Recent Water Damage Posts

Why Choose SERVPRO of Western Lake County For Your Water Emergency

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

We live where we work; we might just be your neighbors. This connection ties us to our community and desire to help. Being local also allows us to respond faster than anyone else to your emergency. This fast response can prevent damage from getting worse and leading to additional problems.

All SERVPRO of Western Lake County employees specialize in water damage restoration. We have extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end. Along with our training we also have the best tools in the business.  advanced equipment help us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. Finally, our technicians will clean the affected area with professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

When a water disaster strikes your home or business, give us a call at (219) 922-9300 and we will make it “Like it never even happened."

Preparing For Spring Water Damage Risks

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

The first half of the year tends to be some of the wettest in Indiana. From the frozen, saturated ground of late winter to the constant rain storms of spring, dealing with the water and trying to keep it out of your house can be a constant battle. So what do you do if your home should be the unfortunate victim of water damage this time of year? Below we will go over the steps you should take to lessen the water damage and get your home restored quickly.

First let’s go over a few ways to prepare your house in the unfortunate case that you do have water in your home.

  1. Know where your water shut off is. If the water is coming from a broken pipe – often due to freezing – you can stop the flow of water immediately before further damage is done
  2. Always store your valuables up high in your basement. Plastic bins are also a great way to keep the water away from your most precious items

Let’s say water is coming in; what do you do?

  1. Take Pictures of the Damage It’s important to take pictures of the water damage before trying to clean things up or remove the water. If you have a flooded basement or flooded first floor, be sure to take pictures of all the water damage. This can be important and helpful when filing an insurance claim. If the water damage came from a burst pipe, be sure to take a picture of the pipe.
  2. Don’t Use Electricity in Water Damaged Areas If you should suffer extensive water damage, you may want to cut off the power to the whole house. However, if your circuit box is in an affected area, like a basement, do not touch or attempt to check the circuit box. If your circuit breaker is in a dry area, then you may want to make sure the circuits to the water damaged area have been tripped. If they haven’t, you may want to flip them off to reduce any risk of electrical shock.
  3. Start Removing the Water If you can get the water out of your house, start doing it as quickly as possible. Contact us and we will get out to you to help. The longer the water sits in your home, the more time it has to damage your home. Standing water can soak further into your drywall, insulation and wood framing leading to more damage from the water which can quickly lead to mold growth and damage.
  4. Get the Air Circulating To help reduce the risk of mold damage, it’s important to get the air circulating. If the weather is nice, you can open your windows and doors to allow the outside air to blow through the home. You can also employ fans and blowers to get fresh air circulating around the water damage. If you are in a basement or an area that is particularly damp, you can also use dehumidifiers to draw the moisture out of the air. This can all help to reduce any further water or mold damage to your home.

We are ready to help 24/7 and will help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

7 Secret Weapons for Surviving the Worst of Winter

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Winter can be magical, but it's also fraught with danger. Frigid temperatures can make water freeze and expand, causing pipes to burst. Ice buildup on the roof, if unnoticed, can damage both the roof and gutters. Slick black ice between the house and your car can turn that short walk into a hazard! 

You can protect yourself from winter's brutal assault with a handful of sensible purchases and repairs, according to Daniel O’Brian, technical expert for SupplyHouse.com, an online retailer of plumbing and heating components. Scroll through this list of seven useful products that can help you get ready for anything Old Man Winter dishes out this season.

1. Heat Tape

 

Homeowners often shut off the water supply to outside spigots in late fall, but some indoor pipes—such as those located in unheated basements, crawl spaces, or even under sinks in poorly insulated houses—can still be at risk of freezing. And dealing with a pipe that freezes and bursts involves much more than a simple fix. You could find yourself spending thousands of dollars to repair water damage.

“If relocating pipes or draining them during the winter is not an option, heat tape is a relatively easy way to prevent pipe freezing,” O’Brian says. Electric-powered heat tape, such as Easy Heat’s 50-Foot Pipe Tracing Heat Cable (available from SupplyHouse), securely wraps around metal or PVC pipes, and its self-regulating thermostat varies the heat output to keep your pipes from freezing or getting too hot—even in subzero temperatures.

2. Radiant Heat Mats

 

Icy driveways and sidewalks lead to wintertime falls—and visits to the emergency room. Fortunately, safety doesn't have to involve spreading toxic chemicals or plant-killing salt on paved surfaces. “Approved electric radiant heat mats can be used outdoors not only to save time shoveling, but also to create safer environments with less ice, fewer slips and falls, and less need to salt and condition the surface,” O'Brian says.

