Recent Water Damage Posts

Hazardous Water Damage in Parma, OH

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Many water damages in Parma, OH can be hazardous, depending on where the water came from.


If your Parma, OH house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as a backed up sewer line, or a toilet, expert restoration professionals should be called in. These types of waters are risky for untrained persons to handle because they involve disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of water damage that must be handled properly so no one gets sick.  We have certified water damage professionals to help get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health effects to your family or pets. Our goal is always to help restore your home back to preloss condition. 

If your home has water damage, give SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills a call, we are here to help! 

Why Call SERVPRO

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

If water damage does occur in your Parma, OH home, immediately call SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills. SERVPRO’s teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in affected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss. If you or someone you know succumbs to any type of water damage, give us a call to make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

It's important to know where your water shut off is. If a pipe bursts, seconds matter! Immediately shutting off the water will help limit the damage to your home. 

Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours. It's important when you have water damage to call us right away to begin the water removal and cleanup process. 

Do you know where your shut off valve is in your Cleveland, OH home?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a phone call alerting you to catastrophic damage to your Parma house, or returning to a home that has been sitting in water due to a broken/frozen pipe or a hot water heater that defaulted into a flood. Turn off your main water valve before going on vacation! IF you shut off your water valve before going on vacation you can rest assured that you won’t come home to catastrophic water damage.

If you are traveling during the winter it is also a good idea to drain the lines too.  It is easy to drain the lines by simply turning on a faucet on the main floor or in the basement.  If you do not know where your main valve is, ask your plumber.  It is also a great idea to make sure that the valve works. It’s better to be prepared than to be in a panic when water is pouring from your ceilings.

If for any reason you are not able to turn it off yourself sometimes the water company will shut it off for you.  This simple act can prevent thousands of dollars of damages.

Knowing where your water shut off is also just a simple bit of knowledge that can save you thousands of dollars in water damage.

If you do find yourself with water damage, we are always here to help 24/7. 440-887-9000

Water can cause extensive damage to your Parma, OH home

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

The amount of damage water can cause in your Parma, OH home is not only stressful but overwhelming, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture can cause dangerous damage, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand if attempted to be handled by the homeowner. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Even if the damage looks minimal, you never know where the water can be hiding. Many Parma homes are 50+ years old and you can be facing very expensive damages if the water damage repairs aren't handled by a professional. 

Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks are common in flood waters.

Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid must be removed safely. 

SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of deadly pathogens.

If you're facing water damage, SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills proudly serves Parma, Parma Heights, North Royalton, Independence, and Cleveland communities. 

Do you know where your water shut off is?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a phone call alerting you to catastrophic damage to your Parma house, or returning to a home that has been sitting in water due to a broken/frozen pipe or a hot water heater that defaulted into a flood. Turn off your main water valve before going on vacation! IF you shut off your water valve before going on vacation you can rest assured that you won’t come home to catastrophic water damage.

If you are traveling during the winter it is also a good idea to drain the lines too.  It is easy to drain the lines by simply turning on a faucet on the main floor or in the basement.  If you do not know where your main valve is, ask your plumber.  It is also a great idea to make sure that the valve works. It’s better to be prepared than to be in a panic when water is pouring from your ceilings.

If for any reason you are not able to turn it off yourself sometimes the water company will shut it off for you.  This simple act can prevent thousands of dollars of damages.

Knowing where your water shut off is also just a simple bit of knowledge that can save you thousands of dollars in water damage.

If you do find yourself with water damage, we are always here to help 24/7. 440-887-9000

Basement Flooding Cleanup in Parma, OH

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Are you in need of water damage repair in Cleveland, OH? There are many different causes of water damage; from rain to floods to storms to broken pipes and even overflowed toilets. No matter the cause SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills is there for you in any water removal emergency. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Water damage, if not taken care of quickly, can lead to further damage like mold. If water damage goes without proper cleanup and drying, it will lead to expensive future damages. Water damage in Parma, OH is typically larger than what you can see. Parma is known for mass floodings. This leads to basement floods in Parma, OH. Water can spread under carpet and affect multiple rooms. Water can even spread up walls in the drywall. Having an expert in water damage restoration can mean the difference from a large loss to a few days of mitigation. We can help. Call SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills for an immediate response!

Basement Flooding in Parma, OH

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Basements in Parma, OH can be prone to flooding. We are coming up on Spring in Cleveland which brings heavy rains and those heavy rains commonly bring basement flooding to Parma, OH homes. 

