Recent Water Damage Posts

Contents Restoration Services for Spring Valley?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring water-damaged contents for Spring Valley residents and businesses for years. Water will damage everything in its path. Our water restoration technicians are trained to restore water-damaged belongings to pre-damage conditions using a variety of cleaning methods.

When your household belongings require cleaning and restoration, we will pretest every item before cleaning to make sure we are using the most effective method. Our technicians may use one or a combination of cleaning techniques to restore water damaged belongings to pre-damage condition, including:

Contents Restoration Services

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your water damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Timeline for Bonita?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown flooding a room in a house. Our fast 24-hour response time saves our customers time and money in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring water-damaged properties in the Bonita area for years. Here is a water damage timeline from our website that describes the damage water can do over time:

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • 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

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business needs emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your water damage in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewage Backup in Jamul?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A flushing toilet is shown. We respond to sewage backup emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Jamul Residents Need to Know

You never know when your sewage system will fail, but when it does, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Water from sewer system backups is extremely unsanitary and may carry dangerous bacteria and viruses that are considered very dangerous. Sewer water is classified as “Category 3 Black Water” and should be dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians are trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Here is some information about Black Water from our website:

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

When you require sewage cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll clean and restore your sewage backup in Jamul, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded House in Spring Valley?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Emergencies Happen Every Day in Spring Valley

I woke up to the sound of water running downstairs. And it was. From the top of the stairs, the downstairs floor looked like an indoor lake! My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul. They arrived quickly and immediately began extracting the water while assessing the damage and determining the cause. Evidently, the petcock valve in the downstairs toilet failed and caused the flooding.

While waiting for the SERVPRO team to arrive, I followed the safety tips on their website for what to do after flooding while waiting for help to arrive:  

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your mold damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Washing Machine Supply Line Maintenance Tips for Bonita?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Washing Machine Maintenance for Bonita.

Did you know that supply line failure is one of the top causes of water damage involving a washing machine? SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul witnesses firsthand the damage a burst supply line can do in a home. Here are some washing machine supply line maintenance tips:

Conduct monthly inspections of the hot and cold washing machine supply lines.

  • Look for signs the supply hose may be ready to fail—blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks, or a loose connection
  • Replace the supply hose with a reinforced steel braided hose if it shows any sign of wear
  • Tighten the connection if it feels loose. The most common site of failure is near the connection where the hose bends.
  • Replace supply hoses every five years, even if there is no obvious deterioration or wear
  • Some signs of deterioration may occur from the inside out and may not be visible until it is too late
  • When replacing washing machine supply hoses, always choose a reinforced steel braided hose over the traditional un-reinforced rubber hose. These hoses will last longer and are far less likely to result in a catastrophic water loss.

Call Us Today!

Every minute counts when responding to a water damage emergency, and SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience to mitigate your damage quickly and efficiently in Bonita. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Jamul?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Maintenance and Inspection Tips for Preventing Water Damage

At SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, we know that many water damage emergencies can be avoided by routine maintenance and inspection of your home’s indoor plumbing systems. Here are some tips for preventing water damage from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. You may also want to invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system that can alert you to any leakage issues. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

It’s also a good idea to understand what is covered in your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. For instance, some policies will cover sewer and drain backups, and some do not, and you may have to purchase a sewer backup rider to add to your existing coverage.

Call Us Today!

When your home experiences a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your water damage in Jamul, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding and Water Damage in Spring Valley?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A car is driving through a dangerous, flooded street. We mitigate water damage in Spring Valley, Jamul, and Bonita.

Fast Response Time in Spring Valley

About one year ago, flash flooding occurred in Spring Valley around Quarry Road near the Spring Valley Swap meet. A Federal Emergency Management Agency report describes a flood as the partial or complete inundation of normally dry land. Types of flooding include:

  • Riverine flooding
  • Coastal flooding
  • Shallow flooding

The FEMA report further elaborates on the damage flooding causes. Personal property damage and damage to buildings and infrastructure; bridge and road closures; service disruptions, and injuries and fatalities. Spring Valley and many San Diego County areas experienced water damage from severe weather events that occurred throughout the county last month.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been responding to water damage emergencies in the Spring Valley area for years and witnessed firsthand the damage that can be minimized by fast response time. Here is the process we use when mitigating a “typical” water damage emergency:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24 hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll mitigate your water damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Spring Valley

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Spring Valley:

Standing water of any kind in Spring Valley can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk. 

Different kinds of debris can be found in floodwater such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for debris in the home as well to include rotted food and electrical problems. 

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected. 
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Spring Valley:

  • Avoid floodwaters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Leaking Roof in Jamul?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Shingles are torn off a roof in Jamul after a recent rainstorm. We are water damage restoration specialists in Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul.

Climbing the roof over water damage?

After a recent rainstorm hit San Diego county, my roof was left with damaged roof shingles and a roof leak. Water was seeping into the attic and damaging the insulation and attic floor. On top of that, there was a dank, musty odor. Yuck. Then I remembered to call SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul. They asked me some questions over the phone and sent a team out to assess the damage and begin the restoration process. They tarped the roof to minimize further damage and set up air movers and blowers to dry the area completely. They also documented the entire drying process.

One Convenient Point of Contact

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul are also state licensed General Contractors, so once the area was completely dried, they came back and repaired the roof, installed new insulation, cleaned and neutralized the bad odor, and helped me with the insurance paperwork and process. The experience was stress-free and as pleasant as a roof repair and water leak could be because I had one person managing the entire job from start to finish.   

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When you need help with water damage, we are Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained technicians responds to water damage emergencies in Spring Valley, Bonita, and Jamul 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Downspout Disaster in Bonita?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Leaves and debris are shown clogging a downspout. We respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Bonita, Spring Valley, and Jamul!

