Recent Water Damage Posts

Prevention of Water Damage When Your On Vacation

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Insulation for pipes If you are taking a winter vacation, then be sure to insulate your pipes to avoid a water pipe repair

Water Damage Prevention Checklist

The last thing you want to worry about while on vacation is having to deal with a water pipe repair back home. Therefore, before you pack your bags, be sure to run through this water damage prevention checklist.

  • Thorough Home Inspection
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts
  • Check Sump Pump
  • Insulate Pipes
  • Shut off the main
  • Ask Someone to check-in

Thorough Home Inspection
Many a broken pipe starts out as small manageable repairs. Therefore, before you take off, go through your home inspecting under sinks, faucets, visible plumbing and even appliances. Then, contact a plumbing specialist in North Lakeland, FL, and request an inspection. Any leaks or damage should be repaired before you leave.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Next, head outside and clean those clogged gutters and backed up downspouts. If water can run freely off of your roof, then it will seep beneath shingles and into your attic space eventually.

Check Sump Pump
Do you dread a flooded basement? Then, be sure to check and maintain your sump pump. While these small devices don't seem like much, they can ensure that your basement stays dry while you're away.

Insulate Pipes
If you are taking a winter vacation, then be sure to insulate your pipes to avoid a water pipe repair. Exterior and exposed pipes are especially vulnerable to freezing and bursting, so you should ensure that these lines are covered.

Shut Off the Main
Are you planning on leaving for several weeks or longer? If you are, then turn off the water main and drain the lines before you go.

Ask Someone to Check-in
Last, you can ask a friend to check on your property occasionally while you are away. Give them a key so they can do a walk-through every time they visit.
Preparation and taking preventative action is a sound way to reduce the risk of water pipe repair while on vacation. However, to make sure that all your bases are covered, consider having a professional inspection of your plumbing system before you leave.

Disaster Response and Water Restoration Lakeland, Fl

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

Clothes that are wet and dirty from water damage SERVPRO of Lakeland are experts at water damage remediation.

By Larry Riddle

At 4 am you are awoken by the bark of a dog or a crying baby. You wipe the haze from your eyes, pull the sheets away, and place your feet on the floor. Every other night, this seems routine, but tonight you feel the squishy, coolness of a wet carpet and realize that something isn’t right. Panic ensues as you shake your wife, turn on the lights, and realize that the inside of your house has now become a swimming pool. It is quite unfortunate, but this situation arises almost every evening. How you react from here can become the benchmark for the coming weeks and potentially the fate of your home.

Before anything else can occur, it is vitally important to find the source of the problem and shut it off. Already humidity levels are rising at the same rate as your blood pressure, so make sure to turn on the AC unit to begin evaporation. Move contents to dry areas and unplug electrical devices that are in high impact areas.  Now is the time to take a deep breath and try to think beyond the anxiety. You will have to start making some phone calls that will be giving a complete stranger access to your home and this is no time to make a rash decision.

The best advice that I can offer in this situation is to go with people that you know on a personal level or that have been highly recommended in the past. Trust is the most important facet of this process. Keep in mind that this is your home and your money. We always recommend to not sign any paperwork without a written estimate or word from your insurance company for approval of coverage. However, as your insurance company will most likely tell you, it is crucial to begin remediation work as soon as possible so that no secondary damage will occur.

If you do take your plumbers recommendation for remediation company, keep in mind that many times these companies are offering kick backs for referrals and you may end up with a company in your home that is not qualified to do the work. Do your research on any referral that you receive. Make sure they are insured, licensed, and use quality, up-to date equipment.

At this point, it is important to get your insurance agent on the phone and have them begin looking over any potential coverage issues. You would rather know upfront whether or not you will be fronting the bill. As you wait for your emergency response team to arrive, begin taking pictures and noting any damage that you find on furniture.

As we tell all of our customers, the most exhausting portion of any loss is the first 24 hours. As the dust settles the details and extent of damage and reconstruction will reveal themselves. It is important to think slowly but move quickly during these chaotic periods. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lakeland at 863-646-4213 and we would be happy to help you create an emergency readiness profile that could help prevent further damage to your home or business. 

