Recent Water Damage Posts
Storm season is here. In Florida storm season does not just pertain to the possibility of a hurricane or tropical storm coming our way. Storm season can also mean that rainy season is here. Rain affects everything in Florida. While kids are out of school and ready to head to the beach it is not always a possibility with the rain.
As the years pass and the seasons change the rain pattern is becoming a little bit more unpredictable as to the time of day when it will hit. It is almost always a guarantee that every day at some point it will rain, it could be in the middle of the day or in the middle of the night.
Rain season also means more humidity. Now is a great time to have your vents cleaning and an A/C tune up to make sure everything is in tip top shape. The last thing you want is to have your A/C go out and have the humidity level in your home rise to 100% as it is outside. Most people may think that it would just make the house uncomfortable to live in. There are much bigger things to keep in mind however, when the A/C is not running there is not humidity regulation in your home. High humidity levels can lead to mold in the home which can make your family sick and do a large amount of damage to your home if left untreated.
Now is the time to call for your duct and dryer vent cleaning!
SERVPRO of Flagler County
What does Filing a Claim Look Like?
When you have a water damage it is one of the most overwhelming things to deal with. We want to help it be a little less overwhelming. Here are the steps you should take in order to expedite the process and do the right thing by your homeowners insurance company.
The first thing you should do is find your policy information. You insurance company should be sending your full updated policy information once a year after the renewal date. It is important to know the details of you policy, for example if you have flood coverage or a mold cap on your policy.
If you are reporting a claim it is best to do it as soon as you are aware of a problem. The longer you put off filing a claim the longer the entire process could potentially take.
Pictures say a 1,000 words. Picture evidence is likelier to get your claim moving much faster and get approval to get your home back to normal.
When filing your insurance claim make sure you give them all of the information you need to for them to full make a claim process. If they do not have all of the required information it is hard for them to approve of anything and move forward.
To avoid filing as few claims as possible over the time span of your homes life, make sure to keep up your homes maintenance. The highest reason for homeowner claims is unkempt homes.
In your time of need give us a call at SERVPRO of Flagler County.
What does your backyard look like?
Summer is here and we are all ready to get outside and enjoy our backyard BBQ and swimming pools. It is nice and hot out during the day for the kids to play and warm enough to sit out with adults at the end of the night after the little ones are in bed.
When you look at your backyard are your neighbors' higher yards higher, lower or the same height as yours?
If your neighbor's yard is higher than yours you are in a bad runoff situation. Water will go the path of least resistance. You want there to be a grade away from the home so the water goes away. However if your neighbors yard is pushing water into yours the likelihood of there being an exterior water intrusion during a heavy rain is much higher for your home.
If your neighbor's yard is lower than yours there is a reverse situation happening from the above scenario.
If your neighbor's yard is even with yours, it means they did the grading correctly when your home was built. Ideally you should have only a slight difference or no difference between yards so that the water runoff goes into the ditches in the front yard. Those ditches eventually run into the city drainage system.
Next time you are sitting in the backyard take a look at the grade of your yard and the yards around yourself to see if you are at risk or sitting pretty.
If you happen to have a water intrusion please always call us at SERVPRO of Flagler County!
Dehumidifier vs Humidifier
The humidity level in your home can affect any number of things from the structure of your home to your health conditions.
In Florida during the spring and summer months we have humidity to spare for the most part on the areas that are inland. During the Winter sometimes it can get a little dry compared to what we are used to. With the salt air the dryness can sneak up on you without noticing.
It is important to know the levels of humidity in your home because it can directly correlate to your health and breathing. Those effect can be better determined by a doctor.
Too much humidity can leak to damage within the home and eventually lead to grow. There is a fine line as to how much humidity is best for your living situation and damaging your home. Running a humidifier at night for easier breathing will not destroy your home. Leaking the humidifier running all of the time with a stream of moister could leak to damaging effects.
Having a hygrometer from an appliance store can help you determine what is best for you and your home.
SERVPRO of Flagler County
It's Flooding! What now?
Flooding in the home whether due to excessive rain, a hurricane, or a pipe burst somewhere in the home is always nerve wracking. We want to give you a few tips to let you know what to do and not to do until help arrives.
What you SHOULD do after Flooding:
- Remove as much water from the home as possible
- Remove wet upholstery and cushions
- Turn A/C on the highest setting for faster drying in warm months
- Remove rugs and wet carpeting
- Move art to a dry unharmed area
- Clear any items that maybe on the floor
What you SHOULDN'T do after Flooding:
- Do not leave wet items in place
- Do not leave reading material on wet carpeting or floors
- Do not use your regular household vacuum to try and remove excess water
- Do not use your appliances
- Do not turn on lights or ceiling fans if the ceiling is wet or damp. Stay out of the area if the ceiling is starting to fall.
In the middle of the night, the middle of the day or a weekend, you never know when an unexpected water loss is going to happen.
Most people think of a water loss and their minds automatically go to a water heater or a pipe burst. Those are not the only things to thing about when taking a water loss into consideration. A water loss could be a shower pan leaking, a window well or seal slowly leaking or even a dishwasher draining issue.
You can never be certain where an issue will arise. It is important to keep an eye on anything that seems off to avoid further issues or any kind of growth in the future.
In an emergency always remember SERVPRO is here for you.
Phone: (386) 447-2202
Choosing a Restoration Specialist
You have just had major water damage and are frantically looking online to find someone to help. In this situation there are many things to consider when looking for someone to demo and restore your home from a tragic loss such as this.
The first big thing to look for is someone who has a vast knowledge of the Insurance Process. Knowing exactly what needs to be documented and what steps are needed before the adjuster comes out are big. There is a protocol to follow when dealing with an insurance company. If this is not followed how they like it, the process could take longer.
Next when looking for a specialist should be References and Reviews. Most people automatically go to Google when trying to find someone. A company cannot control their google ratings and reviews, so these will be the most honest.
Onto the performance. The response time for a company to come out during a disaster like this should be within an hour unless otherwise requested by the homeowner. The sooner the restoration process starts, the less damage is likely to occur.
Finally, make sure the company you chose is licensed and insured. This means those working for the company have gone through rigorous training and will take the best care of your home.
Should I Turn My Water off When I'm Gone?
It is always important to turn off your valves and water supplies to you house and amenities if you are going to be away for any length of time. A home owner in Flagler Beach left for a week vacation and her toilet line burst while she was away and had two inches of water throughout her whole unit when she returned. They were only gone for a few days when someone noticed the water loss. Turning off your valves and water lines is essential for preventative maintenance. SERVPRO of Flagler County is your local and trusted restoration company that can help you in you time of need.
See us at: https://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/
Or call us at : (386) 447-2202
Quick Guide to Checking your Plumbing
Why wait until something leaks or breaks before you check it out. Here some quick tips to checking out your plumbing periodically before something happens.
You can do a quick check of all of your drains in your sink, tub, and shower. Making sure that the drains are clear of hair and debris will help the flow of the drains. Doing a toilet check with the tank lid off will make sure that you are saving water and that it's not continually running. Make sure you check the caulking around your tub and shower to ensure that water isn't seeping into your walls which can result in mold growth.
As with the bathroom, you want to make sure your sink drains are clear of debris and buildup. Pour drain cleaner in every few months is a good way to prevent any build up. You can make sure that your garbage disposal line is not loose as to avoid water lose under the sink that you normally wouldn’t be able to see.
