Recent Water Damage Posts
How Do We Dry a Water Heater Leak?
Flood cuts allow us to completely dry areas affected by water damage.
Many of our customers have little to no experience when it comes to mitigation. We get many questions everyday about how we do what we do. In an effort to pull back the curtain on our process, we’re going to detail one of our recent jobs in this blog post.
In this particular case, a water heater on the first level of a house had a major leak that pretty much affected the entire floor. Luckily, the owners had installed water resistant floor tiles, so the floor didn’t retain any of the water. The drywall, however, was not so lucky. Using our moisture meters, our Production Technicians found substantial moisture readings behind the walls. The readings were high enough to require us to make a two-foot flood cut in almost every wall.
A flood cut removes the bottom two feet of drywall, not just to remove irreparable damage, but also to allow us to aim our air movers and dehumidifiers directly behind the wall. When done right, this ensures all potential moisture is removed and no pesky mold forms. Once we were able to completely dry all the walls, our Construction Team went in and replaced all the cut-out drywall and baseboards. Then we matched the paint job, so all of the rooms looked just as they did before the leak.
Hopefully, this helps you understand some of the steps we take to mitigate your water damage. It’s one of the many ways we make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Introducing the new Phoenix DryMAX BLE Dehumidifier!
This machine is a serious upgrade to our water mitigation services!
Always looking to leverage the latest and greatest technologies, we here at SERVPRO are proud to upgrade our water mitigation services with the new Phoenix DryMAX BLE Dehumidifier! This large category dehu weighs a mere 63 pounds, uses only 5.7 amps of power, and comes equipped with a heavy-duty condensate pump, epoxy-coated coils, superior MERV-10 filtration, and Bluetooth functionality.
But what do all these numbers and acronyms mean for our customers? Its light weight relative to its size allows us to set up more dehus more quickly when on-site. Its superior energy efficiency allows us to plug in multiple units at the same time as well as reducing the noise it makes. Last but not least, the integrated Bluetooth technology allows us to seamlessly document drying reports.
And these are just the highlights of what this machine can do. It is a significant upgrade from the older model and we’re super excited to start utilizing it!
How We Use Thermal Imaging
The Flir C2 Thermal Camera helps us detect unseen moisture!
We here at SERVPRPO are always leveraging the latest, state-of-the-art technologies to improve our water mitigation process. It’s just one of the many ways we strive to offer the very best service to our customers. One such example is how we utilize the newest thermal imaging cameras like the Flir C2.
By using the powerful Flir C2 Thermal Camera, we can detect unseen moisture behind walls and ceilings without having to cut out any drywall. We can even track that moisture to its source, giving us the most accurate information on your water loss before the mitigation process even begins. This saves time and money on unnecessary demo and ensures the precision of our work. Rest assured, we will continue seeking out and using the industry’s top tools to enhance our customer’s experience.
Introducing The New Phoenix Focus II Air Mover!
Our newest weapon against water damage!
We here at SERVPRO are continually researching new tools and techniques to upgrade our water mitigation process. Constantly pushing our craft further allows us to offer our customers the very best service. That is why we’re proud to introduce the newest addition to our water mitigation arsenal: the Phoenix Focus II Air Mover!
Using only 1.1 amps and weighing just 15 pounds, this little guy actually packs a quite a punch with 1015 CFM. Those are just numbers though. The bottom line is that this machine’s small footprint allows us to more efficiently dry hard to reach areas like crawlspaces, attics, and small bathrooms. The Focus II is also stackable and easy to set up, helping us to start working on your water loss even faster without sacrificing drying power.
We are extremely excited to start utilizing the flexibility and power the Focus II offers. And rest assured, we will continue to seek out the most innovative and state-of-the-art technology to help bring our customers the premiere service they deserve.
Marlton/Morningside's Premiere Water Damage Restoration Company
Our team is committed to restoring our customer's water damage!
We at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside pride ourselves in being the premiere water mitigation company in the area. With 24-hour emergency service, we can respond day or night to water disasters big or small. Every second counts when it comes to water damage, so you can trust us to be the fastest professionals on-site. Once there, our highly trained team of IIRC certified technicians will clean up any remaining water, remove unsalvageable property, and ensure the affected area is completely dry. Our talented Construction Team can then fully restore that damaged property, making it “Like it never even happened.”
