AC Water Leak: What to Do When Your Air Conditioner is Leaking Water
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An air conditioner leak can be a serious problem because it means that your ac unit is no longer working properly and can result in major damages to your home.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have seen all types of property water damage caused by numerous sources. However, one of the most common water damage calls we receive is from an air conditioner leaking water.
If you're reading this blog post, chances are your ac unit is currently leaking water, and you need help navigating the situation. If this is the case, you need to address the water damage issue immediately before mold starts to grow!
Early signs of an air conditioner leak
Most commonly, property owners do not notice an ac leak until there is apparent water damage. However, before water damage occurs, you may be able to catch the leak early on by paying attention to your energy bills because a leaking ac unit will likely lead to high energy bills. Another early indication of an air conditioner leak will be the visibility of mold growth throughout a property. If you notice either one of these two signs, then you should contact HVAC professionals to come and inspect your property's air conditioning unit for leaks.
Why does an air conditioner leak?
A property may have an air conditioner leak because of either ac system malfunction or an ac unit installation failure.
Common air condition malfunctions include:
- A clogged condensate drain line: A clogged condensate drain line is the most common reason for an ac leak. A clogged condensate drain line can occur when dust, dirt, or mold causes a clog. The only way to fix a clogged condensate drain line will be to unclog it with a special vacuum.
- A damaged drain pan: After a certain amount of time, an air conditioner's drain pan will damage and no longer catch water. The best way to fix a damaged air conditioner drain pan will be to replace it with a new one.
- A broken condensate pump: A condensate pump is a type of pump that pumps water from air conditioning units to the outside. The best way to fix a broken condensate pump will be to replace it with a new one.
- A dirty air filter: Dirty air filters will prevent airflow to the air conditioner's evaporator coil. After some time, the evaporator coil will freeze and unfreeze and cause excess water to leak from the ac unit. Regularly changing the air filter is the best way to prevent an evaporator coil from freezing over.
What to do when the air conditioner is leaking water?
You will need to act fast at the first sign of an air conditioner leaking water to prevent severe damages from occurring. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek put together the following mitigation steps to reduce the property damages.
Steps to mitigate an air conditioner leak
- Turn off the thermostat to prevent further water from leaking
- Contact your property insurance company to start a claim
- Contact a reliable HVAC company for ac repairs
- Contact a reliable water restoration to clean up and restore the damages
We hope you enjoyed learning about the most common reasons why an air conditioner leaks water and the steps to mitigate the damages.
Many property owners throughout the Dayton metropolitan area have chosen to rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek for water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek is the first choice because we are a locally-owned company that has been dedicated to helping restore homes and businesses to their pre-water damage conditions since 1967.
When you choose to contact our professionals for water damage services, we will bring years of experience along with certifications to ensure that your water damage is mitigated quickly and professionally.
Please contact us today for more information on our water damage services or to schedule an appointment.
Fireplace Standing Water: The Top 3 Causes For a Fireplace Leak
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A Dayton homeowner may be confused why there is standing water in their fireplace.
Consider yourself lucky if you are a homeowner that has never found standing water at the bottom of the fireplace. There are many reasons why a fireplace may have standing water, but the most common is a fireplace leak in the chimney. This blog post will discuss three of the top causes for a chimney leak, as well as what you should do if you find standing water in the fireplace.
Signs of a fireplace leak
A homeowner will likely be left with water damage after a rainstorm passes when there is a chimney leak. A clear indication of a chimney leak will be standing water at the bottom of the fireplace. A fireplace leak left to sit for a prolonged period can start affecting the walls and ceilings around the fireplace with mold damage.
3 Common causes of fireplace leaks
- Cracked chimney crown: A chimney crown is the top part of the chimney located directly above the fireplace. If there is standing water in your fireplace, it may be due to a cracked crown or an insufficient amount of mortar.
- Damaged fireplace flashing: Fireplace flashing is a thin steel or aluminum sheet used to seal the fireplace from rainwater. Damaged flashing can cause standing water in a fireplace and high energy bills due to the accessibility of outdoor elements.
- A damaged or missing chimney cap: A chimney cap is a fireplace accessory used to help prevent water leaks and animals from clogging the fireplace flue. If you are experiencing standing water in your fireplace, it might indicate that your chimney cap is damaged or missing.
