Recent Water Damage Posts

Lake in Your Laundry Room?

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water covering tile Our team responded to a large-scale water loss caused by a burst pipe.

Air conditioners break, pipes leak, and plumbing backs up, but what can we do about it? As property owners it is important to have your home and appliances maintained properly and frequently. Despite the inconvenience that maintenance might seem like, water damage is much, much worse. 

Common Issues

Recently we have been seeing a lot water damage caused by air handlers. In many cases, the air handlers leak for an extended period of time and eventually cause the ceiling to cave in. In cases like these, not only do you have water damage, but also a mess of wet insulation and drywall. As the summer heat continues, we all work our air conditioners a little harder than they're used to which can lead to malfunction and overfilling of the AC drip pan. Have your HVAC system checked and air ducts cleaned to prevent this cause of loss. 

Over time even the best plumbing can fail, whether it just be regular wear and tear or a random break. Many homeowners have made the switch over to PEX piping due to its durability and temperature resilience. Another common cause of water loss is a leaking water heater. It is recommended that water heaters are serviced annually to take care of buildup and issues before they can cause damage. 

If your home or business is affected by water damage, our highly trained team is here to help 24/7, 365 days a year. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Summer Struggles: Water Damage

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

bear riding a surf board in a servpro shirt If you have water damage, give us a call and we’ll surf on over!

We love the summer here in Vero Beach, but more importantly, we love helping our community. See our tips below and as well as things to look out for this summer to prevent water damage in your home or business. 

Air Conditioners

Lately, we’ve been seeing an increased amount of water damage due to HVAC systems. As temperatures skyrocket, we crank up the air conditioning to try to cool down, but this could lead to your HVAC system having a meltdown. With the increased stress on the systems, there can be leaks or other issues with your AC handler that lead to water damage if you’re not careful. Check on your HVAC system periodically and have it serviced when necessary. It’s recommended that you have your HVAC system serviced annually as well as cleaned every three to five years.

Weather Damage

We’re in Hurricane Season and scientists believe this will be an eventful season. Even without the hurricanes, Florida summers bring about afternoon storms and heavy rainfall that can lead to water intrusions in your home or business. If your property is affected by a water intrusion, our team is well prepared and happy to help.

Vacationing

Summer vacation is one of the best times of the year, but sunburn isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. As you travel and leave your property unattended, it is vulnerable to water damage. It is important to turn off your water and have someone who can check on the property for longer stays away. As great as waterparks are, you wouldn’t want one in your living room!

Increased Use

You might be prepared for your kids to be home for the summer, but are your pipes? Over time your pipes and the connections can degrade, and increased usage can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Be vigilant and have your plumbing checked every two years as is recommended by professionals. If you suspect you have a leak, call your plumber to prevent a large-scale water loss.

Here at SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we’re all so happy it's summertime, but we want to make sure you have a safe one. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Types of Water Damage Covered by Home Owner’s Insurance

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

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According to Nationwide Insurance, the general rule of thumb most insurance companies use when determining water damage coverage is if a water loss occurs suddenly and/or accidentally from inside your home the damage will be covered. If the loss arises from water outside the home it will likely not be covered by your water damage policy. If you carry a flood policy it may cover water intrusions from outside sources. Some examples of inside causes of loss include septic tanks, appliance overflows, faulty plumbing parts, burst pipes, water damage from extinguishing fires, and more.

If you experience a water loss in your Vero Beach, FL home our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your restoration needs. Just call our office at 772-770-0501 and our team of highly trained professionals will help you through every step of the process. Let us help make it “Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Lawn Irrigation System Maintenance to Prevent Water Damage to Your Indian River County Property

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Image of clogged sprinkler head being maintenance Regular sprinkler maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Lawn irrigation systems are a common source of water damage to Indian River County properties. This is because most people don’t perform regular checks and maintenance of their systems. Following the simple maintenance tips for your irrigation system can help reduce water damage to your property.

  • Check that sprinkler heads are positioned to only spray the lawn and that they are not spraying areas they shouldn’t, such as your sidewalks, driveway, or the side of your house.
  • Run a test to make sure that all sprinkler heads pop up when the water turns on and fully retract when the water is turned off.
  • Make sure that sprinkler heads are not being blocked by tall grass, overgrown plants, or other obstacles.
  • Occasionally sprinkler heads can settle requiring that you raise them to the proper height again
  • Check that nozzle is not clogged. If they are clean or replaced immediately.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Do Moisture Meters Do?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

An image showing a pin-less vs pin-type moisture meter. The top meter in this image is an expamle of a pin-less moisture meter. The bottom meter is an example of a pin-type moisture meter.

Moisture meters are a staple tool in the remediation industry. It is used to detect moisture in all types of materials. Moisture meters fall into three categories: pin-type, pin-less, and all-in-one.

Depending on what type of meter is being used the moisture content is displayed in either analog or digital readings. Moisture content is always displayed in percentages (%MC). If a moisture meter is calibrated for wood the scale typically ranges from 5%MC-40%MC. If it is calibrated for other materials the scale typically ranges from 0%MC-100%MC. Some meters offer a third scale for reading gypsum. Moisture meters calibrated for reading gypsum are recommended for use on sheetrock and the scale ranges from 0.2%MC to 50%MC.  

Detecting the moisture levels in your water-damaged property is one of the first steps in the remediation process. It is also something our technicians monitor daily until the materials have completely dried out.

