Recent Water Damage Posts

Rising Water Bill?

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Have you noticed a change in your water bill?  It could be a slow climb or a sudden increase, but either way it may be an indicator that you have a water leak.  One of the most common reasons for a large water loss is a hidden leak in pipes that may be concealed by walls, flooring or cabinets.  If you notice a change in your water bill, you may want to take a closer look around your home for signs of hidden water leaks.  Some things to look for are discoloration, bubbling or flaking paint, damp carpets, buckling or cupping wooden floors or a must smell.  If the water leak has been going on for an extending period of time, you may already have mold which can result in a musty, “off” smell.  The only way to detect the exact source is to use a moisture meter or cutting drywall.  If you experience a water damage give SERVPRO of North Mobile County a call and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Vacation Prep - Preventing Water Damage

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

As we enter Spring and Summer, vacation season is officially in full swing.  Kids are out of school and the weather is prime for creating family memories.  We all do our best to make sure our home is safe while we are away.  Exterior lighting, security systems and now days even smart phone operated appliances to keep away intruders.  For more of us, water damage never crosses our mind.  Did you know that a ½ inch supply line flows at a rate of 50 gallons of water per minute?  Just for reference, a standard tub holds roughly 80 gallons of water.   Imagine your bathtub completely emptying in your home every 2 minutes!  Just imaging what damage could be done if this happens on the first day of your vacation and you don’t know until you arrive back home days later.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we have seen the damage that can ensue.  Not only flooding of the entire footprint of the home, but also mold.  If left untreated, a water loss can cause mold growth to begin in as little as 24-48 hours.  We recommend that as part of your pre-travel checklist, you add turning off the main water supply to your home.  The best way to prevent disaster is to be prepared!

Cause and Effect

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience water damage in your home, it is important that you call in a qualified, professional mitigation company to properly handle the damage.  Although it may look like something that you can easily handle yourself, there are hidden damages that can show up over time and have far reaching consequences.  A little hidden moisture underneath flooring or behind the walls can easily create a domino effect of damage, such as buckling floors or even mold.  It is important to also note that your insurance company may not cover those ensuing consequences if the water damage wasn’t properly mitigated by a qualified and licensed restoration company.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, all of our team members have undergone extensive training and are IICRC certified in the all areas of water damage mitigation.  In addition to IICRC training, we participate in continued education on both the regional and national level as part of the SERVPRO franchise network.  We are always up to date on the latest techniques and technologies to make water damage “Like it never even happened.”  We will also work directly with your insurance company to alleviate that burden and stress for you.  If you experience water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of North Mobile at 251-633-7500.

Water Damage Culprits

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home can cause unnecessary stress and expense.  Nobody wants to have to deal with a water loss, but sometimes its unavoidable.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we are always Here to Help® should the unexpected ever strike your home, but we want to help you minimize the risks of that happening.  The first step is understanding what the most common causes of a water loss in a residential structure.

  • Toilets – faulty supply line/overflow
  • Washing machine – 50% caused by burst supply lines
  • Water Heaters – flush tank every six months and have inspection every 2 years
  • Plumbing lines
  • Sinks
  • Sump Pumps

If you are going on trips it is always a good idea to turn off the water to prevent major damage should anything occur while you are away.  If you do experience water damage in your home call SERVPRO of North Mobile County right away to minimize the damage.

Protecting Your Pipes

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Although it could be 80 degrees on Christmas Day here in the South, that doesn’t mean we can forego cold weather preparation. Sure, you may think you will never need to know how to prevent frozen pipes, but weather can turn on a dime. In Mobile, it can change seasons between breakfast and lunch so, it is always better to be safe than sorry! At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we know that the best protection is to prepare for the unexpected.  Preventing frozen pipes is easy to do and it could save you massive damage and outrageous expenses. Did you know that each year in the U. S., a quarter of a million people will have at least one or more rooms in their home affected by water due to frozen pipes? According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, claims payments for those types of losses have totaled more than $4 billion collectively! Freezing pipes caused by cold weather is much easier to prepare for than other weather threats such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. Taking just a few simple steps can virtually guarantee that you won’t have water damage caused by frozen pipes. CLICK HERE to be taken to the Red Cross’ website for more information.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Despite your best efforts to learn and implement precautions to prevent a water damage, it is often out of your control.  At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we often talk about preparedness tips to prevent or minimize the impacts of a water loss situation.  But we also want you to understand the best ways to reduce the impacts after the damage has occurred. Before doing anything you need to make sure that the home is safe to enter.  After a catastrophic flood event there may be electrical hazards, structural safety issues and contaminated water present. However, after a water loss due to burst pipes, leaking water lines or other household causes, your first step would be to locate and stop the source of the loss. Wipe wood, furniture or other belongings to remove excess water.  If possible, place styrofoam or wooden blocks underneath furniture to prevent it from sitting in standing water. Relocated smaller contents to an unaffected area of the house. Move any rugs or floor coverings as well. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we guarantee that a technician will be on-site beginning work within 3 hours. Until help arrives, utilizing these tips could help you minimize costs and save contents after a water loss.  