A recent fireplace leak service call
A few months back, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek received a call from a homeowner who found standing water inside and around their fireplace. The homeowners knew about our water damage services because we had serviced their home the previous year after a dishwasher leak.
For this particular water damage call, we knew that we had to go up on the roof and inspect the chimney to determine the cause of the fireplace standing water. After about an hour of inspecting the chimney, we found that the cement chimney crown had a crack. The chimney crown crack had allowed water into the flue lining and entered the chimney.
The homeowners were happy to find out that there was no mold growth inside the chimney flue, and we were able to professionally seal the cracks rather than having to replace the chimney crown.
After a few days, we were able to remove all standing water in the fireplace without severe demolition, and the homeowner was able to start using their chimney "Like it never even happened."
What to do when there is standing water in the fireplace?
It is essential to contact a water damage professional at the first sign of standing water in a fireplace. Water damage professionals will commonly use thermal moisture imaging cameras to easily determine the standing water location and severity of the damage, even when it is hidden from plain sight.
Once they can locate the location and the severity of the damage, they will design a unique drying plan tailored to the damaged property.
As you have learned, standing water in the fireplace can cause major structural damage, especially if some cracks or holes allow for more water to enter into the flue lining and then inside the chimney structure itself. If you find standing water in the fireplace, you should contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek immediately.
SERVPRO is a highly reputable restoration company in Dayton, Ohio, that puts customer services before anything else. Please contact us today for any further questions on how we can help you with the standing water in your fireplace.
Fallen Tree Damage: 5 Steps to Take When a Tree Damages Your Property
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The damages done to your property by a fallen tree may be covered by insurance.
You are very fortunate if a fallen tree has never damaged your home. The sound of a tree crashing onto your property is terrifying, and the aftermath can be even scarier. Fallen trees often result in damage to homes, cars, fences, and other structures on your property.
The following blog post will go over when insurance covers fallen tree damage to a property and the steps to take when a tree has damaged your home.
Recent fallen tree damage project
Those that live in close proximity to Dayton, Ohio, know how prone our homes are to tornado damage and wind damage. Every time high wind speeds pass through the Dayton area, our SERVPRO professionals receive numerous calls regarding exterior damages.
The most recent wind storm occurred in April and left one homeowner with serious damage after a fallen tree crashed into their roof and left a hole in their family room ceiling.
When we arrived at the damaged home, we evaluated the damages done and began to design a plan to remove the tree and protect the home from further damages. Fortunately, it was not raining when the tree fell, so water damage restoration services were unnecessary.
Within a few hours, our professionals removed the tree from the roof, and we used a secure tarp to cover the hole in the roof. Then the homeowner submitted a claim to their insurance company, who said they would cover the fallen tree damages done to the home.
In the end, the homeowner received a brand new roof and was delighted with our services, and let us know that they would be using us for future home restoration services.
When is fallen tree damage covered?
Fallen tree damage will be covered by an insurance carrier when covered perils are damaged by wind. Covered perils include damages including your home or other structures such as a shed or a fence.
Suppose a fallen tree damaged the property due to negligence on behalf of the homeowner. In that case, the homeowner will be held liable for the damages, and an insurance carrier will likely not cover the damages.
5 Steps for fallen tree damage
When it comes time to clean up after a fallen tree has damaged your property, there are five steps you should take:
Step 1: Evacuate everyone from the property. After a fallen tree damages your home, you will want to ensure that everyone that resides in the home is safe.
Step 2: Document the damages done to the property. Before any work is done, you will want to document all damages to the property for insurance purposes. You should take pictures and videos and create a list of any personal belongings that were damaged.
Step 3: Contact a local restoration contractor. Local restoration contractors like those at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek will mitigate fallen tree damage quickly and professionally.
Step 4: Contact your homeowner's insurance provider. The sooner that you contact your homeowner's insurance provider, the quicker the repairs will occur.
Step 5: Ensure your property is secure from further damages. The damages done to your property should be covered by a roof tarp to ensure no water or pests make their way into your property.
Fallen tree damage restoration
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek specialize in restoring properties after a fallen tree causes damages. All of our SERVPRO professionals are IICRC certified and are available 24/7, rain or shine.
SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek even has a construction division to repair or rebuild any damages that occurred to your property. So when you contact us, you will receive tailored services from the best restoration team in Ohio.
Wet Insulation: How A Fiberglass Material Can Lead to Severe Damages
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Wet insulation has a distinct pungent odor.
Fiberglass insulation is a great material in any home to keep warm air inside and cold air out. However, during water damage events (such as flooding, pipe burst, or sewage back-up), the fiberglass insulation will be damaged and soak up water like a sponge, leading to mold growth if not dried quickly. This blog post discusses how wet insulation is one of the most common causes of mold damage and what can happen if it is not mitigated quickly.
What is insulation?
Insulation was designed for temperature regulation in a home; it will keep a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You can find insulation in the attic and walls of a home. Most of the time, insulation will sit in ceilings and walls but can also be found in the floors above vented crawl spaces.
The most common type of insulation found in a property is fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation is a type of insulation made up of small glass fibers that are compressed together.
Wet insulation issues
Wet fiberglass material soaks up water just as easily as a sponge does; this is why water damage events such as flooding will lead to mold growth when not dried quickly.
It's important to remove any wet materials from an affected area so mold won't grow. When mold is left to grow for too long, the property will end up resulting in structural issues like wood rot, which can devalue your home.
Wet materials need access to air and dehumidification to be adequately dried out, and IICRC certified restorers know how to adequately dry a property that has been damaged by water.
In some cases, a restoration professional may decide that it will be better to throw out all wet insulation rather than trying to salvage it. However, keep in mind that wet insulation that comes in contact with contaminated water should be removed and disposed of as soon as possible.
Signs of wet insulation
The easiest way to tell that a property has wet insulation is to inspect the drywall covering the insulation after a basement flood or water damage event. If the drywall is saturated, it will be safe to assume that the insulation behind the wall is also wet.
Restoration professionals use penetrating moisture meters to test the moisture levels in drywall and the insulation. After the penetrating moisture meter confirms that the drywall and insulation are wet, the restoration professional will remove all the water-damaged drywall and wet insulation to prevent mold growth.
Signs of moldy insulation
Moldy insulation will appear to have dark or black spots and will have a very distinct smell. It is best to call water damage restoration professionals quickly to avoid mold growth.
A restoration company your can trust
Through the years, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have proven themselves to be the go-to water restoration company when it comes to water damage in Dayton, Ohio.
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek prides themselves on their ability to deliver fast services without compromising customer experience. When you choose to call SERVPRO for water damage services, you will receive a tailored drying plan and a fast responding team to ensure that your property is dried as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is fully equipped with industry-standard equipment, including:
All of the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have gone through extensive training by the IICRC.
Please contact us today if you are in the middle of a water damage disaster and need emergency services or want to inspect your insulation for mold growth.
Thermal Moisture Imaging: 2 Jobs Types That Utilize Infrared Cameras
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Thermal moisture imaging is a technology that allows SERVPRO professionals to see signs of water signatures in various items during a disaster.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have been utilizing thermal moisture imaging for the last decade. Thermal moisture imaging is a process that utilizes an infrared camera to detect and measure temperature variations in building materials. Thermal mapping has been a staple to our success because it has allowed us to quickly uncover hidden water leaks, structural issues, and causes of mold issues during an initial building inspection.
In the restoration industry, thermal moisture imaging is a common tactic to quickly find the location of a potential moisture intrusion and other building defects. In this blog post, we will go over the 2 different types of jobs where you will see an IICRC certified professional at SERVPRO utilize thermal moisture imaging and how they use their findings to move forward in the restoration process.
1) Thermal imaging for water damage restoration jobs
The first type of job where you will see thermal mapping utilized by a SERVPRO professional is inspecting the cause of the loss on a water damage restoration job. For example, when water leaks are present in a building, they can lead to stains and residual moisture in the walls or ceilings that show up as cool signatures on our infrared cameras. Thermal imaging helps us identify the cause of the loss and ensures that the water source is stopped to prevent secondary water damage from occurring.
Thermal imaging can detect water leaks from:
With the use of thermal moisture imaging technology, the SERVPRO professional will know all that was damaged by the water loss. In addition, screenshots from our infrared camera come in handy in creating a restoration estimate and proof during the insurance claim process.
