Recent Water Damage Posts

Flooding in Findlay

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Findlay, Ohio is notorious for being located in a flood zone. It’s important to ask about flood zones when looking for homes in the area, and if you do live in a flood zone, it’s a great idea to have flood insurance. Although SERVPRO® of Hancock County would be more than happy to help you with any water damage that you may have due to flooding, we’d like to share some advice with our readers about flooding in our area, and what you can do about it.

We’ve recently experienced a warm spell after a great amount of snow and are expecting this next weekend quite a bit of rainfall, which has and will result in a large amount of basements to flood, both in and around the Hancock County area. Even after the rainfall has stopped, you’re still noticing a higher amount of water in your home. What’s happening? The ground around your home is still soft and saturated with water. When something reaches it’s highest level of saturation, the liquid tries to find a way out. In this case, the ground is holding water, in which it wants to get rid of, so the water can seep into your home through tiny cracks in the foundation.

The best way to prevent this problem is to have a contractor take a look at your home’s foundation, and consider having any issues fixed. Once you notice water in your home, it’s important that you call us immediately at 419-299-3774. If you have flood or home insurance, then we can help you make a claim and process that with your insurance company as thoroughly as possible. We're available 24/7 for all your emergency needs!

Sewage and Water Damage

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Many people prepare for basement flooding, leaky windows, fire and more, but what about sewage back up? Sewage back up can cause much more damage to your property than meets the eye.  Flooding is one on the most common causes of sewage back up, however there are numerous other causes as well. Broken or collapsed sewer lines, overgrowth of tree roots into lines, and clogs can cause sewage back up as well. It is important to refrain from flushing foreign objects and pouring grease or oil down your drain.

HOW WE CAN HELP

SERVPRO® of Hancock County has highly trained technicians who specialize in restoration. With our 24/7 available emergency service and our trained team, we leave you with results that look "Like it never even happened."® Our team has expert experience in advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying.

THE WATER RESTORATION PROCESS

What you can do if sewage back up has caused water damage to your home or business…

STEP 1: Contact SERVPRO® of Hancock County immediately! You can do this by either calling us at 419-299-3774, or requesting help online at www.SERVPROhancockcounty.com.

STEP 2: Upon arrival to your property, our team will inspect the damage and create a detailed plan to follow as their next steps.

STEP 3: Our SERVPRO® team will use submersible pumps and industrial vacuums to eliminate the amount of water in your home or business. The quicker our team removes the water, the quicker that the drying process can begin. Carpet and padding will be removed if needed.

STEP 4: Once the water is removed from the affected area, technicians will use industrial dehumidification equipment and track the progress of that equipment to ensure a timely drying process.

STEP 5: Cleaning of any and all affected areas will be done with the proper products and equipment.

STEP 6: In order to restore your home or business to its previous conditions, our team may need to conduct drywall removal, hardwood floor repair, tile floor repair, carpet repair, and painting.

How quick water damage can turn into a mold problem

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience water damage, you’re likely not thinking about mold growth. You’re more concerned with the situation at hand – all of the water sitting on your floor. But mold is a genuine concern. In fact, it should be one of your primary concerns when dealing with water damage. Before long, your home could be infested with all manner of mold spores. These spores travel through the air, into the air ducts, and can cause poor indoor air quality and illness. When dealing with water damage, you’re on the clock. It’s best to schedule mold remediation alongside water damage restoration for the best results.

Once mold sets in, it won’t be long before it starts reproducing new spores into the air and spreading its influence throughout the house. In fact, it can be just a matter of hours before mold spreads throughout the home. The spores will travel via any opening, including an open doorway or through the air ducts. The air ducts are particularly troublesome. In most homes, the air ducts connect the entire house together via the HVAC system. From there, the mold spores will have access to every room of the house.

If you have any type of water damage do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Hancock County for the service you need at 419-299-3774.

Flooding and what it does to a home or business

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

As most people are well aware, the immediate impacts of flooding include loss of human life, damage to property, destruction of crops, loss of livestock, and deterioration of health conditions owing to waterborne diseases. As communication links and infrastructure such as power plants, roads and bridges are damaged and disrupted, some economic activities may come to a standstill, people are forced to leave their homes and normal life is disrupted.

Similarly, disruption to industry can lead to loss of livelihoods. Damage to infrastructure also causes long-term impacts, such as disruptions to supplies of clean water, wastewater treatment, electricity, transport, communication, education and health care. Loss of livelihoods, reduction in purchasing power and loss of land value in the floodplains can leave communities economically vulnerable.

