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The Cost of Flood Cleanup

flooded houseWhen most people think about flooding, they generally think of a phenomenon that happens to other people. No one truly believes that their home could be in danger of flooding; after all, that happens overseas, to people in other countries, people who are nothing like us. But sadly, that is not the case. There are very few countries in the world that have not experienced flooding in the last decade, and many environmental scientists believe that, for one reason or another, we are going to have to face flooding more often as time goes by. That sadly means that there will be many people soon who will experience flooding, but have not prepared themselves in the slightest, and so will have to face the horrible truth of flood cleanup.

Flood cleanup is an expensive business, and many people underestimate how much it will cost because they do not understand just how much of a complex procedure it actually is. First of all, you will need to get rid of all the water. That sounds much easier than it actually is; after all, where is the water going to go? Many will have to hire a pump, and locate a place where the water can be put, both of which can incur costs. Next you will have to start drying out everything that was soaked in the flood, and when this comes to property the drying process can take months, if not years. It is not a simple operation, and industrial heaters may have to be hired in order to ensure that the process is completed properly. If the drying process is not adequate, then you may find that mold starts to grow all over your home, which will then incur even more costs.

Next, you will need to start to remove all of the items from your home that were totally destroyed by the flood, and are no longer viable as assets. Most electrical items will now be useless, and probably won’t even switch on. This is because electrical items are only sometimes designed to withstand slight splashing of water – a flood is not something that they are capable of dealing with. The cost of replacing all of those electrical items can almost double the cost of flood cleanup, and that is not even including items such as curtains, carpets, and other soft furnishings.

When you add to all of that the emotional burden of a flood, the potential of having to spend money on emergency accommodation and food, and the devastating hurt of finding that your home has been ruined, the cost of flood cleanup is not necessarily only counted up in money. It is a difficult time for those that live through flood cleanup, and for many of them they believe will never end.

Few people when they see a dripping tap realise just what a costly drama flood cleanup can be, and as the costs start mounting and mounting, it can start to feel as though you are starting to be buried underneath all the bills and invoices that a flood cleanup naturally creates. However, believe it or not, your insurance policy should almost always cover those costs! That means that you do not have to financially suffer from the cost of flood cleanup, and you can begin to start building up your life again. If you have suffered from flood damage, or due to the position of your home and the surrounding area you believe yourself likely to suffer flood damage in the future, then just drop Orange Restoration San Diego a quick call at (619) 376-6838, and we will be able to advise you on how to protect yourself and your home.

By |August 4th, 2015|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in the Carolina’s and Ohio

It has been a busy few days for floods this past week across the United States. Flooding in Greenville County South Carolina killed two and Toledo, OH experienced 6 inches of rain in less than two hours on Sunday. Dealing with flooding can be extremely stressful. If you ever experience water damage caused by flooding give our San Diego flood cleanup experts a call 24/7 for emergency services.

A stalled frontal system caused heavy rain across North and South Carolina on Saturday, killing two people and shutting down streets and roads across the two states, prompting several daring water rescues. A woman and man were killed after their car got stuck in the rising flood waters during the night. When the water started to rise at an alarming rate, the couple tried to escape the sinking car but was sucked into a storm drain and drowned. According the Greenville County Coroner, the body of the woman was recovered more than a mile down the river before being recovered and the man’s body was found Monday, in a small pond that the storm drain empties into. According to Ari Sarsalari of Weather.com, over 3 inches of rain fell in the Greenville area from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. local time. The 3 inches of rainfall caused the Reedy River, which runs right through downtown Greenville, to rise from 3 feet to nearly 11 feet.

flooding-car-submergedIn Toledo, Ohio, heavy rain flooded several underpasses, slowing motorists, and causing others to take completely alternate routes. In addition to Toledo, Defiance, Fulton and Henry counties were issued a flood warning that lasted until 5:30pm on Monday. Heavy rain continued to fall over much of the warning area that caused widespread flooding. Three inches of rain fell on Monday and a few more inches are expected to fall throughout the evening. Several communities are the most vulnerable to flooding including Liberty Center, Napoleon, Colton, Defiance, and Jewell. Jennifer Young, a spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp, the main power provider in Toledo., said earlier today about 1,300 people were without power in the area. FirstEnergy had sent several crews out on Sunday but there were still many households without power.

