Recent Water Damage Posts

Where does the Water go?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Drain Where does the water go?

Where does all the Water go?

Have you ever been in the shower and then find yourself wondering where is all this water going? Is this the same water I drink? How do they get the soap out? SERVPRO can help explain where it goes once it swirls down the drain...and how that can affect you as a home/business owner.

The Drain

If you're connected to a sewer system, your water is moving through a network of pipes and turns that increase in size the closer they get to a wastewater treatment plant. Every drain in your home is connected to a pipe that moves used water from your house to a sewer in the street. That includes every toilet, shower, sink, washing machine, dishwasher, and anything else that uses water connects to one singular pipe. This is true for every home around you as well and every home's pipe then connects to another, larger pipe which collects water from other streets, then another that connects neighborhoods….. and so on.  The system continues until the water finally makes it to the wastewater treatment plant.

If you are not connected to a sewer system, your water drains into a septic tank. In the tank most of the solids settle out while the liquid water will go on to flow through underground pipes that have holes drilled into them; those holes allow the water to seep out and into the ground. This particular system of pipes is called a leach field. Safely dispersing out and leaving what has to be professionally cleaned in the tank.  

Wastewater Treatment…..or pure Magic?

If your water took the sewer system route, it made its way to a wastewater treatment plant. First, the wastewater that you washed down your drains will go through a the primary treatment process, which aims to remove all large particles and debris.

Then, for secondary treatment process, organic matter is removed with bacteria that break down pollutants before the water is disinfected with chlorine to remove the bacteria.

Finally, in some cases, the water goes through one last advanced treatment process to get rid of any remaining pollutants that could go on to cause problems in the area. So, your water flows through all kinds of pipes to the wastewater treatment plant where it is treated, cleaned, and made safe to be reentered into the environment and local bodies of water. The treated water could go on to become drinking water, it may be used to irrigate crops, it could help sustain aquatic life, and it can even end up back in your shower where it all began!

How does this affect you has a property owner?

You may want to check into your local guidelines, but most locations-it is the homeowner/business owner that is responsible for drainage on their property. What can happen if a pipe collapse, gets clogged, back-flows, etc.? Everything that is draining stops and goes back where it was. Odor and drainage can start flowing back into the property instead of away from the property-causing an enormous amount of damage.

The sooner you address any pipe/drainage issue, the less of an impact it will have on your property. But sometimes that sewer system gets clogged and backs into your property. Call the team that’s trained and ready to clean up the mess and make it right. The Team at SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac has the crews ready-24/7-to fix what isn’t right after your pipe is repaired.

Contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac at 309-827-7500 or visit our website at SERVPRObloomingtonpontiac.com for more information.

Don’t feel like you are left with the mess. Call the team to make it right!

No Water Job is Too Big!

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Washing machine Damage When the water leaks, where does it go?

After noticing her washing machine leaking, a local homeowner decided to call SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac. Our crew arrived promptly and immediately began the extraction process. Good news was, we were there quickly before it could get worse-the bad news was it was far more extensive that they thought. Upon further inspection, our team found that the continuous hard floors in the home showed significant signs of long term water damage.

After taking a few moisture readings and exposing what was under and behind the walls, the crew discovered the subfloor was saturated with water and very brittle. Before we began removing the floors, we removed the homeowner's furniture, keepsakes, and other belongings in the affected areas. The items were packed up and moved to our safe and secure storage space. Once the moveout was complete, our trained team began removing the affected drywall and flooring. Then special drying equipment was set up to dry out the structure.

After the structure was completely dry, we prepped the areas for the restoration process. All during this-keeping our homeowner up to date on what was going on. 

We were able to save most of the structure, rebuild and replace what was necessary in a quickly and timely manor and have the home back to the way it was quickly. 

At SERVPRO, we strive to get you back to where you were....and better. We are here for you and your home. 

"Like it never ever happened."

