Recent Water Damage Posts

How to Clean Up a Water Heater Leak

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced a water heater leak, there are several simple steps you can take to clean up the leak and minimize safety risks. Try to limit the extent of the leak as soon as you notice a leaking water heater. Contact a plumber to fix a broken water heater or replace a failed water heater, and then determine the extent of the water damage. Follow these four steps to address the leak. For complete peace of mind, especially with a larger leak, you should contact a company that provides water damage restoration in Crowley, TX. 

1. Unplug electrical appliances in the affected area. You don't want to risk electrocution or other appliances being adversely affected by a leak.

2. Remove soaked carpets and moveable items from the area surrounding the leaking water heater. You may be able to dry out some items, but carpet may not be salvageable.

3. Dry the floor as soon as possible. You can use a mop, towels, or a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove excess water. You can also use a desiccant such as silica gel near soaked floors or walls.

4. Circulate air and dehumidify. This will speed the drying process and limit the extent of the water damage while making the environment less conducive to mold growth.

If you notice a leaking water heater in your home while the leak is still small, you may be able to limit the extent of the water damage by taking immediate action. If the leak is larger or has gone unnoticed for more than 24 hours, you should contact a residential restoration service in Crowley, TX. Either you or damage restoration experts will need to clean up and dry all the water to prevent mold. Make sure to also have a plumber replace a failed or broken water heater to prevent another leak. 

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Water Damage and Your Insurance Company

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage and Your Insurance Company Flooring in a Crowley home had to be removed by SERVPRO of Crowley technicians due to water damage.

Insurance Company Information after Flooding

Dealing with insurance companies is unavoidable when you have flood damage or a roof cave-in due to a pipe break somewhere. There are forms, phone calls and inspections. A few wrong steps and your claim may be delayed and repairs not done. Mitigation means reducing risk of loss and it's something that insurance was made for. Don't leave your flood damage claim in the hands of non-experts. You may forget a form or not include a task that's critical to getting a full claim for your flooded home or small business.

An experienced restoration company knows the procedures to follow with insurance companies and local governments. A licensed restoration company can negotiate on your behalf with your insurance company to get the best claim and estimate in place. They know the right vendors and contractors to help you to full restoration and mitigation from wall leaks to a supply line break. Use their knowledge to save money, time and effort. You don't have to be confused about your claim. Talk to an expert.

Water in home or water in business situations can be devastating. It's not something that can be planned for. When it happens, it's important to deal with it as quickly as possible as part of mitigation efforts.

A bonded and experienced restoration company can help you set priorities.

- Water cleanup and drying have to be first priority.

- Have a thorough assessment for secondary water damage even in places untouched by flood damage.

- Get estimates for full restoration and mitigation.

- Organize staff and equipment for best execution and fastest completion of the job.

- File insurance claims in a timely fashion with all forms and data requested.

- Acquire all needed government permits to complete the work.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage Toilet overflow with sewage in a Cleburne, TX home.

Different types of water carry different risks.

Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates.

The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It?

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with harmful elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of dangerous microbes, including bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. It may even include the norovirus, parasites, and other infectious material.

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way?

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches.

Visit our website to learn more about sewage problems and the cleanup process.

How To Flush a Water Heater

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Flush a Water Heater Water damage caused by water heater in Cleburne,TX

A water heater, sitting in a dark closet or basement, is easy to forget. If you want to ensure the longevity of your hot water tank, then you may want to follow the steps below to flush the system, clearing out harmful sediment and debris.

1. Turn Off and Prep the Tank

To perform a water heater flush, you may want to have a garden hose and screwdriver handy. Additionally, you will need to prep the tank by first turning off the power and/or gas. Then, attach one end of the garden hose to the tank, and place the other end in a drainage area that can tolerate the hot water.

2. Flush the Tank

To empty the water heater, open the drain valve on the tank and make sure the water is escaping through the hose to the drainage area. After a few minutes, turn the hot water on from the nearest faucet. A couple of minutes after this, turn off the water supply. Once the water stops exiting the garden hose, turn on the water supply for only a couple of minutes to flush out the system again.

3. Refill the Tank

When all debris from the tank has drained, close the drain valve and turn on the water supply. Once the water pressure returns to the open faucet, you can be confident that the tank is filled. Be aware that the water from the tap will be inconsistent at first as air is flushed from the lines.

4. Turn On the Tank

Turn the power/gas back on only when the tank is full to protect the integrity of the system. Once the heat is on and the water is flowing strong, you can turn off the running faucet. If you are experiencing problems with the water pressure or the heating element of the tank, you may want to call a professional in Cleburne, TX, to examine any possible causes.

