Recent Water Damage Posts

How to Avoid Getting Frozen Water Pipes

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen has a large frozen waterfall coming from the ceiling with more water on the floor of the kitchen below. Frozen pipes bursting can cost you a lot of money in repairs.

We’re getting into the colder part of the year now, and frozen water pipes are becoming a greater threat. Here’s some great tips to follow to prevent this from happening to you. Not only will these tips save you the trouble of broken pipes and gushing water, but you’ll also save yourself a lot of money in repair fees.

When the weather begins to get cold, you should insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. Pipelines in an unheated garage or cold crawlspace under the house can freeze. Wrap the water pipes to insulate before temperatures plummet. Hardware or building supply stores have pipe wrapping materials readily available for homeowners.

Be sure to seal off access doors, air vents, and cracks. Repair broken windows to keep the cold winter winds outside where they belong. Check seals around doors and windows and if necessary, reapply caulking to areas that cold air leaks in through. It wouldn’t hurt to check the caulking around pipes, your shower or tub, or anywhere else something exits the interior of your home to the exterior or crawlspace and reapply caulk as needed to make sure there’s no air leaking into your house. You should also consider winterizing your windows to help secure heat inside and keep the cold out – and lower your heating bill!

 Find the master shutoff to your water. The master valve may be near the water heater or washing machine. Make sure that everyone in your household knows where it is in case a pipe should burst. Acting quickly can prevent flooding and thousands of dollars in repairs. If you’re worried about your pipes freezing on a particularly cold night (less than 20 degrees), run a minimal amount of water out of your faucets. A small steady stream of water will be enough to keep your pipes from freezing.

Another thing you should do is disconnect and drain any outdoor hoses. You should have all outdoor water connections, including irrigation systems, properly shut off during winter. A single overnight freeze can burst faucets and pipes, so it’s important to disconnect the hose and let the water drain.

So now you know how to prevent pipes from freezing, but what do you do if your pipes still burst?? First of all, call your plumber and tell them what’s happened. After they’ve been notified, locate your master shutoff valve. This will come in handy if things take a turn for the worst. Don’t try and melt the ice in the pipes by using fire, as heating one spot of the pipe can cause it to burst. Instead, use a hair dryer on low to distribute the heat evenly across the pipe. If you don’t have a hair dryer, then you can wrap the frozen section in rags and gently pour hot water across it. The rags help to distribute the heat from the water evenly.

In the event that the worst does happen, call the experts to help clean up any water damage caused by burst pipes or flooding. The trained professional water damage technicians at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties can help any time of day, any day of the year. If you should need our services, call us at (866) 445-8457, and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Cooler Weather

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

A water pipe with frozen icicles hanging from it. Insulating pipes can help prevent them from freezing.

As we move into the cooler months of the year, water losses become an even larger threat. Temperatures will start dropping soon, but the threat of pipes freezing and bursting become higher. But there’s a few things you can do to prepare your plumbing for winter and colder temperatures.

One thing you can do to prepare your home is to turn off outside faucets. This can be done at their shutoff valve. Open the faucet then open the bleeder cap on the shutoff valve to drain any water out of the pipe. If you don’t drain the pipe, it can still freeze and crack. Leave the bleeder cap open with a bucket underneath to catch any drips. If the dripping continues, your shutoff valve needs to be replaced. Installing frost-free sill cocks also help to prevent frozen pipes. Unlike a typical faucet, the working parts of a frost-free sill cock— valve, seat and washer—are located up to 18 in. inside the wall instead of right at the faucet. When the sill cock is properly installed, with a slight downward pitch, water drains from the pipe every time you turn off the knob at the faucet. You should also remove any hoses that are connected to faucets. Leaving hoses connected to a faucet in winter can allow water to freeze that’s left inside the hose and back up into the pipe and cause it to crack. Disconnect all hoses from their faucets, drain them and store them for the winter. Covering hose bibs with insulated covers help to slow the heat loss from a pipe as it travels through the wall out into the cold.

