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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

SERVPRO Shows Us How They Remediate Water Damage

We filmed this video on a remediation site where a simple wax ring failure on an upper-level toilet caused significant downstairs damage. A wax ring is a seal between the toilet base and the flange attached to the waste line on the floor.  When working correctly, this seal keeps sewage from seeping onto the floor or, in the case of a two-story house, into the ceiling below.   Jose Medrano, Production Manager of a local SERVPRO franchise, explained that the wax ring failure on the upstairs toilet “caused the water to seep through the tile flooring, the hardwood flooring, and downstairs to the dining room/living room ceiling below.”

Medrano went further to explain that SERVPRO had "taken the precaution to cover the unaffected areas, the flooring, the stairways, [and] the banisters, in order to protect those [during] the removal of the affected materials."  One of our goals is to contain and minimize the damage.  Plastic sheeting is used to build containment barriers and protect the unaffected areas and keep them from coming in contact with the contaminated material.

Medrano explains that before rebuilding can occur, the structure has to be completely dry. SERVPRO removed the drywall and disinfected the structure.  They also ensured that the exposed frame was dried and sanitized, which is essential to prevent mold growth.  You can move to the rebuilding stage confidently after SERVPRO ensures the structure dried completely.   

Often water damage begins with a small unseen leak.  Over time as the damage continues to grow significant issues can occur, often affecting the structure and other areas of your house. It is never wise to wait to get help when you find water damage inside of your home. Don't wait, reach out to SERVPRO of Stockton by phoning (209) 477-3090. No matter the time, we're ready to remediate the damage in your home.