Many times when water damage occurs in a home or commercial property, it is due to faulty plumbing. Those without plumbing experience may have a difficult time recognizing potential issues and then addressing these issues before they become a bigger, more expensive problem.
According to thecleanplumbers.com, there are eight common causes of plumbing leaks that can lead to water damage to a property.
- Advanced Corrosion – Over an extended period of time, corrosion can damage pipes and create holes where water can escape. This is a more common issue in piping that was installed over 30 years ago.
- Degraded Seals – In order to keep connections watertight, rubber seals are used wherever the pipes are connected to the fixtures. Over time, these seals can degrade and crack, allowing water to seep out and eventually cause damage.
- Excess Water Pressure – Water pressure that is too high can actually damage the inside of the plumbing pipes and create a risk for leaks. If the pressure is extremely high, it can even cause the pipes to burst.
- Fixture Cracks – Sometimes the actual faucet or pipe that connects directly to it can crack and cause a water leak. This usually happens due to impact. One area that this is common is under the sink. When items are stored under the sink, the pipes are often repeatedly bumped and can eventually lead to pipe damage and water leaks.
- Incorrect Pipe Laying – Plumbing should be handled by knowledgeable professionals. It is very important that pipes and connectors are laid properly because small mistakes that at first may not be noticeable can cause massive water damage later.
- Pipe Joint Damage – The bends or joints where the water is redirected through the pipes are curved connectors that attach to the straight pipes on either side. Extreme temperatures and water pressure can damage these joints and lead to water damage.
- Shifted Connections – Over time, homes can shift and therefore, so can the pipes inside. If the shifts are too much, the pipe connections can break and water damage occurs.
- Untreated Clogs – It seems obvious how clogged drains can lead to backups and water damage. But how the clogs are treated can also cause pipe damage. Chemical drain cleaners are often used to unclog drains. At times these chemicals do not remove the entire clog which causes the harmful chemicals to be trapped in one spot in the pipe system. The chemicals can then eat away at the pipe, eventually causing damage and a water leak. It is safer to treat clogs with a plumbing snake or hydro-jetting.
Hopefully learning how to recognize potential plumbing problems and how to address the issues will help you avoid future water damage to your property. But in the unfortunate event that you do end up with a water damage disaster contact SERVPRO.
Flash Floods with Rainfall
Flash floods are usually caused by excessive rainfall that occurs in a short period of time. They are dangerous because they are powerful, speedy and unpredictable. They can happen with little or no warning at all.
Densely populated areas are at a high risk for flash floods. Buildings, roads and parking lots in the area reduce the amount of rain absorbed by the ground. Sometimes streams that run through cities are routed into storm drains. These drains can become overwhelmed and flash flooding can result.
Areas near rivers are also at risk for flash flooding. If levees along rivers fail, flash flooding can result. In 2005, New Orleans experienced devastating floods during Hurricane Katrina due to the failure of the levees.
Dam failures and rapid runoff from mountains and steep hills can also cause flash flooding. When water is falling faster than the ground can absorb it, a dangerous, flooding condition can result.
No area is really immune to flash flooding. During storms it is important to pay attention to weather watches and warnings and take the necessary precautions. Always listen to forecasters and be prepared with a plan in place just in case a flash flooding situation arises!
Electronics and Water Don't Mix
Electronics and Water – They Just Don’t Mix!
Have you ever experienced the nightmare of dropping your cell phone in the toilet or the kitchen sink or the swimming pool…watching in dismay as the phone, in what seems like slow motion, tragically plummets to its death? But why does this mean death for the cell phone? And why, in some cases, does it seem like at first the phone survives, only to have it die a few days after the accident? What exactly happens to electronics when water damage strikes?
Corrosion is the breaking down or destruction of a material, especially a metal, through a chemical reaction. The most common form of corrosion is rusting, which occurs when iron combines with oxygen and water. The corrosion process can begin in just a couple of hours after the incident or it can take a few days to set in, giving you the false sense that your device miraculously survived the submersion. Humidity levels, the severity of the water damage, and how long the device was under water can all affect how fast corrosion occurs.
Cleaning the corrosion on a damaged electronic device should be done with caution. And in most cases, it’s probably best to leave it for the professionals. But if you decide to attempt the cleanup yourself, hzo.com suggests several helpful tips:
- Always remove any batteries or power connectors first. This not only prevents harm to you, but also prevents any short-circuiting to the device. By doing this, you will also be exposing extra connectors that may already have corroded, so exercise caution.
- Look for any white or green “crusty” areas on the device, especially on the battery connectors, charging ports, SIM card connectors, or any other major metal connectors on the device.
- Use cotton swabs and a cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol, baking soda and water, or even vinegar to clean corrosion. Gently apply the solution to the affected area and wipe back and forth until the corrosion is removed. If necessary, leave some of the solution on the corroded area and wipe it off later.
- Dry your device with a soft cloth or a hair dryer on a cool setting- do not use heat to dry out your device. Make sure your device is dried extremely well before attempting to replace the battery and turn the device on. Any water left in the device could cause additional water damage.
When your home is affected by a water damage situation, many times your larger electronics, like TVs and computers, are damaged as well. The corrosion process occurs with these items in the same way as with your cell phone. The SERVPRO water technicians understand that the key to restoring electronics is to take prompt action to prevent further damage. Our technicians will coordinate the restoration of your electronics and ensure that they will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician. Learn more about how SERVPRO restores your belongings that have been affected by water damage.
