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What to do if your Crawl Space floods

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Crawl Space

Even the most well-built homes may still experience crawl space flooding. This is because water in crawl space areas is a fairly common problem. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous one, causing damage to the home and possibly provoking respiratory illnesses in its residents. Thankfully, if your house is prone to crawl space flooding, there are ways to remedy the situation and help prevent it from happening again.

Causes of Crawl Space Flooding

There are a number of factors that make certain homes more prone to crawl space flooding than others. Here are a few of the main ones you should keep in mind.

  1. Cracked Foundation
  2.  Faulty Design
  3.  Opening Crawl Space Designs
  4.  Faulty Sump Pump
  5.  Improper Drainage
  6.  Sewage Problems
  7.  Water Leaks

Effects of Crawl Space Flooding

Because water in the crawl space does not usually cause immediate and obvious damage, many homeowners believe it is not a big deal. As a result, when crawl spaces begin to flood, some procrastinate on fixing the issue, while others might not make any attempt to fix it at all. So, here is what happens when water remains in a crawl space for too long.

  1.  Increased Humidity
  2.  Mold Bacteria Growth
  3.  Structural Property Damage

The longer these issues remain unresolved, the worse they become. And, the worse they become, the more expensive it is to fix it. So, if your house is prone to crawl space flooding for any of the aforementioned reasons, consider the following options to remedy the issue.

  1. Use Wet/Dry Vac
  2. Use a General Purpose Pump
  3. Remove Wet Material
  4. Use a Dehumidifier
  5. Hire a Professional Restoration Company

Here are just a few long-term or permanent solutions to prevent the flooding of crawl spaces.

  • Clean Drains
    Don’t wait until your pipes or drains clog up. Get your pipes tested and cleaned once every two years by professionals. In between professional cleanings, you can use hot water, vinegar, and baking soda to keep your drains clear.
  • Repair Cracks
    Check your home’s foundation regularly for cracks, especially after a natural disaster, and have those cracks repaired immediately by a professional as water can seep in those tiny cracks and cause a whole lot of big damage.
  • Provide Proper Drainage
    Proper drainage helps to keep water away from the house and its foundations. Make sure your downspouts are properly installed and that your drainage system is clear of debris. Invest in extensions and place at the bottom of downspouts to help to direct water away from the foundation.
  • Landscaping
    A little landscaping could go a long way to ensure your lawn slopes away from your home. This steers water away from the foundation and prevents pooling.

Spotting Kit To Help Keep Stains Away

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Spotting Kit helps remove unwantedstains

When it comes to stains time is a huge factor. Luckily we have just the thing for those small accidents to prevent stains and keep your carpet looking great between cleanings. 

Our spotting kit helps with:

Oily Substances

  • Gum
  • Grease
  • Tar
  • Paint

Protein Based Substances

  • Blood
  • Foods
  • Rust
  • Vomit

Pet & Organic Odors

  • Animal feces
  • Urine
  • Spoiled Food

Miscellaneous Stains

  • Water Marks
  • Pencil Marks
  • Mud
  • Mildew
  • Liquor and Wine
  • Wax and Candles

Common Water Issues for Businesses

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

For a commercial property owner unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks

A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.

2. Plumbing Backup

Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather

Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst altogether. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action. Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

Disasters Happen

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

When you are a business owner, insurer or property manager, you can have the opportunity to be a leader in your community by setting an example for your employees and customers.

Join your community in preparing for all types of emergencies and disasters. It is important that your entire community as a whole is prepared. Disasters happen and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. We must all work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, businesses can find information on how to be better prepared. You can also contact SERVPRO  for information on the Emergency READY Program.

Water Detection

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

 

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

When responding to a water damage emergency, we begin with a detailed inspection of your home or property, including a damage assessment. At this stage, our professionals are trying to determine the scope of the damage so that we can develop an appropriate plan of action.

Identify and Stop the Water Source

We will check for the source of moisture in your home or business. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful.

  • Stop the Source
  • Check for Contaminated Water

Identify the Type of Water

We will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure our professionals restore your property based on industry guidelines. The level of contamination of the water will affect the specific restoration processes we use.

  • Category 1: "Clean Water"
  • Category 2: "Gray Water"
  • Category 3: "Black Water"

Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. In addition, we will inspect for safety concerns that may be evident. If there are any safety issues like lead or asbestos, please bring them to our attention.

  • Survey Damage
  • Complete Safety Inspection

Move or Block Furniture

We move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

  • Block Furniture

After the inspection and damage assessment step, the water extraction process begins. This step removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

Drying / Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

  • Use Dehumidification Equipment
  • Use Monitoring Equipment to Track Progress

Fire Damage Cleanup

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Practice Fire Safety in the Kitchen

As the weather gets cooler and we get into Fall and Winter, many are ready to do some comfort food cooking. Whether you're a pro or new to the kitchen, it's important to remember fire safety. Emergencies can happen to anyone. Below are some steps to ensure safety while cooking this season. 

What you should know about home cooking safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

How To Clean Up Puff Back Soot

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Oil- burning furnace puff back

A furnace puff back occurs after an explosion in the combustion chamber of an oil furnace. Smoke and soot are released and spread throughout a structure. In addition to damaging the furnace, a puff back also calls for professional cleaning and restoration. Find out why you should rely on cleanup professionals to take care of puff back damage.

What Causes a Furnace To Puff Back?

Oil-burning furnaces run a risk of puff back. These incidents tend to occur when

  • The furnace fails to ignite
  • Oil vapors build up in the ignition chamber
  • An explosion occurs upon ignition

Soot from a furnace puff back spreads throughout heating and exhaust systems. The incident may also introduce debris to every room in a structure. Building owners and managers should monitor oil-burning furnaces for indications of problems, such as the presence of soot in or around the furnace or noises in the combustion chamber at the start of a burn cycle or while the furnace is not running.

