Recent Water Damage Posts

Spring Break Water Safety Tips

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Spring break season is upon us. While the point of the many vacations is to relax and have fun, it’s important to be vigilant and stay safe. This is especially true when it comes to water fun and beachside vacation spots. To keep you safe, we want to be sure to share some Red Cross safety tips for water fun.

  • “Don’t Drink and Dive” - Nearly 70% of water-related deaths among teens and adults involve alcohol. Many of those injuries occur after diving and other foolish stunts. Alcohol affects your judgment and coordination and when boosted with high temperatures and hot sun there could be some terrible consequences. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your drinking time and swimming time separated.
  • “Buddy up” - Pools and parks may be supervised, but sometimes things and people can slip through the cracks. Never go anywhere without a friend and never let your kids swim without a buddy. If you or someone you know is not a strong swimmer, whether they’re a child or an adult make sure that the “arms-reach” buddy system is in place along with other precautions like floaties or other life-preserving tools.
  • “Enroll before you go” - Take a Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED class. Be ready for the unexpected so if something does happen you can take care of the situation before it gets worse.
  • “Pack tools, not toys” - While foam pool noodles and floaties can be helpful, there’s nothing that will protect better than actual lifejackets. These can be found and purchased at many stores including sporting goods stores. If for you are unable to purchase one of these flotation devices yourself, make sure that Coast Guard-approved life vests are available and worn wherever you are having your water fun.
  • “Steer clear of breath-holding games” Breath holding and hyperventilation (fast shallow breathing) games while swimming can be severely dangerous. It is really easy to lose consciousness and start sinking. Don’t risk it. Breathe normally. Hold your breath only when necessary.
  • “If the thunder roars, get indoors” - Any outdoor water sources can be a point of electrocution. You should always exit the water and go indoors when the sky gets dark and you hear thunder. If you happen to see lightning, there is no speed fast enough to get indoors and out of harm’s way.

The last thing you want to happen on any trip is to have to take a trip to the hospital. Safety should always come first, and the fun will just follow after that.

Information retrieved from:

https://redcrosschat.org/2015/03/24/top-tips-staying-safe-spring-break-water-safety-edition/

For your cleaning and restoration needs, you can always contact SERVPRO® of Peoria at 309-637-7300.

Mold Damage After Water Loss

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs, it’s easy to assume that fixing everything will only require drying and cleaning the immediate damage. The fact of the matter is that water damage isn’t just about the water. In many instances, the water will result in mold. Many of the water loss jobs we are faced with here at SERVPRO® are coupled with mold jobs; and vise-versa. Much like any sources of water or moisture must be addressed before mold remediation can begin (to avoid returning mold) mold should always be checked for after water sources are dealt with; because mold might be in a spot where it’s difficult for an untrained eye to see and could eventually develop into a larger issue. While the issue of mold is usually handled by professionals, there are a few things you can remember about mold to help you when you are faced with possible mold in your home or in a business.

Water damage that causes mold generally comes in the form of a leak, flood storm damage, etc.; but higher than usual humidity constitutes as water damage and can increase your chances of mold as well. Much like humidity can have effects indoors or out, mold can be inside or outside of a structure and is not limited to either place. Mold requires moisture, and moisture can be both indoors and out. Speaking of limitations, mold is not limited to growing on objects or in walls. Microscopic mold particles can float through the air, making the air in your home or business unfit to breathe. The smell of mold travels through the air, too, and is generally musty and strong. This smell is one of the key methods for finding mold in spots where it may not be visible.

SERVPRO® of Peoria has seen its fair share of mold jobs. These jobs have ranged from mold in crawl spaces to homes that have simply not been taken care of regularly, to leaky pipes in bathrooms or kitchens, and far more. Recently, a job was started at a residential property where exhaust from a water heater in an attic caused an excess of water to damage the ceiling in one of the bedrooms. The client was worried that the water build up might have caused mold, so she called us to get it checked out. She did the right thing knowing she would not be able to identify anything herself.