If you have experienced water damage on your property. Call our office immediately at 772-770-0501. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Ten Facts About Commercial Water Damage

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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  1. A water leak will create over 3,000 gallons per year at the rate of one drop per second.
  2. In 2019, the average cost of loss for commercial water damage was $89,000.
  3. A toilet leak can produce an average of 3 to 5 gallons of water per minute.
  4. More than half of all commercial insurance claims list water damage as the cause of loss.
  5. About 75% of the money paid out by insurance companies is for water damage claims.
  6. Water damage costs on average 3 times more than a non-water damage-related claim.  
  7. The main cause of water loss in commercial properties is toilets.
  8. There is an average of 300 leaks that lead to water damage a day in US commercial buildings.
  9. Insurance companies sometimes offer a discount to policyholders for installing a water leak detection system.
  10. Water leaks create over $10,000,000,000 of damage annually.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Salvaging Water Damaged Carpet in Vero Beach, FL

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

A close up shot of delaminated carpet Here is a close up shot of delaminated carpet.

Carpet is a popular flooring option for both residential and commercial properties because of its affordability and comfort. However, when a water disaster strikes carpet could become irreparably damaged if extraction and drying solutions are not begun quickly. Examples of irreparable damage to carpet include:

Delamination - is a term for the layers of backing material separating from one another after prolonged water exposure.

Mold damage – When spotting or other signs indicate mold growth has started, this can render this material unsalvageable. We can discard and replace it as needed.

Deterioration – Bad seams and other signs of wear or degradation can also indicate that water damage has compromised the flooring.

One of the most efficient ways to salvage water-damaged carpets after extraction is to use a drying technique called “floating”. The carpets are protected by detaching the top layer from its tack strip, so stretching does not occur. We can then direct warm air beneath the fabric to help dry it. If you have experienced a water loss in your Indian River County property call our office 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

Signs that Your Shower May Be Leaking in Your Ft. Pierce, FL Home

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling and wall This is an example of how water can damage the ceiling and dry wall

Water damage can be costly to homeowners and often creeps up when least expected. The general rule of thumb is the longer water damage is left to sit the costlier and more invasive the restoration process will be due to secondary damage. This is why we always stress the importance of a swift response to water damage. While some water damage is obvious, often leaks can go undetected. One of the most common hidden leaks in a home is a shower leak. Here are 5 signs that could indicate you may have a hidden shower leak in your Indian River home:

  • Musty or earthy smells
  • Damaged and/or stained flooring
  • Damaged and/or stained walls
  • Mildew or mold growth
  • Damaged or stained ceiling below the bathroom

If you notice any of these signs call SERVPRO of Vero Beach immediately to have your home inspected by one of our certified water damage technicians. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your water, fire, and mold damage needs.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Damage in Your Vero Beach, FL Property

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

Carpet of a home completely saturated with water. This saturated carpet is a very good example of primary damage from water loss.

Our content emphasizes the importance of taking swift action after water damage has occurred to your Indian River County property to help avoid “secondary damage”. In this post, we would like to take the time to give a clear understanding of the difference between “primary” and “secondary” damage.

Primary damage is just as the term insinuates. It is the most immediate damage that occurs during a water loss. It is usually the most visible and detectable to our moisture measuring equipment. Some examples of primary water damage include buckling floors, saturated carpet/pad, drywall damage, and more.

Secondary damage is the damage that occurs after the water loss. It is usually the long-term effect of not mitigating the primary damage promptly. It is typically less obvious than primary damage. Some examples of secondary damage include damage to rooms adjacent to the loss site from water migration and mold.

The key to reducing the risk of secondary damage is to mitigate the primary damage as quickly as possible. That is why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year- making us “Faster to Any Size Disaster”!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Tips to Minimize Water Damage from a Damaged Pipe in your Vero Beach, FL Home

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing on drywall of A/C closet Mold growing on the drywall of this A/C closet is how the owner of this home found out there was a slow leak in one of the unit's pipes.

If you are facing damage to your property from a burst pipe, you may be feeling lost and anxious. Below are four steps you can take to protect your property and valuables from the burst.

Turn Off Water Sources
Turn off all water sources at or near any affected areas as soon as possible. Doing this will help prevent a larger flooding issue and reduce the risk for mold growth.

Fix the Broken Pipe or Pipes
Call a licensed and insured professional to preform any necessary repairs. Doing this as quickly as possible will help keep damage to a minimum.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach
We are available 24/7 for all your water remediation needs. Our team of highly trained technicians will walk you through their restoration plan after they have surveyed the damage.

Keep Records
If you have an insurance policy on your property, keep track of all damage and repairs that occur. Talk to your agent if you have specific questions about your coverage.

SERVPRO OF VERO BEACH

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Tips For Preventing Water Damage Before A Vacation

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

Living room carpet completely saturated with water Don't let water damage stress you out. We are here to help!

With winter coming to an end and spring just around the corner, vacation season is about to begin. Make sure your house is vacation-ready with these 5 tips for preventing water damage.

1. Check for Leaks
Inspect sinks, toilet tanks, and water heaters for any damage. Examine appliance hoses and basement pipes carefully for cracks and corrosion. A broken pipe that is left for a long time can lead to issues like mold.

