Old Lead/Copper Piping Could Spell Water Damage To Your Naples House
Lead and copper piping is susceptible to scaling, erosion, and freezing.
Water Damage To Your House
Lead and copper used to be the primary materials used for indoor plumbing in homes built in the 1980s and earlier. Since this encompasses many homes throughout Naples, it is essential to understand some of the reasons that this material is not used in modern construction. Lead and copper piping is susceptible to scaling, erosion, and freezing. Any three of these problems with the plumbing could result in a water emergency down the road.
While freezing might be among the most likely of culprits for potential water damage to your Naples home, this is conditional. Proper insulation of your home (and individual pipes themselves) can often negate the possibility of the water inside of a pipe solidifying and bursting your lines. For some of the plumbing exposed in areas of the house, you should be able to see if insulation exists.
Scaling is the buildup of minerals inside of the pipes in your home. Often this is a result of having hard water, but that our SERVPRO professionals have found this is not always the case. It is easier for scaling to form and continue to build on lead and copper pipes as opposed to the widely used plastic options in modern construction. Once scaling has gotten bad enough, the pipe can become clogged. While this could present itself as nothing more than a stoppage in water flow, it can also provide an excessive amount of back pressure which can force joints of plumbing apart at weak spots.
Erosion of lead and copper plumbing is often hard to see before it is too late. Many homeowners do not know this problem exists until a hole emerges in the pipe, and water is pouring into the walls or basement of their homes. Our SERVPRO technicians can repair this damage, much like a water break on the supply line in the city, by using clamps to seal the hole.
Upgrading your system can instantaneously prevent these problems from coming to pass, but until you do that, metal materials like lead and copper pose a threat of breaking down and causing significant water damages to your home. Our emergency responders can reach your home quickly after your call and begin work on repairing the source of the damage and putting together a water damage restoration plan for the affected areas.
If your metal plumbing ultimately causes you water damages, do not hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island any time at (239) 302-5700.
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5 Facts You Should Know About Mold Damage in Marco Island
Bleach does not get rid of mold, it is important to call SERVPRO to properly remediate mold damage in your home.
Rely on SERVPRO to Properly Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home
You have most likely heard about mold damage in homes, or even noticed signs of fungal growth in your own home. It is a fact that at some point most householders find themselves facing a dark green or black patch of growth which they need to remediate. We are all familiar with the unpleasant musty smell of mold. SERVPRO is your local remediation expert, and we are also passionate about providing education to Marco Island homeowners.
Here are 5 facts we think you should know about mold damage in Marco Island.
- Mold is already in your home – whether you can see it or not. Many people do not realize that mold is everywhere. The fungus is a naturally occurring organism throughout nature. Because the spores are impossible to see with the naked eye, you do not always see mold’s presence, but it is there.
- Moisture is the leading cause of fungal problems in the home. The fungus requires water to grow, which is why it is common in basements, bathrooms and laundry rooms. SERVPRO remediation experts have moisture probes and meters on hand to measure the dampness and pinpoint potential underlying problems.
- Bleach does not kill mold. It is a popular myth that bleach is the best way to kill the fungus. However, bleach should not be your go-to remedy. The moisture content of bleach can make growth worse, and bleach only clears away the surface evidence; it does not treat the underlying problem.
- Mold can be useful. It was mold which helped Alexander Fleming develop Penicillin, which is one of the most trusted and commonly used antibiotics on the market today. There is even some evidence that ancient cultures such as the Egyptians used mold as a health remedy. Of course, even though mold can be useful, you do not want colonies growing in your home – that is why it is essential to call SERPVRO at the first sign of fungal growth.
- Dehumidification and proper ventilation are the best way to prevent mold. Our customers often ask us what they can do after we leave. We suggest investing in a dehumidifier and keeping the humidity in your home below 60%, and between 40% - 50% if possible. We also suggest keeping your home well ventilated.
For help with fungal issues in Miles City, Monroe Station, Marco Island, Wagon Wheel and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 today.
