Recent Water Damage Posts

Recovering After a Water Disaster in Your Home | SERVPRO of Hayward

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Pool of water sitting on top of a herringbone patterned wood floor with furniture nearby If you discover water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Hayward right away.

Water is constantly flowing through our homes to help us wash our clothes, cook dinner and give the family dog a bath. We rely on water to do so much in our homes, and we are grateful for the easy access to such a critical resource.

That easy access does come with drawbacks, however. Since water is constantly at our fingertips and flowing through pipes behind our walls, there is always the potential for a water disaster to occur. Not only that, but Mother Nature can cause significant damage when a heavy rain or flash flooding event comes to town. Since we haven’t had much rain this season, a single heavy rain event could cause serious flooding concerns for our community.

Preventing water damage from even occurring is always ideal, but it’s just not always possible. Thankfully, your local water damage restoration team is here to help!

Controlling the Situation

Timing is key when it comes to responding to a water disaster. Once a leak starts, water can seep and flow beneath your floors and behind your walls in minutes and can be hard or even impossible to dry out on your own.

If you notice a puddle near an appliance or come home to standing water in your kitchen, jump into action by turning off the main water valve connected to the appliance to stop the flow of water. If the leak is coming from your roof during a heavy rain, you may just need to wait out the storm and set a bucket under the drip in the meantime.

Do your best to avoid walking through the water, as electrical wires could have charged the area. Turn off all electricity in the room before investigating further.

Now that the situation is under control, it’s time to pick up the phone and call SERVPRO®. Our team is here 247, and it is our job to respond to calls just like this! We are locally owned and operated, which means we can be at your house in the blink of an eye with a plan and the knowledge to help you recover.

Our Efficient Drying Process

We are well-acquainted with water damage and what it can do to homes, so we jump into action right away to form your recovery plan. While we are chatting with you on the phone, take some photos of the damage. This will help us personalize your recovery, but will also make the claims process easier for you and your insurance company.

A few things happen at once when our trucks and restoration team arrives at your house. Some of us will start setting up our drying equipment while others will start removing your possessions to avoid further damage. We want to dry out your space as quickly as possible but we certainly don’t want to cause any more damage while we do so.

Once the water is dry and your possessions have been saved, we can sanitize, remove odors and start the repair process. We can handle anything from warped floors to soggy drywall, and we will work hard for you until you are 100% satisfied with the final product.

Even a small amount of water can cause significant damage to your home, which is why you should always rely on SERVPRO of Hayward to handle your recovery. We are equipped to handle your disaster situation quickly while ensuring your home is repaired to your satisfaction.

Do you have water damage in your home? Call us for fast and complete restoration.

How to Respond to a Flash Flood Situation | SERVPRO of Hayward

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

image of a large body of water during a rain storm with ripples caused by the heavy downpour Water damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Hayward on the case!

We are experiencing an interesting summer in terms of weather so far! We have had less rain and fewer storms than we typically do during this time of year, but the season certainly is not over.

Rain storms can either be calm and idyllic or strong and frankly a little scary. They can bring heavy rain, whipping winds, and even hail or the occasional tornado. While we are grateful that our homes are sturdy and do a great job of keeping us safe, sometimes it can prove to be too much and the rain will force its way inside our homes.

Our SERVPRO of Hayward team wants you to stay safe and dry if a storm comes to town, so check out our tips below to learn more about intense rains and flash floods.

The Dangers of Serious Rain

We all appreciate a gentle rain from time to time, but flash flooding conditions are much different. If the rain starts to fall fast and furiously, our area can quickly become in danger of flooded roads and yards. This is especially true if you live near Hayward Lake or any of the connecting creeks.

While we cannot control what Mother Nature does, we can be prepared for it! Preparing in advance can help you avoid more serious damages and you can ensure the safety of your family.

How to Stay Safe

Getting your home ready and getting your family to safety should always be your top priorities. Get out of the elements and head home as soon as a flood watch is issued or a strong storm is predicted.

Avoid low-lying areas or roads that you know happen to flood a lot when it rains. Tidy up your yard and consider moving things into your garage in case the water makes its way to your home. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet, and 12 inches can sweep away your car.

Move anything fragile or sentimental out of your basement and consider turning off the electricity down there just to be safe. Wait out the storm with your family on a higher level and don’t panic if the water starts flowing in. Just avoid walking through the water and wait for it to stop rushing into your home. The next best step is to call your friends at SERVPRO of Hayward for a full restoration.

Future Water Damage Prevention Strategies

We know that weather is by nature unpredictable, which is why you can’t completely plan for every scenario. However, you can learn something from every situation and that can help you plan for the future.

For example, if your basement always floods when it rains, it may be a good idea to consider getting it professionally graded. This process of moving dirt around your yard can help create better channels for the rain to flow down and away from your home instead of backwards into your foundation.

Another investment that will pay off in a big way is a sump pump. Sump pumps help keep your lowest level dry by kicking on when they sense excess water in the ground and it works by pulling the water away from your foundation and it pumps it back up to the surface.

Remember that we are always here when you need us. Our team is fully trained in water damage restoration and flooding issues, and we will work hard to help you overcome your situation as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.

