A pipe in the ceiling ruptured, flooding out clubhouse.
Water is not a benign substance when it fills up spaces. Many building materials begin a devastating deterioration cycle after a soaking. Wood swells, absorbing the water and becoming distorted in shape. Metal rusts and pressed wood and paper products, commonly used as walls, ceilings, and trim, literally dissolve. As the structure of the building materials changes, they weaken and become unable to performs the jobs expected of them. Supporting walls bend, walls crumble, and flooring sags, warps, and buckles.
SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in the skill sets needed to remove all traces of excess water to restore the strength and integrity of waterlogged building materials. We start with a straightforward process -- pumping and extracting the standing water out of all the spaces in your business. Our pumps work even underwater, and high-efficiency extractors pull water out of carpeting, corners, and hidden recesses.
Expect our work crews to monitor moisture levels and use advanced scanning technology to locate water hiding behind walls and in the cells of cinder block foundations. All water must evacuate, or your home is at risk of secondary damage. Once the standing and trapped water is removed, we move on to drying residual moisture out of the structure and contents of the business. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers positioned throughout the flooded area continue to reduce moisture levels until the targets determined by our technicians are met.
SERVPRO VERO BEACH was called out to an emergency water call at a clubhouse in a commercial building. The picture shows the cause of the loss. Within two hours, the place was drying and the surrounding buildings did not even know an emergency had occurred.
Understanding Water Types
Water from outside entered the restaurant leaving contaminates along the way.
When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.
There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.
Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings, are objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from Contaminated Water
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure, air flow could spread contaminants.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.SERVPRO’s network of more than 1,700 Franchises is ready to help in the event a fire, water, or mold loss occurs
- Call on a restoration system serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as thousands of commercial property owners in North America. Don’t leave your property to chance.
Holiday And Winter Hazards
This house fire literally melted the outside of the home.
The holiday and winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In a effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative hear sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fire.
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid friendly zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
SERVPRO VERO BEACH wishes you all a very Happy Winter and SAFE Holiday
Safety Tips Offered By The American Red Cross
Overloaded Circuit Beaker Caught Fire
Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.
The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.
- Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
- Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always unplug the tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
- Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
SERVPRO VERO BEACH wishing you all a SAFE and prosperous New Year.
Quick Acting Technicians Can Find Mold Growth Efficiently
Mold that had grown in a home that was boarded up tight.
A busy lifestyle distracts you from subtle signs that mold may be taking hold in one or more areas of your home. You may first notice a darkening of the wood under a cabinet or a musty smell in the bathroom. Small leaks add up to a growing problem. Eventually contacting a mold remediation company is your next step.
When you see pictures in the media of mold colonies, they cover whole walls and hang down from ceilings. Typically the storyline concerns the aftermath of a major flooding event or a post-storm scenario. The more common manifestation of mold problems may not be so dramatic, but the concerns you have are just as real. We handle mold abatement whether it involves large area or one or multiple smaller spaces you desire professional assistance to solve.
Although a homeowner might attempt to eliminate mold growth with do-it-yourself strategies, there are many ways successful mold remediation is out of the reach of all but professionals. SERVPRO technicians spend hours learning about the lifecycle of molds and the challenges posed when remediating outbreaks. They practice careful containment and thorough removal, all the while pondering the source of the moisture that fueled the initial growth, and how to eliminate it.
First, our crews suit up in personal protective gear to ensure that no moldy debris irritates skin or interferes with breathing. Then they use proven methods to contain the moldy areas with plastic sheeting or an efficient high-tech negative pressure air scrubber. This type of equipment and setup makes the remediation proceed much faster and more safely, but is costly and difficult to replicate with supplies from the local hardware store.
Next SERVPRO technicians determine whether the mold can be cleaned off the surface without leaving a residue. Training and experience help us identify mold that has infiltrated a surface with a root-like system called hyphae, indicating it must be removed as well.