Remember, the San Diego flood cleanup experts and Orange Restoration has the experience and equipment necessary to handle any water damage. We are available for emergency services 24/7 and will respond in under an hour. Give us a call today! (619) 376-6838

By |August 12th, 2014|Flood|0 Comments

Flash Floods Strike San Diego County

Heavy rains in San Diego caused several flash floods across the northeastern portion of the county this past weekend. The National Weather Service put out a flash flood warning for the Borrego Springs area Sunday evening that lasted until 6:30pm. There was a separate flash flood warning for Ramona that only lasted until 4pm. One road collapsed and several others were completely flooded. Rock and mud slides were also witnessed in the mountain and desert areas of the county.

montezuma-floodCHP officers reported that Montezuma Valley Road was “completely flooded out” and that they had witnessed “debris everywhere” just after 5pm on Sunday. Officers also closed down State Route 78 near Split Mountain Road at 4:30pm after flash floods were reported in the area. Many other roads were also closed including State Route 76 near the Pala Indian Reservation and Route 74 near mile marker 7.8. The rain was so severe that the Ramona fairgrounds were flooded on Sunday afternoon, the final day of the Ramona Junior Fair.

Flash floods are the most common weather emergency in the United States. They can cause mud and rock slides and destroy buildings and bridges. By definition, a flash flood is rapid flooding of low-lying areas in 4 hours or less. This can be caused by intense rainfall, or by the destruction of man-made buildings and structures like dams. There will not always be warning when these flash floods strike so it is a good idea to be prepared for such an event.

san-diego-floodingCome up with a Flood Disaster Plan. Educate yourself about your area’s flood risk and where the highest elevation is around your property. You can call your local Red Cross chapter or the National Weather Service for this useful information. If you are in an area where floods are common give your insurance company a call to make sure your home or business has flood coverage included in your policy. You should also develop a flood evacuation plan in the event that you need to leave quickly. Share all this information with your family or employees so that all parties are on the same page in the event of an emergency.

Dealing with the flood cleanup can be an equally stressful time. No one expects flooding in their home or business but sometimes the unimaginable can happen. Calling an experienced San Diego flood cleanup company is the first step to getting your property back to its original state. Our technicians have the experience and tools necessary to complete any job. If you have experienced flooding and water damage in your home or business give Orange Restoration a call immediately! (619) 376-6838

By |August 4th, 2014|Flood, News|0 Comments

Flooding in the Workplace

A pipe bursts. Your roof leaks. A storm unleashes its power on your business. Or a fire causes your sprinkler system to go off, and – BOOM! – you have water damage at your place of work.


There are very few things that can put the brakes on a thriving business like the aftermath of a flood in your workplace. You will experience the loss of office equipment, inventory, and most importantly, computers containing office flies, client information, invoices, etc. You will also lose your productivity since you will have to drop everything and deal with the aftermath of water damage and rebuild your business back to working order.


Whatever the origin of your water damage may be, the speed of the clean up process all depends on how quickly the materials within your office can be dried. It is important to act fast if you want to get your business back up and running before losing customers and clients. Should you hire a restoration company or handle the cleanup all by yourself? When you decided to hire a water damage restoration expert – a very wise choice, by the way- a fleet of technicians will be dispatched to your office immediately to begin the process of water extraction and repair.  Our certified water damage specialists will also deal directly with your insurance company and claims adjuster, allowing you to focus on getting your business back up and running.

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Besides needing to get back into business, why is dealing with the water damage quickly so important? Where there is excessive moisture, there is certainly mold. Picture just one tiny mold spore dropping onto a ceiling tile or a soggy section of your carpet. In virtually no time at all, that mold spore can multiply—and suddenly you’ll have employee and client health problems on your hands. According to the National Center for Environmental Health, coming in direct contact with molds can result in hay fever-like signs or symptoms and compromise the breathing of folks with chronic respiratory disease like COPD and asthma. Those with immune problems could possibly be at increased risk for infection from molds. Bottom line: If the job is too large to do by yourself with bleach along with elbow grease, it is very important to contact a mold remediation professional that has experience in effectively cleaning mold to stop contamination and recurrence.


To recap, taking fast action and working with water damage restoration experts can mean all the difference between sinking—or swimming—should your small business unfortunately experience flooding. While it’s fresh on your mind, why not save precious time now by pre-selecting a local water damage restoration team you are able to reply upon?

By |September 11th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on Flooding in the Workplace

Are You Prepared for a Flood?

Man-made fixtures are one of the most common culprits of in-home floods and water damage. Fixtures such as toilets, faucets, and even the copper piping can malfunction and leak water into your property. However man-made fixtures are not the only cause of property flooding. Floods are one of the most common and costly natural disasters in the US. They can happen anywhere. Steady rain can slowly build up causing water back up in areas prone to flooding. If the rain is excessive a flash flood could be possible, creating excessively flooded areas and rising rivers. However, it can happen that a flooding situation can just be a freak occurrence.

