Watching for Causes of Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
Even though severe weather and flooding are usually the first things that come to mind for many when thinking about water damage, weather conditions are often not the main culprits.
Instead, there are items and systems in your home that can be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.What You Need to Know About Water Damage
Water damage is something that many homeowners will face. It was the third most common reason that homeowners filed a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.
There is a significant difference between water damage and gradual water damage, which has an impact on homeowner’s insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage are circumstances that have been happening over time, like plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation, for example. Unfortunately, many gradual water damage issues are not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.Plumbing Can be a Common Culprit
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:
Plumbing supply system failures. This involves frozen pipes that can burst because the water pressure builds up due to freezing water in the pipes or when the supply system materials fail, causing pipes to leak or burst. Per the study conducted by IBHS, plumbing supply system failures were the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. They also found that homes with ages of 16 to 40 years made up a larger portion of supply system material failure claims.
Plumbing drain system failures. This can occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home, or from material performance issues. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues. They also found that the average drain system failure was more expensive in southern region states than in northern region states.
Toilet failures. Toilets cause the second highest number of residential water damage losses after plumbing supply system failures and are the result of faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. According to IBHS, toilet failures on the first floor of a home created more costly insurance claims than those that occurred in basements or upper floors.
Water heater failures. If your water heater has reached its life expectancy, the tank begins to rust and corrode, which can result in leaking or bursting issues. IBHS found that 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or sudden burst and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.
Washing machine failures. These are typically caused by supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures. This situation is one of the top 10 sources of residential water damage losses and, per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.
If your home has experienced any water damage, the team at SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “like it never even happened.”
Winter weather has arrived!
Winter has arrived! SERVPRO of North Kenosha County wants you to be prepared.
We’ve seen our first big snow storm of the season and it is only November. Is your home or business ready for winter weather?
Here are some tips to get you prepared.
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off.
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Ask SERVPRO of North Kenosha County about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
If you do experience water damage or soot damage, call SERVPRO of North Kenosha County and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”
October is Fire Prevention Month
Fire prevention month raises awareness about fire safety and home safety to help ensure your home and family are prepared in the case of an emergency.
Fire Safety Tips:
- Install smoke detectors throughout your home, on every floor and close to bedrooms, test/clean them monthly and replace batteries at least once a year
- Install fire extinguishers in your home, keep them in the kitchen, garage and any workshop area and check them regularly to ensure they are working properly
- Teach kids about the dangers of fire
- Create a plan for escape and practice it with your family
Common Causes of Fires at Home
- Inspect the air exhaust pipe to the outside of the home yearly to ensure that there is no blockage and clear the lint filter after each load
- Liquids such as cleaning agents, paints, gasoline and adhesives are highly flammable and should be stored in a ventilated, cool area away from heat sources
- If you must smoke, step outside and make sure the embers are completely out
Portable space heaters
- These account for 1/3 of heating fires. Keep any flammable items at least 3 feet away, keep the space heater on a flat and stable surface and never leave it on overnight or unattended
- Faulty appliances can also result in a fire, check them regularly
- Most house fires occur as a result from using cooking oils, fryers, microwaves and unattended cooking. To avoid potential hazards, never leave the kitchen unattended while cooking and hot items should be kept away from loose clothing, dish towels and other fabrics that could potentially cause a fire
- Have your fireplace checked yearly to ensure it is working properly. Only use when you are home and make sure the fire is out before you go to bed. To prevent sparks, use a fireplace screen.
You might think that these fire safety tips are common sense, however it can be easy to overlook them. Taking the necessary measures will save a lot of hassle, your belongings and most important, your loved ones.
Commercial water loss at large grocery store in Kenosha
Photo showing ceiling tiles that were removed due to water damage from a malfunctioning sprinkler head.
This past week we were called in for a large commercial water loss at a local grocery store here in Kenosha due to a sprinkler head blowing. Although there wasn't an extensive amount of free standing water on the floor, a large section of ceiling tiles were affected right above most of the checkout aisles. This posed some challenges for our crew as the store manager wanted the majority of the aisles reopened in just a few hours time for their rush of customers.
We pulled the damaged ceiling tiles and removed all contaminated product from the aisles. Everything was thoroughly wiped down with a cleaning agent and the area inspected by the fire marshal before customers were able to use the aisles again. We worked quickly and efficiently to get them reopened and "Like it never even happened."
Hurricane Harvey Storm Travel
One of many Houston neighborhoods where all of the houses were affected.
In September of 2017 our franchise traveled to Houston to help with the Hurricane Harvey damage. We sent 3 vans full of equipment, a full crew of production technicians, 2 crew chiefs and our production manager. I also joined the team there to sign new customers and continue to sell jobs after all the hard work began.
In total we spent a month there and worked on 19 houses and 1 commercial job. Storm Team Wilson, who managed everything in Houston, was great to work with. From job assignment to collecting payment everything was very organized and ran smoothly.
Entire neighborhoods were affected by the hurricane and the water level inside the homes was pretty overwhelming. Due to the humid climate and the fact that the water sat in some of the homes for 2+ weeks the mold growth was extensive, but we were able to get the homes dried out properly and the demo completed.
Burst pipe causes damage to entire first floor
Full first floor demo of water damaged home in Racine, WI.
A beautiful 1920's built home in Racine was badly damaged when a frozen pipe burst causing water to pool between the 2nd and 1st floor and eventually come through the ceiling and walls. The homeowner was out of town at the time and the damage was discovered by a neighbor who was checking on the house. Unfortunately the original solid hardwood beams on the ceiling could not be saved, along with the baseboard and trim.
We received the call directly from the customer and were there within the hour to assess the damage and place dehumidifiers. We boxed up some important documents and sent them to the corporate office for document drying, compiled the loss list and began the demo. Everything had to be removed from floor to ceiling. We were able to salvage and dry the built-in cabinets in the living room.
Day of Caring with Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha
Demo and removal of stage in Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha Teen Center
At SERVPRO here in North Kenosha we like to be involved with the local community and are always willing to lend a hand! Besides sponsorship with the Boys and Girls Club we gave our time and sweat to demo a stage in their Teen Center. The space was being used for theater skits, but the kids really wanted to use the space as a dance studio.
Some of our wonderful crew spent a good part of their day tearing out the stage, hauling away the materials and cleaning the space so the new hardwood dance floor could be installed.
The club was fortunate enough to have the new wood floor, mirrors and installation donated. The end product turned out beautiful and we are all very happy to know the new Teen Dance Room is used everyday.
Commercial Restaurant Clean
Cleaning dust and grease off of a restaurant ceiling here in North Kenosha.
Some cleaning jobs are best left to the professionals. SERVPRO North Kenosha was contacted by a local restaurant in our territory to clean 5+ years of dust and grease from their metal ceiling grid. Although the overall square footage area of the job was not large, the ceiling height was approximately 15 feet tall.
The tall ceiling and relatively small space provided some challenges as far as getting the correct length ladder, reaching the areas needing to be cleaned and working around existing items in the restaurant. We were able to get the proper ladder and equipment in the space as well as contain the bar and cooking area to avoid further cleaning. We efficiently and expertly cleaned the ceiling, maintained a safe job site and ultimately pleased our customer, the restaurant owner!
Restoring Your Kenosha Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Kenosha commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of North Kenosha County
SERVPRO of North Kenosha County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.
When Storms or Floods hit Kenosha, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in North Kenosha County.
SERVPRO of North Kenosha County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Kenosha, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROnorthkenoshacounty.com/commercial-storm-cleanup that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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