Recent Water Damage Posts

How Water Damage Affects Carpeting in Your Orlando Home

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage Affects Carpeting in Your Orlando Home Our before and after tests determine the amount of moisture in your carpet and ensure it is completely dried when we are finished.

When a pipe bursts or water enters your Orlando home through faulty roofing, the water will follow gravity as it flows into your home. If your home has carpeting, it is important to know how water damage can occur in the event of a water disaster. Carpet fibers are porous so water can soak into the material and hold moisture. If carpeting gets saturated, glues can weaken causing the backing to peel away from the fibers.

Padding and Subfloors Can Also Be Affected

Carpet can also hold in moisture causing microbes to develop on the surface of the subfloor underneath. When mitigating water damage in Orlando, our SERVPRO technicians take extra measures to save carpeting materials. When the padding underneath the carpet gets wet, it can disintegrate and fall apart. Pad often gets removed and replaced since it is typically inexpensive to install.

How Moisture is Removed

We follow a water repair process that is proven to work and do not cut corners to save time at your expense. The first step in removing moisture from carpet is to extract it using specialized equipment. Either a portable or truck-mounted extractor gets used to pull water into a disposal tank. Industrial strength wands are applied to the wet carpet and are connected to the water extraction equipment. Extracted water travels from the extractor to the truck mounts where it is kept until properly drained elsewhere,

After extraction is completed, drying equipment gets set up to dry out the carpet inside your apartment. Air movers push air in a circular motion speeding up the evaporation process. Dehumidifiers then get utilized to pull moisture out of the environment and lower the property's relative humidity.

In some cases, the carpet gets extremely wet and the subfloor underneath also gets affected by moisture. In situations like these, our SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians pull up the carpet and place an air mover underneath it to float the flooring material drying the floor covering from underneath while drying the wooden subfloor at the same time. Once moisture levels in both affected elements return to what they were before the loss occurred, the air movers get removed.

Professional Water Damage Services

Before we finalize the project we use carpet tools to put the material back into the same condition, it was before drying procedures took place. The last step usually involves cleaning the carpeting with disinfectant solutions. If you ever need help dealing with wet floors, call SERVPRO of Winter Park at (407) 678-5391 24 hours a day.

Timeline for the Water Damage Restoration Process

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Timeline for the Water Damage Restoration Process SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to take your emergency water damage call!

Flooding and water damage can occur for a number of reasons and can happen very quickly with very little notice. SERVPRO of Winter Park arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process for your property almost immediately. This prompt response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout the 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 may increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Winter Park

SERVPRO of Winter Park 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. Give us a call if you have any questions (407) 678-5391!

7 Orlando Water Damage Restoration Tips

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 7 Orlando Water Damage Restoration Tips You can speed up the overall Orlando water damage restoration process by using a mop or towel to remove standing water from the affected area

Experiencing water damage in your home or commercial business is a stressful situation. If you have made the choice to contact SERVPRO of Winter Park, a professional Orlando water damage restoration company, then rest assured knowing you have made the smart and right choice. The professionals know exactly what to do to correct a water damage situation and prevent further damages, however, there are steps you can take to minimize damage even further while you wait for your technician to arrive. Here are some ways you can help the process.

1. Safety

Keeping yourself and other inhabitants safe during a water damage is the absolute best way you can help yourself and your restoration company. It is very common for slips, falls, and electric shocks to occur during these situations. Also, be wary when attempting to lift objects, as soaked contents tend to weigh much more and can even cause bodily injury. Safety should be your first thought when handling any tasks so that a bad situation does not become a worse situation.

2. Water Source

Our team is fully capable of extracting large amounts of standing water upon arrival, however, the duration of this process can be much shorter the sooner the water source is shut off. Doing so promptly can also minimize the extent to which your property and contents are affected. In most cases, the water shut-off valve is located either in your garage, utility room or outside your home near the water meter.

