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5 Steps To Take When a Pipe Breaks

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

A fixed Broken Pipe Call SERVPRO ASAP when you first notice water damage!

Time is not on your side when your home has water damage 

A broken pipe in your home can cause a massive headache because, typically, it will result in water damage. We want our locals to be mindful and call a plumber when pipes in their property make noise or seem not to be working correctly. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is an IICRC certified water damage firm; the following five steps are steps that they believe in reducing the size of water damages from a broken water pipe: 

1) Shut Off The Water 

The first thing you need to do is locate your main water shut off valve and immediately turn off the water. Shutting off the main water line will avoid any extra water damage. Once you have turned off the water supply, turn on a couple of faucets in your home that are not linked to the damaged pipe; this way, the remaining water in the pipes will come out and relieve the water pressure.

Depending on the water leak location, it might be useful to turn the electricity supply off.

2) Contact A Plumber 

It is highly recommended that you call a local plumber to handle fixing any broken pipes. Calling a plumber will allow running water to be turned back on and to have your home or business back to a functioning manner. 

3) Remove The Water

After you contact a local plumber, you can start cleaning up any water that might have leaked inside the property to prevent any further damages or possible mold. It is good to call a water restoration company even if the broken pipe causes a small water leak. No matter the size, a water restoration company like SERVPRO will be able to handle both water and mold damage properly. They will install Air Movers and Dehumidifiers to ensure that your home is dry. 

4) Get Air In Tight Spaces 

Most of the time, your pipes are located behind walls. Without the knowledge of drying techniques, it will be hard to get air behind a wall. If you have pipes enclosed behind walls, cabinets, and doors, you should try to get air to pass through. Airflow will help move water particles into the air and be removed by a dehumidifier.   

5) Contact Your Insurance Company 

Nine out of ten times, SERVPRO has seen water damage from a broken pipe covered by the homeowner's insurance company. The best part about hiring SERVPRO for all water damage restoration services is that they will work with your insurance company to ensure you're getting the proper coverage out of your claim. 

Call SERVPRO Professionals

Right after a pipe breaks in your home, you can skip all steps and call SERVPRO directly to save time. SERVPRO has a water damage team available 24/7 and has built relationships with the best plumbing vendors in Dayton, OH. Remember, it is always better to be on the safe side and avoid any mold damages from a small water leak. We will take care of the work, contact your insurance company, and completely restore any damage caused by water and/or mold.

Call us at (937) 228-3433.


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3 Vital Reasons Why You Need a Professional Sewer Restoration Company To Cleanup a Sewer Backup

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Sewer Restoration cleanup job in Dayton bathroom Sewage restoration water contains bacteria and other pathogens.

The professionals at SERVPRO know that sewer water "category 3 water" contains microbes such as bacteria and other pathogens. Countless times we have heard about poorly mitigated sewage water causing severe illnesses. It is best for sewer backup restoration to occur immediately to prevent further damages. 

This post will go over three things that sewer backup restoration professionals look for during a category 3 water loss.

Mishandling a Category 3 water damage can be costly and potentially hazardous. Sewage restoration needs to be taken seriously by all involved parties. It may be overwhelming at first, but working with the right sewer backup restoration company will make the process less stressful.

Before we get started, please note that we do not recommend you do sewer restoration yourself. Please leave it to a category 3 water professional!

Why Choose SERVPRO For Sewer Restoration 

You will want to hire SERVPRO for the property damage because they are qualified to perform sewer damage cleanup. All of the SERVPRO heroes have been trained and follow the IICRC S500 Standard of Care for category 3 water damage restoration. Category 3 water is “grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents” (IICRC S500). 

The variables involved in sewer restoration create additional challenges in the cleanup process. The typical general contractors, handymen, and plumbers are not trained on sewage restoration processes. 

3 Vital Reasons To Hire A Professional Sewer Restoration Company 

1) Sewer Restoration Professionals Will Find the Cause

As soon as the emergency plumbing restoration professionals arrive on-site, they will begin to investigate the cause of the loss. The professionals at SERVPRO have seen the common cause of a category 3 water loss to be a faulty piping connection to your home. Having the guidance of an emergency plumbing restoration company by your side will be helpful. 

