Recent Water Damage Posts

Let's Talk about Water Damage

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Picture this: You finish a successful day at your business, lock up your building and head home for the night. You come back the next morning, ready for the day only to discover that your building is flooded from a broken pipe. Your floor, walls and most of inventory inside are damaged. This is a nightmare scenario for a business owner. And unfortunately, it’s an all too common one.

According to industry estimates, more than 14,000 people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at home or at work each day. Many of these emergencies occur in a similar pattern to the scenario we described above: burst pipes, leaky toilets, and faulty water heaters.

Here are our top four tips for protecting your business from water damage.

  1. Monitor your appliances that use water.  It’s not uncommon for modern offices to have kitchens with dishwashers or fridges with ice makers. Make sure that the hose connections to any water-using appliances you have installed at your business are secure. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re following the regular maintenance schedule for those appliances.
  2. Keep an eye on your pipes.  Leaky pipes can be one the biggest sources of damage for a business. If you notice a leak, investigate it immediately before it becomes a larger problem with a much heftier price tag. Plumbing systems are also prone to stoppages and clogs, which can result in overflowing appliances, sinks, or toilets.
  3. Maintain your HVAC system.  When the heat gets a little too much to take, we all turn to our air conditioning systems to keep our employees cool. Make sure you have a friendly relationship with your local HVAC contractor will help keep air conditioner drain lines clear of sediment that can clog the line.
  4. Keep the roof over your head.  One of the biggest sources of water damage can come from a faulty roof. Missing, deteriorated, or damaged roofing materials can allow water to enter and damage ceilings or the interior of your business. If you notice a problem with the roof, address it immediately.

When you own your own business, you want to do everything in your power to protect it. If you’re concerned about guarding your business  against water damage, contact your independent agent to review your business insurance policy to make sure that your property limits are adequate. Your agent can also help you determine whether or not flood insurance would be advisable for your location.

Why to Call SERVPRO for a sewage loss

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Loss When your home has a sewage loss.

WHY YOU SHOULD LEAVE YOUR SEWAGE CLEANUP TO THE PROS

When there’s sewage water in your basement or bathroom, your first instinct might be to get a start on the issue as quickly as possible. After all, no one wants sewage in their home, and the harmful effects of backed-up sewage are extremely dangerous.

When you notice sewage flooding in your home, you should contact SERVPRO of Lake Geneva for immediate cleanup and removal. Taking on the removal process can be dangerous to your health, home, and money.

HOME DETERIORATION

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva has professional staff to help with sewage cleanup services.  We will also save your home from becoming severely damaged from the back-up. Your walls, furniture, and flooring are only a few components that may start deteriorating almost immediately during a flooding. In order to promptly and sufficiently remove the water and sewage from your home and prevent permanent damage, you’re going to need special tools and equipment.

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva has professional restoration experts that have access to the tools and equipment necessary for immediate water removal. By leaving the cleanup to the pros, you’ll be better able to save your home and furniture from severe damage. You’ll also save yourself from spending hundreds of dollars replacing lost furniture and replacing damaged materials.

CHOOSE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE

If you’re in need of a restoration team you can count on SERVPRO of Lake Geneva for your sewage removal, contact SERVPRO today! We work quickly and efficiently so you can get your home back to a comfortable and safe condition. You can reach us by calling 262-248-7588

What Can Cause a Water Damage

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

What can Cause a Water Damage

 SERVPRO of Lake Geneva understands the different causes & categories of water damage.

The poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner has a part that says “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water everywhere”.  If you are at home or at your office, you know that does not sound good.  The first thought that comes to your mind is where is it coming from, how do I shut this off;

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva knows it is imperative to start the cleanup process as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is waterlogged, the more damage you will see (and the more expensive it will be to repair after cleanup has been completed).

Categories of Water Damage in Devil’s Thumb:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  3. Black water. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still.

