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Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes From Bursting

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes From Bursting Make sure you are prepared this winter if your pipes burst, be sure to call SERVPRO of Hazel Park.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes From Bursting This Winter

Outdoor Tips:

  1.  Wrap outside faucets
  2.  Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  3.  Disconnect garden hoses.
  4.  Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

Indoor Tips:

  1.  Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  2.  Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  3.  Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.

More Information

Another common cause of water damage is a burst pipe. When pipes deteriorate or freeze, they are susceptible to bursting. For this reason, it's important to have your pipes regularly inspected. Also, be sure that you check the areas that could start corroding. One of the factors that contribute to bursting pipes is high pressure. To reduce pressure, have a valve installed or simply replace the plumbing.

 Although recognizing common causes of water damage can help prevent it from transpiring on your property, there's still a chance that it could occur. If it does, you can trust the water damage remediation experts of SERVPRO to fix the problem quickly and correctly. Our IICRC-certified technicians use contemporary methodologies and cutting edge equipment to expedite each component of the remediation process. Moreover, we offer the personalized care that will keep you calm and comfortable throughout the restoration process. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Heating Safety

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heating Safety It is important to understand how to safely and properly heat your homes during the winter. Be careful not to cause a fire or smoke damage.

HEATING SAFETY

The winter season is in full swing- the days are shorter and the temperature is lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather.  In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters and wood burning stoves.  Heating is the second leading cause of home fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating related fire.

  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • All heaters need space. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the heating equipment.
  • Plug space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • When using fuel-burning heaters, use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and business. Test alarms monthly.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk During Biohazard Cleanup

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk During Biohazard Cleanup SERVPRO of Hazel Park is certified to remove and cleanup any biohazard situation.

Dissecting Biohazard Cleanup: Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk

By Tim Reifsteck

When compared to a fire or water loss, property damage resulting from a suicide, murder or unattended death poses greater risk and complexity for the adjuster, the biohazard cleanup company, and of course, the policyholder. Many cleaning and restoration companies will offer bioremediation services, but only those that specialize in this area, like SERVPRO of Hazel Park, truly understand the science and intricacies of the bioremediation and decontamination process. In order to minimize risk for the insurance carrier and ensure the safety of the policy holder, it’s important to realize the inherent challenges of bioremediation and the processes and standards that every biohazard cleanup professional must adhere to.

Am I liable for an improper biohazard cleanup?

At some point in their careers, insurance professionals may have experienced sticker shock from a bioremediation claim. How could the biohazard cleanup of a single room cost more than recovering an entirely flooded home? It might be tempting to retain a trusted property damage restoration company at a lower cost, but doing so may put the insurer at risk for a lawsuit.

Consider a recent case where a general cleaning company was hired to sanitize a home after 600 pounds of deer meat rotted in a family’s garage due to a power outage. Following the cleaning, the homeowners reported that the rotting stench still remained throughout the house and that some family members became ill. Experts who were brought in to investigate the situation determined that the enduring smell and sickness resulted from inefficiencies in the cleaning process, such as the failure to seal concrete surfaces.

Why is bioremediation so complex?

Many biohazard situations pose grave health risks to policy holders and cleanup companies because of the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time – up to 16 days after death, depending on the temperature and surrounding environment. Exposure to bloodborne viruses can occur due to direct contact with non-intact skin, accidental injury from biological fragments, inhalation and exposure from splashes of blood or bio fluid to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering the health risks, bioremediation specialists must follow stringent employee safety regulations and meticulous decontamination procedures that most cleanup crews are not accustomed to.

Separately, biohazard situations can lead to hidden dangers that an average property restoration technician might not even consider. For example, in a water damage emergency, floor boards and drywall might be removed because they are visibly warped and unsalvageable. Then the rest of the structure can be dried out. In contrast, blood can seep through grout and in-between floorboards, even through subflooring. There is no other way to clean the damage but to remove all affected materials – if new wood floors are installed over the blood spill or if tiles are simply wiped down, the remaining bio matter can spread disease, release odors and further damage the property.

How do I evaluate a bioremediation provider?

To determine whether or not a company is qualified to handle a biohazard situation, insurance professionals need a deeper understanding of proper bioremediation standards and what it takes to fully decontaminate a property. These are the key things to inquire about when choosing a vendor for a biohazard cleanup:

OSHA Compliance – These regulations are in place to protect the biohazard company employees and to prevent injury and potential liability for all involved. All supervisors and field technicians should be trained in the following OSHA programs: Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication, Asbestos Awareness, Heat Illness, Fall Protection, Lift Safety, Lock Out – Tag Out, and Power Tool Safety. A common misstep among restoration companies is that they only comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards, instead of all the aforementioned areas.