2) Sewer Restoration Professionals Disinfect the Right Way

It is common to see category 3 water to contain urine and feces. An emergency plumbing restoration professional will prioritize avoiding cross-contamination during the sewer backup restoration process to prevent illness from toxic biohazards. 

3) Sewer Restoration Professionals Prevent Mold 

Category 3 water paired with humidity makes an excellent breeding ground for mold growth. There is nothing worse than pairing a sewer restoration job with mold damage. A professional sewage restoration company will ensure that the area is dried correctly, well ventilated, and treated with antimicrobial to prevent future mold growth.

Outside of a professional emergency plumbing restoration company knowing how to find the cause, properly disinfect, and prevent mold, they also know what steps need to occur to keep all parties involved safe.  

Sewer Restoration Cleaning Steps

  • Wear PPE - Wearing a full PPE suit is essential when dealing with category 3 water. Waterproof gloves and rubber boots will ensure that the sewage does not spread and does not come in direct contact with the sewer restoration professional.
  • Bag Damaged Materials – It is best practice to start by removing all wet carpet and padding to be disposed of appropriately. You will see the sewer restoration professionals use bags to pack up all porous materials such as clothes, cardboard, and books. Porous materials that have been in contact with category 3 water are not salvageable. 
  • Remove Salvageable Items – Salvageable items include plastic items, dishes, toys, and glass furniture. All salvageable items should be removed and taken to an offsite location for cleaning.
  • Use Ciontaminate Barriers – It is essential to prevent the spread of sewage to places that have not been affected by category 3 water. Sewer restoration professionals will use containment barriers to contain the areas that have been affected.
  • Start the Cleanup – After removing all the salvageable and non- salvageable items, the water-extracting process can occur. 
  • Dry The Damaged Area – The sewer restoration professionals will use dehumidifiers and fans to remove all the water particles in the air. In some cases, it is a good idea to open your home's windows to allow fresh air to help with the smell. 

Conclusion

As you have learned today, hiring a professional sewer restoration company to do the cleanup will help you rest easy, knowing that the category 3 water cleanup will mitigate all sewage dirt from your home. Sewage restoration professionals have the proper equipment to dry and prevent mold growth. Only the highest quality of antimicrobial products will keep your home safe from fungi, parasites, pathogens, and bacteria caused by category 3 water.


SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek performs sewer restoration services throughout Ohio in the greater Dayton, Xenia, Beavercreek, Riverside, and Spring Valley regions. We are available 24/7 for emergency sewer backup restoration.

Xenia Water Bill Skyrockets After Water Damage

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

High Xenia Water bill caused from broken pipe High water bills can be caused from underground pipe leaks

A small leak in an underground pipe can cause residents to have an outrageously expensive payment for their Xenia water bill.

There are many reasons why a Xenia city water bill may be high. A reason that SERVPRO has seen a high Xenia water bill is due to an underground pipe burst. An underground pipe burst can go unnoticed for months especially when the home has a crawl space. 

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO ASAP if your home or business has water damage. Our teams are ready to tackle any size disaster.

Crawl Space Water Damage 

A crawl space is an area under a xenia home. They are typically 1 to 3 feet high located between the ground and the home's first floor. The disadvantage of a crawl space is that they can harbor moisture, especially when a pipe bursts. When water damage from a pipe burst goes unnoticed, you can expect there to be a mold issue as well. 

A leak or water usage change most often results in a high Xenia water bill payment. The most common causes of high Xenia water bills include the following.

Causes of High Xenia Water Bills

A high Xenia water bill payment is most often caused by a leak or a change in water usage. The most common causes of high Xenia water bills include:  

  • A leaking toilet
  • A toilet that continues to run after being flushed
  • A dripping faucet
  • Filling of a swimming pool
  • Watering the lawn
  • Automated irrigation systems
  • Water-cooled air conditioners
  • A broken water pipe 

As you can see, there are many causes for a high Xenia water bill. We have witnessed many local Xenia residents upset after water damage. They have all the reasons to be upset, too; they will have to pay for water damage restoration and the wasted water.