2) Thermal imaging for mold damage remediation jobs
The second type of job where a SERVPRO professional will utilize thermal imaging is during a mold remediation inspection. Mold damage is typically the result of water intrusion or a flood that has been left to sit without receiving quick mitigation services. As a result, mold will grow unseen on the surfaces of furniture, walls, and ceilings until it becomes visible as fuzzy white and black patches.
A SERVPRO professional will utilize thermal imaging technology during the inspection portion of a mold remediation job to ensure that the source of the water damage is no longer present and to locate all mold/water-damaged contents.
Keep in mind that an infrared camera cannot directly locate mold spores but can find moisture where mold spores cultivate.
Count on SERVPRO for disaster restoration services
The number one team to call for water cleanup services in Dayton, Ohio, is SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is independently owned and operated by two brothers, Greg and Gary Shooter. Greg and Gary Shooter both understand the importance of prioritizing the use of advanced technology techniques like thermal moisture imaging during a restoration job. In addition, they want to ensure the customers of Dayton, Ohio, are always receiving quality restoration services with great customer service.
We hope you enjoyed learning about why the professionals at SERVPRO use thermal moisture imaging during the initial inspections and how infrared cameras are used during mold and water damage jobs.
Contact us today if you are in need of thermal moisture imaging after your property has been damaged by water or mold. All of the crews at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are professionally trained by the IICRC and available 24/7 to service your property.
Warehouse Flood: 5 Tips For Faster Recovery
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A warehouse flood can pause production and should be mitigated quickly by professionals.
It's not a secret that floods happen, and when they do, the flood damage they cause can be devastating. It doesn't matter if the warehouse is small or large; a flood will undoubtedly ruin everything in its path. But we have good news; there are certain things a warehouse owner/manager can do to help speed up the recovery process! In this blog post, we'll discuss five tips for fast recovery after warehouse flood damage occurs and how SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can help during a warehouse flood crisis.
Common causes of a warehouse flood
When it comes to warehouse floods, the professionals at SERVPRO have seen it all. Here are the most common reasons warehouse flood damage occurs:
- Pipe Bursts
- Sewage back-ups
- Toilet overflow
- Roof leaks
- Failed warehouse gutters and downspouts
- Foundation leaks
- Clogged or inoperative sump pump
- A malfunctioning main drain system
5 tips in handling a flooded warehouse
No matter the cause of the warehouse flood, it is essential to know what needs to occur next to get the warehouse operating again. Below we have included 5 tips to help ensure faster recovery times:
Tip 1) Shut off building utilities. For example, when a warehouse flood results from a faulty water supply line, you will want to shut off your main water line to stop further water from damaging the property. You will also want to shut off all electricity before any sparks occur, or there could be an increased risk of fires.
Tip 2) Call your insurance provider. Quickly calling your insurance provider will allow them to be in the loop and start the claims process.
Tip 3) Call a reputable restoration company. Calling a reputable restoration company will ensure that all water is extracted quickly and prevent secondary water damage.
Tip 4) Document all damages. It is always a good idea to document all flood damages to help with the insurance claims process. Documentation will include pictures, videos, and a detailed inventory list of contents damaged by the flood.
Tip 5) Relocate necessary inventory. Relocating all inventory and contents that didn't get damaged by the flood will be beneficial in helping production resume. However, you will want to leave all damaged items in place to be documented for insurance purposes.
The importance of a flood plan
Because floods are not uncommon in the warehouse industry, warehouse owners and managers need to ensure all team members are prepared and know our flood prevention tips. A warehouse flood can lead to lost inventory, damaged machinery, and expensive repairs. The best way to prevent these issues is by being aware of how they occur and having a developed plan before they happen.
At SERVPRO, we offer a free Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for any customer who wants to be prepared for disaster strikes. An ERP will include a complete written document detailing how to protect your property further after an unfortunate event occurs. In addition, the ERP will include exit points, important numbers, any vulnerable areas, and the location of all emergency shut-off valves.
Why call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO?
When a warehouse flood occurs, you want to call a team of IICRC certified professionals that can handle any size disaster. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek have all the necessary equipment and personnel ready for when a disaster strikes. As well, we can help salvage important paperwork and office electronics that were damaged by a flood.
