Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Loss, HVAC Repairs: One Leads to the Other.

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment lined up on a shelf. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment to dry your home or business out as quickly as possible, minimizing your risk.

If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system isn't properly maintained, it can cause a lot of water damage very rapidly. Clogged drains, frozen evaporator coils, and improperly connected pipes are all common sources of HVAC water damage.

As a result, it's critical to maintain your HVAC system at least once a year. This will assist to extend the life of your unit and save you money on heating and cooling. The good news is that most HVAC maintenance activities are rather simple and do not necessitate hiring an expert.

Easy ways to help prevent HVAC Water Damage

Change the filter regularly

  • Changing the filter prevents the unit from overworking, which can result in the evaporator coils freezing and then defrosting, resulting in HVAC water damage.
  • High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters should be changed at least once a month. Depending on their type and how often you use the HVAC, it's best to change some air filters twice a year and others once a month.

Clean the condenser unit

  • The condenser is the part of your air conditioner or heat pump that is outside. To function properly, it must have adequate airflow.
  • Once a year, clean any dirt or other debris that has accumulated on the condenser (preferably at the beginning of spring).
  • Also, to ensure optimal ventilation, keep plants away from the condenser and remove anything that is covering it regularly.

Maintain the condensation drain line

  • Check the condensation line opening when your air conditioner is running to make sure water is flowing to the drain. The volume of water that flows is determined by the relative humidity in the home.
  • Clean the drainage holes in the air conditioner. Find the drainage hole in the cabinet's base (beneath the evaporator fins). To keep the AC drainage free, use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it.
  • Flush your drain line with an algaecide once or twice a year to keep mildew and algae at bay. Alternatively, you can use normal bleach or a professional solution.

Have your HVAC system inspected professionally

  • Because HVAC inspection and maintenance can be challenging for homeowners, it's a smart idea to hire a professional.
  • They can evaluate and repair problems with HVAC components in addition to the activities already listed.
  • Ductwork, furnace flames, grills and registers, AC compressors, the thermostat, and other components are among the things that must be checked.

Knowing how to keep HVAC unit up to date, and reduce the risk of leaking isn't always enough to avoid water damage. Moisture from leaks encourages mold growth, which can taint the air in your home and compromise its structural integrity. If you suffer a HVAC leak, SERVPRO Mesquite can help with water damage restoration and mold eradication, quickly and efficiently, to minimize your loss and your stress.

Water Damage: Don't Miss This Crucial Step

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals drying out rugs and mats. Our team can get your contents dried faster than anyone else!

Dealing with water damage is a complex issue with many facets that add to the success of clean up, restoration and long term damage, or lack of, for your property. After the damage is done, the most crucial step of recovering quickly and without issue, is dry out.

Drying an area out thoroughly, often poses the difference between a complete restoration, and long term structural issues caused by liquid damage. Water seeps into porous materials, allowing it to penetrate well beyond what you would expect. This means, in a flood situation, water can easily infiltrate substructures such as base boards and drywalls, and even support beams.

SERVPRO Mesquite's certified water mitigation specialists have the necessary equipment and experience to test surfaces to determine the true depth of water penetration, then create a comprehensive dry out plan that ensures each area is all dry, all the way through.

Simply opening windows or adding a fan or dehumidifier is often not enough, and will not ensure total dry out. If you are affected by water damage, calling SERVPRO Mesquite will ensure the job is done as quickly as possible, and done right.

When we receive your call, one of specialists will meet you onsite quickly to perform a thorough inspection of your property and assist in correct documentation for insurance purposes. From there, they will formulate a plan tailored to your specific property and the amount and type of damage that has occurred, to restore your home or business to it's pre-incident condition.

Our team has the high-powered tech needed to complete all levels of dry out, fast, and we understand the sooner the water is dry, the less chance of ongoing issues, such as mold and structural unsoundness, you stand to face. Most dry outs require industrial strength dehumidifiers and fans, as well as knowledge of what items need to be removed, for the optimum dry out. Our process is monitored from beginning to end, with regular check ins to ensure your space is drying quickly and correctly.

Once your dry out is complete, SERVPRO Mesquite is your one stop shop, ready to take you from disaster to "Like it never even happened." Our team doesn't stop at removing the water, we also have options to handle your project from start to finish, and help you rebuild.

If you are a victim of water damage, don't forget the most important step - a quick and complete dry out. Your friends at SERVPRO Mesquite have the expertise and equipment to help, though we hope you never need us.

Limit Winter Mold Growth

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing on a wall in a crawl space. Mold can be damaging to you and your family's health - so be watchful!

