Wednesday, September 21, 2016

West Palm Beach Water Damage - Classes of Water Damage

By David Libowitz

21 Sept. 2016

When it comes to water damage restoration, class of water is used to estimate how quickly moisture will evaporate from particular material types in a room that has been flooded. This is the first step in the restoration process that allows professionals to determine the class of damage and assess the best equipment needed to dry the structure and contents.

If your home in West Palm Beach has sustained water damage, SERVPRO has the expertise to assess the class of damage and restore your home to its' pre-flooded state. There are four distinct classes that range from slow evaporation through specialty drying situations. Here is a description of each.

Class One 

Materials in class one situations have a slow evaporation rates. The materials are generally porous and have a low permeance quality. This means that a very small amount of moisture has been absorbed. It may also indicate that a portion of a room has received damage, but not the entire area. Class one water damage features the lowest amount of damage to be addressed.

Class Two

This indicates a fast evaporation rate. The water has affected the entire area with cushions and carpets. Water may have soaked into the walls. Class two indicates that the water has not risen further than two feet. Damage is generally contained to lower segments of the structure.

Class Three 

Class three indicates the fastest evaporation rate. Water has likely entered the structure from the top down and has damaged the structure in its entirety. Ceilings walls, insulation, carpeting, and furniture has all sustained water damage.

Class Four 

Specialty Drying Situations 
This indicates that there are materials that have an extremely low porosity or permeance. It usually includes concrete, hardwood, plaster and crawlspaces involved. Drying can only be accomplished fully with the aid of low specific humidity. Professionals in water damage assessment and restoration use these classifications in the preparation to establish the best restoration plan with the appropriate technicians, equipment, and strategies.

Call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach for water damage assessment and restoration at (561) 795-5410. Services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We offer emergency and non-emergency services with fast response to your request for assistance.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How To Prevent Drywall Water Damage

By David Libowitz

As many water damage experts know, wet drywall is almost always a lost cause. This is because the material is plaster wrapped up in paper. In short, the material is not at all resistant to water. For this purpose, it is imperative that homeowners preclude their drywall from being exposed to water. Although drywall replacements are not too costly, the repair should be left to the professionals. You should take the time to learn how to prevent your drywall from being subjected to water damage. Here are several strategies that you can use to accomplish this objective:

Control Humidity
One great way to prevent drywall from being ruined is to control your humidity. This is immensely important given that excessive humidity can be just as debilitating as a flood. For this reason, make sure that you keep a dehumidifier running during periods when humidity is high. Also, be sure that you keep your air circulating efficiently. Finally, make sure that you pay attention to weather reports and have a vent fan installed in your bathroom.

Check Plumbing
Unfortunately, your plumbing pipes can be the source of excessive water condensation. This is especially the situation throughout the summer season. If your pipes start to sweat behind the drywall, the water vapor can increase, and your water can begin to pool. The result is substantive damage to the drywall nearby. Prevent this deterioration from taking place by having a plumber check your pipes to see if they can be wrapped to contain moisture.

Eliminate Flood Sources
Another great way to prevent drywall water damage is by eliminating flood sources. To do so, check that you have your gutters cleaned regularly and also be sure that your downspouts are routed far from the property.

Let SERVPRO'S Professionals Assist You Now
Drywall water damage is one of the most devastating occurrences that a residential property owner can encounter. However, utilizing the prevention tips outlined above can help you avoid this type of adverse experience. Also, note that the professionals of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach are pleased to provide you with efficient, expedient water damage services whenever you need them. In addition to offering 24/7 emergency services, our IICRC-certified crew provides each client with the detailed work necessary to get the property back in exceptional condition. Contact us now at (561) 795-5410


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Water Damage West Palm Beach - Water Damage From Christmas Trees

 By David Libowitz


19 Nov. 2014
Avoid water damage from Christmas trees with these tips
There are numerous aspects of the holiday season that most homeowners in Palm Beach look forward to experiencing. Many people enjoy freshly baked treats, the sounds of holiday songs and the smell of a real Christmas tree. Those with hard wood floors and carpet understand that the latter may not always be an easy feature to pull off. Real Christmas trees can lead to scratches, a mess of pine needles and hideous water damage on the floor. While scratches and fallen needles can be fixed easily, water damage in West Palm Beach is a more serious issue. There are ways to treat the problem, but it is best to prevent water damage before it even happens.

How the Damage Occurs
People often keep water pans filled to hydrate the tree during its time in the home in Royal Palm Beach. Sometimes these containers leak, and this is a quick way for floors to suffer water damage. These leaks usually happen when the tree seems to absorbs more water than normal, and it must be refilled more frequently. The water may eventually overflow and cause water damage, or the loss of water could be evidence of an existing hole.

Spilled water may not seem like much, but if it happens on a frequent basis the moisture adds up. Most trees stay up for around a month, so the cumulative water dripped onto the floor can cause significant water damage over time. It doesn't take much water to cause severe water damage, and wood floors eventually warp and buckle while carpet can develop mold. Both types of flooring are often left with unsightly staining. Whether a home in Wellington has carpet or wood, the best way to save the flooring is to notice the issue quickly.

Treatment Options
The methods for treating a water damaged floor vary depending on the situation. The level of water damage as well as any remaining moisture will be factors in how it is treated. The flooring material will also affect the treatment option. Equipment is usually used to help analyze the severity of the water damage, and sometimes flooring needs to be removed completely. Wooden floors with less water damage can be sanded down and refinished to improve esthetic flaws. If carpets get wet, any excess water is extracted. The carpet may be removed and replaced, or it may be dried well enough to avoid damage.

Solutions to Prevent the Problem
Luckily, there are ways to prevent water damage before it becomes serious. The trunk of the tree should be cut before it is placed in the stand. This ensures that the tree can absorb the water efficiently without the need for constant refills and subsequent spills. If a spill is noticed, it may be dried up with quick intervention. Wet areas can be dried with a towel then blown with a hair dryer or other device that emits warm air.

A barrier can be made from an old blanket by folding it to fit under the tree and placing a plastic tablecloth or other material over the blanket to prevent water damage. The barrier can be covered with a tree skirt once the tree is placed in the stand. Ready-made absorbent tree mats are also available in Loxahatchee. Once it's time for the tree to come down, the water should be carefully drained out, and the tree can be dragged out the door on the waterproof barrier.

SERVPRO of West Palm Beach Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach proudly serves West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:
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