Recent Water Damage Posts

Hurricane Ida: Flooded Hotel

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of building Our team responded to this building damaged from Hurricane Ida in New Orleans.

Hurricane Ida was recorded as the second most intense hurricane to strike the state of Louisiana, only behind Hurricane Katrina, and is tied for the strongest landfall in the state with Hurricane Laura which landed only a year prior. Ida was the second major hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Ida formed on August 26th in the Caribbean and struck Louisiana just three days later on August 29, 2021 - the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The residents of South Louisiana were left with very little notice to prepare due to the rapid and dangerous formation of Hurricane Ida. 

Anticipating damage, our clients alerted us of a building they managed that would most likely experience flooding or catastrophic wind damage. Following Hurricane Ida, the building indeed sustained severe damage. SERVPRO of Baldwin County responded to the call from our clients with supplemental power, drying equipment, trained personnel, and essential resources in order to restore the property quickly and efficiently.

There are many complexities when it comes to water restoration following a hurricane. Preparation is key because it can be very difficult to locate adequate resources as everyone else is trying to do the same. The recovery process after a major hurricane can be long and arduous. But, by having a relationship with a reputable restoration contractor such as SERVPRO, you will be steps ahead in getting your life back to normal. If you experience storm damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Baldwin County: 251-928-9625.

Flooded Unit in Orange Beach Condo

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team performing demo in damaged unit Our team has protected the unit owner's personal property and are in the process of mitigating the loss.

This water damage was caused by wind-driven rain. Wind-driven rain can occur when wind causes water to enter openings such as doors or windows. We see this on the Gulf Coast frequently, especially with homes or condos closest to the beach or bay areas such as Mobile Bay or Weeks Bay. Most of the time wind-driven rain occurs during tropical storms or hurricanes, but some times, it can occur with thunderstorms; however, this is generally only if there are pre-existing issues such as problems with the seal.  

In this case, a slow-moving category 2 hurricane poured rain into this condo unit. Prior to beginning any demo related services, we assessed the salvageability of the damaged materials, developed the scope and drying plan, and then proceeded with mitigation. While this sounds like a long process, each team member moved through these tasks efficiently and quickly.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

You can trust that we will be thorough in the assessment of your property. Our team of a highly trained professionals is available for any of your emergency water or fire damage needs 24/7. All you have to do is call: 251-928-9625

Sink Overflow in Spanish Fort Home

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of Providing 24/7 emergency services means that we're often up to greet the sunrise!

Recently, we received a call for water restoration at a home in Spanish Fort. The call came in at the very early hour of 1:00 AM. The homeowners, who were fast asleep, did not realize the damage had occurred until waking up and stepping in water as they got out of bed. If they weren't already awake, they were now! Luckily, they were able to easily find the source of the water and turn it off. They found that their 5 year old had accidentally left his bathroom sink running. Their next steps were to call SERVPRO of Baldwin County and their insurance company to inform them of the damage. Our team arrived promptly, and immediately began extracting water and assisting the homeowners by removing heavy rugs and furniture that they were not able to lift. They then moved on to remainder of the mitigation. Once all of the equipment had been placed and the project was complete for the day, our team walked out to this incredible sunrise.

Water Damage Restoration Following Roof Leak

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Containment and scaffolding This photo was taken during the mitigation phase. A roof leak caused significant damage to the first and second floors.

Baldwin County is located directly in between Mobile and Pensacola, the two rainiest cities in the US. It's safe to say that we get our share of rain here. Already in 2021, our area has exceeded precipitation accumulation rates from this point last year. This is why it is so important to have roof leaks repaired as quickly as possible. If left undetected, roof leaks can have disastrous consequences such as mold and rot. 

Recent Damage

This recent damage was the result of a long term roof leak that caused significant water damage on two floors, along with mold and rot. When performing mold remediation, and some times water mitigation, it is important to isolate the work area in order to prevent cross contamination. At this recent damage, our team immediately set up containment barriers so that the water mitigation could be performed in a way that prevents secondary damage to the structure. They also protected the undamaged floor so that paint, debris, and scaffolding would not harm it. They utilized scaffolding to secure the containment barriers and perform necessary demo on the ceiling and upper wall areas. Due to the presence of mold, we utilized air scrubbers and dehumidification rather than air movers that would have circulated contaminants. Following the mitigation and remediation, our team moved into the next phase: reconstruction. 

