Recent Water Damage Posts
Prep Your Home Before Vacation
The weather is starting to get warmer, the sun is shining, and summer is quickly approaching. That means it’s time for people to start booking vacations to tropical places or the mountains. When people leave for vacation they do the usual check around the house and make sure the stove is turned off, the lights are turned off, and that all the doors and windows are locked and secured. What do you do when you have a pipe that is slowly leaking and needs repair work while you’re gone? A pipe that is slowly leaking can actually do a lot of damage in a short bit of time. The smallest drop can make a big difference.
Inside of Your Home Preparation
As you get ready to leave for your vacation, go around your home and check the pipes in the kitchen and bathroom areas to make sure that there are no leaks or cracks. Look all the hoses that attach to your appliances like the washing machine and refrigerator. While you’re gone, you can always ask a family member or friend to come and check on your home. If no one is available to check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes before you leave.
Making sure the inside of your home is prepared while you’re gone is very important, but it is also important that the outside of your home is prepped just in case a storm rolls through while you’re gone. You need to make sure the gutters are clean and that water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump- and make sure there is no debris near it. Test the pump by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. It is also important to check around your windows and roof for any leaks that could cause water to get into your home.
If you come home from vacation to find that a disaster has struck...call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette!
It's Cold Outside
February is statistically one of the coldest months of the year. With freezing temperatures, and the possibility of snow and ice, this can increase our chance of having pipes bursting inside of homes and businesses. There are many ways to keep your pipes safe during extremely cold temperatures.
- Make sure all of your pipes outside have been wrapped properly. This will help keep them "warm" when the temperature drops.
- Make sure you keep a small drip coming out of the faucets in your home.
- Keep your thermostat set at or above 73° when the home is occupied, and at least 55° when the home is vacant.
- Open up your cabinets and drawers that are around the pipes in order to allow more heat to come in.
If you find that disaster has struck and your pipes have busted, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette!!
Tips to Keep Your Home Water Free
A water loss never happens at a convenient time. It seems to always happen when we least except is, and when we really do not have the time to worry about it. There are many different steps you can take around your home or business to avoid these types of disasters.
On the outside of your home, you need to make sure that you are cleaning out your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. The best time to do that would be the beginning of spring and the beginning of fall. Standing water on your roof can eventually cause it to collapse and damage your foundation. You must also maintain your trees and vegetation. Sure, landscaping is pretty outside a home or business, but make sure you are not planting things close to utility pipes, so that the roots might damage and break them.
It would be a good idea if you knew where your water main line is. If you leave for an extended period of time, you can shut the water off and lessen the chance of a pipe bursting while you’re gone. Make sure you are checking your appliances regularly and keeping track if anything needs to be replaced and check regularly for leaks. While checking your appliances, you might also find that it would be a good time to replace hoses in your washing machine and dryer. If you see that you are experiencing a leak, it is best to go ahead and find the source of the leak and then fix it promptly. The longer you wait, the more chance there will be mold growth, and even damages to your house and foundation. Another thing you could do to make sure you do not have any leaks, is to keep an eye on your utility bill. If you see that your utility has spiked in price, then you might have a water leak somewhere.
By following these simple steps, you might be able to save your home or business from a water damage. If disaster does strike, make sure you give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call!
Waterfalls are Pretty Outdoors, Not Indoors
We know that waterfalls are pretty outdoors, and not indoors. With all of this rain we have been experiencing over the past week, every where in our area is becoming flooded with rain water. When the land gets to be so full of water, that water will then spill into people’s homes, causing a lot of water damage and microbial growth. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette has highly trained professionals who are able to handle these types of damages and losses. If you see that your basement is becoming flooded and has standing water in it or that your roof is starting to leak into your home due to all the rain, please give us a call at 205-921-1449 so we can help get the water out and start drying your home!
We Specialize In Flooded Basement Clean Up!
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
What Is Water Damage Restoration?
Water damage restoration is the act of responding immediately and using advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. SERVPRO professionals use innovative equipment to monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. SERVPRO professionals have the tools and resources for faster and reliable service.
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 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. At SERVPRO, no job is too big and no question is too small. So when fire or water damage strikes your home or business, call on SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette at (205)-921-1449.
SERVPRO Saves Time For Franchise Owners After Water Damage
With Comprehensive Water Damage Cleanup and Rebuilds, SERVPRO Gets Your Doors Open Swiftly
Water damage to a franchise is bad news. Whether your franchise is food based, a coffee shop, a clothes store, a stationery store or something else, water can bring business to a standstill. All it takes is a burst pipe, a flood, or a simple leak and suddenly you have to close your doors during repairs.
Naturally, the first concern after water damage to your franchise is getting the water out, and your shop restored so you can resume business. Fast action is essential to minimize profit loss. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as soon as you are able - We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Our IICRC certified technicians begin by extracting water from your property. In some cases, a free-standing pump is enough for this. Sometimes we need to use a more powerful truck-mounted pump that can remove a greater volume of water and also draw it uphill if necessary. We also have submersible pumps so that even if there is quite a depth of water (over 2 inches), we can remove it quickly.
Thorough water extraction is key to getting your business up and running again as soon as possible. We extract water first before moving on to the drying process. We train our technicians in how to position a range of axial box fans, dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect.
However, SERVPRO also understands that extraction and drying are not the whole story. Depending on the extent of the water damage, there might also be minor or even major damage to your business premises. We save you time by taking care of repair, rebuild and construction as well, so you do not have to call in a separate service to deal with those things. We save you time, money, and stress with our comprehensive service package.
In cases of extensive damage, we supply roof tarps, and temporary fencing to secure your property and also take care of boarding up doors and windows. Do not worry about your equipment or stock: SERVPRO has well-managed warehouse space and offers a full pack-out service to keep your inventory safe as we clean the elements during repairs.
We also take care of a range of repairs including drywall removal and installation of new drywall, hardwood or tile floor repair, repainting, and removing and installing carpet.
Using one service for drying and repair is both quicker and more cost effective. Call SERVPRO at (205) 921-1449 for help.