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5 Tips for Preventing Residential Water Damage

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Five Tips To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

No homeowner wants to see their residential property fall victim to water damage. On top of the initial accident, floods and leaks can cause a lot of subsequent costs in secondary damages. The best way to avoid these types of headaches is to prevent the incidents from happening in the first place. Follow the tips below to help protect your home in Adams Run, SC.

1. Check Pipes Regularly for Leaks.
It's important to perform regular home inspections for leaky or broken pipes. These types of incidents are easy to overlook, which can cause a lot of damage over time. Inspect any exposed pipes in your basement and underneath all of your sinks.

2. Monitor Your Home's Water Pressure.
If your water pressure is too high, you run the risk of putting undue wear and tear on your pipes. You can obtain a water pressure gauge from your local hardware store that you can use to manually monitor the pressure.

3. Regularly Check Home Appliances.
Any home appliances that use water, such as your washing machine or dishwasher, need to be checked regularly for leaks or other forms of damage. Floods that originate from these appliances can cause gray water damage.

4. Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts.
Your gutters are intended to collect and redirect water that runs off of your roof. However, they can often become clogged with dead leaves, branches and other forms of debris. When this happens, water will pool and collect in your gutters, eventually running down the sides of your house and causing damage.

5. Shut Off Your Water Main Before Leaving for Extended Periods.
If you plan to go on vacation or some other form of extended trip, make sure you turn off your water main before you go. This significantly reduces the chances of you having to deal with a water cleanup issue when you return.
Water damage can be devastating to residential properties, so it's important that you learn how to protect your home. Contact water remediation experts for more information, or assistance resolving a water-related mishap.

When a Pipe Bursts, Mitigation Is Needed

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Three Reasons To Consider Professional Remediation Effort

When a supply line leaks or a pipe breaks open, large amounts of water can infiltrate your business's structure in Rantowles, SC. Such moisture can be too much for standard cleaners to handle, leading to long-term complications such a mold growth or wood rot; therefore, allowing a water restoration company to handle the pipe burst cleanup can alleviate stress levels and ensure appropriate mitigation occurs in a timely manner. Here are three reasons proprietors should consider professional remediation efforts.

1. You Need To Contain the Source
Experts can perform assessments, discovering where the supply line leaking began. Water flow should be cut off until this issue is fixed, preventing further saturation. If this isn't done, then cleaning procedures would only be superficial and the damage could exacerbate even more.

2. You Need To Avoid Secondary Problems
Removing humidity is a vital component of pipe burst cleanup protocol. Dampness acts as a catalyst for microbial growth, creating hazardous working conditions. The specialists can measure the water levels, evaluating how much of the space has been impacted. Then, they'll begin airing out rooms. Fans may be run. Dehumidifiers should be used to draw out the excess wetness, and porous materials may be extracted if they appear to be overly soaked. Doing this helps halt any fungal and microbial reproduction, preventing additional construction and closures.

3. You Need To Sanitize Your Valuables
During the water cleanup, belongings should be inspected and cared for properly. A professional cleanup crew understands how to best treat carpet, electronics, documents, upholstery, and furnishings. Using high-tech equipment, they can scrub them correctly and save many of the items that business owners, with inexperienced eyes, might deem ruined. This could save in the overall costs and avoid product loss.
Pipe burst cleanup requires more than towels, bleach, and a mop. Go beyond surface-level attention. Seek out the true cause, tend to it, and concentrate on water removal.

3 Steps to Take After a Pipe Bursts

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Steps To Take After a Pipe Burst

As a homeowner, you try to stay on top of maintenance chores around the house. Fixing caulk, repairing leaky faucets, updating paint, and taking care of pests are some of the common items that need to be done. While it may seem like a long list of endless chores, staying on top of home maintenance items prevents major issues. Avoiding unwelcome water is the main goal in many home-repair projects because of the potential for water damage. Here are three steps to take after a pipe bursts.

1. Get Rid of the Water
Bursting pipes are not as uncommon as you may think. Any time pressure builds up inside a pipe, a weak joint allows the pipe to burst. If this situation happens in your Charleston, SC, home, the most important thing to do is get the water out of your house. As quickly as possible, grab a mop and bucket or a wet-dry vacuum to get rid of the water. Lift rugs and other items off the floor, remove any belongings that are wet and place them propped up in a dry area. Acting quickly is necessary to prevent any secondary damage.

