Archived Water Damage Blog Posts
Do You Know Where to Check for Water Leaks in Your Home?
If you have damage due to a water leak, you can count on SERVPRO of Carrollton for restoration!
While water damage can occur unexpectedly and with seemingly no rhyme or reason, there are
fortunately some ways that homeowners can prevent certain kinds from becoming severe. In
fact, hidden water leaks are a major source of household water damage and are known to waste over 10,000 gallons of water every year—but by being vigilant about checking for leaks
regularly, you can significantly reduce the chances that this will happen to you.
While many leaks show up in evident areas, others will be in far more sneaky spots that
homeowners may not think to check. If you are worried a hidden leak could be costing you, be
sure to read the list below for places you can keep an eye on throughout your home.
Where to Keep an Eye Out for Hidden Water Leaks
In your home’s bathrooms. Because of how much water is used in a bathroom on a daily
basis, they are often culprits of hidden water leaks for ages before homeowners realize
something is amiss. Splash leaks—the types of leaks that occur when water is splashed out of
the tub or shower—are the most common kind of bathroom leak to watch out for. Additionally,
leaks under the sinks, around the toilet base and in the walls surrounding the shower are all
common and should be checked for regularly.
Behind your home’s appliances. Any appliance that uses water, such as your dishwasher,
washing machine and refrigerator, is susceptible to developing a hidden leak. Because these
appliances are rarely moved, leaks can happen for years without becoming noticeable—and by
that time, the water damage will be severe. Make it a habit to check under and behind your
appliances at least once every few months so you can be sure there is nothing hiding right
under your nose.
Around your home’s spigots. While outdoor spigots are convenient, they can cause issues if
they are not properly maintained. As they are exposed to the elements every season, they can
begin to wear and have their seals break down in time—which can lead to a serious leak in the
exterior walls of your home.
If you have damage due to a water leak, you can count on us for restoration! Contact us at any
time to learn more about how we handle water damage for homeowners.
Why You Should Choose SERVPRO When You Have Water Damage
If water damage brings you an unexpected emergency, we’re here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton for immediate attention.
Did you know the average traditional water heater has about a 10-year shelf life? Well, now that your old one has exploded and sent water gushing through your garage, that piece of information is probably beating you over the head. (We would never say we told you so, though.)
So, now what? Water is everywhere, belongings are damaged, walls are soaked and you’re on the clock for mold growth. The problem here is that you’re a professional, but not this kind of professional.
Fortunately for you, you’ve got the best team in the industry right here in your backyard, and we’re specially situated to help restore the damage caused by water leaks, flooding and more.
We’re Always Ready
Burst pipes and flash floods don’t send Save the Date cards. And when a sudden water emergency strikes, any time you have to wait is time that could be spent saving important items and clearing your home of standing water. That’s why we’re ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency services. Your water emergency didn’t wait for you, and you won’t have to wait on us.
We’ll Be There Fast
SERVPRO offers you the power of a national resource network with the speed and flexibility of a local office, which means it doesn’t take an act of Congress to get the most powerful tools in the industry on your site—it only takes a click or a phone call, and we’ll be on the case in minutes, not days.
We’re Highly Skilled
Each SERVPRO professional has undergone extensive training specific to the area of water damage restoration, and they have been equipped with top industry tools to take care of any scenario regardless of its origin. We’ll find the best strategy for your water recovery, formulate a plan and execute it down to the letter.
Our Goal Is Restoration First
You’re surrounded by things you have curated, secured and designed, and we don’t want to see you have to replace those things just because a flood came through. Our goal is always restoration first: We work hard to extract, dry and dehumidify so that your original items can stay right where they belong—with you.
If water damage brings you an unexpected emergency, we’re ready to help. Get in touch with us today to get the industry leader on your team.
Preparing for a Flood
Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.
- Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food—3+ day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation/personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage
If flooding ever plagues your home or business, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at 770-258-7557 to make it "Like it never even happened."
Is Your Traditional Water Heater in Danger of Rupturing?
SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is your local water restoration experts. Our team is ready and on-call for any emergency.
