Recent Water Damage Posts

April Showers Bring May Flowers

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

This is a common phrase heard for many years, but as a homeowner, this phrase makes me think - “Is my sump pump still working?”   No one wants to spend their Spring/Summer evenings hauling out wet contents from a flooded basement.  Making that walk down the basement stairs to check that your sump pump is still working should be top priority.   Melting snow and spring rains can lead to pooling water in your home. Addressing outside issues is a must for keeping a home dry, but there are also inside steps to take to avoid standing in ankle-deep water. 

  • Cracks in the foundation–even minor ones–make easy entry for water. Heavy-duty caulk can solve some small problems, but for bigger repairs, bring in a foundation specialist.
  • Install a sump pump to remove water in your home, and inspect it regularly to make sure it’s working properly.
  • Place outdoor clear plastic windows well covers over below-grade basement windows to let light in, but keep water out.
  • If your home has a septic tank, be sure to check and clean it regularly to avoid problems during future rains.
If your home should experience water damage from a sump pump failure, drainage issues or a foundation leak, please contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa at (815) 416-0075 for a no cost assessment.   Our uniformed, trained technicians can extract the water, clean and sanitize the area, haul out and sort contents and get the area dry quickly to prevent mold growth.  We’re available 24/7 to make it like it never even happened.

Facts about Flood

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

According to the American Red Cross- Compared to any other weather-related disaster, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year. Below are some tips on flood safety:

-Six inches of moving water can knock you right off your feet.

-Almost 20% of flood insurance claims come from low risk areas.

-If you are driving and come across a flooded road, turn around and find another route.

-$27,000 worth of flood damage in your home can come from just one inch of water.

-A car can be carried away by less than two feet of water.

-Make sure children stay out of water as it could be contaminated.

-According to Fema.gov, all 50 states have experienced floods within the last five years.

-Do not use a vacuum cleaner to remove water as you can cause damage to the device, or even electric shock.

When fire or water takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa will help you take it back.

Spring Flooding

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Spring snowmelt and large amounts of rainfall can lead to flooding conditions. Below are a few tips to help avoid water damage during the spring rains. 

Advance Preparation

Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Consider Flood Insurance 

Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring.

Call SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our trained professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Reduce Water Damage Risk While on Vacation

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

A water damage doesn’t make a good gift when returning home from vacation. SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa gets many calls each year from homeowners returning home from vacation to find water damage in their home. Below are a few tips to help reduce the risk of your home suffering a water damage while you are away on vacation. 

Lower the Thermostat 

Lowering your thermostat to reduce heating costs while you are away is acceptable. However do not turn the heat off, as this could cause water pipe breaks in your home during cold weather. 

Shut off the main water supply to your home

After the main water supply is shut off, run the taps for 5 minutes to release all the water pressure from the pipes. This will prevent a flood in your home if a pipe should break while you are away. 

Shut off certain water valves

If you have a friend or family member checking in on your home and do not want to restrict all water flow in your home, shut off certain water valves. This will help reduce the risk of pipe leaks in your home. 

A few other tips

-Do not shut the power off in the home. Unplugging certain electrical devices is acceptable, however making sure your refrigerator and sump pump keep power are important along with any security system you may have. 

- Make sure your sump pump is functioning properly before leaving. 

- Make sure outside drainage is free of debris and leaves before leaving. If heavy rains occur you want the water to drain properly away from your home. 

If you return home from vacation and find water damage call SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals right away. 

Melting Snow

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

It is becoming that time of year again where snow will start to fall. Melting snow can cause water damage issues to your home or business. Below are a few tips to help avoid water damage due to melting snow. 

1. Check your property for obstructions that might prevent melting snow to properly drain. 

2. Clear snow and ice from the roof gutters so water can properly drain. 

3. Make sure downspouts and sump pumps drain away from your home. 

4. Shovel snow away from the downspouts, basement windows, wells and stairwells. 

5. Brush heavy accumulated snow and ice dams off the roof. 

6. Clear your street storm sewer of snow and debris. 

7. Check outside pipes for leaks or damage. 

If water does get in.....

