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How to Deal with Water Damage in Your Home
Moisture trapped under a tile floor
Water damage is a common problem that many homeowners face. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as leaky pipes, overflowing toilets, or natural disasters like floods and heavy rainfall, just to name a few. In some cases, though it may seem like a minor inconvenience, water damage can have serious consequences if left untreated. It can lead to mold growth and further structural damage.
To prevent water damage, it is important to take proactive steps such as ensuring that pipes are in good condition, regularly inspecting appliances for leaks, and making sure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. In the event of water damage, it is crucial to act quickly and hire a professional restoration company to handle the cleanup process. That’s where we at SERVPRO® come in. We will assess your loss and use our years of expertise to bring everything back to normal like it never even happened.
By taking these steps, homeowners can protect their homes and their health from the damaging effects of water.
Control Moisture Reduce Mold: The Realtor Edition
Water Damage & Mold Assessments
Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show. A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster, it's just a fact. Veteran realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:
- Reduced list to sale conversion
- Increased market value
- Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales.
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson professionals offer a variety of services to help revive your listings to top show condition:
Clean Homes Sell Faster
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery, and Blind Cleaning
- Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Water Damage Assessments
- Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup
If you are in need to sell a home and need some assistance to make that sell. You can give us a call for any questions regarding any of our services, or to simply schedule an assessment. We are available 24/7/365 to help when you need it most! (310) 637-7701
Water Damage Negligence
When leaky water source pipes are not addressed immediately, the damages can be extensive & costly. It is always best to locate & stop the water source to avoid major damages once they have been spotted. Mold infestation, costly extensive damages, or structural problems are a few of the problems that could result from neglecting water leaks.
Mold may grow on walls, clothes, toys, & even electronics. Mold is a type of fungi that may grow indoors or outdoors. Mold spores thrive in moist & warm environments, in which they travel through air and if contact other similar environments they will begin to spread. By keeping humidity levels low, with the use of a dehumidifier for example, you can prevent or decrease the chances of mold growth in your home or place of business.
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson deals with water damages & mold remediations on a regulars basis. Our highly trained technicians are trained and prepared for any size emergency. For any questions, comments, or concerns you may have, feel free to reach us at (310)637-7701. Let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."
Early Signs of Water Damage
Recognizing the signs of water damage could be crucial to stopping further damage before it gets out of control. Water leaks can come from many different sources around your home or place of business. Family or staff should know the location of the water shut off valve in case of emergency. Aside from knowing all exit routes & shut off valve location, there should also be an emergency plan in place that every person in the home or place of business is familiar with. Keeping chaos under control during these kinds of emergencies is very crucial. The following list will briefly detail some early signs of water damage that may be going on around your home or place of business.
Signs To Look For:
- Severe Rain Storms; may cause water intrusion.
- Clogged Gutter Systems & Drains
- Broken or Loose Fitting Pipes (Including Water Supply Lines)
- Foul, Humid Odors
- Bubbling paint/Swollen Drywall
- Mold Growth In Property
It is highly encouraged for everyone to create their own emergency plan, as well as for each individual to do their own research on these topics. The list created here is just a brief example on some signs you could keep an eye on. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson specializes in water damage clean up and restoration & is here to help with any of your water & fire needs. For further information on the services we provide, feel free to reach us at (310)637-7701 or visit us on our website at SERVPROcarsonwestcarson.com.
Water Damage Approach
Water damage may surface from many factors, whether it be a broken pipe, malfunctioning water heater, or even a natural cause such as rain. Fear no more, SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson is here to help with mitigation & restoration. Being locally owned & operated helps us be the quickest to any size disaster in the area, making sure our customers are well informed & in good hands. Upon arrival, our certified technicians will perform moisture readings & mark all areas affected. Furthermore, room measurements, photos & point of origin confirmation will be located to determine cause of loss. Do not worry about the hassle of going back & forth with your insurance, we can assist with that during this difficult time. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson values customers and will help you return to your daily norm, like it never even happened. For any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to reach us at (310)637-7701 or visit our website at SERVPROcarsonwestcarson.com.
