Recent Water Damage Posts

Water damage problems

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

This is a ceiling with water damage.

Water Damage Causes

  • Bursting or leaking pipes.
  • Issues with the plumbing system.
  • Buildup in areas prone to collecting water, such as crawl spaces, attics and basements.
  • Faulty or malfunctioning household appliances.
  • HVAC (Heating, ventilating and air conditioning units) issues.
  • Natural disasters and other weather-related water problems.

How long does it take for water damage?

Within 1 to 24 hours – When water damage lasts for 1 to 24 hours, drywall begins to bulge and break, furniture begins to swell and crack, and metal surfaces begin to tarnish. Within 2 hours to 7 days – You will experience growth and spread of mold and mildew.

On a situation of water damage, we are here 24 hours a day to take care of any size of damage. Whether you simply have a question about something you're dealing with at your property or you require immediate assistance, SERVPRO of Lake forest South/Laguna Woods is always "here to help"

Tips to avoid water damage to your home

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

How can I protect my house from water damage?

  1. Disconnect Hoses

Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that – in a best-case scenario – stops your water flow and, worst case, may bust your pipes and create damage to walls, floor and foundation.

  1. Maintain Trees and Vegetation

Thriving shrubs can be a beautiful thing – except when their roots wrap around your pipes and break them.  That’s why it’s important to minimize landscaping near utility pipes or, if necessary, remove trees and shrubs that have become too big.

  1. Know your Water Main

Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.  If no water goes into the house, chances are no faucet drips can wreak havoc on your home!

  1. Check Appliances Regularly

Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to manufacturer’s directions.

  1. Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly

If you opt to ignore moisture damage, or postpone making the necessary repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.

  1. Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses

Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners.  Replace yours regularly to avoid a mighty mess and expensive damage.

  1. Install Water Detection Devices

A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor is in contact with moisture.  Its main benefit is that it detects low moisture levels or slow leaks that often go unnoticed.  Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.

  1. Monitor Your Water Bill

Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill.  If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation, put your “water detective’s hat” on.  Is there a leak in your crawlspace? Or, is it a pipe in your front yard? Don’t leave mystery leaks unattended!

  Follow these tips to keep your home safe and well-maintained, call SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods for any type of inspection.

Water pipe leak

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

This is a water leak from a pipe.

Why do water pipes leak?

These temperature changes within the pipe might cause some pipes to burst or crack leading to leakages. Some pipes freeze during winter and contract, when water runs through them, the expansion causes crevices to form which in time lead to leaks.

What to do if water pipe is leaking?

For tiny leaks in pipes, use a compound stick available at most hardware stores. Simply rub the stick over the hole to stop the leak. The compound stick can even stop small leaks while the water is still running in the pipe. Epoxy paste can be applied only to dry pipes, and the water must be turned off.

Here at SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods our Technicians are knowledgeable and well trained to handle any situation. “Like it never even happened.”

What to do on a roof leak situation

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

This is roof leak with a tarp.

What Do You Do if Your Roof a spring Leak?

  1. Stop the water damage, once you discover an active leak in your roof, the first thing to do is minimize the water damage as much as possible.
  2. Contain the water
  3. Remove the water
  4. Call your insurance company
  5. Fix the roof leak

Is a leaking roof an emergency?

Roof leaks are a problem in any weather, but a roof that starts to leak during a heavy rainstorm can quickly turn into a major emergency. Unfortunately, rainy weather is when a roof leak is most likely to happen.

On a situation of water damage, we are here 24 hours a day to take care of any size of damage.Just remember SERVPRO, it’s here ready to help, "Like it never even happened."

Dishwasher leak

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

This is a photo of a dish washer leaking leaving damages on Floor, drywall and baseboards.

What is the most common cause of a dishwasher leaking?

One of the most common reasons a dishwasher might leak is due to a damaged or deteriorated door seal. Also known as a tub gasket, water usually leaks from the lower sides of the door if there is a breach in the seal.