Water always runs from high to low ground, and this means that under the right circumstances your basement becomes an unwanted swimming pool. But where does the water come from?

  • One common culprit behind basement flooding is rain. Excessive amounts of rain in a short period of time can overload basement waterproofing systems, saturating the earth around your basement and then pushing in through foundation cracks.
  • Even properly waterproofed basements fail because they can't handle the incoming water load, your basement will flood.
  • The slope of your lawn can contribute to flooding.

Did you know its common for insurance to not cover basement flood damage under certain circumstances? Make sure you've checked with your insurance company to verify your coverage. 

Whether you go with insurance or not, you'll want to call an expert like us to handle the cleanup and restoration. We will handle the mess and get you home back to normal quickly.

Washing Machine Water Damage Repair, Cleveland, OH

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Washing machines in your Cleveland, OH home are common sources of water damage and the maintenance of washing machines is often overlooked. Water damage repair from a washing machine in Parma, OH can cost thousands of dollars and in a lot of cases, is often preventable.

Small leaks stemming from a washing machine may appear to be a minor issue, but the problem should not be ignored. Even a pinhole leak in a water supply line can subsequently break out into a household flood. In fact, a burst supply line is a key cause of significant water damage involving washers. A good way to prevent water damage is to check your hoses leading to your washing machine a couple times per year. 

Also consider installing an automatic shutoff valve. When water pools on the floor, the sensor detects it and closes the water valve.

Routine inspection of the hoses and connections can save you major repair costs in the future. In addition, check the drain gate frequently and remove food particles and debris.

When your Cleveland, OH home is in need of flood damage repair, our team is here to help 24/7.

Water Damage Repair in Cleveland, OH

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

If your Cleveland, OH home has water damage it can be very overwhelming. We have been helping homeowners and business owners during times of crisis for over 20 years. Our team is always ready to help.

According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) there are a couple of reasons to choose a water damage restoration professional in Parma, OH over doing it yourself. Below are a few reasons:

  • The process of fire and water restoration is very involved when it is performed properly.
  • With quick reaction time and the appropriate skill set, a technician can help to prevent further damage and repair that which has already been done
  • The process and equipment used during fire and water restoration will vary from case to case, since different materials require their own unique care. 
  • For fire damage, general cleaning is done to remove ash and soot from ceiling to floor. 
  • The quick remediation of the problem is important for more than repairs, it is also a health consideration
  • Choose a company for fire and water restoration with the appropriate licenses and proof that they have the proper insurance.
  • Whether the work to be done is in a commercial or residential location, technicians with experience and certification should perform the damage recovery.

 If you’re in need of water damage cleanup and repair in Cleveland, OH, give us a call!

Flooding after heavy rains in Parma, OH

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

During a storm or heavy rains, drains and sewers can (and usually do) backup in Parma, OH! This can cause severe damage to your property if not taken care of immediately. Dealing with contaminated water in Parma, Ohio is frustrating and can be dangerous. Sewer backups threaten your property as well as your employees and customers as it carries a risk for disease. 

Excessive rain causes water to back up from municipal sanitary sewer systems. If water is coming up through floor drains or sink drains in the basement, it is not rain water; you likely have a sanitary issue. If you experience water damage during storms, call us as soon as possible so we can begin mobilizing crews to get you back in business and that water damage "Like it never even happened."

 Call us today! 440-887-9000

What to do if you have water damage in Parma, OH

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage cleanup in Cleveland, OH from clean water is much different then contaminated, sewer water. These do's are only for clean water.  It is important to hire a professional to help you dry out your home after water damage. With the right tools and pieces of equipment we can properly and safely dry out your home or business and the products within it. By calling in our certified technicians you can rest assured we will make water damage look "Like it never even happened."

Do's

-Shut off the source of the water. 

-Turn off electricity

-Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and soaking up with towels. 

-Wipe excess water from wood furniture.

-Put aluminum foil in between furniture legs and carpet. 

Don'ts

-Enter a room with standing water. There could be a risk of electrical shock. Disconnect all power first.

-Leave rugs and furniture upholstery wet against and sitting on carpets.  The fabrics could bleed between each other. 

-Turn on your television or any other electronic.

-Do not use your household vacuum to try and suck up any water.  They are not made for this.

If you're in need of water damage repair in Parma, OH give us a call!

Why call SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills when water damage strikes?

