Recent Water Damage Posts

Keep Your Home Dry This Season | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

img src =”water” alt = "water failing from a sink do to a clogged drain” > Have water damage in your home? Contact SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan for quick and professional restoration.

The start of a new year is such a refreshing time. New goals and a brand-new outlook on the season can feel so motivating! In addition to your personal resolutions, adopting some new homeowner strategies can help you avoid the perils of water damage.

Since water damage can occur out of many different accidents or natural disasters, it is important to be prepared for a variety of scenarios.

Catching Water Leaks

If you can, preventing water leaks before they even begin can save you precious time and money. Take the time to keep your gutters clear, clean off your roof on occasion and encourage water to flow farther away from your home with long downspouts.

Inside your home, it is important to address any issues with rusty pipes or old caulking. These areas can spring a leak at any time! Even if the water itself doesn’t cause damage, any lingering moisture can cause mildew or mold growth over time.

Your appliances are also vulnerable to the dangers of unwanted water exposure! If water gets into the parts of the machine that aren’t waterproof, it could lead to rust or a full system malfunction. This could leave you with an even bigger water issue.

Steps to Prevent Water Damage

Early detection is key to preventing a large-scale problem from occurring. While you are doing your routine cleaning, do a thorough check of the areas of your home that utilize water to check for visible water, mold or water staining.

In your kitchen, pull back your appliances on occasion to check behind them for water damage. Also, open up your kitchen cabinets under your sink to check for condensation or water line leaks.

If your windows often condense when it gets really cold, wipe them down often and consider reducing the humidity levels in your home.

It is also crucial to check your roof often for damage or missing shingles. Any damage to your roof could introduce water into your attic that could eventually leak down your walls or cause a mold infestation.

We are always at risk of experiencing snow storms during the winter season, so it is crucial to prevent damage to our roofs if we get a lot in a short period of time. Snow can be heavy, and extra weight on your roof can impact its structural integrity.

While it may be too late for this step in the season, consider grading your yard when the ground thaws in the springtime. A professional grading can ensure that any rain that falls will flow down and away from your foundation.

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.

The Effects of Water Seepage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

12/9/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”tree.jpg” alt = "roof white leaking from water damage " > the water damage can happen anytime, give us a call if you need help!

Water, water, everywhere! We are constantly surrounded by the threat of water damage in our homes, and sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint.

Some signs that you are experiencing water damage in your home include a musty smell, peeling wallpaper or bubbling paint. However, some water damage doesn’t show any signs at all right away.

Spotting a water leak in your home can be tricky if you aren’t sure where to look! We explain what to watch out for when it comes to water issues below.

<h3bathrooms">Your Bathrooms

Bathrooms are common culprits when it comes to water damage. Your sinks, bathtubs and toilets all use water every day in order to function. That leaves a lot of opportunity for water troubles to begin!

Routinely check the water supply lines to each of your fixtures and inspect the water seals frequently. Even just a minor amount of wear and tear on your seals could spring a water leak.

<h3threat-of-your-appliances">The Threat of Your Appliances

We all know that appliances can cause major headaches as well. Faulty mechanisms, malfunctions or blockages can all cause your appliances to leak all over the floor.

Being proactive can help you stop a water problem in its tracks! Routinely unplug water-using appliances like your refrigerator, washing machine and dishwasher and pull them away from the wall. If you notice water damage, stains or mold growth, call us right away so we can help remedy the situation.

<h3damage-from-weather">Water Damage From Weather

Water damage doesn’t just exist within our homes, unfortunately. We can also experience water troubles caused by Mother Nature.

Any instances of heavy rain during the spring and summer time can create flooding problems or soggy basements. We are also at risk of winter storms any time from now until mid-spring that can bring wind, rain, ice, snow or sleet. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to experience all of these elements in a single storm!

In order to prevent water damage from the elements in your home, work on controlling the moisture in your home. If you don’t, you could struggle with condensation issues or even mold growth.

Do your part in preventing water damage from even occurring by keeping your gutters free of debris and your roof clear of any dead vegetation or leaves. You should also do a routine check of your windows and doors to catch any gaps or drafts before the temperature cools down. This can save you time and money on your electricity bill if you are able to seal any gaps up right away.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us 247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

Protect Your Business After a Water Damage Disaster | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

a zoomed in view of a wooden floor showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan are your local commercial restoration company. We will always be here to help and get you back in business.

