Recent Water Damage Posts

Spring Showers

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Spring showers bring May flowers, but could also cause water damage. 

"With the beginning of spring, some of the country is finally thawing out and starting to see the first signs of the season. While the warmer temperatures and flowers are welcomed, one part of spring that no one looks forward to is flooding. While flooding can occur at any time of year, the spring is a particularly troublesome time of year as snow and ice melts and seasonal rains begin. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, flooding causes more damage than any other weather-related event, averaging eight billion dollars in losses and 89 fatalities annually."

The above information was quoted from https://disastersafety.org/ibhs-news-releases/ibhs-recommends-home-improvement-projects-reduce-flood-damage/ Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

We hope spring brings you more flowers and fewer showers, but if you experience water damage, you know who to call. SERVPRO® of Licking County understands the stress and worry that comes with a water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call (740)-587-0938 today! 

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Water Damage

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage From Clean Water:

Do: 

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source. 
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution 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. 
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature. 

Don't: 

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist. 
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining. 
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining. 
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. 
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

Water Damage From Contaminated Water: 

Do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items. 

Don't

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas. 
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Water Damage Timeline

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

With the recent influx of rain we have received in the area, make sure you are checking your basement for water and that your sump pump is operating efficiently. The longer the water sits, the more damage that is caused. 

  • Within minutes water into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. 
  • In 1-2 hours drywall swells, metal surfaces tarnish, and furniture begins to warp/mold. 
  • 48 hours - 1 week mold grows; doors and furniture warp; and metal begins to rust. 
  • Over 1 week structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks. 


Don't wait until the damage is far worse than it was in the beginning! Call Now! 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

The art of Psychometrics

3/28/2016 (Permalink)

While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a box fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

Did you know?

SERVPRO professionals are trained in the art of Pysychometrics, a calculated science which reduces drying time by adjusting the locations and types of dehumidifiers as drying conditions change. 

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Licking County  if you need our help, 740-587-0938.

Water Loss Tip

3/4/2016 (Permalink)

Many things are racing through your mind after a water loss. Stained carpet should not be one of them.

Avoid rust or furniture stains after a water loss by putting furniture and property contents onto blocks. 

Call SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938 if you need our help.

Did You Know?

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes can cause more than property damage. Sewage water from a busted pipe may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that may cause serious illnesses. 

There are three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean water" is from a clean source like a broken water line; however, if left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3.

Category 2: "Gray water" may contain bacteria and viruses, and can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black water" comes from flooding rivers or sewer backup and may contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes. 

SERVPRO of Licking County is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 740-587-0938.

Water Damage

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Licking County has been called to clean water in homes caused by broken pipes, rain storms, sinks left on, broken toilets and more.  Whatever caused the flood, SERVPRO of Licking County is available 24/7 if you need us!  We can be reached at 740-587-0938.