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Insurance Claims On Water Damage

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Insurance Claims On Water Damage Water Damage Insurance Claims

Water damage is one of the most common claims for home insurance. If you are thinking making a claim on water damage here are somethings you should know.

Contact us for help with your insurance claim on water damage, fire damage, or mold remediation!

Problem Areas:

Insurance claims for water damage can run into some trouble in certain cases. For example, if you are claiming something that was the result of gradual damage they might give you some problems. Gradual damage is anything that happened over time as opposed to an accident or sudden damage. These can be things such as leaky ceiling that was due to plumbing defects water damage caused by cracks in the foundation, a lot of times mold will also fall into this category. Basically, anything that has been happening for a long time is generally not covered by home insurance.

However, there may be some exceptions to this. For example, some insurance companies allow for mold remediation to be covered. This is especially true in the case of mold being the result of another claim that was covered under insurance, but was not properly fixed, and mold was the result.

A good practice for homeowners is to keep record of all repairs and transactions for services that are made to your home. This will prove valuable in the event you ever make a claim.

On the other hand if water damage is sudden and accidental you’ll probably have a much easier time getting covered for the damages. Of course everything is dependent upon the language of the policy that you purchased, but this is the very nature of insurance: coverage for sudden and accidental loss.

It is also worth mentioning that there are different types of water damage as far as insurance is concerned. Some cover flood, some cover sewer backup, and many times the items that are covered reflects what is commonplace for the region that you live in.

At SERVPRO of Winchester we are not only experts at restoring your home as if it never even happened, we are also experts at dealing with insurance companies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you through the entire recovery process today!

Flooded Basement Service and Causes

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement Service and Causes A flooded basement isn't fun...


A flooded basement is an emergency situation that cannot be ignored for very long because it can cause major damage to the walls, floors, carpet, event furniture. Not to mention, it can lead to mold if left untreated, that this is all fairly quickly.

SERVPRO of Winchester understands this. That’s why we are on-call 24/7 because you can’t wait for tomorrow when you have standing water in your house tonight.

Call our Flooded Basement team right away!

Our team can deploy technicians at any hour to remove the water from your basement, dry the carpet, repair the damage, and do whatever needs to be done in your situation, so that you can get back on with your life.

Here are some of the common sources that cause a basement to experience flooding.

There are generally only a few sources for a basement to receive water:

  1. Either it is coming through the foundation in the form of rain penetrating the walls;
  2. Water from over-saturated soil being pushed through the floor;
  3. Storm water from the sewer system; or
  4. Sanitary sewer water from a clog in your homes’ sewer line.

In the case of water seeping in from a crack in the foundation, you can know if this the cause of your water damage if the water is coming in at only one particular location, or at the exterior foundation wall.

As for the subsurface groundwater, this is when your basement acts as a boat in a pond, water will enter through any hairline crack whenever the groundwater levels ride above the level of your floor. A perimeter drain system can be used to solve this problem.

In the case of storm water from the sewer system the rainwater in the sewer system can rise to such levels that the water flows backwards toward the house. If you already have a sump pump for this reason then you either need a new one, or the alternative is to dig up and cap the pipe that is running from the house to the street.

Lastly, if the event of sanitary sewer water backing up, you will know this is your problem if the water is coming through the drains of the floor and the sinks in the basement. In this case the installation of backflow preventers will do the trick. Also, pouring tree root killer down your toilets once a year can help with prevention of such disasters.

If you have a flooded basement contact SERVPRO of Winchester and have our team of experts help you out today!

How to Handle a Leaky Ceiling

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Handle a Leaky Ceiling Leaky Ceiling

Leaky Ceilings can be devastating, not just to the ceiling in your home or business, but also to your time, and money. This is because it is often hard to determine where the leak originates. Usually when you have a leaky ceiling, all you know is that the ceiling is dripping, but you don’t yet know why. Therefore, it’s imperative that you find the cause of the leak, and fix it because the longer it takes to find the leak the more damage it will cause.

Therefore, the first thing you should do in the event of a leaky ceiling is either call the experts at SERVPRO, or, if you are going to tackle the problem yourself, you must begin by finding the source of the leak. That can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. However, if you eliminate all the obvious non-causes that will at least allow you to start pin-pointing the problem.  