Call Today – (301)-856-5402
We understand how stressful, and frankly scary, experiencing a water loss can be. Whether a basement flood or a burst pipe, we are trained to guide you through this difficult time and explain every step along the way. To help you prepare for the first step, here’s what to expect when you call our office.
Our Dispatcher will ask you for some information such as, your name and contact information, the address of the affected home or business, the type of material affected (wood or tile flooring, etc.), any insurance you have, approximately when did the water damage occur, what caused it and if there is electricity available on-site. These questions help us ascertain the severity of the damage, what equipment will be needed to start the mitigation process, and how many personnel are required.
Please keep this information in mind when you call, as it will help us to dispatch to your location and start work even faster.
We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!
This basement flooded due to heavy rains.
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
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 calling us and letting 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 (703)-739-2800
The Most Common Places For Water Damage in a Marlton/Morningside Area Home
Here you can see how a leaking fridge may cause water damage if left unattended
Many people assume water damage only happens after intense storm weather, however water damage can happen anywhere and at anytime inside a residential or commercial building. That said, one of the primary spots in the house or office that water damage occurs is the kitchen.
Because the kitchen is such a "hot spot
for water damage, below we've listed the top 3 areas to look for water damage.
Knowing where problem spots are in the kitchen can help you know where to keep an eye out for leaks and ultimately, protect your kitchen from the harmful effects of water damage.
Hotspot #1 The Dishwasher
Due to the frequent use of this appliance, it isn't uncommon for leaks to develop causing the dishwasher to overfill with water and subsequently leak out causing water damage.
Frequently check for water accumulating beneath the dishwasher in order to catch any leaks as soon as possible and limit the water damage
Hotspot #2 The Sink
Sinks are the number one source of running water in a kitchen, and as such are one of the primary spots we see water damage occur.
Sink leaks can have a variety of causes, ranging from a drain or faucet leak to corroded sink parts.
Be sure to inspect piping underneath the sink about every 6 months and keep an eye out for puddles of water and corroded sections.
Hotspot #3 The Refrigerator and Ice Maker
The refrigerator and ice maker are also susceptable to leaking and subsequent water damage.
In order to catch a leak before irreparable damage is done, look for pools of water on the floor beneath the fridge and ice maker. For further water damage prevention, refrigerators and ice makers should receive regular maintenance and inspection.
Leaks in the kitchen causing water damage can result in major structural damage, as well as the growth of mold and mildew. If you noticed any leaking or water damage in the aforementioned "hotspots" or anywhere in your home or office, remember, SERVPRO is here to help. We are water damage specialists, experienced with all types of residential kitchen water damage. Call SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside today at (301) 856-5402.
Water Restoration Experts Available 24/7, 365 days a Year at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside
SERVPRO of Alexandria provides 24 hour water damage restoration service in Marlton/Morningside
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERPVRO of Marlton/Morningside 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 Marlton / Morningside 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 –(301)856-5402
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
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
Follow These Safety Tips if you Are Faced with a Water Damage Concern; Then Call the Experts at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside!
When you are dealing with water damage, immediate and safe action is crucial.
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety. Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns. Water & electricity do not mix! Wires that come into contact with standing water should be immediately replaced by a professional.
After any water damage emergency, your primary focus should be safety first:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
Be sure to:
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
When your Marlton/Morningside home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.
If you encounter a water damage emergency in your home or commercial space, call (301)856-6402 & SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside will make it "Like it never even happened."
Hidden Water Damage in your Bathroom Could Amount to Thousands of Dollars in Damage if Left Untreated
Don't ignore any smells or indicators of water damage in your bathroom
A musty smell in your bathroom could be a sign of hidden water damage.
3 common issues are:
- Cracked shower tile
- Leaky seals at base of toilet
- Damaged or old caulking and grout
Hidden water damage could lead to extensive microbial growth that can go undetected for long periods time, and can pose several potential health effects.
SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with possible 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 - (30)856-5402
Regardless if there is no standing water, there could be underlying issues, and we have the highly trained property damage professionals to assist.