EPA and State Environmental Agency Compliance – The disposal of medical waste must be in accordance with federal, state and/or local regulations. Not all biohazard remediation companies are licensed to transport or store medical waste so it’s essential to understand if/how they comply with the local and national standards. The cleaning company can incur hefty fines if medical waste is not disposed of properly. Also, employees need to be trained in the proper use of cleaning agents – this can be more complicated than it seems, as many agents will become inactive if not measured and diluted properly.

Reporting/Testing – A reputable company should be able to deliver a detailed report which catalogs every step of the cleanup process. This should include photos of the entire process as well, so the policy holder and adjuster understand why some structural materials needed to be removed, what was disposed, why the employees went through a certain amount of protective equipment, etc. They should also have equipment available to check for non-visible but active biological fluids and other contaminants so that it is certain when an area is considered disinfected.

Sensitivity Training – Dealing with a flood or fire can be extremely traumatic, but it does not compare to the loss of loved one. During these traumatic situations, the family members often stay at home so it is imperative that the workers in their home are compassionate and considerate. The biohazard cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of Hazel Park understand the need for the family to deal with only one point person in order to avoid confusion or conflicting updates. They have been trained to eliminate alarming language from their vocabulary and speak empathetically with the policyholder.

When it comes to biohazard remediation, there is no quick solution. The fact that there are no laws protecting policy holders through a biohazard cleaning process puts the responsibility on the insurance carrier to work with bioremediation specialists who follow strict safety standards and cleanup procedures. If the insurance carrier directs the cleanup process and even one of the above points is neglected, they might be held liable for any further health and property damages resulting from the improper cleanup. It is important to remember that you can’t put a price tag on the peace of mind that a policy holder needs after a traumatic crime or death occurred in their home or place of business.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency and your mold cleanup. When there is mold in a home or business in Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Hazel Park, Warren, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Information provided by: http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2013/10/22/238753.htm

Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home This is mold from water damage on a ceiling. SERVPRO of Hazel Park has the resources & personnel to help get your home or business back together.

Identifying Mold & Mildew In your House

Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home

Mold causes the deterioration of organic matter. Dampness creates ideal conditions for mold, and it feeds off of organic materials such as drywall, wood or cloth. After water damage has occurred, mold can begin growing in as quickly as two days.

This means that standing water needs to be removed and cleaned up as soon as you notice it. This eliminates the ideal growing conditions that allow for mold to take root.

You should always hire a company, like SERVPRO of Hazel Park, that has undergone extensive training and is certified in IICRC-the most trusted certification for mold removal.

Their training includes the ability to:

– Determine where water is coming from
– Identify the presence of mold
– Ensure mold does not spread any further
– Remediate mold
– Utilize thorough drying techniques to ensure mold does not return
– Restore property or advise on methods necessary to do so

Identifying the Mold

Mold has no set appearance and it can be any number of colors, including black, gray, white, green or pink.

One sure sign is visible identification of mold. But if the mold is unusual-looking you might not even realize what you are seeing. Mold can form in clusters or spots and it can grow in places you may not be able to see.

Determining the Presence of Mold

Our experts can find mold wherever it may be hiding. They know which signs to look for to determine if mold is present. These include:

– Visible signs of mold
– Musty odors
– Humid conditions
– Signs of long-term dampness
– Stained or discolored floors and walls
– Peeled paint and bubbling wallpaper
– Warped walls and bowed supports
– Damp surfaces

What Causes Mold?

Mold is likely growing in your home if you have moisture there. Many types of moisture problems can lead to mold growth. These include damp clothing, leaky pipes, roof leaks, a lack of ventilation, floods, water in the basement, and condensation.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Some Helpful Tip Prior to The Arrival of SERVPRO of Hazel Park

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Here are some helpful tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO®

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

 Water Damage Services

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.
  • Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-Site or Move Out.
  • Structural Restoration Services.
  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

25 Restoration Terms Defined

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

General 25 Restoration Terms Defined SERVPRO of Hazel Park is a 24/7 Emergency Response Company. We are here to help, whenever you need us!

25 Restoration Terms Defined

Whenever dealing with an unfamiliar topic, you are sure to come across some terminology that is new to you. Here are some of the most commonly used terms in restoration.

Air Mover: A unit that produces a high rate of airflow to accelerate the drying process

Agent: The person at an insurance company that interprets a policy and works with contractors involved in restoration.

