Appliances that Commonly Cause Water Leaks
Washing machine leak or overflow? Call us, we can help!
There are an alarming number of situations that can cause water damage to homes—weather incidents, flooding and burst pipes often come to mind.
However, the source can also be from things we utilize every day, such as appliances that require water to operate. Prevention is key to stopping small, sneaky leaks from becoming a big problem, which is why we put together a guide of what appliances to watch out for and how to check them for drips.
What Appliances to Check for Water Damage
Hot Water Heater
Though hot water heaters can typically last as many as 15 years, they can begin leaking water much sooner due to faulty pipes and seals. Check regularly to avoid this from catching you by surprise and be sure you replace it based on the manufacturer’s recommended time frame.
The ice maker inside of the refrigerator pulls water in to manufacture the ice, but the tubing it uses to do so can often falter. Add that to the fact that refrigerators are seldom moved, and you have a recipe for water damage to get out of hand before you even realize it has begun. Simply pulling the fridge away from the wall and checking for drips regularly is enough to prevent this from becoming an issue that gets out of hand.
A dishwasher can be another common culprit for secluded damage because of how they are typically built into cabinets. Pulling them out of their cubby often is wise, especially if you have an older model. It is not uncommon for homeowners’ insurance policies to not cover water damage from older appliances, so this is extra important to note.
Washing machine leaks are such a common problem that it is recommended to check their hoses as frequently as once a month to guard against wear and tear. Even with regular checks, exercise caution by replacing these hoses every five years regardless of if they appear worn.
All air conditioning units manufacture condensation as part of their operations, but if there is an issue with their draining capabilities, issues can arise. The best way to prevent this is by following your manufacturer’s instructions regarding inspections and maintenance, as well as doing your own visual checks to ensure there is no water out of place in and around the unit.
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.
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Here is a prime example of mold that you wouldn't typically see unless baseboard is removed.
Did you know that there are multiple, hundreds of thousands of mold spores floating around outdoors? Knowing the dangers of mold, it is quite frightening thinking about it, but what is more of a concern would be finding mold inside your own home. Mold is known to belong to the kingdom of fungi. It can appear to be plant like but cannot create its own food. It absorbs its nutrients from other organic substances. Mold can simply generate with water and something living – or even once living, like wood. Invitations of mold to your own home would consist of poor ventilation, moisture and water damages in which were not addressed immediately. In any areas of your home that moisture issues happen to occur, you want to be sure that you have a source of ventilation within that area. The consistent moisture and humidity will eventually cause mold. This is another reason to report any serious water damages right away. You may be able to clean the visible mess but sometimes the affected areas cannot be seen. SERVPRO of Farmington is here for you, anytime. If you have any questions or concerns due to recent water loss or any visible mold, do not hesitate to call us 573-756-5191. Our team will always be there, ready to help.
The Importance of IICRC Certification in the Restoration Industry
We take great pride in the IICRC at SERVPRO of Farmington.
Restoration industry standards are set by the Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification Board. It is a non-profit group overseeing the qualification of the restoration, remediation and cleaning trade. When a technician obtains a program mitigation certificate from the IICRC, he or she is held to the highest standards. Not only does this keep industry standards high, but it also establishes a recognized national standard, and that is why insurance agents and adjusters keep the graduates on their preferred vendor's lists. Here are a few of the values the technicians are expected to uphold.
Technicians are taught that working with clients and staff that everyone treats respectfully can elevate the job site. It can also help bring out natural abilities and let inborn qualities shine.
Valuing integrity, the expectation is that all graduating technicians will have strong ethical principles. Dealing honestly and upholding high values is important in developing an honorable reputation within the cleaning and restoration industry.
Once at a job, all IICRC technicians are expected to work as if the property were their own. This includes completing the job promptly and using the best tools available to finish the job.
Service, leadership, and duty are all part of what the graduate is expected to bring to the office each day. Technicians are also taught to hold high standards in service, on the job and off.
