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Humidity, Water Loss in Your Neighbor’s San Marco Island Condo? SERVPRO Can Help
From the Ground Floor to the Penthouse, SERVPRO Handles Water Mitigation in Marco Island Condos
SERVPRO Protects Your Condo in Marco Island Even When You Are Not Here
Living close to the paradisiac water around Marco Island and loving it does not imply that you want to invite water into your condo. One of the benefits of condo living is that general upkeep and landscaping are left to the homeowners association, freeing up your time for leisure and recreation. However, even the best-kept communities are vulnerable to a pipe breaking and leaking in your kitchen, soaking cabinets and flooring alike. Rather than tackle the problem on your own, make sure to call a specialized service to help you navigate the restoration of your home.?? ??
Marco Island residents needing water cleanup services are lucky to have SERVPRO technicians at their disposal. Our team holds certifications issued by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which verifies our industry knowledge in water removal and restoration. You only need to call our 24/7 phone line and allow our Green Fleet to visit your home and commence the water extraction and drying continuum, even if you are not physically in Marco Island to manage the emergency.??
??Our SERVPRO crew knows how to plan the restoration of your condo within local environmental regulations and those set by the homeowners association. We recognize that the restoration process is not only about being quick but also about being thorough and efficient in the use of our equipment and time. Complications are commensurate with the amount of time water is left standing in your home, which is why upon arrival, we prepare a variety of pumps and extractors to act quickly in removing excess humidity from your condo. Although some think that the goal is eradicating humidity, in reality, our objective is to return moisture levels to what is typical for your property. As our team goes about achieving this, we apply the principles of hygrometry along with industry-grade measuring tools to inform us of the progress. Proper water removal helps prevent a future in which your apartment is subject to mold or other bacteria.
SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island is here to help you keep water where it belongs. Call us at (239) 302-5700 from wherever you are and let us make this a thing of the past. Together we can leave your condo, “Like it never even happened.” ?
Thermography to Restore Hurricane-Damaged Naples Homes
Getting your Naples home back to normal after a hurricane is our mission.
SERVPRO will handle your Naples water damage from a hurricane.
Moisture detection and discovery devices are a critical component to the work that we do to restore Naples homes after water loss incidents. Especially after substantial losses that can come from structural concerns and other damages after a hurricane or severe weather event, our SERVPRO team must arrive with the tools and equipment to help. Part of our success in restoring a water-damaged home hinges on knowing precisely where to find moisture and dampness beyond the easily spotted effects.
With so many ways for our professionals to locate water in Naples structural cavities and construction materials, we might not always choose thermography to get this task done. Thermal imagery works on identifying temperature differences, typically via evaporation. Evaporating water cools the surface of affected materials, making dry areas of the structure warmer to thermography practices than areas affected by the presence, and evaporation of water.
We have so many types of moisture detection tools because our SERVPRO professionals cannot always entirely depend on this avenue of discovery. There are many ways for thermal imagery to generate false information about the presence, or non-presence of moisture. These “false readings” indicate the presence of water in materials or beyond them that does not exist, and could occur from air movement, shadows, or even more freely-flowing conditioned air.
The use of thermal detection devices can often be the first step in deducing the actual presence of moisture. We have other units like moisture meters and hygrometers that can present more detailed readings of the materials. Thermal imagery helps to reduce unnecessary penetration of a wall, especially when exposed materials might be costly or challenging to remove in portions or to replace. These additional steps save our customer money.
Infrared and thermography are one side of the moisture detection process that is a portion of our thorough inspection of a water-damaged home. When you do not have time to waste, such as following the damage of a hurricane, you can count on our SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island team. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are available 24/7 by calling (239) 302-5700.
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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Naples Home After Water Damage
Water damage at this home was the result of a burst water line to the ice maker in the refrigerator.
Restoring an Attic Space with Water Damage in your Naples Home
Some water incidents are straightforward, others require specialty drying to meet the requirements of returning a property to its preloss condition. One particularly challenging aspect of water restoration is when the existing damages are confined to an attic space or loft. The causes of which could be relating to high winds that have damaged roofing, broken humidifiers, condensation from your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, or extreme weather conditions like heavy rainfall or hail. For a restorer, there are many challenges to consider including restricted access for equipment, condition of insulation and structural integrity or safety issues.