Faster to Your Marlton/Morningside Water Damage Event; Timing Matters!
Don't Wait! Damages, costs, and safety/health concerns rise the longer you wait to call our team of experts.
Water Damage Timeline
- 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.
Need Water Damage Experts? And Fast! Call Us 24/7 –(301)856-5402
Your Water Remediation Process with SERVPRO of Marlton / Morningside
SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside on the scene for a water remediation event.
A fast response is the single most critical factor in restoring water-damaged materials.
When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your space.
As each and every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, however, the general process stays the same.
- Contact SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.
- Water Damage Assessment & Inspection. Recognize and stop the water source quickly. Identify the category of water damage to ensure our professionals restore your property based on industry guidelines. Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises. Move or block furniture.
- Move-Out and Pack-Out. Begin the removal process almost immediately. Removing most of the water helps reduce drying time and helps prevent secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth. Inspect the Carpet Pad and Carpet.
- Drying / Dehumidification while monitoring the floor & walls of the affected areas. High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.
- Cleaning and Sanitizing, Odor Removal, and Deodorization. Sanitizing Treatments depending on the scenario. We may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to clean your property. We will remove and dispose of damaged materials with guidance from you and your insurance adjuster.
- Restoration, the final step, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
If you experience storm or flood damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside a call (301) 856-5402, we are Here To Help.
Water Damage: Helpful Tips & Techniques
A faulty washing machine caused this living room to flood. SERVPRO of Marlton / Morningside was called in to clean up the damage and restore the home
Many of our customers have learned the hard way that water damage is a big problem. It can destroy not only your home and your finances, but also destroy the sentimental items that you can’t put a price tag on. For that reason it’s a good idea to learn what causes water damage so that you can better avoid it. But if you cannot avoid it then here are some tips on what to do if you have been victimized by it. Depending on the severity of your damage you may need to contact the local authorities, and insurance provider, but eventually they will most likely get a SERVPRO® crew out to your location to fix it up.
Safety First with Water Damage
The first concern is the safety of friends, family and you in your home or area. Common causes of injury after water damage to a structure are slip hazards, and electrical shock due to careless mistakes that might have been avoided. Essential Water Damage Info Here
On this note, don’t just go about business as usual, avoid kitchen appliances, and avoid tampering with major electrical devices that are connected to the building until authorities have deemed that it is safe to do so. This includes ceiling fans, lights, and televisions. Water Damage Emergency Tips
Factors That Impact Water Damage Restoration | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside
If you are dealing with any water disaster, contact SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside. We have the experienced to take care of any damage.
Factors That Impact a Water Damage Restoration Service
Water causes more damage than you might realize. Standing water and the moisture it leaves behind can seep into textiles and crevices, which creates an environment for mold.
Many people turn to professional cleanup companies because restoration is an involved process. If the damp isn't completely dried out, mold can grow under the new surfaces you have built. Discover the factors that impact the service of water damage restoration.
Depending on the cause of the water damage, it can affect any part of your house. For example, a roof can develop a leak or mold under the shingles. The ceiling underneath can start sagging because of water damage. Water completely destroys drywall, which is widely used for most walls. Those repairs aren't always as difficult, so the cost is lower.
Unfortunately, water travels downward and collects. The basement often sees the most water damage. It's also a space that's especially difficult to dehumidify because it's at least partially underground. The basement is difficult to keep dry on its own, and a flood or other water disaster wreaks havoc. Basement dehumidification and restoration is sometimes the costliest service.
As noted above, drywall is especially susceptible to water damage. Luckily, drywall is relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Other materials might affect not only the cost, but the contractors needed to restore the area.
For instance, another material that's very susceptible to water damage is hardwood, which is common for flooring. Quick removal of the water might spare large parts of the hardwood. Indeed, a hardwood floor might be fine after a short period of submersion. However, it needs dehumidification correctly to preserve its integrity.
Laminates don't necessarily deteriorate themselves. However, they don't prevent the water from soaking underneath. Therefore, the subfloor degrades quickly. The same happens with carpeting, which also quickly becomes destroyed by water. On the other hand, tile work is mostly impervious to water damage.