If you have ever suffered through water damage before, you fully understand what a headache it can be! Even just an inch of water can cause a costly and extensive cleanup process, and when you are a business owner, that can be detrimental to your livelihood.

Since water is all around us and serves so many purposes in our day-to-day lives, water damage can come from all kinds of sources. Faulty pipes, appliances and sprinkler systems are all common reasons we have seen when businesses suffer damage. We also see damage from Mother Nature often.

We recently just marked 50 years since the 1972 Black Hills flood that decimated our area, so we are fully aware of the dangers that flooding and other water issues can bring to town. Being prepared can help minimize the extent of your damages.

Locating Your Utility Room

Knowing this simple information can help stop a problem in its tracks! Having a full knowledge of your water shutoff valves and electrical panels is a great thing to know if you are a business owner.

You shouldn’t keep this information to yourself, though! Share this with your leadership team or management staff so that someone is always prepared to take action when it is needed.

Water Dangers

Did you know that water is classified into different categories? Different kinds of water carry different risk levels, so it is important to know where the water came from so you can act appropriately.

White water: White water is the lowest risk water (other than purified consumable water). It is the water that flows inside your pipes and is safe for you to handle.

Gray water: Wherever water flows down into a drain, like from a sink or a shower, that is called gray water. It is considered contaminated, but still carries a relatively low risk when handled in small amounts.

Black water: Never attempt to clean up a black water problem on your own. Black water comes from your sewage system or storm drain and can contain toxic materials.

Stop the Problem Right Away

The best thing to do when you discover your water issue is to shut off the source of the problem immediately! Turn off any water valves or main lines, and then start to vent the space.

Turn on fans and open some windows to get the air circulating. It is also a good idea to section off the affected area to keep people safe.

It is also really important to take thorough pictures of any damages that you see. This will make your insurance claim process much easier if you have accurate pictures of the issue at hand.

No Matter the Disaster, We Are Here

Even when your space looks dry to the naked eye, there still is the possibility of hidden water damage. Beneath your carpets, you could have soggy subfloors or rotting boards, or behind your walls, soaked or warped wall studs could be present.

Don’t worry! That’s what we are here for. Our team at SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is the best at what we do and we will not stop until we are sure that your business is dry and back to its preloss condition.

When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 247 to get started!

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan to get the restoration process started right away.

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan to get the restoration process started right away.

Flooding is a common issue that homeowners face, but just because it is common, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a headache when it happens! Water damage can result, and it doesn’t even take much water to become an issue.

You can’t rely on the possibility of flood insurance or federal aid as some instances will leave you without coverage, so it is necessary to do what you can ahead of time to prevent lasting damages to your home and property.

Flooding can affect us in every season in Gillette, Sheridan. We are located far enough north to be at risk of melting snow in the springtime and severe weather and heavy rains in the summer and fall.

The Outside of Your Home

Installing gutters is the best way to help keep water away from your foundation. Point your downspouts away from your home to make sure you aren’t focusing all of that water backward toward the foundation or structure.

Add in some special landscaping ideas as well! A strategically placed garden can be a great place for the excess water to collect, and laying down mulch against your house can help aid in water absorption.

The Inside of Your Home

Your foundation is the key to protecting your home! Don’t let any cracks or weathering go untreated, and do your best to keep it waterproof.

Installing a sump pump is also a great idea if your property seems to be wet a lot after any storm. Taking small steps when it comes to flood prevention will always benefit you in a positive way!

Floods can also result from a busted appliance or leaky pipe. Make any necessary repairs quickly when you notice an issue to prevent coming home to a disaster one day. You can also install a leak sensor that will alert you right away if it senses water.

Lastly, be sure to store any important documents or personal keepsakes out of harm’s reach. Keep them high off of the ground or in a waterproof location.

You can replace many possessions, but it can be hard to replace things like photographs or scrapbooks! Also keep a copy of your family’s emergency plan off of the ground as well to ensure you are always prepared to handle any situation.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan today to get your restoration completed faster.

The Quick Destruction of Water Damage | SERVPRO Of Gillette, Sheridan

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Do you have a faucet in your home that sometimes drips? What about a small spot of residual water damage from a troublesome dishwasher? Small instances of water damage can often be overlooked, but they can actually cause long-term and costly damage in your home.

