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Archived Water Damage Blog Posts

Fridge Line Leak Behind Fridge

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fridge Line Leak Behind Fridge Line leak behind fridge.

The homeowners were not immediately aware that their fridge line was faulty until enough water accumulated and began to show.  They did the right thing calling us, SERVPRO of Vero Beach.  They said their neighbor happened to be over and recommend calling us.  Thank you neighbor!  Each SERVPRO is individually owned and operated, but each ones strives to give each job their best.  Some wood and drywall needed replaced in this job and the rest was an easy dry-out.  The fridge line was replaced and the homeowners were pleased with the work performed.  They said if the time arises, they too would recommend SERVPRO to someone in need.  We thank all of our referrals.  Word of mouth is an amazing tool in a small town like Vero Beach.

In Between Tenants

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage In Between Tenants Standing water in this flooded home.

In this beautiful home that is located in a development had flooding due to a faulty water heater in the laundry room. The home was currently empty and in between tenants.  By the time the damage was known the main level was flooded.  When the crew first arrived, they discovered there was standing water throughout the structure, the wooden trim, drywall and hardwood floors had been damaged. The crew proceeded to extract the water from the structure, remove baseboards and hardwood flooring. The crew then placed 30 air movers and 4 dehumidifiers to begin the drying process.  There ended up being an amazing phenomenon where the water beaded on every surface including the ceiling, walls, blinds, and windows.  If this ever happens to you, call us at (772)770-0501.

Negligent Neighbors

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Negligent Neighbors Ceiling collapses after upstairs leak.

A home owner thought she was doing her due diligence when she hired a friend to check on her home once a week while she was away.  Unfortunately, the neighbors who live above her where not so thoughtful.  They left town and did not turn their water off.  When the home owners friend came to do the weekly check, he was shocked when he opened the front door and water gushed out.   Water had poured from the water heater upstairs, following gravity and flooding the poor ladies home beneath.  The ceiling collapsed and every room except the kitchen ended up ruined.  The home owner had just redecorated the home six months prior and was devastated.  We were able to get her house fixed up quickly and she was so pleased that she even went and bought herself a gold toilet.

Why Use A Professional To Remove Water From Your Vero Beach home?

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Use A Professional To Remove Water From Your Vero Beach home? Water pipes can cause some serious damage and quickly.

f you are dealing with the serious after effects of water damage in your home, you may be wondering if your home is worth saving. Keep your chin up. Water damage can wreak serious havoc on a building and render it unsafe for human habitation in a very short period. Whether the damage is due to flooding, sewage system malfunction, a burst frozen water pipe, or a badly behaving appliance, the result is the same: a mess that needs cleaning in a hurry before damages multiply and mold growth takes over and affects the integrity of the building.

Once the damage has occurred, the fastest way to remove excess water is to rely upon the services of a local restoration company like SERVPRO that can get to the site quickly and begin a fast water extraction program. We have industrial grade pumps, wet-vacs, and even mops and buckets to remove the bulk of the standing water.

The sooner you get your emergency taken care of, the better. Every hour that goes by is an hour during which your family is potentially out of their home SERVPRO can help mitigate the losses and get you back into a safe home environment.

OK, We Show Up, Then What?

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage OK, We Show Up, Then What? Flooded bathroom in Vero Beach

Once you contact us, we can begin a full program of property restoration.

First, an immediate inspection and assessment of the damage and adjacent areas and then an estimate of the costs involved recovery are given to you. If you agree to the service, the professionals will then extract all of the remaining water in the building, checking especially for voids where water can go without being detected in most cleanup efforts. Our trained staff can make sure the building is completely dry.  The use of moisture meters, infrared cameras and hygrometers enhance our ability to guarantee dryness.

When all of the excess water and any mold growth is removed from the building, our technicians will then take care of secondary concerns, such as removing any nasty stains or blemishes left over from the accident. Our  professionals will clean and restore any furniture or other implements that water has damaged. A full check will be performed to make sure your building has not sustained any structural damage.

Tips For Water Damage

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips For Water Damage Broken toilet caused water damage in this Vero Beach home.

Water damage can be a headache for any homeowner, particularly when it involves a pipe burst with considerable water damage. If a flood doesn’t completely destroy the structural integrity of your home, it can cause near-irreparable damage to its interior. That is why residents of Vero Beach are keeping these important steps in mind when dealing with flooding from a pipe burst:

1. Don’t Wait Too Long
Water damage should be accessed immediately after it occurs. The longer you wait to call for help, the more damage your house could become exposed to mold and other harmful elements. 

2. Get an Expert Opinion
Make sure you have your home inspected by water damage restoration professionals who will make a full assessment of the damage at hand. 

3. Pack It Up
As hard as it may be, it is essential that you leave your home and salvage any belongings that have survived the initial flood. Vacating the property fully is the only guarantee of safety during water removal. 