A water heater is an essential element of any home, and flushing the system ensures its continued use. Following the steps above, you can perform this task yourself and maintain your tank for years to come.

How To Replace a Leaky Toilet

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Replace a Leaky Toilet Every homeowner will likely face issues with an old toilet at some point.

It’s never a good sign when you have a leaking toilet in your home. The leak can become a major flood if not taken care of quickly. Follow these steps to learn how to replace your own toilet.

Removing the Old Toilet

Before you can install a new toilet, you have to remove the old one:

1. Measure the distance from the wall to the bolts on the base of the toilet and from the wall to the side of the bowl to ensure your new toilet is the correct size.
2. Turn off the water.
3. Flush to remove the water from the tank.
4. Take the tank lid off and wipe up leftover water.
5. Disconnect the water supply line from the tank, unscrew the nuts, and lift it off the bowl.
6. Wipe up leftover water inside the bowl and remove the nuts at the base.
7. Lift the leaking toilet up and set it onto a garbage bag.
8. Remove the wax ring from the drain hole, clean out excess wax, and put a wad of paper towel into the hole to prevent sewer gas from venting.
9. Clean the floor if needed, remove the old closet bolts, and replace them with new ones.

Installing the New Toilet

Now it's out with the old and in with the new. Here's how to install your new commode:

10. Warm up a new wax ring with warm water and place it onto your new toilet.
11. Remove the towel from the drain hole. Carefully place the toilet onto the hole. If you miss, it’s better to start with another new ring. Gently wiggle the toilet so it’s flat on the ground and aligned squarely with the walls.
12. Install any necessary hardware to the new tank, set it onto the bowl using a level, and tighten the bolts.
13. Connect the water supply, slowly turn the water back on, and check for leaks.

Every homeowner will likely face issues with an old toilet at some point. When it becomes a leaking toilet, follow these steps to replace it yourself or call a local toilet repair company in Crowley, TX, to ensure everything is done correctly and avoid the risk of future flooding. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcrowleysouthjohnsoncounty.com/.

What To Do When the Toilet Leaks Every Time You Flush

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Most everyone is familiar with a leaking toilet that continues to run after it is flushed, but far fewer people know what to do when water is leaking outside of the bowl and onto the bathroom floor. While not as common a problem as water leaking around the seal inside the toilet, this kind of bathroom leak can lead to severe water damage. The solution is to stop this small problem before it turns into a bigger one.


What Causes a Toilet To Leak?


Toilets can leak for a number of reasons:

• Faulty seals
• Loose closet bolts
• Leaking supply line or valve
• A cracked bowl

If you are seeing water on the floor around the leaking toilet and it is not coming from the supply line or valve or a crack in the bowl, chances are it is due to the seal under the toilet being faulty. You may be able to stop the leak by simply tightening the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor, but if that does not solve the problem, it is time to replace the wax gasket beneath the toilet.


Replacing the Wax Gasket.


Replacing the wax gasket can be easily performed in just a few simple steps:

• First, drain the toilet and then close the supply valve.
• Loosen and remove the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor.
• Lift the toilet off and then set it aside, being careful not to damage the toilet.
• Scrape all the wax off the flange on the floor.
• If you notice any damage to the closet flange, repair or replace the flange before installing your new wax gasket.
• Carefully place the new gasket on the flange and be careful to make sure it is completely centered.
• Replace the toilet and press down firmly to compact the gasket.
• Reconnect the water line and fill the tank and then inspect for leaks.

A leaking toilet can cause significant water damage to your bathroom that is best remedied by contacting a professional cleanup company here in Crowley, TX. However, with these few easy steps, you can fix this small problem before it becomes a big one.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

4 Steps To Clean Up a Water Heater Leak

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced a water heater leak, there are several simple steps you can take to clean up the leak and minimize safety risks. Try to limit the extent of the leak as soon as you notice a leaking water heater. Contact a plumber to fix a broken water heater or replace a failed water heater, and then determine the extent of the water damage. Follow these four steps to address the leak. For complete peace of mind, especially with a larger leak, you should contact a company that provides water damage restoration in Crowley, TX.

1. Unplug electrical appliances in the affected area. You don't want to risk electrocution or other appliances being adversely affected by a leak.

2. Remove soaked carpets and moveable items from the area surrounding the leaking water heater. You may be able to dry out some items, but carpet may not be salvageable.

