Recent Water Damage Posts

Is Your Home at Risk of a Flood?

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Lowell to get the restoration process started right away

Water can be incredibly destructive around your property and your home. Even though water will eventually dry up, it can leave widespread damage behind.

As if dealing with damages inside your home isn’t enough, there is also the chance that your insurance won’t cover the cost to recover from the damage. That alone should make you take preventive steps against flooding right away!

We are in a particularly interesting flood risk location, nestled in right below the Merrimack River and amongst the Pawtucket Canal. If any of these water sources overflows or the water level gets high enough, we could experience flooding issues.

Utilizing Your Yard to Reduce Flood Risk

Take a few simple steps to keep water moving through your yard and away from your home. If you have gutters, keep them clear and remove any blockages to prevent water from building up on your shingles.

You can also use your landscaping to your advantage! Gardens are a great way to absorb excess water, or install a rain barrel below your gutters to catch the run off. That way you can have complete control of where all of that water goes.

If your property relies on propane, take the time to anchor down your propane tanks to make sure they stay put during any sort of flooding situation.

Taking Care of the Inside

A watertight home begins with a waterproof foundation. If you have a crack or a weak spot, you will find out quickly! Seal up any cracks and address any issues you discover right away.

You can also help out your home by installing a sump pump to keep the water continually moving away from your home.

Most families rely on their appliances to run the household, but those appliances are also at a higher risk of causing a water issue. Check on your water heater, dishwasher and washing machine while they are running to look for dripping or leaks, or install a leak sensor to help alert you of any issues as they originate.

In the end, most of your possessions will dry out, but some can be ruined and those things are usually the most important! Protect your precious photos and other keepsakes by keeping them high off of the ground or away from the basement.

Don’t panic if you do end up finding water in your home even after doing all you can to prevent it! Just address the issue quickly and thoroughly, and call us so we can help make sure your restoration is done professionally.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Lowell today to get your restoration completed faster.

Water Damage in Your Lowell Home

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Lowell has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Becoming a homeowner is an exciting step in your life. There’s much to look forward to, but there’s also much to look out for.

At some point in time, you may come across a small issue like a leaky tap. It’s a minor problem now, but it can worsen quickly. Did you know the average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year?

Water damage is one of those issues that can get out of hand quickly, so you need to be prepared to address the issue right away. Here’s how you can expect the damage to progress as time goes on:

In the First 24 Hours

There is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

The first 24 to 48 hours after your Lowell home experiences flooding or water damage are vital because your personal belongings are so vulnerable to water’s harmful effects.

For example, books and photographs can warp beyond repair, soft furnishings and upholstery soak through and any wooden structures will swell from the moisture. You can also expect mold to start growing during this time period.

Within the First Week

Once you have surpassed 24 hours, the damage will move much quicker. Mold spreads exponentially with moisture, and as it festers, it will damage your home’s structure.

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

After One Week

Try not to let the damage get to this point because you may not be able to salvage everything. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

The process begins after you call. We will start by extracting any excess moisture to prevent the spread of water throughout your home’s structure. This will also reduce drying time.

You can count on SERVPRO’s “restore vs replace” mentality to help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you. These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

After these steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

It’s a scary process, but SERVPRO of Lowell 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.

Here Are the Types of Flooding You Might See

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

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

Every state sees its fair share of flooding, but did you know flooding is actually the most common natural disaster in the world? In the United States, it claims more lives per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lighting. Its devastation can affect communities far and wide, as excess water gathers on properties.

You may not know there are actually similarities in the different types of floods and causality among all them. In fact, there are three common types of flooding that happen for four typical reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods can occurs anywhere, and they’re caused by an accumulation of rain over a long period of time. For example, a storm may sit over one area, overwhelming the ground’s ability to soak in all the moisture. The water left over runs off, often washing away both big and small items in its path.

River floods occur when there’s a buildup of water in the river, enough that the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods can happen next to large bodies of water, induced by storm surges or cyclonic activity. The commotion causes ocean or gulf levels to rise high enough to cause a flood.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Heavy storms that release multiple inches of rain in one area can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are often the most at risk due to the lack of extra land to absorb the water. In 2006, Lowell and the New England area experienced record flooding. In fact, it rained between eight and 12 inches over just a few days, which was the worst flooding the area had seen in over 70 years. A thousand households in Lowell had to be evacuated to protect citizens from the overwhelming flooding.

