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Bathroom Water Damage from a Leak in Naples

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bathroom Water Damage from a Leak in Naples Your bathroom floor should not suffer water damage unless you purposely let water sit on it, or there is a leak.

Bathroom Leaks Can Cause Water Damage in Your Naples Home

A water leak in your bathroom, if left untreated, can cost you, especially if it leads to serious damage to flooring, walls, and paint. There are some subtle signs you can watch for to figure out whether you need to hire a plumber to fix leaking plumbing fixtures or pipes before things worsen. Also, a water damage remediation company like SERVPRO can help you dry up the water and clean up the damage, including possible mold growth.

Damaged Wallpaper or Paint

One obvious sign of bathroom leaks and water damage in your bathroom is a wall with blistering wallpaper or paint. Most times, steam from showering does not normally cause wallpaper and paint to loosen. When water and moisture get in between the paint and wall, they get rid of the bond and star to separate the two, making the paint rise from the wall and fall off in pieces. The same happens with wallpaper. The adhesive used to bond the paper with the wall gets less sticky, and the paper loosens.

Damaged Walls

A wall which is stained or warped for unknown reasons is a clear sign there is a plumbing leak in your Naples bathroom. When drywall gets exposed to moisture, it softens and starts to bubble, eventually warping and breaking into pieces. If the leak reaches your ceiling, it makes it sag and maybe leak some of the accumulation of water. SERVPRO can come in and help you to stop the leak that is causing the damage, dry the water up and repair the damages done. With special tools, they can find all the moisture, plus any possible hidden mold.

Damaged Flooring

Your bathroom floor should not suffer water damage unless you purposely let water sit on it, or there is a leak. If the floor is cracking, buckling, or starting to stain for no apparent reason, there is likely hidden water. Water from the pipe right under the floor could be the cause, or it might have traveled there from somewhere else.

Depending on what flooring your bathroom has, moisture can make it feel spongy and soft. Tiles might lose their stickiness and loosen, letting you remove a piece easily and expose moisture or water under it. Your subflooring many times is damp as well.

Ceiling Stains

If your bathroom is on the second floor, you could see a leak on the ceiling under the bathroom. Water can also travel far distances, so check for any water stains on the ceiling below as well.

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SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island is experienced in handling bathroom leaks, so whatever the cause, they can come and fix the problem for you. They act quickly when you call them at (239) 302-5700 to restore your bathroom back to its original condition without much downtime for you.

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Water Damaged Ceiling Repair in Your Naples Home

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damaged Ceiling Repair in Your Naples Home Don't ignore your water damaged ceiling. Call SERVPRO to investigate.

SERVPRO Technicians Figure Out the Cause of the Damage Before Proceeding with the Repair

Perhaps the most dangerous effect that a water disaster can have on your home is a water damaged ceiling. Water can compromise the structural integrity of your ceiling, which is, of course, a particularly important section of your home. A weakened ceiling could lead to a lot of possible dangerous scenarios – small holes can get much larger when neglected, the ceiling can get warped or sag, or even worse, it could cave in altogether.
 
Many causes of water damage to your Naples home targets the ceiling. In a home with a single story, the damage may be from a leaking roof or broken water pipe. In a home with two stories, damage can be from a leaking toilet or shower on the second floor, meaning that water drips down onto the ceiling of the first floor. Regardless of the cause, the important thing is to pay attention to any water damage immediately, so the problem does not get worse.
 
The first thing to do is to call us at SERVPRO. We can use our professional knowledge on water remediation to find the cause of the problem and to fix any subsequent damage. Upon arriving at your home, we locate the reason for repairs quickly. The first symptom of a water damaged ceiling is staining of a brownish or yellowish color. A sure sign of a compromised ceiling is sagging. Both indicate water damage, even when there is no dripping water.
 
Once our SERVPRO technician finds the problem, we remove the part of the ceiling affected by the damage, which is done by measuring the damaged section and marking the area which is to be cut. A square cut is always made, ensuring all sides are the same length and width, since this is safer, and makes it easier to measure out the replacement piece. If the problem is caught in time, the area should be small, and the work, therefore, is made easier.
 
If there is any water damaged wood, we pay special attention to it, since wood is especially vulnerable to water. The greatest danger here is for mildew and mold to develop in it. We clean up any mold if it is present, and ensure the wood is dry before continuing further repairs.
 
After the area is thoroughly dried, new drywall is put in to replace the damaged section. Drywall compound generally dries overnight, and we apply another coat the next day. Once that is dry, sanding is done before it can be painted to match the rest of your ceiling.
 
A water damaged ceiling is something that needs attention immediately, so if your ceiling needs repair from a water disaster, contact SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island. We can always be reached at (239) 302-5700, and we bring the needed tools and skills to your home to fix the problem efficiently and promptly.

