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Basement flood in North Olmsted
Should you have the unfortunate experience a water damage, safety should be your number one priority. There are many safety issues you need to be aware of to protect your family. Two of the most common safety issues are “slips and falls” and electrical hazards, however, there are others.
- If possible, turn off the water supply to minimize the water damage and safety concerns. Take caution when entering all rooms with wet flooring to prevent injuries from “slips and falls.”
- To prevent being shocked or electrocuted, do not enter a room with deep standing water that may be exposed to electricity.
- If the water is high enough to reach the electrical outlets, have an electrician inspect your wiring to prevent electrical shock.
- Have electrical appliances such as furnaces, freezer, washer and dryers dried and serviced by a qualified repairman if the water has reached their electrical unit.
- If you smell gas, turn off main valve and leave the area. Call the gas company immediately.
- Have gas appliances inspected by a qualified repairman if high water has reached their gas controls.
- Water damage on a second floor can compromise the ceiling below. If you see sagging ceilings do not enter the room.
- Sewer backups can present diseases and bacteria and should never be cleaned without personal protective equipment.
If you have a water damage call SERVPRO of The North Coast at 216-221-3333 to assist.
Prevent Spring Water Damage with These Tips from SERVPRO of The North Coast
Spring is just two short weeks away. After a cold, long winter, we’re all excited for spring and the sunny days of summer in Northeast Ohio.
However, warm weather does bring April Showers. There are a few thing we can do to avail the potential of water damage. Taking time to check the following maintenance areas you will lessen your chance of water damage to your home.
- Cleaning your gutters and making sure they are in good repair goes a long way in preventing water intrusion in your home.
- Each spring, SERVPRO receives many calls about water damage caused by outdoor spigots that are turned on. If you turn them off and drain the water supply to your outdoor spigots in the winter, you can have a damaged pipe due to the heavy freeze. When you turn your spigot on, make sure there are no leaks. If there are leaks, turn off the spigot immediately before any damage occurs and have your pipe repaired.
- Spring is a good time to inspect your roof. Ice damming is common in the winter months and can damage your shingles, flashing, eves, and overhangs.
- Check that your landscaping slopes away from your home. If it slopes towards your home, so will the water from the spring storms.
- Outdoor drains can get clogged with debris and leaves, so make sure they are free of debris and draining properly.
- Your sump pump will work over time, so make sure it’s working properly. If it’s old, this would be a good time to replace it before it fails.
Enjoy the warm weather. If you do experience an unexpected water damage, call SERVPRO of The North Coast at 216-221-3333. We are here to help!
Ottawa County, June 2018
Here to help when we are needed!!
SERVPRO franchises do not worry only of their own territories, but also those that are near and far. SERVPRO of the North Coast (as do other SERVPRO franchises) responds to help our fellow franchises when the need arises. Ottawa County, Ohio was hit with heavy rains that started in the evening of 6/12/18 and ended in the early hours of 6/13/18. Up to 6” of rain fell in various areas during this time. No matter how much a homeowner may prepare their basement and/or take the necessary precautions in preventing water damage, when Mother Nature calls, there is no control over what may or may not happen. We answered the call and were there to help. Along with continuing to service our current projects we rallied to help our neighbor franchise in assisting as many homeowners as possible in the cleanup and dry out of their basements as quickly as possible. Weather events happen and along with those events come home and business damage. SERVPRO of the North Coast is here to help. Call us 24 hours a day @ 216-221-3333 and let us help you in whatever manner possible.
Sump Pump Maintenance
First, let’s answer the question what is a sump pump? A sump pump is a small pump that is installed to help keep the area underneath a building dry and to prevent it from flooding. They are installed in the lowest part of the basement or a crawl space. They are normally installed in specially constructed pits which is where water flows into through drains or through migration through soil. The pump’s job is to pump the water out of the pit and away from the building.
