Recent Water Damage Posts

Frozen Pipes in Pierce?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

A pipe is shown with ice coming out of the bottom. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Pierce County.

When Pierce residents and businesses have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Norfolk is Here to Help. ® According to the Institute of Business and Home Safety, frozen pipes are a leading source of property damage during severe winter weather. Here are their recommendations for reducing your risk of damage: 

  • Seal openings and penetrations:Seal all windows, doors, and other openings on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating wall cavities
  • Seal cracks and penetrationsSeal all wall cracks and penetrations, including domestic and fire protection lines, electrical conduit, and other utility service lines
  • Insulate and seal attic penetrations:Insulate and seal attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases
  • Run faucets:Let all faucets drip during extremely cold weather to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet
  • Insulate pipes
  • Insulate recessed light fixtures
  • Install an automatic excess flow switch
  • Monitor sprinkler systems
  • Provide backup power

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Pierce residents and commercial businesses can count on SERVPRO® of Norfolk to restore their water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 402-370-2460.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water-Damaged Belongings in Wayne?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Clothes are soaking in a cleaning solution. We are trusted leaders in contents restoration services in Wayne County.

When my home flooded during a recent storm, the contents of my basement were damaged by water intrusion. The water originated from a storm drain and brought contaminated water into my home.

SERVPRO® of Norfolk has been restoring water damage and belongings for Wayne residents and businesses for years. We offer cleaning and deodorization services to restore your clothing and other household items to preloss condition. When you have water-damaged belongings that require restoration, we will pretest every item to determine the best cleaning method to restore the item. Here are some of the cleaning methods we may use:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned 
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product 

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You never know when you will have water damage and require contents restoration services, but when you do, you can trust SERVPRO® of Norfolk to restore your water-damaged belongings in Wayne, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 402-370-2460.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Basement Flooding in Battle Creek?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

A wall in a basement shows water on the walls. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Madison County.

The winter months bring lots of opportunities for basements to flood to Battle Creek. SERVPRO® of Norfolk offers these tips from the Insurance Information Institute for protecting your basement from water damage:

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you’ve never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall, potentially through any cracks. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building.
  • Install a backwater valve. Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

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Water damage can happen at any time. Battle Creek residents and businesses can trust SERVPRO® of Norfolk to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 402-370-2460.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Damage Tips for South Sioux City?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water extraction equipment is being used. We restore water damage in Dakota County, “Like it never even happened.”

South Sioux City residents and commercial businesses can trust SERVPRO® of Norfolk to quickly and efficiently restore water damage. Here are some water damage tips from our website:

First, ask yourself if it is safe to stay in the house.

  • Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • 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

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

South Sioux City residents and businesses can count on SERVPRO® of Norfolk to restore water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 402-370-2460.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Advanced Water Restoration Technology in Norfolk?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

An infrared camera is shown. We used state-of-the-art equipment in Norfolk County!

When you have a water damage emergency, fast action is needed to mitigate the water damage before it can become a costly repair. Even one hour of standing water can cause severe damage to a home. Norfolk residents can rely on SERVPRO® of Norfolk to quickly and efficiently restore water damage. Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have the equipment, advanced training, and experience to restore any size water loss to pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Technological Advances

We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to restore water damage. Technological advancements in psychometry allow us to dry water-damaged areas more effectively by manipulating the temperature and relative humidity.

We use specialized equipment, like infrared cameras, to readily detect and measure moisture levels. Sensitive moisture detectors, like hygrometers, are used to measure moisture saturation levels.

Our powerful, industrial-grade submersible and gas-powered pumps are used to extract the water quickly. We use truck-mounted and portable extraction pumps to perform efficient water removal.

Water Restoration Process

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

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When you need emergency water restoration services for your Norfolk home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Norfolk is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 402-370-2460.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-damaged Home in Wayne?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown covering a floor. We respond to water emergencies 24-hours a day in Wayne County.

Underwater in Wayne?

Do you know that water damage claims are the most common type of property damage claim in the United States? SERVPRO® of Norfolk witnessed firsthand the damage water can do to a structure. Here is a water damage timeline from our website that describes the process:

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

Call Us Today!

Water damage can happen at any time and SERVPRO® of Norfolk’s technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies in Wayne. Call us today at 402-370-2460. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Washing Machine Washout in Norfolk?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A washing machine is shown. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Norfolk.

Washing Machine Maintenance Tips for Norfolk.

Did you know that supply line failure is one of the top causes of water damage involving a washing machine? SERVPRO of Norfolk has seen the damage a burst supply line can do. Here are some washing machine supply line maintenance tips: 

Conduct monthly inspections of the hot and cold washing machine supply lines.

  • Look for signs the supply hose may be ready to fail—blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks, or a loose connection
  • Replace the supply hose with a reinforced steel braided hose if it shows any sign of wear
  • Tighten the connection if it feels loose. The most common site of failure is near the connection where the hose bends.
  • Replace supply hoses every five years, even if there is no obvious deterioration or wear
  • Some signs of deterioration may occur from the inside out and may not be visible until it is too late
  • When replacing washing machine supply hoses, always choose a reinforced steel braided hose over the traditional un-reinforced rubber hose. These hoses will last longer and are far less likely to result in a catastrophic water loss.

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When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO of Norfolk is ready to respond 24-hours a day. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Norfolk, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Black Water Contamination in Norfolk Home?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A child is sitting on a toilet. We respond to sewer emergencies 24-hours a day in Madison County.

Do you know the three categories for contaminated water? Sewer water is listed as category 3 “black water,” and is grossly unsanitary. When your sewer system backs up, you can count on SERVPRO® of Norfolk’s technicians to safely clean and restore you home or business.

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

  • If left untreated can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause health effects if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine but no feces, or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe health effects if ingested. Any contact should be avoided.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

When you need sewage cleanup and restoration services for your Norfolk home or business, SERVPRO® of Norfolk is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies and typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 402-370-2460.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.