Document Drying with SERVPRO of North Mobile County

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Document Drying

At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, our goal is to be your one stop shop for any cleaning or restoration issue that may arise.  We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of technologies and cleaning methods to fulfill this goal of being a premier restoration and cleaning company.  We are continuously looking for innovative ways to save contents that would have previously been labeled as unsalvageable and discarded. One of the most amazing procedures we have in our arsenal is out document drying process.  We have become such a digital world, that many of us don’t even think of all the paper items we have around our home or office that could be lost. Family heirlooms, historical photographs, maps or books. Many offices still have paper files that could contain vital information.  Now, we can salvage these vital documents using a carefully controlled vacuum freeze-drying method. This same drying process is used by the Library of Congress and is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration.  In many situations, your documents may not only be exposed to water, but also serious contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, pesticides to name a few. Not only do we dry your documents, but we also use a gamma irradiation process to ensure that your documents are safely and effectively sterilized.

Water Damage by Numbers

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage by Numbers

Whether it is a small loss or a complete flood situation, water damage is always an unsettling experience.  Nearly 93% of all losses could have been prevented and we want to help you protect your home or business from the unexpected.  From leaking pipes to a natural disaster, the term “water damage” can cover a variety of situations. It is important that you check your homeowner’s policy and truly understand your coverage limits.  If you think it will never happen to you, think again. According to statistics set forth by the American Insurance Association, nearly 40% of current homeowners have experienced some form of a water damage loss.  It is the second most common reason for filing an insurance claim in the United States and causes billions in property damage each year. The most common cause of water damage is completely preventable! Broken pipes and hoses from ice maker lines, dishwashers and washing machines are the number one culprit.  Did you know that nearly 250 gallons of water can escape from a 1/8-inch crack in a typical household pipe in a 24-hour period? You can visit your local home improvement store to replace old pipes with new materials for an easy fix. Nobody can ever predict the future, but knowledge is always your best line of defense!  If you experience water damage, remember that SERVPRO of North Mobile County is available 24/7 to help…call us at 251-633-7500

Magic of SERVPRO in Mobile, AL

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Onsite helping a business reopen their doors quickly.

Most consumers don’t understand the science of drying that is involved in water restoration.  To many it is simply like magic.  Their home is wet, the SERVPRO cavalry comes to the rescue in their green vans and it is dry.  Damage seems to magically disappear, but the truth is much more involved than industry outsiders may realize.  When you experience a water loss and call SERVPRO of North Mobile, the first thing we do upon arriving on the scene is to evaluate the situation.  Utilizing exclusive DryBook Mobile technology, we key a variety of variables in to our tablets and formulate a customized plan of action based upon each customers’ unique situation.  There are a multitude of factors that affect how we formulate our plan of attack.  First, what category of water is involved?  Clean water from a supply line, for example is handled completely differently than a sewage backup.  The location of the affected areas and the materials involved contribute to the level of remediation versus replacement.  The time of year, humidity levels and length of time the water sat also play a role in drying times.  All of our first responders are Certified Water Restoration technicians who have extensive training in evaluating all of these variables to give our clients the best results. It may look like magic but it’s actually the science that makes SERVPRO the leader in the industry.  

When a Storm Hits, SERVPRO of North Mobile County is Ready

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Flood Damage in Mobile, AL

SERVPRO of North Mobile County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property after the storm.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated right here in Mobile Alabama, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams. Just in the past year alone, SERVPRO of North Mobile has assisted in the floods of Baton Rouge, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Nate and the flooding in Kansas City. SERVPRO of North Mobile is the leader in water and Storm Damage. 

