Recent Water Damage Posts

Supply Line Failure in Shady Spring?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

A mint green refrigerator is shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year in Shady Spring and we know that water can cause severe damage and time-consuming repairs if the water damage is left untreated too long. Here are some refrigerator loss prevention and maintenance tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS):

Proper installation of the ice maker supply line hose is important to avoiding water damage.

  • Tightly connect the hose to the valve, and avoid over-tightening
  • Ensure the valve connection is secure and check for kinks
  • Inspect the hose every six months
  • If kinks are present, replace the hose
  • Leave a three-to-four-inch space between the back of the refrigerator and the wall to prevent the hose from crimping
  • When pulling the refrigerator out for cleaning or service, avoid getting the hose caught beneath the wheel
  • Locate the water shut-off valve
  • Inspect the valve every six months to make sure the water supply will shut off, and replace the valve if needed

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business needs water damage restoration services in Shady Spring, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians available  24-hours a day to respond to your call. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Emergency in Beckley?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Every Minute Counts in Beckley

When you have a water damage emergency, fast response and mitigation are required to minimize the potential for further damage. Water can cause damage to your home in as little as one hour! At SERVPRO® of Beckley, our water restoration technicians are on call 24-hours a day to mitigate water damage emergencies. Here is a water damage timeline from our website that shows the damage water can do in one day:

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

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to your call. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Beckley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Roof Damage in Glen Daniel?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Rain is pouring off of a clogged rain gutter. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Rain Gutter Blues in Glen Daniel

I didn’t realize there was a leak in my roof until a big storm rolled in, and I saw the water marks blossoming on my bedroom ceiling. Upon further inspection, I noticed that my rain gutter over the door had been blocked by storm debris and had been backing up onto my roof, allowing the water to seep into my attic space and onto the ceiling below. I had to act fast, so I called SERVPRO® of Beckley!

The Insurance Information Institute (III) recommends that homeowners repair and protect the home’s exterior by:

  • Caulk and seal windows to guard against water seepage.
  • Inspect your roof for missing, damaged and aging shingles and make necessary repairs.
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems to be sure they are not creating water damage to the walls and foundations of the house. Turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.
  • Install gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs and keep water flowing away from the house instead of accumulating on the roof.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies in Glen Daniel. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

A sump pump is shown installed in a basement.

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump is shown installed in a basement. We are leaders in water restoration in Raleigh County.

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips for Pineville

Have you inspected your sump pump lately? The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IIBHS) reports that 18 percent of sump pump failures were due to power outages, and another 40 percent of incidents involving sump pumps were attributed to clogged inlet screens or faulty float switches. SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to water damage emergencies in Pineville and other parts of Raleigh County and we have responded to many flooded basement emergencies over the years.

Here are some sump pump maintenance tips from the IIBHS:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for sump pump maintenance. These vary from running the sump pump every two to three months to a yearly cleaning before the rainy season.
  • Inspect the pump by opening the lid and remove any debris blocking the water inlet screen.
  • Pour about five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise.
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on, and water should discharge through the outlet pipe.
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe. Water should be flowing away from the home.
  • Contact a professional if the sump pump fails to operate during the inspection.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has water restoration technicians on-call 24 hours a day to respond to any water damage emergency you may have in Pineville. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Possible Causes for Water Damage in Beckley

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Causes & Categories of Water Damage in Beckley:

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your home or office, you know there is trouble. You may be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage in Beckley.

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage. 

It is also important to start the cleanup as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is water-logged, the more damage.

Categories of Water Damage in Beckley:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  3. Black water. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still. 

SERVPRO® of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

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Links:

http://www.thewaterpage.com/water-damage-effects.htm

Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in Beckley

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

If your home or business in Beckley has water damage, you can do some things before help arrives.

Make sure that the building or home is safe.

SERVPRO of Beckley Wants You to Remember:

  • Waterlogged materials are very heavy
  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on dry area before you turn on the electric power

SERVPRO of Beckley suggests that you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Hang up rugs to dry
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Start drying items ASAP
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

www.fema.gov 

Hidden Water Leak in Glen Daniel?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A ceiling and walls inside a house are shown with water stains. We restore water damage in Beckley and many parts of Raleigh County.

Dark shadows?

It was a dark, rainy day in Glen Daniel, and I noticed a dark shadow on my ceiling and wall that I had never seen before. On closer inspection, I realized that the dark shadow was actually a growing water stain. Yikes!

Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO® of Beckley mitigate water damage emergencies like mine 24-hours a day, every day. I called them and they came out, assessed the damage, and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They determined the cause of the leak to be a bad shingle on my roof, so they tarped my roof to prevent further damage and set up blowers and air movers to take the excess moisture out of the air. After the area was completely dry, they repaired the roof leak, replaced the insulation and damaged drywall, and repainted the damaged area. When they were through, you would never know there had been a leak!

Call Us!

