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Tips for Dealing With a Leaking Water Heater Until Help Arrives

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips for Dealing With a Leaking Water Heater Until Help Arrives Frequently inspect your Water Heater incase of an emergency leak

A broken water heater is a bad enough experience, leaving you with a cold shower and an inconvenient surprise for your day, but when you also have a leaking water heater, the experience is much worse. First, learn to recognize signs of trouble.

• Loud rattling noise coming from the water heater
• Lack of hot water
• Visible signs of water around the heater tank, such as pooling or leaks
• Water dripping from pipes or tank

As soon as you recognize any of these signs of a failed water heater, contact a Carpentersville, IL, professional.

Shut Off the Water Supply

While your water for help to arrive, there are some steps you can take to minimize damages. First, locate the main water shut off valve and look for the water heater shut off valve near it. If you can't quickly locate the valve to the water heater, use the main valve to shut off the water to your entire home.

Turn Off the Water Heater

The next step is to turn off the water heater. Most of these appliances have shut-off instructions located on the tank or exterior of the heater. Usually, you'll find a black knob somewhere near the base of the heater.

Clear the Space Around the Water Heater

Finally, prepare for the professional to arrive. Whether your leaking water heater is powered by gas or electricity, the system is complicated and delicate. You'll put yourself, your family, and your home in danger if you try to handle the high levels of pressure and hot water. Instead, clear the space around the water heater, if it is cluttered and make sure the professional will have room to work.

Address Water Damages

If carpeting or furnishings have been affected by leaking water, turn your attention to preventing water damage. When professionals arrive, they may have further advice on how to prevent secondary damages due to the leaking water heater.

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How To Use Space Heaters Safely

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Use Space Heaters Safely Follow proper use when having a space heater running in your home

You need to be careful about what you use in your Carpentersville, IL, home. Unattended candles or faulty electronics, for example, can increase your chances of starting a house fire. Space heaters can be quite helpful in keeping your home warm during the colder months, but these warming devices can also pose a fire risk. The following tips may help you learn how to use this equipment safely and avoid a burned space heater.

• Consider the Location: Whether you put your space heater in an office, bedroom, or living room, you need to consider where you place the machine. If you put it too close to another object, you may cause the device to overheat. The heater could also start combustible materials, such as bedding and curtains, on fire if it is put too close. Most experts suggest keeping a three-foot free space around a space heater.

• Focus on the Surface: Not only do you have to make sure there's a safe zone around the heater, but you also have to make sure it is on a safe zone. Put it on a hard surface to ensure it cannot tip over. Remember, this type of small heating device is usually meant to sit on the floor not a counter or table.

• Turn It Off: Whenever you leave the house, make sure your space heater is turned off. Leaving a device running for long periods of time can increase the chances that it will become a burned space heater. You should also turn it off at night.

• Perform Maintenance: Before you start using your heater for the winter, you need to make sure it's ready. You can clean filters, check the cord and test shut-off features to make sure it is still safe to use. If you notice anything faulty, don't use the heater. Faulty devices can easily become a burned space heater.

There's no law that says you cannot use a space heater in your home. Following proper use procedures can help you ensure you don't have to call in a fire restoration team for fire or smoke cleanup.

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3 Flood Safety Tips

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Flood Safety Tips Storm safety tips in Carpentersville, Illinois

If your Carpentersville, IL, home has experienced a flood, the first thing on your mind will be how to get the conditions back to normal. Before the cleanup and restoration process begins, however, you should take steps to make sure everything is done safely. Read on to learn some flood safety steps for the cleanup process.

1. Turn Off Electricity

The first thing you should do is turn off all power to the flooded areas. If you can reach your breaker without walking through standing water, shut off power right away. If you can’t reach the breaker without walking through standing water, call an electrician to help you.

2. Remove Water

Mold can pose a flood safety issue, so the next thing to do is to get rid of as much water as possible. Open windows and doors to let the building air out. Use a dehumidifier and fan to speed up the process. Remove any rugs from the area and put them outside to dry.

