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How Can I Minimize the Effects of Kitchen Sink Water Damage in Tallahassee?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a silver pipe Kitchens can lead to leaks and water damage occurring in your home. Call SERVPRO and we will remediate the damages resulting from water leaks.

When Tallahassee kitchen sink water damage requires professional restoration, SERVPRO is ready to assist homeowners 24/7.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Water Damage Restoration Services to Clean Tallahassee Homes

Tallahassee homeowners who have dealt with kitchen sink leaks know that a small amount of damage can spiral into musty odors, microbial growth, and water-damaged fixtures quickly without fast action. Something as simple as a loose or damaged fitting can allow gallons of water to damage your property over time.

Common Causes for Kitchen Cabinet Leaks

  • Corroded drain pipes. This type of leak is especially common in older homes with lead pipes. If you find rusty plumbing under your sink, do the following:
    • Turn off the water supply to the sink and place a container for leaking water underneath the affected pipe.
    • Remove the damaged pipe segment with channel locks or a monkey wrench
    • Take the pipe with you to a home improvement store to find a replacement, such as an ABS plastic pipe of the same dimensions.
  • Damaged or corroded garbage disposal. Acids in food and drink, as well as minerals in hard water, can eventually eat through the outer casing of your garbage disposal, creating leaks around your cabinets.
  • Dishwasher leaks. If the sink and garbage disposal are fine, but you still find water damage in your cabinets, your dishwasher may be leaking. Consider replacing the door gasket, tightening fittings, and upgrading supply lines to prevent leaks. Periodic leaks are indicative of an overloaded washer, or one with more detergent than it can handle.

SERVPRO Restores Water-Damaged Cabinetry

SERVPRO technicians use the following to treat water-damaged cabinetry:

  • Portable extraction systems to remove excess moisture.
  • EPA-registered antimicrobials for odor control and inhibiting microbial growth.
  • Small holes drilled in the unit to facilitate structural drying.
  • Drying with a centrifugal air mover and dehumidifier, possibly in a drying chamber made of polyethylene.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee serves the community with mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (850) 765-5706 to start the cleanup process.


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Do I Need to Replace My Wet Carpet After a Water Emergency in Tallahassee?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

wet and mold damaged carpeting When carpets are affected during a water damage emergency, any delays can create a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Fitted Carpets Can, and Should, Be Restored After a Water Emergency. SERVPRO Operates with a Restore Over Replace Mentality that can Save your Carpets From Water Exposure.

How long can carpets in Tallahassee be wet before causing permanent damage?

Fitted-carpeting cannot stay wet for more than seventy-hours without mold growth occurring. Once mold spores grow into colonies, they can spread rapidly across textiles, causing irreversible harm. If a carpet shows signs of mold infestation, it must be removed and replaced. In some situations, not taking adequate action against potential mold growth can complicate your insurance claim, and your policy may not cover the cost of the new carpet. If your carpets are exposed to water damage in your Tallahassee home, you must quickly bring in restorers to mitigate permanent harm.

Can a wet carpet dry by itself?

With surface-level exposure to small amounts of water, a carpet can dry by itself. However, larger quantities of water can soak through the carpet, causing delamination in Tallahassee and absorbing into the carpet fibers. If water reaches the underside of a carpet or the pad beneath only the surface level of the carpet dries while the lower regions suffer from continued exposure to moisture. If pressure on the carpet pushes out moisture, you may need to procure professional equipment or temporarily remove the carpet to dry it thoroughly.

Can you save a soaking wet carpet?

There are several methods you can use to save a wet carpet from permanent damage.

Detach and float the carpet

Carpets are fitted to the floor using carpet grippers- thin strips of wood with short spikes that hold the carpet in place. Using a pry bar, you can lever the wet carpet away from grippers. Carpets are up to 50% weaker when wet, so make sure that all edges of the carpet are detached before attempting to lift it. With the carpet removed, you can place an air-mover beneath and 'float' the carpet to circulate warm air drying the underside, pads, and subfloor.

