Recent Water Damage Posts

What To Do When You Experience Refrigerator Damage!

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

The common cause for these water leaks is the plastic water line behind the refrigerator will crack, a slow drip begins and water pools behind the fridge unnoticed. Another common cause is excess condensation buildup which has the same effect. Water damage from your fridge can cause numerous problems in your home especially since the problem can go unnoticed for so long, at this point the damage has already taken a toll on your floors and surrounding areas. Moisture and heat in the dark environment create perfect conditions for mold to form and your floorboards to rot. Somewhere like an apartment or enclosed area these mold spores can cause issues and a problem like this should not be overlooked. Over at SERVPRO we are experts in mold remediation and will gladly remove and prevent further frustrations for you.

So now what?

It is important to first clean up any visible water to avoid further damage and possibilities of mold occurring. Once this is done you should inspect your fridge and see if there are any noticeable leaks or areas where condensation may be forming to excess. It is important to replace any faulty connections to stop the immediate leak if possible. If you are able to, assess the damage done to the area under and around the fridge. Most of the time floorboards will show visible damage, but the real problems can occur underneath where you cannot see. We recommend you give us a call at SERVPRO of Lakewood / University Place (253.896.3000) where we are available 24/7 to assist. We will send a team out to stop any further damage and spread of mold and help prevent this issue from occurring again. While you may be able to swap out the damaged areas of flooring, mold can continue to grow and cause more problems in the future. With many years of experience we will make the cleanup a quick and easy experience.

Pro tip: add a water alarm behind/under your fridge to catch any further problems from getting far

What To Expect If There Is Flooding In Your Apartment

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

apartment When your apartment building floods, SERVPRO of Tacoma has the experience, training, and resources to put it back together.

When the fire sprinkler system accidentally goes off or a water heater malfunctions on the 10th floor of an apartment building, the water damage can be extensive and overwhelming. A water loss in an apartment building can quickly become a literal disaster. Here, we will review what to expect if there is flooding in your apartment building. 

1.  Water Damaged Ceilings

When you live in or manage a multi-level building and there is flooding on one of the upper floors, you can expect widespread ceiling water damage. Water will have nowhere to go but down, seeping through carpet, hardwood, penetrating subfloors, and make its way to the apartments below. 

2.  Water Damage to Floors 

Expect to replace and dry wet carpets or pull up hardwood floors.

3.  Electrical Issues 

Flood water may have entered your apartment through light fixtures or even poured out of electrical sockets. In cases of major flooding, your apartment building may even have to turn off the power for a certain amount of time until it has been deemed safe to turn it back on. 

4.  Possible Mold Growth 

Flooding in an apartment building is widespread and it can be a while before the moisture on every level is addressed. Mold may begin to grow in as little as 48 hours after water damage, so you should keep an eye out. 

5.  Loud Equipment 

Your apartment management company will likely call their preferred water damage restoration company to handle the cleanup and repairs. This will include stationing commercial grade fans and dehumidifiers throughout the building and even in your apartment. The equipment is usually left for 3-5 days, depending on the extent of damages. 

6.  Demolition 

Since water will freely flow between the floors of the apartment building, the water damage restoration process will surely include opening up ceilings, pulling up carpets, removing trim and moldings, or even removing portions of wet walls. While it may be overwhelming in the moment, these steps will ensure your building is dried out after water damage and will help prevent a widespread mold problem down the line. 

7.  A Flooded Basement 

If your apartment building has a shared basement with laundry or storage - you may not be able to access it for a certain amount of time. When floods happen in apartment buildings, the water will usually collect in the basement. Do not enter it until it has been cleaned up and deemed safe to enter. 

8.  Possible Need to File an Insurance Claim 

The apartment’s management company’s insurance will likely be footing the bill for any structural damages and drying out the building, but if any of your personal belongings or contents are affected by flooding, it won’t be covered by their claim. In these cases, you will have to file your own claim with your renters or condo insurance.

