Watch Out! Top Signs of Water Damage at Home

When considering a home to buy or rent, or when selling a home, it’s important to know the signs of water damage or potential water damage. Water damage from a flood, fire or leak can cause structural problems and lead to the development of mold which presents a health risk to the home’s occupants. 

See ServiceMaster by Glenn’s tips on determining if a home has suffered water damage.

Water Damage Outside

A home or structure should sit on the highest point of the property and the ground should slope away from the house. If it doesn’t, there may be water damage to the foundation and in the basement from water working its way towards the home.
Walk around the exterior of the house. Check for downspouts that divert water away from the house and gutters that are intact and properly attached. Problems with the downspout or gutter may mean water is not being properly diverted away from the home. Look for missing or cracked shingles, which can lead to leakage in the attic as well as missing or broken flashing. Look at all the exterior window and door frames. Is there any separation? Are there soft spots which may indicate leaks?

Checking for
Water Damage Inside

Inside the home, look for the following for signs of water damage:

  • Water rings on the ceiling or walls.
  • Soft or sagging spots on the floor, especially near the tub, shower, sinks, dishwasher, washing machine or water heater.
  • Warped or cracked flooring. Water damage to tile, laminate or wood flooring can cause it to warp, split or crack.
  • Look in the cabinet under the sink for water marks, warping and discoloration that may indicate leaking pipes.
  • Pay attention to any apparently new repairs to ceilings, walls and windows. Are there patch jobs? Does there appear to be areas with heavier paint? These “quick fixes” may hiding water damage spots.
  • Check for rust on the hot water heater. These can indicate a previous or current leak and any leak can mean water damage.
  • Trust your sense of smell. If you smell mustiness or mildew, it’s likely there was water damage and now there may be a potential mold issue.

In the Attic

Search for signs of water damage in the attic area, particularly around and near the chimney and roof vents where the roof planes join together and where the roof and the walls meet. If possible, check the insulation, it should be dry and free from mold.

FIRE

WATER

MOLD

DISASTER

Case Study: Aquanique Ocean Club

Case Study: AQUANIQUE OCEAN CLUB

what:

A major pipe break in one of the units of this North Hutchinson Island oceanfront condominium flooded 9 floors of hallways and several owner residences reported water intrusion as well.

JOB SCOPE:

ServiceMaster was on the scene within 45 minutes of receiving the call reporting the water damage and immediately began moisture mapping with a thermal imaging camera and moisture meter to assess damage.

Once damage was assessed, ServiceMaster teams removed and salvaged wet baseboards and prepared sheetrock and insulation for drying. ServiceMaster then installed air movers and dehumidifiers in hallways and affected owner units of this St. Lucie County condominium. Restoration crews ran extension cords and a 100 Kw generator to prevent circuit overload, and to prevent any potential fire hazards. After 6 days of on-site work and monitoring, all 9 floors were dry with minimal repairs needed.

FIRE

WATER

MOLD

DISASTER

Case Study: Univest Building, Vero Beach

Case Study: Univest Building, Vero Beach

what:

At 8:30am on an August Saturday morning, the fire alarms went off on a five-story office building in Vero Beach. The building, which was home to law offices, engineering firms and other business professionals, was on fire!

JOB SCOPE:

Service Master by Glenn’s was on the scene within the hour to start remediating not only the fire damage on the 3rd floor of the building, but the smoke damage that had damaged the other two floors of the office building as well. As with all fire damages, water is needed to put out the fire, so this was not only a fire damage and smoke / odor remediation job, but the water damage caused by putting the fire damage had to be restored as well.

Keith Grella was called upon to not only handle the restoration of the fire damage, smoke damage and water damage, but also as the Project Manager for the repair and rebuild phase of the project after the restoration was complete.

ServiceMaster by Glenn’s utilized round the clock cleaning crews, had to gut the five story office building to the studs, replace all the air ducts in the building and do multiple fog treatments to get rid of the smoke odor.

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CANDLE DANGERS & CANDLE MYTHS: KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

The captivating fragrances and mood-enhancing ambiance of candles can create a lovely atmosphere in your home. Scented candles leave a lingering aroma that can cover up unpleasant odors, and the calm, welcoming glow of a lit wick makes it easy to unwind after a long day. Despite all the benefits of candles, it’s important to remember that you’re still playing with fire whenever you burn them. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that 9,300 home fires were started by candles between 2009 and 2013, resulting in 86 deaths, over 800 injuries and $374 million in direct property damage. To stay safe while you relax, you must be aware of certain candle dangers and how to avoid them.