3. Dry the floor as soon as possible. You can use a mop, towels, or a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove excess water. You can also use a desiccant such as silica gel near soaked floors or walls.

4. Circulate air and dehumidify. This will speed the drying process and limit the extent of the water damage while making the environment less conducive to mold growth.

If you notice a leaking water heater in your home while the leak is still small, you may be able to limit the extent of the water damage by taking immediate action. If the leak is larger or has gone unnoticed for more than 24 hours, you should contact a residential restoration service in Crowley, TX. Either you or damage restoration experts will need to clean up and dry all the water to prevent mold. Make sure to also have a plumber replace a failed or broken water heater to prevent another leak.

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Flooding and Insurance Company

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding and Insurance Company Cowley home is flooded causing the wood floor to be removed.

Insurance Company Information after Flooding

Dealing with insurance companies is unavoidable when you have flood damage or a roof cave-in due to a pipe break somewhere. There are forms, phone calls and inspections. A few wrong steps and your claim may be delayed and repairs not done. Mitigation means reducing risk of loss and it's something that insurance was made for. Don't leave your flood damage claim in the hands of non-experts. You may forget a form or not include a task that's critical to getting a full claim for your flooded home or small business.

An experienced restoration company knows the procedures to follow with insurance companies and local governments. A licensed restoration company can negotiate on your behalf with your insurance company to get the best claim and estimate in place. They know the right vendors and contractors to help you to full restoration and mitigation from wall leaks to a supply line break. Use their knowledge to save money, time and effort. You don't have to be confused about your claim. Talk to an expert.

Water in home or water in business situations can be devastating. It's not something that can be planned for. When it happens, it's important to deal with it as quickly as possible as part of mitigation efforts.

A bonded and experienced restoration company can help you set priorities.
- Water cleanup and drying have to be first priority.
- Have a thorough assessment for secondary water damage even in places untouched by flood damage.
- Get estimates for full restoration and mitigation.
- Organize staff and equipment for best execution and fastest completion of the job.
- File insurance claims in a timely fashion with all forms and data requested.
- Acquire all needed government permits to complete the work.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from an experienced restoration company.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage Toilet overflows with sewage.

Different types of water carries different risks.

Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates. 

The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It? 

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with harmful elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of dangerous microbes, including bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. It may even include the norovirus, parasites, and other infectious material. 

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way? 

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches. 

Visit our website to learn more about sewage problems and the cleanup process. 

Seek Professional Flood Remediation Assistance

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Seek Professional Storm Remediation Assistance

What should you do in a flood damage situation?

Unfortunately, in most areas, the extensive destruction apparent in recent hurricane damage won't go away anytime soon. Seek knowledgeable storm remediation. Otherwise, you may find yourself battling a variety of long-term problems caused by flood water far into the future.

Requesting storm restoration assistance from an experienced firm usually provides the fastest way to permanently resolve many types of hurricane damage. Just as qualified roof repair should involve more than simply fixing a visible roof leak or a broken flood pump, water restoration in the aftermath of extensive flood water frequently proves complex. Rely on a firm trained in home restoration and storm remediation. You'll benefit by resolving some long-term flooding issues sooner.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

Skilled Cleanup Services

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Several benefits result from seeking qualified storm cleanup and storm remediation. Storm damage often creates unseen roof damage and wind damage issues necessitating roof repair. It may cause flood pump failures and groundwater concerns. A professional home restoration firm considers all types of possible hurricane damage and storm restoration issues, from roof leak and roof repair issues to hail damage repairs and long-term water restoration problems.

From replacing a damaged flood pump to verifying safe water restoration, these professionals offer valuable services. Ask a home restoration firm to extract dirty groundwater from the premises, assess wind damage and roof damage, document auto hail damage, and perform many other types of storm remediation.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

If a flood comes to your home in Cleburne, Texas you may wonder how safe it is to wade into the water. Many people believe that because rain caused the water damage, it is completely safe to touch. However, this is a dangerous assumption, because it could be black water.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Remediation Certification classifies water into these three categories:

• Clean
• Gray
• Black

What Should Homeowners Do? 

If you have water in your home after a storm, do not wade into it unless doing so is necessary. It is also important to dry out the area as soon as possible. That water can spread disease and cause mold growth. 

It’s essential to call an experienced restoration company in Cleburne, Texas as quickly as possible after water damage or flooding occurs. Be sure to rid your home of the black water as soon as you can to keep you and your family safe. Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

What To Expect During Storm Damage Restoration

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Expect During Storm Damage Restoration Front room is flooded by storm water.