Hot water extraction 

Hot water extraction uses a professional tool that is powerful enough to remove water from a carpet when applied to the surface. Water extractors combine heating elements with vacuums and are capable of passing fluids. Usually, extractors transport the excess moisture to a truck-mounted storage tank or a portable water tank. In some situations, extraction is possible without removing furniture or detaching the carpet referred to as in-place drying.

Dehumidifying carpets

Dehumidification can help to speed up the drying process, although it is less effective than using extraction or carpet floating methods. Desiccant dehumidifiers use a silica gel to remove moisture from the surrounding air and can lower humidity to below 40 grains per pound. When humidity levels drop, water is drawn out of wet materials and evaporates faster than in normal conditions.

How do I limit damages to wet carpet?

  • Reduce foot traffic over the carpet, prevent damage to fibers, and keep the carpet free of soiling
  • Dry the carpet quickly using extraction equipment and dehumidification
  • Spray antimicrobial chemicals directly onto the carpet surface to reduce mold buildup
  • Take extra care when acting on a carpet to avoid tears or fiber compression

How can I remove footprints from my carpet?

Areas of a room with high foot traffic begin to show signs of wear and age. Fiber reduction over carpets is irreversible, however removing prints and fluffing the carpet give it a new lease of life. SERVPRO technicians can apply the emulsifying powder directly onto a soiled or wet carpet using a truck-mounted extraction wand. The emulsifying powder absorbs moisture as well as soiling that may be deeply embedded in the carpet fibers. Technicians can then vacuum the powder using roto machines. These light machines vacuum and buffer the surface fibers of a carpet, which can help remove heavy footmarks and provide a uniform finish of the carpet fibers.

If the carpet pad is wet, do I need to replace the carpet?

It is common for large amounts of water to migrate through the fibers of a carpet affecting the pads underneath. However, carpet pads are much less expensive to replace than the carpet. Our technicians can detach the carpet and remove the sodden carpet pad below, cutting it up into small pieces. The small pieces of wet carpet pad should be double sealed in waterproof bags to prevent dripping through the home when taken out for disposal. SERVPRO takes non-salvageable items like carpet pad away with us when the restoration is finished.

If you are not sure whether to restore or replace wet carpets, contact SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 for expert advice.

What Should I Do About this Water Damage in My House?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers a Full Scope of Water Damage Restoration Service for Tallahassee Properties

Even a little water damage has the potential to leave behind an enormous amount of loss in a Tallahassee home for both the structure and contents. A mere half an inch can cause thousands of dollars and need extensive repairs, and the longer it waits for cleanup, the worse the problem gets.

Getting professional help with the cleanup and restoration from water damage in Tallahassee homes is crucial. Numerous issues can occur from inadequate water removal and drying efforts.

Scoping the Property for Water Loss

It is impossible to visually determine the scale that water loss covers in a home. The reason is that water migrates quickly across floors and follows the path of least resistance. Upper-level events tend to leave water behind in floor joists and under subfloors. SERVPRO technicians use advanced detection equipment to locate moisture within all types of substrates in the structure.

Common Problems in Homes with Water Loss

When water gets left behind within the structure, a host of issues can result. Tile and glue down carpet have the potential to lose their adherence and delaminate. Whether or not the flooring can get reinstalled for reuse after cleaning and drying is dependant upon the construction materials.

Many factors can affect the restorability factors for carpet. Among them are type and length of water exposure along with the materials that make up the fibers. Some carpets shrink or deteriorate upon prolonged contact with water. SERVPRO technicians have numerous tests to determine the composition of the threads, so the best processes for extraction and drying get followed and maximize the restoration potential saving homeowners the cost of replacement.

Certified to Handle Different Water Types

Not all water loss events are equal. When a pipe breaks in a home or rain comes in through the roof, there is little danger of bacteria or contaminants being present as long as the cleanup efforts begin within 24 hours. This type of water carries a label as "clean water." The other two main water types get gradually more dangerous for homeowners to come into contact with due to the possibility of chemicals, toxins, or sewage. Gray and Black water should always have professional restoration services due to the unsanitary nature of this type of loss. Familiar sources of gray and black water include:

  • sewage or septic tank backups
  • washing machine and dishwasher malfunctions
  • water that has aged beyond 24 hours
  • flood damage from groundwater
  • aquarium accidents

Advanced Water Removal Equipment

Consumer-grade shop vacs are rarely enough to extract embedded moisture completely. The professional equipment used by the certified techs at SERVPRO for water removal has the power to pull up the water, and the attention given to this step of the mitigation process works to lessen the drying time needed.

