Archived Water Damage Blog Posts
OOPS!... I Forgot!
Guess who forgot to disconnect the hose from the outside spigot last fall?! Guess who didn’t turn the water off to that outside spigot?!... Hmmm… What might we expect when we go to use that spigot and/or hose this spring?!!!
Living in the Midwest, we can pretty well be assured that we will have a stretch of several days during our winters that not only DON’T get above freezing, but also dip well below zero – sometimes for days at a time. What happens to water pipes in exterior walls during these cold snaps? The water in them can freeze and then cause a break. If you have had the misfortune of having this happen during the cold of winter, you know that this can be a very traumatic experience.
A water damage at any time of year is an unwelcome intrusion into the comfort of your daily living. If you have experienced this, then you know how unsettling such a disaster can feel!
So, let’s get back to that outside water situation… If you have unfortunately left that hose or spigot unattended since last year’s warmer weather, then prepare yourself – and your home – for the possibility of trouble. As you prepare to turn the water on for the first time, have another person in the basement to watch for water coming into the house rather than going out. That way you are prepared to turn the water off at the source and avoid an excessive amount of water inside when you needed it outside. You will know that you have a problem that needs a plumber’s professional attention. If all of the water continues to flow outside, count your blessings and your good fortune!
Remember that SERVPRO of Rockford is here to help when disaster strikes. We will make it “Like it never event happened.”
The Sentinel Speaks
Good morning! I'm back at my post as the Morning Sentinel watching to make sure all stays safe in my neighborhood... Or else!... Ekspeshly while my mom is gone. (My grammama is taking dictation today and she's the reason Paws for Penny is so late.)
When ya go away, frenns, do ya have someone take care of stuff ya left behind, like yer house? That's important. How would ya know if the rain came in or if yer water machines made a really bad mess? (Did ya know ya should turn off the water to those machines when ya leave?) If ya come home and find a bad, bad mess, call my people. They are real life Action Heroes that will make bad water stuff "Like it never even happened."
See ya next week! Til then, watch yer stuff!
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(Grammama has been trying to help me clean up my grammar. How did I do this week?)
Spring is here!... Or is it?!...
I do believe we are hosting the “50 Shades of Winter” this year! Well, eventually, we will be looking to get outdoors and work in our yards. It can be an exciting time, watching the flower bulbs planted last fall poke gentle shoots through the soil. They are generally determined enough and tough enough to weather a bit of continued cold. But what about that hose you forgot to disconnect from the outside water spigot last fall? Or what about the lawn sprinkler system that didn’t get drained properly? Or the outside water that didn’t get completely shut off before winter set in?
For as bitter cold as it was for a couple weeks in February, we would advise caution as you begin to use your outdoor water sources this spring. You may discover that winter did some damage, causing cracks or breakage of water lines. Often this means that water begins to spew into basements, sometimes at a great amount of volume and pressure. Since some of us don’t necessarily venture into our basements on a daily basis, this could come as quite a shock – and disaster!
As you turn on water for outdoor use, might we suggest that you have someone in the basement at the same time that could quickly shut off the water source? If there is a break, time is of the essence. This would reduce the amount of damage to the indoor, household space – and its contents, equipment and appliances. If you don’t have the extra set of eyes and hands, make a visit yourself shortly after turning on that water.
If you have any questions or concerns, please remember that we are here to help, to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Fall Preparation for Winter
Did you get those gutters cleaned and cleared before the cold weather came upon us? Did you disconnect the outdoor hoses? And shut off the outside spigots? There will still be some above freezing days coming our way in order to get that done. They just won’t be warm tasks to complete!
If you do not get these outdoor chores completed, the brutal cold of a polar vortex could make your life even more inconvenient and uncomfortable. Those clogged gutters won’t allow the melting snow from the roof to flow easily or freely. Since water seeks the path of least resistance, it will cascade over the gutters onto sidewalks, landings and other walkways. This makes for dangerously icy walking spaces. As it makes its way closer to the foundation of your home, it may find a way through your foundation into your home… Remember the note about the path of least resistance?!
That snow on the roof that spills over the gutters can become ice dams, damaging roofing, soffits, facia and gutters from the sheer weight of ice and snow. The water from this can often make its way along the inside walls of your home. Wet ceilings, walls, insulation, flooring and baseboards can make such a mess. Left to dry on their own, they can soon harbor mold. The roof itself can be damaged and continue to have leakage problems. (NOTE: Do not use standard rock salt on your roof! Calcium Chloride based products are safer for roofing materials and will work at lower temperatures.)
If that hose is still connected or the water has not been shut off to those outside spigots, freezing weather causes the water in those lines to expand. Breaks and cracks are frequently the result. Where does the water from those broken lines go? Back into the house, of course, where it is warmer and the water can flow freely! What a mess!
Yes, “Baby, it’s cold outside!” But it will only get colder as winter progresses. Take advantage of the next warmer – above freezing – day and get those outside chores completed. Otherwise, you will find yourself needing to call SERVPRO of Rockford to make those water damages “Like it never even happened.”