Recent Water Damage Posts

A Leaking Toilet?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Are you a homeowner?  Have you experienced a toilet leak before?  A leaking toilet can become a serious issue in your home. With plumbing issues coming from a leaking toilet can cause water damage to occur in your home.  There are many reasons why a toilet can leak; to help you prevent problems, here are a few common reasons why your toilet might be leaking:

  • Supply lines direct the water from the toilet into the pipes. Over time, the joints of this line and the rubber lining can wear out or rupture, which can lead to water escaping and ultimately damaging the area around the toilet.
    • Flappers can also become damaged and can lead to a large loss of water in the tank. Sometimes the flush handle gets stuck and allows the toilet tank to continually fill with water. This can lead to overflow and expensive water bills. 
    • The float is the small ball that floats in the toilet tank. If the float is damaged or cracked, this can mess up the entire flushing process.

If you suffer from a water loss due to a leaking toilet contact SERVPRO of Victoria.  We are always here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Kitchen Appliance Maintenance

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the home floods commonly occur in the kitchen due to its many water outlets.  For most homes, the kitchen commonly incorporates multiple appliances that connect to a water supply line.   It is important to understand that water damages that occur in the kitchen may possibly spread past the kitchen and create larger damages throughout one's home.  Keep your home prepared by periodically checking the appliances to help reduce water damage incidents from occurring.   However, a few common items that may lead to a kitchen flood are as follows:
Dishwasher
Over time, the water supply line in a dishwasher may degrade.  This can lead to water leaking into enclosed areas under the appliance and rupture entirely.  Check this line twice a year by removing the kick plate at the front of the dishwasher and use a flashlight to inspect the space and surrounding areas.  If the area is wet with no explanation, this should be taken as a red flag.  The dishwasher water supply line shut off should be located under the kitchen sink; turn it off and call a plumber. 

Under Sink System
Underneath the sink, you may find a water filtration system.  As time passes, the lines can degrade and rupture.  A crack in the line can lead to flooding and potentially much worse.  Check the sink twice a year to avoid any costly damages.  

Refrigerator
Moving the refrigerator may be tricky sometimes.  It's important to be cautious about its placement.  Moving the refrigerator too close to the wall may kink or break the water supply line.  However, having the refrigerator too far out may cause potential over-stress on the line and potentially cause the line to rupture.    Keep in mind, the plastic water supply line degrades over time and can crack or break.   To prevent water damages from potentially happening, it is advisable to remove the plastic line and replace it with a copper or stainless-steel line that has better durability.  Being prepared can help prevent a disastrous situation.   By regularly checking on these appliances, you will help avoid any catastrophic damages.  SERVPRO of Victoria is faster to any sized disaster, and we are here to help 24/7/365 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Freezing Pipe Tips

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Freezing weather is still upon us here in Victoria, Texas.  We encourage  We at SERVPRO of Victoria want to make sure you know the correct steps to take to prevent damages to your home and more importantly disruptions to your life. To help protect your home and limit the potential for frozen pipes consider the following steps:

  • Allow faucet to drip
  • Seal up cracks and holes
  • Apply heating tape
  • Add extra insulation

If winter and cold weather take their toll on your home, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Victoria a call, (361) 573- 6000.  SERVPRO of Victoria has highly trained technicians with years of experience and certifications to get the job done.   SERVPRO of Victoria is dedicated to helping you when disaster strikes! 

When Is It Time To Replace A Hot Water Heater?

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

When was the last time you changed your hot water heater?  Has it been a while?  It’s one of those appliances that may be remained unseen or hidden away in the attic.  However, it’s important to make sure to keep up regular maintenance for many reasons.  Homeowners can wake up in the middle of the night or even come home to water all over their home.  Depending on the size, it can possibly leave up to 50+ gallons of water.   Below are a few telling signs that it may be time to change out the hot water heater in your home.

  • Typically, a gas hot water heater can last about 8 to 12 years, while an electric model will last slightly longer from about 10 to 15 years. If your water heater is getting up in years, it may be time to replace it before it breaks
  • If a puddle surrounds the base of the hot water heater, it is important to act immediately
  • If there is no hot water while using the tap, this may be an indicator it’s time to get the hot water heater checked
  • Signs of tinted water coming from your hot water tap means there may be rust in the hot water heater, which may show possible aging and a signal of an oncoming leak
  • Gurgling or popping noises coming from your water heater are caused by the buildup of hard water sediment heating up and exploding inside your water heater tank

It is always good to be prepared, because disasters may strike when we least expect it.  SERVPRO of Victoria is dedicated to helping you when disaster strikes.  Give our trained professionals a call if you ever experience any kind of water damage.  Our experts are here to help, (361) 573-6000. 