If this option sounds good to you, be aware that radiant heat mats need to be installed at the same time as the sidewalk (or driveway) is poured—which puts them out of the running for many homeowners. But investing in a high-quality heat mat, such as the Suntouch ProMelt Mat (available from SupplyHouse), can really pay off. Embedded just beneath the surface of the concrete, these mats keep the concrete surface dry and ice-free all winter. Having radiant heat mats offers the added benefit of keeping shoes dry and clean, so less mess gets tracked into your home.

3. Roof and Gutter De-Icing Cables

A picturesque blanket of snow on the roof can pose an ugly risk if it begins to melt and then refreezes, resulting in heavy ice buildup along the edge of the roof and in the gutter. These accumulations, known as ice dams, can damage roof shingles and lead to leaks, and cause the gutter to tear away from the house.

Securing a heated cable, such as EasyHeat’s 240-Foot Roof and Gutter De-Icing Cable (available from SupplyHouse ), to the roof can offer that ounce of prevention you need. “Roof and gutter de-icing cables are positioned strategically in areas prone to ice dam formation and use heat to melt snow and ice before it can build up and cause a dam,” he explains.

4. Unit Heater

 

Maintenance and repair work doesn't stop just because temperatures have dipped below freezing. But it can be hard to work on the car or finish up a project in your workshop when your fingers are numb from the cold. “With a proper gas or electrical hookup, unit heaters offer a relatively easy way to condition areas such as garages and workshops,” O’Brian says, making the garage a comfortable work space all year long. Installing and running a heater can help raise the indoor temperature to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is sufficiently warm for most types of projects or mechanical work. Even better, these units don't need to take up valuable floor space. Some units, such as Modine’s Hot Dawg Natural Gas Power Vented Heater (available from SupplyHouse), come with angle brackets to suspend the unit from the ceiling.

5. Whole-House Humidifier

You're probably familiar with the effects of dry air, such as chapped lips, irritated skin, and worsened breathing problems for those with asthma. Dry air can have similar consequences inside the home. “Forced-air heating systems can especially dry out indoor air, which is harmful for wood floors and furniture,” O’Brian says. Increasing the moisture level in your home during winter via a whole-house humidifier can alleviate these problems. A unit like General Aire’s Drain-Type Power Humidifier (available from SupplyHouse) connects to your home’s HVAC system (professional installation is required). Then, as your furnace sends warm air through the ducts, the humidifier infuses the air with soothing moisture. 

6. Frost-Free Sillcocks

Exterior faucets are notorious for freezing and breaking in winter. One solution is to turn off the water supply to the faucets and bleed the lines so they can’t freeze. A better solution would be to replace your standard outdoor faucets with frost-free sillcocks, such as Bluefin’s Frost-Free Anti-Siphon Sillcock (available from SupplyHouse). In a frost-free sillcock, unlike a standard exterior faucet, the valve that shuts off the water sits at the end of a long pipe so it's situated inside your house, where it’s less likely to freeze. Once the frost-free sillcock is in place, you won’t have to turn off the water supply for the winter—you’ll be able to run water whenever you need it, no matter how cold it is outside.

7. Leak and Freeze Detector

 

Pipes typically have the greatest risk of freezing and breaking during “the first freeze of the season, or in areas where freezing temperatures aren't very common,” O’Brian says. Don't get caught off guard! Install a leak detector wherever a pipe or an appliance, such as a water heater, is apt to freeze or leak.

“Modern detectors go beyond just sounding an alarm,” O’Brian says. “They also provide mobile alerts so that damage can be minimized.” When freezing temperatures approach or if a leak is detected, the Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Leak and Freeze Detector (available from SupplyHouse) will sound an audible alarm. It also connects to your home's wireless router and can be configured (via the mobile app) to send an alert to your smartphone so you can take action before a small leak evolves into a disaster. Powered by three AAA batteries, the detector should last about three years.

Article from BobVilla.com

Dyer & Schererville 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Lake County is located in Griffith, IN and provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Dyer, Schererville, Griffith, Highland, and Munster.

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SERVPRO of Western Lake County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
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(219) 922-9300

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Western Lake County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Western Lake County

SERVPRO of Western Lake County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.