Recent Water Damage Posts
Why its Important to call SERVPRO at the first sign of a Water Damage
The amount of damage water can cause is amazing and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a busted pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face.
Floods, sewage back flows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Water can be filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow in an alarming rate in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks can be caused by these contaminants.
This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.
SERVPRO of Harrison, Perry, Crawford, Orange, Washington, and Scott counties will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home.
Sump Pump Failure Cleanup
SERVPRO of Harrison, Perry, Crawford, Orange, Washington, and Scott counties recently got called to a home where the sump pump had failed and the customer had four inches of standing water in his basement. When SERVPRO of arrived on site there was no longer four inches of standing water but there was still a good amount of water throughout the basement. SERVPRO performed the necessary actions to remove the water and moisture from the basement using extraction methods, fans and dehumidifiers. When the dry out was finished our repair division replaced all the damaged drywall.
In some cases your home owners insurance may not cover sump pump overflows. This is a good reminder to take a look at your home insurance policy to make sure you have coverage for sump pump failure. Sump pump fails are very common and you might want to make sure it is included in your home insurance policy. This slight increase in your monthly insurance cost could save you thousands of dollars in the future.
The Heavy Rain In Our Area Causing Flooded Basements
Our area as you know, has been hit by a serious amount of rain over the past weekend. We have a long list of claims that have called in, and SERVPRO is getting to your job as quickly as possible!
During these times please try to be patient with us as we are working our best to get to you. SERVPRO insures we do the job correctly, so each job could take 3-4 hours, depending on the size of the job itself.
If you are on our list we have not forgotten about you, and im stressing that we are working to our fullest potential to be speedy, yet officiant to every ones needs. The SERVPRO way!
In the mean time there are things you could do to help salvage contents etc.
1. Try to remove any contents you can off of the wet floors, and move them to a dry location so they aren't sitting in water.
2. If you have capable hands, try to start removing some of the water with a shop vac until we can get there with our extractors and do a thorough job. The less water the better!
If you have any questions at all before we get to your home, please feel free to call us! We would be more than happy to assist you on any concerns you may have!
Thank you again for your patience and putting your trust into SERVPRO!
The Facts About Flooding
Floods Rank As One Of The Most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage.
Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you wont in the future. In fact, 20% of call claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.
According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.
-Stay away from flood waters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.
If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.