Recent Water Damage Posts

My Leaky Roof Caused Water Damage, Now What?

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

blue water drops coming from the roof of a home in Orlando, FL Watch out for roof water damage warning signs in your home!

Homeowners know how expensive roof repairs and replacements can be. When looking to buy a new home, one of the first questions often asked is “how old is the roof?”. Different roofs typically last different lengths of time. Generally, asphalt shingle/composition roofs last around 20 years, fiber cement shingles last around 25 years, and wood shake roofs last around 30 years. Since it can thousands of dollars to replace a roof, it is important for homeowners to keep their roofs in the best shape possible.

Things like heavy rains, storms, and any type of adverse weather can reduce the life of a roof or require repairs along the way to keep it functioning. Some of the most common signs of water damage on your roof include:

  • Ceiling is discolored
  • Mold begins to grow in rings
  • Smelly odors coming from the walls
  • The texture of the flooring begins to change
  • Water begins to accumulate

Roof damage signs can be misleading since they often appear in places other than the roof. For instance, you may have roof damage but the issue appears on the ceilings, floors, attic, walls, around home appliances, or even along the home’s exterior or foundation. The most important thing to know about roof water damage is the need to act quickly. If left untreated, damage repair can become extremely costly as the fallout reaches different areas of the home.

If roof water damage is discovered in your home, it is extremely important to take specific safety measures. 

  1. Catch any dripping water with buckets. 
  2. Determine whether or not the leak is coming from the roof. 
  3. Talk to a roofer to decide what the next step should be.
  4. Reach out to a water damage restoration specialist to address the issues caused by the roof problem.

At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, our water damage repair and restoration team is highly trained and has many years of experience in restoring a home after roof damage. Contact us today at (407) 830-9899 and we will send our team out to get your home back to normal in no time.

4 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

drain snake being pulled out of a drain clogged with hair to prevent water damage, SERVPRO logo Follow these steps to help prevent water damage to your home.

Water damage is one of the most costly disasters your home or business can experience. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that billions are spent on water damage each year. View these suggestions from SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood for preventing water damage

1. Be careful where you plant.

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters.

On a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some severe water damage So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. If your gutters are too high, be safe, and get a professional to check them.

3. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals.

Most folks don’t realize these chemicals are eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is an excellent solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

2. Never pour grease down your sink.

It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water; grease can still cling to your pipes and could even cause some severe damage and blockage. The safest thing to do is pour your grease into an empty can and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens, you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done. However, we know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. Contact us at (407) 830-9899. 

Understanding the Types of Water that Lead to Water Damage

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

flood water outside of a home in Orlando, FL When water damage affects your home or business, call in the experts at SERVPRO of Altamonte/Longwood for cleanup and restoration.

Water damage comes in many forms. It can occur quickly or slowly; it can be a quick fix or a significant, time-consuming property issue. When your property has water damage, SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood wants to help you!

Being educated about water damage types can help give you peace of mind and help you attack the issues quickly and efficiently. There are three general categories of water damage.

1. Clean Water

This water is clean and comes from an uncontaminated source. If this occurs, know that it is not dangerous if consumed by pets or people. This type of water damage may occur if an incoming water line bursts, you have a bathroom flood due to an overflowing sink or tub, or have a small leak from an internal water pipe. SERVPRO can help extract the water and dry surfaces out for you. It's essential to have this done by an expert, as any remaining wet areas can bring on further issues such as mold, fungus, or rotting materials.

2. Grey Water

Grey Water comes from a source with some contaminants in it. If a leak or puddle of "Clean Water" is left for too long, this can turn into Grey Water. Other sources include sump pump failures, overflowing washing machines, and even some sewage pipes. This water type may cause people and animals to become sick if their exposure is high or consumed. 

3. Black Water

Black Water is the most hazardous type of water damage that can occur. This water is too contaminated and likely comes from a natural disaster or sewage plumbing. This water may sometimes look clean but can contain microbes that can cause health effects. When it comes to home flooding emergencies, Black Water floods can be the most destructive. This is due to the water's unsanitary conditions, causing bacteria, chemicals, and toxins to absorb into the porous items in your home. Carpets, upholstery, and drywall are often destroyed in this unsalvageable disaster.

Clean and Grey Water has the potential to even turn to Black Water if left standing or unattended. Call SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood to help remove water and disinfect your home immediately if this affects your home, and avoid exposing you and your household as it can cause illness. Our team of professionals can help in any circumstances needed! We’re available 24/7 at (407) 830-9899.

How to Restore Your Belongings After Water Damage

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

icon of damaged book with text below reading document restoration We can bring your household items back to life after water damage!

Water in home settings can be devastating, whether from leaking pipes or backed-up drains or toilets. While there may be nothing you can do to prevent your items from becoming waterlogged in the event of an unexpected water leak, there are some things you can do to restore your belongings after water damage occurs. Here are a few ways you can clean up various items in your Florida home.