Give SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a call right away. Our trained professionals can come out and do a free assessment 24 hours a day. 

Preventing Water Damage

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Below are some simple tips to help prevent a water damage from occurring in your home.

Monitor your water bill- This is one of the easier ways to detect if you have a hidden leak in your home. Watch your water bill and if your water usage jumps from one month to the next check for a possible leak on your home. 

Replace your washing machine hose- Old, leaking and brittle washing machine hoses are one of the most frequent water damage claims we see at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa. Replacing your regularly can held avoid costly water damage repairs to your home. 

Investigate leaks right away and fix them promptly- Postponing or ignoring repairs that need to be made in your home can cause damage to the structure of your home as well as mold and dry rot to occur. 

Check your appliances regularly- Check and maintain your appliances according to manufacturer recommendations. 

Clean your gutters- Cleaning out your gutters at least twice per year will help the rain water flow properly to drainage systems and help reduce the risk of water coming into your home. 

We at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa hope these tips can help prevent you from suffering a water damage in your home. If you should sustain water damage give us a call today. (815)416-0075.

Be Prepared for Tsunamis

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa hopes everyone is prepared for any situation and encourages each family to make preparedness plans to stay safe in the event of an emergency. 

Tsunamis can strike anywhere on the US coast. It is good to know what to do if a tsunami strikes a place you or a loved one live or are vacationing.

Ready.gov says that a tsunami is also known as seismic sea waves. Tsunamis are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance, such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption or meteorite. Areas within a mile of the coast have a greater risk of being effected. 

If you should find yourself in an area where tsunami warnings are issued make sure to know the evacuation plan, move inland or to higher ground and avoid the beach areas. 

After a tsunami, do not return to the affected area until officials deem it safe. 

The Process Of Drying bb

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

If your business suffers a water damage SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals will

-Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage.

-Measure how much water is in the materials and monitor daily to ensure the materials are drying properly.

-Speed up the drying process by using professional drying equipment. 

What exactly does it mean to speed up the drying process? A wet building can often dry naturally, however often nature often takes too long which can cause secondary damage while the building is drying itself out. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals have the tools, equipment and training to dry your building while preventing secondary damage. Our trained professionals also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific  process to help speed up the drying process in your home. 

If you should sustain water damage in your home call the professionals that can do it right!! 

Spring and Unpredictable Weather are in the Air

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is the time of year when things change. The flowers are frowning and the weather is getting warmer but with that comes some risks. 

Temperatures can sway back and forth between warm and fridgid, sunny days may be followed by a week of storms, and sometimes we can see all those fluctuations during the same day. 

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe weather in the spring. They bring lightening, tornadoes, and flooding. 

Because Spring weather is so unpredictable, planning ahead makes sense. Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather.Tell them where to seek shelter as soon as you are aware of an approaching storm. 

Often times once we are aware of an approaching storm, there is no time left to prepare. But we do know when Spring arrives thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family and your home. 

During these storms if you should have damage to your home our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa are just a call away. 

Be Flood Smart

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding is one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Floodsmart.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. 

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the US every year than any other weather-related disasters. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up to a flowing stream where water is above your ankles turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving waters can sweep you off your feet. 

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and head to higher ground. Cars can be swept away by less than two feet of water.

-Keep your children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running or contaminated water.

If a flood should strike your home or business contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals. Even minor flooding can cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly. 

Polar Vortex 2019

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Life-threatening weather with extreme wind chill and subzero temperatures had the weather service on high alert for record breaking, historical numbers at the end of January. Chicago had a subzero temperature for 52 straight hours. The frigid marathon beat out the last subzero streak in 2014 by 14 hours. Although no all time records were broken in Illinois the low temperature of -23 was close to clipping the record of -27° On January 20, 1985.

