Dangers Lurking in Flood Waters
- After the storm has passed, you never know what may be lurking in the flooded basement. Be aware that snakes and other animals may be in your house.
- Understand that there is a huge risk of electrocution. Make sure that no one touches any electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Check to make sure that someone has turned off the electricity to prevent electric shock if it is safe to do so. Do not go in the water unless you are sure that the power is off. Have an electrician check it.
- Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and also contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
- Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
Tips to Stay Safe during a Storm
Here are tips to stay safe during a storm:
• Find safe shelter right away.
• Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
• Remember, just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
• Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
• Evacuate if told to do so.
• Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
• Stay where you are.
• Pay attention to authorities for information and instructions.
• Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
• Avoid driving except in emergencies.
• Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing and boots during clean up and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris.
• People with asthma and other lung conditions and/or immune suppression should not enter buildings with indoor water leaks or mold growth that can be seen or smelled. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work.
Preparing for a Flood
There are certain things you should do to prepare for a flood. First of all, consider signing up for your local community’s warning system. You can also get alerts on your smart phone.
Find out if you are in a flood zone. You can visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center to know what type of flood risk you are in. If you are in a flood zone, you should consider buying a flood insurance policy. Regular homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding. It can take a month or so for a policy to go into effect so make sure you buy the flood insurance BEFORE there is a disaster! You can buy flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
To be really prepared, you should make an emergency plan for your household. Don’t forget about your pets. Your family needs to understand what the plan is. Review the plan on a regular basis. They will need to know where to go, and how to protect themselves from the flood. Set up and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and a flash flood response. Make sure you have ample supplies, that you have prepared in advance, including non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and water for several days.
If you have a flood, call SERVPRO of Ozaukee County at 262-242-8888 and we will take care of all your water loss needs. We will dry and restore your home to pre-flood condition.
Water Heater Failure
Water heaters have a shelf life. The current thought is that they will last for up to 10 years. Even if your water heater is not giving you a problem, the current thought is to replace them every 10 years. You might want to use a black magic marker and write the installation date right on the water heater. That way you will know when it is time to replace it. If your budget allows, you might want to consider a tankless water heater which can last as many as 20 years.
If you are not sure how to find out how old your water heater is, you can look up the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker near the top of the water heater. But age isn’t the only thing that can cause a water heater to malfunction. You should inspect it regularly to check for signs of moisture build-up, mold or corrosion. If your water isn’t as hot as it used to be or if there’s rust coming from your faucets you should call your trusted plumber. It is much cheaper to maintain your water heater than to have to deal with a water loss. However, if your water heater fails, call SERVPRO of Ozaukee County at 262-242-8888. We can extract the unwanted water and dry out your basement.
Washing Machine Leaks
Most people don’t think twice about their washing machines unless there is a problem. If your washing machine breaks, and you end up with a water loss, that’s where SERVPRO of Ozaukee County can help!!!
For example, if the supply hose is damaged or has a faulty connection to either the wall or the washing machine, more than 600 gallons of water could potentially spill out within an hour. If this happens when you are away from home, you could have a major water loss. If your washing machine is located upstairs, the damage could be even worse by getting two levels of your home exposed to massive water damage.
Any amount of water could lead to significant damage. Even small amounts of water can cause problems. The sooner you get your house dried out; you will be able to decrease the likelihood that mold will grow.
To prevent water damage, you should replace your washing machine supply hose at least once every five years. It is important not to overload your washing machine. Constantly stuffing too many clothes into your washing machine could loosen gaskets and valves or even cause cracks.
If you maintain your washing machine you should have years of problem free washes.
Flooding and water damage at commercial properties located in Ozaukee County are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.
Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large-scale water loss, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
SERVPRO of Ozaukee County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage.
Our SERVPRO of Ozaukee County staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Call us 24/7 at 262-242-8888. SERVPRO of Ozaukee County is just a local call away!
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Regardless of how you and your employees have decided to move forward, there’s help out there for you.
The good news is that our SERVPRO of Ozaukee County’s team of experts can clean your space. Our teams work with proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.
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Get Ready for Fire Prevention Week
Even though it is summertime, it is never too early to think about Fire Prevention Week. Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the month of October. This year it is observed from Sunday, October 3rd 2021 to Saturday, October 9th 2021.
Fire Prevention Week is observed in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. When you think about it, every week is Fire Prevention Week.
Taking First Steps When Your Basement Floods
- If your basement floods, make sure to shut off any power around the flooded area, including electricity and gas. Never enter a flooded area while the power is on. If you need help shutting off the power, call a qualified electrician before entering the room and beginning the cleanup work.
- It is best to wear boots and gloves for protection when you enter the basement. You may also want to wear a protective mask. In extreme cases, you may want to wear hip or chest waders. And be careful when walking around the flooded area since the water may hide items that you can’t see in dim light.
- Take action as soon as you notice flooding unless the cause is rain. In that case, wait for the rain to stop before beginning the cleanup work. If a pipe bursts, shut the water off to the basement right away.
- If your basement has a floor drain, check it out to make sure it didn’t become clogged during the flood. If it did, call a plumber right away. After the plumber unclogs the drain, call SERVPRO of Ozaukee County to dry and sanitize your basement. 262-242-8888. We are a phone call away and eager to help in any situation.
Water Damage Prevention
Here at SERVPRO of Ozaukee, we are trained Water Damage specialists, and we compiled a small list on how to help prevent water damage from happening often in your home:
- Clean Gutters and Downspouts - Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof. Don’t forget to clean downspouts to ensure water can flow through, and secure downspouts so that they point away from the home.
- Know your Water Main - Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.
- Check Appliances Regularly - Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly - If you choose to ignore any water damage, or postpone making the necessary repairs, you may experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.
- Check Your Water Pressure - If the water pressure to your home is too high, then your pipes and hoses may fail under the high pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical homes’ water systems are designed for pressure of 40 – 70 psi. Anything above 70 psi will put your plumbing at risk.
- Monitor Your Water Bill - Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next, then there is probably a leak somewhere in the home.
For help restoring your home or business after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Ozaukee County at (262) 242-8888. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”