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Water Damage Comes in Many Forms

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Comes in Many Forms

One of the first situations of water touching any surface, is damage. When water is left on a surface of any sort, it begins to cause this destruction. For furniture, it seeps into the inner padding and starts to penetrate every pore. When it gets on wood, it starts to break down the outer coating, even with the thickest of protection, and when left on a floor at the top level of a house or building, it tears out the floor and can drop the upstairs into the downstairs quickly.

At SERVPRO of Butler County, PA, we know where to look when your home has been impacted by water standing too long, or simply touching things that water should not touch. The hidden damage of water may not show up until mold shows up, and by then we are talking about a new set of techniques for removing the mold. Because we want your valuables and your home to be protected, it is important that you call us as soon as you see the presence of water, so our highly trained team can come help protect your things.

Water damage occurs for many reasons ranging from broken pipes, to natural disasters. When any of these things happens, you certainly are at risk for loss. Here are three things to look for to create a situation of restoration, not replacement.

Presence of water on the walls or floor – if you see condensation on your walls, you probably are going to see water damage. Condensation can come from moisture under the foundation, and from a variety of other places.

Water seeping in doors during a storm – If you see moisture gathered around your door frame just after a rain, you may have a slight space in between the door molding and the edge. Check to see if you should replace the rubber sealer.

Brown Blotches on your Ceiling – This is the time to really get someone to come look at your roof and attic. Sadly, so many homes are totally destroyed by a leak in even a single shingle.

If you see water anywhere it shouldn’t be, call Butler County, PA SERVPRO to Day!

Please visit https://www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com today for more info.

Storm Damage Creating a Game Plan First

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Creating a Game Plan First

Hurricane Florence followed by Hurricane Michael (2018 Names Hurricanes) left behind destruction of property, loss of life and every type of damage you can imagine. We all know that storms are created to inflict damage, and it seems that we can’t escape this fury. However, when storm damage occurs, and if your home was not protected from this damage, it’s best to get a professional out to your home as soon as possible. Some storm damage can cause complete destruction while other storm damage can be subtle. To totally protect your valuables, it’s a great idea to have a game plan.

In our previous blogs we have discussed this issue and we have given you some ideas on how to plan for what hasn’t happened yet, by look back at what has happened, like the hurricanes Florence and Michael. Florence plowed through North and South Carolina bringing the ocean into residential areas, while Michael sawed a path up and out of the US with blunt force trauma.

If you are in an area where you are 90% sure that a hurricane will, at some point, be a reality, why not go ahead and have a game plan. The same with tornadoes. If you live in an area that has been touched by tornadoes, you can rest assured, another may touch down while you are there.

Planning for a Hurricane – You know that hurricanes bring wind and rain, and it’s safe to assume that if you sustain damage to your home, you will lose your belongings. There are many steps you can take when assuming or planning for a hurricane. First, watch the weather. Second, ensure you have proper sealant around doors and windows before the hurricane. Finally, keep photos and other heirlooms on the top floor of your house by default.

Planning for a Tornado – Tornadoes are very destructive storms that rip through an area like a buzz saw, leaving often nothing but a brief memory of what was there. Some tornadoes, however, simply rip off the roof. To be prepared for a tornado’s damage, the first word of advice is to have a plan, a shelter, or a specified room to go to. If the storm damage includes your roof being taken off, then you will need to be at the lowest floor.

Storm damage comes in many forms, and winter storms are included in this mix.The accumulation of snow on various surfaces can cause damage that seems just as bad.

If your home has been exposed to storm damage, please let our professionals take a look.

You can find more information about SERVPRO at https://www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com

Mold Remediation 3 Locations Mold Can Hide

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Locations Mold Can Hide

Remediation means to protect first and to take steps that can preserve your valuables. Mold is a natural substance that grows when warmth and residual moisture stay around too long. Although many people consider the presence of mold to be dangerous, it truly only impacts those who have a weak immune system, or an allergy. However, it’s not something you want to stay around.

Whether from storm damage, a leaking pipe or hidden water in the ground underneath a home or building where dirt is present, moisture and heat can form the growth of mold. The best choice when dealing with the possibility of mold is to have a plan for when moisture comes in unwelcomed. When you are fast to call a mold removal specialist in Butler County, PA, you may can restore your valuables rather than replacing them.

