Recent Water Damage Posts

Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

Pipe leaks from clogged pipes can cause water damage to your home as well as mold damage if the water damage is not soon addressed.

Source: www.farmers.com

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

1.Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

If your pipes clog, use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

If your pipes clog, use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes. If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes.

Source: www.farmers.com

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

Maybe your water alarm alerted you, maybe you see a puddle or some dripping, or maybe you see some signs of water damage (corrosion, water stains, etc.). Once you’ve discovered a leak, consider the possible causes.

Blocked defroster. A blocked defroster can stop defrost-cycle water from draining properly. Try clearing out the small drain by pouring hot water into it. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner.

Drain pan. Sometimes the drain pan itself can leak. Check for cracks.

Filter. Refrigerators with filters can leak if the filter is the wrong size or not installed properly.

Water line. This is potentially the most problematic. Refrigerators with ice makers or water dispensers have water lines running between the main water supply and the back of the fridge. Feel to see if the water line is wet or dripping. Cracked hoses and loose connections are often the culprit.

Refrigerator leaks can damage the flooring and cabinets in your kitchen.  If you experience a refrigerator leak, please contact us right away to treat and help to prevent any further damage.

Source: https://www.erplumbing.com

What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building? 

After water leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected.  SERVPRO of Taunton and Mansfield strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to: a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Taunton and Mansfield is here to help.  Faster to Any Disaster

Carpet Cleaning’s Benefits for Your Home After a Water Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Carpet Cleaning’s Benefits for Your Home After a Water Damage SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield Carpet Cleaning

Most homeowners assume that vacuuming will suffice to clean their carpets, meaning a professional cleaning is rarely on the list of regular chores. Unfortunately, vacuuming doesn’t clean as well as many assume it does.

Not only do carpet companies typically require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why carpet cleaning is a wise choice. By enhancing air quality, exterminating bugs and mites and extending the life of the carpet, professional cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowner looking to have clean and well-maintained floors. And if your home or business has suffered a water damage or a septic backup it is critical for the carpets to be cleaned even if its an area not directly affected by the damage itself. Learn more about how water damage can affect your carpets.

Still not convinced? Here are some ways that carpet cleaning can be beneficial:

Improve indoor air. All carpet holds on to dirt, but more dangerous pollutants and bacteria also lurk within the fibers. Contaminants from the outside air are let in every time doors and windows are opened. Since vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the other pollutants stick around to degrade indoor air quality until they’re professionally removed.

Have easier floor maintenance. While vacuuming serves as a surface-level solution to a deeper carpet problem, the two can coexist well! Vacuuming regularly cleaned carpets will actually be easier because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been eradicated.

Remove mites and bugs. Just as with other soft surfaces in the home, mites and bugs can quickly take up residence within plush carpet fibers. A thorough cleaning will make the carpet an inhospitable living environment for the critters and maintaining a regular schedule will prevent them from coming back.

Extend your carpet’s life. Many homeowners replace carpet that looks “tired,” but sometimes that look just comes from being too dirty for too long. Dirt serves as sandpaper to the delicate carpet fibers, becoming more deeply embedded and shortening the lifespan every time dirty carpet is walked on.

Remove bacteria and odor left behind after a water damage.

Even if the water damaged didn’t happen in the room where the carpeting is doesn’t mean it wasn’t affected. The foot traffic of everyone who enters the property from the homeowners, adjuster and even the crew assisting with the cleanup are inviable tracking potential bacteria from the affected portion of the property to the unaffected part. Carpet cleaning after using sanitizing and disinfecting treatments can help reduce the bacteria and restore the life of your carpet. 

If you’re still unsure about carpet cleaning, our SERVPRO team of professionals is happy to help you learn why carpet cleaning can be a good choice for your home!

Here to Help!

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Here to Help! Learning what to do if you have a water or fire damage in Taunton, MA helps you recover quicker.

Other Things to Consider

Water and fire damage can happen in Taunton, MA in a blink of an eye. Sometimes the situations are minor and cause minimal disruption to your life. Other times the situation can be much more serious. So serious that your gas, water or power needs to be shut off. Which may signify that things may have to be addressed immediately. Ensuring that the whole family knows how to find and power down each utility shutoff can be a key part of dealing with these potential hazards in these types of situations.

