Recent Water Damage Posts

Los Básicos de Restauración después de Daño por Agua.

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

pipe leak SERVPRO of Yuma 24 horas / 7 dias.

Porqué es tan importante el “tiempo” durante un incidente de Restauración después de Daño por Agua?

Cuando hay un incidente de inundación en una estructura, la EPA (Agencia de Protección Ambiental/Environmental Protection Agency) ha determinado que es vital comenzar con el proceso de restauración dentro de las primeras 48 horas o menos, porque la humedad puede causar que bacteria crezca y cause daño secundario.  Se le llama “daño secundario” al daño a los artículos en su hogar causados por los altos niveles de humedad causados por la inundación.  Materiales como papel, piel y otros materiales, se pueden arruinar por los niveles elevados de humedad en el interior de su hogar.  Altos niveles de humedad pueden causar problemas como crecimiento de moho. Si la estructura ya contenía colonias de moho antes del evento de inundación, los niveles elevados de humedad usualmente estimulan el moho existente y promueve la propagación de sus esporas.  Aún cuando no hay colonias de moho presente antes de el evento de inundación, podría ya haber esporas de moho en el aire.  Estas esporas se pueden desarrollar en un edificio mojado más fácilmente y comenzar a crecer.

Muchos estudios indican que las esporas de moho pueden desarrollarse en un área de humedad elevada (60% RH o más) en tan poco como de tres a cinco días.  Por eso es muy importante iniciar con la mitigación (detener y contener el daño) tan pronto como sea possible.  De hecho, compañías de mitigación y restauración como SERVPRO de Yuma East, Foothillscreen que siempre es mejor comenzar a extraer agua y secar una estructura mojada dentro de las primeras horas después del incidente de inuncación, siempre que sea posible. 

El agua estancada en un piso puede proveer de una fuente de “agua limpia”, como un derrame sobre un lavabo de baño, o el agua puede proveer de una cañería de drenaje, que normalmente se denomina “blackwater”. Es bastante más fácil extraer y secar “agua limpia” que limpiar y secar “blackwater.” No se preocupe, en compañías competentes de mitigación como la nuestra, utilizamos las técnicas adecuadas y el equipo correspondiente para cada tipo de daño por agua, independientemente del tamaño y el alcance del daño.

Por favor, si su propiedad sufre un daño por agua proveniente de un drenaje, no trate de limpiarlo usted mismo.  Los drenajes por lo regular contienen bacterias y productos químicos repugnantes.

Consejos de Seguridad para Víctimas de un Incidente de Daño por Agua:

- Los pisos mojados son resbalosos

- Las estructuras mojadas pudieran presenter un riesgo de electrocución

- Cuando un cuarto esté mojado, revise el interior de los closets, y las paredes del lado opuesto a las dañadas para revisar si hay humedad adicional

- Retire todos los libros, papeles, cajas y ropa de las áreas mojadas

- No intente limpiar usted mismo agua proveniente de un drenaje

- No vacile en llamar para pedir ayuda professional

SERVPRO de Yuma East, Foothills,ha resuelto cientos de problemas por daño de agua en casa, negocios, escuelas, Iglesias, hospitals y otras ubicaciones.  Estamos para servirle 24 horas/7 días por semana por si necesita de nuestros servicios.  Sólo llámenos al: 928-247-1180

  • Los pisos mojados son resbalosos
  • Las estructuras mojadas pudieran presenter un riesgo de electrocución
  • Cuando un cuarto esté mojado, revise el interior de los closets, y las paredes del lado opuesto a las dañadas para revisar si hay humedad adicional
  • Retire todos los libros, papeles, cajas y ropa de las áreas mojadas
  • No intente limpiar usted mismo agua proveniente de un drenaje
  • No vacile en llamar para pedir ayuda professional

SERVPRO de Yuma East, Foothills,ha resuelto cientos de problemas por daño de agua en casa, negocios, escuelas, Iglesias, hospitals y otras ubicaciones.  Estamos para servirle 24 horas/7 días por semana por si necesita de nuestros servicios.  Sólo llámenos al: 928-247-1180

It’s Just a Little Water Spill.

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

a moisture meter SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills uses digital meters and thermal image cameras to detect hidden moisture in building materials..

