Recent Water Damage Posts
When it comes to water, the longer it sits, the worse it gets.
Did you know that often times, even fire damaged buildings have water damage present?
This is because many times fires are put out with water, but the water damage is often times overshadowed by the fire. Because of this, the majority of SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana jobs involve water in some form or fashion. With water being one of our specialties, we can tell you firsthand how important it is for you to prevent this damage from happening to your home or business!
One of the easiest things to do to prevent damage from happening is by regularly looking for leaks, drips and cracks in your water pipes. The next step is to educate yourself and others around you about the dangers of water damage and what to do if it does happen. Do this by learning how to properly cut off water supply throughout the home or building.
Water pipe damage per minute:
A ½ inch pipe can spill up to 50 gallons a minute
A 1-inch pipe can spill up to 210 gallons a minute
A 2-inch pipe can spill up to 850 gallons a minute
A broken pipe can cause more damage than many of us realize. Above are estimates of how much water can pour out of a pipe at any given time. It is important to prevent, then minimize any damage that happens.
Is Your Water Heater Leaking?
A leaking water heater may seem like a small problem, but it can quickly become a big issue if left unresolved. Standing water can seep through floorboards, sub-floors, and even walls. It can even cause mold to grow, which may cause health effects in addition to the water damage. When you notice that your water heater is leaking, you need to address the problem right away. The things you must do once you realize that your water heater has sprung a leak include:
Turn off your water main
This will stop the water flow ASAP . Because your tank will still have water in it after you turn off the water supply, you will be able to easily check where the leak is coming from even after the water main has been turned off.
Turn off the power or the gas
You should turn off the gas or power that supplies your water heater with heat. This will help you properly locate the leak without fear of electrocution or gas leaking. It will also prevent you from scalding yourself on the hot tank.
Wipe down your tank
You won’t be able to find where the leak is unless you wipe down your tank. Drying your tank with the help of a rag will help you determine whether the leak is located.
Find out where the water is coming from
You need to determine where the leak is in order to properly fix the issue. The puddle may be found at the bottom since it is pulled there by gravity, but the issue may be found higher up. The areas you need to check include:
- The cold water intake and the hot water output pipes
- The pressure relief valve
- The drain valve
- The bottom of your tank
You should also check if your water pressure is too high. That could be the reason your water heater is leaking. The right inbound pressure for your tank should be at 80 psi or lower. If the pressure is higher than 80, you should add a pressure reducing valve to your water heater.
Contact SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana.
After you stop your water heater leak, you need to give us a call. In the Central Illinois area, the company to call is SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana. We can help you repair the water damage that a leaking water heater can cause to your home. Give one of our friendly staff a call today at 217-355-0077. We are here to help!
Why Do Water Pipes Burst?
Why Do Water Pipes Burst?
No one wants to deal with the damages, expenses, and messes caused by burst water pipes. What causes these pipes to burst during the colder months? The basic answer is that the water coming into your house from the outside is much colder than it was during the summer months. The cold water causes your pipes to contract and in weaker parts, can cause the pipe to burst. This happens because the pipe becomes unable to withhold the water pressures inside it. The freezing temperature of water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The pipes inside your home, however, are protected from exterior freezing temperatures through your home's insulation. What this means is that on days where it is 32 degrees outside, it does not necessarily mean that your pipes will freeze. Typically, your home's pipes begin to freeze when the outside temperature is at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
How Long Does It Take For Pipes to Freeze and Burst?
As a general rule of thumb, in order for your home's water pipes to freeze, the outside temperature needs to be below 20 degrees for a total of at least six consecutive hours. How long it will take for your pipes to freeze and burst also depends on your home's insulation, and how deep inside your home your water pipes are located. For example, if you live in a area that usually does not suffer from cold winters, chances are that your water pipes do not have that much insulation to protect them from extreme temperatures. In such cases, the time that it may take for your pipes to freeze and burst may in fact be lower.
Precautions You Can Take To Prevent Your Water Pipes Bursting:
There are no practical ways of heating the ground temperature around your home, so stopping the contraction caused by the cold water is not something you can control. While we can't stop the leaks caused by temperature drops, there are things you can do to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Here is a list of eight things that you can do to avoid water pipe bursts:
1. Keep Water Faucets Running
If it is extremely cold outside, always keep one or two faucets running slowly. Water moving through the system should prevent the line from freezing.
2. Direct Warm Air To Cold Areas Of Your Home
Often, the pipes that freeze are located near an outside wall or a window, so be sure to direct warm air to any colder areas of your home.
3. Leave Your Cabinet Doors Open
If your kitchen sink is on an outside wall, be sure to leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air into the cabinet. This is one of the best ways to prevent burst sink pipes.
4. Disconnect Your Hose From The Outside Faucet
Be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your hose connected, water is not able to drain out of your hose bib and will freeze and break the device.
5. Install Heat Tape
There is a product called heat tape that can be installed and will warm pipes as needed during cold weather. While you could do this yourself, you may want to consult with a plumber to learn some best practices.
6. Seal Leaks That Allow Cold Air Into Your Home
Seal leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
7. Check Your Home's Temperature
Prevent temperatures from dropping below 32 degrees in any area of your home where water lines are located.
