Recent Water Damage Posts

Can Hardwood Floors Be Restored After Corpus Christi Water Damage?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Delivers All Types of Wet Flooring Mitigation and Remediation Options

When your beautiful hardwood floors flood after a plumbing leak, appliance malfunction, or storm event in Corpus Christi, you might fear that tear-out and replacement is the only solution. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians have learned many strategies to remove water and dry the hardwood carefully, often resulting in a return to the previous condition over the whole or most of the floor.

What Procedures Do Professional Water Restorers Follow with Wet Hardwood?

Genuine hardwood flooring is more resilient than you might think. Its natural resistance to moisture makes it a great type of flooring to be able to be salvaged.

Our Corpus Christi East SERVPRO crews will:

  • Assess for hazards
  • Adjust the conditions to proceed safely
  • Remove standing water with pumps and extractors, assisted by squeegees.
  • Use negative pressure moisture suction methods such as floor mats to pull water from several layers.
  • Consider removing some strips or planks to gain access for water removal and drying.
  • Use moisture detectors and meters (both in the damaged area and in an affected space) to determine the damage’s extent and help set drying goals.
  • Devise and implement a drying plan

We understand how stressful it is to have your home have water damage. Have the confidence that SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East can return your hardwood floors and home to its original condition. Call us at (361) 985-6444 any time of the day or night.

Keeping Your Corpus Christi East Attic Water-Free

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Your attic is one of the most vulnerable spots for water leaks. That is why it is essential to protect your attic before the water becomes a problem.

A leaking roof is the most common cause of water damage in Corpus Christi East attics. However, if you have appliances or an HVAC system in your attic, they might also lead to water damage issues.

Water damage comes in many forms, but it is easy to spot. If you notice any of the below issues on your ceiling or walls you most likely have water damage. 

  • Dark or Wet Spots. 
  • Cracking, Bubbling, or Flaking. 
  • Pooling Water or Puddles.
  • Sounds of Running Water.
  • Increase in Utility Bills.
  • Damp, Musty, or Moldy Smell.

There are some simple steps you can take to protect your attic:

  • Keep your roof in good condition – deal with any leaks or missing shingles immediately. Roofs can last anywhere from 15-100+ years depending on the type of material. 
  • Ensure your attic has good insulation and ventilation.
  • If you have any appliances up there, check them regularly and have them repaired if necessary.
  • Run a dehumidifier in your attic to lower moisture levels.
  • Make sure there are no pests in your attic that could eat away any materials. 

If you think you have water damage, give SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East a call. Our technicians can scan for hidden water sources and pinpoint possible leaks. We also have state of the art technology and equipment for our technicians to dry out your attic.

Do You Know How to Shut Off the Water?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Many workplaces always call on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. But what if they were out of town, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off? Where do you start?  

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East can help commercial property managers in planning for water, fire, and storm damage. How? With a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department!  

By having a plan of action and including it in your regular training at your office, you can minimize the cost of an unplanned event. Such things could be a busted pipe, a fire, or any other type of disaster man-made or natural disaster.   

Is your business ready for a disaster? Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headaches. A SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide resources for the employees of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE service that we provide to commercial properties. Make an appointment today to get started!  

If the unthinkable happens, call SERVPRO of  Corpus Christi East! We are available seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We will help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Why You Need to Address Your Corpus Christi East Home Water Damage Right Away

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage is extremely serious and needs to be addressed immediately in your Corpus Christi home. Within minutes, water can spread through your property and saturate everything. This includes walls, floors, upholstery, books, documents, and pictures.

Within 1 to 24 hours your drywall will begin to swell and break down, a musty odor will appear, and metal surfaces will tarnish. Between 48 hours to 1 week, mold will grow and spread, paint will blister, metal will corrode, and doors will begin to warp. After one week the damage will be so serious that the cost and time to restore your home will be astronomical, and the structural safety of the home will pose risks to those who live there.

Because water damage is not uncommon in the Corpus Christi area it is important to familiarize yourself with the below steps on how to mitigate water damage in your home. 

  1. Turn off the electricity to prevent electrical problems. 
  2. Address the source of the water and stop it from flooding your home.
  3. Remove standing water with specialized pumps or vacuums, but you can also do this manually. 
  4. Dry out the remaining water with fans and dehumidifiers to speed the drying process. 
  5. Sanitize affected items based on what type of water it came into contact with. 
  6. Restore items that can be salvaged and replace damaged items to prevent contamination and mold growth.

If the damage is too large for you to handle on your own, know that your local SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East is available 24/7 to restore your home, personal belongings, and give you back your peace of mind. 

Leaky Windows? | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

What to Do if There Is a Water Leak Around a Window

The natural elements can wear down the integrity of a home. Over time, the homeowner may notice leakage around a window, which can possibly result in wood rot, mold and water damage. The longer the leak is left unaddressed, the more the repairs will cost.

Locate the Problem

Even a slow drip can mean that more water is sitting inside of the wall. Once a homeowner notices moisture trickling from a window when it rains, the first step is to carefully look at the wall around the area to find the source of the leak. However, thanks to gravity, appearances can be deceiving; liquid may pool in one place, but that place is not always the leak's origin.

