Recent Water Damage Posts

SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick: Roof leaks and Structural Water Damage Causes and Effects

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

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?

4/10/2017 (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.