Recent Storm Damage Posts
Potential Hazards of a Winter Storm
Winter weather in Milwaukee, WI can be challenging to the body, but have you considered the toll it takes on your home? The last thing you want is to be panic prepping or making emergency repairs in a winter storm. Staying ahead of potential hazards will help to ensure a safe and comfortable winter in your home.
1. Ice Dam
An ice dam occurs when the ice melts off your roof and then refreezes on its edge later. This frozen “dam” prevents proper drainage from the roof, thereby forcing the water back up under the shingles. This entrapped water causes roof leaks, which can cause more serious problems like roof damage, structural damage and mold. Insulating your attic is one way to keep the warmer temperature of your home from melting the ice on the roof.
2. Burst Pipes
Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to burst due to pressure buildup between an ice blockage and a closed faucet. This pressure pushes the water toward the closed faucet, causing enough pressure that the pipe eventually bursts. Unheated areas and uninsulated areas are at the most risk. Opening the faucet to a trickle can keep the pressure from building up. Also, installing fiberglass or foam sleeves onto the pipes can help insulate them.
3. Driveway Damage
Freezing water can wreak havoc on your asphalt driveway. When moisture from a winter storm collects in cracks in asphalt and then freezes, it expands. This expansion can create larger cracks, even potholes. Avoid the need to repave the entire driveway by sealing cracks as soon as possible.
4. Fallen Tree Limbs
A blizzard or ice storm can damage trees due to the weight of the snow or ice. Falling branches can damage your roof, siding and gutter system. They can also fall on power lines, creating a fire hazard. Maintain your trees by cutting back suspicious-looking or dead limbs.
It’s important to be proactive when it comes to winter weather. Constantly monitor your property for potential threats and keep it well-maintained. If your home sustains damage from a winter storm, storm damage cleanup experts can assist.
Prevention is Key to Avoid Frozen Pipes in Milwaukee Area Homes
Cold weather is great for winter fun in the Milwaukee area, but not so great for the pipes. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North will remediate water damage “Like it never even happened”, but life is better if you can prevent the damage in the first place. Every year, over a quarter of a million homes and businesses suffer water damage from frozen pipes that burst (Federal Emergency Management Association). SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is sharing these tips to prevent frozen pipes that may lead to water damage.
Keeping Pipes from Freezing in Wisconsin:
• Check for exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas
• Wrap uninsulated pipes with pipe insulation
• Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to keep cold drafts from freezing the pipes
• Keep indoor temperatures at 55 degrees F, even when no one will be at home or in the office
• If you will have several days of temperatures at or below 20 degrees F, let cold water trickle through an open tap
• Remove outside hoses from their taps
• Open cabinet doors in bathrooms and kitchens to let warmer area circulate around the pipes
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North wishes you a winter free from water damage or storm damage.
Let Us Help You Prep Before the Storm
When you are running a business, you have a thousand decisions to make every day. We want to help make your life easier by helping you have a plan in place for property damage before you need it. SERVPRO offers a FREE Emergency Ready Profile App that you can download in the iTunes store today to help you be ready for any type of disaster.
It's important to have a plan in place for your business before an emergency happens and that everyone in your company and team knows what to do when disaster strikes. When water is pouring through the ceiling on to your computers or into your showroom you don't have time to call around for references or check reviews online before calling a mitigation company. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you make it "Like it never even happened."
Are You Prepared for Snowmelt Flooding in Milwaukee?
Snowmelt Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Milwaukee Home
As the seasons change in WI, melting snow can cause flood damage in your home. Typical weather in the Midwest brings us a heavy winter. If your home is positioned at the bottom of a hill or a slope, the chances of flood damage for your home grow significantly, as gravity dictates that the water would flow downward. Most homes in these situations have defenses for this, such as sump pumps laid in their basement to redirect snowmelt-waters away from the house. However, sometimes, defense mechanisms can fail.
Calling for help as soon as you find the flood damage in your Milwaukee basement is best. Unfortunately, the flood damage in your home did come from a sump pump failure, causing puddles of water to form around the drain. In severe cases, it can flood the entire floor of your home. The reason why it is essential to call for aid, as soon as you can, is because leaving water-based damage for any length of time can lead to future problems developing in your home. Furthermore, allowing more damages to develop only makes the problem more expensive to solve. Dealing with it quickly not only ensures the best price but also increases the chances of smooth remediation.
SERVPRO Franchise professionals understand how stressful finding flood damage inside of your home can be. As a result, we always make an effort of arriving at the earliest time possible after we get your call. Once we arrive, our SERVPRO techs can get to work right away and use advanced technology to solve the issue.
To remove the standing water, SERVPRO Franchise professionals can use a combination of portable pumps, even submersible if the water is significant in volume, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors. All of these devices are designed to get the water out of your house as soon as possible. Depending on the location and situation, SERVPRO can either redirect the water away from your house or remove it via truck. Once the water is gone, we can focus on using drying equipment to ensure that your home is at the proper moisture level that it should be, relative to the climate of your location.
If snowmelt causes flood damage in your home, always get help right away. Speak with SERVPRO of Milwaukee North by phoning (414) 354-7566. 24/7, we are open and ready to get the job done.
How To Use IICRC Classifications To Assess Flood Damage
If you have endured flood damage to your Milwaukee home – SERVPRO can help you. We are an experienced flood damage restoration and repair team, with access to sophisticated tools and the finest equipment. If your property needs saving, we are the right choice. The first that thing we do, once we arrive on site, is to conduct a full inspection. This is designed to help us determine the extent and nature of the damage. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) categories flood damage according to four key classifications. The SERVPRO technicians will use this guide to shape their plan of action and decide which repairs are required.