SERVPRO cares about the environment and is never happy to hear about wasted water from an underground pipe bursting.   

Paying A High Xenia Water Bill

A typical family household of four uses about 4000-5000 gallons of water a month. More water consumption occurs during the summer season due to pools, gardening, and watering of lawns.

When you receive a high Xenia water bill, you must pay it as soon as possible to avoid any late fees. You can pay a Xenia rural water bill pay online or mail a check to the water utility center.    

In Conclusion

If you are a resident of Xenia who keeps receiving an abnormal Xenia water bill, it is important to call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek to inspect your home. One of our IICRC certified professionals will come out and check your crawl space and any other potential areas where water damage may be present. 

SERVPRO is an industry leader in the restoration niche but can provide construction services as well. When water damage occurs, the SERVPRO Ohio team will come out and mitigate the water damage and then rebuild your property “Like it never even happened.”  

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State Farm Covers Water Damage To Your Home

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage done to Dayton home basement Our IICRC certified firm is available 24/7 to help mitigate your water damages.

State Farm has added ambiguous language added to their water damage coverage clause. When water damage occurs in your home, it may be more challenging to get the money needed to restore your home.

Fortunately, the team at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has over twenty years of experience working in insurance damage repairs. The SERVPRO team will work closely with homeowners and have built relationships with insurance companies like State Farm to ensure that everyone is treated fairly regarding all water damage losses. 

How Do Insurers Typically Determine Coverage?

A standard home insurance policy requires water damage to be sudden and internal. The team at SERVPRO has typically seen covered water damages that have occurred from: 

  • Rain and storm damage 
  • Broken plumbing such as burst pipes, frozen plumbing, faulty plumbing, overflowing (toilet, tubs, washing machines)
  • Water damage from the fire department
  • A roof leak 

Difficult water damage coverages

In some cases, water damages are more challenging to be covered because they are not accidental or unexpected. We have seen homeowners be declined coverage due to neglect and lack of home maintenance. If your home has water damage resulting from negligence, then most likely, you will be the one having to pay for the repairs. 

Here are the situations where a homeowner may have more difficulty getting State Farm to cover the water damage restoration:

  • Flooding
  • Ground seepage
  • Poorly-maintained pipes leading to leaks

Many Dayton homeowners are not aware that their standard policy won’t cover any water damage resulting from a flood. We suggest that you purchase additional flood damage insurance if your home is susceptible to flooding. 

SERVPRO Relationships With Insurances

SERVPRO has a partnership with insurance companies like State Farm and Allstate. With this partnership, we have an easier time getting water damage claims approved over other restoration companies. 

We have heard stories about homeowners using other restoration companies that do not have a partnership with an insurance company and getting their claims denied even after the work has been performed. In some cases, we understand that the damages need to be cleaned up ASAP, but please ensure that the claim is approved prior to work being performed. The last thing that we want a homeowner to go through is a water loss and paying for the loss out of pocket. 

By having a strong relationship with Statefarm, we can not guarantee that your insurance claim will get approved. Still, we will say that we have a higher chance of quickly getting water damage claims approved over other restoration companies. 

We rarely run into problems with insurance companies that have partnerships with us. 

As stated at the beginning of this post, Statefarm and other insurance companies have ambiguous language in their policies. We think it is essential for homeowners to be aware of the strong relationships that we have with insurance companies to avoid getting the runaround from an insurance adjuster. 

Call the professionals at SERVPRO to help you when your home or business suffers from a water loss. We are available 24/7 and open 365 days a year!

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5 Actionable Steps To Take When Water Damage Occurs in Miamisburg, OH

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in Miamisburg restaurant We are here to help fight water damage in Miamisburg

SERVPRO Professionals Perform Restoration for Commercial Water Loss in Miamisburg Ohio 

This past spring, the residents of Miamisburg knew that a three-day storm left many with flooded basements and newfound leaks. Our phones were non stop ringing with a total count of two hundred calls on the second day of rainfall. When heavy rain occurs, we place ourselves in what we call a storm response. Our professionals know that during a storm event, they can expect to work longer hours to help the local homeowners fight water damage. 