Oceanic activity. Hurricanes, storm surges and rising tides can cause water levels to rise, causing waves to overwhelm coastal communities.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it. Similarly, Massachusetts residents who lived downstream of the Spicket River Dam had to be evacuated during record-breaking flooding in 2006 over fears that the dam might break.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In states that experience heavy snow and ice, both can build up over weeks and months. When the snow and ice begin to melt, they can become rivers of water, following through nearby communities and causing destruction. Ice dams or ice jams occur when rivers get clogged by built-up ice following downstream, which can cause the banks to overflow.

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.

The SERVPRO Process for Water Damage Restoration

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

a house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Lowell for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration

Here’s some astonishing math for you—14,000 Americans, on average, will deal with a water damage issue today. That means that by the time you finish reading this paragraph, it will have happened to someone else already.

And while we certainly hope you are never that particular someone, we’re on call 24 hours a day if it ever happens. When you call SERVPRO with a water emergency, here’s what you can anticipate.

Emergency Contact. Right away, we’ll ask some guiding questions to give ourselves a good feel for what’s going on. Then we’ll set up a time in the very near future for an in-person evaluation.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. Once we get to your home, we’ll properly assess the causes and effects, shut off any remaining flow, and get to work. We’ll make sure you’re aware of any potential dangers caused by the damage, and we’ll help you identify items that may be damaged beyond restoration.

Water Removal. Three words: big, strong pumps. We’ll let our machinery flex its muscle and remove the potential tons of water that may be overrunning your home. We’ll completely remove all the offending liquid so we can move on to getting your home back in the dry.

Damaged Material Removal. Once removal is underway, we can go about the next step: removing and hauling away items that have been too heavily damaged to be restored, including carpet, furniture and more.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. A watery mess caused by flooding or other incidents leaves staining at the very least, and may also introduce toxins, chemicals or contaminants. We’ll thoroughly clean and disinfect areas of need to ensure your home is safe and sanitized.

Drying. The clock is ticking on mold growth, so once the main water is removed, we’ll get micro and use powerful HEPA vacuums to pull the remaining excess moisture from the air and extract it from dampened surfaces and items.

Monitoring. We’ll have a close watch on the whole process, monitoring for efficiency and function of equipment, and making any changes as needed on the fly.

Repairs and Construction. Once all is dry again, we can get to the work of restoration, making your damaged possessions look like new again, and reconstructing any areas of your home that have been negatively affected by the water damage.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Water Damage Numbers That Will Have You Reeling

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

the underside of a sink showing water damage from leaking pipes If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Lowell

There’s a potential damage source running through your home at every moment—your water supply, being held in place only by your pipes, appliances and supply hoses. This water supply can do swift, sweeping damage if it breaks containment. That’s why having a well-equipped and maintained plumbing system is of great importance.

When you get a good look at some of these water damage numbers, you’ll start to see the incredible amount of damage happening all over the country every day, and the absolutely astonishing cost of making it all right again.

24. It’s the number of hours in a day, but it’s also the percentage of all U.S. home insurance claims that are based on water damage. One out of every 50 homeowners this year alone will encounter a water issue that requires insurance-level repair or restoration.

48. You’ve got 48 hours max, and as few as 24, before mold starts growing. This is one of the most important reasons water damage has to be dealt with quickly; mold will begin growing well before you can see it on surfaces.

98. There’s not much to say about this one except, “May the odds be ever in your favor.” This is the number out of every 100 basements that will flood or experience water damage eventually. So you might be able to avoid this one if you catch all your houses during the right time periods, but those basements are most likely going to end up being somebody’s problem.

10,234. This is the amount of the average water insurance claim. Look at that number again and consider the cost of a little preventive leak repair or updates to plumbing versus the cost of repair. It’s worth it to act quickly.

14,000. If you circled today’s date on your calendar, there would be 14,000 tiny burst pipes or floods living inside it, one for each actual event that will happen somewhere in the United States today. Yes, today alone, every six seconds, someone is calling an insurance agent about a water issue.

13,000,000,000. This is the annual amount spent on repairs and restoration of water damage events. That’s 13 billion. Over 400 dollars per second are going toward repairing someone’s burst water heater or a leak that got out of hand.