Water Damage Scenarios
Water damage disasters are never predictable and never an easy thing to deal with. Especially when you don’t have a plan of action in place. Water disasters can happen in a variety of different ways. Some include busted plumbing pipes, weather related, or even appliance malfunction.
For example… Let’s say a water hose attached to a refrigerator breaks, cracks, or comes loose, causing water to leak in your kitchen. Let’s assume this disaster occurred when you were out of town or even at work for eight hours, that can be a large amount of water damage happening in an eight hour window, let alone days if you were on vacation. With the amount of time the water will flow throughout your property, saturating cabinets, flooring, baseboards, or personal belongings, that will give the water enough time to cause water damage and even giving mold the opportunity to grow. Mold only needs 24 to 48 hours to start its growth process. This is the reason why we always encourage our local residence to give us a call to help and contain the affected areas to avoid secondary damages.
Trying to do things on your own usually tends to become worse if you’re not familiar with the right protocols to follow after a water damage situation. Always call a certified expert to help with these types of scenario’s.
Call SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson at (310) 637-7701.
Available 24/7/365 for water/fire/mold damages.
Flood Damage Cleanup in Carson, CA
If your home or commercial facility is dealing with a flood, it's crucial to make sure you move fast to avoid costly expenses and secondary damages like mold growth.
By identifying where your main water shut off valve is located can be a great first step to avoid more damages to your property. Locate the valve and shut it off to avoid more water from damaging your property until help arrives.
Water damage restoration is our most commonly requested service in the South Bay Carson area. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has helped countless property owners get their lives back on track when disasters strike.
What to Expect When You Call SERVPRO For Flood Damage Assistance.
We will arrive on-site ready to extract any standing water from your property to avoid more damages. We would then move any contents out of the way to make sure that they don't get damaged if they haven't already. We then would set up some drying equipment to stabilize the affected areas until you make a decision whether or not you'll be opening up a claim with your insurance carrier.
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson will document the whole process and provide you with an itemized estimate so you can make a decision on paying out of pocket or presenting the estimate to your insurance.
As a leader in fire & water damage restoration, SERVPRO has earned the trust of all major insurance carriers and can help you through the insurance claim process. This is why we have a great reputation and continue to help local property owners get their lives back on track when disasters strike.
If you're dealing with a flood and need an experience mitigation team to help you with your unfortunate situation, you've came to the right place. Available 24/7/365 we are always ready to assist with your situation.
Give us a call at (310) 637-7701
Restoring Damaged Photos
Sometimes our valuable belongings can be affected by water damage. When precious photos become wet, this can cause some panic. The initial reaction tends to be that they are completely ruined, but this is not the case!
Mold will start to grow within 48 hours of contact with water, so you'll have to act fast. The ideal scenario is that you are able to air dry photos with some sort of fan. If this isn't possible, you'll want to freeze the photos instead.
If there are any photos inside glass or metal frames, remove them before placing them in the freezer. Before you start freezing the photos, make sure to put waxed paper between each photograph. This will help ensure they don’t stick together.
Knowing what to do when valuables get damaged is important to salvaging them!
If you are interested in learning more or would like a professional opinion, don't hesitate to contact us today! We're ready to make it "Like it never even happened."
Apartment Flooding Who to Call ???
Apartment Flooding Services Available 24 Hours
Property owners/managers in the Los Angeles county and surrounding areas constantly deal with day to day situations and interruptions.
For example, a few units had flooded at a nearby apartment complex in Carson, the landlord and property manager had to act fast to avoid lost of profits, secondary damages, and customer downtime. They knew this wasn't your ordinary cleanup job that their maintenance crew can handle.
They needed an expert who can execute and bring the units back to preloss condition in a timely manner, someone who can provide a fast response, an expert who's actually seen a similar situation and made it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, combined with our experience over the years, we can help in a crucial situation and help avoid long interruptions.