Miamisburg Restaurant Water Damage 

In the image above, you can see a couple of air movers placed in a Miamisburg restaurant. The restaurant had water damage caused by a leak in the roof that made its way through the walls. This particular drying setup was used to help dry the ceiling as quickly as possible so that the business could begin serving customers again. 

When a local restaurant suffers from a water loss, we do our best to get the building dry as quickly as possible. We know that small business owners own many restaurants and that revenue is lost every day that they are closed. In this particular incident, the owner was fortunate because we received the call after business hours allowing us to do all demolition overnight. The owner was able to keep their restaurant open the whole time while we were drying the property. 

Insurance covers commercial water damage.

Anytime water damage affects a Miamisburg home or business, we let our customers know that they have two options for paying for the damages. 

  1. Pay for the damages out of pocket 
  2. Submit a claim to their insurance company 

Paying for damages out of pocket 

The typical trend that we have noticed here at SERVPRO Miamisburg is that smaller water damages usually are paid for by the owner. An owner may decide to pay for the water loss out of pocket because insurance companies may increase your insurance rates after a claim. 

Submitting a claim  

More substantial water losses are advised to be forwarded to the owner's insurance provider. The reason that we suggest this is because the damages can cost tens of thousands of dollars. In the case of the Miamisburg restaurant, the small business could not pay for the damages without help from insurance because of the extensive damage that the ceiling had undergone. 

Appliances and electronics affected by water damage

We are here to help if appliances (like a point of sales system) are affected by a water loss. We do not take care of water-damaged electronics in-house, but we have a preferred vendor to fix broken appliances. Please note that our preferred vendor can't save all appliances. In some cases, it is better to buy new appliances.   

Miamisburg Restoration Contact 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek proudly serves the Miamisburg, OH community. We have been called for small water losses where a basement has had a flood to significant tornado damage losses. We want our Miamisburg residents to know that no matter what the job's size may be, we can help every step of the way. If your home or business has suffered from recent water damage, please contact our office ASAP at  (937) 228-3433.

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Three Common Home Appliances That Cause Water Damage

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen from multiple different appliances in your home. 

We want our Dayton homeowners to feel safe knowing that their appliances are working correctly to avoid any potential home water damage. To ensure that your appliances are in good working condition, we suggest that you get all of your appliances checked at a minimum of once a year. 

Home appliances that need to be checked  

Washing Machines 

When a home washing machine happens to have a small leak, it can appear to be a small issue. Although a small leak seems to be a minor, it should not be ignored. We have experienced small pinhole leaks in a water supply line that have broken out into an all-out basement flood. For best safety practices to prevent water damage, it is best to check the connecting hoses leading to your washing machine a couple of times per year.

In some cases, our customers install an automatic shutoff valve to the water supply line for their washing machines. A shut off valve can help save a home from 500 gallons of water damage. Most water shut off valves on washing machines work because they automatically shut the water entering the washing machine once a full cycle is complete. The valve will remain closed until the next person is looking to wash the laundry. 

Refrigerators with plumbing

We all appreciate the convenience of an automatic ice maker in our kitchens. But did you know it can also be the culprit of household floods? Our SERVPRO crews have had to clean water damages caused by the water line that supplies an ice maker. When the water lines get damaged, they can leak or, worse yet, become completely unattached. We know it might be a hassle to get behind your home's refrigerator, but it is essential to waterline periodically for crimps and make sure the valve connection is secure. We recommend our customers leave a four-inch gap between the refrigerator and the wall for safety from water damage. This will allow easy access to pull out the fridge and prevent future crimping in your water line.