Incredible, isn’t it? It’s honestly a little overwhelming, but don’t fret. Keeping your plumbing up to date and in good working order, staying on top of leaks and replacing hoses regularly can help you do your best at being part of the prevention of these numbers, rather than being a victim of them.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.

How To Care for Wet Items After You’ve Had Water Damage

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

When a disaster hits, such as a massive storm or a broken pipe, and there’s water in the home, don’t forget about saving valuables and keepsakes. Mold and mildew start to form in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water exposure. Here are a few suggestions to help you restore your cherished household items.

General Cleaning Tips

Rinse wet items with clean water.
Brush off debris from dry items or use a damp cloth to brush the dirt away.
Dry items indoors as the sun and outdoor heat may be too intense.
Reduce moisture in the air with a dehumidifier or open windows and run fans.
Wear proper safety gear, such as gloves and masks, when dealing with water in the home.

Photographs
Carefully take photos out of paper or plastic envelopes. It may be easier to cut the envelope away from the picture so you don’t risk tearing it. Don’t pull apart wet photos or negatives that are stuck to each other. Submerge them in clean water until they come away from each other. Dry photographs by hanging them or laying them on a flat surface.

Documents
Place the paper in a sturdy container; stack them carefully so they aren’t compressed too much. Put the boxes in a freezer set to the lowest temperature. It may take weeks or months for the papers to dry completely.

Textiles
Water can seriously damage fabric and leather. Allow them to air dry before removing any dirt and debris. Rinse material with clean water and gently blot with towels to remove the excess water. Replace any water-logged stuffing or padding. Take take rugs and window treatments in for dry cleaning as you normally would.
When in doubt, contact a professional water restoration company in Lowell, MA. They know how to repair and restore damage caused by water in the home and have the equipment and training to make the process easier for you.

Stopping Water Damage at Home Before It Starts

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Lowell team if you are dealing with any water damage.

When it comes to water in your home, gravity and pressure can be a volatile combination. Together, they mean that not only is the water in every pipe and hose always looking for somewhere else to go, but also that it’s exerting force on every connection and passageway to try to get out.

Much of a homeowner’s experience with water damage happens from events that you’ll never see coming. But there are a few places that, if kept in check, you might be able to prevent some leaks and damage before they begin.

Toilets. Most of your toilet is very solid, and leaks through cracks are very rare. But the rubber pieces (the flapper and valve seal) are your most likely source of leaks.

Appliances. Anything that uses a supply hose to send or transfer water—toilets, refrigerators and especially washing machines—are prone to develop leaks in the hoses and potentially in other places as well. Dishwashers may leak through the door, for example, if seals wear down. Oh, and when’s the last time you thought about the age of your water heater? Tank heaters over 10 years old run the risk of exploding.

Clogged gutters. Now here’s a leak you can almost surely prevent. A little time on the ladder a couple of times a year can make all the difference when it comes to keeping leaves, dirt and debris from forming a dam inside your gutters and damaging your roof. Speaking of which…

Roof damage. Inspect your roof from the ground regularly, and you may notice signs of wear before they become a real problem. Look for cracked or bowed shingles, damaged flashing or mortar around the chimney. You may also catch areas of mold or pooling that require care as well.

Pipes. Metal pipes can burst because of oxidation or excessive water pressure, and any pipe can overwhelm a loose-fitted joint. In your front yard, you may even have to deal with tree roots, which can intrude upon pipes and choke out your water supply—this one takes some real sleuthing to figure out.

Blocked garbage disposals or other pipes. Anything that clumps together (eggshells, coffee grounds), solidifies (grease or animal fat), or soaks up water and expands (pasta or rice) can cause disposal problems and backups.

Water damage can happen anywhere water is flowing, but with a little time and maintenance, you may be able to keep it flowing only where it’s supposed to.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Restoring Your Commercial Property in Lowell After a Damaging Water Event

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Lowell commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.


Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges.  Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your financial constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency arises in your business, call SERVPRO of Lowell at (978) 454-7577 and we will be there fast with the help you need.

Maintaining Your Gutters Prevents Water Damage in Lowell

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tips for Your Lowell Home to Stop Damage by Water

Keeping your home’s gutters in good shape is one of the most important things you can do to avoid water damage to your home. The one thing gutters are designed to do is to channel water away from your foundation. They are critical in protecting the structural integrity of your home. However, for gutters to work correctly, they need to be kept in shape and free of holes, clogs, and sags. If your gutters have caused water damage to your home, you may be wondering where near me is a water damage remediation company, such as SERVPRO, who can help you clean up the mess.  

