Recent Water Damage Posts

Contents Cleaning

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carmichael offers contents cleaning to ensure that your personal belongings and valuables can be restored instead of replaced. This could save you money and also preserve irreplaceable valuables.

SERVPRO will give you peace of mind with our Content Claims Inventory Service (CCIS).  Using digital photos and inventory system we can make sure your items are accounted for. Our experts take a room-by-room inventor of your belongings. The items are placed into three categories: salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. Then you can decide on items that are in question.

Our professionals are trained to try to restore as much as possible rather than replace. Once we have assessed which items are salvageable we take the best approach to restore your salvageable items. They can either be cleaned on your property or taken back to our SERVPRO facility.

For the best and most reliable water damage cleanup and restoration of your property call SERVPRO of Carmichael.

Sewage Backup Can Affect a Whole Building

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

The risk of a sewage backup can be bad for your property and dangerous. The water that comes from a sewage back up is unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Sewer backups are usually caused by clogs, tree roots, or collapsed sewer lines.

Clogs are one of the top causes of sewer backup. People used toilets as waste baskets. diapers, facial tissues, and napkins should not be flushed down the toilet. Be sure never to pour grease down your drain. Although grease and fat are liquids, they can harden and cause a clog.

Tree roots are another cause of sewer backups. Roots can be very strong crushing sewer lines. They can even grow into pipes.

Another common cause of sewer back up are collapsed sewer lines. Older homes were built with cast iron and clay piping. This can break down over time and create sewer problems.

Do not reach for a cheap and easy fix such as chemical treatments. They can be harsh on your plumbing and they are harmful to the environment.

Our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael have the proper training and expertise to make sure your plumbing allows water to smoothly run through your pipes and not all over you home.

Water Damage Signs You Should Never Ignore

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Do not ignore the water stains seeping through your walls or that sagging ceiling. It can be hidden signs of the extensive damage to your home.

Not removing wet or damp items can lead to mold in as little as 24 hours. Mold can cause respiratory illnesses in you and your family. Items that have become wet must be properly treated or replaced. Our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael are specialized in mitigating damages and doing the least amount of replacements as possible. With that in mind, it is best to assess the possible water damage as soon as possible.

Ignoring the signs can result in losing strength in the foundation of your home. An easy fix can turn to thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. The water sign can also be a ticking clock to an eminent disaster that can damage your home and valuables within.

Unpleasant odors are also a sign of water damage that can be lurking in your home. Water can foster bacterial growth that results in a musty smell.

Peeling paint is a sign that water has seeped inside wall spaces. Drywall also saturates causing paint to lose adhesion.

If you have noticed signs of water damage, make sure to call SERVPRO of Carmichael.

Three Types of Water

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Keep you and your family safe from the dangers of contaminated water. Below are the classifications of water to help you identify the waters that may be harmful to your family.

Clean Water:

This is water that does not hold a threat to you or your family. It is water that can come from a broken pipe and that can be considered clean. This water however, can quickly turn into the next category, grey water within 48 hours if it becomes contaminated.

Grey Water:

This water is category two and may pose possible health risks to your family. Grey water could be water from anywhere but that has been sitting for more than 48 hours. Examples of this water would be aquariums, waterbeds, and clogged sinks.

Black Water:

Black water is a definitive health risk. This water includes floodwater and sewage water. Sewage is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and even viruses. These viruses can have very harmful effects.

Keep your family and yourself safe from the dangerous of contaminated waters. Contact our team at SERVPRO of Carmichael for the most safe and effective water removal.  (916)967-2500

4 Things You Need to Know About Water Damage

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

1) Not all water damage is covered by your insurance.

It is important to familiarize yourself with your insurance policy with your coverage. While most policies cover sudden damage such as an overflowing washer machine, they do not cover water damage from gradual leaks that caused damage over time.

2) There are different insurance policies for water damage and flood damage.

If you live in an are that tends to flood, then you should have a separate policy for floods. Water damage is different from flood damage. Water damage would be damage from a burst pipe or overflowed washing machine. You should educate yourself on whether you need two separate policies.

3) Water damage works fast.

Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours. It is important to dry your home or property as soon as possible. At SERVPRO of Carmichael we offer 24/7 emergency response. If your home or property suffers water damage call us anytime at (916)966-2601.

4) Let your insurance know right away.

You should let your insurance company know about the water damage. They can offer you guidance on the immediate steps.

The most important thing is your safety. Make sure you handle and navigate your home making sure it is safe.

What to Do Until Help Arrives - Water Damage Emergency

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do Until Help Arrives - Water Damage Emergency 14,000 people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at work or at home each day.