Emergency Service

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, it is important to get the water stopped ASAP to help lessen the damage  After the water is stopped have your trusted SERVPRO crew start working on extracting the excess water and getting your home dried out.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (262) 248-7588

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lake Geneva has the experienced staff to handle your water damage.  Our team is IICRC trained in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, our staff will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Has the water been shut off?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Lake Geneva

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Available 24 hours/7 days a week

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (262) 248-7588

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lake Geneva has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Lake Geneva

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Burst Pipe: Water Damages in Your Home and Business

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water damages caused by faulty pipes can create disaster in your home and it may not always be covered by your homeowners insurance. A sudden rupture with little to no warning will typically be covered by your insurance plan, a slow progressing leak that goes unnoticed for some time may not. Maintaining your home equals homeowner responsibility so it is important to have the inner workings of your home evaluated on a regular basis, especially in the winter months when pipe bursts and cracks can happen more frequently. Water brings with it a long list of secondary issues. Warped hardwood floors can happen in a matter of hours, mold can form in as little as a few days. Having the excess water removed safely and professionally by our team at SERVPRO can save you money and essential, irreplaceable features in your home. 

What Water Can Ruin: Effects of Water Damages

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

No one can deny the destructive nature of unexpected water in your home or business. What can start as a slow moving issue can quickly turn into a damaging situation that can effect even the air you breath. When water comes into contact with materials in your home such as fabric it poses a real risk of mold formation. When water comes into contact with hardwood flooring, be prepared to face warping and bowing if not addressed immediately. SERVPRO has the equipment needed and the expertise required to handle all water loss catastrophes ranging from 'in home' damages all the way to large commercial space losses. The sooner your property is mitigated and the water removed, the more likely it is you will not face secondary issues in the process of restoration. 

How Water Warps Hardwood

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Water and wood do not play well together, least of all in your home or business setting. Water immediately has an adverse affect when in contact with wooden floors or surfaces. Wood absorbs and contracts causing it to expand and bowl out in an event known as 'cupping'. It is important to have the water removed as quickly as possible and have the wood properly dried. If water is left unattended, the spread of mold and mildew is an almost certainty. Without mitigation, your beautiful hardwood floors may not be able to be saved. There are many alternatives to hardwood flooring that can sustain water damages with little to no effect such as tile. Faux wood flooring has the appeal and warmth as real wood, but nothing can replace the history of original woodwork in a historic building. Many of the skills that were practiced in the past are no longer utilized and the workmanship is no longer available. 

Water Damage After a Fire

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

When dealing with the after affects of a fire, you may not immediately consider water damage being a factor, but unfortunately it can be almost as damaging as the flames itself. Putting out flames almost always uses some kind of water source, whether it be from the fire department using extinguishing hoses, or a sprinkler system that detected the smoke. When water comes into contact with materials such as carpeting or hard wood, deterioration can happen quickly. Not only can water have an immediate effect on your belongings, prolonged exposure can lead to mold growth which can spread quickly and silently. SERVPRO has the ability to handle all aspects of reconstruction. From boarding up your home, mitigating the water and fire damage as well as preventative care to avoid mold growth. Give us a call today and get back on your feet faster. 

The Many Aspects of Water Damage

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water damages are multifaceted to say the least. Of course one must consider the immediate and most essential task, which would be to stop the intrusion of water into your space. Whether it be from a sump pump failure or a pipe that has burst behind your drywall, stopping the water is the most important step. Once that has been completed, the real work can begin. When water comes into contact with wood, metal, carpeting erosion begins almost immediately. Bacteria and mold are two of the biggest unseen dangers when dealing with water loss. It is imperative to remove the unwanted water and evaporate the moisture left in the air. SERVPRO has the equipment needed to fully restore your space and sanitize all of your property that may have been affected. Give us a call today and get back on your feet sooner. 

Dirty Water: The Dangers of Sewage Back-up

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

When sewage and unsanitary water make contact within your home, the issues are only just beginning. Sewage water is known for the diseases it carries and the potential health hazards they pose. A common misconception is that sewage water is only harmful if consumed, but that is far from the case. Frequently, hand to mouth contamination occurs from touching an infected item and then, sequentially, touching your mouth or face. Potentially deadly pathogens also permeate in the air you breathe. It is absolutely essential to have the right tools and cleaning materials to successfully remove the harmful contaminants and restore your home to a safe environment. SERVPRO has the experience needed and skill set to begin the clean up and finish the job, beginning to end. We are available 24/7 to take your call and will always be there when disaster strikes.

