Recent Water Damage Posts

Stay safe and be prepared. Hurricane Michael is on its way!!!

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Stay safe and be prepared. Hurricane Michael is on its way!!! (Photo Credit to NPR) Hurricane Michael Approaching Florida.

With Hurricane Michael’s projected path coming toward us, and his arrival only a day way, SERVPRO of Tallahassee would like to help prepare our community members.  Our area is familiar to Hurricanes, especially these past two years.  Hurricanes are basically a massive storm that forms over warm waters in the tropic and sub tropic areas.  Hurricanes become a threat when they move toward land bringing with them heavy rain fall, strong winds, storm surges along the coastline, coastal flooding, inland flooding, rip currents, in most cases tornadoes, and sometimes landslides.  For our area, hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends November 30th.  Even if you are not directly located on the coast, hurricanes can affect more than 100 miles inland.

Since we are in the midst of a hurricane warning for our area, make sure you have a safe place to seek shelter from Hurricane Michael ASAP. You are your own most important first responder. Take initiative and make safety your top priority.  Here are some helpful tips.

  • If you are ordered to evacuate please do so for your safety.
  • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room with no windows if possible.
  • Keep your mobile device charged and available even if cell service is interrupted, emergency communications will be pushed to your device.
  • Generators are helpful during power outages, but please make sure to only use them outdoors and away from your windows.
  • Most importantly if you are faced with flood waters, TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN. Never walk through, swim through, or drive through flood waters. If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs.
  • Plan with your family and friends on ways to keep in touch in the event you lose power. Sometimes sending a text message is more reliable and dependable than making a phone call.
  • Check in with your neighbors. Make sure they have a plan and have someone there to help. Some individuals in our area are elderly who live on their own. Be there for your community.
  • Check your vehicle, make sure it is a good working condition and that your tank is full of gas. Keep a supply of gasoline for reserves as well. Also stock your vehicle with emergency supplies such as nonperishable foods, batteries, a change of clothes, and most importantly any medicines that you have to have.
  • People please don’t forget about your pets. Do not leave them tied, or chained outside. They’re best chance if flood waters are presented is to be free to seek safety and higher grounds.
  • If you have insurance keep your paperwork with you. Keep track of your time and money spent for your adjuster.
  • While the storm is over us stay put. Do not go out and venture into the weather. Stay inside.
  • If your home is affected do not touch electrical equipment. If it is safe to do so turn off electricity at the main breaker and/or fuse box to prevent electrical injury.
  • Document any damages to your home. Take photos.

Please be your own first responder and keep your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your animals safe. We are a community that cares. We are Florida Strong!!  SERVPRO of Tallahassee cares about our community and is faster to any size disaster so leave the clean up to our experts. Call us if you have water damages, we are close by and ready to respond. 

Water damage event while homeowner was out of town!!

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage event while homeowner was out of town!! In the featured photo you can see extensive water damage that left the floor damaged beyond repair, and visible mold present.

SERVPRO of Tallahassee would like to take the time to give our residents and community members some advice since it is summer and lots of you folks may be traveling out of town. 

One of our Tallahassee residents was away from their home for a long time. During their vacancy, a water damage event occurred and went unnoticed. When the homeowner returned to their home, they found it in ruins. Ceilings had collapsed on the first floor, as water flowed from an upstairs toilet for what looks like days. The home had so much water damage inside that you could see signs of water flowing down the brick of the home on the outside. What is even worse is that the water  caused damage to the HVAC system and the system shut down. At that point the home became a breading grounds for microbial growth to start forming and it did, as you can see in the picture. Of course once SERVPRO of Tallahassee received notice of the water loss and mold damage our production technicians were on site immediately and went to work to restore this Tallahassee home. 

Our advice to our customers, if you go out of town, please have a trusted friend or family member or even a property manager go check on your property as frequently as possible. It is very important to catch water damages when they happen so your home suffers less damage. 

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we!!!

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we!!! Fallen debris from collapsed ceiling on first floor after extensive water damage caused by supply line leak on second floor.

Need Emergency Service?

Call SERVPRO OF TALLAHASSEE 24/7 @850-878-8885

SERVPRO of Tallahassee provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Our trained technicians are on standby to help restore your home.

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.  Our team arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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.

No worries - 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.

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