Recent Water Damage Posts
Troublesome Water Damage
A water emergency can come out of nowhere and in many forms, a broken supply line, a busted water heater or a slow leak from a dish washer, in any case water damages can go from manageable to uncontrollable and very troublesome! Water can quickly seep into the drywall and other materials and that could threaten the structural integrity of your home. That’s why and immediate response is so critical. That could be the difference between being able to keep insulation, drywall and carpeting or of the affected area being damaged beyond repair. There are many situations where a homeowner isn’t aware that there is a water damage to tend to, these cases can be very costly and time consuming due to the demolition and restoration or build back process. If you find yourself dealing with a water loss, call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Winter Weather Watch
In the upcoming winter months, with freezing temperatures approaching, as well as the accumulation of snow, winter weather can cause significant water damage to your home or business. Lower temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze and burst, ice dams can form on your roof, and thawed snow can cause the ground to become over saturated, causing water to seep into your home or business.
Because pipes in the crawl space, outside walls, and in the attic are more vulnerable to freezing and bursting, it is recommend that you insulate these pipes to prevent freezing. You can wrap them in insulating materials such as foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves. Faucets that connect to pipes in unheated spaces are prone to freezing as well, so if possible let cold water drip or even a trickle of water through pipes to help prevent them from freezing.
Inspect your home or business and close all cracks, holes, and openings in the outside walls and foundation or near water pipes, with caulk. When outside temperatures drop below 32 °F allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors. Move the contents stored in these cabinets up, out of the reach of children and pets.
Keep the thermostat the same temperature during the day and at night. Your heating costs may rise a bit, but you’ll prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. If you’re leaving home for more than two days, set the temperature to no lower than 55 °F. Shut off the water supply and drain pipes and appliances that use water. In addition, when possible have someone you trust check your home every couple days.
Crawl Space Tips
You know what they say, "out of sight, out of mind". It's easy to forget about that area of the home when there isn't an issue to attend to. However, the crawl space does need to be checked occasionally and maintained. Here are some steps you can take to prevent or protect your crawl space from moisture.
- Gutters and down spots-Clean out leaves, dirt, and other debris that might be causing them to clog and overflow.
- Check for leaks periodically under the home.
- Fix grading-the ground around the home should be sloped away from the foundation to allow water to drain away from the structure.
- Seal the crawl space to prevent moisture from accumulating.
- Add a dehumidifier to improve air quality, remove mold growth and prevent the growth of new mold.
- Add a sump pump - If there’s water in the crawl space, a sump pump will pump the water out and away from the home.
SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County is happy to help you figure out what the best option is for your particular situation!
Emergencies occur when you least expect them! For example, when a washing machine supply line bursts while you are out of town and over 73,000 gallons of water pours throughout the downstairs of your home, this is when you turn to SERVPRO!
This is based on a real experience of a previous customer. After calling their insurance company and filling the claim, SERVPRO was on the scene to help with the clean-up and restoration services.
The damage was extensive and took approximately 3 months for SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County to complete their portion of the work. The customers were unable to stay in the home during this time so the entire crew gave their cell phone numbers to the customer for updates as the job progressed. It was in the heat of the summer and the crew worked tirelessly to complete the job. When it was all said and done SERVPRO did it again, another satisfied customer! SERVPRO, “Like it never even happened.”
Water Damage Emergency Response
When dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical! SERVPRO's emergency response team is on the scene immediately and has access to advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly and efficiently. The Crew closely monitors and documents the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Outlined below are the steps for a “typical” water damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Step 6: Restoration
Common types of Water Damage:
- Leaking appliances, water heaters, plumbing, etc.
- Overflowing toilets, bathtubs, and sinks
- Flooded basements and storm damage
- Sewage backups
- Flooding from firefighting efforts
- Natural weather occurrences (hurricanes, heavy thunderstorms)
If you are dealing with any of the above issues, now or in the future, call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Water, Water Everywhere!
While out of town on vacation a pipe burst under a bathroom sink causing 10,976 gallons of water flood your home over a period of 3 days. Your water provider informs you that you were losing 149 gallons an hour. Just to get a good picture of how much water this is, it is equivalent to an 8ft deep, 17ft long swimming pool. When you returned home to find this at 10:45 at night you begin to panic and don't even know where to begin!
You call your insurance company (Thank goodness you have insurance) and they immediately dispatched SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County. The crew arrives immediately and begins the process. They explain everything as they are doing it and what the next step will be and that puts your mind at ease.
Over the course of a few days they removed all water, all moisture, all damaged material and items and you return to a clean, DRY and odor free home!
This is the real-life experience of a previous SERVPRO customer. There are two valuable lessons here to recognize. One is to make sure you have homeowners insurance to be sure you have a safety net in this type of emergency and also call your provider or SERVPRO immediately after you are aware of a water damage!
The sooner SERVPRO arrives the sooner we can make it "Like it never even happened."