A water loss is not always expected but hopefully some of these tips can help you stay ahead of the game. If you do fall victim to a water loss then you can always call your local and trusted restoration company. SERVPRO of Flagler County specializes in Water, Fire, and Mold restoration and mitigation. Check out some of our other blogs and before and after pictures to see why our slogan is: "Like it never even happened."
Choosing a Water Remediation & Restoration Company
Choosing a Water Remediation & Restoration Company
Broken water supply lines, sewage and septic system failures, and floods can cause serious Water Damage to your home, office of industrial building. As a homeowner or a manager of a commercial building, it's important to consider hiring the services of professional water damage remediation services to insure proper cleaning and drying and to prevent secondary damage like mold growth. Time is crucial when it comes to responding to flood damage , here are a few tips to choose the best professionals for the job.
Training and accreditation
Look for IICRC accreditation which requires training and experience. A credible water cleanup contractor should have trained Technicians to perform any mitigation service.
specializations in other fields such as plumbing and wiring so as to disconnect and connect broken pipes to restore the water damage satisfactorily. The contractor should have accreditation documents from relevant bodies like the Better Business Bureau.
Location can be an issue, remember the timeline is important, some insurance companies have relationships with remediation companies, but they may not be able to get there for hours or even days. Mold and fungus can start developing on the site after just two days. If the home or commercial building gets a mold manifestation, it may require that the building owner hires a mold removal company on top of the water damage restoration expenses.
Insured and bonded
It is always advisable to hire insured and bonded water in home or water in business removal companies. The water mitigation company should be bonded and licensed and comply with all policies regarding professional operation of a mitigation company.
Tools and equipment
The tools and equipment used by the water cleanup companies in removing the water in home or water in business are designed to be more effective than equipment sold for home use. Most businesses or homes can't afford to buy the expensive drying equipment necessary.
--If you have any water or mold issues please call SERVPRO of Flagler County at 386-447-2202 or visit https://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/ for more information on water damage.
What to do in case of a flash flood
In the midst of storm season there is always a possibility of flash flooding. This can happen from a hurricane or large amounts of rain, among the possibilities. We would like to tell you some of the do's and don'ts of this situation.
Lets start with the do's of a flash flood.
DO shut off the water as soon as possible to avoid any further flooding
DON'T use a vacuum cleaner to remove standing water
DO Turn the main electricity supply off as soon as possible
DON'T leave furniture on wet carpet - DO please small saucers underneath furniture legs to lift it off the wet surface
DO take photographic evidence of the damage caused to your premises
DON'T attempt any repair work or redecorating until everything has fully dried out
DO use buckets and towels to remove and mop up any standing water
DON'T use ordinary cleaning products to clean up flood water
DO open windows and doors to let the air circulate the room and dry it out
ALWAYS call SERVPRO to help clean up and repair all damage
What to do before leaving for Vacation
Everyone is always so excited to go on vacation that they often miss important items that need to be done around the house that can better prepare against issues while gone. It can be very helpful to have someone check-in on the house a few times while you are on vacation to check the mail and make sure your house does not flood but there may be more you can do. A house sitter may not always know where important valves are or who you would want to contact in case of an emergency if you do not already have that information set out for them.
The first big thing to do to protect your home before leaving is going to shutting off the main water supply to the home. This will protect against flooding or a sudden link in your home.
The next thing may not apply to everyones home but it is important to those it pertains to. The sump pump. You need to check it and make sure it is not close to full or there are not any other rainwater near it as it can wuickly become an issue.
In many places it will be one of the extremes, either very hot or very cold. In Florida it will normally be very hot. You will want to turn your thermostat up but do not turn the A/C off as that is what is going to protect your home against possible growth as best it can. If it is somewhere cold you will want to turn the heat down but not off as that will help protect against freezing pipe, not prevent though.
To keep flowers alive you will want to have your house sitter come bay and water them or use a mechanism that slowly released water throughout the time you are gone to continue to give them water.
Other things to include would be unplugging electronics to prevent against surges, fires, and lower your electric bill while away. You will also want to light rooms with timers to help prevent against burglars and they will think you are home.
These are just a few quick ways to protect your home while away.
How to check a house for water damage
When should you check your home for water damage? The first time you should check a home for damage is when you are buying it. You never want to get into a home after spending unthinkable amounts of money and find out that you have to replace several things or see that you have a leak someone. Ideally the inspector should point these things out, however, they do not always catch everything. The first step and place you want to check will be the walls. Make sure there is no staining, bubbles, or rust from possible water damage. These will be the signs. Moving down you want to check the floors for damage. You will be able to see discoloration, warping or bubbling, similar to the walls. The floors may have a been damaged previously or may still have water underneath them. Check the pipes. The easiest way to look is under sinks, in the garage, and around the wash room. These are the most common places for leaks to occur. Here in Florida it is rare that we have basements, however that would need to be checked as well. We do however have the majority of our storage space in our attics. It is important to go up there once during the day and once at night to see if there are any exposed areas that may have a roof leak or leak of any other type. Finally go outside and check to see if there are any holes, or cracks in the exterior. Cracks in the stucco are a common problem in Florida due to the humidity, wear and tear, and heat combination.
Water Damage and What to Expect
Most people have little knowledge as to what to expect when they suddenly experience water damage. We want to help you with that and give you a little knowledge and insight into the process to better help understand what is going on. The first step is to reach out to your local and professional SERVPRO to get the ball rolling. Once we receive the information we will immediately dispatch someone to come to your home, assess the damage, and start the mitigation process. The less time the water is sitting in your home, generally the sooner we are able to get it dried out. If there is any standing water we will immediately extract it and place the necessary equipment to dry your home out. The more water, typically the more equipment and time is needed. Once we have removed any material necessary and dried the home out the rebuild process can begin. Our rebuild team will then assess and make a plan to move forward to allow you to put your home in a preloss state.
Do I Have Water Damage?
Do I have Water Damage?
Sometimes the signs and symptoms and come on slowly when there is a build-up of moister or a very slow leak. If you notice something looks different or off keep an eye on it and call a professional.
What do I look for?
The signs can be very small. Most people notice water spots when they have water damage. These stains can be anything from a very slight discoloration or a dark stain or even standing water in emergency water situations.
Severity of water damage.
The severity of a water damage can range from clean water to unsanitary water. The differences in these damages are where the water comes from. The source can often tell a remediation team how much remediation they are going to need to do.
See anything that looks off? Have us come out and take a look for you.
What to do when you have a water loss
You have just come home to find standing water in your home. It could be any number of things. One thing is for sure though, you need to find where the water is coming from. The first step is to find your water main shut off and turn it off. The next step is to find the leak. Sometimes you can hear a leak, sometimes you must look around. Start with the most logical things such as toilets, and sinks. If it is neither of these things you need to look as see if a supply line to a refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine would be to blame. Next call your local SERVPRO! We will come out in a timely manner. We will extract any standing and place equipment to immediately start the drying process and get you and your family back on your way.
SERVPRO is a Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration
Water Damaged Flooring
If you suspect your business has a water or mold problem, call SERVPRO of Flagler County, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. If left untreated mold can grow and spread very quickly. Here at SERVPRO of Flagler County we are here to help and will respond quickly to your needs. We will work quickly and efficiently to contain the growth and prevent it from spreading to the rest of the building. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
- Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists
Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment for your business with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.
