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Why Do Steel Braided Water Supply Lines Break?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Do Steel Braided Water Supply Lines Break? Water supply to washing machine flooded the carpet on hallway in a Suwanee, GA home

If you have discovered a water leak under a sink or behind an appliance at one time or another, you are no alone. According to experts, a water supply leak is found by thousands of individuals each year. Though the leaks may take you by surprise, they are more frustrating when the tubing that ruptured was supposed to have a lifetime warranty. Hoses causing supply line damage are generally hidden, and that can be the root of the problem.

Where Are the Lines?

Supply line hoses, whether made of plastic or steel braids, connect the city water line coming into your residence in Suwanee, GA, to each appliance in your home. That includes:

  • Washers
  • Water heaters
  • Sinks
  • Ice makers

Why Do the Lines Break?

Stainless steel is a high-end choice for plumbing lines in modern homes and typically replaces the more common plastic tubes. While it is not widely known, stainless steel reacts with chemicals in household water. That means the lifetime guaranteed steel braided water supply lines are probably not going to last a lifetime, and supply line damage will probably occur just a few years after it is installed.

What Is the Problem?

The problem is chromium. Stainless steel has chromium added when it is created to help resist the corrosive influence of oxygen in the water. However, chromium is highly reactive to chlorine, and therein lies the problem. When the common household cleaner dissolves into the humid air of your home, it can attack the tubing because hydrochloric acid is formed. Sadly, even the strongest stainless steel is not immune to the acid, and a bathroom leak can occur.

What Can You Do?

If you find a leak caused by a water line, call in a professional water mitigation team. The professionals can provide you with the latest replacement plumbing lines that technology has to offer. They can also help you clean up any supply line damage in your home and check for lingering mold that may have grown.

Be kind to your home and check the water supply lines twice a year. Find the leaks early and save yourself the headache of an extensive home repair.

How To Spot a Shower Leak

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Spot a Shower Leak Water damaged carpet in a Buford, GA home

Sometimes a bathtub leak is obvious. On television, water gushes like the rapids down the stairs and through the ceiling below. In the real world, however, oftentimes there is extensive water damage at your home in Buford, GA, before you even suspect a problem. Here are some tips on how to spot a leak before it’s too late.

Check the Bathroom for Signs

How frequently do you walk around your house looking for problems? If you are like most homeowners, probably not often. Be on the lookout for clues in the bathroom that are suggestive of a shower pan leak, the waterproof layer that drains water between the shower and sub-floor:

  • Missing grout or caulk on the floor of the shower
  • Mold or extensive mildew growth
  • Loose floor tiles
  • Widening space between the floor and wall
  • Dampness not from an obvious source, especially when it remains wet

Be Observant Around the House

A bathtub leak, especially if ongoing, causes problems in more rooms than just the lavatory. Check these other common places where water damage may be present:

  • Wet carpeting in rooms or closets near the bathroom
  • Damp ceilings directly below the shower
  • Soft, wet trim or walls bordering the restroom
  • Black, waterlogged wood in the crawl space with a main floor bath
  • Hanging stalactites, which appear similar to icicles, in the crawl space

A bathtub leak may be a costly fix at your home in Buford, GA, particularly if it involves a shower pan leak that requires extensive replacement parts and labor. If you don’t catch the leak in time, however, you may have an even bigger problem on your hands. Any suspicion of water damage, wood rot or mold throughout the structure of your home ought to be looked into as soon as possible. Water restoration specialists have specialized training and professional-grade equipment to investigate and mitigate this damage, should it occur.

The Best Tips for Saving Water-Damaged Valuables

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Best Tips for Saving Water-Damaged Valuables Living room water loss in a Buford,GA home

No matter what causes flooding in Buford, GA, your belongings may sustain damage due to water in the home. When valuable items become waterlogged, you want to do anything you can to salvage the items. Use these tips and turn to a trusted residential remediation team to get the best results possible.

1. Stop Mold Growth

Mold can be the death of a lot of personal possessions. During a broken pipe cleanup, you must make sure mold does not grow. You can do this by reducing the humidity level in your home and using disinfectants to clean the surface of some items.