Water Damage Timeline

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Mobile County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of North Mobile County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 633-7500

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of North Mobile County

SERVPRO of North Mobile County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Can you Spot Water Damage?

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

We have specialized tools to help locate unnoticeable leaks

In general, a house is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. In order to protect that investment, you should vigilantly look out for household problems and address them before they worsen.

One such dreaded homeowner issue is water damage. If left unattended, residential water damage can detrimentally impact the structure or spawn other complications, including mold that poses a health risk to inhabitants. Here are several methods for detecting water damage within your house.

1. Check the Floors
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage. For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling or warped flooring. When it comes to carpet, be wary of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.

2. Look for Stains
Water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet or sink, as well as stains on ceilings and walls, are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. Inspect Outside
Observe the exterior of your house. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters. Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of your house. Additionally, common signs of water damage on the roof may include pools of water; cracked, curled or missing shingles; or broken flashing.

4. Watch for Rust and Mold
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor. A rusted tank could indicate a slow leak. Additionally, corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of active mold growth mean moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your home. Finally, don’t rely solely on sight. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, producing a musty, unpleasant smell.

What to Do with Water Damage?

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

GOT WATER DAMAGE?

We are here to help, SERVPRO responds immediately!

SERVPRO of North Mobile County proudly serves each of our clients, from residential to commercial.  We will be on site quickly and our staff will give you the personalized attention you deserve.  We specialize in the cleanup of water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, mold removal, trauma cleanup, vandalism cleanup, carpet cleaning and duct cleaning.  Let us help you make it, “Like it never even happened.”  Visit our website to see Before and After Pictures and other Blogs. SERVPRO of North Mobile is ready 24/7 for any of your needs. We are a locally owned family company right here in Mobile County. We work, live, shop, volunteer and raise our families right here in Mobile. 

Wood Floors After Water Damage

6/24/2017 (Permalink)

If you have water damage at home, call SERVPRO of North Mobile.  Some jobs need expert equipment and materials to remedy and warped hardwood floors are one of those jobs. The following tips can be started before we arrive onsite.

After removing wet items from the area, use a wet vacuum, such as a ShopVac, to remove as much of the water as possible. Go over the entire area multiple times, because even when you can’t see any more water on the floor, the vacuum may be still working to suction the rest of the water out of small cracks and crevices in the floor. Next, clean the surface with a disinfectant floor cleaner that doesn’t foam or suds. Something like Mr. Clean is a good choice.

Next, put a dehumidifier in the affected area and leave it running for at least a full day to further dry out the area. Also, consider putting fans in the room to help with the drying process. If it’s not humid outside or raining, you can open any windows as well.

When the floor is completely dry, check for signs of mold or mildew, and if you see any, treat it with a paste-like mixture of baking soda and water. Do not use bleach on your wood floors. If you can address the water damage problem right away, it’s more likely you’ll be able to salvage them. According to the EPA, mold can start growing in moist areas within 48-72 hours of the first initial contact the floors have with moisture. Time is critical when drying out hardwood floors affected by water and excess moisture.

Seeking out professional help is a good idea when the problem is in a large area or you think it’s not something you can handle yourself. SERVPRO of North Mobile has sophisticated commercial equipment that helps pull moisture from underneath the floorboards for effective drying and allowing moisture to be released, even from the smallest of places. Moreover, if the damage occurs as the result of a natural disaster or some other weather event, your homeowner’s insurance may cover all or part of the damages that occur, so keep that in mind as well.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Process

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration

SERVPRO can provide a solution to your property's (regardless of whether it's your home or business) water damage needs.

- Uniformed employees will arrive on-site usually within four hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation

- Technicians communicate their assessment with the property manager or owner in detail before beginning the cleanup and restoration process

- Professionals utilize industry guidelines, knowledge, training and industrial equipment to examine the extent of the damage

- Restoration services include moisture detection, water extraction, dehumidification and contents inventory

- Closing the event work order in a timely manner through electronic claims reporting, consistent communication and professional restoration techniques

- SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no matter rain, hail or snow 633-7500

Faster to your water damage problem in Mobile

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Mobile County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of North Mobile County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 633-7500

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of North Mobile County

SERVPRO of North Mobile County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.