Recent Water Damage Posts

Battling the Unexpected

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

As homeowners, we try everything we can to make sure that we prevent water damages from happening to our home. We make sure all windows and doors are air and moisture tight, we perform routine maintenance on our washing machine vents, and hot water heaters, but sometimes water loss can be inevitable. It can come from where you don’t even expect it like a slab leak or a burst pipe from a wall. It can be overwhelming when you’re standing in ankle deep water and have no idea where to start. That’s why we are here for you! Whatever the reason we can be there to help in sometimes as little as an hour (depending on where you live in the metroplex) and can get that water mitigation happening as quick as possible so you don’t have to worry about any secondary damage that could occur. We have the knowhow and the teams to make sure that everything is good to go when we leave your home on the last day.
So, when the unexpected happens, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

We've Got Water Damage Restoration Down To A Science

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve discussed protecting your home against water damage, but sometimes it’s just inevitable. Sometimes, the water can come through a hole in your roof, or your garage can flood because of a burst water heater. Whatever the reason, we can be there to help in sometimes as little as an hour. We work hard to make sure that your water loss is mitigated in a timely fashion so that you don’t have to worry about any secondary damage that may occur. We have the teams and the knowledge to get your job done right and done right every single time. We also have the equipment to handle a job of any size, whether it’s a small house or a huge commercial warehouse.

So, whenever the unexpected happens, give our team a call at 817.560.3086.

New Water Loss Detection Technology

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

With technology evolving every day, our houses are getting smarter. Products like Ring and Nest are common sights in homes, along with Amazon’s Alexa and even smart fridges from Samsung. With all these innovations to our more important and seen appliances, it makes sense that our smaller ones would have upgrades too.

Water is probably, singlehandedly, the most used product in our home. It can also cause the most damage outside of a fire to our homes if a leak or sudden failure of appliances should happen. We’ve written about some things to combat water damage in the past, like sensors placed around the spots in your home that could have the highest risk for a water loss such as a laundry room, heater, or bathroom. Either these sensors would let out an alarm – sort of like a smoke detector – alerting to a water loss or they would be attached to a shut off valve to help stop the flow of water and prevent making a bigger problem. These are great, and very useful but if you don’t have a sensor in a spot that could be vulnerable like under a sink or near a toilet it could still spell disastrous.

 Now, there are some cool and innovative companies that are making water detection and conservation in your home is even easier than before. For example, there is a company that installs a water shut off valve that measures the pressure and temperature of the water flowing through the pipe and can tell you even if there’s the smallest leak somewhere. How? Through a Wi-Fi connection in the device that automatically connects to an app to tell you gallon usage, if the water pressure is off, and even if it’s going to get too cold and something is going to burst.

Homes are getting smarter every day, are you prepared?

Give us a call at 817.560.3086 for all your water loss needs!

Water Damage Stories: Fires Can Cause Water Damage?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Take a look at this paint bubbling from all the water dripping down!

Often times, when dealing with fires we think of hot flame, burning and scorching everything. But did you know that water is the secondary cause of damage to a structure after a water loss? Take for example this nail salon that we restored at the beginning of this year. Upstairs was a hair salon, and an automated vacuum/trash can started a fire when something got caught in the feeder. Most of the most was contained to that salon room, however the sprinklers in the entire building came on.

This proceeded to flood the entire salon upstairs, leading to water leaking down through the roof and flooding the nail salon downstairs! We were able to get everything cleaned up so that both salons could open back up, ready for business!

If you’ve affected by water damage, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

What's Your Water Damage Plan?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage hits your home, do you have a plan in place just incase a toilet supply line breaks or storm water gets into your home? If you say shop-vac and a box fan, then you’re on the right track. Unfortunately, a shop-vac and a box fan aren’t quite the best way to handle a water loss and can lead to secondary damage like mold growth, warping of your flooring if you’ve got hard wood or laminate flooring, and a musty or moldy smell if you’ve got carpet. This can lead to sickness in your family, and that’s not good! Time is of the essence too, which is why SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is ready to go, no matter the time of day, or even the day!

Give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Water Damage Stories: Washer Supply Line

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers placed in the home.

Did you know that your washing machine can hold anywhere up to 15 to 30 gallons of water? Now think about how much water it uses during a cycle. Depending on the settings you selected, it can range anywhere from 45 gallons and 90 gallons of water in one wash.

That’s what happened to this house. The homeowner was doing a load of laundry, when unbeknownst to her the supply line had cracked. When the homeowner returned, there was water everywhere. Just one load of laundry managed to flood the entire house. Every single room from the guest bedrooms, master bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and halls were affected. That is a lot of water! Which is why make sure we are equipped to handle it. We loaded up our truck with 40+ air movers and 5+ dehumidifiers and headed out!

Once we get on site, we do a full 360 inspection, and then begin to extract the standing water from the flooring, and strategically place our dehumidifiers in spots that will increase drying time and ensure that nothing grows after we’re gone.

