Recent Water Damage Posts

Sewage Backup Can Affect a Whole Building

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

The risk of a sewage backup can be bad for your property and dangerous. The water that comes from a sewage back up is unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Sewer backups are usually caused by clogs, tree roots, or collapsed sewer lines.

Clogs are one of the top causes of sewer backup. People used toilets as waste baskets. diapers, facial tissues, and napkins should not be flushed down the toilet. Be sure never to pour grease down y our drain. Although grease and fat are liquids, they can harden and cause a clog.

Tree roots are another cause of sewer backups. Roots can be very strong crushing sewer lines. They can even grow into pipes.

Another common cause of sewer back up are collapsed sewer lines. Older homes were built with cast iron and clay piping. This can break down over time and create sewer problems.

Do not reach for a cheap and easy fix such as chemical treatments. They can be harsh on your plumbing and they are harmful to the environment.

Our experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville have the proper training and expertise to make sure your plumbing allows water to smoothly run through your pipes and not all over you home.

Contents Cleaning After Water Damage

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville offers contents cleaning to ensure that your personal belongings and valuables can be restored instead of replaced. This could save you money and also preserve irreplaceable valuables.

We will give you peace of mind with our Content Claims Inventory Service (CCIS).  Using digital photos and inventory system we can make sure your items are accounted for. Our experts take a room-by-room inventor of your belongings. The items are placed into three categories: salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. Then you can decide on items that are in question.

Our professionals are trained to try to restore as much as possible rather than replace. Once we have assessed which items are salvageable we take the best approach to restore your salvageable items. They can either be cleaned on your property or taken back to our facility.

For the best and most reliable water damage cleanup and restoration of your property call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

Types of Water

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Keep you and your family safe from the dangers of contaminated water. Below are the classifications of water to help you identify the waters that may be harmful to your family.

Clean Water:

This is water that does not hold a threat to you or your family. It is water that can come from a broken pipe and that can be considered clean. This water however, can quickly turn into the next category, grey water within 48 hours if it becomes contaminated.

Grey Water:

This water is category two and may pose possible health risks to your family. Grey water could be water from anywhere but that has been sitting for more than 48 hours. Examples of this water would be aquariums, waterbeds, and clogged sinks.

Black Water:

Black water is a definitive health risk. This water includes floodwater and sewage water. Sewage is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and even viruses. These viruses can have very harmful effects.

Keep your family and yourself safe from the dangerous of contaminated waters. Contact our team at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville for the most safe and effective water removal.  (916)966-2601

Different Types of Water

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Keep you and your family safe from the dangers of contaminated water. Below are the classifications of water to help you identify the waters that may be harmful to your family.

Clean Water:

This is water that does not hold a threat to you or your family. It is water that can come from a broken pipe and that can be considered clean. This water however, can quickly turn into the next category, grey water within 48 hours if it becomes contaminated.

Grey Water:

This water is category two and may pose possible health risks to your family. Grey water could be water from anywhere but that has been sitting for more than 48 hours. Examples of this water would be aquariums, waterbeds, and clogged sinks.

Black Water:

Black water is a definitive health risk. This water includes floodwater and sewage water. Sewage is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and even viruses. These viruses can have very harmful effects.

Keep your family and yourself safe from the dangerous of contaminated waters. Contact our team at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville for the most safe and effective water removal.  (916)966-2601

Water Damage Signs You Should Never Ignore

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Do not ignore the water stains seeping through your walls or that sagging ceiling. It can be hidden signs of the extensive damage to your home.

Not removing wet or damp items can lead to mold in as little as 24 hours. Mold can cause respiratory illnesses in you and your family. Items that have become wet must be properly treated or replaced. Our experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville are specialized in mitigating damages and doing the least amount of replacements as possible. With that in mind, it is best to assess the possible water damage as soon as possible.

Ignoring the signs can result in losing strength in the foundation of your home. An easy fix can turn to thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. The water sign can also be a ticking clock to an eminent disaster that can damage your home and valuables within.

Unpleasant odors are also a sign of water damage that can be lurking in your home. Water can foster bacterial growth that results in a musty smell.

Peeling paint is a sign that water has seeped inside wall spaces. Drywall also saturates causing paint to lose adhesion.