Glen Daniel residents know they can count on SERVPRO® of Beckley to restore water damage jobs of all kinds and sizes quickly and efficiently. We have a team of water restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size water damage emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Don’t let a wet floor stress you out in Beckley

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

living room with standing flood water Call SERVPRO of Beckley to restore your floor.

Any type of damage inside of a house can be frustrating but one of the more stressful situations is a residential flood. In the middle of a disaster such as a flooded home in Beckley, it can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to cleaning up and restoring the damaged area. That is where SERVPRO® of Beckley comes in. We are ready to help when called and we are highly trained in property damage restoration and in this case, water damage specifically. Here are some steps that can be taken in the event of a flooded home/room:

  • Make sure the floor is secure before you start walking through the water or wet areas
  • If there is an exposed plug underneath the water, do not walk in that area because electricity can travel through water
  • Call SERVPRO of Beckley to help clean up the flooded area
  • Wet floors might be slick so walk slowly to avoid falling and sustaining injuries

We want to make this as easy as possible for our homeowners and reduce the amount of stress you may be feeling in Beckley. 

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Link: https://www.ready.gov/floods

Water Intrusion Causing the “Basement Blues” in Oceana?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water is shown seeping into a basement from and outside water source. We are water damage mitigation and restoration specialists in Beckley!

Singing the rainy-day blues 

On average, Oceana gets about eleven days of rain in December each year. Lots of things cause water damage: leaf-packed rain gutters, poor drainage, clogged downspouts and broken seals around windows and doors can all contribute to water flooding into basements and causing water damage.

Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained water restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies. Every second counts when it comes to mitigating water damage because as the longer the water is allowed to stand, the higher the probability that damage will become more extensive and more expensive to repair. Every water disaster will vary in scope, but this is the process we follow for most water damage emergencies:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Beckley is Here to Help. ® We can usually be on site within four hours of your call to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your water damage in Oceana, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Beckley

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

home with flooding water in front of it. When water raises, we rise to the challenge. SERVPRO of Beckley is Here To Help.

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Beckley:

Standing water of any kind in Beckley can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk. 

Different kinds of debris can be found in flood water such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for debris in the home as well to include rotted food and electrical problems. 

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of  Beckley suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected. 
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Beckley:

  • Avoid flood waters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

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Links:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Kitchen flooring damaged in Beckley WV

12/1/2018 (Permalink)

This is wood flooring that was destroyed by a dishwasher that malfunctioned.

Ask any family member what their favorite appliance is in the kitchen and the majority will say the “dishwasher”.

Why? It is so much easier to load dirty dishes and push a start button than it is to stand over a sink washing, rinsing, and drying. The dishwasher does all three steps and you can take a relaxing break while it does all work.

But it can also become your enemy by causing costly residential flooding. In certain circumstances you may be able to prevent damage by checking the two water lines that are connected to your dishwasher twice a year. The hoses can deteriorate over time and leak or blow out in the middle of the cleaning cycle disbursing gallons of water.

It is highly recommended that you operate your dishwasher when you are at home. Do not turn it on and walk out the door to work or run errands. If you are home and see the leak you can quickly shut off the appliance or the main water source and soak up as much water as possible to avoid further damage.

Tip for Labor Day Weekend -Protect your home and contents

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

A dumpster and lawn full of personal belongings destroyed after thousands of gallons of water ran through a residence while the family vacationed.

Summer Season is almost over and the upcoming Labor Day weekend is the reminder that Fall Season is near. A lot of families want to relish in that last summer “long” weekend so trips are planned to be near water.

It may be at the beach, lake, or river but they want this weekend to be filled with water sports like boating, kayaking, floating, or fishing. What they don’t want is to return home late Monday evening to a water filled residence.

Plumbing leaks happen and the common causes are from:

            Toilets, showers, tubs, and sinks.

            Ice makers, dishwashers

            Washing machines, water heaters

You don’t have to go to each of these and shut them off, instead go to your main water shut-off valve.  Water leaks can be very damaging and costly especially if you are away from home for days before the leak is discovered. By turning off the main water line you can prevent thousands of gallons of water from flowing through your residence.

A water leak in your home may be from the refrigerator

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

This small plastic water line caused a very costly water damage claim.

If you find water on your floor in the kitchen and cannot find a leak at the sink or dishwasher the next place to check is the refrigerator.  More than likely the water-line connections to the ice maker is the source.

The water-line can come loose, the seals can age and crack, or the plastic hoses can tear or get kinked. Depending on the circumstances you may have to simply tighten the connections. If you continue to see water dripping down the line to the floor both the water line and connectors may have to be replaced.

Other places on your refrigerator to check is a blocked defrost drain, a poor connection between the water filter and the water supply, or the drain pan may have cracks or damage.

A surprising amount of water can flow through little pipes

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

This little pipe caused BIG problems

In February 2016 I did a blog titled “Little Thing – BIG Problem” about the importance of keeping water pipes warm.  I never imagined that almost exactly two years later our crew would be working on a major water damage that involved this very little water pipe.

