Recent Water Damage Posts

Protecting Your Home from Rainwater

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

If you own a home in Mobile, AL protecting your investment from wet weather should be a top priority.  As the wettest city in the United States, we see an average of 69 inches of rain each year.  From summer storms and tropical downpours to days of showers on end, it can come down in a variety of ways.  No matter how the rain makes its entrance, it always brings with it the threat of potential water damage if your home isn’t properly prepared.  Here are some tips to keep the water out and avoid water damage in your home:

  • Maintain Your Roof – Periodically inspect your roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Make repairs as soon as possible to protect your home and extend the life of your roof.
  • Seal Windows and Doors – Inspect windows and doors for cracks. Use a sealant to repair cracks and apply a fresh coat of caulking where siding meets the frame.  Applying a fresh coat of paint to the exterior can also further prevent moisture from entering wood.
  • Maintain Siding – Be sure to routinely check for damage to your exterior walls and inspect siding for weak spots.
  • Install Proper Drainage – It is important to not only protect your home by waterproofing the exterior, but also by proper diversion of runoff. Install proper drainage and gutter systems to keep standing/pooling water away from your home.
  • Keep Gutters Clean – Make sure to keep drainage systems free of debris to ensure that they function properly.

Taking these steps can help protect your home, however there is no foolproof method to fully prevent water damage.  From hurricanes to burst pipes, there is always a chance that you could still find yourself dealing with a water loss.  Should that ever be the case, SERVPRO of Mobile is always available 24/7 to help make it “Like it never even happened.”   

Is it Flood Damage?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

red house with water surrounding it and orange SERVPRO logo When it comes to a water loss, we are ready to help no matter the source! We are IICRC Certified and highly experienced in flood damage.

With the start of Hurricane Season here along the Gulf Coast, now is a good time to take a closer look at your insurance coverage.  It is important to have an in-depth conversation with your insurance agent regarding what is covered under wind and water exclusions to see if you may need additional riders.  When it comes to storm water, “flood damage” requires additional coverage.   At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we are often asked what the difference is between water damage and flood damage?  The answer is actually very simple.  The categorization of the water loss depends on the source of the water.  Flood damage is caused by rising waters from a natural source and typically affects multiple residences.   Often in storm situations the water may come in through roof damage; however, it is easy to make the differentiation if there is no rising water in the area.  It is best to have an in-depth discussion with an insurance professional to get more details and answers to your questions.  And remember, if you experience any type of water loss, no matter the source, SERVPRO of Mobile is always Here to Help.®

Consistent Communication Every Step of the Way

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

When you have a water damage in your home or business, your top priority is to begin the cleanup process as soon as possible.  If you have never been through the process, you may not understand what each step entails from start to finish.   We understand that communication is key to making the mitigation and restoration as stress free as possible for our customers.  We don’t just walk you through the details at the initial visit, we are there every step of the way to make sure you have answers to all your questions.  During the job, you will have your very own “customer concierge”.  You will be assigned one of our Job File Coordinators who will be your one point of contact.  They will communicate directly with your insurance companies and relay all details directly to you to insure you are never “in the dark” when it comes to the status of your job.   Our electronic record keeping system DryBook Mobile, means that we can quickly and accurately share drying status reports with you and your insurance company at a moment’s notice.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we realize that taking care of a water damage is about so much more than the technical aspects.  It’s about taking care of the customer that truly matters!  If you experience a water damage in your home or business call the IICRC Certified experts at SERVPRO of Mobile County!

Categories of Water

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that the way a water loss is cleaned up depends on a variety of factors?  When it comes to water damage, the mitigation process is definitely not a one size fits all kind of formula.  The first thing when evaluate when called to a water loss is the category of the water.  There are tree basic categories of water loss:

Category 1 – “Clean Water” Source of water does not contain contaminants that pose a substantial threat to humans “clean water”.  Examples include broken supply lines, tub overflows, or malfunctions of water lines leading to certain appliance such as an ice maker line.

