1. Begin by trying to lower the humidity inside your home. If its possible to
obtain a dehumidifier, install it in the most affected area. (Home Depot or
equipment rental companies have dehumidifiers.)
2. Any drywall, carpet and pad, baseboards or flooring needs to be
removed to expose the wood framing behind.
3. Once the wood framing is exposed, put fans on the wood to push airflow
across the surface.
4. If you have a crawlspace and its insulated, remove the insulation. It is going
to help dry out the subfloor faster.
5. If you have mold, please wear a respirator. The mold drywall can be
bagged up. The framing behind should be sprayed down with an antimicrobial
spray. Due to this being a emergency situation if the only thing
available is bleach, use bleach but dilute it 1 part bleach 10 part water.
Wipe the wood with a clean rag after you spray it.
6. If you have a moisture meter, the dry standard for wood is around 12-
16% if your in that range its considered dry.
7. Getting airflow and lowering the humidity in your home, combined with
removing what is wet, is crucial immediately after a water damage.
8. Please feel free to call me anytime with any questions day or night. I am
serious. I am a Texan as well and want to help in any way possible!
Jorge Perez 408-655-8312
1. Begin by trying to lower the humidity inside your home. If its possible to
We Ignore the Obvious
one of the least obvious ways homeowners can cause water damage to their home is by neglecting one of the first things people see on a home – their gutters. Gutters filled with leaves, sticks and debris slow or completely block the flow of rainwater away from a home. The result? Water leaks through your roofor into your basement from your foundation.
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When emergencies do occur, you need professionals who will respond to the problem quickly, efficiently and thoroughly. With Water Damage Recovery, our IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification)-certified technicians are available 24/7 to handle your water emergency. We serve San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Davis, Pittsburg, and surrounding areas. Call us at 510-351-7510 or visit our site to learn more about our services.
Water damage occurs when excess water begins to pool in areas where it shouldn’t. Many different factors can create this excess water and contribute to water damage. When you are aware of the potential causes, you can take precautionary measures to help insure against a leak or flood. The more quickly you notice the problem, the less work the water damage restoration company will have to fix.
The top 10 causes of water damage include:
- Drains Stop Draining
Drains that get backed up and blocked can leave standing water and eventually cause undue pressure in the pipe, which then causes it to burst or leak.
- Leaking Garbage Disposal
As the unit ages, the bottom housing can springs leaks and flood cabinets with a mixture of food waste and water. If this happens, the disposal need to be replaced.
- Running/Dripping Toilet
A running toilet can do more than make an annoying sound; it can lead to water damage if left alone long enough. Sometimes the cause is nothing more than a part that isn’t sitting right. A leaking toilet wastes a great deal of water and has a greater chance of overflowing and causing water damage.
- Backed Up Sewer Lines
Backed up sewers can wreak havoc on a home, causing thousands of dollars in damage to floors, walls, furniture and electrical systems. Blockages due to tree roots or heavy rainfall can cause sewer lines to back up.
- Sump Pump Failure
Water damage in the basement is quite common. However, no one ever said that is convenient. Either a defective pump, and old pump, or a power outage can prevent the pump from working.
- Leaking Air Conditioner
Air conditioners in particular require regular servicing, and when not maintained properly they can cause moisture buildup. When the moisture cools, it can interact with mold spores in the air conditioning ducts and encourage mold to grow inside.
- Water Heater Leaks
A water heater leak may seem like just a minor nuisance, but it can quickly turn into a big problem. Even a small amount of water will cause damage to your floors, sub-floors, and walls. In extreme cases, a catastrophic and complete water heater failure can cause a significant flood that could lead to hefty repair bills and damaged personal property.
- Washing Machine Line Bursts
As household appliances get older, pipes begin to rust and crack and hoses can weaken. Washing machines are susceptible to deterioration, so keep watch on older machines.
- Freezing Temperatures Burst Pipes
Dropping winter temperatures can cause extensive water damage as pipes begin to freeze and burst, causing damage to walls, ceilings, floors, carpets, furniture and other possessions. Even a small crack in your water pipe can leak enough water to flood your home.
- Frozen Fire Sprinkler
When any portion of a sprinkler system is exposed to freezing temperatures, water in the piping can turn to ice, expand in volume, and produce thousands of pounds of pressure. The pressure can force sprinklers to operate and break fittings. As a result, water leaks from the system when the ice thaws.
It doesn’t take much water to do some serious damage to your home. Water Damage Recovery is a leading cleanup and restoration company serving the Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento areas. Since 1997 we have helped over 22,000 residential and commercial property owners minimize property loss while restoring their building to its safe, pre-incident condition. For more information on services we provide call 510.351.7510.
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Just Suggestions For You:
- Clear rooftops and gutters of debris
- Clear drains and storm drains near property
- Get a plumber to snake all lines to prevent backups
- Stock up on sandbags for flooding inside units and/or common areas
- Make sure flashlights are available
- Have a pre-disaster plan in place for all staff
- Have emergency kits, water, supplies, etc. just in case
- Inform residents of emergency plans and make sure they know where to shut off water and gas in case of an earthquake
- Have all emergency numbers and contacts in one central location accessible to all staff
- Choose your Emergency Service vendor now so they are prepared to serve you
Emergency Services vendors will be completely overwhelmed. When it rained for 11 days last December, we were getting calls from competitors asking us to take their best clients. Make sure you are on someone’s Priority Client List now!
The kind words of praise are a wonderful thing after working so hard as a team to get someone’s home back to a pre loss condition. I do like this review. It introduces us to several members of our team and speaks to the level of professionalism and coordination we have as a team. I’ve been in the thick of it with all of these technicians and I trust and rely on them completely! These home owners were in very good hands from the start and numerous team members came into play on their behalf. This is how we are successful in providing emergency services restoration. We are a highly trained and well coordinated team working on your behalf to get your home back to a clean and dry state.
Rick Walker / AMRT, WRT
Here is where you can gain insights, facts and information regarding water damage restoration and mitigation. We’re constantly on the move, traveling from the greater Bay Area to the Sierra Foot Hills and everything in between. Be it a straight up water damage where things are wet from a clean water pipe failure or a nasty sewage backup, our guys are both brave and experienced in what they do. While the business of restoration cleanup seams straight forward, turns out there are strict and written protocols to ensure the health and safety of you, your family and our selves. Stay tuned and check in to see what we are up to in the world of water damage restoration.
Rick Walker / IICRC AMRT, WRT