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Commercial Water Damage and Naples Area Bowling Alleys
SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to restore your commercial property, no matter the scope or size.
SERVPRO Can Restore Your Naples Commercial Property From Water Damage "Like It Never Even Happened."
While cleanup from hurricane season continues across the area, Naples business owners often find that their cleanup efforts cannot remedy the situation every time. Many properties have extensive damages that require specialized technical expertise.
Whenever Naples business owners find that flooding left behind commercial water damage, SERVPRO can help. While many businesses have few different types of surfaces and materials within their doors, bowling alleys pose much more complicated environments than others. We take the development of skills and experience in our technicians seriously and provide internationally-recognized training.
Flooring, as one example, ranges from carpeting to tile or linoleum to hardwood lanes. Game rooms hold massive games and pool tables. Service areas and kitchens create other mini-environments. Cleaning of equipment must take place as quickly as possible. These include pool sticks, bowling shoes and balls, and also sale items. The professionals at SERVPRO quickly adapt their skills to each particular material, so the entire building receives the attention needed to make everything “Like it never even happened.”
Water damages almost every type of material used within a building, including concrete and brick. While these take a great deal longer to show signs of damage compared to other materials, they should also receive drying treatments. Doing so is beneficial because they release moisture back into the environment over a more extended period and can create future problems.
Our drying equipment is quite extensive and includes large air movers, heaters for many different purposes, desiccant machines, and pumps. Using these as the job requires saves our customers time and money. Done right the first time, our water damage restoration services help business owners reopen, so they stay open and engaged in business.
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SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is staffed by the professionals needed for complex jobs such as bowling alleys and other major entertainment venues. Call our local number when your business suffers from commercial water damage at (239) 302-5700. Getting you started toward recovery after any disaster starts with one call.
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Irma’s Hurricane Damage To Personal Property In Naples
Naples Deals with Hurricane Irma with Water Removal Help and Cleanup from SERVPRO
Flood Damaged Possessions in the Naples Area Get Restored with SERVPRO's Help
Hurricane season motivates residents of Naples to make protective decisions as they maintain and upgrade their homes. Newer construction in Florida anticipates the damage hurricanes can do and may help houses retain stability throughout the storm. Flooding still is a risk, and we help remediate damage to personal property even within a hurricane-ready structure.
Individuals and families do what they can to ready homes and outside structures to withstand two types of hurricane damage in Naples -- high winds and driving rains. If they succeed with these threats, the fight is not complete as flooding and seepage from storm surge and rain runoff intrudes, and your home’s contents suffer water damage. Our crews are ready to provide strategies that dry out a variety of articles saturated by the sheer amount of water in the area after a hurricane.
Although a sturdy and standing structure is excellent news post-hurricane, pictures of residential neighborhoods and condos swamped with feet of standing water obliterating lawns, sidewalks, and driveways illustrate that hurricane damage is not limited to sheared off roofs and shattered walls. SERVPRO’s reputation is built on our quick response to interior damage like soaked carpeting, swelling hardwood floors, and furnishings. If your home looks untouched from the outside, but you struggle with wet documents, pictures, clothing, and more, we are on duty.
The flood water needs extraction, and SERVPRO accomplishes this using our vehicle mounted equipment. Contamination is common, and our crews receive ongoing training on the restoration industry’s best-practice response to water tainted with everything from salt water to human and animal waste. Gray and black water are contained and disposed of off-site following local codes. The water soaking through hardwood and subfloors is vacuumed up by professional grade tools, and remaining fluid is pulled out using high-efficiency drying mats.
SERVPRO technicians use extractors to remove moisture from carpeting, often removing the padding and replacing it to hasten the process and avoid re-wetting the fibers with inadequately dried pads. Air movers and dehumidifiers reduce moisture levels further as guided by periodic humidity measurements made by our workers.