Here are 3 places mold can grow of which you may not be aware at this time. These are hidden places that can trap moisture allowing mold to begin to form.

  1. In the basement and attic. These two hidden locations can be a haven for mold if moisture has entered in. A basement will hold moisture from the dirt below, where an attic may be susceptible to water from a leaking roof. Periodically checking these locations will help you in detecting mold before it becomes a problem.
  2. The space where sheetrock on a wall meets sheetrock on a ceiling can also be a prime location for noticing the presence of mold, or mold that may be growing. Look for black or darkness around the joinder and have a mold remediation specialist come out to inspect if you find discoloration in this location.
  3. Pet Food is also a prime location for mold to grow, even though it may not be totally related to home damage. Mold can grow wherever moisture and warmth have met and stayed together. If you see mold anywhere, mold may be everywhere.

As a reminder, we want you to restore and not replace, so anytime you have a slight feeling that mold may be present, call Butler County, PA SERVPRO. Mold, while not dangerous to all people, can be dangerous to some people so it’s extremely important that you mitigate this issue with mold remediation.

Fire Damage and Smoke Destruction

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage and Smoke Destruction

No one expects a fire will ever be seen in their home, and they pray their home will never be engulfed or destroyed by fire, but the reality is, fires are not uncommon. Fires can start in the home from a wood burning stove or fireplace, from an unattended candle, from burning wires, or in older structures, from short-circuited breakers. Fires can totally destroy a structure, but they can also cause smoke damage when the actual fire damage was minimal.

When a fire has been in your home, it impacts the air, penetrates the pores of soft surfaces, and causes a stench that you will never forget. Many people become very emotional when their belongings are penetrated with smoke odor. As with all damages to your home, the sooner you can get someone out there who has practice in reversing fire and smoke damage, the more likely your valuables can be restored.

The smoke from a single fire, can cause odor for the life of that object. Stuffed animals, clothing and bed clothes are all items that provide for the absorption of smoke odor. You need to take steps inside of the home such as installing smoke detectors and C02 monitors to help keep the air quality good and to be alerted if a fire or smoke is found anywhere in the home or structure.

If you suspect a wire fire, you can smell something odd inside of the house. Walk around the walls and touch the surface looking for heated places, turn off the main breaker to your house and immediately get someone out there to look at the wiring and see if there is something heating up inside the wall.

While burning candles, but sure to keep the wicks trimmed down so the flames that often get higher when a candle has been burned too much, don’t reach any above surface such as a counter top or curtain. Candles can cause tremendous damage when left unattended.

The best way to protect against fire damage is to keep at it with the inspections of your home and the things you do with fire inside of the home.

Commercial Damage when Storms Hit Your City

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Damage when Storms Hit Your City

Total devastation is the only way to describe what happens to commercial structures during hurricanes such as Florence. Buildings are often lifted off of their foundation, roofs blow off, windows blown out and wind damage to everything remaining. But, there are other ways that commercial buildings can sustain less noticeable damage when storms, even minor ones, blow through.

Wind, for example, can break out a window allowing the slightest amount of water to come in. That water can hit computers, printers and other electronics, causing immediate damage. Other lesser know commercial structure damages after storms can be short circuiting of wiring.

All commercial buildings need a strategy in place for preventing damage to valuable equipment, but the best strategy is to ensure your company’s insurance documents are safe and archived digitally and that all computer work is saved somewhere in the cloud or outside server. Damage to walls and flooring are often minimized by new safety protocols that use heavy duty material to prevent catastrophic damage to ceilings and flooring.

The longer you wait to make a decision after your office building sustains damage, the more the damage will be, and the greater premium will be paid for insurance purposes. The best bet is always to be prepared with back up plans to operate your business if damage to the structure is sustained. Hurricanes such as Florence and Michael that recently ripped through South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, bring a wrath with them and commercial business structures take a huge hit when damages of any size occur.

We want your company to have the best possible clean up after a disaster strikes so have our number and contact information handy.