It may come as a surprise to many homeowners, but the cold and damp of winter can be the perfect time for a mold infestation to take hold of your property. Mold is a type of fungus that can invade your home and cause issues ranging from being unsightly, to causing health effects to your family.

When it's cold, wet, and miserable outside, moisture from snow and rain can easily be tracked into the house on shoes, soggy umbrellas, coats, and pets. While they may seem innocuous, these small amounts of moisture, paired with the warm and comparatively humid conditions inside your home, give rise to the perfect mold breeding ground. 

Luckily, following a few simple tips can help to reduce the opportunity for mold to grow in your home, and halt the invasion before it can begin. 

Limit humidity. Mold loves humidity. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recommends keeping indoor humidity below 45% in order to stave off mold. Keep a close eye on your levels, and employ a dehumidifier as needed, until you can contact SERVPRO Mesquite, for professional advice on mold prevention. 

Use exhaust fans in rooms prone to holding moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen. By expelling this excess moisture and keeping air moving, you can avoid making your home an ideal environment for mold. 

Set ceiling fans to turn clockwise. This will draw cold air up and push warm air down, keeping rooms warmer, saving money on electricity, and increasing air circulation to decrease the risk of mold. 

Catch up on roof gutter maintenance. Gutters are crucial in ensuring water from your roof flows away from the foundation of your home (where it can add excess moisture and increase your mold risk). Checking gutters, completing all necessary repairs, and making sure they are free of leaves and debris, is good mold prevention, and good winter maintenance. 

If you find mold in your home, our experts at SERVPRO Mesquite are ready to help. A home restoration specialist will meet with you quickly to make a plan to treat and remove the mold, and restore your property quickly, to effectively avoid long term damage to your home or your family's health.

What To Do After A Flood

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

A man standing in the remains of his home, totally damaged by flood waters. Water and flood damage can prove to have life-altering impacts on you and your home.

Figuring out what to do following a flood at your home or business, is overwhelming. By acting smart and fast, you can secure as many of your positions, and limit the damage, as much as possible. The experts at SERVPRO Mesquite put together this quick guide to support any members of our community affected by flooding. Following our key tips will help you save more of your belongings, and be ready to deal with the aftermath of a flood. 

Initial Action

After the immediate emergency situation of flooding is addressed and everyone is safe, your first call should be to your insurance company to report the flood. 

Do not re-enter the building until you are certain it is safe to do so. Water damage can destabilize a building and damage it's structural integrity. If the water level is still high, it is also unsafe to enter. If your electricity and gas can be turned off without entering the home, this is a good idea. If not, call your utility companies for assistance in cutting off your supply - a gas leak or standing water mixing with electricity could be deadly. Check for sewage or contaminated water in the flood, this may also make it unsafe to enter. Wait for the authorities to perform a safety inspection and clear you to go inside.  

Keeping thorough and concise records and inventory is vital to your insurance. Once you are cleared to enter the building, document everything you safely can, with pictures, videos and a detailed inventory, before any kind of clean up happens. 

Commencing Clean Up

Once the scene of the flood is well documented, clean up can begin. Removing any items you can, is a good starting point. Even items that aren't directly exposed to water can still be damaged by the humidity and mold that often results from flooding, so until the space is restored, it is best to remove them. Take care unplugging electronics, and make sure the electricity is turned off. Thoroughly dry all recovered items to prevent mold, before storing in a secure area.

Next, water must be extracted from the building while keeping the humidity as low as possible to prevent mold. Our experts at SERVPRO Mesquite are specially trained to complete water extraction and drying to prevent further damage and avoid molding. If you decide to attempt this step yourself, a submersible pump or wet vacuum is a good starting point. Opening windows and running fans and dehumidifiers can help keep humidity down while you dry your building. 

Clean and Restore

Once everything is successfully and thoroughly dried, a thorough sanitization must occur to prevent the growth of toxic mold, and future property and health damage. All upholstery and carpet must be cleaned and sanitized, as must anything touched by the flood waters. Some items may be unsalvageable and require replacement.

A flood can be a catastrophe for your family or business, and the aftermath is a series of daunting tasks that must be done quickly and correctly to set things right and prevent further damage, but you don't have to go it alone. SERVPRO Mesquite is ready to take on the job and show you just why our company motto is "Like it never even happened." 

