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Water Heater Maintenance
When the valve on your water heater fails or the unit springs a leak, you could have gallons of water flooding your home in minutes.
Here are some ways to prevent or mitigate water damage from a failed water heater in your Kentucky home.
1. Perform Regular Maintenance
In the event you are hearing unusual noises from your water heater, such as popping or thumping, it could be caused by mineral buildup on the inside of the tank or on the element. Cleaning out your water heater to remove mineral sediment is a good idea. Be sure to follow your unit’s manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance regularly to help prevent such a disaster from occurring.
2. Make Needed Repairs
If cleaning out and other maintenance measures don’t stop the problem, and especially if a leaking water heater accompanies the noises, your best bet would be to call a plumbing service to come take a look and a listen in case action is needed. Repairs can often stave off problems.
3. Quick Cleanup
When all preventive measures fail and a broken water heater floods your home, it is imperative to stop the leak as quickly as possible by shutting off the water supply. The next most crucial step is removing the water and mitigating the damage water can cause to your home.
The mess and damage can feel overwhelming. We cover Marion, Adair, Russell, Washington, Casey and South Nelson Counties to come as soon as possible and help with the cleanup process. They will use powerful extraction equipment to remove as much water as possible and then assess the damage and help with the salvage and repair process. A broken or heavily leaking water heater can be intimidating but with help, you will see your way through.
Five Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home
Indoor plumbing and access to clean water are luxuries that we enjoy everyday. These things are wonderful to have and can become such a routine part of life that we don't pay much attention to them...…….until that water is some place it shouldn't be. Below is a list of the five most common causes of water damage in the home. Regular monitoring and maintenance of these systems can help keep your water where it should be and prevent water damage to your home.
1. Bursting or Leaking Pipes- Blockages or backups in pipes can cause over-pressurization of the pipe and lead to a leak or burst.
2. Plumbing Problems- These issues can be caused by tree roots, backed up garbage disposals, and ill-fitting or poorly connected joints and hoses.
3. Basements and Roofs- A leaky roof or structurally compromised basement can invite water damage, flooding and even mold.
4. Appliances- Water supply lines to appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers are another common water damage culprit. These lines can break, leak and/or disconnect and dump significant amounts of water when they do.
5. Air conditioners- Air conditioners and HVACs that aren't properly cared for can lead to moisture buildup and lead to mold problems.
How to Prevent Summertime Water Damage to Your Home
Your quick response team here at SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties know that summer means fun in the sun; and that often involves water. Water can mean tons of fun outside but you don't want it creeping into your home. While this list is far from comprehensive its a good starting point for keeping the water on the slip-n-slide and out of your basement this summer.
HVAC units and window units are one of the most common causes of in-home water damage during the summer. These units can sweat, freeze up and/or thaw out and dump water into places it should never be. Window units have a drainage pipe and should be positioned so that the pipe leads the water out the window and not down the wall or into the floor.
Sprinklers can also be a concern and should never be pointed directly at your home. Excess ground water and run off can seep into foundation cracks or basements and cause damage.
Excess Rain can also be a concern. While this can't be prevented; it should be monitored.
Not enough rain, can be a concern as well. Extremely dry soil can be unstable and allow room for pipes to shift and break.
If you see signs of water damage in or around your home, its essential to call in a professional to prevent further damage. If you suspect water damage to your home give us a call at 270-402-8170. We're always here to help!
How Can My Water-Damaged Contents Be Cleaned?
"Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents. These methods of cleaning include the following:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the appropriate cleaning product.
Determining which method is the most suitable for your contents depends upon several factors. These factors include things like:
- What material is the object made of?
- What damage has it sustained?
- What is the level of damage present?
and much more. Our technicians are specially trained to assess your circumstance and determine the best suited method for restoring your most precious belongings.
When Water Attacks Your Home or Business...SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties is There!
SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you're dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage and the possibility for mold.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today Us At (270) 402-8170
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties, has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
- Is the HVAC system operational? (if applicable in winter)
About SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties
SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
A Few of Our Certifications:
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
Flood Damage in your Home? Our Rapid Response Team is here to Help
The type of issues that households sustain during a natural flood or backed up sewer always require professional assessment and remediation. The water can often be hazardous to your health, even if it may appear clean. When water sits it can become increasingly toxic; it is, therefore, necessary to approach a professional service to help remove said water and dispose of any waste in line with state and federal regulations.