A home owner that has attic water damage in their Naples home, may not realise the extent of the issues for a period of weeks or months. Tell-tale signs may include a stagnant water odor, condensation on walls or ceilings beneath the attic or dripping of moisture during heavy rainfall. Since these incidents can often go unnoticed, it is essential that you enlist the help of a professional SERVPRO restorer as soon as the issue becomes apparent.
Restoring an attic space properly, often relies on a working with insulation. In many cases, wet fiber-glass insulation can be rescued provided that there are no signs of microbial infestation. However, the plaster or sheetrock beneath the insulation often sustains permanent damages and must be disposed of and replaced. This can be completed by a SERVPRO technician on site without the need for a third-party.
The extent of water damage sustained to sheetrock can be measured using moisture readers to ensure only the affected area is replaced. In situations where insulation shows no signs of microbial damage, we can use insulation vacuums to remove large amounts quickly and gain access to the structure, plaster and sheetrock below. Insulation can then be dried before being returned to the attic space. Since dust is commonly released during this process, SERVPRO can apply negative air-pressure to protect the rest of the home.
Special services for your attic space are available after a water incident. Contact SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 today.
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Why Getting Prompt Water Damage Restoration in Naples Homes is Critical
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Water damage is not something anyone wants to deal with, but it is one of the most common forms of damage to homes. Whether it is caused by plumbing leaks, HVAC leaks, or overflowing sinks, it can be daunting and costly to fix your home after a water loss incident.
The way you handle water damage in your Naples home matters. When you notice water loss in your home, notify your insurance provider about it. All insurance firms offer coverage for different water damage situations, including burst pipes, water main breaks, and leakage from hot water tanks and washing machines. SERVPRO remediation specialists can work with your insurance provider to help you file your claim and minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.
Water intrusion in a home can cause mold to develop, and this is the reason why removing water and moisture quickly is crucial. If water and moisture remain in your home for an extended period, conditions can also develop where fungi and bacteria grow rapidly and cause health issues. High humidity leads to higher concentrations of fungi and bacteria in the air, and warmer temperatures allow microbes to reproduce faster. Clean water can turn into gray or black water the longer it sits in a home.
Beginning the water cleanup process as soon as possible is essential because porous materials, including sheetrock and wood, can absorb water. The water might also seep under the substrate of flooring. Our SERVPRO technicians use extraction equipment like wet/dry vacuums and pumps to remove excess water and continue the water damage mitigation process with applied structural drying (ASD) to prevent mold infestation.
We also use water detection equipment like thermal cameras, moisture sensors and penetrating moisture meters with long Teflon coated probes to find hidden moisture that could lead to rusted pipes, mold growth, and other issues. We also perform replacement or repairs of structural elements like damaged drywall and rotted wood with the guidance of a homeowner and the insurance adjuster.
When your home has water damage, SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is ready to help you restore it to its original condition. We can assist you regardless of what caused the problem. You can reach us around the clock at (239) 302-5700. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Marco Island Water Damage Restoration
Our highly certified and trained water restoration technicians use advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment to restore your home.
Left Your Bathroom Faucet Running? Call SERVPRO!
All it takes for disaster to strike in your home is one moment of forgetfulness. A mistake as simple as leaving your faucet on can cause water damage to your bathroom tile. Some types of tile are more susceptible to water exposure than others, which is why it is important to contact professionals who are experienced with the restoration of many different types of tile.
Professionals from SERVPRO can mitigate water damage to tile in your Marco Island home. Restoring tile takes special care, and our technicians can perform an inspection of water damaged tile to determine the best course of action. Asphalt and vinyl tile is relatively easy to clean and may only require basic cleaning. However, in more extreme cases, these tiles can be loosened from the underlying sub flooring and may require drying before being reattached. SERVPRO techs can, additionally, use moisture meters to inspect your sub flooring to look for hidden floor damage that may be related to tile damage. If excess moisture is discovered in your sub flooring, we can deploy air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture. Unfortunately, tile may have to be removed in order for effective drying, and, in some cases, it may be cheaper to replace this tile than dry it.
