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What Should I Do if My Walls and Floors Get Wet After a Pipe in My Gaithersburg Kitchen Bursts?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak If your walls and flooring ever gets wet after one of your kitchen supply lines breaks, call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown.

For Water Damage Repair Inside Your Kitchen in Gaithersburg Call SERVPRO

Your kitchen is one room in your Gaithersburg house that has several water lines running in and out of it. If one of these lines breaks, several gallons of water could spill out into your kitchen and other living areas. If any of your organic building materials such as your floorboards, drywall, or wall studs stay wet for more than 48 hours, mold can start to grow.

How can you remove moisture from my wet walls and floors quickly?

During water damage repair efforts in Gaithersburg, our SERVPRO technicians start with the extraction process. We can then set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers that can remove moisture from your contents and building materials as well as air in the atmosphere. However, we must calculate the proper ration between the two machines because if there are too few air movers, the process will go too slowly, and if there are too many air movers, secondary damage can result because there will be too much moisture in the air.

How do you know how many air movers to set up inside my house?

All of our SERVPRO technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) program, and we follow the standards set by the organization to determine how many air movers to use. The IICRC S500-2015 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration says that an air mover needs to be placed in every affected room. Then the restorer should add additional air movers using the following guidelines:

    •    One air mover should be added for every 50 to 70 square feet of wet flooring.
    •    An additional fan should be placed for every 100 to 150 square feet of wet ceilings or walls above two feet high.
    •    An air mover should also be added for each wall inset or offset that is more than 18 inches.

If your walls and flooring ever gets wet after one of your kitchen supply lines breaks, call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 seven days a week.

I Need Help with Water Removal in Montgomery Village, What Tools Does SERVPRO Use?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Prompt, Reliable Water Damage Restoration is Where SERVPRO Shines – Call Us to Your Montgomery Village Home for Emergency Service

The kitchen and the bathroom are two common areas around the home where water incidents happen. Whether you had a dishwasher that malfunctioned or a pipe burst in your bathroom, the moments after the event are the most critical. Any water loss scenario calls for prompt cleanup to mitigate the damage and cut back on the severity of the loss. SERVPRO features highly-trained technicians who arrive prepared to get to work quickly so that your interior gets restored sooner. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we come to your Montgomery Village property with all of the technology and tools for the job.

I Started to Clean Up the Water, Is That Okay?

The main goal for water removal is to ensure that the standing water does not migrate into other areas. Water likes to travel to dry spaces while following the path to least resistance. Until we arrive, you can carefully try to mop up the water, but you must be mindful that you are not pushing it into hidden cracks and crevices. In many situations, we suggest that you leave the water damage restoration in Montgomery Village to our trained water restoration technicians (WRT) at SERVPRO.

Leave Water Extraction to the Trained Professionals

Whether you have hardwood flooring or carpeting in the water loss zone, our skilled team has the training necessary to remove standing water quickly. Handheld wet vacuums allow us to pull up water from hard-surface floorings, such as tile floors, linoleum, and hardwood. Weighted extractors, or rovers, are beneficial for removing water from carpeting as well as the carpet padding below.

We Track Water Migration

Once water removal begins after the initial water loss incident, there might not be any visible signs of water remaining. This is why our IICRC-certified team uses moisture detection equipment to determine whether we need to address potential problem areas, such as:

• Behind your baseboards
• Under cabinetry
• Within your walls or ceilings
• Under carpeting and subflooring

These are all common areas where residual moisture might be found, which calls for the use of professional drying and dehumidification equipment.

Detecting Moisture in Hard-to-Reach Areas

There are occasions when water may get between walls or into the subfloor as it travels to find lower points within your home. We utilize several moisture detection tools that allow our team to detect hidden moisture spots while also helping us to avoid the onset of mold. A few of the moisture detection tools that we use include:

• Moisture sensors
• Moisture meters
• Infrared cameras
• Thermal hygrometers

In some instances, the team might have to drill a few holes into the walls and then use a vacuum to pull water out of the cavity. This gets done while also blowing dry air into the space to facilitate drying.

What Happens During the Drying Phase?