Apartment Building Flooded? Call SERVPRO of University Place For 24/7 Service - 203-769-9238

SERVPRO of University Place is a 24/7 damage restoration company dedicated to restoring your property after any sized disaster. SERVPRO of Tacoma accepts all insurance carriers and will handle the process for you. Our goal is to make your damage "Like it never even happened." 

Streamlining Recovery After A Pipe Bursts in the Home

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

pipe If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe, contact us right away. SERVPRO of University Place is available 24/7.

When considering the various types of water damage, none of them seem like a favorable scenario—but when it comes to a burst pipe, it can be extra difficult to handle. Pipes discharge a high volume of water into an area, leading to full saturation if it is not handled quickly.

While it is impossible to predict if or when this might occur, knowing what to do in case it does is key. Annually, there will be one in 50 households that have some sort of water damage in them, and recovery tends to be much easier for those who already know exactly what to do.

A Guide to What to Do If a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

Shut off your water main. Pipes will continue to pump water after bursting, which can lead to an area becoming fully saturated. Being able to shut off your home’s water main quickly can stop the water from pouring in and prevent an area from becoming oversaturated.

Shut off your electricity. It is always good to keep water and electricity separated, so if it is safe to do so, cutting off your home’s electricity from the breaker box can prevent further issues from arising such as shock and fire risks.

Contact your restoration company. Being able to call your restoration company immediately after discovering damage is a great way to expedite the recovery process, so we always recommend choosing the one in advance so you know who to call.

Take a record of the damages. Keeping good records will help you all throughout the recovery process, especially if you are able to file an insurance claim. Taking photos, videos and keeping a list will help you stay organized and ensure nothing is forgotten.

Contact your insurance company. All insurance companies and insurance policies vary with how they handle water damage, so getting into contact with your provider quickly will help you figure out the next steps towards filing a claim.

Open windows and doors if possible. Speeding the drying and evaporation process is key to reducing the overall damages, so if it is safe to do so, open up the doors and windows near the area so you can increase airflow while you await assistance.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services. (253) 896-3000

What To Do When Your Refrigerator Line Leaks

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

fridge leak A leaking fridge in your home can cause extensive water damage and mold growth in your kitchen.

When you think of kitchen water damage, you usually think of a sink leak or a broken dishwasher. But did you know there's a high risk of water damage from your fridge?

Refrigerator water line leaks can damage your kitchen floor, the wall behind the appliance, and even cause extensive mold growth in your home.

What can you do when your refrigerator leaks to prevent water damage in your kitchen? As your local water damage restoration company for appliance leaks in Lakewood, we'll review what to do when your fridge leaks, how to repair it, and when insurance will cover the damages.

Why Is My Fridge Leaking Water?

The most common cause of water damage from a fridge is a clogged or leaking water supply line. These supply lines are used to carry water to your ice maker, water dispenser, or to carry melted water. This means that, depending on the model of your fridge, there's many places where the leak could be located.

Many times you won't realize that this appliance is leaking until it's already caused considerable damages. Water line leaks usually start small and worsen over time, saturating flooring, drywall, warping baseboards, or even damaging the subfloor. You may not even notice the damages until there's visible mold around the appliance.

What To Do If Your Fridge Water Line Breaks & Leaks

1.  Clean up water.

Before doing anything else, you should make sure to clean up any standing water to prevent it from seeping through floors, walls, or cabinetry. If you have any fans or dehumidifiers, set them out to help dry the area. 

2.  Try to Find the Source of the Leak.

If you can find the source of the water leak, you may be able to make the needed repairs by yourself. Slowly pull the fridge away from the wall and inspect the plastic supply line that's located on the back of the appliance.

If you can't see any visible damage to water lines, use your hands to feel for moisture and pinhole leaks.

3.  Turn Off the Water to the Appliance.

To prevent further water damage until the appliance is repaired, you should turn off the water and then disconnect the fridge from power. The shutoff valve should be located behind the fridge or underneath your kitchen sink.