At SERVPRO of Flagler we strive to be the best in the business. When a water disaster strikes your home, we will be there within the hour to help. Our skilled technicians will explain the process to you and promptly begin work. Our training program includes the following:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Initial Franchise Training
- Continuing Education Classes
SERVPRO of Flagler County offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation.
Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.
Do's and Don'ts of Water
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What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT to Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Most Important Step in Water Damage is Quick Action
Water Damage is one of the most common type of insurance claims. It can happen from floods, leaks, faulty appliances, hot water heater leaks, damaged or old plumbing, or even burst aquariums. The most important step in your water damage claim is quick action. With one call to SERVPRO of Flagler the process of dry-out and repair begins. Our water mitigation experts will be onsite within 1 hour of your call.
We are committed to providing quality mitigation and reconstruction services to commercial and residential customers of water damage. By putting people first, we’ve become the leader in insurance restoration in the Central Florida area. We are a preferred contractor with most major insurance companies in the state of Florida, and have working relationships that can help expedite your claim. You can rest assured that your project will be handled with top quality workmanship and our customer service will exceed your expectations.
SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:
Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.
Water Damage Knowledge
It's time to call SERVPRO.
Florida is known for its excess humidity and short bursts of heavy rain showers. Problems with air conditioning units can also be troublesome. These systems run nearly every day, all year long. What do these two issues have to do with damages? They both present the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Additional water damage events can be caused by a washing machine overflowing, a sewer back-up, a nearby lake or river bank can overflow causing a flooding situation, as well as the many storms that move throughout the state.
We at SERVPRO are happy to help homeowners and business owners with any water damage in Palm Coast. Our trained and IICRC certified professionals are available for 24/7 emergency water damage repair. We not only remove standing water that is visible but with our powerful vacuums and pumps, we can find and remove water that is hard to access. Our professional technicians are equipped with innovative air movers and dehumidifiers that will help to dry your business or home.
We understand how water damage can be very devastating to property and how it negatively affects your life and work. We take the time to assess and inspect your damages. Our professionals can outline the best course of action. All standing water is considered contaminated water. We must identify the classification of water damage (clean, gray or black) to specify your restoration process.
Our goal is to keep you as whole as possible - for your belongings and structure. We would much rather mitigate any water damage to keep your damages as repairs rather than replacements. Much of our restoration process can involve minor repairs or major repairs. This can involve drywall work, carpet installation or the reconstruction of the areas in your home or business.
SERVPRO of Flagler County is a locally owned and operated company. We are strategically located within the community, which means that when you call us, we can be deployed quickly to your site. When water damage occurs, you are never alone - call us at (386)-447-2202. We work with you from beginning to end with a result to make you restored to a pre-water damage condition.
It's important to make sure that fittings, seals, pipes, etc. are inspected thoroughly to prevent issues such as water damage.
The bathtub overflow drain can be the cause of a leak, even though it is not the first place you'd usually suspect. A water stain in the ceiling below a bathroom is often the first sign of a problem with a tub overflow drain. If that is the case, make sure to contact a licensed and trained professional, such as SERVPRO of Flagler County to fix the issue. Our technicians source out the problem and fix the surrounding areas affected by water damage. It's not a fun experience dealing with any type of unexpected home repair, or disaster. However, SERVPRO of Flagler County helps alleviate your stress and turn your home back to a comfortable and functional space. While catching the problem early, it saves time and money. Give us a call today if you believe your home has any water damage issues (386)-447-2202.
What to do until help arrives to your Palm Coast water damage
Palm Coast water damage
If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO of Flagler County arrives.
Shut off the source of the water.
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access 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 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
These are great things to do. The most important thing you can do to prevent further damage to your home or business is to call SERVPRO of Flagler County quickly at 386-447-2202. We are available 24/7 to help with all of your restoration needs.
Preparing for Flood Season
Flooding in Palm Coast
With hurricane season here again, now is the time to prepare for the possibility of flooding in your home or business.
With over 50 years experience SERVPRO of Flagler County has restored flood-damaged homes and businesses all over the country. As part of the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, we are trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest floods.
Check out this site for some great information on what to do to prepare and handle flood situations.
Cleaning Floods Safely
If a flood does strike your home or business, give SERVPRO of Flagler County a call at 386-447-2202. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of Flagler County is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it "Like it never even happened."
Preventing damage from water
Water damage in Palm Coast
Do not underestimate the power of water - water is the single most destructive substance in the indoor environment that can inflict damage in the long-term. One reason structures and property can rapidly deteriorate is excess moisture or flooding. If the clean-up is postponed or the water is from a contaminated source, the problem can become extremely serious. SERVPRO of Flagler County professionals can work quickly in your home or business so the harmful effects of water are sharply reduced. Prompt cleanup and restoration by SERVPRO of Flagler County can produce amazing results even in cases of seemingly severe damage. Our highly trained technicians can work to restore anything from furniture and family heirlooms to computers, production machinery and manufacturing facilities. We have decades of experience in successfully restoring water-damaged structures and properties.
For some tips on preventing water damage in your home or business, check out this article from our friends at Farmers Insurance
5 Ways to Prevent Water Damage
Do not neglect the issue of water damage. If it is not dealt with quickly and properly, it can result in major business interruption, financial problems and potential health risks.
If you have been impacted with water in your home or business call the bright green cleanup team that can make it, "Like it never even happened." You can reach our technicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 386-447-2202
Ensuring Water Removal is Thorough and Complete for Watery Homes in Bunnell
Training from IICRC provides SERVPRO technicians with the skills required for successful water removal in any setting.
Bunnell Homes Receive Thorough and Complete Water Removal Services
When you know you have a water problem in your home from a leak, a flood, or an overflowing appliance or sink, it doesn't matter how much water is present. Such a situation is an emergency and must be taken care of quickly.
In Bunnell, water can cause serious damage to the interior of a home if removal efforts aren't started immediately. Water can quickly evaporate if temperatures are high enough, which is often the case in Florida. If the interior is cooler, due to the central air unit running, water that is not removed will soon seep into areas which might not show damage until months later.
SERVPRO equipment includes moisture detectors that are capable of locating concentrated areas of moisture, hidden water, and elevated humidity levels in a home. Technicians will take initial readings of areas within a home to use as a baseline for later readings. These other readings will be taken on a regular basis during the entire water removal process. The initial readings will also be used to calculate how much drier the interior needs to become for it to be considered fully dry. How many heaters, air movers, and other pieces of equipment will be required is also determined by how wet a home is at the initial reading.
Training from IICRC provides SERVPRO technicians with the skills required for successful water removal in any setting. Basics, such as removing certain items so they can air out in the outdoors and place furniture on blocks to prevent staining of carpeting followed by the use of portable water extraction units are a major part of water removal.
As the home's interior becomes less damp, areas with high levels of humidity are targeted. Heaters will increase evaporation rates of areas where water has seeped into. Air blowers will help direct this humid air toward the outdoors through open doors and windows. Hygrometer readings taken will be recorded during this process, so homeowners will know that their home is once again safely dry. These readings may need to be shown to insurance companies, and the documentation should be placed with other paperwork regarding the home.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
When your home has a water emergency and needs water removal, call SERVPRO of Flagler County at (386) 447-2202. We'll answer your call, 24/7, and arrive when you need us.