SERVPRO of Lakeland specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland has been serving Lakeland and Polk County residents for over 40 years. We are licensed and insured and have an A+ rating with the better business bureau in restoration and cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland (863)646-4213 , 

What is Wet?

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

dirty water in bathroom floor Water can come from any number of places, not always just the obvious places.

When water damage is initially discovered, building occupants and property managers may be both surprised and perplexed. Their normal day-to-day functions can be disrupted, resulting in business downtime. Property owners and building occupants are often consumed with multiple questions and uncertainty as they evaluate the situation and consider the next step of action. “What do I do?” and “Who do I call?” are two commonly asked questions following a water damage discovery.

If your business or property suffers a water loss, immediately contact SERVPRO of Lakeland.

Professional drying and prompt action by experienced restorers following a water intrusion can make a big difference in mitigating structural damage and minimizing secondary damages.

SERVPRO of Lakeland understands the importance of timely response. When dealing with a water intrusion, time can be the differentiator between primary, secondary and permanent damage. The amount of time materials remain wet can also determine if they are restorable or must be replaced. Water impacts material immediately and the damage increases as time passes. For example, wood absorbs moisture quickly, which can result in swelling or staining; however, prompt splitting and warping. The professional restorer focuses on eliminating water and moisture quickly to prevent additional damage.

Upon arrival, SERVPRO of Lakeland's professional team will assess the situation to determine the extent of the damage, A technician will inspect all building components for water and moisture. Although water may only be visible in one room, it is very possible that surrounding areas have also been affected, Water can invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point within the structure. Water can seep through pinhole crevices and cracks in floors and walls traveling further down into the building. Surfaces such as wood, drywall and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of the structure. Inspecting all building components and measuring the moisture level of not only the visibly affected area but also all surrounding areas helps ensure secondary or permanent damage does not occur because wet materials or building components were overlooked.

Knowledge, skill and equipment are all key elements in effective water removal and moisture damage. SERVPRO of Lakeland Technicians apply their industry knowledge, training and experience to measure the extent of moisture saturation and offer proper drying, deodorizing, and disinfecting for areas flooded or damaged by water.

Let SERVPRO of Lakeland assist you with all your commercial and residential needs. We are available 24 hours a day,7 days, a week 365 days a year. We can be reached at (863)646-4213

Public Enemy #1 - Refrigerators

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking water on floor from refrigerator Most refrigerators come with plastic water supply lines that hook up to the wall.

This month one of our customers is dealing with one of our top 5 worst offenders when it comes to causes of water damage.  Most refrigerators come with plastic water supply lines that hook up to the wall.  We highly encourage everyone to replace this line with a copper one that can be purchased at any hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowe's. 

Often there is no warning that damage is happening until the flooring begins buckling or walls become soft.  Luckily, in this case we were able to catch the damage early.  It was necessary to remove the floating laminate floor drill holes in the cabinet toe-kicks to allow for air circulation under the cabinets. But, the homeowner isn't always so lucky to catching early. We have done jobs where the fridge leaks for a long time, saturates the drywall and the walls begin to mold behind cabinets. 

After, we are finished with the drying we apply an anti-microbial agent to discourage mold growth.

"Like it never even happened."


3 Steps for Reducing Water Damage After a Flood at Your Business

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rains cause flooding in parking gargage Storms can drop inches of rain in a short period of time and can cause flooding damage to happen to your business

When your Lakeland, FL, commercial building is damaged by flooding, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. Waterlogged drywall, ruined carpeting and damaged machinery may only be a few issues you have to deal with. However, there are a few steps you can take to begin the recovery process, and knowing some helpful damage tips may give you peace of mind as you work to restore your business.

1. Reduce Humidity Levels

After a flood, the humidity levels in your building may spike due to increased water vapor in the air. This may accelerate mold growth, especially in the case of black mold. Because this type of fungus can spread quickly, it is wise to lower humidity any way you can. Open the windows, run fans and turn on your building’s air conditioner if you have been told it is safe to do so. These damage tips may help you keep the threat of mold at bay until help arrives.

