Recent Water Damage Posts

TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

      7 HELPFUL TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING

                        PIPES THIS WINTER

Outdoors Tips:

  • Wrap outside faucets.
  • Caulk around pipes where they enter into the house.
  • Disconnect garden hoses.
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems*

Indoor Tips:

  • Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  • Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving the house for several days.

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is here to help in case of a pipe that bursts or lines that freeze. Our crews are ready 24 x 7 no matter how big or how small our SERVPRO team handles them all, give us a call!

* Check manufacturer's instructions for the best way to do this. 

ICE DAM: What are They?

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Since You Asked

Betsy from Grand Rapids asked: What exactly are ice dams?

That seems simple enough to answer, an ice dam is formed when you have a lot of heat loss through your roof causing snow to melt and run down, but then freezes as it gets close to the edge of the roof. This can be seen by blocks of ice on the edge of a roof, or large ice sickles that hang from the roof. Easy enough to explain, however they can cause big problems.

When you get an ice dam the snow that continues to melt will get trapped by the dam and have no place to go it can then back up under your shingles causing a leak. Many roof leaks in the late winter early spring are from ice dams.

To prevent ice dams, the first step is to limit the amount of heat loss through your roof. Making sure you are insulated well enough is key. The next is to get rid of the snow on the bottom of the roof before it turns to ice. You can use roof rakes or brooms, but make sure you are safe on a slipper roof. If you already have ice making channels through the ice dam allows the water behind the dam to drain off the roof. You can hose tap water on a warm day to cut through the ice. Work upward from the lower edge of the dam. However, the channel will become ineffective within days and is only a temporary solution to ice dam damage.

Frozen Houses

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Northern Minnesota it can be a wonderful place to live. We have many beautiful lakes, and four seasons for us to enjoy. As wonderful as it can be it doesn’t prevent disasters from happening especially during the winter.

One way a water loss can happen during the winter is if the houses source of heat stops working. Unfortunately, if this happens it can cause the water to turn in to ice and complicate the process of drying out the structure. The first thought most think is to turn on the heat to thaw out the house but that is the last this you want to do.

SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties can help with this process by removing as much of the ice as we can prior to heating the house. Once we can’t remove any more ice by hand we will slowly heat the house and extracting the water as the ice thaws. This process will help minimalize the damage that would be caused if you just thawed the ice all at once essentially flooding the house for a second time. So, if you experience a water loss and it freezes call SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties to help.

Moisture Meters

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

In homes many of the materials are highly absorbent and don’t look wet. This can cause future issues if not properly addressed, but thankfully here at SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties we have specialized equipment to measure the amount of moisture in the materials and in the air. The three main meters we use are an invasive, non-invasive and hygrometer.

The invasive meter is the more accurate meter for identifying the level of moisture materials. The draw back to this meter is that it has two pins that must be inserted into that material that you are trying to measure.

The non- invasive meter can be used to check moisture of a material that you can’t or don’t want to poke holes in. it uses a pad sensor and electromagnetic signals. Unfortunately, this meters’ reading can be skewed by metal in the materials that you are checking.

The hygrometer is a meter that we use to measure the air conditions such as the relative humidity and the temperature. The combination of these reading can tell us the amount of moisture in the air.

With these meters we check the affected areas and the unaffected areas. By checking the unaffected areas, we get the goal for drying. So, if you experience a water loss give SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties a call.

7 TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

      7 HELPFUL TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING

                        PIPES THIS WINTER

 

Outdoors Tips:

  • Wrap outside faucets.
  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  • Disconnect garden hoses.
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems*

Indoor Tips:

  • Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  • Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving the house for several days.

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is here to help in case of a pipe that bursts or lines that freeze. Our crews are ready 24 x7 no matter how big or how small our SERVPRO team handles them all, give us a call! 

* Check manufacturer's instructions for the best way to do this.