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Water Loss Types

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Vaccum laying on the floor of a flooded hallway Water damage in a residential building.

Water may seem very unlikely to cause damage. Do not be quick to dismiss it just yet. Water in the presence strong winds can be very destructive. It is for this reason that hurricanes and strong rains have claimed lives and destroyed millions worth of property. Water damage can also be as minimalist as broken water pipes that cause molding and rusting. These broken pipes are ranked second from hurricanes in causing water damage.

There are three types of water damage:

  • Category 1
    • This is does not cause any threat to human life. It is from is from broken house appliances and pipes which can flood a house or basement.
  • Category 2
    • This is also known "gray water". The water is contaminated and contains chemicals, micro-organisms, nutrients and biological contaminants. This water can cause serious health damage and discomfort when consumed.
  • Category 3
    • This is also known as "black water". This water is very unsanitary and contains harmful bacteria, fungi and harmful physical components like sharp tools. The source of this water is sewage, seawater, water rising from water bodies due to heavy rains and ground water.

Classes of water damage

The several classes of water damage help in evaluating water control options.

  • Class 1- Water damage is minimal, and the materials do not absorb a lot of water making repairs easy and less costly.
  • Class 2- This class has a fast evaporation rate but other materials like cushions and mattresses may be damaged.
  • Class 3- water has the fastest rate of evaporation here and the damage caused is greater and difficult to repair. The water may come from overhead sources and may soak the walls and furniture.
  • Class 4- This stage requires professional technique and procedures to control. It may damage concrete and hard floors and plaster.

How to Determine if Your Broken Pipe is Covered by Insurance

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking from pipeline broken in house A broken pipe in Downtown Miami,FL

How to Determine if Your Broken Pipe is Covered by Insurance

If a broken pipe has resulted in a flood in your home in Downtown Miami, FL, then you may be wondering if your homeowner’s insurance will cover the damage. Luckily, in many cases, the answer is yes. However, there are some exceptions to this. Answering the following questions can help you determine if your claim will be approved.

1. Were the Pipes Properly Maintained?

If you have been taking care of your home, then it is likely you will have insurance coverage for a broken pipe. However, if the insurance company finds that you have been negligent in maintaining your house and the plumbing, then your claim will likely be denied.

2. How Old Were the Pipes?

Over time, pipes can begin to deteriorate. They can become rusty and develop cracks or weak areas. Because it is expected that the homeowner will replace old pipes before they become a problem, your insurance policy will usually not include damage caused by normal wear and tear.

3. Did You Ignore Any Signs of Damage?

Perhaps you noticed that you had a small leak but decided that it wasn’t a big deal. Choosing not to fix broken pipes can make it difficult to have your claim approved if the problem becomes larger. Persistent leaks can cause damage on their own and can indicate a damaged pipe as well, so always have this repaired right away.

4. Was the Break Sudden?

One of the easiest ways to know if the flood in your home will be covered is to determine if the break was sudden and accidental. If there were no previous signs of damage and there is nothing you could have done to prevent it from happening, then your claim will usually be approved.
Because a flood from a broken pipe can cause a lot of damage to your home, you should have it taken care of as soon as possible. A water damage remediation company can remove the water from your home and repair the building and affected belongings. As long as you have properly maintained your home, your insurance should cover the costs.

How to Spot Water Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

A house will be one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. That’s why it is crucial to check the home for any kind of water damage before you move in. If left unattended, the water damage could spawn worse problems such as structural damage or maybe even mold. Here are some ways that to tell if your new home has water damage or not:

  1. Check Outside

Common signs of water damage are on the roof in pools of water, cracked or missing shingles.

  1. Look for Rust or Mold

Check your water heater and look for rust/damp spots anywhere on the floor. Mold is in any nook and crannies in your home. Use both sight and smell to find signs of mold.

  1. Check for Stains

Look for any unusual stains that could indicate that there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the wall or soft and swollen areas are signs of trouble.

  1. Look at the Floors

Fir wood and tile floors look for cracked or warped flooring. With carpet look for damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.

Spotting Water Damage

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

A house will be one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. That’s why it is crucial to check the home for any kind of water damage before you move in. If left unattended, the water damage could spawn worse problems such as structural damage or maybe even mold. Here are some ways that to tell if your new home has water damage or not:

  1. Check Outside

Common signs of water damage are on the roof in pools of water, cracked or missing shingles.

