Recent Water Damage Posts
Commercial Building Floods
Types of flooding
- Rising water after heavy rain. A risk to inland areas.
- Moving water creates force. Found near rivers.
- Overtopping. When dams or other flood controls are opened.
- Flash flooding, a result of a slow thunderstorm and excess rainfall.
- Widespread flood damage can be cause by storms dropping a lot of rain on the coast and moving inland to continue destruction.
Factors that play into floods are:
- Duration-if waters are moving through or they are trapped.
- Depth-waters more than 3 feet create pressure on walls and push them to collapse
- Velocity-the speed at which the water is traveling.
- Water Condition-the waters are often dirty or contaminated
Although having property on high grounds can be better, it's not always going to be safe from the water if the water is trapped and the level continues to rise. Do not assume your property is 100% safe from flooding.
Prepared for a Disaster
Do you know how to stay safe in a natural disaster? What about your kids or elderly parents? If the answer isn’t a confident “Yes!” you need to start making a plan today. Here’s how you can stay safe and protect your family in a natural disaster:
Create an Emergency Response Plan
An emergency response plan should answer three basic questions:
1. How will I stay in touch?
You can receive emergency alerts through a cell phone, radio, or television broadcast. You also need a way to contact family. Give every family member a physical copy of contact numbers and practice sending emergency texts. Text messages may go through even when phone calls won’t.
2. How will I take shelter?
The safest place to take shelter varies by hazard, so know which natural disasters occur in your region and how to react whether you’re at home, work, school, or a public location. You’ll need food, water, and other supplies in your sheltering location.
3. How will I evacuate?
Know evacuation routes and meeting places and have an emergency kit ready, including fuel for your vehicle. Identify several potential evacuation destinations, varying the direction of travel in case routes are impassable in a disaster.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
A pre-assembled emergency kit lets you respond quickly in a disaster. These are some essentials to include:
- Non-perishable food
- Flashlights and batteries
- First-aid kit
- Sanitary supplies
- Sleeping bags
- Clothing, including shoes and outerwear
- Personal documents (Photo IDs, Social Security cards, birth certificates, banking information, and other important documents)
- Cell phone and charger
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Local maps
Article by- Bradley Davis
Don't Let External Water Ruin Your Home!
As we jump into spring the spring showers come along with it. Floods are the number one cause of property damage. Hurricanes high winds and water can wash away homes. Copious amounts of water can be very strong. Flood maps exist to give homeowners an idea of what zone homes are in for flood damage. Some have high flood warning while others are low but still have some caution. If you are in a high risk flood area there is flood insurance to invest in. Severe water damage can create a hefty bill. You can check where your homes falls on a flood zone at FloodSmart.gov.
Take all the necessary precautions to insure that you have the least to none damage in your property.
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Kits to help prepare for an emergency.
We have multiple locations listed here and are open 24/7 because emergencies tend to happen after hours.
Some groups require additional supplies in an emergency. When packing your emergency kit, consider these groups:
Children may not understand the seriousness of a natural disaster, but they need to react nonetheless. Practice evacuation and sheltering plans with children so they respond instinctively when a disaster hits. Kids should know where to find the safe room at home and know emergency contact numbers in case a storm occurs while the family is separated.
Disasters can be traumatic for children, so include comfort items and small activities in your emergency kit. Don’t forget diapers, formula, and other essentials for babies.
Disasters are more dangerous for the elderly. Just consider this statistic: New Orleans residents over the age of 60 accounted for 75 percent of the bodies found immediately after Hurricane Katrina, despite accounting for only 15 percent of the population. Because they tend to be less mobile and more isolated than younger people, seniors have a harder time evacuating when a natural disaster happens.
Older adults should coordinate their emergency plan with local relatives or neighbors, especially if they don’t drive. It’s important that seniors have a support network who can keep them informed during a natural disaster, and assist during evacuation or sheltering in place.
Seniors, as well as others with chronic health conditions, must pay special care when assembling their emergency kit. A natural disaster may prevent access to regular healthcare providers. For that reason, it’s important to include medical information like medications and dosages, medical records, insurance documents, and important healthcare and support system contacts.
No one wants to leave pets behind in a disaster, but if you’re not prepared, you may have no choice. Pet owners should use both collars with tags and microchips to ID pets, identify pet-friendly places to shelter, and name a backup caretaker who can step in if a disaster strikes while you’re away from home.
Include food, medications, leashes, collars with ID tags, veterinary records, and a portable pet carrier in your emergency kit so you can care for pets during a disaster.
There are many programs and resources to help in a natural disaster. But resources take time to become available, and when a disaster happens, you need to be able to respond immediately. Have a plan so your family can react quickly when a natural disaster happens. It could save your life.
Article by- Bradley Davis
Mold growth no more!
Mold took over this garage water heater, our team cleaned it out and this is the finished product.
When water leaks into your home whether it's from the inside or the outside, it becomes a good breeding ground for mold to grow in, especially in high humidity areas of the home such as bathrooms and kitchens. While there is not any significant research on if mold causes any medical issues, it certainly does not smell nice. You'll notice the smell when you first walk in, it's a musty smell. Although you may not be able to see the mold, if you can smell it then it is most likely there on the inside of the walls. Lack of air circulation can cause the smell to become stronger. Keep mold from growing after a water damage by keeping humidity levels down, make sure the room gets good air circulation, and contact SERVPRO of Escondido right away to get the water mitigated before mold has the chance to grow.
SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440
Mold problem in your home?
SERVPRO can remediate mold in your home.
After water damage mold growth can start in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Mold thrives in wet, warm, and humid environments above 60 percent. To avoid the transfer of mold spores from one area of a home to another our crew builds a containments around the affected area. Mold can travel through the air so the containments are important to prevent that from happening. It is important to keep walls and floors completely dry because mold can not grow in dry and harsh areas. Mold has high potential to grow in bathrooms. Promptly fix leaks and mitigate water. Also it is important to ventilate areas that experience a lot of steam such as showers, kitchen cooking areas, and laundry.
Call SERVPRO Of Escondido Today If You Think You Have Mold Growing In Your Home!
Water damage tips
Water damage can ruin wood floors.
Did you wake up in the middle of the night to find that an area of your home was flooded? Here are some tips that can help you make sure it doesn't damage anything else close by. (For clean water situations only.)
- Shut off the water source if possible and safe to do.
- Mop up excess water.
- Place wood blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs.
- Remove rugs from wet carpet.
- Do not use your house vacuum to remove the water.
- Do not leave colored items on the wet carpet, it can potentially stain.
- Refrain from using electrical fixtures if the area is wet.
- Do not put upholstery cushions in the dryer, remove and prop them up to dry.
Floods can happen to anyone, it's always good to be prepared.
SERVPRO of Escondido will help you.
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Our leaders are experts in the restoration business. We are skilled professionals from the moment you welcome us into your home till the day we finish our work. We treat your home as our own. Our customers appreciate the extra precautions we take to keep their homes clean, such as work booties to protect their floors. We pay close attention to detail to give our customers a pleasant and overall smooth experience. When a customer invites you into their home, you are entering their "safe space". Therefore, it is key to communicate well with your customers which is something we always make sure to do by updating them along the way. Our team strives to provide our customers with the best experience and it shows in our positive reviews. Being the positive light for a homeowner in a negative situation can make all the difference.