Adjuster: Insurance claims adjuster who advocates for the policyholder in appraising and negotiating an insurance claim

Anti-Microbial Solutions: Cleaning products used to remove microorganisms from materials and prevent them from returning.

Bacteria: A very large group of microorganisms comprising one of the three domains of living organisms.

Blood borne Pathogens: Harmful microorganisms present in blood that could cause disease or death in humans.

Claim: What you file when looking to collect money to make repairs from your insurance company.

Containment Area: Temporary plastic barriers that are used during mold removal projects to contain mold spores and work to a smaller area.

Dehumidifier: Used to pull water vapor out of the air and bring moisture levels back to normal conditions.

Demolition: Point of work prior to drying where all saturated drywall, carpet, insulation are removed and discarded.

Dermal: Contact of the skin is a way that your body can absorb essential nutrients and harmful substances

Drying Time: Period of time where dehumidifiers and air movers are placed within the property, typically 48-72 hours to remove all remaining moisture from the air and structural materials.

Extraction: The initial step of a water damage restoration where excess water is removed from a property via pumping equipment.

Hepatotoxic: A poison that damages the cells of the liver.

Humidity: Measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air.

Ingestion: Consuming essential nutrients and harmful substances through eating is another form of absorption

Inhalation: Breathing is one way body absorbs essential nutrients and harmful substances

Inspector: Designated party to interpret the severity of situation and offer recommendations on what does and does not need to be done; preferably a separate entity from those fixing the issues.

Malaise: Malaise is a generalized feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being.

Moisture Meter: Tool used to detect amount of moisture within walls or materials and help locate sources of water intrusion.

Mold Testing: Air and surface samples taken to identify the species and quantity of mold present within a property.

Hygroscopic: Any material that absorbs and retains moisture retains moisture or water vapor from air is known to be.

Mycotoxin: Is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by organisms of the fungi kingdom, commonly known as molds.

Psychrometry: The measurement of the humidity content of the air by use of a psychrometric.

Thermal Imaging Camera: Tool used to detect temperature change and locate points of water intrusion.

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 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Definitions provided by: SERVPRO net training videos, http://www.dictionary.com/ and http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/water-damage/

Routine Home Maintenance: What To Do After You Move In

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

General Routine Home Maintenance: What To Do After You Move In Routine Home Maintenance: What To Do After You Move In. Complete these tasks after you move into your new home.

Routine Home Maintenance: What To Do After You Move In

Complete these tasks after you move into your new home.

Written by Master Builders Association

So, you’ve just moved into your brand new home. You shopped around and did a lot of research to find the home that was just right for you. You signed a big pile of documents at closing, the moving trucks have left, all the boxes are unpacked, and all your belongings are in their proper places. What should you do now?

  1. Change your filters

One of the most important things to remember is that you are responsible for certain routine maintenance items to keep your house functioning properly. These tasks tend to be relatively simple. For instance, many types of heating and air conditioning systems contain filters to remove dirt and dust from the air. A homeowner should change these filters when necessary.

  1. Get rid of dust and dirt

Cleanliness is a factor that will make your home last longer and work better. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to clean it with a substance that does not scratch or damage the finishes.

  1. Check your exterior

On the outside of your home, make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.

  1. Read your warranty

When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if your roof begins to leak after six months because of faulty workmanship, your warranty would cover that. If you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs. Also, some items, such as appliances, may be covered by manufacturer’s warranties and are not the responsibility of the builder.

You should fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait to read your warranty until a problem arises. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200.

Information Provided by: http://porch.com/advice/routine-home-maintenance-what-to-do-after-you-move-in/

Spring Cleaning Is Around The Corner

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Is Around The Corner Spring Cleaning Is Just Ahead!

SPRING CLEANING IS AROUND THE CORNER

Even though it is only March….It is not a bad time to start thinking about Spring Cleaning. Below is a great article about spring cleaning tips and how to get it done fast.

Spring Cleaning Tips – Get Your Spring Cleaning Done Fast!

By Meredith Maloski

It’s dirty work but someone has to do it and I’m willing to bet your the designated person (I know I am) but don’t spend more time cleaning then you have to! Follow these spring cleaning tips to get your chores done fast.

Alright, so we all know that we have to do spring cleaning on our house if we want our house to be clean and less stressful. If you are like me then some of the cleaning gets put off a bit in the winter with the rationalization the we have to be able to open the house up some to really get our house clean.

No problems. It is soon to be spring so we have to do the dirty work now. No more procrastinating. We can get fresh air in our homes and get our house clean but don’t spend more time then you need to.