How to Handle a Water Damage in Your Home

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of house Our team is unloading equipment at this recent water damage.

While no scenario is exactly the same, there are general steps that can be taken in every situation.

  1. Locate and shut off the shut-off valve or source of damage. Knowing where the water is coming from and how to shut it off is the first step that should be taken when you find a water damage in your home. Turning off the source of the damage is the first step in mitigating and preventing additional damage.
  2. Contact your insurance company to inform them of the damage. By informing your insurance company of the damage, you are able to take the first steps in claim resolution. The more quickly that you report your damage to your insurance company, the more quickly they are able to assess coverage and reimburse you for damages.
  3. Contact SERVPRO of Baldwin County for emergency services and reconstruction. It is also helpful to begin moving items off of the floor such as rugs or wood furniture that could be damaged by standing water. Our seasoned team of professionals will arrive promptly and immediately move into action: extracting and mitigating your water damage by removing damaged materials or assessing if they can be salvaged. Following the mitigation process, our team will provide you with the repairs or reconstruction for any item that was not able to restored by cleaning and drying. 

CALL SERVPRO of Baldwin County

Our team is available for cleaning, restoration, and reconstruction 24/7/365. Call us: 251-928-9625.

Don't Let Water Damage Ruin Your Summer Fun!

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

With the temperatures quickly rising and the hot summer season headed straight towards us, our natural inclination is to turn up the A/C indoors!

However, the risk of water damage still poses a threat even during the summer months.

The extended use of air conditioning units, if not properly maintained, can cause drainage issues. To avoid this, make sure to change your air filter regularly. Regular inspections and cleanings are also important to prevent and stop any issues in your unit from worsening. One thing to keep an eye on is the drainage pan. Check to make sure water isn’t leaking and accumulating in the pan. Especially in the hotter weather; mold, mildew, and fungus can easily grow and spread.

Another thing that keeps in mind is the potential for pipes to burst. Although burst pipes are more common during the colder months, hot summer weather can still cause this headache for a home

or property owner. A good rule of thumb is to notice whenever there is a change in your water pressure. While it could be simply just an irritation, it could also be a sign that something bigger is on the verge of happening. This could be a result of corrosion build-up which leads to leaks and eventually, water getting into your home or office.

The risk for pipes bursting doesn’t stop there. If you notice cracks appearing on the walls, especially around the corner, it’d be safe to assume there have been changes in your foundation. An easy solution, however, is to consistently water the soil and even place plants around the perimeter of the foundation. The plants help moderate the temperature of the soil and can also serve to hold the ground together with their roots.

The last thing any home or property owner wants to deal with is water damage, no matter the weather! We are here 24/7 365 days to service your Baldwin County property. Here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, we make it look "Like it never even happened." Give us a call 251-928-9625

Water Damage? What to do!

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs, do you know what to do and what not to do?

Water damage can happen at any point for anyone, home or business, resulting in damaged property. These do's are only for clean water and do not’s pertain to sewage water. Sewage water is treated differently since it causes different damage and requires a different cleanup process. With the right tools and pieces of equipment, our professionals can safely dry out your home or business and the contents within it. Here are some things to always keep in mind.

  • To minimize the damage, make sure to shut off the source of water and turn off the electricity. It is essential to remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and soaking up with towels. This is especially important for wood furniture. 
  • To ensure that more damage isn't sustained by the furniture make sure to try and move it, if safe to do so. 
  • Make sure to NOT enter a room with standing water since there could be a risk of electrical shock 
  • Make sure to disconnect all power first. 
  • It is recommended to NOT leave rugs and furniture upholstery wet against one another because the fabrics have the potential to bleed between each other. 
  • It is important to note that you should not be utilizing your household vacuum to try and suck up any water. 

