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Water Damage in Your North Kenosha Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of North Kenosha County has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.
A defective fixture, like a leaky faucet, might appear irrelevant right now. However, you don’t want to ignore any issues in your home that have to do with water. The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.
Water damage advances quickly, saturating floors and delicate surfaces. It’s vital to resolve the issue immediately to get the best outcome.
Here is a timetable of how water damage progresses:In the First 24 Hours
Your North Kenosha County home has a one in four chance of a flood in a 30-year time span in a high-risk region. Because of this, you need to know what to do next.
The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage are essential because the damage sets in so quickly. Delicate items and upholstery will soak through, and wooden structures can swell from moisture. Possessions like books and photos are particularly vulnerable to water and may be ruined immediately.
We operate with a “restore vs. replace” mindset to save any precious keepsakes. On the off chance any materials can’t be salvaged, we will let you know.Within a First Week
After the initial 24 hours, water damage will advance rapidly. Permeable surfaces like wood or upholstery will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.Following One Week
You want to avoid letting moisture sit for an extended period at all costs because some effects may be catastrophic or irreversible. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.How SERVPRO Will Help
SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water.
This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.
After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.
We can help you through this arduous process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.
Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 24⁄7 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.
How SERVPRO Gets Your Home Dry After a Water Incident | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of North Kenosha County for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.
Here’s a quick math problem for all the numbers folks: If 14,000 Americans on average deal with a water issue every day, how many does that make a year? Let’s see…carry the one…and…well, it’s a lot.
In fact, it’s estimated one in every 50 homeowners will be on the wrong end of a water insurance claim this year.
We always hope the odds will fall in your favor. But if the unfortunate occurs and you need some serious work to get dried back out, you can call your local SERVPRO team. And when you do, here’s what you can expect.
Emergency Contact. We’re going to want to quickly understand what’s going on, so we’ll get right into some questions to help guide us to that understanding. Then we’ll determine a time that’s right for us to meet with you on site to get our hands dirty.
Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. Once we get to your home, we’ll survey the damage, stopping any water that’s still flowing, and solidify the plan for cleanup and recovery. We’ll let you know if we see any items or areas that appear to be beyond restoration, and we’ll make sure you know about any lingering hazards that have resulted from the water damage.
Water Removal. Bring in the pumps! Our teams will let the machinery do the heavy lifting, so you can put that bucket away and rest your back. You’ll be amazed at the amount of water that comes out of your basement or home after a water incident—it could easily be thousands of gallons.
Damaged Material Removal. As we’ve discussed previously, it’s likely that there will be some items that sustain such damage as to make them impractical or impossible to restore. We’ll haul these items away and clear the way for the drying process to begin.
Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Water leaves stains and makes a mess of everything, and depending on your particular situation, it could also introduce or spread contaminants and chemicals into your home. We’ll see to it that everything is restored to its safe, clean state.
Drying. The water may be gone, but there’s still moisture in the air and in your stuff. Mold will find any available organic surface and set up shop, leading the way to potential dangers like respiratory issues. So we’ll go through with a fine tooth comb (actually a HEPA vac) and remove the moisture hiding on surfaces and in the atmosphere.
Monitoring. The eyes of SERVPRO will be on your property for the duration, and we’ll make any necessary adjustments to the approach or equipment.
Repairs and Construction. Once all is dry again, reconstruction can begin. We’ll take those areas that sustained permanent damage and rebuild, until your home is back to its preloss condition.
When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look "Like it never even happened."
Where to Find Potential Water Threats at Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of North Kenosha County team if you are dealing with any water damage
The water in your home is out to get you. You think you’ve got it under control, because you have it contained in your plumbing system.
But in every hose, pipe and appliance, that water is looking for a way out, and it will seize any available opportunity to escape and cause damage.
Your best chance of avoiding these potential problems at home is keeping an eye on a few strategic areas. From time to time, examine your home for signs of these impending leaks.
Toilets. Rubber seals are likely to be your issue when it comes to the toilet—keep an eye on the valve seal under the main tank and the flapper, which raises when you push the handle.
Appliances. Toilets, refrigerators and any appliances that use hoses to send water from one place to another are prone to develop leaks because of worn-out washers or problems with the hoses. And mind the age of your water heater—older tanks are liable to explode.
Clogged gutters. You have more control over this than any other water situation, because it’s really up to you to keep this from happening. Without your occasional presence on a ladder, this will happen, and it will eventually send water backing up into places in your home you don’t want it to be flowing.
