What Type of Equipment Is Used in Professional Water Damage Restoration?

water remediationWhen you're faced with water damage after a flood, attacking the problem with detergent, sanitizers, and elbow grease are helpful, but not enough to combat the long term effects and restore your property to its previous state. Calling a professional remediation company with the proper equipment can save you money in the long run by heading off potential problems

Hidden Damage That Can Cause You Problems

The trouble with water is that it absorbs into any porous surface. If your home has been overrun with dirty water and sewage, you have a biohazard to deal with. Carpeting and the padding beneath it act like a sponge to soak it up and invite mold growth, while floors and even the subflooring beneath carpeting and vinyl tile swells and bubbles. Drywall used on walls and ceilings swell, soften and lead to leaks and mold, while the joists underneath are affected as well.

How Does a Water Remediation Company Attack the Problem?

When a technician from AmeriDry comes to your home, he comes equipped with a variety of equipment.

• First, he has precision equipment to help determine how far the water has traveled. If you had a flood from a natural disaster, he might assume the worst, but when the toilet, sink, or washing machine is overflowed, he investigates thoroughly with infrared cameras and moisture meters.

• After obtaining authorization from your insurance company, he lays out what steps are necessary to do the cleanup. This might involve removing baseboards, carpeting, padding, toe tucks, drywall, ceiling tile, and anything else that either shows damage or could hide damage. He will also set up dehumidifiers and air movers to facilitate the process of drying out your home.

• Since quick action is necessary to prevent mold growth which can happen within 24 to 48 hours (or sooner if you live in a humid climate like in Florida), the technician and staff will start extracting water from your carpet and other surfaces with high-powered equipment like pumps and commercial wet vacuuming equipment. A good remediation company will follow the practices defined by the IICRC, to make sure that services in your home are not just dried to the touch but dry to the bone.

• Once most of the water has been removed, the technician will use specialized air moving equipment to change any remaining water from liquid to a vapor. He will then use the dehumidification equipment to remove the moisture from the air. The triple process of extraction, evaporation, and dehumidification are necessary so that mold will not develop in the structure or contents of the home.

• The technician will also take steps to remove germs and odor, remediate any mold that has formed, and clean the area with the HEPA vacuum before arranging for any construction and remodeling needed to restore the area.

AmeriDry for Water Remediation in Southwest Florida

With all the steps and equipment involved in doing a thorough job, it is easy to see why a professional remediation company is often necessary to completely recover from water damage. AmeriDry is on hand 24/7 to respond to a call about flooding in your home. We serve Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte and Marco Island with restoration services, so if you have a problem, give us a call at 239-225-1379 so we can get a technician out as quickly as possible to assess the damage.

Understanding Flood Insurance and Rebuilding after Water Damage

water damageWhen you live in Southwest Florida, you know you are always at risk for tropical storms that can bring extremely high winds, heavy rains, and flooding at any time. As a Florida homeowner, you must prepare for the likelihood of water damage by flood-proofing your home, keeping your home in good repair, and having good insurance to minimize your loss.

Normal homeowners insurance does not cover floods, so you must know your options for protecting yourself. The average cost of restoration to a 2,000 foot home after being damaged with 6 inches of flood water is nearly $40,000 - quite a hefty amount to come up without insurance.

Help for Flood Prone Areas

Since 1968, residents living in at-risk areas have been able to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to offset part of the cost of damage from floods. Floods can occur anywhere, so areas that participate in the program are determined to be special flood hazard areas (SFHA) like southern Florida, coastal high hazard areas, moderate to minimal risk areas, or undetermined risk areas.

Under the program, you can obtain a policy to cover rebuilding costs up to $250,000 and up to $100,000 in possessions. If you have a more expensive home, you can also buy extra coverage to help cover your losses.

FIRM Maps Help Determine Rates

Premiums for the program depend on the degree of risk assessed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which maps the mudflow and flood-related erosion in the area to determine the likelihood of flooding. FEMA constantly maps risks and is now capable of producing Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMS) that can show flood risk property-by-property.

The flood insurance rate map (FIRM) for coastal Florida identified much of the area is being in a special flood hazard area (SFHA), where there is assumed to be at least a one in four chance of a property flooding during a 30 year mortgage. Even though Floridians have paid higher rates than elsewhere due to the risk, their premiums have been highly subsidized by the government. As of 10/1/13, rates started to rise due to the many natural disasters of the past few years that have strained the flood insurance system.