How to handle water damage and carpeting

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Check the Padding Can your carpet be saved?

What happens when water affects your carpeting?

So often, a homeowner has water seeping into their home. It varies in amounts and can be from flooding or even broken pipes. Once you clean up the water-you have to remain concerned about mold. 

It doesn’t take much water for mold to grow and do a lot of harm. Flooring is at the top of watching for damage. Cleaning water-soaked carpets and floors is difficult under any conditions, but in the aftermath of a storm or flood, contamination by mud, silt, sewage and mildew, can make the issue so much worse.

Prevent mold growth by drying water damage quickly and effectively.

The sooner you start drying and cleaning after a water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet. The tools are simple: fans, bleach solution and appropriate cleaners. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac has all of the equipment and cleaners needed to appropriately cleaned and protected…. with the added protection of a certified trained crew to take care of it. 

Water has to be removed as quickly as possible.

There are machines that can remove water, there are also larger machinery that restoration companies have that can remove large amounts of water much more efficiently. The quicker you remove the moisture, the sooner it can dry to avoid damage.

Use fans to effectively speed up the drying process and a dehumidifier to dry it out.

It can take several days for fans to completely dry a water damaged area appropriately. The good news is that they also help circulate fresh air and eliminate odors. These machines remove excessive moisture, which makes the air feel cooler and limits mold and mildew growth. Any equipment that helps dry out the air and the ground will speed up the drying time for your damaged floors and coverings as well as walls affected.

Steam clean carpet and flooring, sanitize walls/baseboards affected.

Steam clean all carpets to properly sanitize and deodorize. Removing water, drying and cleaning carpets quickly make it possible to save the carpet.  However, water-damaged carpet padding must be replaced. Replacing just the padding is much less expensive than having to re-carpet an entire area.

Anything touched by storm water should be sanitized and cleaned.  Clean all walls, hard-surface floors and other household surfaces with soap and water as well as sanitized. Restoration companies should be able to complete all these services properly.

Finally, Check the furniture

Look for water damage and remove furniture from wet flooring. Water damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection if you suspect water damage.

Take great care in repairing your home. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac is here to help you. We have the certified trained staff and equipment to take care of your home.

Hardwood Floors and Water

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Wood and water doesn't mix What do you do when you want to save your floor?

The importance of cleaning wood floors & woodwork after a water damage

After wood floors have been covered with extensive moisture, they need to be cleaned, flattened and possibly replaced. How is this determined? When do professionals need to be called in?

The answer is, call the professionals. If you have wood floors or woodwork to save, call in the professional cleaners. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac has trained professionals on mitigation and remediation-they will let you know up front what it takes to save woodwork-and if it’s not.

Before the house dries out, scrub all woodwork with a stiff, but nonabrasive brush, plenty of water and detergent to remove mud and silt from corners, cracks and crevices. Floodwaters tend to accumulate in partitions and exterior walls. Draining these areas as quickly as possible is the most important first step. Insulation and structural pieces can dry properly if the moisture is removed.  Remove the baseboard and drill holes between studs a few inches above the floor. This part of the process looks strange-however it allows air to move and dry without having to rip the entire wall out.

If refinishing is necessary, wait until moisture has dried from all wood framings, between walls, floors, and backs of trim. This may take several months-our professional team can place all appropriate equipment and test to have this done as quick as possible. The big question, what happens if the wood floor looks like damage may be setting in.

Wood floors may buckle-There is only so much you can do. Leave them alone to dry. Dry wood as fast as possible without aggravating shrinkage. Open windows and doors wide enough to give good ventilation on dry, non-humid days only. Maintain a temperature of 50 degrees to 60 degrees in the house. Keep fans running to keep the air moving. After the house is dry, there are several possibilities for renovating the floors. Some of the buckled flooring may be pounded into place with nails, some bumps may be removed by planning or sanding down. Heavily planed floors may never be used uncovered, but a smoothed old floor can serve as a base for a resilient hard surface floor covering.