Size of the Area
Whenever you undertake a home improvement project, the size of the area impacts the time involved as well as the cost. The same factor is true for water damage restoration.
You might seek out water damage restoration services after a small incident such as discovering standing water in your attic because of a leaky roof. You'll almost certainly call if a storm caused a nearby river to flood your house. Naturally, the first incident will often result in a shorter and cheaper service than the second.
Amount of Water
In the same vein, the size of the job impacts the cost and time needed. The amount of water involved dictates the size of the job. So, if you want restoration from a leaky pipe, you'll likely spend less money and time than after a full flood.
Likewise, the presence or lack of standing water also impacts the service. If the contractors first have to pump out the water before they even get to the dehumidification process, obviously that task bumps up both time and cost.
Type of Water
Not all water is equal, and the type of water that caused the damage will impact how the restoration service goes.
The best-case scenario is the small leak mentioned above. However, a burst supply pipe is also a decent scenario. Sure, the water can infiltrate your walls and cause flooding in your basement. However, the key is that it's clean water.
You may have heard of gray water, which comes from the dishwasher or washing machine. This water is considered slightly contaminated. However, it's not too bad compared to the next type, so water removal and the subsequent restoration aren't as involved.
The bad guy of water is blackwater. Blackwater can come from that flooding river. It's also the category for a burst sewage pipe. Removal of blackwater is tricky because infectious organisms and other biohazards are likely involved. What's more, even after cleanup, the restoration is more involved because you probably have more to replace.
Don't ignore even minor water damage in your home. Call the damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside for help.
What to Know About the Water in Your Crawl Space
A water disaster can create issues in your crawl space. If you experience water damage of any kind give SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside a call.
What You Should Know If You Have Water in Your Crawl Space
Your home's crawl space is one of those areas you may not often think about since you likely rarely see that part of your home. However, when you have a problem with water damage in your crawl space, you realize how essential this area is to your home.
Water damage can easily occur in a crawl space, so you should look at it every few months to scan for problems. The question often remains, however, is how the water damage happens in the first place. Unless you had a major weather event or other obvious leaks, you may be puzzled to find water damage in your crawl space. Read on to learn more about water in your crawl space.
What Causes Water in the Crawl Space
Some houses have a higher level of humidity. This is often the case with older homes with broken seals or homes that need more sealant around the windows and doors. If your crawl space is not sealed, the problem is often worse.
The excess humidity in a crawl space can cause a variety of problems for your entire home, including bad air quality, water damage, or mold growth. Your crawl space can even take on a thin layer of standing water in some cases.
Broken or Leaking Pipes
If you see a large puddle of water in your crawl space, you may have an issue with one or more of your pipes. The water may be from different pipes in your home, from fresh water pipes going to your sinks and showers to used water from the toilet.
The smell in the crawl space will help you determine which pipe is broken or leaking. If you smell a sewage smell, you will know the water is from the toilet. A mustier smell is likely due to a fresh water pipe. When fresh water sits stagnant for a long time, it can take on an unpleasant smell, but not the same as sewage.
Crawl spaces are located in different areas in homes. If your crawl space is near the bottom of your home, chances are you will notice a roof leak before the water makes it to the crawl space. If your crawl space is at the top of your house as part of your attic space, you may not notice the roof leak right away.
You may also have a leak into the attic that is going down a wall and into the crawl space. You may not notice the leak right away until you see water damage to the walls. Most homeowners look for roof leaks in the ceilings as they are more noticeable. A leak into the crawl space and down the walls are not generally noticeable until they have done great damage.
How to Clean a Wet Crawl Space
Once you notice wetness in your crawl space, you first need to locate the source of the water and make the necessary repairs or adjustments. You then need to remove the water and dry the area as much as possible.
If you want to do this yourself, you can use a wet vacuum to remove standing water. You can then wipe up any excess water with towels, and dry the area with a fan.
However, if the water is excessive or if it contains contaminated water from your toilets, you should leave the clean-up to professionals who have the proper equipment to deal with the water. Contaminated water can make you and your family quite ill.
If you have water damage in your crawl space, or in any area of your home, please contact us at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside right away.