Here are some tips to help with the maintenance of your sump pump so as to prevent water intrusion in your home:
- Make sure the pump is plugged into a GFCI outlet
- Make sure the cord in in good shape
- Check the pump occasionally to ensure it is running and the breaker has not tripped
- Ensure the pump is standing upright in it’s crock
- Periodically pour a bucket of water in the pit to make sure the pump starts automatically
- Remove the pump from the pit and clean the grate on the bottom
- Check the outlet pipes to ensure they are tightly joined together and are draining at least 20ft from the foundation
- Ensure the vent hole in the discharge pipe is clear
- Install a backup battery in case of power failure
Should you still get water in your basement from sump pump failure or inability of sump pump to keep up due to the amount of water coming in, call SERVPRO of the North Coast and we can help with the clean up. We will address your structure as well as any affected contents and set the proper drying equipment to ensure your basement is thoroughly dried out. We can be reached 24/7 @ 216-221-3333.
Steps to take when your basement floods
Even if you’ve taken steps to protect your basement from water damage, a burst pipe, broken sump pump, or heavy storm could cause your basement to flood, leaving you with a long cleanup and restoration project. Knowing what to do when disaster strikes can dramatically reduce the damage to your home.
First, the health and safety of you and your family is paramount to all else. Stay out of the basement until you’re sure the conditions are safe. As soon as you can and always before returning to basement, turn off all electricity and gas lines to that area. If you are unsure how to do this, call SERVPRO for 24/7 emergency assistance.
If the flood is due to rainfall, wait until the storm passes before attempting any cleanup. If the flood is not due to rain, take action immediately. Locate the cause of the flood and take steps such as unblocking drains or shutting off water valves to stop waters from rising.
Once you are sure no more water will enter the basement, start by ventilating the area. Open windows and doors to promote airflow and speed up evaporation. Collect and move boxes, documents, and small items away from the flood. Leave electronics in place; they pose a risk of electrical shock even if the electricity is off.
To remove the water, you will need a wet-vac or pump. Never attempt to collect water using a household vacuum. If you haven’t already, call SERVPRO and let our highly-experienced team take it from here. We will extract the water from your basement and remove damaged items such as carpet and drywall.
After the area is 100% dry, disinfecting and mold prevention measures are taken to ensure no lasting effects. Finally, the damage is repaired and rebuilt so you can get back to normal. SERVPRO can also restore many electronic items and dry documents and photos to minimize the water damage to your possessions.
If your basement is flooding, you should consider it an emergency situation. Call SERVPRO anytime for immediate service and the best name in water damage repair and restoration
Preventative Measures to Avoid Water Damage
Keep your personal property safe
We all know that prevention is the best medicine, but floods can happen at any moment from any number of causes. By completing regularly scheduled home maintenance and keeping an eye out for common warning signs, you can minimize the chances of a flood. However, nothing can give you a 100% guarantee of never having a flood. In that case, preparation is the best way to minimize water damage.
First, it’s a good idea to know your flood risk. Are you in a potential flood zone? Is your yard sloped away from your foundation? Knowledge is power so the more you know about how your home might flood, the more steps you can take to prevent it or minimize damage from it.
Using waterproof building materials is a great way to reduce damage from flooding and there are waterproof sealants and paints that can be applied to existing structures. In particular, there are many protective coatings for block or poured concrete walls which are common in basements.
Keep your valuables and irreplaceable items such as photo albums, yearbooks, and important documents on high shelves. Do the same with chemicals and paints. If they leak into flood waters, they could cause additional damage. Any items put away for storage should be in air and water-tight plastic containers. Never leave boxes or items on the floor; instead, invest in raised shelving units.
It may also be a good idea to raise appliances and electronics off the ground. Get wires and power strips out from behind your tv stand and organize them in a way that keeps them out of the flood danger zone. Put washing machines and dryers on cinder blocks or sections of lumber to reduce the chances that rising water levels will affect them.
If a flood does strike, turn off electricity, gas, and water lines and place buckets under active leaks. If the water is pooling slowly, soak up as much of it as possible to reduce the potential damage. Calling SERVPRO at the first sign of a flood is the best way to reduce water damage. Our highly trained technicians will solve your immediate problems and ensure you don’t experience lasting effects or further damage.
Flooding can happen to anyone. Take steps now to protect your home and keepsakes from water damage in the event of a possible flood.