Common Places Where Water Damage Starts | SERVPRO® of Hayward

6/12/2023 (Permalink)

blue bucket in the middle of the living area catching water falling from the ceiling Think you may have water damage in your home? Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Hayward to find the source.

Water damage can occur anywhere in your home, which makes it one of the more frustrating home damage situations. To make matters worse, it can also happen quickly and quietly.

If a water leak or situation develops slowly, it could spread for a long time before it is eventually noticed by you. By knowing where to look for water damage around your home in the Hayward area, you can stop a problem before it gets out of hand.

Check out the areas below around your home often in order to help your house stay dry.

Up on the roof. When was the last time you gave your roof a thorough inspection? Chances are that it’s been awhile. Your roof is vulnerable to water leaks whenever it rains or snows, leaving your attic wet and your walls compromised.

A tiny leak might be difficult to discover right away, but eventually that tiny leak will lead to a widespread water damage situation.

When water enters your home, it doesn’t just stay in one location. It has the ability to drip and seep through your attic, ceiling, walls and floors. Once it gets behind your walls, your risk of experiencing a mold problem increases drastically.

Your bathrooms. Of course bathrooms are on this list! Our bathrooms are the rooms that use water the most often, so the potential of experiencing water damage in them is quite common.

Investigating a mysterious puddle or tracking down the origins of a dripping water line can help prevent any damage from getting worse. It is also important to lower your humidity and dry out your bathroom often to reduce your moisture levels.

Another important task is to inspect your plumbing systems regularly. Doing so can help you catch the beginnings of a pipe leak or a worn seal that is about to break.

Your water-reliant appliances. Dishwashers, washing machines and even refrigerators use water every day to help us perform our daily tasks and chores. Appliance leaks can be particularly frustrating because they can be hard to spot if the leak happens below or behind our heavy appliances.

Even though it may not sound super pleasant, you should get in the habit of pulling your appliances away from the wall on occasion to check for water spots and signs of mold growth.

You can also do a quick check before firing up any of your appliances by running a hand along them to check for moisture or drips. Another way to greatly reduce your risk of experiencing an appliance leak is to avoid letting them get outdated. Older appliances tend to leak or malfunction more often, so do your best to ensure you have the most reliable equipment in your home.

If you do end up suffering water damage, your SERVPRO of Hayward team will come to the rescue!

Dealing with a water emergency? Our SERVPRO specialists can be on the scene of the disaster ASAP to restore your water-damaged home!

The Basics on Appliance Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Hayward

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

a blue and white hot water heater showing signs of a water leak Have water damage in your home from an appliance? SERVPRO of Hayward is always on call ready to help.

We rely on water to help us perform so many everyday tasks! Running the washing machine, washing dishes, giving your kids a bath and providing ice to chill your drink are just some of the ways water is used in the home.

Because water is so prevalent in our lives, the risk of water damage is always present. Any appliance that uses water to function runs the risk of causing water damage when it malfunctions.

Learning what to look for when it comes to potential water damage can help you protect your appliances and your home from costly and extensive water troubles.

Maintaining Your Appliances

The best way to reduce your risk of water damage is to be proactive about your appliance maintenance! Whenever you pass by or use appliances like your dishwasher, fridge or washing machine, check the floor for water or puddles near the units.

Sometimes, leaks can go unnoticed underneath your refrigerator or dishwasher, so be cautious about any soft spots in the floor or an unexplained puddle. It is also important to pull the bigger appliances away from the wall once a year to clean them and check for signs of water damage or mold growth.

One system that should be addressed often is your HVAC system! It should be serviced once a year to make sure it is in good condition, and you should give it an inspection to look for moisture near the vents or under the unit often. Whenever water is present where it shouldn’t be, it can be a sign of a potential appliance malfunction.

Your water heater is also a large appliance that could experience water issues! Don’t forget to check around it as well and give it a thorough inspection every year.

Long-Term Maintenance Tasks

In addition to staying on top of any emerging issues, it is important to get your appliances serviced regularly, depending on the recommendation of the manufacturer. If you feel more comfortable with a professional, give them a call! Otherwise, there are some things you can do on your own as well.

Check the hoses and other tubes leading from your fridge, washing machine and other appliances. Holes or kinks can be a sign of a potential problem, so replace them right away to avoid an issue from occurring.

When you head to the store to find replacement parts, choose high-quality parts that will last for a long time. As your appliances age, consider replacing them completely to have the safest products throughout your house. Keep your home safe by being proactive about leaks and maintaining your appliances.

Have water damage in your home from an appliance or another source? Our team is here to help, so call us day or night.

Stop Spring Water Damage Where It Counts | SERVPRO® of Hayward

3/10/2023 (Permalink)

dark stormy clouds forming into a spring storm SERVPRO of Hayward team is always here for you, if you experience any storm damage call us right away.

Spring is on the way! While we do appreciate that we experience every single season here in northern Wisconsin, we are sure glad to see those subzero temperatures slowly fade away and the spring thaw occurs. It is important for you to be proactive in your preparations to avoid water or storm damage to your home.