We're a one stop shop that also provides reconstruction services. Why hire multiple vendors when you can just hire SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson to handle all of your restoration & reconstruction needs.
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Looking For a Local Licensed Commercial Water Damage Repair Company?
Commercial Water Damage Repair Services
CALL THE CLEANUP TEAM THAT IS FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER
There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when a smaller leak can become a bigger situation if left untreated. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet/vinyl flooring, causing huge headaches and expenses over time.
No matter what time of the day or night, contact SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson franchise professionals to begin emergency mitigation.
If you're in desperation to avoid business interruptions, you need a certified SERVPRO franchise technician, who can be on-site with a quick response, begin drying your facility, and restoring your contents. The faster the water is removed, less chance of serious damage to your building.
HOW TO CALL FOR HELP AFTER HOURS
You can call our 24/7 Emergency Dispatch # which is our regular phone # (310) 637-7701
Our dispatcher will get in contact with our certified technician who's on-call for the that day and begin emergency services.
Emergency Water Damage Repair Services in Carson, CA
Water Damage Repair Services
Are you looking for an accurate assessment and explanation on what's causing water damage to your property?
Our certified technicians at SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson will arrive to your property and reassure that you don't deal with this alone. We are ready to respond 24/7 when you need us most! A certified SERVPRO technician will arrive at your property, assess the area, explain every aspect of the restoration process, giving you piece of mind during this stressful situation. You can always call us for any questions at our 24/7 dispatch # (310) 637-7701
Need Help Filing Your Insurance Claim?
Not a problem! As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO has a track record of helping countless property owners get their homes/businesses back to preloss conditions. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for all major insurance carriers, we've helped countless property owners from the beginning stages to the end, making it...
"Like it never even happened."
What are Slab Leaks?
Slab Leak Services
The industry term Slab Leak is used to describe a leak that occurred below the concrete foundation of your property. Similar to when you're dealing with a pinhole leak, which is another industry term for a copper water line leak in between your walls or ceiling of your property.
These leaks can be caused if water and sewer lines run below the concrete slab and rupture. Concrete is porous, if enough water surrounds the slab it can result to water damage inside your property.
Signs That You're Dealing With a Slab Leak
- Puddle of water on your floors
- Water puddles around your property
- High water bills
- Hot floor
- Hearing water running
- Buckled floors
Slab Leak Services
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has countless encounters with slab leaks and helping our locals with services. We can also help you with your insurance claim if needed.
We can be reach at our office 24/7/365 when you need a professional opinion on your property damage situation.
Call us today! (310) 637-7701
Water Damage Services In Los Angeles, California
Emergency Water Damage Service
Water damage is one of the most common problems a homeowner deals with at times. Undetected leaks is a big problem and should never be ignored. Water damage can occur anywhere and anytime, you can have an issue in your kitchen, laundry room, upstairs bathroom, basement, and the list goes on.
Most individuals will mop up the mess, set up a fan and call it a day with their quick cleanup methods. What's not visible to the naked eye is what homeowners should be concerned about. While cleaning up the visible wet area won't resolve the problem, its what you don't see that causes huge problems.
Water is a seeper and will go to places that is not visible to the naked eye, causing secondary damages if not properly treated. Not only will you cause physical damage to your property, but even worse, can cause health issues and other hazardous situations. Be sure to take it very seriously and address the situation quickly to avoid secondary damages and expenses.
Quick Response For Water Damage Services in Los Angeles California, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our team at SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson stay ready to respond around the clock to your emergency service needs. We have emergency dispatchers ready to call our certified technicians to help when help is needed. 24/7/365 we can be reached at
Water Damage Repair
If you find yourself experiencing water damage in your household, immediately contact SERVPRO of Redondo Beach. These matters should be dealt with professionally!
In the case that the damage is minor and you are set on doing it yourself, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Identify mold. This is key because it can be toxic to humans if left alone. In minor situations, cut the affected area, bag it, and throw it away.
