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Water Damage Can Create Many Problems In Cutler Bay

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Create Many Problems In Cutler Bay Homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome.

Water Damage Problems

Many things exist that can damage your home. Fire, storms, even tiny organisms, when in sufficient number, can create problematic situations in your home.

Cutler Bay homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome. Water flows in almost every direction, and can even seep uphill when there is an absorbent material that facilitates this movement. Where water can flow to, damage can be found.

When water makes contact with metal, rusting can start taking place. Outlets, being near the floor, are often impacted this way by flooding. If the metal is part of an electrical system, this can lead to problems with electrical shock or even fire. Both can be deadly and need to be prevented by replacing anything affected. Other metal items in your home might be door hinges, screen doors, drawer tracks, cabinetry knobs and handles, and much more.

In situations where water has seeped into a home from a leaky roof or misaligned gutters, water can discolor walls and ceilings, and cause plaster to crumble and pose choking hazards to younger children and toddlers. Pests that may have been present but largely unnoticed within the walls or attic can find their way into your living space. While their presence means they are no longer hidden and can now be dealt with, having them around your family is not healthy.

Carpeting, upholstery and longer drapes can become damaged by water. This can cause these textiles to become weak and brittle, rotting, in essence, right in front of you. High levels of humidity can bring this on, and often the culprit is an absence of a dehumidifier. Other ways that increased humidity might happen are poor or incorrect venting of the clothes dryer or the bathroom fan.

The first step to mitigating any amount of damage is discovering the source of the excess water. Flooding does not need to be present for a home to have water damage. For experts who know what needs to be done and when, every step of the way, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. We are always here, 24/7, at (305) 278-8484, to take your call.

How To Prevent Water Damage In Cutler Bay

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Prevent Water Damage In Cutler Bay Water damage in your home is relatively inexpensive to prevent through regular maintenance but is often extremely expensive to repair.

Preventing Water Damage


Homeowners have many different responsibilities when it comes to taking care of their homes. One of these responsibilities includes regular maintenance. We know that this can sometimes seem to be an ongoing task, and this is because it is one. The importance of doing so can be seen rather quickly when neglected areas of a home start having problems.

Water damage in your Cutler Bay home is relatively inexpensive to prevent through regular maintenance but is often extremely expensive to repair. Making it a habit to check water lines for wetness, puddles on the floor in bathrooms, and moisture under cabinets is a great start. In addition to that, you should include inspecting your washing machine hoses and your ice maker's water lines.

Your home's exterior can also be a source of problems leading to water damage. SERVPRO recommends that your gutters be kept clean and free of debris. Blockages can cause water to spill over the gutter's edges and up against your home's exterior, allowing water to seep into your home. Repairing gutters can often prevent this from happening.

Windows that have gaps around the frames can also permit water to enter into your home. If window frames block the water only partway, this can channel water into the interior of your wall. Windows do not always require replacements, but can often be repaired by weatherization methods.

The roof can also be a location that collects water, even in the winter. Gaps in between shingles, loose vents, and other situations can give water from rain and melting snow access into your home. This water will travel down, into your living areas and can result in stained ceilings and walls.

SERVPRO technicians can help you in locating trouble spots and areas of your home that you might otherwise overlook. For areas such as basements and crawlspaces where humidity is an ongoing concern but has no particular source that can be controlled, we recommend the installation of low-maintenance dehumidifiers. To help you prevent water damage from affecting your home, contact us, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, at (305) 278-8484. We are always available to go over areas that you may have thought were safe from damage. We are here to help you with both prevention of water damage and also remediating any damage which you have found in your home.

Air Conditioner Caused Water Damage Repair

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Air Conditioner Caused Water Damage Repair Backed up air conditioners can cause all kinds of damage. Call SERVPRO quickly to prevent secondary damage!

SERVPRO Technicians are Skilled in Remediating Water Damage

Comfort in a semi-tropical climate can require the use of air conditioner units or central air to moderate the temperature. Reducing interior humidity is key to successful air conditioning. The condensation that occurs when an air conditioner is removing moisture from the air must be managed and disposed of appropriately, typically through a series of drain pans and overflow outlets. If your air conditioner experiences a backup of water because of a clogged drainage system, you can suffer water damage to walls, floors, ceilings and even window coverings in your home. SERVPRO can respond quickly to resolve the damage caused by condensation and inadequate drainage, preventing permanent damage to your home and possessions.
 