3. Electrical

To avoid possible electrical shock, it is always a best practice to shut off the source of electricity to the affected areas of the property. Locate the breakers and read the manual, usually attached to the inside of the breaker panel, to shut off power to the correct areas. Also, if possible, refrain from using anything electrically powered near the affected areas as wires and other components may be wet as well.

4. Air Conditioning

Mold growth in Orlando is extremely common and oftentimes occurs at an accelerated rate due to the humidity of Central Florida. Part of our water damage restoration process is to make sure all components get dried out so there is no moisture. You can also help prevent mold growth, by keeping your air conditioner running until help arrives to keep humidity down and even help contents to begin drying.

5. Floors and Carpeting

While help is on the way to your property in Orlando, you can expedite the process by removing as much standing water as possible. Using a mop or towels can help bring down the amount of water. Be careful not to spread the water to other areas while doing so. If the affected area is a soaked carpet, you may also remove soaked Oriental rugs from the area and blot the soaked wall to wall carpet with towels.

6. Fabrics and Clothing

Remove any fabrics and clothes from the area and transfer them to a dry area. Also, make sure that drapes and curtains do not stay in contact with your wet floor or carpet.

7. Furniture

To avoid more damage, remove any light pieces of furniture from the area and dry them to the best of your ability. Discuss these contents with your technician when they arrive so they can check them for moisture as well. If possible, try to elevate any furniture that can not be removed. If elevating furniture is not an option, another trick is to place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of heavy furniture to limit their contact with the water.

Need Water Damage Restoration in Orlando?

SERVPRO of Winter Park is an Orlando water damage restoration company that has years of experience with situations like yours. We pride ourselves on providing fast, reliable, and trustworthy water restoration services to our community. If you have a water disaster, make sure to choose the restoration company you can trust. Our phones lines at 407-837-8990 are open 24/7 to assist you with your emergency. Give us a call today!

Orlando Water Damage Companies

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Orlando Water Damage Companies Our technicians are trained to use the best equipment available to restore your property.

One of the main disasters affecting residential and commercial properties in the USA is water damage. For the Orlando area, the most common cause of water damage is severe flooding. SERVPRO of Winter Park specializes in incidences like burst water pipes, floodwater, and many other causes.

Any type of water damage encountered in the Orlando, FL area should be immediately seen to by a professional expert in the Orlando water damage restoration industry. At SERVPRO of Winter Park, our team consists of highly trained and experienced staff. Our expert teams go through a proven step by step process for rectifying your problem and getting you back into your property. Our water damage restoration process has been proven effective for many years and results in the fastest turnaround times to get people back into their homes or businesses.

Safety

Safety should not only be a priority for you, but for your restoration company of choice as well. The best Orlando water damage professionals understand the importance of safety and the health risks of everyone involved when safety precautions are not taken. Make sure the services provided are thorough. For example, baseboards should be pulled to ensure there is no excess water trapped behind them that could lead to mold growth. Many times, mold is already present during water extraction jobs where the damage happened a few days or more prior. In these cases, your restoration company should be doing everything possible to prevent mold spores from being disrupted and spread further throughout the property.

Reliability

The SERVPRO brand and reputation has been built over years and all our customers have complimented our reliability. At SERVPRO of Winter Park, we stand by our reputation as a reliable water damage restoration company by setting clear expectations before jobs are started. We communicate with our clients throughout the entire process, keeping our clients informed, answering questions, addressing concerns, and making good on our promises. Returning you and your property to the state it was immediately prior to the flooding occurring is how we ensure full satisfaction in every possible situation.

Distance from Property

It is important to hire a restoration company that is near in proximity and can arrive on scene quickly whether during an initial emergency call or routine visits throughout the process. Our SERVPRO franchise is physically located in Winter Park, however, we service the Orlando area as well and utilize the many access routes to place us on the scene at your property in a timely fashion.