2. Call the Professionals
If you’ve temporarily fixed the bursting pipes, it’s now time to call a professional plumber. Most people don’t feel comfortable trying to fix a broken pipe. A plumber has the tools and skills to correct the problem and prevent any future issues. If the water damage was extensive, it’s a good idea to call a water restoration company because they can check your home for any signs of mold.

3. Restore Your Home
A water restoration company can also help clean and sanitize your home. Water is invasive and it’s hard to know how much damage has been done. By working with a professional company, you’ll have peace of mind that your home is properly restored.
Bursting pipes are something you hope to never experience in your home. Fortunately, you’ll be able to prevent secondary damage by acting quickly and working with professionals to restore your home.

What Steps Get Taken During Water Removal in My House?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Always Follows a Standard Set of Procedures When Mitigating Moisture-Related Issues Inside Your Charleston Home

If your home in Charleston ever suffers from a pipe leak, our SERVPRO technicians can start the restoration process by inspecting your structure and discovering the source of the water and how affected your contents are. We can then utilize extraction equipment to remove the H2O in your house while it is still a liquid. Next, we can set up equipment as a part of the applied structural drying ASD phase.

How Do You Extract All of the Liquid Water from My Floors?

  • Submersible pumps: As a first step to conducting water removal inside your Charleston house, our SERVPRO team can set up sump pumps to pull the water from your floors to a sewage drain.
  • Extraction Wands: When removing liquids from thin glue-down carpets or hard-surfaced floors, we can attach a handheld wand to our heavy-duty extractor.
  • Weighted Extraction Tools: If you have thick carpets that are saturated, we can use weighted tools that use the weight of the operator to compress the carpet fibers.

How do you dry out my affected items?

  • Box fans: If the air outside is dry, we can use large box fans to push the wet air out and dry air into your building.
  • Air Movers: We can set up air movers so that they hit your wet walls at a 45-degree angle and push air in a counterclockwise motion.
  • Dehumidifiers: We can use dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of the air and pump out warm dry air to be used in the circulation created by the air movers.

Do You Clean My House After You Remove All of The Moisture?

Before we finalize any project, we always conduct a final cleaning process. We can use vacuums to remove any loose debris created during the mitigation process. We can also steam clean your carpets if any soiling or staining is found. Our goal is to restore your home to its preloss condition. Additional cost for cleaning already soiled contents can be extra, such as stained or dirty carpets or upholstery.

After a pipe breaks and your building materials and contents get wet inside your home in Johns Island or Ravenel, it is wise to call SERVPRO of South & West Charleston at (843) 823-7400.

Water Cleanup In Your Charleston Home

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Ice Maker Water Line Breaks  In Charleston

Many high-end refrigerators have automatic ice makers and also cold water dispensers. A plastic line connects a solenoid to the ice maker inside the fridge. The water feed to the solenoid may be copper or plastic. Every time the fridge is moved or adjusted, it causes the water feed line to move and may cause a water leak at a joint due to the flexing of older brittle piping.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services in Charleston and surrounding areas for residential and commercial customers. We are fully equipped to deal with emergencies involving water damage, fire, and flooding. Our teams are available every day of the week, 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies. Fast response and action minimize the total damage, and the time it takes to clean and dry the damaged area.

Water Seeps from Under the Fridge
When the water line breaks, often the first indication there is even a leak, is the water spreading across the floor. A pinhole leak in the plastic line from the solenoid to the ice maker involves a small amount of water, while a full break can cause many gallons of water to spread across the floor.

SERVPRO recommends that the water feed should be turned off immediately. Our team can respond in less than four hours, and after assessing the situation may deploy vacuums to remove the water and dry the floor with air movers and dehumidifiers. Significant amounts of water leaking onto the floor may involve more extensive action.

The primary objective is to remove all water and moisture to avoid the growth of microbes and mold. We may drill small holes under cupboards and islands to access any moisture in these areas. Air is forced into these areas to absorb the moisture and dry the structure. More extensive water leaks may require the removal of the cupboards to reach into walls and structures.

SERVPRO technicians always evaluate the situation and provide advice to the homeowner and insurance adjuster regarding the best approach to take, to limit the overall disruption and cost.