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a family-run business that is independently owned and operated by two brothers, Greg and Gary Shooter, who built their business by prioritizing customer satisfaction.
Please contact us today for emergency warehouse flood assistance or any questions regarding our water damage process.
4 Common Causes of Dayton House Fires and How to Prevent Them
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Understanding the common causes of a house fire is the first step in prevention.
After a Dayton house fire breaks out, a homeowner should contact the Dayton Fire Department and a reliable Dayton fire restoration company to prevent further damages. Did you know, on average, the Dayton Fire Department receives more than 60 calls for house fires a year? The professionals at SERVPRO are not happy with the high amount of house fire calls. Our fire restoration professionals are not just available to help you with your fire damage home insurance claim, we also want to help prevent Dayton house fires from occurring altogether.
This blog post aims to help the locals of Dayton, Ohio, understand the potential causes of Dayton house fires. We will be going over the four most common causes and how these causes of fires can be prevented.
Dayton house fires can cause severe damages.
Every Dayton house fire is different, and the amount of damage present in the residential property will dictate the amount of time necessary to restore the damaged property.
A house fire in Dayton will leave the two main types of damages:
1) Structural damage
The structural damage caused by a Dayton house fire may be one of the most costly repairs. The fire restoration process can take anywhere from one to three months, depending on the severity of the damages.
2) Contents damage
During a Dayton house fire, the contents within a home will be left damaged. Therefore, the damaged items will need to be professionally cleaned to remove all indications of fire damage. The contents of a home can be cleaned in as little as one week or may take up to three months, depending on the severity.
4 Common causes of Dayton house fires with prevention tips
The following list of common causes of Dayton house fires is listed in order from most common to least.
1) Cooking Related Fires
Cooking-related fires are the most common cause of house fires in Dayton. Cooking-related fires are easily preventable by always staying close by and watching the entire cooking process: if you see or smell smoke, stop what you are doing and turn off all heating sources as soon as possible.
2) Electrical fires
Electrical fires occur when there is faulty wiring insulation causing a short circuit or overloaded circuits with too many appliances running at once. If you think you may have an electrical issue or live in an older Dayton home, you should get your electrical wiring checked by a professional electrician.
3) Smoking fires
It is common for a smoking fire to occur when someone falls asleep while smoking. Therefore, it is best to smoke outside and avoid smoking near any combustible items to prevent a smoking-related fire.
4) Candle fires
Candles will make a residential home smell and feel welcoming but can also cause fire damage when placed in the wrong location. Extinguishing the candle before leaving the candlelit room and keeping the flame away from combustible materials is the best way to prevent a house fire from occurring.
As you can see, house fires can cause severe damages to the structure and the sentimental contents inside. We hope that you now understand the four most common causes of Dayton house fires so that you can prevent a future fire outbreak from occurring. For a further resource, check out safety tips by the National Fire Protection Association!
Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek if you recently have had a fire in your home or have additional questions on preventing a house fire from occurring. Our IICRC certified professionals are available to help 24/7, 365 days a year, for fire restoration services.
Plastic Containment Walls: 2 Types of Jobs That Must Be Contained
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During asbestos abatement and mold remediation, plastic containment walls should be installed.
Plastic containment walls (temporary barriers) are essential in the restoration and construction industry; they have proven to contain unwanted dust and contaminants from spreading to unaffected areas. Plastic containment walls also make it easier for restoration professionals to clean up a contaminated area by keeping all damages contained in a single area. This blog post discusses plastic containment walls, what they are, how they work, and why they need to be installed while removing mold and asbestos.
What are plastic containment walls?
Plastic containment walls are temporary barriers made of plastic sheets to enclose a work area. Plastic containment walls are designed to be installed quickly and easily taken down. Inside the plastic containment walls, the following also needs to be covered:
- Electrical outlets
- Air vents
- Exhaust fans
- Light fixtures
When installing plastic containment walls, a restoration professional will ensure that the plastic sheeting is secure from floor to ceiling. Poles with painter's tape are commonly used to stabilize the containment barrier.
Using plastic containment walls during asbestos abatement
As we mentioned already, plastic containment walls stop unwanted dust and contaminants from spreading into unaffected areas. Asbestos abatement jobs always need to be contained.