Professional Certifications

As a registered and fully certified company, SERVPRO of Winter Park is always striving for excellence and improvement in processes to ensure that you always enjoy excellent service with our dedicated response teams. We keep up with the evolution of technologies and processes to make sure that we use the newest resources and techniques available to make your restoration job a full success.

Satisfied Customers

No disaster is a fun situation for our clients. During this highly stressful time, we do our best to ensure a smooth process and meet our clients' goals while maintaining high standards. We pride ourselves on making a water disaster “Like it never even happened”. We keep noise to a minimum and try to respect the need for accessible pathways for employees or residents.

A good practice to keep when searching for a restoration company is looking at their public reviews. Let a company’s past clients paint a picture of what your services with them may look like. There is something to say about a client who’s disaster situation was taken care of so well that they took to an online platform like Google or Yelp to let the public know about their experience.

If you are in a situation that requires an Orlando water damage repair company and you want to make sure that your problem is dealt with in the best possible way, then give us a call at (407) 678-5391 any time of day no matter how severe the problem is.

Water Damage and It's Hidden Signs

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage and It's Hidden Signs Watermarks and stains are a sign of a previous or existing leak.

Water damage is one of the last things any property manager or homeowner wants to deal with. Unfortunately, the weather in Central FL cities such as Winter Park and Orlando is known for its spontaneous rain and storms. Couple this with the fact that any facility, whether residential or commercial, must have a substantial supply of water and a clearer picture of how likely a water disaster can strike is painted.

A few examples of how water damage can occur on a property are sewage overflow, ruptured water pipes, water heater leaks, dishwasher malfunctions, or in many cases flooding from a severe storm or hurricane. Aside from the visible or obvious causes of water damage, what many homeowners and property managers may not notice are slow leaks and/or plumbing issues that can quietly damage a property.

Knowing the signs of hidden water damage will better equip a building or homeowner to detect leaks that can lead to damage or even discover if a property has suffered from water damage in the past.

Signs of Hidden Water Damage

  • Wallpaper and Paint - If a wallpaper adhesive is used on the property, check for signs of peeling. In properties with interior paint, a water leak behind a wall may cause raised and wavy lines.     
  • Baseboards and Trim - Look for baseboards and trims that are separating from the wall. Exposure to water may cause swelling over time, which may push the baseboard from their flush placement against the wall.
  • Wooden Furniture - Wooden furniture may swell if exposed to water for a prolonged time.
  • Bathroom Tiles - Check the floor tiles around your toilet for darker colored grout. This is a sign of a leaking toilet.
  • Unexplained Moisture - If a pipe ruptures in your concrete slab, it can slowly lead to warped floorboards, cracked tile or damp carpet if the right amount of water is soaked up by the under-padding.
  • Sweating Walls - Blotches of condensation are a common sign that excessive moisture is festering behind the walls. This can be caused by a leak or a mixture of high humidity, poor ventilation and/or inadequate insulation.
  • Mold - Any presence of mold or mildew is a solid sign that an area has been exposed to water and the right amount of humidity for at least 48 hours.
  • Watermarks and Stains - Ceiling marks and stains, commonly seen in office buildings, are a sign of a previous or existing leak.
  • Swollen Door Casing – Water leaks can cause an exposed door casing to swell and become unaligned. A door that begins to have trouble opening and closing could be a sign of a leak.

Keep these hidden signs of water damage to your property in mind to be better prepared and aware if a water disaster strikes. Should you notice a sign of damage, hidden or visible, SERVPRO of Winter Park’s phone lines are open 24/7. Our experts in the restoration field can perform an in-depth water damage assessment to ensure our restoration services are successful. To speak to a water and mold expert, give us a call at 407-678-5391.

Water Damage Restoration Process

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Process Washing machines are a common cause of water damage.

Some common causes of water damage in Florida are air conditioning units, excess humidity, and lots of heavy rain showers. AC units typically run on a daily basis for the duration of the year. Other causes include overflowing washing machine units, backed up sewers, hurricanes and storms, and lakes and rivers in close proximity. Quick action following any water damage is important because each of these issues can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew.