2. Air Dry When Possible

Some valuable items may shrink or become discolored if dried too quickly after getting wet. Try to keep your possessions indoors while they dry. This can help stop the materials from cracking, warping or buckling.

3. Rinse With Fresh Water

Water in the home may be full of bacteria and other contaminants. You want to save as many of your belongings as possible, so make sure they're clean before you restore them. When appropriate, rinse objects with fresh water.

4. Use a Dry Method

Not all items can be cleaned with water or wet solutions. In these cases, use dry cleaning. This method allows you to wipe away silt and other debris to restore your valuables without inducing more damage by increasing the moisture intake.

5. Replace Damaged Pieces

Water can cause some items to weaken. If one of your valuables has broken pieces or detached parts, make sure to replace them before completing the repair. Failing to replace these parts could result in an unusable object.

Unexpected water in the home can cause a lot of damage to your belongings. Knowing how to clean up and when to call a professional after a flood may save you the expense of replacing furniture or other valuable items.

How To Handle Burst Pipes and Flooding

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Handle Burst Pipes and Flooding Leaking washing machine caused flooding to an uncarpeted hallway in a Buford, GA home

When bursting pipes cause flooding in the basement, your first step is to stop the water coming into the home; do this by shutting off the water main. The next step is to contact a professional for immediate remediation. At this point, you can begin removing water from your Buford, GA, home. A word of caution: if there's any risk of electricity and water mixing, turn off the electricity before getting near the water.

Signs of Leaking Pipes

If you're lucky, you can catch the warning signs of hidden leaks before you have to deal with bursting pipes. If you recognize any of the following signs, act immediately to fix broken pipe hardware.

  • Bulging walls, sagging ceilings, spongy flooring
  • Stains on surfaces of the home
  • Musty smell
  • Unexplained increase in your water bill
  • Appearance of mold or mildew on the walls
  • A notice from your water meter

You may have lots of questions. Here are some of the answers you need.

1. How many days will cleanup take?

The most accurate answer to this question is that it depends on what type of water flooded the basement, how long the water was there, and what type of materials were involved. However, most of the time, water damage takes about three to five days to clean up. If you had wood floors, or other special circumstances, the damages may take about a week and a half.

2. What are the long-term results of water damage on my home?

Long after you fix broken pipe connections and other sources of flooding, you may find effects of direct water contact. Some of those results include sagging drywall, swelling wood, pealing paint, and damaged electronics. Anywhere water came in contact with the home, there is the potential for mold growth, as well.

3. Can't I handle bursting pipes on my own?

It is best to work with a remediation professional who understands the risks and the long-term consequences. If you want to avoid further damages and mold growth, discuss the situation with an expert.

5 Criteria for Carpet Restoration

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Criteria for Carpet Restoration If you experience a water leak or pipe break, examine these five criteria so you can make informed decisions on which actions to take.

A flooded house in Buford, GA, is a hassle. A major worry you might have when water strikes is if your carpet will need to be replaced. If the flood is clean water from a pipe break or supply line to a household appliance, the damage can be undone. In addition to a clean source, successful recovery depends on these five criteria.

1. Water Remains Clean

Contaminants that change the water lurk around every home. Water is categorized in increasing severity depending on how contaminated it is. With time, a Category 1 flood can become Category 2 or 3. As it increases in classification, recovery of the flooring become less likely.

2. Timely Intervention

Time is not an ally in treating water damage. Even if it’s clean water from a pipe break, mold and deteriorating water are inevitable if the problem remains untreated. On top of the microbial threat, the flooring’s structure worsens and can split into unrepairable layers.

3. Age and Condition

Cheap or tattered carpet is typically not worth the cost of restoration. It’s sometimes more economical to replace the flooring. If you do not know the value, an insurance adjuster or other professionals can assist in determining which is the better option.

4. Usage After Becoming Wet

Heavy foot traffic risks breaking apart the flooring in its wet and vulnerable state. Delamination, the process of layers coming apart, is more likely if the floor is used when not dry. The affected area should remain undisturbed or, at worst, lightly used if no alternate routes exist.