Category 2 – “Grey Water” Refers to water that contains a significant amount of chemical, biological or physical contaminants.  Examples include toilet overflow (urine only), sump pump failures and overflows from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 – “Black Water” Extremely unsanitary containing harmful bacteria and possible disease-causing agents.  This includes sewage backup, toilet overflows containing feces, rising flood waters from rivers, streams or seawater.

The approach for cleaning each category of water is dramatically different.  When dealing with category 2 and 3 water losses it is imperative that we follow strict protocols to protect the health of our employees and customers.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we follow all IICRC and OSHA standards to ensure the safety of everyone involved.  If you experience a water damage in your home or office, call us at 251-343-0534.  We are available 24/7! 

Esporta and Sewage Cleanup

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we are dedicated to improving our processes and technologies to provide our clients with the most efficient and premier service in the restoration industry.  One way in which we have revolutionized the cleanup process is my implementing the Esporta washing system.  This ground-breaking approach to soft contents cleaning means that we can salvage items that would have previously been discarded. The Esporta uses a patented system of chambers to hold items in place while pushing water and cleaning agents through the contents.  This effectively and safely flushes out over 99.999% of contaminants bringing the items to food grade quality.  Using the Esporta washing system, we can safely clean a variety of soft contents, from textiles to leather goods and many things in between.  The Esporta is even capable of cleaning items damaged by sewage and other bio-contamination. 

Preventing Frozen Pipes

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to winter here along the Gulf Coast, we are fortunate to have pretty mild winters when compared with other parts of the country.  However; we all know that the weather here can be unpredictable to say the least.  It is important that we don’t rest on the idea that we won’t experience temperatures extreme enough to wreak havoc on our plumbing.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we want to help you prepare for the unexpected and avoid the expense and stress that comes along with a water damage in your home.  Preventing frozen pipes is easy to do and it could save you massive damage and outrageous expenses. Did you know that each year in the U. S., a quarter of a million people will have at least one or more rooms in their home affected by water due to frozen pipes? According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, claims payments for those types of losses have totaled more than $4 billion collectively! Freezing pipes caused by cold weather is much easier to prepare for than other weather threats such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. Taking just a few simple steps can virtually guarantee that you won’t have water damage caused by frozen pipes. 

 CLICK HERE to be taken to the Red Cross’ website for more information.

Faster to Any Disaster

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we understand that even a minor water damage in your home can feel like a disaster.   You want help and you want it fast!  That is why we have systems in place to ensure that you receive the fastest response when a water loss strikes your home.  Our first responders will arrive onsite to assess the damage within in one hour and we will have crews working to make it “Like it never even happened” within three hours.  Here in the Mobile area we are no strangers to flooding.  Whether it be a simple summer storm or a tropical system, we have seen it all and SERVPRO of Mobile County has been Here to Help®.  Our experience combined with our highly trained team and cutting-edge technologies means that we provide the best service available to our customers.  If you experience water damage in your home give us a call at 251-343-0534.

Did You Know?

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

We all know what mold is and most of us know the hazards that indoor mold growth can pose. Did you know that mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours after a water damage?  Here, at SERVPRO of Mobile County, we undergo extensive training in order to receive IICRC Certification in the remediation of mold.  We like to think the knowledge this affords us, as well as our extensive experience in the field means we have all the answers.  However; even the experts can learn something new each day.  We like to stress the importance of continued growth and learning to our team members.  In that spirit, we went on the hunt for some of the most interesting facts regarding mold that we could find.  Did you know…

  • Mold isn’t so happy about happy meals....mold will not grow on a McDonald’s hamburger.
  • Mold damage can cause more than half a trillion dollars per year.
  • According the Mayo Clinic, nearly ALL chronic sinus infections are caused by mold
  • Some studies have a found a link between mold and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

If you suspect a mold issue in your home or business, give us a call at 251-343-0534 to schedule an inspection. 

Rising Water Bill?

