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Floods and Your Home: Before and After

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Residential street and large tree trunks submerged in undrained flood water Flooding can be devastating for a business. If you experience any water damage contact SERVPRO of Oswego County.

Floods are a homeowner's nightmare, as floodwaters can cause major damage to any house. Although you may not be able to stop a flood from happening, you can take certain steps to mitigate the damage beforehand. You also need to know how to respond appropriately after the water recedes. This article examines both of these important aspects of home flooding.

Before the Flood

If you have advance warning that your house is in the potential path of an oncoming flood, then it is time to safeguard your belongings. If possible, put your furniture and other personal property in a storage unit that is not in the flood's path. If moving your belongings to a safer place is not practical, move the furniture and other items to an attic or a second story.

Gather all of your important documents, such as birth certificates and insurance information, and place them in a secure location in the home. You should be ready to take them with you if the authorities advise you to evacuate your house quickly. If you need to evacuate, you do not want to waste time looking for all of your important papers.

If you are certain that your home is in the path of an oncoming flood, one way to mitigate the damage from floodwaters is to place plastic tarp and sandbags around the exterior of the house. Place the plastic tarp as high on the house as you expect the floodwaters to reach. 

Arrange the sandbags so that they are directly in the path of the floodwaters. Do not place sandbags around the entire exterior because doing so could prevent floodwaters from flowing away from your house.

Another good idea is to turn off all utilities to the house, such as electricity, gas, and water, as long as you are sure that you can do so safely. Make sure that all electrical devices in the home are unplugged before you leave the house as well.

After the Flood

Once the floodwaters have receded, wait for local authorities to tell you that it's safe to return to your home. When you get back to the house, turn off the utilities, if this has not already been done. Avoid turning off the electricity, however, if you must stand in water to do so. Throw out any food items that have come into contact with floodwaters.

Take pictures or videos of the damage so that everything is fully documented for insurance purposes. If repairs are made before you fully document the damage, your insurance compensation might be affected.

Look for mold growth. If you find large amounts of mold, you need to contact a professional water damage restoration company to resolve the issue.

You will also need a professional to help you dry out the house. Water damage experts have access to special equipment to dry out flooded homes that is not available to the typical homeowner.

Rugs subjected to water damage can often be salvaged with a professional cleaning. As for carpeting, if it was saturated by the floodwaters, it should be replaced. Whether or not any drywall or large furniture items affected by the flooding should be replaced is best determined by a professional.

A flood is a devastating event in the life of any homeowner, and you should not try to deal with the situation by yourself. Let the trained and experienced water damage restoration team at SERVPRO of Oswego County help you return your home to its previous status. Contact us for more information about water damage repair, and we will answer all of your questions. We look forward to speaking with you.

Replacing Walls and Flooring After a Flood

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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If you've been the victim of a flood, you may have lots of ruined items, including furniture, photos, and electronics. However, the water can also impact the actual structure of your home. If you have recently had a flood inside your home, you may need to consider replacing your flooring and drywall. This blog will guide you through the decision.

What's the Extent of the Damage?

The first step in determining if your floors and walls can be salvaged is to consider the extent of the damage. For the most part, this involves determining the type of flood water and how long the floors and walls were exposed to the water.

If the water came from any outside source, such as groundwater or surface water, instead of a busted appliance or pipe, it has a high risk of containing dangerous contaminates like raw sewage. Porous materials like carpet and drywall can suck up those contaminates, which can make your family sick later down the road.

Similarly, regardless of the type of flood water, if the water has been standing for a long time, it has a chance to promote more diseases as well as mold. If the water is contaminated or was in your house for a long time, you’re more likely to need to replace everything.

What Type of Flooring Do You Have?

The type of flooring you have plays a large role in whether or not you can salvage your floors. For example, ceramic and porcelain tiles are not porous, so they will only absorb only a tiny bit of flood water. For this reason, as long as there is no underlying damage, you should be able to save your floor.

On the other hand, if you have laminate flooring, water damage happens fast and causes the boards to breakdown. Wood is also problematic because it can expand when exposed to water.

Carpet, surprisingly, can often be saved if you catch it fast enough. As long as you start the drying process immediately, carpet may be cleaned and saved.

Do You See or Smell Mold or Mildew?

Mold and mildew are often unseen because they may start to grow on the underside of your flooring material or inside the drywall. Luckily, mold and mildew have strong, unpleasant odors, so you can often catch a whiff of them before you see any signs.

