Recent Water Damage Posts

Water damage signs

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause thousands of dollars and can sometimes go undetected for a period of time.  It is important to be on the lookout for signs of water damage in your home to protect your investment.  If your home has any of the below signs of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Bloomfield today to schedule an inspection:

  • Rancid smell- Excess moisture and humidity can cause a smell reminiscent of rotten eggs
  • Visible staining- Water damage can cause spot stains around walls and ceiling
  • Sagging walls- Presence of water damage can weaken structure
  • Sudden increase in utility bill- Sign of leaking water
  • Mold growth- Presence indicated wet materials

Do not ignore the signs, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044.  We can help!

Water prevention tips

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prevention by proper maintenance can be the key to preventing water damage occurring to your home.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield would like to give you a few key tips for maintaining home to prevent future water damage from occurring therefore potentially saving you thousands of dollars.  Since we all live in Michigan and are familiar with the ever changing weather, the first tip is to keep gutters and downspouts clear and clean at least once every six months.  This is to help prevent ice dams from occurring on roof which can cause water damage both inside and outside of home and should be completed before the first snow fall of the year.  It is also important to keep the vegetation and trees away from the roof and to keep trees trimmed back to prevent leaves from collecting on roof which can ultimately hold moisture against roof.  Another important tip is to know where your main shut off valve for your home which can be crucial if a pipe bursts in your home and can prevent further damage to your home.  We also suggest checking appliances regularly (dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer, etc.) for any malfunction or leaks , a small undetected leak can cause thousands of dollars in damages if not addressed and repaired in a timely matter.  It is also extremely important to get yearly roof inspections and monitoring your water bill for any changes that can indicate an issue such as a leak.  Lastly, making sure all materials are dry before doing the reconstruction/repairs as not doing so can cause other problems or mold growth if not properly dried first.  Please call SERVPRO of Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044 to assess any water damages in your home, we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for your convenience!

Frozen Pipes

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
  • These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes. 

If a Pipe Freezes

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
  • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out. 

 If a Pipe Bursts

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a plumber. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.
  • Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044

Home Insurance Water Damage

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield has extensive knowledge and experience with water damage home insurance claims and want to help you understand what kinds of water damage are covered by your home insurance.  Each insurance company offers different policies and only your insurance company can confirm or deny coverage,  but we can help you stay informed and know what to expect.  There are many types of water damage that may be covered or excluded on a home policy such as sewer or water back up, sudden or accidental discharge, overflow, flood and pipe breaks to give a few examples.  The answer to what water damage is covered by home insurance is dependent on the source of the damage, the type of policy you have, and if the water damage is accidental and sudden or gradual.  Gradual water damage to home is not usually covered, and although your policy may have water damage coverage, your claim may be denied if the damage is not sudden and accidental even if the issue was undetected (Broken pipe in wall as example).  Gradual damage is when something happens slowly over time and causes damage to your property and is usually caused by lack of proper maintenance.  Some common examples are long standing damage caused by plumbing such as leaky faucets or pipes, foundation issues, roof flashing or deteriorating shingles or tiles, presence of mold growth, and poor repairs or lack of repairs to home.  It is important to keep records of any repairs or maintenance completed over the years to your home and can be important in the event of a water loss.  Also, please review and make sure you understand all the coverages on your policy, and have a good understanding of the exclusions, as well as your responsibilities as a homeowner.  For example, it is usually the homeowner’s financial responsibility to correct the source of the water loss such as fixing a pipe or snaking a drain.   Please keep in mind that each insurance company is unique as well as each emergency loss and only your insurance company can verify coverage.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield is always here to help with any size emergency and can be reached at 248-344-0044

Water damage restoration

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

What is meant by water restoration?  It is restoring your home to livable, pre-damage conditions that involves water removal, decontamination, and drying.  Call the experts at SERVPRO of Bloomfield today if you have discovered water damage in your home.  It is important to act fast, standing water and moisture create the perfect environment for bacteria and mold.  Some parts of a water damaged home may need to be rebuilt, materials such as drywall and carpet that have absorbed water often develop bacteria and mold that can be removed from materials.  Replacing these items is safer than allowing the infectious organisms to saturate the air.  Affected materials by water that may need to be replaced include:

  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Shelves
  • Drapery
  • Ductwork
  • Clothing
  • Heating and cooling systems

Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044 to schedule an inspection today to assess your water damages

Drying process

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

The next step once SERVPRO of Bloomfield has inspected the water damages at your home is to complete the drying process.  The drying process is a scientific process driven by defining the class and category of water damage incurred.  

