Posted on February 15th, 2019 By steamaticAdmin. No Responses

Steamatic has been carpet cleaning for 50 years in the Fort Wayne area, and over those years we have developed a ton of helpful knowledge. Here are a few of the carpet cleaning facts that are helpful to know!

Posted on February 8th, 2019 By steamaticAdmin. No Responses

Kitchen fires are one of the most common areas in the home for a house fire to start. Because of this, it is important to keep a fire extinguisher close at hand! Kitchens are the place fires start primarily because of oil, cooking food, and burners, which can also be the start of a fire if they get out of control. It is a great idea to have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors located in your kitchen. But it is also important that you know how to use a fire extinguisher.

Posted on February 1st, 2019 By steamaticAdmin. No Responses

We have just made it through two of the coldest days on record in North East Indiana. One of the unfortunate side effects of this extremely cold weather is damage from the snow and ice. Not only do you have to worry about water damage caused by frozen pipes, but you also need to worry amount water damage from your roof. This roof damage is from something call an ice dam.

Ice dams are chucks of ice along your roof line and are often connected to icicles. The ice itself isn’t the issue, the issue comes from the melting. As the ice dam melts that water will pool behind the ice and backup underneath the shingles of your roof. This can then start to seep through the roof and ceiling causing severe damage. Ice dams can cause water to get underneath the shingles as far back as 5-10 feet in some cases.

You will usually start noticing water damage on your ceiling from either saging, staining, or bubbling. If you start to notice any of these signs or discoloration, then it is a great idea to call a professional water damage company like Steamatic as quickly as possible. It may seem like it is impossible to stop these ice dams from causing water damage, but this isn’t entirely true, there are some steps you can take.

The first is to make sure that there aren’t any gaps, cracks, or holes allowing the warm air to escape up into your attach. The average home loses one 3rd of all of its heat through the ceiling, and this will melt the snow and ice on the roof. We want to keep this heat inside your home. Stopping up air leaks is a great way to do this. You can also add insulation to the attic if there isn’t currently enough. This is especially important if you have an older house. Modern homes have codes that they have to adhere to. You should also have functioning roof and soffit vents. This pulls in cold air and flushes out hot wait to keep the roof cool and prevent to much heat loss through the roof. Call in a professional to take a look at your house if you want to ensure that it is correct.

If you are stilling having issues with ice dams, or these first couple solutions won’t work for you, then there are some other steps you can take. One simple, but labor intensive option is to get up on your roof and shovel the snow off your roof after a big snow. You can also purchase specific products that create a barrier between your roof and shingles which will prevent water from leaking through.

If all of these options are to late and you already are having issues with water damage, then the next step is to call a professional water cleanup company in Fort Wayne. The danger is that as the attic heats up you not only will have the water damage, but also mold will start to grow. We will come out and fix the damage, and remove all of the moisture. We will then also start to remove the damage material and replace it with new material. We will handle the entire process and make it as simple as possible for you. The biggest thing you want to do is act quickly, don’t delay, the more time that the water can drip through, the more damage it will do.

Posted on January 18th, 2019 By steamaticAdmin. No Responses

If you live in a home or building that has areas that aren’t heated well then you may experience frozen pipes during the winter months. It is important to be on top of potential areas that can freeze since a burst pipe could cause serious damage. Some of the most common areas for pipes to freeze are attics, crawl spaces, garages, un-heated floors, and anywhere else that isn’t directly heated.

To prevent water damage the first thing you should do is identify the areas that are going to need freeze proofing. This includes water supply lines and the drains. Once you find potential cold areas of your home, you will then need to decide how to help keep these pipes from freezing. Depending on the area it might be possible to open it up to the heat from the rest of the house, and this alone could be enough to prevent the pipes from becoming frozen. If the pipes are inside cabinets, then we would suggest leaving the doors open to allow heat to circulate through the space.

Some areas of your home may not be able to receive warm air, so this means you’ll need to warm up the pipes a different way. This can be done via a couple of different methods. The 1st is by installing pipe insulation. This product look like a pool noodle that wraps around the pipe. You can also install electric heat tape which is very effective at preventing freezing, but would cost more.