An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage can progress quickly through walls, floors and softer surfaces in your home. It is crucial to recognize the damage and act accordingly to give your home the best chance of drying out in a timely manner.

Here’s a quick rundown of the timeline to water damage in your home:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood causing water damage in your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Considering the change in seasons, the snow melt and the increased risk of tornadoes this time of year in Wyoming, it is more important than ever to have a plan to handle any unexpected water in your residence.

Your reaction in the first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage will make the difference in the degree of long-term damage. Unfortunately, even the quickest of responses may not be able to salvage the more fragile and water-sensitive materials in your home.

Books, photographs, magazines and other fragile possessions are especially vulnerable to immediate and irreparable damage. They can warp, swell or simply be ruined by the water.

Our mentality at SERVPRO Gillette, Sheridan is to restore your materials, not replace them. We understand how precious keepsakes in your home can be, and we try our best to preserve these items for you.

If we find that we cannot save a certain item or keepsake, it will be communicated to you. That said, these types of things are usually removed from your home first to expedite their drying process.

Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will spread quickly if not addressed. Mold grows in this timeframe, and it can begin to affect the internal structures of your home.

Additionally, soft surfaces such as wood structures, furniture and walls will become increasingly compromised. Even metal will start corroding.

After One Week

After a week of untreated damage, excess moisture will increase your risk of irreversible structural damage, and it can get more expensive to repair with each passing day.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, optimally by the 24-hour mark. We start with a thorough extraction of water and then move on to cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing your floors and furniture.

After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see to prevent lingering, unnoticed moisture.

After the initial dryout process, additional work may need to be done, ranging from minor damage repairs to entire structural rebuilds in various rooms of your home.

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is able to handle the restoration process as well as the rebuilding process to help you get back on your feet and back into your home as soon as possible.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Do you have coverage for a water disaster?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

a man pointing at water damage on a ceiling When water damages your home call SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan at (307)-228-1559.

Water damage is insurance money that is paid out when your house is affected by water damage. It helps deal with the pairs. While companies like Water Damage America come in and help restore your home, insurance companies ensure there are enough funds for the home restoration.

Situations Where Water Damage Insurance Works

There are situations where insurance companies will pay for the damages caused to your home. Here are the situations when your insurance will pay for your water damage:

Accidental leaks- Insurance will take care of leaks from pipes and broken washers that cause water damage.

Burst pipes- Water damage from burst pipes due to frozen pipes and any other incident will be covered

Damage from fires- If the water was used to put out a fire and caused damage to your property, the damage will be insured.

Roof leaks- If there was water damage to the interior of your house because of a roof leak, that would be catered to by insurance. The only thing you need to ensure is the leak was not caused by a fallen tree or a caved-in roof that was not fixed.

Water damage from storms like heavy and sudden rain,

Ice dam- Insurance will cover ice dams built in your gutter in cold months. If these ice dams result from neglect, you will not get them fixed.

Situations When Water Damage Will Not be Covered by Insurance

There are also times when your insurance will not work for water damage. Knowing about these will help you be careful with the care you give your home and figure out when you can rely on insurance and when to deal with it independently. Here are the situations where insurance will not cover water damage:

Flood damage. Any damage caused by extreme flooding will not be covered

Water damage is caused by negligence or lack of maintenance. If your home gets water damaged because you did not fix leaks when they occurred or did not carry out regular checks, then this will not be covered

Damage for intentional acts. If you set your ho on fire or turn off the heat in winter, then you will not be compensated for whatever damage

Water damage from backup sewer lines. You need to get a proper cover for that

Cost of repairing source. No compensation will be given for a broken heater or washer

Knowing what is covered in water damage will ensure you stay vigilant for your home. Ensure you look after everything, and that way, in case of an issue, you will be compensated. If you have water damage in your home, contact the experts at SERVPRO.

The 4 Main Causes of 3 Types of Flooding | SERVPRO® Gillette, Sheridan.

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

As the most common and the most deadly type of natural disaster, flooding is an extremely important thing to be aware of. In the United States, it causes more deaths than any other disaster, including hurricanes and tornadoes, and leaves a large amount of damage behind where it occurs.

Flooding can occur nearly anywhere throughout the world, but the majority of floods have similar causes and fall into similar categories. Today we will look at the three main categories of floods, as well as their four typical causes.