Considering the BFE

Once a home in a floodplain has been damaged by flood, you must follow specific rules when you rebuild any house that is substantially damaged by a flood. One important requirement is that the lowest floor be built at or above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Also known as the 100 year flood level, the BFE means that floods have a 1% chance of occurring in a given year.

For any area of the house you intend to use for living space, you must elevate the home on posts, piles, piers, or columns. To prevent damage to crucial services, you must also install heating, electrical, plumbing, and air condition equipment on or above the BFE. If you don't follow BFE requirements in your local building code when planning or executing a repair, you will be unable to obtain permits and may face a stop construction order, fines, higher flood insurance rates, and denial of flood insurance.

Remediation Help When You Need It

When you are estimating the amount of flood insurance you need, you should inventory what you have in order to estimate the cost of repairing or replacing your home and possessions. Part of what you should include is the cost of remediation and restoration services after a flood.

Fortunately, in the Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, and Marco Island area, AmeriDry is on hand to help you recover from water damage from a natural disaster. We are available on a 24/7 basis to respond to emergencies and are able to work with both your home insurance company and NFIP insurance to get you back to normal. Just call us at 239-225-1379 or visit our website for more information about our services.

Develop an Action Plan for after a Flood

An Action Plan If there's ever a time in life when you need a clear plan of action, it's after a major flood. When you first walk into your soggy home, you realize you have an overwhelming task ahead of you to quickly salvage what you can before you sustain more extensive water damage.

Do These 3 Things FIRST

  1. Call a water removal company like AmeriDry that specializes in water damage restoration to set up an appointment to assess the damage and drying your home. This should be done before anything else if you hope to salvage as much as possible.
  1. Call your insurance company to report your loss and verify what they are likely to cover.
  1. Take pictures of your damaged possessions.

Starting the Cleaning and Salvage Process

Your goal is to separate what you can save and what you can’t. The sad fact of the matter is that you cannot save everything. You then need to clean, separate, and store what is salvageable. Your ideal friend in this process has an operational washer and dryer and storage space where you can sort and store items as they are cleaned.

  1. Acquire a stock of cleaning supplies and protective equipment. You will need gloves, face masks, safety glasses, clean wash water, hand wash soap, along with household cleaners, commercial disinfectants, commercial mildew removers, and liquid chlorine bleach. While you're shopping, make sure to acquire a supply of large plastic bags and some plastic storage containers.
  1. Every piece of clothing, bedding, toweling, etc, must be thoroughly washed and dried before reuse – even shoes. If they are covered with mud, hose them off before machine washing. For items you put in the washing machine, wash them twice, the second time with an antimicrobial in the rinse cycle. For dryclean only items, bag them up for the trip to a professional drycleaner and be sure to tell your cleaner they were contaminated with flood water.
  1. Remove furniture, carpet, carpet padding and mattresses. Assess what is too damaged to salvage and pitch it before spending unnecessary time and money. As a rule of thumb, anything that is soft must be dried out and disinfected within 48 hours to prevent mold growth, but warmer temperatures can shorten the time while cooler temperatures can give you a longer window. Professional restoration companies can often clean, dry, and disinfect carpets and furniture; but mattresses, carpet padding, and even some upholstered furniture will probably not survive. Solid wood furniture can be saved, but particleboard items are likely to fall apart on their way to the trash.
  1. Pack everything else in your house in storage containers and wash and disinfect thoroughly.
  1. Ensure the power in your home is shut off, then evaluate waterlogged appliances and electronics and determine whether they are destined for repair or removal. Many electronics won’t make the cut.

Call AmeriDry, Water Restoration Specialists

If you are a victim of a flood, call AmeriDry immediately. We are available 24/7 to help you contain the damage, stop mildew and biological growth, and begin the restoration process. After our initial evaluation, we are able to give you a timeline and budget for renovation. Our staff will help you through the process of restoration and rebuilding, and we will work directly with your insurance company so that you have one less thing to worry about.

For water damage in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Marco Island, or other locations throughout Collier, Lee, or Charlotte counties, call AmeriDry day or night at 239-225-1379. Check out our website for water damage tips and more information about our state-of-the-art water removal and restoration services throughout Southwest Florida.

