Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage and Your Appliances.

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage and Your Appliances. 

Any appliance with whose pipes or other fixtures feed into a water line has the potential to develop clogs or spring leaks that can lead to serious water damage if left unchecked. Below are the five most common sources of water damage we see most often.  

  1. Refrigerators.  The most common source of water damage we see is refrigerators. Most refrigerators are fitted with drain lines or ice makers. Drain lines in refrigerators can easily clog, which can cause water to puddle around the bottom of the fridge. Ice makers in refrigerators can cause water damage when the water supply line springs a leak.  
  2. Dishwashers. Faulty float switches or strainers clogged with food and debris can cause dishwashers to overflow and pour water into your home.  
  3. Washing Machines.  Clogged floor drains and loose hose connections are usually the main reasons why washing machines overflow. 
  4. Water Heaters. A faulty temperature and pressure relief valve, a leaky plumbing connection, or corrosion can cause your water heater to malfunction and flood your home. 
  5. Toilets. Overflowing toilets are usually caused by a clogged drain or a malfunctioning float that allows too much water to flow into the tank. 

3 Common Types Of Water Damage and How To Prevent Them.

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

3 Common Types Of Water Damage and How To Prevent Them.

You control every aspect of your home, from your decor down to the ac. Unfortunately, you cannot always control when disaster decides to strike. Water damage can be especially destructive. Although you can't control when or if you will have water damage, there are a few things you can do to minimize the risk. 

  1. Sewer Back-Up: To prevent your sewer from backing up, make sure the main wastewater pipe is fitted with a backflow valve. This valve will need to be inspected regularly by a plumber. 
  2. Groundwater infiltration: A sump pump is recommended to alleviate groundwater from flooding your home. We recommend installing an emergency generator so the pump will always be ready to operate at all times. 
  3. Water Heaters: Water heaters do not last forever. Rust will eventually damage the tank and cause leaks. However, this can be prevented by installing a tray or drip pan under your water heater. Once your water heater reaches ten years old, it needs to be inspected regularly.  

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4 Steps To Keep Your Basement Dry

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

4 Steps To Keep Your Basement Dry. 

A wet basement feels and smells nasty. It can ruin floors, walls, and create mold growth. The first step to successfully stopping your basement from flooding is to identify the root problem. Here are four strategies you can use to keep your basement dry. 

  1. Add gutter extensions: if your downspouts are dumping water less than 5ft away from your home, you can add plastic or metal gutter extension to guide water further out. 
  2. Plug gaps:  Do you notice water dripping through cracks or gaps around plumbing pipes? You can plug these yourself using hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk.  
  3. Restore the crown:  Your home should sit on a "crown" of soil that slopes at least 6 inches over the first 10 feet in all directions. You can build this back with a shovel and dirt. 
  4. Reshape the landscape: Create a berm (a mound of dirt) or a swale (a wide, shallow ditch) landscape features that redirect water long before it reaches your house. 

 If you have water damage in your basement call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993! 

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4 Tips To Protect Your Home From Flooding

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is the leading cause of damage to homes. Other than being prepared to evacuate in case of a flood, there are several things you can do to your Pickens County home to minimize water damage. We made a list of simple steps you can take to keep your home safe. 

  1. Seal any cracks in your foundation: Use mortar or masonry caulk to fill in any gaps in the foundation.
  2. Have your lawn graded away from your home: If you notice rainwater pooling around your foundation, your yard may be tilted towards your home. 
  3. Install a flood sensor: A flood sensor can detect a small leak before it can cause significant damage. 
  4. Relocate your expensive or sentimental items to higher ground: If floodwaters are coming, move your valuables to higher areas to protect them. 

 If you have flood damage call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993! 

