Recent Water Damage Posts
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
Ringing in the New Year means new resolutions for many, such as living healthier lives, dropping bad habits or developing better organizational skills. Our goal at SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is to have a team of quality people that will always provide excellent customer service to help our clients in their times of need. Our New Year’s resolution is to be committed to continuing to improve on the services we provide. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction. We know that by staying up to date on the latest techniques, equipment and resources, we will be ready for whatever happens. With open minds and continued training we will become even more efficient at making it “Like it never even happened.”
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati! We hope 2019 brings success, happiness, and prosperity!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
On this Thanksgiving Day, we would like to say a special “Thank you” to our valued customers as well as our dedicated employees! Most times, when our customers reach out to us for help, they are experiencing difficult times in their lives. We appreciate the trust and confidence that they place in us to help them through and return their lives to normal. Homeowners, business owners, agents and adjusters…we appreciate your trust in us to handle the job right!
Additionally, we are very thankful for our dedicated employees. Our office staff and the water and fire crews put in long hours day after day. They are willing to put themselves in messy situations in order to help families and businesses get their lives back in order. They are eager to learn new processes so that we can continue improving on our services to our customers. We are very appreciative of their continual efforts and we realize that our successes would not be possible without their hard work and dedication.
September is National Preparedness Month!
The month of September, also recognized as National Preparedness Month, is right around the corner! Different types of disasters and emergencies happen throughout the year in homes, businesses and communities and the goal of acknowledging National Preparedness Month is to remind everyone to take steps to be better prepared for them.
There are many suggested ways to prepare for a disaster or an emergency event. For example, home and business owners can install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and practice fire escape plans or tornado drills with their families or employees. They can put together an emergency kit and learn basic life-saving skills like CPR and first-aid. Schools and businesses can develop an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). In the event of a disaster, this profile will help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action already in place. (CLICK HERE to learn more about developing an ERP with SERVPRO.) Learning the evacuation routes for the area and reviewing insurance policies are also ways to prepare. Setting up an emergency savings account is also helpful because the unexpected expense of a disaster can be devastating.
Disaster preparedness can seem overwhelming at times. These are just highlights of some of the suggestions of ways to prepare. More helpful information can be found with resources like the ready.gov and fema.gov websites. While you may not be able to take every suggestion, doing even a few can help!
Faulty Plumbing: The Water Damage Culprit
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, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is here to help! CLICK HERE for Water Damage Emergency Tips!
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 of Northeast Cincinnati 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. CLICK HERE to learn more about how SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati restores belongings that have been affected by water damage.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is Ready to Help!
In the past, Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeast coast of the U.S., and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma also hit the U.S., leaving trails of devastation and destruction. According to NationalGeographic.com, Hurricane Matthew alone caused severe flooding from Florida to North Carolina and inflicted damage in the U.S. estimated by analysts at a minimum of $10 billion. Many homes and businesses were left without power and sustained severe damage due to the high winds and flooding.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is proud to be part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team. This team provides help during events like tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards or floods. The national SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is always prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.
During events like Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, and Irma, our local SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati crews are ready to quickly mobilize and help provide disaster relief to affected families and businesses in the area of the disaster.
Watch for Frozen Pipes This Time of Year!
Frozen pipes can be a messy and expensive issue. Extremely cold temperatures of the winter months create a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipes. Being prepared and informed may help minimize the risk of frozen pipes and prevent extensive damage and repairs.
The American Red Cross provides several preventative measures to help reduce the chances for freezing pipes:
- Drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler supply lines.
- Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses.
- Consider insulating exposed water pipes.
- Open cabinet doors to allow for warmer air to circulate around the pipes.
- Let cold water drip from the faucet that is served by the exposed pipes.
The American Red Cross also provides suggested steps if frozen pipes are suspected:
- Keep the faucet open. As the pipes begin to thaw, the running water will help melt the ice.
- Apply heat to the frozen area of the pipe using a hair dryer, heating pad, etc. until full water pressure is restored.
Following these suggestions can reduce the risk for frozen or bursting pipes and subsequent water damage. However, if you experience a water damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is always available to help!
SERVPRO OF NORTHEAST CINCINNATI TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Ethics.” This course is for OHIO credits and will be held at our SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on January 18th, 2018 from 8:30am to 11:30am with registration beginning at 8:30am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to receive CE credit for this course and that breakfast will be provided!
The premise for this course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged. We will explore what “Ethics” is by participating in group activities that will help with understanding and making ethical decisions.
The reservation deadline for this CE course is January 2nd, 2018…So for more information or to reserve your spot, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-541-3200 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Number: 37868
Natural vs Man-Made Flooding
According to inhabitat.com, there are two types of flooding, natural flooding and man-made flooding. Natural flooding occurs as a result of weather. Heavy rains, flash floods and snow melts are all examples of natural occurrences that can cause water damage. Man-made flooding results due to the malfunction of a man-made object. Burst pipes, plumbing issues and faulty water heaters are examples of times when man-made flooding can occur and cause water damage.
