Recent Water Damage Posts

Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/9/2023 (Permalink)

Frozen water coming out of a pipe. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. 

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.  

Prevent frozen pipes this winter with these tips:  

  • Keep water faucets running with a slow drip  
  • Keep garage door closed  
  • Keep thermostat set to the same temperature morning and night  
  • Leave the cabinet doors open near pipes  
  • Unhook the hose from outside the house  
  • Install heat tape  
  • Seal leaks to prevent cold air from entering your home  
  • Check the temperature in the house to ensure there is enough heat on those colder days  

Disasters can still happen to the most prepared person. If your home or business has water damage because of a burst frozen pipe, the team at SERVPRO is “Here to Help” get your property back to preloss condition. 

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

Bathroom with sewage water on the floor. Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible.

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Ft. Wayne will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business. The three types of contaminated water are: 

Category 1: "Clean Water" 

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants. 

Category 2: "Gray Water" 

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces, or dishwasher overflow. 

Category 3: "Black Water" 

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. 

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business. 

The Right Equipment

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Water mitigation equipment in a room. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform.

SERVPRO understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Learn more about the water mitigation equipment used by our team members! 

Detection Equipment 

  • Moisture Sensors - Used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.  
  • Moisture Meters - Used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enables our team to monitor the drying process. 
  • Thermohygrometers - Measures both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, we use a psychrometric chart to calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor press 

Extraction Equipment 

  • Extractors - Used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures. 

Dehumidification Equipment 

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers - Works similarly to air conditioners.  
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers - Uses chemicals, called desiccants, that readily absorb moisture from the air. 

SERVPRO has the training, expertise and proper equipment to help with your water damage problem. If your commercial or residential property has an issue with water damage, call us today at 260-255-2671. 

Water Damage Tips

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO tech and homeowner inspecting a wet floor. Follow these tips to learn what you should and should not do before trained professionals are on site.

If your property experiences unexpected water damage, wanting to take action is a common response, but not everything you do can be safe or helpful. Follow these tips to learn what you should and should not do before trained professionals are on site. 

What To Do After Water Damage 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer. 
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting. 
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place. 
  • Gather loose items from floors. 

What NOT To Do After Water Damage 

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang fur and leather goods. 
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors. 
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water. 
  • Don't use television or other household appliances. 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. 

When you have extreme water damage in your home or business, the trained professionals at SERVPRO can get your property back to preloss condition. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Wayne today at 260-255-6271.