During a water loss it is important to take some steps that may help minimize the amount of damage to your property. The first thing to determine whether the water damage is from clean water. Clean water meaning it holds no threat to you and your health.  

In the case of water damage caused by clean water, the first thing you should do is shut off the source of water if possible or contact a professional if you are not sure how to do so. If it is safe to access the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock, turn off the circuit breakers.

Remove as much excess water as possible by means of mopping and blotting. If the affected areas have electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers to electrical equipment are exposed to water do not enter. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

The next thing to do is keep your possessions and valuables top of mind. Wipe excess water from your wood furniture. Raise them on blocks to avoid direct contact with wet flooring or carpet. Do not leave your books, newspaper, magazines on wet floors that may cause staining. Your important items such as computers, documents, and other valuables should be moved to a dry area. Do not use appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors. Hang furs and leather good to dry separately at room temperature.

If the water loss happens to be caused by contaminated water the steps you should take are completely different. Avoid all contact with sewage and contaminated water. Try to avoid walking through the affected areas because it may lead to spreading the contaminated water. Do not turn on the HVAC system because there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use household fans to dry structures because this too may spread contaminants. Always makes sure to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid further contamination.

Once you have taken the above steps, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Carmichael to find the solution to your water loss needs. Our experts will remove all the water and properly dehumidify your home. We will also make sure the water damage does not lead to mold issues if it has not already happened.

Contact SERVPRO of Carmichael at (916)967-2500.

Watch For These Signs of Water Damage in Your Carmichael Home

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Watch For These Signs of Water Damage in Your Carmichael Home Water Damage Mitigation in process

Water damage is sometimes obvious. The damage is easy to see after a flood, a burst pipe, or an overflowing toilet or sink. Water damage also happens in less noticeable ways. This is caused by an undetected leak or seepage. Some key causes of water damage are a damaged pipe, a leaking washing machine or dishwasher, seepage from your garden, and a leak in your roof or guttering. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are trained to deal with water damage from any source and restore your home.

Water damage in your Carmichael home is unpleasant and causes harm to your belongings and the structure of your home. Look out for these common signs of water damage:

Water Pooling

Always look for the cause of any pool of water, no matter how small. A pool of water means something in your home has leaked, or water has got in from the outside.


Water damage causes mold. Look out for telltale signs of mold in your home or on your belongings.

Stains On Ceilings Or Walls

Water damage often leaves behind a discolored stain. Be aware of any new stains on your walls or ceiling.

Unpleasant Smells

Unseen water often stagnates and causes an unpleasant smell. A musty or moldy smell is an indicator of potential water damage.

Sagging Walls or Ceilings

The build up of water over time saturates wall and ceiling materials and eventually causes them to sag. Walls or ceilings that have suffered enough water damage to buckle are unsafe, and it is vital to seek professional assistance at once.

Damp Floors

Damp floors are a sure sign of water damage. Obvious signs include wet patches or stains on floors of all kinds and visibly damp areas on wood floors. Check carpets and rugs regularly for damp patches and lift them up to check underneath.

The first thing to do when you notice water damage is put in a call to SERVPRO. Our IICRC trained technicians arrive fully equipped to assess the extent of the problem and devise the most effective drying plan for your home. We have both truck-mounted, and free standing pumps to remove water. Our teams bring air movers and dehumidifiers to aid the drying process. Our aim is to dry out your home and belongings - “like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO of Carmichael is on hand to help with water damage to your home. Call (916) 967-2500 for assistance.

Water Damages in Carmichael Hardwood Floors

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damages in Carmichael Hardwood Floors Make sure that your hardwood floors always look great by contacting SERVPRO quickly after any water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Dry Out Wood Floors to Prevent Any Secondary Mold Damage

Although they must be replaced less often than some other types of flooring, wooden floors still cause problems when under a flood. When water soaks into floorboards, they can bend and warp, sometimes irreversibly. Professional treatment and careful monitoring programs such as the services provided by SERVPRO are essential in making sure that no permanent damage develops in the floor. Temporarily, however, some of the effects of water damage can be surprising for homeowners, so don't be caught off guard if any of these common afflictions strikes your wood floor after a flood.
Cupping and Crowning
One of the most typical ways that homes in Carmichael get water damage is through cupping and crowning of floorboards. Cupping and crowning occur when the boards have been soaked and warp along their long edge, forming shallow but potentially permanent "cups" and "crowns" that cause bowls and ridges in the wood, respectively. These effects can be avoided with careful drying, but can often be sanded down if problems persist.
Warping and Buckling
More generally, warping can cause a wide array of problems for a wood floor. Depending on the severity of damage, type of wood in the floor, and shape of boards, warping can create any number of unique situations and atypical problems. SERVPRO develops a comprehensive, unique plan for all instances of warping to make sure that damages are kept to a minimum.
Mold Growth
Mold is an organic material, meaning it is entirely liable to grow mold when exposed to excess moisture. The only way to avoid mold growth is through a quickly-implemented drying process, making our mitigation services and around-the-clock responses an important factor in shutting down this type of damage before it ever gets a chance to form.
SERVPRO of Carmichael is a local branch of a national company with the resources and technical know-how to restore any water damages your home might take. Call us 24/7 at (916) 967-2500.