4.  Replace the Leaking Water Line.

Remove the bolt that secures the water intake valve to the supply line so that you can remove the faulty line. Measure the length of the water line and be sure to purchase one that is the same length or cut it to the correct size.

To install the new water line, attach each end into a coupling connector until it's firmly sealed. Make sure that everything is tight and secure.

Lastly, turn back on the water to the fridge and watch for any slow leaks before pushing it back to its normal place.

You can also call a professional to repair your leaking fridge if this isn't a project you want to take on yourself.

5.  Inspect for Signs of Water Damage Around your Home.

Depending on how long your refrigerator leaks water onto the kitchen floor, you may need to take additional steps to restore your kitchen back to pre-damage conditions. Look for signs of warped walls or floors, bubbling or peeling paint, musty odors, or water stains on the ceiling underneath the fridge.

If you find any signs of additional water damage, you should call a local water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Lakewood for a detailed inspection.

Preventing Refrigerator Water Damage

The best way to prevent your fridge from leaking and causing water damage is to regularly inspect and maintain the appliance. Note when water supply lines should be replaced or consider upgrading plastic water lines to braided steel supply lines to minimize the chances of them leaking.

Dealing With Refrigerator Water Line Leak Damage in Lakewood / Tacoma? We Can Help!

With over 10 years of experience in cleaning up water damages from leaking appliances, SERVPRO of Lakewood can quickly restore your kitchen to pre-damage conditions.

  • 24/7 Emergency Services

  • Advanced Drying and Dehumidification

  • Damage Inspections and Estimates

  • We Handle The Insurance Process For You

Call SERVPRO of Lakewood Today For Immediate Assistance (253) 896-3000

Fixing the Drip

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

As you go about your day, it can be easy to not notice the quiet drip of a leaking faucet. Once the hustle and bustle slows down, that little drip can become surprisingly loud. Along with raising your water bill, a constant drip can indicate a bigger problem. Luckily, most leaks are relatively minor fixes.

What Is Causing the Drip?

Ring Issues – The faucet handle is attached with a stem screw that is on top of an O ring. If this ring becomes loose or damaged, it will cause a leak

Corrosion – Water sediment eventually begins to affect the components of a faucet. A valve seat, the faucet, and spot connector can lose its integrity.

Washers – The washer and valve seat come into contact every use. Over time, this friction will begin to wear the part out. Additionally, if a washer isn’t properly installed, it can contribute to leaking.

Steps to Fix the Leak

When dealing with a leaking faucet, many of the fixes are relatively easy. Below are some helpful tips in completing a proper repair.

Turn off water at the main supply to avoid a small leak turning into a river of water.
Any knob or decorative parts will need to be removed before a repair can be made. These fixtures are typically screwed in.
The packing nut will need to be loosened. Depending on your faucet, the stem may either gently pull off or require twisting. Once off, inspect it for any damage.
If there was no visible damage to the faucet stem, inspect the O ring, washers and valves for wear.
Once the culprit is determined, ensure the replacement part is properly installed and an exact fit.

If after you have fixed leak there are still problems, it may be time to call a plumber. A leaking faucet could mean hidden plumbing issues and unseen damage that may require the services of a water damage professional.

6 Steps of Water Damage Restoration

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

When you discover water damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Tacoma's six-step restoration process to truly restore your property to its pre-damage condition.