What Does It Mean If a Water Restoration Company Is IICRC Certified?

water damageWhen your house is damaged by water from a flood, sewer backup, storms, burst pipes, overflowing appliances, or other causes, many possessions and structural elements that make it home are suddenly wet, soggy, unusable in their present state, and potentially full of bacteria. To stop the damage and restore your home to its dry state, you need professionals certified by IICRC.

What is the IICRC?

IICRC is an acronym for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, an organization developed in 1972 to set standards for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration service industries. Considered a certification and standard-setting body rather than an association, the group includes 53,000 active certified registered technicians and 6,000 certified firms, individuals and companies.

So what does it mean to hold the IICRC certification?

IICRC Training and Certification

To obtain certification, technicians take a series of classes in specialized areas of cleaning, inspection, and restoration and pass a standardized exam. After certification, registrants must keep up with trends in the field and the challenges presented by new materials through continuing education credits (CECs) to maintain their certification. Starting out as journeyman professionals in these areas, they can move up to master technicians with additional training and 3 to 5 years experience. The classes familiarize participants with industry standards for cleaning and restoring, as well as with different techniques used in the industry.

  • Certifications within the cleaning area include subspecialties in carpeting, carpet repair, color repair, commercial carpet, floor care, housecleaning, leather cleaning, resilient flooring maintenance, rugs, stonemason and ceramic tile, upholstery fabric, and wood floor maintenance.
  • Certifications within the inspection area include carpet, ceramic tile, substrate subfloor, marble and stone, resilient flooring and wood laminate flooring inspector.
  • Certifications in the restoration area include applied microbial remediation, applied structural drying, building moisture thermography, commercial drying, fire and smoke restoration, health and safety, odor control, and water damage restoration.

Prepared for Comprehensive Restoration

The breadth of IICRC certifications indicates the amount of knowledge a remediation and restoration company needs to adequately and safely restore a home. Although firms that specialize in these areas can function without IICRC certification, those with this designation offer a degree of confidence to homeowners and businesses affected by floods and other disasters. Technicians and the companies they work for have training and experience working with the techniques, machinery, and products needed for comprehensive restoration.

Choose AmeriDry for The Clean Trust Difference

As a consumer, you know you are putting your property in the best hands when you select an IICRC-certified firm such as AmeriDry. We work with an excellent team of technicians who possess a variety of individual certifications. Whether you have widespread water damage to carpets, upholstery, walls, or floors, or localized water damage from a faulty appliance, AmeriDry is The Clean Trust™ company that can stop water damage in its tracks and quickly restore your home to its original condition.

If you live in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte or Marco Island, put AmeriDry on speed dial. We are available 24/7 to assess water damage and start the process of removing damaged materials, drying out the area, and restoring your property. Just call us at 239-225-1379 or visit our website to start the process or get more information about the services we offer.

Should You Keep a Flood-Damaged Mattress?

flood damaged mattressAfter a serious flood, you may be faced with a house full of ruined furniture and a host of repairs that insurance might not fully cover. You might be tempted to clean and reuse anything that appears salvageable. But should you try to save your mattress?

After a Major Flood, Consider Your Mattress a Liability

If your mattress was completely submerged in water for a period of time, you absolutely should NOT try to salvage it. Any time your mattress gets wet, you run the risk that water has penetrated it, which makes it likely that mold can form inside it; if the mattress has been wet for more than 48 hours, this is a certainty. Even if the mattress dries out, it will be a continuous source of mold and bacteria that can trigger allergies and make you sick from breathing in the fumes.

When flood water is involved, there may be sewage, toxins, and bacteria in the water that are absorbed into the mattress. The odor may not ever go away, which creates an unfriendly environment for sleeping. What you breathe in can be even worse than garden variety mold and can lead to serious illnesses.

The only way you should even consider keeping a mattress that has been through a flood is if a company like AmeriDry, that specializes in restoration after water damage, is able to sterilize it and recommends that it is safe. Otherwise, FEMA recommends you pitch the mattress! Though you may lose hundreds of dollars, the risks of using a contaminated mattress are too great.

Restoring a Mattress after Minor Water Damage

What should you do about a mattress that has localized water damage, like from a leak? Here are some steps you might take:

  • Clean the affected area with a citrus-based cleaner or detergent and follow up with a disinfectant spray, such as Lysol.
  • Allow the mattress and box spring to dry completely, aided by fans. As box springs are often hollow, they are likely to dry out more quickly and safely.
  • Watch for signs of mold growth. Though the mold will start inside as white fuzz, it will turn green and black as it moves to the surface.
  • Discard the mattress if you see mold.

