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Causes of Water Damage In The Home

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

A house sitting in flood waters. SERVPRO of Anniston is #HereToHelp with any and all water damage needs.

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Here is a list of the top water damages in the home and how to prevent them:

1. Broken Pipes and/or hoses are the most common cause of water damage. The supply line to the toilet and the line to the ice maker cause more water damages than you think they do. 

Broken hoses or pipes can be prevented with routine maintenance and replacing outdated ones. Metal braided lines are the best for washing machine supply lines. Copper pipes are the best choice for ice maker supply lines. A plumber can come to your home and inspect pipes to see if any old pipes need to be replaced with PVC piping. And in the winter time remeber to leave water dripping to prevent freezing.

2. Accidents are the second most common cause of water damages in the home. A heavy picture could fall and break a supply line to a toilet, we've seen it happen. Has your child ever overflowed the bathtub? Mine has! The water over flowing the tub can cause water damage.

Accidents can sometimes be prevented. Watch your children. Supervise bath time. Rethink the weight of a picture or object or make sure it is secured properly.

3. Those gross sewage back ups are the third most common cause of water damages in the home. No one likes to talk about them. It's nasty and we get it, but it happens. 

Trees should not be planted near septic tanks or sewer lines. Keep in mind how far a trees root can spread as well. Another way to help prevent these back up is to have septic tanks serviced regularly (a plumber or septic compnay can advise you on how often this needs to be done based on how many people live in your home). Also, check with your home improvment stores for products that can be flushed that can help.

4. Flash flooding is the fourth most common cause of water damages in the home. In our area rain storms can often come with flash flood warnings. These flash floods can cause water damage to homes not in a traditional flood zone. 

We can't help you prevent flash floods, no one can. However, we can advise that you speak with your insurance agent to see if you are covered in the event of a flash flood.

Causes of Water Damage In The Home

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Anniston is always #HereToHelp with any water damage, no matter the size.



Here is a list of the top water damages in the home and how to prevent them:

1. Broken Pipes and/or hoses are the most common cause of water damage. The supply line to the toilet and the line to the ice maker cause more water damages than you think they do. 

Broken hoses or pipes can be prevented with routine maintenance and replacing outdated ones. Metal braided lines are the best for washing machine supply lines. Copper pipes are the best choice for ice maker supply lines. A plumber can come to your home and inspect pipes to see if any old pipes need to be replaced with PVC piping. And in the winter time remeber to leave water dripping to prevent freezing.

2. Accidents are the second most common cause of water damages in the home. A heavy picture could fall and break a supply line to a toilet, we've seen it happen. Has your child ever overflowed the bathtub? Mine has! The water over flowing the tub can cause water damage.

Accidents can sometimes be prevented. Watch your children. Supervise bath time. Rethink the weight of a picture or object or make sure it is secured properly.

3. Those gross sewage back ups are the third most common cause of water damages in the home. No one likes to talk about them. It's nasty and we get it, but it happens. 

Trees should not be planted near septic tanks or sewer lines. Keep in mind how far a trees root can spread as well. Another way to help prevent these back up is to have septic tanks serviced regularly (a plumber or septic compnay can advise you on how often this needs to be done based on how many people live in your home). Also, check with your home improvment stores for products that can be flushed that can help.

4. Flash flooding is the fourth most common cause of water damages in the home. In our area rain storms can often come with flash flood warnings. These flash floods can cause water damage to homes not in a traditional flood zone. 

We can't help you prevent flash floods, no one can. However, we can advise that you speak with your insurance agent to see if you are covered in the event of a flash flood.

If You Tent It, It Will Dry

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

The tent system was used to dry a gym floor at the local college.

Special challenges are presented to us when we get the opportunity to serve a commercial customer in a unique situation. Such is the case when a local college called us and they had sustained substantial water damage to their gym floor. This required us to think outside the box. Of course, immediate response required us to extract all the water from the top of the floor's surface. But with a gym floor made of thousands of thin boards connected together, much of the water had already seeped through the cracks underneath the floor surface. How do we get the water out from underneath this beautiful floor? Is it a lost cause? Will the floor have to be removed and a new floor put in?

These are the questions that our customer and the insurance companies asked us. Thanks to years of experience and technical know-how using the SERVPRO Production System, our Production Manager, Kyle Hamby proposed a "tenting system" using our equipment along with creating a tent-like environment to pull that water from under the floor. Water that stays trapped under wood floors can cause the floor to "cup" or buckle usually meaning the floor would need to be replaced. Time was critical to getting the "tent" set up and getting the equipment going before this situation could get any worse.

After several days under the tent, and days monitoring the situation, the floor was dry. Equipment was removed and the tent taken down. The floor was back to its original state, no water, no cupping, no buckling. Both the insurance company and the customer were pleased. Gym activities were resumed and we made it "Like it never even happened."

Restoring as opposed to replacing is one of the main reasons that customers and insurance companies depend on us when a water loss occurs. Smart decisions early on in a situation like this saves a bunch of money down the line!!

We appreciate the opportunity to serve commercial properties like this and finding ways to please our customers even when disaster hits.

