Recent Water Damage Posts

Preventing Water Pipes from Freezing

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water pipe with frozen ice-cycles Frozen water pipe

Freezing water pipes can easily cause a pipe to burst, this can lead to serious flooding in the home. Manteca and Modesto's areas are particularly prone to freezing pipes because warmer climates usually do not call for as much insulation as colder areas. If insulation is not the issue, frozen pipes can start outdoors where there is no protection from freezing.

The goal is to keep pipes warm enough to stay above the point of freezing. Water generally freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. You can keep your pipes warm a number of ways.

5 Ways to Keep Water Pipes from Freezing

  1. Keep Heat On 

On a cold day leave your heat on even if you will be leaving the home for a longer period. Heat should be at least ten degrees above freezing. Freezing temperatures are dependent upon our altitude. The heat will help prevent pipes from freezing.  

  1. Keep Cabinet Doors Open 

Usually, pipes are in cabinet areas. On cold days, leave the cabinet’s doors open so the heat coming from your home can keep your pipes warm enough to prevent freezing. 

  1. Allow Faucet to Drip 

Allowing your faucet to have a slight drip will relieve pressure in the system. A pipe burst will normally come from the pressure between the blockage of ice and the faucet itself. Keep the faucet open by letting the water run slowly on a colder day. Single handle faucets should be on warm. Duel faucets, hot and cold water, should both be on just enough to allow a slow drip.  

  1. Seal Cracks and Holes 

Seal any holes spotted in the interior and exterior of your home, especially where the hole could be letting in cold air. 

  1. Add More Insulation 

If you have experienced freezing pipes insulate your home better for preventive measures. Start with checking basements and attics. Pipes can be wrapped with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the freezing likelihood. Added insulation to walls and ceilings may be necessary.

Common Causes of Flooding in Homes

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

drop of water dripping from empty rain gutter Rain Gutter

Flooding can happen easily and is more than just a mere inconvenience. Floods in the home are quite dangerous and can cost a homeowner in extensive repairs. Manteca and Modesto homeowners are especially prone to flooding as riverbanks swell, however, flooding doesn’t arise only from bad weather.

Here are six of the most common causes of flooding in the home:

  1. Clogged Rain Gutters

If gutters are clogged, they can’t do their job. Rain gutters are supposed to allow water to drain from the roof. When a heavy rainfall presents itself, gutters should be clean of dirt and debris.

  1. Broken Pipes

It only takes a few minutes for a broken pipe to flood a home. Pay attention and look for any minor leaks and know where your main shut off valve is should a busted pipe occur.

  1. Poor Drainage

Poor drainage goes without saying. If the water sources in your home do not drain properly then flooding is likely. If you notice a slow drain contact a plumber right away.

  1. Appliances

Make sure that your appliances are properly connected. Make sure there are no leaks or blocks in plumbing that lead to appliances.

  1. Foundation Issues

If your home has foundation damage, water can easily enter through floors. Come fall season, take a walk around your home’s premises and see if you note any cracks or damage in your house’s foundation.

  1. Weather

There is not much you can do about weather caused flooding besides staying aware, having an emergency weather plan, and following any local warnings. Following the steps mentioned will help should you have heavy rainfall.

If flooding does occur, call our professional mitigation and restoration team to help dry the area and restore your home back to pre-flood conditions. We will take care of the water damage in your home ‘like it never happened’.

6 Steps to Repair and Restore Water Damage

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded building with SERVPRO logo and words that say 'Your problem, Our solution' SERVPRO Water Cleanup

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto has advanced training, expertise, and a vast amount of hands-on experience to handle your water damage concerns. We specialize in drying your home and restore it to pre-water damage conditions quickly. 

6 Steps of the Water Damage Repair and Restoration Process

1 - 24-Hour Emergency Contact

As soon as you call SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto, the restoration process begins. We are open 24 hours a day for any water emergency that comes your way. With water damage, an immediate response is needed. The longer the delay, the more severe the damage, even hours can be a major problem. 

2 - Inspection and Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto team will identify and stop the water source. Once the source is contained, our team can then check the water for any contamination. Once the water is checked for contamination, we can begin the restoration process using the proper guidelines and equipment for the category type. 

3 - Water Removal/Water Extraction

Water extraction can begin once inspection and damage assessment is complete. Water will be removed from the premises at this step of the mitigation process. Using powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units allows for the removal of thousands of gallons of water from your property if needed.

Fun Fact: A ½ inch broken pipe will expel at 7 gallons per minute. Do the math… If left unchecked in one week’s time, 70,560 gallons of water could easily flood your home or business.  

Removing most of the water right away is necessary, as this helps reduce drying time. The quicker the drying process takes, the less the likelihood of permanent water damage and mold and bacterial growth. 