Even in the case of apparent “minor” damage, consider working with a restoration company or upholstery cleaner to assess the damage and provide professional services. These facilities have machines that can send cleaning production deep into the mattress and suck it out with high power vacuums, then dry, disinfect, and assess the final results for safety. Even though the damage appears to be minor, better safe than sorry.

Take Fast Action after Water Damage

If your home is damaged from a flood, you have to expect that some furniture and other items may sustain permanent damage. If you act quickly and work with a restoration company, you may have success in recovering many of your possessions. AmeriDry, an experienced water removal company that serves Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Marco Island, Port Charlotte and other locations throughout Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties, will assess the damage and work quickly on your behalf to salvage and restore what they can. Whether your damage is major or relatively minor, AmeriDry is standing by ready to help you.

If you have water damage, call us night or day at 239-225-1379. Check our website for more information about our water removal and restoration services.

Can You Save Electronics after Water Damage?

water damage to electronicsAfter water damage, there are many things that you can dry out, sanitize, and continue to use; but electronics and electrical equipment are usually not among them. Even plugging them in can cause a fire hazard or serious shock, so you must carefully follow the recommendations of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) before trying to restore them.

Water and electricity do not mix in any circumstances, but floodwater contains additional toxins that can corrode wiring and make the combination even more dangerous. After your initial call to AmeriDry to begin the water removal and restoration process, we can recommend an electrician who can come to your home to examine your major appliances, electronics, and even the wiring in your house.

Salvaging Your Major Appliances

Major appliances, even if they have been submerged, can sometimes be cleaned and restored by a professional. They will safely unplug the unit, disassemble, clean the motor or heating element, clean the individual parts of the appliance, and disinfect before reassembling.

If you choose to try to plug an appliance back in on your own after a minor incident, and you see stripped or damaged insulation around the wires, check with an electrician before plugging in the appliances. The floodwater could have corroded the wires and made the appliance hazardous.

Make sure to have refrigerators, freezers, and ovens checked by a professional after cleaning and disinfecting. Even if little water has invaded the internal workings, these appliances come in contact with food and warrant extra examination.

What about Your House Wiring?

Before doing any cleaning in the home, especially if this requires using electricity, make sure an electrician examines your house wiring. Depending on when your home was built or last rewired, your cabling may be Type NM-B Nonmetallic sheathed cable (Romex ®), which has a PVC outer jacket that is more resistant to water damage, so long as the water was clean. Even if you have this type of wiring, submersion in toxic floodwater can compromise the product, which makes replacement a safer alternative to trying to salvage it.

If your circuit breakers, fuses, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), receptacles, or switches have been submerged in water, not even a professional can salvage them. If you have new utility meters, main breakers or fuse boxes replaced, have them installed at least 12 inches above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), the 100 year flood level for your area. Consider having outlets and switches also installed above the BFE.

Small Electrical and Electronic Appliances

Certain electrical appliances like TV sets and radios often do not survive storms. Because they store electricity even when the appliance is unplugged, they can pose serious risks for shock. Let professionals take care of the cleaning and assessment of these units.

Some devices may work once they are completely dry, but turning them on prematurely will cause them to short out. Other small appliances that have gotten wet, but not submerged, may be salvageable if you disassemble them and dry out the motor, switches, controls, and the device itself. Old appliances are not usually worth the cost, while most entertainment electronics are usually destined for the landfill.

Emergency Help When You Need It

When you have water damage in your home, you need AmeriDry on the scene fast. Even a seemingly minor incident, such as a bathtub or washer overflowing, can lead to serious damage of electronics and electrical items in your home. Before you attempt to repair damage, let us assess the situation. Serving Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Marco Island, and Port Charlotte, we are available 24/7 for emergencies. Just check our website for more information about restoration and remediation services or call 239-225-1379.

Preventing Water Damage from Your Washing Machine

washing machine damageA washing machine installed in your home or condo offers the ultimate in convenience, but you can have a mess on your hands if the washer overflows, backs up, or is poorly installed. Within moments, the floors in your laundry room and surrounding rooms can be soaked with water that unseats floor tile, seeps into walls and floor joists, and permeates carpeting and padding. If you do not clean up the water immediately, you can create a breeding ground for mildew and odors and even mold that can weaken the structure of your home if left untreated.

What Causes Washing Machine Leaks and Overflows?