If these tips are followed, then damage can be minimized and you will be better prepared for help to arrive. Remember to stay safe and get excess water cleaned up professionally to minimize the chance of mold growth. Our Team at SERVPRO of Baldwin County is ready to assist at a moment's notice with any of your water mitigation emergencies. Give our team a call at 251-928-9625

Unexpected Water Loss

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Pipe leaks, washer overflows, sewer, back ups, pump failure, toilet problems, and natural floods can wreak water havoc to your home Alabama Gulf Coast/Baldwin County home. You may feel like you have lost all control of your home, and it can only get worse if you hire a company that rips and tears your walls, furniture, carpet, and other personal belongings out of its place. This process can leave you clutching your chest in agony as well as a hole in your wallet.

Water removal in Baldwin County is not an easy task. Homeowners often try to clean the water problems without consulting the experts, which can cause more damage and problems. There are a lot of components that are involved in water damage restoration. It's not something that a beginner should consider tackling. Hiring a water restoration company is a smart decision because they have all the tools that are needed to take out extra water to prevent further damage. Plus, a thorough cleaning and drying process would require an experienced water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County has high-tech equipment such as the extractor to help remove water from carpets and other flooring material. Air movers enhance evaporation to reduce drying time. Dehumidifiers extract water vapor from the air. After removing all the water, we use deodorizer equipment such as thermal foggers to produce the fog that has tiny particles of deodorant solutions to neutralize any odor caused by the water damage. Afterward, these technicians perform a thorough walk-through with you to make sure that you are delighted with the service.

With SERVPRO of Baldwin County, you can expect reliable and excellent customer services and experts to get the job done. Call 251-928-9625

Pandemic Pipe Problems

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 has hit the Alabama Gulf Coast and, in many ways, changed the way we live. However, that does not mean that life or problems just stop. Even though you may be at home more, real life problems still happen! Water heaters can leak, as well as A/C units and water pipes.

If you have any issue, SERVPRO of Baldwin County wants you to know that we are still open, working, and taking on new jobs. Our highly trained and experienced staff is here to help you with whatever issues may arise. We are a locally owned company that seeks to put the communities we serve first, especially during this unfamiliar time. We are all in this together, and we want you to know that we are Here to Help.

Please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Baldwin County at 251-928-9625

Techniques to Restore your Baldwin County Home

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage on Alabama Gulf Coast Could Cause Problems With Your Furnishings

One day everything could be fine at your Baldwin County residence, then you wake up the next day to find that your refrigerator's ice machine has malfunctioned and spilled water all over your house. When leaks go unnoticed for a long time, moisture can quickly spread and cause water damage inside your kitchen and other rooms next to it, like your living room or dining area. Once carpets get saturated, your furniture can get negatively affected.

Whenever we work towards restoring water damage inside your Baldwin County home, our SERVPRO team starts by testing for moisture and looking for visible issues. Before we start any restoration procedures, we test items in the affected room like your drywall and upholstered furniture. Once we determine exactly what got wet, we can then formulate the best plan to quickly remove moisture from your contents and building materials.

If our SERVPRO of Baldwin County technicians find that furniture like your couch or recliner chair got wet, we can take steps to extract and dry out the items to prevent problems from occurring. Moisture most often causes the following four problems with any of your upholstered furniture items such as your couch.

1.  Swelling

Most couches and other upholstered furniture are made up of wooden frames that can swell when they get wet. Once parts of the frame on your furniture swells joints can weaken, which can affect your furniture's structural integrity.

2.  Water Spotting

Some materials can get stained by water damage and show visible water spots. In some cases, we can remove these by wetting the entire piece of furniture.

3.  Color Bleeding

Dust covers on furniture can sometimes bleed colors when wet and cause discoloration on other parts of the furniture or your floor. Metal buttons can also rust and cause rust staining on fabrics.

4.  Mildew Growth

Since most furniture is made with organic substances like wood, mold and mildew can grow if the item is not dried out quickly.

Many of our techniques can help reduce problems that could ruin your furniture. If your couch ever gets wet after a water leak, call SERVPRO of Baldwin County 24/7 at 251-928-9625. Once we are finished, we will restore your home to the way it was before the leak occurred and make it seem, "Like it never even happened."

Do Wet Vacuums Remove Standing Water?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

We have many extraction tools, including wet vacuums, to prepare the property for thorough drying efforts. 