5. Proper Procedure

An incomplete job can leave carpet irreparably damaged or still in danger of growing microorganisms. Any company specializing in flooring restoration has access to industry-grade machines and established procedures to ensure water is adequately removed.

If you experience a water leak or pipe break, examine these five criteria so you can make informed decisions on which actions to take. After fixing it, the floor will be new or like new. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObufordsuwaneehamiltonmill.com/.

5 Criteria for Carpet Restoration

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Criteria for Carpet Restoration If you experience a water leak or pipe break, examine these five criteria so you can make informed decisions on which actions to take.

A flooded house in Buford, GA, is a hassle. A major worry you might have when water strikes is if your carpet will need to be replaced. If the flood is clean water from a pipe break or supply line to a household appliance, the damage can be undone. In addition to a clean source, successful recovery depends on these five criteria.

1. Water Remains Clean

Contaminants that change the water lurk around every home. Water is categorized in increasing severity depending on how contaminated it is. With time, a Category 1 flood can become Category 2 or 3. As it increases in classification, recovery of the flooring become less likely.

2. Timely Intervention

Time is not an ally in treating water damage. Even if it’s clean water from a pipe break, mold and deteriorating water are inevitable if the problem remains untreated. On top of the microbial threat, the flooring’s structure worsens and can split into unrepairable layers.

3. Age and Condition

Cheap or tattered carpet is typically not worth the cost of restoration. It’s sometimes more economical to replace the flooring. If you do not know the value, an insurance adjuster or other professionals can assist in determining which is the better option.

4. Usage After Becoming Wet

Heavy foot traffic risks breaking apart the flooring in its wet and vulnerable state. Delamination, the process of layers coming apart, is more likely if the floor is used when not dry. The affected area should remain undisturbed or, at worst, lightly used if no alternate routes exist.

5. Proper Procedure

An incomplete job can leave carpet irreparably damaged or still in danger of growing microorganisms. Any company specializing in flooring restoration has access to industry-grade machines and established procedures to ensure water is adequately removed.

If you experience a water leak or pipe break, examine these five criteria so you can make informed decisions on which actions to take. After fixing it, the floor will be new or like new. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObufordsuwaneehamiltonmill.com/.

Water Damage Restoration Needed After Heavy Rains Strike Buford

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Needed After Heavy Rains Strike Buford Broken Pipe in floods Buford home.

Trust the Experts from SERVPRO for Restoring Your Water Damaged Home

Residents of low-lying and flood-prone areas of northern Georgia are at risk of significant water damage whenever moisture full Gulf air encounters an upper air disturbance, showering the area with torrential rain and the threat of flooding. SERVPRO crews stand on alert as the inches of precipitation continue to fall, overwhelming gutters, pushing the capacity of wetlands and waterways past flood stage, and seeping into your home when the ground becomes supersaturated. As you struggle to weather the storm on your own, take heart. Our crews are ready to help limit the damage water does to your home, available 24 hours a day for consultation, onsite inspections, and immediate water damage mitigation.
 
The key to effective water damage resolution when heavy rains inundate Buford is engaging, as your partner, our full-service disaster restoration company. We have the experience, the training, and the equipment to transform your water afflicted home from a sodden mess back to the comfortable and welcoming haven you created for your family and friends. Water damage in your residence must be managed as quickly as possible by restoration-certified work crews for the best outcome. Secondary issues such as material deterioration and mold growth can be reduced or avoided if help arrives fast. Our technicians are prepared to step up right now, relying upon the schooling we provide all staff, leading to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). These comprehensive, industry-leading services come to your rescue within hours of your first call, returning your dwelling to preloss condition swiftly, whenever possible.
 
Our services include everything needed to address water damage after natural disasters. We have the submersible pumps and water extractors to remove large amounts of standing water. After the majority of water is eliminated our project managers assess the steps needed to reduce the moisture content of your structure, including components such as walls, floors, and ceilings, as well as the contents of your home. SERVPRO’s ultimate goal is restoration, not removal and replacement, saving you time and money. Using air movers, dehumidifiers, and proper cleaning and disinfection products and methods, we move diligently toward returning your home to a sound and dry condition. We work with your insurance carrier to ensure maximum coverage for the restoration done, always keeping you, the homeowner, in the loop as each challenge is encountered and met.
 
