5 Hidden Places Water Damage Could Be Hiding In Your Home
Water damage from a leaking appliance or from a flood can easily identified (although that doesn’t make it better). When water damage like that happens, it is very noticeable, but, there could be water damage in your house that you can’t even see. Here are 5 overlooked spots that could have water damage:
- In the wall beneath a window:Rain can seep in between the window sash and jamb and trickle down to the framing studs in the wall. Prolonged leaks can rot the studs and other framing, leading to expensive repairs.
- Under the siding:Unsealed gaps allow water to enter the siding and eventually rot the plywood beneath.
- The exterior door threshold:Since this is exposed to water every time it rains, eventually the wood will swell and become spongy. This damage may not be noticed until the wood rots and can no longer support the metal threshold.
- Beneath the dishwasher:Leaks can develop in the water supply line that runs to the dishwasher. Since you can’t see under the dishwasher, over time a slow leak can do serious damage to the subfloor. You may not notice until you move the washer to replace it with a new one, only to find you’ll have to replace some of the floor as well.
- Under a wobbly toilet:Water can leak from around the wax ring at the base of the toilet. It is likely you would not see any water at all but it will be soaking into the subfloor the whole time. Sometimes the first indication is the toilet starting to wobble due to the floor supporting it rotting away.
Call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville for your water damage rescue 252-291-4492
Did you know August 10th is National Smores Day?
Whether you prefer your campfires in the great outdoors or at the comfort of your own home, it is important to be safe before, during, and after enjoying some time by a fire outdoors. Here are 5 safety tips to consider before your next fire.
Look Up and Look Around- When choosing your fire pit, make sure it is not under any low-hanging branches or near any brush or bushes which can easily go up in flames. You should also keep a radius of 8 to 10 feet around the fire pit clear of tents, chairs, food, and any other items.
Safety Proof Your Pit- Before starting your fire, clear all debris from around the fire pit, including garbage and grass. There should be a five-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space. If there is no metal ring, circle the pit with rocks. If your fire grows in size, this will help keep it within the borders of the fire pit. Keep any flammable items far from the fire, including aerosol cans and pressurized containers.
Keep Water Nearby- A big gust of wind or new piece of wood could cause your fire to grow larger than anticipated. In that case, always keep water, dirt or a shovel nearby to help reduce the flames or put the fire out completely if necessary.
Always Watch- Whether you are camping alone, with friends, or family, it is easy to get distracted and walk away from the fire. Regardless of what is going on around you, make sure someone always has an eye on the fire. It is especially important to keep an eye on pets and children that may be sitting or walking near the fire.
Extinguish Before Bed- When it is time for bed, you need to put out the fire. You can do this by putting water or dirt on top, then stirring the embers around with a shovel to ensure another fire won't start. Ideally, the coals should be wet and cold.
These tips will help keep your campfire or bonfire under control so you can sit back and enjoy some s'mores without worry.
We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are more 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 pipe
- Heavy rain that 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
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. 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 Wilson/Nashville 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 a day/7 days a week
- We are 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 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced inspection and extraction equipment
When most people think "house fire", their first assumption is a fire starting from a pan of hot grease or an overturned candle. Very seldom does anyone assume a home fire could be started by an electrical source including but not limited to:
- Portable electric heaters such as electric cookers, electric irons, electric bedclothes, sterilizers, welders
- Stationary electric heaters such as ovens, electric dehumidifiers, electric furnaces
- Electrical appliances such as distribution transformers, motors, generators, battery chargers, circuit breakers
- Wiring such as service wires, interior wires, cords, wire connection
- Wiring appliances such as switches, multi outlets, electricity meters
- Wire exposures such as the connection point to walls, connection points of metal plates and pipes, wood in contact with high-voltage lines
- Static electricity sparks caused by rubber film, rollers, liquid fluid in ducts
In cases of wiring or outlet overheating, there are usually a few signs prior to ignition.
Did you know? If an outlet is emitting heat or a smell it is sign that the outlet is overloaded.
Overloading an outlet causes too much heat in one location and can cause a fire. Some examples of this are running too many cords in one outlet or using an extension cord instead of an outlet. If your outlet emits a burning smell or is hot when you touch it, it could indicate there is a danger of electrical fire.
Make sure that the proper number of plugs is being used in each outlet. As an added precaution, do not run any power cords underneath combustible materials like rugs or bedding. Make sure that all of your plugs fit into the outlets tightly to prevent excess heat. It is important to recognize warning signs of electrical fires to keep yourself and your home safe.
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In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day.
- Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
- A valid driver license with a reasonable driving record.
- Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
- Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
- Some night and weekend work is required.
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
- Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.
- Previous or similar experience preferred.
Please come to our office at 3032 Forest Hills Road in Wilson, NC to pick up an application.
Prepping for Hurricane Season
As some of you may know, Eastern North Carolina is an area that can be greatly affected by hurricanes. The official “Hurricane Season” lasts from June 1-November 30. As summer quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to start making a plan for what to do if there is an incoming hurricane. Taking some time to plan now will keep you one step ahead and will help ease your stress and worry if the time comes to take action. Some helpful tips and reminders are to:
- Determine your risk-Hurricanes bring hazards to coastlines and inland areas including storm surge, inland flooding, tornadoes, and strong winds
- Develop an evacuation plan-Find out today if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Plan your route out and follow evacuation orders. Be sure to plan for your pets as well
- Assemble disaster supplies-Get your supplies before hurricane season begins, including batteries, radios, chargers, and enough food and water for each person for 3 days. Fill your prescriptions and have medicine on hand. Fill your vehicle with gas and have cash on hand
- Insurance check up-Check in with your insurance agent well in advance to prepare your home and vehicles properly
- Strengthen your home-Cover windows, trim trees, secure loose outdoor items, secure all doors, and move your car to a safe location
- Help your neighbor-Many people rely on assistance from neighbors before and after hurricanes. Help your neighbors prepare and/or evacuate and check in with them after the storm passes
For more tips and information on creating a plan visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
Spring and Summer Storms can be Beautiful, but Dangerous
SERVPRO is ready to help in the event a storm damages your home or business.
With the weather heating up in Eastern North Carolina it is starting to feel like Summer, but this also brings increased chances of threatening storms. Spring and Summer storms can pose a risk for flooding, damaging winds, and possible hail.
Make sure to stay updated with your local weather station to make a plan for any disaster. Take extra precaution to prepare for flooding if you live in or near a flood zone or low lying area. In the event of strong winds, keep an eye on large trees that are close to your home.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. We hope everyone stays safe as these storms become more frequent, but we are always ready to help our community in an emergency situation.
SERVPRO is Here to Help During Storms or Floods
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville 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.
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.
When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of thousands of franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
If you experience damage to your home or business from a flood or storm, give us a call!
We Are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, give us a call today – 252-291-4492
What To Do If You Have A Leaky Roof
Eastern North Carolina experiences frequent rain and storm damage. If your roof is not properly maintained, it can be more prone to leaks during times of rain and strong wind. It is important to keep up with roof maintenance, as a leaking roof causes the water to damage not only the roof, but the inside of the building. Prolonged water damage to your home’s structure can be dangerous if not addressed. If the inside of your home or business is wet due to a leaking roof, you must contact a qualified roofer first. As in all other cases of water damage, the cause of the leak must be fixed first to prevent more damage from the same source. Once the cause of the leak is fixed, SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville can dry out the inside of your home in no time.