Know How to Spot and Prevent Water Damage
Water damage can happen whenever any amount of excess water collects in an area where it shouldn't. Many different factors can cause a collection of excess water and contribute to water damage.
If you are aware of the potential causes, you will be able to prepare and avoid leaks and floods. You will also be able to spot a problem as soon as it happens, and stop it before it causes additional damages.
The more quickly you notice the problem, the less work the water extraction and water damage restoration company will have to fix.
Causes of water damage include:
- Bursting or leaking pipes
- Issues with the plumbing system
- Hot water tanks
- Buildup in water-prone areas such as basement, attics, or other crawl spaces
- Faulty or malfunctioning household appliances
- HVAC issues
- Natural disasters and other weather-related water problems
No matter what the issue, you can call the experts at SERVPRO of Southeast Summit County and Lake Township to make it look "Like it never even happened."
Easy Ways to Handle Leaky Pipes
It is clear that no one wants to experience water damage because of the stress and hassle not only on you, but on your wallet. If left untreated, water damage can lead to mold. Leaky pipes can lead to mold growth because they often go unnoticed before it’s too late. If you suffer from leaky pipes, here are a few things you can do to fix them:
- Some leaks are easy to fix. First, you want to find the source of the leak, and pinpoint where the water is coming from. If the source is a loose coupling nut (the thing that holds pipes together), then it’s pretty easy to grab a wrench and tighten the nut, fixing your leak.
- If the leak is caused by a crack in the pipe itself, you will need to use either plumber’s tape, self-fusing silicone tape, or epoxy putty to fix it. This may sound like a daunting task to some, but these are easy to apply, just make sure the water is turned off. Wrap the pipe if you’re using tape, or apply putty to the pipe and give it some time to dry.
After fixing the pipe, make sure to clean up any standing water, and check back every day or every few days to make sure there is no more water or leaking.
If you’ve had water damage or mold growth due to a leaky pipe, call SERVPRO of SE Summit/Lake Township and our professionals with take care of everything, making it "Like it never even happened."
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Flooding and Water Damage Prevention
When water is where it shouldn't be, call the pros!
Living in Northern Ohio comes with the consequence of dealing with some of the most unpredictable weather patterns possible. We’ve all experienced the weeks where the weather is beautiful on Monday, pouring on Tuesday, then a blizzard on Wednesday. This summer has been no exception, but thankfully no blizzards. In the midst of summer storms and a rainy fall ahead, it is important to be prepared in case you experience water damage or flooding.
Being rain ready means that you should do things like check your roof for leaks, clearing your gutters of leaves and other debris so water can flow through them properly, and most importantly, making sure you’re ready to call SERVPRO of SE Summit County/Lake Township if anything goes wrong!
We pride ourselves on being faster to any disaster, so if something goes wrong and there's water where there shouldn't be, pick up the phone and give us a call! We are experts in water, flood, and storm damage mitigation in Summit County and Lake Township.
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Driving in a Flood: What to Do vs. What Not to Do
After a bad storm, driving may be the furthest thing from some people’s minds. But, if you were stuck at work during the storm, or just have somewhere to be, driving may be inevitable after a storm. It is important to understand the best tactics when driving post storm, especially if the streets are flooded. Here are a few things to remember if you find yourself driving on flooded streets.
Avoid Standing Water
When you have somewhere to be, driving through a flooded street doesn’t seem like a big deal. “That’s the quickest route, I’ll be fine.” But, there can be dangers below the surface of flooded streets, such as:
- Branches or other debris
- Potholes or washed out pavement
- Moving water
It is hard to tell just how dangerous a flooded street may be, so don’t take the risk. Even a few inches can stall your vehicle or even move it off the road. Flood damage experts recommend that you find an alternate route or just wait until the water has a chance to drain. A few extra minutes on your trip is better than damage to your car.
A flooded street is not a racetrack. Even if the water is shallow enough to navigate, you still need to reduce your speed so that you don’t stall your vehicle or hydroplane. If your tires cause water to fan out to the side, you are probably going too fast to be safe.
Don’t Use Others as a Gauge
Just because other drivers make it through flooded roads, that doesn’t mean you should try it. Flood conditions change rapidly. The car in front of you could have inadvertently knocked some debris into your path that will tear up your vehicle. Their car may be able to withstand more than yours as well. It is important to use your best judgment and focus on your own driving, rather than someone else’s.
A flooded street is not meant to be a challenge. It’s better to turn around and find an alternate route, or wait until the water drains rather than risking your car or your own safety. Wherever you need to be would want you there later safely than not there at all due to flood damage.
When Lightning Strikes
It’s one of those things that you hear about on a rare occasion, but you never think about it happening to you. The chances of your house or business being struck by lightning are basically zero, so why would you need to worry about it? Surprisingly, from 2017-2020, the Insurance Information Institute reported just over 311,000 claims for lightning, with an average cost of $28,885 per claim. Makes you want to worry about it a bit more, right? So, what do you need to do if lightning strikes your home or business?
- First, make sure that no one in your home or business was hurt. It’s a bad idea to do things like wash dishes or shower during a lightning storm, so try to avoid these practices when you know a storm is approaching. This could save you from injuries.
- Next, check for damage or a fire. As you do this, make sure to check everywhere from the attic to the basement looking for things like smoke, charred electrical outlets, sorted appliances, damaged roof shingles, or fried wiring.