Don’t just focus on the interior of your home, though! Winter weather can cause damage to your roof and around your property that could pose a large threat when the first spring storm rolls through. Check out our latest blog post below to get some tips on how to prepare.

Address Your Property

Winter can cause a lot of debris and buildup to make its way onto your roof and into your gutters. Wind, ice and snow can all cause blockages in your gutters.

In addition, if you didn’t clean out your gutters in the fall, any leaf buildup could lead to water issues on your roof when the rain starts to fall. If the rain can’t flow down your roof, it can eventually get into your attic and leak down your walls.

It is also an important time to make sure any vents around your house are clear. Over the winter, they can create condensation and ice buildup around the openings. If your furnace, dryer or even attic vents can’t work properly, it can be dangerous to your family and cause appliance malfunctions.

Another place that commonly is a source of water damage is near your outdoor faucets and along your water lines outside. If any water froze and expanded in the pipes, they could crack or completely burst. Addressing cracks and or safely thawing your pipes now can prevent a large issue later in the spring.

Fix It Up

Since the majority of us spend most of our time inside during the winter months, it can be easy to forget about our home’s exterior and roof. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But winter is actually a common season for roof damage.

Because we have had such a volatile and snowy winter season, ice dams and hefty snow buildup are common on a lot of our area homes. It is crucial that you check your roof for damage around your shingles and near the edges to catch an issue now before it is too late.

The damage also doesn’t have to be obvious for it to cause extensive water issues in your home. A single crack or missing shingle will quickly become a problem when the snow thaws or the first spring storm comes through.

Preparing for the Storms

A sump pump is a great investment in your home, but only if it is working! Give it a thorough inspection and consider having a professional come out to give it a look. A simple clog or malfunction can cause your basement to fill up with water and that type of damage can cause a significant toll on your family.

Before the first spring storm forecast, give your emergency kit an update and review your safety plan with everyone in your household. It is important that everyone knows how to reliably receive weather alerts and knows where your safe shelter location is in your home.

We know that water or storm damage is a possibility during any season, and spring is no different! If you discover home damage at any point in the year, give us a call at SERVPRO of Hayward and we will work hard to dry out your possessions and address any damage right away for you.

Got water damage? We are here to help 247 and can restore your home quickly.

The Basics of Keeping Your Commercial Property Dry | SERVPRO® of Hayward

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

corner of interior wall showing signs of black mold from water damage Experienced water damage in your commercial building? SERVPRO of Hayward can help you get dried out quickly.

Water, water everywhere! The threat of water damage is a constant when you are a business or commercial property owner. Whether it be from a severe storm or a leaky toilet, any kind of water damage has the potential to be widespread.

Catching every drip or minor leak can help you avoid a large-scale disaster. If your business is a large operation or in a warehouse, it can be that much harder to stay on top of any issues. We explain some helpful ways to avoid water damage below, so check it out.

Common Areas of Concern

No one wants to experience water damage, but that is especially true if you are a business owner and rely on being open to serve customers or create your product. Having to close can lead to lost revenue, wages and a costly repair bill.

By being proactive about checking the locations that often are the culprits for water issues, it can help you catch a problem as it occurs or at the very beginning of the trouble:

1. The roof. The roof over your head can lead to all kinds of water issues if it is damaged. Broken or cracked shingles can invite water into your attic or top level and leak its way down your walls and into your floors. A single event like a falling tree can also cause structural damage that leads to a widespread water disaster. It is important to routinely get up on your roof for damage, especially after a severe storm or a wind event. You should also make sure to have a plan to remove snow from your roof after a heavy snowstorm.

2. Bathrooms. Since water is flowing in and out of our bathrooms on a daily basis, these areas need to be inspected often as well. Toilets and sinks can cause a lot of damage without much warning. Even tiny holes or cracks along pipelines can quietly leak and cause a lot of damage. Designate a member of your staff to check your bathrooms often for water issues.

3. Water heaters/HVAC/boilers. Any appliance that uses water to function has the potential to leak. Water lines can get clogged, drains can back up and even a system malfunction can cause the appliance to leak all over the floor. If you notice any mysterious puddles or notice a drop in water pressure from your faucets, have your maintenance crew investigate right away.

Stopping Water Damage at the Start

Aside from any sort of weather event, most water damage is actually preventable! If you take the time to prepare and investigate issues at the source, you can cut your losses dramatically.

One of the best ways to can minimize your damages is to create a maintenance plan. This helps you stay on top of cleaning, inspections and routine upkeep for your space and equipment.

In addition, having an Emergency Ready Plan for your space can help take out the uncertainty for your team after a water disaster. Our SERVPRO of Hayward team can help you create the best plan tailored to your building’s specific needs and layout.

Timing is crucial when it comes to reducing the extent of your water damage. Shut off all water lines, close off the area and call us right away! Our water damage restoration team will be there right away to help you fully recover and get your doors back open for business quickly.

Experienced water damage in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.

Protect Your Home From Water Damage in the New Year | SERVPRO® of Hayward

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

water failing from a sink due to a clogged drain Have water damage in your home? Contact SERVPRO of Hayward for quick and professional restoration.