Torrential rains and flooding need not destroy your home when SERVPRO of Buford / Suwanee / Hamilton Mill is on duty to restore the damage water can do. As soon as you notice moisture invading your house, call (770) 945-5355 to arrange for an inspection to craft a restoration plan.

Withstanding Water Damage At Your Hamilton Mill Fitness Center

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Withstanding Water Damage At Your Hamilton Mill Fitness Center SERVPRO Removes Water from a Hamilton Mills Fitness Center, Keeping Everyone in Shape

Hamilton Mills Damage Can Be Caused by Water

Even recently constructed buildings suffer from water damage when downpours overwhelm drains and gutters. The exercise equipment and track in the neighborhood’s state of the art fitness center are awash in water. SERVPRO has staff and equipment poised to abate the damage the leaking of rain into the center threatens to cause.

The water damage done to your Hamilton Mill gym needs immediate attention. Many of the machines used by patrons, powered by electricity, risk sustaining permanent disrepair if you ignore the water damage. We evaluate the electronic components for proper operation and safety. Our trained technicians review the working status of electronic equipment and consult with other experts in the field if they have any question about protecting your members from harm. Machines must operate as expected when released t back into service, a status for which you must obtain independent corroboration from our experts or our partners.
 
Protective areas in your fitness center are often porous and subject to unwanted microbial growth if water remains for hours or days. SERVPRO uses powerful water extraction tools such as pumps and wet vacuums to reduce the moisture content of the pads and running surfaces that reduce pounding on joints when members jog, jump, or otherwise exercise. Air movers and dehumidifiers add to the arsenal of tools our drying experts use to mitigate the damage saturation with water causes. Sweat and other bodily fluids found on and around exercise equipment feed microbial activity. It is critical to reduce moisture levels to less than 60 percent in the air and an even lower level within padded surfaces. Mold and other microbial growth are expected within 48 to 72 hours if water damage remains untouched.
 
HVAC systems in your fitness center also need evaluation and attention after water intrudes through roof leaks or ground saturation. Water damages the interior of ductwork and offers a hiding place for airborne microbial growth. SERVPRO staff inspect the interior of your heating, cooling, and air circulation systems when we make our water damage restoration plan, ensuring that the airflow in your fitness center is clean and free of microbial overgrowth.
 
SERVPRO of Buford / Suwanee / Hamilton Mill offers trained staff and the equipment to restore water damage to your fitness center swiftly. Call (770) 945-5355 to schedule a walk through and preliminary water damage mitigation plan.

How Can Sediment Affect Your Water Heater?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

The water heater in your Suwanee, GA home plays a major role in your comfort. This appliance provides warm water you can use to shower, wash clothes and do the dishes. Without a working heater, you may have a harder time doing day-to-day activities. Use this guide to help you understand why sediment may build up in your machine, how it can affect you and what you can do to combat the buildup.

Understanding the Buildup

Over time, minerals and sand may build up within the appliance. As the water heats up, the particles separate from the water. Sediment buildup usually depends on where you live. For example, if your home is in town, you may have less buildup because your water runs through city filters. If you have your own well and need to use a softener, you may have more minerals naturally occurring in your water.

Understanding the Effects

Sediment buildup becomes a problem for your water heater when it appears in great quantities. This buildup may impact your heater in a variety of ways.

" Reduces amount of hot water available
" Clogs drain valve
" Reduces efficiency of appliance
" Creates strange noises

If you know you live in an area with high mineral content in the water, you may want to work with a cleaning service to help you take care of the appliance.

Understanding the Solution

While you cannot stop sediment from gathering in your heater, you can reduce the troubles it causes. Doing a regular water heater flush can help clean out the system. A flush simply drains the water and accompanying sediments from the heater so you can start over. In some more serious cases, you may need to have some repairs done before refilling the tank.