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Have you noticed a change in your water bill?  It could be a slow climb or a sudden increase, but either way it may be an indicator that you have a water leak.  One of the most common reasons for a large water loss is a hidden leak in pipes that may be concealed by walls, flooring or cabinets.  If you notice a change in your water bill, you may want to take a closer look around your home for signs of hidden water leaks.  Some things to look for are discoloration, bubbling or flaking paint, damp carpets, buckling or cupping wooden floors or a must smell.  If the water leak has been going on for an extending period of time, you may already have mold which can result in a musty, “off” smell.  The only way to detect the exact source is to use a moisture meter or cutting drywall.  If you experience a water damage give SERVPRO of Mobile County a call and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Vacation Prep - Preventing Water Damage

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

As we enter Spring and Summer, vacation season is officially in full swing.  Kids are out of school and the weather is prime for creating family memories.  We all do our best to make sure our home is safe while we are away.  Exterior lighting, security systems and now days even smart phone operated appliances to keep away intruders.  For more of us, water damage never crosses our mind.  Did you know that a ½ inch supply line flows at a rate of 50 gallons of water per minute?  Just for reference, a standard tub holds roughly 80 gallons of water.   Imagine your bathtub completely emptying in your home every 2 minutes!  Just imaging what damage could be done if this happens on the first day of your vacation and you don’t know until you arrive back home days later.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we have seen the damage that can ensue.  Not only flooding of the entire footprint of the home, but also mold.  If left untreated, a water loss can cause mold growth to begin in as little as 24-48 hours.  We recommend that as part of your pre-travel checklist, you add turning off the main water supply to your home.  The best way to prevent disaster is to be prepared!

Cause and Effect

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience water damage in your home, it is important that you call in a qualified, professional mitigation company to properly handle the damage.  Although it may look like something that you can easily handle yourself, there are hidden damages that can show up over time and have far reaching consequences.  A little hidden moisture underneath flooring or behind the walls can easily create a domino effect of damage, such as buckling floors or even mold.  It is important to also note that your insurance company may not cover those ensuing consequences if the water damage wasn’t properly mitigated by a qualified and licensed restoration company.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, all of our team members have undergone extensive training and are IICRC certified in the all areas of water damage mitigation.  In addition to IICRC training, we participate in continued education on both the regional and national level as part of the SERVPRO franchise network.  We are always up to date on the latest techniques and technologies to make water damage “Like it never even happened.”  We will also work directly with your insurance company to alleviate that burden and stress for you.  If you experience water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile County at 251-343-0534.

Water Damage Culprits

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home can cause unnecessary stress and expense.  Nobody wants to have to deal with a water loss, but sometimes its unavoidable.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we are always Here to Help® should the unexpected ever strike your home, but we want to help you minimize the risks of that happening.  The first step is understanding what the most common causes of a water loss in a residential structure.

  • Toilets – faulty supply line/overflow
  • Washing machine – 50% caused by burst supply lines
  • Water Heaters – flush tank every six months and have inspection every 2 years
  • Plumbing lines
  • Sinks
  • Sump Pumps

If you are going on trips it is always a good idea to turn off the water to prevent major damage should anything occur while you are away.  If you do experience water damage in your home call SERVPRO of Mobile County right away to minimize the damage.

Protecting Your Pipes

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Although it could be 80 degrees on Christmas Day here in the South, that doesn’t mean we can forego cold weather preparation. Sure, you may think you will never need to know how to prevent frozen pipes, but weather can turn on a dime. In Mobile, it can change seasons between breakfast and lunch so, it is always better to be safe than sorry! At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we know that the best protection is to prepare for the unexpected.  Preventing frozen pipes is easy to do and it could save you massive damage and outrageous expenses. Did you know that each year in the U. S., a quarter of a million people will have at least one or more rooms in their home affected by water due to frozen pipes? According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, claims payments for those types of losses have totaled more than $4 billion collectively! Freezing pipes caused by cold weather is much easier to prepare for than other weather threats such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. Taking just a few simple steps can virtually guarantee that you won’t have water damage caused by frozen pipes. CLICK HERE to be taken to the Red Cross’ website for more information.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Despite your best efforts to learn and implement precautions to prevent a water damage, it is often out of your control.  At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we often talk about preparedness tips to prevent or minimize the impacts of a water loss situation.  But we also want you to understand the best ways to reduce the impacts after the damage has occurred. Before doing anything you need to make sure that the home is safe to enter.  After a catastrophic flood event there may be electrical hazards, structural safety issues and contaminated water present. However, after a water loss due to burst pipes, leaking water lines or other household causes, your first step would be to locate and stop the source of the loss. Wipe wood, furniture or other belongings to remove excess water.  If possible, place styrofoam or wooden blocks underneath furniture to prevent it from sitting in standing water. Relocated smaller contents to an unaffected area of the house. Move any rugs or floor coverings as well. At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we guarantee that a technician will be on-site beginning work within 3 hours. Until help arrives, utilizing these tips could help you minimize costs and save contents after a water loss.  