Most gutter problems are easily avoidable with proper upkeep to your Lowell home. It is worth the time and effort to avoid water damage to a Lowell home. Gutters are something where regular maintenance and inspection can stop more significant problems down the road. 

Clogged Gutters 

If left unattended, the most common problem is that downspouts and gutters get clogged with debris, which renders them useless. The extra weight of twigs, leaves, and standing water can make them sag as well and pull away from the fascia. Clean out your gutters once a year or twice if there are a lot of nearby trees. Maintenance should be scheduled four times a year, with more checks after big storms. If you are comfortable on a ladder, cleaning your gutters is possible on your own if your house is not unusually tall. Once the muck is cleared out, flush the gutters with a garden hose to ensure they flow well. 

If you still wind up having a problem with clogged gutters causing water damage to your home in any way, our trained staff at SERVPRO can come out and help you. We have the tools and experience to correct the damage and prevent more from occurring. 

Sagging Gutters 

Generally, this is a problem with the hardware which secures the gutters to the fascia. The fasteners could have backed out of the wood, the hangers may have deteriorated over time, or are spaced too far apart to support the whole weight of the gutters. As soon as you notice this problem, get new hangers right away to prevent any water damage. The fasteners are inexpensive, and this is an easy fix. 

Holes and Leaks 

You can seal gutter joints that are leaky by caulking the joint with gutter sealant on the inside. A tube is only a few dollars, and gutter sealant can be used to fill minuscule holes. Bigger holes need patches. 

Gutters that are not operating the way they should can cause severe water damage to your home. Once you realize there is a problem, contact SERVPRO of Lowell right away.  (978)-454-7577

3 Tips for Handling Your Home's Sewage Problems

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Unusual odors, gurgling sinks and flooding toilets are indicators that a home is suffering from a sewage backup. A blockage within the pipes prevents the proper water flow, forcing the fluid to exit out of the nearest exit; therefore, simple acts such as washing a load of clothes or taking a warm shower could lead to a major flood as the water moves throughout the system, eventually coming out when it cannot continue to pass. The flooding becomes a sewage hazard and requires particularly cleaning. Homeowners in Lowell MA, should be aware of the following three things that help with sewage cleaning.


1. Locate the Cause of a Toilet Backup
A toilet overflow begins with a complication in the lines. When a backup begins, turn off the main water valve. Begin to observe the area near the spillage. Is something in the commode's drain? Is there a problem in the yard? Observational skills are important here. Look at the drain cleanout. It's either outside in the yard or in the basement. A long pipe wrench may be needed to take it off. Buildup of sewage is a sign of an external issue rather than something internal.


2. Grab the Proper Tools
Sewage cleaning demands proper equipment and materials. Gather the following items to assist in fixing the problem:

  • A plunger
  • An auger or snake
  • Soap
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Gloves
  • Dehumidifier

3. Dry and Wash the Area
Clear the clogged pipe with the auger or plunger. Then, run the dehumidifier to extract excess moisture. Wipe off fixtures, walls and flooring with warm water and soap. Discard porous items that have absorbed sewer water. Bacteria have penetrated it, making the object harder to sanitize. If in doubt, contact a sewage cleanup company for assistance. Finish off the project by using a disinfectant throughout the space.
Discover the source of the trouble. With that under control, sewage cleaning may start. Survey contaminated material, removing anything ruined. Then, properly wipe everything down and use cleaner that can effectively kill germs.

Four Methods of Drying a Flooded Building Before Help Arrives

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Put The Following Damage Tips In Action

When water infiltrates a building, it's critical to dry the property as quickly as possible. Water can do a lot of damage fast; the very structure of a building can be affected. Mold can also turn into a huge problem in a short time. Professionals should be called, but there are damage tips you can put into action to begin the process until they arrive.

1. Extracting the Water
First, the standing water will need to be extracted. Flood cleaning tips will usually recommend using a wet/dry vacuum to begin the process. Industrial pumps will be brought in by the restoration professionals to remove the remaining water.