Water Damage Restoration In Beverly Beach
SERVPRO of Flagler County technicians are prepared to assist during a variety of instances that may occur.
Beverly Beach Water Damage Restoration
Obtaining services from the right company that has a proper amount of experience in dealing with your particular situation is critical when getting help with repairing your home. You want someone who is properly trained and has access to quality equipment to get the job done right and provide you with the services that you need.
Our expertly trained technicians based in Beverly Beach have extensive experience with water damage restorations. We have been on the front line assisting first responders with emergency services provided to you within the community during several recent Beverly Beach floods. We share this community with you and want you to know that we are here to help you get back on your feet.
SERVPRO technicians are prepared to assist during a variety of instances that may occur. Whether you have water damage resulting from a current flood, leaks from faulty pipes or recent storm damage, we can help. Water can penetrate structural materials and form hidden pockets of moisture that continue to cause harm over time. We use specialized equipment to locate these pockets and remove the moisture causing continual damage to your home.
We have IICRC certified professional technicians at SERVPRO that understand how quickly responding to the situation and providing immediate assistance prevents additional damage and allows us more of a chance to restore materials and items to a quality pre-loss condition.
Call SERVPRO today to start your water damage restoration process. We'll explain everything you need to restore your home during our inspection and assessment process. We remove any standing water and eliminate moisture trapped within objects such as carpet and padding. We then use specialized equipment to dry and dehumidify the surrounding area and surfaces before performing our cleaning and sanitation services.
Once your restoration is complete, we'll conduct a final walk-through with you and your insurance company representative. We give you assistance with any paperwork that is required to provide you with an advantage during the claims process and ensure that all of our work meets or exceeds your expectations.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
Take advantage of our locally owned and operated franchises today by calling our offices located at SERVPRO of Flagler County. We're available 24/7 with the services you need to get things back to normal as soon as possible. (386) 447-2202
Different Causes of Water Damage
Water damage can often result from a variety of sources.
Various Types Of Water Damage
Water damage can often result from a variety of sources, and we have to train and prepare for many eventualities which may result in your home. Our fast response and mitigation strategy is designed to help us to adapt to unique, changing, and unusual situations in the field and our technicians are always prepared for unusual or difficult causes for water damage in a home. Different sources of damage can lead to differing severity, type, and risk levels of a situation, and these are some of the most common situations we deal with in the field.
A particularly severe type of damage, flooding often necessitates substantial water removal in Bunnell. Floods can result from a number of causative factors, with differing levels of damage and danger inherent to each. The most devastating and dangerous are typically flooding during a storm, where waters are uncontrollable and are often heavily contaminated with filth, debris, and harmful microorganisms. Flooding may also result from septic or sewer overflows, which are often equally as dangerous and infectious as natural floods. These floods often require heavy pumping to remove all liquids and material. Often much less damaging and dangerous, but still devastating compared to most other types of water damage, flooding from indoor services such as a bathtub are usually less severe but more common. This kind of flooding may need light to moderate water removal, although basements can still take on heavy water.
Frustrating but not often requiring water pumping, leaks are common sources of damage which often act over long periods of time to weaken and damage a home. Leaks can come from faulty pipes and faucets, untended kitchen and bathroom appliances, cracks in material or flooring, or many other sources. Typically, stopping a leak is much simpler than repairing its damage, so try to stop them as quickly as possible.
Storm damage (separate from flooding) usually accompanies some form of structural damage, as windows may be broken or roof shingles ripped off from high winds. In most cases, rain damage is much less concerning than other damages from the storm (although carpets and furniture can be soaked and ruined), although major flooding is a common concern and can be severe.
Equipped and trained to deal with water damage and removal from all sorts of sources, SERVPRO of Flagler County is strategically positioned to respond quickly and effectively to your problems or calls. Just call us 24/7 at the first sign of damage at (386) 447-2202.
Three Components of Water Repairs
Mold Damage Needs Certified Professionals To Remedy
Quick Restoration Lessens Mold Damage
It is no secret what destructive power water can have over a household, causing plenty of water damage. Mildew and mold buildup, foundational cracks and actual failure of the structure are known to be caused by the presence of unwanted water. A problem which starts out small can grow into a total nightmare when it is left unattended. A majority of water repairs have three simple components: knowledge, time sensitivity and materials.
Water damage remediation, a process which no one likes to have to go through, should be done by experienced professionals like the ones at SERVPRO so that it can be done the right way the first time. We have plenty of experience in water remediation of all kinds, and our certified installers have gone through all of the specialized training in all aspects of waterproofing, which includes foundation repairs and water damage repair. Some products for waterproofing have to be installed by professionals who are certified, or the warranties they come with will be voided. As they say, knowledge is power, and we at SERVPRO have the experience that you would expect from a professional water remediation company.
Water problems, whether aggressive and progressive, need to be handled as soon as you realize that they exist. At SERVPRO, we understand that if a problem with water is not handled quickly, it can lead to larger problems. Water remediation, when done properly, can be a tiresome and long process, especially if you waste time looking for the right contractors. The more time you do this, the worse your home can become, so it is important to know ahead of time who to call.
Once a basement becomes damp, mildew and mold can quickly build up, spreading through the rest of your home and create an environment that is unhealthy for you and your family. Our certified contractors are efficient and prompt. We will even start by giving you a free inspection which will include a written estimate and details of your problem, with how we can best fix them without any obligation from you.
Quality materials, an important factor in any project involving home maintenance, will be needed for water damage repairs, crawl space encapsulations and foundation repairs. The end job will only be as good as the materials which are being used. SERVPRO also uses systems and products which are top-rated and have already been proven to work. No matter what your water damage repair solution needs, such as a sump pump or just the latest in waterproofing products, we’ll always use the right materials for your job.
Any type of water damage in Flagler Beach can be disconcerting, even devastating, so let the professionals at SERVPRO of Flagler County take care of your water remediation project. Give us a call right away at (386) 447-2202 so we can assess your damages and write up a plan of action for repairs.
Sources of Flagler Beach Water Damage
Roof Rainwater Maintenance is Helpful in Preventing Water Damage
Leaks That Cause Water Damage
The number one source of property claims for owners of commercial property, retail establishments, hotels, high-rise residences and other structures is Flagler Beach water damage. Problems can be caused by leakages at any time of the year and any point in the life cycle of the facility. Which many times begins small, a leak which goes undetected can spread quickly down through a building, making it very difficult to detect.
Water damages are able to incur billions of dollars in operational, structural, reputational and financial losses every year for owners of commercial property.
Sources can include:
Water which enters a building usually comes from one of three sources, all with their own specific exposure types:
The roof of your building acts as a big collector of water and designs of gullies, valleys and downpipes which are inferior can cause leaks. Improper maintenance of roof rainwater services can cause blockages and overflows, many times escaping back into your building. Severe storms along with flooding from season weather patterns can test even roofs that are the most well-maintained and well-designed.