Dishwashers

The last known home appliance that can cause severe water damage comes from dishwashers. This household appliance has a supply line just like refrigerators and washing machines. If a dishwasher water supply line was to burst, you could guarantee that your kitchen will be filled with water after a wash and rinse cycle. In some of our more severe water damages caused by dishwashers, we have seen a dishwasher back up. Backup typically occurs when debris has clogged the drain, and the water has nowhere to go but inside your home. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton can't emphasize enough how vital yearly routine inspection of the hoses and connections can save you significant repair costs. If your Dayton home falls victim to a water emergency, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek ASAP. Our experienced IICRC trained technicians are available 24/7 for all home restoration needs. Call us today at (937) 228-3433

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How Does Water Damage Lead to Mold Growth in Dayton?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth from water damage Understanding how mold grows is helpful in its prevention.

At SERVPRO, we care about your health and well-being. It’s no small matter when water damage occurs in a Dayton property. No matter the source whether a storm, leak, or natural disaster, water damage leaves a lasting impression on the areas it touches. This is why it is important to know how to clean your how after water damage. When water damage is not handled by restoration professionals it can leave more costly damages that require full demolition. 

How water damage impacts 

Water is excellent at finding its way into any and all possible places it can fit from the walls to the carpet to the foundation itself. If water is not properly cleaned up and dried out it can leave behind a foundation for other problems, and one, in particular, is black mold growth. 

What is black mold?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold. Like many types of mold growth, black mold produces allergens and irritants. It is important that any homeowner or property manager treats any mold in their property with caution. Most importantly when mold is visible it is important to stay out of affected areas until a mold professional comes to assess the damage. 

Steps to Avoid Mold Growth

  1. Controlling the amount of moisture throughout your property includes keeping areas dry and not allowing moisture to sit for long amounts of time.
  2. Clean up spills on the floor, clean out your gutters, and keep air conditioning drip pans clean.
  3. If there are generally more moist areas in your Dayton home or business than others, you can also use things such as a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air effectively.

Understanding mold growth helps to prevent it.  A large cause of mold in the first place is not properly repairing, cleaning, and drying out space after water gets into it. This can include things such as plumbing or roofing leaks. Just because the leak has been stopped doesn’t mean that pooled water has cleared. It is best after any water damage to have a professional come and inspect and properly dry out your home to ensure no mold can develop and spread. 

Give SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek a call at (937) 228-3433 for any water damage or mold removal in Dayton. Let the professionals, like the experts here at SERVPRO, help you.

What to Expect From the Water Restoration Process

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The process begins when you give us a call. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is available 24 hours a day for any size water emergency. 

Immediate action is crucial when facing flooding or water damage and a delay of just a few hours can drastically increase the severity of water damage left behind. While water damage can be chaotic and traumatic to deal with, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has the expertise and experience to help you through a water damage disaster. 

When you give us a call, we will ask you questions to assess the situation and determine what equipment and resources will be necessary to bring. Upon arrival at the site of water damage, we begin with a detailed inspection and damage assessment of your home or property to determine the scope of the water damage to create the best plan of action. After inspection, we will identify the source of moisture in your home or business and the type of water. When dealing with water damage, there are three types of water according to their level of contamination: “Clean Water”, “Gray Water”, and “Black Water” are used to classify how contaminated the water is so that our trained SERVPRO Professionals can restore your property to industry guidelines. 

The next step of the water damage restoration process is the actual water removal. After the damage assessment and the source of moisture have been stopped, the water extraction process may begin. If the water damage is great enough to call for extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can assist with an organized and efficient move-out to ensure your belongings are protected from any further damage. Our highly trained technicians will then begin the water removal process immediately once the surrounding area is cleared. Depending on the level of damage, our technicians may use equipment varying from industrial wet/dry vacuums to powerful submersible pumps. 

Once all water has been successfully removed, the drying and dehumidification process is next. While floors and walls may appear to be dry, they will be wet to the touch as most building materials such as wood and drywall retain water once submerged. Our Professionals use measurements, temperature, and humidity to best determine how much equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers will be needed to dry your home or business. 

Most of your home or business will require professional cleaning following water damage from the floor to the ceiling. After monitoring the drying process, our technicians will clean your property’s structure, furniture, upholstery, clothing, and any other restorable items or property damaged by water. Following any kind of water damage, your home or business will require cleaning, odor removal, and sanitization depending on the scenario. Our technicians here at SERVPRO East Dayton/Beavercreek are trained to deodorize, sanitize, and dispose of damaged materials in your home or property. 

