Recent Water Damage Posts

How To Know If Your Walls Have Water Damage

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

water stains on white ceiling These homeowners knew they had water damage when they noticed water stains on their ceiling.

Have you ever wondered if your walls have water damage? Sometimes it's not so easy to identify.  And, as you know, water losses don't typically happen during convenient hours of the day. It’s not always easy to identify if your walls are damaged, but here are some signs to look for.

Common Signs of Water Damage In Your Walls

  1. Musty Odor: Water damage can often cause mold damage and/or mildew damage if left undetected. But unfortunately, mold isn't always visible. If you notice a musty odor, that's a sign there may be mold somewhere you don't see. You want to make sure both sides of your walls are checked and tested for mold damage. Most importantly, you'll want to find the source of your water issues so the mold doesn't return and cause more damage.
  2. Visible Mold Growth On Walls And Baseboards: Always be on the lookout for visible mold growth, it comes in various sizes. Mold infestation can quickly spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. But you want to be careful because mold may cause harm to you and your family's health, including your pet's. That is why it is very important to contact trained professionals who have the proper training and experience to remove and remediate mold.
  3. Discoloration: Discoloration is a key indicator that your walls are damaged as a result of water damage. The common colors associated with discoloration are yellow, brown, or copper.
  4. Peeling Or Bubbling Paint And Wallpaper: The peeling or bubbling of paint or wallpaper is another key indicator that your walls are damaged. It is important to contact trained professionals to access your walls, to prevent further damage from happening down the road.
  5. Warped Walls: Inspect your walls carefully to see if you have any warped walls. When the sheetrock behind a wall absorbs too much water, it will start to bend and curve, which, in turn, can cause the wall to warp.
  6. Water Stains: Inspect your walls carefully for any potential water stains. Water stains can easily be missed, especially if they are tiny in size. Since they can start out small, homeowners typically don't notice the water stains until they have increased in size, which, at that time, further damage may have occurred. It's a good idea to inspect around your windows and frames as well.

If you notice signs of water damage in your walls, don't hesitate to call our SERVPRO team! We are always here to help!

Smart Methods of Water Damage Remediation

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

equipment set on wood floor after water damage This loss was caused by an unnoticed sink leak.

What You Can Do When Your Cleveland Kitchen Sink Leaks 

As time goes on, our appliances in our homes can begin to wear down, and some of them can even cause water damage. The water supply line attached to your kitchen sink began to weaken and eventually cracked one afternoon. The crack in the line allowed for water to spit beneath the sink, gradually making the white paint on the inside of the cupboard bubble. 

Fortunately, the water damage in your Cleveland kitchen is mild enough that you can handle the remediation of the damage yourself. However, if you feel unsure about fixing it yourself, or you merely want a second opinion, reaching out for professional help is always a good idea. It is always best to follow your gut instinct and be safe, rather than sorry. 

Here at SERVPRO, when it comes to water damage, we recommend that the remediation is done using devices that supply dry air and heat. For instance, our technicians could use heaters and dehumidifiers and minimize the access moisture inside of the cupboard. If you are confident that the water damage is minimal, putting a heat source, such as a space heater, inside of the cupboard, along with a small fan, could help evaporate the water inside. 

Our SERVPRO technicians follow the same principals, but with industry-grade equipment that has been designed for water damage restoration. In your own home, you can find some items that can work similarly, but on a smaller scale. Once the cupboard has been dried out, you can use sandpaper to remove the paint bubble and to file down the area. Afterward, you can apply new primer and then a fresh coat of paint to the water-damaged section of the cupboard. 

If the job can be done at home, it is always a good thing to learn how to fix problems yourself. However, always remember that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. At SERVPRO, we always rush to any job, no matter how big or small, and we are happy to help you during your time of need. 

If you find your home needs water damage restoration services, reach out for help. Dial (440) 324-2630 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County. We're always ready to take your call. 

Southern Lorain County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

fire and soot damaged living room This loss was caused by a cooking fire.

SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County 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 - (440) 324-2620

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 Southern Lorain County 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 Southern Lorain County

SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County 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.

Timeline Of Water Damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

water on concrete floor with equipment set Don't wait! Call us right away if you experience water damage in your home or business.

When you experience water damage in your home or business, drying it out quickly helps keep the claim cost down.

Within Minutes:

  • Water spreads quickly throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Walls, floors, upholstery, and personal contents are absorbed by water.
  • Furniture in the path of the water may bleed, causing permanent staining on the carpet.
  • Books, photographs and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1-24:

  • Affected drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces start to tarnish.
  • Furniture starts to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and ink on paper goods bleed and stain.
  • A musty odor lingers in the air.

48 hours to a week:

  • Mold and mildew may start to grow and spread.
  • Doors and windows start to swell and warp.
  • Metal surfaces start to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture on the affected flooring warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint starts to blister.
  • Wood floors swell and warp.
  • Bio-hazard contamination is possible.

More than a week:

  • Restoration time and costs increase dramatically. The replacement of  contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Causes And Signs Of Water Damage In Your Home

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

water bubbles and ceiling peeling from water damage These homeowners knew they had water damage from the water bubbles and the noticeable peeling on their ceiling.

SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County knows that when you experience unexpected water damage it can be costly and set you back. It can occur at any time. Here are some examples of situations that can cause water damage in a home:

  • Problems with the HVAC system.
  • Cracks in the foundation or walls.
  • Severe storms, floods and other extreme weather.
  • Leaky or busted pipes.
  • Malfunctioning dishwashers or washing machines.
  • Roof damage, such as missing shingles or cracked flashing.
  • Leaks from toilets, sinks, and showers.
  • Drainage problems on your property.

Water damage is recognizable when it’s caused by a flood, but with other causes, it is sometimes hard to spot. If you are unsure of what to look for, it can be easy to miss until it becomes a major problem. Here are the usual signs of water damage in a home:

  • Paint peeling from your walls
  • Mold growth (which can look like dark discoloration) on any surface
  • Warping of your floors.
  • A strong musty smell.
  • Sagging in parts of your walls or ceiling.
  • Stains or discolored patches on walls or ceilings.
  • Water pooling in your yard after a storm.

Storms Can Cause Water Damage In Your Attic

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

wet insulation removed from ceiling Wet insulation in this home had to be removed due to water leaking into the home through the attic.

Severe thunderstorms that make their way into Cleveland put both commercial and residential buildings at risk. The combination of wind and rain can force you to have to call in a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. During storms, winds can sometimes reach high speeds, and the affected area can receive wind speeds of 50 miles per hour or more, which can cause things like rocks or branches to become airborne and strike the exterior of your home, which can create a hole for rain to enter. High-speed winds can also cause your roof's shingles to blow off, which can cause your house extensive flood damage.

If your roof gets affected by wind, rain can then enter the interior of your structure very quickly. When roof shingles get blown off, the first area that receives flood damage in your home is your attic. When moisture starts to leak into this section above your living area, water can then pour into the structure coming from the ceiling and follow gravity to your floors.

If materials inside your attic get wet, mold growth can occur because organic substances are abundant. Having professional technicians like the team at SERVPRO mitigate the problems quickly, can help you prevent secondary issues such as mold growth.

When the source of moisture affecting your home has proven to be rainwater, we treat the problem as a category two or grey water situation, which means that there is a possibility that the water can be contaminated with harmful parasites or bacteria since it is coming from the outside. Most attics contain wooden trusses and insulation. If insulation gets wet, the material's R-value gets drastically reduced.

In many scenarios, the wet insulation must get removed and replaced. Once we remove the wet insulation, our SERVPRO team can set up drying equipment inside your attic and dry out the rest of the building materials. If you ever notice moisture inside your attic after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County 24 hours a day.

Why Is My Washing Machine Leaking?

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

washing machine door open with white towels inside If you experience water damage in your home from a washing machine, call SERVPRO of Southern Lorain County.

Over time, wear and tear on your washing machine can leak to internal problems that can result in water leaks. Here are some common reasons why your washing machine is leaking.

  • Overloaded washing machine. Overloading a washing machine is the most common cause for it to leak water. Take a look at your user’s guide for load limits and make sure you’re not putting too much laundry in.
  • Excessive suds. Putting in too much detergent can lead to excessive suds that can find their way out of your machine and lead to water damage. Water softeners can sometimes increase your detergent’s ability to produce suds.
  • Worn out hose gaskets. If you have an old washing machine, or if you have relocated the machine but used the same hoses, the gaskets in those hoses can become brittle over time and leak.
  • Problem with the air gap device. The air gap device stops water from back flowing into your home’s water supply. It can crack causing it to leak.
  • The fill hoses to the machine are leaking. Be sure that the hot and cold water fill hoses are tightly connected at both sides of the incoming water lines. After a few years, they will become worn out and crack, likely needing to be replaced.
  • Damaged incoming water tube. Once the water makes its way inside the washing machine, it is routed through the air gap device by an internal tube can crack and leak.
  • Damaged inlet spout. A significant amount of water can leak out of the machine if the inlet spout is damaged or broken free from the mount.
  • Blocked or leaking main drain hose. Inspect the hose leading water into the tub or receiving area. Be sure the hose’s connection to the back of the washing machine is properly secured. Ensure the drain hose is not clogged by disconnecting it and running a long wire through it.
  • Cracked utility sink or the pipes are leaking. Check near the gooseneck pipes for punctures, cracks or leaks. If you discover rust or corrosion, that could mean trouble.
  • Faulty main tub seal. This is the primary water seal between you washing machine’s outer tub and the transmission that turns the tub. The main seal can sometimes leak directly under the tub.
  • Broken water pump. The water pump pushes water from the washing machine’s internal tube out. Inspect the drain hose to ensure it is secured to the pump and look out for signs of a loose hose clamp.
  • Faulty water supply valves. Inspect the water supply valves connected to the hot and cold lines to ensure they are working. If you will be away from your home for an extended period of time, turn them off to be safe.
  • Back-flow from the sewer. Your washing machine drains directly into the sewer if you don’t have a utility sink. When backflow is an issue, call a professional plumber to look at the issue.