Floods can also traumatize victims and their families for long periods of time. The loss of loved ones has deep impacts, especially on children. Displacement from one's home, loss of property and disruption to business and social affairs can cause continuing stress. For some people the psychological impacts can be long lasting.

Water Damage? Some things you may need to know about the drying process.

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

If you happen to get water damage in your home or business you have probably had to get someone out there to dry it out and take care of the problem. have you ever wondered how the drying process works when this happens? Here are some tips on what we do here at SERVPRO of Hancock County to dry out your home or business from water damage.

After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.

SERVPRO professionals will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. They use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. They’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

They also check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process.

If you get any type of water damage do not hesitate to call your local SERVPRO at 419-299-3774.

Is there anyone that can help?

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree A beautifully decorated Christmas Tree

It's 2:00 in the morning on Christmas day. You wake up to nestle the kids Christmas presents under the tree. You're tired but know you must accomplish this task before the kids wake up bright and early at 6am. You walk down the stairs to the basement to grab the presents only to find an inch of water in your basement. Oh no! What do you do? It's Christmas Morning.. you doubt any one is available to help on a holiday! That's when you remember SERVPRO® of Hancock County is always available, 24/7 to make it 'Like it never even happened®'.

You call your local SERVPRO® at 419-299-3774 to get some help. Within an hour, a full crew of SERVPRO® of Hancock County elves come to the rescue at your home to remove the water. By 4:00 am the SERVPRO® of Hancock County elves are quickly working to set up any equipment needed in order to properly dry out your basement. They work quickly and efficiently to be gone before the kids wake up so you can enjoy your Christmas. Rest assured, they are here to help dry up your space as quickly as possible! 

We understand no one wants to have any type of water intrusion in their home - that's where we come in. Always ready, 24/7 to clean up your space, file your insurance claim and help in any way we can to make it, 'Like it never even happened®'.

Water Damage? Oh No!

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

Excessive Water

Did you know SERVPRO® of Hancock County is available 24 hours a day for all water emergencies, large or small? Dealing with a water loss is extremely crucial! A delay of just a few hours can increase the severity of the water damage. A delay of 48 hours or more can also open your possibility to microbial growth!

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies happen on their own timeline, not ours.  That's why we're available 24/7/365 to ensure when your emergency occurs, we're available to help!

Check our our quick links for important notes about water losses.

http://www.SERVPROhancockcounty.com/commercial-water-damage

https://www.SERVPROhancockcounty.com/water-damage-restoration

Our highly trained staff is always here to help.  Whether you have questions in regards to your insurance coverage, the process of your claim or the processes we use to ensure your water loss is properly cleaned up and dried out. All of our staff are available to help you through out the entire process! We understand that emergencies such as these are never expected and can create other issues! That's why it's so important to contact us as soon as you're aware of any water loss. 

Remember we're Here to Help®! You can call us day or night at 419-299-3774 for all your emergency needs! 

April 3rd CE Credit Course

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Hancock County is proud to offer our 2nd CE class of the year.  On April 3rd, 2019 we are offering our SERVPRO® Course number 53713 for insurance professionals. This course has been specifically designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by
professionals in Restorative Drying for Water Damage for the insured. This course has been specifically designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in mitigating and restoring water loss claims for the insured. The purpose o f the course is to provide you, the insurance professional, with a better
understanding of the work performed by the
mitigation vendor at water loss work sites. You will learn emergency tips which can drastically reduce the cost of the claim if performed in a timely manner. We will demonstrate examples of work performed to mitigate water losses. This course will help you better understand what your insured is going through when they have a water loss and the drying procedures that take place.

We're excited for our local insurance agents and adjusters to join us in learning about Restorative Drying for Water Damage.  Our owner, Rick Franks has 20+ years of experience in the Restoration business. If you're interested in getting a list of all our future classes, check out our Events page at SERVPRO® of Hancock County Events.

You can also email Deborah Mericle for our class offerings this year or to secure your spot today!

Water & Flooding in Findlay, Ohio

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Findlay, Ohio is notorious for being located in a flood zone. It’s important to ask about flood zones when looking for homes in the area, and if you do live in a flood zone, it’s a great idea to have flood insurance. Although SERVPRO® of Hancock County would be more than happy to help you with any water damage that you may have due to flooding, we’d like to share some advice with our readers about flooding in our area, and what you can do about it.