With a new year comes new possibilities! While you are busy making New Year’s resolutions and working on decluttering your life, incorporate these tips on reducing your risk for water damage in your home.

Since water damage is a constant threat no matter what season we are in, it is important to take proper steps before the threat is even present.

Where Does Water Damage Start?

In order to fully understand where water damage comes from, you have to be familiar with the different ways water could infiltrate your home. Gutters with blockages and a poorly graded yard are common reasons for water damage outside the home, while fixture malfunctions and appliance failures are the leading causes inside the home.

Rusted-out pipes or caulking issues can cause moisture issues in your home. When those leaks or moist areas are left untreated, mold growth can begin or the lingering water can start to rot out the affected area.

Your appliances are also vulnerable to water where it shouldn’t be. They could rust or malfunction, leaving you with frustration and probably a big puddle on the floor.

Your appliances could also begin to rust or stop working if a drip gets to their electronic components. The sooner you catch an issue at its source, the more you can mitigate damages.

Be Proactive Against Water Damage

While even just an inch of water can cause widespread damage, you can practice preventive steps every day. Early detection can save you precious time and money if you can catch a problem at the source!

Regularly check your bathrooms and kitchens for water stains or the beginnings of mold growth. When it rains or on really cold winter days, check for condensation along your window panes. Be aware of any emerging musty odors in your home that could indicate a mold issue.

Inspect your roof regularly to catch any missing shingles or structural issues, and clean your gutters at the start of a new season to encourage proper water flow.

When the snow flies and the temperature dips below freezing, you have to be especially careful about ice dams forming on your roof. Ice dams can build up over time and cause extensive water damage when the ice melts and runs down your roof.

You should also have your yard professionally graded if you live in a low area or have a property that slopes toward your house. This ensures that any rain water or melting snow will run down and away from your home.

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.

Protect Your Home From the Threat of Water | SERVPRO® of Hayward

12/9/2022 (Permalink)

a white ceiling showing signs of water damage from a leak If you experience any water damage inside your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Hayward.

Water is everywhere! We use it in our homes every day, so that opens us up to the threat of water damage at any time. While some water damage can be instantly obvious, other situations can develop slowly without many signs.

It takes some investigative work to discover a water leak in your home. We can help you pinpoint the parts of your home that are most vulnerable to leaks in our latest blog post below.

<h3bathroom-utilities">Your Bathroom Utilities

Bathroom fixtures are one of the most common places for water issues to occur in our homes. Sinks, bathtubs and toilets all have water lines that could burst or wear away over time.

Any time you are doing a routine cleaning of your bathroom, check your water lines and the seals around them. If you notice wearing or deterioration, address these issues right away to prevent a major issue from occurring later.

<h3water-reliant-appliances">Your Water-Reliant Appliances

We are so grateful that appliances like water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines exist! They make a busy life a little easier. However, whenever water is used in your home, the threat of water damage is present.

Routinely checking for leaks behind and under these appliances can help you stop a water problem in its tracks. Pull them away from the wall, unplug them and do a full check around the appliance. If there is any staining or peeling paint on the wall or if there is visible mold growth, call us immediately!

<h3weather-and-our-homes">Wisconsin Weather and Our Homes

We all know how brutal the weather can be in Hayward! Whether we are in the heat of the summer experiencing heavy rain or are hunkered down during a blizzard in the winter, we know how destructive water can be.

We are lucky enough to be in an area of the United States that can see snow for half of the year. We already had our first brush with snow back in October. Since the threat of water damage is so constant for us, it is important to prepare your home as soon as you are able when the weather starts to cool down.

You can help reduce the risk of water damage in your home by controlling the excess moisture. Sealing any gaps around your windows or doors and addressing any drafty areas of your home can help prevent condensation or moisture buildup.

It is also important to clear out your gutters and remove debris from your roof so your gutter system can work efficiently for you all year long.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us 247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

How Water Damage Affects Your Home | SERVPRO® of Hayward

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Hayward is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Even the most insignificant amount of water in your home can cause long-term damage. Whether it be a slow drip from that pesky leaky faucet in your basement or a small water spot on the ceiling after a heavy rain or snow melt, it can cause major headaches in the long run if left untreated.

An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage moves quickly and silently, seeping into walls, floorboards and through softer surfaces like carpet and furniture. Catching it early and acting on the damage gives your home the best chance of drying out properly.

Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of water damage:

<h2the-first-24-hours">In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Especially with the change in seasons and the snow melt in upper Wisconsin, untreated water damage in your home can lead to disastrous effects.

The first 24 to 48 hours after the flooding or water damage has occurred can be the most important timeframe in preventing long-term problems. While quick action can help in the long run, even the quickest responses can still cause certain fragile items in your home to be damaged beyond repair.

Possessions like books, photo albums or other soft materials are especially vulnerable to immediate and irreparable damage. They will warp, swell or simply fall apart after being soaked in water.

We strive to “restore vs. replace” here at SERVPRO of Hayward, and we will do our best to preserve those precious memories and keepsakes for you. While we always do our best work, if there are some materials that cannot be saved, this will be communicated to you.

These types of things are usually removed first to expedite their drying process to give them the best chance of restoration.

