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Common Causes of Water Damage in Bathrooms

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom with air mover drying the floor.  The water supply line corroded on this toilet causing a water loss.

Water damage in your Vero Beach, FL bathroom can happen when you least expect it and for a number of reasons. The most common causes of water damage in your bathroom include:

  • Clogged plumbing
  • Malfunctioning parts
  • Old or corroded plumbing
  • User Error (i.e. forgetting the tub was running)

Regardless of the source, if you find water backing up or flooding into your bathroom, turn off the water supply valve right away. Then, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even though a water loss can be panic inducing, we encourage you to stay calm. Our team of qualified technicians have the expertise and tools to mitigate your loss.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Potential Risks If Water Damage Is Left For Too Long

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Man removing water damaged laminate flooring. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your water restoration needs!

The longer that water sits in your home, the more havoc it will wreak on its structure and your possessions. Here are a few dangers caused by water damage that many homeowners don't notice until it's too late. 

1. Mold: Mold begins growing with in the first 72 hours after a water loss. Mold can render porous items such as furniture, clothing, paper, drywall, unsealed wood, and much more unsalvageable. Mold remediation can be costly and often not completely covered by insurance policies.

  1. Structural Problems: The weight of water is enough to put stress on your home's foundation, flooring, and walls and cause the need for extensive repairs. We're careful to extract as much moisture as possible when restoring homes with water damage. 

    3. Electrical Dangers-Water, wiring, and appliances are never a good combination, and water emergencies often cause major appliances to malfunction or pose electrical hazards. Having your home thoroughly assessed and inspected is the best safety measure to take once water damage has occurred. 

    4. Hazardous Materials-Water damage is often accompanied by dangerous debris, such as contaminated plaster and materials with lead. Our team is well equipped to repair your home in addition to removing any hazards.

If you're facing a water emergency, SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to get your home quickly back to normal.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How Can SERVPRO Help with Moisture Detection?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Woman measuring moisture in drywall Moisture detection devices can pick up moisture that can go unnoticed even by touch.

We have a skilled team of specially trained technicians using advanced moisture detection and water extraction equipment. This allows us to handle any level of water cleanup in your Vero Beach, FL home. With any water intrusion event, the water migrates from saturated areas into dry spaces. Sometimes the migration is visible and other times it can be hard to detect with the naked eye. SERVPRO of Vero Beach utilizes a broad range of equipment that allows us to locate hidden moisture so that we can enhance drying times. Some of the different moisture detection and monitoring devices that we use include:

  • Moisture Sensors: These devices are used to determine the amount of moisture left behind in soft materials, including carpets and the padding beneath.
  • Moisture Meters: These devices, including penetrating moisture meters and non-penetrating moisture meters, find the moisture content in various materials, letting our technicians know when the structure is dry.
  • Thermo-Hygrometers: These devices measure the relative humidity and temperature in the air.

When it comes to finding water damage behind walls and restoring your interior, we are here to help. You can reach our restoration team 24/7 by calling 772-770-0501.  

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preventing Water Damage During Construction

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment set up to dry space between first and second floor. This home experienced a water loss during renovations of the upstairs master bathroom.

Water damage during the construction process is always a possibility. Below are the two main causes of a water loss during construction and how to prevent them:

System Failures: A building is more than its frame and its walls. There are several systems that have to work properly for the building to be functional:

  • Fire protection
  • Electrical
  • Drainage
  • Plumbing

If anything goes wrong in one of these systems, it can cause extensive water damage quickly. One broken pipe, for example, can saturate a whole section of the building, making it necessary to repair damage before construction can continue. To avoid as many problems as possible, partner with system experts to ensure that they are installed properly and run efficiently.


Building Security: The construction process comes with some inherent vulnerabilities. Until the building is completed, parts of it are exposed to the elements, increasing the chances that it could be flooded during a heavy rain. Water restoration experts recommend that you have a drainage plan in place. Tarps are also helpful in keeping water out of an unfinished building.


Avoiding the need for water pipe repair can protect your building while it's under construction. By taking the right precautions, you may be able to avoid water damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The Four Components of Water Damage Assessment

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician taking moisture readings on a jobsite. Our technicians utilize various techniques and equipment to take accurate moisture readings.

Upon arrival to a water loss, our technicians perform an initial assessment to determine the damage done to the property. This reduces the cost of your insurance claim by preventing the unnecessary replacement of repairable damage. You should expect the assessment to consist of these four steps:

  1. Inspection of Damage-The associate assesses how much damage the water has

caused, inspecting the affected areas to determine whether restoration or replacement will be needed. Additionally, the professional will check for any dangers in the area, such as lead, asbestos and unsafe electrical outlets.

  1. Addressing Ongoing Leaks-If there is still water leaking on the property, it is

necessary to identify the source and stop its flow. The associate should check for any sources of contamination of the water as well.

