Recent Water Damage Posts

Sewage Backup Causes

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

There are many things that could cause a sewage backup. Know the common causes so it doesn't happen to you. There are many things that could cause a sewage backup. Know the common causes so it doesn't happen to you.

Sewage backups can be an extremely devastating event that can happen to just about any home or business. What are some of the causes of a sewage backup? There are three main reasons that you may experience a sewage backup: damaged sewer pipes, clogs, and tree roots in the sewer system. Let's take a deeper look at these areas. 

COMMON CAUSES

  • Clogs: 

Usually, if you only have a singular trouble area that experiences a backup, like a tub or a sink, then it is most likely a clog and can be fixed by cleaning the drain. However, if all drains in your home are backed up, then there is a blockage at the main that is causing the issue. Unless the blockage is removed, the overflow will continue and will cause extensive damage to your entire home or business area. 

  • Tree Roots:  

The roots of large trees in the proximity of a sewer line can often cause severe problems. They can literally grow into the pipes and cause holes and blockages or they may wrap around the sewer line and crush it. 

  • Damaged Sewer Lines: 

Older properties with older sewer lines that have not been upgraded can have broken or collapsed lines. All the pipes and sewers in older homes were built using cast iron and clay which can wear off with time, get rusty, and easily break down. Present-day plastic sewer lines cannot cause such problems simply because they don’t rust. 

Sewage backups are not only hazardous to your health, but they can cause a great amount of structural damage to your home. If you experience a sewage back up do not attempt to flush the toilet. Do not use harsh chemicals to attempt to clean out the drain. This can actually cause more damage and make things worse. Open your windows to let fresh air in. It is also very important to keep pets and children away from the affected area. However, the most important thing to do is to call for professional help. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

Four Ways To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold prevention starts with moisture prevention! Mold prevention starts with moisture prevention!

Should mold start growing in your home or business, you might feel stressed and frustrated, and not knowing how to deal with it could make it worse. However, there are many different preventative steps that you can take, such as preventing water damage, to keep mold from growing and spreading. Keep these tips in mind: 

  1. Fix Leaks Immediately

Because mold growth happens more quickly in moist environments, you should be sure to repair any leaks in your home as soon as possible. Whether the water is coming from a window, the plumbing, or the roof, this is a prime breeding space for mold. Even if the leak is small, it can cause enough water damage over time to become a large problem. 

  1. Keep Humidity Levels Low

The higher the humidity in your home, the higher the chance of finding mold. Some ways to keep humidity low include using a dehumidifier or even just an air conditioner. 

  1. Ventilate Areas That Are Prone to Mold

Active mold prevention is more often required in rooms where you use a lot of water, such as the bathrooms, kitchen, or the laundry room. These areas should have special attention paid to make sure they are properly ventilated, which can help keep mold down. You should also make sure to dry any spaces where water tends to condense or to build up. 

  1. Clean Regularly

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your home is perhaps the best way to prevent mold. If you are cleaning on a regular basis, especially with products that kill mold spores, then the fungus will not have a chance to grow and spread. Cleaning and maintenance will also help you to find any areas that could start to grow mold or you would at least be able to catch it before it becomes a big problem

While there are many ways that you can prevent mold, it can also be helpful to hire a professional mold remediation service if the problem is too large for you to handle on your own. Particularly if you have extensive water damage, it is a good idea to get outside help. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water and mold damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

Water Damage From Garden Hose

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

An average garden hose can release THOUSANDS of gallons of water per hour! An average garden hose can release THOUSANDS of gallons of water per hour!

A 25-foot, 1/2-inch hose with water at 40 psi has a flow rate of 24 GALLONS per minute. That is a lot of water in a not too long period, especially when you think of how much can come out in an hour. That is why it is EXTREMELY important to make sure that when watering your garden or plants that you not forget about your hose and accidentally leave it running. Walking away from your hose while it is on can cause water to saturate the ground around your home causing mold and potentially even damaging your foundation!

A leaking garden hose can cause extensive water damage to your home due to the long period of time that the water might be entering your home. Here are some tips for things to look for when you come across a leaky hose or faucet, and how you can stop the water from damaging your home. 

First and foremost, determine where the leak on your hose is actually coming from. Finding the source of the leak should be relatively easy, but depending on the location of said leak will determine the severity of the problem and how much effort it will take to fix it. If your hose is leaking from the connection to the faucet, your problem likely lies with either the spigot itself or the hose fitting. If water is coming up from around the handle, most likely your packing washer is worn out, or the packing nut may need to be tightened. However, if water only leaks when your hose is secured to the spigot, then you need to check to see if water is leaking around the actual connection, or from below the fitting, in which case you may need a new hose. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

We Are Faster to Your Water Disaster

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Waiting after water damage can lead to a major mold problem. Waiting after water damage can lead to a major mold problem.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Montebello 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 invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Montebello arrives quickly and starts the remediation immediately. We help to minimize the damage and restoration costs. Remember, the longer you wait the more expensive it is to fix. DON'T WAIT CALL US TODAY!

Water Damage Timeline:

Within Minutes

  • Water spreads throughout the property, damaging everything it touches.
  • Water soaks into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture colors may bleed, causing permanent staining.
  • Photographs, books, etc. bleed and warp.