Because you rely on your water heater, you need to make sure to take care of it properly. Sand, minerals and other particles can build up in the tank and cause problems if not taken care of properly. Visit http://www.SERVPRObufordsuwaneehamiltonmill.com for more information on water damage

Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Cold weather in Buford, GA can cause frozen pipes. It makes landlords and homeowners alike anxious every time the temperatures start to dip below freezing. However, there are steps you can take to lessen the likelihood you will need a water line repair.

Facts

Freezing pipes are not just a cold-climate problem. Homes located in warmer climates actually tend to be more vulnerable. This is because pipes are less likely to be properly insulated in these milder locales. When the weather does get cold, problems occur.

Frozen pipes cause many issues. Not only can they prevent water flow, but they can actually burst, causing water damage and potential flooding. Taking preventative precautions is the key to preventing such disasters.

Tips

There are some measures you can take to help keep your pipes from freezing:

• Keep the heat on.
• Leave cabinet doors open during cold weather.
• Wrap pipes in electrical heating tape.
• Add extra insulation to pipes located outside or in vulnerable areas.
• Allow faucets to drip slightly.

If you are leaving your home, keep the heat on while you are gone. You don’t have to leave it on high, but keeping it set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit is a good idea. Pipes are usually located in cabinets. By leaving these doors open, heat can more easily get to these areas. Apply heating tape directly to easily accessible pipes adds an extra layer of protection against the cold.

Some pipes need to be further protected with insulation to keep them from succumbing to the weather. Turning faucets onto a drip relieves pressure in the system. Frozen pipes actually cause pressure, which is why they may burst.

Dropping temperatures don’t have to make you a nervous wreck. Before the days and nights start getting unbearably cold, take the time to insulate your pipes and prepare for the winter months. Taking a few precautionary steps up front can save you a lot of headaches later. If you are dealing with water damage from a plumbing leak, hire a professional water mitigation specialist to make sure your home is properly recovered.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObufordsuwaneehamiltonmill.com for more information on water damage.

How do I get water out of my house?

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water can be something that comes in our home when we don't want it in there. When it does it is important to understand what needs to happen to get it cleaned and restored back to pre loss condition. We have outlined some basic steps on how to get your house back to normal.

1. When you have a water damage small or large, it is important to get all of the water extracted immediately. If the water sits, it can start to cause secondary damage, like mold. 

2. Once all of the water is removed, drying equipment can be placed throughout the house. The equipment needs to run non stop until the monitoring shows the house is dry. 

3. Once the drying process is complete, the home can start to be put back together. SERVPRO has the ability to complete the job from start to finish. 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to us at anytime. 

Water Damage and the Issues Associated with It

9/14/2017 (Permalink)


Water Damage and the Issues Associated with It

When dealing with water damage due to water in the home or water in a business, there is a myriad of additional problems that may occur, creating the need for costly repairs, and because of this, there are several critical steps that you need to take for the mitigation of damages. With water cleanup due to flood damage or a flooded home, you are always dealing with a time sensitive issue, and without addressing the situation as quickly as possible, the chances of mitigation becomes a less likely. Flood damage due to water in the home or water in the business can have a wide array of causes, many of which present their own set of challenges. A supply line break or a pipe break can often be the culprit when dealing with water in the home or water in a business, as they can be affected by factors such as inclement weather, such as freezing weather, or may also be a result of neglect over time. When dealing with a supply line break or a pipe break, water damage may actually be hidden behind a wall, making it more difficult to assess or access.

Flood damage due to water in the home or water in a business should be handled in a very specific manner in order to maximize the chances of damage mitigation, as well as to decrease the chances of inflated costs. During water cleanup, the first step that you should take is to contact your insurance company. When speaking with the insurance company, it is imperative that you detail the issues in the flooded home to the best of your ability, as this will help to assess costs, as well as keep you abreast of your responsibilities during the restoration process. Once you have contacted your insurance company about the flooded home, detailing the pertinent information, the next step you should take is to contact a restoration company that can properly handle your situation. Due to the nature of the water damage process, your insurance company should be able to recommend a restoration company in your immediate area that would best fit your situation. A restoration company is usually available 24 hours a day, as water damage is often an unexpected occurrence. It is also important to pick the proper restoration company, as depending on the state regulations, your company may not be allowed to handle additional damages to your property. In many instances, a restoration company is only contracted to remove the standing water on the property, including implementing an effective plan for drying but may not be able to restore a wall or separate obstruction that may have to be removed to assess a supply line break or a pipe break. As common as a supply line break or a pipe break may be in a flooded home, the location and severity of the break are the defining factors that regulate cost during the restoration process.