Natural Flooding Has 3 Main Types

Flash floods are rather common and rather dangerous. As the name implies, they come about suddenly, which leads to the ground’s drainage capabilities becoming overwhelmed. Floodwaters in flash floods are rather dangerous, and are strong enough to carry away cars and people.

River floods happen around rivers, as you may have guessed. When a river’s banks are no longer able to contain the water of the river, flooding can occur in nearby areas.

Coastal floods occur when storms or cyclonic activities leads to a rise in the water levels of an ocean or gulf, which results in flooding in the nearby area.

Natural Flooding Has 4 Main Causes

Heavy rainfall. When a large storm system moves through an area and brings heavy rainfall along with it, it can cause flash flooding or river flooding to occur. This is more prevalent in developed areas with a lot of asphalt down, as this impedes the ground’s ability to absorb a large volume of water, especially in a short time.

Oceanic activity. Rising tides, storms and hurricanes have all been known to cause an increase of the water level, resulting in an ocean flood that damages nearby coastal communities.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. When winter brings about consistent amounts of snow and ice, spring can be a wet season as things begin to melt—but if this happens rapidly, flooding is a concern. Additionally, river flooding can occur due to ice dams or ice jams preventing proper drainage and causing river banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

A Business Partnership You Didn’t Know You Had | SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

As a business owner, you can control your own destiny, but you also have the responsibility of dealing with the many challenges that come with owning your own business. Things such as disruptions or losses can cause mass chaos for commercial properties.

What you probably didn’t realize is that with SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan right here in the neighborhood, you have a built-in partner for all cleanup or recovery needs that may arise. We aim to help you carry any burden caused by a disaster or emergency.

Large loss recovery. You might not be aware, but fire, storms and flooding are among the top causes of financial loss for businesses here in the United States. These types of incidents can cause major amounts of damage, especially if they aren’t dealt with in a timely manner. Because we deal with these things on a regular basis, we understand that you need help, and you need it now, which is why we are available 247.

Emergency Ready Plan. Being proactive not only saves you time but also money. And our goal is to help you be so prepared that when an emergency of any kind arises, you will know exactly how to respond. We will help you create an Emergency Ready Plan to identify an emergency chain of command, temporary vendors to use during a crisis and so much more! 

Cleaning of All Kinds. We can handle specialty needs like safe biohazard removal as well as general needs like carpet cleaning. We have a cleaning solution for every situation, no matter the commercial business you are in.

Restoration Services. Accidents or disasters happen—storms cause damage, busted pipes occur, machines catch fire. No matter what happens, it’s likely going to need restoration. No one can do this better, faster or as efficiently as SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan. You can count on us to get the job done and have your business back to preloss status in no time.

Industry Specialization. We train our technicians on every in and out of the commercial world. Whatever specific or unique need your business might have, we can tackle the cleanup or restoration. In most cases, we also try and enclose the work area to keep from disrupting your business.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business

Water Damage & the Cleanup Process | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

”house.jpg” alt = “a house floating in a large body of water" > When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

Daily, there are 14,000 Americans who have the unfortunate surprise of experiencing water damage. If this happens to you, let SERVPRO help you restore your home.

As a leader in the restoration industry, we know that disasters happen at the most inconvenient times, which is why we are always on call. Once you call in SERVPRO, we’ll rely on our patented process for handling water damage cleanup. Here’s what to expect:

Emergency Contact. When you call us, we’ll ask questions to determine the nature of your emergency and set up an appointment to come and survey the damage in person.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. Once we arrive on site, we spring into action immediately, verifying first that the main water source has been shut off. Then we will walk through your home and property, evaluating the water damage and noting any hazards along the way. Lastly, we will outline a plan for you so that we can get started.

Water Removal. We will begin with the most obvious step, which is to get rid of the standing water. We will use powerful pumps and extraction units to help get rid of hundreds or thousands of gallons of water. Complete removal of the water can help reduce the overall drying time and help prevent mold growth.

Damaged Material Removal. We’ll take stock of the items in your home, including the structure itself, looking for what is irretrievably damaged. We will convey to you any items or materials that need to be replaced, as well as what can be repaired. Our goal is to always restore as much as possible, rather than replace.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Water that sits can become stagnant and stinky quickly. We will work to rid your home of the smell and germs by using industry-leading equipment and time-tested techniques.