2. Prepare the Outside of Your Home
Check your roof for missing shingles. Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent any blocking and water build-up. Small window and door leaks can become big problems, so check to make sure they are airtight. Finally, turn off outside spigots and insulate them and any other exposed piping to prevent freezing.

3. Cut Water Off at the Source
Turn the water main off to your home if no one is going to be there. Afterward, turn on all of the sinks and spigots to drain the remaining water. This is one of the best ways to avoid having to call a water pipe repair expert. 

4. Leave Your HVAC System On
While you can adjust the temperature, don’t turn your ventilation system completely off. It keeps the air in your home moving and stops condensation from building up, which can cause mold in hotter months and pipes to freeze in the cold.

5. Ask Someone to Check In
It is always good to have someone you trust to stop by periodically. Leave the number of a local water damage remediation company, like SERVPRO of Vero Beach, for them to call if there is an emergency. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Trust SERVPRO of Vero Beach With Your Belongings

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach product and equipments warehouse We have the tools and products to get the job done!

When your home is impacted by a water damage, it is often the loss of your personal belongings that is the most devastating. Clothing, furniture, photo albums and other keepsakes are the items that often can't be replaced and are the most important to your family. The restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Vero Beach are trained in the most up-to-date cleaning methods to restore these precious items that make your house a home. 

Our technicians utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

We always pre-test surfaces to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method for each item. Our "restore" versus "replace" mentality means our priority is to preserve your precious belongings and keep your costs low. 

If you have experienced a water damage in your home, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501 today. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Categories of Water Damage

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Two men getting ready to pump out water from a flooded building Our crew can be seen here getting ready to pump out Category 3 water from a flooded building.

Restoration professionals classify water damage into three categories. The category corresponds to the degree of contamination. Category One water damage has the least contamination and requires the simplest cleanup process, even though damage from a pipe break can be extensive. Areas exposed to contaminated water must be disinfected.

Category One

Category One water is not contaminated. This water originates from a supply line and has several distinctive qualities:

  • Clean
  • Treated
  • May burst or spray

This category of water damage may involve large amounts of clean water. It is important to shut off the water supply and contact a plumber as soon as possible. Gather water and take immediate action to remove all standing water, as Category One water can degrade into contaminated water in as little as 48 hours.

Category Two

Category Two water is sometimes referred to as gray water. This category includes water from appliances, baths, or showers. This water may contain chemicals or microbes, but does not contain solid waste. It is still necessary to disinfect areas exposed to Category Two water.

Category Three

Category Three water is also known as black water. This water is highly contaminated and either contains solid waste or originates from outdoor flooding. There are a few common causes of incidents involving this category of water:

  • Sewer backups
  • Flooded toilets
  • Heavy rain
  • Rising bodies of water

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How a Quick Response Can Save Indian River County Homeowners Money

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach techs lined up for a group photo Our technicians are highly trained and available 24/7 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

There are many ways that choosing professional water restoration can be more cost-effective for recovering damaged homes and businesses than do-it-yourself approaches. Often, the difference comes down to the complete and thorough services provided.

One of the first ways water restoration companies in Vero Beach differ from do-it-yourself options is the fast response to the emergency. We embody the statement that “We're Faster to Any Size Disaster” and can show that with our quick response to your damaged home after burst pipes or ceiling leaks.

Our professionals' first steps when we reach your damaged home can be critical to reducing restoration costs and time. A range of equipment and years of experience improve the efficiency of actions like:

  • Water Removal – Mitigation often hinges on the efficiency and efficacy of water removal services. Extraction of surface water uses several powerful tools in our recovery inventory. 
  • Controlled Demolition – Our professionals can provide multiple repair and reconstruction services for damaged homes after water emergencies with a general contractor license. 
  • Debris/Muck-Out Cleaning – Water and flood damage can leave debris and harmful solids throughout the property that must get quickly gathered and discarded.

Relocating or cleaning contents is another way professional restoration is beneficial. Our technicians provide care and consideration for your valued possessions while we restore these items and the rest of the property.

Our restoration technicians' fast response and experience can often save customers money when cleaning or drying their property after a damaging incident. Our SERVPRO of Vero Beach team is ready to help 24/7 at 7782-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Does a Water Loss Mean for Your Hardwood Floors?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO technicians tearing out water damaged wood flooring Our technicians are removing this wood flooring due to irreparable water damage.

An unfortunate fact of hardwood flooring is that, once water damaged, it will quickly swell and buckle-leaving the floor lifted and uneven. Several factors determine whether water-damaged hardwood floors may be salvageable in a way that makes financial sense. Two of the most influential factors impacting its ability to recover are the severity and duration of water exposure.

For the best chance of restoring a hardwood floor after water damage, here are some contributing factors:

  • The rapid removal of pooling water before it is absorbed is critical. This can be done by water damage professionals with wet/dry vacuums and powerful water extractors.
  • Wood floors affected by water should be thoroughly scrubbed and sanitized before air-drying to mitigate the potential for mold contamination.
  • Industrial dehumidifiers must be kept running 24 hours a day to reduce moisture content. High-volume air movers are also utilized to continuously circulate air and expedite drying.
  • Moisture content reading of the wood must be taken at regular intervals to determine when the optimum moisture percentage is achieved.

We understand that flooding often comes quickly and unexpectedly, thereby causing extensive damage. That is why we are equipped and capable of offering mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction services for hardwood flooring with minimal to extensive damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Can you let the insulation dry without taking the damaged product out?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Wet insulation with mold colonies This is a perfect example of how mold can grow if wet insulation is not removed and replaced in a timely manner.