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damages in Cleveland, OH can come from many different things. But at the end of the day it’s a mess needing cleaning. The most important phone call you will make is to SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills to extract the water and minimize the loss. We are your local water damage cleanup company in Cleveland, OH.

While you could try to get rid of all of the water to save money, our teams of certified water damage professionals are capable of expediting the water extraction thereby minimizing secondary water damage. Fast water removal not only saves you money in the long run but lessens the negative impact on the structure of your home while also protecting personal possessions. Choose SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills as your water removal company. 

We partner with all insurance companies and have great working relationships with them. When disaster strikes your home or business, make SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills your first and last call.

Can water damaged carpet in Parma, OH be saved?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Can water damaged carpet be saved?

Can water damaged carpet in your Cleveland, OH home be saved? The answer is yes, most water damaged carpet can be saved, if it is dried quickly. Not only quickly but properly as well. The biggest factor to determine if your carpet can be saved is what category of water it has been affected with. Clear water? Yes. Gray or Black water? The carpet will need to be removed.

The longer water sits, puts you at greater risk for mold to begin to develop.

When SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills arrives at your home, our certified technicians will quickly begin to extract the water out of the carpet. Once they have extracted as much water as they can they inspect it for damage. Our mentality approaching any type of water cleanup or water removal is to restore as much as we can.

A common problem with water damaged carpet is, if not dried quickly there will be delamination and mildew damage. Our Technicians will then inspect the carpet backing to see if the carpet backing latex adhesive looks sound, or if there is any mold or delamination. We cannot stress enough how important a quick response is when you are in need of water damage repair. 

Aside from mold and mildew beginning to develop, if the water is not clean water, your carpet needs to be removed completely. For instance, if you have sewage or flooding from outside water, your carpet will have been saturated with dangerous bacteria.

If you are in need of water damage cleanup, give us a call! We are here to help!

What to do if you have water damage in Parma, OH

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage in Parma, OH from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

We are your local water damage repair company serving Parma and Cleveland. Our team is available 24/7 if you need emergency services.

Mold after water damage in Parma, OH

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to water damage is not drying your structure properly, and also, not drying all affected areas properly. 

Mold begins to grow in as little as 48 hours. Your restoration costs greatly increase the longer you wait to handle water damage in your Parma, OH home. 

If you do, however, find mold, we are highly experienced in mitigating moisture in Parma where mold thrives, using procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers. When this process is carried through properly, mold cannot spread throughout your home or business. Air filtration systems are also used in order to prevent the spread of mold spores through the air. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will also be employed in the event the mold problems in a structure are bad enough to warrant this procedure.

Sometimes mold has made its way into furniture and clothing and not all can be saved. We do our best to clean belongings in your Parma, OH home, however, giving you back as much as possible before the mold infestation took place. As with our other services, if the mold infestation is bad enough, restoration of walls and other infrastructure may be necessary. This may also entail large reconstruction projects.

You won't be left with an incomplete job, however; we offer full reconstruction after restoration of your Parma home is complete. 

We can handle the mess!

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Parma, OH home is unpredictable. 

When you have any crisis inside your home, whether the damage is confined to one room or one hallway or it is present throughout the entire home, you need professionals that know what they are doing. At SERVPRO if Parma/Seven Hills, we can provide you with one of the most important elements that you will ever have when it feels like your entire world has been turned upside down- peace of mind. You might look at your home and wonder how anybody would ever be able to clean up a mess like that, but you can rest assured that we have both the expertise and the equipment to get it done and we have plenty of experience when it comes to handling challenging situations.  

We’re ready when disaster strikes. Just give us a call! 

Water damage in Parma? Here's what happens next:

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills will not only restore the area aesthetically, but practically as well. Our first step in the water damage restoration process is to access the damaged area then design a plan of action which will ensure the driest, most renewed result possible. Once the assessment is complete, the next step requires us utilizing our powerful pumps and vacuums to remove every ounce of water, preventing any further damage from lingering moisture which can cause more harm to your property, equipment and belongings. Mold growth is something that should be prevented at all costs, as once mold sets in the cleanup is much more difficult.

Not all water can be reached with powerful pumps and vacuums, making the next step of drying and dehumidifying the area pertinent. We utilize less intrusive, scientific drying methods by employing air movers and dehumidifiers. These machines ensure a dry, mold-free result. The following process for water damage restoration is cleaning and sanitizing the affected area. Personal belongings such as furniture and clothing, if not completely ruined from the water damage, must be cleaned properly as well and we have the equipment to make that happen.