Implementing the above measures will help prevent your water pipes from bursting. Should you unfortunately experience a broken pipe, SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana is here to help! Our highly trained and experienced staff is ready to spring into action 24/7 to serve you. Call one of our friendly staff today at 217-355-0077. MM
One Small Leak May Cause Large Damages
The ice maker in your refrigerator is a wonderful invention. It is great to have crushed or cubed ice at the push of a button. No more ice trays to fill up or empty again. But, just like everything these days, things can break down. Ice makers can clog, stop producing ice and perhaps the worst, start leaking all over the freezer and floor. The leak could cause damage to flooring, floor joist, drywall, and even insulation.
Here is a check list to determine why your ice maker might be leaking:
Check the water lines & tighten connections
Break up ice jams
Clear out the condensation drains
Level the refrigerator and ice maker
Check your water filer & Dispenser
If you do find damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana (217) 355-0077. We are here for you 24/7.
The science behind drying a space
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its pre loss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana is trained in the science of drying and follows strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of secondary damages, like mold. If your home or business suffers water damage, SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana:
- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor weather the materials are drying properly.
- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment
What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are we, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material—but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces, inside walls (pictured below), and much more. SERVPRO also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying process of your home or business.
SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana has the professional trained staff and equipment to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Crawl Space have Water ?
Finding water in the crawl space under your house is more than a mere inconvenience. Standing water and even high humidity under the house can cause mold to grow, which poses a significant threat to the health of your family. When the ground beneath your house gets soaked with water, rising moisture and water vapor increase the humidity below your home, potentially causing lasting damage. The presence of water long-term can make your beams or posts rot, weakening the structure of your home. Another detrimental effect of standing water below your house is the potential proliferation of pests such as carpenter ants and termites. Water in the crawl space underneath your house has several possible causes. It may be a result of poor drainage, sewage backup or even heavy rain. However the water got there, the important thing is to quickly find the source and get to the bottom of the issue.
To check for water pooling under your house, find the opening to your crawl space. This may be a hatch outside in the exterior wall surrounding the crawlspace or a hatch in your floor, perhaps inside a closet or scullery. It is recommended that you wear old clothes, as you may have to lie down to move around in the narrow space. Take a flashlight along with you as you take a close look at every area of your crawl space, including the ground below and the floor of the house above. Check for any sign of puddling or standing water on the ground. On the wooden posts and structural members overhead, you may notice wood rot or discoloration caused by mildew. In some homes, the crawlspace can have narrow spots or corners that will require you to be agile in your movements. Be sure to check along every wall and enter every corner to ensure you do not miss any section of your crawlspace. Should you find standing water, it's crucial to figure out the source of the water intrusion. Could it be a leaky pipe under the floor of the house, or groundwater that seeps up from the water table or flows in from the ground outside? Groundwater entering your crawl space is more likely at particular times of the year, especially during rainy seasons. If you inspect your crawl space and notice water after a spell of wet weather, this may be the reason. In many parts of the country, the water table is quite high, and the rainy season can cause water to rise up into standing puddles in low areas of the crawlspace. If the water in your crawl space does not appear to be related to the weather or changing seasons, you may have a leak on your hands. If you notice that the standing water is directly under a bathroom or plumbing fixture in your home, you are most likely dealing with a leak in your plumbing.
Water in your crawl space is a sign of a potential leak. Even a little water could be an indication of a serious problem with your plumbing, which could cause severe water damage to your home and chronic health issues for your family. If you notice water in your crawl space, it is best to call to investigate the problem and act immediately. SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is here to help! Call one of our friendly team members at (217) 355-0077 today! MM
Repair or Replace ?
Water damage is one of the many problems that we don’t want to experience in our home or office. Besides the damage water can cause to your furniture and upholstery, the clean-up process can be intense. Should you experience water damage due to a busted pipe or storm, don't do all the clean-up yourself. Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, we are here to help! Water can penetrate through the materials inside your home or office. The more these materials absorb water, the more damage it can cause. SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is the restoration company to call for many reasons.
QUICK EXTRACTION OF WATER
Our team is highly skilled and trained to assess the condition of your property, take the damaged items out, clean up the area, and restore your property back to the original condition in a short period of time. On top of that, going into an area with water damage can be risky especially if electrical outlets or wires have come in contact with water. This poses a real danger of fire or electrocution. Our experienced staff have handled many water damage cases and are best suited to spot potential hazards.
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE AND LOSS
Minimizing the damage caused by the incident is one of the major advantages of hiring SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana. A quick response can go a long way in saving your property. We can dry out and clean your property faster; reducing the possibility of mold growth and mildew. They can also help you determine which of your belongings are still salvageable and which needs to be set aside for your insurance agent to review.
PREVENTS HEALTH RISKS
When there is water damage, there is the possibility of bacterial growth and contamination which may cause infections and other health risks. Using SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana will not just restore your property back to its original condition, but will also make sure that your health is not at risk.
HELPS DEAL WITH INSURANCE ISSUES
Water damage incidents can be overwhelming. You need to make sure that your property is protected, ensure that you and your family’s health is protected, and file an insurance claim. Using SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana will help ensure that your plate is not too full of the things that you need to do. We can even assist you in filing your insurance claims as well as talk with the adjuster.
CLEAN AND RESTORE YOUR PROPERTY
The main reason why you would want to SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is that we have the ability and capacity to clean up the damage caused by water in your property quickly. We have the right equipment and tools to detect and dry moisture, even in the places that you can’t easily see or find. Give one of our friendly staff a call today at 217-355-0077! SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is here to help!
