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Water damage in attic

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

In this picture is hot water heater and HVAC system. Proper maintenance to hot water heater and HVAC system will help prevent a water damage in the attic.

Water in attic most often occurs during heavy rainfall. But, roof leaks are not the only thing that can cause a water damage in your attic. Water damage in your attic can damage more than you realize. Water in your attic may cause damage to ceiling, structure, and insulation. 

Causes of Water damage in the attic-

Hot water heater: Routine maintenance, also check water lines, and tank for crack, rust or corrosion.

HVAC system: Routine maintenance: Replace filters every 1-3 months. Remove water from drain pan to prevent over flow and check connections.

Roof leaks- due : cracked, damaged, missing shingles, and visible debris.

Ventilated: Make sure your vents are not blocked, clogged, or damaged.

Need Emergency Service? Call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville 24/7 – (252)291-4492

Types of Water

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that some common causes of water damage include flooding caused by severe weather, plumbing leaks, sink, bathtub, or toilet overflow, and sewage backup.  You don't want to spread polluted water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas of your home. Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with the contaminated areas. An important fact in all water damages is the type of water.

Water type

Clean: Water that does not pose substantial harm to humans.  (Examples: Broken water supply lines, water heaters, toilet tanks, tub and sink overflows, rain, snow)

Gray: Examples include discharge from dishwashers, washing machines, Fish tanks, toilet bowls without solid waste, and any water that contains chemicals, fungus or algae.  If left untreated for 48 hours, this can turn into  a Category 3 (Black Water)

Black: Examples include sewage and toilet backflows, river, stream and seawater flooding and sources with toxic pesticides or heavy metals.

Hidden places water can hide

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

In the picture is piping underneath a bathroom sink a slow leak may become unnoticed unless checked regularly. Piping underneath a bathroom sink is one of the main hiding places for water damage.

Some leaks go undetected, but cause major damage over time. One factor that may help you indicate a hidden water damage is an extremely high electric or water bill. This may be the one time a sudden increase in your bills might actually save you money in the future. 

Hidden places water may be hiding that damage your home overtime.

Behind the washing machine- Leaks can develop in the water supply lines that run to the washing machine. Since you can’t see behind the washing machine, over time a slow leak can do serious damage to the subfloor, walls and baseboards. 

Underneath sinks in the bathroom and kitchen-  If not checked regularly a water damage may go unnoticed. A slow leak in the bathroom and kitchen may damage subfloor, walls, cabinets, and baseboards. 

Under Refrigerator-A leak from lines to the refrigerator may go unnoticed, you may never see standing water behind your refrigerator. A slow leak can damage subfloor, walls , baseboards and cabinets.

Leaks from piping, roofs, and other overlooked area can cause water damages that can go unnoticed for extended periods of time.

Be safe inside and outside

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Pictures of fire damage inside and outside of home. Our fire restoration expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage inside and outside your home.

Taking measures to keep your loved ones safe inside and outside your home.

Inside

  • Check electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles out of reach of children.
  • Have an alternative way of escape from your house- Go over the plan with everyone that lives in your home and practice it twice a year.
  • Install smoke alarms and make sure working properly - change batteries once a year, and check monthly.

 Outside

      Grilling and fire pits

  • Never allow young children and pets to close to the grill or fire pit.
  • Keep a safe distance from, houses, trees, and flammable materials.
  • Keep control of the fire
  • Never grill indoors.
  • Properly dispose coals- . Allow coals to cool completely or then dispose in metal container away from the house.

Craw space helpful tips

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

For some craw space is the last thing any worries about. It's the part of the home you don't see. But, it is the one thing that can help your home stay intact. Prolonged water in your craw space can cause serious problems not only to your home but to your pocket as well.

Prolonged water in craw space long term damage:

Over time beams, joists and subflooring may start to rot.

If prolonged water goes unnoticed mold will also be an issue.

Things to do to prevent water damage in craw space:

Check your vapor barrier cracks, tears, or frayed.

Make sure down spouts are directed in a way that water flows away from your craw space

If you live in a flood zone consider a foundation drain system 

Install a sump pump with a battery backup

Grill safety tips

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Grilling  seems to be the social event of  summer celebrations such as, birthdays and graduations.  We also, celebrate upcoming events Father's Day on June 20, and Independence Day July 4th often on the grill outside with family. Celebrating these happy events sometimes the last thing you think of is safety. Always keep yourself and your home safe this year by keeping these tips in mind when cooking on the grill:

  • Never allow young children and pets to close to the grill.
  • While cooking on the grill keep a safe distance from, houses, trees, and flammable materials.
  • Use cooking utensils with long handles.
  • Keep control of the fire while cooking on the grill.
  • Never grill indoors.
  • Properly dispose coals- . Allow coals to cool completely or then dispose in metal container away from the house.

Phone Ready

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

We are phone ready SERVPRO Representative answering the phone prepared for any situation you have. Water/Fire no problem we are here for you.

SERVPRO of Wilson/ Nashville 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 - (252) 291- 4492

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 Wilson/ Nashville 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)?

Smoke facts and tips

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our fire damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Do before professionals arrive:

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire damage.

Helpful Weather Terms

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

HURRICANE/TROPICAL STORM EVENTS: 

Tropical Depression:

 An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 MPH (33 knots) or less. Sustained winds are defined as one-minute average wind measured at about 33 ft (10 meters) above the surface.

 Tropical Storm:

An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39–73 MPH (34–63 knots).

 Hurricane:

 An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 MPH (64 knots) or higher.

 Storm Surge:

 A dome of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges  can reach 25 feet high and be 50–1000 miles wide.

Storm Tide: A combination of storm surge and the normal tide (i.e., a 15-foot storm surge combined with a 2-foot normal high tide over the mean sea level created a 17-foot storm tide).

Helpful Weather Terms

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Weather can be unpredictable, always prepare for the unexpected. Storm may cause power outages due to fallen trees, lightning striking power lines or your home. Keeping up to date with the weather and knowing the weather terms may help prepare you for storms.

Basic Weather Terms:

 Warning

A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.

 Watch

 A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. A watch means that hazardous weather is possible. People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens and they should listen for later information and possible warnings especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.

 Advisory

 An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.