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Check Appliances to Prevent Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

fustrated woman on floor looking at broken washer If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

Check Appliances to Prevent Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Though natural causes can lead to household water damage, one of the most common reasons that water damage occurs is due to household leaks from appliances.

When appliances leak, it can often go unnoticed for an extensive amount of time—this can create a problem as water damage is best treated quickly. However, by performing regular checks, this can be prevented.

Appliances Known to Cause Water Damage

Hot Water Heater
Despite the official lifetime of a hot water heater being around 10 years, leaks can start much sooner than this. As parts grow worn from usage, they can begin to break down and let water escape, which can lead to a serious issue if it is left untreated.

Refrigerator
The lines connecting the refrigerator to a household’s water supply can often experience micro-tears or seal issues that can create leaks when they are used. While these leaks are typically small, because refrigerators are rarely moved, the damage they cause can compound and lead to far more serious issues. Check behind the refrigerator as part of your regular home maintenance to be sure that all is well.

Dishwasher
As with refrigerators, dishwashers can also create hidden damages, which are often worse because of how much water a dishwasher requires. Water damages from dishwasher leaks are not always covered by insurance, so checking in your dishwasher’s cubby is also a good regular practice to uphold.

Washing Machine
The washing machine hoses have one of the biggest reputations for leaking, requiring monthly inspection to ensure everything is operational. Additionally, experts recommend that these hoses are replaced every five years regardless of their outward appearance.

Air Conditioner
The moisture created from an HVAC unit is a byproduct of its operation and is generally drained away. Unfortunately, any issue with this drainage system will not cause a performance problem right away, but can lead to water damage in and around the unit. Check your manufacturer’s instructions and be sure to follow regular maintenance and inspection schedules for the most effective prevention for this.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.

A Flood’s Effect on Homes | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged furniture, home items and ripped up carpet sitting on driveway of brick home Do you have water damage or flooding? Let SERVPRO of North Kenosha County guide you through your water-related issues.

Though homeowners must protect themselves and their homes from many hazards, flooding is often overlooked. However, flooding rates are continuing to increase around the country, so it is important to be prepared just in case.

There are many reasons floods occur and many ways they can cause damage, but we hope that providing an overview will allow you to understand some of the risks and better prepare you for a flooding event near your home.

The Ways Flooding Affects Homes

Foundation Damage. The foundation of a home sets upon the soil, which can move and swell in unpredictable ways when it becomes saturated with a high volume of floodwater. This can cause the foundation to shift unevenly, leading to problems within the home’s structure.

Drywall Damage and Mold. Damage done to drywall is often obvious as it will begin to deteriorate, but occasionally it will look perfectly intact after being soaked. Because of how well drywall hides mold, replacement is typically still recommended.

Insulation Saturation. The majority of insulation used in residential homes are highly susceptible to flood damage as they are quite absorbent and do not dry quickly. Not only can this cause insulation issues with your home, but it can also lead to mold damage in the walls.

Temporary Frame Swelling. Built with solid lumber, most house frames are quite resilient to water exposure. While some swelling will likely occur when the lumber is soaked through, the structure can typically maintain its integrity again once the swelling is reduced.

Appliance Ruining. Many appliances rely on insulation to regulate the temperature inside of them, and this insulation is vulnerable to water exposure. However, it is worth discussing this with a trained professional as not all appliances are built this way and some can be salvaged.

Furniture Damage. Furniture that is made of solid material such as glass or metal generally fares well in a flood, simply requiring a thorough sanitization. However, furniture made from particleboard or upholstery can often become dangerous to reuse due to contact with floodwater.

If your home has been affected by a flood, we’ll be here to help you! Give us a call 247 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.

Where Water Damage Can Hide | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

water damage and flooding on kitchen tile Water damage can happen at any time. SERVPRO of North Kenosha County will ensure that each water mitigation job is done correctly and completely.

Where Water Damage Can Hide | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

When it comes to water damage, severe weather is not the only cause. Many things can cause water damage in a home, independent of the type of weather involved.

Treating water damage that has been long undiscovered can be costly, as well. There are many insurance policies that do not extend coverage to water damage, and for ones that do, an average claim amounts to nearly $7,000. Understanding where water damage can hide is helpful for homeowners to avoid costly repairs.

Where to Look for Potential Water Damage
  • Under a sink. Cabinets provide a hiding place for pipes, but they can also conceal leaks that can cause big problems.

  • Between a tub and a wall. Caulk is generally used to seal a tub casing to a wall, which can deteriorate and weaken over time.

  • Behind drywall. Because drywall is designed to hide a home’s structural elements, it can also hide water damage to the structure after flooding or pipes bursting.

  • Around roof seals. Where chimneys and vents intersect with the roof can often be a perfect spot for water damage, as the seals that protect them begin to wear.