3. Clean Up

Wear gloves, a face mask and boots for the cleanup process in order to reduce exposure to chemicals or toxins. Dispose of any damaged items including papers, wall coverings and carpeting. These items typically don’t last through significant flooding, but hard surfaces and clothes can often be cleaned.

An expert will have more knowledge about the best products to use to reduce the risk of mold or mildew, so it may be wise to contact a remediation expert in your area. In addition to knowledge, experts have access to tools, technology and additional safety tips.

Flooding from a storm is an unfortunate situation for any homeowner, but there are some flood safety steps you can take to move forward quickly. Turning off power, airing out the area and cleaning up the immediate damage are all important first steps to getting your home back to normal.

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Box of Horrors: Cleaning the Office Fridge

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Box of Horrors: Cleaning the Office Fridge Your office refrigerator should be cleaned regularly to prevent mold from growing

If your pulse quickens and you take a deep breath before opening the office fridge, you are probably not overreacting. Communal refrigerators in the workplace are notorious for developing fridge mold and the nauseous sights and smells that go along with it. All hope is not lost, though. You can play an integral role in preventing fridge funk in your office in Carpentersville, IL, by taking charge of the cleaning of the office fridge.

Common Causes

Before you can prevent a problem, you have to know what causes it. When it comes to items that contribute to the mold smell that assaults your senses, neglect is the most likely culprit. Food gets forgotten for many reasons:

• Office party leftovers that someone didn't want to go to waste but made no actual plans to use
• Well-intentioned lunch that was abandoned in favor of a spontaneous office outing
• Leftovers that are abandoned and left to fester over the weekend
• Employees forgetting to take their lunch breaks

You can't make people remember to eat the food they put in the office refrigerator, but you can help prevent fridge mold by providing stickers and asking them to date anything they put in the fridge. Let them know that food left longer than three days will be thrown out.

Fridge Cleanup

At least once a week, someone needs to clean the fridge. Not many people will sign up for this job. If you do not want the problem to get so bad that you have to hire remediation experts to take care of it, however, it is a good idea to volunteer or offer an incentive to someone else to take on disinfecting the fridge on a regular basis. The more often you clean, the less disgusting the task will be.

No one wants to see fridge mold in the office refrigerator, but without regular cleaning, it is almost a certainty. With a weekly cleaning schedule and a little cooperation from other employees, you can make your office fridge useful rather than scary.

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Why Is My Toilet Leaking?

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Is My Toilet Leaking? Catch your toilet leaking quickly to save yourself time and money

A leaking toilet at your home in Carpentersville, IL, is more than just a nuisance. It can cost you hundreds of dollars in water bills, create an unsightly environment in your bathroom and cause water damage in your bathroom floors. You can easily fix a bathroom leak by knowing where the leak is coming from, what is causing the leak and how to repair it.

Water Leaking From the Base of the Toilet

• When water pools on the floor near the bottom of the toilet, first try the simplest solution. Remove the caps and use a wrench to gently tighten the bolts that connect the toilet to the floor.
• If tightening the bolts does not work, you likely need to replace the wax ring seal. To accomplish this, remove the toilet. Once the toilet is out, replace the wax ring seal and reattach the toilet.
• If the flange under the wax seal is broken, you may need to seek professional help to replace it.

Water Leaking From the Bottom of the Tank

• Again, try tightening the tank bolts first. If this solves the leaking toilet, you just saved yourself a lot of work. If not, keep investigating.
• If the water shoots out from between the bowl and the tank every time you flush, likely the problem is the seal between the two. For repairs, drain the tank and disconnect it from the bowl. Remove the broken seal, install a new one and replace the tank.