  • Class 1 - Minimal water damage, part of a room has been affected
  • Class 2 - Damage has affected entire room and absorbed into carpeting and walls
  • Class 3 - Considered worst loss, damage has affected entire room, absorbed into walls and may have come though ceiling
  • Class 4 - Requires specialty equipment drying due to damaged hard to dry materials such as hardwood and stone

Category would be determined after class of loss

  • Category 1 - Clean water source such as toilet tank and clean water source broken pipes.  Cat 1 will turn into Cat 2 or 3 if sits too long 
  • Category 2 - "Grey water" such as washing and dishwasher water containing detergent, toilet overflow with urine
  • Category 3 - Unsanitary water that can cause illness, disease or death such as sewage water

Once class and category have been established, the next step would be to remove any water from your home with pumps and vacuums to prevent any bacteria or mold growth.  We would then set drying equipment to clear any remaining moisture after water removal and can take days to weeks to complete.  Cleaning and sanitizing area would complete water mitigation process after drying goals have been reached.  Your home is now ready for reconstruction and final repairs, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield for all your reconstruction needs!

Restoring your home or business after a water damage

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is an IICRC firm. The institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. 

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

About SERVPRO of Bloomfield

SERVPRO of Bloomfield 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Importance of Checking your Sump Pump

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of traveling during the summer and winter months, and the idea of checking your sump pump before taking off on vacation is probably one of the last things on your mind. Make sure you check that your sump pump is operational before leaving the house for an extended period of time. Even if your sump pit is dry, you may considering using a hose or bucket to fill it with water to test the pump making sure that the pumps starts when the pit is full of water and also making sure that the discharge line is clear. Rains may occur during your absence and you will want to ensure that this system is fully functional before your departure to avoid a potential flood in your basement or crawlspace. If your home is more susceptible to water problems, it might even make sense to have a backup sump pump or a battery powered back up just in case the first one overflows or fails. A sump pump is crucial to preventing water damage - and it is always important to make sure it is properly functioning. No one wants to come home from a fun filled vacation to a wet basement! 

Flash Flooding Myths and Truths

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

What is a flash flood?

A flash flood is the rapid flooding of a low-lying geographic area, typically caused by extremely heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. They are the most dangerous type of flood, as they combine the destructive power of a flood with both unpredictability and speed. 

MYTH: Large cars and sports utility vehicles should be able to navigate in deeper flood waters.

TRUTH: Just two feet of swiftly moving flash flood water is enough to float most vehicles - even larger cars and trucks.

MYTH: Flash floods occur only along rivers and streams.

TRUTH: Flash floods can occur nearly anywhere - even in urban areas.

MYTH: Homeowners insurance policies always cover flood damage.

TRUTH: The vast majority of these policies do not cover flood damage.

After the Storm

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Bloomfield, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today     248-344-0044 or 248- 855- 8167

The Importance of a Dehumidifier

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Reminder to all homeowners that have a basement to run a dehumidifier continuously in your basement, especially during the summer months. Running the dehumidifier works to prevent an accumulation of humidity in that space caused by lower temperatures on basement walls that are below grade. If you have a high level of humidity in your basement, it will come in contact with the cooler basement walls and cause condensation to form on the walls and sometimes, the floor. This condition holds true even if your basement walls are finished. By reducing humidity levels, your home will become less hospitable to allergens such as mold, mildew and dust mites.  The allergens mentioned above thrive in humid environments, so adding a dehumidifier to your space can prevent their growth, and, if you or anyone in your family suffers from common allergies - a dehumidifier would be a great investment. In addition to lowering high humidity, dehumidifiers can help reduce the distinctive musty odors that come along with mold and mildew. There are various models of dehumidifiers depending on the size of your space, and even ones with unique features that are dependent on where you live or the type of allergies you have.

Helpful Hint for Homes with an Irrigation System

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a helpful hint for anyone with an irrigation system. It is important to have your sprinklers professionally checked at both spring turn on and fall shut down to make sure that they are properly winterized in the fall and that there are no leaks present in the spring.

Some insurance companies, depending on whether the water comes in your basement through the foundation as a result of an outside leak in the system or if the leak occurs within your basement walls from a pipe or supply line, will base their determination on coverage on what the water touched before it entered your house versus the source of the water. So, even if the water is from your system, if it touches the earth on the outside of the house and comes in, no coverage. Generally speaking though, if the break or loss occurs within the four walls of the basement, it is typically a covered loss.

In general, it is crucial to check your sprinkler system in order to prevent any type of water break or loss. A simple professional check can end up saving you the time and money spent on the unexpected and unforeseen event of water damage.