Two common problem areas are the edge and the rubber seal. The gap between the edge and the surrounding wall is usually sealed with caulk. Eventually, the caulk dries out and begins to peel and chip. Like caulk, the rubber seal situated between the panes and frame can ultimately dry out, creating rips in the rubber.

Gauge the Severity of Damage

Depending on the severity of the damage, the window may need to be replaced. A replacement is usually warranted when decaying or softness is found on nearby surfaces. However, even if the surrounding surfaces seem to be structurally sound, the homeowner should not just re-caulk the gaps without getting an expert's opinion on the full extent of the damage.

SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East Can Help!

A specialist at SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East can determine whether any ceiling tiles or drywall have sustained damage. After he assesses the situation, the restoration technician will give the homeowner the best remediation option to make the damage disappear. By acting quickly, the homeowner can prevent expensive repairs in the future. SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East is always ready to help the residents of New Orleans and the city's surrounding communities solve their water damage problems.

When It Rains, It Pours...

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

When most people think about water damage they think of record-breaking floods, washer machines, and pipes busting in their homes. What they don’t think of is ONE inch of rain. Yes, I said it correctly ONE INCH. One inch of rainfall doesn’t sound like it can do much harm, but when one inch of rain falls on a roof without gutters it allows nearly 2000 gallons of water to soak into the ground around your home's foundation. Gutters are the key to help protect your home against water damage. Gutters collect the rain rolling down your roof and divert it away from your home, and prevent flooding from happening. Another reason gutters benefit your home is by protecting your soil from eroding. When you have faulty gutters it causes the water to wash away the soil and leave the foundation of your home vulnerable and unprotected.

Things to Keep a Close Eye On:

  • Debris Build Up: This can lead to pools of water forming on your roof and eventually leaking through your ceiling and into your home. Use a pressure washer or leaf blower to clean them out quarterly
  • Storm Damage: After a rain, wind, or hail storm it is important to inspect your gutters for cracks or breaks. If damage has been caused, you can fill the holes with gutter caulk.
  • Old Gutters: Older gutters are more susceptible to damage or contain open seams. Make quarterly routine checks for repairs.

For any water damage repairs needed, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East!

Flooded Corpus Christi Home?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Nobody ever wants to be “that guy” holding pots and pans to catch leaking water, but let’s face it things happen. Luckily a homeowner of a local El Paso home had SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East's number handy!

Your toilet is the last thing you think will cause you home water damage. However, just as you age causing your muscles and bones to get weak and brittle so does your toilets components that allow it to properly function. While some issues might be a drawn-out refilling process that can affect your monthly water bill, more severe consequences might include overflowing of the reservoir when the float mechanism does not engage.

Overflowing reservoirs might not affect your home but it does often require professional water removal and recovery. Even with noticing the problem shortly after it begins, an instance like this can quickly cover the bathroom floor and affect other rooms as well. Removing water yourself with buckets and mops is simply not enough. Even though you may have removed all of the water, there may be moisture lurking within your floors, carpet and baseboards that you cannot see that’s where SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East can help.

We understand the frustration and importance of reacting quickly to these types of situations. Which is why our highly trained technicians, are ready around the clock to quickly and properly restore your home or business using the IICRC drying principles. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to detect all of the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will observe and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

Whether water damage is caused by plumbing malfunctions, ground water, falling water, or weather damage SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is the right professional choice to make in assisting water damages. Give us a call at (361) 985-6444.

Water You Can't See

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage behind wall.

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East knows there’s no such thing as a small disaster. We understand that sometimes it’s the water you don’t see that can cause the most damage, such as mold, rot, and bacteria. It’s easier to try and dry these damages without professional help because you think it looks dry, however you should consider how this could potentially affect your home or business. This is why SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is available 24/7 and has trained professionals to be on-site and ready to help you protect your contents and home or office. Before you consider cleaning up water damage alone give us a call at 361-985-6444 and let us help you make it, "Like it never even happened."

Mold Damage

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage due to water heater leak

Have you ever been told that all mold can be removed?  Unfortunately, that is far from the truth.  It's impossible to remove all mold from a home or business, as mold spores are both indoors and outdoors. Mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. In the State of Texas, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) regulates businesses that test for mold, or perform mold cleanup (remediation). A licensed mold assessment consultant evaluates whether mold growth is present and to what extent. A mold remediation contractor such as SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East performs the mold cleanup following a protocol written by the consultant. Therefore, to prevent conflicts of interest, the rules prohibit a license from conducting both mold assessment and mold remediation on the same project. Trust our highly IICRC Certified technicians and let them make it "Like it never even happened."

For more information about State rules please visit their website https://tdlr.texas.gov

Water Damage

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

Have you ever looked at a wall and said, “It looks dry” or “It feels dry”? Oftentimes a structure that has been affected by water intrusion doesn’t dry quickly when we rely on mother nature. Here at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East, we use the science behind the process of drying a structure. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material, but only if the air is drier.  Unfortunately, the Coastal Bend area has higher humidity than other areas which can factor in the process. We have the monitoring and drying equipment to help speed up the drying process before it leads to further damage such as mold or wood rot. Feel free to call our office at (361)985-6444 for any questions.