We then apply a professional antimicrobial matched to destroy further growth. A homeowner might try a bleach mixture without realizing it does not penetrate far enough, and be fooled temporarily into believing it worked because it lightens the stain. Bleach is more than 90 percent water, more so when diluted, and can feed the mold it is supposed to kill making home remedies ineffective or counterproductive.
The key to a successful SERVPRO remediation is to eliminate the moisture that activated the mold spores. Our workers have vast experience in finding and stemming water incursions. Mold has a tough time regenerating if wetness dries completely.
Call SERVPRO VERO BEACH today for any concerns you may have TODAY. (772)770-0501.
Does Your House Have A Mold Problem?
Mold growing on the bottom of a shoe in a closet.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we at SERVPRO VERO BEACH can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. (772)770-0501.
Heavy rains during a relentless rain storm.
Sometimes it doesn't take a Hurricane to cause significant damage to your home. Sometimes it can be afternoon rain storm. Unprecedented rains earlier this year prove that no place is immune to the power of flood damage after a severe storm.
Homeowners must prepare for the damage flooding does as weather patterns continue to change and storms intensify. Our crews are trained in advanced water restoration techniques, and our equipment is second to none.
After unusually heavy rains the ground around your home saturates, and flood damage occurs in your home. Although the rainwater itself is fairly clean, storm sewers in the area are unable to handle the runoff, and you risk sewage backup as part of the flooding. Anytime large amounts of water, clean or contaminated, invade your home we respond quickly with powerful tools and the know-how of a company that values up to date training in industry best practices for all our workers.
The water that seeps into your lower level may carry landscaping chemicals into your home. Adding to the toxic mix is human and animal waste from the sewer back up. The substances in the flood waters can be infectious and offer a rich growth medium for unwanted microbial activity. SERVPRO’s truck-mounted pumps and extractors collect the contaminated water for disposal according to local regulations. Our staff takes baseline moisture measurements after extraction to locate hidden pockets of water and to help set drying goals.
Next time a storm rolls in call us at SERVPRO VERO BEACH. We will help you out quickly. (772)770-0501
A satellite image of Hurricane Irma.
- Let friends and family know you’re safe - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
- If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
- Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.
Caring For Yourself & Loved Ones
- Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by following these tips.
- Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
- Help all people—infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
Returning Home Safely
- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to the power company.
- Follow these tips for inspecting your home after a hurricane.
- Take pictures of home damage, both of the buildings and its contents, for insurance purposes.
Cleaning Your Home
- Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
- Learn more about how to clean up after a hurricane, including the supplies you’ll need, how to deal with contaminated food and water, and how to repair water damage.
- Don’t just repair your home, build in hurricane-resistant features to help protect against future storms:
- Secure double entry doors at the top and bottom.
- Strengthen garage doors to improve wind resistance, particularly double-wide garage doors.
- Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace any damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice.
- If your home has been significantly damaged and will require rebuilding parts or all of it, consider building a safe room.
Ask a Professional to
- Ensure roof sheathing is properly installed.
- Ensure end gables are securely fastened to the rest of the roof.
- Fasten the roof to the walls with hurricane straps.
- Elevate your home if it’s near the coast and subject to flooding from storm surge.
Do not ever hesitate after a storm. Call us at SERVPRO VERO BEACH
From Fire To Water Damage
Water pouring from ceiling.
In some fires, the damages caused by the flames turn out to be the least of our customer's concerns. Fires can also trigger damage to residential and commercial properties in ways many would not expect, water damage. This could be a result of the efforts to put out the fire or from the heat itself. Fire can melt and break metal faucets and plumbing due to its extreme temperature, causing profuse leaks and ruptures wherever it crosses a water fixture. Although these do not often release enormous amounts of water, they can cause considerable damage to floors and walls in the surrounding areas. Even though both forms of damage are just as important; the water mitigation needs to be addressed immediately to prevent secondary damage to the structure.
When A Water Leak Occurs: What YOU Can Do Until We Get There
A water heater leaked causing damage in a home over night.
If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.
Shut off the source of the water.
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.
Remove as much excess water as possible 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