The final step entails restoring the affected area to the same condition it was in before water had done its damage. This can include minor repairs such as small sections of drywall being replaced to large re-construction projects. It all depends on the level of water damage which took place.

If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills today! 

SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills is different than the rest

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills specializes in flood damage cleanup and restoration in Parma and Cleveland.  Our techs are IICRC certified and we use advanced equipment to restore your property to its preloss condition. What sets us apart from our competition is our quick response and network of help for large losses. 

Faster to any size disaster

A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. When a pipe bursts or clean water affects your home, once it sits for 48 hours it becomes Category 2 or “gray water” because bacteria and other hazards begin to spread. So when you find yourself with water damage, give us a call!  We are locally owned and operated so we are ready to help 24/7.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Parma, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and certified technicians from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and as well as SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Regardless of the size of water or flood damage, we are here to help.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 440-887-9000

The SERVPRO way makes it “Like it never even happened.”

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Are you dealing with water damage in your home? SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills has a crew of certified water damage technicians ready to help 24/7. Here is how we can help you in times of disaster:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If your home or business is damaged due to water, call SERVPRO of Parma/Seven Hills.

Controlling indoor moisture

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Controlling Indoor Moisture

When you see moisture accumulating, dry it promptly and deal with the source of the problem. Two basic elements of controlling moisture buildup are minimizing cool surfaces and reducing humidity.

Storm doors and windows minimize cool surfaces in the winter by separating the interior from cold, outside air. Double- and triple-pane windows also insulate interior glass from the cold. Pay attention to window treatments as well. Opening drapes and blinds in the winter allows warmth to reach the interior glass. Some condensation may occur, but the improved circulation makes it less likely to accumulate. Insulating cold-water pipes eliminates a common cool surface in warm weather. Straight and angled sleeves let you fit insulation to your pipes — just slide on the sleeves and seal the slits and joints with duct tape.

Your heating and cooling systems can also help control moisture in the home. Gas and electric furnaces reduce humidity with dry heat. Air conditioning lowers the moisture level in the air as it cools. Keep registers open and unblocked to allow good air flow, and have the systems inspected and serviced regularly to make sure they are functioning properly.

Caulking and weather stripping improve energy efficiency and prevent humid air from entering a home, but they also reduce the air exchange that allows moisture to move out of the house. Bathroom exhaust fans, dryer exhaust and ducted kitchen exhaust hoods that vent to the outside remove moisture that activities such as showering, bathing, clothes drying, dish washing and cooking create. Keep the devices free of dust, lint, grease or anything that could keep them from working efficiently.

Other simple ways to reduce air moisture include:

  • Covering pots while cooking, when possible
  • Leaving room doors open to allow good air circulation
  • Storing firewood outside
  • Covering aquariums

If high humidity is a problem you can't overcome by other methods, remove moisture from the air with a dehumidifier. They're effective in laundry rooms, basements, bathrooms and any room that isn't air-conditioned or has poor air circulation. Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified models, which consume less energy than conventional dehumidifiers.

Article source: https://www.lowes.com/projects/repair-and-maintain/controlling-moisture-and-humidity-in-the-home/project

Why cold Weather makes your water pipes burst

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

The cold weather is quickly approaching

Why Do Pipes Burst the Way They Do?

Why do water pipes burst, and why do they always fail the same way? These are two interesting questions.

Water pipes burst because the water inside them expands is it gets close to freezing, and this causes an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain, it ruptures.

We grew up with water all around us and so this expansion phenomenon seems natural, but interestingly, it is a chemical anomaly. Most liquids do not expand just before transitioning to solid. You should be thankful for this; it is one of the reasons that life exists.

When a liquid cools the molecules slow down (temperature really is just a measure of the average kinetic energy of the molecules). This slowing down allows the molecules to get closer together and increases the density of the liquid. This happens with water too, and when water is cooled down, it gets denser and denser, down to 3.98°C then, something interesting occurs; it starts to expand again.

Because of the shape of a water molecule, it is slightly polarized. The electrons buzzing around it are more likely to be on one side of the molecule than the other (called a dipole), and this asymmetry creates a slight potential. Water molecules are attracted to each others' opposite sides. These potentials create weak bonds that are called Hydrogen Bonds. Hydrogen bonds, whilst not as strong as covalent bonds or ionic bonds, are stronger that van der Vaals forces.