Mold odors may range from mildly musty to strong like rotting vegetables. If you smell any mold, you should have someone inspect and replace any materials containing mold. Naturally, if you see mold, it's time to replace your floors or walls. Mold often appears as black specks, but it can also appear whitish, yellow, or brown.

Can the Walls Be Easily Opened?

Even if only a little bit of the drywall was exposed to water, you may need to open the wall. If you can, there may be a chance to save your drywall. However, the insulation inside the walls can absorb massive amounts of water and store it for a long time. Therefore, you will likely have to remove and replace any wet insulation.

If the walls can't be opened, or if the flooding was severe, the inside of the walls probably won't dry fast enough, especially if the insulation is holding water. For this reason, the walls will likely need to be removed to prevent potential illness from mold and mildew.

Water damage can be extensive and expensive, which is why it's important to start the drying process fast. If you can get floors and walls dry quickly, you may be able to save your floors and walls. If you would like to know more about what to do after flood damage, contact us at SERVPRO of Oswego County today. 

Hard-to-Spot Signs of Storm Damage

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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You may have heard that hiring a professional water damage remediation team is the best option in a water damage situation because they can find all the damaged items and search out even hidden water damage. But what are these elusive signs of storm and water damage that the untrained eye might miss?

Here are a few examples of hard-to-spot storm damage that professionals can help you to seek out and eliminate, both inside and outside your home.

  1. Moisture Inside Furniture

During a flood event or a storm that breaks windows in your home, water can sometimes make its way inside furniture. Water that's soaked up into the wooden legs of a couch, for instance, may not be very noticeable when you're sitting on the couch's cushions. But water inside your furniture can still cause warping, deterioration, or a mold problem.

Storm damage professionals can take the time needed to inspect any item that might have water damage. They also have the tools needed to get your belongings back to a usable state as quickly as possible.

  1. Mold Inside Walls

You probably know that mold can cause health effects, but did you know that it can also structurally deteriorate the item it grows on? Molds feed on natural materials such as wood. As the mold feeds and grows, it digests substances within the wood, which reduces the structural integrity of the material. Over time, this can cause significant damage.

After a storm, mold can take up residence in walls if water has entered through a window leak, a damaged piece of siding, a roof leak, or even a flood situation. A high humidity environment can also help the mold grow up into a strong and potentially damaging colony. Professional remediation is critical if you want to avoid the chance of structural damage from a mold problem.

  1. High Humidity

If your home has experienced storm damage, you may end up with air quality problems such as extra humidity in the air. Not only can high humidity cause frizzy hair, but it can also aggravate some respiratory conditions by increasing allergens in the air. It can also cause heavy condensation. Heavy condensation could lead to water damage, or it could even foster mold.

Professional storm damage restoration experts can use a tool called a hygrometer to see how much water is in your home's air. They can also bring in fans, air cleaning machines, and dehumidifiers to help get your air clean and dry again.

  1. Sub-Flooring Damage

Whether your storm came with a flood or whether water leaked through a wall into your floor, hidden water damage under the floor can be very difficult to spot. Professional water damage experts can use their moisture sensing tools to find water damage even if it's hidden beneath a floor.

  1. Damaged Shingles

The shingles on your roof can experience damage that's difficult to spot after the fact, especially from the ground. Storm damage experts can examine your shingles for bruising and cracking, broken seals between the shingles, and other subtle signs that your shingles have been damaged.

As you can see, many aspects of your home can become damaged without giving off obvious red flags. These subtle signs can be especially easy to miss in the chaotic aftermath of the storm when you're trying to get your life back to normal.

If you'd like professional help getting your home restored to its pre-storm condition as quickly as possible, contact a storm damage remediation professional such as SERVPRO of Oswego County today. We can help clean up after a storm, whether that involves mold removal, water damage remediation, roof inspections, or other tasks.

Water-Damaged Walls | SERVPRO of Oswego County

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

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What Should You Do About Water-Damaged Walls? The Dos and Don'ts

What can storm-related water damage do to your home's walls? If your walls are wet, take a look at the dos and don'ts of restoration.

Do Evaluate the Area

Where is the water damage? Before you can start the post-storm clean-up process, you need to assess the damaged area or areas. With walls, this should include:

  • All drywall and plaster. Review the area up to and above where the floodwaters or rainwaters stopped. Keep in mind, while you can feel dampness on the exterior, water might be behind the wall.
  • Around the baseboards and trim. Water can sink into wooden baseboards and trim or behind them.
  • On and behind wallpaper. You may need to remove wallpaper to check for damage underneath.
  • Behind the walls. Damage you can't see isn't always easy to find. If you suspect water damage is behind a wall, sniff the exterior area. A musty smell may indicate the presence of mold.

