Recent Water Damage Posts

What Causes a Washing Machine to Flood

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Causes a Washing Machine to Flood This shows a supply line about to burst on the back of a washing machine

More than 50% of all washing machine water damage claims can be tracked back to a supply hose failure.

These damages are a result of pinching the hose while installing or replacing resulting in a hairline crack.  The supply hoses are high pressure lines and can release a large volume of water in a small amount of time.  A poor connection to either the washing machine or to the supply box on the wall and the age of the hoses are also leading factors to washing machine intake hoses failing.

Other factors that lead to water damages from a washing machine are:

  • Drainage issues and flooding
  • Internal Leaks

Ways to prevent water damages from your washing machine are to:

  • Use flexible stainless steel hoses versus the rubber hoses
  • Have your supply hoses professionally installed
  • Don't overload your washing machine
  • Know where the shut off valve's are located to the washing machine and the main shut off to the house is located

Residential Water Damages

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Residential Water Damages Advanced Drying Equipment

SERVPRO of Des Moines NW is highly trained in water damage restoration. We have the experience, expertise, and the equipment to remove the water, clean, and bring levels of moisture back down to the dry standard.  Our water removal and drying process emphasizes on monitoring and documentation for proven results.

We provide:

  • 24/7 On-Call 
  • Rapid Emergency Response
  • Certified Personnel
  • Advanced Drying Equipment needed for any size job

Water damages occur in the day or night, on weekends and even holidays, and that’s why we are available 24/7 for emergency services, 365 days a year.

Once we get a call, our response team will have the training, knowledge and expertise that enables us to address your water damages.

The response team uses professional advanced drying equipment that include a truck mount water extractor, pumps, axial fans, carpet fans, floor drying mats, dehumidifiers, and other tools needed to dry your residence.

When you have water damages at your residence call the experts of SERVPRO of Des Moines NW at (515) 986-3711.

How a Loose Fridge flooded my house..

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Enjoying my day, it was relaxing. im selling my home iin 3 weeks and everything is perfect.

I came by the house to stain and blast the stairs, contractors were undoing the kitchen floor.

When all of a sudden I noticed a stream running through my kitchen to the basement,

All my walls were ruined and had to be replaced.

Ceiling was trashed along with sub floor and most of the kitchen cabinets.

What could I of done differently? 

Not much, simple and silly things.

1. Hiring the correct contractor, that was my first mistake.

Contractors will always be a Yes man, make sure they do the correct job, have a knowledged devloper advise your job.

2. My Fridge Connection

One loose hose behind my fridge caused the flooding, along with a unoticed leak.

insure your connection is secured and up to standards.

Why Hurricane Floods are so Devastating

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

The current date is 9/11/2017. Hurricane Irma is annihilating Florida residents homes one week after hurricane Harvey in Houston. 

Most people had no idea their first floor was going to be underwater. Such a disaster. 

Why is it so devastating? Well to start the carpet is destroyed and all walls have to be replaced completely. 

Mold could be creeping in the insulation within the walls. Has to be replaced.

Well if I replace the first floor completely its probably fine right? No its not.

Foundation is damaged and the house has become a safety hazard. 

Ultimately in most situations, the House owner has to demolish and rebuild. Most Banks will provide the loan out of empathy, unless, its a flood zone which could be the ultimatum of a lifetime.

3 Homeowner Tips for the upcoming Winter Season

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Are you a New Homeowner about to experience your first winter? There are some things you should watch out for to avoid Calling the SERVPRO Team to Water Restorate your Home. 

Here's a few tips

Step 1: Unplug the Garden hose, and shut off the water spigot. 

This is the number one cause of Homeowner devastation, if you fail to do so in the Midwest; the valve could rupture and cause leaks. Results could be Mold and drywall damage. If this does happen make sure to call SERVPRO 

This is a disaster, no one wants a flooded basement. If it does happen, SERVPRO has your back.

Step 2: Christmas Tree Fire's!!

Some of us celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Tree and wonderful lights! Be careful; using too many plugins for one outlet could result in a house fire! 

As well as having a live Christmas Tree, watering it will keep the needles from becoming fuel for a possible House fire. It may be common knowledge but it is surprising how many people could of avoided this by knowing common occurrences. 

Step 3: Insulate your water pipes!

Insulating household water pipes could stop a potential rupture and is easy to do. Most likely the only pipes you'll need to check are underneath the sink, and basement ceilings. 

Doing so is easy! Simply go to your local Home Supply shop and get the appropriate sizes to accommodate your needs! 

We hope you found all the tips helpful!

If you ever have a Household disaster make sure to call your local SERVPRO for a estimate!

Covering the Bases of Water Damage

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.

Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.

This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.

That’s why restoration firms, in addition to surveying the home for structural problems, will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of deadly pathogen!