Recent Water Damage Posts

How To handle an overflowing Toilet

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Overflowing toilets are an absolute pain to work with. A toilet can overflow frequently but if dealt with improperly can cause health or property damage concerns.

No one is more uncomfortable or annoyed than when their toilet overflows. It’s just a shock inducing event. While sometimes a toilet can just have a simple clog there can be other signs of a worse issue.

Don’t Flush Until the Problem is Identified

The first thing to do is to not flush your toilet until you know the problem. Excessive flushing without a proper diagnosis will only lead to further flooding or spread of contaminated water. If the toilet is continually flooding without any flushing turn off the water supply line. Most toilets have an exposed water line with a valve that must be turned to shut off the water supply. Just don’t forget to turn the water back on once the problem is identified and properly dealt with.

Try a Plunger

The simplest solution might be just using a plunger to dislodge the clog. Gently put the plunger into the toilet and firmly press it onto the drain portion and press back and forth. If it is a simple clog this will force water and air into the location and clear up any complications in the toilet. If the plunger solution does not work, there may be a more significant problem.

Use an Auger

If using a plunger does not work, you may want to try and use some form of auger or snaking mechanism. This works by reaching into the clogged material and pulling out anything which refuses to move. If a toy, metallic object or otherwise falls into the drain you may need to use an auger.

Call a Plumber

Worst case scenario if none of the above works you may need to call a plumber or sewage company. If you have a private septic tank you may have an overflow and need to have it drained. Otherwise you will want to call a plumber to see if there is something mechanically wrong with the toilet.

If you have any water damage or biohazard situation due to an overflowing toilet give SERVPRO® of Palmdale south a call at (661) 272-1499. 

Dealing with Water Damage Around the Holidays

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

We are nearing the end of October, and beginning the heavy holiday season. We always always ALWAYS anticipate this year to be the busiest with water damage in homes and businesses. It never fails; you get so many people in one house, something is bound to break.

We aren’t talking about your grandma’s casserole dish. Usually, the damage is in the wall, behind the fridge, or in the laundry room. JUST when you’re trying to get the house together for company, chaos ensues!

We can’t count just on one hand the number of calls we get for work to be done before holiday company visits. Our turnaround is very quick because we get right to business; we aren’t afraid of dirt, water, or getting into the walls. Acton water damage experts aren’t around often because we aren’t a service you seek out during your off time; we are a service often needed at 3 in the morning, or at 4:59 on a Friday afternoon.

Our SERVPRO experts work around the clock for you because we know quick, efficient work will make your life easier. We strive for satisfied customers.

Contact Us

Call today if you see ANY signs of water damage, including but not limited to: wet floors (cause unknown), dripping from the ceiling, discolored walls, peeling paint, or peeling laminate. You may not need an expert to tell you whether these are signs of water damage, but you will need an expert to make the water damage look “Like it never even happened.”

Palmdale Water Loss Repair

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

How can water damage start?

The slightest issue can become the biggest nightmare with water damage. Often, damage occurs from something that you would never have thought would cause a huge mess.

Often, we receive calls about water lines in toilets or refrigerators breaking, thus causing water to leak everywhere. Whether you have laminate, tile, carpet, or hardwood flooring, the ground will be affected differently each time but equally painful towards your checking account. OR, a pipe could break in the wall. OR, the sink could be accidentally left on while you’re arguing on the phone with a creditor. Do you know what to do if your house gets wet?

What else could go wrong?

What else can really grind your gears? Imagine the loss happening when you’re not home, when you’ve been on vacation, or this residence is one of your rentals, or the loss started in the house next door. We have seen many scenarios of water losses. Thus, our experience in dealing with water loss repair in Palmdale is quite extensive!

Combined with years of experience, on the job training, up to date Continuing Education, consistent positive customer service, and a wonderful Corporate team, we can make every fire and water loss project “Like it never even happened.”