Here is some more information on the IICRC classifications and what they might mean for your property.
Class One: Limited Intrusion
This is the least severe type of flood damage. A small amount of water has entered the home. There is minimal damage to walls and soft furnishings. Depending on the size, shape, and location of the affected space, large fans can likely be used to dry it out.
Class Two: Intrusion With Some Spread
Here, flood water has started to spread. If your house was impacted by a storm, the damage is almost going to have advanced beyond small pools of water. It may have risen into the walls and started to soak into timber, concrete, and insulation materials. The water has reached the subflooring beneath carpets. Industrial drying machines (and carpet lifters) will be brought in to absorb the excess moisture.
Class Three: Invasive Liquid
The walls, ceilings, soft furnishings, and floors are all damp and need to be dried quickly. Most are fully saturated with water. Water lines on the walls extend more than two feet above the floor. This tends to occur when ceilings leak (during heavy rainfall), and water seeps through the walls. Dehumidifiers and dryers can be used to restore the home, but some materials may be unsalvageable.
Class Four: Severe Invasion
In the most severe cases, objects not usually affected by flooding have been compromised. For instance, paintings high up on walls, attics (if the danger is from natural flooding), and crawlspaces. At SERVPRO, we’re committed to saving as many of your possessions as possible, but extensive damage can render some items irreparable. We will, however, inform you of the fact before disposing of any materials. Serious flood damage may require you to move out of the property while we secure its structural safety and install heavy duty drying machines.
Whether your home has been damaged by a storm or by something more familiar, like a burst pipe, assessing the damage is an important part of formulating a response. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is a locally based service, which means that our response is always fast. Call us 24/7 at (414) 354-7566.
Through Storm Damage, SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is here to help
Every year, all over the country, catastrophic natural disasters wreak havoc on communities large and small.
Whether its a tornado, flooding, or hail damage, the effects of these colossal events can be felt across the nation.
In the midst of the chaos and stress caused by these happenings, it is easy for business and home owners to feel overwhelmed and lost.
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North strives to put our customers at ease, guiding them and supporting them through the STORM emergency process while providing education and knowledge on how to best navigate the situation.
So in the event that your home or business is involved in a STORM, you can rely on SERVPRO of Milwaukee North (414) 354-7566 to turn a stressful situation into a manageable, professional experience.
Protecting your property from flooding
Flash Flood Warning-- the alert that many of us dread because of the concerns that our homes will be affected by it. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North understands that your home is more than a structure: it's your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings that help transform a house into a home. Here are some helpful suggestions on how to protect your property just in case disaster happens.
How to Protect Your Property:
- Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. Keep them in a place where it's least likely to be damaged by a flood.
- Raise your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to higher floors if there are areas in your home that are capable of being flooded.
- Install check valves in building sewer traps top prevent flood water from backing up into drains of your home.
- Seal walls in basements with waterproofing elements to avoid leakage through cracks.
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Storm Damage Board-up
Board-ups are not just for Hurricanes! There are many reasons that you may need a board up or to use tarp to protect your home. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North can board-up your home due to fire, wind, vandalism, animal infestation or even when a car runs into your house! Board-ups can secure the property from looting or more vandalism. Board-ups also can protect your property from more weather-related damage until you can get it fixed. Most insurance policies require that the Homeowner/Renter protect their property against secondary damage. This is damage that occurs because a person doesn't take the appropriate actions after the first damage occurs to secure the property. If they are found to be negligent, the secondary damage might not be covered by insurance. Board-ups are just one service along with our fire, water clean-up and rebuild department that can make it "Like it never even happened."
Winter Water Damage
For Milwaukee area and most of the northern United States winter freezing temperatures are always a cause for concern.
Besides the fact that it is freezing to us, it is also freezing our pipes! Frozen pipes many times lead to broken pipes and during these times of frozen pipes the restoration industry is swamped with work. When this happens we are lucky to have the backing of SERVPRO to help us in this time! Whether is it the polar vortex or just a week of ridiculously cold weather, SERVPRO franchises are always available to help out others who are at max work capacity.
This gives you the ability to have quick service and know that you are still getting industry-leading equipment, set-up, monitoring and restoration services.
Always available when you need us!
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We will work hard to restore your residential or commercial property and its contents to preloss condition helping you become a hero in a disaster situation.
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is part of the SERVPRO Storm Team which means we are called into action when anyone needs us anywhere! SERVPRO has a great network of franchises that can be called on in big weather events and we are proud to be a part of that.
Being available whenever you need us means...
- Quick Response may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants.
- Restoration services can help you resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly construction downtime.
- Professional equipment and industry-approved techniques can save you time and money.
Riding the Storm Out
There are many things you can do to prepare for a "storm event". One of these very important items is a Home Emergency Kit/Car Emergency Kit. In the kit is a collection of basic household/automobile items that you will need in an emergency. Try to assemble your kit as soon as possible so that it will be ready in case of an emergency and don't forget to rotate new items in so when you need it there will not be expired or out-of-date items.
When there is a "storm event" it takes at least 72 hours for emergency and relief workers to be on scene. Services like electricity and phone might be cut off for over a week. Kits should be prepared with this information in mind.
Be Prepared!! Use online resources to see what should be in your emergency kit!