<h2the-first-week">Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will bring about mold, and once mold sets in, it can spread like wildfire. If it starts to grow in high-risk areas, it can even damage your home’s internal structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

<h2one-week">After One Week

After a week, any untreated and excess moisture can cause irreversible damage. As the days go by, it gets more and more expensive to restore and more extensive to rebuild upon the damage. It is important to not delay in your response!

<h2SERVPRO-of-hayward-will-help">How SERVPRO of Hayward Will Help

We begin your restoration process with the first phone call, usually within 24 hours. We begin with our water extraction process, and then we proceed on to cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing your floors and other soft materials in your home.

After the majority of the visible water is removed, our technicians will use our state-of-the-art drying equipment to remove the hidden moisture.

If the damage is extensive, after these first few cleanup steps, your home may need additional construction work to fully restore itself to its preloss condition. Whether it is just a minor repair or a full rebuild of an area, we can help. SERVPRO of Hayward will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

What to Do Until Help Arrives

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage in your home from clean water, the first thing to do is call SERVPRO of Hayward! After that, this is what we suggest doing until we arrive (it won’t be long, we promise!).

  • Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess eater as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothes pins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately.

3 Types of Flooding & the 4 Reasons They Occur | SERVPRO® of Hayward

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water and a flood warning sign in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Hayward has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

Natural disasters are all dangerous, but typically, it will be tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning strikes that come to mind. However, flooding is actually the most common type of natural disaster, and it claims more lives in the United States annually than any other type of disaster, while leaving large amounts of destruction in its wake.

Anywhere throughout America can experience flooding and the destruction it brings, but there are similarities in the types of floods and the origins of them. There are three types of flooding that are the most common, which occur for four typical reasons.

The 3 Types of Flooding That are Common

Flash floods can happen any time heavy rain lingers over an area and overwhelms its ability to drain the water away. This excess water runoff can cause floodwaters to swell quickly, often with currents fast enough to carry away debris, cars or people in its pathway.

River floods, as the name implies, occur along rivers that have grown overfilled. When the river water rises above the height of the banks, floods can occur in nearby areas and cause damage.

Coastal floods are similar to river floods, but occur near large bodies of water such as gulfs and oceans. Similar to river floods, they occur when the water rises beyond the capacity of the shores.

The Natural Flooding Types That are Common

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period, can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water.

Oceanic activity. When there is a heavy amount of rainfall over the ocean, such as what is associated with hurricanes or storm surges, water levels can rise into surrounding areas in the form of a coastal flood.

Dams and levees failing. In 2005, part of the devastation associated with Hurricane Katrina was due to the failure of the levees. When levees and dams can no longer contain the water behind them, they can break and cause serious destruction.

Snowmelts and ice dams. When an area receives rain and ice throughout the winter, this frozen moisture can pile up and melt rapidly once warmer temperatures arise. This can also lead to river floods due to ice dams or ice jams blocking the water’s flow downstream.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Keep Your Hot Water Heater Functioning at Its Best

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

It’s easy to forget about your hot water heater as long as it’s doing its job. However, without regular maintenance, you may come home or wake up in the middle of the night to water everywhere. Some hot water heaters can hold fifty or more gallons of water and can make quite the mess!

There is some simple regular maintenance you can do to be sure your hot water heater is staying in tip-top shape.

  • Once or twice a year, do a visual inspection of your hot water heater to check for any loose screws, nuts or bolts, as well as aged gaskets. Any of these could allow the tank to leak. Look for any signs of rust, corrosion or water pooled under the tank.
  • Another tip for maintaining your hot water heater is to drain and flush it twice a year. This helps remove any sediment or debris in the tank.
  • It is also advisable to make sure that the pressure relief valve is in proper working order. An improperly working pressure relief valve, although rare, could cause your tank to explode due to excessive built up pressure.
  • The anode rod in your hot water heater should be replaced every three to five years. This rod attracts the elements in water that cause oxidation. Rust colored water and a metallic taste are sure signs that the anode rod needs replacing.

If you notice that your hot water heater has been leaking, don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO of Hayward a call at 715-634-0699.

Response Time is Critical with Burst Pipes

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Burst Pipe Damage A seasonal cabin had a burst pipe that was not discovered right away. The drywall on the ceiling became saturated and fell.

Within minutes of a pipe bursting, water will spread throughout your property, saturating everything in its path. It will absorb into walls, floors, upholstery and your other belongings. In the next hour to twenty-four hours, your drywall will begin to swell and break down, metal surfaces will begin to tarnish, furniture will begin to swell and crack and dyes and inks from cloth, paper goods and upholstery will begin to spread and stain. A musty odor will likely start to be noticeable also.

With any luck, you will have realized that you have a problem by this point and called SERVPRO of Hayward! If so, you will get a firsthand demonstration of SERVPRO’s 1/4/8 rule. Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact the insured. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Hayward will be onsite to begin mitigation if necessary. Within eight business hours, the adjuster will be contacted with a verbal briefing of the scope of work for the loss.

