Recent Water Damage Posts

Preventing Moisture Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO of West Forsyth County

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

close up of condensation on window pane and ledge Water damage can happen anywhere in your home. Call SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to restore water damage on your property 24/7, 365.

Water does a lot for us in our daily lives. Most of us run multiple loads of laundry, do the dishes and hose our children and pets down after they get a little wild outside every day. Having water the exact moment we need it makes our lives a lot easier.

Water may help us out when it is where we want it, but when it finds its way into all the wrong place, it can make our lives completely chaotic.

While Mother Nature has been known to throw some curveballs at us that leave our homes wetter than they should be, we can take action inside our homes to prevent other kinds of water damage. The more you know about preventing moisture buildup, the more you can keep your home free of disasters.

Under Your Sinks

Getting to know the places that water hides starts by getting to know your sinks. With so many water lines running in different directions, it can be hard to find small leaks. When a leak is allowed to drip long-term, it can lead to damage in your cabinets and under your floors.

Make sure you are looking under your sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms once a week. Feel all of your water lines for extra moisture. Make sure that any connections are tight, and replace anything that is showing signs of aging. The more you can keep things in good working order, the more you can avoid costly repairs.

Beneath Appliances

Large appliances are another huge convenience in our home, but they are also common places for small leaks. When a leak starts in an appliance it often starts under or below it, which means it may drip for quite a long time before you know something has happened.

Every few months, pull out your washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator. Give the area behind them a good cleaning, and check for mold growth. Feel all around them for soft spots or drips in the floor as well. These are all indicators you need to do a little more work to find a potential leak.

Behind Your Walls or Floors

One of the many reasons you want to find leaks before they have cost you a lot of water is that they can lead to damage behind your walls and under your floors. It doesn’t take much water to find its way into cracks and crevices—no space is too small for water to creep in.

If you notice a musty smell, particularly around your appliances and the walls they touch, it could be time to do some more investigating. A new squeaky spot in the floor is another concerning sign that some damage has been done.

Around Your Windows and Doors

When there are large differences in the temperature in a single day it can lead to condensation on your windows. You might be tempted to ignore this common issue, but condensations can stick around longer than your want and lead to structural damage.

This moisture can get into cracks and crevices around your windows and your doors. Feel around the frames of both your window and doors regularly. Replace your seals when they start to wear out. Any sign of excess moisture means it is time to seal things up better.

Don’t let water damage derail your life. As soon as you find damage, call SERVPRO® and we will respond quickly. Whether it’s handling standing water or structural problems from a long-term leak, we will do what it takes to get everything back on track.

Don’t ignore signs of water damage! Call SERVPRO for a quick restoration.

Your Next Moves After Water Damages Your Home | SERVPRO of West Forsyth County

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Pool of water sitting on top of a herringbone patterned wood floor with furniture nearby If you discover water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Forsyth County right away.

You might have other things on your mind than water, but it plays a significant role in our daily lives. You might say it’s an underappreciated asset! You can turn it on in your sink with the flip of a faucet handle, or send it swirling through your washing machine by simply clicking “on.”

When we’re using water in the home, it’s under control. Contrast that with the water behaves in nature—it’s wild and often untamed.

Sadly, it can become the same in your house, if a water disaster occurs. Water damage can quickly crop up if a leak develops in your kitchen sink or if your basement floods due to heavy rains.

You can many steps to prevent these things, but you won’t be able to entirely prevent every instance. That’s why it’s important to know what to do when water damage strikes.

What to Do First

Spotted water where it shouldn’t be? The faster you can respond, the better your outcome will be. The longer that water sits on the floor or pours in through the roof, the more likely you are to incur significant costs and additional damage, like mold growth or structural problems.

Your first step should be to play detective and find the source of the water. If there’s a big hole in your roof where a tree cut through it, that will be quite obvious. But if your washing machine is leaking, you may have to work a little harder to find the problem.

Find the source, then work to stop it. Turn off the water source at the cutoff valve. You will also want to cut off electricity in the outlets near the water damage to remove the potential for other hazards.

Once you are safe and secure, give our SERVPRO® team a call. We are available 247 to jump into action when water damage occurs.

A Peak at Our Water Damage Restoration Process

When you call us, we’ll ask you a number of questions to gather information about the type of damage you’re facing and the extent of the damage. This information will help us establish a project plan for completing your water damage restoration project.

We will ask that you snap a few pictures of your damages. These photos are helpful for us, and they will also be provided to your insurance provider to expedite the claims process.

From there, the action begins. Our team of water damage restoration experts will bring industry-leading equipment into your home to dry up all traces of water, including both obvious puddles and tiny droplets. Those tiny droplets, which can’t be seen by the human eye, can be disastrous, setting you up for mold growth and structural damage.

During this time, we will also be removing and drying soft materials in your house and other belongings. This falls in line with our “restore vs. replace” mentality, where we focus on saving as many items as possible.

Once the water damage issue is mitigated, we will turn our focus to finishing the restoration work, which may require construction services to return your home to preloss condition. No matter what’s needed, our SERVPRO team has you covered.

Do you have water damage in your home? Call us for fast and complete restoration.

When the Rain Comes... | SERVPRO of West Forsyth Count

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

image of a large body of water during a rain storm with ripples caused by the heavy downpour Water damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of West Forsyth County on the case!

Rain can slow down the world and leave everything feeling fresh and new. It is a sweet gift on a hot day and an exciting way to bring in new seasons.

When rain gets hard and heavy, though, it can cover roadways and overwhelm yards fast. Heavy rain can come with other threats, too, including strong winds and flash floods. Our homes are built to withstand a lot, but a steady rain can challenge our gutters and cause our roofs to leak.

No matter what Mother Nature brings, SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County is here for you and your family. We can dry your home out after a flood, but we also want to make sure you stay safe through every storm.

Hazards of Intense Rain

North Carolina weather is one of the reasons many people move here or stay here. Mild winters and hot but comfortable summers mean we can spend plenty of time outdoors year-round. While our weather is mostly mild, there are still plenty of severe potentials we also face.

Severe thunderstorms, strong winds and even tornadoes are potential weather issues we can see throughout the year. Heavy rains can sometimes bring flash flooding as well, covering roadways and sweeping away anything in their path.

We can’t prevent acts of Mother Nature, but we can prepare for them. When severe weather is predicted, make sure you have two ways to receive local weather alerts and start preparing your home and your family.

Staying Safe

Safety should always be a top priority when you start preparing for severe weather. If you are traveling when a storm is near, head home or to a safe location as quickly as possible. Avoid roads that have flooded in the past, and stay on high ground as much as you are able.

To prepare your home, bring inside anything that could be blown around in wind or be swept away during a flood. Put anything that can’t be replaced in a location high away from the floor or the lower level of your home, and consider shutting the electricity off to your home. If water does enter your home, stay out of it as much as possible. Wait the storm out in a high location and give us a call to start getting things dry.

Future Prevention Strategies

With unpredictable weather, even the most prepared home could see a disaster. While we are working to recover your home after it has been damaged, we will also help you make some choices that could help stop another event.

A professional who can assess the grading and organic material in your yard can be helpful in creating a safe home from the outside in. Slopes keep water moving away, while organic materials absorb even the fastest falling rain to prevent puddles that could seep into your foundation.

A sump pump in your basement is another great way to prevent flooding in your home. Sump pumps direct water away from your foundation. If you already have one but still ended up with water in your home, consider upgrading to a larger unit.

We are always here for you when anything in your home needs recovery. Our team is available around the clock with a crew that is highly trained and has the equipment to take care of any damage fast. We will put your home back together quickly.

We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.

Be Cautious of Concealed Water Destruction | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”bucket” alt = " blue bucket in the middle of the living area catching water falling from the ceiling ” > Think you may have water damage in your home? Here are some tips from SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to find the source.

Water damage attacks in a variety of ways, with one of its signatures being to hide in your home until you finally notice the destruction. Concealed water damage can occur in any room of your home, with the repercussions manifesting as mold, leaks and costly losses.

Being able to spot sneaky problems like this before they grow into a full-blown water emergency is the best way to protect your home from damage. As long as you keep a close eye out, you’ll be able to quickly spot water damage before it wreaks havoc on your Winston-Salem home.

Below are a few of the most important places to look as you search for hidden water damage:

Your roof. When’s the last time you climbed up to your roof to check for damage? If it’s been a while, then you might be dealing with concealed roof water damage.

Even when you are performing basic maintenance, leaks that develop on your roof are difficult to spot. A minor leak might seem like no big deal, only for it to transform into an unavoidable and expensive water emergency.

When water damage occurs on your roof, it may also seep into your Lewisville attic, creating a different hidden issue. Leakage and excess moisture can be a huge problem in your dim, humid attic that leads to mold growth.

In your bathroom. Water damage, particularly hidden water damage, is nearly always discovered in the bathroom. The bathroom equipment we use can suddenly fail and cause water problems that are difficult to detect.

Look for any wet spots around your sink and any leaks coming from your faucet. Search your toilet and bathtub for similar warning signs like puddled water and excess moisture in the bathroom

Knowing where to look and what to look for will be most helpful when dealing with sneaky bathroom water damage. It’s also helpful to inspect your plumbing often and have any concerns checked by a professional ASAP so you can avoid running into any damage in the future.

Other appliances. Home appliances are designed to make life a little easier, but when they fail, they may conceal a huge water crisis. Water can lurk around these massive pieces of equipment, concealing any evidence of damage.

It might be challenging to check for water leaks near your devices without first removing them from the area. Moving them out of the way will allow you to search the entire area for signs of damage.

Before turning on your appliances, quickly check them for leaks and other signs of water damage. Avoid running into a future water catastrophe by retiring your old or malfunctioning appliances as soon as it is necessary.

Dealing with a water emergency? Our SERVPRO specialists can be on the scene of the disaster ASAP to restore your water-damaged home!

Your Appliances Are a Regular Source of Water Loss | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

When our household appliances are in good working order, they can be a huge convenience, but when they break down, that’s a whole different ballgame. Excess moisture, mold and costly water damage are all side effects of a malfunctioning appliance.

Water damage can manifest itself in a variety of ways in your Winston-Salem home, with one of the most common being faulty appliances. When problems are discovered far too late, a worn-out appliance can have even worse consequences.

It is simple to avoid chaos when using your household appliances if you are aware of the warning signs of damage and know what to do when they appear.

Regular Maintenance

Inspecting for water damage regularly is one of the most effective strategies for preventing it. Catching issues early on could save you from an expensive mess in the future.

Leaks may be hidden away below your refrigerator or dishwasher, so you’ll need to get a close look often to ensure there are no sudden wet spots or puddles. It’s helpful to push larger appliances out of the way once a year so you can deep-clean those unreachable problem areas.

Your HVAC system and water heater should be inspected regularly, just as you would your other appliances. Make sure to schedule an annual HVAC inspection, and keep an eye out around your HVAC system and water heater for any indications of excessive moisture or mold.

Yearly or Long-Term Maintenance

Although regularly paying close attention can be a great way to prevent catastrophic damage, you should also consider following the manufacturer’s suggested servicing schedule.

Remember to check the hoses and tubing attached to your fridge, washing machine and dishwasher for damage and, if needed, have them replaced immediately. Consistently replacing dated components is an effective way to keep your appliance in good working order.

The lifespan of each appliance you own varies, but it’s a good idea to replace outdated appliances every 10 to 15 years.

Appliance issues can be hard to catch until they’re at their worst, but there are ways to spot concerns like a leak before they wreak havoc. Remember to give you appliances some regular TLC to steer clear of expensive water destruction.

Have water damage in your home from an appliance or another source? Our team is here to help, so call us day or night 336-946-1131.

Prepare Your Home for the Spring Season | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

3/10/2023 (Permalink)

Spring is only a few weeks away, and we can’t wait for all of the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. Before jumping right into the new season, though, there are a few areas of your home that you’ll need to get ready to withstand the spring weather dangers like rain, strong winds and any other risks that could cause water damage.

Avoiding water damage is easy as long as you take the time to properly safeguard your Winston-Salem home. Get out your spring-cleaning list and make a note of a few of these important tasks that you can complete before the spring season begins.

Clean It Out

As winter comes to a close, its important to search around your home for accumulation of excess debris. Threats like wind, rain, snow and ice can lead to debris buildup, which can completely clog your gutters.

To keep excess water draining smoothly, clear your gutters and downspouts of any excess debris. Check the vents around your property as well, as these can become clogged with debris over time.

Whether you were visited by snow or freezing temperatures (or both) this year in Winston-Salem, there’s a chance winter might have left you with frozen pipes. Check your outdoor faucets for leaks or fractures, which could indicate overlooked frozen pipes. If frozen pipes are not repaired, they will thaw when spring arrives, resulting in a chaotic water leak.

Fix Issues Fast

We try to stay indoors as much as possible in the winter to avoid freezing cold weather. This can cause us to neglect areas like the roof that might be dealing with major damage.

To prepare your roof for the spring weather, check for any damaged shingles, broken gutters or other wear and tear.

A strong roof will safeguard your entire home from weather threats that could lead to extensive water damage. Having these problems fixed as soon as possible will save you from some timely and expensive destruction.

Get Ready for the Water

If you own a sump pump, you know how useful it is in the event of a basement or foundation water emergency. Make sure it’s in good working order before the spring season arrives so it’ll do its job when you need it!

Spring weather can escalate fast, so it’s a good idea to replenish your emergency kit, makes any necessary changes to your storm safety plan and find a few new ways to keep yourself updated on local weather events.

Our specialists understand how stressful a water emergency can be, which is why we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can be at the scene of your disaster as soon as you call to restore your losses. Before you know it, your Winston-Salem home will be back to its former glory.

Got water damage? We are here to help 247 and can restore your home quickly. 336-946-1131

Where to Find Water Loss in Your Commercial Building | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

Water emergencies can be a huge roadblock for businesses. It only takes a small amount of water to put your business on hold and create an expensive mess that needs to be repaired.

Because business owners have so much to do in a single workday, it can be difficult to detect water damage before it has left its mark. The best way to stay on top of your water damage prevention efforts is by knowing exactly where to spot water damage before it escalates into a disaster.

3 Common Sources

Routinely inspect these vulnerable areas around the workplace to save you and your commercial team both time and money:

1. The roof. Roof leaks can occur out of nowhere after a severe storm or due to a tiny leak that grows over time. Rook leakage can be especially damaging since it can go undetected until it finally reveals itself, so consistent upkeep is vital. Be sure to schedule a routine inspection, and clean your gutters of debris following a nasty weather event.

2. Bathrooms. Around 15% of commercial water damage starts from a tiny puncture along toilet and sink pipes. Since you can’t be everywhere at once, assign several team members to keep an eye on your workplace bathrooms. That way, if a problem emerges, you can respond quickly before it worsens.

3. Water heaters/HVAC/boilers. Equipment that is connected to a water line can lead to water damage when clogs or malfunctions occur. Look out for standing water near your HVAC systems and monitor your business’s water pressure. These are all early signs of water damage that should be taken care of before it is too late.

Take Preventive Steps

Water damage can be a chaotic mess for the entire workplace, but quick action will help you keep everything under control. Prevention is easy as long as you stay on top of your safeguarding efforts.

Building a prevention strategy can help you and your team respond quickly and effectively when things go haywire. Teaming up with our crew at SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to establish an Emergency Ready Plan is another way to ensure your response to a disaster is organized.

Time is of the essence when water damage emerges, so be sure to react with speed and urgency. Jump into action to get the emergency under control, and contact us so we can pick up where you left off. Our specialists can rapidly respond to protect your business from further destruction.

Experienced water damage in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly. 336-946-1131.

Make Time for Water Damage Mitigation in the New Year | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

1/11/2023 (Permalink)

When the new year arrives, the potential to make some important adjustments to your lifestyle and routine can be motivating. While you’re revamping your daily routine, why not make some adjustments around the house?

Small improvements around your property and in your daily routines can make a big impact on minimizing water damage this year.

Fulfill all of your new year’s goals from the comfort of your waterproof home! If you still have some room left on your resolution list, make sure to add some of these essential water damage management tips.

What Causes Water Damage?

As you begin your efforts to protect your home, it’s beneficial to learn all the areas where water might sneak up on you. Leaks can source from both inside and outside.

Water damage from the outside can be caused by blocked gutters and strong rainfall, while large equipment and bathroom fixtures are common sources of indoor damage.

Aging pipes and caulking that have started deteriorating around your doors and windows can also send water straight into your home. When leaks like this go undetected, mold development and property damage are sure to emerge.

Since water damage only worsens over time, fast action is crucial to keep your home safe from harm. Thankfully, leaks aren’t hard to spot as long as you know what to look for.

How to Prevent Damage

Water damage can be disastrous, but there are several ways to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Early detection is the most effective approach to stop water damage in its tracks, and it is quite simple to do as long as you keep an eye out for trouble.

To keep water at bay, you should regularly check your bathrooms and kitchen for moisture issues or mold growth. When it starts to rain, check each window to make sure water isn’t dripping inside. Your nose could also help you sniff out the source since water leaks often produce an unavoidable odor.

Maintain your roof often (and following any significant wind events) and keep an eye out for any loose or missing shingles. Remember to clear your gutters and downspouts of debris while you’re up there!

Protecting your roof is especially crucial during severe weather, which we have a lot of here in Winston-Salem! Snowstorms, hurricanes and flooding all have the potential to cause catastrophic water damage, so keep this in mind as you develop your water damage management master plan.

Grading your yard is another effective method for protecting your home from excess water. Use soil to build a slope to send water packing far from your waterproof property. With a few small changes to your typical maintenance routines, you can save yourself and your home from lengthy and expensive repairs!

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition, 336-946-1131.

The Unseen Risks Water Leaks Create | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

12/7/2022 (Permalink)

While water leakage isn’t always an obvious problem, there are many signs that could point you in the right direction. The additional moisture will ruin the quality of the air within your home, producing a strong, lingering odor.

The additional moisture may also cause your interior appliances to corrode. Despite the many indicators that point to water-related problems, the most noticeable sign of water leakage is often a puddle of water inside your home.

Water damage can wreak havoc on your Winston-Salem home before you even notice it. Read on to learn how you can spot a water leak and get the issue under control.

Water Fixture Leaks

Sinks and other bathroom fixtures are frequently the cause of water leaks. Leaks can frequently be triggered by openings in water supply lines or caulk that has begun to deteriorate.

Check these places frequently while you do your planned maintenance. Never let a tiny leak go unattended because even a little bit of water can lead to thousands of dollars in damage.

Water From Appliances

You run the risk of leakage if your refrigerator uses an ice machine or water system. Your dishwasher could quietly spring a leak that goes undiscovered for weeks.

Before you realize it, your floors may be seriously damaged, and lengthy and expensive repairs may be necessary.

Unplug and move your equipment away from your wall when searching for a leak. Search your walls for signs of damage, water puddles or mold development. If you spot any damage, call SERVPRO of West Forsyth County, and we can rapidly get your water emergency under control.

External Sources

Water damage isn’t just an indoor problem, though! A lot of leaks come from outside the home, either from a recurring culprit that sends water straight into your home or from an abrupt cause, like severe weather.

Water damage frequently results from weather-related issues. While winter in Winston-Salem tends to be calm and cool, threats such as ice, rain and the occasional snowstorm can still bring water into your home.

Even though not all leaks originate within your home, you can nonetheless take action to control them. Taking good care of your home through regular upkeep is a great way to keep those invaders in line! Simple tasks like filling up gaps around your windows and doors can help keep your home safe and dry.

Begin your upkeep by keeping your downspouts and gutters flowing smoothly. Make sure to keep your gutters and downspouts clean of dirt, debris and leaves to prevent a leak from trapped water.

The amount of water that reaches your residence is also significantly influenced by the landscaping surrounding your home. To stop extra water from seeping past your windows and doors or into your basement, tilt the soil around your base downward and send water flowing away from your home.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us 336-946-1131, 247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

Protect Your Home From Flooding, Inside and Out | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

According to FEMA, 98% of counties in the United States are at risk of flooding at some point during the year. Since it is likely that your property may experience a flood at some point—whether minor or major—it is important to protect your home from potential damage.

Unfortunately, flooding assistance isn’t always available and your insurance may not cover the water damage. Like most things, prevention is less expensive and will save you a headache in the long run.

Being aware of the regional risks in our area is the first step to understanding where to put prevention efforts. Severe weather, such as hurricanes along the coast or summer thunderstorms, can cause major flooding in Forsyth County. We’re all too familiar with an influx of water.

Outside Property Protection

If you haven’t already, it is a good idea to prepare the outside of your home. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this.

First, clear out your gutters. When gutters are clear of debris like leaves, water can exit them freely, away from your home. Installing an extended downspout can also help the water flow away from your house foundation.

A garden not only looks great on your property, but it can also help absorb excess water around your home. Mulch can also be added to create a slope to direct any excess water away from your home.

Indoor Property Protection

To mitigate water damage, sealing your basement will likely be the most effective option. If you notice cracks in your foundation, seal them as soon as possible.

Additionally, a sump pump in your basement can quickly pump out water if it does come in. If you are located in a high-risk area, a battery-operated sump pump is a good investment since it will work when the power is out.

Sometimes, flooding can originate indoors. Internal plumbing or even appliances can spring a leak and cause damage, but regular maintenance can help prevent damage.

Old and worn pipes are a main source of internal flooding. If you notice your pipes are leaking or need repair, be sure to get it done as soon as possible. A leak sensor, which notifies you if there is more water in a given area than there should be, can also be helpful in identifying leaks.

Any water that enters the home can be damaging. Keep all important and sentimental documents up off the ground, in waterproof containers. Be sure to have an emergency plan handy in the event of a flood.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of West Forsyth County today to get your restoration completed faster. 336-946-1131

What Does A Water Loss Look Like In Your Clemmons Home?

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

parquet flooring damaged by water and mud This parquet entrance has begun to cup due to a water leak in the bathroom on the second floor.

Just like a snowflake, no two water losses are the same. It may be a leaky toilet supply line or even flooding. But what does change is the experts at SERVPRO of West Forsyth County know how to respond. Our team of IICRC-certified water technicians has been trained on the latest mitigation standards, and along with our state-of-the-art equipment, you can rest assured your home is in good hands.

Phase One: Job Preparation

Understanding what has happened is very important. So, when you call our office, our team will ask you many questions. We need to understand the scope of the loss to make sure our team has the right equipment and supplies to begin the dry-out process.

Phase Two: Mitigation

During the water mitigation phase, the crew at SERVPRO of West Forsyth County will begin extracting water, blocking furniture, and moving contents to prevent additional damage. This step will continue until the property is dry.

Phase Three: Restoration

While your home is dying out, the team will begin cleaning and restoring your property damaged during the initial loss. Any property that is damaged beyond repair will be cataloged, and an itemized list will be presented to you and your adjustor. When the home is dry, our team of professionals will repair any damage caused by the water leak and restore your home to preloss conditions.
If you have experienced a water loss in your Clemmons home or business, contact the SERVPRO of West Forsyth County experts at 336-946-1131 to schedule your free assessment or begin the drying process.

At SERVPRO we’re here to help.

What You Need to Know About Flash Flooding in your Clemmons Home

7/30/2022 (Permalink)

The south is known for a few things, and as we've seen recently, severe weather is one of those things. One of the most dangerous events we can see in the south is flash flooding. According to, flash floods are the #1 weather-related killer in the United States. Flash flooding happens when the rain's intensity is too much for the soil to handle. It can occur within minutes or hours after a rain event. Most flash flooding is caused by slow-moving thunderstorms which are repeated areas of rain, typically associated with thunderstorms that move over the same region in a relatively short period. Some of the types of warnings related to flash flooding are as follows:

  • Flood Advisory means being aware.
  • Flood Watch means be prepared as conditions are favorable for flooding
  • *If these are upgraded to a warning, you must take action immediately.

If your home or business is damaged due to flood waters, the clean-up can be a long, arduous process. Removing the water would be your first step and then try to salvage any personal possessions you can. You will need fans and dehumidifiers to try dry out the space and antimicrobials to help with any mold growth. You'll need to undertake these tasks while wearing proper safety gear to avoid contact with bacteria in the flood waters. If that seems overwhelming, then just call the experts at SERVPRO of West Forsyth County at (336) 224-2465. Our team of experts offers 24-hour emergency services and is here to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Water and Its Destructive Properties | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County wants to be there for you for every catastrophe, big or small. Once or twice in your lifetime, you may experience a large, life-changing disaster, but you could experience many small disasters.

A leaky faucet is something you will likely see in your time as a homeowner, but you never want to underestimate the destructive effects of water. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage progresses rapidly, seeping into floors, walls and soft surfaces. It’s crucial to address the issue right away to produce the best results.

Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of water damage:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging it within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Forsyth County, like every area in the United States, is vulnerable to flash flooding at any point. For example, in 2021, Winston-Salem saw extensive flooding after remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the city.

The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage in your West Forsyth County home are crucial. Certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects.

Soft furnishings and upholstery will soak through, and wooden structures can swell from the moisture. Personal belongings like books and photographs are especially vulnerable to warping beyond repair. In addition, mold can begin to develop within this timeframe. Quick action is essential.

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County's expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you. These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. Mold can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture. As mold sets in, it can even damage the home’s structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

After One Week

Make an effort to avoid letting moisture fester for so long because some effects may be catastrophic and even irreparable. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Our process normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time.

Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings in your house will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization following a water damage incident. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the moisture you can’t see. This is important, because even the tiniest bit of excess moisture can promote mold growth.

After these initial steps, your home may need restoration work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO of West Forsyth County will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover at 336-946-1131.

How Much Do You Know About Flooding? | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding is the most common natural disaster, and it claims more lives in the United States per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. It can affect everything from individual homes where property collects excess water to wide swaths of communities and cities.

Flooding affects all 50 states and every U.S territory, but there are similarities in types and causality among all them. There are three common types of flooding, and they happen for four typical reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ground’s ability to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period, can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water. According to the city of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County can receive several inches of rain in a short amount of time from any sort of storm system. Even if the floodplain maps show you’re at low risk, any residence in the county could be susceptible to flooding with the right combination of atmospheric activity. Now, if you are in an area with a much higher risk of flooding, you are at a much higher risk of property damage and death.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime at 336-946-1131 when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

A Water Damage Process You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

1/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage incidents are the bane of the existence of 14,000 homeowners every day. They’re hard to predict, difficult to manage and they can absolutely wreck a home.

When water damage hits your home, you know you can count on SERVPRO to help you get things cleaned up and made right. But if you’ve ever wondered about the process (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t), here’s a look into what happens when you call.

Emergency Contact. You’ve got a problem, and we’ve got answers. But first we need to ask a few questions to get a grip on the situation. Once we understand the issue, we can figure out the best time to come deal with it.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. Our team of experts will arrive to survey things, formulating a plan for fast, effective removal and cleanup. We’ll talk to you about any damaged items that may be beyond restoration, and apprise you of any on-site hazards caused by your water damage.

Water Removal. We don’t carry around these pumps for nothing. Once we get pointed at the water, we’ll get to the heavy lifting, removing gallons of water—hundreds, possibly even thousands of them—from your home to stop further damage and get your home prepped for drying.

Damaged Material Removal. As we said, some items may be so damaged that restoration is not an option. We’ll get these removed so you don’t have to, and the drying process can move faster with them gone.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Water makes an absolute mess of your home, but we’ll take care of that too. Every mark, discoloration, smell and toxic contaminant introduced by the offending water will go away thanks to our cleaning solutions and hard-working team.

Drying. Trust us when we say you don’t want to deal with mold. Without a thorough drying process for your home, that’s precisely what you’ll get. We’ll use special gear and proprietary techniques to get every last molecule pulled from affected surfaces and materials.

Monitoring. During the process, we’ll be in regular contact, and our experts will keep close watch over the proceedings to make sure things go swimmingly—or rather, don’t go swimmingly.

Repairs and Construction. The last step in the process is one of the most important, because this is where we put the finishing touches on your home. Wherever there’s damage, we’ll restore it, and whatever needs to be reconstructed or rebuilt, we’ve got it covered.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of West Forsyth County 336-946-1131 for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened.”

Clogged gutters can lead to water damage

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

Now is the dreaded season of raking or blowing leafs. They do actually help keep the roots at the base of a tree insulated. But they do not always end up perfectly around the tree. The one place you do not want them to accumulate is in your gutters.  You should clean your gutters twice a year to ensure the flow of water is being routed away from the house properly. If they clog, the flow of water can cause them to sag and allow water to attack your home. The purpose of gutters is to control the flow of water.  If it does not go into down spouts and continually assaults a wall, eventually it will leak. Same is true if it hits the ground, basements can leak and the wall compromised.  Water weighs about 8 lbs. per gallon and the consistent weight can put a strain on the gutters pulling it way from the house. 1 inch of rain fall can account for 600 gallons of water. That is more than 2 tons of weight on you gutters over time. So the bottom line is, to ensure that your gutter system is working properly.

We hope that you never have to experience a water damage, but if you do call us directly 336-946-1131, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Preempting Water Threats at Home | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Look, we don’t want to scare you, but something’s going on in your water-based appliances. Now you didn’t hear it from us (guess you did, actually), but word on the street is that your water is planning an escape.

Every pipe and hose is full of water under pressure, intent on getting out. And it only takes the smallest hole for gallons of it to come spewing out onto your floor.

That’s why it’s helpful to acquaint yourself with common leak areas—so you might be able to stop this nefarious plan before it comes to fruition. Let’s look at a few suspects:

Toilets. Your toilet may leak primarily as it wears down rubber pieces over time—the flapper (which will leak water into the bowl), the valve seal and the supply hose washer (which will leak into the floor).`

Appliances. Washing machines are notorious for blowing out hoses after a few years, and any appliance that makes use of water is prone to develop leaks in connections or from faulty hoses. And water heaters, if used past their safe lifespan, can actually explode.

Clogged gutters. This might not be your favorite thing to check, but unclogging your gutters a couple of times a year is probably the most sure-fire thing you can do on this list to prevent water damage.

Roof damage. Roofs and shingles really take a beating, and they’re likely to crack or break over time. Give your roof a visual inspection from the ground regularly, especially after storms that may cause acute damage.

Pipes. We always suspect older pipes, which can become rusted and sketchy, but newer pipes can fail too because of poor insulation or installation. And your main outdoor water line can be invaded by tree roots.

Blocked garbage disposals and sinks. Grease and oil can make it hard for your disposal to operate properly, and certain foods can dam up in your pipes as they are ground up. Avoid anything that clumps or soaks up a lot of water—coffee grounds or rice, for example.

Water is always on the lookout for new places to spread, but a little work on the front end of things may be able to prevent some leaks around your home in the end.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO of West Forsyth County today so we can get started. It's best to contact us directly at 336-946-1131

Is My Basement Water-Damaged?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

You may be the proud owner of a home with a built-in basement, and you may be one of the many homeowners who find it to be a beloved, useful space, good for extra storage, shelter from storms or even a bonus living area.

But if you do own a home with a basement, you may also be aware of the moisture issues that sometimes plague homeowners and threaten the enjoyability of basement life. Because basements are dug directly into the ground, they are susceptible to moisture and pressure from the ground, and of course they also take on water from leaky pipes and overflows of other kinds, and oh yeah, sometimes it rains and…you get the point.

While you may be one of the lucky owners who never encounter a water issue in the basement, the odds of it happening are high enough that you should know the common indicators. So let’s examine what you need to look for to stay on top of having a dry basement.

Identifying the Signs of a Wet Basement

Unpleasant, musky odors. You know the smell, right? The musty, pungent whiff that often greets people as they head downstairs is so common that people often don’t even realize it shouldn’t be there. You may just think of it as the way basements smell, but truthfully this smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment. That scent is the first sign of mold growth, even though you may not see it yet.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Paint can’t hold back water leaks. Waterproof paint may mask it for a while, but eventually it’s going to show you what’s been going on, in the form of bubbles, flakes and cracks. If those are present, there’s a leak causing them that you need to find before it becomes a bigger issue.

Foundational cracks. Cracks in your foundation are a big issue that can’t be ignored. Houses shift over time, but a full-blown crack in the block requires attention. You may get the warning signs of cracks in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, showing you that your house is under stress. If these cracks grow, they could be an indicator of a serious problem and a big water leak around your basement walls.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more. It's best to call us directly 336-946-1131

What to expect when we arrive

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

When we arrive, we will assess the damage with state-of-the-art equipment. We will work with you on the priorities and order of events that need to happen in order to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. After some paperwork is signed, extract water if necessary and depending on the insurance requirements we may begin any demo of materials not salvageable. We will set equipment that will prevent secondary damage and professionally dry the structure. This equipment consists of commercial fans and dehumidifiers that are more robust than your normal box fan or standard dehumidifier. They are loud but it is important that you leave them running to dry the space quickly. You or your insurance is paying for them to run on per day basis. So, let them run to keep the cost of your damage lower, the sooner it dries to the standard the sooner we can pull the equipment from your home or business.  

Over the course of the next few business days, we will monitor the equipment and report to the insurance company our progress as they may require. Once a standard of drying has been achieved, and mitigation is complete we can help you move on to phase two, the restoration process.

You will want to act quickly to prevent any more damage to your home or even ensure that insurance will cover the damage. But the cost should be the least of your worries. Your deductible should be your only out of pocket expense for a covered loss.  Let us know if we can help you in a stressful time to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Call us direct at 336-946-1131

What to expect before we arrive

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

So, you have had a water damage in your home and you’re getting ready to call us 336-946-1131. What are the next steps? As this is most likely the first time that you have been through this, let’s explain the process and what to expect.  First off, we hope to gather enough information from you on the phone that we can arrive prepared. Giving us that information will determine how many people to send, how much equipment to bring, and the right equipment. Knowing the type of loss, you have had, the size of the affected area, (# of rooms) and what materials are affected, helps to determine the number of people and equipment we send to your home or business. Also, during the phone phase, we need to determine if this will be an insurance claim. This will help us know need permission from the adjuster for certain procedures, and to ensure coverage.

Because we work with most insurance carriers, we know their procedures and how they prefer to be communicated with regarding your claim.  Our goal is that your only out of pocket expense is your deductible on a covered loss. Because of the pandemic some insurance carriers are reliant on the mitigation service provider you choose to give them information. For this reason, you can rest assured that you have chosen the right one with us. Our communication system helps them throughout the process no matter where you adjuster may be located, even if working remotely from home.

 Call us direct at 336-946-1131

Minutes count when it comes to water damage

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage happens the clock is ticking, and is not on your side. This is why you must act quickly. Below we will breakdown a timeline of what can happen if you do not react in the time frame.

Within minutes

  • Within the first few minute items like photos, books, cardboard boxes (stored items), and art pieces become saturated and can be unsalvageable.
  • Water is soaked up into the padding, carpet walls and insulation. Possibly into upholstery.
  • Wooden furniture legs start to lose the stain and may damage the carpet permanently as well as damaging the furniture piece.

Within an hour to 24 hours, you can expect to see.

  • Pressed wood and sheetrock swell and show signs of breaking down.
  • Printed paper goods like magazines will stain other items from the inks being released from them.
  • Metal items will tarnish and lose luster
  • Smell of mildew or musty odors may become apparent

After 48 hours to a week of moisture being left without mitigation.

  • Mold and mildew production will grow exponentially
  • Doors and windows may swell to the point they can not be opened even warp
  • You may see signs of the paint blistering or peeling
  • Wood flooring will cup and buckle. At this point it is usually too late for drying mats.
  • Furniture may split from swelling and show signs of mold as well
  • The category of water contamination may change from CAT 1 or2 to CAT 3 creating a biohazardous condition.

After a week or more

  • Structural integrity may become compromised and more dangerous to work in. This includes ceilings falling in or walls collapsing
  • Costs of reconstruction are significantly increased
  • Safety of the structure may also be compromised posing risks to occupants and workers
  • Biohazardous contaminates continue to increase

So, minutes count not only to get your home or business restored quickly but to stay safe and save money. Call us directly as soon as you discover  water damage at 336-946-1131

4 places you might overlook water damage

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Where are the places in your home and business that you take for granted? By that we mean the places that you have to have but don’t think about until there is a problem. We can all agree that a car needs maintenance and deferred maintenance often costs us more money in the long run. For example, when was the last time you pulled out your refrigerator and dusted the coils? Doing this is also a good time to check the water supply line to your ice maker. We receive calls weekly regarding this costly cleanup. Catching a small drip early can make a huge difference in the cost of mitigation and restoration of your kitchen floors.

Heat and Air conditioning vents can also go unnoticed until it is too late. Changing the air filter regularly and more often when you have pets can save you costly repair bills. Black fuzzy particulates around the register can be a sign that your HVAC system is pumping moisture into your home. Again, we get regular calls regarding water condensation on walls and other surfaces.

We like to hang pictures in our home.  But do we use the right nail? Using a proper picture hanger will help so that we don’t put a nail into a drain pipe and cause a small leak that might not present it self right away. I like to use 3M Command picture hangers, they do not put holes in the wall or pipe.

When was the last time you took a look in your attic or even noticed your ceiling? If you have a water spot on the ceiling no matter how small, it is only a matter of time before it gets bigger. You need to find the source of what made the spot and stop it. Consider what is above that spot. HVAC and Roof are the likely on single story but if a bath room is above, it could also be a source. Don’t just dismiss that it is not the bath room if it is farther removed from the spot, water will take the path of least resistance.

So if you check around these places in the next few days and discover you have a water damage issue call us directly at 336-946-1131 we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

To file or not to file a water damage claim

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

We have talked about acting quickly when you have a water damage claim. “It was just a little water,” may be a subjective thought, but if you delayed maintenance and cleanup, then you may be negligent. When problems develop like mold or rot and you want to file a claim it may not be covered. Most insurance policies will cover water damage that is sudden and accidental. In most scenarios homeowners’ policies exclude losses that are considered continuous over an extended period of time. An example is a leaking water line, or leaving wet carpet and baseboard unattended to the point of mold or rot.

Before filing a claim, if you are unsure if the damage will exceed your deductible, you will want to ask us to come out. It will be better to spend a little money now or you may be faced with paying for a lot by yourself later. If you do have to file a claim then it helps to see a SERVPRO professional has been on site. In one such case, in one customer case, I was told by an adjuster that he sees that the homeowner took steps to limit the amount of damage by calling SERVPRO. In the event of a covered loss, insurance adjusters are grateful that SERVPRO is on the scene quickly to prevent further damage. We will also be an advocate for you to ensure that your property is restored to a preloss condition.

Some things you will want to know before filing a claim. What perils are covered in your policy? This will be important depending on the source of the loss. If you took the less expensive policy you may not have sewer backup as a rider on your policy and may not be covered in that case. So, knowing what you have covered is important.

What is the deductible? It is practical that you may not want to file a claim if the cost of mitigation and restoration is less than double your deductible.  Insurance is there to protect you from major losses and your deductible represents the amount of risk you’re willing to take. Our commitment is to ensure that this is your only out of pocket expense to return the property to a preloss condition.

This is just another reason to call quickly to SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to handle your water damage. Whether it is covered or not we can help with water damage. Call us directly at 336-946-1131

Falling trees can cause water damage

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Tarped roof damage caused by fallen tree Tree falls on roof and breaches it during a storm

So, kids are going back to school, sort of, and that means fall is around the corner.  To make matters worse this may be the wettest summer on record. The ground is soft and trees are subject to come down, and have. Hurricane season is still going strong and doesn’t end until after Thanksgiving. Why am I giving you all this great news when 2020 has been, well, a 2020? We can use that term now to be synonymous with a bad, strange year, right? I am telling you this to prepare you for the things could always be worse and to prevent those worse things from happening to you.

Did you use your garden hose to water the garden or wash the car? Get into the habit of unhooking the hose. This will prevent you from having the pressure build up and splitting the pipe in the wall when freezing occurs.

Check your property for limbs and branches that have broken and may be damaging your roof. If they rolled in the gutter, they may contribute to clogging it up and causing water to go over the lip of the gutter towards the house. Over time that could cause rot and mold in the house.

Ensure the landscape of your home leads water away from the structure. If you have a basement ensure that there are no low spots that water can drain onto the foundation. We have seen cave-ins of the basement wall because of constant water pressure on the basement wall. Speaking of landscaping do you have trees that are potential hazards that may fall on your house? If you are unsure check with an Arborist there are several certified in the area.

Down spouts should also flow water away from the home. Ensure all gutters and down spouts are free flowing.

Having your HVAC serviced is also a good idea. Some home owners are not aware they have a drain pan and line that that collects water and routes it to an area outside of your home. We see water damage from clogged condensate drain lines on a routine basis.

So, there you have it we hope the rest of 2020 is uneventful and filled with happy moments around your house. But if water damage invades your home or business call us ASAP so we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us directly at 336-946-1131

Water Damage Restoration Done Right Can Save You Money

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know what happens to water damage if not properly cleaned and professionally dried?  According to FEMA mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure. Even worse, it will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture, and effectively deal with the mold problem. So, what are the steps you can take to prevent mold, AKA not paying more for mold damage repairs.

Call a professional mitigation company ASAP. You may ask yourself why can’t I do this myself? To which you should ask yourself do I have the proper IICRC certifications to handle water damage restoration? Do you have the right equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, demo tools, extractor, just to name a few? Do you know what your insurance company will and will not pay for and an online communication program to ensure that the aforementioned equipment was monitored properly?  Can you ensure not to over or under charge the insurance company for drying it to a standard of measure? And last do you have the time to deal with all of the stake holders and subcontractors later when it comes time to put it all back together.

Water damage is stressful enough because of the disruption, and it will cost, hopefully only your deductible. But it will cost you more if you don’t know how to go about it, and check the boxes that will satisfy your insurance, your mortgage company and most importantly you the home owner.  The other thing that will increase the cost is if you let it go for long periods of time. Slow leaks will not go away by themselves, and left unchecked will cost more due to the mold and maybe even rot.

Calling the professionals at SERVPRO of West Forsyth County will give you piece of mind that we do have the right knowledge, equipment, relationships with insurance companies to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

When you have water damage, call us directly ASAP at 336-946-1131

DIY versus paying to have water damage done right the first time

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

The cost of DIY when it comes to water damage could cost you a lot more in the long run. As a water mitigation expert, you would expect me to say that to drive business. But I am not just telling you that to drive business. I’m saying that you the average reader have not had the training nor the equipment to do the job the right way. In the picture you see our tech using a wand to extract the water from the carpet. What you don’t see is the commercial grade extractor unit that is truck mounted and can pull more water out efficiently than a standard residential shop vac. That is just one piece of equipment that we have in our inventory. We mentioned in another blog that your mop is not qualified. But it is for some things, just not water that happens to get below the carpet or the floor laminate.  

If you have an upstairs water leak and it is enough to show a water stain on the ceiling how do you get the water that is between the floors out to prevent mold? That is where the experience and expertise of a company who’s job it is to do this on a daily basis would be valuable. Water damage is expensive enough with out the added cost of mold mitigation. Just 3 years ago according to a study by Verisk Analytics, Insurance companies in America paid more than $13 Billion dollars in damage claims in 2017. The average claim totaling $10,000.00. Mold mitigation caps on policies at $5000.00.

So, will it cost you more in the long run to take a chance and think you have all the water up? Yes, it definitely could cost you more money.  Call us quickly to get started on your water damage job.  Should you have to file a claim, we will help you. We work with the majority of insurance carriers and can help you through the process. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

It is best to call us directly at 336-946-1131   

Spring storms can potentially lead to water damage.

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Spring time in Winston Salem can bring storms that can cause flash flooding. When water stands it can cause additional damage.  This secondary damage can cost you even more money. So, the old adage is never truer than when dealing with a water-damaged home or business. Every minute matters, because every minute the property is wet could turn primary damage into secondary- or even permanent damage.  That's why emergency response, and time matter.  

Secondary water damage occurs when the moisture from the primary event (flood, leak, etc.) begins to evaporate on its own into the air.  Over time the air will no longer be able to hold the moisture from the evaporation.  The moisture will have to go somewhere and a very basic principle behind psychometrics is that wet goes to dry.  The moisture may go into your drywall, cabinetry, sheet rock, hardwood floors, vinyl floors, etc.  Once the moisture is allowed to sit, mold can begin to grow in as little as 48-72 hours.  This is why emergency action is so incredibly important.

Storms, floods, burst pipes, and leaks simply don't abide by the 9-to-5 workday.  So why should your restoration provider?  SERVPRO of West Forsyth County Professionals are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the state-of-the-art equipment and proven methods and training to get the job done right as quickly as possible. This includes every holiday, even Easter Sunday. You can call us and we will be there.

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of West Forsyth County Professionals at (336) 946-1131 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."

The 8 Most likely sources of water damage

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

We all have running water in our homes; it courses through the house like veins with life giving properties. Controlling how it flows is so very critical to having a dry safe place to live. What are the vulnerable places in your home or business that are susceptible to water intrusion? Have you checked them lately?  

We are going to tell you the 8 most common places that water damage can occur and what you can do about it to detect it early.

  • Dish washer – how many times have you loaded the dish washer and left the house or gone to bed. Recently the water from a leaky dishwasher was saturated the kitchen floor of an elderly woman’s condo while her and her grandson watched a couple of movies. It was too late water had penetrated the laminate flooring and it had begun to cup.
  • Ice maker – Supply lines in general are a consistent threat to have water damage. They are under pressure and will break down over time. You may not even know you have a problem till water is coming from under the refrigerator.
  • Washing Machine Connection hoses – Again these are supply lines under pressure and may be bending in a way that may eventually cause a pin hole rupture. SERVPRO recommends that you have steel braided hoses connected to your Washer and Toilet supply lines.
  • Toilet connection hoses – Again the supply line under pressure. Check to ensure the seal to the tank is not leaking. That you have a steel braided hose.
  • Hot Water Heater – Here we also have supply lines and an additional pressure release valve. Sediment can build up and shorten the life span of your water heater. If rust builds on it, then that could cause a leak. When is the last time you looked in on your water heater? Chances are it is just quietly doing its job. But you should have it serviced once a year.
  • Plumbing P-Traps – the more connections you have in your plumbing the greater the chance is for a leak to develop. Take a peek at your P-Traps through out the home and ensure a potential mold source is not developing.
  • Bath / Shower doors and curtains - we want to ensure here that we are closing them all the way. We don’t want the water that should be going down the drain splashing out of the ends of the shower. Splash guards can help as well as magnetic shower curtains.
  • HVAC – Your air conditioner and or heat pump has a condensate drain line that allows water to flow out of the house. Normally the one at or near the outside unit is running but there is a secondary flow that will be near the soffit of your home. In mine it is over a window so that if I see it dripping, I know I have an issue. But there is another thing you can do.

For all of these you can buy water detectors that can detect as little as a 16th of an inch of water. They will sound an alarm when water is detected so that you can shut it off quickly which is important to preventing further damage. When you leave for vacation be sure to shut the water off if you are going to be away from your home for more than a day or two. It is also important that after a storm event you check those areas of your home that you don’t often visit for signs of water intrusion.

If you have water damage to your home or business call us 336-946-1131 It’s best to contact us directly.

Does your house have water damage that is unknown to you?

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Here are 6 signs that you could or about to have some trouble and you might not even realize it.

Sloping floor, if you have a ball, roll it across the floor if it does not roll straight then that could be a sign of a joist that has failed. This could be from wood rot or just plain broken. A structural engineer can help form a plan on how to repair this. If it is from a water damage fixing the source of the issue is the first step, calling SERVPRO of West Forsyth County is the second to professionally dry the structure that is restorable.

Washing machine hoses that develop a knot or bubble on them can be a sign of a problem getting ready to happen. These hoses are under constant pressure and like tires on a car have to be replaced to ensure they do not develop a leak. This could lead to flooding of your wash room and adjoining rooms or hallways. Braided steel hoses will last longer and stand up to the pressure better than cheap plain rubber hoses.

Have you ever gone down to the basement and seen a white chalky dust on the cinderblock or brick? That is called efflorescence and it is harmless. However, it could be sign that water is seeping in and causing the calcium to be pushed out of the brick or cinderblock. Proper landscaping and drainage away from the home can help resolve this but if it goes on to long it could get more costly in digging out the foundation to seal the foundation against further water intrusion.  If you see this on your chimney that could be an indication of a cracked flue liner, which could allow toxic gases to be entering your home. It could also be caused by an internal wall leak causing that pressure to show the efflorescence. Have your chimney looked at by a professional chimney sweep.

We may have that one slow drain in the bathtub due to hair but if you notice all the drains in the house are slow call a plumber right away. This could be the precursor to sewer back up into the home. Make sure not to flush or use the water till you have determined that the main sewer line is clear of any obstructions.

While we are on the subject of possible sewer backups, another sign is unusual noises from the toilet. Gurgling or bubbling can indicate that a clog is building negative air pressure in the line. Call a plumber and get them to investigate the noises they can best determine a course of action.

Are you getting ready to touch up a wall that the paint is cracked, peeling or blistering? You may want to investigate further. SERVPRO of West Forsyth County was called to an 3rd story condo unit that had blisters on the wall and actually had water in the blisters. This was dues to a roof leak. The water followed the path of least resistance and was not readily noticed until the blisters showed up.  This need for a paint job could also be caused by a water leak in the piping of the wall. We have seen pin holes in the pipe that caused this kind of water damage also.

 If any of these become a problem you can't handle call SERVPRO of West Forsyth County 336-946-1131 it's best to call us directly. 

Farmers Almanac Says Above Average Rain

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

It has been a dry September and summer, but as they said on Game of Thrones “Winter is coming”. The Farmer’s Almanac  has normal or above average rainfall predicted. That is not to say that will be an exact forecast but are you prepared? Now is the time when the weather is good to ensure your home is prepared for winter rain or snow storms.

Gutters – be sure the gutters are clear and free to allow water to flow through them. Make sure birds, squirrels and chipmunks have not taken up residence and stored their winter supplies. Be sure the gutter is securely fastened to the house and does not sag.

Roof – Check the roof for tears in the shingles and cracks especially around vents. Ensure the flashing around the chimney is good, and the chimney cap is secure and no bird nests are built in or near it.

Garden hoses – be sure to remove any garden hoses from the spigots to prevent them from freezing and cracking a pipe in the wall.

Windows and Doors – be sure the windows are caulked and weather stripping is properly installed on the doors. Not only will this help with water intrusion it will save you on your electric bill.

Landscaping – after a good rain check if you have any pools of water near the foundation. This will tell you if you need to address sloping the ground away from the house. Any hills that lead to the house you may want to invest in a French drain to lead the water away.

If you have a water intrusion in your home or business be sure to call SERVPRO of West Forsyth County at 336-946-1131

Don't Let Water Damage Sneak Up on You

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes, storm surge, flash flood all these terms bring to mind water damage.  It’s actually kind of amazing that we as humans moved out of caves and build houses out of wood. Cause if you think about it, wood is designed to do two things rot or burn. In both cases wood gets destroyed. We’re not disparaging the building material of wood. If not for fire and water damage there might not be a need for SERVPRO of West Forsyth County services.

We want to remind you that our homes need maintenance. Otherwise they fall into a state of disrepair. As we move into the fall of the year, we should look around the house and see what needs correcting around the ole homestead.

  • Landscaping – does water pool up next to the house? Does the grade from the street slope towards a corner for water to drain next to the foundation? Simple rubber matting and sloping dirt away from the home can be the difference in a basement or crawl space water intrusion.
  • Are the gutters clear of debris? Are downspouts leading water away from the home? Do any of the gutters sag? All of these can lead to water not being controlled properly.
  • Are underground pipe drainage or French Drains clear and operational? If these are clogged, water can back up next to your home and soak the foundation. This is not good as termites would prefer to eat moist wood rather than dry treated wood.

These are just three things to check around your home. But if you do suffer a water intrusion it’s important to call us quickly. We can see water and potential for damage in wet materials you can’t see. We know how to dry your home or business to IICRC standards to prevent secondary damage. Call us direct at 336-946-1131

Prevention is key

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flash floods from pop up storms can lead to water intrusion in your home. Proper maintenance and care for your home is key to ensuring that you don’t develop a mold problem. If you do develop a mildew or mold problem then it’s because you also have had a water intrusion.  Here is a list of things to maintain around your home to prevent water intrusion.

  • Gutters – ensure they are clean and free flowing. Make sure down spout lead away from the house.
  • Landscaping – This is important especially for homes with basements and crawl spaces. Again ensure the water is lead away from the home.
  • Roof – have it inspected once year. Check the rubber boots around vents ensure they are not cracked, split or dry rotted.
  • Paint – cracked or peeling paint can allow moisture to seep into the dark places in the home and allow mold to grow. Paint not only looks good it acts as a moisture barrier.
  • Sump pumps – are they in good working order what is the backup plan in case the power goes out?
  • Caulking around windows – are the casings in your windows water tight?
  • HVAC – have you had biannual maintenance performed? Insist they check the condensate drain line is working properly
  • Moisture detectors around key sources of water that are prone to leak i.e. toilets, dish washers, laundry room, hot water heater, sinks and the refrigerator.

Doing all these things will not guarantee you never have a water damage, but if you do call SERVPRO of West Forsyth County 336-946-1131. It’s best to call us directly.

The cost of doing a water damage wrong can cost you more

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

There is no such thing as a stupid question. Folks who may ask things that are common to you because it is part of your job every day may sound idiotic. For example asking a mechanic can you change the oil from the top of the engine? That person knows or has heard they need to change their oil but they don’t understand the mechanics of it (pun intended). We recently were asked if we could tarp a roof from the inside? Now this might sound like a dumb question, but when you think about it maybe this person wanted to trace the water and where it was coming from, maybe.  It’s not the best way to find the leak but they were thinking outside the proverbial box.

When you feel like you need to ask questions about the maintenance of your home or business, are you qualified to handle it? If you do it yourself, will it save you time and or money? Will it be done right the first time? Does it come with a guarantee?  These are all things to consider and if you want these things they should have value to you, the home owner. When wanting to tackle water damage yourself as a DIY’er, ask your self is this job over my head? Is this beyond my scope of expertise?

We have stated before that your mop is not as qualified as our equipment.  Our truck mounted extractor, air movers, dehumidifiers, and most importantly our IICRC trained staff, have the qualified equipment and knowledge to handle any size disaster.  The other point of calling in professional is to save money. Doing a water damage wrong, can cause mold, which can cost you more money in the long run.

When a major storm events hit the triad we sometimes get, dare I say it, flooded with calls. So it’s best to call us directly and quickly when you suspect a water damage in your home or business. Getting to the damage quickly can also save you money.  

Call us directly at 336-946-1131 / 24 Hrs a day

Get into the habit of prevention

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Drain leaking

We here at SERVPRO of West Forsyth County like prevention. We also like to solve root cause issues so that they are not a repetitive money pit problem. We were reading an article by Bob and realized they do to. This particular article spoke indirectly to preventing costly restoration repairs.  Let’s go over them and how they can help.

Changing or cleaning filters. Dryer filters if left uncleaned or allowed to go through the exhaust can cause a fire. We discussed this in an earlier blog using a real world example from right here in Winston Salem. Now a fire is the extreme end of the spectrum. But energy efficiency and keeping your electrical costs in check should also be a motivator. HVAC filters are also a way to prevent water damage and maintain energy efficiency. One use a high quality air filter and change it every 1-3 months depending on your air quality conditions. If you have pets or lots of dust every month is probably required. Spring cleaning or summer time is not the only time to change them. If you have a heat pump the same air flow return and air filter gets used to clean the air.

Only flush toilet paper and be conservative. The back flow preventer valve may catch toilet paper or other items flushed and hold the path open for a sewage backup. Be sure children are supervised and taught early on that the bathroom isn’t a play area. Now we have dealt with this problem before, but if it’s preventable which would you rather do? Have a working septic system or pay costly biohazard cleanup? Don’t use harsh chemicals or bleach tablets to keep a clean toilet. They can cause more harm than good by breaking down seals and plastic components that helps to keep your plumbing in good working order.

Letting carpet stains set in, getting the spill up quickly can help. But, sometimes certain stains will need professional help. Not only do we cleanup after disasters we can clean the carpet after a fantastic party.  We can also clean upholstery when you didn’t take your shoes off at the door.

Don’t ignore the gutters, lots of people think the end of fall is the best time to clean gutters, but spring also is a time when you should check them for debris. If the water can’t flow to the down spouts then water will take the path of least resistance, if that is over the side toward the house wall then you could be exposing your home to water damage and mold after a time.

Smoke detectors should be checked twice a year, the time change or day light savings time is a great reminder to ensure fresh batteries are installed. Not only will this habit save you costs it can save your life.

Landscaping and overgrowth can lead water back to the house. Ensure that the landscaping slopes away from the house to prevent water from damaging your home from the outside in. Are your walkways clear of debris and shrubs trimmed to allow safe passage and prevent the pooling of water? In the winter that water can become ice and cause falls. Are there any dead trees that could fall on yours or a neighbor’s house?

Not using garbage disposals properly can lead to an overflow and costly plumber bills. Again be careful of what you put down the disposals or your drains period.  Cutting food while prepping, then washing it down the disposal is not a good idea. This can cause a clog and may even cause pressure on the plumbing joints and lead to a leak that you might not find until there is mold also.

Old habits are hard to break and accidents will happen, so if you need us call us directly at 336-946-1131

Faster to any size disaster.

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

One of our slogans is “faster to any size disaster.” And we have a commitment to respond by phone in an hour or less, be on site in four hours, and within 8 business hours of onsite arrival a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster. Often times we exceed these expectations.  All of this timely assignment is designed to reduce secondary damage. When water damage just sits untreated it can grow into mold adding costly dollars to the price of cleaning it up.

Moisture control is key to preventing mold growth. When water damage occurs it is critical to move quickly to prevent this type of additional damage.  It is also important to have knowledgeable well trained experts who have dealt with water damage before. Our staff has the training, IICRC certificates and best of all the experience to handle any size disaster.

We will prioritize the cleanup process to ensure the safety of the occupants and our staff. This not only makes safety our number one priority, it will ensure that there is a timely plan to get you back into your home or business quickly.

It’s best to contact us directly our phone is manned 24/7 call us at 336-946-1131

Prepare for frozen pipes by preventing them.

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

It’s hard to believe that winter is here when the temperatures are in the 50’s and 60’s some days. But, that is how it is here in a North Carolina January. Even though we had a foot of snow in December, technically it was still fall.  You may recall that we had three “polar vortex events” a few years ago. An article in the Washington Post suggest that we will have more events of this nature this year in 2019.

SERVPRO of West Forsyth County wants you to be prepared for frozen pipes, should they happen to you or your business. If you have not already done so winterize your home.  If you turn on the water and nothing comes out you may have a frozen pipe. Please don’t attempt to thaw a pipe with a flame such as a torch or grill lighter. A plumber is what you need but if you feel like you want to try it yourself use a hair dryer. Open flames are just asking for trouble and could possibly start a fire and cost you even more many than if you had called the plumber in the first place.

If you have had issues with frozen pipes in the past then it may be time to look for a permanent fix. While the plumber is there ask about the installation of heat tape.  Heat tape is readily available at your local home improvement store, but we recommend that it be installed by a professional. Placing it on an already leaking pipe could result in shorting the heat tape and may also result in an electrical shock. Electricity is not a good hobby so have it installed by a professional. You also want to check insulation in and around pipes especially in attics and crawl spaces inadequate insulation can contribute to frozen pipes.  

If you’re on a cruise or on vacation you should consider turning the water off while away. Coming home to a busted water heater that is continually trying to fill would not be a nice welcome home sight. Or ask a friend to check in on the home especially if you have pets that need to be fed and watered.

You can count on SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to be there should you have a water disaster. It’s best to call us directly 336-946-1131

Water you can't see.

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water, when controlled is a life sustaining resource. So why is that we should get water up and dry structure so quickly? We mopped up or squeegeed the floor? We got all the water up right? Are you sure?  In the picture attached it doesn’t look wet but the meter tells a different story. The tools we use can show us the water you can’t see. When water is not extracted thoroughly it can be an extremely damaging element. Since water flows on the path of least resistance it can seep into cracks and crevices you don’t even know you have. The insulation inside walls can act as a sponge and wick the water up the wall causing secondary damage to your home or business.  If left unattended the water can with in as little as 72 hrs start to form mold causing the cleanup effort costs to rise even more.

When we are called in after a leak it is easier for us to prevent mold growth and save you money by extracting the water, removing saturated wet materials that are easily replaced at a low cost, such as carpet pad, sheet rock, and insulation.  We will also dry the structure and prevent mold growth and wood rot. This process is called demoing. This prepares the areas damaged to be restored once drying has reached a measured and monitored goal.

Restoration of areas that would be costly to replace saves you and the insurance company money. These areas include, floor joists, wooden studs, even engineered hardwood floors when we can get to them quickly enough. Some items depending on the type of water damage are not salvageable such as soft goods like plush toys, sofa cushions and pillows. When these items have been exposed to contaminated water such as a sewer backup it’s best to discard and replace them.

Once the area has been mitigated properly then the restoration or repairs to the sheet rock, flooring and cabinets can be completed. This process can take some time but with our experts we can make the water damage to your home or business “Like it never even happened.”  

It’s best to call us directly at 336-946-1131 we are available 24/7/365 for emergency services.   

Heavy Rains Strike Again

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Normal rains don’t usually create problems for us but when we get large amounts of rain in a short amount of time it can easily exceed the capacity of our gutters and drains to remove the water fast enough. When this happens water pools or collects in areas it normally wouldn’t, then the problems begin. Water can start entering a home or building in a matter of minutes, through foundation walls or windows when puddled on the ground or through ceilings when it puddles on roofs in gutters.

The attached photo shows a recent example of this near Winston-Salem, NC. Too much rain too quickly overloaded the gutter/drain system capacity and water started entering the building through the ceiling and walls. So much water entered the building so quickly that the hardwoods began to warp and buckle within hours. The hardwood flooring had to be removed to expose the saturated subfloor below to assure the structure was properly dried per IICRC standards.

There’s little to nothing we can do to control the weather however with a little planning and prevention work upfront we can minimize the effects and damages typical of heavy rains.

  1. Make sure all catch basin type drains on your property are clear of debris before heavy rains arrive.
  2. If the grade or lay of the land around your property allows water to run toward or up to the foundation walls of your property during heavy rains talk with a local contractor about changing the grade of the land or adding catch basins to divert water away from the foundation walls.
  3. If you have underground drainage pipes connected to gutter downspouts make sure they are not clogged and free flowing. Blocked or obstructed gutter drains normally dump water from the roof at the foundation wall directly below the downspout.

Hurricanes have a degree of uncertainty but they do come with some advanced warning most of the time. Now is the time to prepare for the heavy rains that may accompany hurricane Florence. As the hurricane turns into a low pressure, heavy rains may stress your gutters and drains. Take this time before the storm to ensure your property is prepared.

If you experience water damage call us directly at 336-946-1131

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Preparing for flood damage

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a home or business that has a mortgage or loan regulated by the government and in a special flood hazard area deemed by FEMA you are required to buy flood insurance. The building owner must maintain insurance for the life of the loan. Most importantly the thing to do is prepare.

Safety is key, how are you going to keep your family and employees safe during a flood? Develop a plan, waterproof areas that are critical to your operation. Be sure to consider power to maintain critical areas, especially if they include pumps to keep rising water at bay.   Preventative maintenance and checks on this equipment such as sump pumps and generators will ensure that you can count on them in time of need.  Not all plans are mechanical check levees and berms for excessive vegetative growth and cracks also with walls that may hold out water. Ensure storm drains are kept clear of leaves and debris.

Develop a plan for a flood emergency. If you must leave the building for safety, do you have an evacuation plan? Who is assigned to do what?  Who is accountable to ensure everyone is accounted for?  Have the plan practiced periodically and assign alternative personnel incase key personnel are not on site at the time of an emergency. SERVPRO of West Forsyth County offers a plan that is easy to develop and customizable to your business.

Something to think about before you purchase a home or business site. Am I getting ready to buy in a flood prone area? Where are the sources of water nearby to be aware of if they do flood? Luckily there is an easy to use website by FEMA that can show you a map of the area. Homeowners' and renters' policies rarely cover flooding. Contact your insurance agency about getting flood insurance. Flood insurance is administered by FEMA and a helpful FAQ can be found here.

Should you need any of our water damage restoration services call us directly at 336-946-1131

Your mop is not qualified

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

You can't see the water, but we can.

We know how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business or home. For this reason, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County offers 24-hour emergency response. We will find the source of the water intrusion and make suggestions on how to resolve the source of the damage to provide a root cause solution.  We understand how to manage the drying process and use the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices. (like the one pictured)  Once the root cause of the problem has been dealt with, we ensure your building is quickly and thoroughly dried. This helps prevent secondary water damages and allows you to regain control quickly ensuring your structure and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

The thing is most of us in Winston Salem think “I will just get it up with a shop vac, or your mop”. The problem is water follows the path of least resistance, and you only got the water you can see up. What about the water you don’t see? In the picture associated with this blog the meter shows the plywood subfloor to be saturated with water yet looking around the meter the wood doesn’t appear wet. If left unchecked mold and wood rot would start to occur. SERVPRO of West Forsyth County has the tools to see where water is hiding, and by the time you smell the effects of water left in hidden sources it’s costing you more money in mold mitigation. By having a professional dry your home or business you can avoid mold growth and further damage by unseen water.  

Weather it is your commercial place of business or the home you love, let us help prevent risking further damage to the value of your building. Call SERVPRO of West Forsyth County and let us make it, “Like it never even happened.“

It's always best to call us directly!

