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What Should I Do When Water Damage Happens?
Do you have standing water Mississauga? Call SERVPRO, we will be there to help.
SERVPRO of Mississauga Can Help You Remediate Water Damage in Your Home
Having an appliance suddenly break down and leak onto your floor could make anyone worry about the possibility of water damage. Imagine a scenario where the water supply line of your washing machine breaks and causes a mini flood in your upstairs laundry room. The pooled water can sink into every nook and cranny in sight. Before long, it can travel along with the frame of your home and soak other floors without warning, leaving a trail of damage in its wake.
What Can You Do When an Accident Causes Water Damage in Your Mississauga Home?
A fast reaction means everything during a water damage emergency. You can prevent further damages by quickly:
- Shutting off the water supply to your house
- Immediately calling for professional services
- Locking any pets away so technicians can move about freely
Here at SERVPRO, we have built our entire business model around getting to your home when you need us. From your first call, our goal is to get our technicians out of our facility and to your home. Our highly trained water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can use our signature green vans to arrive at your home as quickly as possible.
How Can You Find All the Spilled Water in My House?
A washing machine leak can spill a lot of water into your home, and it doesn't have any issues moving about. Here at SERVPRO, our techs are trained to look for signs of water damage and can use advanced technological devices to look for hidden pockets of water. Our techs can use various techniques and devices to find water, such as:
As our technicians probe your home, we can locate the pockets one by one and use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove any standing water.
If you think you need water damage remediate, get help immediately. Get in touch with SERVPRO of North Mississauga by phoning (905) 238-7376. We're always ready for you.
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Tips for Protecting Your Brampton Homes from Water Damage
Water Damage Tips For Your Brampton Home
Water damage can be the most devastating type of damage to deal with in your Brampton homes. Not only does it cause initial damage, which can be quite powerful, it can also leave long-lasting damage in the form of rotting and mold. This is why preventing water damage before it happens and protecting homes from water damage is so important. Keep reading on and we’ll give you the top 5 tips to protect your home from different types of water damage.
Tips for Protecting Homes from Water Damage
Water damage is the second most common claim according to the Insurance Information Institute. They studied data from 2013-2017 and found that only wind and hail had more claims than water damage and only by a very thin margin. Therefore, protecting homes from water damage is a top priority. Here are some of the most recommended Brampton water damage tips to keep your home safe and mould-free.
1. Stay Vigilant
It is important to stay vigilant when it comes to water leaks. Keep an eye out around your home for any random water appearing on the floors, water stains on the walls or ceiling, or any musty, earthy odours. This could be the sign of a water leak.
2. Turn Off Appliances When Not Using Them
This may be a hard habit to get used to but it could save you a ton of money and prevent a devastating accident. When you’re not using the washer, for example, it’s a good idea to turn the water off. Also, avoid running things like the dishwasher when you’re not at home and able to catch a leak if it starts.
3. Keep an Eye on Your Water Bill
It’s a good idea to know what your water bill usually runs. If you notice a sudden spike, you likely have a leak. Leaks that you can’t see may be causing devastating damage. It’s important to get a professional out to check your pipes.
4. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Backed up gutters and downspouts are an accident waiting to happen. Make sure your gutters remain clear of debris and that downspouts are installed far enough away from the home.
5. Test Your Toilet for Leaks
If you’re worried about your toilet leaking, you can test it with a little food colouring! Just add a few drops of food colouring into the tank and then wait. If you see any colour appear in the bowl of the toilet after 25 minutes, you have a leak and need to get it repaired.
How to Prevent Basement Flooding
Port Credit Mississauga Basement Flood
How to Prevent Basement Flooding
SERVPRO® of North Mississauga understands how devastating it can be if you’ve ever had to deal with any type of basement flooding, also how upsetting it can be to have your personal property ruined by water damage. Not only is it a major hassle but it can also be very expensive. While there are some things you just can’t predict, there are quite a few ways you can prevent basement flooding before it even starts. The good news is, it only requires you to be conscious and observant. Keep reading on and we’ll tell you exactly how to prevent basement flooding in 5 easy steps.
Basement flooding can happen at any time but tends to occur in the spring. This is due to the influx of water from snow melting (where applicable) and an increase in rainstorms. If you find your basement flooding during the spring every year, you will definitely benefit from the tips below.
1. Check The Foundation
Check the foundation around the outside of your home for any cracks. Also, look inside the basement on the floor and walls. If you find any small cracks, you can use epoxy to fill them. If the cracks are wide or large, it is recommended you call a professional in. Keep an eye on your foundation and basement walls and floors throughout the year. Repair any problems you find.
2. Keep Your Sewer and Septic Maintained
To prevent basement flooding, it is essential to have your sewers checked and your septic tank cleaned; if you live in one of the older neighbourhoods in Mississauga, and are not hooked up to water and sewer. After the snow has melted and heavier rain starts to set it, clogs in the sewers or overly full septic tanks will become apparent as they overflow or back up and flood your yard and basement.
3. Clear Gutters and Downspouts
Our lovely city of Mississauga is filled with beautiful trees. Please make sure you check your gutters at least once a month and clear any leaves or branches. Also check the downspouts to make sure they are clear and pointing away from the foundation by at least three feet. If necessary, get an extension or trough for the downspout to make sure it’s far enough away from your home.
4. Invest in Window Well Covers
If you have windows in your below-grade basement, it is vital that you have window well covers for them. When you purchase clear acrylic window well covers, you won’t be sacrificing any natural light but you’ll be protecting your basement and home from rain and more.