Classes of Water

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Without warning, emergencies can strike.  An immediate response is critical especially when water damage strikes.  Did you know there are different classes of water that can cause a loss in a home?  The classes of water are defined as the following:

Class 1 – A single room is affected, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.

Class 2 – This class effects and the entire room, wetness along the walls (12” or more), and moisture still in the structure.

Class 3 – Ceilings, walls, carpet, and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water. This is often due to water coming from overhead.

Class 4 – Water saturates in materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.

Here at SERVPRO of Victoria, we understand that dealing with water damage is highly stressful.  Our trained technicians are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property to its preloss conditions.  Do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Victoria a call if you experience any kind of water damage!

Understanding the Common Types of Floods

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding the common types of Floods

Coastal Flooding - is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.

Flash Floods - are the most dangerous kind of flood, combining the nearly unstoppable force of flood waters with deadly unpredictability and speed. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a grown man off his feet, and just two feet of water can cause a car to begin floating.

River Flood - occurs when a river overflows its banks. This happens for a few different reasons. One, lots of rain. Whether it’s tropical systems (tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.) reaching land.

Urban flooding is specific in the fact that the cause is a lack of drainage in an urban area. As there is little open soil that can be used for water storage nearly all the precipitation needs to be transporting to surface water or the sewage system.

SERVPRO of Victoria specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a water or fire damage. If your home or business suffers from flood damage, our trained technicians have the expertise, resources, and equipment to handle the job. 

Water Classification

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Without warning, emergencies can strike your home or business.  Immediate response is critical especially when water damage strikes.  Did you know there are three different major classifications of water that can cause a loss in a home?  The three types of water classification are defined as the following:

Clean water does not contain waste products, and presents few health risks.  Sources of clean water include burst pipes, defective appliances, water heaters and rain or snow entering through a leaky roof.  

Gray water carries waste products, but does not include human waste.  Sources of gray water include overflowing washing machines, dishwashers and bathtubs.  Gray water generally does not present the hazard of spreading disease. 

Black water carries waste products and disease causing organisms.  Sources of black water include flood water and sewage backups.  Black water losses pose serious health threats, and damage is generally more severe.  

SERVPRO of Victoria understands that dealing with water damage is a highly stressful.  Our highly trained technicians are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  Give SERVPRO of Victoria a call if you or anyone you know experiences water damage, (361) 573-6000. 

Water Damage Timeline

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. SERVPRO of Victoria arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout the 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 may 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 Victoria

SERVPRO of Victoria 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. Give us a call if you have any questions (361) 573-6000!

What to do Until Help Arrives

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever experienced water damage in your home?  Each time a house is damaged by water, the type and/or amount of damage can be different and requires different and unique solution.  When sewer water enters your home, it may contain bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that can cause illness.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Victoria has the right equipment and specialized training to quickly fix any problems.  While you're waiting for our services, here are some helpful things to do and not until help has arrived. 

Do's: 

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items. 

Don'ts:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily damaged or we areas
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if they have been exposed to the contaminated areas. 

We understand the stress and worry that comes with water damage and we are here to minimize the interruption of your business. Give SERVPRO of Victoria a call (361) 573-6000 if your company experiences water damage!

Pipe Freeze Prevention

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

We are ringing in the New Year with freezing cold temperatures and this winter weather can take a toll on your home and property. We at SERVPRO of Victoria want to make sure you know the correct steps to take to prevent damages to your home and more importantly disruptions to your life. To limit potential for frozen pipes consider the following steps:

  • Allow faucet to drip
  • Seal up cracks and holes
  • Apply heating tape
  • Add extra insulation

If winter and cold weather take their toll on your home, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Victoria a call, (361) 573-6000.  SERVPRO of Victoria has highly trained technicians with years of experience and certifications to get the job done..   Our team is dedicated to help you when disaster strikes! 

SERVPRO of Victoria 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Victoria is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (361) 573- 6000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Victoria has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Victoria

SERVPRO of Victoria 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.