Along with the record breaking temperatures came devastation to many homeowners in the area. With the frigid temperatures many waterlines broke in homes, as well as sprinkler systems in many businesses in our area busting. Our professionally trained staff were on high alert and responding quickly to calls for help. After the temperatures rose again and all the snow melted homeowners experiences basement flooding. Our professions are trained to respond quickly and put your mind at ease

Remember SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here and ready to help when Illinois throws us any kind of storm,

Small Water Leak= Big Problem

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa Professionals have the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damage sets in. To help small leaks from becoming big problems give us a call today. (815)416-0075. Our trained professionals can safely clean and restore your home utilizing the following procedures

-Identify the source and type of water

-Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis.

Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture. 

-Perform emergency water extraction.

-Move and block furniture and contents. 

-Inspect carpets and carpet pad and provide service.

-Apply necessary treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)

-Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment. 

Dispose of refuse.

Mold can start to grow within 24-48 hours after water damage. So if you suspect a water leak in your home give us a call today for your free inspection. 

Melting Snow

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Melting snow can cause damage to your homes foundation as well as your personal property. To help reduce the risk of water damage due to melting snow keep the following tips in mind:

1. Check your property for obstructions that might prevent melting snow to properly drain. 

2. Clear snow and ice from the roof gutters so water can properly drain. 

3. Make sure downspouts and sump pumps drain away from your home. 

4. Shovel snow away from the downspouts, basement windows, wells and stairwells. 

5. Brush heavy accumulated snow and ice dams off the roof. 

6. Clear your street storm sewer of snow and debris. 

7. Check outside pipes for leaks or damage. 

If water does get in.....

It is important to take quick action. Call SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa. We can quickly dry any items such as carpeting, furniture, insulation, and drywall to avoid mildew, mold or further damage. 

Winter Weather can Bring Worries

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a
sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property.
FROZEN PIPES
Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas
such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
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.
To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:
Be sure to completely drain water
from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.
When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
ICE DAMS
Ice dams can be a little-known,
but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow
or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.
Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may
be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.”
Removing an ice dam as soon as
it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter.
If winter weather causes water damage to your property, SERVPRO® Of Morris/Ottawa Professionals are only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.

Minimize damage after water enters your home

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Storm Response Team Offers Tips to Help Minimize Flood Damage | SERVPRO Industries, Inc.

The first several days after the disaster are critical to preventing unnecessary secondary damages. Consider the following steps you can take now to help minimize additional damage to your home, business and possessions. If the water is considered “clean” water – if it is not groundwater or sewage backup – follow these steps: Once the authorities have said it is safe to enter your home or business, ensure your electricity is turned off before entering the flooded structure. Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. Remove any valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items. If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible. Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas. Through away all foods – even canned goods – that have come into contact with flood waters. SERVPRO has shipped more than $5 million worth of additional equipment to its Storm Response Team to help deal with the flooding. “The first 24 hours after a water damage or flood are just so crucial to keeping final costs of the damage down,” said Don Turner, SERVPRO Storm Response Team Manager. “A lot of flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, but we want homeowners to know the steps they can take to help minimize damage until the professionals arrive.” SERVPRO has recently mobilized its elite Storm Response Team for such disasters as Hurricane Gustav, the 2008 Iowa floods, the 2007 Ohio floods and the 2007 California wildfires. For more safety and restoration tips, contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa.

Water Damage Prevention and Your Morris/Ottawa Home

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Take these 5 simple steps to prevent flooding and water damage this spring!

Melting snow and spring rains can mean serious flooding problems for homeowners this time of year.  However, there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself from springtime flooding:

Cover your window wells.  Use plastic covers to keep excessive rain from pooling in the bottom of your window wells.

Keep your gutters clean and in good working order.  Extend your downspouts or use drain tile to direct water away from your foundation.

Inspect and repair your roof.  Replace missing and damaged shingles, and replace any cracked caulk/sealant around flashing.

Inspect your basement/foundation for cracks and holes.  The faster you fix cracks before they can grow, the easier and cheaper the repairs will be.

Check your sump pump.  Make sure your pump turns on and ejects water as it is supposed to.  An improperly functioning sump pump can lead to major flooding and water damage!

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.