Downspout downer

Clogged downspouts are notorious for causing roof and window leaks as the water is not allowed to pass through the downspout and away from the structure. The rainwater backs up and cascades over the rain gutters, causing water to spill onto the roof and facia boards, causing water damage.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to water damage emergencies in Bonita, Jamul, and the Spring Valley areas 24 hours a day. Our team of highly trained water restoration technicians will typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call and will immediately begin the water mitigation process. We will tarp and board up any areas to prevent more water from entering the structure and use advanced drying equipment and techniques to restore your home to pre-damage condition quickly and efficiently. Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • Maintain proper runoff and drainage around the structure.
  • Routinely clean downspouts and splash pads to make sure water is directed away from the home.
  • Make sure nearby ditches and storm drains are clear of debris and functioning properly.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to any water damage emergency in Bonita 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Refrigerator Water Line Disaster in Spring Valley?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

The water dispenser of a stainless-steel refrigerator is shown. Spring Valley, Jamul, and Bonita residents rely on us to restore water damage emergencies.

Water dispenser disaster

It wasn’t until I pulled my refrigerator away from the wall to clean behind it that I discovered the leak. The water line going to my water dispenser wasn’t tightened down all the way, and water had been dripping underneath my refrigerator for about some time before I found the leak. It was easy to repair the waterline, but the repairs to the hardwood floors in my kitchen were very expensive. The Cherry Wood flooring was discontinued, and the flooring store no longer carried it. I ended up having to replace the floors in my entire kitchen and dining room!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring water damage in homes and businesses in the Spring Valley area for years and sees all kinds of water damage scenarios. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day and can usually arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Although every water damage restoration is unique, we follow these six steps:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your Spring Valley home or business needs help with a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Burst Pipe in Bonita?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Soggy Wall

It wasn’t until I saw the stain forming on my wall in my Bonita house that I knew I had a plumbing problem. The water stain bloomed and caused the drywall to become soggy. The plumber came out and tore apart the wall and repaired the leaking pipe, but I was left with a soggy mess to clean up. I called  SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul right away. They came out and assessed the damage. They used moisture detection devices to see how much moisture was present and set up air movers and blowers to remove the excess moisture. They explained that even though the water that caused the leak had been corrected, there was still moisture left in the drywall, floor, and structural framing that could cause the material to break down and could even cause mold to grow.

Once the area was completely dried, they replaced the soggy insulation, put up new drywall, and painted it to match the undamaged wall. The repairs were finished quickly, and when they were through, my wall looked like it did before the leak ever happened!

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to Bonita'swater damage emergencies. We also have a  General Contractor License,  so we supervise a full range of building services, giving you one point of contact for the entire job.  Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Why use a professional water damage company

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

After significant water damage in a home, the goal is to renovate the property and restore its original value as well as mitigating such problem in the future. An emergency response team can help you when it comes to home restoration in the quest to handle the problem as soon as possible. The extent of the water damage will have a huge impact on the overall cost of repair. If you are lucky, the insurance company can help you to meet a substantial part of the home restoration bill.

While flooding can lead to significant water damage, a leaky roof or basement can also escalate the problem. It is vital to fix the leaks as part of your flood mitigation regimen and reduce the impact of floods in your home. While the signs of water damage are obvious, the floods have some secondary effects that include rotting of wood or development of mildew. It is vital to dry the water in home surfaces and eliminate the puddles that can cause such problems in the future. The restoration company will rely on various methods when drying the water in business floors, such as the natural or artificial methods. Flood mitigation is vital since you can reduce the cost of home repair if you abate the impact of floods in your property. The process of home repair after flooding involves water cleanup, deodorizing, drying, and dehumidifying. In the event of a pipe break in the kitchen, you are likely to end up with a flooded home. A flooded home can also be a result of a bathroom pipe break, meaning that the regular inspection of the system is vital.


The home restoration process entails fixing the source of the floods, water cleanup, drying, and taking the key steps during flood mitigation to prevent such an occurrence in the future. The poor flow of water in home drains due to blockages can lead to some potential flooding problems. Before you embark on the water cleanup, be sure to address the flaws in the drainage system. Installing some backflow preventers in the sewer and drainage systems is vital if you are looking to protect your home from contaminants. During the water cleanup, the consultants will use some disinfectants and detergents to clean your home and eliminate the contaminants. Besides addressing the supply line break, be sure to repair the leaks.

Remove all the water in home walls, carpets, and floor by pumping it out, mopping, and drying with the natural methods. As you eliminate the water in home walls and basements, avoid using a heater that might weaken the concrete walls. The best way to handle the flood damage after the leakage of water in business carpets is to get them out of the house for airing. The flow of water in business floors can lead to extensive flood damage that calls for expert intervention. When it comes to the elimination of water in business basements, you should avoid using a pump that causes the reduction of pressure and weakening of the walls. Avoid the unexpected pipe break by evaluating the plumbing system occasionally.

Mitigation is vital when it comes to the renovation of a flooded home. However, the success of the mitigation initiatives depends on the restoration company that you choose. A reputable restoration company is equipped with the requisite materials and expertise to handle the damages and renovate your flooded home back to its original state. If the supply line break is the main cause of the flood damage, stopping the flow of water in a flooded home is vital. Flaws in the plumbing system can cause flood damage after the supply line break. Sealing the pipes is a good way to prevent the supply line breaks in the future. The restoration company will propose several solutions when dealing with the pipe break in your bathroom.
Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Preventing Frozen Pipes in San Diego

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water spigot with icicles on it Frozen Spigot

We’re in the middle of winter and seeing a lot of cold nights.  While San Diego has one of the best climates in the US, it is not uncommon for the weather to drop below freezing during these few winter months.  With these low temperatures come the real threat of pipes freezing or bursting from the low temperatures.  Avoiding frozen pipes can save you thousands of dollars.  Here are a few tips to help keep the water flowing and pipes from freezing:

Ensure your Pipes are well insulated

This will need to be done long before a predicted freeze, but is the most important and effective way to prevent pipes from freezing.  Most plumbing pipes run though the attic where the temperature usually closely mimics the exterior temperature.  Ensuring that all water pipes and fire sprinkler pipes are well wrapped is the best way to protect them from the elements.

