What Your Business Can Expect from Storm Damage
If your business has experienced water damage after a flood or a storm in Bolivar, Sunflower, or Washington County, it can be overwhelming to know how to begin the recovery process.
- Remove Standing Water
The most important first step is to remove the standing water from the building. The longer standing water remains, the more damage it does to your property. To avoid needing to tear out every last bit of dry wall and flooring, use a water pump to remove water.
- Inspect for Safety
Once the water is gone, the entire building will need to be carefully inspected for safety. A storm restoration team will have the necessary tools to inspect the areas behind walls to see where water has infiltrated.
- Salvage or Scrap
After a thorough safety check has been done, decisions need to be made about the materials in your business. Some furniture and hardwoods can be salvaged, while it is often necessary to scrap drywall and ceiling tiles. Work with professionals who can help you know what all can be salvaged before you start to tear out everything. Salvaging can save you a lot of money in repairs.
- Dry Thoroughly
Now that you're down to bare bones, everything needs to be dried out completely in order to prevent mold growth and structural damage. Untended mold that grows in those areas can cause more damage down the road once you believe that the restoration process is over.
- Restore and Restart
Finally, your property can be restored to its former glory and you can focus on getting back to work.
Don't allow a restoration to overwhelm you. Before you tear out everything, work with professional restorers to help you navigate the process.
A flood cut is the method the cleanup team uses to tear out materials that can't be salvaged. Technicians will probably need to use a flood cut if the water damage meets certain criteria:
- High levels of contamination
- Suspected damage in hard-to-reach areas
- Compromised structural integrity of the wall
Flooding from a storm almost always leads to a flood cut because the water is contaminated.
What Happens After the Flood Cut Is Made?
Once the cut is made, the technicians remove the drywall. They take out all the damaged material, including any damp insulation behind the wall.
If a storm causes flooding in your home, it may take more than simply removing the water and wiping down surfaces to complete the repairs. Technicians may have to make flood cuts on your walls to remove all the damage.
If you experience flooding in the Bolivar, Sunflower, or Washington county area, call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland at (662)846-1700.
Maintaining Your Home to Prevent Water Damage
Heavy rains can be a significant cause of water damage. This is especially true if there are home maintenance issues that go unaddressed over time. It’s not possible to prevent every type of water damage your home could suffer. But there is a lot you can do regarding maintaining your home to help ensure it’s not vulnerable to damage caused by heavy rains.
Invest in native plant landscaping. Many people don’t realize that the right landscaping at your home can make a big difference when it comes to preventing water damage. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.
Learn how your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains is vital to protecting your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect you yard.
Explore sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step.
Water Damage From Sprinkler Systems
We all love a lawn that looks amazing! Sometimes we just do not get enough rain and our lawns start looking a little brown. There are underground sprinkler systems that can do the work for us. But they can also cause havoc on our homes if not installed properly or not taken care of.
- Improper installation: Your sprinkler system delivers water to different zones via a series of underground rubber tubes or hoses that connect to the home’s water line. But if these hoses run too close to the foundation and there happens to be a leak in them, homeowners may unknowingly find themselves with water inside their property.
- Overspray: When sprinklers overshoot their intended watering targets and spray on or near building walls, water can seep into the foundation and possibly into your basement.
- User error: Installing a rain sensor with your system will analyze rainfall to determine whether your lawn needs watering. This can help prevent excessive water buildup around the property. Also, it’s recommended to have your system professionally started up every spring and winterized every fall to ensure correct operation.
- Broken pipes: As we noted above, sprinkler systems tap into the home’s water line. Usually, part of the system is installed within the home to accomplish this. However, if the sprinkler pipes inside the home become frozen or damaged, it will become a problem inside the home.
Call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland Today!
As a restoration company, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland’s aim is to be the trusted resource among clients. We ensure that we follow industry standard protocols. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland’s staff members go through IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) training to be best prepared for all the services we offer. They are also certified with OSHA and Lead awareness. We maintain a large inventory of equipment for commercial and residential work. Air movers, dehumidification equipment, air scrubbers, specialty drying equipment all help complete the work in a timely manner. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland’s team members utilize technology and client documentation to make sure that everything is recorded properly. Our software documents and records all the essential information is needed to make sure that these pieces are easily accessible.
During this Summer Season, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland wants to remind you to be pet prepared. Pets are just as important as any family member to many people, so make them a part of your preparedness planning.
There are several things you can do to make sure your pets stay safe during an emergency.
