Recent Water Damage Posts

It's The Water You Don't See

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that there's no such thing as a small disaster? At any time, a small leak could turn into a big claim because the unseen water can soak through carpet, pooling on the sub floors possibly causing structural damage. Water hidden behind walls, cabinets or under flooring can pool causing moisture that could pose greater health risks to your home and family later on. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage and potential hazards.  It only takes a couple of inches of water to cause significant harm.

If water damage occurs, call us immediately to begin the mitigation process.  Time is of the essence! We have the equipment and expertise to walk you through your disaster. Our trained professionals are standing by.  Call Us Today  704-939-1944 

5 Common Causes of Water damage

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Common Causes of Water damage 5 Common Causes of Water Damage

Rain isn't the main cause of water damage in homes and other buildings. Get to know some of the common causes of water damage so that you can do what you can to prevent it from happening on your property. 

  1. Broken Pipes – A broken pipe can do a lot of damage to your home in just a short amount of time. Before you know it, gallons short amount of time. Before you know of water could be spewing through your home. Pay close attention to any leaks, drips, and signs of deterioration. Have a plumber come out to your house for regular maintenance, and if there ever is a broken pipe, you can always turn the water off before the plumber arrives in order to avoid further damage.
  2. Pinhole Leaks – common if a home has copper plumbing, a pinhole leak is a puncture of a copper pipe due to corrosion. If your home has a copper water system, check your pipes for signs of corrosion often.
  3. Old/Faulty Appliances – If your fridge or washing machines aren’t maintained well, or have gotten too old, they could start to leak and create a significant amount of water damage in your home. It’s especially important to keep an eye on the appliances in your kitchen, as water damage caused by your fridge or dish washer can affect not just your floor, but your cabinets as well. Often times, leaks that go undetected for some time will cause significant water damage behind cabinets, which in turn can lead to mold if the problem goes unnoticed for an extended period.
  4. Roof Leaks – We don’t typically see much rain here in Southern California, but when we do, a lot of homeowners tend to suffer water damage due to roof leaks. Check your roofs frequently and take care of any maintenance or repairs while the weather is still sunny. That way you won’t have to worry about your home flooding next time a storm hits.
  5. Accidents – Sometimes luck just isn’t on your side and one tiny mistake can lead to a big problem. A clogged toilet or too much soap in the dishwasher or washing machine can have water coming across your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. These parts of the home are generally better equipped than the rest of the house to handle a larger spill, but water moves fast and could potentially cause damage to the walls, ceiling, or other rooms in the home. If an accident ever does occur that you think calls for a professional, call SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove 704-939-1944 and we’ll make it"Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Emergency Tips

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives?

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency? 
Call  
North Cabarrus County & China Grove.  704-939-1944.  Our SERVPRO Professional team is nearby and ready to serve you.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

When the UNEXPECTED happens SERVPRO North Cabarrus County & China Grove is here to make it as if it NEVER HAPPENED! 

Winter Weather & Frozen Pipes

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Weather & Frozen Pipes Winter Weather

Winter weather can wreak all kinds of hazards to your Kannapolis or Concord home or business.  Frozen pipes exposed to cold weather can burst and cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.  Some ways to help prevent frozen pipes include:

  • Opening cabinets door to allow warm air in
  • Leaving a small drip from your faucets
  • Disconnecting outside hoses from your house
  • Draining water from sprinkler lines
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes According to the American Red Cross
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

If winter weather does cause damage to your property, call SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove to begin mitigation immediately to limit further damage.  

Faster to your Water Damage Event

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Water Damage Event Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 704-939-1944

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

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 704-939-1944

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

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

SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove 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.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Cleanup

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Cleanup Flooded church Hallway

SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove 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 and the cost to clean it up.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today  704-939-1944

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 North Cabarrus County & China Grove 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)?

We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event, so 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 and make it "Like it never even happened."

It's The Water You Don't See

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage It's The Water You Don't See Water Damage Timeline

Did you know that there's no such thing as a small disaster? At any time, a small leak could turn into a big claim because the unseen water can soak through carpet, pooling on the sub floors possibly causing structural damage. Water hidden behind walls, cabinets or under flooring can pool causing moisture that could pose greater health risks to your home and family later on. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage and potential hazards.  It only takes a couple of inches of water to cause significant harm.

If water damage occurs, call us immediately to begin the mitigation process.  Time is of the essence! We have the equipment and expertise to walk you through your disaster. Our trained professionals are standing by.