Water leakage from your machine can have many causes, starting with poor installation from the moment it comes out of the box. Here are 10 things that could go wrong and lead to leaks:

  1. The washer might not be installed correctly, whether it is stacked under the dryer or installed directly on the floor, next to the dryer. Use a professional service to guarantee proper installation.
  2. The hose that runs from the water supply to the washer or from the washer to the drain could be loose.
  3. The drain hose might not be properly lined up with the standpipe drain in the wall or directed to the floor drain.
  4. The hoses might fail due to age. Washing machine hoses only have an approximate lifespan of five years.
  5. The water level switch can fail, especially if the hose has a clog, kink or small hole in it.
  6. The water inlet valve on the washer is broken and does not stop the flow of water into the tank.
  7. There is a clog in the standpipe drain of the home, often caused by hair or lint from clothes and towels
  8. The standpipe itself lacks the diameter or height to manage the water it releases to the sewer.
  9. Your sewer backs up, often due to a storm or a cracked storm drain, and sends water into your home.
  10. The bushings or gaskets that make the top of your washer watertight dries and cracks, which allows leakage into the machine and ultimately onto your floor.

Damage from Washing Machining Leaks

When leaks occur from the supply line, the water that leaks onto your floors is clean. However, most other water is filthy - whether it comes from a current load of dirty laundry or up from sewer pipes - either spreads bacteria as well as water to the surrounding areas. The challenge in cleaning up after a washing machine problem is to not only dry out the area, but to sanitize it as well to prevent mold, mildew and offensive odors from taking hold.

Your best response to washing machine overflows, regardless of the specific cause, is to call AmeriDry, which specializes in water damage restoration. You may think of this as a drastic action you would take after a major flood, but water damage from mundane causes can be just as destructive if not properly dried.

AmeriDry is known throughout Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, and Marco Island for our quick response time - we can send a technician to your home on a 24/7 basis to assess water damage and start the removal and drying process immediately. Just call us at 239-225-1379 or visit our website for more information.

Who Pays for Water Damage in a Condominium?

flood insuranceAnytime your home is flooded, you face inconvenience and property damage. But if you live in a condo, you may have another party to pay for some of the damages. According to a Florida statute put into effect 1/1/09, the condominium association that manages your building has responsibilities to pay for specific water damage.

What Does a Florida Condo Association Usually Pay For?

Section 718.111(11)(f) and (j) of the Florida Statute about condominiums specifies that:

  • The Condominium Association must carry coverage that will restore damage that results from "insurable events" such as a burst pipe or storm damage, when there was no negligence by the owner. Aside from common areas, the statutes make the Association responsible for some damage to drywall. In some Association contracts, owners of individual units can be responsible for any cost to repair damage to interior walls.
  • The Condominium Association has no responsibility for personal property in individual units or in certain common areas. This includes carpeting, flooring, electrical fixtures, appliances, window treatments, and more.
  • The Condominium Association is not responsible in case of owner negligence or neglect. Some condominiums specify that owners are automatically negligent if:
  • You have not replaced your water heater after 10 years or your dishwasher after 14 years
  • You fail to use steel lined washing machine hoses
  • You do not contract for air-conditioning maintenance
  • You fail to turn off the main water valve if you will be away from the property for 48 hours or more

What is missing from the statutes is reference to who pays for drying out your waterlogged condominium. Some condominium associations split the cost of hiring professional water restoration companies like AmeriDry.

 

Flood Insurance Rates on the Rise in Southwest Florida

flood insurance ratesFloods are the most frequent natural disaster in United States, yet many homeowners operate under three misconceptions. First, they think that their home insurance covers floods. Second, they assume that buying flood insurance is a major expenditure. Finally, they might assume that they live outside of a flood zone and don't need insurance.

It doesn't help that flood insurance rates throughout the state of Florida are once again on the rise, causing even more homeowners to drop or forgo this important protection.

The Realities of Flood Insurance

Check your coverage, don't assume: A standard home insurance policy does not cover floods. As Florida has been affected by its fair share of flooding in the last few years as the result of hurricanes and other weather events, you can easily be left high and (not so) dry if your home was flooded and you have no flood insurance.

Flood insurance is actually quite affordable: Coverage is available to everyone even in low to moderate risk areas for as little as $129 a year and that covers both building and contents, so it can be quite affordable, considering the damage that floods can do in a short time.

