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Water Damage Cleanup

Water damage has impacted the lives of many homeowners across Kentucky. Water damage could result in plenty of safety hazards, mold infestation, odors, and if not repaired within a few days, it could have a detrimental effect on the lives of those living in the house. If you have experienced water damage in your home and are in need of water damage cleanup services – call ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services Today at (859) 309-9964 

How Do I Know If My Home Needs Water Damage Cleanup?

To fully understand the situation and see if you require any water damage cleanup, you can start by evaluating and assessing the situation. Do this by looking at the color of the water:

  • Clean Water: Usually from rain or pipes, this is the least harmful out of the group and you’re safe to proceed with clearing the mess yourself.
  • Gray Water: Also known as category 2 water, this water might be contaminated and could be harmful. Typically, caused by water damage from toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, or flood damage.
  • Black Water: The most contaminated and dangerous type of water. If not dealt with in a proper manner, it could lead to illnesses and infections.
Brennan Turley
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We recently had a busted pipe in our bathroom while at work, and we had major water damage. Servicemaster was there within a couple hours or our problem to start the process of drying out the house. Derek and his crew were very friendly and helpful in explaining and walking us thru the whole process from beginning to end. If we ever have another emergency like this Servicemaster will be the only people we call!
UK Parent
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My insurance agent gave me a list of numbers and Service Master respond to my call within a couple of hours and had someone at my house started on my flooded basement by midmorning. Everyone I spoke with throughout the process was professional and knew what they were doing.
Lauren Nielson
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Highly recommend this company! Tuesday afternoon, I came home on my lunch break and stepped into ankle deep water thanks to our water heater busting. We have a one story house on a slab and every single room in the house was flooded. Within a couple hours we had someone from ServiceMaster come out to our house to take a look and he was very nice. He left with the promise that he was going to get his guys out that night to start the cleanup process and he made good on that promise. Within 20-30 minutes of leaving our house, he called to let us know when his guys would be coming. They moved all of our stuff and hooked up so much equipment to help dry our house. I am grateful to these employees for how long they stayed at our house in order to get everything done. Thanks to the quick response on their part, our baseboards and drywall were saved. Thank you for making this terrible situation not so terrible!
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How Can Water Damage Be Treated or Managed Over Time?

Disinfecting is the best way to treat any type of water damage as both a short-term and long-term solution. You can apply it yourself, or play it safe by hiring an expert to take a look at your particular situation.

Does Water Damage Decrease Home Value?

The short answer is yes, as water leaks typically lead to mold contamination and a list of health hazards, many buyers tend to stay away from these properties. As time goes on, the mold on your house only grows from bad to worse. Hiring someone to help you, means that you no longer have to live with odors, health concerns, and mold growing in your household due to water damage. With the help of a qualified professional to assist you, you can be assured that your house resell value will be back up!

How Do You Clean Up Water Damage?

Call Your Insurance

If you’re covered by water damage insurance, be sure to snap photos of your damaged property beforehand to file a claim!

Disconnect All Outlets

Whether it’s your phone charger, computer, or any other electrical appliances, this is the very first step you should be doing, whatever the case may be. This is done to prevent electrocutions, electric shocks, or even in a worse case scenario, fires, and explosions. It’s vital to unplug all of your electronic devices once you’ve been notified or discover water damage in your household.

Dry The Damaged Area

Moisture could lead to mold and other types of damages. It could affect the structure of your house if not removed quickly. Use fans and point directly at the damaged area, or rent a large dehumidifier to ensure remove all of the moisture. Opening your windows can also allow for air to circulate more efficiently. While doing these procedures, remember to open closets and cabinet doors to properly dry out all of your surroundings.

Although this is an ideal short-term solution, mold could still be growing in these areas, so you’re better off calling the professionals to get it properly disinfected for the long-term. Keep in mind that water damage usually takes a full 2-5 days to fully dry out, but this time frame may vary from household to household. The more ventilation the moisture receives, the faster you can settle down, so utilizing more fans will lead to better results, however, you should always consult with a professional to ensure you don’t encounter structural damage.

Remove & Replace

After drying the area, we need to remove the furniture, appliances, and any other objects that have also been affected by the water damage. You may want to throw out any porous materials and furniture that have been affected, as water damage will permanently damage them. Your furniture and appliances should be all dried out within a couple of days. Ensure they are fully dried before moving them back in. 

Other things to do include – removing your wet/damp drywall is also necessary, as drywall is meant to stay dry, and having contact with moisture will result in more damages to your drywall. Replacing any damaged insulation should also be done as soon as possible, to prevent any electric shocks or electrical fires. This segment should be carried out by a qualified electrician for safety reasons. Check or hire a professional to check the ceilings, and remove/replace any infected panels or boards, especially if it is caused by roof problems/leaks. This needs to be done in order to prevent them from eventually collapsing.

Water could massively soak into your floors, and therefore it’s better off that you check if any moisture has been trapped under your flooring. If you’re about to change your floors, you could swap out your current flooring for new waterproof flooring to future-proof yourself just in case any water damages occur. Finally, if you have any damaged wood that has been affected, pry apart them and clean the area beneath thoroughly, before replacing them.

Disinfect The Damaged Area

Disinfecting should be carried out by professionals with the necessary equipment and the vital precautions put into place. But, if you’re doing it yourself, be sure to put on rubber boots, gloves, goggles, as well as an N95 mask. A bleach solution is the most commonly used within households who have been affected by water damage, use it to wipe down and to spray the affected surfaces, to ensure mold spores don’t come back.

Final Touches

Finally, once the water damages have all been cleaned up, go ahead and do the final touches of re-painting, and replacing any other necessities that have been damaged, also ensure all appliances are working, and that all furniture has been fully dried.

Once that’s all done, you can future-proof yourself if needed, or do whatever possible to avoid having water damage in your home again. Such as investigating leaks as soon as possible, install water detection devices, as well as to clean and maintain the gutters every so often.

Contact Our Water Damage Cleanup Experts in Lexington, Today!

Water damage comes in various forms and can be especially troublesome for many households. If you don’t have the means to manage your own water damage cleanup, call the professionals at ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services. We offer water damage cleanup services in Lexington, Ky. We also offer a plethora of different services ranging from dealing with leaks, failures, flooding and more, that to help resolve any problems you’re currently facing.

Who We Are

ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services is dedicated to providing residents and businesses in central Kentucky with outstanding service at a time when things are upside down. We have been in this field since 1929, and we understand what it’s like to go through a major disaster. Let us help you get your life back to normal.

What We Do

ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services provides disaster relief services. Our experienced team is always at the ready, and we work quickly and efficiently to make sure your home or business is cleaned up properly. We use our expertise to troubleshoot problems and do a clean up that is thorough and professional. Contact us for help when you need it! We’ll take good care of you.

Location

ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services
1034 Nandino Blvd
Lexington, KY 40511

Phone

(859) 309-9964

Email

d.collier@svmfireandwater.com