If you have noticed signs of water damage, make sure to call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Sacramento has seen cold. Some areas have even seen hard freeze warnings in effect. This can cause pipes to freeze. Not only are they a problem because they prevent the flow of water, but they can also burst. You can however take a few steps to help prevent them from freezing.

  • Keep the heat on. Try to keep the temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit even when you are not at home.
  • Seal up cracks and holes both on exterior and interior walls. This helps keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
  • Apply heating tape. Be sure to use the product’s instructions because it can also be dangerous.
  • Add extra insulation. Make sure pipes that are locate in basements and attics gave proper insulation.
  • Keep interior doors open. Pipes are usually in cabinets. By keeping cabinet doors open, the heat from the rest of the house can keep pipes warm as well.

When the temperature starts dropping low be sure to keep an eye on your pipes.

What to Do Until Help Arrives - Water Damage Emergency

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

14,000 people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at work or at home each day.

During a water loss it is important to take some steps that may help minimize the amount of damage to your property. The first thing to determine whether the water damage is from clean water. Clean water meaning it holds no threat to you and your health.  

In the case of water damage caused by clean water, the first thing you should do is shut off the source of water if possible or contact a professional if you are not sure how to do so. If it is safe to access the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock, turn off the circuit breakers.

Remove as much excess water as possible by means of mopping and blotting. If the affected areas have electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers to electrical equipment are exposed to water do not enter. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

The next thing to do is keep your possessions and valuables top of mind. Wipe excess water from your wood furniture. Raise them on blocks to avoid direct contact with wet flooring or carpet. Do not leave your books, newspaper, magazines on wet floors that may cause staining. Your important items such as computers, documents, and other valuables should be moved to a dry area. Do not use appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors. Hang furs and leather good to dry separately at room temperature.

If the water loss happens to be caused by contaminated water the steps you should take are completely different. Avoid all contact with sewage and contaminated water. Try to avoid walking through the affected areas because it may lead to spreading the contaminated water. Do not turn on the HVAC system because there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use household fans to dry structures because this too may spread contaminants. Always makes sure to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid further contamination.

Once you have taken the above steps, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Carmichael to find the solution to your water loss needs. Our experts will remove all the water and properly dehumidify your home. We will also make sure the water damage does not lead to mold issues if it has not already happened.

Contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville at (916)966-2601.

Contents Cleaning After Water Damage

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Our crew will make sure your items are all accounted for.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville offers contents cleaning to ensure that your personal belongings and valuables can be restored instead of replaced. This could save you money and also preserve irreplaceable valuables.

SERVPRO will give you peace of mind with our Content Claims Inventory Service (CCIS).  Using digital photos and inventory system we can make sure your items are accounted for. Our experts take a room-by-room inventor of your belongings. The items are placed into three categories: salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. Then you can decide on items that are in question.

Our professionals are trained to try to restore as much as possible rather than replace. Once we have assessed which items are salvageable we take the best approach to restore your salvageable items. They can either be cleaned on your property or taken back to our SERVPRO facility.

For the best and most reliable water damage cleanup and restoration of your property call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

Three Types of Water

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Keep you and your family safe from the dangers of contaminated water. Below are the classifications of water to help you identify the waters that may be harmful to your family.

Clean Water:

This is water that does not hold a threat to you or your family. It is water that can come from a broken pipe and that can be considered clean. This water however, can quickly turn into the next category, grey water within 48 hours if it becomes contaminated.

Grey Water:

This water is category two and may pose possible health risks to your family. Grey water could be water from anywhere but that has been sitting for more than 48 hours. Examples of this water would be aquariums, waterbeds, and clogged sinks.

Black Water:

Black water is a definitive health risk. This water includes floodwater and sewage water. Sewage is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and even viruses. These viruses can have very harmful effects.

Keep your family and yourself safe from the dangerous of contaminated waters. Contact our team at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville for the most safe and effective water removal.  (916)966-2601

Water Damage Mitigation

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water damage mitigation

Water damage to merchandise is hurtful for any business, but small shop owners are often hit the hardest. The loss of some or all inventory to water damage can be devastating, and it may well be that saving your goods is a top priority in the wake of commercial water damage, be it from clean or murky water. SERVPRO has access to a number of advanced cleaning and restoration tools and techniques, and contacts to help repair many more items, so be sure to ask us how you may be able to save inventory when you call.