This extra hydrogen-bond 'glue' holding water molecules together is the reason why water is a liquid at everyday temperatures and pressures (another one of the reasons life exists). Other chemical compounds similar to H2O, but without the benefit of Hydrogen bonds, are all gases in typical Earth temperature ranges.

The Hydrogen-bonds in water are also the reason why water has such a high specific heat capacity (the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of water one degree); this helps dampen our weather and stops the Earth changing in temperature too rapidly. It also means that water is great for carrying energy around (like in power stations and hydronic central heating systems). It's also why it takes a lot of energy to boil a kettle to make a nice cup of tea!

As water cools, like other liquids, the molecules slow down and get denser. A competing force, however, is the desire for the water molecules to align with other water molecules based on their Hydrogen bonds, and this causes expansion. Below the temperature of 3.98°C down to 0°C, this alignment expansion process wins out against the desire of slower molecules to get closer, and density decreases.

Whilst not completely understood, it is this expansion that causes beautiful snowflakes to form with their characteristic six points.

This decrease in density continues until the water finally freezes to form ice. Water expands to form ice which has a volume up to 9% greater than the water it came from. It is this reason that icebergs float (being less dense than the water they displace).

Again, it seems natural to us that ice floats, because we grew up this all effect all around us, but this is atypical.

Most other liquids, when freezing, do not form a solid 'crust' on top. As they cool, the solid formed, being denser, drops to the bottom of the cooling liquid and the solid grows up from the bottom!

This irregular behavior of water is yet another reason that life exists. When water freezes, it floats to the top, forming a skin which insulates the water below. When a river or lake freezes on top, life continues below in the liquid left underneath.

In other words, insulate your pipes this winter!

This post was originally published on Data Genetics, a site created by Nick Berry was educated as a rocket scientist and aircraft designer, graduating with a Masters Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, and currenty works as a Data Scientist at Facebook. You can follow DataGenetics on Twitter here or on Facebook page here.

Article source: https://gizmodo.com/why-cold-weather-makes-your-water-pipes-burst-1480690222

Preventing root intrusion into pipes

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Preventing root intrusion into pipes

How to prevent sewer line problems before they start?

Know where your sewer line is before you plant! Contact a marking service that can locate and mark the location of your yard if you don’t know where it is.

Do not plant on top of or too close to the pipe. It could cause potential harm to the pipe in the future

Right plant, right place!

Ensure a tree has enough room for the root system to grow without coming in contact with pipes. Figure this out BEFORE planting any new trees.

Keep in mind, a young tree may be small at first and pose no threat to pipes, but may do so in the future.

Tree selection and placement

It is possible for any species of tree to cause damage to pipes, but some trees have certain physiological characteristics that make them more likely to intrude into sewer lines. Trees that grow quickly above ground also do so below ground.

If you must plant near a pipe, select a tree that is not known to be an aggressive or fast grower.

In general, trees should not be planted near sewer lines, but some trees have shown to have comparatively less reports of damage to pipes.

Many fruit trees including cherry, plum, and peach

Some evergreens including cypress

Diagnosis if tree root intrusion

If your home repeatedly experiences plumping stoppages, you may have roots impeding your sewer line.

If the land surrounding your home is heavily wooded, or large trees are present and are close to the sewer line, a root intrusion is possible.

Many plumbing companies can verify a root intrusion by inserting a video camera into the sewer line to view the blockage.

Controlling tree root intrusion

The best way to control tree root intrusion is to completely remove the entire sewer line, but other options are available such as:

Chemical herbicides, Mechanical root removal from pipes, sewer line repairs or installation of liner inserts. Many chemical herbicides can be routinely used to kill roots that may be growing inside pipes. This is typically a temporary solution, and will not eradicate the problem completely.

If a root intrusion has become too serve for herbicides, plumbers resort to “snaking” the line. A flexible metal auger is inserted into the pipe to mechanically remove the built-up roots. This is a temporary solution as roots will grow back and will need repeated removal. The only permanent method to solve a tree root intrusion is to completely remove the damaged pipe. If the problem is very server, complete removal of the tree may also be necessary, as the excavation of the pipe and removal of roots may have deadly consequences on the tree in the near future. If tree removal is necessary, plant a new tree farther away from the pipe that is known to be less invasive

Article source: https://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/videos_posters/breeze/tree_roots_and_sewer_lines.pdf

What to do if your roof is leaking

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

What to do if your roof is leaking

With winter coming upon us and snow sitting our roofs, there’s a chance for some possible roof leaks. A leaky roof can certainly cause a rain on any homeowner’s parade. Rainy weather or snow is often when roof leaks get discovered. That's when it's too late for anything but a repair. No time to contemplate, no time to plan with the rain causing interior damage right now, just get to the phone and get a roofer there as soon as possible. But what can you do to temporarily stop the leaks from causing more damage until help arrives?

