Recent Water Damage Posts
Protect Your Home From Rain
Southern California isn't affected by harsh winter weather in the same way the much of the rest of the country is. That does not mean, however that we don't need to be prepared for some winter weather. As we enter these colder months (cold for us!), more rain will be on the way, and it is important to have our homes and properties prepared for the rain so as not to become devastated by water damage.
Though we will occasionally experience heavier downpours in Southern California, the days with light, constant rain can pose a bigger threat to our properties. We have compiled a list of tips/to-do's to check off to prepare your home before the next rain hits.
- One of the best things you can do to protect your home from water damage due to rain is to regularly inspect your roof. Do this at least twice year or even more frequently if you choose. Inspect first from the ground and look for signs of damage, sagging, and aging. Look for loose or skew roof tiles. Also look to see if any tiles are cracked or missing. If you have any missing tiles, your roof is directly exposed to any adverse weather conditions!
- You should also regularly check your gutters. Fall doesn't hit as hard here in SoCal, but your gutters are still most likely collecting leaves and other debris. If your gutters and downspout are backed up, the rain water may likely end up inside your home - it needs to go somewhere and clogged gutters aren't able to carry the water away from your home!
- Keep any trees and other foliage in your yard well maintained. If branches grow too long and are close to your home, they could be leading water directly to you structure. Additionally, any lose branches or debris could be blown into your home during a windy storm, leading to structural AND water damage.
- When you're done inspecting the outside of your home, don't forget to inspect the inside as well! Check all windows and doors in the home to make sure that they close and seal properly - make any repairs as needed. You can also check for signs of roof leaks inside the home. If your ceiling appears to have water rings, staining, mold, or any discoloring, that is typically a sign that something is leaking, whether it be a pipe, the roof, or an upstairs bathroom fixture.
Signs of Water Damage in Wood Floors
Our technicians place wood floor recovery mats to dry wood floor affected by a leak of the water line to the fridge.
Hardwood floors are a popular flooring option for many homeowners due to their aesthetic as well as the relatively low maintenance required. While hardwood floors are extremely durable, they can be quite vulnerable to moisture. If your home has hardwood floors, it is important that you are always on the lookout for signs of water damage to the wood flooring.
A very common sign of water damage in hardwood floors in known as cupping. This occurs when moisture causes the wood to expand, which then pushes the boards together and deforms them in the center. Another common sign of water damage in wood floors is called crowning. Crowning is essentially the opposite of cupping. While cupping causes a depression in the center of the wood planks, crowning is when the boards are pushed together and result in a raise in the center of the wood boards. Both cupping and crowning can lead to a buckling floor if left unchecked. Buckling is when the floor boards have actually begun lifting from the subfloor, causing considerable damage to your wood floor.
Other signs to be aware of are if the floor starts to crack, the boards are separating, or the wood becomes soft and weak. If you notice any of these signs occurring in your wood floor, you have wood floor water damage, and need to take action to prevent further damage.
The first step in preventing further water damage is to determine the source of the damage. If you have an active leak, it is best to turn of the water to the home and have a leak detector or plumber inspect to determine the cause of leak and make a repair.
You should also call SERVPRO right away to begin the mitigation services. If the floor is salvageable, we can place drying equipment (including a floor drying mat system) to repair the damaged floor to its preloss condition.
If you think your home may be affected by a water damage, give SERVPRO of Tustin a call today! 714-480-1340
5 Common Causes of Water Damage in Orange County
Unlike other parts of the country, rain isn't the main cause of water damage in homes and other buildings in Orange County. Get to know some of the common causes of water damage so that you can do what you can to prevent it from happening on your property.
- Broken Pipes – A broken pipe can do a lot of damage to your home in just a short amount of time. Before you know it, gallons short amount of time. Before you know of water could be spewing through your home. Pay close attention to any leaks, drips, and signs of deterioration. Have a plumber come out to your house for regular maintenance, and if there ever is a broken pipe, you can always turn the water off before the plumber arrives in order to avoid further damage.
- Pinhole Leaks – common if a home has copper plumbing, a pinhole leak is a puncture of a copper pipe due to corrosion. If your home has a copper water system, check your pipes for signs of corrosion often.
- Old/Faulty Appliances – If your fridge or washing machines aren’t maintained well, or have gotten too old, they could start to leak and create a significant amount of water damage in your home. It’s especially important to keep an eye on the appliances in your kitchen, as water damage caused by your fridge or dish washer can affect not just your floor, but your cabinets as well. Often times, leaks that go undetected for some time will cause significant water damage behind cabinets, which in turn can lead to mold if the problem goes unnoticed for an extended period.
- Roof Leaks – We don’t typically see much rain here in Southern California, but when we do, a lot of homeowners tend to suffer water damage due to roof leaks. Check your roofs frequently and take care of any maintenance or repairs while the weather is still sunny. That way you won’t have to worry about your home flooding next time a storm hits.
- Accidents – Sometimes luck just isn’t on your side and one tiny mistake can lead to a big problem. A clogged toilet or too much soap in the dishwasher or washing machine can have water coming across your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. These parts of the home are generally better equipped than the rest of the house to handle a larger spill, but water moves fast and could potentially cause damage to the walls, ceiling, or other rooms in the home. If an accident ever does occur that you think calls for a professional, call SERVPRO of Tustin and we’ll make it"Like it never even happened."