2. Call for Professional Flood Mitigation

If a pipe burst in your employee restroom and caused a flood, you may believe there is no hurry in calling for cleanup because the damage has already been done. However, calling in a flood damage and restoration company as soon as you can may reduce the risk of long-term problems, such as mold growth and structural weakness. Flood technicians might also be able to prevent the spread of flood waters to other areas of your building and prevent them from reaching major systems, such as electrical fuse panels.

3. Sort and Set Aside Items for Restoration

Flood technicians may be able to offer you cleaning tips and restoration options for your inventory or office equipment. While not all items may be salvageable, having assistance during this process can help you feel more confident about recovery.

Facing a flood at your Lakeland, FL, business can be a stressful experience. However, being aware of a few helpful damage tips can give you the peace of mind you need to begin cleanup and restoration efforts.

How Do Building Materials React to Water Damage?

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

Wet floor in living room Water damage in a North Lakeland, FL

How Do Building Materials React to Water Damage?

When cleaning up the aftermath of a flooding event in North Lakeland, FL, you should know which materials are salvageable and which will need to be replaced, like swelling wood. Mostly, that will depend on how porous they are. If you keep around damp materials, you could end up with further damage requiring mold remediation services.


When a hurricane hits or your supply line ruptures, your flooring is the first to get soaked. Most hardwoods and tile will be alright after you dry them out and ventilate. However, a lot of flooring types soak in all the water, making drying near impossible. That means you will need to remove and replace. The usual suspects are:

  • Carpet and padding
  • Subflooring
  • Certain wood compounds


Unfortunately, most of the components making up the layers of your walls can absorb a lot of water. This is where swelling wood can become a real problem. Drywall and insulation will need to be thrown away and replaced. Strip the flooded room down to the bones, and make sure those beams are moisture-free, as well. After thoroughly ventilating and drying what's left, you can rebuild your walls. The silver lining is that now you have the opportunity to choose a new paint color.


Especially when dealing with the consequences of a water pipe repair, your cabinetry and larger furniture pieces can be at risk. Modern cabinets are usually made of cheap material like plywood or cork-board, so they won't be able to dry out- you'll be looking for a cabinet guy on top of all the other work. If your cabinets and furniture are hardwood, you may be in luck, but make sure you bring out a professional to restore them. Even upholstery can be saved with the proper drying techniques.
Swelling wood and soggy carpet can pave the way for structural issues and a big mold problem. Make sure that you get it out of your house as soon as possible after flooding.

Irrigation Systems Can Become a Water Problem On The Inside of Your Home

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

We were able to locate the leak and then dry the carpet and slab to prevent mold.

Your desire to consistently hydrate the gardens and other landscaping around your Lakeland home led to the installation of an automatic sprinkling system. Saving time, water, and money over the long term were incentives, but malfunctions led to unintended concerns. It is not uncommon for irrigation configurations to cause water to seep into foundations or crawl spaces or soak into the exterior wall of a house. We can mitigate the damage. 
If just one sprinkler head is knocked out of alignment, water can pound the siding of your house rather than foundation plantings. The water damage caused to your dwelling may go undetected for a time, allowing the moisture to build up and begin to destroy the building materials inside your dwelling. Likewise, a bend or break in the underground conduits carrying water to the various sprinkler heads can super-saturate the ground around your home, seeping into the slab foundation or crawl space. Our technicians respond with practical strategies that remove the water and dry out the structure. 
The first you realize that the irrigation system is the culprit might be after the SERVPRO of Lakeland crew arrives. You have just noticed some peeling paint or a bulge and dampness on an interior, outward facing wall. You might fear a plumbing leak inside the house. Once we discuss your concerns, we evaluate the situation. If your water pressure is unaffected and bills are as expected, a leak is unlikely. When we walk around the property, our trained eyes catch signs of a misaligned spray. 
The good news is that eliminating this water source is as easy as disengaging the sprinkler system. SERVPRO then extracts any standing water and uses air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry out the interior of your home. Because the conditions could be ripe for microbial growth, we look for any evidence of mold damage. If any is found, our mold remediation team can complete a mold abatement. 
If water saturation has seeped into your crawl space or foundation, we use drying strategies and review the vapor barriers in place. SERVPRO of Lakeland advises you work with the company that installed the sprinkler system to locate the leak or redirect the errant spray head. Otherwise, the water damage can return. 
SERVPRO of Lakeland can help restore damage done by an automatic outdoor watering system. Call us at 863-646-4213 to schedule a consultation.

