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Archived Water Damage Blog Posts

Don't take the risk, call SERVPRO

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other black water damages are more than nasty, smelly messes. These potentially biohazardous occurrences can introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough to handle the situation.

So, before you take the health risk by attempting to clean it up yourself, call your water cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO OF EUREKA . Utilizing the proper equipment and trained to manage the drying process, SERVPRO OF EUREKA professionals can help property owners regain control quickly.

SERVPRO OF EUREKA professionals remove moisture, sewage, and contaminants, disinfecting and deodorizing as they safely clean the structure and restore belongings. This protects the property owner's health, as well as all those occupying the structure. 

If you have had a water loss, give SERVPRO OF EUREKA a call. 707-445-0900

Secondary damage from a water loss

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

When our toilets overflow or the washing machine hose springs a leak, most of us grab a bunch of towels and absorb the leaked water. We feel pretty good about the clean up and call a professional to fix the damaged household items. 

The professional arrives and fixes the leaks and you are grateful that the issue has been resolved. Unfortunately, the majority of the time there is a problem that most do not consider because it isn't visible to the naked eye. 

Leaks can cause damage for a long time before becoming noticeable. The washing machine may have been leaking a small amount previous to the large leak. Also, the amount of water leaked may have penetrated to the sub floor. If that is the case, the water left to dry on its own will grow mold or rot the areas that have absorbed the hidden water. 

It is always important to have any water leak checked out to prevent further damage. At SERVPRO OF EUREKA we have special tools to do just that. We can use a moisture sensor to check if there is remaining water in the areas in and around the primary leak. We also have a moisture meter that measures the amount of moisture left behind. If there is water detected we have the equipment to dry the area quickly and thoroughly to prevent the secondary damage of mold or dry rot.

If you have had a water leak, give us a call for an inspection and we will let you know if you need further remediation. 707-445-0900

Different Categories of Water in a Loss

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

When you have a water loss, SERVPRO OF EUREKA categorizes the water into 3 different categories. These categories are well know between insurance, restoration and emergency agencies. Once we categorize the water, we are then able to treat the water loss accordingly.

Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as "clean water". Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.

Category 2 Water - Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants  and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to. Known as "gray water". This type carries micro organisms and nutrients of micro organisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water - Known as "black water" and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affects the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant may be re classified as Category 3 Water. 

Humboldt County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Clean Up and Restoration

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Humboldt County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Clean Up and Restoration This home's basement flooded due to heavy rain.

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 Humboldt 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 - (707)445-0900

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 Eureka 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 (707)445-0900

Faster to Your Humboldt County Water Damage Event

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to Your Humboldt County Water Damage Event Faster to Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Eureka 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 Eureka 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 – (707)445-0900

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 Eureka

SERVPRO of Eureka 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.

Eureka 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Eureka 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Eureka provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Eureka 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 - (707)445-0900

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 Eureka 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 Eureka

SERVPRO of Eureka 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.