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The causes of water damage in the home, and how ServiceMaster Restore can help.

Water damage to your home can be devastating.

And at this time of year, in particular, the cold weather makes your home susceptible to damage.

At ServiceMaster Restore, we regularly see and help people whose homes are affected by water-related issues.

There are ways to protect against water damage, and knowing the common causes will help immensely.

But should the worst happen, and your home succumbs to water damage, it can be hard to know what to do next.

That’s where ServiceMaster Restore comes in. Our technicians have the knowledge and equipment to deliver a comprehensive and expert home restoration.

This blog post delves into the common causes of water damage and how we help should the worst happen.


How is water damage caused?

Damage can occur for many reasons, including (but not limited to) a burst pipe, flooding, or even issues with your radiators.

Even a small amount of water can cause problems if left unchecked, so act quickly.

If water is left, it allows mould and bacteria to breed. This can pose a severe risk to your health and cost much more to repair than if immediate action was taken against water damage.

So how can you repair water damage?


Water damage repair and restoration

When your home floods, time is of the essence. Acting fast is crucial to minimise water damage and maximise successful restoration.

If you are worried about any escape of water and need water damage cleaning and restoration, you can rely on ServiceMaster Restore.

Our technicians are on hand 27/4 and have the specialist skills and equipment to resolve things the first time.

We work to insurance industry standards and should you choose to claim on your insurance, we’ll sort everything out with your insurance company, broker or loss adjuster while keeping you informed every step.

Our first port of call however is typically…


Water extraction

The first goal we have when arriving at your home is to determine the contamination level of the water or liquid.

At ServiceMaster Restore, our top-of-the-range equipment initially restores your home to as close to its prior condition by extracting fluids.

The pollution levels tend to vary depending on the water’s origin. But generally, the longer the water has been left to stand, the more contaminated it gets.

We aim to remove the liquid and dry out the space fast.

We pride ourselves on fast, efficient and professional water damage restoration services, enabled through processes like ServiceMaster Restore Plus.


Water damage clean-up

When water damage has affected your home, all affected material must be removed from the property and disposed of safely.

In some cases, you may be able to salvage your belongings, but this will usually depend on the water’s contamination level.

Unfortunately, in most cases, water-damaged materials must be disposed of to prevent the spreading of mould spores.

Sometimes though, the damage isn’t noticeable until the mould has begun to spread.

In these unfortunate circumstances, we will be on hand to restore mould damage to your home by removing mould safely and effectively.


Drying

Mould spores require moisture to develop and spread, so it’s essential to dry the space affected by water as a priority before restoration can take place.

When restoring your home, we protect your assets, leave your property as good as new whenever possible, and are ready to reinstate decor and furniture in severe cases.

Furthermore, when drying, our modern equipment can run in quiet mode so you don’t lose sleep while it dries.


Contact ServiceMaster Restore today

If you’re struggling with water in your home, don’t hesitate.

Act as soon as possible by contacting your local ServiceMaster Restore experts by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business or calling 0845 762 6828 in an emergency.

ServiceMaster Restore is a UK-wide disaster recovery and specialist cleaning company.

With over 60 years of experience as part of the global ServiceMaster brand, we have the resources to take care of any disaster restoration job, no matter how tough.

Delivering disaster restoration services across the UK, from small accidents to large-scale disasters, no job is too big or small for ServiceMaster Restore.


About ServiceMaster

Our History

Founded in 1929 by Marion E. Wade, a former minor league baseball player, ServiceMaster have long stood by its customers and revolutionised how we serve them.

Beginning as an innovator in carpet cleaning by introducing cleaning carpets onsite rather than at a carpet cleaning plant, we have remained ceaseless in our drive to transform what we do.

Franchising in the UK since 1959, we were the first businesses to offer both carpet and upholstery cleaning services.

Later adding disaster restoration amongst other services through other brands, we now have over 700 franchise licenses established throughout Great Britain across seven brands in various sectors.

Our Present

Today, ServiceMaster Restore is committed to helping our communities rebuild after a disaster, helping businesses get back to work, and helping our neighbours restore their homes to pre-loss conditions.

Whether dealing with a burst pipe that impacts one home or a flood that affects the entire community, we’re by your side to restore your property and peace of mind.

We have 24/7/365 UK call centres and over 100 service centres across the UK.