Trained Water Damage Specialists

Quick action is also the most important step in your water damage claim. By calling SERVPRO of Winter Park, we can have our water mitigation experts onsite within an hour. Our experts begin the dry-out and repair process to restore your residential or commercial property as fast and efficient as possible. All of our specialists are completely trained and use the most advanced equipment and techniques in the industry.

Our Restoration Process

No two water disasters are the same. Every factor can vary from the amount of water to level of contamination. The steps below show our process for the more common typed of water-related emergencies.

1: Emergency Contact

2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

4: Drying and Dehumidification

5: Cleaning and Repair

6: Restoration

We Are Here to Help

SERVPRO of Winter Park is available 24/7 to respond to your water and mold emergencies. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster! Give us a call at 407-678-5391 to have one of our water mitigation experts assess the damage to your property.

Water Damage to Fabrics

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage to Fabrics Water Damaged Sofa in Orlando? Let SERVPRO Help.

SERVPRO Can Salvage Fabrics from Water Damage

Some of the most at-risk objects and materials in a home come in the form of fabrics. Fabric and textiles make up our furniture, our flooring, drapes, our belongings, and sometimes even our walls and appliances, and all of these are highly susceptible to water damage. Thankfully, most types of water damage to fabrics are restorable and treatable in the hands of trained professionals. Depending on the type of fabric and its use, we vary our approach considerably when taking on a job for water damage restoration to fabrics.
 
Issues in General
Common throughout most types of fabric taking on water damage in Orlando are a few constant problems. For homeowners, the most troubling are often staining and discoloration, which can permanently ruin the appearance of some types of fabric if not treated correctly. Depending on the kind of water damage and fabric, our technicians may be able to remove this staining without replacing anything. 
 
Carpeting
When it absorbs water, carpeting and padding can become heavily warped and misshapen. If not treated quickly, this may lead to a complete replacing of the material. Furthermore, carpeting is often harmed through flooding, which means that the general fabric damages are often most dangerous and prominent here. However, if only a portion of the carpet is too far gone, it can typically be removed and replaced if a successful drying out of the remaining carpet and pad has been accomplished.
 
Drapes and Window Coverings
Drapes and window treatments can also sustain water damage through flooding, but are also a common casualty after storm damage. If the damage is significant, it can be difficult to fully restore large and heavy drapes, although damage is often light enough to allow for full restoration.
 
Furniture
Fabric furniture pieces can sustain all of the usual problems, but are also highly susceptible to color bleed. Following a flood or significant water wicking into a piece of furniture, we recommend removing all pillows, sheets, and cushions from the furniture, if possible. This may help to mitigate damage to the non-fabric portions of the furniture.
 
Clothing
Most articles of clothing can survive light to moderate water damage with a thorough dry cleaning. For heavier damage or flooding, however, it is typically best to replace most items, as they may present a hazard or be too costly to restore.
 
SERVPRO of Winter Park is an experienced and well-staffed home restoration and cleanup service provider which has helped dozens of local home and business owners to get past even the worst catastrophes. For our services or a quote, call us 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.

SERVPRO For Reliable Restoration Services

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO For Reliable Restoration Services When you are dealing with the aftermath of College Park water damage to your property, you will need to call upon the assistance of professionals.

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup In College Park

Water damage to your College Park property, you will need to call upon the assistance of a professional cleanup and restoration service. Whether the damage is due to a burst water main, sewer system malfunction, or flash flood, it is always best to address the damage and repair it as soon as possible.

A Fast Response to Your Emergency Situation Is Crucial
It is highly important that the professionals hired to take care of the job respond to your emergency in a prompt and professional manner. As soon as they arrive at your property, they will begin an immediate inspection of the damaged areas and then offer you a professional assessment of the work that needs to be performed.