If you instead have concrete or ceramic tile, then it is unlikely that you will need replacement tile. However, both of these types of tiles come with their own set of issues. Concrete tile is typically porous and easily flakes off paint making it susceptible to mold growth when exposed to water. Fortunately, we have disinfectants capable of dealing with mold should it appear in your bathroom. Ceramic tile, on the other hand, is normally unaffected by contact with water. However, water damage to the tile grouting and sub flooring can cause the tile to shift and warp, making a reinstallation of tile necessary.
If you are having issues with your tile at home due to forgetfulness, then don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 to begin the consultation process.
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How to Resolve Water Damage In Your Naples Home Without the Headaches
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How a Long Term Leak Causes Water Damage to your Naples Home
Every year, many thousands of American homes in communities like Naples sustain water damage from leaks. Whether the leak starts from a faucet, pipe, or crack in the building exterior, a leak can cause significant and permanent damage to the structure over time. While most leaks can be repaired with a few quick fixes, the damaging effects should be handled by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. Otherwise, you may not be able to handle all of the necessary restorative processes on your own and could see some of these long-term consequences happen.
Many substances including wood, metal, and stone, can sustain severe water damage in Naples homes that use them as construction materials. The slow but consistent flow of water from a leak can cause erosion on any surface it touches. The longer this process goes on, the more damage that may be caused. Depending on the materials in contact with water and the presence of any other possible contaminants, we may take any of several approaches to reverse these effects, some of which may involve extra safety precautions.
American homes naturally provide the ideal environment for most species of fungi to grow in, and the addition of a little extra water can sometimes be enough to foster a significant mold problem in an area. Some types of mold can cause health effects, so you should always be careful when you suspect mold may be growing in your home. SERVPRO technicians are certified to look for and take safety precautions against fungal spores whenever they deal with water damages and leaks.
Ruined Electrical Systems
Less commonly, a leak may allow water to leak into electrical systems in the home. This can cut off power to a room or sometimes even the entire home. Should that be the case, we both work to restore problems ourselves and work with specialists to keep the situation safe and minimally damaging.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island provides expert water damage mitigation and restoration services. We cover everything from the smallest leak to a large-scale flood. Contact us at (239) 302-5700.
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Our Team Can Detect Any Leak In Your Naples Manor Home
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Why SERVPRO Reliably Locates Sources Of Water Loss In Naples Manor Properties
Many times when our customers in Naples Manor experience damage from water or mold, the underlying cause of the problem involves an internal leak from a water line. These leaks can start small and remain undetected for a long time. Bursting open happens occasionally, but we can help you locate these sections of plumbing and rectify the situation.
When water damages your Naples Manor home, our SERVPRO technicians have the tools and experience to handle any size disaster. Our technicians can also repair any damage caused by the moisture that invaded your home's interior space. Repairs that shut off the water and seal up the plumbing correctly can help reduce your monthly water costs, as well, even if only slightly.
The process of locating leaky pipes, fittings, and loosened joints requires an infrared imaging camera. We continue to use this and our moisture meter reading equipment as we repair any damage that your home suffered because of the water loss. Infrared imaging equipment detects water losses because of the changes in temperature experienced in the area directly affected by the water. Each moisture meter reading gives us a percentage of moisture held or retained by porous and absorbent materials.
When we detect water loss, drying the home becomes a necessity. After shutting off all sources of invasive and lost water, we can begin protecting your home from damage by water and microorganisms. We compare the percentages of moisture found in materials to acceptable amounts that typically occur in similar materials, according to industry standards, and work to reduce the elevated amounts discovered in your home down to more acceptable percentages.