Standing Water Is A Water Damage Disaster
water standing throughout the home after flooding
Standing water in your home after a flood is a water damage disaster waiting to happen. In fact, one of the absolute worst things you can do is wait around before taking steps to ensure the quick removal of the standing floodwater. There are many reasons why this is the case and the damage can pile up quickly as standing water is left in your home. According to our water restoration experts at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana there are six of these reasons. Bacteria. Floodwater is often originally contaminated with bacteria and other contaminants. When there is sewage in the water, specific types of bacteria that are common are E. coli and Salmonella. Even in floodwater that was clean to begin with, however, bacteria will begin to grow in the floodwater given enough time. You should be very cautious about coming into contact with floodwater that contains bacteria so you don’t get yourself sick. Mold. One of the problems that become most apparent as standing water remains after a flood is mold. In just a short amount of time, mold can go from beginning to grow to becoming a pervasive problem spreading throughout your home. Viruses. Stagnant water will allow viruses to breed including the Norwalk virus and rotaviruses. Insects and mosquitoes may also carry other viruses. In essence, viruses are a serious concern from stagnant floodwater that should not be taken lightly. Parasites. The most common parasites in standing water are Entamoeba, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium. These may grow in clean water but are much more common in gray water and sewage. Structural Damage. Standing water poses a serious hazard to the structure of your home. The exposure to the water can ruin drywall, cause wood to swell, and possibly even ruin certain portions of your home so they need to be replaced completely. Pests And Rodents. Stagnant water can also attract insects and rodents. Mosquitoes may carry malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika fever. Rats, mice, and other small rodents can carry a variety of bacteria and diseases. Not to mention, these pests and rodents are just plain gross and the last thing anyone wants to deal with in their home on top of water damage.
As you can see, there are many different reasons why letting standing water remain in your home after a flood is a bad idea. Even more than a bad idea, it is also a dangerous one. To avoid these hazards as much as possible after a flood, you should reach out to a water damage restoration company as soon as you can. At SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana we are here to help! Call one of our friendly staff today at 217-353-0077 and let us show you what we can do!
Steps to Take When A Pipe Breaks
It’s the middle of the night. You’re sound asleep and then BOOM a water pipe bursts. There is never a convenient time for this situation, and the middle of the night is definitely not convenient. This may cause many people who have never dealt with it to panic. After all, what do you do when a water pipe suddenly bursts in your home? Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at 217-355-0077 and speak with a friendly team member! We can help walk you the steps to take if this should happen to you.
Shut Off the Water
Go to your main valve and turn the water off. They usually have a stop tap on them. It’s good to know where your water main is in case of emergencies, so if you don’t already know now is a great time to find out. Commonly this is found in the basement or garage, but may be found in other places as well. Shutting it off will stop the water flow. If you find that the pipe that burst is a hot water pipe then close the valve that’s on top of the water heater as well.
Remove Any Nearby Electronics
If there’s anything electric plugged in near the burst pipe that is not in or requires you to be in standing water go ahead and unplug it from the socket and move it away. This will prevent risk of a fire. DO NOT touch any electronics that are in standing water, do not walk thru standing water as there is a real risk of electrocution. Shut off the electricity from the breaker if possible, if not then call an electrician for assistance.
Call A Professional Immediately
Finding a 24-hour service to handle an emergency can be tough, but emergency water damage companies do exist, like SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana. We are fully licensed, highly trained and qualified.
Have Someone Check Everything Out
If there’s significant water damage, it’s extremely important to the health of your home that you have it examined by a water damage professional. It’s also a good idea to have an electrician check to make sure that no electrical aspects of your home were damaged. The owners, Dave and Suzi McGuire, have been building trust for 30 years. They have accomplished this with hard work, having a highly trained staff, meeting commitments and going the extra mile for their customers.
File An Insurance Claim
You’ll need to contact your insurance company immediately to begin an insurance claim for the damage. SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana can help walk you thru this process. We strive to make the entire process from start to finish both painless and seamless for you. Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at 217-355-0077 and speak with a friendly team member today! We are here to help!
How to Handle Damaged Belongings After a Flood.
If your building was damaged during a storm, the items inside may have been affected as well. If this is the case, it can be problematic to determine how you should proceed. If you are unsure about how your possessions should be treated, the following content cleaning information may help you.
- Curtains and Other Fabrics
Because these materials are spongy, they can absorb a lot of water. This can be especially difficult when black water is involved. It carries a high level of contaminants such as waste, mud and bacteria that can be difficult to remove. While you may be able to salvage some porous items with a thorough cleaning, some of them may need to be thrown out.
- Hard Surfaces and Non-Porous Items
Content cleaning for objects with hard, non-porous surfaces is usually much easier. Because the contaminated water is not absorbed, you don’t need to worry about bacteria lingering beneath the surface. With these items, scrubbing them with an anti-bacterial cleaner will likely be enough to sanitize them.
- Artwork and Paper Items
These items can be important and sometimes irreplaceable, so it can be upsetting when they are damaged in a flood. The good news is that they are not necessarily ruined beyond repair. A professional service will likely have access to high-quality equipment that will be able to dry these items and remove the bacteria and other contaminants.
- Electronics and Equipment
Like spongy materials, electronics can be difficult to save if they have been damaged by contaminated water. For the best results, you should have them taken to a professional like SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana right away for inspection. Do not attempt to use these items before you know it is safe as you may cause more damage.