The short answer is, no. It is important to keep in mind is that insulation is made out of a fluffy material that compacts when it becomes wet. This causes it to lose its R-Value making it less effective in keeping your property insulated. The wet insulation and surrounding wood structures coupled with surrounding dark, warm environment create the perfect habitat for mold growth. This is why it is best to completely replace insulation affected by water damage.

If your home or business is faced with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when you need us the most. Our team, and our trained technicians, will be there promptly.  We will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Finding Hidden Leaks in Your Vero Beach, FL Home

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Section of dry wall removed to expose leaking plumbing Our technicians were able to find the source of moisture in this home with the help of moisture reading tools.

Unresolved water damage in your Vero Beach home poses a risk of secondary harm to the building materials and creates the need for mold remediation. SERVPRO of Vero Beach seeks trapped moisture in areas such as:

  • Collecting under cabinetry due to burst pipes or worn dishwasher hoses
  • Pooling over a ceiling or behind a wall after leaking roofs or faulty plumbing lets water run down rafters

Specialized tools pinpoint the source of water damage to help our technicians focus and strategize an efficient water remediation plan:

  • Moisture Sensors -- affirm water is present
  • Moisture meters -- generate data on moisture levels
  • Thermo-hygrometers -- measure temperature and relative humidity to monitor drying efforts
  • Thermal imaging -- detect cached water for removal behind structures

Contact the well-trained and equipped team at SERVPRO of Vero Beach for all your water restoration needs. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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

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

SERVPRO of Vero Beach Specializes in Water Remediation and Restoration.

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water saturated carpet with foot prints Water saturated carpets need to be thoroughly extracted and dried to avoid mold growth and musty smells.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in water damage caused by a variety of sources. A home or business can flood at any time due to the following events:  

  • 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
  • Hot-water tank failure
  • Dishwasher leak
  • Air Conditioning system overflow
  • Refrigerator water supply line leak
  • Washing machine supply line leak
  • And many more

If the property is not remediated and dried out quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and eventually cause severe damage to your property’s structure. Our team of trained professionals will handle your water damaged property safely and correctly. Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach today at 772-770-0501, if you have questions about water damage or flooding in your home or business. We’re ready to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preventing Water Damage to Your Vero Beach, FL Property When on Vacation

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Bedroom with large amounts of mold growing on the walls. Did you know it only takes 72-hours for mold to begin growing after a water loss? This is why it is important to take swift action after you discover

Many states and countries are beginning to reopen their doors to tourism for the first time in over a year, just in time for summer vacation! SERVPRO of Vero Beach would like to give you some helpful tips to reduce the likelihood of water damage to your home while you are away.

  • Check for Leaks- Check pipes under sinks, your water heater, or anything resembling rust, cracks, or other damage. It’s important to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home as well. If you find any leakage, be sure to fix it prior to your departure.
  • Inspect Appliances- Your dishwasher, washer/dryer, and refrigerator are all connected to your home by hoses. If these hoses are damaged in any way, they can cause major water damage to your home. Inspect your appliances and, if needed, replace hoses before leaving.
  • Clean Your Gutters- Removing leaves and other debris from your gutters is an easy way to prevent backups due to improper drainage.
  • Turn Off the Water- Turn off the water main and make sure the pipes are completely drained. Simply run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water.
  • Have Someone Check on Your Home- If possible, ask a friend, neighbor, or family member to keep an eye on your property and notify you immediately if something goes wrong.

We hope, by following these tips, you can enjoy your vacation with the peace of mind knowing you have reduced the chances of a water loss occurring while you are away. Always remember, SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all you water remediation needs.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The Best way to Minimize Water Damage to Your Home

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling with water stains from a water loss on the second floor. Here you can see how water can migrate even between the beams that support the second story.

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home, in a very short period of time. Regardless of what may have caused of loss, the result is the same-a mess that needs cleaning in a hurry before damages multiply and mold growth takes over. In some cases, you may even wonder if your home will ever be the same again. The comforting news is yes, your home can be restored!

Once a loss has occurred, relying on the services of a local restoration company like SERVPRO of Vero Beach, is the best way to minimize the amount of damage to your home. We will get to your property quickly and begin a fast water extraction program. We have industrial grade pumps and extractors to remove the bulk of the standing water. Our technicians also utilize top of the line equipment to restore your home to a dry state.

The sooner you get your emergency taken care of, the better. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help mitigate losses and get you back into a safe home environment.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What To Do If You Encounter Black Water

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Infographic with 3 columns explaining the difference between clear, grey, and black water. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help with all your water restoration needs.

There are three levels of contamination our technicians use to classify the type of water loss they are remediating.

  • Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.
  • 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.

When dealing with contaminated water we recommend taking the following steps to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

  • 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 or fans, air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach to ensure all contaminates are properly remediated. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501 

Avoid Water Damage in Your Indian River Property by Maintaining Your Drains

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom after sewage backed up on to the floor Avoid backups by regularly maintaining your drains.

Drains are a significant part of the plumbing system in your Indian River County property.  Consistent usage of sinks, dishwashers, tubs and showers can leads to a build up of dirt, debris, and other materials which may cause clogging of the drains. This can create a bigger problem when blockages obstructs the flow of water and it begins to move in backward motion. Some tips to help avoid this are:

  • Dispose of garbage
  • Do not pour grease and oils down the drain.
  • Add and regularly clean drain screens.
  • Properly maintain and replace draining hardware.

