Recent Water Damage Posts

Sump Pump Failure

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

What is a sump pump? What is a sump pump failure? A sump pump can be an essential tool if a dire situation occurs. Sump pumps help mitigate and prevent such situations by quickly draining flood water from the basement of a home through an external discharge pipe. Like most emergency equipment, it is important to make sure that your sump pump is well maintained and free of mechanical problems. Otherwise, you may one day find yourself with a flooded basement and a great deal of damages. We hope to make sure you avoid these potential problems by identifying 8 reasons that result in sump pump failure when it is most needed.

  1. Power Failure
  2. A Stuck Switch
  3. Overwhelmed Pump
  4. Frozen or Clogged Discharge Pipe
  5. Lack of Maintenance
  6. Old Age
  7. Improper Installation
  8. Product Defect

Have you had a sump pump failure?

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Water Types and You

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs at a residence or business it is important to know the source of the water damage. The source will help to determine the water type. It is crucial to understand water types so the cleanup will be performed properly. There are 3 standard types of water classification.

  • Clean Water,
  • Grey Water
  • Black Water.

Clean water is as it sounds. A water loss from a source producing clean water. Grey water is slightly contaminated water. Clean water can become grey water if it is left to sit untreated. When left untreated bacteria can begin to grow. Black water is highly contaminated water. Black water is dangerous and should always be handled by a trained professional.

Our Water Damage- Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

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Snow Melt Flooding

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Spring has sprung! Snow is melting and the earth is saturated. The first day of spring is exactly a month away. You may be wondering what effect snow has 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!

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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