First Things First - Deal with inside the house to minimize interior damage

In most cases, a leak will slowly pool at the ceiling until it finds an escape route -- usually a penetration point like at a light fixture or heat register. After several hours, the leak will start to find multiple escape routes, making the leak look much worse than it actually is. To minimize your ceiling damage, find the wettest spot or a bulge in the ceiling and poke a small hole in the middle. Use a bucket to collect the draining water. 

Second Step – Locate the point of entry

Start with the inside, such as an attic. It will prove to be quite difficult to stop a leaky roof in the rain. Try to locate the leak but keep in mind that the leak in the ceiling and the leak in the roof may not align. If your roof covering is over a layer of plywood, then you should keep in mind that water will generally travel from the leak in the roofing material to the nearest joint in the plywood, depending on how the roof slopes.

Third Step – Maintain the situation until help arrives

Once you locate the point of entry from the inside, there are a couple of options for temporary repair such as roofing cement, roofing tape or a tarp. Available for purchase at any home improvement store, roofing cement or tape can be applied to the inside of the roof decking inside your attic, as well as to the outside of the roof. If you feel confident enough scale your rooftop, tarping is a quick and easy option to control any further leaking until your roofing contractor arrives. When using a tarp to cover your roof, a good rule of thumb is to cut the tarp so that it adequately covers the damaged area. Leave at least an extra four feet of tarp on each end to cover the roof damage. Secure the tarp with 2 x 4 boards. You can staple or nail the tarp to the boards, but be sure to use nails that are not so long that they will go through your roof.

These steps will help you prevent further damage to your home until a professional can arrive. Keep in mind when hiring a roofing contractor you want to have a reputable company, someone who is going to stand behind their work. Your roof will last a long time so you don’t want someone working on it who is not a local, reliable company.

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How to prevent sump pump overflow in the basement

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Sump Pump Overflow in the Basement

We are now entering the time of year with the heaviest rainfall and many homeowners are concerned that their basements will flood.  Installing a sump pump in your basement is a great way to prevent floods during heavy rains, but there are a number of ways the sump pump can fail and eventually overflow.  The following are common problems that can cause sump pumps to overflow and the best solutions for solving these problems.  Keep in mind that you should unplug the sump pump from its power source before attempting to correct any of these problems.

The following tips will help prevent sump pump overflow in your basement:

  1. Debris in the Basin: Sometimes debris such as children’s toys and other household objects may fall into the basin and interrupt the float mechanism which can cause it to malfunction.  The float mechanism can also fail naturally over time.  To test this mechanism, fill up the basin with water to make sure the sump pump starts like it should.
  2. Check Valve: The check valve prevents water from going back into the sump pump in the event of a failure.  Make sure to check this valve because it is not always installed properly; the arrow should be pointing away from the sump pump.
  3. Weep Hole: Sometimes sump pumps may have a weep hole between the pump and the check valve.  You can clean the weep hole with a tiny object such as a toothpick, just be careful not to break anything off in the hole.
  4. Clean the Impeller: The impeller is a small filter that may become clogged and when this happens it can cause the sump pump to suddenly stop running or make a whining noise.  Cleaning or replacing the impeller can get the sump pump to function properly again.
  5. Back Up Power Source: Sump pumps are only useful when plugged into a power source and if the power goes out during a thunderstorm, the sump pump will stop working.  Installing a backup power source for the sump pump is the best way to prevent this from happening in the middle of a thunderstorm when the sump pump is needed the most.

As the season of heavy rains arrives, make sure to check your sump pump for these potential problems so that you are prepared when it rains.  If your home does experience some flooding due to heavy rain fall or a sump pump failure, make sure to call for professional water damage restoration immediately to help limit the damages.

