Recent Water Damage Posts

Hidden Water Can Damage Your Home-Belleview, FL

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professional With A Moisture Meter Finds Hidden Water In Wall A Moisture Meter is One Way To Find Hidden Water In Drywall

SERVPRO of Ocala water damage professional was out on a job helping this homeowner with locating where water had been making its way into this side of the master bedroom. The homeowner noticed their ceiling discolored from stains. Discoloration isn’t the only indicator of water damage. You can check walls, floors, and ceilings for any changes in texture. Look for any warping or cracks on the floor as this can be caused by changes in the temperature and humidity level in your home. Sagging or sinking floors may be due to water that has seeped into the subflooring. This type of water damage often occurs near the shower, sink, tub, dishwasher, water heater, and washing machine. Expanding wood or laminate floors may indicate that they have absorbed too much water, causing the wood or laminate to swell up and separate.

Moisture Meters: A Critical Tool in Water Damage Restoration in Belleview FL.

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

non penetrating Moisture Meter against wall showing the drywall is wet Our Trained and Skilled SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County Crew Chief Searching For Moisture Behind Drywall.

Why does SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County trained professionals use moisture meters in water damage repair at every step of every job? The answer is quite simple: moisture meters are used for moisture control to avoid mold build-up and to check moisture in floors, cabinets, walls (shown in photo) and other furnishings to avoid cracking, checking and warping. As we all know, mold can sometimes presents a health hazard. In addition, mold destroys building materials by extracting carbon-containing substances and using them as food. All organic matter can serve as a food source for mold: wood, wood-based products, plastics made from petroleum products, and building materials such as concrete and drywall. Mold grows on wet surfaces, in high relative humidity at moderate temperatures and gets its nourishment from the material on which it grows. In reality, to avoid mold, we can only control the wetness of the materials and the high humidity in the air. We will always make buildings out of concrete or wood and use other carbon-containing materials. And we will always live in comfortable, moderate temperatures. The only variables in the mold equation we can control are moisture and humidity. We usually do that by keeping buildings dry. Call SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County today if you think you have a moisture problem in your home or business. 352-732-6630

Small Water Damages-The Water You Can't See Ocala, FL.

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water on The Floor Can Hide Behind Walls, Etc.

SERVPRO of Ocala is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. Even though it seemed small and your floors may not be carpet or wood, water can migrate into placed you never see. Like the water damage seen here in the photo, the water is running up under walls and cabinets and cabinets are more likely to deteriorate and come apart! The human eye and hand cannot detect hidden water. Call SERVPRO of Ocala and they will track down the water you don't see and mitigate the damage before it worsens. Call Today: 352-732-6630 

IICRC Standard Guidelines for Water Damage Categories Ocala, FL.

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO of Ocala for IICRC Trained Professionals

According to IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (IICRC S500), there are three categories of water that cause damage in buildings. They are summarized as follows:

Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, and subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade. Examples: burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, vertically falling rainwater.

Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.

Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into buildings as a result of wind storm damage:

Water Damage and Drying Equipment-Ocala, FL.

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment Needed For Water Damage

Sometimes it takes a lot of drying equipment to dry older buildings like the one in the photo. SERVPRO of Ocala crews are trained to use what is called a "Drying Work Book" this helps determine the number of drying equipment need to completely dry down a wet saturated structure and material. Some material like plaster takes a lot of equipment to get the structure back to normal. Also building that are "cut up" in many smaller rooms can be a challenge as well for the SERVPRO professional to make sure we don't leave any material wet. The photo shows a lot of rooms and contents as well as carpet that all had to be considered and make sure no out of the way areas were missed. SERVPRO of Ocala crews are trained to prevent mold from growing once we are finished the drying and leave the job site. Everyday the Crew Chief must monitor the drying equipment at their jobs to make sure progress is being made. Equipment is then removed from the areas that return to a normal conditions once the drying equipment has done its job. This building was no exception only that the equipment had to be moved and placed in other locations to dry all areas.   

Keep Your Business Running During a Water Damage in Summerfield, FL.

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

small green SERVPRO air movers (fans) placed on the floor to dry the carpet of this office. Small Air Movers Help Keep Business Operating

When this local Ocala business called SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County to help with an emergency water damage, they hoped they would not have to close their doors and stop their operations. SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County professionals talked with the owner and worked around the office personnel by using small air movers in strategic locations to make sure the drying process was successful. After extracting the water and getting wet material out of the facility, the crew made sure the employees could keep their work environment clean safe and easy to maintain. Trip hazards where taken into account through out the building. The small air movers came in really handy to provide air movement needed to dry fast but did not intrude the work space. As this photo show, SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County will go the extra mile to provide custom customer service to keep the business operation up and running!  