Due to the fact that some mold issues may require more professional solutions than others, FEMA has set a basic process to help people decide whether or not to deal with a mold situation on their own. These steps for solving mold issues include

  • Identifying if there is visible mold.
    • Are the Walls and Ceilings Discolored?
  • Identifying the smell of the mold.
    • Could identify if there is hidden mold.
  • Note how much mold is present.
    • Visible Sq. Ft.
    • Hidden Sq. Ft.
    • Total Sq. Ft.
  • Identify and Remove the source of the moisture.
  • Determine the course of action.
    • If less than 25 Sq. Ft., follow the instructions in the booklet provided online by FEMA (link will be below).
    • If over 25 Sq. fT., consult a professional contractor.

If you find yourself in the position that you need to call a professional contractor, there are many businesses out there that you can call. Just remember that none of them will have the training and the empathy that you will find if you decide to go with SERVPRO®. Our teams have the skills to help you with your water, mold, and just about any other damage that could take place in your home or business.

Information and FEMA Mold Booklet retrieved from:

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

You can always contact SERVPRO® of Peoria for your cleaning and restoration needs. 309-637-7300.

What to Do Until Help Arrives

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

With the lowered temperatures from last week and the resulting frozen and broken water pipes, it seems appropriate to really talk about that to do until professionals can reach you to fix and/or dry your property. SERVPRO® teams are doing their best to get every job done quickly and completely so they can move on to the next site, but there were a great deal of homes and businesses affected by the cold. Because of this, we want to make sure that you know what to do to stop whatever the cause of the damage is and slow the damage process so that when we come in to restore your property, we can move quicker.

There are a few things you need to ask yourself as soon as water damage occurs.

  • “Is it safe to stay in the house?”
  • “Are there any electrical or ‘slip and fall’ hazards?”
  • “Can I perform the tasks at hand safely? Or should the whole process be left to professionals?”
  • “Will I be able to move wet objects? Are there objects that are too heavy to move away from the damage?”

Once these questions have been answered, you can proceed to do whatever you can do on your own.

You can remove excess water by mopping and blotting; but remember that the water is likely not just on the floor. Wiping excess water from wood furniture is especially important. Wood is particularly susceptible to water damage. It’s best to remove lamps and other tabletop items and promptly soak up as much water from the wood as is possible. While the damage will be different than that of a wood surface, other furniture materials and household items can be affected by water as well. It is best to prop wet upholstery and cushions and place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. Never leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods out of the way of the moisture. Above all, just remember that removing excess water will prevent it from spreading to other items or other locations.

Never use a household vacuum to suck up water. There are other ways to dry out your floor, carpeting, and walls. If it were summer, turning the air conditioning on would help with drying. In winter however, running the AC is not always an acceptable solution (especially in Illinois right now with temperatures near freezing). Rather than turn down the heat, it’s better to use a dehumidifier to dry the air in the building. The only exception to this option is if there is an electrical issue present with the water damage. In that case, don’t use any electrical devices; televisions, microwaves, etc.

It’s easy to overlook this next task, but it is imperative to remove colored rugs from wet carpeting. The same goes for books, magazines or other colored items. The colors in these items could bleed into carpeting, leaving stains that will require special equipment to remove. Just as well, moving art objects to a safe, dry place can reduce damages to walls, floors, and the art itself.

By gathering loose items and keeping the water damage contained to as small of a place as possible, it is likely that the restoration of the property will be easy and much less expensive.

Winter weather is tough on buildings, and broken pipes can cause some of the worst damage. Just be prepared and hold on to your patience knowing that the teams at SERVPRO® will get to you as soon as they possibly can. We will always do our best to make it “Like It Never Even Happened”®.

If you experience water damage from broken pipes, roof leaks, or anything else be sure to get a hold of the professionals at SERVPRO® of Peoria for your cleaning and restoration needs. 309-637-7300

Water Classifications - Black vs Gray

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water is an important resource, but it can also be the source of damage and stress. When water causes damages, it is imperative that you know the different water classifications. Knowing the differences between rainwater, gray water, and black water can make it possible to respond to the damage quickly and correctly.

