Recent Water Damage Posts

Where is my Water Shut-off Valve Located?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water shut off valve Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located?

Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located?

It’s important to know where your valve is in case of an emergency. If a pipe bursts or a toilet overflows, shutting off the water is crucial to reducing the chance of a water damage. Sometimes homeowners will shut off their water if they are leaving town or replacing plumbing as a precaution.

The location of your water shut-offs can vary, depending on location, water source and type of residence. Shut-off valves can be hard to find, so grab a flashlight.

More Than One Shut-Off Valve

There are usually more than one shut-off valve in your home – once for each appliance that uses water and a main shut-off for the entire home.

Shut-off valves are usually located near the item that needs the water supply, for instance your valves for your toilet, sink, or washing machine are usually behind the units or under the sink.

Example: if your toilet is going to overflow, don’t waste time running to the main shut-off, use the knob behind the toilet.

Main Valve Locations

If you have well water, you may have two main shut-off valves, one that goes from the well to the pressure tank and another from the tank to your plumbing. If you need to shut off the well quickly, you can trip the circuit breaker to the well to deactivate the well pump.

If you have city water, your valve may be located in your homes utility room, along with the furnace or water heater. It may also be located in a plastic or utility box in the ground in front of your home.

Too late for the shut-off valve?

If your home or business has experienced water damage, SERVPRO of Vernon can help.

If your home has water damage from flooding, a leaking pipe, or other source, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. We use advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

How to Limit Toilet Overflow Damage

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking out of bottom of toilet in bathroom The faster the damage is addressed the less likely further damage can occur.

No one wants to deal with a flooded toilet. If you experience a toilet overflow at your Vernon property, immediate steps need to be taken.

  • Contact a plumber upon noticing signs of a blocked drain line and take measures to limit sewer damage.
  • Contact SERVPRO® to help mitigate and clean the water overflow.

Contaminated Water

Toilet water is usually contaminated water. Restoration professionals categorize water damage into three categories:

  • Category 1: clean water, originating from supply lines
  • Category 2: contaminated water, from showers or appliances
  • Category 3: contaminated water containing solid waste

Water from a flooded toilet is likely either Category 2 or 3. Disinfection is needed for both categories due to the contaminated water present.

Damaged Building Materials

Porous materials such as carpet or drywall cannot be completely disinfected, and may pose a continued risk of microbial growth. Mitigation experts usually recommend tearing out these materials prior to disinfecting and drying the area.

Secondary Damage Risks

The more time that passes, the more chance of secondary damage occurring. The most common forms of additional damage are:

  • Bacteria
  • Staining
  • Mold

The faster the damage is addressed the less likely further damage can occur.

If you are not sure how to handle sewer damage, don't panic. Call SERVPRO® of Vernon -(213) 246-2281

Types of Flooding

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded living room How are floods classified?

Flooding is said to have killed more than any other natural disaster. We see it here in America and it's no doubt why, it's the most common natural disaster. But how are floods classified?

Flash Floods: These types of floods provide very little warning. They are accompanied with heavy downpours and fast moving lethal devastation.

River Floods: These floods occur when the water capacity of a river overflows. This type of flooding happens over a period of rainfall. Considerable damage can occur, yet prevention is possible as the river nears its flood stage.

Urban Flooding: This flooding occurs in well populated cities and metropolitan areas due to the lack of drainage. It can be brought on by Flash flooding or River flooding.

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If any type of flooding threatens your home, follow the warnings of your local authorities. Doing so will keep you and your family safe.