Homes with Flood Damage in Sacramento can rely on us to provide an urgent service. SERVPRO operates call-lines 24 hours a day and can send a rapid response unit to your location within four hours of notification of loss. A shorter time frame is essential due to the dangerous nature of flood water which can be toxic or steadily weaken structural components like ceilings, floors, and walls.
A SERVPRO technician can begin making your property safe immediately on arrival. Removing hazardous materials, electrics and checking for structural weaknesses should only be carried out by a qualified professional. Once the affected area is deemed safe to enter, your technician can begin to remove the water using submersible gas-powered pumps.
Some contents and structure in the home can be decontaminated and restored. Other parts may need replacement. SERVPRO employees operate on a restore over replace remit, however in cases where grey or black water are present items like carpets, subfloor mats and other porous materials need to be disposed of in designated waste removal sites. Your technician can pack these items up and take them away for proper disposal at the end of service.
Once the removal of contaminated materials is complete, we can pressure wash the affected area, apply sanitizers and remove harmful bacteria. Standing water migrates fast so we use moisture meters to discover where water may be residing and dry it. Rapid air movers and dehumidifiers are placed at the end of service to ensure no secondary flood damage like mold growth occur after we leave.
Our rapid response unit can help you in an emergency, contact SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties at (270) 402-8170 to schedule the evaluation.
What To Do When The Pipes Freeze & Burst
When you have realized that a pipe has burst in your home, follow these steps to minimize your damage and in the long run, save you money.
1.Stop The Water Flow
Turn off the water main as soon as you notice something is wrong. The potential water loss from busted pipes in your house can be as much as 106 gallons; that's two full baths an hour. Once water is off, make sure you drain the lines throughout the home.
2. Locate, Inspect, and Repair the Damage
Once the damage is inspected, you will determine if this is something that you can handle on your own or if you need to bring in a plumber.
3. Call The Professional Drying Company
Once the repair is made and no further damage will be made, call the professional water restoration company. Areas that have been soaked in water are susceptible to mold, mildew, and can cause your family unwanted illness.
Remember, the longer you wait to make these repairs the more damage will be caused and in turn, you will pay higher cost for restorations and getting your home back to normal.
Are You Prepared for Spring Flooding?
While spring brings the promise of warm weather and longer days, it also brings a variety of conditions that can include heavy rains and severe weather, which can increase your flood risk. During the rainy season, we are at high risk for flash flooding, which can occur rapidly within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall.
As one of the most common hazards in the United States, it's important we prepare for the potential disaster that flooding can cause. Even if you are located in a low risk flood zone remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future.
In order to help prepare you for the possibility of a flood, I offer the following tips:
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan
- Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk
- Install check-valves to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your facility
- Seal basement walls and floors with waterproofing compounds to prevent seepage through cracks
- Always keep your gutters and downspouts clean to allow water to flow freely
- Prepare a flood evacuation plan
- Know how to safely shut-off utilities
- Keep insurance and vital records in a water-proof box
- Have a portable radio to listen for important current information
The Dangers of Secondary Water Damage After a Flood
Water loss restoration in progress.
If your business experiences flooding, whether from a burst pipe, overflowing sewer or an extreme weather event, you may think only areas that are underwater will be damaged. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. The flood water in your building can do a lot of primary damage, but the high humidity conditions inside your business caused by the evaporation of flood water can lead to serious secondary damage, such as the growth of black mold. Hiring a professional trained in water damage restoration at SERVPRO can ensure that the water is extracted and your building thoroughly dried before more damage can be done.
Why Does Secondary Damage Occur?
When a building floods, the large amount of water begins to evaporate, creating high humidity conditions. This atmospheric moisture can saturate walls, cabinets and shelves and condense on metal surfaces. The longer these moist conditions persist, the more damage they can do.
What Are the Consequences of Secondary Damage?
Prolonged exposure to damp conditions can cause serious deterioration of many building materials:
• Drywall crumbles.
• Plaster can crack and crumble.
• Plywood and wood swells, warps and cracks.
• Metal begins to rust.
• Black mold grows on virtually any moist surface.