Regarding extraction for your Baldwin County/ AL Gulf Coast home or condo after a water loss incident, there are many tools and pieces of equipment that could be beneficial to this effort. Standing water can be a common threat after substantial disasters impact your property, so fast response by competent restoration professionals makes a difference in how quickly the house gets dried and even the ability of our team to protect structural elements and contents.

Wet vacuums are among the most standard choices for water removal in your Baldwin County residence.These units are versatile and lightweight, making them easy to move from one portion of the house to another during the extraction phase. When water depths do not exceed two inches, wet vacuums remain the top choice to remove surface water and even trapped moisture in materials like carpeting and hardwood floors.

What Other Extraction Tools Can Professionals Use? 

As much of a place as wet vacuums have in the water removal needs of your damaged home or condo, other tools in our inventory also have a role in this vital mitigation effort. The choice in which extraction tools get used in specific situations falls to the inspection conducted by our project manager and crew chief before restoration begins. Often, the factors and play and choosing from the versatile array of options are the severity of the damage, the location of the surface water, and the specific materials affected. Some of the top machines for water removal include:

  • Electric Submersible Pumps
  • Trash Pumps
  • High-Pressure Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Extractors

Between water removal and the drying of your damaged property, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Baldwin County professionals. We have many tools and technologies that we can deploy quickly to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at 251-928-9625

 

Water damage can be very detrimental to your home or business

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

The longer you wait after having water damage the more damage you are causing to your home or business. When you have water damage the best thing to do is shut off the water source that is causing the damage. If the damage is coming from something you are unable to cut off, you may need to contact a plumber in your area. Once this is completed, you will want to call the professional here at SERVPRO® of Baldwin County. No matter how big or small, we will be able to help get it under control.Water damage can be difficult to spot but some signs you can look for in your home and business:

  • Water rings on your ceiling or walls
  • Soft or sagging on your ceiling or walls
  • Wet or soggy carpets
  • Warping in your wood flooring

The best thing to do is call an expert right away before the problem gets worse. Our highly trained technicians are waiting for your call. We have our specialized equipment ready to use to get to your emergency mitigated as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, call our highly trained team at SERVPRO® of Baldwin County 251-928-9625.

Standing Water

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

When floodwater intrudes into your home or commercial business it can cause "standing water", which can be dangerous. Here are some precautions you can take if dealing with standing water.

Standing Water are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the standing water leftovers
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick
  • Don’t drink the water
  • Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock

Standing Water vs. Animals:

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up
  • Some animals might find your office a cozy place to live
  • If tap water is unsafe to drink, it is unsafe for your pets

If you find yourself dealing with standing water of any kind, SERVPRO of Baldwin County is here to make it “Like it never even happened."

Signs of Water Damage

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be very detrimental to your home or business

The longer you wait after having water damage the more damage you are causing to your home or business. When you have water damage the best thing to do is shut off the water source that is causing the damage. If the damage is coming from something you are unable to cut off, you may need to contact a plumber in your area. Once this is completed, you will want to call the professional here at SERVPRO® of Baldwin County. No matter how big or small, we will be able to help get it under control.Water damage can be difficult to spot but some signs you can look for in your home and business:

  • Water rings on your ceiling or walls
  • Soft or sagging on your ceiling or walls
  • Wet or soggy carpets
  • Warping in your wood flooring

The best thing to do is call an expert right away before the problem gets worse. Our highly trained technicians are waiting for your call. We have our specialized equipment ready to use to get to your emergency mitigated as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, call our highly trained team at SERVPRO® of Baldwin County 251-928-9625

What To Do When Water is Everywhere

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a home or business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure.  SERVPRO of Baldwin County Franchise Professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for a family. Water leaks in a business can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues. 

Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process.  Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and assists in reducing losses from business interruption due to a loss.  Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become ill!  SERVPRO Professionals will be able to identify water regardless of where it hides. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals cover Baldwin County. We offer 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Leak Prevention Tips

  1.   Check roof for deterioration.
  2.   Check gutters and downspouts.
  3.   Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture.
  4.   Check appliances in kitchens, break rooms, and cafeterias.
  5.   Check sinks and toilets in bathrooms.
  6.   Check HVAC for leaks and blockages. 

