Recent Water Damage Posts
Check water pressure regulators
Water pressure regulator located at the bottom of the plumbing.
Elevated water pressure in the plumbing can be caused by a bad water pressure regulator. High pressure causes a pipe burst or supply line break. This is a recipe for disaster.
Be sure to anually have a plumber check you water pressure regulator or there is a tool kit at your local hardware store if you want to check it yourself. The water pressure regulator is typically located below the water/hose bib outside, next to the foundation of the home. Water pressure should be between 35 and 65 PSI (pounds per square inch). The regulator is a control valve that reduces the water pressure in your home or business to a usable and safe level for daily use. Save your home from an unnecessary water loss by taking the precautions of maintaining the water pressure in your home or business.
Prevent your pipes from freezing
warning winter sign for frozen pipes
When temperatures drop in the rigid winter days, your pipes are at risk of freezing over and causing a water damage in your home or business. Pipes are at risk once temperatures reach 20 degrees. Pipes freezing is the most common cause for water damages in the winter months. Pipes at the greatest risk are the ones in unheated areas of the home or business. However your exterior pipes in the wall can also freeze. Take the proper precautions to prevent your pipes from freezing over.
Pipe insulation is approximately 50 cents per linear foot at any local hardware stores. Also, as unusual as it may seem, having your faucet running to a slow drip of water is said to prevent frozen pipes in the winter. This may sound like wasting water or increasing your water bill, however it would be more expensive dealing with the aftermath of a water loss. Keeping your heater on at consistent temperature during the day and night helps to prevent frozen pipes. At the very least the temperature in the home should never drop below 55 degrees, even if you decide to leave your home or business for a long duration of time.
If you suspect your pipes are frozen, be cautious as you attempt to thaw out the pipes as you may already have a pipe break. Slowly thaw out using an electric heating pad, electric hair dryer, or an electric heater. Never use a direct flame to any pipe as this could cause damage to the structure of the pipe.
Steps After You Notice Water Damage
: Steps To Take After You Notice Water Damage In Your Home The First Thing you want to do when you notice water damage in your house, is to find the source of the water and shut it off as soon as possible. You might have to shut the water off at the house completely to be sure. The most common source of water damage is at your water supply lines. The next thing your gonna want to do is to contact your local professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and Kingman (928)855-9111 to handle the damage that may have been caused by the water. With any household leak, it’s the water you don’t see that can actually cause mold, and can possibly, cause damage to your home. We highly recommend not trying to clean it up yourself and let our trained, certified technicians, thoroughly investigate the water loss.
There Are Important key concepts, which you will need, for fast action and thorough drying of your home. Water mitigation needs and requires quick action, which means the faster that we arrive on-site to perform cleanup and restoration, the better the results, including a lower claim.
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WATER DAMAGE AT RENTALS AND VACATION HOMES
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Mohave County is full of vacation homes, second homes, rentals, and summer or winter visitors. Because so many people are coming and going, there is a myriad of homes that are unattended, from days to months at a time. SERVPRO strongly recommends that you have somebody that you can trust, that will check on your house weekly, or once a month. Because you can't see most of the water plumbing in your home, chances are, you may not always know you have a leak until it is to late. Some of the water damaged homes have been running for days, to weeks before the leak is detected. One of the best ways to protect your home is to have somebody that is familiar with the areas of the home where most leaks come from. Excessive water pressure, extreme temperature changes, and clogging of pipes caused from hard water damage, are some of the reasons for water damages to homes. We suggest that you have a plumber change out your pressure regulators every two years and conduct an inspection inside the property regularly.
Mohave County's Hard Water
WHAT IS HARD WATER:
Hard Water is water that has a high mineral content. Hard Water is formed when water moves through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates and trace metals.
WHAT ARE THE AFFECTS OF HARD WATER ON YOUR HOUSE AND BUSINESS:
In time hard water can damage water pipes by scale buildup, from long term movement of hard water. Which gradually results in less water moving through the pipe and a lowering of water pressure. When hard water is heated, like in the heat of the day, or your water heater, solid deposits of calcium carbonate can form. This can reduce the life of your plumbing. It can also raise the costs of heating the water, lower the efficiency of electric water heaters, and clog pipes. Water pipes can run all through your house and business. Clogged pipes from hard water can eventually result in water damage, from the pipes bursting.
There are many types of ways water can cause damage.
Water has a way of getting places you never thought , and causing damage in ways you weren't expecting. When pipes burst and a home is flooded, or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.
Category three water is water that is grossly contaminated. It can cause severe illness or death if ingested. It's sources include sewer backup, flooding, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.
Dirty water is filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.
This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.
Faster to your Mohave County Water Damage Event
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman
SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.