Recent Water Damage Posts

How To Prevent Toilet Overflow

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Every homeowner in Champlin, MN dreads coming home to face a flooded toilet. Regardless if the toilet spurted clean or contaminated water into the bathroom, it requires a professional’s immediate help. The flooding may be a result of sewer damage causing waste to go back up through the pipes into the toilet. You can do a lot of good by preventing overflow before it happens by taking a few preventive measures.

1. Do Not Flush Random Items Down the Toilet

This is a particular concern in households with children, but even adults have been known to flush things down the toilet they should not. Some common items to keep out of there include:

• Napkins
• Papers
• Soaps
• Baby wipes
• Lotions
• Body creams

Flushing these items can cause them to get stuck in the pipes. Even things such as body cream, lotion and grease should stay out of toilets because they can harden through the pipes, causing a backup.

2. Clean the Toilet Regularly

In addition to keeping solid objects out of the toilet that can cause significant sewer damage, you also want to perform regular maintenance on the septic tank system. You should contact a sewage company once every eight years to clean and maintain your home’s septic tank. You can also clean your toilet routinely by using disinfectants and liquid detergent.

3. Avoid Flushing

Hopefully, the kind of toilet backup you will contend with will not be anything serious. Some toilets will merely overflow a little bit before receding. You may be able to clean up a small mess on your own, but you want to avoid flushing until you know the issue is resolved. Use a plunger to try to move the clog out of position. If nothing at your disposal seems to be working, then you should hire a professional plumber to come out and address the sewer damage.

Water Heater Water Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Have you inspected your water heater lately? SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park has been restoring water damage for Minnesota residents for years, and we know that routine inspection and maintenance of water heaters and plumbing systems can prevent major water damage in many cases. Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for inspecting and maintaining your water heater:

  • Inspect your anode rod every two years, or every year once the warranty has expired, to determine if it needs replacement
  • Flush water heater tanks every six months to remove any sediment by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base. For safety, first, turn off the power and run the hot water until it is cool.
  • Get an annual inspection from a plumbing professional, including the shut-off valve and all piping. Signs of broken valves and loose or wet joints and rust are a sign that more severe damage is coming.

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Water damage can happen at any time of the day or night. When you have a water damage emergency in your home or commercial business, we are Here to Help. The professionals at SERVPRO® of Brooklyn Park, Champlin are here to restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (763) 486-5512 Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Frozen Minnesota Pipes

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

As we know, overnight temperatures drop below freezing still here in March. SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park, Champlin offers these cold weather tips:

Know the location of your water shut-off valve and test it regularly.

If a pipe breaks, you won't want to have to find it then or, worse, wait for someone to arrive at your place to find it for you. In most single-family homes, the shut-off valve is in the basement or the crawl space on a wall facing the street.

Turn off outdoor faucets, and be sure to disconnect hoses from them.

Ensure the faucet and the outside portion of the pipes are fully drained. A valve inside many houses will shut off the water's flow; then open and close the tap outside to release any water in the pipe. Disconnect the hose to ensure that freeze-proof faucets will drain and to avoid damage to the hose from freezing water.

Winterize unheated or vacant buildings.

If your vacant building has a fire protection system, make sure there is no danger that the water servicing this system might freeze.

Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems before.

Pipes close to exterior walls or in unheated basements can be wrapped with pieces of insulation. Never put heat tape on the water meter to avoid damaging plastic components of the meter.

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Frozen Pipe Season

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

When water damage happens during the winter months, it is often the result of a burst pipe. SERVPRO has been restoring water damage for Minnesota residents for years. Here are some helpful tips for preventing burst pipes from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Check pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have the pipes repaired immediately. Wrap exposed pipes with heating tape.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect the system against increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Keep the house warm. Set the thermostat for at least 65 degrees since the temperature inside the walls, where the pipes are located, is substantially colder; a lower temperature will not keep the pipes from freezing.
  • Add extra insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Ideally, the attic should be five to 10 degrees warmer than the outside air. Well-insulated basements and crawl spaces can help protect pipes from freezing. You may also consider insulating unfinished rooms such as garages to keep pipes from freezing.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business experiences water damage, SERVPRO  has a team of trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 763-486-5512

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Residual Troubles of a Burst Pipe: Understanding Secondary Damage Hazards

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

loose wooden floor, water damage, warped painting from wall Water damage in Champlin, MN.