Clean Gutters Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Do you tend to put off cleaning the gutters until as late as possible?

Maybe you even skipped doing it last year because it’s such a dreaded household chore.

No matter what time of year, gutters play a key role in preventing water damage to a home. Their purpose is to channel rainwater to the downspouts and away from the home. Because of this, it is important to make sure the gutters are working properly year-round in order to protect your property against potential water damage.

Clogged gutters can cause many issues for a homeowner. In the spring, summer, and fall, gutters are often clogged with fallen leaves. And in the winter, snow and ice can be the culprit. Water that is blocked by debris in the gutters will find the path of least resistance when it tries to drain. This often means it will find its way into the walls and ceilings of the home causing interior damage.

To help avoid water damage due to clogged gutters, the gutters should be well maintained and cleaned AT LEAST twice a year.

Following are the best tools that help you clean the nastiness out of your gutters.

Four Ways To Clean Gutters

Generally speaking, there are four ways to clean gutters:

1.  Climb a ladder and use a variety of tools to grab and remove the leaves and debris at eye-level.

2.  Attach tools to a wet/dry shop vac to suck up the leaves or to blast them out of the gutters.

3.  Attach tools to your water hose to spray leaves out of the gutters.

4.  Use a long-reaching pole to remove leaves from the gutters while standing at ground level.

Of course, there are some gutter cleaning tools that combine one or more of the methods mentioned above. And each has its pros and cons. In the end, it all comes down to your own personal preference and which seems like the safest and easiest option to you.

Prepare Your Home for Potential Water Damage

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home can happen at anytime, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. As we go through hurricane season, storm damage becomes more of a threat to your property.  Here are a few tips to avoid damage caused by storm and water.  

1. Modify your homes water valves.  If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a pile of you-know-what.  You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve.  Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines.  

2. Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.

3. Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water fins its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside. 

4. Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home. 

If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance, give SERVPRO of Baldwin County a call at 251-928-9625! We're available 24/7 for emergency services. 

The Science of Drying Out Water Damage

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Drying out water damage in customer's home

When Water Damage happens in your house the first things we all think about is to grab towels and mop up the water and finish with placing our house fans to dry up the area. Did you know that there is a Science of Drying and restoring your property?

With all the factors that go into what can happen with water damage its time that matters the most to help prevent other problems to arise. When you call SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we have the state-of-art equipment to speed up Mother Nature. When a property is wet it can naturally dry itself but also takes too long. With this process other damage such as mold and a weaken structure can happen creating more damage than if it was taken care of faster.

Here at SERVPRO of Baldwin County we have the knowledge of psychrometrics which is essential to restoring water damage to its preloss condition. Our Team has been trained on all of the drying techniques that we use every day and are knowledgeable on how to dry your home the fasted way possible. SERVPRO of Baldwin County has equipment to help dry your hard wood floors and carpets, hard to reach spaces in your walls and many more.

We have tools to monitor the drying process allowing us to take pictures and different readings to track the restoration progress. With the readings that we get we use our program SERVPRO DryBOOK to record information to ensure your restoration is done properly and efficiently every time.

We are here for any size Water Damage situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week!

What is a Flood Cut

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

A flood cut is the removal of the bottom 12-24 inches of drywall in a flood affected room. 

Examples of why we flood cut:

  • If we detect there is wet insulation
  • The water is contaminated from the sewage or other storm  related contaminates
  • If any microbial growth is detected

After the lower wall portions are removed, any studs or framing are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once the walls are completely dried, new insulation can easily be installed and the finalization of the build back can continue. 

Our Process:

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County...Always Here to Help! Call us today at 251-928-9625

What To Do: Water Damage from Clean Water

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much exess 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.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Detecting a Water Leak

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen when you least expect it. Standing water is one thing, but, what happens with the water that you don't see? And, what happens if there is too much water to clean up?

Detecting Water Damage

With water damage, it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage. It is no surprise that water damage that has not been properly mitigated can lead to microbial growth and mold. After a water damage, it is important to have the entire area checked for moisture in order to prevent more extensive damage, and ultimately, more expensive repairs. If you've noticed water damage, call your local SERVPRO professional. We will be able to determine if the moisture levels in the home are normal. If they are not, we will show you where the moisture is found, develop a scope of how the site should be properly mitigated, and update you daily with drying progress. 