SERVPRO if Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you experience a back-up due to a clogged drain. Just give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Goes into Properly Drying Your Vero Beach, FL Property?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Airmovers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubber set up on display in warehouse. This is just a small piece of the pie when it comes to our drying equipment inventory. We fully equipped to hand any size job.

When water intrudes in your Indian River County home migrating on the flooring, under cabinets, and up/down walls it is time to call in the experts, SERVPRO of Vero Beach. Extracting as much water as possible is crucial because it sets us up to dry the space efficiently. Our water damage restoration technicians use a variety of tools to extract water, such as submersible pumps, ride one rovers, and light wands. There are certain applications that are critical to the drying process. They include:

  • Using a banking technique with air moving equipment to ensure airflow streams are consistent and walls are not damaged during the drying process.
  • Placing dehumidifiers correctly to pull moist air from the environment at a steady and safe rate.
  • Ensuring there is adequate space for air to circulate
  • Using controlled demolition to create openings for cavity drying

Drying your property correctly requires the “Three E’s” --expertise, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has what it takes to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” You can contact our office 24/7 at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Can You Use a Wet Vac to Extract Water From Your Vero Beach, FL Home?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Man sucking water off the floor using a wet vac. Wet vacs make are great options to help prevent migration during water emergencies!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach can utilize many extraction tools during the water remediation process. Standing water is one of the biggest threats after water disasters impact your property. This is why a fast response by a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO of Vero Beach, makes all the difference. Wet vacuums are a great option in smaller water losses to extract the bulk of standing water. They are versatile, lightweight and most people already have them in their garage. When water depths do not exceed two inches, wet vacuums remain the top choice to remove surface water before using more specialized extraction tools to remove deeper settled water. Other extraction tools SERVPRO of Vero Beach uses include:  

  • Electric Submersible Pumps
  • Trash Pumps
  • High-Pressure Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Extractors

You can count on SERVPRO of Vero Beach for a fast response to all your water restoration needs. We have the tools and knowledge that allow us to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (772) 770-0501, we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Water Damage Timeline for Your Vero Beach, FL Property

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Buckled wood flooring with level to indicate uneveness. These wood floors began to swell and buckle from water damage.

When your Vero Beach, FL residential or commercial property is exposed to water without any intervention, damage will follow. That's the reason SERVPRO of Vero Beach always advises you to react swiftly when faced with such an emergency. Below is an overview of the water damage timeline and how to minimize damage created by the moisture.

Within Minutes: It takes water just a few minutes to start damaging your property and its contents. Water begins to saturate every surface it comes in contact with, including walls and carpets. It may also reach books, papers, photo albums, and other critical documents.

Within Hours: In the first 0-24 hours following may occur if water is left untreated: an odor will begin to develop, drywall may begin to swell and disintegrate, metal surfaces will begin to tarnish, flooring may swell/buckle, and dyes/stains in furniture may begin to stain or bleed.

Within 48 Hours to One Week: Mold will begin to develop due to the increase in moisture levels. The property may pose health effects to persons with respiratory conditions or weak immunity. Asthmatic individuals may also experience health effects due to the high rate of allergens and mold growth.

Beyond a Week: If control measures are not taken, water damage will migrate through the property, leading to contamination and more damage. As a result, property owners are likely to incur a higher restoration cost because of the extent of damage. The integrity of the property is likely compromised, rendering it unfit for occupancy.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Most Common Causes of Toilet Leaks in Vero Beach, FL

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom with toilet removed and drywall removed after toilet leak. This is a recent call we responded to for a home that had a toilet leak water all the way into the living room from a rusted water line.

Toilets can develop both internal and external leaks. Both types of leaks create a waste of water and risk for water damage to the surrounding property. Below are some of the most common causes of a toilet leak in your Vero Beach homes:

  • Crack on the tank or bowl- Although toilets are notorious for lasting decades, sometimes cracks can develop over time. Usually, they start as a hairline crack that develop into something more prominent.
  • Rusty pipes and lines- The pipes and lines that connect to your toilet can develop rust for various reasons. This eventually compromises the integrity of the pipe, allowing water to leak around your toilet.
  • Loose or worn seal at the base- If you notice water is pooling around the base of your toilet, there’s a good chance the leak is caused by loose or worn parts that connect your toilet to the floor.
  • Loose or worn out tank-to-bowl connections- In two-piece toilets, the tank and bowl are connected with use of gaskets, nuts, and bolts. If any of these parts are loose, a leak can develop from that area of the toilet.
  • Misadjusted flush valve assembly- If your toilet runs constantly or makes a dripping noise, the problem could be with its flush valve assembly. Often times this will cause water to enter the overflow valve and continuously fill up in your tank.
  • Worn Out Flapper-The flapper blocks water in the tank from entering the bowl, and if that part is worn out it will cause water to continuously leak into your bowl.

If you have experienced a leak from your toilet immediately shut off the water line and call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at, 772-770-0501. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Spotting Water Damage on Your Vero Beach, FL Ceiling

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Paint on ceiling and wall damaged from water The discoloration on the ceiling and rippling effect on the wall are clear signs of water damage.