The next step is to insulate any vulnerable pipes to keep them from getting too cold. One way you can contribute to their insulation is to install a heat cable. Heat cables are a perfect solution for vulnerable pipes. They have an integral thermostat that senses pipe temperature, turning the heat on and off as needed to keep the pipe from freezing. You’ll need an accessible outlet to plug in the cable.  If you have pipes in an unheated area, such as a crawl space, an attic or a garage, use heat cable and cover it with pipe insulation. Pipe insulation alone does little, as it’s only a matter of time before cold air can reach the frozen pipes. In fact, insulating pipes without also using heat cable can prevent warm air from getting to them. You should also be sure to seal around rim joists to stop cold air intrusion. Seal cracks or holes using expandable foam and then insulate between the floor joists. Be sure that you don’t insulate a pipe from the heat in the rest of the house. Also, inspect around holes where cables, wires or pipes pass through an exterior wall. Insulate where you can, and seal drafts with caulk or expandable foam. After insulating, be sure you have combustion air for the furnace coming in through a makeup air pipe.

There’s a few other tips to discuss for helping your home for winter and preventing water losses as well. If you go out of town for the holidays, be sure to turn off your water while you’re away. As a general rule, if you’re leaving town for a few days or more, turn the water off at the main shutoff. That way, if frozen pipes do crack, you’ll have far less damage. Shut off your automatic ice maker so it doesn’t continually try to make ice, burning out the motor. Even if the ice bin is full, the ice will evaporate, and the ice maker will try to make more. If you have water lines in the garage, insulate the garage door, if not the whole garage. Consider a combination of heat cable and insulation as well. If it’s really cold, put a portable heater in the garage, but be careful to follow instructions and place it in a safe place with no fire or safety hazards. During a sudden cold snap, you should remember to leave your indoor faucets running just a little bit to prevent the pipes from freezing. A trickling faucet acts as a relief valve for the pressure that builds up if frozen pipes do occur. That pressure relief can prevent frozen pipes from cracking. A slow trickle is all you need. It’ll bump up your next water bill a bit, but compared with major home repairs, that’s an easy price to pay. Don’t leave a faucet running if the drain is on an exterior wall, though; the drain can freeze, causing the sink to overflow. Opening cabinet doors also allows heat to get to pipes under sinks and helps prevent them from freezing. Being behind closed doors, kitchen plumbing frozen pipes are vulnerable, as the heat from the rest of the house can’t reach them. Open the cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate into the cabinets. A fan or portable heater pointed inside the cabinet also helps circulate warm air. Just be sure to avoid fire and safety hazards by moving your household chemicals somewhere away from the heat. Keeping the temperature inside your home steady is also a good idea. What constitutes a cold snap depends on your climate and your home’s insulation. A temperature of 32 degrees F isn’t cause for alarm in Minnesota, but it might be in Mississippi. So during extreme cold, bypass your thermostat’s program and leave the temperature steady. You may even want to turn it up a couple of degrees.

Keep these tips in mind as the colder months grow closer. Making habit of these practices can help to save you tons of money on a water loss in the future. And if disaster should happen to strike, you can always count on SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What’s the Difference Between Grey Water and Black Water?

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

A sink overflowing with black water. Category three is the most dangerous type of water.

Have you had a water loss? Do you know what category it’s classified as? At SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, we have three different categories that we put water losses under. These range from a category one to a category three.

What’s a category one water loss? Category one is classified as clean water, or water that doesn’t pose a health threat to humans. Water losses of this nature are typically described as sinks and bathtubs overflowing or broken appliances. This is the most harmless category of water that we can take care of at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties.

Category two is classified as grey water. This means that the water is contaminated and may cause illness if ingested. This kind of water contains microorganisms and poses a moderate health threat to humans. This kind of water category is typically from broken toilets, broken sump pumps, and seepage from outside sources such as after storm damage. This category needs a little extra precaution when being dealt with to keep from exposure to the microorganisms and illness.