If the water leak goes unnoticed and unattended, we are looking at much bigger problems. Mold and mildew can begin growing and spreading as quickly as forty-eight hours from the initial leak. This can quickly become a serious biohazard danger. Doors, windows and studs will begin to swell and warp. Metal will begin to rust and corrode. Furniture warps and begins molding. Paint will begin to blister along with wood floors swelling and warping.

If you have experienced a burst pipe, give SERVPRO of Hayward a call at 715-634-0699 for quick, efficient mitigation!

Ice Dams: The Damage They Can Cause and How to Prevent Them

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dams can cause a multitude of problems for a homeowner. Ice dams become extremely heavy as they grow. Eventually their weight will tear down your gutters, shingles and downspouts. This is also dangerous to you and your loved ones that may be walking along where the ice dam falls. If enough snow and ice build up, it could also lead to roof collapse. Ice and snow will back up behind the ice dam and eventually leak into your attic which can lead to mold and mildew and other water damage to your home.

The best way to prevent ice dams is to be sure that your attic is properly ventilated and insulated. Another method for preventing them is to install heated cables on your roof. These cables attach to the edge of your roof in a zigzag pattern and prevent snow and ice from building up.

If you already have ice dams forming, you’re going to need a quick fix to get rid of the ice dam and possibly SERVPRO if there is already water damage to your home.  One option to prevent further build up is to rake your roof with a long handled roof rake. This will lower the exterior temperature of your roof by removing the insulation (snow) and also take away material that would potentially be added to the ice dam. Another option is to fill panty hose with calcium chloride ice melter and place it on your roof. Lay it on the roof so it crosses the ice dam and hangs over the gutter. It should create a channel for water to flow down and off the roof.

If you suspect water damage from ice dams or any other source of water in your home, please give SERVPRO of Hayward a call at 715-634-0699!

Leaking Dishwasher can lead to huge problems

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Are you one of the unfortunate homeowners dealing with dishwasher water damage? It’s a scene that has played out in countless movies, usually to be funny. Kid puts regular soap in dishwasher, dishwasher explodes with bubbles, and we all have a good laugh at their expense. But when you’re dealing with water leaks from your dishwasher, you need to know how quickly water damages can occur, why they happen, and what to do about them.

Dishwasher water damage can occur within just a couple of hours. You get home, turn on the dishwasher, walk away and watch TV for a while, or run a few errands, only to come home and find a pool of water on the kitchen floor. The first reaction should be to soak up as much of the water as you can, because the longer it sits there, the more likely it will cause permanent damage.

Common causes of dishwasher leaks include:

  • Worn gaskets
  • Dishwasher not level
  • Wrong dishwashing soap used
  • Broken door
  • Defective dishwasher tub

SERVPRO fast!

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

When you have a leaky pipe in your finished basement 9 times out of ten it doesn’t end well. SERVPRO of Hayward was fast to the site on this one. We got in there got all the carpet remover and set up all of out equipment in record time. Our number one goal is to have happy customers. With us getting as fast as we did it saved form the water getting to the walls and soaking in resulting in more repairs and more money for the homeowner to spend. Leaving water damage unattended can cause health effects. The faster the better, at the same time it needs to be done the right way and that is why we are SERVPRO. Call us at 715-634-0699

Check your coverage

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

With spring is full force, storm season is here. Are you covered in the case of water backup or sewer back up? If this question leaves you in doubt, it might be a good idea to confirm that you are covered for such a loss with your insurance agent.  The fact is, most unendorsed homeowner's insurance policies DO NOT provide coverage for Water Backup & Sewer Back up.

Water Backup & Sewer Backup claims are one of the more common insurance claims on a homeowner's policy and can be one of the most costly as well.  Types of losses we are referring to are as follows:

  • Backup of a sewer or drain
  • Over flow or discharge of a sump
  • Sump failure

Even if you have an unfinished basement, you should STRONGLY consider the endorsement as losses can add up quickly when the water is rising.  Water backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair but also can create health hazards.

Call your agent today to discuss your policy.

Frozen Tundra

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Here in northern Wisconsin, you can never predict the weather. Over the last couple of weeks temps have barely gotten over zero degrees. With temperatures that low it is way more likely for your water pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes came make quite the mess, cost you lost of money and down time for your business. Frozen pipes are not the way you want to spend your time. The water pipes can burst causing more water damage and with the subzero temps it can take a long time for clean-up, can also be the perfect habitat for mold to grow. We need to remember to always leave all indoor faucets at a steady drip. Leaving them run can release any built-up pressure that can cause your pipes to burst. We at SERVPRO are always here to give you any helpful tips we can.

Water Damage Timeline

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Need immediate assistance? Call us 24/7, 365 days a year

(715)634-0699

Within Minutes of a water damage:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything
  • Water is absorbed into the walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining to carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

1-24 hours after a water damage:

  • 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 one week after water damage:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, window, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint starts to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

More than one week after water damage:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be very expensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contamination pose a serious risk to occupants

Keep the water in the pipes

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

With this cold weather come freezing water and pipes. With very little to no snow cover to insulate or protect your pipes, they are exposed to the freezing winds and ground. There are many precautions everyone can take to prevent a pipe bursting and may save you hundreds to thousands of dollars.

