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.
SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick: Roof leaks and Structural Water Damage Causes and Effects
There are numerous household issues that residential property owners will have to face at some point. A leaking roof can be one of the most challenging and damaging to a home. Prevent your home from being subjected to unwanted structural issues by reading and following the tips below.
A roof failure leading to water damage within the structure can have several causes. Some contributing factors could be:
- Weathered shingles may need replacing.
- Dried/weathered caulking or cement tar around chimneys and vents can allow water to drip into the attic crawlspace or run down vent pipes into the walls.
- Metal flashings may deteriorate by eaves or windows.
- In the fall leaves may clog gutters and downspouts enabling rain to wick into the attic. SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick suggests checking these problematic areas periodically as a preventative measure.
- Winter may cause snow accumulation on a roof, therefore forming ice dams.
Every water damage and home is different. Our crews are trained to look for specific conditions to best treat your situation.
- Ceiling panels and drywall can become soaked. If they become water logged they may collapse. Small leaks will damage the surface of the drywall requiring a skim coat and new paint. If too much water wicks into the cardboard backing and gypsum, then discarding and replacing are in order. Porous materials, like drywall, can be a habitable surface for mold if not thoroughly dried.
- Other areas of the property (insulation, wooden beams, concrete, etc.) that are wet can produce microbial growth/mold. In addition to causing structural problems to your home, fungi can result in health effects.
- Any items made of wood can begin to swell, degrade, and/or rot.
- Carpeting and upholstery can become stained due to water exposure. The carpeting can discolor and begin to smell. Wet padding and carpeting can also soak through, subsequently causing damages to the subflooring and structure beneath. Upholstery and furniture can start to smell and discolor as well.
- Electronic equipment and appliances can be damaged or ruined by water exposure.
If you suspect you have a water damage of any level, call SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick immediately at 207-721-8500, or contact us here.
Our IICRC-certified trained technicians are available 24/7, 365 days a year. The professionals of SERVPRO Bath/Brunswick have extensive experience mitigating water/mold/smoke and fire damage. We are here for you, ready to make it "Like it never even happened." !
Got Water Damage? Wonder What Happens once you Call?
What Happens After You Call Us? See below.
- 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.