A water damaged to your ceiling comes in many forms. What’s important to know is you MUST locate and repair the issue causing the water damage before you can repair the ceiling. If the source of the water damage is not identified, the issue will keep reoccurring. A delayed response to repairing water damage in your ceiling or other parts of your home could result in more problems. For example, water damage that is left unattended for long periods of time becomes “standing water”. This standing water creates humidity which can weaken the structures of the home and also result in an overrun of mold growth. This is exactly why water damage should never be ignored. Some signs of water damage to your ceiling include:

Water stains- One of the most obvious of indicators for a water damaged ceiling. Normally these stains look “rusty” or a “brownish” color.

Swelling or Bubbling- When the ceiling looks like it is bulging out, it means there is an accumulation of moisture into drywall. This can be dangerous at times because if the water continually collects, the ceiling can collapse.

Sweating- Discoloration that usually looks a little darker than the paint and presents itself during the beginning of a water leak. If left unattended, the excess moisture or humidity can creep into the ceiling and walls turning into water stains, bubbling, etc.

Mold Growth- Mold is very dangerous for people and needs to be handled as urgently as possible by an experienced mold remediation specialist. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Signs of Water Damage Landlords Should Be Aware Of

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment and cleaning products on display in warehouse. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is fully equipped to handle all your water remediation needs!

In most cases, renters are not responsible for water damage. This means, as a landlord it is important to know what signs of water damage to look for. With the exception of long-term tenants, you likely check the property at least once a year. These checks are typically done upon a renter's move-in date and move-out date, at a minimum. During these opportunities, you should check for the following signs of water damage:

  • Changes in your walls' surface texture can indicate water damage such as bending, sagging, bubbling or rippling of dry wall.
  • Buckling or swelling of laminate and wood flooring.
  • Musty or foul odors can be a sign of mildew and mold.
  • Swelling or splitting cabinets, especially under or near plumbing.

You should never neglect if you or the tenant notices any of the above signs of water damage as it can lead to bigger problems down the road. Instead, give SERVPRO of Vero Beach a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is Here to Help!

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded hallway with text that says “Your problem, our solution.” No matter how big or small your water damage is, we are available 24/7 to help.

You certainly don’t need any added stress with the holiday quickly approaching. If you come home and find your property has water damage, you can turn to SERVPRO of Vero Beach to get your home restored quickly. We are here to help! As soon as you discover the leak, you need to stop the flow of water by turning off the water supply. The longer the water is flowing into the property, the worse the damage becomes. Once our crew arrives onsite, we’ll begin water extraction to remove any excess water. This may seem like a simple step, but don’t try to do this yourself. We utilize special equipment that can thoroughly remove excess water. Our technicians are also armed with moisture detection tools that help them find any hidden moisture and make sure all the water is removed and your home is completely dry. If moisture remains in the walls, flooring, or in any other hidden crevasses we will strategically place drying equipment to bring the moisture levels down. Don’t let water damage ruin your Thanksgiving plans in Vero Beach, FL. We are available 24/7 for all of your water damage restoration needs. Call us any time at 772-770-0501 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How to Protect Your Wood Floors from Water Damage Body:

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Wood flooring with damage from a wet area rug. These are specialized mats used to dry out wood flooring.

From a mitigation perspective, water is one of the biggest enemies of hardwood floors. After a water loss, your best chance of salvaging wood flooring is to hire a professional restoration company immediately. However, daily moisture and spills can also cause damage to wood flooring if you failing to protect them properly. Some steps you can take to prevent damage include:

  • Removing damp or moist items such as towels, clothes, shoes, or appliances from contact with the floor as quickly as possible.
  • Immediately wiping up any spills before any liquid penetrates the floors.
  • Installing a thermostat that controls the humidity in your home. Both moist and dry air can affect wood flooring. A humidity controlling thermostat will help keep your humidity regulated year round.
  • Reapply sealants on your floors. A wax based sealant should be applied annually. Polyurethane sealants (both oil and water based) can be reapplied every few years.

Taking this steps will help with the longevity of your wood floors. However, from time to time events we don’t anticipate can happen. If you experience any water, fire, or mold damage to your wood flooring give our office a call. We are available 24/7.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Water Heater Leak in Vero Beach, FL Condo

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Master closet damaged by water leak, mold is growing on the flooring and walls. It is important to dry out water damage as quickly as possible because mold starts growing in as little as 72 hours.

We were called out to remediate water damage at this property in The Moorings at Windward. The water heater leaked, flooding out the first floor of this two-story condo. The leak was undetected for several days leaving behind a lot of damage. The cork floors had buckled, and mold was growing all over the floors, furniture, and curtains. We worked in collaboration with Core Contents to pack up and salvage as many items as possible. These items will undergo a deep cleaning to ensure it is completely mold free before being placed back into the home. Our team spent many days working in the condo to also ensure that the property is dry and mold free. We are happy to say the customers were satisfied with the final outcome! If you have experienced a water loss in your home, give our office a call 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

Document Restoration Services in Vero Beach, FL

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Background of bundled documents with the SERVPRO logo in top right corner and text that says “WE CAN DRY YOUR DOCUMENTS” Some of the documents we can restore include: books, magazines, manuscripts, files, photos, films, negatives, microfiche, x-rays, blueprints, and maps

Water damaged photographs and documents may often seem beyond repair, but the professionals at SERVPRO are fully equipped to safely recover and restore documents before it’s too late. Important documents and photos that require restoration are sent to our Document Restoration Facility. At this facility, HIPPA master-certified technicians are under 24/7 surveillance while they work to restore your contents. Expertly trained technicians use an array of innovative techniques to dry documents such as the vacuum freeze-drying method. After the documents have been dried they will continue on to receive a customized combination of restoration services. Some of these services include: re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization services. We have the ability to accommodate both large commercial losses and small residential jobs. We at SERVPRO of Vero Beach pride ourselves on getting the job done right. If you need document restoration services using state of the art equipment call us today at 772-770-0501!