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No Water Damage Is Too Big For SERVPRO of Pickens County

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

After noticing his dishwasher leaking, this homeowner decided to call SERVPRO of Pickens County. Our crew arrived promptly and immediately began the extraction process. Unfortunately, the damage was much more severe than the homeowner thought. Upon further inspection, our team found that the continuous hard floors in the home showed significant signs of water damage. After taking a few moisture readings, the crew discovered the subfloor was saturated with water and brittle. Before we began removing the floors, we removed the homeowner's furniture, keepsakes, and other belongings in these areas. The items were packed up and moved to our safe and secure storage space. Once the moveout was complete, our team began removing the cabinets and flooring. Then special drying equipment was set up to dry out the structure. After the structure was completely dry, we prepped the areas for the restoration process.

When Your Basement Floods Call SERVPRO of Pickens County.

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

What do you do when you walk in your home and find that your basement is flooded with water? The very first step you should take for a successful recovery is to call SERVPRO of Pickens County. That's what this customer did after discovering this mess. Our crew went out and assessed the damage and put together a comprehensive plan that would have the structure dry in a couple of days. Equipment was set up to dry out the wet areas. Then the demolition process was started. We took moisture readings and monitored every day until the structure was dry. The customer loved the daily updates and was ecstatic over the finished product.

When you have a disaster don't wait - call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993!

Don't Panic Call SERVPRO of Pickens County

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

The water heater burst and dumped mass amounts of water into this home. The kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, closet, and living room all suffered from water damage. SERVPRO of Pickens County responded with equipment ready to make it "Like it never even happened." We started the mitigation process by extracting the standing water. Then our team removed materials that were not salvageable.  The carpet padding, vinyl flooring, and part of the drywall were removed to aid in the drying process. Our crew worked fast to prevent any mold growth or secondary damage. Special drying equipment was set up to ensure that the different areas would be dry. We monitored daily and kept up with the drying process through daily moisture readings. The homeowner was ecstatic with the final result and our quick response time. 

Ruptured Water Line Versus Hardwood Floors

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Hardwoods

This homeowner called SERVPRO of Pickens County after noticing a few changes in their hardwood flooring. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to them the main water line in their home had ruptured. The water went untouched for a week before signs of damage began to appear. When our team arrived, most of the hardwood flooring displayed signs of severe water damage. Our production team surveyed the damage and determined the best course of action to mitigate the damage. To start the process, the crew moved the customer's belongings and furniture outside of the home and into a safe and secure location. The team then began the process of removing the flooring and set up special drying equipment to stabilize the work areas. After a few days, all the damaged hardwoods had been demoed, and the wet areas had been dried out. 

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From a Flood

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From a Flood: 

To prevent water damage from a flood from ruining your home use these tips and tricks. 

  1. Have your plumber check the sump-pit and sumps pump (if you have them) to ensure they are working correctly and not blocked. 
  2. Ask your plumber about installing a backwater valve. This device stops water and sewage from coming back into the house during heavy rainfall. 
  3. Invest in water leak sensors and alarms that alert you to leaks in the home. 
  4. Keep your floor drains clear of obstructions. 
  5. Seal cracks around windows and in the basement, foundation and floors. 
  6. Protect your HVAC system. If possible have a professional elevate the furnace and hot water tank, to get it off the basement floor.
  7. Install shelves in your basement to keep items off your floor. Do not keep valuables and important documents in the basement. Store them upstairs where they are less likely to become damaged. 
  8. Do not pour fats, oils, and grease down your drain. They can solidify and clog pipes. 
  9. When there is heavy rain minimize your water use.  

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From A Flood: Inside The Home

Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof

Replace Missing Shingles as Soon as Possible: Cracked, bent, and missing shingles provide an opportunity for leaks. 

Fix Ponding Surfaces Immediately: If pools of standing water are on your roof after it rains, you could have a big problem. Ponding can leave you vulnerable to rot and leaks. 

Clean Your Gutters Regularly: Gutters carry rainwater and rain runoff away from your roof and siding. If your gutters are clogged, they can't function properly. Lookout for leaks, rusted or twisted gutters. These could present problems down the line. 

