Common Myths About Water Damage

Water damage in your home can happen when you least expect it, leaving you caught off guard. When it comes to water damage cleanup, falling victim to these three common myths could actually make the damage caused even worse. Cleanup Can Wait When dealing with water damage, speed is critical. Water can soak into your floors, walls and furniture, and the longer it sits, the worse damage can get. The longer materials in your home are exposed to water, the odds of saving them are greatly decreased. And within 24 hours following water damage, mold growth can begin. The best way to minimize damage and avoid the risk of mold growth is to respond to water damage immediately. The Musty Smell Will Go Away When materials in your home like carpets, drywall and furniture are exposed to water and become saturated, they will hold on to an odor unless treated properly. And as mentioned above, within 24 hours following water damage, the growth of mold can begin. Mold will produce a musty smell which will linger in the affected area and can eventually spread throughout your home. Without proper water extraction, drying and sanitation, these odors can linger in your home and won’t disappear on their own. If The Water Isn’t Visible, It Must Not Be There Water damage that you can see may be the least of your problems. It may not look bad yet, but what is behind walls, in the ceiling, under floors or anywhere else hidden, can be worse than expected. These materials are all porous and will absorb water that you may not see. Even...

Preparing Your Home For Frozen Pipes

Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners. For instance, did you know that adding insulation in your attic could help prevent ice dams this winter? And don’t forget that tuning up your heating system ahead of time can help prevent more costly emergency repairs at the height of a storm, when it can be difficult to find supplies and licensed contractors. The following winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season and avoid the disaster frozen pipes can bring. Which Pipes Are Most At Risk Pipes that are the most exposed to the elements, including those outdoors and along the exterior walls of your home, may need extra protection during winter months. These include the following: Outdoor hose hookups and faucets.Swimming pool supply lines.Lawn sprinkler lines.Water pipes in unheated, interior locations such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages and kitchen and bathroom cabinets.Pipes running against exterior walls with little or no insulation. How to Prevent Frozen Pipes Before the winter: Check your home for areas where water pipes are located in unheated or poorly insulated areas. Be sure to check your basement, attic, crawl space, garage and within cabinets containing plumbing. Hot and cold water pipes should both be insulated. During the winter: Close inside valves supplying water to outdoor faucets and hookups.Open outdoor faucets to allow residual water to drain; be sure to keep them open during the cold weather months, while the water supply is turned off.Keep garage doors closed to help protect water pipes located in the garage.Open the doors on cabinets where plumbing is...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Water Damage

Floods, sewage backup, plumbing issues or a broken washing machine hose can mean water in your home where it shouldn’t be. Whatever the cause of water damage in your home, it’s important to take necessary steps to prevent further problems. Structural Damage Ignoring signs of water damage for too long can lead to structural damage to your home. Cracks in walls or foundation of your home can become bigger problems down the road. Health Problems Lingering water damage in your home can create the damp environment needed for mold to grow. Inhaling or touching mold spores can lead to health risks for you and your family. Mitigating water damage immediately is your best chance to prevent the growth of mold. Bad Odors Lasting water damage in your home can lead to musty odors, which can also be a sign of mold and mildew growth. Don’t just try to cover it up, address the damage to prevent further issues. Electrical Damage If you don’t address water damage in your home, it can lead to electrical damage which can be a threat to your home and your family. Increased Repair Costs Addressing water in your home right away can help keep damage to a minimum. Ignoring signs can lead to further damage which means higher repair costs in the future. Insurance Coverage Could Be Affected Home insurance can help you cover the costs of damage due to water in your home. If damage is neglected for too long, it can lead to difficulty when making a claim. Unseen Damage Water damage that you can see may be the least of your problems. It...

Our Most Common Emergency Call – Sump Pump Failures

The most common emergency services call we receive during heavy rains is for sump pump failures. If your sump pump fails to operate correctly during a storm, it can result in flooding. Here is a list of common reasons for a sump pump failure and precautionary measures.  Power Failure – Your primary sump pump is no different than any other electric appliance in your house — without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high-quality back-up sump pump. Stuck Switch – There are several different types of sump float switches.  Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  We strongly prefer vertical floats because tethered floats are notorious for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit, which can result in a flooded basement.  Some sump pumps also have mechanical pressure switches that are prone to failure. Overwhelmed Pump – A common misconception is all pumps are created equal.  They’re not!  In sump pumps, as in life, you always get what you pay for.  Minimally, you need a 1/3 horsepower sump pump capable of pumping 35 gallons of water per minute.  Much less than that and your sump pump might not be able to keep up with the flow of water.  If your house sits in a higher water table and / or if you hear your sump pump running frequently, I’d advise upgrading to a ½ horsepower pump (which can typically pump about 60 gallons per minute).  And to be completely safe, buy a battery back-up pump! Frozen Sump Discharge Pipe – This is a very common occurrence with our brutal Midwest winters...

Is It Raining Inside?

The key to effective water remediation is to determine the source of the loss.  Sounds easy, right?  Not so much in some cases.  Hydrostatic Pressure can be an issue all year-round undetected, however, when it rains excessively – the water must go somewhere.  What a nightmare!  Professional water proofing company’s aim to seal your foundation so tightly that it will hold off water like a boat. The problem is that your house is not a boat and it’s not going to float. (Unless you live on a house boat, but then I’m guessing you don’t have a basement.) So, what are the signs you should look for to prevent a serious water/mold issue? Interior Damage Trust your sense of smell. If you smell mustiness or mildew, it’s likely there was water damage and now there may be a potential mold issue.Cracks in the foundation walls or floors.Excessive humidity.In finished basements:Signs of drywall peeling/bubbling and flooring damage.Concrete block or masonry walls start to bow or bulge in the middle. Exterior Damage Cracks running in a stair-step pattern in exterior brick or stonework.Building elements like chimneys or additions separating from the rest of the structure.Gaps around doors or windows.Facia board or other trim pulling away. If you notice these signs in your home, it may be time to pick up the phone and call the professionals! Savage Restoration will guide you through the process.  Pick up the phone and call 732-671-0990. Disclaimer: Savage Restoration is not responsible for any information that is listed or ommitted on this marketing...

Get Ready… It’s Hurricane Season!

The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared. By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. Preparing Makes Sense How Can I Prepare? Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio Station for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)Secure and items that can be lifted by windSecure windows and doorsSet your freezer and refrigerator to its coldest settingsTurn off propane tank and unplug small appliancesFill your car gas tankHave an evacuation plan setEvacuate immediately if advised by authoritiesKeep emergency contact numbers handyMake arrangements for pets (if you are evacuated – most shelters will now allow pets) What Supplies Should I Have? Ample water – at least 3 days worth (One gallon per day, per person)3 days worth of -non-perishable food (don’t forget pets)Flashlights (avoid candles)Battery powered radioExtra batteriesFirst aid kitMedications (7 days worth)Copies of personal documentsCell phone with chargersExtra cash – ATM’s may not be workingInsect repellantTools to secure your homeWarm clothingBlanketsCamera for photos of damage What Should I Do After a Storm? Listen to NOAA for more UpdatesOnly use your phone in emergenciesStay away from damaged power linesCheck for spoiled food – when in doubt, throw it outAvoid drinking and preparing food with tap water (can be contaminated)If you were evacuated, do not return home unless instructed by the authoritiesWhen cleaning, wear protective clothing (avoid areas that can be dangerous)Follow directions from emergency service personnel and fire responseAvoid operating electric appliances or tools around water...