Flood cleanup services

Recently Calgary, Alberta experienced a devastating flood due to what is being called a “unique” situation. Heavy rains combined with an already saturated ground- due to the area still being frozen- created flowing waters that ran down valleys. Couple those conditions with strong winds and the “unique” situation becomes a massive flood.
More people than not were displaced from this flood, many losing their homes as well. Once we heard about this devastating tragedy Orange Restoration stepped in to lend a hand. Our team of water damage professionals, many with damage at their own property, set out to High River to help alleviate some of the stress from the victims. Once areas were open our team began assisting homeowners in removing affected building materials and debris on their property. Our water damage professionals set to work placing dehumidifiers and air mover fans in attempts to dry out the building material and stop the growth of mold.
Our staff has been grateful to be a part of helping restore Calgary. We take great pride in what we do and appreciate Calgary for giving us the chance to show it.

Tips from the Redcross for flooding:
-Be prepared!
Always have a plan with your household in case of a flood.
-Have supplies ready
– 3 day supply of water; or one gallon per person per day
– 3 day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
– Flashlight
– Medications and Medical Items
– Battery-powered radio

Safety Tips:
-Stay away from floodwaters. Flowing water above 6 inches can sweep you off your feet.
-Do not try to drive through flooded areas, turn around and find another way. Cars can be swept away in less than two feet of moving water.
-Keep children and pets out of all water. Water can be contaminated or if it is moving fast enough, they can be swept away.
-Be even more cautious at night, it may be harder to notice flood danger.

Do you want to find out more tips on how to prepare for a flood and finding a reliable Calgary water damage, San Diego water damage, or Orange County water damage company visit us online!

By |July 9th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on Are You Prepared for a Flood?

The Basics of Water Extraction

With all the crazy weather in recent years, there are thousands of homes suffering from flooding. A flood can be a one of the most devastating events for homeowners. Your possessions and your home itself can be dramatically affected by both rushing and creeping waters. Severe storms, hurricanes, rising rivers or lakes, and more can cause flooding. These waters from outside can seem safe, until they are swirling around you’re living room. When the panic subsides, the real work begins. Water extraction from areas where the water is still standing must be accomplished. Flooding leaves behind a disaster zone. Mud, silt, and items swept in from outside settle in flooring. The water also leaves behind dangers that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Water from the ground, sea, lakes and rivers all hold physical, chemical and biological contaminants that can seriously endanger the health of those in the home. The moisture that soaks into the walls, flooring, and furniture provides a perfect environment for the growth of mold. Mold can cause serious respiratory illnesses and allergies. In fact, breathing in mold and mildew spores can cause permanent lung damage. There may still be water standing in lower levels of the home. Water extraction, especially from basements and crawl spaces, requires specialty equipment in order to get all the moisture out.

We recommend calling a water extraction expert immediately to increase the possibility that you home can be fully restored. A certified professional can respond rapidly and assess the water category and the class of water damage. The category and class will determine what approaches are needed to deal with water damage repairs and restoration. Professionals have the tools necessary to deal with excess water, contaminants, and mold growth. They also have protective gear to protect against illness or other negative health effects from the contaminants in the water or black mold growth.

Natural flooding is not the only source of excess water you should be worried about. Sometimes pipes break or leak, appliances malfunction, or sinks, tubs, or toilets overflow. These can devastate a home as well. Each type of water damage will have different considerations. For instance, sewage must be handled differently from a clean water flood from a water supply line. With a leak within the home, the source has to be found and repaired in addition to repairing the water damage to the property. The first step in water extraction, getting the water out and the moisture dried up.

Do you want more information about water extraction and finding a reliable water damage restoration company? Visit www.Orange-Restoration.com today!

By |May 6th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on The Basics of Water Extraction

How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help After a Flood

Are you are dealing with the aftermath of flooding in your house? If so, you are most likely struggling with a tangle of frustrating emotions, including panic and anger. Dealing with the aftermath of a flood can be overwhelming. Most homeowners don’t even know where to start after flood water has caused serious damage to their residence.

The first thing you need to do after a flood is call a San Diego flood and water damage restoration company to help you through the clean up process step by step. There are countless water damage extraction companies based in and around San Diego, so your main task is to hire a reputable one to work with you. First, you will be asked to schedule an initial consultation with your water damage expert. This consultation will give your specialist a chance to assess the state of the water damage in your home.

