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3 Actions You Can Take To Bolster Coverage Against Plumbing Floods

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Your Temple, TX, home's plumbing may not be something you think about often-that is, until it malfunctions and causes a flood. The damage this event creates can be considerable as well as costly. However, if you have an all-perils insurance policy that covers plumbing mishaps, there are a few actions you can take to strengthen your coverage in case the worst should happen.

1. Read Your Flooding Policy's Fine Print

Assuming you have insurance coverage against plumbing floods and for repairs may leave you in serious financial trouble if you are mistaken. Most general homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding, and even if you have an all-perils policy, it may not cover the cost to fix a broken pipe. Knowing the terms outlined in your insurance policy can prevent unpleasant surprises during a flooding emergency.

2. Maintain Your Plumbing

Maintaining and caring for your home's plumbing can help you avoid negligence claims in case of flooding. Insulate your pipes in cold weather to keep them from cracking or bursting and replace worn or old sections regularly. Your insurance company may claim that you were negligent otherwise and could refuse your claim, leaving you to cover the cost of repairs and expense of the services of a qualified flood cleanup and restoration company.

3. Increase Your Aftercare Premiums

Paying into premiums for flooding aftercare can benefit you greatly when a plumbing mishap occurs. Depending on the type of coverage offered in your area, you can pay into coverage for most repairs and to replace destroyed items such as carpeting, wood floors and drywall. The better your coverage, the less you may have to pay out of pocket after flooding causes substantial water damage to your home.

A plumbing flood in your Temple, TX, home can cause untold damage. Bolstering your all-perils insurance policy by maintaining your plumbing and investing in full coverage can prevent a financial disaster in the wake of flooding.

Supply Line Leaks and Breakage Prevention

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Where are supply lines located in the house?

Being aware of the different types you have within your own home is the first step toward being
prepared. First, consider the layout or floor plan of your home. Then consider what appliances and
fixtures use water. This can include:

  • Sinks
  • Showers and bathtubs
  • Toilets and bidets
  • Dishwashers
  • Ice makers
  • Washing machines

Leak Prevention

Once you’ve identified the water-using appliances, you can take preventative action. First, look for signs of leakage. While a sink or toilet supply line is easy to see, you may need to refer to the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for help with your appliances. You should also look to see if the line is plastic or stainless steel. Having leaks repaired and plastic lines replaced with stainless steel, which offers a lifetime warranty, are two important steps you can take to prevent a broken supply line and avoid water damage or, worse, a flooded home.

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Water Damage Timeline

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

What happens after a water damage?

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.

What is the Standard for the Restoration Industry?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Temple & Belton

SERVPRO of Temple & Belton specializes 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Mold Thrives on Moisture

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

While spores can be found everywhere, mold requires certain conditions to really thrive.

You may have a higher chance of having to deal with mold growth if your building is:

• Damp

• Dark

• Warm 

• Stagnant

Because moisture is such an important factor for the growth of any mold variation, including black mold, you may want to have your building inspected if you have plumbing issues, flooding or other water damage.

It Can Survive Dry Conditions

The spores of the fungus can actually survive in dry conditions. Often, mold starts sending out these particles as it dries up and dies. Because the spores themselves can float in the air looking for a new home, cleanup crews need to remove as much of the mold from your building as possible to limit your chances of a recurring problem.

Black mold often starts growing after a moisture problem. As you get ready for a mold cleanup in Temple, TX, ask questions until you feel comfortable with the remediation process.

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What are the different types of smoke?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Temple and Belton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

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Steps To Take If Pipes Burst

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

What should I do if my pipes freeze?

A pipe burst cleanup is no laughing matter. You could potentially be dealing with large amounts of water. As soon as you discover a problem, turn off the main water supply. If you are unable to turn off the water supply, tell your plumber it is an emergency. You may need to shut down the power if water starts seeping from the ceiling or walls. 

If you have an immersion heater or central heating system, it is wise to turn it off. This will prevent any damage from trying to heat an empty system. Now that you have taken measures to prevent the problem from getting worse, try to save any important documents or content inside the building that could get damaged. 

The pipe burst cleanup may require water mitigation professionals in Temple, TX. You need to remove all the water and dry the building out completely. Depending on the extent of the damage, it could require the use of special equipment.

When dealing with major water damage, speed is important. You want to get things dry before the damp has a chance to set in. 

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Do you have mold in your air ducts?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you are living in Temple or Belton you need to know when you have to get your ductwork cleaned professionally in your Texas home. One way to tell if your ductwork needs to be cleaned by a professional company is if you have a bad odor or coming from the vents in the house. This moldy or mildew smell is a bad odor that will alert you that there is excess dust and moisture in the ductwork that needs to be cleaned as soon as possible.

Air duct cleaning should always be done by a professional company, since there is often a lot of ductwork in the home that has to be professionally cleaned. The professionals bring all of their own equipment to your home to get the job done, ensuring that you feel confident that it is done in an expert manner. It is recommended that you have duct cleaning done at least once or twice every year, since this will help to get rid of any dust or debris that is found within the ductwork system.

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What should I expect after fire damage?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for a home fire.

There are quite a few instances in which a fire will start because of lighting or a broken gas line. The fires may burn for quite some time, and the house will take on even more damage.

The mitigation crew must remove all the water from the house, and they must manage the fire damage as it may touch every part of the house. The house itself may be in good condition, but the fire will cause problems that are unseen, and the problems will persist until the damage has been cleaned completely.

Trust the crew from  SERVPRO of Temple & Belton to help you get back on your feet after a fire. Our crews are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Call us at (254) 771-3055

What should I do to help fire damage?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do After A Fire

Fire damage doesn't have to be long lasting. Cleaning up a fire does take time but the process can be quicken by following these simple tips:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

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