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How to Prevent Foundation Water Damage

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Here are some tips to help you avoid foundation water damage.

If you want to keep your home’s foundation strong for years to come, it’s important for you to keep water far, far away from it. Foundation water damage can cause cracking to occur, which can ultimately weaken your foundation and compromise the safety and security of your home. You can protect your home’s foundation by preventing water from coming into contact with it from the outside. You can also take steps to prevent moisture from building up in your basement and affecting your foundation from the inside.

Clean and Maintain Your Gutters Regularly

We know what you’re probably thinking: “What in the world do my gutters have to do with my foundation?” But stick with us here.

If your gutters are all clogged up with debris or in desperate need of repair, they won’t be able to take rainwater and send it down your downspouts and away from your home. Water will be left to build up inside of your gutters every time it rains.

When this happens, there is only so much water your gutters can hold. Eventually, the water in your gutters will begin to spill out over the sides and land close to your home.

This will inevitably lead to water pooling around your foundation, and if you don’t do anything about it, moisture could start to seep into your foundation. Over time, this will make your foundation weak and also affect the soil surrounding it.

Clean your gutters at least once or twice every year and make repairs to your gutter system as necessary.

Use Downspouts to Direct Water Away From Your Home

Your gutter system might be working just fine. But if your home’s downspouts aren’t taking water and moving it away from your home, it might all be for nothing.

Your downspouts should be designed to take water from your gutters and move it at least 10 feet away from your foundation. This will prevent the water from finding its way back to your foundation, even when it rains hard for hours on end.

If your downspouts aren’t doing this right now, you should either have them redesigned to move water away from your home more effectively, or purchase downspout extensions that can carry water as far from your home as you want.

Doing either of these things will stop water from building up around your home’s foundation during a rainstorm.

Make Sure the Ground Surrounding Your Foundation Slopes Away From It

Take a look at the ground surrounding your foundation. Does it appear to be sloping in the direction of your home?

If so, this is obviously a recipe for disaster. The ground is going to encourage water to move in the direction of your foundation instead of away from your home.

The ground that sits around your foundation should be sloped at least 6 inches for 10 feet. This will ensure that the ground carries water away from your home rather than towards it.

Install a Sump Pump in Your Basement

No matter how hard you try to keep water away from your foundation and out of your home, there will likely be times when groundwater will get the best of you.

Groundwater can seep into your basement and sit there if you don’t have a way to deal with it. Consider installing a sump pump in your basement that can collect groundwater in your basement and get rid of it.

A sump pump will prevent groundwater from sitting in your basement and potentially causing foundation water damage.

Remove Water From Your Basement Following a Disaster

A sump pump will take care of most of the groundwater that makes its way into your home. But in the event that your home is affected by a flood, a broken plumbing pipe, or another disaster, your sump pump be overwhelmed with water.

That’s when you should call on the professionals at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead for assistance. We specialize in removing water from a home quickly to prevent it from causing secondary damage.

The key is to act fast and avoid any unnecessary delays when you notice water built up in your basement. The faster you can get the water removed, the better chance you have at minimizing the extent of damage.

Don’t Let Foundation Water Damage Affect Your Home

Maintaining your home’s foundation is not always the most exciting home improvement job. People aren’t going to notice when you’ve taken steps to protect your foundation.

But they will notice if you fail to avoid foundation water damage. A foundation that has been damaged due to exposure to water can weaken and put your entire home at risk.

That’s why you should stop foundation water damage at all costs. It’ll strengthen and secure your home and give you a peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead is always here to help. For for more information on dealing with water damage and other damage your home may experience please call us at 978.744.4545.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 978.744.4545

Different Types of Storm Damage

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Wind Damage Restoration

Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

How can a roof leak and roof damage escape easy detection in this situation? Wind damage may loosen flashing, eventually causing another roof leak weeks after the storm. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce damp, moldy conditions inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

Flooding And Recovery

Flood water frequently poses a risk in coastal areas. Yet heavy rains may cause river flooding miles inland also. If the surrounding terrain cannot absorb ground water, runoff contributes to flood water. Even residents of mountainous areas sometimes sustain varying degrees of flood damage if frozen pipes rupture. Flood pump failures contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water in some locations, too.

Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a storm restoration firm may allow you to begin your cleanup process even before water restoration occurs. (Cleaning before water restoration often proves essential yet challenging.) By relying upon a trained specialist, you'll usually obtain faster storm remediation. These experts may suggest ways to help mitigate flood water damage in the future, for instance, by requesting backup flood pump installation.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofsalempeabodymarblehead.com for more information on storm damage.

Water Damage: The Warning Signs

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage: The Warning Signs Know the signs of water damage in your home.

Flooding is very common in Essex County Massachusetts, but water damage can come from many different places and is not just a problem for people living on the coast. While the damage from a flood is pretty apparent, there are many ways water damage can happen to your home when you don’t even realize it.

Here are some common causes of water damage and how you can spot the warning signs.

Weather is a common cause of water damage. Rains (snow and ice during the winter) cause flooding that can get into your home. Ice is an especially insidious cause of water damage because it expands as it freezes, causing cracks that allow more water to enter your home.

Even if it isn’t raining or snowing there is still moisture in the air. Damp air can lead to condensation and water damage to your walls. This is especially true of basements, bathrooms, and other damp areas of your home that don’t get much airflow.

Appliances like your washing machine, garbage disposal, water heater, toilet, and air conditioner can all contribute to water damage if they leak or stop draining properly.

Water from our pipes and plumbing systems can also cause water damage. Leaks and drips can go on for months, or even years, raising your water bill and doing unseen damage to your home.

So if these are all the ways water can sneak into your home, what are the signs of water damage?

Here are a few warning signs that you have a water damage problem in your home.

Standing water – This may sound pretty obvious, but if you notice water pooling in your house you have a water problem that needs to be taken care of immediately.

Bad smells – While water doesn’t normally have much of a smell, the mold and bacteria that grow in damp environments can give off a distinct musty, wet odor. If you smell mold or mildew you might have a water issue.

Stains and spots – Stains on the ceilings or walls can be a sign of water damage. You might have a leaky pipe or roof. Call a professional to determine the cause of the problem and to clean up the damage before it becomes a serious mold problem.

Peeling paint – Paint damaged by water will start to peel, bubble, or flake off.

Uneven surfaces – Water damage can cause floors, ceilings, walls, and other surfaces to warp and feel uneven.

Cracks – Water is always seeking the path of least resistance out of your home. Water can enter through cracks and once water finds it’s way in, the crack will expand allowing even more to get into your home. Make sure you seal all visible cracks on your property.

If you notice your home has water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead at 978.744.4545

Water Damage; Repair and Restoration

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

  • 24-Hour Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction, and Drying Equipment

When your Essex County home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/ Marblehead uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – 978.744.4545

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead 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 - 978.744.4545

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 Salem/Peabody/Marblehead 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 Salem/Peabody/Marblehead

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead 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.

 Essex County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Essex County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This Essex County home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 978.744.4545

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 978.744.4545

Commercial Water Damage Assessment

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Assessment Flooded office building

Flooding and water damage events in the northshore commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Have a question?

Call us today 978.744.4545

When Storms or Floods Hit Essex County, SERVPRO is Ready!

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit Essex County, SERVPRO is Ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Essex County.

SERVPRO of Salem/ Peabody/ Marblehead specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Salem, Peabody, Swampscott, Marblehead or Middleton we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 978.744.4545

Essex County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Essex County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Essex County MA.

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead 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 - 978.744.4545

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 Salem/Peabody/Marblehead 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 Salem/Peabody/Marblehead

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead 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.