Tips For Removing Lingering Odors In Your Home After Water Damage

Floods are a gift from Mother Nature that keeps on giving. Even after you have thoroughly dried and cleaned up the flooded area, you may still notice an unpleasant and very pungent odor in your home. People who have been through floods have said that the odor is not just of mildew and mold, but is more like that of freshly turned over mud. This is because gasses from decayed organic debris in mud are suspended in the floodwater; the result is an awful lingering smell when the area has dried out.

Handling Water From A Flood Situation

For a major flood from a storm or hurricane, it's vital to call in the help of a professional water damage restoration company like AmeriDry, a leading damage assessment and remediation firm serving the Naples, Cape Coral, and Fort Myers area. This is because flood water that comes into your home can carry bacteria and even sewage (known as blackwater) that can threaten the health of your family. We can help you quickly remove the water, dry your home and salvage what possessions we can.

Some sources of indoor flooding, such as that from broken hot water heaters, freezers and washing machines is relatively innocuous as long as it is thoroughly dried and mold doesn't take hold. But water from a dishwasher, toilet, waterbed, etc. is laden with bacteria and can be just as dangerous as storm water. As a general rule of thumb, any porous furnishing like carpet, upholstered couches and chairs and mattresses that comes in contact with blackwater should be discarded immediately.

Home Remedies For Flooded Carpet And Upholstered Furniture

When you think you can salvage the carpet or furniture, like in the case of a burst pipe or broken water heater, here are a few tips to help combat the odor:

  • Extract the water from the carpeting immediately with an industrial-strength wet dry vacuum.
  • Steam clean the carpets. You may still need to uninstall the carpet after cleaning, replace the pad, and reinstall it if the area has been soaked. In the worst-case scenario, you would have to replace the carpet as well as the padding.
  • For rugs or manageable sections of carpet you removed, you can let them dry outside under the sun. When you can't do this, remove the tack strips from the carpet and elevate it so it can dry from both sides. Using fans can aid drying.
  • If your carpet was installed over cement, you need to clean and remove the carpet. Before replacing it, you should seal your floor with an anti-bacterial spray.
  • Remedies such as fabric refreshers, disinfectant sprays, vinegar, and baking soda might lessen the smell. Baking soda and vinegar solutions may need several applications.
  • To improve your air quality, replace your air and furnace filters and consider an air purifier with a HEPA filter.

Attack Smells With AmeriDry

DIY odor removal after a flood seems like a bargain, but many who've tried it find that after spending a small fortune and a considerable amount of time on trial and error remedies, the odor lingers anyways. With years of experience, AmeriDry of Southwest Florida uses state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property to pre-flood conditions and completely eliminate lingering odors to ensure all bacteria is removed and your family's good health is assured.

With 24/7 emergency service, AmeriDriy can quickly evaluate your home and make recommendations as to what needs to be replaced and what can be salvaged. For a consultation and damage assessment throughout Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties, visit our website or call us today at 239-252-1379.

How to Reduce the Risk of Water Damage in Your Bathroom

water damage restorationWhen water damage occurs in the bathroom from overflowing toilets, your floor is covered with unsanitary material. Even if you quickly clean the floor after dealing with your blocked or malfunctioning toilet, water can seep into areas around fixtures, between tiles, into corners, and through the subfloor. It can soak drywall and beams, joists, insulation in the walls and even ruin ceilings below. If you have rugs or carpeting, the fibers soak up the dirty water, produce odors when they dry, and promote mold growth.

To say nothing of the unpleasant nature of this type of water damage, studies indicate that water damage from toilets can cost anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000, depending on how extensive the damage is.

Bottom line: water damage from the bathroom toilet is never pretty. Learn how to prevent it from happening in the first place.

 

Going out of Town? How to Avoid Water Damage While Your Gone

damage your possessionsTrouble does not take a vacation when you do. When you go out of town, you can't completely avoid trouble, but you can eliminate many of the causes of water damage while you're gone.

What Can Go Wrong

When you go out of town, storms in your area can damage your home by removing shingles and siding, which allows water to leak into your home to damage your possessions. Sewers can back up and fill your home with water and debris, and problems can develop with your household water systems. Modern homes have water that goes to their sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, washing machine, outdoor water faucets, and sprinkler systems; you may even have a swimming pool that fills through your household water system. With age and regular usage, any of these systems can malfunction.