There are ways to prepare for and help lessen the risk for flooding. For natural disasters, it is important to have a plan in place to communicate with family, especially if evacuation is necessary. Putting together an emergency kit is also a good idea. If possible, preventing water from entering the building at all is always best. Waterproofing basements and sealing walls are both methods that can help keep the water out. For man-made disasters, first of all it is important to check the home insurance policy. Flood detection equipment can be installed to detect water and stop it from flowing into the home. Pipes, water heaters, plumbing, foundations, and drainage systems should all be checked routinely to ensure that they are functioning properly.
Of course, not all flooding can be foreseen and prevented and it can happen when least expected. SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is available 24 hours a day and can respond immediately to a water damage situation. Our highly trained water technicians have the training, expertise, and advanced equipment to restore the property back to preloss condition. So if you have water damage and need help, call us today! (513) 530-9688.
Water Damage in Lockland, Ohio Caused by Broken Toilet Supply Line
This home in Lockland, Ohio was affected by water damage when a water line to the toilet broke. As a result, the bathroom, dining room, basement, and crawlspace were all damaged and needed water extraction and remediation.
For this particular project, the SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati water crews first removed the wet, non-salvageable carpet and padding, ceramic tile flooring, baseboards, and insulation. They extracted water from the hard surface floors and drilled holes in the lower portion of the drywall to allow for wall cavity drying. This water damage situation required the drying equipment to be set up and monitored for several days. The water crews set up multiple air movers and dehumidifiers in the home. All debris was packed and hauled away. The crews continued to monitor the drying equipment and once the area was completely dry, they removed the equipment. The home is now dry and ready for structural repairs.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati Uses Advanced Equipment in the Water Restoration Process
In the event of water damage to a residential or commercial property, trained professionals and expert equipment are very important for the restoration process. Our water technicians use exceptional equipment to extract and eliminate moisture from a property.
Detection equipment is used to find the areas of the structure that are affected by water and to determine the extent of moisture absorption. This equipment is also used to verify that the environment has been dried thoroughly upon project completion.
Extraction equipment is the equipment used to actually remove water from an area. This equipment is used to clean carpets and upholstery as well as to remove water from floors.
Airmovers and dehumidifiers are used during the dry-out process to enhance moisture evaporation and reduce drying time.
And finally, to neutralize and eliminate any odors left behind after the water intrusion, deodorization equipment is used to help restore the area to preloss condition.
The SERVPRO Process to Restoration after Water Damage
A homeowner can be faced with a water damage when they least expect it! A burst pipe, flash flooding, clogged gutters, an overflowing sink can all cause water damage to a home. When homeowners are faced with an unexpected water damage they want to know that their home will be back in order as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati has a proven process to restoration after a water loss.
Within ONE HOUR from the first notice of loss, one of our professionals will be in contact with the homeowner to arrange for service to begin.
And within FOUR HOURS from the first notice of loss, our expert crews will be on-site to start mitigation services. We understand that quick response is the key to reducing damage and saving money!
Once onsite, our trained and fully equipped crew will walk through the job process with the homeowner, explaining what to expect. We know that open communication is very important to build trust with our customers!
Our water crews will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward. And within EIGHT business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal summary of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.
Our professional crews will work neatly and efficiently to regain control of the property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state of the art restoration techniques to ensure that the property is taken care of right the first time. And after the work has been completed, a final walk through will be conducted to ensure complete customer satisfaction. We want to leave a job knowing that the homeowner is satisfied and happy with the results.
Water Damage in School District Building
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati believes in giving back to the community whenever possible. We are always looking for ways to help out local schools, neighborhoods and charities by offering our time and talents.
For example, we were honored to help a local school district by donating labor and materials when one of the school buildings suffered a water damage and needed dry-out services. The school Board was very grateful for the donation because it allowed them to use funds elsewhere to better serve the students in the district.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati strives to have a positive presence in the community and is happy when an opportunity arises to help the students, residents and employees of our community. We value our community and are proud to support in any way we can!
How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?
Gutters play a key role in preventing water damage to your home. That is why it is essential that you keep your gutters clean and free of debris. Their purpose is to channel rainwater to the downspouts and away from the home, protecting roofs, walls, and foundations of homes. To keep gutters working properly, it is important to make sure that gutters are cleaned regularly so that water can flow freely to the downspouts and away from your home.
So how often should you clean your gutters? It is recommended that you clean your gutters AT LEAST twice a year!
Clogged gutters can cause many issues for a homeowner. If water finds its way into the walls and ceilings of the home, it will cause interior damage. In winter months, pooling water around the foundation of the home can cause foundation cracks if it freezes and expands. The paint and siding of a home can also be damaged as water overflows from the gutters.
Failing to clean gutters regularly can be a very costly mistake! It is one of the most important tasks of a homeowner and, if done on a regular basis, can prevent many homeowner headaches!
The Problems With Clogged Gutters...
As we are gearing up for the fall season, now is the time to check those gutters!
