Recent Water Damage Posts
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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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.