Once the initial examination and evaluation are completed, the primary objective is to clear out all of the remaining water from your property. This process begins with the removal of all of the water that is standing in your house, collecting in pools and causing bacterial and other damage. The method also includes fully vacuuming your home and repairing any cracks and crevices where water can collect unseen and potentially cause further damage months or years down the road.

After all of the water has been removed from your property, they will then proceed to remove all of the debris and other foreign matter that may have collected on your property as a result of the emergency. Once the waste cleanup is complete, the professionals should be able to remove all remaining odors and other residual sources of trouble to make your property completely secure for you and your family to live in again.

SERVPRO of Winter Park Can Help You Deal With College Park Water Damage
When you need a prompt response to your emergency situation, it makes sense to call a local restoration service to get a timely and efficient response. Our team is available to residents in the entire metropolitan area, including College Park, Orlando, Maitland, Thorton Park, Baldwin Park, Oviedo, and Waterford Lakes. You can feel free to contact us at any time with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have regarding our property restoration services. When it comes to dealing with College Park water damage, it pays to call upon a professional provider of property restoration services. When you need a fast, cost effective solution to your water damage crisis, we have the knowledge, skills, and experience to be of service to you. Contact SERVPRO of Winter Park today at (407) 678-5391.

Dont Wast Money Water Damage Requires Immediate Treatment

3/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dont Wast Money Water Damage Requires Immediate Treatment Don't Waste Your Water and Money on a Leak, Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged College Park Home

Water damage in College Park results in a frequent service call to SERVPRO of Winter Park. As an area known for its older homes, water damage can be more intrusive to an older structure, making time the most important element of the cleanup process. We take great care in giving our customers the best possible outcome. To ensure this during a water leak, such as a pipe burst, we encourage our clients to contact us as soon as they become aware of the leak. But not all leaks are created equal, and some will come slower than others. If you notice a smell, soft drywall or growth in your home, these could be indicators of a small leak that has built up over time.
 
The Big Burst
When a pipe in your College Park home decides to break, it can be a very unexpected and shocking experience. To prepare yourself, make sure you know where the water shut-off is in the case of an emergency such as a pipe burst. The City of College Park should be able to assist you in locating your water shut off valve if you are unsure. Knowing how to turn your water off can be a vital element if you experience a pipe burst. It can keep water from affecting additional areas in your home and potentially save you time and money in repairs. If you still haven’t found the water shut off by the time SERVPRO of Winter Park comes to assist you in your emergency water damage, then our experienced technicians will help in any way they can. An essential element for restoring a water damaged home "Like it never even happened" is discovering and stopping the source of the water flow. Then SERVPRO of Winter Park will be able to start the process of removing the water in your College Park home. In these situations, it’s not only critical that we get all the water out but that we prevent additional damage. 
 
Unseen Leaks
Leaks come in all shapes and sizes, but the smaller ones are usually harder to identify. Your College Park home could be experiencing soft drywall or small puddles that keep reappearing. Unlike pipe bursts, these pinhole leaks emit water over time and become more damaging the longer they’re left untreated. If you believe your College Park home has a leak, contact SERVPRO of Winter Park, and we will happily come out to assess the water damage repair. With our state-of-the-art equipment, such as the infrared camera, we can unobtrusively tell if there is moisture in a wall. Our trained professionals will then be able to walk you through the next step to remediate your water damage.

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Using specialized equipment and products, SERVPRO of Winter Park technicians extract standing water and dry your property quickly and efficiently. We complete the job with professional-grade cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products. Call us 24/7 for emergency fire and water damaging events in College Park, Orlando, and Oviedo. (407) 678-5391

How to Stop Damage from a Window Leak in Orlando

2/24/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Stop Damage from a Window Leak in Orlando SERVPRO Has the Devices and Equipment to Keep Your House Dry

Water Damage Can Escalate Fast - Orlando Can Count SERVPRO

If you have identified a leak in one of your windows, it can lead to water damage in Orlando. Take steps to fix it quickly. If left to deteriorate, the problem will turn into something much more difficult to repair. It is very easy for invading water to cause additional damage and wood rot, so waste no time and call in an expert water damage team, if necessary.