2. Dry the affected area. You may need to purchase special equipment for this, but it's important to circulate air through the area.
3. Disinfect. The most common solution is bleach. This is to ensure there are no remaining mold spores.
4. Now you can focus on repairing things such as drywall and baseboard.
We do not suggest attempting to fix water damage yourself as it is very dangerous, these were just some guidelines to those who want to anyway.
Please contact SERVPRO of Redondo Beach with any questions or concerns.
Preventing Water Damage
Water damage can occur at any time if we aren't sufficiently prepared. Here are some tips to make sure your chances of staying dry are maximized.
1. Disconnect your hoses. Standing water in a hose can cause a backup or freeze in cold conditions. This may result in burst pipes or damaged foundations.
2. Clean your gutters. If your gutters become blocked, they no longer serve any purpose. Make sure you clean them out twice a year.
3. Know where your water shut off valve is. Turn it off immediately in emergency situations. Also, remember to turn it off if you leave for extended periods of time.
4. Check your appliances. Make sure there are no leaks coming from things such as your refrigerator or dishwasher.
5. Monitor your water bill. Sometimes you won't know if you have a leak until you see a spike in your payments.
These are just some tips to help you avoid water damage. If you do have water damage, be sure to contact your local SERVPRO.
We're open 24/7
Emergency Water Damage Services in The City of Carson California
Water Damage To Wood Floors in The City of Carson, CA
There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property, home, or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don't have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property.
It's best to save SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson 24 hour emergency dispatch # in your emergency contacts (310) 637- 7701. When disasters strike, depend on SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson to have a rapid response and do the job correctly without any lies and extra cost at the end of the assessment. We help make it "Like it never even happened."
COVID-19 has changed the social landscape more than we could have imagined. SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson has been following the CDC protocols to protect our customers and employees. We will show up to your property fully equipped with our PPE to ensure the safety of our customers and employees during a water/ fire/ mold inspection. We are always one step ahead of the competition which makes us the #1 fire & water damage restoration company across the nation.
House Flooded How To Dry??
Emergency Water Extraction
So you forgot to turn off your bathroom sink before going to bed last night and woke up to a flooded house. This can happen to anyone, accidents happen. Taking the proper steps to dry out your property to preloss condition is crucial in these situations.
The wise thing to do would be to call SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson at (310) 637- 7701 immediately after a loss so they can come out and contain the situation before it becomes worse. As a preferred vendor for all major insurance carriers, SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson can help you with your insurance claim process and make life easier for you.
Tips on Drying a Flooded Property:
- Natural air flow. If humidity isn't too high, open all doors/ windows and let air circulate.
- Extract any standing water
- Place some fans if possible
- Place aluminum foil under furniture legs to prevent damages to content.
- Call SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson
We Are Around The Corner, Always Here to Help
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson is located at 20830 Leapwood Ave. in Carson, CA., and always here to help for any emergency water cleanup and restoration.
Our convenient location off of 3 major freeways 405, 710 and 110 makes our travel time shorter than 20 minutes to any place in city of Carson, and South Bay area of Los Angeles County.
Over 8000 Square foot warehouse is customized to store our specialty equipment and products, as well as storage vaults to store contents if packing out furniture and customer’s belonging to protect them from further damage during cleanup and repair work of the building.
When disaster strikes, the fastest the response, the sooner you can get back to your routine. The first few hours are crucial to save many materials from further damage and save some furniture and content.
Call us first: We will get to your place of business or home early. We will document all aspects of the loss, we will explain to your and the insurance adjuster our professional plan of action.
Never surprised, you will get back to life and business because we are always here to help. Our mission is to make it "Like it never even happened."
Attention Carson Residents!
If you are ever in need of water extraction services we are available to help 24/7! You will receive an immediate response from our expert cleanup and restoration team.
What You Should Know
Always think safety after a flood.