1. Separate Items

Before you officially begin the cleanup process, separate your items into those that are porous and nonporous. Porous materials may include wood, paper, rugs, and other types of fabric. Generally, these are more likely to harbor mold and bacteria from broken pipe water, so it’s essential to clean them quickly. Nonporous items are usually much easier to clean since they don’t absorb water and are less likely to harbor bacteria and mold.

2. Dry-Clean Nonporous Items

Dry cleaning may be appropriate when removing light water residue from nonporous items in your home. Items can also be dry cleaned before floor restoration professionals come in and thoroughly clean your items. 

3. Air-Dry When Appropriate

If you’re not dealing with dangerous water, such as sewage, it may be appropriate to gently air-dry most of your belongings. If possible, do so indoors unless the weather outdoors is ideal. You can increase the airflow inside your home using open windows, air conditioners, and fans. 

4. Toss Dangerous Items

Depending on the nature of floodwater in home settings, it may be dangerous to keep saturated items. If there is a high likelihood of the floodwater containing harmful bacteria, it may be best to throw away contaminated objects. In other cases, professionals may be able to safely clean and salvage some of your valuables. 

While you may be able to clean some of your belongings that water has damaged in your home, safety should always be your top priority, whether you’re dealing with a broken pipe or a sewer backup. It’s best to wait for professional help to arrive for help with dry-cleaning or salvaging contaminated items. 

Call SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood (407) 830-9899. for additional information regarding water damage. We can professionally clean and restore the contents of your home. We are experts in water damage restoration and have top-notch equipment to dry out your home and get your life back on track as quickly as possible.

Common Signs of a Shower Leak

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

 a blue wall with shower head leaky water, SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood logo Don’t let your leaky faucet lead to water damage!

A shower or bathtub leak can lead to structural issues in your Florida home's walls, flooring, and ceiling. Some shower leaks are hard to catch early on. If you know the common signs of trouble, you may be able to start investigating the source of water before the leak causes too much damage.

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When water pools where it isn't supposed to, it can cause building materials to start breaking down. Common signs of water damage around a shower include the following:

  • The stained ceiling below the second-floor bathroom
  • Damaged flooring in bathroom
  • Stained spots on walls adjacent to the shower
  • Cracked grout in tiled showers

Mold and mildew growth could be another sign that moisture is building up inappropriately in your bathroom. If you notice any of these signs of water damage, you may want to call in some residential restoration specialists to help you fix your space.

Obvious Drips

A continually dripping faucet or showerhead is a visible sign of a leak. However, in some cases, homeowners may not be able to hear the leak. Leaky pipes can be located in the walls around your shower. Gaskets and valves that reside in the walls can deteriorate and start allowing water out. If you can't see a shower or bathtub leak, don't assume it's not there.

Malfunctioning Shower Pan

The shower pan is your shower's last line of defense. This membrane catches water and directs it to the drain. However, a shower pan leak can start due to poor installation or new cracks. If you plug a shower drain, a damaged shower pan may still allow water to flow out. Fixing this issue can get quite expensive because you may have to redo large portions of your shower or tub.

Keeping your eyes peeled for signs of a shower or bathtub leak may be a good idea. If left unchecked, these water drips can lead to severe amounts of damage to your home. For additional information regarding water damage, contact SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood at (407) 830-9899 today!

Flood Damage Emergency Tips

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Truck driving through flooded streets during a hurricane in Orlando FL Act quickly, act safely during a flood damage emergency.

During a water damage emergency, quick action is crucial. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water. We monitor and document the drying process to verify your property's water damage restoration. After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Determine if it is safe to stay in the home or business. 
  • Stay informed with the latest weather information, especially when the National Weather Service issues flash flood watches and warnings.
  • Be mindful of electrical and "slip and fall" hazards.
  • Remember, floodwater is not safe water.  
  • Contact your homeowner’s insurance and/or flood insurance. 
  • Call SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood at (407) 830-989 for water damage restoration. 

 What to do After Flooding

Follow the recommendations below to protect your home or business from further water damage after an emergency. Wait out the storm in safety before taking action. The best practice is to check the local and national weather reports before cleaning up after a flood. 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Prop up 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. 
  • Gather loose items from floors and store them in a dry place.

What Not to do After Flooding

You should never put yourself or your family at risk to clean up your home or business after a flood or storm. Always use your best judgment. If the property or an area of the property is not safe to enter, call SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood for professional help. We advise against the following after a flood.

  • Do not drive on flooded roads, it only takes two feet of water to lift and float most automobiles.
  • Prohibit children from playing near high water, storm drains, or ditches.
  • Avoid using your household vacuum to remove water. 
  • Do not use television or other electric household appliances. 
  • Stay away from rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If disaster does strike, trust your local SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood to be by your side when you need us. We are a phone call away at (407) 830-9899 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.