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The Dishwasher Flooded My Kitchen!

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher Water Damage This leaking dishwasher in San Rafael caused extensive water damage to the floor of the kitchen and traveled to the dining room.

Protect Your San Rafael Home Against Dishwasher Water Damage

The dishwasher makes life much easier and allows you to spend more time doing things you enjoy, instead of painstakingly handwashing countless dishes. Although the dishwasher is one of the most efficient appliances in the kitchen, it can also be a primary source of significant water damage. Dishwashers face their fair share of usage and can cause water damage to cabinets, floors, and even walls. In addition, water stains on the floor around the unit and corroded or frayed water lines that become brittle can indicate a leak. Therefore, it is critical to address the problem as soon as possible.

Why Did My Dishwasher Flood?

  1. Faulty Door Latch - Is there water gathering under the dishwasher door? Your problem is most likely due to a leak in the door itself. It's possible that your door latch is bent, loose, or not latching properly. If water still rushes out of the door after tightening the latch, it may be time to replace the gasket. This is a rubber seal on the door that keeps water from running out. Check your dishwasher for cracks or symptoms of potential damage frequently. Allow the pros to manage your situation if you are concerned about the worn-out gasket. 
  2. Broken or Loose Lines - Dishwasher hoses and connections may become loose after an extended length of time. It's crucial to understand that a dishwasher has two types of connections. One line supplies clean water and connects to the kitchen faucet, while the other drains dirty water. Therefore, inspecting it at least once every six months is necessary because it can become loose. 
  3. Leaky Dishwasher Tub - If your dishwasher has experienced a lot of us, a hole in the tub may have developed, causing a leak. In addition, detergents and minerals can corrode the bottom of the tub, allowing water to seep through and collect beneath the dishwasher. Some tubs may be repaired, but depending on how long you've had your dishwasher and the severity of the problem, you may need to replace it altogether.
  4. Incorrect Dishwashing Detergent - In a dishwasher, always use the correct type of dishwasher soap. You may get a lot of suds buildup using dish soap or laundry detergent, which will force soap and water out the door. Only use dishwasher detergent to avoid this problem. 
  5. Dishwasher Not Level - There's a good likelihood that water will pool underneath your dishwasher if it isn't level. All that extra pressure can eventually destroy the gasket, necessitating its replacement. A dishwasher that is uneven can cause substantial damage and warp your floors. 
  6. Overfilled Machine - It is possible that your unit is absorbing more water than it should and isn't draining correctly. Water will be forced out of your dishwasher and onto your floor because of this action. It's possible that the drain isn't functioning efficiently, and this is an excellent opportunity to check the owner's manual or the manufacturer's website, depending on the type of dishwasher.
  7. Drainage Issue - If the water doesn't drain properly during a dishwasher cycle, the water level may climb higher than anticipated. Check for a blockage in the filter at the bottom of the dishwashing tub that is blocking normal draining.

Prevent Water Damage from Your Dishwasher

Learn Everything There is to Know About Your Dishwasher

Each model is different, and it is critical to check over the manual once again because it will provide suggestions for the best usage. Knowing vital information can help you avoid problems that could lead to water damage. 

Make Sure Your Dishwasher Is up to Standard

Check your dishwasher regularly, just like the rest of your home's appliances, to ensure it's in good operating order. Begin with the rubber seals, then check for corrosion and unclog any nozzles that may be clogging up your dishwasher, causing flooding.

Only Use Parts Designed for Your Appliance

The hose and seals should be compatible with the kind of model of your dishwasher. Hoses and seals that aren't up to snuff can create a leak.

Make Monitoring Your Water Lines a Top Priority 

If you notice a problem with your water lines, call a professional right away. To avoid significant water damage to your property, this check should be completed every six months.

Only Run the Dishwasher When Someone is Present in Your Home

There is no warning sign when a dishwasher floods, and if you are not home when the appliance is turned on, and leaks, you may be in shock when you return home. Keeping the dishwasher running is the best way to detect a leak  before it causes too much damage when someone is at home. 

How to Repair Water Damaged Caused by Dishwasher

Make sure your dishwasher is turned off as soon as you notice it is leaking or has leaked. Using a towel or a mop, soak up any visible water on your floor. It may be necessary to remove the dishwasher from beneath the counter to drain any excess water. SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can ensure that your floor is dry and free of moisture, contributing to mold growth. 