Drain your sprinkler system

Turn of the supply to your sprinkler system and open the valves on the coldest nights.  This will allow the pipes to expand as needed during a freeze without breaking. 

Leave a faucet slightly opened

In the case of freezing weather a dripping faucet is a good thing.  On the coldest of nights open a faucets slightly to allow water to drip.  This will not only make it less likely that the pipe will freeze as the water will be moving, but if it does freeze it will reduce the pressure and make a rupture much less likely. 

Know where your shutoff is

In the event you do get a leak or have a plumbing issue, knowing where the water shutoff is and ensuring that it works will allow you to stop the water flow.  Test your shutoff at least once a year and make sure it moves freely and actually stops the water flow to your home.

If you do end up with water damage in your home Contact SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul at (619) 600-5305 24/7 and we will make it "Like it never even happened.”

Upcoming Heavy rains

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water outside of a home Flood water outside a home

With rain in the future it is important to make sure that your San Diego property is protected from potential flooding.  Home owners should take a few steps to ensure that their home is protected from flood waters. 

Start by clearing debris from your landscape drainage and rain gutters to ensure that rain water does not accumulate against your home. 

Prior to heavy rains place sand bags in any low lying areas to prevent standing water against your property.  You can often receive free sand bags from the local authorities.  Check https://www.readysandiego.org/content/dam/oesready/en/flooding/Unincorporated-Flooding-Flyer.pdf for locations offering sand and sand bags.

If your preparation efforts aren’t successful and water does enter your home, call SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul and our certified staff will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Spring Valley and Jamul 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
(619) 600-5305

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul 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 knowledge to restore your property.

5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Toilet

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage backup in a Spring Valley, CA home

A leaking toilet can cause a lot of water damage in your Spring Valley, CA, home. If you let the fixture remain in your bathroom, you may have recurring water problems. It can be hard to know when a repair can fix the problem or when you need to replace the toilet. Use these tips to help you figure out what's right for your situation.

1. Standing water at the base. Standing water around your toilet is a sure sign you have a leak. You may notice this puddle of water if the seal of your toilet is old and worn out. Not only could this stream of fluids cause damage, but it can cost you money in wasted water too.
2. Widespread corrosion. An old toilet may have rust on some metal parts. If you notice this corrosion on multiple pieces of your fixture, it's often better to replace it rather than try to repair it.
3. Cracks in the porcelain. Cracks in the tank or bowl can also lead to a leaking toilet. These cracks may form over time or when a heavy object falls on the toilet. Look for signs of damage every time you clean the bathroom.
4. Constant running. A constantly running toilet usually points to a worn-out flapper or a misaligned float. Sometimes this issue can be addressed with a toilet repair, however, in some cases a replacement may be best.
5. Hissing in the tank. Do you hear a strange hissing sound coming from your tank? This could be a sign that water is being forced through a smaller-than-normal hole. Whether you have sediment buildup or a worn-out valve, it could be a sign that you need to think about a replacement soon.

If you have a leaking toilet, you should call in a plumber and water remediation team to address the situation. Working with these professionals can help you figure out if a repair or replacement is best for you.

What to Do When the Water Heater Leaks

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

A leaking water heater in your San Diego home can cause a lot of damage and time is a critical factor for cleaning

You just got back from the grocery, with your arms full of bags, when you open the garage door and see water everywhere. You follow the path and realize that you have a leaking water heater. Well, put the milk in the fridge and read this quick guide for some immediate steps to take before the water remediation specialists arrive.

Safety First

Whenever there is a leak in your home in San Diego, you should first mitigate your personal injury risk. Be sure to turn off the electricity at your main circuit breaker panel before doing any cleaning around the broken water heater. Also think of electrical areas you may not be able to see, realizing that anywhere the water has contacted electricity, including wiring in the walls or under the floor, is dangerous. Once the electrocution risk is eliminated, also be careful to avoid slipping and falling from the water.

Stop the Leak

Now that you've turned off the power, you can turn off the cold water supply that leads to your leaking water heater. Usually, the valve on the water supply pipe is the only thing you will need to turn off, but if you can't access that area, you may need to turn off your main household water supply.

Start Cleaning

It's very important to thoroughly clean the water as quickly as you can. Here are few things you can do to clean the mess from the failed water heater while you wait for restoration professionals to arrive:

• Remove excess water with mops and rags.
• Remove smaller fixtures and furniture from the water and wipe them dry.
• Protect furniture legs by putting wooden blocks or aluminum foil underneath.
• Remove personal belongings from the water.
• Increase airflow in the room by running fans and turning up the air conditioning.

A leaking water heater can cause a lot of damage and time is a critical factor for cleaning. You'll need to carefully follow instructions from the professionals to avoid complications, such as further contaminated water from exposure to hazardous chemicals or microbes. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

Restoring Recent Water Damage

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mitigation of flood damage can help you remove water in your home before it becomes water damage.

A water damage restoration crew will assist to minimize flood damage by using a water cleanup crew to remove water in your home. Drying the water damage completely after a successful water cleanup will likely help you to avoid any permanent water damage. Water in a business causing flood damage can be dealt with in the same way.

