Recent Water Damage Posts

Flooding in Basements

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

If your basement or crawl space gets flooded, you may want to save your personal belongings without thinking. However, you really don’t know the danger that can be caused, the water level may be high enough to reach electrical outlets or it may also be sewage water.

Avoiding potential dangers:

  • Do not enter this space until a professional arrives assess the possible danger and shuts down the electricity.
  • Gas leaks are frequent after flooding. So, you need to access the gas line and shut it off.
  • Flashlight are pretty handy in these situations, also you need to wear the appropriate clothing. Gloves are also vital.
  • If this is a case when you know where the water is coming from and it is sewage water avoid entering the water at all. Entering sewage water can make you very ill.

Now that you have received the ok from a professional you may now enter the space and start retrieving your personal belongings.

Mould Remediation and Proper Containment

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

plastic hanging to create a space for mold containment Mould Remediation Containment

As a living organism, mould seeks for suitable environments to expand its presence and hence spores can live throughout the building envelop. The spores may then grow into colonies with exposure to humidity. Mould can grow visible on surfaces but also invisible impacting the indoor air quality. Therefore, avoiding the spread of mould with proper containment is a vital part of any mould remediation project.

At SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury, our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician) certified crew take all necessary measures to ensure proper containment is erected on every single project. They take into account the air movement within the building and contain all potential ways including but not limited to the power outlets and the HVAC registers to avoid the spread of mould.

In addition to removing all affected content and building material, SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury certified crew ensure all other affected surfaces are cleaned, scrubbed and cleared from mould. When necessary, we use air scrubbers, fog the building environment with safe water-based solutions to eliminate airborne particles and HEPA vacuum the affected area free of mould.

Rely on your neighbours at SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury for any mould remediation project. Call us today at (905) 717-9279.

Prevent the water leaks from the source

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Indoor Water Shut-off Valve

As property owners, it is in our best interest to monitor our property for water leaks. This not only protects our property but also reduces our monthly water bill. The most common water leaks sources in your home are:

Water Softeners

Water softeners are one of the most common sources of water loss. The best way to detect a malfunctioning system is to listen for running water inside the unit when the taps are not running. 


Most of us may have humidifiers running in our house or mounted on our property furnaces which come very handy specially during winter season in Ontario. With increased humidity during summer months, most of us do not use our humidifiers until the next winter. Humidifiers may leak when not operating. Ensure there is no water drainage when humidifiers are not in operation. The supply valve can be closed off during summer months. 

Outdoor Taps

We all look forward to summer to attend to our yard and plants, don’t we? Specifically in summer months, leaving the garden hose and sprinklers running unattended may cause unwanted leaks and water running into our properties. 

Underground Leaks

Unfortunately leaks may happen in harder to find spots. Water can find its way into the property from service lines leaks or a foundation crack. Finding wet spots in basements or crawl spaces regularly is a good indicator of a leak. 

If you detect a leak at your property contact your service provider immediately. Contact us, your neighbours from SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury at (905) 717-9279 if you need to clean or dry a leak!

Landscaping to prevent home flooding

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can be one of the costliest forms of damage that can happen to your home. We advise homeowners to do their part to prevent water damage with regular maintenance and inspection of their home plumbing and HVAC systems. With summer fast approaching, here are some tips in landscaping to help direct the water away from your home and prevent flooding.  

Means of Drainage

Always grade your yard and driveway to slope away from your home to avoid incoming water in all directions surrounding your home perimeter. Include for diverted rain spouts. These useful instruments divert the excess water from outside flooding away from walls and down inclines

Low-Maintenance Options

If you are on a budget and looking for a quick resolution, add mulch in the flower and garden beds around your home. Mulch has the capacity to absorb and hold much of excess water. Adding swales or depression channels help divert the water away from your home rather than it stagnating on top of the lawn.

Long-Term Plants

Planting grass and choosing native plants for your garden is a great solution for rainwater/stormwater management. Try planting the thirstiest plants in the centre of a declined space to allow the water filter into the soil.   

There are many other options that homeowners can use from the outside to prevent water damage. However, it’s always a good idea to seek out professional help at SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury, if more information is needed about how to prevent damage due to outside flooding.

Call SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury today (905)-717-9279 or (416) 912-1038