For total water damage restoration to occur, the use of industrial-grade, specialized drying equipment is essential. If your subflooring call for drying attention, our technicians carefully remove your flooring or tile as needed. We utilize a range of drying equipment and technicians to circulate the air while cutting back on moisture levels. What this does is allow for optimum drying using technology such as:

• Industrial-strength fans
• Drying mats
• Centrifugal air movers
• Dehumidifiers

Should there be any small spaces that call for special attention, we utilize our InjectiDry system. This is ideal for addressing wall cavities once we remove the baseboards. The advanced drying method helps us to dry the space without the need to open the wall further with controlled demolition.

We Have a Special Formula to Enhance Drying

Once we put the plan in place to help with water damage restoration, our crew chief determines how many drying units and dehumidifiers are necessary to handle the project. Air movers work to pull moisture to the surface from materials like flooring, paneling, and drywall. Because water moves from wetness to dry spaces, it creates a reverse action where moisture makes its way out to get closer to the air currents.

Do I Have to Worry About Mold?

Many homeowners forget that even the slightest bit of leftover moisture can create the perfect atmosphere for mold and mildew growth. This is why professional restoration is best to ensure your interior is arid after a water loss incident. Elevated moisture levels and the right amount of humidity must be addressed to ensure your interior is clear and ready for you to enjoy once again. Our skilled technicians perform a variety of proactive treatments to the surfaces and structural materials throughout your home to eliminate the onset of bacterial growth.

Water damage restoration will ensure your interior is like-new once again. Call us at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 to enlist our team for emergency service 24/7.

How Much Damage Can a Leaking Pipe Do in Gaithersburg?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water spreading on parquet floor in a house Regardless of the level of water damage that is present in your home, you can trust that our team at SERVPRO gets to work fast.

Promptly Addressing Water Damage from a Leaking Pipe in Your Gaithersburg Home is What SERVPRO Does Best!

Even the smallest leak coming from a pipe within your home can send out enough water to cause plenty of damage. There are times when a household develops a slow leak within their plumbing system that begins to seep into the walls, behind cabinets, and other tight areas. The moment that you notice a leak has been dripping and soaking an area, calling in the help of trained water restoration technicians (WRT) is the best way to get the cleanup and repair necessary to return your home to preloss condition.

Why Should I Call SERVPRO for Restoration?
Water damage in Gaithersburg should never be left to chance with a do-it-yourself cleanup job. We have IICRC-certified technicians that come to your home quickly so that we can get started on assessing the water loss.

    •    Our skilled technicians are available for water cleanup and restoration 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and always ready to get to work on your schedule!
    •    The Green Fleet arrives at your property with trucks loaded with the latest equipment and products to help us facilitate fast, efficient service for quality results.

After we assess the loss and formulate a plan to address the water from the leaking pipe in your home. We use moisture sensors, and thermal imaging cameras allow us to find hidden pockets of moisture trapped behind baseboards, wall cavities, and cabinets. Our team removes any damaged materials using controlled demolition so that we can restore your home to make it look, “Like it never even happened.”

Regardless of the level of water damage that is present in your home, you can trust that our team at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown gets to work fast. Give us a call at (301) 963-8474 to schedule an emergency service call, and we will deploy a crew as quickly as possible.

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We Act Fast In Gaithersburg After A Water Loss

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

One of our infrared cameras used to detect damage We use our infrared cameras which allow for more accurate damage assessment when restoring your home. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Don’t Let Water Damage Lead to Immense Costs in Your Gaithersburg Home

Once you get hit with a water loss event, all potential hazards must be contained within the home. If you call the experts right away, years of training and all of the right equipment help ensure your home gets back to normal as quickly as possible. The skilled technicians at SERVPRO can be reached if you find yourself in a bind due to water damage. We can send out a team for emergency services 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, to make it “Like it never even happened.”

After you call SERVPRO, a team of skilled technicians comes to your property to assess your water damage in Gaithersburg. We spring into action quickly to ensure that the water does not begin to migrate into other areas of the home. The more that water seeps into other areas, restoration is slowed, and it calls for invasive measures and highly sophisticated equipment. In order to halt water migration, our technicians use light wand extractors as well as powerful air movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial fans. When strategically placed throughout your home, we can facilitate expedited drying due to optimum airflow.

