’t leave the house while the washing machine or dishwasher are running

There are things you can do to protect the possessions in your home from water damage, but don’t be surprised if it is not always possible. Use waterproof bins to store items and keep items stored on shelves off of the floor—which is especially recommended when using your basement for storage.

How to Recover

You stand a good chance at salvaging items that can be dried out within 48 hours if your home should encounter a water damage disaster.

You’ll need to contact your insurance company immediately, evaluate the extent of the water damage in your home and identify the type of water that is involved.

Types of water to be aware of are:

  1. “Clean” water. Can be from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.

  2. “Gray” water. Slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.

  3. “Black” water. This water can cause serious health problems and is water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc.

You will need to remove all wet objects, dehumidify and dry your home out quickly after a water damage disaster, and disinfect any remaining materials.

The pros suggest that you freeze wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer to buy some extra time and prevent mold and mildew from developing and causing further deterioration. Once able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of Pueblo, who are here to make it like it never even happened!

 

Identifying Causes of Residential Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Identifying Causes of Residential Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

In thinking about water damage, severe weather is usually one of the first things that will come to mind for many. Storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage, but they are often not the main causes.

Instead, there are various items in and around your home that may be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.

<h4101-on-water-damage:a8f8131ffaa5739239be8686687cc835">The 101 on Water Damage

With water damage being the third most common reason for a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, it is something that many homeowners will face, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.

There is a difference between water damage and gradual water damage, which can impact the payout of homeowner’s insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage would be something that has been happening over time, such as cracks in a home’s foundation or unknown plumbing issues in the walls that will cause damage to walls, ceilings or floors. Unfortunately, unlike storm-related water damage, which is covered by homeowners insurance, many cases of gradual water damage are not covered.

<h4issues-and-water-damage:a8f8131ffaa5739239be8686687cc835">Plumbing Issues and Water Damage

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. This can involve frozen pipes that can burst due to the buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water or when the supply system material fails and results in a leaking or burst pipe. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. It was also found that homes 16 to 40 years of age made up a larger group of supply system material failure claims.

  • Plumbing drain system failures. These occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from material performance issues. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues. They also noted that the average drain system failure was more expensive in southern states than in northern states.

  • Toilet failures. Toilets are the second largest cause of residential water damage loss after plumbing supply system failures and can happen due to faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. Toilet failures that occur on the first floor of a home resulted in higher claims than those that occurred in upper floors or basements, according to IBHS.

  • Water heater failures. As a water heater reaches its life expectancy, it’s normal that the tank will eventually begin to rust and corrode, causing leaking or bursting issues. According to IBHS, 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or a sudden bursting of water lines and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.

  • Washing machine failures. Typically caused by supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures, washing machine failures are one of the top 10 sources of residential water losses. Per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home has experienced any water damage, rest assured that the team of professionals at SERVPRO® of Pueblo is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Pueblo Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

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 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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 719.544.7165

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Pueblo and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement 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

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 719.544.7165

Faster to your Pueblo Water Damage Event

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Pueblo 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 Pueblo 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 – 719.544.7165

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 Pueblo

SERVPRO of Pueblo 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.

Pueblo's 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pueblo 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 - 719.544.7165

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 Pueblo 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 Pueblo

SERVPRO of Pueblo 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.