When you catch a leaking toilet at your home in Carpentersville, IL, right away you save yourself time and money. If a bathroom leak is ongoing, such as from improper installation, you run the risk of increased water bills and floor rot underneath the toilet. If the floor is decaying from water damage, your home is at risk for numerous other problems, such as mold. In this case, it is in your best interest to immediately contact a water restoration specialist to assess the situation and properly repair the damage.

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How does mold grow and why does it grow in my home?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a nasty substance that forms whenever there is an environment that is continually moist, is very dark, and has no moving air. It is a fungus growth that is akin to mildew. It grows from spores that float through the air. When moisture is introduced to that spot where it landed it will have the right conditions to exist. Then the mold can grow out of control if left alone.

Where does mold usually grow in a home?

Spaces such as basements, crawl spaces, closets, attics, behind bathroom walls and under floors where there are leaking pipes are good candidates for the growth of the substance. It grows silently and mostly unnoticed in most situations, and is usually undiscovered in places where no one goes into for extended periods of time.

What is fire damage?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

The probability of someone experiencing a fire once in a lifetime is high. Fire damage is often devastating. Fire loss, even when it doesn't mean loss of life, can negatively impact lives. Fires disturb air quality, cause soot damage, smoke damage, and can cost money for fire cleanup. A fire in a home, a fire in a business or any commercial fire damage causes a delay in a person's quality of life.

A fire in a business often results in the loss of income and commercial fire damage. It is another fire loss. Soot damage, smoke damage, and all the fire cleanup after a fire in a business requires the business to close for the duration.

Fire damage after a fire in a home often includes soot damage, smoke damage, and fire loss of prized possessions. During fire cleanup after a fire in a home the home owners or renters often have to stay in a hotel. It is often unsafe to remain in a building, after a fire in a business or after a fire in a home, with soot damage, smoke damage, and poor air quality. Fire loss of a building can include structural damage.

Precautions after Fire Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration can become complicated and it is too easy to make the mess worse during fire cleanup. Wiping away dirt isn't a clear cut process because of soot damage. Smoke damage isn't the same as regular dirt and grim. Cleaning often requires wearing protective gear, for example a respirator to protect against poor air quality.

Precautions after Fire Damage

  • Call a commercial fire damage, fire cleanup, fire damage restoration service. People who are financially able, or who have insurance coverage, call in the experts.
  • After fire loss is carefully assessed and all pets and people without protective gear have been removed safely from the area turn off electricity. Empty the area of all food, tossing out any that was contaminated or compromised in the fire.

Fire cleanup, if done properly, will clean the mess of a fire in a business, any commercial fire damage, and a fire in a home.

Water Damage Precautions

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

When you have a water damage in your home there are some precautions you can take to keep your home from being damaged in the winter.

Some of the precautions and mitigation efforts you can undertake to prevent water damage caused by freezing are as follows:

  • Set your thermostat to at least a 55% temperature during the day and night
  • Drain and store your water hoses indoors after drying
  • Drain the swimming pool and water supply lines as instructed
  • Relocate pipes exposed to freezing and very cold air movement
  • Insulate your plumbing fixtures with appropriate protections such as a pipe sleeve or heat tape

Although it is not winter yet, you should have these things in mind to keep your home from being damaged this winter. SERVPRO of East & West Dundee / SW Barrington Hills is Here to Help.

Four Tips for Water Damage

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Homeowners can use these tips to help get their homes restored after a water damage problem. Understanding how water works during a loss will help in the mitigation process.

Four Tips for Water Damage 

  1. How far did the water migrate? Water migrations helps the restoration company know how much material is wet and where to place equipment.
  2. What materials need to be dried? Air movement is added right away to materials that can bind water. Wood and drywall hold a lot of water and needs air movement.
  3. Is there visible mold? Air movement should not be applied to the home if there is visible mold.
  4. Where did the water come from? Depending on the source of water will depend on what materials can be restored. If the water came from a clean source then the drying is easier.

Answering these questions after calling SERVPRO of East & West Dundee/SW Barrington Hills can help determine how much damage will need to be cleaned.