Water Damage Restoration

You must start working quickly not letting any water sit. Mold can grow within 24 hours of the water damage occurring. If someone began water cleanup soon, they could avoid permanent flood damage. The same rule applies for water in a business, don't wait more than 24 hours to begin your water damage restoration project.

Water in Your Business

Having water in your business is just as bad as having water in your home and be dealt with much the same way. The first thing that should be done is that everything needs to be taken out. You will have to assess all of the property that you bring out to see if anything is worth saving. If any furniture is entirely soaked, it should be gotten rid of. If something is just a little bit damp, it can be set outside in the sun and open air movement for drying.

Mitigation, Mitigation, Mitigation

When everything has been removed from the area, water cleanup can begin. Water in a home can be extracted in a few different ways. A pump can be used to move large amounts of water outside of the home. A vacuum that can be used with water will help once the pump has done its job. After that, a mop can be utilized. Remove all the water that you can.
Drying With Powerful Air Movement

Water in a business is removed in the same way. After you have done what you can using the other tools, pick up an industrial fan and a high capacity dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air while the powerful fans will direct air movement to where it is needed the most. Drying is sped up this way so that mold does not have the time to multiply.
Bringing Back Your Furniture

It is better to get rid of a sofa than it is to put one with water damage that will spawn mold back into your newly restored area. Make sure that the pieces you did save don't have any funny smells to them or anything after they are dried with air movement. That's a good sign that your piece of furniture is moldy.

Water Damage Restoration is an easy way to save a lot of money on the permanent flood damages associated with water damage. By completely drying a home or business quickly, mold will not be an issue. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Dealing With a Water Loss in Spring Valley California

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Spring Valley California and Jamul CA are in San Diego County, and it is very beautiful there. There are mostly sunny days, and the last thing that anyone would think of would be a flood. However, at times the rain is so intense that flooding is a possibility. Even so, it is possible for someone in their home to have a leaky pipe or a pipe that breaks. This can cause water damage just as severe as a flood.


When a home suffers flood damage or water damage, it can be just as bad as a fire or a storm that has high enough winds to do damage to property. Whenever water arrives unexpectedly in enough quantity to soak your belongings, they are as good as gone. When this type of water in home or water in business damage occurs most of your belongings become soaked and very susceptible to bacteria and mold which is impossible to get rid of.

Items such as sofas, pillows, pictures, carpeting, padding, draperies, tapestries, drywall, electrical systems, and other items that soak up water will all be ruined. The first thought might be to attempt to salvage some of these things, but it is hopeless to try to do so. The mold and bacteria will soon set in, and it is impossible to dry out these items.

Mold
Mold is an organism that grows from a tiny spore that floats through the air. All it needs is a moist spot, a dark place, and no moving air. Once a spore lands and finds these conditions, it will grow. It grows rapidly too. One small patch can grow over an entire wall in a week or so.

An individual should not try to wipe off the mold because it has roots. People should not expose themselves to the mold because it begins giving off spores as it grows and if inhaled can lead to health and respiratory problems. Mold will grow on just about any surface except glass. Mold has to be treated by experts and killed so that it doesn't grow back.

Bacteria
Bacteria usually comes in with the flood water and simply grows from there. If the flood is from the outside just about anything can be in the water from raw sewage, chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum products, soil and some other harmful items. Once this type of water touches anything, the items will be contaminated and will need to be thrown out.

The Process
A mitigation of water in home and water in business types of flood damage must be removed by specific processes such as water removal and drying processes. Usually, the water can be removed with high-speed pumps if there is standing water and the flood has stopped, or the pipe that broke is repaired.

Once the water cleanup process is completed, a drying process can take place by using industrial style fans that create air movement over the area that was flooded. This process can take up to two to three days before things begin to get dry.

The air movement that is created by the fans does a lot to take care of the surface moisture, but with items that soak up the water, there is no hope of ever salvaging those items. They will have to be thrown out and discarded because the mold and bacteria will find them to be wonderful homes for their growth.

Mitigation of the area continues with any minor water cleanup of the area and the sanitation of the area. A complete sterilization of the area must take place to kill all of the bacteria and mold so that it won't grow back later. This is a very thorough process, and no area must be missed because if it is missed, the mold and bacteria will have a foothold from which to flourish.

When everything is removed that soaks up water and the area has been cleaned and sanitized, reconstruction can commence. Drywall and even some studs may need to be replaced along with wiring and wall sockets. Flooring and carpeting may need replacement as well as molding and finishing of wood.

Painting and finishing may need to take place, and then new furniture and fixtures can be put into place. In many instances, if the damage is invasive enough an entire rebuilding process may need to take place. This may seem to be a lot of work and expense, and it is. However, you don't want a drop of water or any contaminants to be left for that can start a cycle of deterioration over time that can stay hidden for a long time, only to appear years later.

Precautions

Even though floods are rare in California, they do happen. Particularly in the San Deigo County areas of Spring Valley and Jamul, CA where the sun shines most of the time and flooding is the farthest thing from the residents' minds.

One thing that homeowners and business owners can do is to locate the place in the building where the shut-off valve is for the entire building. If there is a broken pipe, that is the first place to go, as long as you don't have to walk through standing water. If standing water is in a basement, for example, you don't always know if it is covering up an electrical socket. If you should touch or walk in the water, it could electrocute you. But if is located outside or in an accessible place it should be turned off.

Keeping an eye on the weather situation is a good idea if an extraordinary amount of rain is expected. Make plans to leave home if a flood is imminent from a possible heavy rainfall. Have a place to go that is away from a flood area, and itemize what you will need to take with you, such as important papers, keys, and some extra clothing.