5. Check Your Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump installed in your basement, it is a good idea to check on it from time to time. Make sure it is working properly and plugged in. Also check its well to make sure it is free of any debris. Sump pump failures are reported to be the most common reason for basement flooding in Toronto and Mississauga. Therefore, it is important you keep it properly maintained.
What to Do if Your Basement Has Already Flooded
If your basement has already flooded the first thing you will need to do is get rid of the water as fast as possible. If it is a couple of inches or less of water, you can likely do this on your own with a sump pump. If you don’t have one or your sump pump caused the flooding in the first place, you can usually rent one from most home improvement stores. If it is more water than that or you don’t have any type of pump, you will need to call in the professionals from SERVPRO® of North Mississauga to help.
Once the water is removed, the area needs to be dried as quickly as it can be. Professionals often use large fans to achieve this but if the damage isn’t too extensive, a few box fans might do the trick. If you have carpet installed, it likely will need to be removed. Anything that is porous and saturated will also need to go. This can include drywall as well.
Instead of suffering the expensive headache, follow the 5 tips above on how to prevent basement flooding. If you follow all of the steps and remain observant, the chances of having your basement flood will decrease significantly.
Our Experienced Water Damage Experts are available 24/7/365 by calling SERVPRO® of North Mississauga at 905.238.7376
Why Does My House Smell Like Sewage?
Sewage Odour From Toilet In Mississauga
Here at SERVPRO of North Mississauga we understand that the smell of sewage is certainly not a pleasant one for anyone. But if you’re a homeowner, it can smell less like noxious gas and more like money being shelled out for professional repairs. Here are some of the possible reasons your home might be emitting a foul odour and what you can do about it.
The most obvious place to start is the bathroom. But, if you’ve already cleaned and thoroughly examined your toilet and the smell persists, the issue is likely more problematic. You could have a vent pipe that is not working properly, or a broken or loose seal around your toilet. Reseting your toilet with caulk or a new ring would likely fix this problem.
Often odours can come from the shower—either from a build up of biofilm or clogs in a P-trap. Action to take here would include a solid cleaning job of the tub drain and troubleshooting of the P-trap (smells can come from a soggy clog as easily as from a “dry” P-trap). Just like the shower, a bathroom sink can emit a foul smell too. First check the overflow area for the same accumulation of biofilm. P-traps in your sink could have the same problems as the shower, as well as washing machines—another potential source of sewer smells.
Washing machines can also have clogged pipes and vents which can trap sewer air. Sometimes, the water itself can be the culprit—both bacterial buildups in the tank and even an over accumulation of hydrogen sulphide in your water can create hazardous odours.
If you’ve taken a look at these spots in your home, and cannot locate or troubleshoot the smell source, then it’s most likely time to call us at SERVPRO of North Mississauga. You could need sewage cleanup, have a blockage in your sanitary main, tree root problems, collapsed sewer lines or flooding that’s not apparent to a quick sweep of the yard. In these cases, the solutions are best left to the professionals.
Preventing Water Damage From Frozen Pipes
Preventing Water Damage From Frozen Pipes
Here at SERVPRO of North Mississauga we understand that the winter months can bring numerous problems to your property. With the temperatures dropping, one of the main things to keep an eye out for are frozen pipes.
Why Are Frozen Pipes A Problem?
Frozen pipes can be a problem in many different ways besides the fact that they can damage your property. Some of the most common problems that are caused by frozen pipes include:
#1: Lack Of Running Water:
As you can easily understand, when your pipes are frozen, you won't have any running water. This can be a big headache since you need water to take a shower, wash the dishes, among so many other daily chores.
#2: Potential To Burst:
One of the things that many homeowners don't know is that frozen pipes can lead to pipes bursting. After all, as the water freezes inside the pipe, the pressure between the blockage and the closed faucet can increase up to a point that makes the pipe likely to explode.
Some Pipes Are More Vulnerable
While not all homeowners in Mississauga will have deal with frozen pipes, the reality is that certain conditions may make your pipes freeze more than others. These include:
#1: Exterior Walls:
When your water pipes are located in the exterior walls of your home, they are more vulnerable to freezing.
#2: Basements And Attics:
If your pipes are located in your basement or attic, they are more prone to freeze. In many cases, they don't get the same amount of heat as the rest of the house. Also most people don't utilize basements or attics as much as the rest of their living space. If you don't spend as much time in attics or basements you won't tend to notice any potential problems.
#3: Furnace Failure:
If your furnace is off for a prolonged period of time due to malfunction or power outage and the weather is below freezing, your pipes can freeze very quickly so make sure to get your furnace serviced regularly.
How To Tell Your Pipes Are Frozen
#1: There Is Frost On The Pipe:
One of the ways to check if you have frozen pipes is to take a look at some of the pipes that you use more frequently. For example, if you take a look at the sink pipes and you see frost accumulating on the outside, this may indicate that the pipe is frozen.
#2: No Water:
If you turn on the faucet and you don't have any water coming out, you may have your frozen pipes.
#3: Burst Pipes:
If you don’t notice the frozen pipes quick enough the pipes could burst, if this happens please call a local plumber immediately to mitigate the water damage to your home or office.
When you notice any of these signs, it is important to act quickly. As you already know, frozen pipes can lead to substantial water damage. So, when the temperatures start to drop, you must keep an eye on your pipes.
SERVPRO of North Mississauga works tirelessly to keep your items from damage while we do work. Our content specialists team will do wonders with your clean-up on all types of materials.
Trust that SERVPRO of North Mississauga will work around the clock to make sure it is “Like it never even happened.”