  1. Initial Emergency Contact
    • You can call us 24 /7 to begin the water restoration process because taking immediate action is crucial after water damage occurs. When you call us, we will ask you questions to get an overview of the damage and to help us determine what resources to dispatch to you.
  2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
    • When we arrive on the scene in response to water damage, we will do a detailed property inspection to assess the scope of the damage and to develop a thorough plan of action. We will identify the water source, the category of water, and check for safety concerns.
  3. Moisture Extraction
    • The water extraction process will remove the majority of moisture via our vacuum and pump units. We will start this process as quickly as possible to lessen the likelihood of more damage occurring and to reduce drying time. We can also help you move out of your belongings in the event that they might be damaged as well.
  4. Dehumidifying and Drying
    • After the excess water has been removed, we can begin fully drying all porous materials that have absorbed water. Our industrial-grade equipment moves air quickly and helps moisture to evaporate as fast as possible, which will dry out floors, walls, and carpets as well as discourage mold growth.
  5. Cleaning and Repair
    • After sustaining water damage, impacted surfaces will typically require professional cleaning. In addition to structural cleaning, we will clean your belongings that are able to be restored. We will also do odor removal to prevent the musty odor that water-damaged objects develop.
  6. Restoration
    • The final step is ensuring that your property is restored to its pre-water condition. This will involve things like drywall and flooring repairs or even reconstruction. By working with us, you are working with a company that can handle all elements of the restoration, including the difficult reconstruction parts that truly restores things back to their pre-damaged state.

Steps to Take When your Home Floods

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen Take the right steps when your home is affected by water!

Whether it be plumbing issues or a natural disaster, water can do some serious damage to your home, your floors, ceilings, walls, and personal belongings. That's why it is important to act quickly when you discover a flood in your home.

First and foremost, if it is safe to do so, shut off your water supply. Try to dry up as much water as possible to avoid severe water damage or mold growth.

Then, call SERVPRO! We offer 24/7 emergency service so that you never have to handle emergencies on your own, no matter the time or day. Our technicians are trained to mediate and extract standing water that needs immediate attention. We come prepared with equipment to help dry down the affected areas right away, preventing further damage and mold-growing environments. The quicker you start drying, the better!

It is SO important to detect the cause of the leak and have it repaired in order to prevent the same thing from happening in the future. Trying to dry down your home while water is still leaking is nearly impossible, so having it fixed is very important.

Depending on the amount of damage or cause of leak, we recommend you file a claim with your insurance. 

Once you have done all of that, we here at SERVPRO will take care of the restoration! We'll monitor your home daily to ensure the areas are drying quickly and efficiently. We'll complete all that is needed to be done in order to restore your home and/or contents correctly so no problems arise in the future. We'll communicate with your insurance company every step of the way. And of course, we'll make sure all of your questions are answered and your concerns are gone over. 

Call SERVPRO of Tacoma/University Place!

253-564-1494

Vacation Proofing Your Home

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is fast approaching. And for many of us, that brings with it vacation season. However, far too many families return home from a relaxing family vacation to find a home racked with water damage. Here are some tips you can take to help vacation-proof your home!

  1. The day you leave for vacation – Most importantly!!  Turn off your main water supply.  Typically located in the ground near your street curb, for those in town.  If you are in the country on a well, turn off your supply line between your well and your house.
  2. Identify your potential water hazards in your home! Note - Any water fixtures in your home or office are potential water hazards. i.e. sinks, toilets, refrigerator water lines, ice maker water lines, dishwashers, washing machines, bath tubs, showers, hot water heaters, AC drain lines, toilets, and even outdoor faucets that are close to exterior of house. check each of potential water hazards, make sure there are no leaks.  A small leak might not seem like much to you now.  However, if a small leak goes unnoticed or not fixed for several days, it can not only cause damage to the wood surfaces around it.  It can also cause mold to grow. 

After you take all the necessary precautions and follow these steps, you are vacation ready! If you ever have any more questions, or need water damage help, call us at (253)-896-3000!

Immediate actions you can take until SERVPRO arrives to your water damage

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster! Call (253)-896-3000 to make it like it never even happened!

As everyone knows, one of the first steps in solving your water damage, whether at home or at work, is calling SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at (253)-896-3000! While there are some things that only SERVPRO can do, there are a few things that you can do to help out until the restoration experts show up to help you out. Some of these things are: 

  1. Shut off the water source. If you're reading this because you have a water loss, chances are tyou have already done this, it is the action that comes most naturally to most people, and serves as a very logical first step in stopping the water damage from spreading and creating a bigger issue.
  2. Shut off electricity. This is not necessary in the whole building, but shutting of electricity in the area of the water damage can help lower the risk of both fires, and electrocution, as well as protecting the electrical system.
  3. Remove excess water from floors, furniture, wood surfaces
  4. Prop up any cushions and upholstery, in order to promote even drying
  5. Use plastic, wood, or tin foil to separate the legs of furniture, tables, and chairs from wet carpet and flooring
  6. Remove all sensitive material such as electronics, valuable paintings, or important documents to a dry, safe area away from the water
  7. Call SERVPRO of UP/LW and we will show you why we are faster to any size disaster!