Need Help with Appliance Leaks and Water Damage in San Rafael? We Can Help! 

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is your locally owned and operated water damage restoration company. With years of experience, our team has restored countless homes and businesses after appliance water damage. 

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Be Wary of Water Damage in Your San Rafael Business

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

At any time, water damage can occur. Water overflow can result from a variety of sources, including plumbing leaks and malfunctioning or broken appliances, and it can be extremely damaging if not addressed quickly. Understand the warning signs and be aware of the common reasons for water damage and what you can do about them to prevent common dangers including mold growth, foundational concerns, and flooding caused by water damage. The following are some of the most typical causes of water damage that can occur in your commercial property:

  1. Damaged and Leaky Pipes

Water damage can be caused by pressure variations, freezing temperatures, and deteriorating water supply lines and sewer drains. Water stains, bulging walls, a musty odor, and cracked or missing tiles are all signs of water damage.

  1. Damaged Windows

Water damage can be caused by broken windowpanes and damaged or fractured seals around windows.

  1. Roof Leaks

Ceilings can be ruined by a leaking roof, which can also lead to mold and mildew growth. If exposed to water from a roof leak, attic wiring can become a fire hazard. A roof leak’s multidimensional nature makes immediate restoration and repair essential.

  1. Issues with the Foundation

Water damage to the foundation can also be caused by clogged gutters and insufficient drainage systems.

  1. Clogs in the Sewage System

Pungent odors, gurgling noises in sewer pipes, and overflowing toilets are all signs of a sewage obstruction. A sewage leak is extremely dangerous to your employees and customers health and requires prompt professional assistance.

  1. Sprinkler system leaks

Commercial fire sprinkler leaks are common and necessitate constant monitoring. Standing water, bulging and warped drywall, saturated carpeting, a musty odor, and visible mold are all signs of sprinkler leaks.

  1. Failures of the HVAC System

Water damage from an HVAC system might be caused by a clogged condensate drainpipe or a defective condensate pump.

Steps to Prevent a Commercial Water Damage Disaster

Taking the necessary measures to prevent water damage can save businesses from costly repairs and business interruption in the future.

  1. Schedule facilities inspections on a regular basis.
  2. Make a proactive, preventative maintenance investment.
  3. Establish a reliable flood warning system and a flood-response plan.
  4. Purchase enough property damage insurance, including flood insurance, before a disaster or emergency strikes.

Anyone experiencing or suspecting water damage can contact SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito, for an evaluation of the damage. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration of water damage. Our staff has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle all restoration and cleaning needs and provides 24-hour emergency service.

Prevent Smoke Odors from Invading Your Home

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

The bottom line is it’s difficult to get rid of smoke odor in a home after a fire. To eliminate smoke odors, the cleanup process must incorporate specific equipment and techniques that can only be provided by a professional restoration company. As a result, we don’t recommend people take on this project on their own. Look at the stages involved in repairing smoke damage.

The types of smoke odor

Smoke is made up of persistent particles (soot), oils, and gases that arise from incomplete combustion. The unpleasant smoke odor is caused by volatile molecules released by burning things.

Burning protein (meat), natural materials (wood, cotton, etc.), synthetic materials (e.g., plastic, nylon) and other substances can produce smoke odor.

How to remove smoke smell from properties

The most crucial step in removing smoke odor is to eliminate the source of the odor(s). Burned items, such as cabinets, furniture, walls, and non-salvageable contents, must be removed. Depending on their condition, the goods can be tossed or restored.

Cleaning the salvageable contents

Technicians use proper cleaning materials to clean the salvageable artifacts. Exterior surfaces such as walls, windows, and decks are pressure washed, scrubbed, and disinfected. Interior walls and hard surfaces can be easily cleaned with mild soap and water, then thoroughly rinsed. Cleaning inside cabinets, drawers, and closets, as well as washing household objects, will be done by professionals.

Cleaning the air ducts

A fire’s smoke, soot, and odors will permeate the duct system, as well as any dust or particles within it. As a result, cleaning the ducts early in the smoke odor removal process is critical to avoid the HVAC system recontamination of previously cleaned areas. Ductwork cleaning should only be done by professionals, as it calls for the use of specific equipment and processes.