Mold and mildew are common problems with wet wood. Badly infected wood must be replaced. The professionals will let you know if removal is the only option.  Clean mildewed floors, woodwork and other wooden parts by scrubbing with appropriate solutions and rinsing with water-then drying-But always call the professionals to test and receive appropriate guidance.

Then apply a mildew-resistant finish.

Don’t give up on your floors-but be diligent, go to professionals, and know where you are with your floors. Call SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac to have your cleanup done right!

Appliances that Can Cause Damage

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage from Appliances It's all nice until your appliances turn on you!

Appliances that are most likely to cause a water damage

Water Damage is most common during a storm situation or a broken pipe. One thing to keep in mind however malfunctions from appliances often happen as well. Pipe bursts or leaks as well as just common appliance mishaps can cause just as much if not more damage.

Hot Water Heater

Any sort of break or leak in a hot water heater can cause major damage. Performing yearly maintenance or check ups may seem costly or inconvenience, but that can be far less than cleaning up the flooding afterwards. If at any time you notice leaking from around the water heater, make sure you contact a repair company quickly. The sooner the issue is mitigated, the less damage you will need to repair.

Air Conditioners

Air Conditioners typically are located outside the home. Most homeowners/renters don’t feel like water damage can occur from them. However-a window unit or a unit that runs through a humidifier in the home can cause a water issue. Attic air conditioners can run the largest chance of becoming a water damage hazard. Keep an eye out for moisture and leaks and notify a professional to repair as soon as possible.  

Washing Machine

Washing Machines hold a large amount of water, sometimes several times a day. Hoses typically are the largest source of water damage associated with washing machines. However, modern front load washing machines introduce another complication. Front door gaskets can get worn out and rip-causing water to flow out. Make sure your gasket and hose are in good shape with regular checkup. You will also want to watch out for clogged drains, this will cause the machine to not unload properly, causing an overflow issue.

Refrigerator

Leaky refrigerators are really an issue and can be a slower problem to address. Problems with the fridge could mean an issue with food inside as well as water damage. This is typically caused when a water line is either frozen or clogged in the defrost drain. Be sure to check your fridge on a regular basis to make sure the temperatures are right and you have no water coming out.  

Dishwasher

The Dishwasher is a large cause of issues at the home. Drains, hoses and other connections can fail-leading to damage.

The older any of these appliances are, the more likely there will be function failures. Be sure to be aware of what state they are all in and check for damage. Life does happen and if you see an issue with any of these-contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac. We can walk you trough what needs to be done and what we can do to help you get your home back in order. Don’t wait to get help. The longer water is allowed to sit, the more time it has to spread and cause more costly damage.

How to protect yourself while dealing with a Water Damage.

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher overflowing Don't let water problems catch you unaware.

How to protect yourself while dealing with a Water Damage.

The prospect of having to deal with a Water Damage claim is difficult enough. SERVPRO is ready to help and wants to make the process as painless as possible. When your pipes that burst, the sewage backs up or the toilets overflow-we have your back!

When your situation involves an insurance claim, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind. It can be tricky to claim full coverage on a water damage. If it is a situation where you can, make sure you protect your claim.

There are some main items to remember. First-Dry the area properly to eliminate creating further loss. Next, be sure to contact your insurer and always document every part of the situation.

When you have to handle a water damage situation, mitigate any further loss. Insurers want to know that the cause of water damage has been identified and resolved.  When you then contact the insurer, make sure it is rather quickly-most companies require a claim to be called in within the first 24 hours. Not having the issue mitigated quickly or contacting the insurer too late, could risk a claim denial.

Documenting everything!

Document when, where and how of every part of the damage. Keep in mind-work may not begin on repair work until everything is approved. Take pictures, gather bids, keep receipts and research companies. Keep an open line of communication between your insurer, your repair company and yourself. These little reminders will help you get through any water damage with minimal stress!