Water Removal Specialists For Glen Estates

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Specialists For Glen Estates Sewage Water Damage is Critical in Your Glen Estates Home, Call SERVPRO

Rely on the Team from SERVPRO for Water Extraction

When what you hoped would be a simple plumbing problem turns into a major water removal project SERVPRO has the experience, the training and the equipment to evaluate the situation and return your home to you, dry and restored. Ignoring that slow moving drain in the downstairs shower was understandable given all the things you manage in a day. However, when slow transformed to no drainage and a morning shower flooded your lower level with water and sewage you had to make the decision to call us immediately and we responded with a plan that restored drainage and cleaned potentially hazardous water from your house.

A sewer backup is a serious problem and can require water removal in accordance with local Glen Estates hazardous waste disposal rules. Following this protocol can be within our abilities as we have the equipment and the certified staff to complete this task. If the water level is significant in your home after the backup, we can use pumps to remove the majority of the water and sewage for proper disposal. Because the moisture in your home may contain contaminants, we can devise a plan after the moisture is removed to restore items that can be wiped clean and disinfected. Our staff will consult with our supervisory team to determine what items or materials cannot be restored safely and recommend appropriate disposal. The final decision is yours, and your agent if you do have insurance coverage. This may include carpets and padding, wall covering and insulation. If the water soaked furnishings or items in storage, we will advise what can be dried and disinfected and what may need to be removed.
Any water removal project requires tools and skills that the average homeowner does not possess. Adding the significant risk of contaminated water because of a clogged sewer clearly, makes removing this water a job for professionals. SERVPRO can offer teams of just the trained professionals you need for the job as we also work with you to present claims to your insurance and a compassionate shoulder to lean on while we sort this mess out with you together. Once we remedy the current problem, we can give you suggestions on how to avoid this issue in the future, so a slow drain does not become a major crisis again.
SERVPRO of Carmichael will respond swiftly with the staff and equipment needed to remove even dirty water from your home after drain clogs and the sewer backs up. One call to (916) 967-2500 will start the process to return your home to its dry and comfortable condition.

There Are Many Causes for Water Damage in a Home

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage There Are Many Causes for Water Damage in a Home Water Damage to a Carmichael Ceiling Gets Restored by SERVPRO

If Your Home Suffers Water Damage, Rely on SERVPRO

Water damage can come from a lot of different areas. You don't necessarily have to have a major catastrophe to have a relatively significant amount of water damage inside your home. It may be something as simple as a dishwasher that overflows or a loose hose on a washing machine but when it happens in your house, what might seem like a relatively small problem to someone else can suddenly become a very large issue for you and your loved ones. By contacting us at SERVPRO, you know that you are dealing with someone you can trust when it matters the most.

Proven Techniques for Dealing With Water Damage
At SERVPRO, we have a number of techniques that we utilize to ensure that the water is cleaned up and that your home and possessions are restored to their original condition. It starts with our high-tech drying equipment and the expertise of everyone on our staff. We even have a documented inspection process that ensures complete drying of the home to ensure that it's safe for you to return. If you are affected by water damage inside your Carmichael home, you need someone that you can count on. We get there quickly, assess the situation and as soon as is feasible, we begin to extract the water.

After the standing water has been removed, we use air movers and dehumidifiers that are designed to dry out the area. We also dehumidify the entire structure. After that process is completed, we go to work cleaning, repairing and restoring both the structure of the home and your possessions. We use proven cleaning techniques to sanitize the area so that your home not only looks the way it used to, but more importantly, it is safe to live in and enjoy. You won't have to worry about dealing with an odor or even worry about potentially harmful microbes or mold growths in your home. At SERVPRO, we know how important your family is to you, so we make every effort to restore the damage and return the home its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."
Call Us Today
Remember, at SERVPRO of Carmichael, you can contact us 24/7 at (916) 967-2500. If you have water damage, a mold problem, or a fire inside your home, don't wait. Call us right away and let us make your home safe to live in once again.