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1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Inspecting your home and trying to prevent future floods or leaks is one of the most important and yet sometimes forgotten tasks

  1. Know the location of your water main.       If you are leaving your home for an extended amount of time be sure to shut off your water main so you have no worries of water leaking and or running.
  2. Always monitor your water bill.                  If you notice a difference in price or your usage in water that you do not recognize you may have a leak without even knowing!            
  3. Check appliances regularly.                         Always remember to check your appliances and make sure everything is in a good condition.
  4. New washing machine hoses!                      Believe it or not but washing machine hoses are the number one cause of water damage in homes. So ensure you are not using damaged or old hoses.
  5. Install water detection devices.                  Water detection devices help detect water and keep moisture out. It is a small electronic device that will sound an alarm if touched by moisture.

Water damage in your home

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

water damage from toilet Toilet water leak

If You notice water intrusion, these steps might come in handy 

1.If it pops through the roof look at it. Penetrations are the most common leak sources and will stop the natural water flow off a roof. Look here first to find the source of the leak: 

2.Living on the edge. A drip edge is not just aesthetically pleasing, it is important to help ensure water is kept away from the fascia and moved off the roof. 

3.Every step I take. Areas where step flashing should be installed are a common leak source and maintenance item. Inspect these areas for damage: 

4.What’s in YOUR attic? Many times, homeowners think the roof is the culprit, but problems can come from improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, condensation, vent fans, and animal or bug infestation in the attic. Be on the lookout for: 

5.Mind in the gutter. Many homeowners do not realize the importance of their gutters. They need to be installed and sloped properly to drain, tightly fastened, and free of debris. Contractors should stress to homeowners that gutter maintenance should be left to a professional. Advise them of the risks of climbing onto a ladder. 

Dirty Water

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

When dealing with water damage in your home or business, there are three different types or classifications of water that we use: Clean, Gray, and Black water.

Clean Water: This is water that does not contain contaminants. It includes broken water lines, malfunctioning appliances, toilets holding tanks, snow melt and rainwater. Overtime however, clean water can progress and become gray water within 48 hours, if left untreated.

Gray Water: Gray water does contain slight chemical or biological contaminants, and may pose a health risk. Gray water can discharge from dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, showers, aquariums and waterbeds, or come from a clean water source that leaked through a ceiling. It can also be clean water that was left untreated (and became gray water). Gray water can also progress to the next sta-e (Black Water) if left untreated within 48 hours.

Black Water: This water is a positive health risk as it is highly contaminated. Black water is presumed to contain multiple potentially harmful contaminants including fungi, bacteria, chemicals, viruses, and more. Black Water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding, or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be treated by a trained and certified professional.

When your pipes burst

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

If water is coming down on you, these steps might come in handy 

1.If it pops through the roof look at it. Penetrations are the most common leak sources and will stop the natural water flow off a roof. Look here first to find the source of the leak: 

2.Living on the edge. A drip edge is not just aesthetically pleasing, it is important to help ensure water is kept away from the fascia and moved off the roof. 

3.Every step I take. Areas where step flashing should be installed are a common leak source and maintenance item. Inspect these areas for damage: 

4.What’s in YOUR attic? Many times, homeowners think the roof is the culprit, but problems can come from improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, condensation, vent fans, and animal or bug infestation in the attic. Be on the lookout for: 

5.Mind in the gutter. Many homeowners do not realize the importance of their gutters. They need to be installed and sloped properly to drain, tightly fastened, and free of debris. Contractors should stress to homeowners that gutter maintenance should be left to a professional. Advise them of the risks of climbing onto a ladder. 

SERVPRO common water issues

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

1.Broken Pipes – A broken pipe can do a lot of damage to your home in just a short amount of time. Before you know it, there are gallons in a short amount of time. Before you know of water could be spewing through your home. Pay close attention to any leaks, drips, and signs of deterioration. Have a plumber come out to your house for regular maintenance, and if there ever is a broken pipe, you can always turn the water off before the plumber arrives in order to avoid further damage.