Can Vinyl flooring be damaged by water?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Vinyl Flooring What can happen to Vinyl Flooring with water damage

Can Vinyl flooring be damaged by water?

Absolutely!

There is a common myth about vinyl flooring. While it is a great way to cover a floor and has such a great variety available, there is a flaw. Most people are under the belief that vinyl flooring is safe from water damage. Unfortunately, this is very far from fact.

Vinyl flooring is water resistant but not water proof. What does this mean? It means that if you have spills, small leaks, etc. The clean up is easy and efficient. The problem is when moisture is allowed to get in between the seams and settle underneath. Days, weeks, months or up to a couple years later-the floor will start to show signs of damage. Anything from seams separating or planks popping loose to mold developing under the flooring.

While water damage problem is not as common with vinyl flooring as it is with other types of flooring products, they do often happen. Water damaged vinyl flooring problems are more common over concrete than with vinyl floors installed over wood substrates.

Over wood the problem is usually a water leak, flooding, or the underlayment was too wet when installed. Some signs of damage are discoloration, seams opening, bumps, bubbles, curing or adhesive deterioration.

Some more hidden issues are mold, mildew and bacteria build up. Surface moisture from mopping or the occasional spill should not result in water damaged vinyl flooring as long as the proper adhesive was used and the seams are properly sealed.  Water should always be mopped up immediately and a floor should never be intentionally flooded.

Cared for properly-vinyl flooring will look beautiful and last a very long time.

Frozen Pipes: Tips to avoid frozen pipes

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen Burst Pipe Frozen pipes are a very real issue. There are so many ways to avoid this issue. Take proper precautions to avoid having to deal with this issue.

When the temperatures start to drop, our pipes start to fall for a risk of freezing then bursting. When a pipe bursts, the results can be catastrophic. Pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during cold weather. The resulting water damage easily adds up to $5,000 or more.

Most risk areas are those in unheated spaces. Typically, these are basements, attics and garages-however, even pipes that run through cabinets can freeze. There are a few things that can be done to avoid any issues and additional cost.

*Pipe insulation is extremely inexpensive and easy to use. Use the insulation liberally and be sure to use it on any vulnerable pipes.

*Keep your garage doors closed, especially if you have any water supply lines that run through the garage. Just that little bit of barrier can make a large difference.  

*Open cabinet doors in kitchen and bathrooms to allow for some warmer air to circulate if you have pluming behind those cabinets.  

*Let the cold-water drip from a faucet linked to exposed pipes. Just a little bit of running water makes a large difference and helps prevent pipes from freezing.  

*Keep the thermostat the same temperature at all times during the colder temperatures.

*Do not set your temperature any lower than 55° F, even if you plan on being away. Keeping the temperature stable will help prevent frozen pipes.

*Add insulation. This can be easily added to basements, crawl spaces and/or attics. What you are wanting to do is prevent drafts, seal cracks and eliminate any openings around windows, doors or anywhere air would come in. This will save on your energy bill as well!

*If you have a room that has pipes and seems to be colder, add a space heater to this room where pipes may be at risk. Please follow all safety regulations associated with the space heater and use caution.

If a pipe has broken-start by turning off the water at the main shutoff valve. This is usually at the water meter or where the main line enters the house. Contact SERVPRO to begin the clean up process and contact a licensed plumber

Common Signs Of Leaking Pipes

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Five Common Signs Of Leaking Pipes:

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as many as 10 percent of American homes are losing 90 gallons of water each day due to leaky pipes. That is 177 billion gallons of water each year.  

Ceiling stains

Sloshing some water out of the bathtub and onto the floor won’t cause enough water seepage to damage your ceiling.  The internal pipes that carry water to that second-floor bathroom, however, definitely can if they’re leaking along the way. 

Rusty pipes, fuse boxes or appliances

Discoloration, stains, dimpling, and flaking are all signs that your pipes may be corroding. If you notice rust occurring around pipes, this is a clear indication of water damage. If you notice your fuse box is starting to rust or collect moisture, that’s another big red flag that water is running free inside your walls. 