Document Drying with SERVPRO of Mobile County

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Mobile County, our goal is to be your one stop shop for any cleaning or restoration issue that may arise.  We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of technologies and cleaning methods to fulfill this goal of being a premier restoration and cleaning company.  We are continuously looking for innovative ways to save contents that would have previously been labeled as unsalvageable and discarded. One of the most amazing procedures we have in our arsenal is out document drying process.  We have become such a digital world, that many of us don’t even think of all the paper items we have around our home or office that could be lost. Family heirlooms, historical photographs, maps or books. Many offices still have paper files that could contain vital information.  Now, we can salvage these vital documents using a carefully controlled vacuum freeze-drying method. This same drying process is used by the Library of Congress and is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration.  In many situations, your documents may not only be exposed to water, but also serious contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, pesticides to name a few. Not only do we dry your documents, but we also use a gamma irradiation process to ensure that your documents are safely and effectively sterilized.

Water Damage by Numbers

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it is a small loss or a complete flood situation, water damage is always an unsettling experience.  Nearly 93% of all losses could have been prevented and we want to help you protect your home or business from the unexpected.  From leaking pipes to a natural disaster, the term “water damage” can cover a variety of situations. It is important that you check your homeowner’s policy and truly understand your coverage limits.  If you think it will never happen to you, think again. According to statistics set forth by the American Insurance Association, nearly 40% of current homeowners have experienced some form of a water damage loss.  It is the second most common reason for filing an insurance claim in the United States and causes billions in property damage each year. The most common cause of water damage is completely preventable! Broken pipes and hoses from ice maker lines, dishwashers and washing machines are the number one culprit.  Did you know that nearly 250 gallons of water can escape from a 1/8-inch crack in a typical household pipe in a 24-hour period? You can visit your local home improvement store to replace old pipes with new materials for an easy fix. Nobody can ever predict the future, but knowledge is always your best line of defense!  If you experience water damage, remember that SERVPRO of Mobile County is available 24/7 to help…call us at 251-343-0534.

Magic of SERVPRO in Mobile, AL

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

building with SERVPRO van in front On-site helping a business reopen their doors quickly.

Most consumers don’t understand the science of drying that is involved in water restoration.  To many it is simply like magic.  Their home is wet, the SERVPRO of Mobile County cavalry comes to the rescue in their green vans and it is dry.  Damage seems to magically disappear, but the truth is much more involved than industry outsiders may realize.  When you experience a water loss and call SERVPRO of Mobile County, the first thing we do upon arriving on the scene is to evaluate the situation.  Utilizing exclusive DryBook Mobile technology, we key a variety of variables in to our tablets and formulate a customized plan of action based upon each customers’ unique situation.  There are a multitude of factors that affect how we formulate our plan of attack.  First, what category of water is involved?  Clean water from a supply line, for example is handled completely differently than a sewage backup.  The location of the affected areas and the materials involved contribute to the level of remediation versus replacement.  The time of year, humidity levels and length of time the water sat also play a role in drying times.  All of our first responders are Certified Water Restoration technicians who have extensive training in evaluating all of these variables to give our clients the best results. It may look like magic but it’s actually the science that makes SERVPRO the leader in the industry.  