Storm Damage leads to Water Issues
When it comes to storm and other weather-related damage, many people only think of the exterior structural damage to their property like fallen trees and damaged roofs. But what some people fail to realize is that exterior storm damage can often lead to interior water damage to their property. Water will always travel the path of least resistance and unfortunately after exterior structural damage to a property, this often means the water will end up inside the property. A quick response is crucial to help limit the additional interior damage. In the event of water or storm damage, SERVPRO responds immediately, any time, day or night. We understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs. Roofing service, board ups, roof tarps and tree removal are all among the emergency services we provide. Additionally, we are experts in water damage restoration and provide professional and efficient service to our customers.
Commercial Fire Loss
WHAT IF YOUR BUSINESS SUFFERS A FIRE LOSS?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration – Federal Emergency Management Agency, from 2017 to 2019, fire departments responded to about 86,500 nonresidential building fires in the United States. These fires resulted in $2.6 billion in property losses which accounted for 22 percent of the total dollar loss from all fires (residential and nonresidential). Because nonresidential fires include commercial properties, these fires can lead to a significant economic impact on communities due to lost jobs and closed businesses.
Fire damage can be devastating for a business property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, water damage can also occur due to the efforts of firefighters and sprinkler systems. Many times, after suffering a fire loss, businesses are forced to temporarily shut down. And in some instances, the damage is so devastating that the business in unable to recover and closes permanently. Commercial restoration presents different challenges. SERVPRO has the training and expertise in both commercial fire and commercial water restoration and understands that every hour spent restoring a business to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We offer 24 hour emergency service to businesses and communities. We respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the project through to completion in order to get the business back up and running as quickly as possible.
So if your business experiences a fire loss emergency, call SERVPRO for immediate response. We are a trusted leader in the fire and water restoration industry and we will work tirelessly to get you back to business.
Avoid BBQ Grill Fires Labor Day Weekend
Today we honor the achievements of the labor movement and the strength of American workers! Some also celebrate Labor Day as the official end of summer, the start of fall, or the final day to wear white. But whatever angle you take for your celebration, we want you to have a safe and happy holiday!
Be sure to practice safety tips with outdoor grilling or fire pits. Keep the grill or open flames a safe distance from anything that can catch fire. And always keep the children and pets away from the hot fire. Have a fire extinguisher available should an accident happen!
If you are traveling somewhere to celebrate, remember no drinking and driving! Keep an emergency supply kit or a first aid kit in your car. And always buckle up!
And don’t forget to follow safety guidelines in the swimming pool! Be aware of the weather conditions, keep an eye on the children, and always swim with a buddy!
Enjoy the holiday and remember we are always available 24 hours a day if you find yourself in need of emergency service!
Do's and Dont's of Mold Damage
Every mold situation is different and requires a unique solution. However, the general rules as to what to do and what not to do if you find or suspect there is mold in your home are basically the same. Mold spreads quickly and can cause health effects and damage to your home.
If you find visible mold or suspect there is mold in your home…
DO stay out of the affected areas!
DO turn off the HVAC system and fans!
DO contact SERVPRO for mold remediation services!
DON’T touch or disturb the mold!
DON’T blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth!
DON’T spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold!
The SERVPRO technicians are experts in mold and mold growth. They have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your property. So if you suspect you have a mold issue in your home, give us a call today!
Sprinkler Systems during a Commercial Fire
Fire is a major concern for business owners. Commercial fires can lead to injury or death of employees, damaged merchandise and equipment, lost records, and quite possibly, the permanent closure of the business.
Sprinkler systems in commercial building are one factor that improves fire safety in the workplace. Commercial buildings of all kinds should be equipped with a sprinkler system.
But how does a business owner know the sprinkler system requirements for his building? Fireline.com conveniently outlines sprinkler system requirements on their website.
According to the website, here are some of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association for commercial sprinkler systems:
- Buildings more than 55 feet high must have sprinkler systems.
- Any new building with a fire area of more than 5000 square feet must have sprinklers.
- Fire pumps should be installed to increase the amount of pressure in a single sprinkler system.
- Fire pumps should be housed in a separate building whenever possible.
- Water supply control valves should be accessible for easy operation.
There is never a convenient time for a fire disaster to strike a business. But SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati understands that in the unfortunate event of a fire, it is important to provide excellent service while minimizing the disruption to the daily operations of the business. We are always here to help in the event of a commercial fire. CLICK HERE to learn more about our expert commercial restoration services. Keep your business safe!
Dryer Vent Fire Prevention
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires start each year by the clothes dryer. When lint and debris build up in the dryer vent, a common fire hazard is created.
Signs That the Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning
According to ABC news, there are many signs that it is time to clean the dryer vent. Several of these signs include:
- Clothing does not dry completely after normal drying cycle.
- A musty odor is present in the clothing following the drying cycle.
- Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
- Debris is present within the outside dryer vent opening.
- Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap of the dryer.
Reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire by watching for these signs and regularly maintaining the dryer vent. Not only will the risk for a dryer vent fire be reduced, clothes will dry faster and smell better!
When disaster strikes your commercial property
The importance of preparing before a disaster strikes cannot be stressed enough. And there are many tasks that although simple, can help save lives.
Installing smoke alarms, practicing fire and tornado drills, and learning life-saving skills are all simple steps that individuals can take to be better prepared for emergencies.
But what about business owners?
Studies show that many businesses, unable to recover, are forced to completely close following a disaster. The difference between surviving a disaster and being forced to shut down could be planning ahead before a disaster strikes.
What is the first step to protecting your business?
Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati! Our professionals can help you pre-plan by developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business. With this plan in place, the interruption of your business operations is minimized because you will have an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do in advance of an emergency is key to timely mitigation and can minimize the damage to your company.
CLICK HERE to find out more about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program! Be “ready for whatever happens.”