Where To Find It: The main water shutoff valve will likely be near the water line at the point where it enters your house. Look in the basement and in your utility room; in some areas, the valve may be located on an outside wall near the utility area of your home.

How To Shut It Off: Turn the valve clockwise. Then, turn on your faucets to test whether you’ve turned off the correct valve. 

Take a tour of your home today with the tips below as your guide. (Keep in mind, though, that if you are experiencing a fire or water damage you or your family should only take these steps if it is safe to do so.) Special Considerations: Contact a plumber or your utility provider if you have trouble locating the shutoff valve. Label it with a tag when you do identify it. We can provide a shut off tag for you by contacting us by phone or email. 

Who do you need on speed dial if anything happens? Of course, if you need First Responders dial 911. Next is your landlord if you rent. If you own the property and need service as soon as possible hopefully you have the local restoration company already in your contacts. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has a free and easy application (ERP) that links you directly with our office in these times.  The quicker you stop the damage the better. With water damages mold growth can start as soon as 48 hrs. With soot or fire damage the secondary damage happens immediately with what is referred to as transferring. It happens when things with soot on them are touched and then you touch something else. Footprints are the most prevalent and can cause the most damage to areas not ordinarily effected.  Here are some great tips to help you through the process.

If you would like to learn more about planning ahead, we can set you up with a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Just give us a call at 508-824-0200.

5 Places in Your House Where Water Causes Damage

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Places in Your House Where Water Causes Damage Get SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for effective and lasting results for water removal in Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA. We handle houses of all sizes a

5 Places in Homes Prone to Water Damage

Water is a necessity of life but the damage caused by water is a serious concern. It can’t be ignored as it can deteriorate your property. The aesthetic appeal of the residential space is ruined if water leakage occurs or if it suffers flooding. Since homeowners are proud of their homes, any kind of water damage will affect it aesthetically and even structurally. Water damage can shatter the elegance and outlook of the property. If you are looking for water removal service in Taunton, then SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is here to help you. Our specialized machinery and equipment, and well-trained crew are used to handling water damage situations professionally. Here’s a list of places in your house that might get damaged by water leakages and flooding:

Another Break in the Wall

Walls and pillars are most prone to damage caused by water. Due to this damage, leakages, cracks or holes may appear in them. If unchecked, water can easily flow inside these. As a result, the strength of walls or pillars may get compromised. Aesthetically speaking, no homeowner wants to see such ugliness on their walls.

Similar to walls, any damage caused on the floors by water, be it small or large, is likely to compromise the structure of the entire house. If your house is carpeted wall-to-wall, water will affect it greatly. However, in case of another flooring, it may seep in further and may damage the beams and foundations upon which the house stands.

Pipe It Right, Or Wrong

Water accumulation or leakage results in corrosion. Pipes in kitchens, bathrooms and even in the basement can get affected if water damage is unchecked for a longer period of time. Water connections and taps should be checked regularly to avoid unfavorable circumstances.

Damaged by Mold Growth

Mold growth is a must if water pools in and accumulates in a space for 24 to 48 hours. It damages the outlook as well as becomes a health concern, especially for sick, old and young. Moisture helps the mold to grow which is why the accumulation of water should always be prevented. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a professional service for mold restoration in Taunton, MA. Get our help when the situation gets ‘ugly’.

 Beautiful Inside and Out

Most homeowners are more concerned with what lies inside their house, and hence, they do not give much heed to its exterior. However, water equally damages the exterior and the interior. Standing water outside is one of the first things that you need to take care of. Poor drainage, leaky hoses, faulty sprinklers, rusty faucets, and such can be one of the reasons why the exterior of your house is being adversely affected by water.

 Water is an unstoppable force when it gains the required momentum. In case of floods, the safety of human lives is the first priority. Once everything has been deemed safe by concerned officials, you may focus on getting your house back to how it was. Flood damage also includes water damage and mold damage, so by dealing with one restoration,

Everybody, Hit the Floor

you’re investing in getting rid of three. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is reliable for water removal service in Taunton, MA. Call us anytime and we will come help you restore your house from water damage of any and all magnitude.