Safety Measures During Mitigation

Particularly in cases of black water loss situations, the techs pay close attention to the potential for cross-contaminations for airborne droplets that can carry bacteria or pathogens. Containment around the work-site area using plastic barriers is a common tactic. Air scrubbers also assist in the capture of any harmful airborne elements with their maze of HEPA filtration.

Differences Between Professional and DIY Drying Methods

Different surfaces need varied types of drying applications for the best outcome. Home drying usually involves using a fan or multiple fans on wet surfaces. This is great for drying the tips of the carpet fibers or tile flooring; however, it does nothing for the water that migrated into a subfloor, behind walls, or within the carpet pad.

SERVPRO techs use air movers that get placed in unique configurations to best direct the airflow around a water loss area. The high-velocity air delivery from these little powerhouse machines causes embedded moisture to rise. At the same time, dehumidification equipment that is also running captures it and ports it offsite. This creates a cycle of progressively drier air circulating and rapidly lowers the ambient humidity levels.

Specialized drying equipment and methods make the difference. The techs have the equipment such as the Injecti-Dry system to force air into small spaces such as where baseboards got removed or within floor joists. Drying mats used on hardwood flooring can save a homeowner the cost of replacement through their ability to dry the board in place.

Monitoring is a large part of the drying process. The techs take air moisture measurements throughout this phase of mitigation to ensure preset drying goals get attained. Ensuring the indoor humidity levels are below ideal conditions for mold spore germination helps lower the potential mold growth.

SERVPRO techs have extensive training in mold remediation and know it is a possibility whenever there is a water loss event. They look for early warning signs and apply applications as necessary, such as antimicrobial sealants, to discourage any future establishment of mold over the treated areas.

Post Drying Cleaning and Odor Control

Because of the potential for bacteria or other harmful elements to exist in any type of water after the time needed for mitigation, the techs use professional-grade antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents to wipe down surfaces and floors.

Water odors leave behind a musty smell that may require multiple treatments to eradicate. Light odors respond to time-release gel pellets that are placed in inconspicuous areas to absorb the scents. Thermal fogging is another odor control method that the technicians rely on when stouter scent removal needs occur. This equipment heats the chosen solution to the point it is fog, and it gets released throughout the loss area. It covers surfaces and penetrates porous objects.

Hydroxyl generators use the same power as the sun for odor removal: UV rays. While thermal foggers require people, pets and plants are not present during treatment; the hydroxyl generators are safe for use when technicians and residents are in the home. Both thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators neutralize odor-causing molecules by changing their structure, so there is no chance of the return of foul scents after the restoration services complete.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 is available 24/7 to handle any size water damage in local properties and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

We Act Fast In Tallahassee After A Water Loss

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Our advanced drying equipment working to dry the tile in this home Our experience and our equipment can prevent unnecessary damages with fast results to remove water and excess humidity.

Water Extraction to Begin Drying Carpets in Tallahassee Homes

With more widespread water loss in a Tallahassee home, numerous flooring types can get affected simultaneously. The most absorbent and easily damaged of these are carpeted surfaces, and so it is vital to protect these areas of the house as completely as you can when disasters strike. Depending on the thickness of this upper layer and the density of the fibers, subflooring and padding can sometimes become immediately affected by migrating water.

Water extraction in Tallahassee homes can help to reduce the impact that migrating water has on the rest of the house. Whether exposed carpets are the most significant concern or the contents of the property, removing any standing water and material saturation involves several premier extraction tools. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive at a damaged address with many extractors that can suit the needs of the specific damage incident and the location of the excess moisture.

Drying out damaged materials, especially carpets, cannot happen without initial extraction efforts. Depending on the plan for the flooring, namely if our in-house residential contractors intend to remove and later replace carpets and padding, dictate the level of water removal necessary. Partial replacements such as the removal of the padding beneath the carpet layer require a different extraction approach than restoring the full carpet assembly to the subflooring.