If you do find water damage or you suspect damage behind the walls, you'll need to restore the area. Read on for more information on what to do next.

Don't Break Through the Walls

Are you tempted to take a hammer to wet wall to reveal the damage that lies beneath it? While you will need to make sure the insulation, studs, and anything else behind the wall is dry, you need to take caution.

If you don't know what's behind the wall, you could:

  • Cause more damage. An attempt to break through your wall could result in damage to dry areas or anything underneath it. This includes insulation, wiring, or a wooden framework.
  • Hurt yourself. If you hit an electrical line, you could shock or burn yourself.
  • Allow more water in. A hole in the wall is the perfect entry point for moisture. If you don't know how to repair the wall or don't have time to do so immediately, you could add more moisture to the area.

Instead of a DIY job, wait for a professional. Along with the potential to cause more damage or hurt yourself, a do-it-yourself repair may lower your home's value. If you sell your home down the road, you may need to disclose the damage and the less-then-professional repair.

Do Call a Restoration Professional

While a small splash doesn't require professional help, rain that pours in from a window, damage in the exterior, or a basement flood can cause major problems for your walls.

Unless you have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to repair or restore the wet wall, your home needs professional help. Why call in an expert? A pro can:

  • Save you money. If you're not sure how to repair your water-damaged wall, you could waste money on necessary materials, the wrong equipment, or pricey re-dos. A professional job provides with the right repair the first time.
  • Save you time. You won't need to take days off from work to repair and restore your walls. Along with the time it might take you to repair the area, the professional has the experience necessary to restore the area in less time than it would take a novice.
  • Save your home. An inadequate restoration job can leave moisture, rot, or other damage behind. This can result in serious structural issues.

Even though a general contractor can help with some types of storm damage, you need to hire a professional who specializes in restoration and water damage. Failure to do so could result in an inadequate fix or the need to restore the area again.

Do you need help to restore your water-damaged walls? Contact SERVPRO of Oswego County for more information.

Wildfire Tips for Homeowners | SERVPRO of Oswego County

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Don’t Remain Helpless: Wildfire Tips That Empower Homeowners

While any state is susceptible to wildfires from lightning and human activity, western states are especially vulnerable to wildfires. Heightened wildfire events in California this year are a grim reminder of how fire, smoke, and ash impact communities and families. Across the state, wildfires damaged or destroyed over 700 structures so far in 2019.

Smoke and flames that threaten your home understandably create a feeling of helplessness. You can't control the weather or the actions of careless people to prevent a wildfire, but you can take control in other ways. Take a look at these empowering tips in the event of a possible wildfire in your community.

Prepare Your Home Before a Wildfire Looms

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, make your home less vulnerable to flames and remove anything combustible on and around your home and property. Don't let dry leaves or pine needles accumulate in your gutters, on your roof, and on decks and porches. Keep grass and shrubs green, healthy, and hydrated. If drought has turned your grass and other vegetation dry and brown, keep them cut as short as possible.

Embers tend to fly far from a wildfire and ignite structures wherever they land. To keep stray embers from penetrating into your home, repair or replace loose shingles or tiles. Then prevent further entry through attic vents and soffit vents with fine wire mesh. Opt for mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to cover entry points.

Establish a basic emergency plan with your family so you know what to do ahead of time. Teach children how to evacuate the home and where to meet. Check your neighborhood street layout, and find two exits that allow you to quickly leave during congestion. Then, put together an emergency kit that includes important papers, medicine, and ID. Don't forget to include pets in your plan.

Get Ready If a Wildfire Is Near

Your efforts to properly maintain your home in the event of a wildfire should be ongoing if you live in an area with frequent fires. With a little determination and planning, you can take steps to further protect your home if a fire is live and nearby.

Maintain constant awareness of the latest fire updates on social media or television. Put your emergency kit in your car, and always keep a full tank. Before a fire gets near your home and prompts evacuation, move outdoor furniture and other items inside or place them well away from your home.

Next, firmly shut all exterior openings and windows of your house to block embers from entry. Don't forget about pet doors, vents, and your garage pedestrian door. If you can, leave before you are told to evacuate to avoid adding to evacuation congestion. Doing so also helps keep roads clear for first responders to provide assistance.