With flood damage, any items that may obstruct the company’s ability to remove the water will have to be removed and may incur additional costs to the owner of the home or business. During water cleanup, the final step in the process is drying. Drying is imperative to the overall restoration process, as improper drying may result in a myriad of additional issues. During the drying process, the company that you have chosen for restoration may bring in industrial strength pump to ensure that the process is completed quickly and efficiently. At the end of the water cleanup process, if you have taken quick action, damage mitigation should have been achieved with the flooded home.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObufordsuwaneehamiltonmill.com for more information on water damage.

What You Need to Know About Professional Water Damage Restoration

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


What You Need to Know About Professional Water Damage Restoration

If you have recently dealt with water in your business or water in a home, you know how horrible it can be to have flood damage and water damage. Because of this, it helps to get water cleanup done as soon as possible by hiring a professional mitigation restoration company. These companies bring all of their own tools, which makes it easy to get what you need. The flood might have been the result of a supply line break or pipe break, but the water cleanup works the same way.

What Involves Water Damage

The main issue with water damage is that it can cause a lot of issues for your household and family. If left to become stagnant and absorb into carpeting and wood, you will deal with wood rot that takes away from the integrity of your home, making it difficult to live there with your loved ones. Water damage can become more problematic down the road as it is able to do more damage to your house. Because of this, you need to get water cleanup finalized by a mitigation agency local to you specializing in restoration of flood damage.

How to Get Water Cleanup and Drying Done

The first step to getting flood damage cleaned up and go through thorough drying is to contact a mitigation restoration company. The restoration company may ask a lot of questions about the different types of damage done to the home before coming out. The restoration experts will also come out to assess the flood damage for you, ensuring that you know what is going to be involved in cleaning it up. Drying isn't the only thing that needs to be done, as many restoration experts will also need to throw away insulation and wood if it is allowed to become too wet. The company may also be able to find the supply line break or pipe break before doing the drying so that it is not allowed to get any worse.

Why Mitigation and Restoration Should Be Done by the Pros

When you have water in your home or are dealing with a significant amount of water in the business office, it can be difficult to handle on your own. A flooded home is problematic in that there is a lot of cleanup that needs to be done. Thankfully, there are professional companies out there specializing in caring for the average flooded home. They handle all of the damage of water in a business office or if you have water in a home or residence. Because of this, you aren't left doing the work on your own after a supply line break or pipe break happens.

How to Hire a Restoration Company

The best way for you to hire a professional company for your flooded home is to contact several in the area to get a feel for what they are offering. They will be able to send a professional out to assess any and all damage before you make the decision to hire them for their services. They will tell you if it is possible to cleanup after water in a home has destroyed the area, making it impossible to properly dry. If you have water in a business office, you also need to contact this company to handle the situation.

How to Handle a Flooded Home

Whether it is from a pipe break in the house or a supply line break from the town or city you're living in, it is vitally important that you make use of a restoration company to get the work done for you. There is no reason to do this on your own when there are tons of people who are there to make life easier for you by doing the drying and cleaning for you in a quick and highly efficient manner.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObufordsuwaneehamiltonmill.com for more information on water damage.

Water Damage can be Prevented with Immediate Attention in Suwanee Homes

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage can be Prevented with Immediate Attention in Suwanee Homes Baths can be fun for kids but they can also flood your bathroom and cause water damage should they become unattended. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO's Quick Response Helps to Prevent Any Secondary Damage From Occurring

Even the best babysitters make mistakes when watching over your children. Forgetting to turn the bathtub water off is one of them. Taking care of children is not always an easy job, and getting sidetracked can result in an overflowing tub full of warm water.
 