What To Expect During Storm Damage Restoration

Storms can have a significant effect on your Crowley, TX business, especially if there is flooding involved. Water damage isn’t confined to just the physical appearance of the walls, floors, and furniture; floodwater can also carry pathogens and harmful bacteria. Proper storm restoration, including the need to tear out of damaged materials, can help restore the appearance of your building as well as mitigate the risk of mold and other harmful substances that can make you and your employees sick. The best way to ensure your Crowley, TX business is ready to reopen after a storm is to trust experienced trained experts to carry out each step of the restoration process.

1. Extraction of Water

If a storm leaves your building flooded, the first thing to do is remove the water. Timing is extremely important; extracting the water as quickly as possible is key to reducing the amount of damage. Generally, restoration experts will use professional-grade equipment to remove the water safely and completely.

2. Tear Out Wet Materials

Depending on the level of flooding, there may be materials that are too compromised to save. In this case, a restoration crew will tear out wet materials to avoid contamination and prepare to return your building to its normal appearance.

3. Dry Out Materials and Structural Components

Restoration professionals usually have special tools and equipment to hasten drying time for floors, walls, and internal structural components. Once excess water is removed, it can still take awhile to get all the moisture out of the hidden parts of your building, such as the carpet mats and wall studs. A thorough drying process is essential to reduce the risk of mold.

4. Final Restoration

Once the water is removed, the tearing out of damaged materials is complete, and everything is dry again, the crew can complete the final touches on your storm restoration. The water damage to your building may require upholstery and fabric cleaning along with odor control procedures to ensure the best results.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

Fire Damages Often Turn Into Water Damages

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediation

Firefighting systems such as the fire sprinkler system or a fire truck leave a lot of water in the building that can end up causing water damage. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the restoration company to use dehumidifying and drying techniques after water extraction to ensure the building is completely dry.

Wet Smoke and Wet Soot Removal

This stage of fire restoration involves soot and smoke cleanup from personal belongings, furnishing and the affected surfaces on the property. The restoration company uses specialized techniques and products to clean wet soot from the building. Everything within the building is cleaned and sanitized.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on fire damage.

Fix Water Damage Fast by Calling in the Pros

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fix Water Damage Fast by Calling in the Pros

Water damage can happen anywhere. It can occur over hours, days or even months. But there's no luxury of time, effort or expertise when it comes to water cleanup, risk mitigation and the restoration process. Whether its water in business or a kitchen pipe break, the work is complicated and requires many skills. If not done properly from beginning to end, the work can be sloppy. Drying time and equipment may be insufficient and not reach all the wet areas. Shoddy work may lead to even more damage and expense.

The Right Skills for the Best Results

Getting the right results is not a do it yourself weekend project. Cleaning up after any kind of water damage needs different skills and tools than a weekend carpenter has.

To fix flood damage, you needs to know:
- Assess water in home or business for secondary damage that you may not aware of.
- How to assess a supply line break or a pipe break.
- The different requirements of water in business versus water in home. Building codes and regulations will vary between the two.
- The operation of industrial equipment for successful water cleanup of a flooded business or home.
- The proper procedures and equipment for completely drying out a home or office. Ripping out carpeting is not enough especially where flood damage is concerned.
- The correct methods to follow for restoration of furniture to its original state in a flooded home or business.
- How to dry and disinfect items affected by flood damage.

Use a Professional Restoration Company to Save Time

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Can you spend days draining a flooded home? Can you take time off to deal with filing mitigation paperwork and meeting with inspectors? Do you have the time to trace a pipe break, roof leak or supply line break? Can you afford to get injured while dealing with water in home or have an employee hurt cleaning up water in business? Of course not. Bring in an insured, competent water damage restoration company to help out.

Professional firms have the staff who can work off hours. They have the training, equipment and experience to complete the job done in the time estimated. While you're at work, they can be drying out your basement, patching the supply line break or disinfecting your kitchen. Water cleanup will go much faster with the right people doing the job.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from an experienced restoration company.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Flooded Basement

8/25/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement The Engineering Department Hallway.

We recently received a call from a hospital in which the entire basement level was flooded with standing water. Our unbelievably talented crews rose to the occassion and removed all the standing water, cut out about 200 linear feet of drywall, and dried all the structure and contents in less than 5 days. Within a week we had replaced all the drywall, textured, painted, and replaced all the cove base. Once we were out of the building it was Like it never even happened. The customer was in awe.