After you call, a flood restoration specialist will meet with you quickly to create a plan that works with your timeline, to get you back up and running. Our expert team has years of experience and the correct tools to make sure every stage of flood restoration is done quickly and effectively. Facing the aftermath of a flood is never easy, but SERVPRO Mesquite is on hand to get you from crisis, to business as usual, as painlessly as possible.

Winterizing Your Spigots

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Burst and frozen water from a faucet. Burst and frozen water from a faucet.

Winter is upon us, and with it comes the added fire-hazards closely associated with the holidays. After all, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, warm space heaters and stove-top popcorn all come with an added risk—a very, very hot added risk. While most people begin to take extra precautions to prevent their homes against fire hazards, many forget to insulate themselves against water-damage in the cold, wintery months. SERVPRO Mesquite is here with some sage advice: Winterize your spigots!

It’s an easy fix that can prevent damage to your home or property. Water tends to expand and freeze in faucets, which can lead to splintering, leaking and cracking, and the resulting major leak or flood! Insulated faucet covers can be found at most major retailers that provide home goods. Below is a quick guide to installing your faucet covers, and preparing yourself for a wintery freeze.

  1. Disconnect Hoses. This is one of the first and most important steps. Disconnecting your hoses, splitters, and other fittings will prevent water from become trapped in a faucet, and will prevent the damaging freeze from damaging it.
  2. Inspect Spigots. The next step is to inspect your spigots for any damage or leaks. If you find a leak, a crack, or drips, repair the affected fixture before the freeze sets in and damages your spigot further.
  3. Drain spigots and pipes. Getting as much water out of the pipes as possible is the next step. This can be achieved by shutting off the line via the interior shut-off valve associated with that spigot, and leaving the spigot open for a few hours, assuring that the line drains and all water is clear from the line.
  4. Install Outdoor Faucet Covers. No faucet cover is exactly the same, but regardless of whatever brand you pick, they are usually a simple, insulated fixture that isn’t overly-complicated to install. Follow the protocol associated with your product. Ensuring your faucets and spigots are insulated against the cold is the best way to prevent water damage.

But, as always, if you happen to run into fire or water damage during the holiday season, SERVPRO is here to help! Give us a call, no matter the hour, and we’ll get your home or property back to, “Like it never even happened.”

A Shark in Standing Water: The Dangers of Mold Growth

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing vertically up a white piece of drywall. Dangerous mold spores are already contaminating this location, presenting dangerous conditions for everyone inside.

In the scope of potential hazards that home-owners need be wary of, water damage is one of the most alarming. Busted pipes, leaky roofs, backed up sewage, and flooding are all things that can lead to your home falling into complete disarray, and then, lead to the plethora of other problems that go hand-in-hand with water damage. 

Mold growth, for example, is one of the results of standing water, or damp surfaces that are left to stagnate in your home, but it is by far one of the most dangerous. Your home is insulated, warm, and shielded from harsh elements -- and those things are the perfect combination for hazardous mold to grow. The presence of water inside a home converts dormant mold spores into active, growing mold. This process begins within hours of flooding or other water damage and continues unabated, even after the water is removed. Active mold releases millions of reproductive spores into your home or business, and those are a frequent source of allergic responses and a wide variety of symptoms in susceptible individuals. As soon as home water damage occurs, the clock is ticking on serious mold contamination. You need help immediately. 

Thankfully, our team is more than capable of removing dangerous and toxic molds. It’s what we do! We can clean and treat, or remove, contaminated surfaces, and get your home back to the state it was in before the damage occurred. Because we know that the first thing your home or business needs to be, is safe.

Understanding the Dangers of Mold

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

From The Ordinary...

Fungi and Mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results. For example, yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other foods. Blue Cheese's unique flavor is attributed to mold, and life-saving penicillin is a product of mold.

...To The Unhealthy

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure to molds may present health effects for some people.

Any water intrusion into your office or your home can result in mold growth. This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that may pose to a health threat. 

TAKE PRECAUTIONS!

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong, musty odors that may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO Of Mesquite today at (972)-329-4747

http://www.SERVPROmesquite.com/mold-remediation

Excess Moisture a Leading Cause of Mold Growth

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

When excess moisture is present within a structure, chances are good that in a relatively short period of time mildew and mold growth can, and probably will, occur. Of course, other conditions do play a factor in the equation as well, including a food source like paint, wood and other organic materials.

Given an organic food source, mold can begin to visibly grow in as little as 24-48 hours. For this reason, it is very important to react to moisture problems and water damages quickly and properly to help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

Offering 24-hour emergency service, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals can respond to a water damaged structure within four hours under normal circumstances. Prompt arrival enables SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to gather the necessary information needed by the property owner or the insurer, and to begin emergency mitigation services. This helps limit secondary damage to the structure and contents.