Water loss, even small, minute amounts, can lead to not only losses in your utility budget, but also damage to your home. Our experts work with you as your partner in detecting such deficits in your plumbing and repair them. More extensive problems, such as sudden line breaks and ruptured pipes require a licensed plumber, and we have several in the area whom we know for their reliability, expertise, and honesty. When needed, we can contact one for you to make the entire process smoother and reduce the number of interruptions your family experiences.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island has specialists and technicians who cover nearby areas, including Weavers Station and Old Marco Junction. We can help you locate areas involved in water loss and resolve the problem. Call us at (239) 302-5700 for water detection and rapid drying of wet areas in your home caused by leaking pipes.
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Don't Recline on Your Miles City Water Damaged Furniture Until it is Professionally Cleaned
Without proper drying procedures, water can ruin furniture. SERVPRO has the expertise to help restore your water damaged furniture..
Understanding Moisture Impact on Upholstered Furniture In Miles City After Water Cleanup
Research shows that 250 gallons of water jet out of a 1/8 inch crack in your pipe. Besides a crack in your plumbing, there are other causes of water damage in your Miles City home. They include a leaky roof and a broken washing machine hose. If the problem goes unchecked in half an hour or more, soaking occurs on your carpet, rugs, furniture, and hardwood floors. When water infiltrates your home, calling water cleanup technicians can prevent further damage. In your home, we use water extraction equipment to remove the water. Afterward, we turn on the air movers and dehumidifiers to dry. However, water and moisture exposed your furniture to damage. Here is how moisture affects upholstered furniture.
Before water cleanup in your Miles City home commences, SERVPRO experts inspect your home. Even if the level of water is barely high up the furniture legs, the furniture legs can stain your rugs and carpets. In such a case, you have an added problem. Carpet cleaners use the hot water extraction method to remove stains and kill germs. When it comes to your stained carpet, it is near impossible to remove furniture stains, especially if the carpet has dried with the stain on it.
The composition of wood stain is solvent, binder, and pigment. Since the solvent is petroleum distillate, it makes it difficult to remove after your carpet is stained.
During drying, SERVPRO water cleanup technicians use air movers in your home. This equipment pumps in the hot air causing the water in your carpets and rugs to evaporate. Since your furniture is in place, the moisture can bleed the cover. If the cover sags, your carpet can be stained.
Another moisture effect on your upholstered furniture is rust. The upholstered buttons have metal backings. When exposed to moisture, the process of oxidation begins which leads to rust.
The framing joints relax when exposed to moisture because of the weakening of the glue brought about by swelling of the wood. To strengthen the joints, you need to re-apply the glue.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island responds fast to all sizes of water damage disaster. To have your home restored to the pre-damaged condition, call our 24/7 emergency line at (239) 302-5700.
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Where To Go When You Need Water Cleanup In Marco Island
There are many services for water cleanup in Marco Island.
Water Damage Cleanup In Your Home
Getting moisture out of fixtures and furnishings is easier said than done. In our experience, what looks dry on the outside can often conceal damp beneath the surface, leading to unpleasant smells further down the line. Using a combination of cleaning chemicals, wet/ dry equipment, and trained technicians, SERVPRO is here to help restore, deodorize and dry your home.
There are many services for water cleanup in Marco Island. However, if you need a professional service with 40 years industry leading experience, there is only one. SERVPRO trains its technicians in an IICRC-approved school to ensure they stay ahead of the curve and provides them with the latest technology to help get the job done.
The fastest method in the restoration process is water extraction. Extractors are either truck-mounted for full-scale operations or portable to allow access to crawl spaces, sub-floor or other smaller areas. These extractors are capable of removing hundreds of gallons of water in a short period.
For smaller areas, with lower water saturation levels, SERVPRO uses Air Moving equipment in combination with dehumidifiers. By rapidly circulating air using this equipment moisture can be evaporated from underneath surfaces and is capable of reaching between floorboards or underneath permanent fittings. The next stage is to use dehumidifiers to remove the evaporated moisture from the air.
We use two types of the dehumidifier. One which circulates similar to an air conditioner and another that uses desiccant chemicals to remove moisture. By using meters, our technicians can compare the affected area with other rooms to establish a dry level that mirrors the rest of your home.
