Recent Water Damage Posts
5 Hidden Places Water Damage Could Be Hiding In Your Home
Water damage from a leaking appliance or from a flood can easily identified (although that doesn’t make it better). When water damage like that happens, it is very noticeable, but, there could be water damage in your house that you can’t even see. Here are 5 overlooked spots that could have water damage:
- In the wall beneath a window:Rain can seep in between the window sash and jamb and trickle down to the framing studs in the wall. Prolonged leaks can rot the studs and other framing, leading to expensive repairs.
- Under the siding:Unsealed gaps allow water to enter the siding and eventually rot the plywood beneath.
- The exterior door threshold:Since this is exposed to water every time it rains, eventually the wood will swell and become spongy. This damage may not be noticed until the wood rots and can no longer support the metal threshold.
- Beneath the dishwasher:Leaks can develop in the water supply line that runs to the dishwasher. Since you can’t see under the dishwasher, over time a slow leak can do serious damage to the subfloor. You may not notice until you move the washer to replace it with a new one, only to find you’ll have to replace some of the floor as well.
- Under a wobbly toilet:Water can leak from around the wax ring at the base of the toilet. It is likely you would not see any water at all but it will be soaking into the subfloor the whole time. Sometimes the first indication is the toilet starting to wobble due to the floor supporting it rotting away.
Call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville for your water damage rescue 252-291-4492
We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are more prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer pipe
- Heavy rain that causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: A flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week
- We are a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies
- We bill the insurance directly – one less thing for you to worry about
- Our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques
- We use IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced inspection and extraction equipment
Water Damage Requires Immediate Action
Wet materials were left to sit in this kitchen, causing wide spread damage and mold growth.
In any water damage event, the goal is to dry out the wet materials as soon as possible in order to prevent them from having to be replaced. When water is left to sit for an extended period of time, it makes the floor and other affected materials unable to be dried completely. This can lead to floor covering, sub floor, cabinets, and other wet materials needing to be replaced. It is more expensive and more time consuming to replace these items than it is to restore them. In addition to that, mold begins to grow just 48 hours after wet materials are left to sit untreated. The effects from water damage happen quickly and need immediate action to avoid worse damage and costly repairs. SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville arrives at your home quickly and ready to return your home back to preloss condition.
Got Frozen Pipes? Here’s What To Do
Frozen pipes are a serious matter and should be thawed to avoid a major water leak in your house.
Cold temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze. Freezing inside a pipe creates a lot of pressure which can cause the pipe to burst and likely lead to serious flooding, especially when there is no one around to turn off the water. If you notice your pipes have frozen, you will want to thaw them before they break. Thaw them by first locating the pipe and opening the faucet. Then apply heat near the faucet and work your way down. You can use a hair dryer, hot towels, a portable space heater or heat lamp, or electrical heating tape, but never use an open flame as that could cause your pipes to break.
If that seems a little intimidating, here are some preventative measures you can take to protect your water pipes from freezing during those cold spells.
- open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
- let cold water drip from a faucet, even a small amount of running water will prevent freezing
- if you plan to be out of town, set thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees F
- for long term solutions, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawlspaces and seal cracks/holes around windows and doors to keep warm air inside
Should you ever experience flooding or damage from a broken water pipe in your home, call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville.
Making Water Damage "Like it never even happened."
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.
Flooding and water damage can happen quickly and is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout a property and gets absorbed into floors, walls, and furniture and can of course cause stress and worry. However, when we arrive on site, we quickly start the water extraction process almost immediately. Our fast response helps minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs to you. Our advanced drying methods allow us to respond quickly to your water removal and cleanup needs, and also helps prevent secondary damage and mold.
Common causes of water damage include flooding caused by severe weather, plumbing leaks, sink, bathtub, or toilet overflow, and sewage backup. But, did you know: more water damages are caused by broken pipes, plumbing, or appliance malfunctions than from weather related issues? This is one reason why it is important to take proper care of and maintenance your plumbing and appliances in order to prevent a water disaster.
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
The "Rainy Season" and Sewage
This government building sustained an extensive sewage back-up. All of the carpet will be removed and all of the contents will need to be sanitized.
The "Rainy Season" and Sewage
There is a language particular to a trade or profession that can be confusing to the average person when taken out of context. In regards to the Professional Water Damage Restorer, this lingo becomes part of their lifestyle. With a few simple words, our Professional Water Technicians understand immediately the severity of the damage and can quickly prepare to handle the job. Water Damages are classified by Water Class and Water Category.
Class 1: Only part of a room or area is wet or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture. Little or no wet carpet and/or pad is present.
Class 2: An entire room or more is affected. Carpet and pad may be wet. Water has wicked up the walls less than 24 inches. There is significant moisture remaining in structural materials.
Class 3: Fully involved. Water may have come from overhead. Ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet, pad and sub-floor in virtually the entire area are saturated.
Class 4: Specialty drying situations - Wet materials with very low permanence/porosity (hardwood, concrete, brick). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.
Clean: Water that does not pose substantial harm to humans. (Examples: Broken water supply lines, water heaters, toilet tanks, tub and sink overflows, rain, snow)
Gray: Examples include discharge from dishwashers, washing machines, Fish tanks, toilet bowls without solid waste, and any water that contains chemicals, fungus or algae. If left untreated for 48 hours, this can turn into a Category 3 (Black Water)
Black: Examples include sewage and toilet backflows, river, stream and seawater flooding and sources with toxic pesticides or heavy metals. Typically, Category 3 is extracted, then the carpet and materials are removed and disposed.
A Black Water Damage is one of the worst situations for homeowners and business owners. Not only is the smell unpleasant, but can also be costly. Sewage back-ups in particular require having the area extracted, sanitized and demolished. Unfortunately, there are only so many preventative measure you can take to safeguard against a back-up.
Causes of Sewage Back-ups:
- Floods: As ground water rises, the pressure can cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to reverse and back up into houses through drain pipes.
- Blockages: Flushing foreign objects or non-flushable sanitary products into the Sanitary Main; Sometimes a blockage is also the result of a combination of city and private trees where the roots penetrate the pipes. Usually if the sanitary main is affected the back flow happens slowly, giving the owner time to call a licensed plumber to assess the damage.
- Water in Basement: In many cases, soil settles adjacent to the building and, if not corrected, leads to rainwater flowing towards the building and down the outside of the foundation wall. This frequently happens when the ground is saturated after repeated or heavy rain storms. Drainage can be improved by making sure that water drains away from the building. Homeowners can also prevent flooding by water-sealing the basement. If water is entering your basement at a rapid rate, call the city public works office and report the problem immediately so that a city operator can investigate.
- Homeowners and business insurance do not cover flood damage or sewage back-ups. Most homeowner and business insurance policies do not cover sewer backup unless specific sewer backup coverage is added to the policy. Most homeowners and business owners may not realize that they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their house or sewer lateral – the pipeline between the city sanitary sewer main, usually located under the street, and the building. The sewer lateral is owned and maintained by the property owner including any part that may extend into the street or public right of way. A cracked or deteriorated lateral or one filled with tree roots can allow groundwater to seep into the system, contributing to the possible sewer backup problems.
Information courtesy of Western National Insurance
Faster To Your Water Damage Disaster
Class 3 Clean Water Damage. Caused by a burst pipe in a 2nd Floor Bathroom. All floors were affected including the Garage (pictured above)
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (252)-291-4492
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 Wilson/Nashville
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville 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 certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.