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Factors That Impact Water Damage Restoration | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

White plastic plumbing pipes with blue towel tied around piping 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.

Location

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.

Materials

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

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Man with blue overalls and safety mask on in crawl space rolling up plastic drop cloth 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

Increased Humidity

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.

Leaking Roof

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.

Causes of Water Damage in the Mid Atlantic

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

water damage in the mid atlantic

Water damage is a common problem among home owners. It can cause extensive financial loss, and damage to the home, but more importantly, it can force the inhabitants out of the house temporarily, or even permanently.

So how can we prevent water damage from occurring? We are going to cover that, but first, let's take a look at some of the most common causes of water damage in a residence.

The most common cause of water damage we have found is leaking pipes. Unfortunately, many times it is almost impossible to see that a pipe is leaking or malfunctioning because the problem is out of site.

In some cases the pipe will rust over time, or freeze over. In fact, any drastic change in temperature will cause stress on the pipe, and lead to minor damage of the structure.

So how do we prevent this from happening? The most common way is to simply allow the water to trickle out of the tap, even if it’s at a drip, through the night on particularly cold nights. This allows the water to continue to move, and discourage freezing.

Another cause of water damage is accidents. Most people with children know how this goes: action figures dropped in the toilet, kids overflowing the bathtub, anything like that. In this case preventing the water damage is simple enough. Simply being aware of what your child brings into the bathroom with them, and keeping an eye on their baths should help you avoid water damage in these cases.

Another cause of water damage is humidity in the basement, attic, or crawl space. In dark, damp, and humid places – especially in mid atlantic, where it's already humid - this environment allows moisture to drip through the foundation, walls, or roof. If left unattended over a period of time this can lead to damage to the walls ceilings, and floors of these spaces.

It’s tricky to spot the development of water damage in these places because the  damage happens gradually over a long period of time. A simple solution is to apply the use of a dehumidifier once in a while in these areas. That should prevent any significant water damage to them.

There are many other causes of water damage, but these are just some of the most common. As always, if you have a case of water damage in the Northern Virginia area you can contact us at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside for the fastest service in town!