  • Heat tape. You can go to your local hardware store to purchase. It will keep your pipes at the temperature to prevent them from freezing.
  • Stacking straw or hay bails around the foundation of your home can help keep the wind and snow out with helping to keep the little bit of warmth in.
  • Leaving water trickling. Leave your faucets on just a little bit can save so much. Keeping water flowing can save it from freezing. It also releases any pressure that may build up from freezing and expanding

Any questions please feel free to give us a call (715)634-0699

Sewer Backup in Crawl Space in Hayward

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

When we think about water damage we often think that it is rainwater, floodwater, a broken pipe that causes water damage, not sewage backup.  This is not something that anyone wants to deal with especially when it comes to sewage.  At SERVPRO of Hayward, our crews are properly trained and certified for the removal and cleaning of sewage backup. Shown here is one of our technicians at SERVPRO of Hayward wearing all the proper PPE gear to enter the crawl space and the cleaning product to disinfect the area properly.  This sewage backup, fortunately, occurred in the crawlspace which was contained there, some other instances we have seen have been directly in the basement which usually causes major damage to the home, requiring the resident to leave for a period of time as cleanup happens so no contamination occurs.  If you have water damage due to sewer backup give us a call at 715-634-0699 for proper service from SERVPRO of Hayward.

Water Damage in your Business

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Today in northern Wisconsin is a complete downpour washout!  It literally has plans to rain for 20 hours and with inches pouring, basements at your place of business or commercial building could be in danger.  Many of us aren't at our business every day due to Covid-19 or some of us don't go into our basements on a daily basis.  But make sure to check when there are heavy rains as these places are breeding grounds also for mold if the moisture isn't properly taken care of.  Luckily for you we have expertise in both water mitigation and mold remediation.  Our trained and certified production technicians know how to make your disaster a stress free process for you so you have the ease of mind knowing it is done correctly and you and your employees won't be harmed. 

Give SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties a call at 715-643-7171 if your commercial property is in need of some attention due to moisture in your building.

It's the water you don't see that matters

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

You think it's the water that is on the rise flooding into your house that poses the problem, when it's actually the water you don't see that matters.

A lot of people think that when they "suck" the water out of their basements when either a pipe bursts or floodwaters rise they are done.  There could be more problems after that if not properly mitigated and dried out completely.  

Our technicians and crew members are completely trained and certified in drying techniques so that the damaged areas don't pose a problem later such as mold.  

When you have SERVPRO of Hayward called to your disaster you are reassured that the job will be done professionally and completely by standards.

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 to see how we can serve you.

Lowest temps in Northern Wisconsin for 2020 so far

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

With the lowest temperatures we have seen in Northern Wisconsin so far this year, your home may be at risk.  Today at SERVPRO of Hayward the temps were at -18 degrees.  With these below 0 temperatures it is very risky to leave a home unattended and expect everything to be OK.  We have seen newly built homes to older homes with water pipes exploding and causing massive water damage.  It doesn’t matter on the year your home was built but how well you are taking care of it.  If you are leaving your place of residence for an extended period time we suggest you turn off your water while away, if staying in your home or cabin, leave a stream of water running and keep your basement areas well heated to prevent frozen pipes.  If you fall to a disaster of busted pipes give us a call at 715-634-0699 with 24/7 emergency restoration needs at SERVPRO of Hayward.

Pipe Burst in Hayward

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning up yourself after a water pipe bursting can be a pain and we realize this at SERVPRO of Hayward.  In some cases, excess water can be removed through the use of a wet-dry vacuum unit, but in cases of considerable depth, such as several feet of water, more heavy-duty equipment, such as powered submersible pumps, will be required. All of the water will need to be pumped out of the structure and then fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers will need to be brought in to remove residual moisture from the property.  We are here for when the water is too much for you to handle.  At SERVPRO of Hayward, we offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Emergency restoration services.  Give us a call at 715-634-0699.

Cleaning up after a water damage in Washburn County

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Depending on the amount of water first thing salvage important belongings.  In the case of standing water in any room, you should quickly unplug any electronics before you start recovering important belongings. When salvaging items that have come in contact with water, prioritize things that are the most difficult to replace or the most expensive, such as important documents, family keepsakes, computers, and TVs.  Start by wiping all of your personal items down with an antimicrobial, move them to a dry location and put fans on them, until the insurance company can get there to assess if items need to be professionally cleaned or thrown away. Other than damaged drywall and flooring, keep everything around until the insurance company comes, so they can confirm the quality and grade of your items to file your claim. If you’ve been gone with a water leak for more than 72 hours, mold has had a chance to spread, and it’s all considered graywater – meaning everything must go.

Give SERVPRO of Hayward a call at 715-634-0699 if you have water damage to see how we can help.

Water Intrusion and Mold in the Ladysmith area

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water intrusion and mold in your home can lead to many unforeseen damages.  In this home, it appeared as though the toilet vent has been leaking causing mold and drywall damage to the bathroom ceiling. 

From a catastrophic flooding event to a persistent plumbing leak, any water intrusion could lead to mold growth. Even high humidity that causes condensation on cold surfaces could be enough to trigger growth.