Removing the smoke smell

The final stage is removing the lingering airborne odor. SERVPRO Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors with industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. This equipment can effectively treat serious and persistent odors that typical air fresheners and similar treatments can’t.

  • Air scrubbers remove airborne particles and contaminants.
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents control odors.

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate harmful smoke odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed without a trace. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito a call and leave the restoration to us.

How Do I Restore My San Rafael Home After a Grease Fire?

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damaged kitchen This San Rafael home had a grease fire, which caused smoke damage to the entire unit and needed heavy cleaning to walls, floors, and ceilings.

Watch What You Heat In Your San Rafael Home

Cooking can be a calming but dealing with a cooking fire is always a stressful experience. However, SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is here to help offer steps to take during and after a grease fire. When dealing with a grease fire stay calm and remember these dos and don’ts for dealing with this kind of event.

  1. Don’t use water to extinguish a grease fire.

Pouring water on a grease fire, unlike most other flames, will exacerbate the situation. Water, rather than extinguishing the flame, will distribute the burning oil, spreading the fire.

  1. Don’t use flour or sugar to extinguish grease fires.

Flour and sugar are also flammable, thus throwing them on a grease fire will simply add to the fire’s intensity.

  1. Don’t Use a Water-Based Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is required in every kitchen, but not just any extinguisher will suffice. Pouring water on a grease fire has the same negative results as a water-based fire extinguisher.

  1. Don’t Take the Fire Outside with You

It is extremely risky to carry a pan with a grease fire outside. The hot grease could spill, causing injury to the carrier or spreading the fire to other parts of the house.

When confronted with a grease fire, what should you do?

  1. Turn off the stove

Switch off the stove right away. Turn off your main gas or power source if the controls are unreachable due to flames.

  1. Use a Metal Lid

A lid placed over a flaming pan will deprive it of oxygen, thereby extinguishing the fire. If you don’t have a metal cover, a metal baking sheet will do. If the lid doesn’t entirely cover the flames, the oxygen may still be available. To ensure the flames have extinguished, leave the lid on for at least a few minutes. Lids made of glass or plastic are not suited for putting out a grease fire.

  1. Apply Salt or Baking Soda to Extinguish the Flames

A flame can be smothered by pouring salt or baking soda on it. Depending on the size of the flame, the amount of baking soda or salt required will vary. Baking soda should not be substituted with baking powder or flour.

  1. Grab a Class B Flame Extinguisher

A grease fire is best put out with a class B dry fire extinguisher. Stand back when using the extinguisher to avoid getting burned by the hot grease or flames.

When Do You Call in a Professional?

Go outdoors and call the fire department if baking soda or a class B extinguisher fails to work. Call a water and fire damage restoration company to begin the clean-up process once the fire is out and the fire department have given you permission to enter the building.

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can assist you in getting back to clean, whether you have a huge fire or an odor that won’t go away after a burning dinner. Give us a call today at (415) 479-2900.

Smoke Detector Going Off for No Reason? Here's Why

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are critical for keeping you and your family safe in the event of a fire in your home. However, they don’t always go off when a real fire threatens to erupt in your home. Even though false alarms are standard, you shouldn’t dismiss the sound if you don’t see or smell smoke. Before you can, smoke detectors can detect fires that are not visible to the naked eye, such as electrical fires. Here are the leading reasons for smoke detector false alarms to help you better understand how they work.

Reasons Why Your Smoke & Fire Alarm Keep Going Off

  1. Burnt Food on Stovetop

If you don’t keep an eye on the stove while you’re cooking, your meal may emit smoke, which will set off the smoke alarm. In other circumstances, smoke isn’t required; a whiff of cooked food can trigger the detector. Also, make sure your smoke alarm is in the hallway leading to the kitchen rather than in the kitchen itself.

  1. Smoke Detector Placement

It only takes a small amount of smoke to set off the alarm. If your smoke detector is within 10 feet of a cooking appliance like a stove, toaster, or toaster oven, it may be setting off false alarms.