- Call SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson at (310) 637-7701
- Shut off electricity and gas
- Wear protective gear
- Remove any standing water or soaked furnishings
- Place foil or wooden blocks under furniture legs
- Wait for the SERVPRO TEAM to arrive
We understand these situations can be overwhelming, but we're prepared to make it "Like it never even happened."
For the quickest recovery, be sure to keep our contact information at the ready. Any delays could result in more property damage.
Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to be of service!
Call The Cleanup Team When Water Damage Occurs
Water Damage Heroes
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has the resources to recover your property when the unexpected occurs.
There's no such thing as a small disaster... especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damages.
Water damage can affect the value of your property, it's always best to call out the professionals to take a better look at the situation.
When you call SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson for assistance, you'll be getting a trained equipped professional to manage the drying process from start to finish. You can even download SERVPRO'S "Here To Help" App.
The Here To Help Connection provides the customer, the agent, and adjuster a real time look at the progress of their loss. By using this application they can view information pertaining to their loss, such as job progression gauges, franchise information, claim information, loss details, pictures, and frequently asked questions.
Tips On Preventing Water Damage To Your Property
Keep My House Flood Free
If you're a property owner you know that you have a huge responsibility to pay your mortgage...which is not cheap! Here are some tips on preventing water damage, claim expenses, and keeping your property well- maintained.
1. Know Your Water Main Shut Off Valve Location...
No.. not the two valves underneath your sink. If you don't know where your water main shut off is located, now's the time! If you go on vacation for a few days, you can stop water from coming in to your property to avoid any floods.
2. Check Your Appliances Twice A Month...
If you can inspect your appliances a few times a month, you can prevent water damage by coming across a loose hose or a corroded pipe.
3. Update/Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses...
Most common causes of water damage is due to old brittle hoses. Always look and inspect your hoses to make sure if they need to be replaced.
4. Water Bill/Meter...
Sometimes it's a good thing to keep an eye out on your water bill. If you notice your bill was higher prior to your last, you could have a leak somewhere in your property. Look for the situation and fix it to prevent damages.
5. Install Water Detector In Your Home...
You can place an electronic device that sets off an alarm when it comes in contact with moisture.You can place this water detector by a washing machine, water heater, dishwasher, etc. This tool is very beneficial, and can prevent an extensive amount of damages or even mold.
SERVPRO of Carson Suggestion to Minimize Damages in Case of Flood
Relax... You called SERVPRO of Carson.
Water damage can easily be considered one of the worst disasters that may occur at your property. It’s crucial that immediate action takes place when damage is discovered. All too often, we are caught off guard and unprepared which delays response time and can lead to further damages. SERVPRO of Carson has these tips to offer:
First… are you covered? Before the damage even occurs, be protected with home owners insurance. Insurance will help soften financial blows. If its determined that you waited too long to report damages and extended damages occur, you may be left to pay for the repairs yourself. Make sure you seek assistance at the first sign of trouble.
Whether your insurance provider covers your claim or not, you should take immediate action to protect your property.
Step 1 – Locate The Source And Shut Off The Water Supply
The next move to make when you discover water damage, is to find out where the water is coming from and shut it off. Better yet, turn off the water supply to your home. Leaking pipes or a pipe that burst are the most common cause of water damage. If you have a large water loss on your hands, you should also shut off electricity and gas if possible.
Step 2 – Start A Claim With Your Insurance Provider.
You should notify your insurance company immediately of the water damages. Even if the damage is not covered, they will be able to assist you in contacting professionals to begin restoration.
Step 3 – Rescue Your Most Valuable Belongings
Gather your important things from the affected areas and put them in a safe place. Family heirlooms, jewelry, money, photos etc.. You should also allow electronics and outlets sufficient time to dry before plugging them in.
Step 4 – Eliminate As Much Water As Possible
Get rid of access water. Remove rugs and hang them to dry, use a broom or mop to assist you with standing water. A wet vacuum is also a handy tool for carpeted areas.