If your high-tech commercial appliances are installed wrong, they can cause leaks. These include refrigerators with ice machines, parts washers, coffee machines, washing machines, water coolers and more. Grey or foul water is generally present because of intermittent leaks, which are able to slowly build up over time, since these kinds of appliances aren’t in constant use. Pump sets and sprinkler piping work at high pressures, so any type of break in a line is able to give rise to a fast loss of big volumes of water.
Facility Systems/services Water
Boiler rooms, plant rooms and HVAC installations bring more big volumes of water into your building, so any leak from them can result in extensive leakage throughout various floors, especially if the systems are on the roof or top floor of your building. Many times, feed water installations off municipal mains are pumped, needing the right maintenance and operation. The stability of water supply can be an issue, since the loss of it will probably lead to faucets being left in the open position accidentally. Water supplies in some areas have certain minerals, which can therefore lead to the corrosion rate of the water increasing.
Preparing for the Rainy Season
Although water damage near Flagler Beach can happen at any time of the year, there are other key seasonal periods such as the spring tornado and rainy season, and the fall hurricane period where chances of flooding from rain increase. These two seasons are particularly good times for regular maintenance projects as part of a water damage mitigation program. At SERVPRO, we can help you to prepare your building for these heavy periods of rain.
If you do experience any type of flooding or water damage in Flagler Beach, SERVPRO of Flagler County are the ones to call. We can help you to clean up and restore your building back to working order. Just give us a call any time at (386) 447- 2202.
Can I Prevent Water Damage in Flagler Beach To My Wooden Entry Floor By Waterproofing It?
Ceiling Water Damage in a Two Story House
Take Steps to Protect and Waterproof Your Wood Floor
The wood floor in your front hallway or entry gets much abuse. Wet boots, paws, and drenched coats, as well as rain blowing in when the door is held open every once in a while, will damage this beautiful flooring, ruining the wood and creating an opening for rot, molds and that earthy smell that means problems. This water damage in Flagler Beach can be prevented by taking certain steps.
Since unprotected wood is prone to yellowing, staining and other maladies, waterproofing this space are critical for maintaining the investment you made on this surface and helps prevent costly repairs.
Waterproofing this surface to prevent Flagler Beach water damage can be done in a few steps that help you protect your wood floor:
Move the furniture out of the space as well as all carpeting or throw rugs and clean the wood, thoroughly, with a vacuum cleaner and damp mop to remove all dust, dirt, and other debris as well as any food or drink spills. This step is critical because anything left on the surface can show up later in a negative way.
Use a water based polyurethane wood floor finish due to its durability, its quick to dry nature and the mild odor. It is also environmentally friendly if that is a concern. Pour this into a bucket without shaking or stirring as this creates bubbles that do not cover the same way. Dip a foam applicator into the bucket and apply to the floor.
Apply this in a systematic way, starting at one end and moving methodically toward the other. Ensure any dust or dirt that is encountered is rinsed off of the applicator to prevent it from being encased and accented in the final look.
The first coat dries in about two or three hours. Reapply and allow to dry again. You can coat this flooring another two or three times, allowing it to dry completely in between applications.
Use a quality cleaner, after a week or two, and to maintain it from that time going forward.
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SERVPRO of Flagler County can handle any residential water damage near Flagler Beach. When water damage occurs in Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, or Hammock Dunes, please give us a call at (386) 447-2202.
How to protect the outside of your Flagler Beach house from water damage
Gutter Cleaning Prevents Home Damage
Regular Roof and Gutter Maintenace Can Help Protect the Outside of Your Home
It is important to note that many homeowners spend lots of time and money on the upkeep of the home. In fact, protecting the value of the home is simply protecting one's investment so that the owner does not lose much money over time instead of gaining equity in their purchases. Protecting the value of a home is often done in many ways. Some of the most common involve making repairs before things begin to break down, painting the inside and the outside on a regular basis, and the like.
In some cases, the maintenance and repairs that are needed may involve preventing damage that can occur over time. This is why so many homeowners are proactive in protecting the outside of their Flagler Beach home from water damage. Water damage can be very costly since it can adversely affect the ceilings, carpeting, walls and even the overall structure. For those who want to make sure that they are taking the appropriate measures to protect their homes in Flagler Beach from water damage, here’s some great and invaluable tips and recommendations listed below.
Recommendation #1 – Make sure Leaves, twigs, and other litter does not collect on top of the roof. By keeping these areas cleaned off properly, the water can drain off of the roof properly.
Recommendation #2 – Make sure the Roof is inspected and weatherized. Some people try to save money by inspecting the roof themselves. However, this is one task that should be left up to the professionals since they know what needs to be done to protect the roof water damage and the other elements that can eventually erode the roofing materials themselves.
Recommendation #3 - Clean out the gutters so that the water can run freely. These tasks should be done on a routine basis so that the water does not collect on the outside of the home and cause unnecessary expensive damage. By cleaning out the gutters, the home is free of puddles and old standing waters that attract a large number of mosquitoes as well as other insects. Standing water can also result in mold.
SERVPRO of Flagler County has the equipment, experience, and training to handle water damage in and near Flagler, retail shops in Palm Coast, and motels in Flagler Beach with speed and efficiency. Call us for all your mold, water, and fire damaging problems at (386) 447-2202!
Critical Steps for Water Damage Cleanup in Palm Coast
Whether you have experienced a severe weather event in your area or had a pipe burst, dealing with water damage is never an easy task.
Contact SERVPRO for Professional Palm Coast Water Damage Services
Whether you have experienced a severe weather event in your area or had a pipe burst, dealing with water damage is never an easy task. Palm Coast residential water damage can be extremely expensive if not addressed properly and promptly. Water, even in small amounts, can cause a lot of damage when it gets into spaces that were not designed to get wet. Acting quickly and taking the appropriate steps to minimize the damage will help save you time, money, and heartache. Here are a few recommendations to assist if you have a flooded basement in your home.
Water and electricity do not mix. This combination can cause severe injury and can even be deadly. Before doing anything else, you will want to turn off the power to the affected area, especially if the flood water level has risen above the location of the electrical outlets. This is easily done by shutting off the circuit breakers that power your basement. After this is complete, the area will be safer for work. You should then unplug and remove all electrical items from the area. Once this is done, you can remove any furniture and other movable items as soon as possible.
The next step in Palm Coast residential water damage cleanup is to eliminate any wet carpets. The carpet and the underpadding must be pulled up. In some cases, you may be able to salvage the carpet by having it cleaned and disinfected by a professional. However, many wall-to-wall carpets tend to shrink after being exposed to flooded conditions and can only be used as a remnant or area rug afterward. More often than not, the carpet underpadding must be thrown out as it tends to absorb water like a sponge.
Once everything has been discarded, you can begin the process of getting rid of the water. Buckets, towels, mops, and manual labor can go a long way. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum. However, be sure it is plugged in as far away from the flooded area as possible. Don't use extension cords as they can pose a risk for electrical injury. Getting rid of all the water and letting the area dry out is the most important step in returning your home to its former condition. After standing water has been removed, open windows and turn on fans to help the area dry out.
The next steps involve disinfecting and preventing the growth of mold and mildew. Bacteria and mold growth in a home can cause many health problems. These vital steps in Palm Coast residential water damage cleanup are left to water damage professionals who have the knowledge and experience to perform these jobs thoroughly the first time. In fact, many homeowners choose to leave the entire cleanup process to professionals who can also help you file an insurance claim to pay for their services.