The final step following a water damage disaster is the restoration of your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. This may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall to major repairs such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas. Our professionals will provide immediate protective measures during the water damage restoration process such as tarps and will handle rebuilding all affected areas. We are a company qualified to handle the initial damage and rebuilding of the area afterward, and can guarantee to get any building back up to full functionality. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is ready to help local homeowners with flood damage. They have the advanced equipment and expertise to turn the loss around and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Causes of Commercial Water Damage to Watch Out For

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

An apartment building with a bright blue sky behind it. Keep your building safe and your tenants happy.

There are a lot of things to consider when maintaining a commercial property. Of course, safety is managed by laws and requirements that every commercial property must maintain, however unexpected damage is still possible. One case of unexpected commercial property damage is water damage. Commercial water damage can not only be a safety threat, but be incredibly costly to repair. So here are some possible causes of commercial water damage to watch out for.

Windows with cracks or weak construction can allow leaks from weather to invade the interior of the building. Make sure windows are strong and up to date. The foundation of the building is an easy place for water damage to occur since it’s low to the ground where water runoff or storm build up can accumulate. Ensure regular check ups of the integrity of the foundation, including cracks and leaky pipes. Sprinkler systems are required in buildings for safety reasons, but nonfunctional sprinkler systems can pose a threat by unexpectedly turning on and soaking rooms. Like the other causes, make sure someone is constantly assuring the quality of the sprinkler system. The answer to all of these possible causes is to invest in a person or team who can ensure the maintenance of the commercial property.

If you own or maintain a commercial property that has experienced water damage, no matter how much, call your local SERVPRO of East Dayton at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of East Dayton has dealt with commercial water damage before and knows exactly how to fix and restore your commercial property to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How a Snow Day Could Affect Your Home

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

An in detail snowflake and it's unique detail, with a blue background. Snow is one of those aspects of life that is both beautiful and sometimes dangerous.

It’s pretty delightful watching our kids wander to the window and stare in awe at the snow falling outside. Especially when it sticks to the pavement, giving them the opportunity to build snowmen together or have a snowball fight. In general we perceive snowy days at nice, peaceful days. However there’s a few other things to consider as the snow falls and our homes are decorated in white. Before the first snowfall hits your area, avoid water damage danger by doing the following:

  • clean out your gutters before the winter, making sure that snow can travel clearly through them when it melts.
  • inspect your home’s foundation for cracks, where melting snow can sink into the home rather than the ground.
  • add caulk around basement windows for proper protection.
  • stock up on snow salt before winter hits, so that you’re ready for any sudden announcements of snow coming.
  • make sure your tools, such as shovels or snow blowers, are ready for the upcoming season.

Why are these things so important? Well, while your home is susceptible to water damage all year long, snow poses a particularly scary threat. Since snow is the solid version of water, it can layer onto itself on top of and around the home. That means that when it is able to melt, a streamlike flow of water is bound to follow. This excess of water can seep into several parts of the home, from the roof to the foundation to the sides, and cost you and your family money that should otherwise be spent on the holidays. So make sure your home is safe from water damage. Should any water damage happen to you this upcoming snowy, winter season, call your affordable and speedy local SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek to make sure that come the holidays, you’ll be ready to host your family and spread the cheer!

Does Your Insurance Cover Water Damage?

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A street is flooded with water, rushing past buildings and cars, covering the entire street. Where water damage comes from matters; it affects how damaging it is to your home.

Approximately 98% of basements will experience water damage in their lifetime. The inevitability isn’t too surprising considering basements are underground and therefore prone to things like gravity and the consequences of whatever happens in the home above. Considering this statistic, it’s safe to say that understanding the processes of both the water damage itself and the restoration required to fix it is genuinely useful for homeowners. 

Here’s what you don’t know about water damage.