Hour 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to bubble, swell, and break down.
  • Metal surfaces start to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor emerge.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew 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 exponentially; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding will be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal.  Call us at (323) 215-1997

Water Damage Can't Wait

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Burst hose leak Don't let the water damage sit, act fast.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, ceilings, 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.

If you have a water damage loss at your property, call SERVPRO of Montebello as soon as possible to limit further damage.

The Do's and Don’ts after a Flooding occurs

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded living room with text that says, "Water Damage, No Problem." Here to Help with any size disaster.

In the Occurrence of a Flood:

  1. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  2. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  3. Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  5. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

The Don'ts:

  1. Do not leave wet fabrics in place, Hang furs and leather goods.
  2. Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  3. Do not use your house hold vacuum to remove water.
  4. Do not use the television or other household appliances.
  5. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. 

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How to Limit Toilet Overflow Damage

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to deal with a flooded toilet. If you experience a toilet overflow at your Montebello home, immediate steps should be taken.

  • Contact a plumber upon noticing signs of a blocked drain line and take measures to limit sewer damage.
  • Contact SERVPRO® to help mitigate and clean the water overflow.

Contaminated Water

Toilet water is usually contaminated water. Restoration professionals categorize water damage into three categories:

Category 1: clean water, originating from supply lines
Category 2: contaminated water, from showers or appliances
Category 3: contaminated water containing solid waste

Water from a flooded toilet is likely either Category 2 or 3. Disinfection is needed for both categories due to the contaminated water present.

Damaged Building Materials

Porous materials such as carpet or drywall cannot be completely disinfected, and may pose a continued risk of microbial growth. Mitigation experts usually recommend tearing out these materials prior to disinfecting and drying the area.

Secondary Damage Risks

The more time that passes, the more chance of secondary damage occurring. The most common forms of additional damage are:

  • Bacteria
  • Staining
  • Mold

The faster the damage is addressed the less likely further damage can occur.

If you are not sure how to handle sewer damage, don't panic. Call SERVPRO® of Montebello -(323) 215-1997

4 Steps to Minimize a Water Damage

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Unexpected things happen and we've all experienced something unexpected sometime or another. In the same vein, water damage happens. It's not a matter of If, but When. We all need to be prepared when it does strike. Follow these 4 steps and lessen the damage of water.  

Cut Off the Source:

Take for example a toilet overflowing. You come home to find water all over the bathroom. The first thing you may want to do is clean it up, but we'll get to that part later. Shut the water off to the toilet first. Now, no more water can cause damage. If the source isn't an appliance like a toilet, find the shut off valve to the house and turn that off.

Preserve Your Home: 

Now, if the extent of the water is small enough, you can proceed to clean up the water. Rags, mops, & buckets will be useful. You may need to move around furniture to prevent damage. Sewage water should be left alone to prevent further contamination to other parts of the home. 

Contact Remediation Company:

Water often causes unseen problems like Mold. To the naked eye we may have dried and cleaned everything. However, under the surface various materials can still be wet. Whether the extent of the water was minor or major, contact a Water Remediation Company. The situation can be assessed by professionals and tested with specialized technology.

Do Not Panic:

Lastly, don't panic. It may be hardest thing to do on this list, which is understandable. Panicking may cause us to make decisions we might regret. We don't want to remove any flooring or carpeting. When all seems lost, professional restoration experts can restore items such as flooring and carpet.  If walls are opened, possible exposure to lead and/or asbestos could result.

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Water damage happens, don't be caught off guard when it does. Follow these 4 steps to help minimize the damage and help ease the restoration process. 

3 Places to Find Water Damage

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Take this scenario: You come home from a long day at work. You make yourself some dinner, relax a bit, and enjoy the rest of the evening. It's now 10pm and you decide to go downstairs to get some water before bed.

Let me tell you...You got water alright.

You turn on the lights and your kitchen is soaked! The culprit? Your dishwasher. With all the water running from your sink and dishwasher your kitchen becomes a popular location for water damage. Where are other popular places to find water damage? 

  1. Roof: Your roof is a huge protection to your home from the outside elements. The slightest damage to your roof can leave you exposed to internal damage. If you have multi-story home, damage can penetrate not only the 2nd floor but the 1st one too.

          What can you do? Have your roof inspected by a professional on a regular basis. About every 3-5yrs depending on the age of your roof and the elements it's exposed to like, rain, hail, or snow.

      2. Bathroom: This room, much like the kitchen, has allot of water running through it as well. You have your sink, toilet, and shower. But unlike the kitchen, Black Water aka Sewage Water, can be a real mess.

          What can you do? Inspect around your shower & toilet. Look for leaks in the caulking or moisture spots. Under the sink, check the pipes. Make sure they are all tightened.

      3. Kitchen: As was stated, Kitchens are notorious for water damage. Your Dishwasher, Sink, & Refrigerator can be time bombs waiting to burst. 

         What can you do? Check your pipes under the sink, much like your bathroom. If your refrigerator/freezer has a Water & Ice dispenser, check under the fridge for leaking water. As for your Dishwasher, check the escape valve that connects to your garbage disposal. When all the water leaves the dishwasher, it escapes to that valve.    

Water Damage doesn't discriminate, it can happen to anyone & at anytime. In fact, the scenario mentioned at the outset happened to one of our own employees. If you find yourself in a similar scenario, SERVPRO® of Montebello is just a phone call away from assisting you.