  1. Steam or a High Humidity Environment

High humidity might cause thick moisture particles to be mistaken for smoke by your smoke detector. Steam follows the same logic. If your smoke detector is located directly outside a steamy bathroom, you may want to relocate it.

  1. Insects

Because small bugs like to hide in dark crevices, they may creep into your smoke detectors, causing a false alarm. If you’re unsure why an alarm went off, open the device, and look for small insects. If insects are to blame, use pest control sprays near your smoke alarms.

  1. Dust Collecting

A buildup of dust might potentially cause your smoke alarm to malfunction. So, it’s suggested that you clean your smoke detectors with a vacuum brush attachment at least once a year, if not more frequently.

  1. Chemical Odors

Smoke detectors are also sensitive to particles in the air generated by chemicals with a strong odor. This could be the cause of your false alarms if you’re remodeling your home, deep cleaning, or utilizing powerful chemicals for another reason.

  1. Low Battery Power

Smoke alarms generally emit little chirping noises when their batteries are low or aren’t adequately attached. While this isn’t the sound of smoke detection, it is a signal that you should check your device. Replace batteries twice a year, at the beginning and end of daylight savings time.

If there is heavy soot damage to the property, the smoke detector might not give an alarm. Professional Disaster restoration professionals will have to deal with the fire and smoke damage. SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can help with this. Please find out more about our fire damage restoration services by contacting us today for any of your restoration needs.

In Your Novato Home, Leave the Water Cleanup to the Professionals

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage cleanup in Novato The flooded garage was caused by a malfunctioned sprinkler.

Never Hesitate When Your Novato Home Suffers Water Damage

Recently, SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito performed an emergency job in the city of Novato located within Marin County for a house built in 1990. The Novato Fire Department alerted us that a sprinkler system was triggered, affecting three stories and rooms of the customer's home. One of the most important fire prevention systems in a structure is an automatic fire sprinkler, but it has the potential to create a water disaster event. 

Locating the Source of Water Loss

Due to the size of the loss, Project Managers were dispatched to the site as soon as possible because it was prioritized as an emergency. Our techs used their moisture detection equipment and found that the water had run down to the first floor, impacting drywall, vinyl floor cabinets in the kitchen, and tile and drywall in the entry and foyer. The sprinkler located in the master closet on the third floor was the source of the water loss. The house was full of contents, including important personal belongings which were soaked through.

Drying the Property

Our technicians arrived on site and immediately performed content manipulation, water extraction, and set dehumidifiers in four rooms to perform emergency services. Most of the contents that were found damaged by the water loss were in the homes garage and family room. Immediate water extraction was necessary because it can remove much of the water from your home. The dehumidification equipment captures moisture and ports it away, which brings down the air moisture rapidly. The water extraction process helped reduce the drying time and helped to prevent mold and secondary damage. We carefully monitored the progress using moisture meters to ensure that the rooms and the materials returned to acceptable drying goals. We then packed up contents in an organized, efficient move-out to protect the customers belongings from further damage. After inspecting the carpet and pad to determine if we should remove them to protect the subfloor, we decided that it required removal.

Minor Repairs Needed

Minor repairs, such as drywall replacement and carpet installation, were completed. Removing the affected drywall as necessary to restore their home to its pre-water damage and condition. All vinyl and particle boards underneath were removed in the kitchen, and air mover equipment was placed accordingly. In the master closet, the drywall and ceiling were removed, and on the third floor, all baseboards were removed. The restoration was the final step in ensuring the property recovered from the significant water damage loss.

Final Touches

The drying was finished, and we packed and moved out all our equipment from the job. We brought the remaining contents for the garage and family room back to our warehouse, where they are kept safe and organized. We thoroughly completed the job and gained another happy SERVPRO customer.

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is ready for everything. We are here to  help 24/7, 265 days a year. Our certified technicians can turn back the clock on water damage and make it "Like it never even happened." When you call SERVPRO for help, we always prioritize getting to your home when you need us there.

Preparing for Storm and Flood Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Nobody enjoys being caught in a storm, much less a flood. Mother nature, on the other hand, is uncontrollable. Because it is impossible to foresee when a flood will occur, the best course of action is to prepare as much as possible ahead of time and then pick up the pieces after the storm has passed. Here are some suggestions for what to do before the storm hits and what you should do once it hits.