Category three is the dreaded black water. Black water is unsanitary and contains bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms that cause sickness. This is the category that sewage is classified as, and is mostly caused by sewer problems, sewer backups, or contamination of standing water. This category requires special restoration techniques that we at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties are trained to perform.

Let SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties take care of your water loss today, regardless of the category! We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

How to Spot Water Damage

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

A white wall with brown coloring of water damage and large spots of black colored mold. If you don't catch water damage quick enough, it can turn into a real, moldy, mess!

Houses are a large investment, and in order to protect that investment, you should be on the look out for potential problems and fix them before they worsen and cause a potential disaster. One of the potential problems to watch out for is water damage. But how does one go about finding water damage and potential problems related to water? It’s easier than you think!

The first step is to check your floors. No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will develop signs of water damage. For tile and wood, you want to look for cracking, buckling, and warping, and for carpet look for damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots, and the smell of mold and dampness.

Next, check for stains. Water stains on flooring around bathtubs, sinks, and toilets or water stains on ceilings or walls are an obvious sign of water damage; and unusual stains could indicate a leaky pipe or drain in the wall. Speaking of walls, cracked drywall or areas of drywall that look swollen and feel soft to the touch could also signify trouble. Peeling paint can also signify water damage, as paint loses adhesion when drywall gets wet.

Thirdly, you should check the outside of your home. Check for standing pools of water that could indicate poor drainage in your yard, gutters that aren’t carrying water far enough away from the house or leaking and clogged gutters. These could be a serious concern for your house’s foundation. Additionally, you should check for signs of water damage to your roof. Common signs of roof water damage are pools of water, cracked, curled, or missing shingles, or broken flashing.

Finally, watch out for rust and mold. Inspect your water heater for rust on the tank or water on the floor, as rust spots could indicate a slow leak. Corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage as well. Visual signs of active mold growth means there’s moisture in contact with microscopic mold spores; often in the tiny nooks and crannies of your home. But don’t rely solely on sight when looking for mold! When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, and produces a musty, unpleasant smell.

If you should find yourself in need of water or storm damage restoration or mold remediation, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties today! And let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

How to Prevent Water Related Losses

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen with its wood flooring taken up. A refrigerator sits to the left, and a large spot of wet subfloor is exposed. Water damage from a dishwasher.

Water losses and water damage can be the costliest type of damage that a property can experience. But through proper maintenance and precautions, water losses can be avoided. In this blog, we’ll highlight just a few ways that you can prevent your home or business from being a victim of water damage.

Many water losses happen when people go out of town for a while or leave a vacation home. This is because most people don’t think to turn the water off when they leave for an extended amount of time, which can lead to disaster! Burst pipes, ruptured washer hoses, and other water supply mishaps can wreak havoc on your home or vacation home. If you plan to travel out of town or leave an unoccupied vacation home, turn off the water and have someone you trust check the house every few days in case of water leaks. Catching it fast is always better than weeks or months down the road!

Having your plumbing system regularly maintained is a great way to avoid water loss. Having lower water pressure can prolong the life of your plumbing system by making it easier on pipe joints, faucets, and appliance valves. Avoid using chemical drain-clearing products and soften your water. Chemicals can erode cast-iron drainpipes and hard water creates mineral deposits than can clog pipes and cause them to break. You should also have a plumber come in and snake your sewer lines every few years. This will keep them clear of tree roots that eventually make their way into your sewer system that can cause nasty sewage backups.

The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, however. Proper roof maintenance is important to prevent roof leaks that can cause damage to many parts of a home or business. You should also check gutters and make sure they’re clean and free of leaves and debris. Make sure that water is being carried far enough away from your house so that it doesn’t eat away at the foundation. A swampy yard can also cause problems and should be dealt with quickly to save your foundation from possible cracks and erosion. Bad foundations can lead to flooded basements and other problems.