Prevent These Common Types of Water Damage in the Summer
Water damage occurs year round, but there are certain factors that come with every season that you'll want to be extra cautious of when that time of year rolls around. Now that Summer is here, be sure to keep these common types of water damage in mind:
- A/C Overflows - When the air conditioner is in use, a little bit of condensation on the drip pan is normal. If the day is particularly hot and humid however, the drip pan may collect more water/condensation than normal. If the condensation line clogs, the drip pan can overflow rapidly every time the A/C cycles on. Be sure to check on the drip pan every week during the summer. It is normal for it to be wet when A/C is operating, but if you notice standing water in the pan, you should turn off the unit and call a qualified HVAC technician.
- Many people travel during the summer and it is important that you prepare your home before you leave to prevent a water damage from occurring while you're away! The best way you can prevent water damage in your home while you're away is to locate your main water shutoff valve and turn off the water to the house before you go.
Of course there's never a good time for a water damage to occur in your home. If you should experience a water damage however, give SERVPRO of Tustin a call and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."
What Are You Doing To Prevent Water Damage In Your Tustin Home?
We here at SERVPRO of Tustin are experts when it comes to water damage. With over 30 years in the restoration industry, we’ve seen it all. Though our specialty is restoring your home to preloss conditions after you suffer water damage and making it “Like it never even happened,” we have some tips for how you can prevent any future water damage to your home.
Watch Your Water Bill
- So often, homeowners don't realize there's a leak until major damage is done. If your water bill seems unusually high, there may be something going on behind the walls or beneath the floorboards. Monitor your bill closely to catch any potential leaks early.
Investigate Leaks Promptly
- If there is a water leak in your home, it is imperative that you take care of it quickly. Moisture in your home that is left untreated can result in mildew or mold and even structural damage to your property. Additionally, water damage that isn't treated within 48 hours could potentially become contaminated.
Be Careful Where (And What) You Plant
- Some plants, such as willows, elms, and maples, have invasive roots that could cause problems for your property. Before planting a tree, find out about its root system. Never plant a tree less than 10 ft. from your home's foundation; trees with invasive roots may need to be even further (25 to 50 ft. away) in order to ensure the roots don't damage your water and sewer lines.
Ensure Proper Drainage
- Clear your gutters regularly to make room for rain water. Downspouts from your gutters should be directed at least 5 ft. away from your home. It is best to have the water flow onto a hard surface (such as a driveway) or to have a splash guard designed to spread the water and keep it from puddling on the ground.
Check Home Appliances Regularly
- Oftentimes, flooding in the home is caused by a leak from a fridge or dishwasher, etc. Check and maintain your home's appliances regularly, and follow the manufacturer's directions to fix any possible leaks. It is also a good idea to regularly replace the hose for your washing machine. Leaky hoses are a common cause of residential water damage.
Of course these are just some ways to prevent water damage. Unfortunately, not all forms of water damage are preventable. Disaster can strike at any moment, no matter how prepared you may be. We hope it doesn't happen to you, but if it does, call SERVPRO of Tustin and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Understanding The Three Categories Of Water
When dealing with water damage in your home or business, there are three different types or classifications of water that we use: Clean, Gray, and Black water.
Clean Water: This is water that does not contain contaminants. It includes broken water lines, malfunctioning appliances, toilets holding tanks, snow melt and rainwater. Overtime however, clean water can progress and become gray water within 48 hours, if left untreated.
Gray Water: Gray water does contain slight chemical or biological contaminants, and may pose a health risk. Gray water can discharge from dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, showers, aquariums and waterbeds, or come from a clean water source that leaked through a ceiling. It can also be clean water that was left untreated (and became gray water). Gray water can also progress to the next stage (Black Water) if left untreated within 48 hours.
Black Water: This water is a positive health risk as it is highly contaminated. Black water is presumed to contain multiple potentially harmful contaminants including fungi, bacteria, chemicals, viruses, and more. Black Water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding, or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be treated by a trained and certified professional.
For any type of water damage, it is always best to treat it quickly so as to avoid further contamination and risk mold growth. Call SERVPRO of Tustin if you need services in your home! Available 24/7 (714)480-1340
SERVPRO of Tustin is an IICRC certified firm.
Now That Winter Is Over, Is Your Place Dry?
Make sure to inspect (and clean) your roof and gutters frequently!
Now that winter weather is passing, it is the best time to inspect your home or building for weather-related damage! Heavy rains and strong winds can cause all sorts of problems with your property. Roofs, gutters and landscapes are exterior elements that should be checked regularly to guard against water damage. Remember to look inside attics, basements or crawl spaces for any visible signs of water intrusion. Make sure outside vents are clear of any obstruction in order to ensure proper air flow.
If you find a problem and need restoration help or want spring cleaning assistance, call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Tustin. We are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and always ready to help! Give us a call at (714)480-1340
Soaked paper and documents
Don't let a water damage prevent you from staying in business. Some of your most important documents are hard copies stored in closets, cabinets, basements and more. Be sure to have a plan in place to dry those documents when you have been affected by a water damage.