First off, water damage insurance and flood insurance are different. If you live in an area not prone to floods, you don’t need to get flood insurance just to protect your home from water damage. They’re different insurance types entirely. In addition, not all water damage is actually insured. For instance, water damage related to neglection of the property may not be covered the way a sudden disaster’s effects would be. Once water damage has impacted the home, in any area, call insurance immediately. The sooner the better since they need the complete details in order to determine the cause, the damage, and therefore pay the restoration company. If you find dealing with insurance a pain, no worries. Restoration companies like, for example, SERVPRO can help you with insurance in addition to repairing the site of the water damage.

Once insurance is dealt with, there’s a few other things to consider. Some water damage, depending on the source, can be polluted and dangerous to be in or around. It is not recommended to explore the damage personally, especially if it’s a large quantity of water and in a location like the basement. In addition, the moment the water damage happens it is getting worse and worse every minute. That is why there is a sense of urgency that comes with water damage. More than the water, the dangers of water damage come with water the water causes. This includes mold growth, structural damage, destruction of personal items. The sooner the area of damage can be dried and restored, the better off the home is. The same way you wouldn’t avoid going to the doctor if a sudden pain erupted in your body, your home needs similar urgency to keep its integrity and continue to serve you and your family in a safe way.

In case of a water damage emergency, consider SERVPRO of Huber Heights. They can assist you with your insurance, be at the site within twenty-four hours, and use the most powerful possible equipment to return your home to normal in no time.

External Versus Internal Sources of Water Damage

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Drops of water on glass with a light blue background. Water damage has a variety of sources.

Water damage affects parts of the home differently, especially considering whether the source of the damage was internal or external. For example, an external leak from heavy rain is water that has crossed paths with many contaminants on its way into the home. Internal leaks, on the other hand, is often the water we would be using anyways and therefore change the concern about the water damage clean up. Safety concerns vary with each flood, leak, or build up. It also matters where in the house the water damage is located. Water damage in the ceiling can cause instability in the infrastructure of the home, and can allow breakage between the floors of the house. Water damage near the windows usually result in puddles forming under the carpet or hardwood floors, as well as within the walls surrounding the window, which can lead to peeling of the paint. While damage in this area doesn’t necessarily lead to furniture falling from the ceiling in worst case scenarios, it does force us to not only replace but repaint entire sections of the home. In all cases, a water damage assessment by a professional is necessary to know the full extent of the damage. Because SERVPRO of East Dayton and Beavercreek is a 24 hour emergency location, no matter what time you find water damage, help is just one phone call away. To have water restoration professionals able to arrive within a couple hours can take the headache out of where and how the damage occurred in the first place. SERVPRO knows how to assess and repair damage so you don’t have to.

Water Damage on Wood Versus Carpet

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

A clean, modern styled kitchen during day with hardwood flooring. Though the floor is not the center point of our home, the decision of what to use is just as important.

Carpet and hardwood retain water differently and, as a result, require different processes in order to dry them. Carpets can very quickly become unsalvageable if they become entirely soaked or if delamination occurs. When a carpet experiences delamination, it is unable to remain adhesed to the floor and therefore must be replaced with new carpet. On the other hand, if the damage isn’t detrimental to the carpet’s adhesiveness, a wet dry vacuum can be used to help begin the drying process before water damage professionals even arrive. Carpet fibers react differently to water. Wool is one of the more expensive carpet fibers to use and yet it can be more prone to mold and mildew. Triexta is a more affordable carpet fiber and is known to non-absorbent and therefore resistant to mildew.

Wood is different because wood floors can vary in thickness and therefore damage potential. Certain types of wood handles water differently. For instance, Oak, Maple, and Cherry wood are the most commonly used for flooring and furniture due to their water resistance. On the other hand, Bamboo and Coconut Timber can be used but can require adhesives that can be undone by water damage. Wood needs to be removed in order to get rid of the moisture underneath, but depending on the integrity of the wood it can be put back after the water has been removed.

Regardless of whether water damage has been done to carpet or wood, it’s vital to hire a water damage professional to remove all the water. SERVPRO knows the best action to take for each type of floor, so if you find yourself with carpet or hardwood floor water damage make sure to call your local SERVPRO of East Dayton and Beavercreek.