First thing’s first - What distinguishes each water type from the others? Rainwater of course is the naturally occurring water that falls from the sky, eventually making its way to lakes, creeks, rivers, and other water sources. Rainwater, though natural, can come into contact with air pathogens and can collect dirt and other content when it lands on the ground or on rooftops. Gray water is a little more complicated. Gray water, while not particularly clean, is not dangerous. Gray water is water that usually come from household appliances such as clothes washers, dishwashers, showers and other similar areas. The water usually contains leftover chemicals (i.e. soaps, detergents, cleaning solutions, oils). As long as the chemicals that are being flushed through gray water are environmentally friendly or organic, this water can be filtered and reused. While accumulated rain or gray water can be an issue for a home or business, it is black water that should be avoided at all costs. Black water is water that has come into contact with human waste and/or other biohazards. This water could cause health issues in humans and other living things, and cause damage to the surrounding land. This water needs to be cleaned out by professionals who know what their doing and who have the equipment to handle the job safely and in a sanitary manor.

The three above mentioned water classes can be taken care of, some more easily than others. The important thing to remember is that you can try to dry and clean up some rain or gray water damages before calling in the professionals to dry it and look for mold or other issues left behind; But when it comes to black water, there is nothing you can do except get to a safe spot and wait for people who know how to safely remove it to come in and do just that. Property damage can be repaired and items can be replaced, but the health of you and your loved ones is not worth risking.

Information retrieved from:

https://calcamitetanks.co.za/rainwater-vs-greywater-vs-blackwater/

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/gray-water-reclamation1.htm

If you have a problem with rain water, gray water, or black water, you can always call SERVPRO® of Peoria to handle the property cleanup and restoration. 309-637-7300

Preventing & Handling Ice Dams

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing & Handling Ice Dams Don't let your home be damaged by winter water!

In the winter, ice forms on the ground making for slippery and dangerous conditions. What people tend to forget though is that that ice forms in other places too, like the edges of rooftops. Ridges of ice form on the edges, forming what are called ice dams.

Cold temperatures will freeze the water along the edge of the roof to form and sustain the ice dams. However, on some homes the roof will be warmer in certain areas (generally due to chimneys, heat from the house, and exhaust systems). This will melt the snow from the top of the roof but not the edges. When the water pools above the ridge, it can cause the roof to leak, and in severe cases can cause it to collapse. Although you can’t control the weather or the temperature, there are ways you can handle and prevent ice dams.

  • Remove snow from the roof using a "roof rake" and push broom.
  • If water is already flowing into the building, a temporary solution is making channels through the lower edge of the dam. This will allow the dam to drain some of the water
  • Prevent ice dams by making the ceiling air tight so no warm air can melt snow at the higher part of the roof.
  • Increase the ceiling/roof insulation to reduce heat loss.
  • Use a natural roof ventilation system.
  • Make sure that once heat on the roof is reduced that you keep an eye on how much snow is being collected.

Ice dams can be prevented and damages from them can be fixed, but it is important to know the risks of handling them yourself. Don’t risk your home or your safety; hire a professional to deal with the situation for you.

Information retrieved from https://extension.umn.edu/protecting-home-rain-and-ice/dealing-and-preventing-ice-dams

If you end up with damages from an ice dam this winter, be sure to call SERVPRO of Peoria for the cleaning and restoration of your home and its contents at (309) 637-7300.

Pipes Bursting In Peoria

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pipes Bursting In Peoria Burst pipes can be avoided, here's how.

Freezing cold weather is coming to Peoria!

Winter weather can cause water or sewage pipes to freeze and burst. That, in turn, can cause flooding and expensive water damage to your home or business. Taking precautions before freezing temperatures from winter weather is upon us can really reduce the risk of your pipes from freezing.

Pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are:

- Exposed pipes inside the home that are not insulated at all.
- Pipes in exterior walls that are not insulated well.
- Any plumbing or pipes that are on the exterior of the home or underneath the home.

Preventing Pipe Freeze Outside

Make sure your hoses are disconnected from the spouts. Water trapped inside can actually expand and cause damage to the plumbing that it is connected to and might spell doom for your wallet.

If you do succumb to frozen pipe damage call SERVPRO of Peoria today, (309) 637-7300.

What Is Water Capable Of Damaging In Peoria?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Is Water Capable Of Damaging In Peoria? Water is very powerful!

Rising flood water is capable of ruining an entire community of homes ... but that is just the tip of the iceberg!

The news is filled with images lately of the damage that rising flood waters have produced after the recent hurricanes and storms.