Gutters play a significant role in preventing water damage to homes. Their purpose is to channel rainwater to the downspouts and away from the home, protecting roofs, walls, and foundations of homes. To keep gutters working properly, it is important to make sure that gutters are cleaned regularly so that water can flow freely to the downspouts and away from the home.
Clogged gutters can cause many issues for a homeowner. Water that is blocked by the debris in gutters will find the path of least resistance when it tries to drain. This often means it will find its way into the walls and ceilings of the home causing interior damage.
In winter months, if water overflowing from the gutters pools around the foundation of the home, it can freeze with the colder temperatures. When it freezes, it expands. This can cause foundation cracks that then lead to flooded basements and crawl spaces. Also in the winter months, water that is blocked in clogged gutters can freeze and cause pressure on the roof. This can lead to damage to the roof and water leaking into the home.
The weight of the rain-soaked debris in gutters can also lead to damage. When the debris absorbs the water, it becomes extremely heavy and places a great amount of stress on the gutters and their brackets. This additional weight can cause the gutters to fall from the home which leads to costly repairs.
Water overflowing from the gutters can damage the paint and siding on a home. Additionally, if the water gets behind the siding and inside of a wall, the wood becomes wet and can rot. This can go unseen behind the siding until it is too late.
Obviously, failing to clean gutters regularly can be a very costly mistake! It is one of the most important tasks of a homeowner and, if done on a regular basis, can prevent many homeowner headaches!
Protect Your Home While Vacationing...Tips to Prevent Water Damage
With summer in full swing now, many families are excitedly planning summer get-aways, hoping for a stress-free vacation to relax and enjoy their time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In order to fully relax, it is important to have peace of mind that your home will be safe while you are away. Water damage is one of the most common types of damage to homes. And what a nightmare it would be to return from a relaxing vacation only to find that your home has suffered major water damage! If a pipe leaks or bursts while you are away on vacation, water can destroy carpets, furniture and more, which can be very expensive. SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati would like to share some steps that you can take to help protect your home from water damage while you are out of town.
Check your home for leaks before you leave. Be sure to look at the pipes under all sinks and inspect the water heater as well. Don’t forget to inspect the hoses that connect to major appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator to ensure that there are no kinks or damaged hoses.
Check the exterior of your home for potential causes of water leaks. Inspect the roof and make sure there are no loose or damaged shingles. Check the downspouts and gutters and clear any blockages. Make sure window seals are in good condition and repair if needed.
Examine your sump pump and check that it is in good working condition. Install a battery-powered backup source in case there is a power outage while you are away.
Ask someone you trust to check your home periodically while you are gone. Make sure this person knows where the water main shut off valve is located just in case a pipe does leak or bursts.
Leaking pipes and appliances and damage caused by storms cause millions of dollars worth of damage every year. In the event that a water disaster does occur while you are away, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati has the expertise to help restore your home. But prevention is key when planning to be away for any length of time. So before leaving your home, be sure to take precautions to avoid returning home to a big expensive mess!
Top Notch Equipment Used for Drying & Restoration
In the event of water damage, expert knowledge and state of the art equipment are paramount for effective drying and restoration. Trained SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati professionals use exceptional equipment and expertise to first create an environment favorable for drying and then to extract and eliminate moisture from the structure.
Detection Equipment is used to locate areas affected by water, define the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture, and verify that the environment has been dried thoroughly. Moisture sensors, moisture meters and thermohygrometers are all used by SERVPRO professionals in the drying process. Moisture sensors detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. Moisture meters determine the actual moisture content of various materials and provide readings that enable SERVPRO professionals to monitor the drying process. And thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity which aides SERVPRO professionals in creating the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.
Extraction Equipment is used to actually remove the water and moisture from the affected area. SERVPRO professionals use extractors, either portable or truck-mounted, to clean carpets and upholstery and to remove water from floors.
Air Movers are used to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thus reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated with the use of dehumidification equipment.
SERVPRO professionals use two types of dehumidifiers: refrigerant dehumidifiers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Refrigerant dehumidifiers work similarly to air conditioners and desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals that absorb moisture from the air.
And finally, Deodorization Equipment is used to neutralize odors. SERVPRO professionals use either Ultra Low Volume Foggers or Thermal Foggers to eliminate odors caused by the water intrusion and restore the area to its original condition.
WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
When presented with a water damage situation, after contacting SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati, here is what can be expected:
ONE HOUR: Within one hour from notice of loss, our SERVPRO professional will contact to arrange for service. Help is on the way!
FOUR HOURS: Within four hours from notice of loss, our SERVPRO professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. Quick response is the key to reducing damage and saving money!
DETAILED EXPLANATION: Our trained, uniformed, and equipped SERVPRO professional will walk through the step-by-step job process, explaining what to expect.
PRETESTING: Our SERVPRO professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.
EIGHT HOURS: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal summary of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally the adjuster or property manager.
CLEANING & RESTORATION: Our SERVPRO professionals will work neatly and efficiently to regain control of the property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state of the art restoration techniques to ensure that the property is taken care of right the first time.
FINAL WALK THROUGH: After the work has been completed, a final walk through will be conducted to ensure complete customer satisfaction.