To keep standards, values, and expertise high, the board continues to hold classes to improve industry knowledge. As new and improved tools become available, they are incorporated into the classes. Also, certification is a lifelong process of self-improvement and gaining professional knowledge. Technicians must obtain 14 hours of education every four years.
The IICRC helps hold trained technicians of the cleaning and restoration industry to a high standard and we take great pride of that here at SERVPRO of Farmington.
Professional Board Ups
Need board up services? Call us anytime at 573-756-5191.
Regardless if your home or business has suffered a fire, storm, or other structural loss, let the professionals at SERVPRO of Farmington lift a burden from your shoulders by handling the boarding up of your damaged property.
If done incorrectly, boarding up your residential or commercial property could cause secondary
damages such as moisture or critter invasion, making the already unpleasant situation worse, and causing the cost of repairs to increase.
In addition to the remediation and restoration services we offer, SERVPRO of Farmington can board up your damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”
Don't hesitate to call us when you need us - we're here to help! Call us anytime at 573-756-5191.
Fire Damage=Immediate Attention
Fire Damage? We can help! Call us anytime at 573-756-5191.
Fire Damage In Your Home or Business Requires Immediate Attention
Events leading to a fire can have many different factors. Even a prevention plan for fire will only reduce the risk of fire, it will not eliminate the potential of a fire hazard. There are ways to limit the possibility of fire. One method is to keep smoking restricted to designated areas. These selected areas also need maintenance to lower the chance of fire damage. In most cases, the preferable area for smoking is outside. Also, electrical wiring should be installed in compliance with OSHA regulations and local codes. Licensed electricians should be the ones to do the maintenance. Other aspects of the home like fuel gas and appliances that produce heat should be up to standard.
Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be devastating. You don't want to be complacent about taking care of the fire damage. It is imperative to make sure that you react to the necessary cleanup which has resulted from the flame out. In most cases, you are going to need a professional to take care of the fire damage so that you can be sure that your house will not be vulnerable to on-going problems.
Fire Damage is something that needs to be quickly and thoroughly cleaned up and fixed by professionals from SERVPRO of Farmington. Even after taking care of the fire, it is important to look for any additional damage that may have occurred. Long after the fire is out, certain forms of damage could become visible such as cracked foundations, contamination, toxic fumes, leaking pipes from the heat, or even mold growth. For this reason, it is critical to making sure that every bit of moisture or damage is found in the home and repaired.
By hiring an experienced team of skilled fire damage restoration technicians, you can be assured that these IICRC trained individuals will utilize industry leading equipment to mitigate the harm caused by the inferno. Fast response to limit secondary water damage resulting from the firefighters' efforts to extinguish the flames is of paramount importance. Our expert service technicians arrive promptly after you call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191.
Commercial Fire? We can handle it!
Commercial fire? No problem. Call us at 573-756-5191.
When a fire strikes your commercial property, it's quite likely that you feel yourself start to panic. This immediate reaction makes sense given all the economic turmoil and property destruction that a fire can cause. However, knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle a commercial fire successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:
Contact A Fire Remediation Expert.
Once the fire department has doused all the flames, be sure to call a fire remediation expert. This individual will be able to equip you with a thorough assessment indicating the extent of the damages. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.
Assemble Your Records.
In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business' essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have all your files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.
Call The Insurance Company Immediately.
Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is put out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.
Get Permission To Reenter The Building.
Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, fires can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. Therefore, you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.
Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Services
If your business caught on fire, don't worry. Instead, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Farmington and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process. Choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at 573-756-5191.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Farmington is strategically located to respond quickly to your commercial fire emergency event. When commercial fire damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! 573-756-5191.
Water Damage? Call us now!
Water damage? No problem.
Water from a leaking pipe or overflowing sink can damage a home quickly with the liquid spreading everywhere. Regardless of the cause, it is essential to shut the source of the water off as soon as you notice spillage in your home. Turn the faucets off if a sink is overflowing. Locate and turn the main water valve off to limit the amount of additional damage caused by a broken water pipe. Always confirm that it is safe to enter your home if there is deep pooling water.