So without further ado here are some spring cleaning tips to get your housework done fast.

  1. The first spring cleaning tip is to make a list of what you want to accomplish.For me this makes my work go super quick.

Why you ask?

Good question!

When you make a detailed list of what you want to accomplish you will spend way less time wondering around your house doing this or that’s. You need focused effort when doing spring cleaning or it will take forever.

So how do you make your spring cleaning checklist?

Well the first thing you need to do is to walk around each room and look at what you have not cleaned in a while. This includes fans, under couches, walls, etc. Don’t forget the corners at the ceilings.

A great way to get cobwebs is simply with a broom. A broom will reach up to the top of the wall with no problem so that means no climbing for you.

Go through each room and make a checklist of what you need to accomplish that way you can systematically go through each room and get it done.

When you try to do spring cleaning without a checklist you will end up going from thing to thing without ever really finishing your first job.

  1. Another tip for spring cleaning is to make sure you use the right cleaners for the job.

A common mistake made when cleaning (and I used to be guilty of this too) is that we use one or two multipurpose cleaners to clean everything in the house. As far as spring cleaning tips goes this is important because using a multi cleaner for everything means that you will be spending way to much time scrubbing when you do not need to.

So what kind of cleaners should you be using for your spring cleaning?

You want to make sure that the cleaners you are using are the appropriate ones for the job. For example, if you are cleaning the bathroom you should be using a bathroom cleaner that is made for soap scum. If you are not then you are going to be spending way to much time getting your shower clean.

If you are trying to get your floor back to it’s original color make sure you use a floor cleaner and actually use a scrub brush instead of just a mop. You will spend less time spring cleaning your kitchen floor with a scrub brush then you would trying to get it sparkling clean with a mop and it will come out nicer.

  1. In the list of spring cleaning tips is painting your walls.

Technically this is not cleaning but painting your walls is an easy, inexpensive way to really make your house shine and it is perfect to do in the spring because you need to be able to have your windows open to paint.

If you would like your house to have a light airy feel to it choose a light color. If you have found a darker color that you absolutely love then paint one of your four walls with the darker color and the rest a lighter color. The contrast will be stunning.

  1. The best of the spring cleaning tips is to learn how to clean your house fast.

When you have mastered how to speed clean your house then your spring cleaning chores will be done lickity split and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the spring weather instead of getting your house back up to par.

I learned how to my house fast from a great book on speed cleaning [http://speedcleaninginfo.com] so my spring cleaning chores are finished in a fraction of the time it used to take me to do them, so now I have more time to enjoy the things I love doing, not dread doing.

Not only that but since I learned the art of speed cleaning my home, I no longer have to dread unexpected guest arriving or spend all day everyday cleaning my house the rest of the year either.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Meredith_Maloski

How to Avoid Pricey Homeowners Insurance Claims

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

General How to Avoid Pricey Homeowners Insurance Claims In this article, learn tips to avoid making a pricey homeowners insurance claim.

How to Avoid Pricey Homeowners Insurance Claims

You don't need to be a pro to be proactive

Sure, that spring breeze wafting through the open windows is nice (unless you have allergies), but wind has a nasty side, too: Wind damage is responsible for about one in four homeowners’ claims, according to Travelers Insurance, making it the most common reason to file.

But wind is far from the only reason homeowners file insurance claims. Travelers tallied up the most frequent—and most expensive—offenders, and the resulting list is surprisingly diverse.

In general, weather-related damage makes up just over 50% of claims. The costliest damage, though, comes from fire, which accounted for almost a quarter of total claim costs. Water damage not related to weather—say your upstairs neighbor’s bathtub overflows, or your hot water heater springs a leak and floods your basement—is responsible for about one in five claims, more than is attributable to weather-related water damage.

While emergencies can strike without warning, insurance experts say there are a number of things homeowners can do to mitigate the risk of damage caused by different events.

Wind Damage

“When houses are exposed to high winds, roofs are most susceptible to damage, followed by walls and openings such as skylights,” said Scott Humphrey, a risk control expert at Travelers Insurance.

Given the prevalence of wind-related damage, your vigilance about the stability of your roof should begin as soon as you buy a home. “Don’t assume that your home inspector will do or did a roof inspection,” said Trulia.com spokeswoman Daisy Kong. Call a professional roofer, who will be able to tell you if your roof has any structural, insulation, or drainage issues.

Look around your property to see what could possibly land on the roof (or your car or your pool while you’re at it). “Falling trees and tree limbs are among the leading causes of wind damage to home exteriors,” said Robert Hartwig, president and economist at the Insurance Information Institute. “Make sure that trees are properly trimmed and that dead trees are removed,” he said—and that goes for any of your neighbors’ trees that hang over your property, too.