We inventory and help you sort through boxes of irreplaceable papers and heirlooms saturated with hurricane-caused flood waters. SERVPRO works with other firms and may have the capacity, specializing in a freeze-drying process that stops water’s destructive force with ultra-low temperatures and then uses a high-pressure process called lyophilization to remove vapor from objects without the water returning to a liquid state.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island handles all aspects of hurricane damage restoration. Make the call to (239) 302-5700 that leads to a resolution of your post-storm problems.
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Unique Problems That Accompany Flood Damage From Naples Water Heaters
When a water heater breaks, it can create a significant flood damage problem in your Naples home.
Flood Damage Problems
Water heaters are essential in many modern American homes. We use hot water for food preparation, bathing, heating, and a host of other utilities and functions. However, when a water heater breaks, it can create a significant flood damage problem in your Naples home. Floods from water heaters are different from other appliances for a few reasons, none of them good. If your water heater bursts or breaks, you may be dealing with a severe and major problem. Here are some of the most troublesome parts of any water heater repair job.
Hot Water Effects
While the clean water that flows through home water heaters in Naples creates flood damage that is easier to clean up and deal with on the whole than that from dirty water sources, its heat can still pose some unique problems. Heat may aid in chemical reactions with rubbers and other materials, and could even start a contained fire. We have a comprehensive and well-prepared approach to any flood damage situation, so worry not about these consequences.
High Flow Rates
Water heaters have more liquid flowing through them than most other appliances - and thus, when they break, more water gets spilled out before we can arrive to take charge of the situation. Even in large places like garages where most water heaters are located, we commonly have to deal with standing and well-spread water.
Vertically-oriented water heaters commonly break at the top, damaging not only the walls and floors below but also the ceiling above as pressurized water rockets upward. Ceilings are not meant to withstand heavy water flow, and can quickly disintegrate in the face of these disasters. However, if your water heater breaks in a lower spot or is oriented horizontally, this should not pose a problem in your home.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is a local provider of home damage mitigation and restoration services available whenever you need us. Give us a call 24/7 at (239) 302-5700.
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Common Causes of Fire Risk After Flooding on Marco Island
Turning off the circuit breakers or even the main power switch when facing flooding in your home is important for you safety. Contact SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Take Precautions So That Damages Do NOT Compound After a Flood in Your Home
The last thing you may expect to exacerbate a flooding situation at your property on Marco Island is a structural or material fire. In fact, it happens more frequently than you might think, and can create a safety and property crisis. Learning from our experience and training can help you avoid this dangerous and costly situation.
Modern homes run and rely on dozens of electrical appliances. Refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, and ranges rule the kitchen. Washers and dryers, water heaters, and HVAC systems fill utility rooms. Electronics, lighting, and even high-end adjustable beds must plug in to operate. We recommend you unplug all of these items and many more you may own not on the list. Also, shut off your circuit breaker panels when you face flood damage to your home.
Cutting the power avoids fire risk in Marco Island in two significant ways during flooding. First, the possibility of sparks that could create a blaze is minimized or eliminated. Second, the disconnected appliances and other items can be evaluated to ensure they are dry and undamaged before you attempt to use them again. If the power has been cut to your home during the flood, it is especially important to make sure everything that relies on electricity to operate cannot become “live” when the power restores. The surge in electricity, particularly to submerged plugged in items, may cause fires and put you at risk for electrocution. SERVPRO technicians help determine how to safely re-engage your appliances and electronics after the flood waters recede and the spaces dry.
If you fuel a stove, water heater, dryer, or HVAC system with gas, that supply must be shut off as well during flooding. The flow of natural or LP gas in any appliance or to run a generator can create an inferno, with the fire now floating on the flood waters. Flammable fluids of any kind can ignite as they do not mix with water, so oil lamps, kerosene lanterns, and even cleaning solvents, paints, and other chemicals can start a fire despite or even because of the flood. SERVPRO technicians are vigilant about safety when cleaning up flooded areas that also contain volatile substances, following the industry best practices learned during IICRC training.
Have wiring and piping inspected before reestablishing gas or electric power after flood water remediation. Hidden damage, shorts, or leaks may result in unexpected fires, including smoldering inside the recently dried walls. SERVPRO works with other experts to ensure the home we helped restore does not contain previously unknown fire hazards.
