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Tips to Choosing the Right Water Damage Restoration Company

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Follow these simple tips to hire expert water damage restoration services that can help your property look new again. Water damage can be serious.

Dealing with damage from a flood or a burst pipe in your home is stressful, and the last thing you want to do is deal with an incompetent or unprofessional water damage restoration company. It's not uncommon for people who have never dealt with flooding before to get overwhelmed by everything they need to do to handle their flooded home or business. That's why we put together this blog post about tips for choosing a water damage restoration company - because we want everyone who has been impacted by flooding to get help from an expert!

Choose a water damage restoration company that can perform the following:

Provides a thorough plan for dealing with damage.

Whether it's a business or your home, you want to work with an expert who has the tools and expertise necessary for getting started right away. A reliable and experienced water restoration technician should be able to provide accurate assessment, a checklist of things that need to be made, and an estimate of costs so you will know exactly what to do before you proceed with the water damage restoration services.

Employs certified and well-trained staff.

When looking for a water damage restoration company, look for ones that are appropriately certified and insured in your state. Moreover, consider the expertise of their water restoration technician. Find out the level of training and experience they have and if they are certified to do the job.

Responds immediately when there is an emergency.

It's critical to choose a water restoration business that can respond immediately when you call, as water damage only gets more serious with time. Choose one that responds to calls 24/7 especially that Florida is one of the top states that are most at risk of flooding.

Has a good reputation in your area.

You'll want to do your research about local water damage restoration companies before making a final decision. Look for one that has good reviews and is highly rated by its customers so you can be confident that they will do a good job. See if their customers were satisfied with the work they provided.

Knows how to help you in filing your insurance claims.

Filing for an insurance claim requires thorough documentation of the damage.  You can make a lot of mistakes while filing if you don't know what to do. The best water restoration company will have the expertise and experience in this area so you can be sure that they will handle the job properly. You want to choose a company that can help you navigate the insurance claims process so you can file a proper one that can result in full compensation.

Conclusion

When your property and life are destroyed by a water catastrophe, you require assistance that you can trust.  It can be overwhelming to deal with everything on your own, but you must take the actions necessary to restore things in order. By following these few tips, we hope you can hire expert water damage restoration services that can help your property look new again.



Routine Bathroom Maintenance Can Prevent Leaks

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

bathroom plumbing maintenance Bathroom maintenance can prevent leaks

Timely Bathroom Maintenance Can Prevent Leaks

If you own a home or rent, it's a good idea to become familiar with your plumbing system. This could save you time and money as well as prevent a major problem. The mainline brings freshwater into your building, and from there, you have several supply lines that eventually bring water to individual faucets and appliances, often by way of smaller branch lines. Supply line damage, since it usually carries a large amount of water, can quickly flood your home in Seminole County. Therefore, a smart homeowner pays attention to the condition of the supply lines.

The Need for Maintenance
If you have resided in your location for years, you might even know the history of your supply lines and when they last received maintenance. Knowing the following facts will help you keep tabs on the potential for a supply line leak:

  • The age of the pipes
  • The material of the pipes
  • The date of the last major plumbing upgrade
  • The length of any warranty from the plumbing contractor or the pipe manufacturer

Some materials last longer than others. Plastic piping becomes vulnerable to supply line damage after about five to eight years; of course, it could last much longer, but it usually will be not be warrantied for any longer. On the other hand, steel braided piping often has a lifetime warranty on materials.

The Need for Water Cleanup
Whether it is from supply line damage or a bathroom leak, water escaping into your home is a serious problem. A professional water remediation team can act quickly to limit the damage. Trained technicians will arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster and remove standing water before it has had time to cause structural damage to floors and walls. They will use powerful vacuums and air dryers to rid the home of excessive humidity, which is often a condition that invites mold growth. If you suspect your supply lines are worn, it might be time to have a plumbing contractor check things out.

We Are Certified

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage In A Home We are water damage experts.

At SERVPRO of West Volusia we pride ourselves on having trained, IICRC Certified employees and state of the art equipment. Our ability to take moisture readings and see what's happening "inside" your walls with our infrared camera(s), enable us to insure we will dry your property out properly. We take moisture readings daily, entering those readings into our drybook logs, giving us the information we need to do our job and giving you the peace of mind that you made the right decision in calling SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia is ready to respond to any size water damage, commercial or residential, 24/hours a day; 7/days a week. A live person always answers your call to assess your situation immediately and respond accordingly. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia 386-574-0864

"Like it never even happened."

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

water on a window Here are 5 useful tips to prevent water damage to your home.

A few quick and easy tips may help in preventing water damage in your home...Check them out below!

