Recent Water Damage Posts

Standing Water in Your Topsham, ME Home

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be unexpected. Here at SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick, we know time plays a major factor in the restoration of your flooring when it comes to water damage. 

After water damage is left to seep into your flooring, you will start to see carpet delamination or warping of your hard wood floors. 

As soon as you notice standing water or a leak, give SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick a call. The sooner we can extract water from your flooring, the sooner we can work on restoring your current flooring. 

If the water has been set in for too long, your flooring will need to be removed so we can dry the subfloor and then replaced after the drying process is complete. If you have any questions about our water damage restoration services, feel free to give us a call. 

Got Water Damage? What Happens After You Call?

4/28/2019 (Permalink)

What Happens After You Call Us? See below.

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.

Here at SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick we specialize 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.

The SERVPRO Standard When it Comes to Water Damage

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

The key to water damage is time. The more time that is left for water to seep into your home, the more damage it will cause. Here at SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick, we understand the role time plays in water damage mitigation. That's why we have teams on call 24/7, 365 to assist with water damage emergencies.

Whether your water damage is commercial or residential, SERVPRO can help. No amount of damage is too big or too small. Our dedicated team of water damage restoration specialists can make it look "Like it never even happened."

Feel free to reach out to us if you want more information on the water damage restoration process. We love supporting our community and we pride ourselves on being faster to any size disaster.

Storm Related Water Damage in Your Bath, ME Home

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bath/ Brunswick 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.

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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Midcoast area we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 207-721-8500

Don’t Let Plumbing Problems Control Your Business

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don’t Let Plumbing Problems Control Your Business A leaking faucet should be fixed right away.

Plumbing problems are unavoidable. Water wants to be free. Pipes try to keep it confined. This constant struggle keeps your company’s maintenance department busy. Most big plumbing jobs happen according to a plan. It’s the unplanned ones that cause the most trouble. These unexpected problems start as:

  • Dripping faucets
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaking or blocked toilets
  • Slow drains

Deal With Small Problems Before They Grow

Plumbing problems never stay small. They don’t ever go away on their own. Drips and leaks become rivers and floods. Slow drains completely block. A broken pipe can cause extensive water damage in a short time. Suddenly, your company faces a substantial cleanup. It pays to catch these problems early.

Find Problems Before They Find You

Consider taking a proactive approach to these problems. Proactivity requires a commitment to repair plumbing that has not yet failed. The first and most important step is to perform a complete inspection. This requires examining three different areas of the company water system.

• Inspect all pipes, joints and evidence of water damage. There is a good chance that the inspection will discover some small leaks. There might also be some corroded pipes and moist areas. On cold-water pipes, condensation could explain some of the corrosion. Corrosion on the hot-water pipes might be a cause for concern. Prioritize repairs. Mark all pipes and joints that are potential problems.

• Inspect plumbing in bathroom, locker room and kitchen areas. Faucets, nozzles, toilets, shower heads, and drains are the points of interest here. Working shutoff valves are the key to all the other plumbing issues. Replacing faulty shutoffs should be a top priority.

• Inspect water heaters and the water main. Failures here during the business day could cause a company disruption or shutdown. Identifying problems before they happen permits repairs on a scheduled rather than an emergency basis.

A proactive maintenance department cannot eliminate the risk of water damage. When plumbing problems strike, help is standing by in the Georgetown, ME, area. Water damage remediation specialists are ready to move in and solve your water damage problems.

Saving Your Heirlooms and Keepsakes After a Flood

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Saving Your Heirlooms and Keepsakes After a Flood More water damages are caused by broken pipes

Saving Your Flood Damage Items

Floods aren’t always caused by a broken dam or overflowing river; sometimes it is a broken pipe that causes the flooding water to saturate your home in Topsham, ME. When the water in your home soaks into your precious heirlooms, you may question whether they can be saved. Here are seven tips to help you decide how best to save the flood-damaged items.

1. As soon as you can get to the item, rinse with clean water to remove any debris. Make sure the water pressure is gentle.

2. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove any visible debris from the object. This should be done carefully to prevent pushing the debris into the fabric of the heirloom.

3. Move the article to a safe place indoors to dry. Keep away from heat or sunlight, as that may cause more damage. If the item consists of dry cleanable cloth, and you are sure it is safe to do so, take the object for dry cleaning.

4. Increase airflow around the item, but not directly onto the heirloom. This can help reduce the possibility of mold growth on the object caused by moisture from water in your home.

5. If mold is visible, do not use a disinfectant on the heirloom. Instead, call a water remediation team for help in removing the mold and restoring the item to its original condition.

6. If your heirloom is paper in origin, don’t pry pages apart or attempt to dry the object. Instead, contact the restoration team about how to best store the objects until the team can collect them. Professionals often use a special freezing method to preserve the item and separate the pages.

7. If water causes physical damage to your heirloom, gather all the pieces, including paint, veneer, or molding, and store in an open container. Contact a restoration team to ensure the item is repaired correctly.

Water in your home that causes a flood can wreak havoc on your personal property, but it is the heirlooms that require immediate and gentle care after they become water damaged. Use the above seven steps to help save your heirlooms.