Water Damage Prevention

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

With everyone being stuck in their homes, people are discovering new leaks and drips they didn't know they had.  Today we are going to go over some of the most common causes of water damage that you should be aware of, among many.

Roof - This issue may be worsened with the arrival of storm season.  Here in the Pacific northwest we see our fair share of rain, coupled with the damage your roof can take from wind and falling branches, it's no wonder this is a common cause. Additionally, if your gutters clog, this can cause overflowing water to spill back onto your roof, leaking down through the roof into your walls and ceilings.  Because of this, as well as just wear and tear your roof can take, it is good practice to check your roof for leaks regularly.  

Large Appliances - Another common cause are appliances.  This can be a rather large category, as the average household has numerous appliances that use water. Some common appliances that cause leaks and other issues are water heaters, toilets, fridges, laundry machines, and dishwashers.  All of these have the potential to leak in different ways, and are susceptible to different failures, so it can be difficult to spot leaks. However, it pays to be diligent, as it can allow you to catch a leak before it becomes a large issue.  

Plumbing - This one is probably the one most people are aware of.  Weather it's a clogged drain, backed up plumbing, or a leaky pipe in the basement, being aware of the possibilities can be slightly time consuming yet worth your while. Additionally, listening for drips and leaks can be another effective tactic to detecting the beginning of water damages. 

And always remember, when in trouble, call (253)-896-3000 whenever you need!!

Top 5 Water Damage Issues in Homes

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in homes can be caused by many things but there are couple things in your home more likely to be the cause than others. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety did a study to find what causes the most water damage in homes, here are some of the things they found out.

  1. Plumbing System Failure- there are two types of plumbing system failure the first would be frozen pipes, the second would be material failures.
  2. Plumbing Drain System Failure- most failures occur when the sewer drain backs up and overflows into the home or are a result from material issues such as leaking or corroded pipes.
  3. Toilet Failure- this will happen if you have faulty valves or clogged drain lines
  4. Water Heater Failure- these usually happen when your water heater is at its end of life and begins to corrode or rust.
  5. Washing Machine Failure- the cause behind washing machine failure usually from the supply-line, machine overflow or drain line failure.

For more information on what can cause water damage to your home and tips on prevention check out this page:

https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/water-damage-studies/

If you find yourself with a broken pipe or toilet over flow, don’t forget about SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West when you’re looking for water restoration. Call us at 253-896-3000 any time of day, any day of the week, we will be there for you!

What Happens After the Leak?

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Over flowed toilets, sprinkler systems and broken pipes can all be culprits in water damage to your home. When water issues in your home go undetected or ignored it can lead to major issues and large bills.  Water has away of getting in all those little tiny places and can be easily over looked. The average cost on a water is between 1,000 to 4,000. This is not including any construction to get your house back to its original state.

A few things to keep in mind

  • The longer your water damage goes unnoticed with, the more likely you are to have a mold issue.
  • If your furnishings are not dried out properly and in a timely manner they also have a high chance of mold.
  • The length of time the water sits can greatly affect the restoration costs.
  • How much water was involved in the loss
  • What kind of water was involved, clean water contains little to no contaminates, grey water contains significant amounts of contaminates, black water is extremely contaminated.

Water damage can’t always be avoided, but with the proper equipment and knowledge it can be cleaned up “Like it never even happened.” If you find yourself with a water emergency don’t forget your favorite crew, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is here to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day you can reach us at 253-896-3000.

University Place 24 Hour Water Damage Service

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 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 253-896-3000

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 University Place/Lakewood West 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 Representatives 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 University Place/Lakewood West

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 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. 