Flooding may never happen, but if it does, you will need to act fast and have a good presence of mind as to who to call and where to go. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.comfor more information on water loss and restoration services.

Handling a Water Loss in Spring Valley, CA

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Whether living in the Spring Valley, California area or surrounding areas, like Jamul, California, it's important to know where to turn to when enduring a water damage. It's also important to know the steps to take when going through water or flood damage. These steps are vital because a water loss is bound to happen in mostly everyone's lives sooner or later. And therefore, taking the proper steps will help one to recover when water or flood damage occurs.

Water damages can occur in various ways. It can occur through increment weather, such as a flood. It can occur from busted pipes, from stopped toilets, or other water leaks. It can also happen as a result of a fire. And furthermore, these damages just don't occur in one's home, it could result from issues with water in business as well.

Steps to take to Recover from Water Loss 

Having said this, the following steps should be adhered to when this unfortunate situation happens:

1. Contact reliable restoration specialists that service the Spring Valley, CA or surrounding areas, like Jamul, CA.

2. Do not go turn on light switches- this could cause further damage due to moisture somewhere within the walls.

3. Open the windows and turn on fans, if possible (don't attempt to plug in the fan cord), for air movement.

4. Do water cleanup by filling up a bucket with water from the flooding and pouring the water outside repeatedly until it can't be safely done anymore.

5. Put plastic, tarp, or another impermeable substance under savable, heavy furniture that is especially made of wood to prevent further damage.

6. Assess the damage by taking pictures with the mobile phone and writing down notes.

7. Get further instructions and paperwork from the restoration specialist for the insurance filing claim and for any other important instructions.

8. File the insurance claim.

The Duties of the Restoration Specialists

Qualified restoration specialists for these areas are not only highly trained in their field, but they are also well versed on insurance matters for the state they service when it comes to water or fire damages. And it doesn't matter if it's water in home or water in business, they are experts to handle both businesses and homes.

These restoration specialists know first hand the proper and safe way in the mitigation process, to properly do water cleanup, provide healthier air movement, to properly dry out items and floors, to work on mold remediation, and other things. They are also equipped with safe equipment and cleaning supplies to properly clean the residence/business without the risk of further damage to the items, people, and pets. Their equipment, tools, and cleaning supplies are met with government standards, such as OSHA and the FDA. These specialists will also give patrons instructions on how to better prepare and what to look forward to with the restoration process. For instance, they will instruct businesses on what to do when they have events and increment weather that may cause storm damage occur.

Trustworthy and reliable restoration specialists also know that every water or flooding damage is unique. They also are aware that each situation has different scopes and sizes of damages regardless if it's commercial or residence. And thus, they can handle each type accordingly. They have the proper tools, equipment, and cleaning supplies to handle any scope of damage. They also care about patrons knowing that every hour spent to recover from damages is an hour wasted of lost productivity and revenue. So, they work hard, fast, and proficiently, so that people can go on with their lives. These types of professional experts also have 24/7 emergency services available. And the following are more things that highly qualified restoration specialists do:

• Perform sewage cleanup.

• Have advanced equipment for water inspection, extraction, and drying.

• Have applied structural drying technicians.

• Have odor control technicians.

• Have an upholstery & fabric cleaning technicians.

With their advanced equipment, they can detect the hidden moisture, and stop it accordingly. Also, their equipment will thoroughly and quickly extract, clean, and dry the home, business, and belongings. They have a unique solution specifically tailored for any specific situations. They will also promote healthier air movement with blowing equipment to eliminate toxins in the air. Additionally, they will complete the job with the use of professional sanitizing and deodorizing agents for the safety and comfort of one's home or business. And even though each situation is different in one facet or another and in size, the steps are usually the same with the restoration process. This would include going where the emergency is, implementing the inspection and assessment of the damage, removing and extracting the water, drying and dehumidifying, cleaning and repair, and restore.

Conclusion

Regardless if its issues concerning water in home or business, there are steps to take and the right people to call in regards to the restoration of water loss. Unfortunately, a water loss is bound to happen in mostly everyone's lives sooner or later, and therefore, taking the proper steps will help one to recover when this type of situation occurs. The first thing to do is to contact a reliable restoration specialist that services the area. Other things to do include the following: Do not turn on light switches, do open the windows and turn on fans, if possible, perform water cleanup by filling up a bucket with the water from the damage and pouring the water outside repeatedly as much as possible, put plastic or another impermeable substance under savable, heavy furniture, assess the damage by taking pictures with the phone and writing down notes, obtain further instruction and paperwork from the restoration specialist for the insurance filing claim and for any other important instructions, and file the insurance claim.

The restoration specialist will handle all the details with mitigation and other restoration procedures. With them, patrons won't go wrong. And before one knows it, life will be restored fully. For more information on the Water Restoration process visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/ . 

5 Tips for Flood First Responders

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you experience flood damage in San Diego.

If you plan to be a first responder after a flood, you should prepare yourself for the risks involved in advance. Here are five flood response guidelines intended to help you respond to a flood situation without unnecessarily risking your well-being.

1. Prepare for disaster conditions with immunizations. You may want to obtain a tetanus booster if you have not received one in the past 10 years. You may also get a combined vaccine for protection against diphtheria or pertussis. A hepatitis B vaccine series is recommended for responders who provide medical care.

2. Limit exposure to floodwaters and avoid moving water. Floodwaters can become contaminated with gas, oil, sewage, industrial runoff, and other substances. As a first responder, limit your exposure to such water as much as possible by wearing protective garments. You should also look out for moving water. A mere six inches of moving water can cause people to lose their footing, and two feet can float a car.

3. Report downed power lines. Downed power lines pose a serious safety threat. Report any fallen poles or lines you see to a power company.

