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What Type of Equipment is Used to Detect Moisture in my Pewaukee Home
Once a water damage hits your home or commercial property, our crew will come out to evaluate the damage. Water damage restoration requires the use of certain equipment. This may include detection devices, extraction equipment, air moving and dehumidification equipment, as well as safety equipment. Simply having access to the right equipment is only part of the process.
Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure into which water has intruded and defining the extent to which structure and contents have absorbed moisture beyond normal moisture levels. Various devices allow a water damage restoration professional to track moisture within a structure. These devices include the following:
- Moisture sensors
- Thermal imaging cameras
- Moisture meters
The moisture sensor is used to detect moisture in carpets and padding. The moisture sensor has sharp probes that penetrate through carpets and pad to determine if water has migrated on the subfloor underneath.
Thermal Imaging Camera
Thermal imaging cameras (also called infrared cameras) are utilized for inspecting and monitoring moisture in building materials. They can show how water traveled throughout a structure, and many times they can indicate moisture that otherwise may have never been discovered. At the end of the project, they provide excellent documentation or proof that drying was successfully completed. Technically, thermal cameras do not display moisture images, but rather infrared images.
Moisture meters are utilized to measure the actual moisture content or level of various materials. Some meters are calibrated to measure specific materials; for example, a moisture meter calibrated for drywall will not accurately read moisture content in wood materials. Some meters are adjustable for different types of materials, such as a meter that can be adjusted for both wood and drywall. There are penetrating and non- penetrating moisture meters.
A thermo-hygrometer (sometimes referred to as hygrometers) measures the relative humidity and temperature of air masses. Some thermo-hygrometers also give the restorer the humidity ratio, vapor pressure, and dew point.
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Flooded Basements in Pewaukee/ Waukesha/ Sussex Area
This Pewaukee home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Pewaukee or Sussex 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
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
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Water Damage Statistics
Here is an example of Water Damage
Water problems are a nightmare for homeowners, especially when those problems then lead to significant flooding. Flooding, plumbing leaks, and water damage can happen at any time. Due to this, your valuables, textiles, and furnishings can be be damaged. Basements and lower levels of a home are especially susceptible to this type of damage.
Numerical Water Damage Statistics
98% of basements in the US will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans.
37% of US homeowners have suffered loses from water damage
14,000 Americans have some type of water damage emergency at home or work EACH DAY.
2.5 Billion is the annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold in the US.
6,965 is the average cost of a residential water damage insurance claim
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5 Tips to Stop Frozen Pipes
Don't Let Your Pipes Freeze On You This Winter
The cold weather is about to begin and it is not all fun and games as our kids like us to believe.Your houseful of pipes are definitely not looking forward to the winter season. SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex have handled a countless number of broken and busted pipes from the freezing weather every year. Trust us, you are not alone, every year, over 250,000 properties suffer water damage from frozen pipes that burst (Federal Emergency Management Association). SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex are sharing these tips to prevent frozen pipes that may lead to water damage.
Preventing Pipes from Freezing in Wisconsin (Easier Than You Think):
- Take a peak in the attic and basement especially near exterior walls and see if the pipes are insulated.
- Wrap uninsulated pipes with pipe insulation, you can pick this up at every hardware store
- If your Attic and Basement are poorly insulated, take a gander to the hardware store and get some insulation to keep the inside of your house a bit warmer. This tip also saves you money on your energy bill.
- Every few days turn on those faucets, even if you do not use them just to keep the water moving through the pipes
- Probably one of the big culprits is the outside hose. Make sure to turn off the water to the outside as this will always be the most likely to freeze.