A routine of measuring and recording moisture readings will be instituted, allowing SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to monitor, adjust as needed, and maximize the efficiency of the dry down process. Utilizing specialized equipment, your SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals will help make sure that the moisture is not hiding behind walls or under floor coverings- two areas that commonly offer opportunities for mold growth as the moisture goes undetected by the property owner.

Once the structure is dry, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals can provide complete mold remediation services if necessary, which may be the case especially when a water damage has gone unnoticed by the property owner for a lengthy period of time.

Upon project completion, the property owner and/or the insurer will be presented with a complete job file, including signed work authorization and satisfaction forms, digital photographs, monitoring reports, a written project scope, and job estimates.

Contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to learn more about our 24-hour emergency services if you experience water damage or mold damage. (972) 329-4747

The Truth About Mold

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold occurs naturally throughout the environment- both indoors and outdoors. In fact, mold spores could probably be found in nearly every structure in the United States, regardless of how new or clean the structure is. That's because mold is no more dangerous than dust or pollen.

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms may be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and/or exposure to molds may present health effects for some people.

If there us an ongoing moisture problem in your office, your home, or in your customers home, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have cause mold growth

If you suspect your home or business is suffering from a mold problem, call SERVPRO Of Mesquite at (972)-329-4747

The Do's and Donts for Water Damage

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employees performing water mitigation with SERVPRO equipment If you or someone you know suffered from a water damage, give the experts a call! SERVPRO offers free inspections & estimates 24 hours 7 days a week!

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. Below are a list of things you should and shouldn't do until help arrives!  

DO

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
  • 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 and 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 carpet.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  •  Use wooden clothespin to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs an leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'T

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards 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 straining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV's 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.

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Managing Mold in Your Mesquite Property

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Photo advertising mold for SERVPO Do you or someone you know have a mold problem? Give SERVPRO of Mesquite a call for a free inspection & estimate! (972) 329-4747

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO Of Mesquite technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Understanding Water Types

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing was, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushion to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated water.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility -of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contamination.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

If you have any further questions and need help with the restoration process please contact SERVPRO of Mesquite at (972)329-4747. We are here 24/7 to attend to your emergency services. We make disaster "Like it never even happened."

IICRC Certified Franchise

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC CERTIFIED SERVPRO of Mesquite is an IICRC certified firm

SERVPRO of Mesquite is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

SERVPRO of Mesquite 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Certifications

  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm
  • FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician

SERVPRO Of Mesquite is "Always Here To Help" If You Experience Water Heater Overflow

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Heater Overflow Cleanup

One of the most prevalent causes of indoor flooding is water heater overflows. These water heaters are usually located in basements, attics, garages, or a utility room closet; places people don't go very often. So, if a burst or leak happens, the homeowner or tenant likely would not find the problem until after a significant water intrusion has already occurred. If this were to happen to you, you'll want to stay calm, shut off the heater and water, and contact the SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals for help.

SERVPRO of Mesquite has the professionals who are equipped to handle a water heater overflow. They have the knowledge, tools, and experience to deal with the situation safely and effectively whether it's your home or workplace that is in jeopardy.

How Do Water Heater Overflows Happen?

Water heater related floods usually occur due to a worn out seal or gasket, or from a leak in an older tank that rusted through. Sometimes a tank can actually explode or burst in a violent and dangerous manner. This could cause serious harm to anyone who is in the immediate vicinity of the water heater at the time of the explosion. Leaks are more common than bursts and have the potential to flood large portions of a home or basement if the leaking is undetected for days on end.

A malfunctioning thermostat is usually the cause of a water heater burst. These thermostats are used to measure the temperature inside the tank to turn the heating elements off and on so that a preset desired temperature range can be maintained. In the event of a broken thermostat, the heating system inside the tank could stay on indefinitely and cause the water to boil. This boiling water turns into steam and builds up internal pressure inside the tank. This internal pressure will build up and eventually reach a point where the tank cannot hold it, which will result in a burst or even explosion.

When such a burst occurs, steam and boiling water rush out of the tank, while cold water from the intake line flows into the tank. Normally, the line will shut itself off, preventing water entry when the tank if full. However, in this situation, the burst tank is never full because of the continual leaking, and the water from the main line flows through indefinitely. Water is entering the tank only to leak back out and flood the area around and below the water heater. The only upside to this scenario is that someone will likely hear the loud burst  and investigate and discover the problem before too much damage has occurred and remediation can be started.