Fabrics

For clothing and fabrics, SERVPRO has a cache of high-performance machinery and specialty techniques to help them avoid the worst of your commercial water damage in Carmichael. In some cases, a thorough wash will be sufficient; we keep high-capacity and thorough industrial-grade washing machines available for just such a task. For more delicate work or items that can't go through the wash, however, we are also able to apply specialty cleaning solutions (such as hand-applied foam scrubs) and contract out work to local dry cleaners. Depending on the situation and type of water damage, fabrics may also need very little or no cleaning at all.

Electronics

If your store sells electronics, it can be difficult to come to terms with the loss of these items. Electronics are, of course, valuable and highly vulnerable to water damage. However, a total loss may be avoided, and we often employ contractors to help restore and refurbish water damaged electronics. In most cases, these devices are then sold off individually (often online, on platforms such as eBay and Amazon) or sold to a bulk buyer who does this on a regular basis.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville  is committed to helping business owners save money in any way possible after a disaster. For fast and affordable restorations, call us at (916) 966-2601.

Preventing Water Damage

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Exposed water damage before containment.

January through March of 2017 have been some of the wettest months on record. Sacramento County Board of Supervisors issued a local state of emergency effective for 30 days on Tuesday in response to the series of storms, with heavy rainfall throughout the Sacramento, Roseville and Citrus Heights Area’s.


Most homes are at least slightly at-risk for flood damage, but in many cases, multiple factors in the topography, environment, and positioning of the home can increase risks and lead to more frequent flooding. However, there are also some factors which can also significantly reduce the chance of your home being flooded, and prevent many calamities from happening in the first place. Here are some considerations to make when trying to determine how likely it is your home will be flooded in the future. 


Storm Drains


Most streets in Citrus Heights and Orangevale have curbs with storm drains that help to keep any water on the roadways out of people's private property, these may become inundated and overwhelmed during a flooding scenario. If your home is near near a storm drain make an effort to monitor the flow and check the drain for debris that could plug the flow of water.


Location


One of the most important factors in determining how much risk of flood damage your Citrus Heights or Roseville home is in is often the topography of the home and surrounding areas. At its simplest, a high elevation relative to surrounding areas for your home will reduce the risk of flooding, but lower elevations will increase risk. However, other factors can also cause problems, such as positioning between two large hills or wide, open flat areas. Your home is generally at its safest if it is high in elevation, at least relative to homes surrounding it.


Sandbags


Careful positioning of Sandbags around the perimeter of your home can greatly reduce your risk of water damage. Sandbags are provided for Citrus Heights Residents through the general services department, with information on the Citrus Heights website.


What should I do if I have water damage?


Call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville immediately and we will respond with a plan of action to manage your residential or commercial flooding damage from start to finish. We are a full turn key solution for flooding damage cleanup and restoration with the experience, the training and the equipment to evaluate the situation and return your home to you, dry and restored. 


Call today! (916) 966-2601

Look Out For Water Damage In Your Citrus Heights Home

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

The first thing to do when you notice water damage is put in a call to SERVPRO.

Watch For These Signs of Water Damage in Your Citrus Heights House


Water damage is sometimes obvious. The damage is easy to see after a flood, a burst pipe, or an overflowing toilet or sink. Water damage also happens in less noticeable ways. This is caused by an undetected leak or seepage. Some key causes of water damage are a damaged pipe, a leaking washing machine or dishwasher, seepage from your garden, and a leak in your roof or guttering. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are trained to deal with water damage from any source and restore your home.

Water damage in your Citrus Heights home is unpleasant and causes harm to your belongings and the structure of your home. Look out for these common signs of water damage:

Water Pooling


Always look for the cause of any pool of water, no matter how small. A pool of water means something in your home has leaked, or water has got in from the outside.

Mold


Water damage causes mold. Look out for telltale signs of mold in your home or on your belongings.

Stains On Ceilings Or Walls


Water damage often leaves behind a discolored stain. Be aware of any new stains on your walls or ceiling.

Unpleasant Smells


Unseen water often stagnates and causes an unpleasant smell. A musty or moldy smell is an indicator of potential water damage.

Sagging Walls or Ceilings


The build up of water over time saturates wall and ceiling materials and eventually causes them to sag. Walls or ceilings that have suffered enough water damage to buckle are unsafe, and it is vital to seek professional assistance at once.