Carpet Wands

When speed is a necessity, and our professionals need to remove a modest amount of water from the exposed material, wet vacuuming with carpet wands can help. These tools are the staple of hot water extraction cleaning for carpet restoration.

Weighted Extractors 

Weighted water damage removal tools utilize the weight of the restoration technician to press the carpet and the padding layers together and force moisture to the surface. An onboard vacuum can discharge displaced moisture from these layers.

Controlled Demolition

Sometimes removing carpets and padding is the only feasible solution to prevent moisture migration to other areas. Our contractors can work to limit excessive tear-out to maximize the efficiency of build back.

Water losses can be a damaging situation for your home and family. Let our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team help with effective carpet and material drying solutions. Give us a call anytime at (850) 765-5706.

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Laundry Room and You Overwhelmed by Water? SERVPRO of Tallahassee Cleans It Up

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

In a laundry room of a house, a woman is on the phone and the man is holding clothes An overloaded washing machine spilled water on the floor of this Tallahassee home, and the homeowners called SERVPRO.

Water Removal Workers and Specialized Equipment Stop Damage from Spreading in Your Tallahassee Residence

Having guests during the holidays can put a strain on your plumbing. Not only are extra showers and baths happening during their visit to Tallahassee, but laundry tasks also increase. Many guests prefer to do their laundry, which many homeowners welcome. One problem that might come from this is an overflow from overloading the washing machine. Many people do this to reduce the number of loads they do while visiting.

Once an overloaded washing machine spills water onto the floor of your Tallahassee home, water removal experts need to begin as quickly as possible to mitigate the situation. Warm or hot water, plus added detergent, can discolor carpeting quickly. Subflooring can suffer in areas extending farther than what appears on the carpeting or other floorings. The heat of the water forces pores in the wood to open more quickly than cold water does, and the absorption rate increases.

Mitigating the area with water removal methods often lasts longer than a few hours, but much of this time involves letting an air mover run. We understand that out-of-town guests went to great lengths to come to visit and that you also put forth a significant amount of time and effort in planning to accommodate them. Should the worst happen though, to remove as much water as possible from any carpeting, we can use the claw, a weighted device that we place on top of wet carpet, so water gets pushed up and withdrawn through the device.

The more water we remove, the less time it takes to dry the area using an air mover and desiccant machine. Because we do not want to heat your home more than necessary and overheat your home, we rely on different methods to contain any heat we use.

Although we work as quickly as we can, and we also understand that you want as few interruptions as possible, we do pay attention to the minor details. Saturated carpeting quickly becomes compressed, so we use a special tool to re-lift the pile, making the area less noticeable. Another visual change often seen in carpets, as well as other textiles, particularly lighter-colored ones, is a water ring. We spray the exterior edge with water to minimize this effect.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee serves property owners with water removal services and other mitigation and restoration assistance in Southwood and around Florida A and M University. Call (850) 765-5706 for fast, reliable service, 24/7, year-round.

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Water Extraction becomes Faster with the Right Equipment in Tallahassee

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Warehouse with a SERVPRO van and various pieces of equipment stacked against the wall SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to extract water damage from your home.

Proper tools to remove water damage from your home

After a flood, SERVPRO uses large pump trucks with attached extraction heads to remove large amounts of water. However, when your house in Tallahassee has a broken pipe, we don't need to use such large-sized and powerful pumps. We can solve the problem and protect your home with smaller units that address more localized problem areas.

One thing that we must begin with is restoring your Tallahassee home using water extraction methods that focus on the elevated humidity. Humidity remains as long as damp areas in the structure exist. Once we dry these areas, the humidity decreases down to normal again. However, while we extract water, a large percentage of it evaporates into the air. This evaporation aids us in getting the water removed from your property.

Instead of letting the water vapor condense on surfaces and lead to other problems, we have powerful desiccant machines that pull it out of the air. If we could only pull water out from the materials in your home and not the air, water extraction would take an extremely long time and involve handling every affected item individually. 