The homeowner told me her parents had suffered a water loss caused by a water line break and she didn’t want to go through what they had. So she was doing everything she knew to do to keep her water pipes from freezing inside the home during this unusually cold winter. 

She forgot about the water pipes in an empty apartment above her detached garage until she headed to work on a Monday morning.  She found her vehicles covered with debris from the collapsed garage ceiling and several inches of water covering the floor.

While you are away bad things can happen

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

A small break in a water line can cause thousands of gallons of water to escape into your home if the water flow goes undetected.

It is becoming more and more common that our retired West Virginians are seeking warmer weather for the winter months. They love their Wild and Wonderful state in the Spring, Summer, and Fall but in the Winter they retreat to a balmier climate.

The relative, friend, or neighbor that is checking on the home while they are away often walk in to find water everywhere inside.  Not all accidents can be eliminated but some can be prevented if a few steps are taken before our retirees pull out of the driveway headed south.

Click the link below to read Travelers Insurance article “Snowbirds: Winterize Your Home While You're Away” for some great tips to protect your home and belongings.

www.travelers.com/resources/home/safety/snowbirds-winterize-your-vacant-home

Fix a Leak Week

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Entire walls and floors had to be removed due to a water leak from the level above that went undetected for a long period of time.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is celebrating the week of March 19-25 of 2018 as a week to look for water leaks in your home. Their goal is to provide “tips for the most common water-wasting areas within the home and how to save water and money”.

Go to the link to learn more about “Fix a Leak Week”

https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week

SERVPRO of Beckley wants to set an additional goal. Undiscovered leaks and moisture build–up can lead to very costly repairs and/or replacement to your home and personal belongings.

Contact us if you are concerned that your water leak has caused damage to the floors, walls, ceilings or worse problems. You may cause further damage by attempting to clean up the water yourself.

We have equipment that can detect even the smallest amounts of moisture in a home. Our trained Professionals can provide water extraction and drying services to help return the property to preloss condition.

WATER HEATERS CAUSE MAJOR PROPERTY DAMAGE

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let an appliance disrupt your normal everyday life.

HOT WATER HEATER – How did we survive before its invention? It’s a must have to make life easier.


Unfortunately, the water from a faulty water heater can cause major damage to our homes and businesses. We recommend that you regularly check your water heater and its pipes, including the area behind and beneath it.


Some things to look for? Indications of leaks, corrosion, and even signs of mold. If you see anything that looks out of the normal – shut-off the cold water line coming into the heater or shut-off the main water line. Contact a plumber or appliance specialist immediately.


Replacing or repairing this appliance may be an expense you were not anticipating but the investment can save not only money, it can save you the anxiety of dealing with this type of loss.


 

Winter Tip

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

An Ice dam, even though it is OUTSIDE the home, can cause damage to your roof and water damage to the INSIDE of the home.

As the snow and/or ice on your roof starts to melt DOWN the roof, it may meet the larger clumps of ice in the gutter system or roof edge and have nowhere else to go but UP. This causes the water to seep beneath the shingles then drain into your attic and continue on to your ceiling, walls, flooring, insulation and other areas.

What causes Ice Dams? It is the result of heat escaping into the attic or roof space but not to the roof edge. You need your living space to be warm but the roof needs to be cold. The following are some measures to take to help keep the roof cold:

  • Insulate above the living space to prevent heat escaping through the ceiling
  • The space between the insulation and the roof sheathing needs vented so any escaped heat will flow to the outside - not to the roof.
  • Seal where warm air leaks from the living space

In addition, our Production Manager emphasizes keeping gutter systems clear of leaves and other debris. He has witnesses many homes damaged due to Ice Dams as we live in an area that sees a lot of snow storms, ice storms, and frigid temperatures. 

Ceiling Disaster

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

This intense damaged was caused by a little broken water pipe.

WV Winter 2015 - blocked highways and subzero temperatures causes damage from ceiling to floor:

  • Accidents do happen and at this building in Beaver WV it was caused due to a strong winter storm that prevented the owners from keeping the temperature warm enough to prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • The owner had recently remodeled the entire facility for his new tenant and initially thought the building was a total loss. He was elated when he found out it could be repaired.
  • SERVPRO of Beckley was there to clean up, dry, and performed demolition.
  • The construction crew that had remodeled was brought back after we finished to get the place back to "LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED"
  • Within a few short weeks the owner could contact his tenants to move back in.

Little Thing - BIG problem

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

Small things can create big problems

In West Virginia we are often confronted with very cold temperatures. Remember to protect your water pipes from freezing. This broken water pipe appears to be such a little thing.

If this "Little Thing" is located in the ceiling, it can freeze and burst causing damage to not only the ceiling but the walls, floors, and furnishings.  

From the Rooftop to the Basement or Crawl Space it could cost you thousands of dollars to clean up the damage. Then thousands more replacing furniture and clothing. You may have to move out of your home while repairs are being completed. Do you and your family have a free place to live on a temporary basis? Living out of a hotel is fun for a few days but for weeks?

Keep those pipes warm!