Not only is water a universal solvent which means it is capable of dissolving many materials but the speed at which it can move is stunningly devastating.

Take for example the record-breaking cresting of the rivers in the North Carolina and South Carolina regions. The damage produced from these unprecedented water levels included sinkholes, destruction of roadways and bridges as well as collapsing entire communities of homes.

We here at SERVPRO have the tools and knowledge to fix many of the different water damages to your homes and businesses. 

If you have suffered severe water damage call SERVPRO today (309) 637-7300.

When Should I Buy Flood Insurance In Peoria

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Should I Buy Flood Insurance In Peoria Buy it before you need it!

When should I buy flood insurance in Peoria? ... NOW!

That answer of now of course totally depends on if you live in a flood zone or not. If you do, you absolutely should already have a flood insurance policy in place. If you do not live in a flood zone but live in low lying areas or in close proximity to rivers or lakes that could flood, well then you too should look into a flood insurance policy.

The thing about a flood insurance policy and why it is so important to have one in place is because they normally take about 30 days to activate so if you are trying to buy one when a hurricane is announced to be heading your way chances are that policy will not be in effect in time to help you should that hurricane cause you flood damage because most hurricanes only give you a week or two notice.

So in short talk to an insurance agent ASAP if you even think you might need flood insurance. 

If you have sustained flood damage, call SERVPRO we can help!

What to do if your Peoria home floods?

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do if your Peoria home floods? Be prepared because flooding happens fast!

For some on the west and east coasts, the hurricanes and tropical storms are just the beginning.

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding then you know that a major thunderstorm, tropical storm and or a hurricane can mean only the beginning of a long wet process.

We do not get much damage from those super storms this far inland but we do have catastrophic rain and flooding from our rivers from time to time.

All along the state of Illinois people live in waterfront areas whether it is the lakefront beach or one of the major rivers we have flowing through our beautiful midland area.

When there is a significant rainfall like ones experienced during Hurricane Florence your home may be at risk of major flooding from quick rising rivers and the grounds inability to drain the water fast enough.

If water damage does happen to you, know that SERVPRO is here to help as soon as it is safe to do so. We have been helping families put their lives back together after major storms for years now here in the Peoria area and we are not stopping now. 

Educate yourself about the possible and projected flood areas to see if you are in harm's way!

We are here to help once the water recedes!

Crawl Space Water Damage In Peoria

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Crawl Space Water Damage In Peoria Don't be scared of your crawl space!

Crawl spaces are notorious for water damage, especially here in Illinois!


If your Peoria home has a crawl space and a pipe bursts underneath or starts leaking uncontrollably you may not even know until it is too late!

Think about it, how often do you open up one of those little side doors and brush away the cobwebs and then go exploring under your home? If you are like us then the answer is probably never!

So how are you going to know if you have water damage in your crawl space ... you call the fearless technicians at SERVPRO that is how!

Our fearless experts can navigate even the scariest of crawl spaces and report back to you what is going on under your home as well a plan to fix it if need be.

When you are just not interested in crawling under your home, call SERVPRO we will do it for you!

Flooring Services In Peoria

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooring Services In Peoria SERVPRO knows flooring!

Flooring is the foundation of a great home ... literally!

Flooring can be anything from carpet, wood, and concrete to other kinds of building materials but they are all subject to damage from water, fire and or mold.

When your flooring becomes damaged beyond repair you can try to fix it yourself and some people have a small level of success but you have to ask yourself do I know enough about the science of drying to make sure the flooring I'm putting down is going on a completely dry surface that will not become mold infested because I'm trapping moisture underneath and then have to completely redo the whole process again?

If you do know about moisture control and the science of drying, by all means, do that labor intensive time investing and all around not fun project yourself. If you do not think you can pull it off, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO has the know-how and equipment to have your flooring project done right and fast!

The Water Damage Repair Process In Peoria

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Water Damage Repair Process In Peoria Let SERVPRO Dry You Out!

Are you ready to fix and repair water damages all by yourself?

Probably not.

So if water damage, from the smallest overflow of a toilet to a whole house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us. 

SERVPRO is here to help and care for not only your home or office but for you as a person.  We know first hand how lost and scared you can be when you suffer a major loss due to floods or other water damages.