If your items have been damaged by contaminated water, then the best thing to do is have content cleaning done by a professional. A cleanup and restoration service can salvage many of your belongings and can perform any necessary repairs on your building as well feel free to call SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana anytime at (217) 355-0077.
Removing Kitchen Water Damage
Frozen or Leaking Pipes Causing Problems in your Kitchen
Winter can be a trying time for pipes in any home. Whether you are stressed with pipe leaks, frozen pipes, or other plumbing concerns that come from the weather during this season, it is crucial to address them quickly. All it takes is a hole as small to pour hundreds of gallons of water into your home each day.
If the kitchen of your home has suffered water damage, IICRC certified SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana technicians are ready to restore your home to a pre loss condition. These disaster mitigation experts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, because disasters do not occur on a 9-to-5 schedule.
Signs of Damaged Pipes in Your Kitchen
Winter can be a risky time for pipes, so keep an eye out for the signs of frozen or damaged plumbing in your kitchen:
- Temperature. The most significant factor that determines whether pipes can freeze is whether the weather is at or below freezing temperatures. Have your plumbing inspected for potential exposures as soon as possible, ideally before the first frost or the next dip in temperatures.
- Frost. Check exposed pipes for frost accumulation on the outside of the pipe, especially under the kitchen sink. This is a common warning sign that the pipe is frozen.
- Water. If water is not coming out of the faucet and there is either no water or only a slight trickle, the pipe supplying the water to that faucet might be frozen.
- Odors. One of the biggest giveaways of a blocked or frozen pipe comes in the form of strange smells. Because blockage prevents the travel of water through the pipe, the only way for odors to move is up through drains.
How SERVPRO Can Help
The most crucial step technicians take before establishing drying goals and extracting water from your home is measuring moisture with a variety of advanced tools. If you have a pipe leak behind an exterior kitchen wall, for example, technicians can use ultraviolet cameras to detect moisture behind visible surfaces that might be affecting structural materials such as studs, insulation, and drywall.
Other measurement tools, including penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters, are consistently used throughout the cleaning and drying process and compared with the ideal relative humidity for various materials.
SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana can ensure that your kitchen looks, "Like it never even happened." You can call (217) 355-0077 for a cleanup that begins within hours!
Our Certified Technicians Have The Training And Equipment Necessary After A Water Damage Disaster
Addressing Heater-Related Water Damage in Champaign-Urbana
In many homes, the water heater is one of those fixtures that homeowners count on to always work. With regular checkups, these items can last as long as 8 to 12 years with minimal issues. Leaks from loose valves, old connectors, or damage to the tank are factors that contribute to these appliances being one of the top five causes of water damage.
If your home has experienced water damage our SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana technicians are always available to clean up the damage and restore your home to a pre loss condition. These technicians strive to provide homeowners with clean up services that use cutting-edge technologies and scientific theory to restore structures while minimizing repair and replacement costs for homeowners when possible.
Preventive Maintenance for Water Heaters
Keep these items in mind for maintaining your water heater throughout its lifespan:
- Monitor the pressure relief valve. This valve is typically located on the top or the side of the heater. It opens automatically if the pressure is too high. To check it, gently lift the valve after placing a bucket under the discharge pipe to collect any excess water. If the valve does not release any water, replace the valve.
- Periodically drain sediments from the tank. Allowing sediment to build up without regular draining can affect the lifespan of your water heater and increase your energy costs. To fix this, open the drain valve and let the water run until it is free of sediment. Releasing 2 to 3 gallons is usually enough to flush out of the system.
- Keep an ear open for gurgling, groaning, and similar noises. These noises are typically signs of air entering the system as water drains from it. If you have trouble closing the drain valve after checking on your heater, drain the tank, unscrew the old valve, and screw in a new one instead. Restart the water heater by opening the shut-off valves and letting the hot water run at the nearest faucet to remove air from the system. After that, you can turn the power back on or relight the pilot.
SERVPRO Removes Water Damage Fast
After SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana comes to your home to evaluate the water damage they can get to work measuring moisture levels and extracting water from the affected area with extraction wands, wet/dry vacuums, mops, squeegees, and other materials. Afterward, the area can be prepared for drying with air movers and dehumidifiers. These systems work together to remove moisture from surfaces and accelerate drying with the introduction of warm, dry air.
SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana strives to serve residents by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (217) 355-0077 today for speedy disaster cleanup.
Sewer Problems at Work? The Pros Take These Immediate Actions
It’s not uncommon for an office building to experience flooding. This can be the result of many factors, such as a broken pipe, a poor foundation, or insufficient drainage. Another culprit is when the sewer backs up. In many ways, this can be the most troublesome and require the most extensive attention. If this happens in your Champaign/Urbana, workplace, you need to start the sewer cleanup process without delay.
If sewer problems have brought flooding into your building, you could be dealing with the harmful black water.
To maintain the safety and well-being of your staff, and to avoid additional problems, you need to do the following:
• Evacuate the affected area and stay area.
• Take photos of the sewer backup and the damage it caused without getting too close to the water.
• Call your insurance company and provide them with the photos.
• Call a reputable sewer cleanup team to start the restoration and sanitizing process.
One of the many advantages of calling a professional crew is that it not only has the equipment and expertise you need, but it can arrive on the scene quickly—usually on the same day as your call. The technicians will start by evaluating how badly your office was damaged, whether it was due to a flooded toilet or something more complex such as a sewer line break.