We are a locally owned and operated business that can handle all of your residential flooding and cleanup needs. Residents of Palm Coast trust us to help with all the necessary mitigation and cleanup steps after a flood. If you require help with a flood in your home, give SERVPRO of Flagler County a call at (386) 447-2202.
Fixing Water Damage in a New Smyrna Beach Property
Drips of Water Add Up in Unwanted Rooms in Your House
SERVPRO Professionally Restores Your Water Damaged Home in New Smyrna Beach
When your home in New Smyrna Beach has suffered a natural disaster, water damage is typically the outcome. In many cases, residential property owners grow frantic as they attempt to clean up the damage, work with their insurance company, and keep family members safe and calm. However, it's important to know that you can limit and even eliminate anxiety and economic strain by hiring a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO to help you with damage control. Here are just a few of the many helpful services that we can offer you.
The top priority of a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO is water removal. Excess water is both dangerous and inconvenient for many reasons. Standing water can adversely affect the structural integrity of your property. Water absorption into porous materials like wood furniture, wood framing and flooring and drywall not only weakens the house, but can create an ideal environment for mold spores to grow and thrive. To eliminate these unwanted consequences, water damage restoration experts use low-tech (mops) and high-tech (powerful water pumps and wet-vacs) methodologies to extract unwanted water.
Evaporation: Eliminate Excessive Moisture and Humidity
Each drop of water that invades your property following a fire, leak or flood cannot be extracted using high powered industrial pumps. SERVPRO uses advanced evaporation techniques to get rid of the water. The evaporation process involves air movers which are high-velocity types of fans, and dehumidifiers for the final work. Moisture meters and thermohygrometers will measure the final moisture levels and temperatures of the affected areas, and you will receive written documentation of the results.
As our water restoration experts are removing excess water, they will move forward with a detailed inspection. This inspection will include fully documenting the depth and scope of the damages and providing you with an inventory list of items and materials that are salvageable or not. After this information is obtained, the remediation specialists will be able to devise a customized restoration plan to get your possessions and property back in pre-water damaged condition. Our IICRC-certified technicians possess the extensive education and experience necessary to complete this task. Additionally, the remediation experts will be able to provide you with a timeframe for completion of your home restoration.
Throughout the water damage restoration process, our experts carefully evaluate and monitor remediation procedures to ensure that each step is completed correctly. You are invited to participate in a final walk-thru once the entire service is completed. You will also receive a follow-up visit to ascertain that your home in New Smyrna Beach is safe and secure.
Some Causes and Advice for Water Damage in Your Palm Coast Home
Don't Wait for Water Damage to Increase
Water Damage in Palm Coast, Call SERVPRO
Although there is a variety of potential problems that property owners in Palm Coast dread, water damage typically tops the list. Water damage can result from different factors, including heavy rain, snow, natural disasters, a leaky pipe or appliance. Irrespective of the cause, water damage ramifications are issues that residential property owners need to understand thoroughly. To get a basic understanding of what water damage is and how it should be addressed, please continue to read.
Water Damage: Identifying Some of The Causes from This Short List.
• leaky dishwashers
• broken pipes
• overflowing washing machines
• plumbing leaks
• foundation cracks or a damaged roof
• heavy rain
Categories of Water That Cause Water Damage
As water damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO know, there are several categories of water leading to water damage. The concern for the rate of water removal escalates as the Category number increases. Category 1 is clean water, and this is a type of water that poses no serious threat to people. This is drinking water (potable) that is in a place it should not be. Category 2 is gray water, and this type of water is contaminated and can cause illness when ingested. This may be soapy dishwater, standing water on a floor or waste water containing urine. Category 3 is black water. This type of water is unsanitary and dangerous because it contains bacteria that can cause sickness. Black water results from sewage issues and standing water that has been contaminated. This category of water requires immediate water removal.
Water Damage: The Restoration Process
Water damage restoration is an important process. When done expediently by expert technicians from SERVPRO, water restoration enables residential owners in Palm Coast to minimize the adverse effects to their personal belongings and lessen or prevent structural damage. However, the efficacy of their efforts is typically contingent upon the amount of water that caused the damage as well as the severity of the damage. These water removal specialists will use special equipment and proven methodologies to control water damage and limit its debilitating effects.
Although water damage can be a difficult situation, securing the services of a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO takes the pressure off of you. It allows you to sit back and watch how your home in Palm Coast is restored to its pre-water damaged condition. If you need our services, we are only minutes away from your property.
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We live and work in Palm Coast too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Flagler County is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency.
Depending on the scenario, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to clean your property. Call us for help. (386) 447-2202
4 Warning Signs of Bathroom Water Damage in Hammock Dunes
By the time the mold becomes visible, it has already taken hold inside the wall, and will not go away even with a thorough scrubbing.
4 Warning Signs of Bathroom Water Damage
Hammock Dunes water damage may not always be easy to find, especially given the amount of water already present in all bathrooms. Ruptured pipes or fixtures are easy to spot, but other damage can be more subtle. Cracked shower tiles, unstable caulking or grout, and leaky seals at the base of the toilet bowl can all cause significant damage to floor boards, ceilings, and walls. If such issues are left unchecked, the resulting damage can cost thousands of dollars in necessary repairs.
Property owners looking to prevent extensive damage to their bathrooms need to know how to spot damage like this. Here are some tips for spotting potential Hammock Dunes water damage in bathrooms:
A Soft Floor
If your home has a wooden floor truss system, the subfloor is most likely made of plywood. When subjected to moisture, this plywood subfloor can rot, and the floor will begin to feel soft or spongy. The toilet may also feel unstable or loose. If left unattended, this kind of floor damage could lead to the entire bathroom floor collapsing.
When drywall absorbs Hammock Dunes water, it becomes soft and will begin to swell. Over time, the damaged area will start to crumble, especially around the baseboards. If the bathroom wall feels uneven, looks warped or crooked, have it checked by our professionals immediately.
Trust Your Nose
If you detect a musty or damp odor, even after a thorough cleaning, this may be due to moisture damage inside the walls. Though many older homes can have a musty smell, rooms with this kind of damage will still have a much stronger odor than the rest of the house. Even if there is no visible damage, a lingering mildew smell is a sign to contact our professionals quickly so they can locate and treat the affected area.
Molds grow from the inside out. If you can see, it has already taken hold inside the wall and will not go away even with a thorough scrubbing. Hammock Dunes mold may be dangerous, as it can cause respiratory problems, and can require extensive repairs throughout the home if left untreated. If there is visible mold in the bathroom, contact our specialists immediately.
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SERVPRO of Flagler County is a local business. We live and work in this community just like you; perhaps we are even neighbors. We are nearby and ready 24/7 to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud members of the Palm Coast community. We do our part to make our community the best it can be.
Water Restoration Tips And Guidelines for Flagler County
Heavy water saturation can damage your home in several ways. There is damage to walls and flooring, furniture and personal items.
Water Restoration Tips And Guidelines
If your home has been damaged by water due to floods or a plumbing emergency, then there are steps you should take to protect yourself and your family. Safety is the top concern when a building has been damaged by water in Flagler County. Make sure the electricity is turned off to your home. You should always assume that power lines are live. Your home needs to start drying as soon as possible. Pay attention to whether or not you smell natural gas and make sure you turn it off. You may want to take photographs for your insurance company.