Drying. Once the bulk of the water has been removed, it’s important to remember that there is still moisture in the home. It’s important to remove excess moisture and restore the normal moisture balance so that we can reduce the risk of mold growth.

Monitoring. As your home goes through the drying phase, we will remain in constant contact with you and even stop by daily to ensure that the drying process is working efficiently. As needed, we’ll change techniques.

Repairs and Construction. Once all of this has been completed, we can begin the repair or restoration process. From minor things like resurfacing to large scale rebuilds, we can do it all. Consider us your one-stop-shop.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like It Never Even Happened.”

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

the underside of a sink showing water damage from leaking pipes The Water Damage Numbers Say it All | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

As adults, we have learned that working hard never stops. We work hard for a paycheck, and we work hard for our family!

So if you are a homeowner, you can understand that things don’t always work out the way we wish them to! When it comes to water damage in your home, it’s sad to say but the odds are not in your favor. At some point or another, you’re likely going to be dealing with some type of water damage.

You can’t prepare for everything, but you can certainly try. One way to do so is to ensure that your pipes and appliances are well-equipped and maintained. This can at least give you a fighting chance against water damage.

24. This number represents the percentage of all home insurance claims that are related to water damage. That’s one out of every 50 homeowners who file water claim each year.

48. Water damage can become a very costly incident! Especially if you haven’t cleaned it up promptly. You only have 48 hours before your water damage becomes a mold problem in your home.

98. It might come as a shock to some, but 98% of homes with basements experience some type of water damage at some point.

10,234. This is how much money the average insurance claim for water damage costs. Because water can cause more issues than simply getting things wet, it can be a costly fix! Water damage is not only destructive to the possessions in your home, but it can cause major damage to the structure of your home as well.

14,000. Every day, there are 14,000 water damage emergencies reported here in the United States. That’s a lot of people; every six seconds, someone is dealing with some type of water damage.

13,000,000,000. A number with nine zeroes behind it usually is only seen during a lottery drawing! In this case, though, this $13 billion represents the annual cost of water damage here in the United States.

These numbers can be quite a “sticker shock,” but the good news is most water damage is preventable. Keep up with the maintenance of your home and repair leaks as soon as you see them. And while this won’t prevent some accidents or disasters, you can rest assured that you are doing everything you can to help defy the odds.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.

Facebook RSS Check Out These Common Places for Water Leaks in Your Home

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan team if you are dealing with any water damage.

No one wants to come home from work and be confronted with water where it shouldn’t be! But water damage is a real possibility when water escapes from places that were made to contain it.

If we were all-knowing, we wouldn’t have to worry about water leaks. But we’re not—and because of that, it pays to know how water might enter your home. Here are a few common sources of water damage:

Commode flapper. A commode flapper is a small circular piece of rubber that seals the water in the tank until the level is pressed. This is commonly referred to as flushing. The flapper is in use every time the toilet is flushed, and over time, the gasket can decay and leak. Many times, you can hear an audible leak coming from the toilet if the flapper is leaking.

Washing machine. Washing machines have a supply line, internal tub and drain line. Of course, there are many other components in between those system, and they are all designed to keep water in the tub or down the drain. Over time, water may escape and leak some of these components.

Clogged gutters. Gutters can be one of the main culprits in water damage. Properly designed and installed gutters are critical to moving the water from the roof to the ground where it can drain away. Keeping them clear of obstructions is critically important as water that overflows the gutter will find the wrong place to go. Obstructed gutters can have water backing up into fascia and soffits, down walls, and possibly leaking through the foundation.

Storm damage to roof. Many times when thunderstorms pass through they can leave roof damage. Wind can also break tree branches that land on your roof, possibly causing a break in the material that protects your roof.

Sewer line penetration. Pipes with age can be vulnerable to root infestation. Especially the old clay pipes that aren’t in use any longer. Once a tree root finds a source of moisture, it thrives and may invade that spot with more roots.

Disposal seal leaks. The seals in a garbage disposal stay fairly secure. However, excessive plunging to remove a clog can damage these seals if too much pressure is applied during the plunging process.