Take Action After a Fire

If fire doesn't reach your home, other elements can still cause damage. Smoke can take a toll on your home and belongings inside.  You might not always see smoke damage, but you can certainly smell it. Smoke penetrates walls, carpet, curtains, furniture, bedding, and even the wood trim around doors and windows.

Soot damages homes and belongings when it lands on surfaces and settles deep within textiles like carpet and clothing. Intense heat from wildfires can warp windows and crack concrete. Even fire retardant needs cleaning from structures and belongings.

Take action as soon as possible to clean, disinfect, and restore damaged items. Call SERVPRO of Oswego County first when you have damage from smoke and fire after any type of fire event near or in your home. We have the expertise and equipment to help restore and repair your family's belongings right after a wildfire.

Water Damage: What to Do Before the Professionals Arrive | SERVPRO of Oswego County

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage: 6 Things To Do While You Wait For The Professionals

Whether it's due to severe weather, a faulty appliance or faucet, or a leaky or broken pipe, water damage can cause major property damage and health concerns. For anything beyond a small puddle, you should best to call a professional water damage restoration company to help you deal with the problem.

While you're waiting for the restoration professionals to come assess the damage, there are several things you can do to keep yourself safe and minimize additional damage.

  1. Keep Yourself Safe

The first and most important thing to do when you notice any standing water or water damage in your home is to make sure you and your family members are safe. Turning off the electricity in your home is the first priority. If you can't disconnect the electricity safely, get out of your home and call your electricity provider.

Once the electricity is off, turn off the water supply to your home if there's any chance the water is coming from an appliance or pipe.

Protect yourself from infection by wearing clothing that doesn't leave your skin exposed if you need to walk through any standing water, even if you think the water isn't contaminated. Wear gloves and a face mask when working near any water damage.

  1. Call Your Insurance Company

Notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Policies vary, so depending on the source of the water and resulting damage, you may or may not have coverage. Your insurance company can let you know what type of damage, if any, will be covered so you can consider your coverage when hiring a water damage restoration company.

  1. Get Air Moving

Opening as many windows as possible will get fresh air circulating to minimize further damage and help your home dry out quickly as long as it isn't too humid. Open all interior doors in your home, including closet and cabinet doors. 

If it's safe to turn your electricity back on, high-powered fans and dehumidifiers can minimize dry time and are available to rent at many home improvement stores.

  1. Dry Out Fabrics and Papers

Remove any fabric items, such as curtains, rugs, clothing, and bedding from any room affected by the water damage. Hang them up to dry in a well-ventilated area as soon as possible. Take the cushions and pillows off from any affected furniture and prop them up to dry out. Discard any fabrics damaged by contaminated water.

Gather any books, papers, and photos you want to try to save and put them in plastic bags to put in your freezer until you have time to go through them carefully to dry them with a fan. Freezing these items will protect them from mold and mildew.

  1. Clean Up Excess Water

Start cleaning up excess water to minimize further damage and costs. Water spreads rapidly and can cause additional damage within minutes or hours of when you first notice it, and mold can start growing within 24 hours.

Normally you can safely mop up clean water from rain damage or a broken pipe, but don't attempt to clean anything yourself if you're dealing with black water from sewage or flooding from nearby bodies of water. Wear protective gear if you're mopping up gray water from a toilet or appliance.

Mop up as much water as possible from floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture as quickly as possible to prevent it from spreading. Don't use a household vacuum to suck up water. 

  1. Protect Your Floors

Remove any stray items on wet floors, especially rugs, papers, and any items that aren't colorfast to prevent staining. It's a good idea to remove as much furniture as possible to protect your floors from further damage due to the weight and finish on the furniture. Prop any pieces you can't get off the floor up on pieces of wood or place aluminum foil between your furniture and the floor until your restoration experts arrive.

If you've experienced water damage in your home or business, contact us as soon as possible for a consultation and quote.

Cleaning Up Damage in Your Home After a Storm | SERVPRO of Oswego County

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in stairway after a storm Storm and water damage can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Oswego County will quickly assess the situation and take care of any damage.

Storm damage can be pervasive in some situations and having to clean up after the storm has passed is often overwhelming. Sometimes the best solution is to hire a company that can help you with the cleanup. Getting your home livable again is the goal, and having a team of experts to help can make the process easier.

Photographing the Damage

Even when you are working with a professional cleanup company, it is important that you take the time to photograph the damage in the home before the cleanup begins. If you are claiming the damage on your homeowner's insurance, the pictures will help document the need for the cleanup company.