Damaged flooring

Bathroom floors rarely suffer water damage unless there is a leak. However, if you notice your floor buckling, staining or cracking, hidden water may be the source. 

Wet spots, spongy or soft flooring and loose tiles could all be signs of water damage. Whether the water came from a pipe underneath the floor or traveled there from another area, look into it as soon as possible before the current water damage causes a bigger issue.

Paint or wallpaper discoloring 

As moisture seeps into your walls, the paint will start showing signs of damage. You may notice peeling, discoloration, blistering or even cracks and warping. 

Since drywall and wood readily absorb moisture, water breaks down the fibers and causes them to feel spongy and soft. If you notice chalky textures, changing wall paint or signs of peeling, water damage is most likely the culprit.

Persistent odors

The most common odor associated with water damage is a musty, mildew smell. While you may be able to detect the source of the scent, it’s not always obvious. 

Contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac if you experience water or mold damage. 

Rainwater Damage

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause big problems for homeowners. It can be a sneaky issue that many people don’t discover until it has become a big, expensive problem.

Water has the potential to damage your home beyond affordable repair, with heavy structural consequences that include mold, wood rot, and even foundation cracks. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch it early and stop it before it spreads. But even small leaks that allow rainwater into the house can cause major problems.

The best way to deal with water damage is to stop it before it starts. Here are some measures that you can take to prevent water from entering your home from outside.

House Exterior

The exterior of your house is its first line of defense against water damage. Protect your home from the outside in by maintaining the exterior.

Roof

Your roof should keep water out of your house. Neglecting it could lead to a whole host of problems, the worst of which includes extensive water damage that could compromise the structure of your home. Most roofs have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, but that is no guarantee that it will last that long. Climate, weather conditions, and even nearby trees can cause damage to roof shingles. Periodically check for damaged, loose, or missing shingles.

Windows and Doors

Water can seep in through the space around window and door frames if they’re not properly sealed. Don’t wait for a leak. Inspect the outside of your windows and doors. Any large cracks between the frame and the house can be injected with insulating foam sealant. A fresh coat of paint on window and door frames can block moisture from penetrating the wood.

Proper Drainage

You can take measures to keep water out of your home, but waterproofing alone isn’t enough to protect your home from water damage. If water isn’t properly diverted away from the base of your house, your foundation could be at risk. And even the best waterproofing measures are no match for standing water that collects on or around your house in areas of poor drainage.

Gutters

Depending on surrounding tree coverage, gutters need to be cleaned out two to six times a year to ensure proper flow of rainwater.Making sure your gutters function properly is critical to protecting your home from water damage. If your gutters are full of leaves and pine needles, or not angled properly to funnel water to the downspout, then water will run down the side of your house and collect at the base, which could put your foundation at risk.

Check Your Downspouts

Downspouts should direct water at least three feet from the exterior walls of a home.Gutters send water out through the downspout, which should funnel the water away from your home. If the downspout doesn’t extend far enough, then it could instead be funneling water directly into a puddle at the bottom of your house.Downspouts should extend at least two to three feet from the house. If your downspout is long enough, but you can still see water collecting at the base of your house, then you may need to install a drainage pipe.

If you suspect water damage in your home or business contact us today. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac   309-827-7500

Crawl Space Water Damage

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

If water builds up in a crawl space, a professional water damage restoration company should be called immediately. The experts at SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac have been tackling crawl space water for over 30 years. The excess water in a crawl space can come from a number of different sources.