These tips will help you avoid water losses in your home or business, but should you have one, you can always count on SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Approaches That Help Save Important Items during Water Removal in your Home.

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage affects electronics and other items in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts

When water overflows into a property, it does not discriminate, and any item within reach is submerged. However, the damage it causes in different items within the affected area varies. There are items ruined within just a few minutes of exposure to the water. Others can only be ruined if left submerged for extended periods. Finally, some items might not exhibit any signs of damage after the exposure but develop problems later on. It is necessary to follow the right procedures to save valuable items in your home after a water loss incident.   You should pay serious attention to electronics during water removal. If they end up submerged, you might incur huge losses. The issue with most electronics is that even a few minutes underwater can ruin them. In addition to this, the items might continue functioning normally then exhibit signs of damage long after the loss. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you save electronics exposed to water. We remove the items from the affected areas or cover them with plastic sheets if it is not possible to move them. Such actions limit further exposure.   Another prized item in many households is clothes. Property flooding can ruin clothes in different ways. The most straightforward way is the transfer of stains from the dark to the bright colored clothes. You can prevent this by separating the clothes immediately after you detect flooding in the closet. Contaminants in the water and the surfaces where you place the clothes can also stain them.

The water might also affect documents and important books within the home. It is possible to limit the extent of damage by choosing the right removal procedure. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on sublimation methods to save the documents. The method works by changing solids to vapor directly without passing through liquid stages. For this to work, we have to find the damaged documents within 24 hours and freeze them within 48 hours.   You can save your items from unnecessary damages in case of water loss. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties in Mountain Home, AR. We are available 24/7 toll free at (866) 445-8457.

Avoid Frozen Water Pipes

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Take care of your pipes this winter!

Don’t let the cold temperatures of winter burst your pipes. By following these simple tips, you’ll not only save yourself the trouble of broken pipes and gushing water, but you’ll also save yourself a lot of money in repair fees.

  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. Pipelines in an unheated garage or cold crawl space under the house can freeze; wrap the water pipes before temperatures plummet. Hardware or building supply stores have pipe wrapping materials available. 
  • Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks. Repair broken windows to keep the cold winter winds outside where they belong.  
  • Find the master shutoff. The master valve may be near the water heater or washing machine. Make sure everyone in your household knows where it is in case a pipe burst. Acting quickly can prevent flooding and thousands of dollars in repairs.  
  • Worried about pipe freeze? Run a minimal amount of water in a kitchen sink, on nights when weather forecast calls less than 20 degrees. A small and steady stream of water will be enough to keep your pipes from freezing, and you can even collect the water in a bucket to water houseplants.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. You should have all outdoor water connections, including irrigation systems, properly shut off during the winter. A single overnight freeze can burst faucets and pipes, so it’s important to disconnect the hose and let the water drain.
  • It’s too late – my pipes already froze! What do I do now?
  • First, call your plumber!
  • Second, locate your master shutoff valve. This will come in handy if things take a turn for the worst.
  • Third (for those DIY-ers out there), don’t try and melt the water by using fire, as heating one spot of the pipe can cause it to burst. Instead, use a hair dryer on low to distribute the heat evenly across the pipe.
  • If you don’t have a hair dryer, then you can wrap the frozen section in rags and gently pour hot water across it. The rags help to distribute the heat from the water evenly.  

In the event that the worst does happen, call the experts to help clean up any water damage caused by burst pipes or flooding. The trained and professional water damage technicians at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (866) 445-8457.