Minding Mold Growth

Water damage incidents always pose a threat in terms of microbe growth. Microbes are living organisms that thrive when the right conditions arise, such as increased moisture in the home after a water damage event. To limit the amount of damage to porous materials throughout your interior, SERVPRO works to thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces with the help of specialized cleaning agents that not only kill bacteria and inhibit mold growth but also halt foul odor development. 

Assessment and Planning

SERVPRO has devised a plan of action with each water damage assessment, allowing us to get to work quickly to help minimize damage. All of our trucks come fully equipped with the pumps, tools, and chemical compounds that we need to remove water, clean up the area, dry everything, and make sure all surfaces are thoroughly disinfected. Once your home is dry and clean, we then use anti-microbial compounds on all of your upholstery and carpeting with misters or pressure sprayers to finish up the project.

There is no water damage incident that we cannot handle at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown. If you need help, put in a phone call to us at (301) 963-8474, and we deploy a team as quickly as possible.

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Is Water Damage Being Stored in Your Montgomery Village Cabinets?

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water on kitchen floor Did appliance leaks cause water damage to your kitchen cabinets?

Water Removal Montgomery Village – Drying Under Kitchen Cupboards

Whenever there is a water leak in the kitchen or the bathroom, water often finds its way under the cupboards. It may travel into areas that are difficult to reach. It may be challenging to confirm the area is wet unless you remove baseboards or utilize moisture meters. Allowing water to remain can cause damage to the subfloor to your cupboards, and a mold infestation may begin. 

Fortunately, SERVPRO knows the areas to check for water removal in Montgomery Village homes. We have the experience and knowledge about where to check for water. We also have the tools to take measurements without tearing apart your kitchen cupboards. We also have tools to remove water from under cabinets and dry the area as well. 

It is Important to Avoid Delays 

If water remains for any length of time, penetration of porous materials such as wood subfloors, particleboard, and even solid wood cupboards can take place. These materials swell as the wood absorbs moisture, and before long, these structures can lose strength. Swelling of the wood cabinets can cause deformation, which causes cabinet doors and drawers to go out of alignment. 

SERVPRO can react to a client's call within four hours. We are available on a 24 / 7 basis. We urge consumers not to hesitate in dealing with the water leak, removing the excess water, and initiating drying activities. A fast response can limit the damage and avoid additional loss, which can be much more expensive — E.G., replacing your cupboards.

We utilize specialty drying equipment to push dry air into a cavity under your cabinets. The dry air absorbs moisture, drying the cavity. We may suggest homeowners turn on their A.C. systems in addition to SERVPRO deploying dehumidifiers to lower overall humidity levels in the home to normal levels. 

Call SERVPRO for assistance before water damage can cause even more damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Washington Grove, Stewart Town, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Removing Moisture from Carpets and Hardwood In Your Gaithersburg Home

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Extracting Moisture from Carpets and Hardwood In Gaithersburg

Water leaks can occur at the most inopportune times from leaky pipes, overflowing tubs, and sinks. Leaky pipes burst due to age or even occasionally when pipes freeze during cold spells. A phone call can distract a client while the faucets are running. Before clients realize, water is all over the floor flowing onto carpeting, tile floors, and hardwood floors.

SERVPRO has the necessary equipment for water removal in Gaithersburg to fit every situation. We can deploy small portable water extractors, as well as a large truck, mounted pumps to remove large amounts of water from your home. We respond in less than four hours, assess the situation, and dispatch the appropriate equipment and human resources to remedy the situation.

Specialized Equipment
Surface water on tile floors and hardwood floors can be extracted rapidly using a light wand water extractor. Mops are used to remove any remaining water from the surface of hard surface floors until dry.

Water that has spread across carpeting and penetrated to the underpad requires deep extraction tools. SERVPRO has self-propelled water extraction tools that move slowly across the carpet and squeeze out the water, which is then vacuumed by the system. SERVPRO adds weight to the machine by the operator standing on the machine as it moves. Other units are moved by the operator every 10 to 15 seconds.

We may lift the carpet to extract moisture directly from the pad, depending on the amount of water. Air movers are brought in to blow dry air under and over the carpet to further absorb moisture. The moist air may be expelled out of the home. Or dehumidifiers are brought in to extract further moisture from the air. Many clients are encouraged to turn on the AC to add further drying capacity.

Drying Hardwood Floors
If water has penetrated between the joints of hardwood flooring, the wood may swell, causing an uneven floor or cupping and even splitting of some of the wood. Desiccant dehumidifiers may be required to draw additional moisture from the hardwood floor before there is any long term damage.

Call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Montogomery Village, Washington Grove, Laytonsville, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Can Provide Germantown Property Owners with Safe and Measured Water Loss Restoration

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Two young girls holding a dog and celebrating the 4th of July in front of a SERVPRO Vehicle Kids, Pets, and Parents Wave the Flag when SERVPRO Arrives for Water Damage Restoration in Germantown

Is the Water Damage In Your Germantown Home Caused By Contaminated Water In Your Toilet?

Have your floors become water damaged from an overflowing toilet bowl? Do not touch the affected areas - they may be contaminated. We place water into three different categories depending on the level of contamination, and this determines what remediation procedures are needed.

Category 1 Water - Sanitary Water

Category 1 water is safe, uncontaminated water. The water damage from your Germantown home is less likely to be in Category 1 if it came from the toilet. Even if the toilet bowl is clean and the water is clear, it is still not safe to touch the water until remediation technicians can identify the level of contamination present.

Category 2 Water - Gray Water

SERVPRO technicians typically identify water from the toilet bowl as Category 2: significantly contaminated. This defines water that is absent of fecal matter, but present with urine and other unsanitary particles. Water that goes through the toilet tank and spills out onto the floor requires the use of gloves to reduce skin contact when handling the areas damaged by it.

Category 3 Water - Black Water

The most contaminated type of water, Black Water is present with fecal matter and possibly bacteria and other microorganisms. This water is grossly contaminated and needs to be handled with caution. Black Water can also be groundwater from flooding and water from a burst sewer. While on the job and dealing with this cleanup, SERVPRO technicians don protective gear to avoid contamination.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes:

- Gloves, Nitrile, Latex, Work Gloves

- Full-body suit

 - Respirator with particulate filters

- Waterproof boots

Black Water Removal And Home Sanitation

There are also different engineering controls needed to ensure that the contaminated water does not spread to other parts of the home. HVAC units are turned off to prevent contamination by air. Air scrubbers using HEPA filters can capture airborne moats. SERVPRO technicians can isolate the bathroom from other rooms with plastic sheeting 6-mil thick. Generally, this is needed when there is a blockage, not just a malfunctioning commode.

Is your bathroom carpeted? If so, the carpet may need to be removed. Most powder rooms and bathrooms are tiled or have a linoleum flooring material which resists water penetration.

Get rid of contaminated water as quickly as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for water removal and restoration services.

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  Our Experts Explain the Water Damage Remediation Process in Your Germantown Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking under a door. Water damage has occurred. If there is substantial water damage to your home don't try and clean it up alone. Call SERVPRO today for professional remediation assistance.

Protecting Belongings in a Water-Damaged Germantown Home

One of the strengths of our SERVPRO team is our content management professionals that can protect the belongings of your Germantown home. With how quickly water loss incidents can sweep through properties, many of your possessions can become affected or at-risk. As much as many homeowners have opted to seek the professional assistance that our team members can provide, there are ways that you can help reduce your loss in the items you own.

With the substantial level of water damage possible to Germantown homes, it is not surprising how a small circumstance can blossom into something severe. More importantly, spreading water can begin absorbing into material directly exposed, leaving both structural elements and your items susceptible to saturation. While we have a rapid response mitigation team that can begin protecting these belongings with our pack-out and containment efforts, what do you do until help arrives?

Even with more widespread water loss incidents that occur in the house, these emergencies are rarely enough to force homeowners and occupants to vacate the premises. Once a situation gets discovered in your property, you can save yourself time and money on the ultimate restoration costs by starting to move at-risk or compromised possessions to a safe place in the house. If protected from the developing water loss incident, even our content management might not need to remove all of the belongings from your house when we arrive.