So, when disaster strikes, we can be there…fast.


Nationally trusted, locally owned

When disaster strikes, it hits close to home.

Our nationwide company has locally owned franchises employing team members who live in the very communities we serve.

These teams have the experience to know difficult situations call for understanding and compassion, as well as a quick response.

That’s why our service is tailored around you and what your business needs.

Our technicians are trained to use the correct technique for every situation to ensure an efficient and effective result.


Better connected

At ServiceMaster Restore, our professionals also work with insurance-approved providers to streamline the claims process and avoid the red tape that often stops the help getting to those in need when it matters most.

Through our exclusive ServiceMaster Restore Plus offering, we’ve sculpted a service that understands the diverse needs across sectors, ensuring guaranteed same-day callouts, excpetional service and cheaper claims costs.

With Restore Plus, lengthy, expensive claims processes are history.

When disaster strikes, we’ve got you covered!


Learn more

Don’t know what to do next after a disaster? We do.

To learn more about ServiceMaster Restore and how we can help you, find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business today.

How cold temperatures lead to water damage and what you can do about it.

With temperatures in the UK dropping, you may already feel the cold snap.

But what does this mean for the safety of your property?


How the cold leads to water damage

During a cold spell, water damage is one of the biggest dangers to your home and business.

The cause of this is likely to be a burst pipe.

This commonly occurs when water in your pipes freezes and expands, leading to pressure build-up and causing them to rupture.

Flooding can also be a concern during the snow. This usually happens when frozen water thaws and leaks from pipes, gutters, or appliances.

This can damage your property in multiple ways, including causing unpleasant smells or odours, wearing away at walls and mortar, causing wood rot, and even fostering mould.


How to spot water damage

When expecting cold temperatures, look out for signs of water damage.

Keep your eyes peeled for:

  • Separations on the doors and window frames
  • Missing or cracked roof tiles
  • Intact guttering
  • Rings on the ceiling or walls
  • Signs of a leak
  • Soft or sagging spots within the flooring:
  • Cracked and warped flooring

How to prevent water damage in cold temperatures

When expecting cold temperatures and the water damage they may bring – there are some ways to optimise the safety of your property.

How to guard against damage:

  • Turn off outside water sources to prevent frozen or burst pipes.
  • Clear your gutters of debris so that any melting snow can flow away easily.
  • Inspect your insulation. Inadequate insulation could cause warmth from the house could rise into the attic, causing a damn of ice on the roof.
  • Keep windows closed where possible.
  • Lay sandbags to prevent flooding from melting snow.

How does ServiceMaster Restore help?

Should the worst happen and your property falls victim to water damage, your local ServiceMaster Restore technicians will be on hand to help with the restoration.

Our experts have the specialist skills and equipment to protect your assets and leave your property as good as new whenever possible.

And, if you choose to claim on your insurance, we work with your insurance company, broker, or loss adjuster on your behalf.

That way, you don’t have to lose sleep worrying about insurance claims when you already have enough on your plate, and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

Contact your local restoration experts by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business or by calling 0845 762 6828 in an emergency.

Yellow and amber snow warnings are in place across the UK for an ongoing cold snap.

Snow can be more than an inconvenience.

The threat of home and business property damage and personal injury is prominent.

Here are our tips for staying safe in the snow:

  • Use caution when using heaters. Keep space heaters away from flammable materials and turn them off when you leave the room
  • Turn off outdoor water sources to prevent frozen or burst pipes
  • Clear snow and ice from walkways by shovelling and gritting to counteract any slips and or falls
  • If you need to drive anywhere, drive cautiously, slow down, and give yourself plenty of stopping distance on the snowy and icy roads
  • Clear your gutters of leaves or other debris so that any melting snow won’t collect and can flow away easily.
  • Check your insulation. If it is inadequate, warmth from the house could rise into the attic and cause a damn of ice on the roof as snow freezes in your gutters.
  • Keep windows closed – where possible.
  • Put up sandbags to prevent flooding from melting snow, especially if you are near banks.
  • Grit walkways outdoors to avoid slipping on ice.

Stay safe and warm during the snowy weather!

In need of home or business restoration?

Should the worst happen and the weather creates a serious accident or incident in your home or business, we will help with the aftermath and restoration.

For further information on our services, call 0845 762 6828 for emergency help in fire, floor and trauma damage or find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business now.