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Preventing Household Winter Water Damage

1/23/2022 (Permalink)

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No matter the season somehow water can always find a way to damage properties. During the cold season, uninsulated pipes can freeze and burst, ice dams can cause roofing issues, and thawed snow can enter basements. Read the blog below to see what you can do as a property manager to prevent winter water damage.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Insulate all water pipes in unheated areas whether its a crawl space, under the kitchen, in the basement, or behind bathroom cabinets.
  • Ensure that you leave your home at an adequate temperature if you leave for an extended period of time. If you're nervous about the functionality of your heating system, a trusted person should check on your home once a week.
  • Running a trickle of water through pipes will help prevent them from freezing. Although this is not a long-term solution, it can help save your pipes from bursting in a pinch.

Preventing Ice Dams

  • Keep the snow on your roof under 15 centimeters. To remove snow from the roof, use a roof rake or long-handled brush to avoid using a ladder.
  • Insulate your attic to prevent warm air from melting snow on your roof. If water is melting and then freezing, it can cause ice dams to form at the edge of your roof.
  • Install a water membrane underneath the roof shingles to help prevent water from seeping in.

General Winter Water Damage Safety Tips

  • Place a water leak detector near high risk areas such as on sump pumps, near water-bearing fixtures, and around pipes.
  • Check your water supply lines annually for leaks. Appliances such as the hot water heater, washing machine, and refrigerator will have these supply lines.
  • Disconnect your outdoor hoses. This will prevent water from getting into the line and creating a blockage which in turn can cause backflow.

Preventing Winter Water Damage

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

In Minnesota, winter is cold, uncomfortable, and unfortunately brings with it the scary possibility that your home will suffer winter water damage. When temperatures dip below freezing, there are several things that can cause dramatic water damage in your property. See the water damage prevention tips below to see how regular maintenance and inspection can lower your risks for water damage.

Here are the top causes of water damage in the winter:

Burst Pipes

Extremely low temperatures can wreak havoc on pipes. Many people think that pipes burst because of the freezing and expanding, however, it is more from the increasing water pressure when there is blockage. By ensuring that your pipes have proper insulation, you can reduce the risk of having a burst pipe during the winter months. Any pipes that lead to the outdoors or are outdoors, including anything in a weakly heated area (some basements and garages) should be properly insulated. A trick to make sure that your pipes don't freezing is to leave your faucets with a small drip so that water is constantly flowing in the pipe, making it unable to freeze.

Blocked Gutters

Gutters are made to bring water to a safe place away from your home so that water damage does not occur. Many people, unfortunately, take their utters for granted. If your gutters are clogged with materials like ice or debris, it may lead to a serious issue. When water freezes within your gutters, this water can seep into your home and cause damage when it begins melting. Make sure to keep your gutters clean at all times so that water does not have a chance to build up and freeze, creating a blockage and problems down the line.

Exterior Water Sources

Water sources from the outdoors can become even more dangerous in freezing temperatures even more so than in the summer. Make sure to drain any garden hoses and store them somewhere safe for the winter. Shut off your outdoor water valves so that in the event of a pipe burst, water will not rush back into your home. 

Even if you take all of the precautionary measures listed in this blog, you may still experience water damageIf you are unequipped to restore water damage within your home, call our certified technicians at 952-999-2435. SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen will make sure your water damage restoration is done right.

Local Water Restoration Company - Make Us Your Top Choice!

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damage daily departure in living room Here is an instance where we had to remove drywall and flooring that was damaged by intruding water.

Water Damage Restoration

When you have a water damage event on your property, SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen will respond quickly to prevent further damage and begin the water repair and restoration process.

Water damage is caused by intruding water that attacks materials, creating rotting wood, microbial growth, bacterial growth, rusting of steel, swelling of wood, and de-lamination of materials like carpet and plywood. 

Originating from a wide variety of sources like a dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, broken and leaking pipes, flooding, and building envelope failures, 13.7% of all water used in a home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks.

Small Hole, Massive Problem

On average, each home in the United States will waste approximately 10,000 gallons of water. per year For example, a tiny 1/8th inch hole in a pipe can release almost 250 gallons of water per day. This scary statistic alone should be enough reasoning as to why you should replace any worn pipe fittings and hose connections to all household appliances that use water at least once per year.