Water damage in Palmetto Bay from a malfunctioning air conditioner often manifests itself slowly and you may not even know the system is not draining well until a puddle forms inside or you notice a foul smell or even mold growth near cool air vents. Clearing the drainage system is just the first step in restoring the effects of air conditioner water damage. Our certified technicians will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of your home proximate to the air conditioner and find all areas that show water damage, even in places you would not have suspected to show the effects of condensation or poor drainage. In consultation with you, we will develop a mitigation plan that will clean, restore or replace materials compromised by the water, including attending to any microbial activity fed by the water damage.
 
We have the training and the equipment to contain and remediate water damage and musky smelling fungal growth. Since air conditioners move chilled air throughout your house is essential that the duct work be inspected as part of the water damage protocol, ensuring potentially dangerous materials are not sent airborne. SERVPRO is uniquely qualified to respond to all issues raised by the water damage caused by improperly operating or draining air conditioners. Experienced in water extraction, structural drying, odor reduction and microbial activity containment, we are able to restore walls, flooring, ceilings, furnishings and window coverings to pre-water damage condition as well as restoring a fresh and healthy airflow.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay awaits your call to (305) 278-8484 when a faulty air conditioner system has created a water damage challenge in your home. We pledge a speedy and professional resolution to your water damage dilemma as a committed local partner in our beautiful community.

Water Damage? SERVPRO Tips For Detecting Water Damage

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage? SERVPRO Tips For Detecting Water Damage Let the pros at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay restore your water damaged home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tips to Handle Water Damage 

One little-known fact about water damage is that it often goes unnoticed. It is especially overlooked if the home is older, has been repainted, or might have an underground or internal leak. The problem is that water damage wrecks a house, and if there is enough water, mold and other microbial can take over a home, causing thousands of dollars worth of damages and even health effects that degrade your quality of life. 

Water damage in Cutler Ridge is a common problem. Sometimes in older homes, you have to be able to discover water damages subtly to ensure that you're saving yourself as much headache as possible (plus repairs will cost substantially less). There are several big signs to look for; including just using your eyes and other senses. SERVPRO knows that it can be difficult to spot these problems all the time, which is why we always walk through a house completely to diagnose problem areas. 

Here are a few of the easiest ways to spot water damage in your home:

- Look for stains on the ceiling or wallpaper 

This is often the easiest, most tell-tale sign of a serious leak. When you start seeing stains on your ceilings or walls, call our professionals to mitigate your costs. We'll even prove that we've repaired the source of the damage. 

- Buckled floors, walls, or ceiling tiles almost always lead to leaks 

If your floors are buckling, you probably have a severe problem. Most of the time, this type of water damage is caused by slow water leaks through shower lines, water lines under the house, or even water main damage seeping up through the foundation. 

-Look for cracks in the foundation or other crumbling areas 

If you see crumbling wood, cracked foundations, or cracks in your walls or ceiling, this could indicate water infiltration. 

-If it's a bad leak, you can often hear it 

If you can sense a leak, trust your gut. Use your ears to find these kinds of leaks by turning off all electronics during a rainstorm (even your central heat/air). Usually, leaks are very prominent, distinct, and easy to locate. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Even after you've found water damage, the toughest part is fixing the problem. That's why you should always contact our service professionals at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305)278-8484. All SERVPRO’s are locally owned and operated, and available all over the United States. We get there fast, and we get the job done right the first time! 

Why Would You Need Water Removal In South Florida?

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Would You Need Water Removal In South Florida? Water in the Bay IS OK But Not Water Damage in Your South Miami Condo

SERVPRO Extracts Water to Salvage a South Miami Water Damaged Property

The reason you need to have water removal in your Miami water damaged home is because it is not following the rules. There is much water outside, and it needs to stay outside of your home or stay contained in the pipes. Your South Miami house should not have to be subject to water removal except in an emergency situation.