Inspect Flashing Around Vents, Valleys, chimneys, Pipes, Skylights, and other Punctures and Seals: Any place where there are opening or joints in your roof, there is a potential for leaks. 

Keep an Eye on Your Attic Ceiling: You can spot leaks through the damage on your attic ceiling. If you notice damaged or moldy insulation, rotting, stained boards or ceiling tiles, puckering or discolored sheetrock, you might have a leak. 

Remove Ice Dam Buildup During Heavy Snows: You can prevent ice dams manually by using a roof rake to scrape off the snow and ice. 

Best Ways To Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof  

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage To Your Pickens County Home

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage To Your Pickens County Home

Water is very invasive and can quickly spread throughout your property in a matter of minutes, absorbing into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Pickens County is always here to help whenever you may have a flood or water damage emergency. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent water damage from happening to your Pickens County home.

Be Careful Where You Plant: Some plants and trees have invasive roots. These roots can grow into water lines and cause major damage to your home. Be mindful of sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes and septic tanks when planting.

Clean Out Roof Gutters: Clogged gutters can cause water to pour into your foundation, the roof, or your basement. A good way to prevent this is to remove any leaves, bird's nests, sticks, etc from gutters.

Keep An Eye On Your Water Bill: If you notice your water bill increasing, or you receive one that is unusually high, then you may have a leak somewhere. Keep a close eye on your water bill to avoid prolonged water damage to your home.

Use A Drain Snake Instead Of Unclogging Materials: Clogs are inevitable. There is no way to avoid them, but there are better ways to clear them. Chemical drain cleaners can eat away at your pipes and cause leaks. However, a drain snake can cut through most clogs, wont damage your pipes, and is relatively inexpensive.

Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink: When you pour grease down your sink it can congeal and stick to your pipes. This can cause a blockage and some serious damage. Instead, pour grease into an empty container. Once it has hardened, toss it in the trash to dispose of it.

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage

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Water Damage Tips For Your Pickens County Home

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips For Your Pickens County Home

Flooding and water emergencies do not always occur within normal business hours. However, SERVPRO of Pickens 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. Below are some tips on what to do until help arrives.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

  • First, ask yourself "is it safe to stay in my home?"
    Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet objects can be VERY heavy, use caution before attempting to remove or pick up items.

What To Do:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Remove table lamps and other tabletop items from wood furnishings and wipe away the excess water.
  • Remove wet upholstery and cushions from the affected area and prop them up for drying.
  • Use aluminum foil or wood blocks and place them between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • If damaged occurred during the summer, turn on the air conditioner for maximum drying.
  • Remove any wet carpets or rugs.
  • Remove art objects and valuables and place them in a dry safe place.
  • Gather and remove loose items from the floor.

What Not To Do:

  • Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not use television or other household items if they have been in the affected area.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures or ceiling fans if they are wet.
  • Keep out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

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Faster to your Pickens County Water Damage Event

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pickens County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Easley, Pickens, Clemson, LIberty, Six Mile and more.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Pickens County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Pickens County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

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 biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Pickens County

SERVPRO of Pickens County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Our Certifications:

  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • CMR - Council-certified Microbial Remediator
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

The Best Smart Leak Detector

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

After spending over 10 hours pouring water, mopping it up, and changing wet socks to test the performance of seven DIY leak detectors, we've decided that the D-Link DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Water Sensor is the best smart water sensor currently available. It's one of the few options that doesn't need a smart-home hub, making it a more affordable solution than the competition because it can work with your existing Wi-Fi network. It can—like the rest of the units we tested—deliver alerts whenever water is present, but it also throws in a few perks that aren't available on any other smart water sensor at this price.

The best smart leak detector

How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

12/7/2015 (Permalink)

As winter temperatures begin to creep up around your home you may start feeling nervous about your water pipes and plumbing. If so, you’re not alone. Frozen pipes (or rather, burst pipes) can cause expensive water damage to your home and property. Even a small tear in a water pipe can send hundreds of gallons of water each minute into your home.