The tent system was used to dry a gym floor at the local college.

What Is Water Damage Restoration

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for all your damage restoartion needs.

Water damage restoration is the act of responding immediately and using advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. SERVPRO professionals use innovative equipment to monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. SERVPRO professionals have the tools and resources for faster and reliable service.

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 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. At SERVPRO, no job is too big and no question is too small.  So when fire or water damage strikes your home or business, call on SERVPRO of Anniston.

Continued Education Classes

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Owner Jenny Lamey teaching a water damage CE class.

We offer classes (continued education classes, also known as CE classes) for insurance agents and adjusters. We can hold large classes at an offsite location or we can hold smaller classes in our office or even an insurance agents office. The classes vary in topic and are very informative. The science behind what we do here at SERVPRO is explained in these classes. SERVPRO of Anniston can offer classes in the following topics:

-Ethics

-Fire Damage Restoration

-Water Damage Restoration

-Biohazard Cleanup

-Mold Remediation

Recently, we held a small CE class in a local agents office on water damage restoration and how to understand the drying process. 

Did you know there are classes of water?

Did you know that we are IICRC certified and have strict guidleines to follow to complete the water damage restoration process?

These are a few of the items you could learn during a CE class. For more information on our CE classes, give us a call 256-236-8889.

Keep Those Pipes From Bursting

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let frozen pipes "freeze you out", call SERVPRO of Anniston for you water damage needs 256-236-8889.

SERVPRO of Anniston hopes to help you prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.Here are a few tips:

Outdoors:

-Wrap outside faucets.

-Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.

-Disconnect garden hoses.

-Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

Indoors:

-Let a stream of water run in faucets when the temperature dips below freezing.

-Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathroom to allow the homes heat into those spaces.

-Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.

If you do end up having a pipe burst, SERVPRO of Anniston is here to help with any water damage needs. Call SERVPRO of Anniston at 256-236-8889. We are a leading company in water damage restoration and are always here to help. 

Fire Prevention

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your family safe by being prepared.

As they say, knowledge is power.  And in this case SERVPRO Anniston wants to make sure you are in the know!

Take a look at these facts/ tips in Fire Prevention and make your home or business a safer place!

  • AFCI Breakers and Outlets can prevent 50% of residential home fires.
  • Each year 2400 children are treated for injuries caused by outlets. One-third of parents do not have outlets childproofed.  Install tamper-resistant outlet covers.
  • 470,000 counterfeit smartphone batteries were recalled in 2010 due to burn and fire hazards. Purchase electronics at approved retailers.
  • 3300 home fires originate from extension cords each year. Heavy reliance on extension cords is a sign to have more outlets installed.
  • The CPSC found 47% of electrocutions can be prevented with GFCI protection in homes.
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses and crackling, sizzling, or buzzing from outlets can be signs of an overloaded circuit. 47,700 home fires in the US are caused by electrical failure or malfunction each year.

Tips To Prevent Water Damage

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is #HereToHelp you prevent a water damage and make it #LikeItNeverEvenHappened should you have one.

Water damage is the number one reason customers call us to help. At SERVPRO Anniston, we want to share with you some tips on how you can prevent Water from damaging your home.

Tip 1: Clean your gutters: Make sure gutters are free from debris that can clog and cause water damage. Calling a Professional gutter cleaning companies is a quick and easy way to take care of this problem.


Tip 2: Check your downspouts regularly: Your downspouts should be directed 5 to 10 feet away from the house. Allowing water to collect close to your home is asking for trouble.

Tip 3: Slope your yard: Make sure water is flowing away from your house, not into it. Ensuring that the landscaping flows water away from the house is essential.

Tip 4: Check your sump pump: make sure that it is working properly, testing it at least once a year. You may even consider having a backup sump pump on standby (in case the first one fails).

Tip 5: Be on the lookout for leaky pipes: Finding leaks early and making repairs before a small leak turns into a big one is critical.

Tip 6: Watch where you plant trees and bushes. Invasive root systems of some plants and trees can compromise your drainage system, water lines, septic tank, pipes or foundation.

Tip 7: Ceiling and attic check: Be on the lookout for any wet spots above. They will eventually spread below.

Tip 8: Repair old, cracked caulking: Doors and windows, along with bathtub and sink fixtures have caulking that needs to be checked and repaired once cracking is visible.  

Tip 9: Sudden Water bill increases: Check your water bill. A spike in your bill may be indicative of a leak.

Tip 10: Inspect the roof: Missing or damaged shingles can often be the culprit to water damage in your home. 

Tip 11: Chemicals should not be used to unclog a drain/ use a drain snake instead.  Harsh chemicals can eat away at your pipes.

Tip 12: Do not pour grease or fat down your sink: Pour old bacon fat and grease into an empty can and throw it away. Your pipes will thank you.

Tip 13: Have washing machine lines inspected annually and hoses replaced every 5 years.  Check out the cold and hot water supply hoses and look for cracks and other wear and tear.

Tip 14: Check the floor around your toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks. Look for any soft spots or moisture. You might need a plumber to fix any leaks.