Flood damage need not lead to destructive fires. Follow the lead of the experts at SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island, available round the clock at (239) 302-5700, to restore your home without risk of collateral damage.
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Mold Damage Can Hit Your Naples Home Even if You Did Everything Right
Even if you take all the steps to prevent mold, it can sometimes still make its way in your home. If you discover mold, call SERVPRO to remediate.
Rely on SERVPRO When You Discover Mold in Your Home
In books, on the internet, and even in SERVPRO website content, there is a wealth of information available for those who wish to safeguard their homes against mold. Many things can help to prevent mold from reaching your doorstep, and following these guidelines is advisable for the long-term health of your home. However, unfortunately, even the most responsible of Naples homeowners can be hit by mold damage. Even if you did everything right, some types of mold are so adaptable that they can take root almost everywhere, and may start to grow and spread in your home. So, what can you do?
Most importantly, you should not let up on the preventative steps you have taken against mold damage in your Naples home. Not only should these significantly reduce the risk of future and concurrent mold infestations in the home, but they should also slow the spread of any existing colonies. If your home is kept dry and sanitary, the mold should grow very slowly. If you have mold-resistant paints and finishes on objects and surfaces in your home, these should help to limit the spread of mold to a smaller area.
The next step is to call SERVPRO. You should not worry about costs - for a well-kept, clean, and upstanding home, most of our work is completed quickly and easily. Many cases we see in clean, dry homes shrivel up and die on their own, only leaving us the task of sanitary cleanup. Calling us is important because we can determine if anything greater caused the infestation to grow and because we can safely and smoothly handle mold damage of any caliber. If, say, the problem is much larger than initially thought, we can take care of it before it has a chance to get any worse.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island helps locals to remove and remediate mold damage in their homes. Call us 24/7 at (239) 302-5700.
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Unexpected Water Damage in Naples Traced to Concealed Roof Problems
Regular roof maintenance can prevent water from getting into your home. If you need your roof inspected or water damage remediation, contact SERVPRO.
Our Technicians Can Evaluate Your Roof and Siding After a Storm in Order to Prevent Future Water Infiltration
As severe storms pass over your Naples home, you may be congratulating yourself because you see no obvious damage. Unlike other members of your community, you seem to have escaped without any lasting problems. Days and weeks go by, and you begin to notice issues that signal water damage despite an apparently sound roof. An inspection by a water damage expert reveals hidden harm.
Rain, hail, and wind can be the straw that breaks your home’s integrity, but the water damage in Naples may be hard to discern on your roof. After a severe weather event, it is wise to have your home inspected for problems a layperson may not recognize until the water flows inside in earnest. Give us a call for a damage evaluation before your relief transforms to despair.
Here are some weaknesses to which any roof may be prone, exposed as a growing problem after the winds and rains pass through.
Flashings are the metal seam coverings that seal areas where roof surfaces join, or architectural details meet an expanse of shingles. They are tough and efficient if constructed of high-quality materials and attached properly. If the flashings are aging or begin to pull away from the other roofing materials because of winds or driving precipitation, water can leach under and into your home.
The shingles may remain on the roof during the storm, but hail or heavy rains eventually speed the deterioration of the protective surface. Small cracks and thinning areas may be impossible for the untrained eye to discern, but you will notice the water that leaks through or under the surface. Shingles have a life expectancy, and water damage can speed the beginning of the end.
Vents And Chimneys
Any place on your roof where access cuts through for a pipe, vent, or other passageway is vulnerable to leaks. Most roofs are host to a broad array of plumbing vent pipes, exhaust or attic fan venting, heating release points like chimneys and flues, among other protuberances. The flashing mentioned above often is put to work sealing these holes. Any wear or loose hardware causes a potential breach.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is familiar with the many ways a roof can fail due to wear or weather, even if it seems to have come through a big storm successfully. Call (239) 302-5700 to arrange for an inspection, preferably before water damage signals there is a problem.