We’ve recently experienced a warm spell after a great amount of snow and are expecting this next weekend quite a bit of rainfall, which has and will result in a large amount of basements to flood, both in and around the Hancock County area. Even after the rainfall has stopped, you’re still noticing a higher amount of water in your home. What’s happening? The ground around your home is still soft and saturated with water. When something reaches it’s highest level of saturation, the liquid tries to find a way out. In this case, the ground is holding water, in which it wants to get rid of, so the water can seep into your home through tiny cracks in the foundation.

The best way to prevent this problem is to have a contractor take a look at your home’s foundation, and consider having any issues fixed. Once you notice water in your home, it’s important that you call us immediately at 419-299-3774. If you have flood or home insurance, then we can help you make a claim and process that with your insurance company as thoroughly as possible. We're available 24/7 for all your emergency needs!

Snow and the Home

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Snow on your roof?

Storms of any kind can leave your home with minor to extreme damages. We're prepping for a few days of snow to fall, dropping temperatures, blowing snow, slippery roads, and more. Have you ever considered what snow can do to your home?

With snow, typically comes mid to high wind gusts, sleet in some cases, and very low temperatures. If your home is not equipped with storm windows and doors, then you may be experienced either lost heat from your home and/or cold winds coming inside. Rolling into cold temperatures inside the home, pipes can freeze and burst. If a pipe does burst, you will be left with water damage. It’s important to contact SERVPRO® of Hancock County IMMEDIATELY, as we are the expert water damage restoration and clean up crew.

You can like our Facebook page for updates on jobs that we’re currently working on, before and after pictures, and weather updates for the Hancock County area!

We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help! You can reach us by calling 419-299-3774 or emailing our Production Manager, Chase Perkins for assistance. We work with all insurance companies if you find yourself in need!

SERVPRO® of Hancock County: Serving Findlay residents and many more!

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

This sump pump failure resulted in a flooded crawlspace.
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. Hancock County is notorious for being in a flood zone, and we’re proud to serve our community with our highly trained technicians.

There are a number of reasons why your Hancock County basement could flood, including: 

  • Flooding from Eagle Creek or the Blanchard River
  • 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

SERVPRO® of Hancock County is available 24/7 to assist with your needs. We can be reached at 419-299-3774 or by emailing our Production Manager, Chase at cperkins@SERVPROhancockcounty.com

You can also message us through our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROhancock/

We're here to help! We will work with your insurance company to make the process easier for you.  See our blog post about water damage prevention to help save your home before water damage occurs!

Sewer Back up and Water Damage

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Our HEROES are here to help!

Many people prepare for basement flooding, leaky windows, fire and more, but what about sewage back up? Sewage back up can cause much more damage to your property than meets the eye.  Flooding is one on the most common causes of sewage back up, however there are numerous other causes as well. Broken or collapsed sewer lines, overgrowth of tree roots into lines, and clogs can cause sewage back up as well. It is important to refrain from flushing foreign objects and pouring grease or oil down your drain.

HOW WE CAN HELP

SERVPRO® of Hancock County has highly trained technicians who specialize in restoration. With our 24/7 available emergency service and our trained team, we leave you with results that look “Like it never even happened®.” Our team has expert experience in advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying.

THE WATER RESTORATION PROCESS

What you can do if sewage back up has caused water damage to your home or business…

STEP 1: Contact SERVPRO® of Hancock County immediately! You can do this by either calling us at 419-299-3774, or requesting help online at www.SERVPROhancockcounty.com.

STEP 2: Upon arrival to your property, our team will inspect the damage and create a detailed plan to follow as their next steps.

STEP 3: Our SERVPRO® team will use submersible pumps and industrial vacuums to eliminate the amount of water in your home or business. The quicker our team removes the water, the quicker that the drying process can begin. Carpet and padding will be removed if needed.

STEP 4: Once the water is removed from the affected area, technicians will use industrial dehumidification equipment and track the progress of that equipment to ensure a timely drying process.

STEP 5: Cleaning of any and all affected areas will be done with the proper products and equipment.

STEP 6: In order to restore your home or business to its previous conditions, our team may need to conduct drywall removal, hardwood floor repair, tile floor repair, carpet repair, and painting.