2. Circulating the Air
Mold can begin to grow within 24 hours of water introduction. As long as the mold hasn't had time to begin growing, air circulation should begin as soon as possible. Open windows and doors if the outdoor humidity levels are lower outside than in. Fans can also be used. If it's been more than 24 hours, you should wait until help arrives; the slightest movement of air will blow mold spores throughout the area, and even into unaffected areas.

3. Heating the Area
Heaters work best when there are proper air circulation and ventilation. Warm air absorbs more moisture than cool air, so heaters evaporate the water more efficiently. Heaters with built-in fans are even more effective. Flood damage tips will often inform you that heat is typically the fastest way to dry an area. However, you should be cautious not to dry it so quickly that heat damage occurs.

4. Dehumidifying the Area
Dehumidifiers pull moisture from the air. Desiccant dehumidifiers are the most effective, as they also expel dry air. For best performance, the indoor temperature should be between 32 and 77 degrees with 40 to 90% relative humidity.
Be prepared for a building flood in Lowell MA, by remembering these water damage tips. It's helpful to plan which water cleanup experts to call well in advance of a disaster. Whether the flood is a result of a pipe burst or a storm, they'll return your building to its preloss condition as quickly as possible.

What To Do After A Water Heater Leak Caused Damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

A leaking water heater may not seem like a big deal. However, it could cause a major flood in your Lowell MA home.
A broken water heater needs to be dealt with right away so that it does not cause any further damage. Below are the steps involved in this cleanup process.

1. Emergency Call
Do not attempt to handle a water emergency on your own. This could be dangerous and may cause additional harm to your property. Instead, contact your local damage cleanup professionals. Ideally, you should make the call as quickly as possible. Even a delay of just a few hours can have disastrous consequences.

2. Assessment
Next, a cleanup expert will arrive at your home to check out the leaking water heater. The professional will fix the leak and determine the extent of the damage. He or she may additionally move furniture to prevent the buildup of rust.

3. Water Removal
The professionals should use truck-mounted vacuums or strong pumps to eliminate the excess water in your home. They can even utilize hygrometers to determine the extent of the saturation, and infrared cameras to find hidden moisture.

4. Drying
Once the visible water is removed, your belongings might still feel wet. Professionals will bring in equipment to boost airflow and encourage the evaporation of remaining moisture. Strong dehumidifiers can also be utilized to prevent the warping or swelling of walls and furniture.

5. Cleaning
A failed water heater can leave behind mold and other unpleasant odors. Restoration experts will use air scrubbers to eliminate these smells. They will also utilize a variety of methods to sanitize any moldy belongings.

6. Restoration
Restoration is the final step of the process. It can include small changes such as the installation of new carpet, or larger jobs such as the reconstruction of entire rooms.
Cleaning the damage caused by a leaking water heater can be a complex process. That is why the job should be left to the professionals.

What To Do With Water Damage in Your Ceiling

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

When water gets into your Lowell MA home’s ceiling, it’s reasonable to worry about getting water in light fixtures among other potential issues. Ceiling damage can tricky to fix, but it is doable. Here are a few things you may want to know.

Know What to Look For

If you think there may be water damage in your ceiling there are a few things you can look for

  • Discoloration in the ceiling surface
  • Soft spots in the material
  • Bubbling or warping of tiles, paint or surfacing
  • Areas showing drip marks around the top of walls
  • Condensation around light fixtures

Remember, if you think you may have water in or around a light fixture or fan, it’s important to turn the electricity to the area off.

Find the Source of the Problem

When investigating any problems with water in light fixtures it’s important to locate the source of the problem. In some cases, it may be a leak in the roof, but there’s also the possibility of a leaking pipe among other things. Finding the source will allow you to remedy the problem and prevent future issues.

Contact a Professional When Needed

In many cases you may want to contact a local water damage restoration service to help conduct repairs. They should know how to find the source of the problem and make any repairs necessary. This team of professionals may also be able to help with leak and flood prevention, offer cleaning services, and some may even be able to work with your insurance company to help ensure that every step of the process goes smoothly.

When dealing with water in light fixtures and other ceiling damage it’s important to remember to put safety first. A professional should have the tools and knowledge necessary to do the job properly, so if you don’t feel comfortable handling the situation yourself it’s best to contact the experts in your Lowell MA area. It’s also important to locate the source of the problem so you can prevent future issues. Knowing what signs to look for may help If you need help Give us a call 978-454-7577.