Using safe methods, the team will extract the water from the floors, furniture, walls, and other areas. The company has specialized tools to thoroughly remove all water.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Getting rid the water is only part of the sewer cleanup job. The team will also use powerful chemicals and disinfectants to ensure that the area is completely sanitary. This will enable you to once again use the space.
Don’t trust just anyone to take care of the sewer cleanup in your workplace. The best companies will make sure your office is returned to its pre-flood state.
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Drip, Drip, Drip
Prairie Wind water loss
Drip, Drip, Drip
Not a good sound to hear anytime of the year. The day after Christmas is even worse. A local senior housing facility had a sprinkler head malfunction in the early hours of December 26. First call was to SERVPRO to attack the issue. Several rooms and a long hallway were saturated with water.
These water losses are tough for any business. A water loss in a senior center presents special problems. This water issue disrupts their lives, from being displaced from their rooms to a dining hall in some instances being flooded.
This is also very disruptive to the staff since the residents' daily routine has been interrupted. They want things back to normal as quickly as possible. The staff also has to deal with the additional hazards present from equipment being placed to dry carpet out.
Our goal at SERVPRO is to not only make it "Like it never even happened," but to do it quickly as we can.
Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at 217-355-0077 for all your water loss needs!
Homeowners Prefer to Restore and Not Have Replace Water Damaged Hardwood Flooring!
Why SERVPRO’s Training and Equipment Leads to Appropriate Water Damage Remediation
When your hardwood floors become saturated from a leak or appliance malfunction it is hard to be patient during water removal and drying. It can take several days or more to return all affected flooring moisture levels to normal. Our training and experience in balancing the variance in moisture levels between the surface walked on, and the sub floor is one of the reasons why engaging our services during drying can protect your property.
Start at the Top
Water damage to floors requires the removal of visible water quickly. Pumps and extractors take care of collective surface water, but water migration between strips and planks is a concern. As water trickles through, it soaks the plywood or sub floor. Selecting efficient strategies to remove water below the surfaces is essential, why our team’s training and experience come in handy, negative air pressure floor mat systems can suction water from several levels. Air moving equipment aimed at the sub floor if there is access from beneath is another option.
Collect Moisture Data to Update Drying Goals
When working on a hardwood floor project, information about the moisture content of unaffected flooring in other areas of the house must be collected. Every home has a unique moisture level. In fact, when carpenters install a new hardwood floor during initial construction or a remodeling project, best practices dictate that the materials be delivered to the location and acclimate for a few weeks to adjust to the home’s regular moisture readings, avoiding shrinkage or distortion when finally installed. Accurate moisture meter readings sampled by our skilled technicians are why SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana delivers successful results.
Achieving a Balance Needs Professional Evaluation
When the top layer of hardwood flooring reduces to approximately 10 percent moisture content, this typically meets the drying goal. A problem arises if the sub floor still holds significant levels of moisture, the problem presented is that more drying techniques need to address the sub floor wetness, but the strategies cannot over dry the surface. Achieving this balance requires the skills of highly-trained technicians and continuous monitoring; this is why SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana is a reliable partner for navigating these difficulties.
Comprehensive training, state of the art tools, and dedicated technicians are why SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana is a premium, water damage recovery provider. Call (217) 355-0077 immediately when floors experience water loss for the best results.
Water & Gym Floors Don't Mix Well
Have you ever had a kickball hit a sprinkler head? Hopefully the answer is "NO." Unfortunately, one of our clients has and we want everyone to be prepared if it happens to them.
As with any water emergency, call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana immediately. We will arrive and start set up and drying out immediately.
1. We will set up a containment to keep the area closed off.
2. We will rise the temperature inside the containment to well over 90 degrees to get the humidity down to as close to 0 as possible.
3. Fans will be put out and drying mats will be put down.
4. We will monitor very closely for the next 48-72 hours and get the floor back flat and usable again.
With all water emergencies, it is very important to get started immediately. The sooner we take action, the better the chances are of us being able to save the floor. Being able to save the floor will save the facility from having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new floor.
If you ever find yourself in this position, please call SERVPRO of CHAMPAIGN/URBANA at 217-355-0077 and we will make it Like it never even happened!
Water damage in a commercial property
Minimally invasive water extraction.
Flooding and water damage events at Champaign/Urbana 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 Champaign/Urbana
SERVPRO 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.
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SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana’s Tips for Handling a Flood Damaged Home
Tips for Handling a Flood Damaged Home
Floods due to natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes or tornadoes are any property owner’s worst nightmare. Severe water damage can wreak havoc on your Champaign/Urbana property and leave it in a miserable state. Apart from the structural damage, a disastrous flood can cause secondary damage if the restoration is not started promptly.
Thankfully, here at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, we have a team of experts who can help you restore your beautiful home after a flood or a variety of other water damages. Although you cannot be fully prepared for any natural disaster, you can have a plan in place. Here are a few things that you should do, if a natural disaster causes flooding in your home.
Ensure your safety
Your and your family’s safety is the single most important thing during and after a natural disaster.
Always try to stay out of standing water. You never know what bacteria or obstacles are under the water. So stay out of the water as much as possible.
Make sure that you are safe and dry and do not try to do anything that puts you at risk of injury or bodily harm. Safety comes first; everything else can wait.