As a homeowner, there’s a lot to think about. Aside from just keeping up with all the ins and outs of living life, you may have family to raise or care for and outside activities.
The last thing you want to have to think about is an appliance that should just work. It always works, there’s no reason for it to not work—why would it stop working?
One of the appliances that gets taken for granted most is your home’s water heater. It’s probably not something you see or think about very often.
It may be tucked away in the corner of the basement, or possibly even upstairs in an attic where it’s really out of sight. But out of all your home appliances, there is likely none with as much potential for causing disaster as the water heater.
Why a Water Heater Might Rupture
Traditional water heaters (the kinds with big tanks) have any number of components that could fail over time, and they may not last as long as you would expect. Around 15% of water heaters burst by the sixth year of ownership, and up to 40% burst in less than a decade.
Long-term mineral deposits, heating elements (a whole other danger that could lead to a fiery explosion if a tank bursts) and constant pressure applied to the weakest points in the system all add up to a recipe for eventual failure.
What You Can Do to Prolong the Life of Your Water Heater
Replace the Anode Rod. The Anode Rod is a metal-coated core that keeps the metal interior of your water heater from erosion, and it should be replaced roughly every two years depending on your water’s pH balance and softness.
Flush your water heater twice a year. Run out all the hot water (or just let your teenager take, like, one shower), turn off the power and attach a garden hose to the base of the tank, allowing the tank to flush and relieve the internal pressure.
Regular maintenance. Routine, annual maintenance by a trusted professional is always the best way to catch weaknesses before they become problems. Have your plumber check the tank, the valves and the pipes for signs of wear.
Shut it down. It’s also a good idea to turn off your water heater before you leave for vacation, so you don’t end up with any surprises when you get home. This may not prolong your heater’s life, but you don’t want a burst water heater left unattended for any period of time.
We hope these tips help you maintain and keep your traditional water heater running for a long time to come, but should it ever betray you and make a mess in your basement or attic, call us right away to get the damage minimized and your home restored.
Science of Drying
SERVPRO of Carrollton is available 24/7 to help you with water damage at your home or business.
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO® of Carrollton professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your home or business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO® of Carrollton will inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening; measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly; and speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature?" A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material?but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO® of Carrollton has the tools to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO® of Carrollton also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help accelerate the drying of your home or business.
It's not only the equipment, but the technology too! SERVPRO® of Carrollton utilizes DryBook™, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook™ Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.
The bottom line? SERVPRO® of Carrollton professionals have the training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."
*Restoration Newsline Vol 32, Iss 7
Why We Approach All Damages With a Restoration-First Mindset
If you sustain damage to your home, whether it be due to a fire, a flood or some other type of scenario, it can be difficult to know what comes next. Many people who have never had serious damages before might assume that a damaged area must be completely rebuilt and that all items must be liquidated and replaced—but when you work with us, that is not necessarily the case.
When we approach household damages, we do so with a restoration-first mindset. After helping countless families in the area recover from various damages, we understand how helpful it is to have your items restored instead of replaced.
Not only are many things irreplaceable due to sentimental value, but being able to keep your belongings also saves you time and money as your family works on recovering emotionally from the event.
The Benefits of Our Restoration-Focused Approach
We can salvage many irreplaceable items. While an insurance adjuster can easily come in and provide you with a dollar value for everything in your home, we understand that it is not always that simple. Objects such as family heirlooms and photographs could never be replaced for any amount of money, which is why we will do everything we are able to restore them instead.
We are able to work with your insurance. If you are able to claim damages on your insurance, such as in the event of water damage, you certainly should—however, this can lead to a higher premium as a result. We will work directly with your insurance to lower the costs with restoration instead of liquidation to save you money.
We can make your items safe for use again. There are many things to consider when an object is damaged by fire and water, such as lingering smoke and soot odors or the possibility of mold beginning to grow. However, we have the technology to make sure your items are totally safe to use once more. We can clean, deodorize and sanitize your items so you can be certain they are safe for your family to use.
If you have sustained damage and are not sure what comes next, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to see how we can help you with every aspect of the restoration process.