Wrong Dishwasher Detergent

Even if you're rinsing your dishes with soap prior to running them through the dishwasher, the solution on the dishes can bubble up and put pressure against the door seal, causing it to eventually leak. Avoid using dish soap when rinsing dishes to avoid this problem.

This are some of the materials that could be affected by dish washer leak:

  • Drywall
  • Carpet
  • Carpet pad
  • Insulation
  • Baseboards
  • Cabinets
  • Laminate

Its always better to know what could happen and be prepared it this situation, I hope this helpful to everyone. Remember "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna woods for your water damage at 949-429-3188.

What are the signs of water on walls?

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

The following are common signs of water leakage behind your walls.

  • Musty odors.
  • Visible mold growth on walls and baseboards.
  • Staining.
  • Peeling or bubbling paint and wallpaper.
  • Warped walls.
  • Buckled ceilings and floors.
  • High Utility Bills

What happens when water gets in your walls?

Excess water and moisture gets absorbed in wood, drywall, insulation, and wallpaper which can lead to warping, stains, bubbling, and deterioration. Hidden water leaks can also cause mold to grow and spread in areas behind walls and ceilings where it is not easily detected.

These are a few of the most common signs of water on walls that can affect your home in the case of water damage. For every job we inspect these things to get a thorough understating of your property’s water damage situation so we can create a plan to make your home/commercial property “Like it never even happened.”

Why do my windows leak when it rains?

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Most often window leaks during rain are the result of faulty installation or improper construction. It could also be a lack of overhangs or improperly angled fascia that drain water and protect against wind-driven rain. Or leaks could be the result of poor maintenance or missing caulking.

How window leaks could affect your home?

Window leakage is more than just annoying—it can cause damage to your home, including mold and mildew growth, wood rot, or even foundation problems! Never ignore leaky windows. If you notice water around your windows after it rains, you should consider having your windows repaired or replaced. If you don’t notice right away water coming in, it could damage some of the following materials:

  • Drywall
  • Carpet
  • Carpet pad
  • Insulation
  • Baseboards
  • Cabinets
  • Laminate

Its always best to repaired before it gets worst and materials are affected. If your property has water damage, it’s best to call a water damage restoration company instead of fixing the mess yourself. The professionals will handle everything and leave your house as it was before the damage.

Call SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna woods for your water damage at 949-429-3188.

How common are slab leaks?

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Perhaps the most common cause of slab leaks is improperly installed or poor-quality pipes. If your water pipes were kinked, bent, or dented in any way during installation, the affected areas could cause the pipes to leak and potentially burst because of the abrasive properties of water flowing by over time.

What happen when a slab leak occurs?

A slab leak occurs when the pipes inside or underneath a home's foundation begin to leak. If left unattended, slab leaks can saturate the soil under your home, making your floors uneven and slowly sinking the building into the ground.

How bad is a slab leak?

Slab leaks can and will cause: Damage to your home's foundationSlab leaks can weaken the structural integrity of the concrete and steel supports that comprise your foundation. Eventually, water pressure and leakage can cause you foundation to shift and move.

What are the signs of a slab leak?

  • A sudden, unexplained spike in water bills.
  • Water pooling where it shouldn't.
  • Damp carpet or warped hard flooring.
  • Mold or mildew (visible or just the smell)
  • A decrease in water pressure.
  • A hot water heater that's constantly running.
  • Areas of the floor that are suddenly hot.

Repining the whole home or line is the best solution for repairing the slab leak and preventing future slab leaks. The plumber can terminate the leaking line, or all lines, running underneath the slab foundation and put in all new copper water lines.

SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods always strives to make each customer happy with the service they receive. 


How to Protect Your Home from Rainwater Damage

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

It looks like the rainy season here in Southern California is beginning. Will your house be safe during a heavy downpour? Here is what you can do to help protect your home from rainwater damage.

1. Maintain your roof. Neglecting the care of your roof could lead to some serious damage when the rain comes. Inspect your roof for damaged, missing, or loose shingles. Keep in mind that roods have a lifespan of 20-30 years. 