  • A leaking kitchen waste line
  • A leaking sewer drain line
  • Flooding coming from a nearby river, brook or stream
  • Sprinkler water coming through the vents of the crawl space
  • A naturally occurring high groundwater table
  • Gutter downspouts that are directed incorrectly
  • Homeowners watering their plants and foliage too frequently
  • Swimming pool leaks on rare occasions

Water or damp soil in the crawl space area has the potential to cause extensive water damage, structural problems and health concerns. If your home has a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) duct system in the crawlspace and it becomes affected by the moisture, it can spew unhealthy air into your home or business. The moisture can increase microbes in the air and create dangerous particles which can be harmful to breathe.

Crawl space water can also provide an area for mold to grow that can spread to inhabited areas, not to mention causing sub-floors to buckle and warp under the humidity the water causes. Should a sewer line in your crawl space rupture, the raw sewage that gets released into the crawl space can cause horrible odors in the living space of a home, as well as possible health concerns from taking in sewer gas.

If you see or suspect water in a crawl space contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac

Appliances Likely to Cause Water Damage

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Hot Water Heater

Among the top five sources leading to water damage is your hot water heater. A small investment in an annual inspection will help prevent leaks and the expensive repairs that come with it. Be attentive to corrosion and other factors as your heater ages and replace it every 10 years.

  • 69 percent of failures are due to a leak or burst.
  • After 12 years, 75 percent of hot water heaters will fail and cost an average of $4,000 in damage.
  • Flush your tank every 6 months to remove sediment.

Air Conditioner

Installing a drainpipe will remove the overflowing water and direct it outside or to a household sewer. This is an alternative to using a drain pan, which will only help contain any leaks that may occur for about two minutes.

  • Attic air conditioners can cause the most damage because water can leak throughout the entire home.

Washing Machine

Leaks around or clamps in the water hose are a warning sign of future failure. Do a monthly personal inspection on your hoses to look out for cracking, dryness or rust, leaving space between the machine and the wall for movement as the wash cycle is running. Replace your hoses every five years despite their outward appearance. Don’t forget to follow your washing machine instructions and turn off the water supply when you leave home for vacation!

  • 6 % of failures occur when a home is unoccupied and end up being two and a half times more severe than a house that is occupied.
  • 78 percent of hose failures occur in an appliance that is less than 11 years old.

Refrigerator

The most common cause of a leaky refrigerator is the defrost drain having a freeze or clog. You’ll need to thaw the ice and flush your drain with hot water. Improper sealing can cause excess condensation in attempt to keep cool. Check the rubber seals along the door to assure a tight close. Your ice maker can become the mess maker, check the hose or waterline to assure they are connected properly.

Dishwasher

Hoses, valves, switches are the plumbing connections that could be causing the puddle of water on your floor. Let’s not forget that dishwashers are manually run and an overflow of water can come from adding too much detergent to each cycle. If your dishwasher is over 9 years old it may be time for a replacement.

If you suffer water damage from one of these appliances or any reason at all, contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac

The water damage above you

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Ceilings

While a burst pipe is an immediate call to action, a stain on the ceiling is a subtle lingering reminder that something is wrong in your house. Instead of avoiding it, here are some facts to get you up to go investigate!

Whether it’s the roof or an upstairs bathroom, whatever is above the ceiling is usually the source of the stain. Pipes might run along attic rafters before dropping right above your ceiling, so tracking the original source might take some detective legwork.

Ceiling Stains And More

Water spots on the ceiling don’t automatically mean the roof is leaking. Often the stain is not from a roof failure but from drips in the attic from condensation on pipes. Many water lines converge up there: upstairs hot water heaters, plumbing, A/C lines. Tiny cracks allow slow leaks up in the attic crawl space which lead to stains on the ceiling. Be vigilant about:

  • Musty odors
  • Discolored growths
  • Stains, streaks, shadows
  • Peeling ceiling or wall surfaces

Even if your ceiling does not look too bad now, it doesn’t take much water cause big problems. A red flag that your ceiling is at risk of failure are depressions around the fasteners; you will see tiny dimples forming on the ceiling because the drywall encompassing the nails or screws droops, leaving an inverted crater.