Roof damage. This is a broad topic, but for our purposes today, let’s say you should visually inspect your roof regularly and after any major storm. Damaged shingles, flashing or sealants can allow water to damage your roof and cause structural weakness or mold in your attic.
Pipes. Even new pipes with poor insulation or badly installed joints can fail, and older pipes are prone to oxidation. If that’s not enough, outdoor pipes can actually be invaded by tree roots.
Blocked garbage disposals and sinks. Too much food, or the wrong kinds of food, can stop up your disposal or dam up your pipes, causing backups or issues under your sink. And never put any non-food items down the disposal—it doesn’t often end well.
Keeping up with the state of these areas may be able to help you see some household leaks before they happen. You can’t prevent everything, but getting a leg up where you can helps you lessen the likelihood and frequency of water damage in the home.
If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.
How Can I Tell if My Basement Has Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
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Having a basement in one’s home can be a great addition (or perhaps, rather, a great foundation). You can choose to finish and furnish, and it becomes additional living space or a hangout room for the kids. Or perhaps they’ve moved out and it’s time to build that dream home theater you’ve always wanted.
Versatile though they may be, however, basements run an inherent risk of taking on water and thus water damage, due to the fact that they are dug out of the moist soil in the building process.
While there’s no guarantee your basement will ever have this issue, it would do well for any homeowner to know the risks and signs of water damage if the time should come that it becomes apparent. So let’s look at the most typical signs you might find that water has invaded your basement—and if you need someone to take a look, our water restoration technicians are always here to take your call.
Typical Symptoms of Basement Water Damage
Unpleasant, musky odors. You know the smell. Almost everyone does. Many people have the misconception that all basements smell musty, but this really should not be the case. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while these are often hard to see, they are easy to smell.
Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Waterproof paint may sound like a once-and-for-all solution to keeping moisture out of your home’s interior, but truthfully this isn’t the case. Over time, water seeps in anyway and causes the paint to bubble, crack and flake—the waterproof paint just holds it back longer, so that when the water does break through you’ve got a bigger problem.
Foundational cracks. Homes are known to shift over time, but significant cracks in your foundation may point toward a significant water leak that has gone unnoticed or unhandled. Cracks can show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, and are often an indicator that your structure is under undue pressure because of a crack in your foundation. Hairline cracks on the ceiling are no cause for alarm, but if they become any larger, you should call for assistance immediately.
If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.
You Can Know the Signs of Water Damage l SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of North Kenosha County, we will help guide you through the restoration process
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Can You Find Signs of Water Damage?
You Can Know the Signs of Water Damage l SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog
Do you know how to look for signs of water damage—and what to do if you find them?
If you’re living in Brighton, Paris or Kenosha, there’s a team of local water damage specialists who are ready to help you find the signs you need to know and fix any damage that needs an expert touch.
Sometimes leaks that are caught early can be handled by a homeowner. A mop and bucket or a few old towels might be enough to clean up after you notice a little water leaking from your dishwasher or accidentally overfill a bathtub.
Knowing when you need to call in more help may be a more difficult question to answer. Here are some signs you might see when you’re dealing with water damage:
Your home smells different—and not in a good way. Does your home have a musty odor? That can be among the first signs of mold damage, meaning if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with remediation issues.
Your windows or walls are warped. Like your floors, your window panes and walls can start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. That means it’s vital if you notice these signs to get remediation help.
Your furniture or floorboards are stained or damaged. Wet wood will begin to warp within just a few days. It’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home as soon as you notice these changes.
Water damage gets worse over time, so the sooner you can call, the better your home will recover. Call a professional team as soon as you notice issues like these.
Water Damage Claims Are Growing
Did you know that water damage claims are growing?
Water damage claims the most common claims homeowners file. One in 50 American homeowners will do it, and that’s not just because all types of claims are growing. Fire damage claims have been falling over the years.
If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.
Do You Know What to Do in the Event of a Burst Pipe? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is available 24/7
Do You Know What to Do in the Event of a Burst Pipe? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog
No one wants to experience any type of water damage, but if you discover a burst pipe in your home, it can be exceptionally difficult to deal with. Pipes can discharge extreme volumes of water, leading to a significant amount of damage in a short amount of time.
Water damage is a difficult thing to plan for as it seems quite hypothetical, but it happens quite frequently and having a plan is key. There are about one out of every 50 homes that have damages annually, but those who have a plan tend to have a much better time recovering.
Are You Ready in the Event of a Burst Pipe?
Shut off your water main. If there is a pipe that burst in your home that is not attended to, it can continue to gush water indefinitely. Making sure to find and turn off your water main in the house can prevent water from continuing to saturate the area.