Water Damage In Your Basement

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Wet floor of a basment Water in a residential basement

What It Takes for Timely Resolution of Water Damage Incidents in Lowell 

Most water damage in the home is in the bathroom or the kitchen. Usually, leaks and spills require mopping up and potentially replacing the wall in front of the pipe that leaked. However, there are times that the leak went unnoticed or occurred in an area of the house, such as the basement, where you may not visit regularly. In these cases, you may need to use different methods to restore your home to preloss condition. 

Dealing with this type of considerable spill water damage in Lowell requires specialized extraction techniques and equipment. In the winter months, a massive spill requires even more care due to freezing temperatures requiring the house to remain heated so that the water does not freeze within the home or in the pipes. 

Depending on the amount of water and the location of the spill, SERVPRO technicians may need various types of extraction equipment. 

Portable Extractors

Portable extractors like light wants are used for smaller amounts of water extraction or for hard to reach places after technicians complete the heavy-duty extraction, using them in conjunction with truck-mounted extractors and submersible pumps. 

Truck Mounted Extractors

Truck-mounted extractors use powerful vacuums to suck out the water, working off the work truck's fuel, requiring no on-site power. For standing water in a basement, this type of extractor is ideal as long as there is access through a basement door or window as the hose length can be an issue. Truck mount waste tanks hold between 70 and 100 gallons. 

Pumps

Electric submersible pumps and high-pressure pumps are the two pumps most likely used when a basement has more than two inches of standing water. Electrical sub pumps are the most typical; however, if the basement requires a high amount of lift, the high-pressure pump may be a better option since it gives a stronger discharge. Both of these pumps do not handle solids well but can move 1000 to 6000 gallons of water per minute. 

Regardless of the type of extraction equipment used, SERVPRO water restoration technicians safely dispose of wastewater according to local and state ordinances. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Lowell at (978)-454-7577. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage While You Are On Vacation

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water backing up in a basement trap A pump broke over the weekend in a basement and caused a backup.

The worst time for water damage to occur is while you are out of the home, as you have no control over the destruction that may occur. Here are some helpful tips to keep your house protected from any water damage while you are enjoying your summer vacations.

Before you leave:

-Inspect your home for leaks or rusts in pipes, water heaters, windows, doors, roofs, and hoses.

-Clean out your gutters of debris to prevent water pooling and damage.

-Shut off water supply, whether at the main valve or at the most frequent offenders (toilets, refrigerators, and washing machines).

-Install and test Sump Pump annually.

While you are away:

-Have someone check on your house to make sure that, if a leak does occur, it will be caught and stopped as quickly as possible.

If you have suffered water damage or any other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Lowell (978)-454-7577

Against The Clock When Water Strikes

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Two people in panic from water coming in When it rains it pours

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.

SERVPRO of Lowell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

Ready to Help! Call SERVPRO of Lowell 978-454-7577

Some methods to fight against getting a frozen pipe.

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen water on a pipe Frozen pipe

When operating a business through the harsh winter months in Lowell MA, you may experience water concerns related to frozen pipes. Pipe freezing is more likely to occur in the following areas:

  • Along exterior walls
  • In areas of poor insulation
  • In outdoor settings exposed to harsh cold such as hose spigots and sprinkler heads
  • In unheated areas of your facility including basements, garages, or unheated storage areas

In order to prevent pipe bursts and water damage, consider the following three tips for preventing and addressing frozen pipes.

1. Allow Faucets to Drip on Cold Days

One simple solution for preventing pipe freezing and water damage is allowing a slow stream of water to flow through the pipes at all times. Constant water flow prevents freezing and may melt any ice crystals that are beginning to form. Even a slow drip can do a lot to prevent the freezing and expanding that can occur on cold days.

2. Maintain a Minimum Temperature

While some business owners dread heating areas of their facility that aren't occupied by employees, the cost of operating the furnace may pale in comparison to the hassle and expense of repairing broken pipes. Try to keep the temperature of your facility at a minimum of 55 degrees. If your heating mechanism isn't giving sufficient heat to warm the area, consider adding extra insulation inside of exterior walls.