Following Procedure

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is one of the main certifying bodies that regulates and educates our technicians on water damage restoration procedures. Although every water damage event is different, the water damage restoration steps are often the same. To review how we handle water damage restoration, check out our process here.

Why choose SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen?

First, our customer-focused professionals will assess the water damage to your property. Afterwards, our top-notch people will help ensure that you understand the severity of the damage so that you are able to make the best decisions for the restoration of your home.

Whatever size the water damage is to your property, we have the equipment to deal with it. Call SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen at 952-473-4837 for our 24/7 services.

Stop Water Damage Immediately!

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in bedroom Whether you live near Lake Minnetonka, in the urban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, or in surrounding communities, we can help!

Traveling Water Damage

When your property faces water damage, it can be an eye-opening experience. The effects of water damage can be extremely daunting as the building's materials and your personal contents are being soaked from the water. In this blog, you will discover that three are steps that you can take in order to minimize the amount of water damage that will occur.

Follow these water damage cleanup steps:

Eradicate the source of the water.

  • Although this is seemingly obvious, many people will panic when they see flooding water on their property. Before you move on to any of the next steps, you need to complete this one first, without a doubt. Sometimes the source of the water isn't obvious and you will have to search around your property for a burst pipe, a broken water heater, or even a blocked gutter.

Remove as much water as possible.

  • Make sure that the water is not contaminated before trying to extract the water! If the water is dirty (sewage, flood water, or has been sitting for a long period of time) you should always wait for a water restoration professional to avoid illness. If there are only a few inches on the floor, you can use whatever tools you have available to clean it up. 

Separate all personal items from the affected areas.

  • To prevent your personal belongings from suffering water damage, remove all materials that not are not attached to the floors or the walls. Make certain that you are grabbing any porous materials like wood, fabrics, and paper because they pose the highest risk for permanent damage.

Get those fans movin'!

  • One of the most important parts of the drying process is to remove as much moisture from the air as possible. You can use any dehumidifiers or large fans in addition to opening windows as long as the outside conditions will allow for proper drying. By keeping the air circulating, you will prevent bacterial growth and promote drying.

If you are unable to perform any of these functions yourself, give us a call! We're professionally trained and always ready for anything!

Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

daily departure photo of rooms with fans after water damage has occurred, Here is a daily departure photo of rooms with fans after water damage has occurred.

Water damage is one of the most common structural damage problems home and business owners have to deal with. Unlike other types of damage, which tend to be sudden and easy to notice, water damage usually happens slowly over time and is not noticeable until it's too late. However, some types of water damage, such as those from hurricanes and thunderstorms, can occur very quickly with disastrous results.

If you want to make sure that you never have to call for a water damage restoration company near you, it's best to prepare your property for water damage before disaster strikes.

The easiest way to avoid having to call an excellent water damage restoration company such as ours is to try to avoid water damage altogether. Although this can be a tall order, especially within storm season, that gives you all the more reason to be prepared.

4 Essential Water Damage Prevention Practices:

Fix and renovate your plumbing.

Most people associate water damage with thunderstorms and hurricanes, when in reality, the real problem is bad plumbing. Whether it's a new but poorly constructed building or an older building that has had no plumbing renovation in decades - a water pipe burst in a house can wreak havoc either way. Updating your plumbing can be as simple as starting with the hoses and faucets and then you can move on to the seals and pipes.

Take care of your building's exterior structure.

Storms and other disastrous weather conditions are a primary task for water restoration companies. To avoid having to deal with the consequences of a weather disaster, it is crucial to renovate your building's exterior by:

  • Caulking and sealing windows
  • Installing impact windows
  • Replace missing or damage shingles on your roof
  • Clean downspouts and install gutter guards
  • Repair outside walls if they are not fully sealed

Prevent water seepage by resealing your basement.

Basement water damage restoration is extremely common for our business. It is an extremely common area or water seepage to occur. Routinely check for cracks in the building's foundation and floor slabs - make it an effort to reseal them. Be sure to install backwater valves to your sewage system to help avoid sewer backup.

Keep your eyes peeled for mold growth.