Know What To Do If A Water Damage Happens In Your Home.

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Know how to cut water off to your appliances.

Experiencing a water loss can be a highly traumatic experience for you and your family. That is why it is so important to be as prepared as possible. Here are a few things to think about, to be better prepared from a water loss.

1. Make sure that you are aware of where all of your shut off valves are located. These can be critical in minimizing damages if you have a pipe break in your home.

2. Be sure to have all of your emergency contacts in your cell phone. This can include local city utilities, plumbers, electricians and any other service company. SERVPRO of Lakeland is a 24/7 company so you are welcome to call us at anytime at 863-646-4213.

Although, there are times where we can't prevent the worst from in happening to our homes, the more we are prepared the better chance we have of minimizing the damages.

“Like it never even happened.”


Timeline for Water Damage

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

When a refrigerator leaked at a office building, they knew exactly who to call! SERVPRO of Lakeland 863-646-4213

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 contaminants can pose serious risks to occupants.

Call SERVPRO of Lakeland Today 863-646-4213

How to Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Lakeland Home.

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience with water damage call the Pros at SERVPRO of Lakeland 863-646-4213

Preventing water damage will save you many headaches and is easier than dealing with the cleanup and repairs. We do not like to think about it, but water damage can cause severe damage to your property. It weakens the foundation and the very core that holds your property together.

You have heard about core strength in your body. Well, water damage hits at the core strength of your house, eventually causing severe structural damage. Damp wood invites termites and carpenter ants; plus, it causes mold and mildew.

Here are 3 easy prevention tips

These tips are easy things to do that will give you piece of mind the next time heavy storms hit.

Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

Clean your gutters routinely. A clogged gutter and drains will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.

Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.

Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation.

Check for Water Leaks

Persistent leaks lead to mold, mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing wet wood, since it is soft).

Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.

At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair any missing, loose, and or damaged shingles.

Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.

Know what to do should water damage occur

Water damage is all about action. Acting fast will save you time and unnecessary costs. Contact SERVPRO of Lakeland experts immediately, our team will help to restore rather than replace. What you can do until SERVPRO of Lakeland arrives

Remove art objects to a safe, dry place & gather loose items from floors.

Remove colored rugs and upholstery from wet carpeting to prevent stains.

Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of Lakeland


“Like it never even happened.”

It's the Water You Can't See That Can Be Scary

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

From Lakeland, to Plant City, to Brandon SERVPRO of Lakeland is Here to Help.

There's no such thing as a small disaster-especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your property by calling your professionals at SERVPRO of Lakeland.

We have the equipment, and our techs have the correct training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To help small leaks from becoming big problems, call us at 863-646-4213 to get an immediate emergency response.

At SERVPRO of Lakeland our professionals are trained to safely clean and restore homes and commercial buildings, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water
  • Measure temperatures and humidity levels for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of the damage and inspect the area for hidden moisture
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet
  • Move and block furniture and contents
  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)
  • Dispose of damaged property

“Like it never even happened.”


Safety Precautions Following Residential Water Loss

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

This is a good picture showing both a "Do" and a "Don't." Don't try to go it alone with a vaccum. DO call SERVPRO of Lakeland today!

When disaster strikes in your home, it is essential to be safe when dealing with damaged items in your household. 

The effects of water damage in a residential home can both be controlled OR worsened depending on the actions taken. Here are a few tips on how to safely control the situation before help arrives:


  • Remove any undamaged items away from the contaminated area
  • Prop up any upholstery items to avoid further damage
  • Place aluminum foil or blocks of wood under wood furniture to prevent damage to personal items
  • Stay out of rooms that have sagging and wet walls



  • Attempt to remove water using personal vacuum or hepa-vac
  • Leave any paper items on wet surfaces such as books or magazines
  • use any electrical outlets or appliances In the affected water area
  • Leave standing water alone for an extended period of time as it could cause mold to grow

If there are any further questions, concerns or if you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Lakeland. (863)646-4213.