Tips to Help Prevent Water Damage

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

The stress of handling after-flood water damage can cause an interruption for you. Here are a few tips to help prevent water damage and flooding in your home:

  1. Clean Your Spouting and Gutters. If your home is located underneath large trees, it is a good idea to remove debris from your gutters in order to prevent clogging. Clogged debris could cause water overflow and damage to your walls and siding.
  2. Check Your Door and Window Sealing. In the event of heavy downpours, you will want to make sure that there are no gaps or holes in the sealing of doors and windows. This will prevent water from seeping in through the gaps and possibly causing water damage to your home. If water comes in through the sealant, then it may cause damage to other sections of the sealant as well.
  3. Check Your Sump Pump. Check the sump pit for debris and clogging. Ensure that the float switch is working properly. This will allow the sump pump to correctly switch on and off when water levels change. Have a plumper check your sump pump to see if any updates or new installments are needed.
  4. Locate Your Water Valve. In the event that there is flooding in your home, and you can find the source, shut off the water valve if possible. Although the water will still be in your home, this will ensure that no new amounts of water enter the home from that valve.

You can always reach out to us at 419-299-3774 if you have any questions!

Frozen Pipes? We're here to help!

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

During the winter months, pipes can become frozen and burst. It’s very important that you respond to a broken pipe immediately as it causes water damage, and possibly electrical damage, to your home. SERVPRO® of Hancock County can help assist you with your water damage and make it “Like it never even happened®.” We will also work with your insurance company throughout the process.

PREVENTION

  • Allowing your faucets to drip can keep the water flow in motion, which can help to prevent freezing.
  • If any pipes are located on the perimeter of your home, be sure to check the areas around your windows and doors for cold air intrusion.
  • Having a higher quality or thicker insulation can assist in keeping areas of your home warmer where pipes may be located.

WHAT TO DO IF A PIPE BURSTS

  • Shut off your water immediately.
  • If the pipe and water are near electric lines or outlets, shut off the electricity in that area.
  • If there are any important possessions in the affected area, remove them if it is safe for you to do so.
  • Call SERVPRO® of Hancock County! 419-299-3774

We'll guide you through the entire process and assist you with all the steps.

24/7 Emergency Water Damage Service

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Hancock County is here to assist 24/7 with your mitigation needs.

SERVPRO of Hancock County 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.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Hancock County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

http://www.SERVPROhancockcounty.com/commercial-water-damage

  • 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.
  • More Than 1 Week:
  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

SERVPRO® Can Help With Your Commercial Damage

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

The Hilton Garden Inn of Findlay, Ohio Pre Opening Water Damage

Disaster can strike at any moment. Pipes can burst, equipment may stop working, or there may be a flood. It’s important to prepare for all situations, but even then, sometimes you cannot control them. When your business experiences a disaster, you are forced to temporarily close, which results in lost revenue and lost customers.

SERVPRO® of Hancock County can not only provide you with water and fire damage restoration, but we can use our advanced technology to clean the damaged contents as well. It’s important that we begin the restoration process on your place of business as quickly as possible. This will ensure that our technicians can do their job as correctly and quickly as possible in order to help you reopen your business. Our goal is to help you reopen your business as fast as we can and leave results looking “Like it never even happened®”.

Don’t let your business close and lose money, call SERVPRO® of Hancock County as soon as you experience damage at (419)-299-3774.

You can also reach out to us through our website at:

https://www.SERVPROhancockcounty.com/contact/contactus

or by emailing our Production Manager, Chase Perkins at:

cperkins@SERVPROhancockcounty.com

Storms & Flooding

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Floods can strike anywhere and at any time. It’s important to know whether or not your home is located in a flood zone. If it is, then you should begin preparations immediately, and always have a plan of action.

BEFORE THE FLOOD

You can install “check valves” into your sewer traps to prevent the flood from backing up your sewage and sump pump. Basement walls are prone to cracking and moisture build up. This can be resolved by waterproofing your basement by sealing the walls. This step will always help to prevent microbial growth.

DURING THE FLOOD

Electrical currents can run through water, making standing water dangerous in some cases. If it’s safe to do so, shut off the electricity to any areas affected by flood water. Since standing flood water may contain contaminated contents, try to avoid walking through the water.

AFTER THE FLOOD

In many cases, floods can cause the public water supply to become dangerous to consume. Keep an eye out for water alerts from your local news service. If you have flood insurance, it’s important to understand what is covered and what is not.

SERVPRO® OF HANCOCK COUNTY & STORM DAMAGE

SERVPRO® of Hancock County can respond immediately to your location. Our technicians are professionally trained through the IICRC to perform water removal and extraction to the affected areas of your home. We treat our community members and customers like family, so that you can rest easy knowing the job will be done by people who care.  

Call us directly at 419-299-3774 for help.