When you arrive back home, some signs that you may have water damage include:

  • Standing water or puddles on the floor
  • Water rings on the ceiling or marks on the wall that indicate how high the water rose
  • Vinyl floor is pulling up at the corners or your wood floors are warping
  • Wallpaper is peeling
  • Patches of water on the floor or walls near pipes

Even if you see no telltale signs of water, you may receive an unwanted surprise in the mail: an unusually high water bill. A running toilet can waste an extra gallon of water a minute (43,000 gallons per month), while a dripping faucet can waste anywhere from 36 gallons a day for slow drip to 3,600 gallons for a broken valve that leaves the faucet completely open. Underground leaks from a burst pipe to your home or pool can cost untold physical and economic damage.

How can you minimize or prevent water damage? You can't divert storms or prevent things from wearing out, but there are a few steps you can take to mitigate risks.

 

Can Hardwood Floors Be Saved after Water Damage?

Water damage 2Water damage is a major hassle in any home, but it can be particularly destructive if you have wood floors installed throughout your house. Many homeowners automatically assume that their hardwood floors need to be immediately replaced, but it is sometimes possible to save them. Learn how a professional water removal company like AmeriDry can help you determine when your floors can be saved and when they should be replaced.

How to Know If You Can Save Your Wood Floors

Sometimes water damage is hard to see. In the case of wood floors, it's important that your water removal company uses a special meter to determine how extensive the damage is. These meters are non-intrusive and use radio frequencies to measure how much water damage is located underneath the flooring. If the damage is limited to a specific area or doesn't penetrate far into the flooring, it may be possible for a water removal company to save the floors.

 

What Types of Problems Are Caused by Water Damage?

Repairing water damage is not a DIY jobWhether you've had major flooding or a minor leak, it's generally always recommended that you get professional help for water damage in the home.

Repairing water damage is not a DIY job. Water removal professionals use high powered equipment to restore a home's structure back to its original condition, but some homeowners are still tempted to try to handle this job themselves. Learn what types of problems can be caused by water damage, and how to have these problems solved so your home, and your belongings, don't suffer long term damage.

Mold Can Grow If Your Home Isn't Properly Dried from Water Damage

If your home isn't dried properly, it's easy for mold to grow and thrive. Many homeowners mistakenly assume that if their flooring or walls feel dry to the touch, they are. However, AmeriDry uses special equipment such as thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to measure water damage that can't be seen or felt.

If water damage is uncovered in carpet padding or behind walls and baseboards, AmeriDry uses high powered air movers, dehumidifiers and electric thermal energy drying systems to dry the surface. When this equipment is all used together, it makes the entire drying process move more quickly, which minimizes the opportunity for mold to grow.

 

Water Removal FAQs

water removal expertsIf you've never experienced water damage or the major hassle that can come with it, consider yourself lucky! Water damage can cause extensive problems with your Southwest Florida home and most homeowners feel an overwhelming sense of despair when they're faced with water damage.

Understanding the answers to some of these frequently asked questions about water damage and water removal can help you feel more prepared if you're ever unfortunate to have water damage in your home.

Is It Necessary to Call the Insurance Company First If You Have Water Damage?

This is one of the biggest questions that AmeriDry receives. The answer is no! Waiting around until you have approval from your insurance company to start the work can cause even more damage to your home. This is why it's vital that the first call you make is to the water removal experts at AmeriDry. Look for a company that offers emergency response times so that you can start the water removal process as quickly as possible, minimizing the damage.

Your water removal company should be able to work directly with your insurance company. This can help reduce your out of pocket expenses and stress -- the water removal company can bill your insurance company directly.

 

Surviving Water Damage: Saving Your Home (and Your Belongings)

professional water removal companyIf you've suffered flooding or other extensive water damage to your Southwest Florida home, it doesn't mean you have to walk away from your property and trash everything that you own. Although it may look like your house is a lost cause, water removal companies like AmeriDry can help restore your home to its original condition. Learn how the pros repair the damage, which belongings can be salvaged and which ones should be thrown away.

First, Call a Water Removal Company for Structural Clean Up

Your home's structure should be thoroughly dried and cleaned by a professional water removal company like AmeriDry. These companies use special equipment such as infrared cameras and water meters to identify how extensive the water damage is, which then determines the best method for drying and cleaning. AmeriDry uses high powered fans and other professional drying equipment, plus we'll test for moisture to make sure that your home is properly dried before considering the job done.

 

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