Additionally, the photos you take of the damage can help in your search for a cleanup company. You may want to send a copy of the photos to the companies you are considering so they can get an idea of how much damage there is, and if they are able to handle the job.  

Hiring a Clean Up Company

If your home needs extensive cleanup, you may want to hire a company to come and help with the interior. A cleanup company can bring many resources to bear that you might not otherwise have available.

Manpower

For large cleanups, manpower can be one of the best assets you have to help get the work done promptly. Often it is essential to get the job done as soon as possible, but working too fast can result in injuries or more damage, so bringing a larger crew to the site is a good way to increase productivity and reduce the time it takes to clean up the home.

Equipment and Tools

When a cleanup company comes in to remove the water, dirt, and debris from your home after a storm, there are tools and equipment that can make the job easier for them. An experienced company can quickly assess the situation and determine what tools and equipment they are going to need.

The company will provide the equipment to do the job, so you do not need to worry about getting anything for them. The cleanup company can help get rid of the water, dirt, and mold from the home in most cases, but for invasive mold issues, they may request a special mold remediation contractor come look at what is growing. 

Cleaning Personal Items

Some of the companies that provide cleanup services can help you with cleaning small or personal items as well. Often the items need washing and cleaning with sanitizers or fungicides if they have been in the water. The process of cleaning these items involves removing them from the home, sorting them, and then cleaning each piece before it can go back in the home. 

The pieces are stored after cleaning until the house is clean and ready to have items put back in it, then transferred back to the home later. 

Cleaning Furnishings

You will need to clean the furniture that was in the home as well. If the furniture has a lot of water damage, vacuuming the water out and treating the furniture to stop mold growth in the fabric is important. 

The cleanup company may have a separate crew for cleaning furnishings, so talk to them about that service to find out if they can help you, or if you need to find a company that can handle that part of the job separately. 

SERVPRO of Oswego County specializes in cleaning up after a disaster or storm. We can help you with the resources and tools needed to get the home clean and ready to move back into. Give us a call if your home has sustained storm damage, and we will send out someone to assess the situation for you.

Why Professional Repair for Flood Water Is Necessary | SERVPRO of Oswego County

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Water In The Home: Why Professional Repair Is Necessary

When you have a flood in the home, you have more than moisture damage to worry about. Flood water should always be addressed by a professional restoration company and not be cleaned up on your own.

Whether your water problem is caused by runoff from a recent storm, excess moisture from snowfall, or simple erosion you deal with in your basement or crawlspace on the regular, take the situation seriously. The longer flood waters sit stagnant in your home, the higher the risk of mold contamination and other home damage you have.

Here are reasons why professional repair is necessary when you have storm or other non-fresh water in the home.

You Need to Know What Type of Water You're Dealing With

Any runoff or storm water is a potential danger to the home, and even poses a threat to existing septic and drinking water systems. A malady of toxins can be found in flooding water, including antifreeze and other vehicle fluids, pesticides and insecticides, pollutants from roads, and bacteria-ridden debris from human waste.

Flood water is divided into three categories: black, gray, or white.

Black Water

Black water is any type of flood water that is contaminated with dangerous pathogens. Sewage or water from a toilet backup or water from a river is considered black.

Gray Water

Gray water is a type of flood water that is considered relatively safe, such as moisture leaking from a washing machine or a dishwasher. While not entirely potable, the risk of contamination is lower than that of black water. Gray water still requires careful handling by a professional water restoration specialist.

White Water

White water is clean or non-contaminated water that causes a flood, such as a burst kitchen pipe or an overflowing sink.

Since you don't know what type of water you're dealing with in your cleanup efforts, rely on a professional water restoration company to perform all your cleanup for you.

You Need to Know How Bad the Damage Is

Water damage goes beyond simply making a mess and soaking carpeting. Electrical wiring, drywall, cabinetry, and other parts of the home are all exposed to water or mold damage following a flood.

Experts use special equipment to test the water for signs of bacteria or other environmental or health concerns and wear special clothing and breathing gear to avoid getting or spreading contaminants. You'll receive an all-clear from your restoration expert before you can move back into your home again.

You Need the Necessary Cleaning Equipment/Physical Assistance

Water damage cleanup is extensive, especially if black or gray water are present. Cleaning equipment includes mold testing tools, dehumidifiers, shop-style vacuums, bacteria and mold cleaning supplies, carpet removal tools, upholstery restoration tools, and other construction equipment to fully restore the damaged areas of your home.