Mold is not only caused by water damage, but it also causes further water damage by eroding your building's foundation. Check for mold growth in your basement, crawlspace, and roof to make sure that your structure is in superior condition.

If you are unsure whether or not you have water damage or mold damage, we are a water damage restoration resource for you. Give us a call at 952-999-2435 with any of your needs.

How To Tell If Water Damage Is Old

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

As water damage restoration experts, we understand the issues that water damage presents, especially when it isn't in your sight. When discovered, water spots are clues that indicate a leaky pipe or condensation that is generating the problem.

Even though it impossible to know exactly how long your water damage issues have lingered, there are steps you can take to tell if your water damage is old or new.

Steps to Determining if your Water Damage is Old

  1. Review the history of the house. As soon as water spots are discovered, take note of when you found them. IT's important to recognize and understand what is new and what is old because smaller leaks can take months to appear.
  2. Touch the water spot. Water damage drywall or a water damage ceiling spot will be mushy and squishy since the material will have soaked up a fair amount of water. A newer spot will be wet, but the drywall and ceiling will remain strong.
  3. Examine the materials. It's important to know what materials your walls and ceilings are composed of because thick paint or tiles can trap water. If this is the circumstance, even a small spot where there is water damage can indicate that it has been around for awhile. 

Are you still unsure how to tell if water damage is old or new? Give us a call today!

As your local water damage repair company, we can fix drywall water damage! For all of your water damage restoration needs, get in touch with us. When there's a lea that you cannot detect, it is crucial to contact an expert like us! Call 952-999-2435 now!

Faster to your Chaska/Chanhassen Water Damage Event

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

fans drying a room SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Chaska/Chanhassen.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Chaska/Chanhassen provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –952-999-2435

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen

SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen 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. 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.

Chaska/Chanhassen 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in a closet Chaska/Chanhassen provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 952-999-2435

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen

SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen 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. 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.

The Importance of a Sump Pump

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

sump pump diagram A sump pump is your home’s best defense against water damage

Many people are often unfamiliar with a sump pump - until it breaks! A sump pump's only purpose is to ensure that your home stays dry and safe.

What is a Sump Pump?

The sump pump lies underneath your basement and its purpose is to catch and accumulate water from around your home so that it doesn't seep inside the foundation. The basin is referred to as the sump and when the water accumulation begins to fill the sump, a pump is used to move the water out of the basin. During this process, the water is transferred from the sump and into a storm drain. If all goes well, your basement and foundation will remain dry. 

What are the types of Sump Pumps?

The type of pump used in your home will depend on your preferences, budget, and the environment that surrounds your house.

Types of Sump Pumps:

  • Automatic vs. Manual
  • Submersible
  • Pedestal
  • Battery Operated
  • Water-powered

Even though a sump pump cannot stop you from getting a broken pipe, a leak in your roof, or having a malfunction in an appliance, it can prevent water around your home from causing any issues. Without a working sump pump, your basement could face a constant influx of water, which could compromise the strength of the floors and walls, create odors, and escalate mold growth. 

How do you know when to replace a Sump Pump?

Typically, a sump pump is good for five to ten years and will either need to be replaced or repaired afterwards. If your sump pump is making unusually loud noises it could be stemming from debris jams, worn out parts, or from constant use (general wear and tear). You are able to test your sump pump by dumping water around the pump and seeing if it starts up automatically and drains the water. It is extremely important to get your sump pump fixed if you notice any issues to help prevent flooding in your basement.

If you are having sump pump issues, contact your service provider.

If it has become too late for you and your basement is flooded or you notice ay damp spots or mold issues, please give SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen a call at 952-999-2435.

How to Handle a Water Damage Emergency

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

water damage Our team is on call 24/7 to respond to any sized disaster in Chaska, Chanhassen or any city/town in Carver County

Uncontrolled water has the potential to cause thousands of dollars in damage to your structure and contents. Water damage is one of the most serious emergencies that can happen in your home - that is why it is essential to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Here are 5 Main Steps for Handling a Water Damage Emergency

Stop the Source

Most often a water damage emergency comes from a burst hot water tank or a water line. It is imperative that you know where your shutoffs are located so that you are able to control the water flow before the damage worsens.