For those unaware, asbestos was a popular building material used before it was proven to have harmful effects when disturbed. In properties built before 1980, asbestos can be found in flooring tiles, ceiling tiles, roofing, siding, and insulation. It is best for all older property owners to contact a certified and licensed asbestos abatement professional before starting a remodeling project. An asbestos abatement professional will come and send out a sample of the questionable building material for sampling before moving forward.
As you can see, asbestos is a serious substance. During any size asbestos abatement job, the professionals at SERVPRO will put on their personal protective equipment (PPE) and then install plastic containment walls to isolate the area with asbestos. The plastic containment walls will prevent asbestos from spreading beyond the contained space during the asbestos removal and demolition process.
Plastic containment walls are essential during mold remediation.
Just like asbestos abatement, mold remediation also needs to utilize the benefits of installing plastic containment walls. Mold spores are known to travel quickly as soon as the mold remediation process begins.
When the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek arrive at a mold job, they will be wearing their PPE ready to mitigate the unwanted mold issue. One of the first steps in the mold remediation process is installing plastic containment walls to isolate the contaminated area. After the plastic containment walls are up, a restoration professional will place a negative air pressure machine and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture.
We hope you enjoyed learning about the purpose and benefits of installing plastic containment walls. Properly insulating all work areas is guaranteed to help avoid the spread of cross-contamination during any mold and asbestos job. As you can see, the IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO take safety very seriously. We want to ensure that contaminants never spread to other areas of a property.
Poorly built plastic containment walls may result in further damages and expensive repairs. When you call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek, we can assure you that our certified professionals will install plastic containment walls using quality materials to avoid further damages.
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is independently owned and operated by Greg and Gary Shooter. SERVPRO has built the reputation as the company to call when it comes to any size restoration project in Dayton, Ohio. Contact us today for more information or questions on plastic containment walls.
5 Actions To Take When a Basement Floods
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It's better to be overly prepared for basement floods.
In and around greater Dayton, Ohio, local residential and commercial properties are prone to basement flood damage caused by heavy rainstorms. In a previous blog post, we went over flood prevention tips to help the Dayton locals prepare for basement floods. This blog post will go over what a property owner can do immediately after a basement flood.
If you are currently in the middle of a basement flood, your best course of action will be to shut off all electrical power to the house and contact the professionals at SERVPRO for fast action services.
5 Actions when dealing with a basement flood
- Keep children and pets away from the flooded basement.
- Remove all contents and wet materials
- Extract all water
- Dry the basement
- Apply an antimicrobial
1) Keep children and pets away from the flooded basement
When dealing with a flooded basement, it is best not to allow children or pets to enter the flood-damaged area. Basement floodwater from rain is categorized as category 3 water damage by the IICRC due to the highly contaminated water present. Ony an individual wearing the proper (PPE) personal protective equipment should enter a flooded basement.
2) Remove all contents and wet materials
Only after you have on the PPE can you consider removing all of the salvage and unsalvageable items. To effectively and quickly dry a flooded basement, all category 3 waterlogged items must be thrown away, and all salvageable items should be placed in another area of the home.
If your basement has a lot of content, you will want to get a professional pack-out. A pack-out is where contents are taken to an offsite location for storage and cleaning. In most cases, an insurance company will compensate the property owner for the unsalvageable damaged items and the cost of the pack-out.
You should also remove all of the flood-damaged floorings throughout the basement. Water that sits in carpet flooring can cause mold on the carpet, and water-damaged hardwood flooring will warp.
3) Extract all the water
After all of the damaged contents are removed from the flooded basement, you can begin the water extraction process. The best way to extract water from a flooded basement will be by using a truck-mount water extractor. Our SERVPRO truck-mount water extractor is designed to hold over sixty gallons of extracted water.
Quickly removing all floodwater from a basement is essential in the restoration process because a damp, dark environment is a great place for mold to grow easily.
4) Dry the basement
The only way to ensure that a basement flood is completely dry will be by using industrial fans and dehumidifiers. These two pieces of restoration equipment work in conjunction with one another. The fans will move the water particles into the air while a dehumidifier removes all the excess moisture.
5) Apply an Antimicrobial
Applying an antimicrobial to a water-damaged area stops the growth of mold. The antimicrobial solution SERVPRO uses has proven to kill and slow the spread of microorganisms found in floodwaters.