3. Apply Heat

When you go to turn-on a faucet and notice that the water only comes out at a trickle, this may be a sign of a frozen pipe. Try to warm the pipe in one of the following ways:

  • Wrap it in a towel soaked with hot water
  • Warm it with a blow dryer
  • Turn up the heat or bring in a space heater

Despite your best efforts to prevent freezing, water expansion may still take place within your commercial plumbing fixtures. If water damage occurs as a result of a burst pipe, shut off the water supply and get professional water cleanup help immediately.

Water Damage Do's & Dont's-Lowell,MA

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or to wake up to the sound of a broken pipe spraying water on valuable furniture and household possessions. However, the possibility of water damage occurring in your Seekonk home is very real. Whether it is a pipe burst or a weather-related issue, it is important to arm yourself with some basic knowledge to deal with this type of emergency before it happens.

Here are a few tips to help in the event of water damage in your Massachusetts home:

  • First, ascertain whether it safe to stay in the house.
  • Make sure there are no active electrical devices or outlets immersed in or near the water.
  • Note that wet floors are slippery and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Keep in mind that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
  • Have your plumber’s phone number ready and available.
  • Contact your SERVPRO Professionals at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann at 978-927-8665 for complete restoration.

While waiting for your SERVPRO Professional to reach your location, here is what you CAN do:

  • Shut off the water
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air condition on for maximum drying in the Summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects and other prized possessions to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Call SERVPRO of Lowell for ALL Your Water Damage Restoration-We are the Professionals!

978-454-7577

Water Damage Restoration is the Keystone of our Business at SERVPRO of Lowell!

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Call us the minute you discover your water emergency! We will help you with your insurance company! We know exactly what to do, and how to do it!

We are trained in and know how to use technology to answer the questions you may have regarding your water loss.  This is exactly what we do-call us and put your mind at ease! 978-454-7577www.SERVPROlowell.com  We use moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry!  We handle all kinds of water issues from an overflowing toilet to "the ocean is now in my basement!", to roof leaks to burst water pipes to overflowing washing machines to failed sump pumps.  And, surfaces that range from a concrete basement to entirely finished basement living areas to exotic hardwood flooring  to custom tiles, custom carpet and one of a kind area rugs.  Because water finds it's way everywhere, we also often times end up cleaning out basements. I have been told by many homeowners that having the water issue in their basement sure made easy work of the basement clean out!

 We use moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry!  We handle all kinds of water issues from an overflowing toilet to "the ocean is now in my basement!", to roof leaks to burst water pipes to overflowing washing machines to failed sump pumps.  And, surfaces that range from a concrete basement to entirely finished basement living areas to exotic hardwood flooring  to custom tiles, custom carpet and one of a kind area rugs.  Because water finds it's way everywhere, we also often times end up cleaning out basements. I have been told by many homeowners that having the water issue in their basement sure made easy work of the basement clean out!

Have Water or Flood Damage?

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WE WORK HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS FOR YOU!

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Open all weekends, holidays to serve you when you need us! OPEN 24/7 to better serve you!

SERVPRO of Lowell 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: 978-454-7577

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 Lowell 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 Lowell

SERVPRO of Lowell 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.

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Lowell Area Residents: We ARE The Flooded Basement Specialists!

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lowell uses advanced inspection and extraction equipment to give you accurate and efficient cleanup results!

Flooded Basement? 

Contact us at SERVPRO of Lowell!https://www.SERVPROlowell.com/contact/contactus or simply call us 978-454-7577 where your call will ALWAYS be answered by a SERVPRO of Lowell team member ready to assist you!

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 wjy your Lowell basement may flood, including:

  • blocked or failed sewer pipe
  • sewer backup
  • failed foundation drainage
  • water line break
  • hot water tank failure
  • sump pump failure

And many, many more.  Call SERVPRO of Lowell today at 978-454-7577.

We are the Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeapardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home's structure!  Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get
  • We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, with always a SERVPRO of Lowell team member answering the phone ready to help!
  • SERVPRO is a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies.
  • We bill the insurance company directly leaving you onel less thing to worry about!
  • Our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment.

Restoring Your Commercial Property

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Lowell commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. When you need your business restored rapidly SERVPRO of Lowell is ready to make that happen. We’re faster to any size disaster.

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Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of Lowell

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Minutes Count!

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.

SERVPRO of Lowell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

Ready to Help! Call SERVPRO of Lowell 978-454-7577