Flooring: To Salvage or Replace?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Tile floor leading in to living room with the first half covered in water. SERVPRO logo in top left corner. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

One of the most common questions we get when we arrive to a water loss is “Do you think the floors are salvageable?”. The answer is not always so cut and dry. There are many factors that go into deciding whether we salvage or remove flooring. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of flooring- For example, vinyl and tile are much more resilient to water damage than wood or laminate.
  • Signs of damage- Buckling, cupping, cracks, discoloration, odors, or mold are just a few things we look for.
  • Subflooring- If water has seeped into the subflooring, we will most likely need to remove the flooring to ensure the subfloor is completely dried out. This will prevent future mold growth.
  • Water Contamination- Your safety is the upmost importance to us. If the water is contaminated (such as sewage) it is usually safest to replace.
  • Ease of repair or replacement- Sometimes the damage doesn’t affect an entire area of flooring. If the floor can be easily matched we will try to salvage as much of the floor as possible.

We would like you to rest easy knowing that we will help you in making the best possible decisions for your property. If you have experienced a water loss, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Psychrometry-The Science of Drying

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Inside the back of a SERVPRO box truck fully loaded with equipment for a water loss response. Each of our fleet’s response vehicles are fully equipped to mitigate a water loss from our arrival to departure.

When our technicians begin to set up drying equipment on a site it's more than just placing a couple air movers and dehumidifiers here and there. They are using mathematical equations to come up with the most effective drying strategy. This is called “psychrometry”. Psychrometry is the science of studying various properties of air, methods of controlling its temperature and moisture content (humidity), and its effect on various materials. Some of the factors that determine quantity and placement of equipment are moisture levels, temperature, materials affected, and size/layout of the space. Many contractors advertise themselves as “Water Damage Restoration Professionals” when they have no formal training or certifications. SERVPRO of Vero Beach sends every technician to get certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) in water damage restoration. You can rest assured that when you call us to remediate a water loss your property is in the hands of qualified professionals. Our goals is to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Spotting Signs of Water Damage

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Infrared device pointed towards wall of empty room with white walls and wood flooring to detect leaks behind walls. Infrared is one of many methods used to detect hidden leaks.

Usually something obvious, like a burst pipe, comes to mind when you think of what would cause water damage. However, it’s not always so obvious--sometimes water damage can come from an unsuspected source. The signs can often go unnoticed until it becomes more catastrophic. Some of the signs to keep an eye out for and pay attention to are:

  • Rust Stains-This can be a sign of corrosion in a pipe or gutter. Example: Rust stains on the floor behind a toilet can signal that the components of the toilet are corroding and need to be replace before they completely give out and cause potential flooding.
  • Mold-Mold requires a source of water to grow. Sometimes the source can be direct like a leaky pipe behind drywall or it can be indirect such as high humidity levels from a major leak in another part of the home. Either way, it only takes 2 days for mold to begin growing after a water loss. It is important to remediate mold and its source properly to prevent a more major problem.
  • Smells-Often a musky odor is a sign of stagnant water or even mold beginning to grow. If you smell something is off and can’t find the source a professional remediator company can use specialized tools to find “hidden leaks”.

If you notice any of the above signs, we urge you to call our office, at 772-770-0501, as soon as possible to prevent more major damage. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Flood Preparedness-Part 3

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

This is third, and last, installment of our Flood Preparedness series. We are going to touch base on what to do after a flood.   

  • Only return home after authorities say its safe. You will want to listen to local authorities for information and instructions.
  • After returning home you will want to access the damage. Be sure to wear thick gloves and boots before touching anything since there may be snakes or other animals in your home.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if its wet or you’re standing in water since this poses a risk for electrocution.
  • If you use a generator or other gas powered machinery be sure to us it outdoors ONLY and away from window to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If there is damage to your home and you plan to file a claim, contact your insurance adjuster and they will guide you through the steps to file a claim. At this time you’ll also want to call a qualified reputable remediation company to come out, assess the damage, and create a remediation strategy.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Water Filters

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

hand holding cup underneath water faucet Refreshing!

Potable water is much more of a preference for people when it comes to staying hydrated. On the other hand, tap water, also known as unfiltered water is not a fan favorite considering that some cities contain trace amounts of pollutants and the taste is not quite refreshing as purified water. Although restaurants often serve tap water, you can control what you consume at your own home. If your fridge doesn’t have a handy filter and spout, you will want to look into purchasing a filter. Here are different options you can choose from:

Water pitcher- You fill these up with sink water and it slowly filters through all the impurities. You can store the pitcher in the fridge to keep cold.

 Under- sink water filter- just as it sounds like, it gets installed underneath your sink and a separate spout comes out of the counter for your drinking water. Extremely easy for refills!

Countertop container- These large stainless steel filters are great for holding large amounts of water and can be filled continually.

