Recent Water Damage Posts

Preparing Your Summer Home for Cooler Weather

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Large houses on the edge of a lake. Now that summer is sadly coming to an end, it is time to start preparing your vacation home for cooler weather.

Now that summer is sadly coming to an end, it is time to start preparing your vacation home for cooler weather. 

As you are packing the car and getting ready to head out, do a quick inspection of your home to ensure you are ready to leave. Turn off the water main, and drain the existing water from sinks, toilets, and outdoor spigots. Once the water main is switched off, turn on faucets, spigots, and flush toilets until water no longer flows out. 

  • Pipes under every sink. 
  • Water heater. 
  • Seals around windows (in case it rains). 
  • Appliance hoses: washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker. 
  • Sump pump. Dump a bucket of water into the sump pump to ensure it is working. Make sure to listen to its motor running as well. 
  • Toilet tanks. Look for cracks that may worsen and leak while you are gone. 

Give a set of keys to a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor and have them check on your home periodically while you are gone. The number of times they should check in depends on the length of your trip, but it should be at least twice a week. Once water damage occurs, letting it stagnate for days at a time can multiply the cleanup costs tremendously. Show your house sitter all bathrooms, where the water main is, and other areas at risk of water damage. Leaving a check list for them will make sure they do not miss any subtle leaks or moisture. 

Leave heating and cooling systems running as normal, these allow air flow through your home and prevent humidity from building up. They also will keep pipes from freezing if there is a sudden temperature drop one night, which is more of a risk during the fall and winter months than in summer. 

If you happen to have any type of water damage during your time away, we are always here to help! We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. 

Potential Floods in Your Business

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Buildings underwater. The most common floods are caused by relatively innocent facilities you probably have on your premise.

There are many potential sources of flood damage for businesses, including broken roofs, raging rivers or even hurricanes. However, the most common floods are caused by relatively innocent facilities you probably have on your premises: 
 
• Water supply lines 
• Fire sprinkler systems 
• Toilet and bathroom fixtures 
• A broken pipe 
 
If you own or operate a business in Michigan, then chances are that you stand to come across at least one of these sources of commercial flooding. If it happens to you, remember that water repair technicians are well practiced in restoring damage caused by these issues. A good company should have you back to new in less time than you expect. 

 
Water Supply 

These water supply line systems are essential for nearly every business, but a broken pipe in one of them might create a complete disaster. The best way to deal with these issues is to shut off your water if possible. In fact, stopping the flow should be your first step in almost any flooding situation, as long as entering the flood area does not provide an immediate threat to your health. 

Fire Sprinklers 

Sprinkler systems are designed to protect you from disasters, but they can cause disasters as well. Prevent unfortunate losses by keeping your fire sprinklers maintained professionally. 

Toilets 

Nobody wants to think about a toilet overflowing, but this is one of the most common water-related disasters in businesses. Well-maintained bathroom facilities have less chance of causing a catastrophe, but it's important to know how to shut off your fixtures just in case. Some commercial toilet shutoff processes are far from intuitive. 

Ruptured Pipes 

A broken pipe might happen as a result of extreme temperature changes, direct stress or simple disrepair. If it happens out of sight, you might not notice the problem until it's advanced far enough to have caused significant damage. If you find a pipe issue, it's usually a good idea to call a restoration company and your insurance provider immediately after you stop the flow of water. 

Why SERVPRO 

Here at SERVPRO, we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. 

Floods Strike Everywhere

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded road. Floods ranks as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

Floods ranks 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. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. According the NFIP, houses in the United States have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, flood cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts: 

  • Flood kills an average of 140 people per year in the U.S. making flooding the deadliest disaster. 
  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current. 
  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms. 
  • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms. 
  • Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood – especially at night, when it is difficult to see. 

With over 45 years of experience, SERVPRO has restored flood-damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. Our Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest flood waters. 

Emergency Safety Instructions for Floods

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Rushing water. Remember nothing you own is worth your safety in an emergency situation.