Summer Projects and Unforeseen Risks

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fall, winter, and spring are over and now it is time to start working on summer projects around the home. Washington Utility Notification Center reminds us to call before you dig in the ground; however, many of us forget when working on repairing the home or business to consider where utilities lie within the walls, under flooring, and possibly in the ceiling.

Creating the smallest hole in a water pipe or a tiny water leak can cause a lot of damage to the structure’s walls, insulation, flooring, and ceiling. When it is discovered water damage is occurring, first turn off the water supply immediately, and then call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. The professional, highly trained technicians are ready to respond quickly with water extraction equipment, removing water as quickly as possible, and restoring your home or business properly while monitoring and documenting the drying process.

To read more about Washington’s Utility Notification Center, visit:

http://www.callbeforeyoudig.org/washington/

Water Damage DOs and DON’Ts

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Any water damage is disruptive and often overwhelming. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water sources.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'Ts

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazard may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you experience water damage in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. We are faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Many households and businesses forget about hot water heater maintenance until it's too late. Learning ways to maintain your water heater before a water damage event is important. This Old House Magazine published an article written by lance Marques, HVAC contractor, Swezey Fuel Co., sharing 6 easy tips to maintain your hot water heater.

  • Test the TPR Valve
  • Check the Anode Rod
  • Drain the tank and wash out sediment
  • Adjust the temperature
  • Insulate the pipes
  • Insulate the heater

If you are noticing water damage around your hot water heater, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. Our professional technicians specialize in quickly and properly inspecting the water damage, drying out the damp areas, and monitoring and documenting the whole drying process.

Be sure to notify SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West West if you have water damage as soon as possible. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs.

To read more on how to maintain a water heater, visit:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20351985,00.html

Identifying & Treating Unseen Water Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Everyone knows that the water damage that you can clearly see is causing damage to your home is not good and should be fixed as quickly as possible. However, do you know that even the smallest water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. SERVPRO Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. Having the right equipment to use makes a significant difference when dealing with water damage. Here are a few examples of what our team uses to help any unseen water damage in your home:

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.

The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO Professionals to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles.

If you are having any problems dealing with water in your home or property, call SERVPRO immediately so that we can help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Will Hide From You

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

This leak caused water to travel under the wall into the next room.

One of our customers had a toilet leak that went into the hallway.  She didn’t think it went under wall into the bedroom, because the carpet felt dry.  Boy was she surprised!  Our technicians came in with our moisture meters and were able to show her that the water did in fact travel under the wall and affect the carpet, pad and subfloor in one of her bedrooms. 

Water will hide from you, it can seep under areas that are hard to see with the human eye or feel by touch.  If your home has a water leak or flood, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood WestCall us at 253-896-3000 any time of the day, any day of the week.  Our technicians will be there to help.

Top 5 Water Damage Issues in Homes

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water wicking up a wall after a pipe burst.

Water damage in homes can be caused by many things but there are couple things in your home more likely to be the cause than others. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety did a study to find what causes the most water damage in homes, here are some of the things they found out.

  1. Plumbing System Failure- there are two types of plumbing system failure the first would be frozen pipes, the second would be material failures.
  2. Plumbing Drain System Failure- most failures occur when the sewer drain backs up and overflows into the home or are a result from material issues such as leaking or corroded pipes.
  3. Toilet Failure- this will happen if you have faulty valves or clogged drain lines
  4. Water Heater Failure- these usually happen when your water heater is at its end of life and begins to corrode or rust.
  5. Washing Machine Failure- the cause behind washing machine failure usually from the supply-line, machine overflow or drain line failure.

For more information on what can cause water damage to your home and tips on prevention check out this page:

https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/water-damage-studies/

If you find yourself with a broken pipe or toilet over flow, don’t forget about SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West when you’re looking for water restoration. Call us at 253-896-3000 any time of day, any day of the week, we will be there for you!

What happens after the leak?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold started to grow underneath the carpet due to an unnoticed leak.