  1. Testing the Water-Pretesting involves classifying the water contamination into one of three categories:
    • White Water – Water with no substantial contaminants
    • Gray Water – Water containing microorganisms, as found in septic water
    • Black Water – Water containing dangerous bacteria or fungi
  2. Preparing the Area for Water Removal- Before moving forward in the restoration process, the area needs to be cleared of any furniture or carpets in the way and subject to water damage. 

Once the inspection has been completed, your property is ready for restoration. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What is a “Flood Cut”?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Hallway with drywall cut out to allow SERVPRO equipment access for drying. The water line determines how far up the drywall will need to be removed in the event a flood cut is necessary.

: A flood cut marks the spot 12 inches above the water damage to tell water damage restoration specialists where to begin when they tear out damaged walls.

Is a Flood Cut Necessary?
While flood cuts are common when businesses have taken on water damage, in certain circumstances, replacing the wall can be avoided. The walls may be salvageable if the following conditions exist:

The water that caused the flooding is clean water.

The walls are not insulated.

There is no sign of mold spreading into the wall.

If all these conditions are met, it is possible that technicians can drill small holes in the wall and use industrial dryers to prevent further damage. If, however, the water in question holds the possibility of contamination, everything it touches must be removed and replaced. As insulation cannot be dried and used effectively after it has been wet, it must be replaced as well.

How Does a Flood Cut Help?
Measuring a whole foot above where the visible damage lies might seem like overkill at first. However, when it comes to flood damage and the potential complications it poses, you will probably agree that it is better to be safe than sorry. To ensure that every inch of your business is protected from mold growth and contamination, restoration professionals remove any drywall and insulation that might have been affected.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Factors Determine the Severity of Smoke Damage During a Fire?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damage in home after fire. Here you can see the concentration of smoke damage towards the top of the wall and ceiling.

There are two main factors that determine the severity of smoke damage during a fire:

The temperature of the smoke: Fire produces heat, and as a result, the air above the fire

becomes hot, expands and becomes lighter. The lighter air moves up, and its place is taken by the denser cold air. The process generates air currents called convection currents, which cause smoke to rise to the top. As the temperature of the air increases, the pressure it exerts against the surfaces increases as well. Meaning, hotter fires produce a hotter smoke that is forced against the surfaces. The smoke particles in such fires can go deeper into the surface pores and cause extensive damage.

The temperature of the surrounding surfaces: Hotter smoke move towards cooler surfaces such as outside walls, closets, and unheated rooms- damaging these areas the heaviest. It can be surprising to see how much smoke residue finds its way into drawers and closets.


A fire incident can be quite a traumatizing experience, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s technicians can use multiple techniques to clean surfaces that are heavily damaged by smoke and soot. 
Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Storm Safety for Your Vero Beach, FL Business

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment laid out in warehouse We are prepared for any size disaster with a warehouse full of drying equipment.

There are measures you can take to prepare your business well before a storm hits. Routine inspections of your building and grounds can help you find and address any potential issues that may lead to leaks and damage during a storm. Keep your property up to code and well-maintained to limit the impacts of severe weather. You should keep landscaping in good order and regularly trim trees that pose a risk to your structures. You can buy surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your electronic devices. An intense rain storm can lead to a power outage, so have an emergency preparedness kit on-site. During inclement weather, it is important to use the safety practices you have developed to keep yourself and your employees safe. You should choose a safe place in your building for team members to gather during a thunderstorm. Pick a place that is away from skylights, windows, and glass doors as these items can be damaged or broken during high winds. As electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines, advise your employees to avoid running water and using landline phones during bad storms.

Recovering from a major storm can be overwhelming. You should contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach if your business has been impacted by a severe rain storm and high winds.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Three Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Vero Beach to Handle a Catastrophic Loss

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Several Franchise Locations
SERVPRO has over 1,700 franchise locations. This means that the closest professionals can arrive on site in four hours or less, which may be faster than other regional mitigation and restoration services. In the event of widespread damage from fires, flooding or storm damage, additional experts and equipment may report from nearby locations to assist in the cleanup and repairs.

National Corporate Support
The support of one of the nation's leading mitigation and restoration companies allows the local franchises to be better trained and equipped than most independent companies. Insurance jobs are only offered to locations that satisfy all the requirements of a 21-point Participation Agreement. This oversight and company-wide services such as the Claims Information Center elevate the standard of service and make SERVPRO the perfect choice in the event of catastrophic loss.

Industry-Leading Standards
This national corporation is also a certified training school for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. Each franchise must employ at least one technician who specializes in a particular area such as storm or fire damage to maintain certification. The IICRC requires technicians to obtain continuing education credits to ensure that professionals keep up with current best practices in the mitigation and restoration field. This means that the work performed by these employees will be up to the highest standards in the industry.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Timeline of Water Damage Progression

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

  • Hour 0-1:
    • 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 carpet
    • 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
  • After 1 week
    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants can pose serious risk to occupants

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501