The cleaning process also requires a lot of physical assistance: you'll need people to sweep and suck away standing water, remove damaged drywall and carpeting, and individuals to remove personal home effects like furniture, photographs, and more. A cleanup process can take a few days or longer, even with professional assistance. Done on your own, the cleanup efforts can take much longer.

Even a minor home flood results in potentially lasting damage like mold buildup or damaged flooring. It only takes a few days for mold or permanent water damage to set in, so don't attempt to remove excess water from your home without calling for professional care.

In choosing professional water damage restoration for your home, you ensure your property is thoroughly cared for. Call our team of specialists at SERVPRO of Oswego County today; we'll assess your home's flood damage and come up with a custom treatment plan to restore your home to safe, new condition again.

Protect Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO of Oswego County

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking from roof and specialist accessing damage Water damage can create long-term effects. We provide water extraction, drying, and complete water damage restoration services.

4 Tips to Protect Your Home from Water Damage

Water damage can be devastating. Even after the water is removed, mold and mildew can thrive, leading to health issues and musty odors. Unfortunately, regardless of where you live, water damage can happen to anyone. On the bright side, there are many things you can do to protect your home from water damage. Check out these four ways you can better protect your home.

  1. Prepare for Winter

Even if you take great care of your plumbing system, it may need a little help during the colder months. If the temperature drops below freezing, it can cause the water inside your pipes to freeze. Water naturally expands when it freezes, which can cause the pipes to burst. For this reason, most homeowners use an insulated faucet cover to protect any external taps during winter.

However, you can help prevent your pipes from freezing in some other ways too. One easy solution is to keep the heat on at all times, even when you aren't home. Another solution is to let the faucet drip a little. Of course, both these solutions also cost you more money. Other cheaper solutions include keeping interior doors open, sealing cracks, using heating tape, and adding insulation.

  1. Prepare for the Rainy Season

Rain can also lead to water damage in several ways. First, if your roof is poorly maintained, roof leaks can allow water directly into the attic. One often neglected area of the roof is the drainage system. The gutters need to be clear from debris in order to transport the water to the downspouts. Before the rainy season, clean your gutters and remove any loose debris from the roof.

If you have an issue with yard drainage, make sure you have a working sump pump to prevent flooding. Even if you haven't had drainage issues in the past, if the season if particularly wet, a small portable sump pump can be a good investment. Finally, if you know the basement is likely to flood a little, move items off the floor, especially electronics.

  1. Monitor Your Water Bill

Many sources of water damage are obvious, such as a leaking pipe under the sink. If this is the case, you can easily identify the source and exact location of the leak. Of course, most of the plumbing system is hidden behind drywall or under floors. It may take time before you start to see signs of water damage, and by then, there may be significant hidden damage.

Monitoring your water bill can go a long way in helping you determine if there is a leak before it starts to cause structural damage. You'll need to become familiar with your water bill and how much you typically spend each month, so you can spot a sudden spike.

  1. Consider a Water Detection Device

Even if a leak is in an easy-to-find spot, such as under the sink, you may not notice for a long time because most people don't have time to frequently hunt for leaks that may or may not exist. A water detection device alerts you if it senses water where there shouldn't be water. To use them, install one near a potential leak source, like near the water heater, drains, and toilets as well as under sinks.

There are multiple different types of water detection devices, making them a versatile option. If you need one that plugs into an outlet, you can find one. On the other hand, if you need one that uses batteries, that's an option too.

Water damage can come from many sources, including your own plumbing. If you need more information about preventing or repairing water damage from flooding or leaks, contact us at SERVPRO of Oswego County today.

SERVPRO Cares

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Our team takes pride in our community! We care about the people in our community and want to help out in any way that we can. 

Our owner, John Halko, has a huge heart and makes sure to take time to donate to causes that he believes in. John is a long time supporter of the Rescue Mission. In addition to monetary donations, our team has participated in coat drives and donated furniture to support those in need through the Rescue Mission.

We currently hold a Jean Day on Fridays that those in the office are able to participate in. Office employees are able to wear jeans to work on Fridays as long as they donate $2. Currently, the money is being saved to buy toys to be donated to Toys for Tots. Additionally, we are collecting bottles and cans to go towards buying toys for the cause. Last year we were able to donate many toys thanks to our staff. 

If you would like to donate money or toys to the cause, please feel free to drop off at our office. We hope to fill a truck with as many toys as possible to make Christmas grand for children in the area who don't have much.