The finishing detail is in scrubbing down your furnishings and fixtures using good old fashioned elbow grease combined with chemical sanitizers. Depending on the extent of cleanup, SERVPRO can use deodorizers known as foggers to dispense odor neutralizing chemicals into the area, leaving your home smelling clean and livable.
If your home needs a professional restoration following a water leak, contact SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 to arrange a professional assessment.
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Why Safety Is A Major Concern During Water Removal In Marco Island
Water removal jobs in Marco Island present many safety concerns that our SERVPRO technicians take seriously before the restoration can start.
Safety During Water Removal
There are reasons as to why water removal services are so critical after a water damage experience. By returning the structure to its former state, it is possible for the residents to resume their normal operations as well as protect them from possible health effects. It takes the use of specialized equipment, expertise, and training to dry and restore water-damaged contents in Marco Island adequately.
Water removal jobs in Marco Island present many safety concerns that our SERVPRO technicians take seriously before the restoration can start. We classify the hazards as personal or environmental. With that in mind, we start by performing a safety evaluation and during that time we identify possible safety risks and come up with solutions.
Our SERVPRO technicians understand that some cleanup procedures and water damaged structures may create slip, fall, and trip hazards. For instance, there is a possibility of a person tripping when walking on a wet surface or by accidentally getting caught by power cords or equipment hoses. To avoid such incidents, we post warning signs alerting residents or customers about such concerns. Ensuring the cords do not get tangled by taping them down or using a zip tie to gather them together is part of the solutions we put in place.
It can be a painful experience if a person steps on an exposed tack strip after removing a carpet. If it is necessary to remove the carpets during drying, our SERVPRO technicians can use foam strips to cover the tack strips. We also inform occupants not to walk on floating carpets since it is possible to get tripped.
Since water conducts electricity, electrocution may occur when the two mix. To avoid such, we turn off all circuits leading to the wet area and post a sign at the power distribution panel warning about the same. When it is necessary to operate electrical devices within a wet environment, we use GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters). The device usually cuts off the power when it senses there is too much current flowing.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island responds immediately to all sizes of storm, mold, fire, and water damage disasters. Call us at (239) 302-5700 and benefit from a safe restorative experience offered by our highly trained technicians.
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Learn How Professional Equipment Makes Water Removal in Naples Accurate
Mitigate Water Damage in Naples with Science and SERVPRO
Naples Homes and Condos Benefit from SERVPRO's Industry-Leading Techniques and Tools for Water Damage Mitigation
There are specialized supplies and equipment that we use when performing water removal on your property. Owning such tools is not enough, correct operation counts when it comes to making the job easier and providing a higher level of service. It is also important to note that different water damaging events require different tools and selecting the most suitable to use is equally important. We are going to look at the various equipment we use when addressing water incidents in Naples.
To reduce the time that your Naples property takes to dry during water removal, it is critical to use air movers. The devices have distinct features that make them serve their purpose efficiently. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians can make use of carpet clamps to "float" carpets when it is necessary to blow air on the lower sides and the floor surface. The presence of the shrouds on the air movers also makes it possible to direct air into cabinets and wall cavities. Increasing air movement enhances the evaporation rate from surfaces and also water vapor.
When we want to identify areas with water intrusion and determine whether the structure is dry, our SERVPRO technicians use detection and monitoring devices. By using a moisture sensor, we can evaluate whether moisture exists in soft materials. The device has sharp probes which penetrate into materials to establish the presence of moisture. When moisture is present, we see a blinking light, and a sensor beeps. We can also use nonpenetrating –that work with the help of sensors - and penetrating moisture meters – which have probes - when determining the actual moisture content in materials. Infrared imaging can also be employed as SERVPRO technicians strive for the prize--restoration to preloss condition. There is a relative scale that allows us to take the readings. These baselines help achieve our final goals of moisture content.
With the help of a thermo-hygrometer, we can measure the relative humidity (RH) and the temperature. When the degree of water vapor in the air is so high, we can set up dehumidifiers to absorb the extra moisture that is present in the air. We may use conduits form a poly product called flat lay to channel moisture heavy interior air to the outside of the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians also use deodorization equipment such as thermal foggers to apply deodorants which help in neutralizing the odors.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is fire, water, storm, or mold damage. Call us at (239) 302-5700 at any time of the day when you need emergency services from an industry leader.