2.Pinhole Leaks – common if a home has copper plumbing, a pinhole leak is a puncture of a copper pipe due to corrosion. If your home has a copper water system, check your pipes for signs of corrosion often.

3.Old/Faulty Appliances – If your fridge or washing machines aren’t maintained well, or have gotten too old, they could start to leak and create a significant amount of water damage in your home. It’s especially important to keep an eye on the appliances in your kitchen, as water damage caused by your fridge or dish washer can affect not just your floor, but your cabinets as well. Often times, leaks that go undetected for some time will cause significant water damage behind cabinets, which in turn can lead to mold if the problem goes unnoticed for an extended period.

Sewer Back up Pros

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Causes of Sewer Backup

•Blockages due to Tree Roots: Shrubs and trees seeking moisture can make their way into sewer line cracks causing extensive damage. They may start out small, getting into a small crack in the pipe; but as the tree or shrub continues to grow, so does the root. Tree roots can enter the service pipe at joints and cause blockages. They can also travel a long way, and roots from different types of trees act differently. If you suspect that city trees are responsible for sewer line damage, your plumber can contact the city and samples of the roots will be used to help identify the trees and who is responsible for cleanup. Sometimes a blockage is the result of a combination of city and private trees. In this case costs are split between the city and property owner.


•Sanitary Main: A blockage can occur in a city sanitary main. If the blockage is not detected in time, sewage from the main can back up into homes and businesses through floor drains. Usually this happens slowly, giving the owner time to call a licensed plumber to assess the damage. If water is entering your basement at a rapid rate, call the city public works office and report the problem immediately so that a city operator can investigate.


•Water in Basement: Most basement flooding is not related to the sanitary sewer system. In many cases, soil settles adjacent to the building and, if not corrected, leads to rainwater flowing towards the building and down the outside of the foundation wall. This is particularly true in older buildings where cracks may have developed in the foundation or floor slab which allow water to enter the basement. The cement floor and basement walls of these structures may have deteriorated to the point that they are no longer waterproof. Thus, water can show up in a basement which has never had a water problem. This frequently happens when the ground is saturated after repeated or heavy rain storms. Drainage can be improved by making sure that water drains away from the building. Homeowners can also prevent flooding by water-sealing the basement.

Bye Bye to Water Damage

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage - SERVPRO Office Water Damage

Life has its fair share of ups and downs. Water Damage can be extremely unexpected and something not many want to deal with. There are definitely some ways to avoid the stress of Water Damage.

  1. Know the location of your water main.       If you are leaving your home for an extended amount of time be sure to shut off your water main so you have no worries of water leaking and or running.
  2. Always monitor your water bill.                  If you notice a difference in price or your usage in water that you do not recognize you may have a leak without even knowing!            
  3. Check appliances regularly.                         Always remember to check your appliances and make sure everything is in a good condition.
  4. New washing machine hoses!                      Believe it or not but washing machine hoses are the number one cause of water damage in homes. So ensure you are not using damaged or old hoses.
  5. Install water detection devices.                  Water detection devices help detect water and keep moisture out. It is a small electronic device that will sound an alarm if touched by moisture.

The Dangers of Water Damage

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage - SERVPRO Water Damage in Living Room

Water damage is no joke! It could truly become a danger and a not so easy thing to deal with. The first real damage it causes is structural damage. Structural damage is what happens to the most important parts of your home, the base. Structural Damage starts by destroying building materials. It then causes erosion. It could cause you multiple headaches because to be honest it never stops! Leaks can cause Mold, Electrical Hazards, Chemicals, and even Bacteria; none of these stresses are worth dealing with, so please feel free to check out our blog on "Ways to Prevent Water Damage" below for more details!! 

If you ever find yourself dealing with any sort of water damage just know SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City will always be here to help!