4. Dry It Out 
In the aftermath of a flood, the affected area will be incredibly wet. Water damage restoration specialists will use dehumidifiers to restore a normal level of humidify and remove any excess moisture from your soaked space. 

5. Clean Up
It’s often not enough to just dry out your home. Wet items exposed to mold will likely smell for a long time after a flood.

6. Final Repairs
Once your home has been cleaned and de-humidified, it is time to assess whether you need any structural repairs. Are your walls and hardwood floors completely warped beyond salvaging? If so, you should have these replaced immediately. 

Peace of Mind

It is always a good idea to air on the side of caution and be prepared for any damage to your water line. A pipe burst is not a regular occurrence but when it does happen, you can remain calm because you will know exactly how to react. 

Call us today with any questions or concerns (772)770-0501.

The Rising Waters: Toilet Overflow and What To Do About It

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Rising Waters: Toilet Overflow and What To Do About It A Toilet Overflowed In This Vero Beach Home Causing The Baseboards To Pull Away From The Wall.

Sewer damage in Vero Beach, FL  can be incredibly problematic, and quickly getting the situation under control is often imperative. You should know what can cause a flooded toilet and what you should do after it occurs to quickly clean up and restore your home to its natural state.


Understanding Why Toilet Overflow Occurs

Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon issue in homes. However, when you know what the potential causes are, it puts you in a position to take better preventative measures. The following may cause toilet overflow in your home:

• A drain line becomes clogged.
• The septic field is not percolating.
• Sewer damage occurs somewhere in the system’s lines due to issues such as tree roots or foreign objects causing a clog.
• A low flow toilet is not able to handle the demands of your household.
• The trap between the drain line and the toilet bowl becomes blocked.


Make sure that you are taking steps to prevent this problem from recurring. Be mindful of how much toilet paper you are using, never flush feminine hygiene products and make sure that small objects do not accidentally get into your toilet and flushed down.

With this information about toilet overflow, you can be better prepared to deal with this type of situation. Should you experience sewer damage, it is generally a good idea to reach out to a sewage company to ensure that the restoration process is done safely and correctly.

Water Can Not Hide From Infrared Cameras

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Can Not Hide From Infrared Cameras The Thermal Imaging Captures Water In The Ceiling

Finding watercan sometimes be difficult. Water often travels the path of least resistance, which means water coming in from a roof leak might enter your ceiling and travel to the lowest point often pooling or leaking down into a light fixture in the middle of the room.

Using an infrared camera to identify the source of the water damage can help SERVPRO restore your home.  Thermal imaging can detect damp spots in floors, ceilings, and walls.  Using the Infrared camera has helped us determine hidden water damage in a ceiling. The rainbow-colored images can help our Technician spot moisture in the ceiling. Our technicians use the IR camera to detect the moisture before physical damage or mold is evident. Using moisture meters along with the IR camera can confirm the presence of water.

If you have experienced a water damage due to a pipe leak, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach.

What's the Difference?

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What's the Difference? A flooded house in Vero Beach.

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.
  • Information from http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

From Fire To Water Damage

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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
 

Rain Rain Go Away

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rain Rain Go Away Rain, Rain and More Rain

Here at SERVPRO Vero Beach, we have been inundated with frantic calls as rain has been pouring steadily for the past few days.  Some homes have still not been able to be fixed from the damage sustained from Hurricane Irma and have left them vulnerable to the incessant rain.  We have gotten calls about rain seeping into windows popping the wallpaper, through cracks in the roofs, and even pouring in through the front door!  If you can financially afford to, we highly recommend doing home repairs ASAP so you can avoid further damage. Just keep in mind, if it leaks a little with a little rain, it most likely will leak a lot with a lot of rain. Once the rain ceases, do not let areas of your home remain wet.  If you aren't sure if it is wet or not, call us: better to be safe

Restoring Your Fort Pierce Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Fort Pierce Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Event Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Fort Pierce commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Vero Beach

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Indian River County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Indian River County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service This Indian River County home flooded after a water supply-line break

Water Damage at any time, is always a unforeseen and stressful business. You need a expert to guide you through this crisis.There are a number of reasons why your Indian River County home might experience water damage.

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to leak into 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 Water Damage?

Call Today - SERVPRO of Vero Beach                772-770-0501

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can increase the severity of the damage to your home. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded home can be a very stressful, confusing and a vulnerable situation. It is worth making a call to SERVPRO of Vero Beach 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 Water Damage 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

Water Damaged Home? Call Us Today-We're Ready To Help SERVPRO Vero Beach       772-770-0501

Faster to your Vero Beach Water Damage Event

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Vero Beach Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Indian River County

Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Vero Beach 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 Vero Beach 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 SERVPRO of Vero Beach 772 770-0501

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 Vero Beach

SERVPRO of Vero Beach 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.

Vero Beach 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Vero Beach 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Vero Beach and surrounding cities.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach 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 - (772)770-0501

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 Vero Beach 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 Vero Beach

SERVPRO of Vero Beach 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.