  1. Look for Rust or Mold

Check your water heater and look for rust/damp spots anywhere on the floor. Mold is in any nook and crannies in your home. Use both sight and smell to find signs of mold.

  1. Check for Stains

Look for any unusual stains that could indicate that there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the wall or soft and swollen areas are signs of trouble.

  1. Look at the Floors

For wood and tile floors look for cracked or warped flooring. With carpet look for damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.

Preventing Carpet Mold

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

If you’ve recently had a flood or a leak, no matter the size, it is a cause for concern for mold in the carpet. For mold, it doesn’t take much water for it to become harmful and spread, all it needs is a bit of moisture for it to grow. Mold can cause serious health issues such as respiratory problems, allergies, etc. Here are a few tips to prevent carpet mold after a flood or leak.

Act Fast

Act fast by drying it up as quickly as possible. Use fans to speed up the process as this will not only help the carpet dry, but also circulate the air in the room. Be aware that it can take a few days for the fans to dry the water damaged area, be sure to keep them running for 24 hours until the carpet is dry.

Invest in a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are machines that will remove excess moisture in the room. They help make the air feel cooler and helps limit the growth of mold. The machine will help dry out the air and ground helping to speed up the dry time for your carpeted floors

Hire a Water Damage Cleanup Service

Companies that specialize in water damage cleanup can help get rid of the water fast. They have the tools and equipment needed to remove the water and help ensure mold and mildew don’t begin to spread. These services can help your carpets smell fresh again without any trace of the musky water damage odor.

When a mop isn't enough

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brickell is trained to safely clean and restore your customer's home, utilizing the following procedures: 

  • Identify the Source/Type of Water
  • Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis
  • Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises
  • Perform Emergency Water Extraction
  • Move and Block Furniture
  • Provide Floor Service
  • Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service
  • Apply Necessary Treatments
  • Utilize Drying Equipment and Monitor Drying
  • Dispose of Refuse

About SERVPRO of Brickell

SERVPRO of Brickell 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.

For help restoring your home or business after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Brickell at (305) 643-0710. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Prevention

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Brickell we are Water Damage specialists, and we compiled a small list on how to prevent water damage from happening often in your home: 

  1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts - Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof. Don’t forget to clean downspouts to ensure water can flow through, and secure downspouts so that they point away from the home.
  2. Know your Water Main - Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.
  3. Check Appliances Regularly - Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly - If you choose to ignore any water damage, or postpone making the necessary repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.
  5. Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses - Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours often throughout the year to avoid an expensive damage.
  6. Check Your Water Pressure - If the water pressure to your home is too high, then your pipes and hoses may fail under the high pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical homes water systems are designed for pressure of 40 – 70 psi. Anything above 70 psi will put your plumbing at risk.
  7. Monitor Your Water Bill - Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next, then there is probably a leak somewhere in the home.

Water Damage Experts

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

If a pipe bursts inside your home, water can flood out ruining many things in the way. Once water gets into your living area, it can be a considerable inconvenience. The longer your home stays wet, the worse the problems can get. We at SERVPRO know that any time water damage occurs in Brickell, the typical lifestyle of residents gets severely disrupted. When things indoors get wet, it is possible that it can cause health concerns for some people. Water has a destructive effect on most building materials and contents. If the water problems are not treated quickly, more items can get ruined. If the proper equipment and techniques get used, it is possible in many instances, but not all, to prevent the costly replacement of building materials and contents. Our SERVPRO technicians have the training, expertise, and specialized equipment to properly dry and restore water-damaged structures. We know that if we do not resolve the issues correctly that water can cause much worse damage over time. We know how to listen to the concerns of all parties involved and come up with an overall work plan that satisfies everyone. When completing a job involving excessive water, we always follow the IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. To prevent future problems after a water leak, call SERVPRO of Brickell at (305) 643-0710 24/7.

Service Response for a Water Damage

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

water damage in basement from flood This is a water damage restoration service.

When there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back. Our staff is highly trained in property water 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 after a water damage. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no water damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Brickell. We are proud to serve our local surrounding communities upon request. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, we are here to serve you 24/7, please call today 305-643-0710