Taking Precautions to Prevent Water Damage

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Taking Precautions to Prevent Water Damage Water damage accounts for billions of dollars in losses each year for renters and homeowners.

Prevent Water Damage by Taking the Following Precautions

When you consider water damaging your home, you might think about torrential rain, a hurricane or other natural catastrophes. The reality, unfortunately, is that damage can be caused by household appliances failing. These events can be just as destructive as a significant weather event.

Water damage accounts for billions of dollars in losses each year for renters and homeowners. It is also responsible for around twenty-five percent of property insurance claims, and data has suggested that water is ten times more likely than fire to damage your Naples home. SERVPRO, a professional water damage restoration company, can help you in the event of a water damage emergency in your home.

Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

There are steps you can take to help prevent water damage and protect your Naples home. It is good to understand some common causes of water damage. These include leaky air conditioning condensation drains, baseboard heating, and water heater, plumbing, and washing machine hose failures. These appliances don’t always give you warning signs until the damage has happened already. Therefore, you need to check them regularly. Below are steps to help you do just that.

First, know where the water main is in case of an emergency. If you are going to be away from home for a time, shut off the water supply and drain all pipes. If your home has an aging steam heating system, speak with your heating professional to figure out if turning off the water supply is safe. If your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, don’t turn the water off to this system.

Have your air conditioning system inspected by a professional regularly. Get the lines checked annually and clean them when they are clogged. Also, inspect showers, water heaters, sinks, toilets, and dishwashers annually. Get them repaired if there are signs of corrosion or leaking. Install water heaters in areas with floor drains when possible to lower damage if leaks do occur. If water damages your home, SERVPRO can come immediately to help you clean it up.

Check caulking around bathtubs, showers, toilet and sink bases, and repair as needed. If your refrigerator has a water or ice dispenser, the hose connecting it to the refrigerator should be constructed of braided copper to reduce chances of corrosion and cracking. Inspect pipes for leaks and cracks and have pipe damaged fixed right away to prevent costlier repairs in the future. Lastly, check plumbing fittings and appliance hoses for crimping, breakage or bending.

 

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Even when you are diligent in maintaining your home, water leaks and damages still happen sometimes. When this happens, get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island right away so we can assess the damage. All you have to do is call us at any hour at (239) 302-5700, and we’ll have a professional technician to your home quickly so remediation can begin.

Look Out for These 4 Signs of Water Damage in Naples Homes

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Look Out for These 4 Signs of Water Damage in Naples Homes Often, the first indication of water damage – even before damp patches appear on the walls – is an unpleasant, musty odor.

The 4 Signs of Naples Residential Water Damage

We tend to think of water damage as something that always happens in a dramatic fashion. We imagine heavy rains, storm damage, and burst pipes spraying water in kitchens and bathrooms. However, it also has the potential to happen much more quietly than this.

For instance, if a pipe bursts inside a wall, it may take some time before you notice a problem. Even then, it might not be water that you see. Internal leaks are usually identified by damp patches on walls, areas of mold, and strange odors. Water damage in Naples homes can be insidious, so you’ve got to know how to spot the signs.

If you do suspect that water damage is present in your home, the best response is to call SERVPRO. Our experts are based in your local area, and they are highly skilled when it comes to water damage repairs and restoration.

Discoloured Walls/Ceilings

Before a full on leak develops, you’ll notice a discoloration of the wall or ceiling around the affected spot. This is how you know you’ve got a problem. It needs to be fixed before the water comes right through the drywall or roofing materials. Keep an eye out for expanding yellow and beige patches.

Unpleasant Odors

Often, the first indication of water damage – even before damp patches appear on the walls – is an unpleasant, musty odor. Stagnant water emits quite a strong smell, particularly if it is eating away at wood, drywall, or ceiling tiles. If there is a lingering, earthy scene throughout your property, call SERVPRO and arrange an inspection.

Peeling and Crumbling

When humidity levels are high, paint, plaster, and wallpaper begin to peel. The moisture makes it hard for them to stay sticky and adhered to surfaces. So, a clear sign of water damage (or developing moisture problems) is bubbles and blisters in the wallpaper. If you do spot this, run your hands gently over the affected area. If it is significantly wetter, slimier, or colder than other parts of the room, you may need urgent water damage repairs.

Tapping and Dripping Sounds

In some cases, you can actually hear a leak, even if you can’t see it because it has developed inside a wall or a crawlspace. This is especially common in the case of leaking roofs. If you suspect a problem, turn off all noisy appliances the next time that it rains. Just spend a few minutes moving through the house and listening for unexplained tapping and dripping noises.

 

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It is really important that you respond to water damage quickly. The faster repairs are carried out, the more of your possessions and home can be saved. SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island is based in your local area. Get in touch, and we will be onsite quickly. Call 24/7 at (239) 302-5700.