4. Make sure you have access to filtered water. Filtered water is a necessity for disaster responders. If you are performing rescues, you should have extra water on hand for residents who may be suffering from dehydration.

5. Wear rubber gloves and protective gear during cleanup. Protect yourself when handling items that have come into contact with floodwater. It is a good idea to get rid of all damaged items after documenting them for insurance purposes.

A first responder to a flood situation can play an important part in promoting the safety of a community in San Diego, CA You may want to keep the phone number for a certified storm disaster remediation service on hand in case residents want to take a proactive approach to addressing water damage and preventing mold. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on storm damage. 

Tips for Replacing a Leaky Toilet

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here you can see that one of our technicians is in the process of checking moisture levels in this wall.

You may not think about your Spring Valley, CA home's plumbing while you shower, do dishes or run your washing machine. However, it can be one of your home's most vital systems, and when something goes wrong, such as a leaking toilet, the results can be messy and expensive. If a toilet cannot be repaired, the next best option might be to replace it yourself.

1. Check the Seal First

If you have an old toilet, the leak might be due to a broken seal where the unit meets the floor. This type of leak can be quite common and cause water to spill out onto the floor when the toilet is flushed or filling. To check for this type of leak, dry the floor around the toilet and the base, then flush the unit. If you see water leak from the seal, then you may want to consider upgrading your toilet and making a new seal.

2. Remove the Toilet

Once you have determined you need a new toilet, the next step in this process is to remove the old one. First, turn off the water to the unit and then empty the tank and bowl as much as possible to prevent the water from sloshing out when you move the toilet. Disconnect the water and then unscrew the bolts from the base of the toilet before gently lifting the leaking toilet and undoing the seal. You may want to have a water removal and restoration company come in at this point to ensure no lasting water damage has been done by the leak.

3. Install a New Unit

Once you check the toilet's flange for signs of wear, you can complete your toilet repair project by installing the new unit. Remember to create a good seal by pressing down firmly on the toilet's bare rim. Once the new toilet is in place, you can turn the water back on and check if the problem is resolved.

A leaking toilet in your Spring Valley, CA home can cause a considerable amount of water damage. However, knowing the steps to replace it quickly can save you time and money. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage. 

The Pipes Burst, Now What?

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners worry that their pipes will burst, and they won’t know what to do when that happens. Floods can be incredibly distressing, and without a cleanup service to help, it can be almost impossible to prevent or aid water damage in Spring Valley. Luckily, there are things that you can do after you’ve been confronted with bursting pipes. Consider three of the most important steps to take.

1. Call a Cleanup Service

When it comes to flooding, mold can grow quickly. Mildew and mold take only a couple of days to grow in moist environments; this means that you have to start the cleanup process as soon as possible to prevent any secondary damage to your home. While you may be able to start some of the cleanup process on your own, a professional will have the tools to do it quicker and more effectively.

2. Open Windows and Air Out Home

The next step after your home has been flooded by bursting pipes is to open all of the windows. This is going to ensure that you have proper airflow in your home to help the drying process begin. You can also use a dehumidifier for extra help in drawing the moisture out of your residence while you wait for your remediation expert to arrive. Keep in mind that if the moisture lingers even after most of the water is gone, mold can still grow.

3. Fix the Pipes

Once your home is cleaned up of water, you need to have someone fix the broken pipe and maintain your plumbing system. It’s no use to clean up your home only to have your pipes burst again.

Flooding due to bursting pipes can be frustrating and stressful. Fortunately, with the help of a cleanup service, you can rest easy and help keep your Spring Valley, CA, home dry.

Visit our website at http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com to learn more about water damage. 

The Key Benefits Of Professional Water Damage Restoration

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


The Key Benefits Of Professional Water Damage Restoration

After significant water damage in a home, the goal is to renovate the property and restore its original value as well as mitigating such problem in the future. An emergency response team can help you when it comes to home restoration in the quest to handle the problem as soon as possible. The extent of the water damage will have a huge impact on the overall cost of repair. If you are lucky, the insurance company can help you to meet a substantial part of the home restoration bill.

While flooding can lead to significant water damage, a leaky roof or basement can also escalate the problem. It is vital to fix the leaks as part of your flood mitigation regimen and reduce the impact of floods in your home. While the signs of water damage are obvious, the floods have some secondary effects that include rotting of wood or development of mildew. It is vital to dry the water in home surfaces and eliminate the puddles that can cause such problems in the future. The restoration company will rely on various methods when drying the water in business floors, such as the natural or artificial methods. Flood mitigation is vital since you can reduce the cost of home repair if you abate the impact of floods in your property. The process of home repair after flooding involves water cleanup, deodorizing, drying, and dehumidifying. In the event of a pipe break in the kitchen, you are likely to end up with a flooded home. A flooded home can also be a result of a bathroom pipe break, meaning that the regular inspection of the system is vital.


The home restoration process entails fixing the source of the floods, water cleanup, drying, and taking the key steps during flood mitigation to prevent such an occurrence in the future. The poor flow of water in home drains due to blockages can lead to some potential flooding problems. Before you embark on the water cleanup, be sure to address the flaws in the drainage system. Installing some backflow preventers in the sewer and drainage systems is vital if you are looking to protect your home from contaminants. During the water cleanup, the consultants will use some disinfectants and detergents to clean your home and eliminate the contaminants. Besides addressing the supply line break, be sure to repair the leaks.

Remove all the water in home walls, carpets, and floor by pumping it out, mopping, and drying with the natural methods. As you eliminate the water in home walls and basements, avoid using a heater that might weaken the concrete walls. The best way to handle the flood damage after the leakage of water in business carpets is to get them out of the house for airing. The flow of water in business floors can lead to extensive flood damage that calls for expert intervention. When it comes to the elimination of water in business basements, you should avoid using a pump that causes the reduction of pressure and weakening of the walls. Avoid the unexpected pipe break by evaluating the plumbing system occasionally.