What Damage Can A Puff Back Cause?

A puff back can damage the furnace and result in extensive puff back damage throughout the structure. Oily soot may coat every surface, including ductwork, and spread throughout every room with an open vent. This damage may call for the use of specialized cleaning equipment and solutions.

Why To Rely on Cleanup Professionals

Amateur cleaning efforts can actually worsen damage caused by a puff back incident. A cleanup company that specializes in fire and smoke damage will have all of the equipment necessary to handle this type of damage. Professionals can work quickly to restore a  commercial structure. 

If an oil furnace experiences a puff back, the owner or manager of the building should contact a furnace repair service and a damage restoration company . Puff back damage mitigation calls for fire and smoke 

commercial

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

How To Avert 3 Common Sewage Issues Many commercial buildings in Cedar may be susceptible to sewage issues. Because a blocked sewer or overflowing toilet can cause significant damage, it’s helpful to recognize specific factors that may contribute to the problem and learn how to address them. Abiding by the following guidelines can help minimize the risk of unsanitary flooding inside your facility.

1. Broken Pipes

Like most infrastructure, sewage lines can deteriorate and fail over time. While you may not be able to completely prevent pipe breaks, making conscientious landscaping decisions can help minimize the risk. 

Roots seek moisture and can easily infiltrate and damage sewer and water pipes. Because of this, it’s important to identify the location of critical infrastructure lines and plant foliage away from these areas. 

2. Blocked Lines

In addition to damaging supply lines, excessive root presence can result in a blocked sewer. Inappropriate waste disposal can also have a detrimental impact on the system. 

Paper towels, diapers and feminine hygiene products should never be flushed down the toilet. To help alleviate this concern, you should have trash bins accessible in every restroom and post signage reminding staff and visitors of appropriate waste disposal techniques. 

Grease is another potentially problematic product that can build up inside plumbing lines and cause a blockage. To help minimize obstructions, commercial kitchen staff should avoid dumping cooking oils down sinks. 

3. Overflowing Toilets

A toilet overflow is another common sewage issue. Performing routine inspections is a beneficial strategy that may allow you to identify defective toilet components before substantial leaks and water damage occur. You can also help prevent unsanitary commode seepage by encouraging proper trash disposal, promptly completing necessary repairs and using a plunger instead of drain cleaners to remedy slow drains. 

No business is immune from a blocked sewer or flooding toilet. However, making informed decisions and performing proactive measures can help minimize the risk and may spare you from a messy and potentially costly sewage cleanup.

Roof holes due to hail

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

 

Most business owners know that hail storms can cause to vehicles. But far fewer recognize the threat they can pose to your commercial building. Hail storms are held responsible for millions in dollars each year in roof damage and damage to siding and roof-mounted equipment. Just what types of damage can these balls of ice cause? Read on to learn about the unexpected dangers of hail damage to business owners.

What Is Hail?

Occurring in strong to severe thunderstorms, hail is a type of frozen precipitation that forms when water droplets freeze together and fall to the earth. They can vary in size from as small as a pea, or as large as a softball or even larger, and they typically include jagged edges that can inflict major damage. Other important things to know about are that:

  • Hail doesn't have to be large to be damaging
  • Hail storms can happen any time of year
  • Wind strength and speed can influence severity of hail impact
  • Dangerous hail events outpace tornadoes

Types of Hail Damage

Hail most typically causes roof damage falling into two categories. Functional damage concerns roof performance and includes damage that can diminished the roof’s integrity. These can include holes, cracks and bald spots where shingles have come off.

Cosmetic damages, meanwhile, concern appearance rather than roof function. These can include dark spots, dents and pock marks that occur when hail comes crashing onto the roof.

The roof isn’t the only part of your building at risk from hail. These icy projectiles can easily shatter windows, spraying glass inside. Once windows are broken, hail can even strike you or your staff. 

Hail events can be damaging and highly expensive. Understand the risks and be prepared before hail strikes. If a hail storm has already caused roof damage or worse, call a specialist in storm cleanup to make things right

Roof holes due to hail

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

 

Most business owners know that hail storms can cause to vehicles. But far fewer recognize the threat they can pose to your commercial building. Hail storms are held responsible for millions in dollars each year in roof damage and damage to siding and roof-mounted equipment. Just what types of damage can these balls of ice cause? Read on to learn about the unexpected dangers of hail damage to business owners.

What Is Hail?

Occurring in strong to severe thunderstorms, hail is a type of frozen precipitation that forms when water droplets freeze together and fall to the earth. They can vary in size from as small as a pea, or as large as a softball or even larger, and they typically include jagged edges that can inflict major damage. Other important things to know about are that:

  • Hail doesn't have to be large to be damaging
  • Hail storms can happen any time of year
  • Wind strength and speed can influence severity of hail impact
  • Dangerous hail events outpace tornadoes

Types of Hail Damage

Hail most typically causes roof damage falling into two categories. Functional damage concerns roof performance and includes damage that can diminished the roof’s integrity. These can include holes, cracks and bald spots where shingles have come off.

Cosmetic damages, meanwhile, concern appearance rather than roof function. These can include dark spots, dents and pock marks that occur when hail comes crashing onto the roof.

The roof isn’t the only part of your building at risk from hail. These icy projectiles can easily shatter windows, spraying glass inside. Once windows are broken, hail can even strike you or your staff. 

Hail events can be damaging and highly expensive. Understand the risks and be prepared before hail strikes. If a hail storm has already caused roof damage or worse, call a specialist in storm cleanup to make things right