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SERVPRO Makes Water Removal in Your Marco Island Home Easy
SERVPRO has a range of equipment to help dry your home.
Tools used to remove water from your home
While flooding and other water-based disasters can be challenging to clean up for a lone homeowner, calling a professional water removal company in Marco Island like SERVPRO can make the entire process fast and simple. Over decades of helping homeowners nationwide handle excess water in their homes, we have developed consistent plus strategies that allow us to clean up and eliminate water both on the surface and deep within the building materials and reaches of your house. Here are a few of the specific strategies we employ to maximize speed and efficiency in our work.
Strategic Air Mover Placement
One of the essential workhorses of the SERVPRO water removal regimen in Marco Island is the air mover, a powerful machine that can create directed air currents in your home that pick up water from surfaces and keep them in the air. Our technicians strategically plan out the placement and arrangement of multiple air movers in one room to construct air current patterns that dry out both the top level and deeper reaches of soaked materials in the area. However, air movers alone cannot dry out a home, and to be used effectively they must be paired with tools that take water out of the air.
Water transferred to the air must quickly be taken back out of it to avoid oxidation, deterioration, and other adverse effects of high relative humidity. We use a combination of thermal and chemical dehumidifiers to collect water out of the air and store it in containers. These are often used in tandem with or directly after the air movers to synchronize our strategies best.
Throughout the process and for a time after, we monitor moisture levels in the home to make sure that all is right. If humidity and water content fall outside of acceptable ranges, they can cause destruction, warping, and mold damage to many materials around the home. Our expert training makes sure that even if these problems do arise, there dealt with before causing further damage.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island takes care of water removal in your home so that you do not have to. Call us 24/7 for our services or a quote at (239) 302-5700.
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Flood Damage Cleanup From a Broken Washing Machine in Your Marco Island Home
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Team SERVPRO Has Drying Your Home After Water Damage Down to a Science
Having a washing machine in your Marco Island Home is very handy. It makes doing your laundry something you can set and forget while doing other things around your home. When your washing machine breaks, however, it can be quite the headache, especially if it is on the second floor of your home. During mid-cycle, a washing machine uses a considerable amount of water. You want that to stay inside the machine, rather than it flooding your home.
Unfortunately, sometimes flooding and flood damage in Marco Island from a washing machine happens. If your home has been subjected to this type of incident, you want to act fast to get it cleaned up. A job this large, however, is best left to our professionals at SERVPRO, who are professionally trained to handle situations like this. We move quickly once we get your call to clean up the water and dry your home out again.
It is crucial for us to dry your home quickly to avoid additional damages. Four things that affect how much time we need for drying include humidity, temperature, air movement, and how much water needs to be evaporated. Drying happens more quickly when rooms are heated between seventy and ninety degrees since hot air can hold more moisture. We may need portable heaters if heat is no available.
The more water SERVPRO techs can extract or pump out of your home, the less we need to remove with dehumidifiers. Liquids are easier and faster to move than gas, and physical extraction is twelve hundred times more efficient than dehumidification. We use submersible pumps if two inches or more of standing water is present in the affected area. We spend extra time extracting water to reduce drying time.
The relative humidity RH is how much moisture is currently being held in the air at a given temperature. The ratio of water vapor in the air compared to the most water vapor that can be held in the air is the RH. When the RH is over sixty percent, it slows the drying time since the air is almost saturated. We use dehumidifiers to lower the relative humidity, as they remove the evaporated moisture from the air.
Air movement is also essential for drying. In a water-damaged room, the air is usually humid and damp, slowing evaporation. We use air movers which blow the damp air out and bring in warm, dry air to speed the drying process.
SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island is careful to take all the proper steps when drying your home in Wagon Wheel, Naples Manor, or Miles City after flood damage. Call us at right away at (239) 302-5700 when you have a flood emergency so we can help you.
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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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.