Archived Water Damage Blog Posts
Green Valley Emergency Flood Damage Restoration
Residential community sprinkler head caused a flood.
We had our guys on the scene within 1 hour!
Storm and flood damage can be a devastating thing to happen to any business or family. Although, we hope you never have a water damaged property, if and when it does happen SERVPRO Green Valley is equipped to get your home and the contents of your home restored and back to the way it was before.
SERVPRO Green Valley has a system in place to efficiently dry your home. This system has been perfected over the past 40+ years. Removing the water from a storm damaged home is the easy part. The cleaning and restoration and the smaller more detailed work is what makes the difference between us and a local carpet cleaner.
Our quick 24 hour emergency response time really makes the difference. After you have suffered a loss from a storm damaged property, our crew can be on site in as soon as an hour. This prevents further damage to your home and it's contents from standing water. Our quick response time can also mean the difference between the future need for mold remediation and bad odor removal.
Leaking Refrigerator Line Causes Tucson Water Damage
This water damaged kitchen in Tucson, AZ required several commercial grade dryers. The water damaged home was caught quickly & the cabinetry was saved
Yesterday we received a call from a Tucson area homeowner. She woke up to a flooded kitchen and living room and was unsure of what to do. Well, in a case like this, she did know what to do, call SERVPRO Tucson. Our flood restoration truck & trained staff was on-site in about an hour. Our crew chief quickly found the source of the problem, a water line supplying the refrigerator broke, and although the leak wasn't very big it quietly leaked water throughout the night downstairs.
The Tucson kitchen and living room were flooded extensively and work to restore the property was quickly started. In order to minimize the impact of costly repairs down the road, water restoration services should start immediately. Because the Tucson homeowner caught the water damage quickly the impact of the damage was minimized. The standing water was quickly removed and the dryers were brought in. The kitchen cabinetry was saved, the toe kicks removed, and the SERVPRO commercial dryers were turned on.
In order to ensure the surrounding drywall is dried thouroughly our "inject-a-dry" unit was used. Small holes are drilled in the drywall and fast moving air is injected behind the wall to ensure the water is removed from the backside as well as the front side. It has been 24 hours since the flood was discovered. Our fans have been running through the night to ensure the water damaged areas don't show signs of mold growth in the future. Further restoration of the water damaged kitchen will continue and before & after pictures will be posted.
Polybutylene Plumbing & Water Damage
Here is a good example of gray Polybutylene. This will leak over time & cause extensive water damage.
Some things just go together, peanut butter & jelly, popcorn & movies, and springtime & baseball. I think we can all agree that these are things that are destined to be together. Another thing to add to the list is Polybutylene plumbing & water damage. Some of you may not be aware of what Polybutylene plumbing is, where it may be in your home, how to identify it, and what it can cause.
What Is Polybutylene Plumbing?
Polybutylene is a polymer or plastic material that was widely used to make piping for plumbing in commercial and residential buildings during the 1970's. When new it is a tough but flexible material and was deemed perfect for all types of plumbing. Traditionally copper was used for piping, but because of the cost of this metal polybutylene became the material of choice for home builders through the mid nineties. Extensive testing was done in the 1970's to test the durability of this new, space-age material and it passed with flying colors. Sometimes, scientific testing fails, especially if a key point is missed. The labs that were carrying out the testing failed to recognize that public water supplies typically contained elements like chlorine. Over time this chemical causes this plastic to become brittle and deteriorate from the inside out. Eventually, (15-20 years) this plumbing will fail and water will begin leaking into your ceiling and walls.
Where Is Polybutylene Plumbing?
This type of plumbing is typically found in areas where housing booms were happening from the early eighties through the mid-nineties. Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah are some of the states where Polybutylene plumbing was widely used. Tucson, AZ in particular was a boom town during this time and water damage issues as well as mold damage are common place. A plumber can tell you for sure if your home or office was plumbed with Polybutylene. This type of plumbing, if used in your home, can be found in basements, entering your hot water heater, under sinks in you bathroom or kitchen, or in your attic. It is commonly used for water distribution within your home and may be hiding behind walls.
How Do I Identify Polybutylene?