It’s important to stay current on your home maintenance. When you observe a defect, get it fixed immediately instead of waiting. It’s better to be proactive with a repair than to be faced with a restoration project from a major water leak.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Indicators of Basement Water Damage

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Rapid City is a full restoration company. Our team of experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

Many homeowners find their basements to be an enjoyable area of their homes. Whether it’s kept bare for something as simple as extra storage or finished and furnished for some extra living space, a basement can be a versatile utility area.

But the fact that basements are dug into and under the ground creates an inherent risk of water damage inside, and the risk is even greater once you consider that water leaks in other parts of your home often find their way into the basement.

There’s no guarantee that you will or won’t encounter a basement water emergency, but the risk is high enough that you should make yourself aware of the common ways to identify potential damage. Let’s look at a few below.

Top Signifiers of Water Damage in Your Basement

Unpleasant, musky odors. There’s a certain smell that many people associate with basements or underground areas, but it’s really an indicator of a wet area. Water that seeps in turns bacterial and toxic, making your area not only damp, but odoriferous. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while you may not see any mold yet, the smell is a giveaway that it’s already growing.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Many homeowners paint their basements, whether they’re finished basements or cinder block areas, and some apply waterproof paint, trying to head off potentially problematic water leaks. But paint or no, waterproof or no, water will find its way through if there’s a leak. Cracks, bubbles and flakes in your paint are a telltale sign that water is coming through from somewhere.

Foundational cracks. Cracks in your foundation are not normal, even though houses do shift over time. Cracks can show up inside in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls as well, indicating that your house frame is applying uneven pressure, possibly caused by a cracked foundation. Hairline cracks are no cause for alarm, but they should be treated immediately if they get larger.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.


4/14/2021 (Permalink)

an ice dam on a house with explanation on what happened and why CALL SERVPRO TODAY!

When warm air melts snow unevenly on a roof and refreezes at the edge of the roof where it is still below zero, an ice dam forms. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off the roof. Your gutters and roof can be seriously damaged by snow and ice. Snow and ice add to the weight, can cause a roof to collapse. Ice dams themselves are not necessarily a problem. It is the leaks that do the bulk of the damage. If you cannot detect signs of ice dam leakage, either in the soffits on the outside or in the attic or ceilings, you may not have to do anything. 1. Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chucks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool! You’ll cut through the shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This is slow, dangerous work, so hire someone experienced at roofing. Even if you do it safely, the chunks of ice can take pieces of shingle with them. Then clear out gutters and downspouts. Again, this is ladder work and an easy way to damage either plastic or metal gutters and spouts. Melt troughs through the ice dam with calcium chloride ice Melter. Do NOT use rock salt! It will damage paint, metals, and plants beneath the eave and wherever the salty water drains. A good trough-maker is a tube of cloth (a leg from an old pair of panty hose works well). Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and lay it vertically across the ice dam. It will slowly melt its way down through the dam, clearing a path for the underlying water to flow free.

Don’t Let Heavy Rains Damage Your Family Home

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Rapid City today.

Here’s something you may not have heard: One out of every 50 American homeowners will have to file a water damage claim next year.

When asked how the water damage happens, homeowners cite various problems like severe floods and storms or problems in the home, like a burst pipe.

So if you have to file a claim for water damage this year, you’ll have a lot of company. Statistically, it’s like that someone you know will have to file a water damage claim this year, too. Depending on the size of your network, it might even be more than one person.

Preparing Your Property for Wet Weather

Basic home maintenance can help you stay safe from water damage. These projects will help you get moving in the right direction.

Learn how your yard drains. A yard that drains correctly protects your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Plant helpful landscaping. Landscaping can help protect your home from water damage. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.

Consider sealing your roof. Sealing your roof can help protect your home from wind and water damage. In fact, experts estimate that almost 95% of water damage is caused by water seeping through gaps in your roof and shingles, which can be prevented with this step.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Stop Water Damage this Winter

2/13/2021 (Permalink)

Homes can suffer water damage at any time during the year. But it’s important to keep in mind that seasonal dangers are unique—especially in places with harsh winters like we have near Gillette and Sheridan.

In general, water damage claims are among the most common ones insurance companies see during the year. Insurance experts estimate that roughly one in every 50 American homeowners files a water damage claim each year.

These can vary in severity, from major flood or storm damage to repairing a busted pipe. In fact, you likely know someone who filed a water damage claim this year.

The Best Steps to Keep Your Home Safe

Taking care of your home and doing regular maintenance is your best protection against routine water damage.

