Small Water Leaks Turning Into a Huge Problem

Posted on July 19, 2018.

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As one of the most expensive problems you can face as a homeowner, water leaks need to be dealt with immediately. Even small water leaks, whether in your kitchen, laundry room or bathroom, can cause big issues over time if left unfixed. To protect your home, yard and wallet, there are plenty of things you can do to fix small leaks before they become a huge problem.

Let’s explore how leaks can exist within your home and how to take care of them quickly and effectively.

Why Small Leaks Turn Into a Huge Problem

You may not think that a dripping faucet or leaky pipe could cause serious damage – but you couldn’t be more wrong. The reason small water leaks cause such an impact is because they are often hard to detect. Most of these smaller leaks don’t let water rush in, rather they allow water to slowly fill the surrounding areas, making the hard to notice at first. This is what allows them to cause serious damage that can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation, floors, ceiling, attic and more, until catastrophic failure happens.

Common Signs of Leaks to Look For

When it comes to a leaky home, there will be plenty of signs to look for. If you experience any of the following, it may be time to contact a water damage expert to assess the problem and make the proper repairs:

  • General feeling of dampness throughout the home
  • Corrosion of fixings such as screws and nails
  • Uneven floor surfaces, like buckling wood or lifting of vinyl
  • Stained or rotting carpet, or rusting of carpet fixings
  • Condensation forming on surfaces throughout the home
  • Mold or fungi forming on surfaces (this can also be caused by poor ventilation)
  • Musty or damp odors
  • Missing shingles from roof
  • Sagging of ceiling linings
  • Stained drywall or other surfaces

Leaks are an Inevitable Part of Home Ownership

Where water meets structure, there will almost always be leaks that can cause damage. Just because you can’t see or hear a leak doesn’t mean there aren’t multiple areas where your home’s plumbing or structure may be susceptible to water infiltration.

Pipes behind walls or ceilings, missing shingles on the roof, missing window flashing and more can be at risk for leaking, and you may not even be able to notice it before it’s too late. Sometimes, water damage can take years to repair, causing a musty smell that’s incredibly hard to get rid of. This can hurt the resale value of your home and can lower your overall quality of life.

Plus, not only can leaks damage your home, it is incredibly wasteful – according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a leaky faucet alone, that drips at the rate of one drip per second, can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers! Overall, you’re bound to save quite a bit of money on your water bill to seal up any leaks around your home.

There is good news, however, in that it’s generally an easy process to hire an experienced water damage mediation company to pinpoint and fix leaks, even if they are not visible. ServiceMaster, for example, uses special equipment to assess the extent of leaks and stop them before they cause serious harm to your home.

Small Leaks = Big Costs

There’s no doubt that leaks can cause serious damage to your home – and your bank account. The best way to prevent small leaks from becoming a big repair cost is to stop them before they grow into a problem.

This is where ServiceMaster can lend our expertise. We use various tools and experienced operations to identify leaks in your home. Determining the exact location of these leaks allows us to fix these problems no matter how easy or complex.

Once the leaks are located, we get to work repairing them using a number of techniques. We can excavate the problematic leaks, patching it if it’s still in proper condition, or we can replace entire lines using proven methods of leak repair.

Have a minor leak? Want to avoid a HUGE headache?

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If you find a minor leak, such as behind a cupboard, under the faucet or in your attic, get in touch with our team of water damage experts as soon as possible. If that minor leak is not dealt with correctly right away, it could turn into a HUGE problem down the road. ServiceMaster can help fix the small leak and make sure that it dries out quickly and properly so you don’t have to worry about any major problems.

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5 Ways to Prepare for Emergency Restoration Services

Posted on July 12, 2018.

As summer gets into full swing, there’s always the potential for devastating storms, tornadoes, fires, flooding and more to wreak havoc on your home or business.

If you do suffer damage or loss in a disaster event, hiring an emergency restoration company will do a lot to get your life back to normal. They can do everything from clear the basement of water to recovering important financial documents to removing musty or smoky odors. But, to do their job as best they can, there are a few things you should do before they arrive.

Here are five easy to remember, practical tips to help you prepare for emergency restoration services.

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1) Prepare an Emergency Kit

First things first – It’s crucial to have an emergency kit in an easy-to-access area of your home, so you can stay safe before, during and after a disaster hits. Prepare an emergency kit so that you can be ready to go in an instant, as the restoration team may need you to clear the premises so they can get to work.

A properly prepared emergency kit is ideally kept in something that’s easy to carry, such as a waterproof bag, and can include such items as:

  • First aid kit
  • GPS device
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Battery-powered radio or television
  • Flashlight
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Extra batteries
  • one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • A change of clothes
  • Blanket
  • Identification
  • Cash, wallet, and checkbook
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Keys to your home, car, and/or office
  • Helmets, especially for young children

2) Prepare the Space

Heavy winds and rain can easily spread debris around your property, making it hard to navigate the grounds. Broken windows, downed branches or blocked escape routes can be unsafe for you and your family and make it tough for the emergency restoration company to work. As best you can, clear the property of harmful debris.

It’s also a good idea to have a designated shelter somewhere on the property. In your home, choose an interior room located away from outside walls and windows. On a commercial property, there should be a designated space in the building that can fit all tenants or employees.

3) Prepare People

Create an emergency plan and share it with every member of the family. Young children can be especially vulnerable, so go over each step and do some practice run-throughs to get them used to the actions to take in an emergency.

For commercial property owners, it’s imperative to have the contact information of tenants and/or employees in case of injury. Inform everyone of emergency procedures, such as where the shelter is, and remind them to bring essentials like cell phones, wallets, and purses with them if they need to leave the property during a tornado warning.

4) Prepare Possessions

Damage to the possessions on the inside of your structure can be even more devastating than the damage to the property. Losing important documents, important personal items and other valuables is a stressful situation. Backup your important information onto flash drives or a cloud service, such as:

  • Contact information for friends, family, or business
  • Financial documents (wills, taxes, etc.)
  • Account details for credit cards, banks, utilities and other accounts
  • Insurance policy information and agent contact information
  • Passwords
  • Itemized list of things you own
  • For homeowners: jewelry, paintings, electronics, and other valuables
  • For businesses: furniture, paintings, documents and inventory

5) Find an Emergency Restoration Company before Disaster Strikes

One of the best things you can do to protect your home or business is to find an emergency restoration company before disaster strikes. When you have a reputable company on call, you’ll be better prepared to quickly and effectively address damage from destructive events, protecting your investment, minimizing your losses and helping you maintain your peace-of-mind.

Looking for the Best Disaster Restoration Specialist in Minneapolis? Contact ServiceMaster today!

Whether it affects your home or business, fire, flooding, mold damage and other disasters can be the most stressful event you ever experience. All you want is to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. That’s where the disaster restoration team at ServiceMaster of Minneapolis can help, with our 24/7/365 availability, premier services and expert service technicians.


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