Identify the Source
The first step is always to try and uncover the spot where the water is making its way inside. While this might sound simple, it can be very tricky. Just because you find water pooling in a particular spot on the sill or around the drywall, this does not mean that this area is the point of intrusion. Water will run with gravity, often quite far from its source. Take a close look at the whole window, focusing mainly on the frame, sash, and the edges of the glass. Carefully examine the caulking around the perimeter, because degradation of this material is a common cause of leaks.

A lot of windows only show signs of leakage if the rain outside is bad or there is a storm, so you may have trouble finding the source in dry conditions. You can, however, ask a helper to step outside and spray the window with water (from a bucket, hose, etc.), so that you have a better chance of discovering the water damaged problem area. SERVPRO can check with a moisture meter for hidden wet areas within the window area or adjoining walls and ceiling. Dehumidifiers and air movers can be placed to pull out moisture and increase evaporation. 

Fix the Leak for Good
The only way to tell if you can repair the leak alone is to identify its source and assess how serious it is. If the water is entering in the flashing, above the window, it will need to be removed and upgraded. Or, you may need to replace the caulking around the window. If you are not confident about the outcome, call in a professional to do the repairs.

Water damage can appear in many forms. If water wicks into porous material like drywall or ceiling tiles, it usually has to be discarded. We recommend hiring a leak detector or plumber to find and stop the leak from the source. For any amount of standing water and/or moisture, it may be wise to call in SERVPRO for an assessment of the problem and suggestions for remediation. Don't allow a small quantity of water to cascade into a major, expensive water damaging event. We can restore water damage 'Like it never even happened."

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

We are water damage specialists. SERVPRO of Winter Park gets your property in College Park, Orlando, and Baldwin dry and back to pre-water damage condition. We are ready 24/7 to help. (407) 678-5391

Who to Call After Your Orlando Home Has Sustained Water Damage?

8/25/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Who to Call After Your Orlando Home Has Sustained Water Damage? Act Quickly to Prevent Major Water Damage

The Importance of Having Your Orlando Home Quickly Cleaned, Repaired, and Restored After a Water Damage Event

As many homeowners know in the Orlando area, residential property subjected to water damage is susceptible to a large number of problems. In addition to possibly destroying your electrical system and the physical structure of your property, water damage can pose a plethora of health risks.  And then the water flows along and leaves your personal possessions in ruins, more water damage! Despite these potential outcomes, help is a phone call away. A water repair and restoration company like SERVPRO can mitigate many of these events from ever getting out of hand by offering customized cleaning and restoration services. The key is to contact your insurance company and SERVPRO. Learn more about some of the steps that will be taken by this water removal company to restore your home to its previous condition.

Repairing Structural Damage

Another service that a water restoration company provides is the repair of structural damage your Orlando home may have sustained during the flood or fire. Unfortunately, water can cause substantial damage to the structure of your home. This repair and restore process can only start after the cleanup has been completed. The repair then can commence on damaged ceilings, wet drywall and substructure work to any electrical and plumbing issues. Water can also adversely affect the sturdiness of the foundation and weaken the structure's framing. Water can make your home unsafe to enter

Conclusion

If your home has been adversely affected by a flood or has incurred water damage due to the effects of a fire, it's important to know that a professional water removal company can assist you. These experts can help prevent secondary water damage and ensure that your home is safe and sanitary. Your search for immediate help should stop with SERVPRO. Our company's professionals are precise and passionate in offering the services necessary to get your home back to its original condition. 

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Winter Park is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Orlando community and want to do our part in making our community the best it can be.

We are water removal experts and are ready to service your Orlando home.  We're Faster to Any Disaster.  (407) 678-5391

Understanding Water public adjuster in Thorton Park

5/11/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Water public adjuster in Thorton Park It is important for property owners to be prepared for all types of potential property damage.