SERVPRO of Farmington can focus on water removal in your home quickly. Before entering the area, we first ensure that it is safe to do so. If there are electrical appliances involved, we ensure that the electricity is turned off before entering. We also want to protect the occupants from any potential hazard.
We understand how important it is to limit the water damage by removing anything that can cause secondary negative effects. For example, books and papers on a wet carpet can cause stain transfer. We remove these materials from the room and the wet carpeting. Furniture can also be relocated or blocked with wood or high-density foam to avoid rusting or warping from the metal feet of couches, chairs, tables or appliances.
SERVPRO of Farmington’s water damage restoration technicians (WRT) understand that extracting as much water as possible before using dehumidification equipment expedites the recovery time. Portable extractors are used in most cases to remove the water. Squeegees can be used on hard surfaces to push away as much water as possible. Elimination of all the standing water allows your home to dry faster.
The best time to eradicate stains is while the carpeting is still damp. SERVPRO of Farmington can attempt to remove the markings on the carpets carefully to avoid further damage to walls or baseboards. We can save a section of the carpet to assist in the selection of new materials for the restoration of the home. All discarded materials are placed in plastic bags to avoid further damage to unaffected areas.
Call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191 for immediate service!
Lightening in the sky.
Are you afraid of storms, or do you embrace them? Whichever side you fall on, we all have some sort of respect for storms. They can cause great damage, paint beautiful pictures across the sky, alter any outdoor plans, and completely turn a day around. Although you’ve probably experienced many thunderstorms in your life, you might not know a whole lot about them. In today’s post, we’re going to share some fun storm facts that you may not have known!
The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter.
The typical thunderstorm lasts about 30 minutes.
About 1,800 thunderstorms are happening around the world at any given moment.
Lightning kills more people than tornadoes every year.
A severe storm “watch” means that a serious storm has the potential to develop but has not developed yet. However, a severe storm “warning” means that a storm has developed and been sighted.
About 10% of storms are classified as “severe”.
If you’re ever heard the term the “four horsemen” of thunderstorms, it’s referring to wind/tornadoes, hail, floods, and lightning.
Thunderstorm clouds grow to heights of above 20,000 feet.
A “derecho” is a type of severe storm that lasts a long time, covers a great distance, and involves serious wind.
Wind speeds can be up to 120 mph in thunderstorms, even without a tornado.
A massive hailstorm in Munich, Germany, in 1984 caused over $1 billion worth of damage.
In 1933, huge hailstones were reported to have fallen around a city in Massachusetts, containing fresh, frozen ducks inside.
Check Your Sump Pumps During Rainstorms
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When the rain pours do you check your sump pump?
A proper working sump pump can save you considerable amounts of money after a significant rainfall event. Being a proactive owner during rainstorms and checking your home or businesses sump pump will help prevent damage or reduce the damage that can occur. When damage happens SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help.
If you answered no to the first question here are some things to consider checking:
- Is there power to the sump pump? Check that it is plugged in and the breaker is not tripped.
- Is the float free of any debris and away from the side wall where it won’t work properly?
- Is the inlet free of any debris that could prevent it from pumping the water out?
- Does the pump work? An easy way to test this is by filling the pit with enough water to reach the float of the sump pump to trigger the pump.
- Check where the sump pump drains. Ensure that it drains far enough from the foundation that the water doesn't leak right back in.
Storms vs. SERVPRO
Storm Damage? We can help!
Every year, SERVPRO of Farmington answers the call to help clean up and restore homes and businesses after storms have taken their toll. After all, SERVPRO of Farmington is always here in helping make disasters “Like it never even happened.” when your property suffers from storm damage. So, leave the restoration remediation of your home and business to our team. Consider the following to protect your property during a storm:
Myth: If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lighting.
Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from rainfall.
Myth: Rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck.
Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not toughing metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
Myth: “Heat lightning” occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.
Fact: “Heat lightning” is a team used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard.
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Farmington is here to help you. Give our team of professionals a call 573-756-5191!