Restoration, Repairs and Reconstruction

Water damage restoration first cleans and dries your home or business to halt further deterioration.  You’ll likely need to follow that up with floor, ceiling & wall repairs.  Even with the best teams and equipment there can be mold and bacterial growth along with warping wood, disintegrating drywall, soaked insulation, corroding electrical connections, and so on.  Heavily damaged areas may need a tear out and complete reconstruction.  There’s no licensing specific to water damage restoration companies, so you want to hire only certified restoration specialists.  Then for all but the smallest of repairs, you’ll a licensed general contractor to make sure everything is done properly.  But not just any company. You’ll want company experienced in water damage so that they know what to look out for, how to coordinate various building trades (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and so on), and how to work with your insurance company to get everything returned to pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.

Restoration and Beyond

A full-service water damage restoration company is qualified to take care of everything from cleanup and structural drying to repairs and reconstruction.  With an immediate start, their advanced tools and skills keep work to a minimum.  Hopefully, you’ll only need minor repairs, but you may need full disaster reconstruction services.  It’s usually best to deal with a single company to handle it all — provided they’re experienced with major construction projects.  That’s especially true for kitchen & bathroom restorations.  That way you won’t have to be coordinating multiple contractors yourself to deal with mold removal, replacing flooring, patching drywall, and so on.  You’ll have a single quote and deal with a single company that understands the full scope and special conditions that follow fire, wind, and water damage.

Floor, Ceiling & Wall Repairs

Carpet quickly deteriorates and often needs replacing.  Other flooring materials are more resilient, but the plywood sub-floor may become damaged.  Hardwood flooring is especially vulnerable.  But Service First has unique equipment to mitigate the need for complete replacement.  Sanding and refinishing may be all that’s needed.

It’s not surprising that ceiling repairs are needed after a roof or overhead pipe leak.  But many people are surprised by how extensively walls can be damaged.  Moisture quickly wicks upwards a foot or more, soaking insulation and destroying drywall.  Additionally, structural drying may require opening up wall cavities.  So gypsum board often needs patching or replacing.

Other Repairs

Whether water, fire, or storm damage we can handle just about any repair necessary.  That includes painting, replacing cabinetry, installing new windows and roofing, and replacing the insulation.

Complete Reconstruction

Our teams are also ready for full reconstruction services — floor to ceiling, framing to finish carpentry.  Experienced in working with insurance companies, we’re held to the highest standards with results worthy of leading remodeling companies.  Whether a bedroom, bath, or gourmet kitchen we’ll handle all the details from permits to final cleanup and haul away.

Choose Service First

You can count on us for an immediate response 24/7.  Family owned we’re licensed as a California general contractor, bonded, and fully insured.  Our team includes skilled construction crews as well as certified cleaning and restoration experts.  We’re an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm and are members of professional associations such as the Cleaning and Restoration Association, The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, and Guild Quality.  We’ve streamlined our processes for budget and fast recovery with quality results.  That includes direct insurance billing.  You’ll be dealing with a single company with a comprehensive warranty and no finger-pointing.


Washing Machine Water Damage

Washing machines are among the top-10 causes of water damage in the home.  Yes, a clothes-washer can damage your home, with water damage restoration costs exceeding a thousand dollars even with homeowners insurance.  And it can happen at any time, 24 hours a day.  Which is a shame because washing machine floods can be prevented.  We’ll explain how, including a couple of tips.  Plus a third tip that’s critical to your safety!  Proper care and maintenance are always important, as insurance won’t cover losses that were preventable.

Burst Washing Machine Hose

washing macine hose leakA burst hose is the most common problem, accounting for about half of all washing machine water damage claims.  The water supply lines provide on the order of 4 times that of a water-conserving shower head, some 10 gallons per minute.  That might not seem like much, but that’s 600 gallons in your home in a single hour.

Tip #1:  Turn off the washer’s water supply line valves when you’ll be away for the weekend or longer.

The general advice is to replace those hoses every 5 to 6 years.  And much more often than that check for signs of problems such as blistering or swelling, wear, and cracks.  You should check that connections are tight and that the hoses aren’t stretched taught several times each year.  And when it’s time for replacement, forget those old rubber hoses.  Get only steel-reinforced  hoses.

Buying premium washer hoses every 5 years may seem like an unnecessary expense, but considering that water damage repairs from a burst hose commonly runs to hundreds and even thousands of dollars those hoses are a great bargain.  Besides, they’re only around $30 a pair and you can install them yourself.  If your washer is on the second-floor or near a carpeted area, make that upgrade right away.


A clothes-washer can overflow as a result of a variety of mechanical failures.  The classic repair ad is a picture with a mountain of suds.  But more often there’s a sewer line or drain line backup.  Be especially wary if you’ve been experiencing several slow-draining plumbing fixtures as well as after a rain storm.


Most washing machine damage is caused by machines that are under 10 years old.  Besides burst hoses and overflows,  leaks often occur in pumps, valves, and fittings that have been put under extra strain due to overloading.

Tip #2:  To avoid leaks and overflows, don’t overload your washer.  That will also help it last longer.

About Water Damage

Most people underestimate the potential for water damage.  If not caught immediately, surprisingly large amounts of water get trapped under the floor and behind walls.  In just a couple of days that leads to bacteria and mold growing and progressive destruction of wood and drywall.  Even when surfaces appear dry, progressive damage can go on for weeks.

Our water damage restoration process mitigates against all of that.  First, water extraction with extra-powerful vacuums removes as much surface water as possible.  Then we’ll use professional dehumidifiers and blowers to pull out deep down dampness, getting all moisture down to safe levels in just a few days.  Our anti-microbial specialist will also attend to disinfection and mold remediation.

Safety First!

With washing machine floods, what’s the first thing you should do?  Shut off the water?  Unplug the machine?  Nope!

Tip #3, Safety:  Water and electricity don’t mix.  The first step in any flooding situation is to use the right circuit breaker to shut off electrical power to the affected area.  Otherwise, there’s a significant electrocution hazard.

Home Insurance Coverage

Water damage is the most common home insurance claim, and clothes washers are among the main culprits.  You may have read that water damage from a washer is covered by regular homeowner policies.  But that’s true only for sudden causes that weren’t reasonably preventable.  Even if covered you’ll be paying the deductible on what could be several thousand dollars of damage restoration.  So pay attention to proper maintenance!

Service First

We provide the full range of damage restoration services, including water damage restoration.  Our experts with the latest in technology are ready with prompt emergency service 24/7.


Our Success Story on Saving Wood Floors

Restoration focused vs. Non-restoration focused contractors

Servicefirst Restoration is a restoration focused restoration contractor.  You may be asking yourself, what does that mean?  It simply means that we utilize equipment, techniques and have a mindset to minimize cost and the overall time on a job.  Our goal is to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, many restoration contractors do not share the same mindset.