Using the air to move the water that came out of a broken pipe helps us extract the water. Doing this efficiently requires us to move the air so that it not only absorbs the moisture that penetrated into your carpets and other materials, but so that the now-saturated air rapidly moves toward the desiccant machines. 

For carpets, we often use weighted extraction units that can double as cleaning units. These can also remove many stains. They can also leave the carpet smelling fresh and clean, instead of musty and damp. 

Odors often drift and rarely stay in one place, even after we finish extracting all of the water. We can also deodorize if odors become a problem after a leaking pipe drenches your residence. There are many effective options available, depending on the individual aspects involved. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee has all of the equipment needed to perform any size water extraction job. Call us at (850) 765-5706, so we can get started restoring your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Why Fast Water Removal Is Necessary to Prevent Mold Growth in Tallahassee

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Top of kitchen cabinets and corner of ceiling.  Significant mold growth on ceiling A slow water leak upstairs became the breeding ground for mold. We were able to remediate the mold and return the property to its preloss condition.

Beating Mold Growth with the Right Water Removal Techniques in Tallahassee

Living in an environment with mold can lead to health problems. It is also uncomfortable because of the musty smell associated with mold. Since mold spores are naturally occurring, any spike in moisture levels such as when there is a water spill can lead to mold growth. You can take several steps to beat mold during water removal, including hiring professional restorers.

After taking steps to deal with the excess moisture during water removal in your Tallahassee property, prompt water removal reduces the possibility of mold growth. Signs of growth are visible within the first 24-48 hours, and if drying moisture from the building takes longer, growth is more severe. Our SERVPRO Water Removal Technicians, (WRT), start the water extraction and drying processes immediately after arriving at the loss site to reduce the time mold has for development.

The behavior of materials differs when exposed to water. For example, materials such as carpets and upholstery, which have high levels of permeance, saturate quickly. Others like wood and concrete take longer to absorb water. However, once they absorb sufficient water, they act as moisture reservoirs that can resupply mold growth over time. These materials might also seem dry, but only the outer layers are dry. Moisture remnants deep inside the material can fuel future mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to get to the root of all moisture issues. For instance, we use drying chambers to improve the drying process. We also use different equipment to check moisture levels in different materials, including:

  • Moisture meters
  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermal cameras
  • Thermo-hygrometers

The drying phase of the water removal process is vital in defeating mold. For more effectiveness, it requires proper addressing of factors such as air movement and temperature. Our SERVPRO technicians use several air-moving units to aid faster drying. We also use portable heaters or indirect fired furnaces to heat areas during drying.

Mold can be stubborn, but with the right approach during water removal, it is possible to prevent proliferation. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Tallahassee Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Fast Water Loss Mitigation Service

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has The Equipment for Any Size Water Damage Restoration Service in the Tallahassee Area

Immediate Actions Following Water Damage in Tallahassee Homes

As with many of the loss incidents that our experienced technicians get dispatched to address in Tallahassee homes, water emergencies have one of the shortest timetables to protect your property from irreparable damages. While this fact might encourage many to seek our professional experience and roster of qualified and certified SERVPRO restoration technicians accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are still many who can approach this with a degree of confidence in attempting to dry out their properties on their own.

While water damage in Tallahassee homes can spread uncontrollably from the source, the spread can get slowed dramatically by stopping the flow from this breach. Finding the source of the damage is tracing the effects to the point where they are at their worst, though many water damage instances have clear points of origin. Once you have found the cause of the damage and stopped water flow to it, you are ready to take the steps that must happen immediately to preserve as much of the construction materials in your home as possible.

Content removal is vital at this stage, as it prevents unnecessary harm to your personal belongings and furniture throughout the affected areas. By only moving these items to an area that cannot become affected by the current conditions, our SERVPRO team can prevent considerable loss and replacement costs. For heavy furniture or because of limited room, we may place the legs or supports on high-density foam blocks or foil to protect the items.

We then focus on the extraction and drying of the damaged components and content to prevent this situation from getting any worse than it already is. Our SERVPRO team has advanced water removal and rapid drying solutions. With the combination of air movers and dehumidification equipment, our team can begin removing saturation from exposed materials.

Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team is here to help in any way that you might need. Give us a call anytime, 24/7 at (850) 878-8885.

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