Results From Water Intrusion After Heavy Rain-Ocala, FL

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Undiscovered Water Damage and The Results

This homeowner was surprised after finding the results of water damage from heavy rains. Florida is known for rainy days, weeks and months. This closet was damage by water coming through the roof. The closet was one area the homeowner never thought to look at after finding several leaks in the ceiling upstairs that were very noticeable. SERVPRO of Ocala was called in to help with this and other problem areas. Mold is one result when water damage is left untreated. A lot of times its the water that you don't see that turns out to be a bigger issue. The photo shows the damage from the water after time has passed. The SERVPRO of Ocala team came in and removed, cleaned and safely dried this and other areas giving back to the homeowner a nice fresh smelling home.   

Assisted Living Home Water Damage-Belleview, FL

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment at Work in this Water Damaged Assisted Living Facility

When a sprinkler head broke in a hallways it really caused quite a commotion. Residents where forced out of their rooms and staff had to make sure everyone was safe. SERVPRO of Ocala was called in to act fast and get the standing water up and out (which you don't see) and start setting drying equipment as shown. Residents were moved out of the water damaged areas for safety. All were surprised in a good way just how fast and efficiently our trained SERVPRO professionals worked to get building materials in drying mode. In a few days the vast majority of the facility was back to normal, all thanks to over 40 years of doing this type of work and the dedicated staff at SERVPRO of Ocala.

Large Commercial Water Damage-Ocala, FL.

5/26/2018 (Permalink)

Large Commercial Water Damages call for Large Response Teams like SERVPRO of Ocala!

Over the weekend is not the best time to suffer a 6000 square foot water damage, but that's what happened to one of the large commercial facilities located in Ocala, FL.  Luckily SERVPRO of Ocala is an Approved Vendor and they rushed to the damage beginning emergency water mitigation. Any commercial Business is greatly affected and runs the rick of permanent shut down if they cannot get fast professional service to mitigate the damage. Since time is so important SERVPRO of Ocala teams was on hand fast and placed over 100 Air Movers and 15 Dehumidifiers along with water extracting and drywall removal, content cleaning and manipulation. The crew worked non stopped to get this large building up and running again and our Goal was met in a few weeks!  

SERVPRO of Ocala 90 Day Payment Plan Option-Water Damage

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala 90 Day Payment Plan Flyer for Water Damage

Some customers who called their local Insurance Agent with a Water Damage are usually  told to "file a claim" Knowing that Insurance Agents don't like claims Mike Webb, Marketing Manager of SERVPRO of Ocala developed a No Interest 90 Day Payment Plan as an option to filing insurance claims. Many local insurance agencies have expressed to Mike the reason they wish they could talk to their policy holders first before they file a claim. They what to keep claims as low as they can in their offices. Mike begin marketing this plan to local Agents 4 years ago and the results have been very successful Now Agents have an option rather than telling customers to file a claim they can recommend SERVPRO of Ocala and our No Interest 90 Day Payment Plan. Now this is a great reason why insurance agents recommend and trust SERVPRO of Ocala (See a photo of the 90 day payment plan flyer used to market agents.)

Water Damage-Sewage Backup

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage as a Sewage Backup is a Biohazard Problem!

Sewage may contain biohazards that can have negative effects on human beings through skin contact and inhalation process. Sewage backflow can result in following major epidemics:
• Hepatitis• Dermatitis• Allergic Diseases           
• Kidney Damages
• Problems in liver and blood vessels
• Skin and Eye Infections


1. Start with keeping children and pets out of the affected area.

2. Avoid contact with skin, open cuts or sores.

3. Wash hands frequently.

4. Launder cloths ASAP if you suspect they have been contaminated.

5. Avoid breathing airborne Microorganisms.

6. DO NOT use a home vacuum cleaner to try and pick up solids.

7. Call in the Pros. SERVPRO of Ocala professionals will do the sewage cleanup work for you—pump out and wipe up the gunk, deodorize, and sanitize. Restore carpets and floors, if possible. Equipment they’ll use includes air movers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers. Using meters and thermal cameras to make sure no moisture and contaminates were missed thus preventing mold. "Serving our community since 1974"