Common Causes of Water Damage in Dayton

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Dehumidifier set up for water damaged carpet repair. Dehumidifiers in the process of drying before SERVPRO can restore the carpet.

Some common sources of water damage include: broken household appliances, bursting and leaking pipes, buildup in water collection sites, plumbing system related issues, HVAC malfunctions, and weather like natural disasters. The frustrating thing is that for the most part these things are out of our control. What isn’t out of our control, however, is how we respond to these situations. Luckily for anyone in the East Dayton or Beavercreek area, professionals in water damage restoration at SERVPRO are close by and they can help you avoid the headache of long-term damage. The best thing you can do when you first find water damage is to give a call to SERVPRO. We have helped churches, schools, businesses, and homeowners alike to restore the quality of their buildings and resume life as quickly as possible. It's understandable that the weight of having water damage done to your space can feel life-stopping, but that’s what we at SERVPRO of East Dayton and Beavercreek are here to do. We make the flood clean up, mold clean up, or any water restoration needed not life stopping. Your focus belongs to keeping your life moving, our focus is on helping you do that. Regardless of the cause, ask us what we can do for you to ensure that road bumps like these don’t stop you. We won’t break the bank and we care about the work we do. Let a company that cares for your home as much as you do make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Basement damaged from water in Centerville

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Basement water damage Gym equipment damaged from water damage in Centerville

In the spring of 2019, a Centerville home was severely water damaged from a pipe bursting. Fortunately, our flood clean up crew was quick to respond and was on site within moments after receiving the initial water clean up call. We always make sure to let our customers know that if a flood clean up job is not produced quickly then it is possible that mold spores can grow to cause the whole job to turn into a nasty mold job. For this job, it was fortunate that the homeowners saw the water damage in time to allow our water restoration professionals to dry the basement gym quickly and effectively. This job forced our serv-pro professionals to use their water removal extractors as well as dehumidifiers and air movers. After five days of drying and demolition, the flood clean up job was finished and the customers were less stressed about the potential of mold growth.

SERVPRO Moisture Meters (Pin vs Pinless)

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Servpro Moisture Meter Pin Moisture Meter in-use

When water damage hits our customer's home or business they know that visually see water, but what many are not aware of how our team detects whether or not the drying process is complete. SERVPRO of Dayton/Beavercreek has invested in different types of moisture meters to know when the building is dry. There are two types of meters that we use, pin and pinless.

First off a pin moisture meter is more accurate, but also destructive because it requires the physical insertion of the two-pin probes into the wall or material in question. 

The other type is a pinless meter. This meter has a flat sensor integrated on the back of it and is a non-invasive method. The main catch with this meter is that it only provides a relative moisture reading unlink the pin meters. 

Although a pin meter is more accurate you can guarantee that both pin and pinless meters will be in our teams SERVPRO tool bags. Our IICRC water damage professionals know what meter will be most useful in each water damage situation.  

What are the different categories of water damage in Dayton Ohio?

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Servpro Category two Water Damage in dayton SERVPRO Category 2 Water Damage

According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), there are three different levels and classes of water damage.

Category 1 – Clean Water

Water damage from a category 1 classification is from clean and sanitary sources–water lines, faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc. Although this water is clean, it does not come without risks. If it is not cleaned and dried quickly, it can degrade into category 2–leading to health issues to the people inhabiting the structure.

Category 2 – Grey Water

Water damage from a category 2 classification is from sources that have a level of contaminants that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. These sources include dishwashers, washing machines, toilet overflow with urine.

Category 3 – Unsanitary

Water damage from a category 3 classification contains dangerously unsanitary contaminants. It could cause serious illness or even death if ingested. Category 3 water damage includes water from a sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant water that has become a habitat for bacterial growth.

FYI: Each level and classification carry different levels of risk and must be cleaned differently. Our SERVPRO professionals will let you know what kind of water damage your home or business has encountered and the cleaning process.  

Beavercreek Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

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A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Beavercreek basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 937-228-3433