Flooding in Michigan is very common and since it's storm season, it's important to brush up on flood safety tips. 

Here are some tips to help keep you safe: 

  • Do not attempt to cross flowing water which may be more than knee deep. 
  • During threatening weather listen to commercial radio or TV, or NOAA weather radio for swatch and warning bulletins. 
  • Never try to walk, swim, drive, or play in flood water.  You may not be able to see how fast the water is moving, or see holes or submerged debris 
  • Beware of low spots such as underpasses, underground parking garages and basements as they can become death traps.   
  • Beware that flash flooding can occur.  If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.  Do not wait for instructions to move.   
  • Beware of streams, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. 
  • Do not walk-through moving water.  Six inches of moving water can make you fall. 

The Following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions 

  • Do not drive into flooded areas.  If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.  You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.   
  • Do not drive around a barricade. 
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.   
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles. 
  • Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles including Sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pickup trucks.   

Remember nothing you own is worth your safety in an emergency situation.  The best thing to do is get to higher ground until the water recedes and Call SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac / Auburn Hills to clean up the mess and dry out the structure. 

Flooded Basement? We Can Help!

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement. A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall.

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 Greater Pontiac / Auburn hills 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 

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 of Greater Pontiac / Auburn Hills 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 

How to Maintain Your Sump Pump

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Sump pump hole. If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone.

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement. A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings. Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include: 

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line. 
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do these three or four times per year. 
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly. 
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones. 
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault. 
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home. 

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit. Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts. If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer. Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. 

More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association. If your sump pump does fail, call 248-377-2220 and a crew from SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac will come out and dry your basement and all other areas that are wet.   

Signs Your Roof is Leaking

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Roof with SERVPRO logo in top left corner. It's good to be able to detect signs of a leaky roof early.

Six Signs That Your Roof Is Leaking 

As many plumbing experts know, leaking roofs can cause a plethora of unwanted problems such as water damage in your home. If these problems pop up, they can adversely affect your emotional and economic equilibrium. For this reason, it's good to be able to detect signs of a leaky roof early. In so doing, you can attain the professional assistance necessary to correct the problem and prevent structural damage to your property. With that idea in mind, consider whether you're experiencing any of the following six signs of a leaky roof: 

  1. A Loss of Granules

 The granules of your roof's shingles can grow loose as a result of aging and ongoing exposure due to water damage. When your shingles start to lose their granules, the roof is subjected to faster deterioration.  

  1. Buckling Shingles

 The shingles of your roof can start to buckle as a result of hot air coming from your attic. This hot air is an indication of poor ventilation and can lead to a build-up of moisture. 

  1. Moldand Mildew Growth 

 If you notice mold growing inside your home or on the roof, the growth could have been caused by a leaky roof. This is the case because a leaky roof will create the excess water and moist environment that mold likes to thrive in. 

  1. Roof Rot 

Another sign of a leaky roof is roof rot. Roof rot is a term that refers to the process of your roof deteriorating rapidly. When this rapid deterioration transpires, your property can become increasingly susceptible to water damage because of potential leaks. 

  1. Damaged Skylights

 Damaged skylights can cause your rainwater to leak into the home and cause water damage. 

  1. Damaged Flashing

 When your flashing is improperly sealed or damaged against your roof, it can make it much simpler for excess water to start seeping into your home. 

If you find that your property has been subjected to a leaky roof, you need to address and resolve the issue immediately. The best course of action is to contact a team of trained, IICRC-certified water damage remediation specialists. The team to trust is SERVPRO. All our technicians will offer you the goal-oriented, detail-centered care necessary to restore your property with lightning speed 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today at 248-377-2220. 

Ways To Protect Your Home Against Flood Damage

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen. Dealing with flood water can be a time-consuming mess.

Living in Michigan means knowing that flood water can easily rise, turning your home into a flooded building that needs extensive repairs by a water remediation and restoration partner. Although flooding from a burst pipe or flash flood can come on quickly, if your home is better prepared, the damage may be minimized. Below are five ways to be ready for unexpected water. 