Residual Troubles of a Burst Pipe: Understanding Secondary Damage Hazards

When a pipe breaks, homeowners in Champlin, MN, experience a primary issue. Water sprays out of the pipe, drenching the space. When fluid infiltrates an area, it triggers secondary concerns, some of which are quite hazardous. Black mold can grow, and structures can begin to deteriorate. To avoid these significant headaches, owners should understand how water impacts a location. The following are three possible significant problems.

1. Structural Integrity
Builders designed the house with numerous porous materials. These substances--drywall, wooden beams and carpeting--easily and quickly absorb moisture. Like a sponge, they pick up the high humidity levels, filling their crevices with fluid. Over time, this leads to rot and decay. The following may become noticeable:

  • Warped floorboards
  • Water stains
  • Crumbling paint
  • Corroded metal
  • Foundational cracks

Breaches to the structure mean owners must face extensive repairs to restore safety. A water restoration company should evaluate the premises. Using moisture readers, the experts can determine the extent of saturation and recommend appropriate remediation services.

2. Fungus Contamination
Dampness, especially in dark locations, activates fungal spores which begin to spread at rapid rates. Within 24 to 48 hours, the microbes have made themselves at home, settling inside objects. Black mold moves throughout the space, eating away at organic material. Left to linger, it can even enter the air system, migrating to other rooms. Decontamination procedures should occur immediately, requiring drywall and carpeting tear-outs. Bleach isn't going to reach inside. Content cleaning experts may use sophisticated technology to salvage belongings. Ultimately, though, most of the soaked items need to go.

3. Electrical Haywires
Part of secondary damage is a concern for the home's wiring. Water and electricity do not mix. As the wetness moves into the walls and crawl spaces, the fluid could interfere with the outlets and overall electrical system. Be cautious about using even the fan. Be plugging or using any source, have the wiring evaluated for damage.
The busted pipe can create a domino effect, permitting multiple calamities to begin. Black mold and structural harm are both possible. Be aware of the dangers, and be proactive in the cleanup. Efficient and methodical care could avoid these hazards.

Three Ways To Stop a Running Toilet

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet, Flushing Water, close up What can you do when your commercial toilet won't stop running?

Three Ways To Stop a Running Toilet

What can you do when the toilets in your Champlin, MN, commercial property won't stop running? The good news is that there are some quick and easy solutions that offer several benefits while also preventing the annoyance of a toilet overflow:

  • Prevent wasted water
  • Improve the water pressure behind flushes
  • Ensure that the bowl refills appropriately

If you're ready to stop a toilet from constantly running, try your hand at the following three steps.

Step One
Take off the tank lid and set it aside. Look for a small plastic tube, positioned between the fill valve and the overflow tube. If this tube is missing or if water isn't flowing through the flexible tube, the toilet bowl doesn't fill properly. You should be able to reposition the tube appropriately. Test your results by flushing the toilet. It should stop running once the bowl has filled.

Step Two
The second step you can take to ensure that the toilet flushes as it should is to adjust the float the controls the water level in the tank. You should see a small rod that is attached to the float by a metal clip. If your toilet won't stop running, the float may be set too high. A weak flush means that it's set too low. After you find the right adjustment level, use a permanent marker to show where you want the level of the water to be.

Step Three
Sometimes, the change to the flapper becomes unattached or tangled. Either way, the flapper won't lift and close as it should. This easy solution simply requires reattaching the chain or disentangling it. If this is a problem that reoccurs, you may want to replace the chain to avoid a future toilet overflow.
One of the least popular repairs a property owner can face is a toilet overflow. These easy solutions can put a stop to some problems and give you time to get a professional involved. The good news is that you can avoid a toilet flood when you hire water damage cleanup and mediation professionals at the first sign of trouble.