Skip all steps and call SERVPRO
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek receive many calls a year where a customer attempts to restore their flooded basement on their own and then discovers mold weeks after. Unfortunately, mold damage will be more expensive than flood mitigation, especially when mold spreads to other areas of the property.
Our goal is to quickly restore your flooded basement and to ensure it doesn't flood again. That is why, when SERVPRO arrives at a flood damage situation, an IICRC certified professional starts by finding out what caused the basement flood in the first place. For example, most basement floods in Dayton result from a sump pump failure; if this is the case, it would be wise to purchase a new sump pump ASAP.
Contact us today if you need basement flood restoration services. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is available 24/7, 365 days a year!
6 Steps to Recovery After A Storm Damages Your Rental Property
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Storm damage to a rental property is a landlord's worst nightmare.
It is hard enough to deal with storm damage on your property, but what about storm damage to the rental property you own? Whether it was a tornado or hurricane that caused the storm damage, there are steps to take to ensure you and your tenants recover quickly. This blog post will give you six simple steps that will help your property recover after being damaged by storms.
The responsibility of the landlord
Storm damage to a rental property will likely occur when the property is in an area at high risk for storm damage. The team at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek knows that landlords are at greater risk for Dayton tornado damage. Therefore, before the next tornado passes, it is a good idea to go over tornado preparation tips with your tenants.
When a tornado passes and causes storm damage to a rental property, a Dayton landlord must be mindful and courteous to their tenants and repair storm damage immediately. If the damage has made the property uninhabitable, it may be the landlord's responsibility to provide temporary housing for their tenants, depending on the lease agreement.
6 Steps to recovery
- Communicate with your tenants
- Contact your insurance company
- Keep track of damaged contents
- Get the damages professionally assessed
- Prevent further damages
- Restore the property
1) Communicate with your tenants
After a storm passes the area of your property, you need to be in communication with your tenants and check if they are safe, and then ask about property damages. The extent of the storm damage to a rental property may be uninhabitable and require temporary housing, which can be reimbursed through renters insurance or the American Red Cross.
Your tenants are counting on your support; it would be a good idea to advise them to contact their rental insurance company immediately.
2) Contact your homeowner's insurance company
Whenever there is storm damage to a rental property, we recommend that the property owners contact their homeowner's insurance company ASAP to let them know what happened. Your homeowner's insurance company will advise you on how you should move forward.
If you live in your rented property, the storm damage to the rental property may be "unfit to live in," and you will receive a reimbursement for temporary housing. A homeowners adjuster will determine if a home is unsafe after a severe storm on a case-by-case basis.
3) Keep track of all damages
When your property is safe to enter, it is essential to track an accurate list of your losses. You can create a list on Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. While creating the list of damages, you should also be taking pictures and videos for insurance claim proof. A list that tracks storm damage to a rental property needs to include the following:
- Structural damages
- Damaged electronics
- Damaged furniture
- Damages cabinets
- Damaged flooring
- Broken windows
- Roof damage
- Wall water damage
- Ceiling water damage
- Standing water
- Signs of mold damage
4) Get the damages professionally assessed
After communicating with your tenant and ensuring that they are safe, you need to have a professional team come out to assess the storm damages to the rental property. We suggest assessing the property even when there aren't any apparent damages because storm damages to a roof are sometimes not noticeable until months after the damages occurred.
5) Prevent further damages
Securing the property is the best way to prevent additional storm damage to a rental property after a storm passes. You can secure a rental property by covering open holes in the roof or walls with plastic sheeting.
6) Restore the property
After storm damage to a rental property occurs, you will want your property to be restored by a reputable restoration company. Water damage to a rental property will require mitigation services to dry out the property. Once the property is dry, the rental property may need new drywall, insulation, and paint.
Contact SERVPRO for storm damage services.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have seen it all when it comes to emergency damages, and storm damage to a rental property is no exception! When you contact our Dayton storm damage team, you will quickly have a team of IICRC certified professionals that take pride in delivering quality work.
We have over sixty years of experience working with insurance claims and are ready to help you get a fair amount on your rental property insurance claim. From exterior to interior damage, we understand no repairs can wait. Contact us today for any further questions or emergency services regarding rental property storm damage.