In this stage, belongings will be packed and moved if needed. Carpet and padding are inspected to determine if it needs removal. 

4 - Drying and Dehumidification

There is a science to the drying and the dehumidification process, proper training, and experience is required. Our team uses room measurements, temperature, and humidity levels to dictate the equipment to use and how the equipment will be used for the task at hand.  We monitor the drying process using moisture meters and dehumidifiers to ensure the area is dry enough before proceeding to the next step. 

5 - Cleaning and Repair

Professional cleaning is most likely needed at this point. Walls, flooring, ceiling, furniture, upholstery, clothing, and even other belongings may need attention in the cleaning or repair process. When there is flooding, and water damage odor removal and deodorization are needed too.

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto has advanced training, expertise, and a vast amount of hands-on experience to handle your water damage concerns. We will dry your home and restore it to pre-water damage conditions. We will ensure to document the drying process and validate to your insurance company that the work is complete.

 6 - Restoration

SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto’s goal is to have your home or business in the same shape, or better, it was before. 

Emergency Building Services

With water damage, immediate concerns are taken care of first. Emergency building services are often needed to temporarily to protect the area and to stop more damage from happening. Protecting the area can be as simple as placing a roof tarp, board-up, temporary fencing, move-out / pack-out, temporary warehouse space, repairs, and minor building services. The goal is to protect and preserve what we can. 

Repairs and Minor Building Services

Repairs may be needed, depending on the damage caused. To get your home or building back to pre-water damage condition drywall removal and installation, hardwood floor repair, tile floor repair, painting, carpet repair and installation, building services and reconstruction may be needed. 

Building Services and Reconstruction

SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto simplifies the restoration process. We offer mitigation and rebuilding services. Being qualified and experienced in the entire process can save time and keep costs low for you. 

Water Damage Tips

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful! What To Do After Flooding
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  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • What NOT To Do After Flooding
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

IICRC Certifications

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Manteca is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms Must:

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Manteca

SERVPRO of Manteca 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

What to do If You Suspect Mold

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call  SERVPRO of Manteca 209-823-8877

Manteca: 6 Steps for a Water Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can easily be considered one of the worst disasters that may occur at your property. It’s crucial that immediate action takes place when damage is discovered. All too often, we are caught off guard and unprepared which delays response time and can lead to further damages. SERVPRO of Manteca has these tips to offer:

First… are you covered? Before the damage even occurs, be protected with home owners insurance. Insurance will help soften financial blows. If its determined that you waited too long to report damages and extended damages occur, you may be left to pay for the repairs yourself. Make sure you seek assistance at the first sign of trouble.

Whether your insurance provider covers your claim or not, you should take immediate action to protect your property.

Step 1 – Locate The Source And Shut Off The Water Supply

The next move to make when you discover water damage, is to find out where the water is coming from and shut it off. Better yet, turn off the water supply to your home. Leaking pipes or a pipe that burst are the most common cause of water damage. If you have a large water loss on your hands, you should also shut off electricity and gas if possible.

Step 2 – Start A Claim With Your Insurance Provider.

You should notify your insurance company immediately of the water damages. Even if the damage is not covered, they will be able to assist you in contacting professionals to begin restoration.

Step 3 – Rescue Your Most Valuable Belongings

Gather your important things from the affected areas and put them in a safe place. Family heirlooms, jewelry, money, photos etc.. You should also allow electronics and outlets sufficient time to dry before plugging them in.

Step 4 – Eliminate As Much Water As Possible

Get rid of access water. Remove rugs and hang them to dry, use a broom or mop to assist you with standing water. A wet vacuum is also a handy tool for carpeted areas.

Step 5 – Ventilating the Affected Area

Proper ventilation is needed in order to prevent mold & mildew. Open all windows if humidity is lower outside than indoors. You may use fans to assist if you still have power and only if you are certain that mold is NOT present. Fans can spread mold, further contaminating the home.

Step 6 – Is Mold Present?

Mold is dangerous to clean on your own because disturbing the mold will cause it to release spores. According to the IICRC S520, mold remediation and removal should be done by experienced and trained technicians equipped by full protective suites, gloves, masks and using special machines such as air scrubbers and dehumidifiers.

We Can Service Your Manteca Water Damage Quickly

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Manteca 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 Manteca arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 209-823-8877

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • 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 Manteca

SERVPRO of Manteca 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.

Manteca Residents: We Can Clean Your Flooded Basement

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Manteca basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 209-823-8877

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Manteca and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 209-823-8877

We Handle All Sizes of Water Damages

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Our equipment (air movers and dehumidifier pictured above) directly fit the needs of the situation at hand.

SERVPRO of Manteca is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today - 209-823-8877

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Manteca has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Manteca

SERVPRO of Manteca 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.