Heavy water saturation can damage your home in several ways. There is damage to walls and flooring, furniture and personal items. Flood water damage is more severe than rain water damage. That’s because floodwaters could be contaminated. Mold, fungus and mildew can ruin your floors and walls and is a health hazard to you and your family. Remove items that have gotten wet and take them outdoors. Pull up rugs and carpeting and dispose of them.
Sheet rock can be destroyed by water saturation. Inspect the walls and ceilings for signs of Flagler County water damage. If the ceiling is bulging with water, then place a bucket underneath the spot and punch a hole in the ceiling. If your walls are made out of plaster, you may be able to save them. Keep in mind that a flooded home will need a lot of work. Check your insurance policy to see if you’re covered to use a professional restoration company.
A professional restoration company has a lot of experience in repairing water damage buildings and homes. This will also save you a lot of time and work. A professional company will repair your home to its original condition. If you have a basement and it’s flooded, you will need to contact a professional to avoid further damage. Your home needs clean air circulation in order to completely dry out. Do not force the process without consulting a professional.
Flood damage sometimes occurs due to plumbing problems. It is important that you have a plumber inspect your system to avoid future plumbing emergencies. Contact a professional restoration company that has been in business long enough to have good references. Water damage can completely destroy your home’s flooring system. Even if you decide to cleanup on your own, you should contact a professional to have your home inspected.
Water Damage Restoration
Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:
Marineland Water Damage - Most homeowner's insurance don't protect your home against flood
Good homeowners insurance is essential protect against water damage.
Water Damage Home InsuranceIf you're a homeowner, chances are that you will experience some type of water damage while you live in your home. Water can cause serious damage to your roof, walls, floors and foundation, so it's important to make sure your homeowner's insurance will cover your damages.
Most homeowner's insurance is defined as type HO-2 or HO-3 which covers various kinds of water damage in Marineland that can occur in your home, with the exception of floods. It most states, homeowner's insurance doesn't protect your home against flood damage since most insurance providers require a separate flood policy. However, your basic policy may cover other types of disasters that can result in water damage to various areas of your home. If your specific disaster is covered under your policy, your homeowner's insurance will reimburse you up to the maximum coverage, minus your deductible. Typical homeowner insurance policies cover accidental water and steam discharges and overflows from plumbing leaks and broken pipes in the walls and under sinks; heating and air conditioning equipment like hot water heaters; appliances like washing machines and dishwashers; and automatic fire sprinklers. In general, your homeowner's policy will typically pay for unexpected and accidental damages from interior water sources, but it usually doesn't pay for damage caused by outdoor water sources that find their way into your home. The place where the water originates may determine whether your loss is or is not covered. Although claims for damages can be small, insurance providers are concerned about more serious problems with mold and mildew that can occur. If damages aren't quickly and properly repaired, mold and mildew growth can lead to health issues like allergies, asthma and respiratory problems. Hidden leaks inside walls or in a basement or attic can go undetected for years. Insurance providers are specific about the types of damages they cover due to the expense of potential repairs and health risks. Marineland Water damage can be minor or major, but even minor damages can result in costly repairs. If you have a claim, it's important to note that it's the damage to your home that's covered, not the repair of the failed item. If you have a broken pipe that results in water damage, your insurance will pay for the costs to open up and repair the wall to access the pipe, but it will not pay to repair the broken pipe itself. When you own a home, good homeowner's insurance is essential, but it's important to know what your policy covers. Shop around to find good homeowner's insurance in your area. Look for a policy with coverage, deductibles and monthly premiums that meet your needs and your budget. SERVPRO of Flagler County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage in Marineland situation. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can truly make it "like it never even happened" * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Crime/Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up.
Water damage from damaged plumbing is the primary cause of water-loss insurance claims
Hose leaks are a major cause of flooding resulting in water damage in Palm Coast FL.
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Forms a Special Team to Deter Customers’ Lawsuits
Faced with a tremendous amount of legal costs, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is creating a team in South Florida to help minimize the amount of water damage lawsuits filed by their customers. According to a Citizens report, there were 16,151 of these types of claims filed between January 2008 and August 2012. Ninety-Six percent of the lawsuits originate from Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The lawsuits were filed because of Citizens refusal to pay all or some part of the insurance claims submitted. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach represented 96% of the customers with court claims.
Leaking or damaged plumbing is the primary cause of water damage insurance claims. Over the past year, these types of claims amounted to half of the insurance claims submitted to Citizens. According to a company assessment, lawsuits involving Palm Beach County customers forced the insurance company into court 997 times. These court cases accounted for six percent of the insurer’s statewide total.
The cost of litigation affects both Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and their customers. Dealing with legal disputes increases the cost of operation for Citizens Property. Over the five-year period covered in the assessment, $135.5 million was spent on legal fees in the tri-county area. The Flagler county cases cost Citizens Property Insurance Corp. $9 million in legal fees. It is the goal of Citizens’ Florida team to find a resolution to these customer issues before they evolve into a lawsuit.
According to Christine Ashburn, Vice President of Communications, Legislative and External Affairs for Citizens, the South Florida staff will provide opportunity for the insurance company to increase their damage estimation and policy language training in order to make better decisions regarding water damage, wind damage, flood damage and all types of claims.
One of the major sources of the numerous litigations is the fact that Citizens does not provide coverage for long-term leaks. Jay Adams, Vice President of Claims for Citizens states, “A lot of times, there will be leaks and [homeowners] will kind of live with it. “Unfortunately, as time progresses the water leaks remain unfixed and cause greater problems like water damage.
Citizens Insurance’s policy states that policy holders have 14 days from the discovery of a leak or broken pipe water damage to report any damages. The policy will covers repairs to those damages. It does not cover any other work like dry wall repair or water damage that was caused by an older leak.
Nancy Dominguez, Managing Director of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, believes that Citizens’ 14-day policy on leaks is the cause of the lawsuits. According to a statement issued by Nancy Dominguez’s organization, the majority of insurance claims deal with water damage that is hidden behind walls or under floors that remains unseen for weeks. The organization believes that Citizens’ policy is not consumer friendly and the policy’s language increases the amount of claims that get litigated for Citizens and insurance companies with similar policies.
According to Paul Handerhand, President of the Statewide Adjustable Association, the unclear language in Citizens’ insurance policy is harmful to consumers. Handerhand states, “The ambiguous policy provides their adjusters with more discretion to deny claims. Unfortunately, the denial of the claims force policyholder to relay on the court system to get compensated for their losses.
If you need help with flood damage in Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach or anywhere in Flagler County, please allow us to be of assistance Give us a call at (386) 447-2202.
Do’s and Don’ts When Your Home Floods
Washing Machine Leak & Water Damage in Flagler Beach FL
ONGOING EFFECTS OF WATER DAMAGE WITHIN MINUTES
- Water contamination spread to unaffected areas
- Moisture sensitive surfaces swell and disfigure
- Furniture stains appear on carpeting and are usually permanent
- Paper goods and records are ruined
- Drapery fabrics that contain water may develop permanent watermarks.
- Pre-existing moisture related problems are activated, such as urine, ect.
