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Pipe break!

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pipe break! Water shut off

Freezing Temperatures and Your Pipes 

Winter has arrived in West Michigan. As Michiganders we begin to prepare our homes for the freezing temperatures.Unprotected pipes are susceptible to cold temperatures because water expands when it goes from liquid to solid form. A gallon of water one frozen will expand to a volume 9% greater than the original gallon. Ice blockage becomes more likely one outside temperatures drop to below freezing. A cold wind reaching unprotected pipes quickly remove heat and increases the chances of ice for mission. Water pressure that builds between the ice blockage and a closed faucet can burst the pipe. After a pipe break occurs a water damage begins.

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.

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Faster to your Allegan & Barry County Water Damage Event

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Allegan & Barry County Water Damage Event We Specialize in Cleanup and Restoration!

Photo Caption: SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Allegan & Barry County

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Allegan & Barry County  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 Allegan & Barry County 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 –269-686-0664

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 Allegan & Barry County

SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County 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.

Snowmelt Flooding

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Spring is in the air. Snow is melting and the earth is saturated. The first day of Spring is exactly a month away. You may be wondering what effect does snow have on flooding potential. Well I'm here to let you know. As snow melts it adds to the ground just like rainfall. On average one inch of fresh snow is equal to a tenth of an inch of water. When snow begins to accumulate and compact throughout the winter season the ratio of snow to water changes. So ten inches of snow remaining as spring arrives may contain as much as 5 inches of water! As a result snowmelt flooding can occur. So what are the major contributing factors of snowmelt flooding?

  • High moisture level in the soil in fall
  • Ground frost
  • Snow coverage with high water content
  • Melting occurring at a rapid continuous rate
  • Ice Jams
  • Moderate to heavy rain during the melt down

If snowmelt flooding is causing you to have a melt down remember SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7!

Ice Dam Dilemma

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dam Dilemma This image shows the conditions in which ice dams form on a roof line.

As winter comes to an end and everything begins to thaw new issues can arise. I'm talking about ice dams. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof.The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into a residence and cause damage to the wall,ceiling,insulation, and other areas. There are a few signs to look for that might indicate an ice dam.

  • Icicles forming on the roof line of your home
  • ice and water forming on the siding or around windows
  • Ice building up on the gutter or lower roof edge
  • Water stains or moisture in your attic
  • Water stains on the interior of your home (ceiling,walls,etc.)

When winter weather causes you trouble just remember SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7!