Prevent flooding and moisture in your crawl space

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Protect your Morris/Ottawa crawl space from flooding, moisture and mold

The most common cause of crawl space flooding is rain water.  When excessive rain water accumulates in the soil next to your foundation it will over-saturate the soil.  Unable to be soaked up by the soil, it will seek another place go.  The path of least resistance will be through your foundation, especially if there are any cracks in the walls.  But, you can protect yourself from crawl space leaks and flooding by taking a few preventative measures.  

Keep rainwater away from your foundation. Make sure your gutters, especially your downspouts, are working properly.  Clear out any clogs and repair any significant leaks.  Make sure your downspouts are draining rain water five feet away from your foundation.  If your gutters and downspouts are set up and working correctly, but you still notice water pooling near your foundation, you probably have an issue with the grade of your yard and may need to have a landscaper fix the problem.  

Use vapor barrier.  Crawl spaces are most commonly located where water runoff is common. They are also often designed with dirt floors.  This makes crawl spaces an ideal breeding ground for moisture and mold.  Vapor barrier can keep crawl space moisture/mold at bay.

Use a sump pump in your crawl space.  Sump pumps move water away from your foundation, and moving safely away from your house.  And of course, they work just as well in crawl spaces as they do in basement.  Be sure you have a backup power source for your sump pump and check it’s operation periodically.  

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Morris / Ottawa has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.

How to Remove an Ice Dam

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Remove an ice dam from your Morris/Ottawa roof before it can damage your home

An ice dam is a block of ice that forms at the edge of a roof during the cold weather months. When ice on the bottom of the dam melts, water seeps underneath the shingles of your roof, potentially damaging your insulation, ceiling and walls.  If your roof sheathing stays wet because of an ice dam, it can form mold and start to rot.  

If you have an ice dam, here’s what to do:

  • Break the ice up with a hammer or other blunt object.  Do not use a sharp object like a pick or ax that may cut into your roof. Even with a blunt object, be sure to tap lightly and be patient as breaking off large chunks of ice may cause shingles to be torn off.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts that are clogged by the ice dam.  This is easier said than done.  It can be dangerous work and an easy way to damage your gutters and downspouts. Calcium chloride can be used to melt the ice.  Do not use rock salt, as it can damage metal and paint.  

Of course, it’s best to prevent an ice dam from forming in the first place. Here’s how:

  • Seal off any spots where warm air can leak from your attack and reach your roof.
  • Insulate your attic sufficiently to prevent the transfer of heat from your attic to your roof.
  • Make sure you have adequate venting in your attic so that any heat that does reach the roof can be efficiently carried away.
  • Use a roof cable de-icer along the edge of your roof (near the gutter).  A roof cable de-icer prevents roof damage and leaking by keeping gutters and downspouts flowing even in frigid, sub-zero temperatures.

Some of these tips can be difficult and even dangerous, so please be careful when working on your roof or a ladder.  Consider the risks, and hire a professional if you have doubts.  

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.

Morris/Ottawa 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Frankfort and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa 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 - 
815.416.0075


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 Morris/Ottawa 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 SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa


SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa 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.

Spring Flooding in Your Morris/Ottawa Home

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can be on the scene fast to limit water damage after spring flooding.

Spring snowmelt often leads to flooding conditions in Massachusetts. This year’s record snowfall could make the spring thaw even wetter. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.

Advance Preparation

Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO READY EMEREGENCY PROFILE (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Consider Flood Insurance 

Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring.

Call SERVPRO® of Morris/Ottawa 815-416-0075 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Flooded basements in Morris and Ottawa

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Our crews are able to quickly remove the water to begin drying

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 Morris/Ottawa 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


Morris and Ottawa had received over several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system.


When flooding occurs SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can be on site within the hour, to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process and have your home back to normal.  We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is actually dry. 


If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.


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

  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment


 


Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help -


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 Morris/Ottawa 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


The flooding in this Morris home was caused by heavy rain runoff.  Morris had received over several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system.


We were onsite within an hour, to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had basement dry. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is actually dry. 


If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.


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

  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment


 


Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - 815.416.0075