Recent Water Damage Posts

Categories of Water Damage

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can be common in a home. Determining the category of water damage is important as well. Here at SERVPRO of West Sacramento, we determine the category of the water depending on if the water is considered sanitary or contaminated. Category 1 water is known as clean water. This water can come from an overflow from a sink, bathtub, or other appliances. Category 2 water is considered significantly contaminated. Also known as ‘greywater’. This water may contain bacteria or fungi, but typically no feces. The water damage may be discharged from your washing machine, dishwasher, toilet, etc. Category 3 water is considered grossly contaminated. This is also known as “Black Water”. This type of water damage most often comes from sewage backups which can be distributed through many sources in the home. This water does contain harmful bacteria and fungus, and even fecal matter. With these three categories, it helps us easily determine what kind of water damage we are dealing with and how to properly remediate it. Count on us here at SERVPRO of West Sacramento to protect your home or your business.

Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valve is

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

If a pipe or a water supply line suddenly bursts inside your home, there is not a lot of time before the water can travel from your kitchen to the hallway to the dining room and beyond.  Floors get wet, walls get wet, cabinets get wet and before you know it you have an official water damage that can be very expensive and time-consuming to deal with. 

Would you know what to do if this unfortunate situation ever happened in your house?

Well, if it does the first thing to do is to get the water to stop flowing.  If the situation is as we described above, you will need to shut off the water at the main water shutoff to your house.  The secret to success here is to know the location of the turn-off prior to the damage occurring.  You will typically find your water shutoff in the front of your home and it is usually located near an outside faucet.  Once you have found it, it is as easy as pulling a handle into the off position or turning a valve clockwise until the water stops flowing. 

Of course, the shutoff valve could be someplace else, so it is definitely worth your time to find out where yours is located before an emergency arises.  After things calm down and it comes time to clean up the mess, call SERVPRO of West Sacramento 916-626-0426. 

Water Damage Can Cause Black Mold... We Can Help.

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

There are several reasons that harmful and toxic black mold can spread through your home. One of the most common factors that leads to this mold is improperly treated water damage. There are two separate types of water damage that can cause mold spores to spread inside your home. The first and most common is a slow, unnoticed leak. The second would be a large and sudden loss.

Slow, Unnoticed Leak: This damage is common when there is a leaky pipe that hidden underneath a sink, inside of the walls, near a windowsill, or under the floor. The affected areas are now filled with moisture and become a breeding ground for black mold to grow and spread.

Large, Sudden Loss: When a homeowner has a large leak, or a pipe burst that leaves standing water there are two routes normally taken. A DIYer will typically try to remove all the water themselves and then dry out the affected area with retail fans and opening a few windows. This is not recommended and can lead to more problems. If you are not properly trained to fight water damage it can be difficult if not next to impossible to locate all the moisture without the proper equipment. If any of the damaged area is left untreated it becomes a harbor for black mold. The second and recommended route is to call a water mitigation company that can properly identify all the affected areas and can get to work quickly.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento technicians are highly trained to identify and target water damage at the source. The best preventative measure to identify a slow, unnoticed leak would be to monitor your water usage bill. If you see an unexpected and noticeable spike in the amount of water being used it could be the sign of a leak. Calling a plumber to identify any potential problems is best. After a large, sudden loss, it is best to give a water damage restoration business a call so that your problem can be handled by professionals. As the best water damage restoration business out there, SERVPRO of West Sacramento is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Places That Water Damage Can Hide

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

Sustaining water damage is an unpredictable and inconvenient life event. An area prone to flooding might be more prepared, but flooding is far from the only thing that cause water damage.

Inconvenience aside, water damage is also costly. The typical insurance claim for water damage amounts to over $6,500, but insurance will often not accept water damage claims at all. Checking the common places water damage can hide is a wise practice for homeowners so they are not surprised later on.

Places That Water Damage Can Hide

  • Under a sink. Because the area under the sink is hidden, it is easy to be unaware that there is a leak until there is a big problem. Check regularly for water buildup and mold.
  • Around a tub. The caulk that seals a bathtub to the wall can become worn over time, allowing water to seep in.
  • Under drywall. Drywall can hide severe water damage within the walls, which is especially common after flooding or a burst pipe.
  • At roof intersections. Chimneys and exhaust fans that intersect with the roof should be checked regularly for leakage around their seals.
  • In an HVAC unit. The air conditioning system’s drain line can become clogged, leading to water buildup within the unit.
  • Behind appliances. Washing machines and dishwashers can have leaks that remain hidden for an extended period of time because they are in hidden areas.
  • At an exterior faucet. Where an exterior faucet is connected to the water pipe is a prime spot for leaks to develop and is often hidden by siding.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), SERVPRO of West Sacramento is happy to help! Give us a call at 916-626-0426.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in West Sacramento 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 West Sacramento

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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.

Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento today for any of your commercial needs. We make it "Like it never even happened."

916-626-0426

Fall showers can brings unexpected water damage

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Some of us may be excited about the change in weather as we enter into the fall season, but it’s important to remember that the potential for water damage in your home increases with the increase in precipitation.

Here at SERVPRO of West Sacramento, we are always ready when a disaster occurs in your home or office. We have experienced crews who will assist you in answering questions, communicating pertinent information to you and your insurance, and who will get you back to your life as soon as possible.

As we enter into the next season, with winter on the horizon, keep SERVPRO of West Sacramento in mind. If you find yourself with water damage in your home or business, call us right away so that we can prevent secondary damage from occurring and costing you more money. 916-626-0426.

Steps Taken in the Cleanup of Water Damage

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Sacramento Handles the Entire Remediation Process

Water damage can come from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Ultimately, many different objects, surfaces, and materials in a home can suffer water damage from the same event, and many homeowners question how a company such as SERVPRO handles a comprehensive water damage cleanup job. Here you'll learn about some of the ways our technicians control and repair water damage in local residences.

Identifying the Source and Water Type

Water damage must be correctly defined by water type and source. Did it come from a storm or flood, or was it a pipe burst? There are also different types of water, typically categorized as either clean, gray, or black, each one with different safety and cleanup protocols. If necessary, our crew will work to stop the water flow as quickly as possible, to avert further damage to your home.

Surveying Damage and Mold

After we understand what type of damage we're dealing with, our technicians search the home visually and with moisture detection equipment to find out what objects have been affected, and what else needs to be done. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth, which often takes priority in a cleanup operation.

Furniture and Water Removal

The next step is to remove all furniture from affected areas, and then pump out water if necessary. We use industrial-grade machinery to pump water from the interior to the exterior of the home, with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump.

Drying and Odor Treatments

At this point, we bring out more heavy machinery to begin drying and deodorizing the affected area, to make sure no more damage or mold growth occurs and any bad smells are removed.

Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning

In many cases, some or all of the carpeting in a room will need replacing. We make sure to evaluate carpeting carefully for moisture so as not to incur extra expenses. Sometimes, a cleaning may only be necessary, particularly when water damage is contained early on. After that is done, final cleanup and sanitization are done on walls and objects, and furniture is brought back into the home or rooms affected.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento employs certified and well-trained technicians who are experienced with all kinds of water damage restoration and cleanup jobs. If you need our services for any type or volume of water damage to your home, call us at (916) 626-0426 for 24/7 emergency service

The Accepted Standard for Water Damage Restoration

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Licensed Restoration Companies Have the Experience to Deal with Your Water Problems

Currently, there are no government regulations outlining procedures for water damage cleanup. There are two certifying standard bodies that provide the rules of care procedures: Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (“IICRC”) and the Restoration Industry Association (“RIA”). The restoration companies are regulated by Maryland's Department of Consumer Affairs.

If your home experiences water damage, contact a restoration company. The IICRC is a non-profit organization that offers certification programs and standards used by the restoration industry. An IICRC company must demonstrate proof of insurance and provide education and training, leading to a certification for technicians.

The RIA is a trade association for cleaning and restoration professionals. They offer education, training, technical support and certification for technicians. Restoration companies are generally the first responders after significant damage to a home from floods, water, fires, mold, and other major events.

The job of a restoration company is to clean, preserve, and protect the home and its contents so that additional damage will not occur. Not all restoration companies are certified to repair your home unless they are licensed.

Most California insurance adjusters and claim representatives are familiar with SERVPRO as a quality restoration company in your community that can begin the clean-up, restoration and repair process quickly. When contacted, our restoration technicians will arrive and evaluate the work to be done and the equipment needed to restore you to a pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento is nearby because we are locally owned and operated. Our technicians are the best in the industry with IICRC certification and training. If your home or business receives damage from fire, water, mold, or a storm, call us at (916) 626-0426 and let us safely restore you back to normal.

Water Damage Can Potentially Leave Noticeable Odors

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know when to be worried about a funny smell? Most new homeowners are not water damage specialists, but the human nose is an excellent tool for sniffing out trouble. Your nose is not the only way to spot water damage in your new home. SERVPRO of West Sacramento technicians are IICRC certified and can help handle any moisture problems you may discover after moving in.

The sooner you notice a problem, the sooner you can call us to help mitigate ongoing damages. With spring coming in, some water damage will be easier to spot. When you notice a problem, a highly trained SERVPRO professional can assess the extent of your damages. We can use our specialized equipment to remedy the issue fast.

What should you keep an eye out for when you do your spring cleaning? Start at the top. When looking for roof damages, obvious water stains aren't the only problem. Swollen insulation is usually an indication of water retention. Check your flashing (where the roof meets the walls) for cracks and look for missing shingles as well as more obvious signs like holes. Look at door frames and molding. Unusual stains or dark spots on the walls can mean trouble.

