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Emergency Water Damage Tips and Techniques

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Water Damage Tips and Techniques When Pipe Fails on Second Floor

Many of our customers have learned the hard way that water damage is a big problem. It can destroy not only your home and your finances, but also destroy the sentimental items that you can’t put a price tag on. For that reason it’s a good idea to learn what causes water damage so that you can better avoid it. But if you cannot avoid it then here are some tips on what to do if you have been victimized by it. Depending on the severity of your damage you may need to contact the local authorities, and insurance provider, but eventually they will most likely get a SERVPRO® crew out to your location to fix it up.

Safety First with Water Damage

The first concern is the safety of friends, family and you in your home or area. Common causes of injury after water damage to a structure are slip hazards, and electrical shock due to careless mistakes that might have been avoided. Essential Water Damage Info Here

On this note, don’t just go about business as usual, avoid kitchen appliances, and avoid tampering with major electrical devices that are connected to the building until authorities have deemed that it is safe to do so. This includes ceiling fans, lights, and televisions.  Water Damage Emergency Tips

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What to Expect From a Water Main Break in Alexandria, VA

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Expect From a Water Main Break in Alexandria, VA Water Main Break

Water is a necessity of life. It can also be a devastating force. Water main break can flood your home or office, and the worst part is that you don’t always know when it happens, until it’s already a very big problem. This is because the pipes that are susceptible to bursting are not usually in plain sight, which hides the problem until it becomes a bigger problem. If that’s the case you could be looking at a disaster by the time you finally see what you’re up against.

Damage caused by water can be costly, both in terms of monetary value, and inconvenience. That’s because such occurrences typically cause not only an interruption in service with the water supply, but also force affected people to leave the area until the structure has been repaired. That could take days or even weeks. For this reason it is a good idea to allocate some resources to ensuring that your home or office is receiving routine maintenance on the plumbing system. This practice could save you thousands later on.

If you have experienced this, or any other type of water damage you should contact us, along with your trusted plumbing contractor immediately. This will ensure that the problem will get fixed, both in terms of repairing the cause of the problem and cleaning up the mess. At SERVPRO® of Alexandria we are always here to help!

Flooded Basement Service and Causes

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement Service and Causes A flooded basement is not funny...

A flooded basement is an emergency situation that cannot be ignored for very long because it can cause major damage to the walls, floors, carpet, even furniture. Not to mention, it can lead to mold if left untreated, that this is all fairly quickly.

SERVPRO of Alexandria understands this. That’s why we are on-call 24/7 because you can’t wait for tomorrow when you have standing water in your house tonight.

Call our Flooded Basement team right away!

Our team can deploy technicians at any hour to remove the water from your basement, dry the carpet, repair the damage, and do whatever needs to be done in your situation, so that you can get back on with your life.

Here are some of the common sources that cause a basement to experience flooding.

There are generally only a few sources for a basement to receive water:

  1. Either it is coming through the foundation in the form of rain penetrating the walls;
  2. Water from over-saturated soil being pushed through the floor;
  3. Storm water from the sewer system; or
  4. Sanitary sewer water from a clog in your homes’ sewer line.

In the case of water seeping in from a crack in the foundation, you can know if this the cause of your water damage if the water is coming in at only one particular location, or at the exterior foundation wall.

As for the subsurface groundwater, this is when your basement acts as a boat in a pond, water will enter through any hairline crack whenever the groundwater levels ride above the level of your floor. A perimeter drain system can be used to solve this problem.

In the case of storm water from the sewer system the rainwater in the sewer system can rise to such levels that the water flows backwards toward the house. If you already have a sump pump for this reason then you either need a new one, or the alternative is to dig up and cap the pipe that is running from the house to the street.

Lastly, if the event of sanitary sewer water backing up, you will know this is your problem if the water is coming through the drains of the floor and the sinks in the basement. In this case the installation of backflow preventers will do the trick. Also, pouring tree root killer down your toilets once a year can help with prevention of such disasters.

If you have a flooded basement contact SERVPRO of Alexandria and have our team of experts help you out today!

Insurance Claims for Water Damage

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Insurance Claims for Water Damage Insurance Claims for Water Damage

Water damage is the second most common claims for home insurance. If you are preparing to make a claim on water damage it would help you to know what to expect. 

If you need help making an insurance claim on your water damage repairs contact us to help now!

Problem Areas:

You might run into some trouble making your claim if you are claiming a loss that was the result of gradual damage. Gradual damage is anything that happened over the course of a prolonged period of time, as opposed to an accident, or a sudden damage. Loss such as leaky ceilings due to plumbing defects, water damage caused by cracks in the foundation, and in some cases, mold fall under the category of gradual damage. These things are generally not covered by home insurance.