Safety, Safety, Safety

Water is an excellent electrical conductor and a flooded home could easily deliver a serious shock. Ensure your loved ones (including pets) are away from any standing water. In addition to shutting off the water, you'll water to shut off all electrical sources in the damaged area.

Protect Your Precious Valuables

Remove or raise furniture, boxes, and other valuables from the affected area. Items that become water-soaked quickly begin to get moldy, which can cause additional issues. Move your highest risk valuables out to safety as soon as possible.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Insurance companies have professionals who specialize in water damage restoration and will give you insight on how to approach water removal and flood restoration. Be aware of your policies - attempting to remediate the circumstances yourself may void the policy.

Work with SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen

The team at SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen are specialists in water damage repair and restoration and as a Minnesota licensed General Contractor we are also able to complete any repairs that may be needed in your home and business.

We understand that every water damage is different.  The source of the water- flooding, sewer back ups, broken pipes can affect the clean up efforts as well as the location of where it happened - in a bathroom, finished basement, kitchen etc.  Our team of specialists are able to quickly diagnosis, scope and then begin water mitigation efforts in as little as an hour after a customer calls us.

If not professionally dealt with, uncontrolled water can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your structure and items. Following these five steps can prevent that grief.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (952) 999-2435

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What Happens During A Water Restoration Project?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water Restoration: What Should You Expect?

At SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen, we are faster to any size disaster because we know that a quick, effective response prevents additional damage and helps to keep your restoration costs down. What should you expect as a home or business owner in the Chaska or Chanhassen area?

Safety First

Disaster areas are dangerous places full of both visible and hidden hazards. SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen takes the time to assess the situation carefully and make a plan for a safe, efficient restoration. 

Documentation

Insurance companies proceed more quickly when there is clear evidence of a claim. Photographs of the damage and reports from SERVPRO can speed the process. Working with us to understand what insurers need and how they are willing to help you provide will lower your stress and help you avoid headaches. 

Extraction, Drying, and Dehumidifying

When water penetrates spaces where it wasn't intended to be, the results can be devastating. SERVPRO professionals know how to dry spaces thoroughly at a pace that minimizes the damage. We us special tools to identify both visible and hidden areas where water may be lingering and to monitor the drying process as they extract any remaining water and work on drying and dehumidifying the space. 

Disinfection, Cleaning, and Deodorization

At SERVPRO we can eliminate heath threats by thoroughly cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing the space and its contents, ultimately returning it to its preloss condition. Upon arrival, our highly trained team works diligently to deliver safe, effective restoration services while maintaining the disruption of your Chaska or Chanhassen residential or commercial property. Call us at 952-999-2435 for any questions or if you would like to schedule a service. 

Reasons your basement might be flooding

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Reasons Your Basement Might Be Flooding

If you suffer flooding damage in your basement in Chaska, Chanhassen, Waconia, Carver, Cologne, Victoria, and Norwood Young America or other areas of Minnesota, it's vital to get help. The right professionals can identify the reason for the damage and make sure it doesn't happen again. Let's check out some reasons your basement might be flooding and where you can find help.

Reasons for Water Damage in Basements

Water damage can occur in basements for a number of reasons. Two of the most common include sump pump failure and seepage caused by such issues as a poor foundation or backed-up sewage or floor drains. Let's break these down further.

Failing Sump Pump

People count on their sump pumps to keep their basement dry by getting rid of water that would otherwise flood it. Unfortunately, there are several reasons your pump might fail. When you lose electricity during a storm, an electric pump certainly won't work, for example. Also, old equipment breaks down and gets overworked, which can lead to flooding.

Drain and Sewage Backup

If your basement floor drain gets clogged or backs up with sewage or runoff, it can cause major issues that can even threaten your health. It's vital to get these issues fixed because they can result in major structural damage to your home.

Foundation Problems

Old foundations can become porous and allow water to seep through. They can also develop cracks that let water access your basement. Poor foundation issues can also endanger your home and should be fixed immediately.

SERVPRO Chaska Chanhanssen Can Help

If you're experiencing flooding or moisture in your basement, call SERVPRO Chaska Chanhanssen for help. We can identify and address the problem to get you dry and safe once more. Call us 24/7 at 952-403-1050 for help.