Install a Sump Pump 

Sump pumps are installed in a pit in the lowest part of the home, such as the basement or crawlspace, and are designed to prevent water from entering the home. They automatically work to pump water out when it rises to a certain level. 

Raise Electric Components 

Along with water damage, flooding also creates potential fire hazard situations. It is recommended that wiring, outlets, sockets, and other electrical components be at least 12 inches above the structure’s projected flood elevation. A licensed electrician can raise them to meet those requirements. 

Waterproof Basements 

An easy way to keep basements dry is to regularly maintain outside the home. Along with keep gutters and drains free of debris, verifying the property slopes, and properly diverts water can keep water flowing away from the home. 

Keep Supplies On-hand 

Flood water can come on fast and rapidly rise. If you know you have foundation issues or have not cleaned the gutters yet, keeping supplies, such as sandbags and tarps, on-hand can minimize the amount of water entering the home. 

Maintain a Checklist 

Even if you are prepared, sometimes Mother Nature does not care. When that happens, it is important that everyone in the home knows what to do and precautions are taken to minimize damage. The checklist should be easily accessible and include items such as disconnecting appliances and turning off the main power, gas line, and water supply. 

Dealing with flood water can be a time-consuming mess. While total prevention may not be possible, being prepared can minimize damage. If you happen to have flood damage, we are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back.  

We Specialize in Cleanup and Restoration!

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement. A flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity.

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? Call today at 248-377-2220! 

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 of Greater Pontiac 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 a day, 7 days a 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 

Basement Flooded? Call us today at 248-377-2220. We are ready to help!

Spot Hidden Water Leaks

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Blue water meter. Leaks are trouble.

When was the last time you moved your appliances to inspect for hidden leaks? Leaks are trouble, that is why it is important to be alert and spot water leaks before they drive up your water bills and cause damage to your home. 

Here is where to find hidden leaks in your home: 

  • Check your water meter: Turn off all the water in your home and record the number on your water meter. Wait at least 20 minutes, return to check your meter again. If the meter reading has changed, that means you have a leak. 
  • Check your usage: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highly recommends checking your winter water usage to find out if a leak is occurring somewhere in your home. If a family of four is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, it is likely that there is a serious leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system. 
  • Check your bill: If your bill is rising consistently but your water usage has not changed, a leak may be to blame. Collect bills from the past few months and compare them to see if there is a steady increase. Your water bill should remain within the same range month to month. 
  • Check exterior usage: Leaks not only happen inside your home – they can occur outside as well. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see all connections are tight. 
  • Routine check: Regularly check places such as the toilet base, shower door, ceilings, cabinets, and basement corners for mold or pooling water. Being alert and proactive is in checking for water leaks is key for avoiding potential problems. 

Spotted a hidden water leak and have damage? Call SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac / Auburn Hills at 248-377-2220. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry. 

Water Damage to Hardwood Floors? We Can Help!

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Wood floor. In some cases, we can save your hardwood floors.

How Water Warps Hardwood Flooring 

When water floods areas with hardwood floors, the material tries to absorb the water. Excessive moisture forces the wood to expand, which can cause warping or cupping. Here at SERVPRO, we always encourage water damage victims to extract as much water as possible while they wait for help to arrive. 

Saving Water Wet Hardwood Floors 

In some cases, we can save your hardwood floors. If the water is quickly extracted and there is not significant warping, then we can use a drying process specifically designed for hardwood floors. But if the flooring was exposed to moisture for a significant period of time and shows major signs of warping, then your hardwoods will need to be removed and replaced. 

Call Professionals Before It is Too Late 

While it is possible to save your water-damaged hardwood flooring, time is a critical factor. If you notice water damage in your home, call a professional cleanup and restoration company like our team here at SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac / Auburn Hills. We offer 24/7 emergency restoration services. Call us today at 248-377-2220.