If flood water is not extracted in a timely fashion, these secondary effects can impact structural beams and concrete, weakening your building’s structure and threatening your place of business.
What Can You Do About It?
Don’t wait to take action. As soon as conditions are safe, contact an experienced water damage restoration professional at SERVPRO to assess the situation and formulate a plan. The more quickly water is extracted from the premises, the lower restoration costs will be in the long run. Once pumps and vacuums have been employed to remove excess water, specialized industrial air movers and dehumidifiers will ensure there’s no lingering moisture to deteriorate materials or foster black mold growth.
What to do until SERVPRO arrives!
If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink or tub overflows, flooding, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.
Shut off the source of the water.
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
Move to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors
Moisture Detection Equipment
There are several devices that SERVPRO of Marion, Adair, & Russell Counties uses when inspecting your home or business for the scope of damage. Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure into which water has intruded and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify an environment has been dried thoroughly.
Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets and carpet padding.
Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materias. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable the SERVPRO Professional to monitor the drying process.
Thermo-hygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.
Infrared Cameras can identify the location and extent of moisture in walls very effectively.
Manometers all a SERVPRO professional to measure the difference in air pressure when creating a negative air pressure environment
What To Do During A Flood
Staying Safe Indoors
- Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
- Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe.
- Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
- Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
- Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
- Dispose of any food that comes into contact with flood water .
Staying Safe Outdoors
- Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
- If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Don't walk on beaches or riverbanks.
- Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
- Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
- Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.
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Maintaining Home Value After Water Damage
Your home is one of the biggest investments of your lifetime. It is where you rest, play, spend time with family, it is your own retreat away from the hustle and bustle from the busy world. Protecting your home is the first step in valuing it for the importance piece of your life that it is. Prevention and repair are key to maintaining a home that will retain its worth and continue to be a haven for you and your family. That means that if any damage occurs in your home, it is crucial to address it immediately in order to conserve the value.
As a homeowner, it is of the utmost importance that damage of any form, water, fire, mold, or storm be made a top priority. Even if it appears that there is only a small amount of damage, the reality is that damage only gets worse as time goes on. Taking action and having the area inspected as quickly as possible usually results in a much simpler and more cost friendly repair than if the damage has time to grow. Repairing damage quickly also guarantees that the cost value of your home is not negatively effective and can still remain a positive investment in your life and your wallet.
When damage occurs, the first thing to do is call SERVPRO and get in touch with a 24-7 technician. SERVPRO is available all day, every day to assure that no damage goes unrepaired. Help will be on the way as soon as your call is placed and a highly trained specialist will be on the scene ready to begin the inspection process. Everything from water removal, and carpet cleaning to television repair falls under the SERVPRO cleanup and restoration umbrella and is executed by the best in the industry.
Here are just a few reasons why calling SERVPRO to repair damage immediately is so beneficial to the overall value of your home and property:
Selling Your Home in the Future
If you plan on selling your home at any point, you definitely want to get the most out of your sale. It is not possible to sell a home for the same amount or more of the purchase price if damage of any kind has occurred and was not addressed properly.
It is required that the fact any water or fire damage occurred to the home or property be disclosed before the purchase of your home is made. So if the damage was not repaired properly, it will definitely be noticed. On top of that, homes must pass inspection before the purchase is made as well. If the repaired damage does not pass the inspection, that could mean your home may not sell for the price it is listed as.
Refinancing Your Home Down the Road
When refinancing your home, it must be inspected and reported on by an appraiser. If any damage has occurred and not dealt with, your home will lose dollar value and be considered less valuable than the original price you bought it for. The whole point of refinancing is to end up spending less money on your home and that simply is not possible if damage occurs and is noticed.
Damage Only Gets Worse if Not Treated
They say everything gets better with time, but that is not the case for homes if they are not maintained. When damage occurs, it only gets stronger with time. Call SERVPRO immediately so that the damage does not increase and end up burning a hole in your pocket. SERVPRO not only helps with damage of the actual home, but also helps care for your belongings. That means that your home can quickly be restored with attention to detail of everything within the damaged area.
When big money is spent on something so important as a home for you and your family, it is absolutely worth it to respect the large investment and maintain the quality of the purchase. Repairing water, fire, or storm damage immediately with the help of SERVPRO gives you peace of mind that your home will not lose its value and continue to be the investment of a lifetime.