There’s Often More Water Than You Think

When a property owner experiences a flooding event, they can see the water on the surface but do not necessarily understand how far the moisture can spread under the surface and into the structural materials. The amount of visible moisture and the hidden moisture present during a flooding event can be compared to an iceberg in the ocean; there is more ice below the surface than above. In other words, during a structural flooding event, there is usually more moisture below the surface.

If your structure experiences a flooding event, even a small spill, be aware that carpets, wood, sheetrock will absorb moisture. Moisture will also seep through cracks and seams and flow downward by way of gravity. As time goes by, the wicking action of sheetrock can draw moisture upward from water on the floor at the rate of one inch per-hour. Up to two feet of sheetrock can get wetted. To prevent this from happening, as soon as water damage technicians arrive, they often make a “flood cut.” A flood cut is defined as removing the baseboard and then neatly cutting and removing a horizontal portion of sheetrock to stop the wicking action.

SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills water damage technicians are trained and experienced in detecting how far moisture can spread. Our technicians also use moisture meters and thermal image cameras to assist them in detecting hidden moisture so they can focus restoration drying equipment to where it is needed. You may be asking how a thermal image cameras can find trapped moisture? Thermal image cameras detect temperature variations in structural materials. Damp materials will give a different temperature reading than dry materials.

What Happens When Hidden Moisture is Not Thoroughly Removed?

Structural materials that remain damp for extended time can contribute to microbial growth such as mold and dry rot. Over time, dry rot destroys wood and can damage the structural integrity of a building.  Prolonged dampness in carpets and underlayment’s will produce stale damp odors. Indoor air quality will suffer when a building remains damp making it uncomfortable for the occupants. That’s why water damage drying professionals set their goal to completely dry a structure within three to five days, whenever possible. That’s also why the EPA recommends having drying procedures under way within 48-hours or less. In some cases, serious flooding events require longer than five days to dry. Fortunately, there are professional restorative drying techniques to reduce or prevent the risk of residual long-term damage.  Controlled demolition and the use of anti-microbial treatment may be required in these circumstances.

Should your property experience a water damage event be aware the water may have spread further than you imagine, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills for assistance. 928-247-1180.

How Can I Prevent Water Damage in My Home?

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

wet floor squeege Unwanted water in a home makes a huge mess.

There are Several Ways to Prevent Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common and costly problems to affect a home. The good news, there are ways to maintain a home to prevent water damage problems from happening.

  1. Remove outdoor plants and trees that are near water and sewage pipes
  2. Remove hoses from outdoor faucets when a freeze is anticipated
  3. Clean your gutters and down spouts frequently
  4. Push rain runoff away from the foundation (especially door and garage entries)
  5. Have sandbags ready if your home is in a potential flood zone
  6. If you use a sump pump, make sure it is in good working order
  7. Inspect your windows for water leaks
  8. Look at your roof, or have it professionally inspected
  9. Install a smart water main shutoff valve

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • Install smart water sensors
  • Inspect appliances that use water/ keep them in good repair
    1. Washing machines
    2. Dishwashers
    3. Ice makers
    4. Water-heaters  
  • Know where your main water shutoff is located
  • Know how to shutoff specific water valves to toilets, sinks, etc.

 The Importance of the Water Main:

Plumbing experts say that the water main shutoff may be the most important plumbing feature in the entire house. Your water main supplies water to the other pipes throughout your entire house. If you experience a plumbing emergency inside your home, knowing where to shut off the water will hopefully minimize any damage.

It is also a great idea to shut off your water main if you leave your home for an extended period-of-time.

Maintain Appliances:

Appliances are the most common cause of in-home water damage. Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to manufacturer’s directions. A water supply hose typically has a life expectancy of about five years. Replace yours regularly to avoid a mighty mess and expensive damage.

Install Water Detection Devices:

A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor is in contact with moisture. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets to prevent extensive damage.  Some of the most advanced sensor can be connected to WIFI to send an alert signal to a smart phone. These devices are available at hardware stores and online retailers.

For more information about water damage and how to prevent it, please visit 123HELP.

Accidents Happen:

Even with the best planning and maintenance, a home may suffer from a water damage emergency. If that happens, SERVPRO of Yuma provides water damage restoration services 24/7. We are just a phone call away… 928-247-1180

Can a Person be Confident that a Wet Building Can Be Fully Dried?