A leak, on the other hand, operates quietly and floods your home, basement, or workplace a little at a time. Usually, it will happen when one of your heating tank's fittings becomes damaged or corroded. This can provide a gap that allows water to escape. This flooding is not violent like a burst or explosion, but it can still be extremely destructive to property and sometimes dangerous to humans or pets. Regular maintenance and inspections of your water heater will increase awareness of possible problems. A professional can replace the anode, flush the corrosion from your tank, as well as check all valves and gaskets for problems or warning signs.

What are the Hazards of Water Heater Overflows?

With the added elements of high temperature and late detection, the number of threats with water heater flooding exceeds that of normal flooding. Here are some things to look out for in the event of a water heater overflow:

    • Hot water burns – The initial burst of water from a heater is scalding hot, so be sure not to rush in, especially if you see steam. Use protective clothing before attempting anything. Ideally, call SERVPRO of Mesquite to do the job for you. (972) 329-4747
    • Electrocution by water – A flooded basement carries the risk of having the water making contact with power outlets and exposed wiring. When this happens, the floodwater carries a strong electric current that’s enough to kill anyone. When you see your basement flooded, resist the impulse to dive into the water in an attempt to shut the leaking heater down. Contact SERVPRO of Mesquite for help. Our professionals will be able to determine whether there’s an electrical threat or not. They’ll know the safest procedure for shutting down the water source and containing and extracting the water from your property.
    • Potential fire starter – Flooding doesn’t just create an electrical hazard, it can also short-circuit your electrical system and create sparks. Faulty electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of fire.
    • Water damage – When the water spills beyond the immediate surroundings of the heater and gets into your living and work spaces, the threat of water damage arises. Water can ruin carpets, damage wood, corrode metals and toast expensive appliances and machinery.
    • Mold growth – Mold spores can activate in places where there’s sufficient moisture and organic matter to sustain them. If your property was flooded by an overflowing heater, there’s a good chance that mold growth can follow suit. While seemingly harmless at first glance, mold can irritate our noses and skin when its spores are inhaled. Under certain conditions, mold colonies can turn black and toxic. The poison they produce has been linked to neurological disorders and even cancer.

Contact SERVPRO of Mesquite now at (972) 329-4747

A water heater overflow is an emergency that should be addressed rapidly and decisively. The longer you wait the worse it can get and attempting to repair the water heater and clean up the water yourself could be dangerous and risky. Contact an experienced professional through SERVPRO of Mesquite today for a quick and easy resolution to your problem. "We're Always Here to Help" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long.

The Science Of Drying

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a structure to its pre loss condition. Where the average Do-It-Yourself homeowner or business owner might be tempted to grab a few beach towels to mop up the mess and place a box fan or two around the damaged area, the SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

Just for starters, a trained restorer will:

    • Inspect the building to detect ever component that is wet, preventing damage from happening because wet components were overlooked.
    • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does "speed up Mother Nature" mean?

A wet building can often dry naturally because our 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 takes too long, and secondary damages occur while the building is drying out.

For this reason, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help "Mother Nature" along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough to reach spaces inside walls and much much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed up the drying process of your home or business,

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals have the training and equipment to help make any disaster "Like it never even happened."

When Water Damage Strikes Your Mesquite Property

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Withing four hours of loss notification, A SERVPRO of Mesquite technician will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION

SERVPRO of Mesquite technicians will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To help ensure your home your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards , a SERVPRO technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES 

SERVPRO of Mesquite professional technicians will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the job-site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition 

When Your Washing Machine Hose Fails

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by washing machines is one of the most common claims for home insurers. With time, even a properly installed washing machine hose will fail and lead to leaks and floods. This failure can be due to any number of reasons including age, faulty materials, faulty design, or errors during installation.

Water can flood out of a burst washing machine hose at a rate of 650 gallons per hour causing catastrophic flooding to a home. This flooding will continue until someone turns off the main water supply line due to the fact that supply lines to washing machines are always “on.”

Most hoses are made of reinforced rubber or polymer and these materials lose their resiliency with age. Failure rates for these hoses increase dramatically when they are over 5 years of age. In fact, the average age of a failed washing machine hose is 8 years.

The most common installation error is leaving insufficient room between the machine and the wall causing a crack or kink in the hose.

If you experience leaking or flooding due to a burst washing machine hose, first turn off the water and then call us at 972-329-4747. SERVPRO of Mesquite and our professionally trained staff are always here to help 24/7. We can re-mediate the water damage to your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”