2. Seal windows and doors. If windows and doors are not properly sealed, water can seep in through the cracks. Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks. They can be sealed with caulking or with sprayable insulating foam. 

3. Maintain your homes's exterior finish. Water may be able to enter your home through holes in your exterior walls, resulting in mold, peeling paint, or discoloration. Repaint and repair exterior areas as needed. 

4. Ensure proper drainage. If water isn't properly diverted away from the home, the foundation could possibly be at risk. Make sure that there is no standing water available. 

5. Clean your gutters. They should be free of any debris. Blocked gutters cause the water to flow down the side of your house and collect at the base.

6. Check your downspout. Downspouts should extend to at least two or three feet from the house. If it doesn't extend far enough, then it could actually be channeling the water directly into a puddle at the base of your house.

Water Pipe Leak

12/6/2017 (Permalink)


SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods responded to a home located in Mission Viejo. The caller was concerned about running water that they heard between a kitchen and a bathroom wall. Upon arriving at the site, the SERVPRO technicians were able to see water leaking into the kitchen area. 

Inspection revealed that there was mold present. When mold is discovered, containments are built to reduce the spread of mold spores in the home. Very specific procedures are completed when dealing with mold such as removal of drywall, sanitation of surrounding materials and air purification.

The customer was pleased with the service provided to her, citing her appreciation for the knowledgeable, well trained, and professional crew that handled her situation.

How the Water Damage Restoration Process Works

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers 24/7 emergency support for any water damage situation.


Each SERVPRO uses a general step by step procedure when dealing with a water damage situation. This ensures that each emergency situation is dealt with safely. SERVPRO  of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods understands that each water damage emergency can vary, therefore some procedures might be handled differently.

The following list details how the water damage restoration process works:

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Contact- when dealing with water damage, timing is crucial. The cleanup and restoration starts by calling SERVPRO's 24 hour emergency line, where a representative will determine the severity of the water damage before dispatching a nearby SERVPRO professional. 
  2. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment- in order to develop an appropriate plan of action, a SERVPRO professional must assess the scope of the damage. They must determine where the source of the water is coming from, check for contaminated water, and look for any safety concerns and share them with the property owner. The professional must also identify the classification and category of the water to restore the property to industry safety standards. Furniture or belongings at risk of being damaged are also moved out of the way.
  3. Water Removal and Extraction- SERVPRO's highly trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, industrial wet/dry vacuums may be used as well as submersible pumps. The technicians must also determine if the carpet and carpet pad need removal. 
  4. Drying and Dehumidification- after the water removal step, the floors and walls may very well still contain excess water. This water can cause the building materials to warp, swell, or deteriorate, and can possibly cause mold damage. Using specialized equipment, SERVPRO's technicians will use industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the building materials. Moisture checks will be performed to monitor the drying progress. 
  5. Cleaning and Repair- SERVPRO professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water through various cleaning methods. Odor removal may also be performed since waterlogged objects tend to have an unpleasant odor. Depending on the scenario, antimicrobial and sanitizing treatments may be performed on the property. Damaged materials may also be disposed of at the property owner/insurance's discretion. 
  6. Restoration- restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall or carpet, or even consist of larger construction repairs. Damage caused by water or storm may cause technicians to put up special temporary protective measures in order to prevent additional damage. The overall goal is to restore the home to its pre-water damage condition. 

Many SERVPROs can assist the property owner by providing some or all of the restoration services, simplifying the procedure for them. 

Water Damage in Bathroom

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Flooring after the carpet and padding was removed.

SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods was called to a home in Laguna Hills to clean up the aftermath of a toilet leak in the upstairs bathroom. The leak affected other areas of the house including the laundry room and the bedroom.

The surrounding carpet and padding outside of the bathroom were affected and had to be pulled. The before picture shows the affected areas after the carpet and padding had been pulled from the floor. 

The homeowner was absolutely thrilled with the work of our technicians and rated our service 10/10. She was pleased with our "consistently professional, pleasant, and efficient" work. 

SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods always strives to make each customer happy with the service they receive.