Damp Floors


Damp floors are a sure sign of water damage. Obvious signs include wet patches or stains on floors of all kinds and visibly damp areas on wood floors. Check carpets and rugs regularly for damp patches and lift them up to check underneath.

The first thing to do when you notice water damage is put in a call to SERVPRO. Our IICRC trained technicians arrive fully equipped to assess the extent of the problem and devise the most effective drying plan for your home. We have both truck-mounted, and free standing pumps to remove water. Our teams bring air movers and dehumidifiers to aid the drying process. Our aim is to dry out your home and belongings - “like it never even happened.”


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SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville is on hand to help with water damage to your home. Call (916) 966-2601 for assistance.

Long-Term Damage from Leaks To a Crosswood Property

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

Rusty Pipes in Crosswood Can Lead to Major Water Damage

Do Not Ignore A Small Drip Until It Becomes a Large Water Damaging Development

Leaks are a seemingly benign form of water damage, as they often happen slowly and silently. If water doesn't pool up or leak somewhere it's not supposed to; leaks may go unnoticed or even be ignored after their discovery. This unwanted water or moisture can lead to a variety of problems, causing long-term and serious damage in many cases, even if water has an escape route and doesn't pool. These forms of damage are familiar sights for SERVPRO teams called in for a single leak.

Oxidation
Oxidation occurs when certain metals come in contact with water, or sometimes oxygen in the air. Rust is one of the most visible types of water damage in Crosswoods. It is very common to see oxidation. The oxidized form of iron is very visible when the iron is bare and visible in many homes, being used in appliances, furniture, structural fixtures, pipe exteriors, and many other places near water lines. Although rust is by far the most commonly seen form of oxidation by SERVPRO technicians, you should also be on the lookout for other spots of discoloration or warping on metal that line up with any leaks.
 
Wood Weakening
When wood is exposed to water regularly over an extended period of time, it begins to deteriorate. Damp wood is a prime growing spot for mold and other fungi, which eat away at it and in the long run can destroy the material. Some types of wood may also warp or disintegrate with regular application of water, and if these are supporting beams, the consequences may be serious for your home.
 
Chemical Leakage
Many leaks are found behind walls or in unseen places, which also tend to contain many sources of chemicals and water-soluble mixtures. In some cases, a leak may pick these up and carry them off, potentially harming other parts of your home and perhaps causing health hazards.
 
SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville is local IICRC certified specialists in damage restoration and repair. Call us at (916) 966-2601 for our help restoring your water damaged home or business.

Water Damage Can Creep Up as Moisture Seeps In

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Moisture Leads to Water Damage in a Roseville Property

SERVPRO Suggests to Maintain a Reasonable RH to Limit Water Damage to Your Property

Water is a complicated thing. We all need it, as do animals, to live. It can take the form of three different phases: gas, liquid, or a solid, depending on the temperature. It's found all over the planet, although much of it is dirty or contaminated. It's relatively easy to clean and make potable again, however, if the correct equipment or chemicals are accessible. But water can also cause lots of damage.
 
Water damage in Roseville can originate from many different sources. As ice, water can damage roofs and the shingles, cause blocked gutters to crack and break, or expand water pipes in a home to the point they burst. As a liquid, water can flood an area in a home, come gushing out when a frozen pipe has burst, backup into your basement from the sewer or overflow from the toilet or washing machine. It can also cause interior walls to warp, deteriorate and peel their paint and wallpapers when a leak upstairs has allowed water to run down the interior of walls on lower floors.

As a gas in the air, in the form of humidity, water can still create problems for homeowners by offering a conducive condition for the growth of mold and to dampen building materials.
 
Changes in the seasons can be a time of rising humidity levels, and summer can be a time when children's swimsuits get left in places they shouldn't be, creating a moisture increase in an already warm location. Cooking soups and stews in the winter can also have the same result. Ventilation is the key to eliminating the excess moisture. A dehumidifier, especially one that creates little air movement, can help decrease humidity in a home. Ensuring that the line drains correctly is also vital.

SERVPRO personnel can assist you with this, in both the original set-up and also the maintenance, if any is required in the future. There are other ways to reduce and control moisture in your home that we would be happy to explain to you. An assessment can be of great value.
 
When water damage is something you're experiencing, or even just concerned about, call us. We're SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville, and you can reach us anytime, day or night, at (916) 966-2601.