- Know how to find pet friendly hotels along your travel routes.
- Build a Pet Preparedness Kit.
- Have a trusted friend who can check on your pets if you are unable to get home.
We hope you enjoy a safe Fourth of July.
The experienced crews of SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland are always here to help. If your home or business is affected by storm damage, call the trusted professionals at 662-846-1700.
Hot Water Heater Leaks
If a burst water heater floods your home, it can cause serious damage. When this appliance breaks, flooding can be intense as it continuously refills as it gushes out water. When you don't notice the leak right away, you can end up with multiple floors of water damage, mold growth, or even a flooded basement.
When it comes to water heater flood cleanup, immediate action is required to help prevent extensive water damage the water heater. Here, we will outline the steps you need to take to stop flooding, how to clean up, and ways to prevent hot water heater failure in the future.
What To Do When Your Hot Water Heater Bursts or Leaks
- Turn off the water.
As soon as you notice that your water heater is leaking, you should turn off the water supply line to the tank. This shut off valve is usually found on the pipe that connects the heater to the main water line.
If for some reason this doesn't stop flooding, you may have to turn off the main water supply or drain the tank and open the pressure relief valve to completely stop the flow of water.
- Turn off the power or gas.
Depending on whether you have a gas or electric water heater, you will need to turn off the appropriate energy source to the heater. This step is important to ensure safety while performing cleanup. If you can't turn these off yourself or aren't sure how to, call a contractor to come help.
- Call a plumber to diagnose the problem.
You probably don't want to take a shower in cold water or not be able to take a shower in your home at all. Call a local plumber who can quickly determine the cause of your water heater flood and make repairs as needed.
- Clean up standing water.
Once you've stopped flooding, turned off the power, and arranged for a plumber to fix the cause of your issue, you can begin the flood cleanup process. To clean up, you'll need towels, mops, buckets, and possibly a wet-dry vacuum depending on the extent of standing water. Call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland to get their technicians out at your home to get drying equipment set to dry out the affected areas.
Why do Dishwashers Leak?
When it comes to dishwashers leaking on to the floor of your kitchen, there are many possible causes. Try to find the cause of your dishwasher leak by inspecting the following components of your appliance.
Water Leaking Underneath of Dishwasher
If water is pooling underneath your dishwasher, the following may be to blame:
- Corroded or leaking dishwasher tub from soap or old age
- Loose or stuck water valves
- Loose or cracked water supply lines
- Dishwasher isn’t level
Water Leaking From Front of Dishwasher
If you notice water leaking from the front of the dishwasher, it’s possible that you’re dealing with a leaking door. A leaking dishwasher door can be caused by:
- Faulty door latch
- Using the incorrect dishwasher detergent
- Door gasket/seal needing replacement
Need Help With Dishwasher Leak Water Damage Repair in Bolivar, Sunflower, or Washington County? We Can Help.
As a professional water damage restoration service, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland has the experience and resources needed to quickly restore your home to pre-damage conditions.
Dishwashers are one of the many dangers that are lurking in your kitchen. When a water line is not properly installed or a dishwasher is uneven, it can cause you a headache. When a water line is attached incorrectly, it can result in a huge mess that will or can destroy your kitchen in a matter of minutes.
As soon as that dishwasher comes on, water will begin to flow. If the lines are not installed correctly, it will either start with a gradual leak or turn into a pool right before your eyes. When the water line comes off while the dishwasher is on and washing, it can cause a huge flow of water that in seconds will start to fill up the kitchen. You will need to quickly go to your water supply line and turn it off if it's safe to do so. Water can become mold very quickly if not taken care of and dried up quickly.
Contact SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today for all your water damage restoration needs!
Precautions to Prevent Fires
Below are precautions you can take to help prevent house fires.
- Make sure your outlets aren't overloaded
- Your Electrical appliances don't have loose or frayed cords/plugs
- Don't have electrical wires under heavy equipment.
Keep candles on a level surface, away from combustible materials and out of reach of children or pets. Always blow them out before leaving the house.
When a pot and pan splatter grease, it can take seconds to cause a fire. When cooking stay close by, especially if using oil or high temperatures. Keep combustibles away from the heat source (e.g. oven mitts, dish towels, paper towels).
- You may need a permit depending on where you live to have a fire.
- Use a screen over your fire to keep the sparks from flying
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose close by.
- You have to have a permit if your fire is bigger than 2 ft tall and 3 ft diameter.
- Keep at least 25 ft away from structures and tree limbs.