Potential Problems

The most obvious consequence of a leak up in the roof is a compromised structure due to damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing or exterior trim. Chronic wet wood leads to deterioration and rot.   

High utility bills could be another side effect of a leak; water intrusion destroys the insulation in the attic area. Cellulose or fiberglass insulation becomes saturated and the insulating properties are lost. If a roof leak repair is put off for a long time, your home will lose hot and cool air and your will pay higher utility bills.

If you paint or cover up the damage, you may create a bigger problem. If the water continues to seep or leak, you may need to tear out the portion of the freshly patched ceiling to address the real source. If mold spores are not killed, then mold will come back. Again, an experienced professional will be able to make a much less visible repair than an inexperienced homeowner.

For any water damage and mold issues, contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac.

Frozen pipe bursts in your home?

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

1. Shut off your water and, if necessary, electricity

Go to the home’s main water valve and shut it off immediately. (And don’t wait for a burst pipe to find out where the main water valve is located.) Electricity should also be cut off to the section of the home where the water damage has occurred, Thompson said. If you live in an apartment complex and don’t have control over the building’s water supply, he added, be sure to contact your building manager or landlord.

2. Call a plumber.

Not all plumbing companies have 24-hour service, so it’s a good idea to research and choose one in advance so you’re not scrambling after water floods your house. Plumbing costs vary depending on where the pipes are located and how bad the damage is, Thompson said. You may also need to contact a water damage professional, he said, particularly if carpeting, flooring, walls or ceilings are severely damaged.

3. Call SERVPRO of Bloomington for the clean up and restoration.

309-827-7500

 Prevention tips:

In very cold weather, let water drip from your faucet. This can help prevent freezing.

If you suspect a frozen pipe, thaw it yourself using a hair dryer, heating pad, space heater or warm washcloth, or call a professional.

If your faucet is not running or toilet is not refilling, there is a good chance a pipe is frozen.

Avoid Water Damage In Your Central Illinois Home

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

We all know that prevention is the best medicine, but floods can happen at any moment from any number of causes. By completing regularly scheduled home maintenance and keeping an eye out for common warning signs, you can minimize the chances of a flood. However, nothing can give you a 100% guarantee of never having a flood. In that case, preparation is the best way to minimize water damage.

First, it’s a good idea to know your flood risk. Are you in a potential flood zone? Is your yard sloped away from your foundation? Knowledge is power so the more you know about how your home might flood, the more steps you can take to prevent it or minimize damage from it.

Using waterproof building materials is a great way to reduce damage from flooding and there are waterproof sealants and paints that can be applied to existing structures. In particular, there are many protective coatings for block or poured concrete walls which are common in basements.

Keep your valuables and irreplaceable items such as photo albums, yearbooks, and important documents on high shelves. Do the same with chemicals and paints. If they leak into flood waters, they could cause additional damage. Any items put away for storage should be in air and water-tight plastic containers. Never leave boxes or items on the floor; instead, invest in raised shelving units.

It may also be a good idea to raise appliances and electronics off the ground. Get wires and power strips out from behind your tv stand and organize them in a way that keeps them out of the flood danger zone. Put washing machines and dryers on cinder blocks or sections of lumber to reduce the chances that rising water levels will affect them.

If a flood does strike, turn off electricity, gas, and water lines and place buckets under active leaks. If the water is pooling slowly, soak up as much of it as possible to reduce the potential damage. Calling SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County  at the first sign of a flood is the best way to reduce water damage. Our highly trained technicians will solve your immediate problems and ensure you don’t experience lasting effects or further damage.

Flooding can happen to anyone. Take steps now to protect your home and keepsakes from water damage in the event of a possible flood.

SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County  309-827-7500

Faster to your Central Illinois Water Damage Event

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Central Illinois

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 309-827-7500

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County 

SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County 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.

Water Damage

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SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 309-827-7500

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 Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County 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)?

About SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County  

SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County 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.

Visit our water damage repair & restoration page