Recent Water Damage Posts

Hidden Spots for Household Water Damage

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking water on the floor of a home Check places in your home for hidden water damage on regular basis.

It’s common to associate water damage with flooding, but there are many other surprising reasons water damage can occur in a home—quite a few of which can occur in hidden locations.

Because water damage can become worse if left untreated, hidden water damage is especially insidious. Many homeowners’ policies do not provide coverage for water damage; when they do, a typical claim will be in the range of $7,000.

Knowing the surprising spots where water damage may be found and checking them regularly can go a long way in preventing complications.

Surprising Spots for Household Water Damage

  • Inside cabinets: When sink pipes are inside cabinets, it’s easy for leaks to go unnoticed. Regularly check the piping to make sure you catch leaks before they cause damage.
  • Near bathtub casings: The casing of the bathtub or shower is sealed with caulk around the edges, providing a barrier against leaks. However, if these have not been recaulked in a while, they can begin to falter.
  • On structural elements: Drywall hides the structural elements of the home, but it can also hide water damage. Though ripping out drywall can be a chore, if there has been a busted pipe or a flood recently, it is wise to check behind it.
  • Around seals in the roof: The vents of roofs are sealed to prevent water from entering, but the seals deteriorate over time. Check the roof at the start of spring and fall for signs of water.
  • Within an HVAC unit: As the HVAC unit pulls moisture from the air, it typically drains it away. However, if there is an issue with any of the drain lines, this condensation can build up within the unit instead.
  • Behind appliances: Appliances are rarely moved unless they are being replaced, but washing machines and dishwashers can also hide water leaks. Perform an inspection for any hidden damage every few months as a preventive measure.
  • Around exterior faucets: Because outside faucets are connected within the walls of the house, leaks can easily hide. If the faucet is turned off and you still hear sounds of running water, there migIht be a hidden leak.

If you find water damage in your Marshall, Hardin, Grundy or Tama County home, give us a call right away, and we’ll be there quickly.

Protect Your Basement With a Sump Pump

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Your basement is finally nicely carpeted, stocked with food and drinks, filled with electronics, a home entertainment system and new furniture. Are you prepared if a strong summer storm threatens to flood your basement and ruin everything there? You might want to consider installing a sump pump. 

Placing a sump pump at the lowest point of your house can help with flooding prevention. While not the prettiest sight, a sump pump can save you the thousands of dollars it can cost to clean up and restore a flooded basement. And if your basement floods once, chances are it will flood again.

A sump pump has two parts: a float switch and a mechanical pump. The entire mechanism is placed in the pit of the sump pump, which is at the lowest level of a house’s basement. When moisture leaks into the basement, the water level rises, lifting the float switch high enough that it activates the pump. The water is then pumped out of the basement through a discharge pipe.

Sump pumps also have the ability to be connected to a dehumidifier, which will pull moisture out of the air and dump it directly into your sump pump. This helps prevent mold formation, which is another problem for basements. Most newer homes in the Midwest require a sump pump. If yours does not, we suggest doing your research and looking into it. They can save your home before a crisis hits. 

If you do happen to experience flooding or water in your basement, call SERVPRO of Marshalltown right away, and we’ll be there quickly to assess the damage and start restoring your basement back to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” Call (641) 758-9746, anytime, day or night. 

Follow These Steps From SERVPRO of Marshalltown Before Jumping Into Flood Recovery

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged household furniture sitting outside on front lawn If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Marshalltown is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

If your home in the Marshalltown area has been impacted by a flood, it is common to feel like you are ready to get started on recovering right away.

While getting started as quickly as possible is a smart decision, it is also vital that you make your own safety a priority and ensure you are not putting yourself in harm’s way or causing any further damage to your home. Acting quickly following a flood is possible as long as you are also taking the right steps to keep yourself and your household safe.

Returning Home in the Aftermath of a Flood

Avoid further safety hazards. The first thing to remember after a flood is to never return home until officials have deemed it safe. Many dangers such as electrical currents, contaminated water and other hidden hazards may be present. If you can do it safely, turn off the electricity main to the house, but never do this if the main is in standing water.

Air out the home. If there is no inclement weather on the horizon, opening doors and windows up will help rid the home of stale and hazardous air. Mold growth will have likely already started if surfaces are wet, but increasing air circulation can prevent it from becoming out of hand. If it has been a few days since you've been able to enter the house, it's advised to only enter long enough to open windows and doors; then, leave right away to let the toxic air escape.

Document the damages. While it can be tempting to start the cleanup process right away, it is recommended to take pictures of the damages and impacted objects before touching anything for flood insurance purposes. While many floods are not covered under general homeowner’s policies, if you do have flood coverage, documenting the damages can help you get the most out of your claim.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. It is always recommended to let your insurance company know about flood damage as soon as possible to see what coverage options are available to you. Next, you should reach out to your preferred restoration company to get the process started right away. The longer flood and water damage sits untreated, the more damage it can do to the structure of your home.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. Contact us anytime, day or night, to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion. We serve all of Marshall, Hardin, Grundy and Tama Counties.

Marshalltown Area Residents: Don’t Let Your Garden Hose Be the Culprit of Water Damage

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Marshalltown hose pointed at camera with text that says, "WAIT!" If you used your garden hose and didn't unhook it before temperatures dropped below freezing, make sure you check for a cracked water pipe.

Remember that warm week in early April? People were thronging to places like Riverview Park to enjoy the weather. 

Have You Ever Done This?

We had one client whose son took advantage of the near 80-degree temps to hook up the hose and wash his car. Lots of people probably did. 

Of course, Iowa temps in April are a crazy roller coaster, and about a week later they dropped below freezing, with a little bit of snow and ice to boot. The water left in the line from the hose still being hooked to the house expanded and cracked the copper water pipe that ran inside. And the homeowner had no idea. Guess what happened.

The Unsuspected Culprit

Once it warmed back up, they turned on the hose again without realizing water was running down into their basement. We see this a lot.

If it’s a big crack, it will cause immediately noticeable water damage. If it’s a small one, it causes a leak that can go unnoticed and result in mold formation

Either way, you can prevent it.

How To Prevent Water Damage From Your Garden Hose After a Freeze

If you used your hose during that early warm streak and haven’t turned it on again, and if the water pipe is exposed, you can simply go down to where the line comes into your basement, have someone turn the hose on full blast and monitor the pipe for any leaking. 

If you have turned on your hose again after using it during the warm weather, you should go inspect the area around the pipe in your basement for any signs of water leaking or damage. 

To prevent this in the future, make sure you winterize by unhooking all garden hoses well before temperatures drop below freezing in the fall and waiting to reattach until temperatures have stabilized in the spring. If you do use your hose in early spring, it’s always good to unhook it immediately afterward. 

See any problems or have concern? Call us right away at 515-233-4544. Water can spread and be absorbed quickly, so you don’t want to wait.

SERVPRO of Marshalltown Will Guide You to the Right Solution

SERVPRO of Marshalltown is available 24 hours/7 days per week. Our highly trained and IICRC-certified staff is ready to come out and let you know what needs to be done, whether our services are needed or not, at no charge. 

If you just need a plumber - we’ll tell you that. If you need help with water damage repair and/or mold remediation, you can trust SERVPRO as the No. 1 brand in the restoration industry.

We have superior equipment and tools to evaluate your damage and make all the repairs so it’s “Like it never even happened.”