- If you find any storm damage and need storm damage repair,then it’s best to contact the experts at SERVPRO of Southeast Summit/Lake Township to mitigate your lightning or storm damage. We’ll take care of everything, so you don’t have to worry.
Contact us today! 330-786-0505
Prepared for Whatever Bad Weather Comes Next
Whether you have experience flooding or water damage from a storm, our experience professionals at SERVPRO of Southeast Summit/Lake Township will be there to help. Although we are based in Ohio, we are always prepared for expected storm damage anywhere in the United States! We are faster to disasters because we know that damages can only get worse and costs can only get higher the longer it takes.
Our crews have specialized equipment and resources to handle any size job, residential and commercial. With several certifications and over 50 years of experience, you can take a little sigh of relief knowing we are perfectly equipped to handle anything a storm can throw at us. Choose SERVPRO of Southeast Summit/Lake Township, a company that specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. When Mother Nature strikes, just know that we are there to help with whatever disaster she may throw at your home or business.
Contact us today! 330-786-0505
Avoiding Water Damage in Three Steps
For all of your water damage needs, be sure to call the professionals at SERVPRO!
Dealing with water damage is a pain staking process, from the time it takes, the cost, and the hassles of dealing with insurance. We can all agree that it is much easier to take the steps to prevent water damage than to deal with the damage after the fact. If you have already suffered water damage in your home, the best thing to do is call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southeast Summit/Lake Township. If you haven’t experienced water damage, take these three precautionary steps to avoid this stressor!
- Learn Where Your Shut Off Valve Is
You and everyone living in your household should know where the water shutoff valve is. This way, if something goes wrong, anyone can quickly turn off the water and prevent too much damage.
- Regularly Check for Leaks
Leaky taps may seem like a small amount of water with their methodical dripping, but they can leak up to eight gallons a day. That can become expensive very quickly, and it will also cause significant water damage to your home. Water damage like this can lead to mold. Every few weeks, it is important to check around sinks and appliances for leaking pipes or standing water.
- Check Your Roof
The easiest way for you to see if you’re suffering from a leaky roof is to go into your attic as it rains and shine a flashlight at the ceiling. Shiny spots indict a leaky roof. If you find a shiny spot, make sure to mark the area. It is best to contact an expert to come make repairs. You would not want to incorrectly work on your roof as this may risk injury or further damage.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. And it’s cheaper, too. But, if you need water damage mitigation be sure to call SERVPRO of SE Summit/Lake Township!
SERVPRO is The Right Choice for Your Business
We understand the complexities that come along with running a business. When a flood hits, or a fire causes damage, and you are seeking disaster mitigation or commercial clean up and repair, there are many aspects that can go wrong. It is important to trust your business to the experts to avoid any added stress, and to make sure you are taken care of. We understand how important your business is to you, they’re just as important to us at SERVPRO of Southeast Summit/Lake Township too.
How Do I Know SERVPRO Is Right for Me?
There are numerous reasons why SERVPRO is the right choice when it comes to your fire or water damage repair needs. We have been in business for over 50 years, and our staff is subject to ongoing training at our corporate training facility. Additionally, our IICRC-industry certification and outstanding customer reviews should put your mind at ease knowing your business is in well trained hands!
So, if you have a disaster give SERVPRO of SE Summit/Lake Township a call, and we will handle it for you! 330-786-0505
Great Service Expected with SERVPRO
It’s pretty difficult to expect the unexpected. Your business was doing fine until suddenly a pipe bursts causing flooding and water damage, or there is an electrical failure and you now have to deal with fire damage. We know that these disasters can be draining and stressful. At SERVPRO of Southeast Summit/Lake Township, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help when disaster strikes.
We know that time is money, and unexpected shut downs can become incredibly expensive, which is why SERVPRO of Southeast Summit/Lake Township is committed to arriving “faster to any disaster”. After we have stopped the disaster, we will begin the restoration process, and rebuild anything that was destroyed. We do it all, so there is no need to worry about calling a laundry list of companies. SERVPRO of SE Summit/Lake Township is your one stop shop for the entire process!
You can feel safer knowing that you can expect great cleaning and restoration services, even in an unexpected disaster when you choose SERVPRO!
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You Support Local Business When You Choose SERVPRO
Recently, there has been a large emphasis on the necessity of supporting local businesses. Local businesses help to make a community unique and rich with its own culture. That’s why SERVPRO of Southeast Summit/Lake Township is proud to be locally owned and operated. When you support SERVPRO of SE Summit/Lake Township, you’re supporting local businesses near you. Here are three big reasons why is serving local businesses is so important!
- Boosting the Local Economy
Kind of a no brainer here, don’t you think? By supporting a local business, you allow that business to grow. When the business grows, they need to hire more employees to support that growth. It’s very likely they’ll hire people that live nearby, which keeps the money within the community.
- Building Community Connections
This goes hand-in-hand with boosting the local economy. Local businesses that garner consistent support become staples within the community. Those businesses become places where people can meet up, make new friends, or reunite with old ones. The connections and culture of the community are formed in these places.
- Environmental Preservation
You probably know preserving the environment is important, but did you know supporting local businesses does just that? Local businesses tend to also buy from local merchants, instead of from huge corporations elsewhere, and this decreases carbon emissions.
So, when you have any kind of water damage, fire damage, flooding, or need clean up, you can support your community by choosing SERVPRO of SE Summit/Lake Township!