Over flowed toilets, sprinkler systems and broken pipes can all be culprits in water damage to your home. When water issues in your home go undetected or ignored it can lead to major issues and large bills.  Water has away of getting in all those little tiny places and can be easily over looked. The average cost on a water is between 1,000 to 4,000. This is not including any construction to get your house back to its original state.

A few things to keep in mind

  • The longer your water damage goes unnoticed with, the more likely you are to have a mold issue.
  • If your furnishings are not dried out properly and in a timely manner they also have a high chance of mold.
  • The length of time the water sits can greatly affect the restoration costs.
  • How much water was involved in the loss
  • What kind of water was involved, clean water contains little to no contaminates, grey water contains significant amounts of contaminates, black water is extremely contaminated.

Water damage can’t always be avoided, but with the proper equipment and knowledge it can be cleaned up “Like it never even happened.” If you find yourself with a water emergency don’t forget your favorite crew, SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is here to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day you can reach us at 253-896-3000.

University Place/Lakewood West 24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West Provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in University Place/Lakewood West.

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 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 – (253) 896-3000 

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 University Place/Lakewood West 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 University Place/Lakewood West 

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 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.

Summer Projects and Unforseen Risks

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fall, winter, and spring are over and now it is time to start working on summer projects around the home. Washington Utility Notification Center reminds us to call before you dig in the ground; however, many of us forget when working on repairing the home or business to consider where utilities lie within the walls, under flooring, and possibly in the ceiling.

Creating the smallest hole in a water pipe or a tiny water leak can cause a lot of damage to the structure’s walls, insulation, flooring, and ceiling. When it is discovered water damage is occurring, first turn off the water supply immediately, and then call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. The professional, highly trained technicians are ready to respond quickly with water extraction equipment, removing water as quickly as possible, and restoring your home or business properly while monitoring and documenting the drying process.

To read more about Washington’s Utility Notification Center, visit:

http://www.callbeforeyoudig.org/washington/

Unseen Water Causes the Most Damage

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Remember, water damage can go deeper than the surface. Make sure to call your SERVPRO of Tacoma professionals for your water damage needs!

There's no such thing as a small disaster- especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your property by calling SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West.


Our technicians are trained to safely clean and restore your 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 for hidden moisture

  • Perform emergency water extraction

  • Move and block furniture and contents

  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide services

  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)

  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment

  • Dispose of refuse


SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To stop leaks from becoming a big problem, dial 253-896-3000.

University Place/Lakewood West 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 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 253-896-3000

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 University Place/Lakewood West 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 Representatives 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 University Place/Lakewood West

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 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, rst assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Meet our crew! http://www.SERVPROuniversityplacelakewoodwest.com/employee-photos

 

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Don't forget to check your hot water heater!

Many households and businesses forget about hot water heater maintenance until it's too late. Learning ways to maintain your water heater before a water damage event is important. This Old House Magazine published an article written by lance Marques, HVAC contractor, Swezey Fuel Co., sharing 6 easy tips to maintain your hot water heater.

·         Test the TPR Valve

·         Check the Anode Rod

·         Drain the tank and wash out sediment

·         Adjust the temperature

·         Insulate the pipes

·         Insulate the heater

If you are noticing water damage around your hot water heater, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. Our professional technicians specialize in quickly and properly inspecting the water damage, drying out the damp areas, and monitoring and documenting the whole drying process.

Be sure to notify SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West if you have water damage as soon as possible. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs.

To read more on how to maintain a water heater, visit:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20351985,00.html

Water Damage DOs and DON'Ts

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these DOs and DON'Ts if you have a washing machine overflow in your home.

Any water damage is disruptive and often overwhelming. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water sources.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'Ts

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazard may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you experience water damage in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. We are faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Faster to your University Place/Lakewood Water Damage Event

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.


Faster To Any Size Disaster


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of University Place arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.


Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 253-896-3000


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.


About SERVPRO of University Place


SERVPRO of University Place 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.