Mitigation is vital when it comes to the renovation of a flooded home. However, the success of the mitigation initiatives depends on the restoration company that you choose. A reputable restoration company is equipped with the requisite materials and expertise to handle the damages and renovate your flooded home back to its original state. If the supply line break is the main cause of the flood damage, stopping the flow of water in a flooded home is vital. Flaws in the plumbing system can cause flood damage after the supply line break. Sealing the pipes is a good way to prevent the supply line breaks in the future. The restoration company will propose several solutions when dealing with the pipe break in your bathroom.
Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Your Home or Business: Cleaning Up Water and Flood Damage

6/26/2017 (Permalink)


Your Home or Business: Cleaning Up Water and Flood Damage

Have you ever had to cleanup water in a home? Have you had to hire a crew to clean out water in a business? The flooding of water can cause severe harm to a house and building. You will not be able to live in your home. If you own a business, it will need to close during this time. The cleanup of water damage is a necessary procedure. It can be time-consuming, frustrating, and expensive. Also, water mitigation is another important process. You will need to prevent and limit further damage to your property. Restoration is the final process. This is the route to putting your home or business back in its previous state. The following information will help reduce the cost of water cleanup, mitigation, and restoration.

Causes of Water Damage

Water damage is responsible for thirty-seven percent of homeowners filing insurance claims. Water in a home can cause destruction to the interior. This issue can also happen when there is water in a business. There are some common causes of water in a home or business:

•Heavy rain causing the roof to leak
•Old pipes burst inside or under the structure
•Septic tank issue causes the toilet to overflow
•Using water to put out a fire causing damage to your possessions
•Sink or bathtub overflows onto the floor
•Line to the air conditioner unit causes water to soak into the ceiling

Causes of Flood Damage

Flood damage occurs when there is a lot of rain falling for several days. The rain can cause rivers to rise above their banks and flood the streets. Additionally, issues with dams or levees can cause flooding in areas. The water rises and comes into homes and buildings causing flood damage.

Cleanup after Water and Flood Damage

After discovering water in a home or business, you need to start water cleanup. You may find water in the whole house or in one room. If you find water in a business, it can be in the entire building. Also, you may see it covering several floors. Water cleanup is a tedious task but it will save your house or building. Here are some suggestions for safe water cleanup:

•Open all windows for drying the house or building
•Turn off the electrical power and gas
•If there is a mud issue, use a shovel to get rid of it
•Use a hose to rinse any excess debris away
•Wet-dry vacuum is good for drying water from the floor
•Continue drying the floor after removing the carpet and padding
•If water is in the basement, pump it out
•Take pictures before and after the water cleanup for evidence

Mitigation of Water in a Home or Water in a Business

You can protect your valuables from further water damage using mitigation. These are the steps you will need to preserve the items:

•Put dry clothing, books, files, and paper in plastic containers to preserve them
•Remove your wet clothing and items
•Using wooden blocks, lift your furniture above the floor
•Place pieces of aluminum foil under wooden items
•Use pins or tape to lift drapery off the wet floor
•Put all electronic items in a dry place

Restoration

Restoration is the final step before moving back into your home or office. These are the things you need to check to make your home or business safe:

•Drying of carpet, floors, and walls is complete
•Insure that all electrical and gas appliances are working
•Check for any type of structural damage
•Hire a certified inspector for safety reasons
•Buy flood insurance for financial protection

The cleanup of water is tedious, but it is worth it. You can save your property from damage. Water mitigation is also important. You want to limit any further damage to your home, business, and valuables. Restoration is an essential process, which will put your home or business back to its normal condition.
Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Water Damage Restoration

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration

This year has shown tremendous flooding and hurricane damage throughout the mid-west. Although the flood damage has destroyed many homes and businesses, there are some that are still standing. Needless to say, they have suffered extreme water damage, which requires the services of experts on water cleanup and drying techniques.

After the waters have subsided, and there is still water in home or water in business, it is time to call in professionals who specialize in flood damage cleanup. They are equipped with the proper equipment together with the expertise to handle a complete water cleanup as well as providing mitigation services..

The restoration of a home or business to its original state requires experience in the field. Such a company must be knowledgeable and comply with local laws regarding disposal of ruined rugs, furniture and other things that have suffered from flood damage. This type of work requires the expertise of highly trained restoration technicians.

Mold is something that can quickly spread through a building that has had water damage. Mold spores grow into colonies and become a health problem. A water damage restoration technician will used specialized equipment to remove all traces of mold.

In a flood, just the lower part of a building may suffer water damage. This means that the ceiling, floors, walls, air ducts, HVAC, carpet, upholstery, toilet, kitchen appliances and other areas must be addressed. This must be done as soon as possible, after the water recedes, in order to be able to work quickly to complete the flood damage cleanup.

A professional clean-up company will offer the following mitigation services:

• Assessment - The first step of water cleanup after a flood is inspection and an assessment of the water damage. This includes determining exactly how far the water in home or water in business has traveled.

• Rug and Furniture removal – Furniture and rugs ruined by water damage must be discarded. Depending on the amount of debris, a dumpster may be needed.

• Water extraction – Water is extracted through the use of vacuum units and powerful pumps. These are used to remove the many gallons of water in home or water in business that still remains in the building.

• Drying – Specialized equipment removes any remaining water prior to using air movers and dehumidifiers for drying the home or business.

• Sanitizing and cleaning – After drying the area, all surface areas, any recoverable furniture and other items are sanitized and cleaned. This will remove the flood water odors and sometimes restore items to a near original condition.