Article source: http://restorationmasterfinder.com/restoration/how-to-prevent-sump-pump-overflow/

What to do if your sump pump overflows

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

What to do if your sump pump overflows

  1. Tap the discharge line coming out of the sump pit. "Sometimes" when I would tap the line very gently with a rubber mallet the primary submersible pump would turn on. Why? because the float switch on an automatic would stick due to corrosion on the top metal rod that activates the motor. If this does work then wait till the basin is empty to see if you can locate the cause of the failure. If their is no obvious reason why the submersible pump failed, you should still replace the pump. If it happened once it will happen again and you may not be home when it does.

If that does not work, then try this:

  1. "Power" Check the fuse box to see if you have blown a fuse. If you have blown a fuse then reset the breaker by turning the breaker off then back on again. Or, you can plug in a light in the outlet where the sump pump is plugged into to see if you are getting power. If you are getting power then hurry up and replace the pump if you can or call a professional plumber. Do not stick your hand in the basin when the pump is plugged in, if their is a short in the wire then you may be electrocuted.

If that does not work either, then try this:

  1. Unplug the motor and put your hand down in the basin until you reach the pump. Feel around the sump pump to see if you can feel any debris stuck near or on the submersible pump. If so, then gently dislodge the object. After you have removed the object, simply lift the float switch to make sure it is going up and down properly. Quickly plug the pump back into the outlet so you don't flood.

I hope these tips will aid you in saving your basement from flooding. You may want to consider getting a backup pump for more security.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Ross_Waniolek/533206

What Happens When Your Sump Pump Fails?

7/19/2016 (Permalink)


Most houses with a sump pump rely on the pump to keep the basement from flooding.  When a big rain storm comes through, the sump pump will really be needed... and that's also the time that the power to a neighborhood is most likely going to get knocked out, disabling the sump pump and allowing the basement to flood.  I have a sump pump in my own house, and it's been going off about once every two minutes after the heavy storms last night, which got me thinking about this topic.


If your sump pump quits working, will you know about it before your basement floods?  Do you have a backup in place?  Does it work?  Are you sure? If you depend on a sump pump to keep your basement from flooding, it's important to have a backup system in place, just like it's important to back up the hard drive on your computer.  Possibly even more important.


It's one of those things that most people don't think about until it's too late.  If you want to protect your basement from flooding, get a backup system.  There are a few different backup systems available.


Secondary Electric Pump

A secondary electric pump would be a good option to keep your basement from flooding in the event that your primary sump pump failed.  The secondary pump would need to be installed a little bit higher in the sump basket than the primary pump.  The downside to installing one of these is that if the power to your house went out, the pump would be useless.



Battery Backup

By far, the most common type of backup is a battery powered system.  This consists of a big heavy battery that's about the size and shape of a car battery, as well as a backup sump pump that sits in the sump basket a little bit higher than the primary pump.  This system will save your basement from flooding if your sump pump fails or your power goes out.

If you already have a backup battery for your sump pump and it doesn't have a warning to tell you if the battery is dead, you should test it periodically.  You can simply unplug your standard sump pump and fill the sump basket with water using a garden hose to test the backup pump.


Hydraulic Pump

Another backup option for your sump basket is to install a pump that is powered by the municipal water pressure coming in to your home.  The nice thing about hydraulic pumps is that you don't have to worry about keeping a battery charged all the time, and if you have an extended power outage, you won't have to worry about the pump failing.

The downside to using a hydraulic sump pump is that they're not nearly as powerful; the video below shows just how slow they pump water.  The original video was nearly three minutes long, so I cut out the middle, as it got a little boring. If the water at your home is supplied by a well, a hydraulic backup pump obviously wouldn't be any good, as a power outage would also knock out your well pump.



High Level Alarm

No matter what type of system you have installed, it's a good idea to have a high level alarm installed in your sump basket.  These alarms will sound off if the water level in your sump basket gets too high, and you can buy one for under ten bucks at Home Depot.  If you don't have a backup system in place, these alarms will at least tell you that you have a problem and you need to jump in to action.

I inspected a very nice home last year with a completely finished basement that definitely could have benefited from one of these high level alarms.  This house had in-floor ductwork; when the sump pump failed, the ducts ended up filling up with several inches of water.  The water level in the sump basket never got high enough for the basement floor to get wet, but the standing water in the ducts acted like the worlds largest whole-house humidifier, which caused major condensation throughout the basement; even the outlet covers were dripping with water.  If the sump basket had been equipped with a cheap little high level alarm, this never would have happened.

If you want to have a backup sump pump professionally installed, hire a plumber to do it.

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