Contact professionals as soon as possible
Seeking professional help is the next most important thing to do after a flood. Make sure that you have the contact number of SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana handy, and contact our expert disaster management team as soon as you can. The best way to limit the extent of damage and ensure restoration is swift action.
As soon as you call us, we will dispatch a team of experts to access the situation and develop a restoration plan. The priority is to get the water out of the property once the water has receded.
Call your insurance company
Take many pictures of your flooded home, if you can, and contact your insurance company. You can ask your insurance adjuster about the things that are covered under your policy. SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana technicians can help you with documentation and protocol.
Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at (217)-355-0077 to talk to one of our technicians to discuss your situation. We are here to help you get back to your home as soon as possible.
Champaign/Urbana Residents: We specialize in flooded basement Cleanup & Restoration
Residential basement flood due to a heavy rainstorm.
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Champaign / Urbana basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use the s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (217) 355-0077
What To Do When a Toilet Overflows in Your Home
Remove the standing water by using mops
How to React To a Toilet Overflow
Toilet overflows are a common problem that affects many homes in Champaign/Urbana throughout the year and often result in sewer damage. It can be useful to know how to react to a toilet overflow before one occurs in your home.
1. Turn Off and Remove the Water
To prevent water from spreading in your bathroom and to other areas of your home, it’s often wise to turn off the toilet’s water supply. Generally, the sooner you can turn off the water supply, the less damage that will occur. Once the water has been turned off, it’s normally best to remove any standing water by using mops or towels. Quickly removing water will make it easier to fix the issue with the toilet and can help to prevent mold growth.
2. Unclog the Toilet
After you have taken steps to prevent sewer damage by turning off the water and drying the floor and area surrounding your toilet, you can shift your focus to unclogging the toilet. You can normally fix a clogged toilet with a plunger, but if your plunger isn’t fixing the problem, you may want to consider using an auger. Generally, your toilet should work normally after it has been unclogged.
3. Know When To Call In Professionals
If you are unable to unclog your toilet on your own, if your flooded toilet has caused major water damage or if your toilet commonly overflows, it may be necessary to contact a sewage company that can help to fix the issue. Additionally, it can be helpful to contact water damage restoration specialists if you suspect that major damage has occurred or if there has been standing water in your home for several days.
Knowing how to react to common problems in the home, such as toilet overflows, is useful for every homeowner. Turning off and removing water, unclogging the toilet if you are able and calling professionals when necessary can help you manage the issue and prevent sewer damage.
Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at (217)355-0077. We are always here to help you with your time of need. Reach out to us 24/7, to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."
Tips for Dealing With Sewage Damage
Tips For Dealing With Sewage Damage
A sewer backup must surely be among the least pleasant of messes to clean up. The foul odors and the potential for extensive property destruction are just the beginning of the problem. Sewer cleanup requires a lot of time and hard work. Before you get into it, however, spend time doing a bit of research to make sure you get the results you want.
Prevent Contamination From Spreading
- Respond to damage immediately
- Keep family and pets out of the affected area.
- Wear protective clothing and gear while in the area.
- Open windows or doors to provide ventilation, but don't run the air conditioning system.
Whether the backup is the result of trouble sewer line or the result of a flooded toilet in your home, take the same precautions to control damage. For example, before you do any sewer cleanup work, turn off the electrical power to the area.
Tips for Sewage Backup Response
There are several other tips you should use while responding to the sewer backup.
- Don't use the water in your home until you've had a safety inspection. This means turning off the running water for showers and toilets as well as in your kitchen.
- Remove uncontaminated belongings and furnishings from the area.
- Alert municipal authorities to the backup. You may also need to contact the health department, depending on the extent of the situation.
- Call water damage restoration technicians. These technicians have the training and the tools to thoroughly clean and disinfect your home.
- Contact your insurance company and notify them of the spill in your home. Take pictures of the damage for insurance purposes before belongings are cleaned or repaired.
The best option when dealing with sewer cleanup is to let professionals handle the work. After taking immediate action to prevent the spread of damage, call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana anytime at (217) 355-0077.
Surgical Water Restoration
Imagine you come home for lunch on a Wednesday afternoon and you walk into your living room covered with 8 inches of water.
What do you do?
Who do you call?
Do you call your family, friend, a local contractor, or Water Restoration Company?
What is the difference?
There are many differences between contractors and Water Restoration Companies. Here are a few:
- A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected. This will include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture. SERVPRO is certified in drying water damage to industry standards. We will not remove materials unless it is necessary. This prevents further interruption to your daily life.
- A contractor will have to replace all of the materials they took out of your home. This can take weeks waiting for material decisions, insurance approval, shipping, and installation time. SERVPRO’s average drying time is only 3 days. We have crews available 24/7/356 and someone to monitor your job daily.
- Replacing flooring, drywall, and all of your furniture is expensive. Restoring your home is a lot less expensive than replacing everything in your home.
When you call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana you can expect a First Responder on site within an hour and your home to be restored quickly by certified, professional technicians. Reach us at (217)355-0077! [JB}
Science of Drying
The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. Your first reaction will be to grab towels and a mop to clean up the water, maybe even a fan or two. Our professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana will inspect to detect everything that is wet, measure how much moisture is in the wet materials, monitor whether the materials are drying properly, and also speed up the process by using professional drying equipment.
