Recent Water Damage Posts

What To Do Until Help Arrives

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

What to do When You Have a Water Damage From Clean Water.

DO: 

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

What Not To Do Until Help Arrives

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

What Not to do When You have Water Damage From Clean Water

DON'T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed t water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Water Damage Urgency

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Stripped Stairs The stairs in this picture had to be stripped in order to be properly dried and cleaned to prevent mold growth.

Water is a really tricking thing to clean up sometimes. Due to its state of matter, being a liquid, it can literally get into every nook and cranny of any area and cause severe damage if it is not mediated quickly. 

Since it can go basically anywhere its really hard to get it out from underneath carpets and from inside of the walls, however these are spots that must be remedied because water left in a dark, confined space is bound to create mold and mold tends to spread rapidly within 24 to 48 afters after its initial growth. 

Once the mold grows and spreads, your water problem turns into a mold problem and tend to be more troublesome and costly. Not to mention that some mold is highly toxic and potentially fatal to humans.

At SERVPRO, we take action quickly to prevent mold growth by taking the measures necessary to dry and mediated all the water in your household, no matter where it may be. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Job Tools

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture Meter This is a moisture meter in action getting a reading on a wall and floor

A water job can be very, very tricky. Water is an evasive liquid that can get into almost anything regardless of the seal it has. Because water gets everywhere its important to have the right tools to detect it and eliminate it. 

One crucial tool is the moisture meter. This tool is able to detect water through floors and walls by measuring the electrical resistance between two electrodes. When moisture is present within the wood, electricity flows more easily. Where as, wood that is becoming dryer will resist electrical flow.

The proper tools are always a staple in any well-done job whether it be knives and cooking in the kitchen or shoes and playing basketball somewhere. With the proper tools you can do any job with maximum efficiency and precision.

Heavy Snowfall

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

'Tis the season for heavy snowfall. This time of year is when the snow really picks up and before you know it, everything around you is covered in cold, wet joy! Snow can accumulate rather quickly in the right conditions, sometimes leaving you in a sticky situation or with a big mess. On any given snow day you can find yourself with a water mess in the house because of excess runoff from melting snow. This can come from a leaky part of the house such as the roof or faulty pipes that freeze up when not maintained properly. Either way you still have a water mess and the root of the problem was the snow. So this New Year make sure you pay attention to the weather and your home to assure these accidents won't happen, but if they do, SERVPRO  will always be there to make it "Like it never even happened."  

Water Heater Tank

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Heater This a faulty/leaky water heater. If left unattended, the water that is leaking can cause major damage to the property.

Water damage is some of the trickiest stuff to deal with, especially when the source of the water is small but continuous. This continuous stream of water can cause severe yet undetectable damage to the inside of walls, floors and under carpets. 

It's only undetectable until the problem is large enough to be discovered but by then, thousands of dollars worth of damage is already done by allowing the problem to go unnoticed and if it's not treated properly in a timely manner, mold can start to pop up, making the project even more costly then it initially started out as. 

So in order to avoid this huge problem and save some green, make sure you check your hot water tank and visible water piping throughout the house often to assure that everything is operating smoothly and as it should be. 

Flooding - Find Shelter

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. The most common natural disaster in the United States is flooding. Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death.

                            Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly - Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

If You Are Under A Flood Warning, Find Safe  Shelter Quickly.

  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don't Drown!  (Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away)
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.
  1. Evacuate if told to do so.
  2. Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
  3. Stay where you are.

Flooding - Prepare Now

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

How To Stay Save When a Flood Threatens

                       Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area.
  • Sign up for your community's warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person's specific needs, including medication. Don't forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

Flooding - Surviving During

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

               Surviving During A Flood

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the sage location the you previously identified.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA, Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions. 
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don't Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can was bridges away without warning.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

Flooding - Be Safe After

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

       Being Safe After A Surviving A Flood

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving, except in emergencies. (You may be in the way of responders assisting others in need)
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water. 
  • Avoid walking on streets that the road is not visible, manhole covers may be lifted off of sewage drains.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

Available 24 Hour a day for Water Emergencies

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fayette County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate actin is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help 

Call Today 724-628-3022

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fayette County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration - in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

                         What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needs.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business.
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Water Damage can Cause Mold

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage in a basement that caused mold. Owner wasn't aware there was water in the basement.

When you have unwanted water from a flood or a pipe burst, quick response is the key! If water is not extracted and area not dried out in a timely manor, the water damage can cause mold. In order to limit the growth of mold in your home, you must control how much moisture is in your home. Within 24 to 48 hours a thorough clean-up and drying, and possible removal of water-damaged materials , such as drywall , carpeting and  padding can prevent or limit mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained to dry down an effected area and to safely and effectively to control and remove any mold contaminants while protecting the health and safety of any occupants that are in the building. 

Faster to your Fayette County Water Damage Event

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fayette County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the Fayette County area.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Fayette County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Fayette County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (724) 628-3022

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Fayette County

SERVPRO of Fayette County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROfayettecounty.com/employee-photos 

Certifications

  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

Connellsville 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fayette County provides as 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in and around the Fayette County area.

SERVPRO of Fayette County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today (724) 628-3022

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fayette County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Fayette County

SERVPRO of Fayette County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician