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Finding Hidden Water Damage

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Photo showing a leaking pipe. Are hidden water intrusions harming your home?

For many, our homes are our largest asset.  Unfortunately, so many issues can rear their ugly heads before we have any clue there’s a problem. 

A home maintenance issue I dread is water damage.  At this point, most of us are aware that we can’t ignore a water damage or we risk structural problems, including mold.   However, how are we to know about hidden water damages?  Well, we’ve asked that question and received some clues pointing to possible hidden water damage. 

Check Your Flooring
Almost every type of flooring will show some sign of water damage if you know what to look for.  Ceramic tile may start cracking.  Hardwood and laminate might start showing signs of warping, boards appearing raised or wavy.  Damp spots or a damp, moldy smell might indicate issues under carpeting.  Vinyl flooring might start showing stains appearing from underneath the vinyl. 

Inspect for Water Stains
Be on the lookout for water stains, especially water staining near sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.  Other less obvious staining on ceilings or walls could indicate a leaking pipe or drain inside the wall, as can areas in drywall that are soft, bubbled or cracked.  Peeling paint can also show water issues within your walls. 

Keep an Eye Out for Mold or Rust
Water heaters can slowly cause big problems.  Check the tank and pain underneath for dampness or rust.  Slow leaks are rather common in water heaters.  Active mold growth indicates a moisture issue.  Moldy, musty, damp unpleasant smells can also indicate there’s an issue requiring further investigation.

Take a Good Look at the Exterior
Make sure to take a close look at your homes exterior.  Make sure you don’t see pools or puddles of standing water.  Be sure you don’t have any broken vents or siding.  Walk away from the house a bit so that you can see the roof; look for missing, or curling shingles.

We Are Prepared For Flood and Storm Damage Whenever!

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Ominous purple and blue storm clouds with lightning Storms can happen anytime. We are always here to help!

SERVPRO of South Charlotte specializes in storm and flood damage.  We have highly trained crews and workers that can help turn your home back to what it was. 

Being locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of South Charlotte is always able to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible to help stop further damage and reduce cost.  We have specialized equipment that is meant for cleaning water and flood damage.  In addition, we can coordinate your repairs so you don't have to run around finding several different contractors.   

Because storms are prevalent here in the Charlotte area, we are always prepared and have the resources of over 1700 franchises around the country, as well as Disaster Recovery Teams that are placed in certain locations across the country.  No job is too big or too small.  

We coordinate and work with all insurance companies so our customers usually do not have to worry about paying much money upfront.  We also accept personal checks, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover card.  

Welcome Back Juan!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Male with brown hair in a SERVPRO uniform Welcome Back Juan!

We are very pleased to welcome Juan Artiles back to the SERVPRO of South Charlotte family! 

Juan is a Project Manager, he is bilingual in English and Spanish with many years of experience in the restoration industry.  He has been a licensed adjuster since 2002 and is certified by the IICRC as a Water Remediation Technician, an Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, a Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician, and has a certification in odor control. 

However, Juan is not only a long-term professional in the restoration industry, he's also a favorite of both staff and customers alike.  He takes pride in his work, he maintains a calm, pleasant demeanor in the most trying of circumstances, he just truly treats others the way he wants to be treated.  Needless to say, we are very happy to have Juan back in the SERVPRO family!