We are a family owned business and part of a National Community thousands strong and know that each job is not simply a job, but is someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event because they need our help. 

Our goal is to help make it a little less stressful for you. We want to return your home to you as quickly and safely as possible.

To make that happen, call us if you ever have a water damage, (309) 637-7300

Cleaning Up Water Damage In Peoria

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning Up Water Damage In Peoria Be Extremely Careful

Pipes Burst, Drywall Rots, and Mold Breaks In!

These are all facts you have to deal with when confronted with a water damage. Water can save your life in the desert but can be a real pain when it is gushing into your living room.

Once the source of the water damage is located and fixed you are not out of the woods yet. Actually, most consider this when the real work starts. You have to make sure the water is completely gone as soon as possible before mold sets in (which can be as quick as 48-72 hours).

SERVPRO specializes in water damage clean up in the Peoria area. We have the right equipment to handle any size job quickly and efficiently. Our trained and certified technicians are here to help you out 24/7/365 for when you might be in over your head!

Call SERVPRO today (309) 637-7300

Storm Damage Aftermath in Peoria

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Storm Damage Aftermath in Peoria Don't be scared of Storm Damage!

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are common with severe weather conditions in the Peoria area.

Because of this, you’ll find many storm damage restoration companies servicing Illinois. And with so many choices, it can be confusing to know which is the best at handling emergency residential restoration services.

Beyond looking at costs, it’s important also to consider how trustworthy a company is and what track record they have. Use this helpful guide below to help you accurately compare storm damage restoration business in Peoria:

  • Experienced In Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration. It’s important to ask if the company is well equipped and experienced with storm damage and not just water damage. Storm damage could mean layers of mud in the living room, a tree through your roof, sewage in the basement, and so much more than the usual water damage. SERVPRO is familiar and experienced in dealing with aspects of flood damage restoration --especially the unexpected kind.
  • Enthusiastic Customers. Some residential flood damage restoration businesses may be satisfied with “happy customers”, but we aim to have enthusiastic customers. With the fastest response time, SERVPRO addresses your concerns quickly and thoroughly. We work alongside you and your insurance company, taking care of every aspect of your storm damage concerns, saving you time, money, and worry. The result is a home that looks as if water damage never occurred and enthusiastic customers that are proud to recommend us to their friends.
  • Community and Better Business Bureau Affiliation. Businesses that make an effort to be a part of their community often take bigger strides in servicing their neighbors. SERVPRO of Peoria is a member of several professional leagues and organizations in Peoria as well as part of the prestigious BBB. If you're unsure if a home restoration company is IICRC certified or part of the BBB, visit their respected websites and search the listings. 

Call on SERVPRO for the fastest and most complete flood damage restoration for both residential and commercial. For a 24-hour emergency response to storm damage call (309) 637-7300

Contaminated Water Damage In Peoria

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Contaminated Water Damage In Peoria Get Safe The Call SERVPRO!

DO YOU HAVE WATER DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER IN YOUR PEORIA HOME?

Do:

Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.

Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Don't

Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.

Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.

Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

If you have experienced a water damage and you do not know if the water could be contaminated or not it is always better to err on the side of caution.

Treat the water as if it were contaminated to make sure you are maximizing your efforts to keep you and everyone around you safer.

Then call the experts at SERVPRO of Peoria | (309) 637-7300.

FROZEN PIPES

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

What is worse than a major home maintenance disaster? Try several major home maintenance disasters… at once. When a house’s water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber, an 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It’s all too common; especially considering this damage is largely preventable.

In addition to taking the usual preventive precautions, here are a few steps you can take to keep your pipes from turning frigid nights into inconvenient and expensive ordeals.

When Extreme Temperatures Happen

Even if you’ve taken the right preventative steps, extreme weather conditions can still harm your pipes. Here are a few more steps you can take:

  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature, more common overnight, could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

Before you skip town

Travelling in the winter months might be good for the soul, but don’t forget to think about your pipes before you leave. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55°F (12°C)
  • Ask a friend to check on your house daily to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent freezing.
  • Shut off and drain the water system (winterize).

If your pipes do freeze

What if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventive measures? First step: Don’t panic. Just because they are frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water as this can cause electrocution.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire or serious injury.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, warming toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on.

Tip:Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.