What do you need to watch out for this winter? Experts have some advice about places to look when you’re getting your home ready to weather winter’s unique home maintenance needs:

Get a good look at your foundation. Being sure your home’s foundation doesn’t have any cracks is one of the first things you should do to prepare for winter. Water damage in basements is a common reason homeowners need remediation services. Additionally, water seeping into cracks during the winter and freezing can cause cracks to widen. That happens because water expands when it freezes.

Get your gutters clean before it starts snowing. In general, it’s a good idea to clean your home’s gutters a couple of times each year. Keeping them free of debris and flowing can help stop water from pooling or flowing in ways that can damage your home. Also, clean gutters are less likely to be filled with damaging ice.

Protect your pipes. Did you know frozen pipes are the most common reason homeowners file water damage claims in the winter? You don’t have to be one of them. If the forecast calls for a winter storm or an unseasonably frigid night, leave the faucets in your home dripping. (It doesn’t have to be much—just enough to keep water flowing.) You’re much less likely to find busted, frozen pipes if you take this step.

Find spots that need to be sealed. Like checking the foundation, this step is important because water expands when it freezes. Shingles, window panes and siding that aren’t secure can allow water into your home. And that water can freeze, expand and damage your home.

If you find yourself in  need of a water removal or water loss, call us today and see what we can do for you 

Water Damage Can Affect Anyone

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in a basement can cost homeowners thousands of dollars to fix. When water gets into a structure and it is dried incorrectly, rot, mold and mildew can form causing health effects. Trained and certified to the highest standards in the industry, our professional production team responds immediately - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - to mitigate loss and meet every challenge with professionalism, reliability, compassion, and respect. Our technicians identify the full extent of moisture damage, both obvious and unseen, by using sensors such as moisture detectors and state of the science technology.  Meanwhile, we help homeowners overcome their feeling of helplessness by explaining the process in a way that they can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do. SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan's commitment to customer excellence includes insurance professionals, which means that insurance agents and claims adjusters can expect effective, ongoing communication and reporting. We understand insurance industry requirements. Our professional production team will provide a complete estimate, including photos, to the agent or adjuster within 24-48 hours. Call SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan and get quality water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold and mildew removal and if your home, business or insurance customer needs one of our large selection of biohazard removal services, we are ready, trained and equipped to provide you with any clean up, mitigation and restoration service.  Call us today at 307-228-1559!

Cold Weather Can Break your Pipes!

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and heavy snow to shovel. With the sudden drop in temperature and immediate increase, we are at risk of pipes bursting, which can cause a major water damage disaster at your house or business.

With the extreme cold comes an increased risk for frozen pipes in cooler areas of your home or business.  Here are some tips to help prevent pipes in areas such as basements, attics, garages, and kitchen cabinets from freezing during the coming cold snap:

  • Open faucets slightly to let water drip or slowly trickle during extreme cold.
  • Keep your heat set to a consistent temperature 24/7.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing, especially those near outside walls.
  • Consider insulating pipes in especially cold areas of your home like crawlspaces or attics.

If you experience water damage, call the SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan team of trusted professionals 307-228-1559 Our experienced crews are always here to help

Gillette and Sheridan residents: SERVPRO specializes in water cleanup.

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in a basement can cost homeowners thousands of dollars to fix. When water gets into a structure and it is dried incorrectly, rot, mold and mildew can form, causing health effects. Trained and certified to the highest standards in the industry, our professional production team responds immediately - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - to mitigate loss and meet every challenge with professionalism, reliability, compassion and respect. Our technicians identify the full extent of moisture damage, both obvious and unseen, by using sensors such as moisture detectors and state of the science technology.  Meanwhile, we help homeowners overcome their feeling of helplessness by explaining the process in a way that they can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do. SERVPRO of Gillette and Sheridan commitment to customer excellence includes insurance professionals; which means that insurance agents and claims adjusters can expect effective, ongoing communication and reporting. We understand insurance industry requirements. Our professional production team will provide a complete estimate, including photos, to the agent or adjuster within 24-48 hours. Call SERVPRO of Gillette and Sheridan and get quality water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold and mildew removal and if your home, business or insurance customer needs one of our large selection of biohazard removal services, we are ready, trained and equipped to provide you with any clean up, mitigation and restoration service.  Call us today at (307)-228-1559!