Call SERVPRO

There is no such thing as a small disaster. A small leak now can turn into a large damage if not properly remediated. By using a quality restoration team like SERVPRO of Baldwin County, that unexpected water damage will stay a thing of the past. If you have a water damage, call the team that is faster to any size disaster.

Detecting Water Damage

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen when you least expect it. Standing water is one thing, but, what happens with the water that you don't see? And, what happens if there is too much water to clean up?

Detecting Water Damage

With water damage, it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage. It is no surprise that water damage that has not been properly mitigated can lead to microbial growth and mold. After a water damage, it is important to have the entire area checked for moisture in order to prevent more extensive damage, and ultimately, more expensive repairs. If you've noticed water damage, call your local SERVPRO professional. We will be able to determine if the moisture levels in the home are normal. If they are not, we will show you where the moisture is found, develop a scope of how the site should be properly mitigated, and update you daily with drying progress. 

Call SERVPRO

There is no such thing as a small disaster. A small leak now can turn into a large damage if not properly remediated. By using a quality restoration team like SERVPRO of Baldwin County, that unexpected water damage will stay a thing of the past. If you have a water damage, call the team that is faster to any size disaster.

A Small Leak Could Be A Big Problem

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster. Even a small water leak has the potential to blossom into a big problem later. The key to avoiding a loss is to take care of every water problem as soon as it’s discovered. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on sub floors causing major problems over time. SERVPRO of Baldwin County has the equipment, training, and experience to fix all your water damage needs. We can safely clean and restore homes utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the Source/ Type of Water
  • Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis
  • Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises For Hidden Moisture 
  • Perform Emergency Water Extractions 
  • Move and Block Furniture & Contents
  • Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service
  • Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/ Deodorization)
  • Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment
  • Dispose of Reuse

Our team will work efficiently to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To help small leaks from becoming big problems, call us at 251-928-9625!

Water Damage in Orange Beach Condominiums

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

On December 27th 2018 we received a call about water damage affecting several condominium units in Orange Beach, Alabama. After investigating further, it was determined that the cause of loss was from an ice maker filter leak in a unit above the affected units. Our SERVPRO team came in immediately to start mitigation services to ensure a fast clean up and no further damage to the property. We started by extracting water and placing dehumidifiers throughout units. Botanical antimicrobial products were then applied throughout affected areas. On December 29th all affected materials were responding well to the drying process, and by the 31st all materials reached goal. Whether you have water damage in your home or condo, SERVPRO of Baldwin County makes it “Like it never even happened!”

Commercial Water Damage at Local Business

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

This photo shows one of our valued team members extracting water from the 3rd floor.

Our team responded to a large commercial water damage recently.

The damage was caused by a pipe leak which went unnoticed while the business was closed over the weekend. It affected 4 stories (approx 21,000 square feet). SERVPRO of Baldwin County was called to clean up the aftermath!

We received the call 6:15 AM last Monday when the first employees began to arrive. Our team immediately mobilized. When our project manager arrived, he walked the building with the president and facilities director to go over a scope of services. Meanwhile, our crew began extracting water and performing emergency services. The entire project took 6 days with water extraction, drying, and removing non-salvageable materials. Luckily, promptly performing emergency services enabled our team to salvage most of the materials. This helped by reducing costs for repairs and minimizing business interruption. 

By the end of the mitigation, the president said that, "Your response, knowledge and communication were top class. You have gained a life-long customer!"

We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. Thank you Baldwin County!

Water Mitigation in Baldwin County, AL

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

This loss was caused by a leak in the attic which caused significant damage throughout the home. We performed mitigation prior to reconstruction.

As mitigation specialists, our trained team of experts at SERVPRO of Baldwin County focus on reducing loss, enabling quick recoveries and lessening costs involved with restoration of property damage events. Proper mitigation is especially important due to our climate in South Alabama.

Why Mitigate?

  • Mitigation reduces losses of life and property.
  • Mitigation enables people to recover more quickly from a disaster.
  • Mitigation lessens the financial impact of disasters.