If you’ve found yourself with a broken water supply line give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Water Damage Timeline

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage: water seeping across floor and saturating carpet in Fort Worth home.

Here at SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook, we know a fast reaction is a key part of preventing water damage, but what happens if you don’t take care of the water right away? Check out the timeline below to see what happens when water damage is left unchecked.

Within Minutes:

  • Water spreads throughout the property and saturates all surfaces it comes into contact with. It is absorbed into carpets, walls, etc.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, or other dyes may begin to run and stain other surfaces.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods begin to warp.

1-2 Hours:

  • Drywall begins to warp and break down.
  • Metal begins to tarnish & other furniture begins to warp and crack.
  • Musty odor appears.

48 Hours – 1 Week:

  • Mold may begin to grow.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Biohazard Contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically.
  • Serious health risk posed to building’s inhabitants.

If your home or office sustains water damage, don't hesitate! Call us right away at 817-560-3086

Washing Machines & Water Damage

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that water damage caused by washing machines is one of the most common ways your home can suffer from water damage? There are so many different ways it can happen too, like using the wrong kind of soap or detergent or overloading. However, the most common way for a washing machine to cause water damage is the water supply hose.

You should do routine inspections of your supply lines to make sure they are functioning properly. Keep an eye out for visible signs that the supply hose might fail. Worn tubing, cracks, blisters, or a loose connection. If the connection does feel loose, you should tighten it. Replace any worn hoses and be sure to replace them every five or so years even if there’s no visible sign of wear and tear. When choosing a hose, try and get one that’s braided steel. They’re stronger and can hold up to more over time.

If you go on vacation or are away from your home from any length of time, shut off the supply line valve to make sure nothing can accidentally happen while you’re away.

If you have had damage caused by your washing machine, don’t worry! Give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.

How To Spot Water Damage in Your Ceiling

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

It is easy to tell that your floor has water damage when you are standing in an inch of water in your living room, but how often do you check your walls or ceilings for signs of water damage? Pipes within walls and in between floors can leak or burst which can have major consequences if the problem isn’t addressed. Use the tips below to check your walls and ceilings for water damage.

  • Discoloration

One of the most obvious signs of water damage is discoloration. A yellow or brown spot on your walls or ceiling could mean that there has been a leak has occurred and need to be fixed. You may also see bubbling, cracking, or peeling paint as an indication that water could be causing some issues in your building.

  • Odor

While the water itself does not have an odor- it can cause something that does: mold. Mold can grow in any humid, warm place, so if a leak or spill is left unchecked, mold can definitely begin to grow on your walls and ceilings. Mold and mildew have a distinct musty odor, so if something doesn’t smell quite right, you should double check that you have no water damage or mold in your home or office.

  • Sound

Water damage may not always be visible right away, but sometimes you may be able to hear a leak or a gushing pipe when it first begins. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the way your pipes sound when they are working properly; know what it sounds like when water is running due to the washing machine, dishwasher, toilets, sprinkler system, or any other appliance that is connected to your plumbing system. If you hear something different one day, you will want to make sure that there are no issues with your pipes.

  • Home is Difficult to Heat

If you keep cranking up the heat in your house, but it just doesn’t seem to warm up, you may have a water damage problem.  Water and moisture can draw heat out of the walls and ceilings in order to evaporate. This means that instead of heating up your rooms, you are just heating up the water that has leaked behind your walls.

If you suspect water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086 to have our technicians fix the problem.

What's That Equipment?!

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water losses are scary – nothing is worse than waking up to ankle deep standing water in your kitchen or coming home from a long day at work to a sagging ceiling. It may even seem a little daunting – how are you ever going to get this much water out of your home? SERVPRO is the answer, as soon as you call us, we’ll send out a team of highly trained experts to your home special equipment to speed up drying time and get your life back to normal.

Your next question maybe: what king of equipment will our guys be bringing?

Extractors – Extractors do exactly that – they extract water. They can remove water from flooring such as carpet, tile, hardwood, and even some upholstery. Depending on the severity of the damage, we will either use a truck mounted or portable extractor both of which we ride on! These extractors can extract hundreds, if not thousands of gallons of water, giving us the ability to handle any sized job.

Air Movers – Once all the standing water has been removed, we will bring in our air movers. Air movers are basically a special fan that can move air along a wet surface, drying your home or commercial business way better than a traditional box fan. We will be placing our air movers in strategic locations around the affected area to make sure that every inch of the area is dry.

Dehumidifiers – Dehumidifiers are large machines that draw in moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. Essentially, they remove residual moisture to lower the humidity of the room. This helps accelerate the drying process and get you and your home back to its pre-damaged condition.

When you have water damage, trust SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to have the right equipment and the right team to get the job done. Call us at 817.560.3086 – we’re ready to answer your call 24/7.

How To Tell If Your Flooring Has Suffered From Water Damage

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Even the most expensive of floorings aren’t safe from water damage – it can destroy any type. If you’ve had a recent water loss in your home that was known, or you’re suspicious but not sure of a slow leak, then it’s important to know what signs to look for in your particular type of flooring. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to tell.

