Recent Water Damage Posts

When Water Damage Strikes Fast, SERVPRO of Barrie Strikes Back Faster!

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Speed is KEY when dealing with water damage events. The longer water has to seep into your floors, walls and furniture, the more exposed you are to further damages from mold and rotting. Prolonged water soaking could make your home or business uninhabitable for quite some time, meaning you will spend that much more time out of your living or working space. SERVPRO of Barrie is ‘Faster to Any Size Disaster’ so that we can mitigate any further damages or harm caused from water damage events, getting you back into your home or business as quickly and safely as possible.

Our expert SERVPRO technicians get to work mediating water damage in your home immediately upon arrival; determining saturation levels and densely penetrated water damage areas to focus on. This ensures the least amount of total and potential future damages caused by disaster water events and gets you back in your home or business as fast and confidently as possible.

Our goal for you is to minimize the damages and return your property to its preloss state, as quickly and efficiently as possible. We do this by employing water extraction, evaporation, and dehumidification procedures. All the while, ensuring that you and your house or business are respected and well-treated throughout the entire process, leaving you feeling relaxed and confident that your space will be returned to its original state and that you will be covered from any potential future harm or damages caused by that event.

SERVPRO of Barrie covers all of your residential and commercial needs, from emergency restoration and repairs to cleaning and maintenance. For immediate or emergency assistance, please call (705) 733-7767 and allow our expert and professional technicians make your property “Like it never even happened.”

Common Water Issues for Businesses

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

7/28/2019 Water Issues

For a commercial property owner in Montgomery County, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks

A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.

2. Plumbing Backup

Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather

Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst altogether. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

Frozen Pipes

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Canada, we know that those temperatures can fluctuate in the winter months. We also know how cold it can get, which can lead to bursting pipes in our home. It is important to be aware of this and to know why it is happening. Also, to know ways in which to prevent it and what to do in case this does happen…

Why frozen water will burst your pipes

Unprotected pipes are susceptible to cold temperature because water expands when it goes from liquid to solid for

  • A gallon of water, when frozen, will expand to a volume 9% greater than the original gallon
  • Ice blockage becomes more likely when outside temperatures drop to below freezing
  • A cold wind reaching unprotected pipes quickly removes heat and increases the chance of ice formation
  • Water pressure that builds between the ice blockage and a closed faucet can burst the pipe

Tips to avoid bursting pipes

  • Wrap outside faucets
  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house
  • Disconnect garden hoses
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems
  • 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 home for several days

In case of frozen pipes

  • Keep the faucet dripping
  • Apply heat to affected section of pipe with a heating pad or hair dryer
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored
  • If you still have trouble, call a licensed plumber
  • And if further damage is done, call us at SERVPRO of Barrie