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Water & Flooding Damage

02/04/2019
The Polar Vortex affected much of the Midwest last week and we've been busy mobilizing staff and equipment to meet the demand for restoration services as more burst pipes are expected during this week’s thaw.  Our Detroit, Michigan team is especially busy from service calls as a result of burst sprinkler systems, fresh water pipes, and water lines connected to chillers or freezers. “We’ve deployed hundreds to respond to the more than 40 calls from schools,...
01/07/2019
When winter temperatures are at their coldest, the last thing you want to deal with is water damage or roof damage—or both. Yet the wintery mix of cold and freezing temperatures and powerful storms means that frozen pipes as well as flooding, or even a compromised roof, are very real possibilities. We speak from experience because the most frequent calls we receive in the winter are usually about these three types of disasters. That’s why this week, we wanted to highlight a few...
11/26/2018
If your business is in an area like Dallas where you get occasional freezes during otherwise mild winters, here’s an important fact: Upwards of 90% of the calls Interstate receives are related to frozen and broken pipes. Surprising isn’t it? But, the culprits for frozen pipes can vary. For example, we regularly see the following scenarios: Frozen freshwater supply lines Frozen pipes running to commercial chillers or freezers Frozen pipes in air-conditioning systems...
10/31/2018
You are probably familiar with the expression “what you see is what you get” or the associated WYSIWYG abbreviation. Although people use the phrase in a lot of different ways, the basic idea is that there is little to no difference between what is visible to you and the underlying reality of what you are seeing. When it comes to water losses, a WYSIWYG mindset is a dangerous concept. Especially when the loss is in an apartment building or office building where people spend a lot of...
10/25/2018
If you’ve never experienced a paper-related disaster, you’d be surprised how fast things can go off the rails in document storage areas. And schools, government offices, law firms, medical offices and other business and facilities that deal with a lot of paper are all at risk. It only takes an everyday event, like a pipe break, storm, sewer backup or flooding, to cause a business nightmare that is difficult to recover from when not handled properly. In the spirit of Halloween, this...
10/11/2018
For businesses in regions that can be impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms, there are few things more agonizing to deal with than a major hurricane warning. In addition to your normal day-to-day business tasks, keeping an eye on trajectory and intensity of a storm can put you on an emotional rollercoaster. As we were writing this post, the forecast for hurricane Michael was taking shape with predictions that it would make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane near the big bend of Florida....
08/06/2018
If you live in one of the Great Plains states, then you know just how fast the pouring rain from a thunderstorm can add up. And the more thunderstorms you see, the more you need to pay attention to the impact they may be having on your building. After all, no building is 100% waterproof and if there is a way for water to get in, it will—whether or not you notice it. This blog explores why it’s important to look for leaks after thunderstorms along with three things to remember to...
07/02/2018
Flooding, whether it occurs as a flash or from a slow buildup, is a common occurrence in many parts of the country. If you're wondering how to prepare your business for a flood, this week's blog post highlights some key steps you should consider in your flood disaster planning. Flood Planning Need-to-Knows  Even if you think the flooding risks are low in your area, it’s important to be vigilant. The first step to prepare for flooding is to understand your potential...
05/14/2018
“Unusual” flooding events happen all over the country and aren't limited to a specific time of year. Whether or not your area is prone to flooding, now is a great time to prepare your business. Watch our latest video to learn the six steps you can take now to make sure your business is prepared:
04/23/2018
Depending on your roof material, it’s not always easy to determine if it has sustained hail damage after a storm. For example, if your building has asphalt shingles or a metal roof, you may see obvious dents. However, on a built-up (tar and gravel) roof, you might see few to no visible signs of damage.  Why is Determining the Extent of Roof Hail Damage Important? Whether or not hail damage is visible, roof repair costs add up fast, as do the costs from water damage that could impact...