Call SERVPRO of South & West Charleston at (843) 823-7400 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Fort Sumter, Adams Run, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Overflowing Gutters In Your Charleston Home

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

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How Overflowing Gutters in Your Charleston Home can Lead to Cavity Water Damage Issues

Gutters play a vital role in collecting rainwater in passages beneath the roof and transporting that water into an open sewer point. In the fall, leaves can get into these gutters, causing blockages, thereby preventing water from reaching the sewer point. During the winter months, high winds can result in debris or fallen branches from further clogging up the gutters. With the additional rainfall expectations throughout the winter, these blockages can become a significant concern for the interior of your home.

Overflowing gutters can result in moisture entering your attic space or into wall cavities causing unseen water damage in your Charleston home. With the help of gravity, moisture overflowing into the structure migrates downwards. SERVPRO recommends that homeowners perform regular checks on both the exterior of their home and the interior walls throughout the colder months. Common symptoms of excessive moisture inside wall-cavities may be peeling of wall-paper, musty odors, or disjointing between baseboards and floor.

Restoring wall cavity damage can be tricky. There needs to be practical measurements and understanding of where moisture is before the, often necessary, removal of drywall or baseboard. SERVPRO technicians can call upon thermal imaging cameras that provide readings of surface temperatures on walls, which can indicate where moisture might reside. Alternatively, our technicians may use boroscopes to see inside the cavity and assess the extent of mold or water damages.

It may be necessary for SERVPRO to provide advanced structural drying technicians to your property to restore wall cavities. These technicians are adept at using Injectidry systems that attach hose nozzles into the small holes drilled into the wall. From there, a centrifugal fan can circulate heated air into the cavity to address moisture issues and dry out the pit. In some situations, water damage may be too severe for non-invasive systems, and we must remove sections of the wall to provide drying access to more powerful equipment like air-movers, vent fans, and portable heaters.

If you notice any symptoms of cavity damage in your home, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of South & West Charleston at (843) 823-7400.

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Our Professionals Will Remove Trapped Moisture In Your Charleston Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

Removing Trapped Moisture in Charleston Hardwood Flooring

Moisture is a challenging obstacle to overcome, even though the water loss incident itself was not catastrophic in your Charleston property. Once the exposure has occurred over even a full day, penetration of moisture can leave surface water infiltrating the composition of wood flooring. The two stages of moisture damage beyond the surface can indicate the ability of our experienced technicians to restore wood flooring versus removing it and replacing it.

Identifying the severity of the hardwood flooring saturation is a determination made with the sophisticated tools of our SERVPRO team when evaluating all water damage to the Charleston residence. Surface moisture detection devices and thermography are among the top options for this assessment of saturation and moisture pockets beneath the surface level. Finding trapped moisture early can provide an opportunity to restore the hardwood flooring rather than requiring removal and reinstallation.

Free Moisture
Free moisture in a flooring material is water molecules that have not yet chemically bonded with the molecular makeup of the wood. Instead, much like surface water, they can get affected by drying and moisture removal techniques like drying mats, air movers, and dehumidifiers. When only free moisture exists, the planks have not yet begun to warp and distort, which makes them impossible to dry and restore to their original condition.

Bound Moisture
This term gets used when water saturating wood flooring has begun to alter the composition of these materials irreversibly. Early signals of this starting would be swelling around the creases between planks. Once our SERVPRO team can determine that bound water exists, it is often necessary to remove these portions of flooring and replace them. As a full-service restoration team, we have a division of experienced contractors that can oversee this controlled demolition and build back as needed.

We know water loss and how to protect the materials in your home from oversaturation when possible. Our SERVPRO of South & West Charleston team has extensive training and state-of-the-art equipment for drying wood flooring and making these loss events “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (843) 823-7400.

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Our Fast Response Keeps Water Damage Under Control in Charleston

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO's Fast Response Keeps Water Heater Leaks Under Control in Charleston

Water heaters only last for about a decade before beginning to fail, give or take a couple of years before or after that time frame. Many of these appliances leak continuously from the underside around the end of their lifespan. Because they continuously refill as the water level drops, a failing water heater can ruin the flooring inside your Charleston residence. A small heater can cause as much damage as a large one.