SERVPRO's Basic Steps for Water Removal

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Water Removal Process Can Help to Prevent Secondary Damage

SERVPRO observes a relatively simple process for our water removal jobs. Although many underlying concepts and intricacies complicate matters, our process is, at heart, only composed of three essential steps. First, we use water extractors to remove volumes of standing water that can be pumped out of the home. After this comes the drying phase, where we use carefully-positioned air movers to pick water up off of surfaces and get it into the air. Finally, to ensure that the now-saturated air does not cause additional water damage, we use dehumidifiers to chemically or thermally catch water droplets from the air and collect them into removable storage bins.
The first step, water extraction, worries homeowners the most but it is, in fact, one of the easiest steps in water removal jobs. While huge volumes of standing water can appear daunting and do indeed need heavy equipment to take care of properly, our industrial grade extractors can usually clear an area in a matter of hours.
Drying is perhaps the longest step of the project and is often done in tandem with dehumidification. SERVPRO technicians move in heavy-duty air movers to create powerful air flows in an area, catching water on all surfaces and bringing it into the air. This is an all-encompassing step, where we simultaneously dry out all materials including carpet, fabric, wood, laminate, and other common household elements.
Dehumidification may be done alongside drying, but is always done immediately after it at the latest. If the airborne water droplets are not dealt with quickly, they can cause additional problems throughout the home such as oxidation and reintroduction to surfaces. Dehumidifiers attract and collect water back into a liquid form, this time in easily-handled buckets that can easily be removed and handled.
SERVPRO of Lakeland is a local company with national resources backing up every water removal job we take. Call us 24/7 for our help with water removal and restoration at (863) 646-4213.

Water Damage

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

This fellowship hall was flooded end to end. SERVPRO of Lakeland extracted over 600 gallons of water from this building.

     Water Damage. Living in Florida, one might say that water might be the biggest threat to any homeowner living in this southernmost state. We call it a water "intrusion" because its water that is not supposed to be there. It comes from leaky or broken pipes, clogged drains, wind-driven rain, flood water among countless other vehicles of destruction.

     SERVPRO of Lakeland, smack in the middle of the state has seen a little bit, (ok, actually a lot) of everything. Call it our "bread and butter," or our "wheelhouse," but nobody handles a water loss quite like SERVPRO. From storm response to the dreaded late night water loss, we are here to service our clients 24/7.

    This particular loss originated from an old copper pipe hiding behind an innocuous office wall. The pipe leaked and ran for hours as the owner of the building frantically searched for the shut off valve. When it was all said and done the enitre office building was flooded. 

     SERVPRO of Lakeland arrived with our state of the art equipment and extracted over 600 gallons of water. Then, we got to work. This church was able to open its doors the following week due to the swift and professional response of our crew members. 

    They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in something. If that is in fact the case, then the people of Lakeland can rest assured that the experts at SERVPRO of Lakeland can handle any water loss thrown our way!

Lakeland SERVPRO Assists in Storm Response

3/3/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lakeland performs the dry out of a hardwood floor that was affected by water damage.

Recently, SERVPRO of Lakeland participated in a large-scale storm response that affected hundreds of thousands of homes across the central United States. SERVPRO of Lakeland assisted local franchises in the greater Nashville area that were affected by ice damming.

After several days of frozen temperatures and harsh weather, homes experienced frozen gutters that prevented run off and caused back up of water. This affected inner wall cavities, wood flooring, and carpeting caused water damage throughout many homes. SERVPRO of Lakeland responded quickly to the flooding and helped save homeowners thousands of dollars on potentially costly mold issues and reconstruction.

Over the course of eleven days, SERVPRO of Lakeland assisted dozens of customers by extracting water, placing air movers and dehumidifiers, and performing necessary demolition of water damaged drywall and flooring. SERVPRO of Lakeland General Manager, Robert Lay added, “this type of response transcends the traditional house flood response. Neighbors join together and show the strength and resolve that the term ‘community’ stands for across the nation.  We acted not just as a hired hand, but as a friend, neighbor, and shoulder to cry on. It was an honor assisting these homeowners.”

SERVPRO of Lakeland specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland has been serving Lakeland and Polk County residents for over 40 years. We are licensed and insured and have an A+ rating with the better business bureau in restoration and cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland (863)646-4213,