12/11/2021 (Permalink)

leaking pipe No matter the source of water damage, we are here to help, SERVPRO of Yuma.

Modern Restorative Drying Techniques available to Yuma Property Owners are Effective

When portions of a structure become wet it is important to dry the effected structural materials quickly and thoroughly. How can the property owner know if the restoration company that “dried” the wet building did a good job and were able to dry the hidden moisture?

The drying equipment and techniques used by SERVPRO of Yuma are designed to help us apply the scientific drying standards established by the IICRC (the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification.)  These standards are based upon several decades of research at test centers and data collected from thousands of jobs. Our employees have graduated from IICRC certified training programs that teach the standards of care for a variety of different water damage situations including the severity of the “flooding”.

Here are three circumstances to consider:

  1. There are certain flood situations where dehumidifying the damp indoor air will be adequate for drying the damp structural materials.
  1. In hidden spaces dehumidified air can be pumped into the wet cavities in the structure by using small tubes and air-pumps. Other tubes can be inserted into these cavities to exhaust the damp air by way of vacuum pumps.
  1. In other cases, the penetration of water into certain building materials may require that the wet materials be removed by way of controlled demolition In other cases, the penetration of water into certain building materials may require that the wet materials be removed by way of controlled demolition.

Qualified restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Yuma know when to use surface drying techniques, when to use penetration (inner wall) drying, and when controlled demolition is required.

However, the question remains, is it dry?

Using the correct restorative techniques and technology are important, however how do we know if the systems worked. Is the structure dry?

There are moisture meters, humidity sensors, and thermal image cameras that can detect hidden moisture. These advance tools are available for the property damage recovery industry. Our SERVPRO technicians use these tools to monitor the moisture reduction from the first day on the job, through drying, and to job completion.

A customer should feel confident about the drying results when SERVPRO of Yuma has produced the restorative drying process. Furthermore, SERVPRO work-orders and contracts provide written guarantees for our customers.

Our goal is to always do the job right and have satisfied customers.  For your water damage and other property damage needs, please call SERVPRO of Yuma at: 928-247-1180

Water Damage Mitigation Should Begin Quickly After a Flood

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen There are dozens of ways a home or business can become flooded. SERVPRO of Yuma can help cleanup the mess!

Why is "Time" Important During Water Damage Restoration?

When a structure has a water flooding event the EPA says it is vital to begin the restoration process within 48-hours or less, because wetness in an indoor environment can produce bacteria growth and cause secondary damage.  Secondary damage is damage to contents caused by the elevated indoor humidity caused by the flooding.  Paper, leather, and other materials may be ruined by excessive moisture. High humidity can also cause problems such as potential mold growth. If the structure already has mold colonies prior to the recent flooding event, the elevated humidity often stimulates the existing mold to grow and spread its spores. Even if there are no mold colonies present prior to the flooding event there are already mold spores in the indoor air. These spores can settle on wet building materials and begin to grow. Many studies indicate that mold spores can begin to grow in a damp, high-humidity (60% RH and above) as quickly as three to five days. That is why it is imperative to begin mitigation (stop and contain the damage) as quickly as possible.  In fact, mitigation and restoration companies such as SERVPRO of Yuma, believe it is best to begin extracting water and drying a wet structure whenever possible within hours of the flooding event. 

Standing water on a floor may be from a clean water source such as a bathroom sink overflow, or the water may have come from a sewage backup which is referred to as blackwater. It is easier to extract and dry up “clean water” than it is to cleanup and dry “blackwater.” Don’t worry, competent mitigation companies like ours will employ the proper techniques and equipment for each type of water damage regardless of the size and extent of the damage.

Please, do yourself a favor, if your property suffers a serious sewage backup, don’t attempt to clean it up yourself. Sewage often contains bacteria and nasty chemicals.

Safety Tips For Victims of Water Damage:

- Wet floors are a slip hazard

- Wet structures may present an electrocution risk

- When a room is wet, check inside closets and opposite walls for additional wetness

- Remove books, papers, boxes, and clothing away from wet areas

- Don’t attempt to cleanup serious sewage spills

- Don’t procrastinate in calling for professional help

SERVPRO of Yuma has solved hundreds of water damage problems at homes, businesses, schools, churches, hospitals, and other locations. We will be there for you, 24/7 should you ever need our services. 928-247-1180