Recent Water Damage Posts

Hydrostatic Pressure?

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

What is Hydrostatic Pressure?

You know that weird feeling in your ears when you swim to the bottom of a deep pool? If you swim down just a few feet you’ll start noticing a change. The deeper you go under water the greater the pressure pushing on your ears is. That’s from the Hydrostatic Pressure.

Hydrostatic pressure is exerted due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to depth when weight from fluid is flowing downward from above.

When we are talking about basements Hydrostatic pressure can be best described as the consistent force of water pressure being pushed against basement walls.

Fluid Pressure & the Depth

In other words, the deeper the foundation of your basement is, along with how wet the soil conditions are; you’re at a greater risk for structural damage. The lower you go, the more pressurized the conditions become

Hydrostatic pressure is the outward and downward pressure by standing water. In this case, it’s your basement walls. The pull of gravity up against standing water is relentless; it’s causing water to push extremely hard against your basement walls and anything restricting its flow. Water is a dense substance, but it is capable of generating serious hydrostatic pressure when a large quantity of it is stopped from its intended downhill course.

Here at SERVPRO of east Evansville we see this all the time. We want to help you by making you aware of Hydrostatic Pressure. What it is, what it’s capable of and ways to help keep your basement a little safer from flooding caused by Hydrostatic Pressure.

Hydrostatic Pressure Relief;

  • Sump Pumps
  • Outside Drain Tile
  • Dig a Trench Around your home to footer level (Usually 6 to 9 feet deep)
  • Drainage System or a French Drain

Frozen pipe tips

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Frequent targets of frozen pipes often seen in the Tri-State Area:  

  • Pipes directly exposed to severe cold
  • Outdoor hose 
  • Swimming pool supply line
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas
  • Pipes in basements, crawl spaces, garages
  • Pipes that run along exterior walls
  • Water sprinkler supply lines

 Tips to protect and prevent frozen pipes:

  • Remove or drains lines not in use
  • Avoid anti freeze in lines and follow manufacturers instructions
  • Consider adding insulation in basements, attics, crawl spaces or garages
  • Keep garage door shut whenever possible
  • Open cabinets to allow heat to circulate around plumbing
  • Running water, even a small trickle helps reduce freezing
  • Avoid lowering the thermostat overnight
  • Continue heating your home or business if you are away for travel or extended periods

 Keys to thawing frozen pipes:

  • If water trickles when turned on it's a sign of freezing in pipes. Allow trickle to continue even if slow running it will help with thawing.
  • Apply low heat to pipe by wrapping an electric blanket or using a hair dryer on low setting.
  • Wrapping hot towels around pipes will help with thawing
  • Avoid applying high heat or open flame
  • If one pipe is frozen suspect others may be and investigate

 If you are unable to find where the frozen pipe is located or if the thawing process is unsuccessful call a licensed plumber. If frozen pipes causes water damage at your home or business call a certified water technicians at SERVPRO of East Evansville at 812-471-3132. 

SERVPRO of East Evansville 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Evansville is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 812-471-3132

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of East Evansville has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of East Evansville

SERVPRO of East Evansville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of East Evansville provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services to Vanderburgh and surrounding counties.

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Evansville is always here to help.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Evansville provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of East Evansville arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (812) 471-3132

Water Damage Timeline

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.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of East Evansville 

SERVPRO of East Evansville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storm and Water Damage Tips

2/19/2016 (Permalink)

We are always here to help!

Homeowners should:

Safely turn the home’s water main off if running water inside the house is the source of the problem.

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items. 

Remove and prop up wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Turn air conditioning on the maximum drying (in summer).

Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.

Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.

Open and place luggage in sunlight to dry, if possible.

Gather loose items, toys, etc. from floors.

Homeowners should not:

Leave wet fabrics in place. Dry fabrics as soon as possible and hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

Use your household vacuum to remove water.

Use televisions or other household appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If water damage has resulted in exposure to sewage and other harmful waste:

Stay out of the affected areas.

Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.

Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.

Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage system damage.

Do not:

Attempt cleanup of any kind.

Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.

Eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in affected areas.

Also note that OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical examination for anyone encountering a hazardous waste problem and suggests contacting your local health department or physician.

Provided by SERVPRO of East Evansville (812) 471-3132

Freezing Pipes

1/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Evansville is always here to help!

As winter settles in, freezing pipes becomes a concern for many home owners. 

Here are two simple steps you can follow to help prevent water damage from occurring due to a pipe freeze:

1.  Open all cabinet doors where plumbing is located.  (For example, the cabinet under your kitchen sink.)

2.  Run a slow trickle of water through the faucet.

Remember, the first 48 hours of any water loss are the most important.  If you do experience a broken pipe, contact us at 812-471-3132. 

Testimonials from SERVPRO of East Evansville's Happy Customers

11/25/2015 (Permalink)

Customer satisfaction is our number one priority!

SERVPRO of East Evansville strives every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent quotes from real customers:

"SERVPRO of East Evansville has been great! They had open communication with us during the clean-up of our home, and we always knew what was going on. We would definitely use them again." -Sara (Robards, Kentucky)

"Exceptional, professional service. Willing to put in whatever hours necessary to complete the job to your satisfaction. Would, and will, recommend this company to anyone affected by an in-home water leak." -Teran (Evansville, Indiana)

"SERVPRO of East Evansville worked quickly to get my home back to live-in condition. They were always available when I had a question." -Jane (Newburgh, Indiana)

If water damage threatens your home or office call us at (812)471-3132.  We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful on you. 

Cold Weather is Coming-Are You Ready?

11/2/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has highly trained professionals on call ready to dry out your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Is your home ready for winter?

Making sure your home is properly secure for winter is the best way to prevent water damage in the future.  In the winter months, pipe breaks and leaks make your home more susceptible to water damage. 

Helpful Tips

Here are some handy tips that we found on the American Red Cross website:

Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.

If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

What do I do if a pipe bursts?

Should you need assistance at your home for water damage, SERVPRO is here to help!  While you wait for us to arrive, here are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind:

Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

Gather loose items from floors.