Tip 15: Check your water heater: Have a plumber inspect and  look for signs of corrosion,

Tip 16: Measure the humidity levels: Do you regularly have condensation on your windows? The relative humidity should in your home should range between 30- and 50-percent. A humidifier may correct sporadic humidity fluctuations but ongoing high-humidity levels may be a sign of a more serious issue that could lead to mold and mildew that may require a professional.

If you have any questions about water damage or even humidity in your home, call SERVPRO Anniston. We are her to help.

Soure:

https://www.insuramatch.com/learning-center/16-ways-prevent-water-damage-your-home

The Worries of Winter Weather

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property.

FROZEN PIPES

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas

such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the
ice blockage inside the pipe is located,
but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

ICE DAMS

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.”

Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter.

If winter weather causes water damage to your property, we are only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.

Water Damage Clean Up Services

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professionals...CALL US TODAY! 256-236-8889

Water damage in your Anniston home or business can happen at any time. From a small leak in your roof to a bathtub or toilet overflow to a broken water heater to major flooding from a storm, water can damage your home or business quickly when you least expect it.

When water damage occurs, there are many factors that you must consider to tackle the issue including how much water you are dealing with, the potential for deterioration, and the rate the materials affected will soak up the water.

If water and moisture are left in items such as furniture, carpet, or building materials such as dry wall or plaster, mold will begin to develop within a day or so. While metals will rust and corrode, drywall will begin to crumble and wood will begin to swell, split, and eventually rot. The main objective is to get the area affected by the water dry as soon as possible.

For minor water damage, you may be able to take care of the issue yourself. An example of a minor issue would be if your kids decide to get water all over the bathroom floor and you immediately mop it up. Since the potential for mold and structural damage is minimal, you can handle it yourself.

When there is major flooding in your home or business and walls, flooring, and even insulation is saturated, it is time to call upon a professional water damage restoration company. The technicians are experienced at water eradication and will be able to dry out the affected areas much quicker, decreasing the chance for dangerous mold to form and the possibility of damage occurring. The technicians are also aware of electrical hazards, health risks, and other safety hazards so they can remove the water in a safe manner. They also have the specialized equipment such as HEPA air scrubbers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture and odor in the air, leaving your home or business fresh, clean, and dry.

Faster to Your Disaster

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water damages can be significant to your home or business.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Anniston 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 – (256) 236-8889

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 Anniston

SERVPRO of Anniston 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.

What Is Water Damage Restoration

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Act fast to mitigate your flood loss.

Water damage restoration is the act of responding immediately and using advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. SERVPRO professionals use innovative equipment to monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. SERVPRO professionals have the tools and resources for faster and reliable service.

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 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. At SERVPRO, no job is too big and no question is too small.  So when fire or water damage strikes your home or business, call on SERVPRO of Anniston at (256) 236-8889. 

Keeping Our Clients Informed on Water Damages

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Do you have a water damage? Call SERVPRO! 256-236-8889

In October, we hosted a 4 hour CE course titled Restorative Drying for Water Damage at Silver Lakes Country Club. It was our pleasure to host 15 agents and adjustors to educate them on this important topic that home and business owners may be faced with.

The main points covered during the course are Understanding water damage, the water damage Restorative process, the theory of Drying, mold in the indoor environment, and managing a water damage.

Course objectives are:

- Purpose and Theory of Restorative Drying

- Actions and Services provided by Restoration Vendors

- Improve communications with a Restoration Vendor

- Ability to determine when to restore vs. when to replace

- Understand the need for fast response to water losses

- Understanding how Restorative Drying saves time and money

Keeping our clients informed and equipped to educate their customers on water damage is an important part of what we do. We truly approach this as a partnership with agents and adjustors in best meeting the needs of those we all serve.  

Keep an eye on our calendar for the next upcoming CE class!!

Choosing a Restoration Vendor

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Call us today! 256-236-8889

Did you know that 1 in 55 insured homes has a property damage claim due to water damage or freezing rain each year?

According the American Insurance Association, water damage claims have been growing faster than other categories of Homeowners Insurance. Daily in the US, 14,000 people experience a water damage emergency at home or at work. The most common causes of water damage are busted or leaky pipes, faulty plumbing, build-up in areas prone to collecting water (crawl space, attic, basement), defective household appliances, malfunctioning HVAC systems, and natural disasters or other weather-related events. Broken pipes rank only 2nd to hurricanes in terms of both frequency and severity in regards to annual claims for water damage. Insurance companies are dishing out $2.5 billion per year for water and mold claims.

What does all this mean to you? Home and business owners need to be confident that when water damage does occur they call upon a professional, well-trained Restoration Vendor to take care of their property.

In the case of a water damage, SERVPRO will:

- provide immediate service

- perform quality service

- communicate effectively

- minimize extent of loss

- save adjustors time on small losses

SERVPRO of Anniston and Gadsden, as the number one choice in our industry, will work closely with you and your insurance company to make water damage “Like it never even happened”.

Faster to your Anniston Water Damage Event

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

This water damage was caused by a water heater leak.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Anniston 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 Anniston 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 – 256-236-8889 


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 Anniston 


SERVPRO of Anniston 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.