Step 5 – Ventilating The Affected Area
Proper ventilation is needed in order to prevent mold & mildew. Open all windows if humidity is lower outside than indoors. You may use fans to assist if you still have power and only if you are certain that mold is NOT present. Fans can spread mold, further contaminating the home.
Step 6 – Is Mold Present?
Mold is dangerous to clean on your own because disturbing the mold will cause it to release spores. According to the IICRC S520, mold remediation and removal should be done by experienced and trained technicians equipped by full protective suites, gloves, masks and using special machines such as air scrubbers and dehumidifiers.
Call SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson at
310-637-7701 We are here to help 24 hours a day.
Property Preparation For Flooding
When you are a property owner you have a lot of responsibility on your hands... let alone, you need to find ways to protect your property from mother nature.
Its always a good idea to follow up with your insurance agent to go over certain coverage's to make sure you are ready for whatever happens. Contact your insurance so you know what flood insurance plans and needs that best fit your situation.
Here are some tips on preventing damage to your property if a flood occurs...
- Clear debris from curbside gutters, drains in yards, driveways, and inspect roofs to check for loose tiles, holes, or other signs of trouble.
- Clear and place sandbags in problem areas if an area has been affected by wildfire in the past, or if you've been having flooding problems around a certain area of your property.
- Inspect storm drains before and after heavy rainfall. If blocked, contact your City Public Works Department for help.
You can always prepare for the worst, don't wait for the worst to happen to you, stay ready Carson!
The Color Run Volunteer- Los Angeles 2019
The Color Run Volunteer- Los Angeles 2019
Date: June 30, 2019 Time: 9:00 am
Location: StubHub Center-18400 S. Avalon Blvd. Carson, CA. 90746
- Be part of something great! Help make us make magic at The Happiest 5K on the Planet.
- Earn your exclusive The Color Run Volunteer T-shirt.
- As a volunteer, you will be supporting a local and global organization.
- And lastly, the chance to throw colored powder at people.
Are there any age requirements for volunteering?
- All volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
Can I run AND volunteer?
- Race day positions last the duration of the run. If you volunteer for the Check-In party you will be available to run the next day.
If you have any further questions please email:
The Awareness of Water Categories
Once your home or business is hit with any water damage are you able to distinguish the water types to notify the cleaning crew? Here is the breakdown of the water categories:
- Clean Water: Leak came from a clean water source such as a broken pipe or rainwater.
- Gray Water: When water is left untreated and letting bacteria or other contaminants occur. Slightly contaminated water.
- Black Water: When the water is highly contaminated and contain harmful agents, typically from sewage.
For proper cleanup of any water category, SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson is the company to help. With our certified technicians, tools and equipment we can properly clean up your water damage in a safe and efficient manner.
Locally owned and available 24 hours 7 days a week for any emergency services give us a call at (310-637-7701.
Clogged Main Line
Think Twice Before You Pour!
Are you pouring and flushing the wrong things down your pipes? Have you ever had water damage at your property because water was coming out of your toilets, bathtubs, or sinks?
Most water damage at times is caused due to the fact that a main line got clogged. If it's an indoor blockage, it could have occurred because of heavy materials or objects being flushed down into the drain. Blocked drains are often caused by sanitary products, paper towels or other hard to flush materials which can clog pipes and obstruct drains.
Grease. When you pour grease down the drain it sticks to the inside of your pipes and the pipes in the street. This can cause the entire pipe to become clogged over time. Other oil-based products are also dangerous to pour down your drain, such as... cooking oil, salad dressings, butter, mayonnaise, and fat.
The next time you flush or pour anything down your drains, think twice before you do it! Otherwise be prepared to pay for the consequences, literally!
Will My Insurance Cover a Water Leak???
PIPE LEAK COVERAGE
Its Friday night! you're off for the weekend, its just you and your wife, you ordered a pizza and a movie, what more can you ask for... right?
Unfortunately it was Friday the 13th and accidents do happen, in this case you have a pin hole leak coming from your upstairs bathroom... bummer! Of course with this situation, comes along a huge mess to clean up, headaches, and concern's on whether or not your insurance will cover this leak???