Replace V/s Restore how does it save costs?

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water is a vital part of life, when controlled properly it can be helpful and sustain us in our everyday lives. When out of control it can make our lives miserable, and can even do us harm.

If you have dealt with water damage before you know that water restoration services are not cheap. You also know how traumatic they can be, disrupting our lives and causing havoc in our home or business. However, if we look closely, the amount of money that you’ll be spending on water repair damage is significantly lower as compared to the cost of repairing structural damage and replacing personal belongings. Having SERVPRO of West Forsyth County guide you through the trauma efficiently by restoration rather than replacement, can give you piece of mind and save costs.

When water enters our home, it can come with germs and bacteria, it can even promote fungal growth if given enough time and conditions. Oftentimes, mold spores inhabit our home long after the water has disappeared from view.  If you act quickly you can impact the amount of damage to your property and your personal belongings.

While there is no standard cost for water repair damage, the cost is based on several factors. This includes the type of water, the extent of damage and the size of the affected area.

Category 1 (Clean water): Water comes from a faucet, malfunctioning appliance connected to a water line or a supply pipe. This is the least expensive. However if left unmitigated fungal growth can occur in 48 -72 hours from the initial incident.  When fungal growth begins this can change the category and add to costs as procedures to protect workers are also increased.

Category 2 (Grey water): Grey water contains biological and chemical pollutants that can cause illness. Common sources are water that is discharged from washing machine, dishwasher or toilet.

Category 3 (Black water): This is the most detrimental of the group and is also the most expensive. Water contains harmful bacteria that may cause severe discomfort or sickness. Common sources are overflowing rivers and streams, sewage and standing water. Category two water that is left stagnant for more than 48 hours falls under this category.

Restoring your home after water damage could be a frustrating experience. Water or excess moisture could harm your home and its content. The faster you take action, the less damage you’ll have in your home. Here are some tips you can use until we get to your home:

From leaky roofs, basement leaks or frozen pipe bursts, the people at SERVPRO of West Forsyth are here to help make it “like it never even happened.”  In these situations, time is critical. You don’t want your home to be destroyed by water, call us 24/7 directly at 336-946-1131. We commit to pick up your call or call back in an hour or less, be onsite in four hours or less. SERVPRO of West Forsyth County services Winston Salem, Clemmons, Lewisville, Rural Hall, Bethania, Pfafftown, Tobbacoville, and surrounding areas. 

What to do for a frozen pipe.

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

When the temperatures are consistently below freezing what can you do to prevent freezing pipes? Turn the hot and cold water on a trickle. Open the cabinets so warm air can circulate around the pipes especially if the sink is on an exterior facing wall. Ensure that crawl space vents are closed and that pipes are well insulated within the crawl.  Preparation is key in our blog winterizing your home, we suggested inspecting for air leaks. Caulking around windows, doors, dryer vents and where electrical wiring comes into your home is a good idea to protecting pipes.

If the temperature is below freezing and your water doesn’t come on, you may have a frozen pipe, and you may already have a leak. The short answer is call a plumber. But some DIY people go too far. Never try to thaw a pipe with a blow torch or open flame.  A hair dryer could help but never use an electrical appliance while standing in water. If the pipe has burst be sure to cut the water main off. It’s a good idea to teach everyone in your household where the shut off valve is.

Heat tape is readily available at your local home improvement store, but we recommend that it be installed by a professional. Placing it on an already leaking pipe could result in shorting the heat tape and may also result in an electrical shock. If you have had an issue with frozen pipes in the past then this may be an item to put on your to do list when winterizing your home.

If you’re leaving on vacation in the winter here are some tips. Never turn the heat below 55 degrees.  Remember that water main cut it off if you’re gone for more than a couple days. Even if pipes don’t freeze they can fail. A 1/8th inch split in a water supply line can dump 250 gallons of water a day into your home or business.  Not to mention you might have mold by the time you got back from your trip.  Asking a friend or family member to check on the house to ensure it’s not too cold is also a good idea.

You can count on SERVPRO of West Forsyth County to be there should you have a water disaster. It’s best to call us directly 336-946-1131

Frozen Pipe and Spigots are you prepared?

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

The next couple of weeks are supposed to be bitterly cold here in Winston Salem.  And SERVPRO of West Forsyth County wants to warn you against the hazards of frozen outside spigots and pipes.

When water freezes, it expands. That's why a can of soda explodes if it's put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results.

Why Pipes Burst

Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs. It's not the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the break. Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream; between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end.  It's this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure. Usually the pipe bursts where little or no ice has formed. Upstream from the ice blockage the water can always retreat back towards its source, so there is no pressure build-up to cause a break. Water has to freeze for ice blockages to occur. Pipes that are adequately protected along their entire length by placement within the building's insulation, insulation on the pipe itself, or heating, are safe.

Water pipes in houses here the southern climate often are more vulnerable to winter cold spells. The pipes are more likely to be located in unprotected areas outside of the building insulation, and homeowners tend to be less aware of freezing problems, which may occur only once or twice a season.

Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold, outside air to flow across the pipes. Research at the University of Illinois has shown that wind chill, which is the cooling effect of air and wind that causes the human body to lose heat, can play a major role in accelerating ice blockage, and thus bursting, in water pipes. 

Holes in an outside wall where television, cable or telephone lines enter can provide access for cold air to reach pipes.

If you have a loss SERVPRO of West Forsyth can make it "Like it never even happened." Call us directly at 336-946-1131

Protecting your home against winter water damage

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Winter is coming and cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Although we had a mild winter last year here in Winston Salem, it is best to be prepared. The time to prepare is now before the chance of freezing temperatures. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can't control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather. 

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following actions before the harsh winter weather hits. 

Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause damage to the property as well as potential personal injuries. 

Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. Areas that hold standing water can freeze and cause a slip and fall hazard.

Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 

Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can cause roof damage and interior water problems. 

Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave cabinet doors open, allowing warm air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. 

Ask your SERVPRO of West Forsyth County professional about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster. 

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Preparing for water damage

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Winston Salem Water Damage Tips from SERVPRO of West Forsyth County

Each passing year, water damage costs property owners in Winston Salem millions and millions of dollars. Water damage may be the result of plumbing issues related to pipe breaks, leaky toilets, showers, or tubs. Unfortunately, there are also many factors leading to water damage that you have little control over. Flooding, natural disasters, and the water left behind after a firefighting effort. Despite the fact that water damage can cause substantial problems to your business or residential property, there are several precautionary and follow-up procedures that you can implement to decrease the severity of the damage. To learn more about the appropriate course of action to take in the event that water damage affects your home or business, please read on.

Preparation Tips

There are several strategies you can implement to prevent your home from being heavily damaged in the face of the unwanted water.

• When you go on vacation, be sure to shut your main water line off. Doing so will decrease the likelihood of flooding that results from a break in a frozen pipe or washing machine hose.
• Allow your faucets to drip regularly when the weather is extremely cold. This will allow any water that freezes to have room for expansion without rupturing a pipe.
• Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly to safeguard against roof damage that results from the overflowing of water that may enter your home through the fascia or soffits.
• Have your hose connections and fittings inspected annually? Keep a good eye on your appliances.

Safety Tips After a Water Damaging Event

• Stay away from rooms in which the ceiling has started to sag as a result of water retention.
• Do not use electrical appliances that could have been damaged by fire or water.
• Refrain from using electrical appliances and equipment when you are standing on wet floors or carpet.
• Do not enter a room with standing water if the electricity is turned on. Be careful. More firefighters die from electrocution than from fire or smoke.

Recovery Tips

• Call for professional assistance immediately. Start with your insurance company. Obtaining prompt clean up services can help preclude extensive water damage. It can also prevent the emergence of unwanted mold and bacteria growth. SERVPRO's professionals are highly skilled in offering detail-oriented, expedient services that prevent your home from becoming susceptible to structural damage after initial exposure to excess water. 

 Although dealing with water damage can be a problematic task, knowing what to do and who to call can prevent the issue from inducing too much anxiety. When you're ready to hire excellent water remediation services at affordable prices, it's time to call the professionals of SERVPRO. We offer round the clock assistance and unprecedented customer service, so call now to obtain the results-driven, client-centered remediation assistance you deserve!

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Winston Salem too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Forsyth County is close by and ready to respond to your water and flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the community.

We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. We are here for you. (336) 946-1131

Limit water damage by acting quickly

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Summer time in Winston Salem NC humidity and summer storms. When water stands and causes damage it can continue to cause damage and cost even more money to repair the secondary damage. So, the old adage is never truer than when dealing with a water-damaged home or business. Every minute matters, because every minute the property is wet could turn primary damage into secondary- or even permanent damage.  That's why emergency response, and time matter.  

Secondary water damage occurs when the moisture from the primary event (flood, leak, etc.) begins to evaporate on its own into the air.  Over time the air will no longer be able to hold the moisture from the evaporation.  The moisture will have to go somewhere and a very basic principle behind psychometrics is that wet goes to dry.  The moisture may go into your drywall, cabinetry, sheetrock, hardwood floors, vinyl floors, etc.  Once the moisture is allowed to sit, mold can then begin to grow.  This is why emergency action is so incredibly important.

Storms, floods, burst pipes, and leaks simply don't abide by the 9-to-5 workday.  So why should your restoration provider?  SERVPRO of West Forsyth County Professionals are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the state-of-the-art equipment and proven methods and training to get the job done right as quickly as possible. This includes every holiday, even 4th of July. You can call us and we will be there.

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of West Forsyth County Professionals at (336) 946-1131 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."