SERVPRO knows that a rapid response is crucial to protect any affected residential properties in Charleston from costly water damage. Teamwork and skilled knowledge gained from both extensive training and hands-on experience means we can handle any amount of damage your home sustains.
Water heaters hold a specific number of gallons, but your home can end up with much more than that when yours leaks. Dropped floors can hold this water and keep it from reaching other areas of your house, so calling immediately for a professional company to remove the water and clean up the area can go a long way toward keeping the damages inside your home minimized.

For other types of water leaks, our building services crew is also on call round-the-clock. SERVPRO professionals are dedicated individuals who do everything possible to make your home safe and comfortable, “Like it never even happened.” We know emergencies happen at all hours of the night or day, so we make ourselves available to handle your emergencies round-the-clock.

Cleaning up water and the damage it causes includes repairing floors and cleaning carpeting. When smaller rugs get wet like this, and the weather outside permits it, we wash them in suitably sized tubs and air dry them. The sunshine helps kill any microbes left behind in fibers and can leave them with a fresh scent.

Other flooring types, like wood or tile, need care that follows specific steps. Composite wood floors often become saturated and fall apart. We can help by reinstalling new flooring. Solid beams of wood require constant monitoring during the drying process. Sometimes we need to remove a few boards to allow air currents to flow underneath the rest of the boards. Uneven drying can leave floors warped or cupped.

We inspect the tile and grout to see how much water seeped underneath. When water stays trapped underneath, the subfloor can rot or warp, leading to more damage in the tile floor above as time progresses. Many times removing the tiles and reinstalling a new floor is the least costly option. We always discuss the possibilities with the homeowner, so they can make a well-informed decision that makes them happy with the outcome. Water damage can cause ruin in many locations within your home.

SERVPRO of South & West Charleston knows how to restore your James Island property with water cleanup techniques. Because flooring is not the only thing in your Johns Island home, we use a wide variety of methods to address our customers' needs more fully. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so call our 24-hour service line, (843) 308-0178, as soon as you realize your water heater has sprung a leak.

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Eliminate a Messy Mid-Cycle Appliance Mishap with Help from Water Cleanup Professionals in Charleston

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO clean away your Charleston water worries.

Doing laundry or running a load of dishes in your Charleston home uses both water and detergent. A run-over of soapy water can happen from either too much of your cleaning agent or a clogged drain. Food or dirt are mixed in with the water and detergent, leading to a higher risk of microbial-based contamination of your flooring.

Homeowners with messy overflows should call for help in protecting their home in Charleston from water damage, as SERVPRO's water removal team knows how to get the work done fast. They use highly efficient machines that extract water from floors and interior spaces of nearby walls. When moisture escapes within your house, it can end up in the air, or inside materials of either the components of your home's structure or your family's porous belongings. Typical heating and cooling patterns in your home cause such moisture to circulate within your home.  This humidity (high interior RH relative humidity) can create problems with dampness, leading to microbial infestations, especially in dark, enclosed spaces. 

At SERVPRO, we want to mitigate existing areas with damage to keep it from spreading. Part of this includes the prevention of costly issues. We can protect many surfaces with non-staining sealants. Wherever possible, we use protective measures to keep water from affecting your home's structure and interior environment. To dry your home after an appliance overflows, we use different machines. Some of these are dual-purpose pieces of equipment, and their use depends on the choice of attachments.

 We use 

  • our Injectidry system to dry out the interior spaces of walls and ceilings, as well as the tiny gaps in wooden floors
  • desiccant machines to dry out the air in your house, preventing it from condensing elsewhere
  • air movers to help pull moisture out of walls and toward either an open window or a desiccant machine
  • heaters that make it possible for the air to hold more moisture than normal, as this helps speed the process up

Air movers can also help us dry out the underside of carpets. We gently pull up the rug on one side and clip it to at least one of our air movers (floating a carpet.) Drying a carpet this way keeps it from stretching and evenly dries the carpet from the bottom up, keeping moisture from becoming trapped once we re-lay the carpet. Our building services team helps with this, and many other aspects of cleaning up and removing water, including plumbing, from homes in our area.

When your dishwasher, washing machine, water heater, or other appliance malfunctions, call SERVPRO of South & West Charleston at (843) 308-0178. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and always ready to take your call. Residents in Charleston, James Island, and Kiawah Island know they can rely on us for professional mitigation and restoration services.

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