Prepare Before the Storm Hits

  • If a storm is forecasted, prepare your home by boarding up windows, bringing in outside furniture, sealing your basement against flooding, and elevating your appliances as much as possible.
  • Make storm and emergency kits to ensure you have everything you will need to stay safe. In the event of floods, these kits should be stored in watertight containers that may float. Food and water for three days, a first-aid kit, batteries, flashlights, phone power banks, toiletries, clothing and emergency cash should all be included in your kits.
  • Before the storm hits, prepare an evacuation plan. Do not delay evacuating after the call has been made. Take all necessary precautions to keep yourself and your family safe.

What To Do After the Storm

Do not panic if you return home to find it damaged by floodwaters, wind, and fallen debris after the storm has passed. You can get your home restored if you have homeowner's insurance, flood insurance, and water damage insurance.

Take images of the damage before you begin cleaning. This is to assist with your insurance claim. You should also contact your carrier immediately to report the damage and have an adjuster come out to examine the amount of damage. 

The next step is to contact SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito. We specialize in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with proper resources, which is essential. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (415) 479-2900

Cause of Commercial Water Damage and How To Clean It Up

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Unchecked water can lead to disastrous consequences for any structure. Water damage is severe, and if you are not prepared or do not have a plan in place ahead of a disaster event, your business could be shut down for an extended period. Water intrusion into your commercial property poses a much greater danger of catastrophic damage to stored goods, equipment, and shipping materials. SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito responds quickly to water or flood damage to commercial facilities. Water damage is serious, and if you do not have a plan in place in advance of a disaster, your business may be forced to close for a lengthy period. You might be better prepared for the unthinkable if you are aware of the most typical causes of commercial water damage. 

Top 5 Causes of Commercial Water Damage

1. Extreme Weather: Flooding can occur swiftly during a storm event What begins as a minor storm can quickly escalate into something more serious, causing far more damage than anyone anticipated. There is a potential that water damage will occur if your commercial property is not in tip-top shape. A minor leak on the roof, for example, can quickly evolve into a large shower of water that floods an entire property section.

2. Damaged Appliances: Almost every office building has a kitchen or a break room, which usually includes a refrigerator and, in some cases, a dishwasher. When these appliances break down, they might leak a lot of water, filling the entire room or perhaps more.

3. Backed Up Sewer Lines: Bathrooms are another potential source of water damage. It is not uncommon for sewer lines to become clogged, allowing toxic water to enter the structure. Because the water is contaminated with toxic waste and other toxins, this form of water damage is hazardous. 

4. Malfunctioning Sprinklers: All businesses properties are required by law to have an overhead sprinkler system. This is used in conjunction with fire alarms and is usually triggered when the fire alarm goes off. There will undoubtedly be water damage if fire alarms, and sprinklers are activated. In addition, the sprinkler system can fail and activate on its own. Because a sprinkler system covers the entire building, this can result in considerable water damage.

5. Broken Pipes: Pipes that have broken or split are prevalent in business buildings, particularly as they age. When these pipes rupture, water rushes out and sprays throughout the building. This can harm the ceilings, walls, floors, and any furniture or electronics that contact the water.

Water-related issues can be avoided by doing routine maintenance on your commercial property. However, if water damage occurs anyplace on your property, you must respond quickly. After calling your insurance carrier, it is critical to contact a reputable water damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito.

Water damage to your commercial property is something you do not want to happen. Nonetheless, if this happens, you will want to employ the best company to clean up the mess and get your business back to normal. Call Us Today at (415) 479-2900.

Prevent Wind and Storm Damage in Your Larkspur Home

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Preventing Storm and Wind Damage

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Taking the proper precautions are feasible steps you can take when strong winds are approaching. Your home is one of your most significant investments, so it is a good idea to take measures to prevent the dangers that high winds can inflict on your home and avoid any potential storm damage restoration. When events such as windstorms happen, there is added weight applied to structures, and if there are weak points in your home, they may break down and contribute to damage. Your roof, doors, and windows are direct points of weakness that are susceptible to damage. however,  by taking simple safety measures, you may be bale to save a bunch of time and money following a storm. Mother nature cannot be controlled, but you can follow steps to help keep  her from causing substantial damage during storm season.