Understanding water public adjuster

One of the most common types of damage to property is caused by flooding or other water problems. Homes and businesses can fall victim to such things as leaking pipes, natural disasters, sewage backups and other problems that in turn can leave significant water damage behind. As a result, many insurance companies try to mitigate the costs of such damage in a manner that is not always helpful to the property owner.

Normal insurance policies often provide different coverages for flood insurance and water damage insurance, treating the two differently. It is important for policy holders to understand the terminology contained in their policies and then use the correct terms when reporting a claim.

Many times, damage from water does not show up for several days until the property dries out. At that time, previously unnoticed damage may show through cracking walls. Although an insurance company will send out an adjuster, people often find that hiring an independent water public adjuster is in their best interests. An independent adjuster is more likely to do a thorough job of inspecting the property than is a preferred provider, as the insurance company's adjuster is most likely operating under instructions to minimize costs.

In the event of water damage, people should immediately file a claim with their water damage insurance company. Then, extracting as much water as possible is important, as is drying all salvageable items. Hiring professionals to conduct a careful and thorough inspection can reveal damage hidden by baseboards and trim.

It is important for property owners to be prepared for all types of potential property damage. Water can cause some of the most expensive types of damage. Scheduling an appointment with an insurance agent to go over the insurance policy is vital. Gaps in coverage can thus be discovered and any additional needed policy riders can be added. There may be nothing worse than learning only after an event has occurred that the insurance company will not cover the repairs. By planning ahead and making certain water damage insurance is included, people can protect themselves and their property more effectively.

Residential Services

Whether you home has suffered flood damage or you just want your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO has 1,650 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada ready to help. SERVPRO of Winter Park technicians are highly trained to properly clean and restore your house so that it feels like home again. You can depend on SERVPRO of Winter Park for these residential services:

Orlando Water damage is a big disaster for your home

2/22/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Orlando Water damage is a big disaster for your home If a pipe bursts in your Orlando home and floods the house, insurance should cover it.

It's devastating when you find out that your insurance doesn't cover your Winter Park damage.

Orlando Water damage from a flood or a burst pipe in your home can be devastating, and the damage can linger for months or years in different forms. What can make the disaster even more devastating is finding out that your insurance doesn't cover it.

A good rule of thumb, when thinking about sudden water damage to your home is that if it comes from inside or above, you generally are covered. If it comes from the ground or below ground, you generally aren't.

For example, homeowner's insurance policies, as a general rule, do not cover damage from flooding. This includes a flash flood, where tremendous rain causes large amounts of water to flood into your home. It also includes smaller event where water might seep up through your basement floor or cracks in your foundation to flood your home. Another type of event your homeowner's policy generally won't cover a backup of the sewer system, because that water comes from below ground. To cover damage from flooding, you need a separate flood insurance policy.

When the water comes from inside your home or above, your homeowner's policy is likely to cover it. For example, if a pipe bursts in your home and floods the house, insurance should cover it. If your washing machine or a toilet overflows and floods a room, insurance should cover it. Homeowners insurance also will cover rain damage from a storm if rain water got into your home because of damage caused by the storm. For example, if a tornado tore a hole in your roof, allowing rain to come pouring in, any water damage should be covered. On the other hand, if rain leaked through your roof because it was old and needed to be replaced, insurance may not cover it.

The best thing you can do is to examine your insurance policy and talk to your agent to make sure you understand what types of damage from water are and aren't covered. If you need to, there are riders you can add to cover other incidents that may not be covered under your original policy.

Keep in mind, too, that while your policy will cover some damage caused by sudden water infiltration, it will hardly ever cover damage caused over time, such as a leaky toilet that destroys a floor.

SERVPRO of Winter Park Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

Orlando Water Damage
Winter Park Fire Damage
Flood damage Downtown Orlando
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