We use the latest technology and tools; The SERVPRO DryBook allows us to capture and track the steps of a restoration project according to industry best practices and standards. This will ensure that your restoration is done properly and efficiently as well as improving results and restoring your property faster!
3 Ways SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana Can Help With Claim Services.
When your Champaign/Urbana business is hit by fire, storm, or water damage a quick emergency response time can make all the difference. However, after the crisis has been averted you may be left with some restoration needs. Choosing a professional restoration service, such as SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, to do the job can be made easier by looking at those recommended by your insurance provider. In many cases they may recommend a company that offers a number of claim services, which can speed the process along.
1. They Can Provide a Claims Inventory Service
One service offered by SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is a claims inventory. This may include both an itemized list, and photographs of any important items that may have suffered damage. Having such a list can help your business go over any items they may need to repair or replace such as inventory, office equipment, or any important documentation.
2. They Allow You to Access Claims Information Electronically
Another important inclusion in the offered claim services is the ability to access claims information electronically. This may include photographs, the notice of loss, job estimates, progress completed, and any new information that may be discovered during the process. This can allow you and your insurance agent to stay up-to-date every step of the way.
3. They Restore Materials Whenever Possible
One aspect the insurance agent may appreciate when working with such a company, is the fact that they try to restore the existing materials whenever possible. Restoration is often cheaper than a full replacement, and in many cases is a fully viable option. This may not only save your company money, but can help your claim as well.
Working with a restoration company recommended by your insurance provider, like SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, will make your restoration process easier. These companies may offer a variety of claim services which can make communicating with your insurance agents more efficient, and help you and your agent stay up-to-date on the information you need. If you have any questions feel free to always call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana anytime at (217) 355-0077, to help with all of your claim services.
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 contaminants can pose serious risks to occupants. [JB]
Professional SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana Technicians Will Root Out Every Place Where Water Has Hidden on Your Property.
One of the hardest working appliances in your home is the refrigerator, so when it breaks or suffers a leak, there can be consequences. The water supply line to the ice maker can burst, causing floods that range from slow leaks to sudden breaks. Some are made of copper, and others are plastic. Some are initially connected under the house while others are linked to a wall. A lot of them have a quick connection which is quite prone to flooding.
To prevent flood damage, non-plastic tubing like copper professionally installed with an unoriginal connection is recommended. Huge kitchen floods in your Garden District home can occur from broken ice maker lines in your refrigerator.
SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, a professional flood remediation company, can help you clean up the mess of flooding if your refrigerator water line has broken. You may have several inches of standing water in your home, which needs to be removed as fast as possible. We have the ability and experience to do so.
Before we get there, shut off your water if it is safe, turning it off at the main if needed. Sometimes, there is a shutoff valve behind your refrigerator near the wall. You should also cut off the electricity to the affected rooms.
Depending on how bad the flooding is, your kitchen may not be the only place affected. The water could have spread into your dining room, family room, living room, hallways, foyer, or any other room that is on the same level.
Our first step is to get rid of this standing water. Once we accomplish this, any damaged flooring is taken up so we can dry the sub flooring. The drying process can then begin. We use fans and dehumidifiers, placed strategically around the affected areas to dry your home as quickly as possible. Centrifugal air movers can be set up to dry underneath your kitchen cabinets. We return to your home every twenty-four hours until your home is thoroughly dry.
With SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, you can be sure that you are treated respectfully and that your home is returned it its previous state before the flooding. Just give us a call anytime at (217) 355-0077.
Not All Water Damage Is Treated The Same!
To most homeowners Champaign/Urbana water damage is all the same. It is a nightmare situation that disrupts daily routines and makes life rather difficult. It is destructive, cruel, and costly to put right. Whether the flooding is from a burst pipe or a blocked drain, it’s all the same right?
Well, in reality, there are some crucial differences to be made.
The information below explains the main types of water damage and could help you identify the problem quickly if it ever happens to you.
Category One: Clear Water
This water is the cleanest, most non-toxic form of water damage. It is potable water, perhaps directly from the tap. It is unlikely to cause you any harm, even if you are exposed for some time. Nevertheless, even clean flooding can lead to electrical and structural faults, so it is safer you to call in the experts for repairs. Clean water comes from things like a broken water supply line, tub or sink overflow with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines to name a few. However, once clean water leaves the exit point, it might not remain clean after contacting other surfaces or materials. Although it is considered the "safest" of the categories, it can degrade to category 2 or 3 if left untreated.
Category Two: Gray Water
Gray water damage is a little bit more serious and requires a speedier removal process. This is because it may contain potentially unsafe levels of chemicals, microorganisms, or dirt. Examples of Cat 2 water include, but are not limited to: overflow from dishwashers or washing machines; overflows from toilet bowls with urine; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure and broken aquariums.
If left untreated, it can quickly degrade into category 3.
Category Three: Black Water
Cat 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Cat 3 water can include, but are not limited to: sewage; toilet back flows from beyond the trap; flooding from seawater, rivers or streams, ground surface water or other contaminated water entering the indoor environment.
It is important to use experts like those at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana who are very skilled in the safe handling of black water and will use breathing filtration apparatus and protective clothing to eliminate the risk of sickness. They will also contain the affected area so that no dangerous materials are allowed to escape during the restoration process.
Knowing what type of water is damaging your property or where it is coming from helps restoration experts to approach the situation in a safe way.
Please contact your local experts at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana anytime at (217) 355-0077.