Prepare a Home Maintenance Checklist

To prevent damage from high-speed winds, it is vital to regularly check the stability of your property and look for potential hazards to avoid costly wind and flood cleanup. To start, build a maintenance checklist of items that require fixing or replacement. 

Roof

  • Inspect and replace any sign of loose and missing shingles.
  • Check your chimneys, skylights, and vents for potential damage or cracks.
  • Unblock and repair loose gutters.

Trees

  • Be aware of rot and hidden damage to tree trunks and branches.
  • Frequently prune and trim your trees.
  • Hire a professional to get rid of any dead or unstable trees.
  • Clear away dead branches from your property that may be on the ground.

Yard

  • Secure items that can become loose during damage events like toys, pots, planters, and garden tools.
  • Check that your fences are in stable condition.
  • Make sure that your garden shed is appropriately secured.
  • Ensure that water is being drained away from your property to prevent severe wind and flood damage restoration.

Home Exterior and Interior

  • Ensure that windowpanes show no cracking and that windows and doors are properly secured in a close-right position.
  • Make locks for your windows and doors work properly.
  • Remove unconstrained screens from windows.
  • Think about getting storm shutters installed.

Garage Door

  • Check your garage door to make sure it can bear the brunt of heavy winds.
  • Consider installing a bracing kit to assist in protecting your garage door and personal belongings within your garage.

What to Do After a Windstorm

  1. Stay safe by avoiding any downed power lines or flooded areas.
  2. Evaluate the damage caused to your home and take intensive photos if possible.
  3. Contact your insurance provider for immediate guidance.
  4. Call a restoration company like SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito to assess wind cleanup and restoration.
  5. Contact SERVPRO to provide water or sewage damage cleanup caused by storms.

In the case of wind damage to your home or business, it is best to contact a storm damage restoration professional immediately when the storm ends. This will mitigate and repair the damage before it takes a turn for the worse, costing you more time and money. SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is ready for any sized disaster and responds instantly to storm and flooding events. Our rapid response time helps ward off secondary damage and helps reduce restoration costs.

Home Maintenance Tips to Prevent Flooding in Your Mill Valley Home

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Preventing Flooding and Water Damage

In the United States, floods are the most common disaster event. Heavy rainstorms can cause a great deal of flooding, responsible for flash floods, mudflows, or overflowing levees and dams. In California, heavy rains can take place during storm season, which can endanger your home. Home maintenance is serious hands-on work, but regularly checking on the disaster-prone areas in and outside your home is essential to avoid flooding. Check out the following four home maintenance tips from the experts at SERVPRO to help ward off flooding and water damage. 

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts perform the role of transporting water that falls off roofs, directing it away from the home rather than towards the structure. When inspecting, pay special attention to your gutters and downspouts. A backup can occur when water gets trapped in the gutters and downspouts. This, along with debris like leaves and sticks, can cause a blockage, which can be pricey for homeowners.

Check the Drainage System Outside

In your home, having proper drainage both inside and outside averts water buildup near the foundation of your home. It is essential to make sure the lawn or objects around the house are not preventing water from draining correctly.

Test the Sump Pump and Drainage Inside the Home

Be mindful that a home's internal drainage efficiency is crucial to preventing flooding. The sump pump is the primary key of flood prevention. It should be inspected at least once a year and perform checks during the storm season.

Check for Leaks

Significant damage can occur with leaky pipes and roofs, which can let water flow into your home. Look out for wet spots on the ceiling and even pooling water in the basement. Inspect pipes routinely and be aware of problems like rust, visible drops of water, and buckling. If a leak is present, repair it quickly as it can lead to severe water damage.

What to Do If You Experience Water Damage

When you encounter water in your home, it is imperative to contact experts in this type of situation. Our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, and we work to diligently assess the next steps to take to prevent more water from entering your home. Once the water is removed, we will completely dry your home and work to restore any water-damaged items and personal belongings.

If backed-up gutters, a leaky roof, or improper drainage causes flooding in your home, reach out to the experience professionals at SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito. Our team of restoration specialists can help you remove the water and return your home to its pre-water damage condition. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Storm of Flood Damage? Call Us Today - (415) 479-2900