  • The interior of an HVAC unit. AC units must drain away their condensation, but if there is an issue with the drain line, they can begin depositing water into the unit itself instead.

  • Below appliances. Because washing machines and dishwashers are so rarely moved, it is common for homeowners to discover they have been secretly leaking when they are.

  • Around exterior faucets. The exterior spigots of a home can start to leak with time, but the masonry or siding on the exterior of the home can hide this well.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

Don’t let Water Damage Impact Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let Water Damage Impact Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Water damage from burst pipes, malfunctioning appliances or even storm damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home may experience.

But there are plenty of ways to safeguard your home from this common issue that homeowners deal with. Read on for some helpful suggestions.

<h4your-home">Protecting Your Home

Not only will you be dealing with the damage caused by water, but it can have a long-term impact on your home. Since mold begins to grow 24–48 hours after moisture exposure, mold is one of the most common side effects of water damage.

When coming up with ways to protect your home, it may be helpful to break your plan down by areas of impact, such as by basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.

You can help prevent water damage in the basement by making sure water drains away from our home’s foundation and preventing water seepage. To prevent water seepage, reseal vulnerable areas of the basement. Also look into installing a backwater valve if your home does not have one.

Your kitchen and bathrooms can experience water damage due to plumbing issues and appliance failures.

Be sure you:

  • Regularly inspect all appliances, checking hoses and faucets
  • Ensure that your tubs and showers are watertight by checking the seals and caulking around them
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve is in your home
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher when you are home

It will be difficult to protect the possessions in your home from water damage, but there are things you can do to at least decrease the amount of destruction. The use of waterproof bins for storing items is always advised, as is storing items up off of the floor on shelves, especially in basements and garages.

<h4from-water-damage">Recovering From Water Damage

In the unfortunate event your home does experience a water damage situation, you can stand a good chance at salvaging items if they can be dried out within 48 hours.

Make sure that you immediately contact your insurance agent and evaluate the extent of the water damage in your home. You will need to identify the type of water that is involved.

The three types of water are:

  1. “Clean” water. Can be from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.

  2. “Gray” water. Slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.

  3. “Black” water. Water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. This water can cause serious health problems.

Following a water damage disaster, you will need to remove wet objects, get your home dried out, dehumidify the area and disinfect any remaining materials.

Pro tip: Place any wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer, which will allow you time to get your home back in order, preventing mold and mildew from developing and causing more deterioration. Once able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County, who are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Deal with Ice Dams

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in Wisconsin, ice dams are a reality, especially when we have had large amounts of snow and temperatures that have fluctuated as much as they have this winter season.

How do Ice Dams form?

  • Winter storms build up snow on the roof
  • Heat from the building escapes through insulation, chimneys and roof vents or heat from the sun which causes the snow to melt
  • The melted snow runs down roof lines to valleys and eaves
  • The melted snow refreezes at the base of the valley and at the eaves or gutters
  • As day/night time temperatures cycle up and down and heat loss melts the snow, the ice dams and icicles continue to grow

Once these roof and gutter ice dams form, subsequent water ponding behind the ice dam can lead to roof leaks, internal building damage and possible mold issues. Icicles can also cause lower roof damage, deck damage and people safety issues.

How do you deal with an existing ice dam?

  • Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chunks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool. You could cut through your shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This can be dangerous and take a while, so it’s recommended that you hire someone who is experienced in roofing.
  • Clear out gutters and downspouts carefully. This work can cause damage to plastic or metal gutters and spouts
  • Melt troughs through the ice dam with calcium chloride ice melter. Rock salt can damage paint, metals, and plants beneath the eave and wherever the salty water drains.
    • A good trough maker is a tube of cloth (a leg from an old pair of panty hose works well). Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and lay it vertically across the ice dam. It will slowly melt its way down through the dam, clearing a path for the underlying water to flow free.

How can you prevent an ice dam?

The above methods will treat the symptoms of an ice dam, but won’t fix the underlying issue, which is a warm roof caused by poor insulation and venting of the space under the roof. Here are some tips on how to prevent an ice dam from forming in the first place.

  • add insulation to your attic
  • remove attic heat sources
  • insulate attic access doors
  • check the exhausts
  • check flashing around chimney

If you experience water damage in your home or business due to an ice dam, call in the experts at SERVPRO of North Kenosha County and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Watching for Causes of Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

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.”

Burst pipe causes damage to entire first floor

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Water Loss-Veterinary Clinic in Kenosha

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Kenosha County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Kenosha and all of Southeastern WI.

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Faster to your Kenosha Water Damage Event

Category: Water Damage

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Kenosha 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 North Kenosha 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.

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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 North Kenosha County

SERVPRO of North Kenosha 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.