SERVPRO Champaign-Urbana knows timely mitigation is the key to reducing severity and recovery of damaged items especially when it comes to paper goods. Water or smoke damaged paper can deteriorate rapidly. Without proper handling, valuable files and irreplaceable documents could be lost forever.
Let SERVPRO'S Document Restoration Team help you recover your damaged paper goods before it's too late. Our technicians are trained to use the same advanced technology available as the Library of Congress uses to dry water damaged books.
Vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water damaged documents. This process can recover even the most delicate items, from documents to photographs and x-rays to entire business archives. Your documents will be protected with the utmost care and privacy to keep your documents safe.
For further information, please call SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana, 217-355-0077. (JB)
Don't Let Ice Dams Get You Down This Winter Call Us If Your Champaign/Urbana Home Experiences Water Damage!
Ice Damming Can Allow Water Damage to Champaign/Urbana Homes
The winter is upon the area, and Champaign/Urbana homeowners prepare for another season with significant snowfall. While many properties are virtually unaffected by the predicted snow to come, other homes are less fortunate regarding the damage that heavy snow staying on the roof of their house can do. Ice damming is among the most significant of the potential hazards that threaten the structural integrity of your roof, and this phenomenon is more common than you might think.
While the smaller side of the concerns for ice damming on your roof is the weakening of the structure, water damage restoration in Champaign/Urbana maybe required when runoff and melting snow cannot find a means to leave the roof area. Ice damming occurs when melting snow beneath a fresh snowpack reaches the eaves of the roof and freezes at this point. To make matters worse, the condition continues to worsen without physically breaking them loose or having several warmer days to melt the ice.
Our SERVPRO professionals have helped many of our customers that have dealt with ice damming and the water damages that can result from the incident. As melting snow and runoff have no means of escape from the area, and the weight of the snowpack providing immense pressure on the roof itself, liabilities become exposed and exploited by the present water.
With efficient equipment designed to reduce overall humidity fast like our industrial-strength dehumidification machines, we can effectively bring moisture levels down to acceptable parameters in the attic space to prevent the growth of mold and fungus. With a licensed contracting division, our SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana franchise can assist immediately with emergency board up services and include our professional reconstruction services as part of our comprehensive restoration package that saves our customers time and money.
Ice damming can happen to any home, even on some that have preventative measures in place to avoid it. If your home suffers water damage, let our experts help you to restore the damaged areas fast. You can reach our SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana emergency response team 24/7 by calling (217) 355-0077.
How to Be Proactive about Plumbing Issues in Your Commercial Business
Water damage in Champaign/Urbana
A broken pipe or cracked water main can be significant plumbing problems for business owners; however, while the plumbing issues can be detrimental for a property, the level of stress and pressure on the business owner can also present risks. It is better to manage property effectively and properly to minimize the chances of one of these major catastrophes.
- Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is one of the most important things a building owner can do to protect their property, the tenants, and employees. Preventative maintenance refers to the routine inspection of plumbing, sprinklers, pumps, and drains. While the inspection schedule for any of these items may vary, you may want to aim for at least one full-scale inspection per year.
2. Fix Minor Issues Before They Become Major Ones
While performing preventative maintenance is a wonderful prevention tool, it means nothing if issues are discovered and not addressed. The whole point in performing inspections is to find and resolve issues while they are still small, as opposed to waiting until the issue manifests into plumbing problems that can temporarily close down the business. Fixing these minor issues before they become major ones is just good business sense.
3. Find Backup You Can Count On
As being proactive about plumbing issues involves routine maintenance, it may be in your best interest to find a plumbing specialist in the Champaign/Urbana area that you can rely on and trust. You may want to speak with several companies and individuals before deciding because, as you will likely be doing business together for years to come, you want to feel comfortable in your decision.
If there is ever a plumbing issue rest assured that SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana will be here for you. You can reach us any time at (217) 355-0077
Watch Out For The Water You Can't See!
Did you know it only takes 1 to 2 inches of water to begin damaging your property? Any type of water leak no matter the size can turn into much larger damage if not treated when discovered. Unseen water can soak through carpets, walls, and pool on sub-floors causing big problems over time. The faster water is removed the less chance of possible serious damage. That's why SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is ready to spring into action anytime day or night to prevent these damages. With the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, the affected area is quickly and thoroughly dried. This is important to prevent secondary water damage from occurring. Water that is hidden can also contain bacteria and causes mold growth. This can cause rotting along with a big health hazard. A mop and common box fan will not fully take care of water damage issues. That's why it is very important to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at (217)355-0077 for any water damage recovery.
Illini Towers Sprinkler Damage
Our Emergency Response Team is ready for your call 24 hours a day.
Unfortunately, water and fire damages don't seem to stick to the traditional 8-5 schedule. SERVPRO understands that when you need us the most, it may not be under normal work hours. That's why SERVPRO is well-equipped to respond to your emergency disaster 24 / 7. That includes weekends and holidays. This location had a sprinkler head malfunction on the 12th floor at 11:30 pm. SERVPRO had crews on site in less than an hour therefore minimizing the amount of water damage to other areas. Time is crucial for a water damage. The longer the water sits, the more the building is prone to secondary growth and structural deterioration. Fortunately, with our quick response time, the need for replacing materials was reduced dramatically which in turn minimizes the cost of repairs. You should always trust SERVPRO in the event of ANY loss.