The pipes that tend to freeze are usually pipes that are in outside walls, if they are freezing regularly then it might be worth moving them into interior spaces. You can also leave a small stream of water running in your sinks to keep the water moving which will keep it from freezing. This small increase in your water bill is well worth it compared to the cost of repairing water damage.

If you have a frozen pipe and it bursts, you will need to act quickly. As soon as you catch it, you need to turn off the water. This will prevent any more flooding. You should then call Steamatic to come out and do water damage remediatoin. This will include extracting the water that is in the space and then removing any damaged material and drying the area. You should only ever use a professional for this since there is a high possibility of mold growing afterwards if it isn’t taken care of properly. We have been taking care of water damage for decades, and will ensure that your home is taken care of and put back to normal as quickly as possible.

Posted on January 11th, 2019 By steamaticAdmin. No Responses

Did you know that when your homes air ducts are cleaned, an average of 6 pounds of dust is removed? This amount of dust builds up inside your air ducts overtime as your furnace blows tiny particles of dust, pet dander, and pollen. If long periods of time go in-between cleanings, these will start to build up inside of your air ducts. During the air duct cleaning process we will remove the dust and debris from all of the ducts, registers, grills, and other components involved in the heating and cooling system. We utilize special cleaners and cameras to ensure all of the debris is removed. You will need to hire a professional since most air ducts are inside of walls and floors and will require a high-powered vacuum.

There are a few very important reasons to have your air ducts cleaned. The most important is to achieve better air quality, since you are breathing that air every day. If you don’t clean your ducts then allergens and pollen can build up and pose a serious health issue to people with allergies and asthma. Having air ducts that are cleaned are also more efficient for you HVAC system. This means that you could reduce your monthly heating and air conditioning bill.

Have the air ducts cleaned regularly can also help increase the life expectancy of your heating and cooling equipment. Putting strain on the equipment will cause parts to break faster and increase other maintenance costs. These are just a few of the important reasons why it is a great idea to have your houses air ducts cleaned every couple of years. This isn’t a long process, and a professional air duct cleaner will do this quickly and well. If you want to see what dirty air ducts look like, just Google it, and see what it looks like. You will be amazed!

Posted on January 4th, 2019 By steamaticAdmin. No Responses

Did you know that 75% of all home water damages are caused by water heaters? These are all cause from the water heater failing in a variety of different ways. So if you want to prevent water damage to your basement or home, then there are some things you should check and actions to take to ensure that your water heater will be in the best working order possible and not fail and cause water damage.

The first thing to do is check the age of your water heater if you aren’t currently sure how old it is. Hot water heaters have an estimate life expectancy and using one much longer will greatly increase your chances of experiencing failure. If you aren’t sure of the life expectancy, then you should be able to check the manual, or the manufactures website.

Inside your water heater is a rod called an anode, or a sacrificial anode rod. This rod is in the hot water heater to prevent the corrosion of the tank. It should be checked every year or two, and may be replaced every couple of years. It is also important to regularly flush the water heater, since this will remove sediment from within the tank. You need to be careful when interacting with your hot water heater to make sure that you allow the water to cool since it is generally over 130 degrees when hot. You can use a garden hose to do this usually. If you don’t want to mess with this, then you can hire a company to do this for you.

Since a water heater failure can literally cause thousands of dollars in damages, it is worth spending the small amount of money each year to have an annual inspection. Most plumbers will be able to do this for you and they will ensure all the values, piping, and joints are all functioning properly. Having this done annually will usually allow you to prevent any major failures.

The average water heater failure costs an average of almost $4,500 per incident. So it is well worth doing the yearly checks, and keeping your water heater in proper working condition. However if you do ever have a water heater failure, then give us a call. You should always hire a professional water damage cleanup company. We will ensure that all of the water is removed, and the moisture is extracted from the surrounding area. If this is done improperly, then it is likely that mold will begin to grow and cause serious problems. So save yourself money and stress and have your water heater inspected!