Water Damage due to Fire Extinguisher Dust

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

Unfortunately, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is far too familiar with the outcome of a house fire so we can't stress how important it is to be prepared for a nightmare scenario. Fires are nothing we want to plan for, however, planning ahead could be a matter of saving your life or sentimental possessions. Having a fire extinguisher in proper areas in your home could mean putting out a fire faster and preventing it from escalating to severe property damage. For helpful placements of a fire extinguisher, consider these rooms:

  • Bedrooms
  • Patio
  • Laundry room
  • Garage or workshop area
  • At least one fire extinguisher on each floor of the home
  • KITCHEN

Remember if you have a fireplace or any potential fire hazards, you should consider having a fire extinguisher nearby. If you are able to reach an extinguisher in the first few seconds of the fire, you can help control the fire in its early stages and possibly save your life or the life of a loved one. Don't forget to look around your home today and plan ahead to prevent a possible disaster. And don't forget, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is always here to help clean up that fire extinguisher dust left behind. 

Any Water Damage In Your Facility Is Bad

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

A water leak in the celling.

With any leak, it’s the water you don’t see that causes the most damages. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is ready to serve your home or business with our highly trained technicians. We know that any water damage in your property has the potential to be bad, especially when you don’t see the bacteria that causes mold, rot or other damages. Did you know water damage can affect your property value?  Consider SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East before you grab a box fan or mop bucket, and try to do the clean up yourself it may cost you more in the future. We understand how fast water damage can disrupt your life. Contact us today at (361)985-6444 we are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contaminated Water

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands these situations can be stressful, but with our helpful tips, we hope to lead you in a better tomorrow. Please follow some of our helpful tips should you find yourself in a water damage emergency.

Water Damage From Contaminated Water

DOs

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Don’t

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC systems if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.

Please consider following the DOs and DON’Ts in order to help reduce any further damage. Trust SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East with all of your fire & water-cleanup restoration needs we can make it “ Like it never even happened.” Call us at 361-985-6444 for more information.

Water Damage

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding

Have you ever walked into a house full of water due to a leak? SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands these situations can take control of your life if no immediate action is taken. Please follow some of our helpful tips should you find yourself in a water emergency.

Water Damage From Clean Water:

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive.

Don’t

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.

Please consider following the DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce any further damage. Trust SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East with all of your fire & water-cleanup restoration needs. Don’t hesitate to call us at 361-985-6444 we are happy to assist you with any questions.

Is it really dry?

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to the cabinet but it looked dry.

Have you ever heard a comment such as "it looks" or "it feels dry"?  Unfortunately, a structure that has been affected by water damage doesn't often dry quickly. When you have wet materials, the moisture will naturally move to drier air located at the surface of the material. This will only happen if the air is actually drier. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands the science behind the process of drying out your home or business. If left untreated, you are likely to encounter mold or wood rot. Along with our highly trained technicians, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East has the monitoring and drying equipment to speed up the drying process. We will determine a drying plan for the job, and manage the drying system to bring your property back to "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 (361)-985-6444

Water Damage Timeline

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.

About SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East 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. 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.

Category 3 Water Damage

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage/flood overflow is a dangerous type of Category 3 water damage.

Category 3 Water Damage

There are many water sources that contribute to your water damage, and they are classified as Category 1 (Clean Water), Category 2 (Gray Water), and Category 3 (Black Water). Out of the three categories, category 3 is the most unsanitary type of water damage. 

Flood water is one source of unsanitary water in a home or business.  This is something to be aware of as we enter hurricane season.  But the most common source of category 3 water is a sewer back up.  Per IICRC guidelines, any porous materials that come in contact with the contaminated water should be removed and disposed.  This includes carpet, carpet pad, and drywall.

Our water technicians are all IICRC certified and know what to do, and the steps to take, in cleaning up category 3 water.  We know how stressful water damage can be, and they are there to help guide you through any water situation that you encounter.

Remember, the sooner you mitigate your water damage, the less chance you have of major repairs.  Give us a call at 361-985-6444 – we’re here to help!

"It Looks Dry"

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

We often hear comments such as "it looks dry" or "it feels dry", from home owners or property managers that have had water damage to their property.  But often times, a structure that has been affected by water intrusion does not dry out quickly when relying on Mother Nature.  Did you know that there is an actual science behind the process of drying a structure?  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material - but only if the air is - actually drier.  As we all know, here along the coast, higher humidity is a fact of life.  Some may think that a couple of fans and the air conditioner will take care of it - but how will you know?  That's where SERVPRO comes in.  We have the monitoring and drying equipment to speed up the drying process before it leads to further damage, such as mold or wood rot.  All of our technicians are trained in the science of drying, and follow IICRC standards when drying a structure.  With the right equipment, and experienced employees, why risk trying to let it dry on its own.  Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East.