Burning a candle doesn’t require a lot of skill, but even when they’re used properly, candles of all shapes and sizes can easily spark a fire. Learn the truth behind three of the most common candle myths, and help keep your family, home and belongings safe.

Myth 1:
Candles on countertops will never have problems.
Wrong! Setting a candle on a flat surface away from the ground doesn’t make it fireproof. Children, pets or common clumsiness can still knock the candle over, and an open flame can easily catch clothing, hair, tails and other items nearby on fire. Drafts can even push flammable items like curtains and other fabrics into the flame or cause the candle itself to fall and break. Lit candles require vigilance, no matter where you put them.

Myth 2:
Wax melts, wickless candles and tea lights are totally safe.
Wrong! Even if the candle itself doesn’t burn, many wickless candles and wax melts still require a tea light to heat the wax and release the fragrance. Tea lights are a small, popular option for mood lighting and fragrance diffusion, but any time you have an open flame, you have the chance for a fire to ignite and get out of control. Even electric warmers can pose electrical fire hazards. Use caution whenever you burn wax melts or wickless candles.

Myth 3:
Candles make the best lighting option in the event of a power outage. Wrong! When a storm knocks out your power, reach for battery-powered flashlights or lanterns instead of real candles. If you must use candles, avoid carrying them around, leaving them near windows or linens of any sort, or using them to inspect confined spaces like closets and attics. Above all, extinguish all your candles before bed. Falling asleep contributed to 11 percent of home fires caused by candles and 30 percent of associated fatalities on average between 2009-2013, according to the National Candle Association.

By remaining vigilant and keeping these candle dangers and myths in mind, you and your family can enjoy the fragrance and ambiance of scented candles with less risk. Always use caution when lighting and using candles, and remember to extinguish them completely before leaving the room. If the unexpected does occur, remember that you can count on the restoration professionals at ServiceMaster by Glenn’s to get your home back to normal as soon as possible after a fire. Our teams are available 24/7/265 to help you move from crisis to resolution with confidence.

"Over the past 25 years I have personally seen it all when it comes to disasters and know what it takes to complete any restoration project."

Keith Grella, Owner/Operator

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TREE CARE AND YOUR STRUCTURE

One of the most common causes of structural damage after a storm is because of a fallen tree. Since trees can topple in a matter of seconds, due to either heavy rain or strong winds, your home can be at serious risk for expensive, life-threatening destruction. As a homeowner on the Treasure Coast, it’s crucial to understand proper tree care and maintenance to ensure your trees stay sturdy during storms. Find out the most common questions about tree damage from homeowners, including how to check if your insurance covers any tree damage repair costs, with information from the experts at ServiceMaster by Glenn’s.

A fallen tree, also known as a peril in insurance terms, may be covered by your policy. If the tree fell because of extremely high winds, heavy rainfall or other stormy weather that is common in South Florida, your homeowner’s insurance will most likely cover the cost of any damages caused to your home, shed or garage. However, if your insurance can prove that the tree fell because of negligent maintenance, you won’t be covered.

Typically, debris cleanup caused by a fallen tree is typically not covered by your insurance, especially if it didn’t cause any structural damage.

If your neighbor’s tree falls on your property, their policy should be responsible for caring for the repair costs. When in doubt, contact your own insurance agent to get the full details of what kind of tree damage repair is covered under your own specific policy.

Strong, healthy trees have less risk of falling during a storm. Unhealthy trees generally show some of these signs and symptoms:

● Look for large, visible cracks in the tree’s trunks and branches.

● Be aware of potential rotting and look for things like fungus or mold on the bark of the tree.

● Trees and branches that are leaning at a sharp angle are at risk of toppling over or at risk for branches breaking off.

● Older trees or hollowed out sections of your tree should be assessed by a local arborist to determine if it should be removed.

Once you’ve discovered that a tree near your home is damaged, rotting or old, it’s essential that you take the proper steps to correct the problem before it affects your home. The following steps can keep your tree in good condition:

  • Trim cracked or dangling tree limbs and prune any branches that are close to your structure.
  • Have a professional inspect trees that appear to be leaning or those that are older and more prone to disease.
  • Report tree limbs that are close to utility lines to your local power company.
  • Never try to cut a tree down yourself without the help of an experienced tree removal service. Cutting down trees is a difficult task that can cause potential injury.

If your home has been affected by a fallen tree, contact your insurance agent immediately to begin the claims process. Then, take videos and photographs of the damage to help your claim. If you need help cleaning up the damage, contact ServiceMaster by Glenn’s. We have the proper tools and expertise to get your home back to normal as fast as possible.

"Over the past 25 years I have personally seen it all when it comes to disasters and know what it takes to complete any restoration project."

Keith Grella, Owner/Operator

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