  1. Plan before you plant any trees or plants. Make sure you know where irrigation systems run to ensure that you keep roots away from growing near any water lines.
  2. We cannot share this one enough, clean your gutters! Clogged gutters are a huge culprit of water damage and can not only cause flooding but mold growth as water seeps into a home's foundation. 
  3. Water leaks can sometimes go completely unnoticed. A good way to try and prevent this is to pay attention to your water bill. If it is much higher than you think it should be, you may have a leak in your home. 
  4. When you need to unclog a drain, use a drain snake rather than unclogging chemicals. This can help ensure that the chemicals do not eat away at your pipes making them more susceptible to water leaks. 
  5. Finally, DO NOT pour grease down the sink. It is a huge factor in clogged water pipes and can cause leaks and water damage to your home. 

In the event of water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of West Volusia County to make it disappear! (386) 574-0864

Where To Find Water Leaks In Your Business

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Office water leak Office water leak from a broken pipe

Every year many businesses are affected by water leaks that have long gone unnoticed. A leak can not only cause a significant amount of damage to your building and its contents, but it can also skyrocket your water bill. So as a business owner, it is good to know where you can look for potential water leaks. 

The drip … drip … drip of a water leak seems harmless enough, but multiply those drips and they can become a giant problem. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect and identify spots where water leaks are most likely to occur.

1. Leaky Toilets Are Good Place To Start

Commercial buildings typically have several toilets. You can see and hear many toilet leaks, but sometimes they aren’t visible or audible. In most cases, a sure indicator would be your water meter, but toilet leaks tend to be slow. If you can determine that your water use has dramatically risen, a malfunctioning toilet isn’t probably the culprit.

2. Leaky Faucets Are Common

Even a small drip can lead to a large loss of water over time. If you have one faucet that drips one drop per second, approximately five gallons of water would be wasted every day. That’s over 2,000 gallons each year. Fortunately, most leaky faucets are easy to repair and usually involve the replacement of washers.

3. Leaky Underground Pipes Can Go Unnoticed

If water main pipes spring a leak on your side of the meter, you'll be responsible for paying the bill. The water bill may be the only indication that there’s a water leak. You won’t know that there’s a possibly even a pipe break until you receive your monthly water bill unless you monitor your water consumption weekly. Talk to your provider and see what they can do in terms of weekly monitoring until the problem is resolved.

4. Leaky Plumbing Can Affect Everything

Pipes are located throughout buildings. So, leaks can occur behind walls, above ceilings, and under flooring. Sometimes the only way you realize that there’s a leak is noticing wet drywall, discolored ceiling tiles, mold or smelling a musty odor.
If your Volusia County, commercial building sustains water damage from a water leak, be sure to hire restoration professionals. They'll return it to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

Where To Find Water Leaks In Your Business

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO West Volusia green vehicle SERVPRO Of West Volusia

Every year many businesses are affected by water leaks that have long gone unnoticed. A leak can not only cause a significant amount of damage to your building and its contents, but it can also skyrocket your water bill. So as a business owner, it is good to know where you can look for potential water leaks. 

The drip … drip … drip of a water leak seems harmless enough, but multiply those drips and they can become a giant problem. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect and identify spots where water leaks are most likely to occur.

1. Leaky Toilets Are Good Place To Start

Commercial buildings typically have several toilets. You can see and hear many toilet leaks, but sometimes they aren’t visible or audible. In most cases, a sure indicator would be your water meter, but toilet leaks tend to be slow. If you can determine that your water use has dramatically risen, a malfunctioning toilet isn’t probably the culprit.

2. Leaky Faucets Are Common

Even a small drip can lead to a large loss of water over time. If you have one faucet that drips one drop per second, approximately five gallons of water would be wasted every day. That’s over 2,000 gallons each year. Fortunately, most leaky faucets are easy to repair and usually involve the replacement of washers.

3. Leaky Underground Pipes Can Go Unnoticed

If water main pipes spring a leak on your side of the meter, you'll be responsible for paying the bill. The water bill may be the only indication that there’s a water leak. You won’t know that there’s a possibly even a pipe break until you receive your monthly water bill unless you monitor your water consumption weekly. Talk to your provider and see what they can do in terms of weekly monitoring until the problem is resolved.

4. Leaky Plumbing Can Affect Everything

Pipes are located throughout buildings. So, leaks can occur behind walls, above ceilings, and under flooring. Sometimes the only way you realize that there’s a leak is noticing wet drywall, discolored ceiling tiles, mold or smelling a musty odor.
If your Volusia County, commercial building sustains water damage from a water leak, be sure to hire restoration professionals. They'll return it to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

How Realtors Benefit From SERVPRO Of West Volusia

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Every realtor knows that clean homes sell faster. 