Water Damage from Many Sources Can Affect Your Property

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Removal After Accidents in Your Home Gets Fast Results with SERVPRO

Clogged drains can cause overflows resulting in water damage, and usually do so with no notice. You suddenly have a massive amount of water where it does not belong. Expert, fast action is needed and is essential to protect your property to minimize the harm.   Since plumbing accidents can happen without warning, SERVPRO has experienced crews ready to respond to your water removal emergency any time of the day, any day of the week. We act quickly to ensure the safety of you and our workers and determine the cause of the overflow problem in your home. If it has not already been done, we shut down the water supply.   Upon arrival, we pre-inspect the damaged areas carefully and look for any dangerous situations such as electrical hazards or soft subflooring. The standing water is then pumped out with industrial, truck-mounted pumps for large volumes of water. If the sink is located on an upper floor, we check the walls and floors underneath it for any water seepage and remove that as necessary.   SERVPRO technicians also use a moisture meter to figure out the extent of the water penetration in flooring, ceilings, and walls. We move and block any furniture when necessary and extract water from hard surface flooring and carpeting. Carpets are detached, and we then extract the water from the padding and floor. The pad is removed from your structure and in most cases, it is discarded.   Once everything affected is checked for additional damages such as delamination in carpets, or visible mold, we treat with an appropriate deodorizer and antimicrobial. We position air movers for drying, so they deliver a rapid airflow to the wet surfaces. We base the number of air movers on the recommendations from IICRC. The driers are often checked, and the positions of them are shifted as needed to make sure your home is dried in the shortest amount of time possible. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is an experienced and trusted water damage remediation company. When you have a sink overflow for any reason, contact us right at (866) 445-8457 for all of North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experts at Finding Hidden Leaks

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes leaking behind a ceiling can cause extensive damage and possibly mold. Call SERVPRO quickly to investigate.

A cause of wasted water in your home is a slow leak in your plumbing fixtures, pipes and appliances especially leaks behind walls. Since these leaks are usually silent, they are often undetected. However, SERVPRO can repair any of these types of water leaks. If untreated, hidden plumbing leaks can cause serious water damage to your home and the need for water removal. There are usually some small signs to help you find these kinds of leaks. Mold grows well in dark, moist areas that are usually hidden under flooring or behind walls. If a pipe starts leaking, mold can grow in the area. If you see mold in places where water is not usually found, like non-shower walls, you might have a pipe which is leaking. Other things to keep an eye out for include peeling wallpaper or paint on your walls, a wall which is stained or warped for no apparent reason, a musty smell, or a cracked, bubbled or water-stained ceiling or floor, especially in the bathroom. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties right away so that we can use our professional instruments to detect if there is in fact water inside your walls or any other hidden areas. Once we find the problem, we can use our experience and professional knowledge to take care of the leak, clean up the water, and repair any damages as quickly as possible. If you suspect a leak at all, you want to call us at SERVPRO right away because the longer you let it go, the more damage you could incur. Besides cost for repairs, you run the risk of mold growing. Mold can cause health effects to you and your family. We can help detect any hidden moldas well and clean it up properly. Water removal is not as difficult as you think when you have the right team helping you. Hidden leaks can cause many problems, so contact SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties as soon as possible. We can be easily reached at (866)445-8457 any time you need us.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crews on-site

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties 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 - 866.445.8457

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 Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties 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 Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties 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.

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton and Marion Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in North Central Arkansas.

What to do if you discover water damage in your home!

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Drips Become Water Damaging Problems

Water damage probably is not something you think about a lot, but it can happen surprisingly easily. Perhaps you got called away while a faucet was still running, or maybe a pipe burst in your kitchen. Flooding is a real risk for homeowners, too. If you find water has leaked or got into your home in any way, it is necessary to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Where should you start?
 
The first thing to do if you discover water damage in your home is identify the source of the water, and cut it off if you can. Try and do this quickly to prevent the problem from getting any worse. Stop up any leaks, shut off any running faucets, use sandbags towels as a barrier against flowing water on the floor.

Once you have identified and cut off the source of the water, what then? It is vital that you remedy any water damage as quickly as possible. If left unchecked, water can harm your home’s structure and furnishings, and encourage the growth of mold. Our water damage technicians are skilled at mitigating secondary water damage. This limits out of pocket expenses and reduces stress and inconvenience.
 
Luckily, help is at hand. SERVPRO is ready and waiting to help you deal with water damage in your home. We can respond to your call quickly and send out our IICRC certified technicians to get the situation under control and help restore your home.
 