A What-To-Do Guide for Mitigation in Flood Disaster

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage A What-To-Do Guide for Mitigation in Flood Disaster SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has earned the trusts of many when it comes to water damage restoration and flood cleanup service.

Any property that is damaged by fire, water, flood, storm, mold or likewise has to be remediated to its original state through the services of competent cleanup and restoration services. For residents of Taunton and Mansfield, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has the best and most effective services. Staying true to their slogan, we ensure that your property, be it commercial or residential, is restored to its former glory with the damage cleanup efficiency being "Like it never even happened." Before any of these damages incur on your property, there is a long and detailed list of mitigation which can help you reduce the damage. Here’s an overview of what to do and what not to do before, during and after a water or flooding disaster hits:

 Preventive Measures Before Flooding

Whether you live in a flood zone or whether your property is prone to damage by water in any capacity; there are quite a few essential tips that can help you be prepared to face the challenge. Here’s what you can do beforehand:

  • Ensure that your property is barricaded against water inflow
  • Regularly check all plumbing to make sure there are no leakages
  • Check floor levels and openings to put stoppage on water sources
  • Make sure that vents, pipes, ducts, etc. are sealed properly
  • Remove unnecessary, extra furniture and upholstery from floors
  • Unplug unused appliances, fixtures, and electronics to avoid hazards

Being a leading water cleanup service in Taunton and Mansfield, MA, you can get in touch with us for further instructions, precautions, and tips on how to mitigate for flooding.

Water Damage Safety Prerequisites

Once the flood or water damage has occurred, there are quite a few safety and hazard concerns that you need to be aware of. If your property has been flooded with water, the safety of you and your family is of top priority. Here are a few things you need to take are of:

  • First and foremost, ensure the safety of family and loved ones
  • Check and see if it is safe to stay in and on your property
  • Turn off all electrical supplies to avoid hazards in flooded spaces
  • Avoid spaces where you may face a ‘slip and fall’ hazard
  • Carry out only the activities which are safe for you
  • Do not carry wet materials as they will be heavier when drenched

By focusing on these points, you will be able to keep your loved ones safe and prevent any accident or hazard that might happen due to negligence or carelessness.

 DIY Damage Minimization Tasks

After your property has been flooded, you can conduct a few DIY steps and tasks that will help your property and belongings from further damage. By taking these steps, your property will be better prepared for our water damage restoration in Mansfield and Taunton. These DIY steps are:

  • Mop and blot excess water to remove it
  • Wipe off wood furniture after removing all items from it
  • Prop and remove wet cushions and upholstery
  • Utilize air-conditioners and exhausts to dry the spaces
  • Make sure you remove all items from floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Do not interfere or touch electrical appliances or fixtures

    Through taking these small steps, you can save a lot of your property and belongings before professional help arrives. We are a trusted name in water removal service in Taunton, MA. Our services are efficient as we use latest technology, machinery, and techniques to restore your commercial or residential spaces back to how it was.

     If you have more questions or inquiries about our water removal service in Mansfield, MA or Taunton, MA, give us a call at (508) 824-0200.

Raynham, MA Family Rebuilds After Home Experiences Water Damage 

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Raynham, MA Family Rebuilds After Home Experiences Water Damage  Drying Equipment drying a water damage in a Raynham, MA home.

A family in Raynham, had to go through immense loss of material damage, because of water leakage in their house. It had only been eight months, when the family started noticing water patches on their ceilings and on the walls. Thinking that it could have been because of the recent thunderstorm, they ignored it. With time, the situation got worse. The patches affected the distemper on the walls, making flakes of paint fall off. Worried about the fortunes they had invested in this house, they called SERVPRO

It was later found out that, because of the lack of genuine quality of water pipes, water kept leaking slowly for months. Everything was soon under with one call to us!

SERVPRO’S TEAM-Like No Other:

Water damage can occur because of any reason. A thunderstorm could trigger it at times, or it may also occur as the water pipes get worn out. Curing, treating and restoring water damage in a property requires a lot of expertise. Having a fully equipped team of knowledgeable and experienced technicians, water damage removal is what we do everyday.