Water needs to be extracted when it comes in through a leaking roof during one of those relatively frequent storms that come in off of the Atlantic. Hurricanes can drop much water, and it does not ask you if it is all right. There are the leaking pipes, faucets and water heaters that also can deposit unwanted water and it always comes at the wrong time.

Rapid water removal is necessary to mitigate damage to the structure of your house or condo. It can absorb into drywall and wood items. It can warp wood floors and create an unpleasant odor. It also increases the moisture level (RH) of the entire house which helps to bring another unwanted factor into your home. That would be mold.

There are some tasks you can do for this water removal in your South Miami home, and these things can help prevent the spread of the mold, but only if these are done as quickly as possible after noticing this water.

1. Things such as furniture that are damaged by water can be removed from the house and placed in dry place.
2. Throw rugs can be taken out and treated the same way.
3. If the leaking is coming from a pipe or other appliance, the water should be turned off at the curb.
4. All doorways and windows can be opened to get some air circulating throughout the place. This ventilation can help freshen the air and aid in the evaporation process to hasten drying.
5. Fans can be placed to help in evaporating the moisture.
6. You can begin the process with a commercially available wet-vac designed for vacuuming water. Start in areas with the smallest amount of water and work toward the source.

Since water can go everywhere, the potential for damage to all building materials is very great. The faster your water damage is eliminated and your home dried the less secondary damage from water will result. Save your effort and money by calling in a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Cutler Bay to solve your problems. They will rush to Cutler Bay, Miami, and South Miami to help. Call this number 24/7 for help. (305) 278-8484.

Got Water Damage? Now What?

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Got Water Damage? Now What? A Water Damaged Home Caused by Flooding Can Use the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Flooded, Water Damaged Home in Coral Gables

When a flood causes water damage to your property, attention should be taken for health and safety concerns. Flood waters contain contaminants that can cause health hazards, even with just a small amount of water.

Cleaning up after a flood is a long ordeal. Here are some things you can do to sanitize your home after flood damage. Clean and disinfect every surface. Use hot water and heavy duty cleaners. Use 1/4 cup bleach per every gallon of water to mitigate or prevent mold and bacteria from growing. For furniture and household belongings, dry them as quickly as possible. This will leave less time for mildew and mold to grow and spread. A water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can safely salvage personal property, minimize structural water damage, lessen your stress, and save you money. After a flood, this is surely your best option.

For kitchen items that are damaged in a flood it is critical to disinfect and air dry. Cupboards and counters must be cleaned and rinsed with chlorine bleach before storing dishes. For wet items, dry them as quickly as possible. Use dehumidifiers and large fans to remove moisture by evaporation. Further, open windows to ventilate with outside air. If you sense that the cleaning involves mold, call a mold damage remediation expert--SERVPRO--right away. They will bring necessary equipment, protective gear, and expertise to safely solve your mold and flood damage issues.

Upholstery should only be cleaned by a professional as they tend to soak up contaminants such as bacteria, ground soil debris, and chemicals. If a sewage blockage or known fecal matter is present, then the furnishing should be wrapped to prevent cross contamination and safely discarded by a professional technician from SERVPRO. Most solid wood furniture can be dried, refinished, and restored. Children's toys and stuffed animals should be thrown away if they have been contaminated by floodwaters.

Photographs, books, and other documents can be frozen and cleaned later. This is a specialized field of water damage restoration where a premier company like SERVPRO excels. Cleaning, removing mud and storing before treating, takes care and expertise to prevent further water damage.

Ceilings and walls comprised of drywall act like sponges when they are wet. Remove and discard drywall to eliminate moisture and help to avoid mold proliferation. Persistent health hazards from contaminated water are the norm if not dealt with professionally. 

Water damage is caused by flooding and rising groundwater is not your garden variety of a water leak. Heavy duty water pumps, wet-vacs, air movers, dehumidifiers, and possibly generators are all immediately required equipment to grapple with stemming the water damage. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the IICRC trained team, experience, and knowledge to restore your property to pre-flood condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. For 24/7 emergency service in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami call us. (305) 278-8484