When to Mitigate:

  • Water
  • Fire
  • Vandalism
  • Crime Scene

Mitigation: How does it Help?

Benefits the Claims Representative by:

  • Increasing customer satisfaction through immediate attention!
  • Reducing costs per claim.
  • Closing claims more rapidly.
  • Enhancing your company's reputation as a responsive insurer.
  • Improving policyholder retention.

Benefits the Policyholder by Reducing:

  • The amount of time a policyholder is inconvenienced.
  • The amount of time business is interrupted.
  • The potential for mold growth.
  • The loss of personal valuables and beloved belongings.
  • The cost of insurance.

Benefits the Policyholder by Increasing:

  • The insured's satisfaction with the claims experience.
  • The insured's trust in your company as a responsive insurer.
  • The potential for preserving irreplaceable heirlooms, art, and sentimental treasures.
  • The amount of structure and contents that are restored.

Types of Water

  • Cat 1: Broken Pipe, Icemaker, Drain overflow; no waste or contaminants
  • Cat 2: Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Roof Leak; some soils and contaminants
  • Cat 3: Raw sewage, Floods; high degree of waste and contaminants

Water Mitigation Procedure

  • Extraction of excess water
  • Mold and microbial prevention
  • Drying Process: Dehumidification and evaptoration
  • Monitoring the drying process
  • Rebuild and final cleanup

Speed is Key for Water Damages

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage on hardwood floor

What is Mitigation?

In its simplest form, mitigation is what we do to stop the damage that would occur if nothing is done following a water or fire damage. If not mitigated, water and contaminants that are the by-products of fire damage cause significantly more damage over time to the property. 

The primary goals of mitigation are the following:

  • stop the damage
  • save costs (decide whether items need to be restored or replaced)
  • get the home or business owner back to normal, faster.

The insured has a responsibility to mitigate even before the insurance adjuster and restorative drying vendor arrives; but, a property owner can only do so much. The restorative drying vendor should be ready for whatever happens.

Speed is Key

Fast response during the water damage is vital as significant damage to both structure and contents can occur as early as a few hours.

Speed is the key to effective mitigation, and effective mitigation saves time, headaches, and money.  

The primary reason to respond quickly is to avoid secondary damage. After the water is extracted and the area is sanitized, the drying equipment is set. The key to successful drying is creating a balanced drying system. Wood floors pose special problems for extraction as water becomes trapped under and between the planks. Water atop the wood floor is removed with a light squeegee wand but that below may need to be extracted by specialty drying equipment such as the mat system we see in this picture. Air movers direct airflow to the areas that are in need.

Choose a Quality Restoration Vendor

An effective mitigation company needs to be ready for whatever happens, and have the equipment needed to mitigate the loss as quickly as possible, regardless of the size and/or extent of the loss conditions.

At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we understand the need to be faster to any size disaster. Call us and we will make your water or fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

Water Damage Detection

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Thermal imaging can detect cooler temperatures in materials.

Water damage can happen when you least expect it. Standing water is one thing, but, what happens with the water that you don't see? And, what happens if there is too much water to clean up?

Detecting Water Damage

With water damage, it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage. It is no surprise that water damage that has not been properly mitigated can lead to microbial growth and mold. After a water damage, it is important to have the entire area checked for moisture in order to prevent more extensive damage, and ultimately, more expensive repairs. If you've noticed water damage, call your local SERVPRO professional. We will be able to determine if the moisture levels in the home are normal. If they are not, we will show you where the moisture is found, develop a scope of how the site should be properly mitigated, and update you daily with drying progress. 

Call SERVPRO

There is no such thing as a small disaster. A small leak now can turn into a large damage if not properly remediated. By using a quality restoration team like SERVPRO of Baldwin County, that unexpected water damage will stay a thing of the past. If you have a water damage, call the team that is faster to any size disaster.

Water Damage from Clean Water: What to Do:

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

This photo shows water damage to the carpet floor.