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Eliminating Smoke And Fire Damage Protects And Restores Your Naples Kitchen
Removing the presence of both smoke and fire damage can return your kitchen to the condition most suitable for cooking and preparing meals.
Eliminating Smoke And Fire Damage
Even the most experienced chefs can find themselves distracted while cooking up their latest masterpiece. That distraction disappears as soon as the smoke detector sounds. Because burning food continues to produce smoke for quite a while after removal from the oven, smoke damage can steadily accumulate inside your Naples kitchen and adjacent rooms. Cooking produces sticky by-products in the steam released, especially when the food includes meat and other high-protein items. However, these articles significantly increase whenever food burns, making the odor last longer.
Naples cooks and chefs who find their kitchens marred by smoke and fire damage can revitalize their favorite part of the house through proper mitigation. SERVPRO's technicians work hard to remove all traces of mishaps in your kitchen. If the surprises created in your kitchen included a small blaze that destroyed cabinetry, our Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) certificates from the IICRC keep us prepared and ready to handle that expertly, as well.
Food tastes a certain way based on different factors, including how it smells to the individuals who eat that particular food. This is why a cold or the flu can change the way food tastes and is often behind the complaint of bland and tasteless meals. Smoke damage can affect the quality of future meals, just as fire damage can hinder your cooking routine.
We understand that serving healthy meals that your family finds delicious is important to you. Removing the presence of both smoke and fire damage can return your kitchen to the condition most suitable for cooking and preparing meals, and we have the skills and experience to make it happen quickly.
Removing charred areas of a kitchen prepares it for restoration work. Eliminating the areas with odor-producing particles tightly adhered accomplishes both cleaning and basic deodorization. Further neutralization of odors may require the use of hydroxyl generators. These are safer than traditional ozone machines and can safely run while people are in the home. These machines can also safely run around damp carpeting and plants, increasing their versatility and the effectiveness of our deodorization techniques.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island can be relied on to fix whatever smoke and fire damage woes are affecting your kitchen. Reachable at any time, our local number is (239) 302-5700.
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Cleaning up Flood Damage After a Hurricane in Marco Island
Hurricanes are a major threat to your home but SERVPRO can help protect it!
How to Restore Your Marco Island Home after A Hurricane Hits
Hurricanes are a threat to any area but are especially dangerous for coastal regions. The unique blend of the wind, water, and other inclement weather components makes the perfect storm in Marco Island. Hurricanes inflict billions of dollars of damage in the United States each year, with a lot of this on the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama.
Flood damage from hurricanes can be costly and overwhelming, which is why you need the assistance of professionals when you go through such a storm. SERVPRO staff is specially trained to handle flooding and water damage restoration from storms, making us the ideal company to contact should your Marco Island home sustain damage from a hurricane.
Upon arriving at your home, our SERVPRO technicians first assess the water infiltration, so we know how extensive the damage is to the structure, and then we develop a plan of remediation to mitigate the water damage and stop mold from growing or severe structural damage from happening.
Water extraction is the next step and needs to be done quickly and adequately. With our industrial equipment such as truck-mounted pumps, we have the water removed from your home as fast as possible. After all the standing water is removed, the studs, walls, and other components of your home must be completely dried. If this step is not used, it can result in additional damage and higher reconstruction costs. Using large fans and dehumidifiers, we also do this step as fast as we can, and check on the equipment daily, moving the fans around if needed for optimal drying.
Mold growth is common after flooding from a hurricane. With wet and warm conditions, an ideal environment for mold to grow, it is a genuine concern. We take the necessary steps for decontamination to remove any existing mold and to prevent further growth.
A storm like this can also wreak havoc on the contents of your home. When you call us at SERVPRO right away, many of them can be restored or saved.
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SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island are experts at removing flood waters and drying your home out again. Therefore, do not hesitate to call us right away at (239) 302-5700 if you experience flooding from a hurricane and you live in the areas of Marco Island, Naples, and Naples Manor.
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