While you might not have a great idea of how water damage can affect treasured belongings throughout your property, you can at least work to elevate essential, irreplaceable items to get collected first by our response team. The SERVPRO professionals we entrust to protect these items are with them through every step of their restoration, including transportation to the facility and the cleaning and deodorizing many of these same items. 

The team we dispatch to your address arrives with the full measure of tools needed to begin crucial mitigation efforts right away. Part of this recovery involves the earmarking and removal of at-risk items to our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown facility nearby. We go above and beyond to get things back to normal as promptly as possible. Give us a call today at (301) 963-8474.

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The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Germantown Residence

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation due to an overflowing bathtub can cause major headaches. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

How to Deal With Water Damage Affecting Your Germantown House 

The road to recovery after water spill in a home is rarely straightforward. In most cases, one incident such as faulty appliance causes the loss, but the damages are widely distributed affecting several areas within the property. Involving professional water damage restorers can help in managing such distributed nature of the loss efficiently.  

Different types of stains can develop after water damage in your Germantown home affecting carpets, upholstery items, and even items with polished wooden surfaces. Stains are irritating because, even though they do not cause actual physical deterioration of the item, they diminish the visual appeal. This problem is even more pronounced for high-end items. Our SERVPRO technicians use different strategies to deal with stains and other problems left after a water loss incident. We do spot cleaning, which helps remove any settled stains from carpets. We also schedule stain removal before the affected item dries to prevent further settling. To deal with stains and patches affecting upholstery items, we wet the entire item during cleaning to prevent the formation of waterlines. 

Different materials forming the structure deteriorate after exposure to high amounts of water or moisture. Wood, which is used in different sections of the house, including floors and other surfaces in the house, can rot, warp or even crack depending on the period of exposure and the speed of extraction. Other materials like drywall and wood composite lose structural integrity. Our SERVPRO technicians help take steps that prevent or reverse the effects of water exposure. Moisture detection equipment such as moisture sensors and meters help us to establish the level of wetness in different materials. Thermal cameras, on the other hand, help us identify wet materials in concealed sections of the house. We usually bring a variety of moisture control equipment to a loss site including: 

  • Truck-mounted water extractors 
  • Portable water extractors 
  • LGR Dehumidifiers 
  • High-velocity air movers 

Water spills might lead to bad odors, which can originate from different sources, including stagnation, dissolved materials, or the products used during cleanup. Our SERVPRO technicians use different odor control techniques, including fogging, which vaporizes deodorizing agents, allowing deep penetration into materials neutralizing stubborn odors. 

To address all the problems that crop up after water loss incidents, call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How Our Extraction Gear Can Restore Your Water Damaged Germantown Home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown professionals have the expertise and the equipment to make these damages “Like it never even happened.”

Extraction Gear For Substantial Water Loss In Germantown Homes

Water loss incidents can often leave standing water in areas of your Germantown home. Without the appropriate means of handling this situation, homeowners often struggle to address the concern fully, allowing moisture and dampness to persist without a full understanding of the extent of the damage. Pooling water and oversaturation can continue to be concerns in areas out of sight, affecting points like wall cavities, flooring, ceilings, and other structural elements or materials.

While most owners can immediately appreciate a need for water removal services in their Germantown home when incidents arise, some fail to see the urgency of the situation when they can begin drying and sopping efforts on their own. Our SERVPRO team has sophisticated devices to identify moisture content and saturation levels in materials and spaces, but also a wide array of extraction tools to remove standing water that water loss incidents can cause in the property.

We can appreciate how important the right tool is for the job, and that is why our technicians roll out from our facility with a sample of our full inventory of recovery equipment. We have multiple extraction units that begin with full-sized extractor trucks in the SERVPRO Green Fleet that can remove water at 300 psi. This approach is one of our most effective removal practices, but it is not always necessary for the location or severity of the water loss situation.

Portable options are among the most popular for getting standing water under control in your home after an emergency. We can quickly maneuver portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands to address the lingering pooling water throughout the house and prepare the property for the drying solutions that must follow.

We have many different devices and machines that can help to get the most severe effects of a water loss incident under control quickly. Our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown professionals have the expertise and the equipment to make these damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (301) 963-8474.

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