It only takes 24 to 48 hours from the time water is introduced for mold to start growing. Therefore, if you just ran across flood water or a plumbing leak with no indication of how long it’s been there, you may want to hire a mold remediation company to test for mold.  Luckily SERVPRO of Hayward has trained and certified technicians to do this for your home or business.

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 for all your water restoration needs.  

Ashland, we are faster to your water damage event

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Hayward 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 Hayward 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 – 715-634-0699

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 Hayward

SERVPRO of Hayward 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.

Meet our crew

Hayward Residents we specialize in flooded basements

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water in this basement caused by quick thawing grounds and heavy rain this spring.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Hayward basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 715-634-0699

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Hayward and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 715-634-0699

What can we do for you in Spooner

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Hayward our crew is trained and certified from the Insitute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification approved school (IICRC).  This means they know how to detect moisture and the levels in your home to make sure the process of a water damage is done accurately and safely.  They provide water removal and dehumidification services and our drying equipment controls temperatures and humidity, minimizing secondary damage. In some cases, if the water has damaged too much of the existing elements such as drywall, carpeting or other flooring we can remove the damaged areas as we offer a reconstruction service as well after your home is properly dried out.  

If you find yourself ankle deep, or just a saturated floor give us a call we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Timeline

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 

715-634-0699

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.

Frozen Pipes

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

A Frozen Pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO of Hayward's Professional Crew is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. In an emergency situation we will be there for you faster and will help the situation from growing into a large problem with our professional crew.

Flood Cleanup Tips for Sawyer County

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded home:

As the snow and ice has quickly melted, you may be standing in a flooded area.  Here are a few tips from American Red Cross that can help you cleanup up after a flood.  If the job is just too large, give the professional team at SERVPRO of Hayward a call at 715-634-0699.  

Tips:

  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
  • Learn more about how to clean up after a flood, including the supplies you’ll need, how to sanitize food contact surfaces, and how to repair water damage.
  • Be careful when moving furnishings or debris, because they may be waterlogged and heavier.
  • Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected. This includes mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys.
  • Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out. This includes canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.
  • Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage. If the water is pumped out completely in a short period of time, pressure from water-saturated soil on the outside could cause basement walls to collapse.
  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are health hazards.

Faster to your Polk County Water Damage Event

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Hayward 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 Hayward 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 – 715-634-0699

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 Hayward

SERVPRO of Hayward 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.

Meet Our Crew

Check Out our Certifications

Hayward Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

This Hayward home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Hayward basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 715-634-0699

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Hayward and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 715-634-0699

Frozen Pipes causing a Water Problem?

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

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A Frozen Pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO of Haywards Professional Crew is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. In an emergency situation we will be there for you faster and will help the situation from growing into a large problem with our professional crew.

Water Damage Time Line

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 

715-634-0699

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.

Frozen Pipes?

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

A Frozen Pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO of Hayward's Professional Crew is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. In an emergency situation we will be there for you faster and will help the situation from growing into a large problem with our professional crew.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hayward 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 - 715-634-0699

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 Hayward 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 Hayward

SERVPRO of Hayward 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.

Water Backup/ Sewer Backup... Are you covered?

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

The drain is backing up, and then going back down the drain.

If this question leaves you in doubt, it might be a good idea to confirm that you are covered for such a loss with your insurance agent.  The fact is, most unendorsed homeowner's insurance policies DO NOT provide coverage for Water Backup & Sewer Back up.

Water Backup & Sewer Backup claims are one of the more common insurance claims on a homeowner's policy and can be one of the most costly as well.  Types of losses we are referring to are as follows:

  • Backup of a sewer or drain
  • Over flow or discharge of a sump
  • Sump failure

Even if you have an unfinished basement, you should STRONGLY consider the endorsement as losses can add up quickly when the water is rising.  Water backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair but also can create health hazards.

Call your agent today to discuss your policy.

Tips for trying to Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

  • Let a faucet drip that has a supply pipe running along an outside wall. You do not need a strong flow, just enough to keep the water flowing. Flowing water freezes slower than standing water in a pipe.
  • Do not turn your heat down during windy cold days. The cooling down period allows the cold to penetrate walls before it comes into your house. The pipes are exposed to this cold air. Hot water heat is more prone to freezing due to the hot water in the heating lines. Hot water will freeze faster than cold or room temperature water.
  • Leave cabinet doors under sinks that face outside walls open. These areas are not generally heated but do receive the cold air coming in through walls. This will help prevent froze water supply and waste piping.
  • Insulate walls where piping runs. Opening walls and checking is not always practical. However checking for insulation when walls are open for repairs or remodeling is a great idea.
  • Keep garage doors closed when not going in or out. The cold air will freeze pipes exposed to garage walls. These walls are not always insulated as well as outside walls.
  • Shut off water to outside faucets. Leaking outside faucets and piping to them are caused by freezing over the winter. We replace many outside faucets and piping in the spring due to freezing.
  • Have a neighbor, relative or friend check on your house when you go out of town. Total house freeze ups that require major repair result from homes that the heat goes out and the house gets down below 32 degrees. All the plumbing freezes including toilets, faucets etc. This could amount to costs well over $10,000.00.

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10/3/2016 (Permalink)

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