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much exess 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.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Water Damage from Clean Water: What Not to Do:

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Wall affected by water damage

Don't:

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

Water Damage: What to Do and What Not to Do

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much exess 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.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don't

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

Storm Surge: After the Fact

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Gulf coast pier during storm surge

In the midst of hurricane season, many homeowners on the gulf coast are preparing for the next storm. Hurricanes cause several problems, but one of the biggest complications of hurricane damage is the storm surge - more specifically, the salt water left behind following a storm surge. As Hurricanes move, they pick up salt water from the ocean and deposit that water inland causing flooded buildings and homes. This salt can easily penetrate building materials and electrical systems, making it very difficult to remove. Salt that has been suspended in water has an electrical charge – putting people at risk for electrical shock. The first step if your home or building has salt water damage is to shut off your electricity. Then call the experts in restoration at SERVPRO of Baldwin County.

Water Damage Restoration: Speed is Key

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

After the water was extracted in this beach home, we set equipment to help reduce secondary damages due water & moisture trapped in wall cavities.

What is Mitigation?

In its simplest form, mitigation is what we do to stop the damage that would occur if nothing is done following a water or fire damage. If not mitigated, water and contaminants that are the by-products of fire damage cause significantly more damage over time to the property. 

The primary goals of mitigation are the following:

  • stop the damage
  • save costs (decide whether items need to be restored or replaced)
  • get the home or business owner back to normal, faster.

The insured has a responsibility to mitigate even before the insurance adjuster and restorative drying vendor arrives; but, a property owner can only do so much. The restorative drying vendor should be ready for whatever happens.

Speed is Key

Fast response during the water damage is vital as significant damage to both structure and contents can occur as early as a few hours.

Speed is the key to effective mitigation, and effective mitigation saves time, headaches, and money.  

The primary reason to respond quickly is to avoid secondary damage. After the water is extracted and the area is sanitized, the drying equipment is set. The key to successful drying is creating a balanced drying system. Wood floors pose special problems for extraction as water becomes trapped under and between the planks. Water atop the wood floor is removed with a light squeegee wand but that below may need to be extracted by specialty drying equipment such as the mat system we see in this picture. Air movers direct airflow to the areas that are in need.

Choose a Quality Restoration Vendor

An effective mitigation company needs to be ready for whatever happens, and have the equipment needed to mitigate the loss as quickly as possible, regardless of the size and/or extent of the loss conditions.

At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we understand the need to be faster to any size disaster. Call us and we will make your water or fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

Detecting Water Damage

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Thermal imaging can detect cooler temperatures in materials. Cooler temperatures are usually a sign of water damage as was the case in this picture.

Water damage can happen when you least expect it. Standing water is one thing, but, what happens with the water that you don't see? And, what happens if there is too much water to clean up?

Detecting Water Damage

With water damage, it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage. It is no surprise that water damage that has not been properly mitigated can lead to microbial growth and mold. After a water damage, it is important to have the entire area checked for moisture in order to prevent more extensive damage, and ultimately, more expensive repairs. If you've noticed water damage, call your local SERVPRO professional. We will be able to determine if the moisture levels in the home are normal. If they are not, we will show you where the moisture is found, develop a scope of how the site should be properly mitigated, and update you daily with drying progress. 

Call SERVPRO

There is no such thing as a small disaster. A small leak now can turn into a large damage if not properly remediated. By using a quality restoration team like SERVPRO of Baldwin County, that unexpected water damage will stay a thing of the past. If you have a water damage, call the team that is faster to any size disaster.

Water Damage from Contaminated Water: Do & Don't

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

Heavy rains brought significant flooding to the Mississippi Delta in March 2016. The water remained high for 3 weeks.

What is Contaminated Water?

As defined by the IICRC, Category 3 water is water that which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood waters from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. There are two ways in which water can enter a building through wind or storm damage. The first involves falling or windblown rainwater that enters as a result of damage to roof components or wall assempblies. The second involves horizontally traveling ground surface water (Category 3) containing silt and soil contaminants that infiltrate into structures, generally through doors or around foundation walls. 

If you find your home or building affected by contaminated water, we've listed a few of our favorite tips for what to do and what not to do after a water damage.

Do

Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.

Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Contact a restoration professional such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County.

Don't

Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet carpets.

Turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.

Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Note

If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.

Water Damage from Clean Water: What Not to Do

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Don't:

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

Water Damage from Clean Water: What to Do

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

A pipe burst caused this office to flood.

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much exess 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.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.