 Do your research before you buy and figure out which kind of filter is best for your home and family.

Water: Good and Bad

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Blue Underwater view Water

Water is something that everyone needs on a daily basis. Water is see- through, it’s tasteless, odorless, and a nearly colorless substance. It actually makes up most of the earth, filling streams, lakes, and oceans. A human can’t go without drinking water for more than three days because it is vital for all forms of life.

Water replenishes, sustains and revives.

 But, water can be harmful to us humans too. Firstly, natural disasters such as storms, tsunamis and hurricanes have the potential to cause great destruction to large land masses, effecting people and their homes and possessions.

Second, water can be destructive inside the home too. Sometimes a water pipe bursts, a sink or washing machine overflows, or a roof may have a leak. All these things, we don’t often think about, but they can cause flooding and damage to our property. If you ever find yourself in a situation similar to this, call us today.

 (772) 770- 0501

Leaking Wet Bar In Indian River

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle backed up in a driveway to a customer's light blue home. Production technician walking in home Like It Never Even Happened

Do you have a wet bar and entertain friends and family often?

So does this family who live on the river. They went on vacation and unfortunately when they came back home, they walked in the front door and found their floor flooded with water. They discovered it was coming from the sink on their wet bar, it had been leaking the whole time they were gone. They called SERVPRO of Vero Beach right away and the crew left immediately to begin inspection and restoration.

Since they had discovered the damage days after it occurred, there was drywall that had already started to mold. That affected drywall and insulation had to be removed and the crew strategically placed fans to dry the hardwood floor. They also monitored the drying process for several days, as well as repositioned the equipment. Once the work area was cleaned up and the equipment removed, the customers were very pleased with the remediation results. They were extremely appreciative of the crew's kindness and work ethic.

The Trickle Effect

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever walked on your roof before?

I know I have- multiple times. This guy did too, and it didn't turn out too well for him. His foot went through the roof and it left a hole there. Over time, as it rained (which happens often here in Florida), lots of water leaked in. This caused serious damage to the interior of the home, as you can see in the picture. So what happens when you have a roof leak trickling into your home for a long time?

Most likely, your place will begin to smell musty, and eventually mold will start growing everywhere. Mold is very hard to get rid of, especially when there is a lot of it. When our crew arrived they knew that demolition needed to take place and they started right away. They removed all the drywall and bagged it up wearing all the proper equipment. Check out the before and after here.

We know it is not easy to show up to your property showing signs of damage. That is why we are here to help in the most efficient way possible.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach today! 772- 770- 0501

Hurricane Dorian | State of Emergency

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Satellite map view of the state of Florida and Hurricane Dorian approaching Prepare, do not panic!

Prepare for the worst, pray for the best! 

Florida's southeast coast is in panic mode as we watch hurricane Dorian slowly approach. We want to remind you- don't panic, just prepare!

Being a resident in Florida, it is expected to experience such natural disasters. We truly do not know how hard the hurricane will hit or where exactly, but we know to expect the effects. Take time within the next day or two, to make a checklist of supplies needed and jobs completed.  

In just a few days, we will undergo strong winds, big storm surges, and heavy rainfall. The hurricane models predict 1-2 feet of rain in our area. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus states, "Combined with storm surge and exceptionally high new moon tides, this would be a coastal flooding catastrophe."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here for the community and will be up and running immediately after the storm passes. If you want to be on our preferred client list, for a small fee you will be our first priority. Just call 772-770-0501 to get yourself on the list! Spots are filling up quick.

Good As New | Vero Beach Water Damage

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Clean kitchen in home with white cabinets. SERVPRO equipment dehumidifier and air mover are finishing up the work Vero Beach Kitchen is sparkling clean!

Check out one of our most recent water jobs in Vero Beach. This customer reported to us that during a rainstorm, water began running down a bedroom wall in their home. Within 4 minutes of the call, our crew was on the way with all the necessary equipment to inspect and start mitigation.

They quickly set up dehumidifiers and air movers in the bedroom and then noticed that the water had migrated and even made its way into crown molding and in the kitchen.

The client gave permission to remove the crown molding and part of the ceiling and wall in the kitchen and we found a plethora of mold in those areas. The crew was on a mission to wipe down and seal the walls and set up fans to begin the drying process. In no time the home looked good as new completely free of any mold and water.

Do NOT hesitate to call SERVPRO of Vero Beach! We don't want water to migrate throughout your home to further damage more walls. We are open 24/7. (772) 770- 0501

Indian River Rain | Roof Leaks

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of a white home with a hand hovering over top protecting it from falling water Protect your roof from severe water damage

During the summer in Vero Beach, we often experience afternoon rainstorms daily. Due to the consistent downpour, our roofs are more susceptible to leakage which can potentially cause structure damage and mold problems. Many issues that can come from a roof leak can be avoided by inspecting your roof and attic routinely. Search for damp or wet spots and make sure the structure is secure and free of holes. 

There are many causes for roof leaks but here are the top three ways water can infiltrate your home:

  1. Leaking or dripping water pipes
  2. Condensation within your home
  3. Clogged gutters

If you ever notice an issue and are needing professional repairs call SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we are here to help.

SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you and your home. 
When you call, we ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency which helps us determine what equipment and resources are needed.

Call 772- 770- 0501

Fridge Line Leak Behind Fridge

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.