However, there may be some exceptions to these cases. For example, the insurance company would likely cover mold if it was resulting from another claim that was covered under insurance, but was not properly fixed, and the mold was the result.

On the other hand, if water damage is sudden and accidental you’ll probably have a much easier time getting covered for the damages. This is the true nature of insurance – to cover accidents. Of course everything is dependent upon the language of the policy that you purchased, but this is the very nature of insurance: coverage for sudden and accidental loss. A good practice for homeowners is to keep a record of all repairs and transactions for services that are made to your home.

At SERVPRO of Alexandria we are not only experts at restoring your home “Like it never even happened.” We are also experts at dealing with insurance companies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you through the entire recovery process today!

Leaky Ceilings in Alexandria, VA

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leaky Ceilings in Alexandria, VA Leaky ceiling in Alexandria, VA

Leaky Ceilings can be costly. They can significantly damage your home or business, but they can also be costly in the time that they take in fixing them. That’s because it is sometimes hard to determine the cause of the leak, since all you can usually see is the result of the leak. For that reason finding the cause of the leak can delay the repair process, but it can also add to the expense of the repairs because while you're searching for the cause of the leak the leak is causing more damage.

For these reasons, the first thing you should do when you have a leaky ceiling is inspect it so that you can at least eliminate all the obvious non-causes.

When trying to determine the cause of a leaky ceiling one thing that could help you is to consider whether the leak occurs only in inclement weather. If the leak only occurs when it is raining or snowing outside it’s a safe bet that the roof could be source of the leak. On the other hand, if the leak occurs regardless of the weather conditions outside then the leak is most likely caused by a plumbing line inside the house or structure.

Another thing to consider is the water itself. Does it appear to be clear and fresh? If so, that could indicate to you that the water is coming from the water supply line. On the other hand if water was coming from the roof you could see that dirt and other substances from the roof along are being dragged along with it, and it would stain the ceiling.

If you have determined that the leak is possibly from the roof, and you want to fix it yourself you should start at the top and work your way down. Be sure to take all the necessary precautions, and have all required safety gear needed for a roof inspection.

Of course, not all people are prepared for home improvements and repairs, especially when it comes to major repairs. If you have a leaky ceiling, or any kind of water damage to your home or business, contact the pros at SERVPRO. For more information visit our water damage services page. We’re faster to any size disaster.

Water Damage: Common Causes in Alexandria

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage: Common Causes in Alexandria Water Damage in Alexandria, VA.

Common Causes of Water Damage in Alexandria, Virginia

In Alexandria, VA Water damage is a costly potential problem that every homeowner should be aware of. As many have found out the hard way, it can cause thousands of dollars of damage, and even force the inhabitants out of the home temporarily, or even permanently.

So what are some of the most common causes of water damage in Alexandria? We have consulted our field technicians and have listed these most common causes below, so read on to find out.

The most common cause of them all seems to be broken, busted, or leaking pipes. But what causes these pipes to break? In some cases, they rust over time, causing the integrity to deteriorate. In other cases they freeze, which is also detrimental to the structure of the pipe. In fact any drastic change in temperature can cause stress on the pipe, and lead to minor damage of the structure.

There are a number of ways to prevent this from happening, and a few dollars here is well worth saving thousands later. The most common way is to simply allow the water to trickle out of the tap, even if it’s at a drip, through the night on particularly cold nights. This allows the water to continue to move, and discourage freezing.

Another cause of water damage is accidents. Yes, plumbing accidents. Parents of children can probably imagine what we mean: action figures dropped in the toilet, kids overflowing the bathtub, anything like that. The prevention of this cause of water damage is simple enough: Just being aware of what your child brings into the bathroom with them, and keeping an eye on their baths should do the job.

Another very elusive cause of water damage is humidity. This is something that Alexadrians know all too well. It gets very humid in the Washington, D.C. region, and when you have places like a basement, an attic, or a crawl space moisture can drip through the foundation or the roof. Eventually, if left unattended over a period of time, this can lead to water damage to the walls, ceilings, and floors of these spaces. This type of water damage can be hard to spot because it happens over such a long period of time, but if you walk into the space one day and smell mold you know you have a problem on your hands. Simply using a dehumidifier once in a while in these areas should prevent any significant water damage to them.

There are many other causes of water damage, but these are just some of the most common. As always, if you have a case of water damage in the Northern Virginia area you can contact us at SERVPRO of Alexandria for the fastest service in town!