Linoleum: If your flooring is discolored, that could very well mean it has been exposed to water.

Hardwood: Unlike other flooring, hardwood has four main signs that it has been exposed to water. First are dark spots. Some dark spots may be naturally occurring in the wood, if there are any that have cropped up recently, then it’s likely mold or mildew. Second is buckling, which means the planks have removed themselves from the flooring below them. Third is cupping, look for dips or raised edges. And lastly, look for bulging, if your flooring has started to bubble, looking almost like a crown then you’ve most likely have water damage.

Laminate: Look for warping, swelling, or discoloration.

Tile: Tile maybe a little harder than most to tell if you’ve had any water damage to it. A good trick is to tap on the suspected tiles with a coin, if you hear a hollow or empty sound it could mean the tiles have come loose. Discoloration is also another good tell.

Carpet: Smelly, discolored carpet? Probably from mold or mildew.

If your floor has any of the above signs, give us a call today, we’re here to help! 817.560.3086

Just What Kind Of Water Damage Is Covered By Insurance?

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

If you’ve suffered a recent water loss in your home, your first instinct is to call your insurance. That’s why we have home owner’s insurance, after all! But, what sort of damage is covered by your insurance? Each policy is different after all and what’s covered by someone’s policy may not be covered by another. It’s a good idea to talk to your provider to see what is and what isn’t covered by your policy. Below, we cover some of the more common causes of water loss in a home and if it may or may not be covered.

Appliances? Depends.
Some appliances maybe covered, though it depends on what kind of loss it is. If it’s sudden and accidental, like a hose disconnecting from your washing machine and flooding your utility room – it may be covered. If it’s a continuous leak that hasn’t been addressed, that is considered to be a failure to maintain your appliances and won’t be covered. Be aware that your insurance may also not cover your appliance if it gets damaged either, it could have to come out of your own pocket.

Roof? Depends.
Just like appliances, roofs are on a case by case basis most of the time, and actually can be really confusing. For example, if it’s a gradual leak it may not be covered because it could fall under the ‘failure to maintain’ category. However, if your roof has been hit by a tree because of a severe thunderstorm, then your home should be covered. We recommend calling your insurance agent about your policy for better understanding when it comes to roofs.

Pipes? Depends.
When it comes to pipes, it definitely depends on the situation. If it’s a burst pipe that’s unexpected then your insurance should cover the damage. If it’s a gradual leak, like in a hot water closet or under a sink, then that can be considered failure to maintain and will not be covered.

Seepage? No.
Seepage isn’t covered by your insurance because it’s considered to be a maintenance issue that could have been prevented.

Backed up drain or sewer line? No.
Unless you’ve added on extra coverage, you’re unfortunately not covered by insurance.

If you’ve suffered a water loss, call us today at 817.560.3086 we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Prevent Water Damage from Freezing Pipes

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

This damage caused by a frozen water pipe in the attic in Fort Worth

As winter bears down on Fort Worth, we're going to address some tips on how to deal with the risk of frozen water pipes. The water damage experts here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook have many years of experience in dealing with pipes which freeze, whether those pipes are in a wall, in the attic, in the garage or in your crawl space.  Every year, usually right after our first hard freeze, our customers in Fort Worth, Azle, Lake Worth, Benbrook and surrounding areas confront pipes which have frozen and burst.  

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; this applies to frozen pipes about as well as any situation where that saying might be used.  Here are some of our best ideas for preventing this type of damage:

Before winter gets here in force:

  • Find the shut off valves for exterior water sources like hose hookups and outside faucets. Close these valves and open the faucets to drain any residual water. Be sure to leave the faucets open all winter.
  • Review insulation options for any plumbing in crawlspaces, attics or which is generally exposed to extreme cold

During Winter:

  • Keep your home heated above 50 degrees, even if you won't be home for extended periods.
  • For faucets inside the home which may have plumbing in exterior walls of the home, leave the faucet on enough to allow a slight drip out of the faucet.
  • Leave cabinet doors open if there is plumbing in the cabinet - this will permit the warm air to circulate more evenly across the pipes.
  • Keep your garage door closed as much as possible

At this point, you may be asking yourself why you would go through all of that - what's the big deal if my pipes freeze? Well, frozen water isn't really the big deal - it's the stress the frozen water puts on the plumbing.  As we all learn early in life, water expands when it freezes. This expansion is what causes the pipes to fail, whether it's a tiny pinhole or a 3 inch long split of a pipe. Then, once the frozen water melts, the water rushes into your home via the breached pipe. Under normal household pressures, a half inch diameter pipe might allow as much as 50 gallons of water to pour into your home every minute. 

If all of the preventative steps weren't enough, and your pipes have frozen and are now leaking into the home, turn off the water to the home immediately at the main shut off.  Then call the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook to assist you with the clean up process.