Inside, make sure you check your appliances after you move in to be certain they are not leaking where you cannot see easily behind them. Cracked hoses and loose connections can be tricky. Ripples, buckling, and changes in texture can tell you the flooring has a water problem. Remember to trust your nose. If it smells wrong, it probably is.

Outside water damages and mold are often caused by improper drainage. Check your spouts to see that they are clear and make sure you do not have water pooling around the foundation of your new home. At the first sign of damage, you can call SERVPRO of West Sacramento for help (916) 626-0426.

Water Damage Timeline

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Sacramento provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year—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 West Sacramento arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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:

  • Microbials 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.

Need Emergency Service? You can call us 24/7 at (916) 626-0426

Use a Professional Water Restoration Company

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Picture this: you come home from vacation only to find water in your home! Who can you call to help? Your initial response may be to call a contractor, but there are differences between contractors and professional Water Restoration Companies. As a professional Restoration Company, we try to restore, rather than replace, whenever possible.

 A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected. This often will include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture. SERVPRO® of Rancho Cordova technicians are certified in drying and cleaning water damage to industry standards. We will not remove materials unless it is necessary. The average time to dry is 3-5 days, this prevents further interruption to your daily life and also saves you money. We try to mitigate the water damage, and restore when possible. Restoring your home is more cost efficient than replacing materials in your home.

 Call SERVPRO® of West Sacramento! We are available 24/7 for emergency water losses! (916) 626-0426

It Doesn't Take A Lot Of Water To Cause Problems!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

It doesn’t take a lot of water to cause tremendous damage. Just an inch or two can destroy carpets and dry wall, warp wood floors, damage building components.

Water damage can be caused by many things:

  • Sump pumps
  • Water heater failures
  • Broken pipes
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker problems
  • Flooding due to heavy rain
  • Ground water seeping into the basement
  • Natural disasters

Even after the water seems to disappear, excess moisture can hide in your floor coverings, foundation, wood structures and walls—causing major damage to your property and creating the perfect environment for microbial and other fungi growth.

That's where the SERVPRO of West Sacramento comes in. If you catch it in time, you can ward off a lot of the damage and save money and headaches down the road. It’s important that water is quickly removed and the property dried, ventilated and disinfected to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew and other microorganisms that are harmful. If you need us, we will be there. (916) 626-0426

SERVPRO West Sacramento 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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 - (916) 873-8085

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 West Sacramento 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 West Sacramento

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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.

Faster to your West Sac/Sac Area Water Damage Emergency

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO West Sacramento 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 West Sacramento 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 – (916) 873-8085

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 West Sacramento

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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.

Call SERVPRO West Sacramento For FAST Water Damage Response

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage In Your West Sacramento/Sacramento Area Home?

                 Need Emergency Service? 
           Call SERVPRO West Sacramento

                   916-873-8085


Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO West Sacramento professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

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.

SERVPRO West Sacramento 24/7 water Damage Services

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - SERVPRO West Sacramento

916-873-8085

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 West Sacramento 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)?

Water Damage And Your West Sacramento Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Homeowner Water Damage Information

Water damage in your home can become a bigger problem than just the damage it may cause. It can become contaminated and breed bacteria. This is why it is important to have a professional do your water damage remediation work.

SERVPRO West Sacramento understands the value you place in your family and home. We do our very best to make a challenging time as easy as possible and work quickly so that you and your loved ones can be assured that your home is safe. 

Water damage is categorized as one of three levels by how polluted the water source was that caused the damage.

Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any ill effects.

Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may have bacteria in it,

Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. Think sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters.

Even though water may start out as Category 1, that doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Any contamination that the water touches, such as dirty carpeting or soil from the ground, can change water damage Category to 2 or even Category 3. And since standing water breeds bacteria, the longer the water is around, the worse the contamination of your property.

More contamination can mean that the restoration team will have to use more aggressive measures to clean your structure and property, and it might mean that soft furnishings, like your carpet and the carpet pad, may have to be discarded for your safety.

Water damage can be dangerous and expensive, so preventing water damage is an important part of home maintenance. But if you know the basics of what to do once it happens, you can prevent it from doing its worst.

For more tips on what you should know about water damage click on the helpful link below.

http://porch.com/advice/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-water-damage/

SERVPRO West Sacramento- Your LOCAL Water Damage Experts

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Local Water Damage Experts: SERVPRO West Sacramento

Your local SERVPRO West Sacramento is not just your neighborhood water/fire/mold remediation company, it's also certified by the IICRC-(Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). When your home has water damage choose a professional, trusted, and certified company.

SERVPRO West Sacramento (916) 873-8085

Like it never even happened.

Why choose a certified professional? 

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.