Shut off your electricity. Keeping water far away from electricity is key, so if it is safe to do so, turn off your home’s power from your breaker box to prevent the soaked area from becoming a shock or fire hazard.
Contact your restoration company. One of the things you can do to plan for water damage in advance is decide which restoration company you will be working with. This way, you can call them immediately when you discover water damage to have the restoration started right away.
Take a record of the damages. For those who are eligible to file an insurance claim, keeping good records is key. Taking photos and videos is a great way to document the damages for your records.
Contact your insurance company. Every type of insurance coverage will vary, so it is best to reach out to your provider as soon as you can to determine if and how to file a claim if you are eligible to do so.
Open windows and doors if possible. If you can, aiding the drying time by opening windows or doors around the impacted area can aid the drying time, as can drying up water with towels if you are sure that it is safe to do so.
If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.
What Kinds of Dangers Result From Flash Floods? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
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What Kinds of Dangers Result From Flash Floods? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog
Flash floods are an extremely dangerous weather event, more so than many other types of severe weather. As far as weather-related deaths go, floods are the second leading cause of fatalities, second only to heat. While all floods are extremely dangerous, flash floods create even more cause for concern.
Flash floods come about suddenly, and there is often little notice if one is on the way. Fortunately, if you know what to do ahead of time, you can make much safer choices if a flash flood becomes a threat so you can protect yourself and your family.
The Reason Why Flash Floods Are So Concerning
No matter what type of flood you may encounter, avoidance is always advised—but because flash floods come about so suddenly, there is often little room for mistake. Flash floods must occur within six hours of rainfall by definition, but generally, they occur much more quickly than that and give little indication that they are likely to begin.
The Weather Alerts Surrounding Flash Floods
If it is possible that a flash flood may come along, staying tuned into your weather alerts is the best thing you can do in order to have as much notice as possible if you are in danger. Officials will issue a flash flood watch if conditions are favorable for one to develop.
If there is a flash flood warning issued, that means that a flash flood is likely to occur (or is already occurring nearby) and you should get to safety quickly. If there is a flash flood emergency, get to high ground as fast as you can.
The Safety Tips to Keep in Mind for Flash Floods
Quick decision making is a must for a flash flood event, as you may only have moments to make choices if one is nearby. To help you determine what decisions will keep you and your family the safest, we have some of the best flash flood safety tips below.
- Keep up with your local weather forecasts and any watches or warnings.
- Be sure you and everyone in your household is aware of the evacuation plan.
- Do not drive or travel through floodwater, even if it appears to be shallow.
- Do not touch floodwater if it is possible to avoid it.
- Have multiple paths for evacuation in mind in case water blocks your main exit.
If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.
Have you sustained property damage and feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help, contact SERVPRO of North Kenosha County.
We Focus on Restoration, Not Replacement | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
We Focus on Restoration, Not Replacement | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog
When an emergency or disaster strikes, the safety of your family is the top concern—but the safety of your home is a close second. Enduring a disaster such as a fire can be difficult to recover from, and working toward recovery can be a long-term process for you and your family members.
When you are ready to begin the recovery process, calling us for restoration can make it much easier. We are committed to a restoration-first mindset, meaning we will save all of your items we are able to instead of recommending costly and impractical replacements. Our main goal is to save you time and money while restoring your home to its pre-damaged condition so you can begin to heal.
We Are Committed to a Restoration-First Mindset
We can help you save money on your insurance. Depending on your insurance policy, many types of household losses can be claimed after a disaster—but they can often be quite expensive, which can result in higher premiums. By focusing on restoration of your home and belongings, we can reduce the overall cost of restoration, thus reducing the amount you have to file with insurance.
We can protect your sentimental items. When you have to quickly leave the home to preserve your family’s safety, there are many irreplaceable items that must be left behind in the process. Photographs, heirlooms and other sentimental objects could never be bought in a store, and while you may assume these items may be totally lost, our high-tech restoration equipment allows us to save many objects that have become damaged.
We make sure your home feels like home again. Returning home after restoration can be an emotional and nerve-wracking time, but when you trust us with your restoration, you can be certain you will be walking back into your home. We focus on restoring everything we can, from the paint color to the floorboards, to make sure you feel at home as soon as you walk in the door.
If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.
Check Appliances to Prevent Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 24⁄7 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.
Where Water Damage Can Hide | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
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
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:
“Clean” water. Can be from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.
“Gray” water. Slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.
“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
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
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
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.
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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.
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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
- 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.
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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.