If strong winds are in the forecast, bring in your patio furniture and the kids’ toys, Hartwig said—they can easily become projectiles— and if you live in an area that’s prone to hurricanes, you might want to consider investing in storm shutters or tie-down apparatus.

Water Damage

Even if you’re not in a flood zone, a water main break or a nearby flooded body of water could mean water in your house. Mitigate this by being proactive and looking to see which way your yard slopes. “It’s not difficult to have the dirt and grass regraded so it slopes gently away from the house toward the yard instead of into the house,” Kong said. “This can help prevent a flooded basement or first floor of a home.”

There are several upkeep and maintenance items you can check on your own to prevent water damage. Make sure the caulking around bathroom fixtures is intact, check for cracks or wear in washing machine hoses, and watch for leaking valves or flappers in toilets. And make sure you know where the main shut-off valve for your home’s water supply is located, Humphrey advised.

Outdoors, he said, “clear debris from exterior drains and gutters and repair damaged gutters and downspouts” to assure that water can drain safely away from the foundation. Examine the caulking and seals around windows to see if they are tight and not weathered or cracked.

Avoid a flood caused by bursting pipes by taking action before freezing weather sets in. Insulate pipes that are potentially exposed to prolonged cold, and if you’re going away during the winter, don’t turn your heat off entirely. The money you’re looking to save off your energy bill won’t be worth it if you come home to a flooded house.

Fire Damage

Many fires are caused by faulty or damaged wiring. “Checking the wiring is important whether the home is old, recently renovated, or is newly built,” Kong said. You’ll need to hire an electrician to do this, but a step you can take on your own is to check the wires outside your house for signs of damage caused by animals. “Mice and other rodents often chew on electrical insulation.”

In the kitchen, keep the area around your range and oven clean. “Built up food splatter or grease can later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on,” Humphrey warned. In the laundry room, keep dryer vents and lint filters free of build-up that could ignite.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency. When water damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights, or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

**From: http://time.com/money/4291638/avoid-pricey-homeowners-insurance-claims-claims/

10 Reasons Why Your Basement Is Wet

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 10 Reasons Why Your Basement Is Wet A wet or flooded basement can be caused by a few things, make sure you are prepared for anything to happen.

10 Reasons Why Your Basement is Wet

So you’ve found standing water or other signs of moisture in your basement (like damp walls or mold). You need to find the cause immediately, because nearly all problems that lead to wet basements will get worse with time—and will be much harder and more expensive to fix. Here are ten common reasons why your basement may be wet.

Exterior Sources

  1. Believe it or not, the source of the water entering the basement may actually be a leak in your roof. When water gets in because of damaged shingles or another roof weakness, it tends to run along the tresses in the roof and into the walls. From there, it will often go all the way down to the basement.
  2. Clogged, damaged, or overtaxed gutters are a very common source of basement water. When water overflows the gutters or downspouts, it’s going to run right up against the foundation of your home and can easily get into the basement.
  3. A high water table can cause problems for your basement, even if the structure of your home and foundation are sound. This can be especially frustrating since there’s not much you can do about it other than make sure you have a functioning sump pump and good foundation drains.
  4. The slope of the pavement and/or landscaping around your home should always be away from the house. When paving materials or soil settles, it can sometimes change the direction of the slope so water flows toward the house rather than away from it.
  5. If water shows up in your basement right after a heavy rain, there’s a good chance that the sealant around your windows and doors might be failing. Caulking around doors and windows deteriorates over time and must be replaced, as must mortar between bricks. Cracks in walls or on window ledges should be repaired quickly.
  6. Snow and rainwater can build up in window wells quickly if they don’t have proper drainage built in. This can lead to dampness or even a flow of water into the basement.

Interior Sources

  1. Water in your basement isn’t necessarily from outside your home. The problem may be a leak in your plumbing, which means waterproofing your basement isn’t going to help.
  2. Even if your plumbing hasn’t sprung a leak, you may have water pipes that are sweating and dripping onto the basement floor. This happens because of the temperature difference between the pipe and the surrounding air, so insulation is an easy way to solve this problem.
  3. Excess humidity can also cause condensation on walls and windows. This could be a sign that you need to insulate the basement, or it could be caused by something like a dryer vent.
  4. If you notice the water is coming up through drains in the basement, it’s probably a backed-up municipal sewer system. You can install a backflow valve that will prevent this.

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