When trying to determine the cause of a leaky ceiling often the best place to start is by considering whether the leak occurs only in inclement weather, or if it occurs non-stop. This will allow you determine whether the source of the problem is the roof. Obviously, if the leak only occurs when it is raining or snowing outside then the roof is the likely source of the leak. On the other hand, if the leak occurs regardless of the weather conditions outside then the leak is most likely caused by a plumbing line inside the house or structure.

Another thing that can help you pin-point the source of the problem is to consider is the water itself. If the water is clear and fresh that could indicate the water is coming from the water supply line. On the other hand, if water is coming from the roof you could see that dirt and other substances from the roof along are being dragged along with it, and it would stain the ceiling.

If you have eliminated the roof as the source of the leak then it is going to take an inspection of the pipes in your home or building to solve the problem. Of course, not all people are prepared for home improvements and repairs, especially when it comes to major repairs. If you have a leaky ceiling, or any kind of water damage to your home or business, give the pros a call. For more information visit our water damage services page. We’re faster to any size disaster.

Water Damage Tips

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Tips Water Damage Tips

Water can destroy a lot of items in your life. It can even cause damage to your home, if you're uninsured, it can cause damage to you financially, and perhaps worst of all, it can even damage the sentimental items that you can’t put a price tag on. For that reason it’s a good idea to know the causes of water damage.

However, if you cannot avoid it then it helps to know what the best first steps are once you have been victimized by it. Below are some tips on best first steps after water damage based on the experience we have had.

The first concern should be the safety of all people and animals in the affected home or area. Some of the most common causes of injury after water damage to a structure are slip hazards, and electrical shock due to careless mishandling of home appliances after water damage that could have been avoided. On this note, don’t just go about business as usual, avoid using kitchen appliances, and major electrical devices until authorities have deemed that it is safe to do so. This includes ceiling fans, lights, and televisions.

The next concern should be the cleanup process. You want to get your life back on track, so you want to get your home in order. Now depending on the severity of your damage you may need to contact the local authorities, and insurance provider, but eventually they will most likely get a SERVPRO® crew out to your location to fix it up.

Learn more about water damage, or any of the other services that we offer at SERVPRO®. If you find yourself dealing with a disaster, and need emergency repair, contact SERVPRO® of Winchester today!


Water Damage in Winchester: Causes and Prevention

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Winchester: Causes and Prevention Water Damage in Winchester, VA.

Common Causes of Water Damage in Winchester, Virginia

Water damage is a common problem that many homeowners in Winchester, VA face each year. These problems can cause thousands of dollars in damage, and even force the family out of the house temporarily, or in some extreme cases, permanently.

So what are some of the most common causes of water damage in Winchester? We've sat down with our field technicians and come up with a few of the most common cases that they have seem in Winchester. Read on to learn what they are.

The cause of water damage we have found to be most common in Winchester is usually a broken, busted, or leaking pipe. It is probably the most common one because most of the time it is not easy to see that a pipe is leaking or malfunctioning because it's out of site.

But what causes pipes to break? Several things can happen. First, the pipe can rust over time. Second the pipe can freeze over. On this note, the fact is that any drastic change in temperature, hot or cold, can cause stress on the pipe, and lead to damage of the structure.

Now, how do we prevent the pipes from rusting or breaking due to temperature change? For the rusting pipes, these things will rust over time, it's just a matter of how much time. Therefore we recommend having all your pipes inspected for rust once a year. If you find rusting on any of them have them replaced. These quick few dollars spent can save thousands in the future.

With regard to the pipes freezing over, the easiest way to prevent it is to simply allow the water to trickle out of the tap, even if it’s at a drip. This allows the water to continue to move, and discourage freezing in the pipes.

Now, another cause of water damage is children. Yes, children. Perhaps if you have children you know what we mean: action figures dropped in the toilet, kids overflowing the bathtub, anything like that. Simply being aware of what your child brings into the bathroom with them, and keeping an eye on their baths should help you avoid water damage in these cases.

Another very elusive cause of water damage is humidity. All of us in Winchester, Virginia know the humidity that we get in the Summer and Fall months. This environment allows moisture to drip through the foundation or roof. If left unattended it can lead to damage to the walls ceilings, and floors of these spaces.

You might have a hard time spotting this one because it happens over such a long period of time, but simply using a dehumidifier once in a while in these areas should prevent any significant water damage to them.

There are many other causes of water damage, but these are just some of the most common. As always, if you have a case of water damage in the Winchester, VA area you can contact us at SERVPRO of Winchester for the fastest service in town!