When a Storm Hits, SERVPRO of Mobile County is Ready

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

house with carpeting removed Flood Damage in Mobile, AL

SERVPRO of Mobile County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property after the storm.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated right here in Mobile Alabama, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams. Just in the past year alone, SERVPRO of Mobile County has assisted in the floods of Baton Rouge, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Nate and the flooding in Kansas City. SERVPRO of Mobile County is the leader in water and Storm Damage. 

Water Damage Timeline

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Mobile County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –251-343-0534

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Mobile County

SERVPRO of Mobile County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Can you Spot Water Damage?

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Image from thermal camera We have specialized tools to help locate unnoticeable leaks

In general, a house is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. In order to protect that investment, you should vigilantly look out for household problems and address them before they worsen.

One such dreaded homeowner issue is water damage. If left unattended, residential water damage can detrimentally impact the structure or spawn other complications, including mold that poses a health risk to inhabitants. Here are several methods for detecting water damage within your house.

1. Check the Floors
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage. For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling or warped flooring. When it comes to carpet, be wary of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.

2. Look for Stains
Water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet or sink, as well as stains on ceilings and walls, are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. Inspect Outside
Observe the exterior of your house. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters. Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of your house. Additionally, common signs of water damage on the roof may include pools of water; cracked, curled or missing shingles; or broken flashing.

4. Watch for Rust and Mold
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor. A rusted tank could indicate a slow leak. Additionally, corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of active mold growth mean moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your home. Finally, don’t rely solely on sight. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, producing a musty, unpleasant smell.

What to Do with Water Damage?

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage, give SERVPRO of Mobile County a call.  We are available 24/7 and guarantee the fastest response times around.  No matter what time of day or night you call us, we will return your call within 15 minutes.  Within one hour a first responder will be on-site to evaluate the damage and determine a treatment plan.  Within 3 hours, we will have a crew and equipment on at your home or business to begin the cleanup process.  Time is of the essence when it comes to handling water damage.  The faster the work begins, the greater the chances of salvaging certain materials.  Our team members are IICRC certified in Water Restoration and Advanced Structural Drying.  They have the training and knowledge to handle any situation from residential to commercial. Our fleet of vehicles and large inventory of drying equipment also means that they have the resources to take care of any size loss!  Whether its a flooded room or a flooded warehouse, we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Wood Floors After Water Damage

6/24/2017 (Permalink)

If you have water damage at home, call SERVPRO of Mobile County.  Water Damage Cleanup is not a to do it yourself situation.  Having IICRC Certified experts on-site means that we have expert techniques and tools to salvage many items that would be lost without the proper know how.  warped hardwood floors are a great example. We have specialized floor drying systems that help pull moisture from within the wood itself as well as a range of air movers and dehumidifiers to create a customer drying plan based on the affected space and materials. It is important that you call us as soon as possible.  The quicker we arrive on-site to begin the extraction and mitigation, the greater the chances that we can save your hardwoods.  Here are some things you can do until we arrive:

Remove as many wet items including rugs and furniture if possible. You can use towels are rags to dry up as much of the excess water as you can.  Place fans in the rooms to keep the air moving and if you have a dehumidifier on hand, place it in the affected area.  Opening windows may also help if it is not hot or humid outside. 

If you experience water damage, SERVPRO of Mobile County is always just a phone call away at 251-343-0534.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Process

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mobile County can provide a solution to your property's (regardless of whether it's your home or business) water damage needs.

- Uniformed employees will arrive on-site usually within four hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation

- Technicians communicate their assessment with the property manager or owner in detail before beginning the cleanup and restoration process

- Professionals utilize industry guidelines, knowledge, training and industrial equipment to examine the extent of the damage

- Restoration services include moisture detection, water extraction, dehumidification and contents inventory

- Closing the event work order in a timely manner through electronic claims reporting, consistent communication and professional restoration techniques

- SERVPRO of Mobile County is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Contact us at 251-343-0534.

Minimizing Water Damage - Quick Response

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Mobile County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Mobile County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –251-343-0534

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Mobile County

SERVPRO of Mobile County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.