How SERVPRO Saves The Day?

Home water damage restoration service is a well-defined and well-structured procedure comprising of six to seven steps. The only responsibility you have onto yourself is to call us one time. The rest is handled by us. First, we would inspect your house. The final steps include drying and dehumidification of the damaged property, which prevents the growth of mold. We restore the property damaged after treatment.

Services At SERVPRO:

Our 24/7 availability helps us solve the problem as soon as you get to us. All you must do is call, and the truck carrying team, tools and spare parts will be at your door step in a blink of an eye. Our water damage cleanup service has no match at all! We have won this name, recognition and trust by giving our clients what they expect from us. We make sure that whoever invests in us gets what they desire.

Our company SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield uses the most advanced technology and equipment which not only has made our job easier, but has also helped us win the trust of our customers.

Water damage can be a very tricky business. You would want to be sure about the company you have invested in, their competence and their level of expertise. Water Removal Service Mansfield, MA by us is like no other in the town. No matter the time of the day, or the weather outside, we have won the loyalty of our clients by being there for them as soon as they get to us. We have managed to always prove through our services that our clients and their satisfaction come first, we have made our name locally and nationally. Having national resources, we are truly number one when it comes to restoration services of all sizes. So, if you got a water damage job, give us a call. We are just a dial away.

When Storms or Floods hit Raynham, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is ready!

7/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Storms or Floods hit Raynham, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Raynham, Massachusetts

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms and floods hit Raynham, Massachusetts, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have access to equipment and personnel that are strategically located throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a property owner living near a body of water whether it is a river or the ocean like the words, Hurricane or Storm. Sure, we have lived through some significant storms—everyone remembers Hurricane Bob? — and perhaps that is why we take it seriously when predictions about a hurricane or tropical storm begin to surface. Even if the storm doesn’t live up to the hype of weather forecasters, we know that these storms are likely going to include wind, rain, and flooding and those elements can do significant damage to coastal properties…. whether those properties are located close to the water or a bit further inland. All homes and businesses are vulnerable to the damage that rain, wind, and flooding can cause but ironically many property owners are not aware of the damages that can occur, how to respond to those damages, and what is even covered under their insurance policies.

Here are some tips before the storm hits

  • Look around the property. Anything that is unsecured, lawn furniture, toys, tables, and chairs should be brought inside or stored away. Secure the grill as much as possible.
  • If your property is located near the water, and you have hurricane shutters, go ahead and use them, even if the storm is not categorized as a hurricane.
  • Remove any solar-powered ground lights. Ground lights that are hard-wired can be left in the ground.
  • Wrap burlap around ornamental trees or fragile bushes. You can also stake and string trees and bushes.
  • Take in any window air conditioners.
  • Here are some tips after the storm hits

  • If water has infiltrated the basement, shut off the power. Remember, electricity and water are a deadly combination. If you have to walk through standing water to get to the circuit breaker box, consider calling your power company to come out to shut off the power. If you are unsure of the best and safest way to shut off the power, call your local fire department.
  • To mitigate any further damage to your valuables, raise any items up off of the floor and out of the water.
  • If the roof has incurred any damage, immediately cover it with a tarp. If a window has been broken, immediately board it up. If you are unsure of how to do this, contact a professional.
  • ·           Check on neighbors—especially the            elderly—to make sure they are safe.

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Hot tip #1: If the water level can be measured in feet, you definitely need to call in a professional, immediately. When a high volume of water is pumped outside at a high rate of speed, it may cause significant structural damage.

    Wind can cause a variety of damages…from sending furniture and other debris into the air, crashing into windows, to knocking trees onto roofs, to ripping shingles up from the roof. The biggest misconception that property owners have about wind damage pertains to their insurance deductible. Most property owners believe that the deductible or amount that they will have to pay is based on the cost of the damage; however, the deductible is actually based on the percentage of the total value for which the home is insured.

    Hot tip #2: Any damage caused by the wind should immediately be addressed. A broken window should be boarded up from the outside and any hole in the roof should be covered—from the outside!

    Have a Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Now! 508-824-0200