• Restoration Service – Some companies offer this mitigation service. It involves making minor or major repairs, fixing drywall, installing carpets and so forth. When completed, all signs of flood damage is eradicated.

Prior to calling a professional water cleanup company it is important to determine if further flooding is expected. Sometimes the sun comes out and one thinks the problem is over while, in reality, the rain is going to come back even stronger. A check with the weather bureau will provide this information.

A person has a large investment in a home or business. Finding water in home or water in business can be devastating. Having a professional company able to mitigate the situation makes it possible to take the necessary restoration steps to retain their investment when there is flood damage in the area.

Flooding can be a frightening experience, especially if one’s home or business is a victim. Fortunately, modern mitigation methods have been developed that make cleaning and restoring possible. Companies that specialize in this work have modern equipment especially designed to restore damaged flood homes to their original condition. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Removing The Moisture After Water Damage

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Removing The Moisture After Water Damage

Water in home or water in business would mean moisture in walls and ceilings too. In the case of water damage or flood damage, all the wet material needs to be removed as a mitigation measure. This would include insulation, and wooden by-products like panels, besides anything else that is porous. This would require drying and air movement is the best method for that.


Do note that drywall is highly porous. No amount of water damage restoration can work on it. Hence it must be thrown away on seeing any signs of water damage or flood damage. The wallboard must be removed to nearly a foot above the water mark in case of water in home or water in business. Walls that cannot be dried through air movement may be drained by removing their baseboard. During water cleanup, always check the interior of the wall to look for any mold growth. Ensure ample drying to remove it completely.


Mitigation measures would require sizing up the mold growth. A significant amount of mold growth would need professional cleaners. While doing water damage restoration, ensure that the area being cleaned is well-ventilated and has a lot of air movement. This will allow drying to happen faster.


Wear gloves, along with a mask or respirator, as well as eye protection while doing water cleanup after flood damage or water damage.


Water damage restoration requires cleaning hard surfaces with soap and hot water. Hence all metal, wood, plastic, as well as glass should be cleaned well. A stiff brush can be used on rough surfaces in case of water in home or water in business.


Before water damage restoration, all standing water has to be removed in case of water in home or water in business. Then the area needs to be disinfected with a bleach solution as a mitigation measure. This solution must stay on the surface for some time. It must be rinsed off with clean water and then left for drying. This is important in the case of flood damage. Allow for ample air movement. This can be the biggest aid while doing water cleanup.


The porous material must be cleaned well. This would include upholstered furniture, clothes, bedding, carpets, books, and so on. Many of these will not be in a position to get restored after water damage or flood damage. So throw these away. All these must be disinfected with a pine-oil cleaner after water cleanup. Mitigation measures require this material to be dry completely. It must be monitored for several days after cleaning to check for any mold or odors. If it returns, discard the item.


It is quite clear that removal of moisture is of utmost importance here. Even a tiny amount can lead to mold, dirty smell, and diseases. Hence it needs to be removed completely and quickly. The house or business premises become safe only after everything is cleared and sanitized. There is a lot of visible and invisible material in flood waters. Hence nothing should be left to chance. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Restoring Recent Water Damage

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Restoring Recent Water Damage

Mitigation of flood damage can help you remove water in your home before it becomes water damage. A water damage restoration crew will assist to minimize flood damage by using a water cleanup crew to remove water in your home. Drying the water damage completely after a successful water cleanup will likely help you to avoid any permanent water damage. Water in a business causing flood damage can be dealt with in the same way.

Water Damage Restoration

You must start working quickly not letting any water sit. Mold can grow within 24 hours of the water damage occurring. If someone began water cleanup soon, they could avoid permanent flood damage. The same rule applies for water in a business, don't wait more than 24 hours to begin your water damage restoration project.

Water in Your Business

Having water in your business is just as bad as having water in your home and be dealt with much the same way. The first thing that should be done is that everything needs to be taken out. You will have to assess all of the property that you bring out to see if anything is worth saving. If any furniture is entirely soaked, it should be gotten rid of. If something is just a little bit damp, it can be set outside in the sun and open air movement for drying.

Mitigation, Mitigation, Mitigation

When everything has been removed from the area, water cleanup can begin. Water in a home can be extracted in a few different ways. A pump can be used to move large amounts of water outside of the home. A vacuum that can be used with water will help once the pump has done its job. After that, a mop can be utilized. Remove all the water that you can.

Drying With Powerful Air Movement

Water in a business is removed in the same way. After you have done what you can using the other tools, pick up an industrial fan and a high capacity dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air while the powerful fans will direct air movement to where it is needed the most. Drying is sped up this way so that mold does not have the time to multiply.

Bringing Back Your Furniture

It is better to get rid of a sofa than it is to put one with water damage that will spawn mold back into your newly restored area. Make sure that the pieces you did save don't have any funny smells to them or anything after they are dried with air movement. That's a good sign that your piece of furniture is moldy.

Water Damage Restoration is an easy way to save a lot of money on the permanent flood damages associated with water damage. By completely drying a home or business quickly, mold will not be an issue. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

WRT

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Congratulations to our technician Tommy Bennett for scoring a 95% on his WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) exam!!

Is El Nino starting?

1/6/2016 (Permalink)

The heavy rains flooded this backyard all the way into the garage, but we were able to pump out almost all of the water and dry it out.

Rain hit San Diego hard yesterday, could it be the start of the coming El Nino? According to their San Diego Facebook page, the US National Weather Service is predicting that "a second strong storm with similar rainfall amounts will move into southwest CA tomorrow afternoon through Thursday morning, with additional light showers in Saturday." Are you prepared? If your house gets damaged, we're here 24/7 to help.