From the moment they arrive, our SERVPRO technicians get to work drying out your home. We remove any contaminated and non-salvageable materials and do everything we can to make your home safe. Our focus is on getting your home dried out as quickly as possible to minimize damage to your house and inconvenience to you.
 
Our team brings powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry out your home, including water damaged materials such as carpets. Air movers help dry your home by expelling the moist, humid air from the room and bringing in warm, dry air to create a drier atmosphere and increase evaporation. 


Our qualified SERVPRO technicians are experienced in placing our equipment in the most efficient manner, to dry your home out quickly. Whether the problem is confined to just one room or affects your whole house, we  come equipped with everything needed to start drying it out straight away. Moreover, if your home needs professional products to help mitigate any resulting mold growth, our technicians are trained to apply those too.
 
If you discover water damage in your home, don’t delay – call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties. We are dedicated to serving our local community. For an immediate 24/7 response to your water emergency call us at (866) 445-8457.

How Flood Damage affects the furniture in your home.

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for water removal from your property after a flood

Flood Damage is a serious issue for any homeowner. A sudden quantity of water can do untold damage to your house and belongings. That is why we recommend you call us as soon as possible after a flood - swift action helps mitigate damage and gives the best chance of restoring your house "Like it never even happened."

Here is four main issues to be aware of regarding flood-damaged furniture and how SERVPRO helps with them:

1. Water causes wood to swell, and as much furniture has a wooden frame this is a real problem. Our technicians extract and wipe water from the furniture and surroundings area as quickly as possible and ensure drying is carried out evenly and at the correct speed.

2. Water stains give furniture an uneven, splotchy look and are particular concern for items that are dry clean only. We come equipped with foggers to wet the furniture evenly and encourage more even drying.

3. Upholstery dyes might run and cause stains, and there is also a risk of colors bleeding onto the floor. Our teams know how best to "tent" furniture cushions and the best configuration of air movers and dehumidifiers for a fast result.

4. Furniture that is left damp is subject to the risk of mildew growth. We discourage mildew growth by extracting water quickly using a specialist upholstery extraction tool and by drying furniture thoroughly inside and o

SERVPRO Utilizes Many Pieces of Equipment for the Extraction of Water in Mountain Home Properties

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Uses Industry Leading Equipment for Water Removal in Mountain Home

Secondary water damage can affect many things in your home. Removing the water and the humidity in the air can reduce or even eliminate much of the risk of this type of damage. However, the process of removing water needs to begin as soon as you know there is a water emergency.

In Mountain Home homes, SERVPRO tailors water removal services to the specific requirements of the home involved. For significant amounts of water that results in interior flooding, including the basement, we use trucks that quickly pump standing water out. When there is less water remaining because of our earlier efforts, or the emergency involves less water, to begin with, we use small portable water extraction units.

When we have removed enough water that your home is only damp, we continue reducing the amount of moisture in your home with additional methods. Some types of secondary water damage can be prevented from occurring with these techniques. Such damage can include substantially increased microbial growth, cracking and splitting of wood furniture, and deterioration of your home's walls and foundation.

Fans are not adequate in creating the required amount of airflow, so we use larger, more powerful air movers. As these blow air around the interior of your home, the air absorbs the moisture still present. Because this moisture needs to be removed, and not just evaporated into the air, dehumidifiers are also used in conjunction with the air movers. Large axial box fans are also useful to large volumes of air movement.

Sometimes, when the air is cooler, we also use heaters to raise the indoor temperature. Refrigerated dehumidifiers require an ambient temperature of at least 70 degrees to extract moisture from the air effectively. Some situations, involving contaminated water, require that air scrubbers be used. When foul odors are present, an ozone-producing unit or hydroxyl generator is always a good choice to add to the equipment used.

SERVPRO water extraction procedures remove the water and the risks of secondary water damage, making everything “Like it never even happened.” Call us, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, 24/7, at (870) 424-0296.