Dirty air ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home. In Florida, we also understand the increased potential for previously undetected mold growth in any given home. Any leaks, water stains, or lingering odors can also be a sign of a larger issue. 

It could be possible that your sellers may have problem spots to address before you list or schedule a home inspection. However, a lot of times realtors are the first ones to spot the issue. Either way, make sure you get a professional to address the problem(s). That way, you are less likely to run into issues during the buyer inspection. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia is here to help with any of these issues and more! Give us a call today, for a free mold inspection or assessment:(386) 574-0864.

There Is A Leak Under My Kitchen Sink

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

5 Steps to Follow to Minimize the Need for Kitchen Repair

The kitchen may be the heart of your West Volusia home, but it's also a common site of household flooding. If you notice a leak beneath your sink, here are five steps to follow to minimize the need for kitchen repair.

1. If the water is erupting from your sink like a geyser, shut it off completely. Find the sink's individual water valve, and turn it clockwise to stop the flow of water. In the event that your kitchen sink doesn't have an individual cut-off valve, locate your home's main water supply valve and shut it off.

2. Remove any items stored beneath the sink. This will give you easy access to the pipes so you can better observe the source of the water in home, as well as allow you to begin drying off any wet items that you want to salvage.

3. Identify the source. There are a variety of reasons why your sink's drainpipe may have sprung a leak. One of the most common is a loose or worn compression nut. This makes for a loose connection that can allow water through. A clog, or even pipes that are the incorrect size, may also be to blame. If you can't figure out where the flooding originated, it's likely time to call your plumber for assistance.

4. Repair the leak. Once the source of the unwanted water has been found, it's time to fix it promptly. You may be able to perform simple repairs, such as tightening a loose compression nut, on your own if you wish. For more extensive repairs, however, seek the help of a professional plumber.

5. Clean up. The extent of the leak will determine the type of cleanup involved. If water damage is substantial, such as that which springs from a long-hidden leak, your best bet is usually to enlist the help SERVPRO of West Volusia.
Flooding in the kitchen is an all-too-common occurrence, but it doesn't have to be a catastrophe. Follow these five steps to restore your kitchen safely and quickly.

SERVPRO of West Volusia

386-574-0864

Hidden Moisture

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of West Volusia we pride ourselves on having trained, IICRC Certified employees and state of the art equipment. Our ability to take moisture readings and see what's happening "inside" your walls with our infrared camera(s), enable us to insure we will dry your property out properly. We take moisture readings daily, entering those readings into our drybook logs, giving us the information we need to do our job and giving you the peace of mind that you made the right decision in calling SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia is ready to respond to any size water damage, commercial or residential, 24/hours a day; 7/days a week. A live person always answers your call to assess your situation immediately and respond accordingly. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia

386-574-0864

The Cleaning Tip That Could Save You Thousands

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Gutter from home dripping water outside. Cleaning the gutters can save you money.

There are many ways in which water damage to your home is unavoidable. A storm blows through and causes damage, pipe bursts, etc. Those examples and more are out of your control. However, there is one cleaning job that if you do regularly, could assist in preventing water damage. 

Clean those gutters. 

We know, it's no one's favorite job. But even just cleaning those gutters at a minimum of once a year could help in preventing a build-up of leaves, sticks and other debris, this can cause clogs and result in water creeping under the roof and sometimes, into the foundation. 

Advice: Sorry Florida homeowners, but we advise that you should clean your gutters more often if you have overhanging trees and after a big storm.

Here's a little tip: Instead of using a store-bought scoop for the cleaning, use an old plastic kitchen spatula. It gets the job done just as well, and it won’t damage the gutters.

While it may not be the greatest chore - trust us, its more fun than water damage. 

If you have or suspect water damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of West Volusia County a call at (386) 574-0864.

Three Reasons To Call

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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: (386) 574-0864

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 West Volusia 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 West Volusia

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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.

Dealing With A Water Damage

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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 - 386-574-0864

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 West Volusia 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)?

What You Can Do After A Water Damage

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water in unwanted places can cause a lot of damage. While we never suggest cleaning up a water damage yourself, there are a few things you can do before the professionals get there in order to help preserve your belongings!

  • Remove electronics that may be in the path of the water. The faster you do this, the less damage you will have occur to these items.  
  • Anything you are able to get up on blocks and away from the water really helps the chances of salvaging items in a water damage.
  • Towels, buckets, mops and anything else that can soak up as much water as possible is always a plus and can help to prevent significant damage to flooring. 

After these steps, leave the rest to us! SERVPRO of West Volusia County specializes in water damage restoration and can get your home back to normal in no time! 

If you have suffered a water damage, give us a call at (386) 574-0864.