Recent Water Damage Posts

How to Tell if Your Home Has Water Damage

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

 "a person in distress looking at a wall where water damage has occurred ” SERVPRO of Clinton is a full restoration company. Our restoration experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

It’s a quiet night, and you’re settling in to relax with some much-deserved ice cream, when you hear it: an unfamiliar drip. It’s not the kitchen sink; you can see that from your couch. The bathroom seems fine, too.

You follow the steady dripping sound on tiptoes only to finally discover it’s…inside your wall? Hmm, that doesn’t seem right.

Sounds odd, but it happens. And it’s just one of many signposts that you may have a water issue somewhere in your home that needs attention.

Around 14,000 Americans a day face a water damage emergency. It’s one of the most likely and, if unchecked, most expensive home repairs you may face.

So how can you know what to look for to nip a water situation in the bud? Here are some of the most common giveaways that there’s something going on:

Wet or dark spots in the ceiling. If you’re in a single-level home, or on the top story of a multi-level home, this is a sure sign of a roof leak or gutter backup. If you’re on a lower level, the first thing to consider is whether a bathroom above you might be leaking.

Unusual or musty smells. If an area of your house suddenly smells like a pile of wet towels left in a hot car, there’s probably some excess moisture gathering somewhere and potentially mold or mildew as well.

Flaky or bubbly paint. Even waterproof paint can only hold back the problem for so long—if paint is cracking, flaking or bubbling, you’re almost certain to have some water coming in or down the walls.

Dripping sounds. If there’s a drip but no sink, a flow but no faucet, you’ve got trouble. Follow the sound and figure out how the water’s getting in.

Increased utility bills. It could just be because your kids are home from college, but If your water bill is suddenly much higher and there’s no obvious reason, it could indicate a leak in a less-than-obvious location. Check basements, crawlspaces and water heaters first.

Water leaks in the US alone waste an astonishing amount, up to a trillion—yes, a trillion—gallons of water per year. You’re highly likely to experience a water emergency at some point, but dealing with it early can be the difference in having a minor issue or a major repair.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, 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.

Don't Let Heavy Rains Damage Your West Branch Home

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

Water damage to your home can come from expected and unexpected sources. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably know that natural disasters (like flash floods) and home accidents (like plumbing failures) can cause water damage.

But have you thought about the damage heavy rains can do?

Heavy rains might not have been at the top of your list of water damage causes. But it can be a real problem for homeowners. And it’s common. If your home is not properly maintained, heavy rain can cause costly damage.

If you have to file a claim for water damage, you’ll be in good company. One in every 50 Americans will also be filing a claim this year. Depending on your neighborhood, that means several people you know may file a claim soon.

You can’t avoid all water damage hazards. Flash flooding, strong storms and tornadoes can’t be avoided and can damage multiple homes in communities or neighborhoods.

But the damage caused by heavy rains can sometimes be avoided by homeowners who take a few extra precautions.

We see many water-damaged homes, so our teams have valuable insights into how you can protect your home from suffering water damage.

Basic home maintenance can make a difference, and many of these projects might be on your list already.

Take stock of your yard. Knowing how your yard drains (and how it works with your home) is vital. 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.

Make thoughtful landscaping decisions. Most homeowners select plants and flowers for their yard for curb appeal, meaning they like the aesthetic. But native plants can give you both visual appeal and an added layer of protection. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage.

Consider sealing your roof. Here’s a surprising statistic. Insurance industry experts estimate about 95% of damage is cause by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles.

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.

Faster To Your Water Damage Event

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Clinton 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 Clinton 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 – 563-212-2874

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 Clinton

SERVPRO of Clinton 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.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clinton 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 - 563-212-2874

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 Clinton 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 Clinton

SERVPRO of Clinton 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.