Flood Risks

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen almost anywhere and for numerous reasons. From snow melts to ocean waves, anyone can feel the effects and may have to face costly repairs if not prepared. Flooding is by far one of the most treacherous and deadly natural occurrences. Flash floods come quickly and with little warning. They combine the destructive power of water along with speed and force. Areas near rivers are at a higher risk as the water levels fluctuated for a multitude of reasons ranging from dam failures to heavy ice melts. Even on dry land flash flooding can occur. When soil is dry and compacted water cannot be easily absorbed, causing an increased risk of flood waters rising. Always be aware of the possible dangers in your location. Be vigilant during storm watches and always be prepared for a flood warning. If flood waters are imminent find the highest elevation possible at once! Having an emergency supply of fresh water and non perishable foods can be life saving and is always a good investment to have in your home and vehicle. Stay prepared and stay safe!

Flooding and the Negative Impact It Leaves Behind

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Anyone who has ever faced the after effects of severe flooding understand that there are damages that can occur not only from the force of the flood but also from stagnant water it leaves behind. We sometimes forget that not only physical damages may occur but also the possibility of severe health risks may be imposed. When water is left standing it quickly becomes a dangerous and volatile situation. Mosquitoes use this type of water source as a breeding ground which leaves anyone in the area exposed to the possibility of contracting infections and diseases. If your land or the surrounding locations to where you live is farmed be prepared in advance for crop or livestock losses. Structural damages and foundation issues are also of extreme concern. The most important step to take before any other repairs can begin is to remove all excess water. From there all other situations can be addressed. 

From Clean to Dirty: Water Damages

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water is a destructive force that can present itself in a multitude of ways. Typically, there are three types of water contamination to gage sanitation levels for proper repair. Clean water is the safest type of water intrusion. These occur from relatively clean water sources such as a broken water line or an overflowing bathtub. Usually free from contaminants, this water is considered innocuous and poses little risk to your health. Gray water is considered more hazardous, but still not toxic. Dishwasher or washing machines that have malfunctioned as well as clean toilet water would be considered gray water. Exercise caution with gray water and be sure not to allow it so sit stagnant too long. The most dangerous of all three levels of water contamination is listed as black water. Stemming from sewage backups and river overflows, this water is considered highly toxic. Never attempt to clean these types of contaminates without proper gear. Major health risks are posed in these disasters. SERVPRO has the experience to help you out of the worst moments life may bring. Give us a call; we are always here to help.

Unstained Ceiling

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

One quiet culprit in your home are stains as a result of water damage. Weather it is from a broken pipe or a leaky roof, you may need professional help to repair the cause. Once the source of the leak has been fixed, you can now focus on the more cosmetic after effects of unwanted water. To remove any unsightly ceiling stains, the most basic and simple way is to do a bleach/water formulation in a spray bottle. Lightly spray the stain and let rest until dry. Repeat the process until the stain as dissolved. If the issues run deeper, you may need to strip the plaster, spray a stain killing primer and repaint. Our team at SERVPRO has the capability to fix and repair your water damage if you find it is too much to handle alone. 

Landscape away your water sorrows

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

With any home, landscaping can be a huge attraction or an unsightly deterrent. It affects the value of your home and should be taken into consideration when doing remodeling. If your land is susceptible to flood waters, it can cause devastating injuries to your home and land. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid flood waters in your yard. First and foremost, your land should never slope in the direction of your home. Leveling sloped land can decrease the risks of flooding immensely. Planting native , perennial plants helps prevent soil erosion and helps access rainwater drain more efficiently. Planting a rain garden or adding the resourcefulness of a rain barrel can also provide protection from flood waters. Not only are you protecting your home, you are giving back to the local environment and helping the ecosystem one flower at a time. Flood waters can rise quickly, and even with preparation can leave you in deep water. Don't hesitate to give us a call. We are always here to help!