Parents wanting a date-night in Suwanee might think everything is going smoothly only to get a call about flooding in the bathroom, which can cause standing water that can quickly lead to water damage. This water can affect so much more than the carpeting in your bathroom – it can eventually cause trouble all over your home.
 
Water damage can take different forms. Mold, deterioration of materials, compression of insulation and subsequent loss of insulating properties, weakening of floors, flaking paint, and much more, just because of a tub that overflowed and was never remediated properly. SERVPRO technicians are the people you want to make sure that all of the possible damage is prevented from occurring.
 
Water damage is not something you want to happen to your home. We can help you protect your home and your belongings at the same time. We know that water does not stand still, but that it moves rapidly away from the source. If it cannot move down, it often moves sideways, seeping into the pores of wood floors, in between cracks in floorboards and tiles, and even further down and away from the bathroom. This is not the only way water can move from one area or floor to another.
 
Water has three states, and within your home, it can take two of those – liquid and gas. Water may seem to dry, but the vapor is still in the air, flowing through the home from place to place. Colder areas can force this moisture to condense and settle in an area. Then, it can create additional damage there, as well. With the use of moisture meters, we take readings of the home in each room, helping us locate areas that have higher-than-normal humidity.
 
We have a variety of tools that we use to prevent water damage from happening in your home. Prevention is always easier, and less costly, both financially and emotionally than waiting for problems to become evident. Once water damage has appeared, not only must that damage be removed and repaired, but the humidity must still be eliminated.
 
Among our equipment, we have commercial grade dehumidifiers that quickly take the new moisture out of the air. Air scrubbers can add extra protection when water was contaminated, as microbes can also become airborne with the humidity. Because water often leaves behind a musty scent, we also implement hydroxyl generators that are safer than ozone machines.
 
SERVPRO of Buford / Suwanee / Hamilton Mill can be reached at (770) 945-5355, no matter when you have an emergency. Because we know that water damage requires immediate action, we are always Faster to any size disaster.

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Professional Water Damage Services That Your Hamilton Home Deserves

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Water Damage Services That Your Hamilton Home Deserves SERVPRO Salvages or Replaces Water Damaged Insulation in Hamilton

SERVPRO Extends Water Damage Services to Rebuilds Post Extraction

After recent heavy rains, you notice wet spots on your ceiling and stains beginning to form on your walls. With the small amount of damage that you can see, you realize that something more than simple repairs may be needed to address your situation, so you contact a reputable restoration company for help.

Water leaks caused by roof damage or leaky pipes in the exterior walls of your Hamilton area home may cause significant water damage. Leading to additional problems with your insulation to develop as a result.
 
At SERVPRO, we find that moisture lessons the insulating power of insulation. Depending on the type of insulation installed in your home, it may require replacement, or in some cases, drying is effective. Fiberglass insulation, for instance, is made of nonporous materials, often allowing for successful drying procedures.

However, cellulose or rock wool insulations typically mat when wet, ruining their insulation power permanently. Also, moisture often affects the "R" value of these types of insulation thus reducing the insulation's efficacy. The fire and antimicrobial resistance qualities are also diminished by moisture. Rock wool also has metal in it that may rust when wet.
 
SERVPRO technicians often find the replacement of these types of insulation necessary to avoid difficulties in performance or concerns about mold growth forming if left unattended. Therefore, replacement is the better choice, rather than attempting to dry these kinds of materials. Our crews are highly skilled in reconstruction and rebuild of water damaged properties.
 
Drying the wall cavities themselves requires the proper amount of ventilation to be successful. This service involves the removal of baseboards and drilling holes between each stud. Using an air mover with special attachments to force air into wall cavities, with dehumidifiers and meters to help monitor evaporation rates.
 
SERVPRO uses moisture meters to determine whether water is hiding inside of your walls, under kitchen cabinets, or other hard to reach confined spaces. We use specialty drying equipment attachments (shrouds) to push air directly into a cavity to assist with the drying process.
 
There are a series of penetrating and non-penetrating probes used to determine the amount of moisture that exists in your insulation to assist your technicians in proper removal and drying.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Buford - Suwanee - Hamilton Mill today for additional information about how we can provide you with immediate help concerning water issues. (770) 945-5355