Virtually all home insurance policies today cover plumbing leaks that are sudden and accidental. In other words, you're covered for a pipe that abruptly springs a leak, as opposed to one that trickles out water over months or years.
If the leak is sudden and accidental, such as if a washing machine hose suddenly breaks off, or in this case a pipe bursts,you are more than likely covered. However, homeowners insurance does not cover damage resulting from poor maintenance.
Its always a good idea to call your local insurance agent and go over your policies to make sure you have the right coverage in situations like these.
Help with My Water Damage Claim
Help with my water damage claim
If you're a homeowner or business owner and wake up or walk into your home/business with a foot of standing water what do you do? what can you do?
You would be desperate to remove the water, clean up the mess, and salvage as many of your items as possible. Doing so, may cause more harm than good. If you throw away any damaged items or make permanent repairs before your insurance company has inspected the property and estimated the scope of damage, you may be denied coverage and not get compensated for your loss.
In this case, you’ll have to pay for the repairs out of your own pocket and find a way to get your life back on track without any financial assistance.
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has the expertise when dealing with this situation. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry and we've helped countless homeowners with their claim.
We will help you in the process of your claim and make sure to help you and your assigned adjuster to make life easier for both parties.
We will follow up with your adjuster with the assessment we did at your home/business, taking accurate pictures of everything that was effected, moister readings, etc... This helps getting the process rolling so we can get your home to preloss condition as quickly as possible. This is one of the reason why adjusters love working with SERVPRO.
5 Easy Tips To Prevent Water Damage
Don't Get Wet
1. Be careful where you plant
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.
2. Clean out roof gutters
You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.
3. Keep an eye on your water bill
With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.
4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals
No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.
5. Never pour grease down your sink
You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.
Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?
The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.
How to Prevent Water Damage
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Preventing water damage is a whole lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here are three easy prevention tips.
Clean your gutters, Ensure good drainage.
Direct downspouts 5-10’ away from the house.
Test your sump pump once a year.
Fix all water leaks.
- Replace missing roof shingles.
Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and the very core that holds your house together.
You’ve heard about core strength for your body. Well, water damage hits at the core strength of your house, eventually causing serious structural damage. Damp wood invites termites and carpenter ants; plus, it causes mold and mildew.
Here’s how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.
#1. Ensure Good Drainage
Why it matters: Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.
How to do it:
- clean your gutter routinely, A clogged gutter will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.
- Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.
- Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation. That slope keeps water from getting down right next to your foundation, where it could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry, and create leaks. (For crawl spaces, keeping water away makes sure excess water doesn’t pool underneath your floor, making for damp conditions that encourage mold, rot, and insects.)
- But don’t let the soil get too dry, either. Long dry spells let the soil around your house dry out and shrink. A big rain may make the soil expand, putting pressure on your foundation walls. In a drought, run a soaker hose at least 6 inches from the foundation and 3 inches under the soil to keep the soil from contracting and expanding.
Maintenance cost: Very little. Cleaning gutters can be a no-cost DIY job, or you can hire a pro for $50 to $250, depending on the size and height of your home. To get the soil slope you need, you might have to buy some additional topsoil.
Worst case if you put it off: Your foundation could settle, cracking your basement walls. The cost to stabilize, repair, and seal deteriorated foundation walls is a whopping $15,000 to $40,000.
#2. Test Your Sump Pump Regularly
Why it matters: Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.
How to test your sump pump:
- Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls.
- Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first.
- If you don’t have a backup pump or a generator, and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.
#3. Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them
Why it matters: Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.
How to check for leaks:
- Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.
- At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.
Make sure to put SERVPRO of Carson in your emergency contacts for peace of mind. We have trained technicians ready to respond around the clock 365 days a year. (310) 637-7701
Faster to Any Disaster in South Bay Area of Los Angeles County
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson 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 or business and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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Water Damage Timeline
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 Carson/West Carson
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson 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 experience/knowledge to restore your property.