Warning signs: Water damage

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

When dealing with a broken pipe or leaking water, the effects may not be immediately noticeable. Sometimes the warning signs are subtle. Always be aware of your surroundings to potentially catch the damages before they get too great. Sometimes it isn't the sight of water damage that's your first signal, its the sound. A slow dipping sound can be an indication of bigger problems ahead. The smell is another noticeable alert. If there is a musty or damp smell in the air, it could be an indication of water damage in the vicinity. The feeling of being and visible pools of water are another red flag. Never face water damages alone. SERVPRO is here day and night to answer any questions you may have!

Stay Prepped

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can arrive in many different shapes and many different ways. From a slow drip to a burst pipe, water is a destructible force to be reckoned with. Though some situations may be unavoidable, such as a swell in a nearby river, there are certain measures you can take to help prevent home flooding. Preventative measures truly are worth the effort.

  • What lies above: Inspection of your roof and shingles is essential because of its constant exposure to harsh elements. Keeping your roof well maintained is an important step in water damage prevention
  • Gut it out: Good drainage in your gutters is one of the major steps you can take to avoid a water leak issue.
  • Air tight: Caulking and sealing your windows is a great way to prevent unwanted water exposure.
  • Pump up the jam: Testing your sump pump is vital in preparation of water damage avoidance.
  • You OK in there? : Your plumbing and pipes within your home or business can be a major factor in water loss causes. Be sure to check on your pipes periodically to avoid any disasters.

Preparing your home in the event of a water loss situation can help you save money and time in the long run. Follow these tips to keep your head above water! 

I Saw the Signs: 4 Signs of Water Damage

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

When unwanted water seeps into places it doesn’t belong, it brings numerous issues along that can make matters worse. Water damage can become more serious as the problem goes undetected or unaddressed. Not only does water damage spread, it also becomes significantly at risk of mold formation in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, water damage isn’t always apparent. Our skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Lake Geneva are equipped with infrared sensors which can detect temperature changes within the walls. But what are the signs to notice before you give us a ring? Here are 4 signs of impending water damage.

Do you hear what I hear? : Most of us are familiar with the sounds our homes make. From the rushing water of the plumbing systems, to creaking floorboards in the hallways, they become less alarming as time goes by. What you need to pay attention to are the different or unfamiliar sounds your home may be making. From a slow drip to flowing water, be aware of the sounds around you, they may indicate a larger problem.

What stinks? : When moisture comes in contact in dark places, a distinct scent of mildew is sure to follow. Trust your nose and follow it to the source. Early detection may help you prevent a huge mold infestation on top of the water damages.

From a puddle to a pool: Have you noticed unexplainable pools of water? Any puddles that keep reappearing after you’ve cleaned them? Chances are you are facing a leak somewhere in the area.

Cold Abode: Moisture and water tend to zap a home of heat, as it draws it in to evaporate. If your home is difficult to heat or your walls are cold to the touch, it may be an indication of moisture within.

When water damage presents itself unexpectedly, give us a call day or night and we will be there to make things right!

History beneath our feet: Saving hardwood from unexpected water

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Hardwood floors are a classic signature to any home, bringing a warmth and delicate age to any environment they bestow. From old country farm homes, to sprawling warehouses hardwood flooring adds finesse. But with the sweets comes the sours. When water damage occurs, time is of the absolute essence. Warping and disfigurement from water can leave lasting and detrimental effects within an incredibly short amount of time. Some of which cannot be repaired to its original glory. That’s why one of the most useful methods of recovery from damaging water to natural hardwood floors is our highly effective Drying Mat System. Our mats have mastered the art of removing water vapor that has been deeply absorbed by wooden planks. Our system has saved countless dollars and spared even more headaches for our customer base. Our drying mats are surprisingly simple in design visually (a basic floor mat with a hose attached) but incredibly powerful. When a hometown customer of ours had a pinched line in their ice maker, it caused an incredible amount of access water which flooded her kitchen. Our team of meticulously trained experts at SERVPRO of Lake Geneva was able to immediately address the situation and have the damage under control with the use of our Drying Mat System. Hardwood floors retain a time in history, some being centuries old. Being able to preserve what we can and restoring what we must is what makes what we do so worth it.

Lake Geneva 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Lake Geneva

:SERVPRO of Lake Geneva is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (262) 248-7588

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lake Geneva has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Lake Geneva

SERVPRO of Lake Geneva specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.