- Drywall softens and warps
- Cellulosic browning may occur on natural fabrics
- Foam cushion (pad) can begin to disintegrate
- Bacterial odor problems begin to develop
- Wood furniture, in contact with water, can become permanently ruined due to discoloration and swelling
- Rust stains appear on carpeting and other surfaces
- Mildew and biological growth takes place; odors begin to permeate the structure
- Wood Floors are warped and ruined
- Glue down and double stick installations become lose
- Woven carpets installations could shrink
- Delaminating of tufted carpet is possible
- Vinyl floor coverings can permanently discolor, adhesives can break down
- Components inside pianos and organs begin to swell from moisture
- Allergies and asthma can be aggravated
- Structural integrity of interior wall members, sub floors, and ceilings installations can be permanently damaged
- Mildew can permanently stain/damage natural materials
- Serious health hazards to occupants of buildings have developed
NOTE: Naturally the above conditions depend upon the total amount of excessive water, the humidity at the time of the water loss, the contamination with in the water and its location with in the structure
This is the standard set of “dos and don’ts” to insured’s in water damage
- Use any type home vacuum since electric shock may result, as well as potential damage to the equipment itself.
- Place newspaper in the traffic areas, since newspaper ink transfers easily.
- Walk on wet carpet any more than necessary in order to keep from spreading damage.
- Do not activate the HVAC system if it has been directly contacted to water, or might serve as a means of spreading contamination.
- Change the indoor temperature (raise or lower) unless instructed to do so by a qualified restoration technician.
In Sewage Losses, do not:
- Handle directly contaminated items.
- Consume foods or use personal hygiene items that were left out in contaminated areas.
- Turn on fans to circulate air or use any vacuum equipment
- Stay in the property if you have respiratory problems including allergies and asthma.
- Are under 2 or over age 60
- Have a weakened immune system due to illness, medications, or recent surgery.
- Ensure that a contractor has been called to eliminate the water source or make necessary repairs.
- If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas; unplug and remove any small electrical appliances/devices currently located on the wet carpet and areas.
- Remove small furniture items as possible, to prevent rust or stains & expedite restoration.
- Place protective tabs (foil) under legs of wooden furniture.
- Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to prevent contact with wet carpet (watermarks, browning, dye transfer or migration).
- Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, or other items that may stain the carpet (check especially under beds and in closets for these items).
- Remove and secure breakables, moisture sensitive or high valued items.
- Make plans for restoration crew to remove large furniture items onto dry carpet, vinyl, ceramic, or wood flooring, or garage or storage areas.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after handling wet items.
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What to do in the event of a water damage in Palm Coast Volusia County
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SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl. Water Damage is the most common type of insurance claims. It can originate from floods, leaks, faulty appliance, hot water leak, damaged or old plumbing, or even burst aquariums or waterbeds. The most important step in your water damage claim is quick action. With one call to SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl. , the process of dry-out and repair begins. Our experts in water mitigation can arrest the spread of water and begin the drying process while the Project Management team works in unison with you and your adjuster to expedite the repair process.
We are committed to providing quality reconstruction services to commercial and residential customers of water damage. By putting people first - as our first priority, we’ve become the leader in insurance restoration in the Central Florida area. We are a preferred contractor with most major insurance companies.
Our services include:Water Removal24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Services including: Floods, Leaks, Plumbing Repair, Appliance Repair, Water Extraction, and DryingContent Cleaning, Packing, Moving, and Storage When NecessaryMold Abatement and RemediationWritten Warranty
SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl. is a preferred vendor for most of the major insurance carriers in the state of Florida, and have working relationships that can help expedite your claim. You can rest assured that your project will be handled with top quality workmanship and our customer service will exceed your expectations.
Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Project Managers. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.
Fully certified water removal staff available 24 hours to address water removal in your home, office or place of business by the latest in state of the art water removal equipment. SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Florida is staffed with certified water removal specialist as well as having hundreds of pieces of water removal equipment in its inventory.
From dryers, water extraction units to power generation, our team are ready to help with your water removal. Our professional team will take care of your water removal promptly and get the thorough results you expect.
What are the leading causes of water removal and what forms can it come in?
It is paramount that you understand the process to be able to stay one step ahead of the issue when water removal occurs. Water-damaged homes can be caused by a variety of situations that can be present from a number of different causes. When it comes to severe weather, major storms and flooding as a cause, it is obvious when your property has been damaged, there are those times where a trained professional can only find evidence of other water removal causes. Regardless of the severity of your water issue, SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.’s fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day
Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up
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Hot Water Heater Failure Palm Coast FL
Hot Water Heater Leak and Breaking 101
Sources state that the estimated lifespan of any given common household storage water heater is anywhere from five to fifteen years. Per these assumptions, one could reasonably expect to incur 2 to 6 water heater related issues or replacements within the 30 year lifespan of a typical mortgage. Obviously, this real yet commonly underestimated potential sources of significant water damage.
Aging water heaters will rust and leak. If the property owner catches it in time then the potential for flood damage, in Palm Coast is minimal but if the property owner not discover the water damage Palm Bay in time, the resulting damage can be substantial. In Florida, due to the high water table, basements are a rarity so water heaters are typically located on the same floor as the living area thus maximizing the need to regularly inspect the water heater for wears and rust and resulting damage should a leak or breakage occurs. Similarly, apartment and condominium dwellers, depending on the size of the unit, may have the water heater located in an area that is central to the unit thus maximizing the radius of the potential damage.
There are various things you can do to reduce this potential water damage risk. Common wisdom includes regular inspection for any water leakage, regular inspection for rust, turning off the main water source if you are going to be away from your property for an extended period of time, and having a relief valve installed on the water heater - assuming you do not already have one - in order to regularly remove the bottom sediment which promotes deterioration and oxidation. Before you embark on the later, however, and you do so at your own risk, be careful NOT to splash yourself with the potentially scalding water that is coming from the water heater and, similarly, be sure to have a pail stable enough to handle the hot water and hot sediment without breaching. Better yet, have a professional check it out for you.
In perfect world situations water heaters never leak and all damage is caught in time or is minimal; unfortunately, in the real world, when the water heater breaks, it is reasonably sudden and the damage is extensive. Since most people do not turn off the water lead in when the leave, as it is not a common consideration most people would do on a regular basis, once breached, the water heater not only dumps the contents of its storage tank but the water continues to flow due to the open water line contributing to extensive water damage. Should this occur, then you owe it to yourself to hire an independent and customer focused water damage Restoration Company. Only an independent water damage restoration company focuses its interest on customer service and customer satisfaction so that your restoration is its interest and such company will do whatever it takes to restore your asset to its pre-loss condition.
SERVPRO of Flagler County serves the Palm Coast, Flagler County, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach fire cleanup markets.
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The key to preventing mold growth from a water loss is ensure that the initial restoration job was done correctly the first time.
Water Damage and Mold Growth in Flagler County Florida
Recently the High River Times ran an article warning of the dangers of improper mitigation when a home has sustained flood or water damage.
“They didn’t remove any drywall and just left it sit wet,” he said. “Some people are having health concerns because maybe the mold had been removed improperly without containment.”
Without the correct remediation of mold, Watson said any time residents vacuum, dust, or stir up particulates, it can get dispersed throughout homes heating and ventilation systems.
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SERVPRO of Flagler County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company. We provide sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, painting & construction to homes in Palm Coast, Flagler County Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock and Hammock Beach.
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