After the assessment is over, your water damage clean up service experts will start doing their jobs! The team you hire will have to complete all sorts of tasks in order to repair the water damage that your house has suffered. They will tell you exactly what is happening in your house, but we recommend you do some research of your own.

Extract all Standing Water

The first thing the cleanup team will do is remove all standing water from your abode. Finishing this part of the job could take multiple days, particularly if most of the water hasn’t already been removed. San Diego water damage repair businesses usually own pieces of equipment that are engineered to make the standing water removal process as efficient as possible. We recommend asking one of your crew members if you don’t understand how these pieces of machinery function.

Your Home Must be Sanitized

Usually, flood water is filled with an absolute kaleidoscope of bacteria and microorganisms. Many of these can make humans ill. Because of the possible health risks, it is critical for San Diego water damage experts to completely sanitize their work sites after they have gotten rid of any remaining stagnant water. One example is scouring your floors with antibacterial solution.

Figure Out What Can Be Salvaged

You should be able to ask your water damage remediation service experts exactly how many of your belongings were permanently ruined during the flood. You would be surprised how many things around your household can be salvaged.

By |April 29th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help After a Flood

How to Prevent Flood Damage at Your Property

Over eighty percent of household damage is the result of water damage and flooding. Broken water pipes are the largest contributor to that figure. Electronic items are destroyed. Rugs, curtains and clothes are ruined. You’ll spend days cleaning up the mess, getting rid of the mildew smell and getting any broken pipes fixed so you can get your water running again. The damage could be too much to handle on your own and you may want to contact a local restoration company. Here are 5 tips for preventing flood damage in your household.

  • If you notice your water bill is abnormally high and you have no idea why, do a complete inspection of your water system. There could be a faulty faucet or leaking pipe causing the problem.
  • Do not pour grease of any kind down your sink or disposal. A layer of solidified oils and fats can reduced the width of the pipe to only 3/4 of an inch.  It is only a matter of time before a small piece of food lodges itself in the grease and causes a clog!
  • Replace washing machine hoses every five years. Make sure everything is connected and there is no rust or corrosion.
  • Check your water heater annually. If you need to replace your water heater which is currently inside your home, explore the possibility of moving it to the garage. If the water heater ends up leaking, water damage will only be in the garage instead of your home.
  • Locate the turn-off valve for your city water supply. Learn how to operate it so in the event of an emergency you can quickly shut off your water.

Want to learn more about preventing flood damage and finding a reliable San Diego restoration company? Visit Orange Restoration for more information.

By |April 8th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on How to Prevent Flood Damage at Your Property

Silicon Valley Flood Damage

Silicon Valley Flood Damage Restoration Experts are standing by. Give us a call for immediate service.

Flood water damage is one of the most common types of damage that can happen in residential properties. Overflowing toilets and bathtubs, leaking pipes or even slab leaks are more common that you'd think.

Silicon Valley flood damage experts are trained in how to remove the water from your property quickly and efficiently, and we pride ourselves in doing whatever we can to reduce the risk of secondary damage that can be caused by microbial growth.

When dealing with situations of flood damage, the biggest concern is leaving areas that have been affected unexposed. Less experienced technicians may not notice hidden cavities, such as under stairs, closets, and other corners that may have allowed water in. The moisture will seep and create secondary damage in all areas that are left untreated. Make sure your technicians are experienced and certified in flood damage restoration.

By |April 26th, 2012|Flood|Comments Off on Silicon Valley Flood Damage

Water Damage and Restoration Rescue

When a pipe explodes in your home, you need to be rescued. When a toilet overflows and water spreads throughout your home, you need to be rescued. When sewage backs up in your home, you need to be rescued. No one plans on needing a water damage and restoration company, but it's always good to have one on speed dial in case of an emergency.

When any of these things happen to your home, you need to find a reputable company fast. What makes a company reputable? Well, you want to confirm the company you are looking at is insured. You probably want to go to YELP and see reviews from other people saying good things about the company you are interested in.

You should also look through their website and confirm that they will help you throughout the process. It can be very stressful to have to repair your home after a disaster. Financial costs, the stress of not having your home, potential mold problems are all reasons to be kind to yourself and find a water restoration company that will do the bulk of the work for you. Find a company that works 24-7 and is able to dispatch someone immediately. You need to feel like you're in good hands. Confirm that the company will handle your insurance claim so you have one less thing to worry about.

We're not saying we do all of these things (okay, we do). Ultimately we want you to hire someone that will do the job right the first time and minimize the amount of work you have to do to make your home feel like home again.

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