If your home or office was constructed in the last 15 years the liklihood of polybutylene plumbing used is very low. If your structure was built from the mid- seventies to the mid-nineties you may want to do some snooping around. This plumbing is typically 1/2" to 1" in diameter and may be blue, grey, or black. If you find piping in these colors, first look for a stamp marked "PB 2110 M". If you see this mark it is a great idea to call a plumber. Blue Polybutylene was usually used for underground water mains, but you may see this entering your home through your foundation or inserted in your water meter. Black distribution piping, although less commonly used than grey, may be 1/2" to 1" in diameter but may not be polybutylene. Polyethelene plumbing is also black and a professional plumber should be called to identify this piping.
Polybutylene Failure Leads To Water Damage & Mold Growth
Over time this plumbing will fail if not addressed in a timely manner. Water damage and eventual mold growth will occur in ceilings and walls leaving you with insurance claims or expensive out of pocket costs. If you have a water leak in your home call a plumber to repair and replace the faulty plumbing. When the plumber is finished with their repair, a water restoration company like SERVPRO will be needed to restore and repair your flood damaged ceiling, flooring, and walls. Our restoration techniques are unrivaled and we will thoroughly dry you home and it's contents with our time tested techniques. SERVPRO Tucson & water damage restoration is kind of like peanut butter & jelly, we just go together.
Carpet Drying Services Tucson
If the carpet pad is not replaced the carpet will wick moisture back into it. An attempt was made to dry the carpet surface but was not a solution.
We recently received a call from a Tucson homeowner who had a flood develop in her bathroom which left a lot of water in her hallway and living room. She called a plumber to fix the source of the leak. The plumber fixed the leak and offered to dry her carpet for an additional fee. She agreed, he brought in a couple of commercial fans and left them on overnight to dry the property. In the morning he came back to retrieve the fans and the carpet was dry to the touch.
After about a week the homeowner began to notice an odd smell in her home and called around to different carpet drying companies. She settled on our SERVPRO to come out and take a look. After one of our trained staff members heard what had happened he knew instantly the carpet pad, and the carpet drying in general had not been done correctly.
Mold growth had begun in the carpet pad which was attributing to the odd, funky smell in the home. The carpet would have to pulled up and the damp carpet pad underneath would have to be disposed of and replaced. Five to six commercial drying fans would be placed in strategic areas around the living room to ensure proper air flow and would be left running for three days before reinstallation of the pad and carpeting could be done. We gave her a free estimate on neccessary repairs and she gave us a call a couple of days later to begin the work.
Although many plumbers are licensed & bonded in the field of plumbing, not all of them are equipped to deal with a severely water damaged property, nor do all of them follow IICRC principles & policies when drying carpets or flood damaged flooring. In the Tucson, Green Valley, and Sahuarita areas SERVPRO is the company to call for carpet drying services.
Emergency Water & Flood Restoration 85614
This home in Green Valley 85614 Had an under sink leak. The water flowed onto the flooring requiring SERVPRO to restore the water damaged property.
When I was in 3rd grade my teacher told the class that it was impossible to draw a perfect circle. I don't like being told I can't do something (who does?) so out came a pencil and a sheet of paper. Tongue sticking out slightly and to the side I set out to make the impossible happen. I realized, after about half an hour that this was impossible, and I was ok with that.
A home is built on the principle of being flat & square. A builder will do everything they can do to make sure your home or office follows these basic building principles. Unfortunately, like drawing a perfect circle, this is impossible to get just right. Our eyes can't see these slight discrepancies, but if you pour a glass of water on your floor or countertop, it will definitely flow from a high spot to a low spot.
Now imagine that glass of water multiplied ten thousand times. This flood like amount of water will flow from high to low as well, even if your flooring is off from being flat by a single degree. Water will always flow from high to low, we can thank gravity for that. In a flooded home, water never just sits on top of flooring, it will find every crack and opening in your floor and find it's way to the slab your home sits on, eventually soaking into the cement further looking for an escape. This can cause many problems if not addressed including cracking, mold growth, and a generally compromised foundation.
When your home has suffered from a flood resulting in water damage, in the Green Valley 85614 area or portions of Tucson, SERVPRO 85614 is the service to use. Our highly trained team is equipped to remove all damaging moisture from your home. Our response time, and philosphies on restoration are time tested and proven techniques utilized by expert technicians. Although none of them can draw a perfect circle we sure have the ability to restore your flood damaged structure "like it never even happened."