What to Do and Not Do After Water Damage

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do and Not Do After Water Damage

After a flood has happened in your home, whether by the weather or a leaking pipe, there are a few things that you should immediately do. It’s easy to just dab around and try to get the visible water up, but it’s critical that you get the water spots dry and get loose items removed and away from the wetness.

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

After your home has been flooded you may slack in your action steps. Here are some details on what not to do when water is present. Remember that this is the fine line between total destruction and simple restoration of your valuables.

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Commercial Water Damage after Hurricane Florence

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage after Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence recently left its mark on the Carolinas and reminds us yet again, that mother nature leaves no stone unturned. After a hurricane leaves torrential rains, water rises up to the floors and nothing is immune. Business are usually impacted the worse after a hurricane.

When business owners imagine extreme water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.

However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

  1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems

Some older office and retail buildings still have old sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

  1. Damaged appliances and equipment

This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.

  1. Broken pipes and plumbingJust like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
  1. Backed up sewer lines

This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products. Please check out our website at http://www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com for more information.

Mold is a misunderstood word when it comes to remediating the damages it can do.

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a misunderstood word when it comes to remediating the damages it can do.

Hurricane Florence recently left its mark on the Carolinas and reminds us yet again, that mother nature leaves no stone unturned. After a hurricane leaves torrential rains, water rises up to the floors and nothing is immune. Business are usually impacted the worse after a hurricane.

Mold is an issue which always comes up after a business or home has been inundated with water for any amount of time. While mold may be assumed as in the case of water damage in a warmer climate, it may be ignored if someone believes it is too cold in the climate where the water damage occurred.

To help you understand more about mold and what it is, let’s start with a breakdown. Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts: Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. It is not something that you always see, and in fact, it has a positive role in many areas of the life-experience.

Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. This is why it’s so important to call an expert remediator in when there has been exposure to moisture for extended periods of time.

Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

When you see water present on furniture, the floor, rugs or even the bottom of sheetrock walls, there is a good chance that mold will form. Remediation is the act of not taking any chances and calling a certified mold remediation specialist as soon as you incur water damage.

Please check out our website at http://www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com for more information.

When you have had a small fire and think there is no damage, there really is.

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

When you have had a small fire and think there is no damage, there really is.

One of the most over-looked form of damage is fire damage because small fires can cause problems that are not visible. But, you can certainly smell them. When your home has had a small fire such as a candle or cigarette burning a rug, then getting stomped out, or fried chicken overheating and causing a fire in the kitchen, you may think that it’s ok and there is no damage.

However, smoke damage can be just as devastating in some cases, because it penetrates everything. Fire combusts for many reasons and so many homes are impacted each year by smaller indoor fires caused by candle burning, cigarettes, or food being forgotten about. Grease fires are started when hot oil hits a stove eye. Most people will start to put out these small fires the wrong way, thus making the fire worse.

Allowing candles to burn out too close to cloth is another reason for small fires inside of the home that may only burn a cloth or piece of furniture, but the residue and odor remain. Small fires have a lot of odor and the smoke does its own damage to everything around the fire’s location.

Remediation is always the word to think about when you have had a small fire in your home. To protect your valuables, you must take action asap to get the odor out of your cloth and porous furniture. This smell can linger for years and actually become grounds for throwing your valuable away. Old photos can hold the aroma of a fire, for the remainder of their lifetime.

The best way to handle fire damage is to call a specialist asap and get the small smoke damage taken care of. The whole mission of fire damage repair is to avoid you losing special items such as baby books, photo albums and memories that can’t be replaced. The sooner you call an expert, the faster you can feel assured that your valuables are as safe and clean as can be after your small house fire.

Please check out our website at http://www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com for more information.

Storm damage is so common yet we still need to be prepared for the worst.

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage is so common yet we still need to be prepared for the worst.

Hurricane Florence recently left its mark on the Carolinas and reminds us yet again, that mother nature leaves no stone unturned. After a hurricane leaves torrential rains, water rises up to the floors and nothing is immune. Business are usually impacted the worse after a hurricane.

Mold is an issue which always comes up after a business or home has been inundated with water for any amount of time. While mold may be assumed as in the case of water damage in a warmer climate, it may be ignored if someone believes it is too cold in the climate where the water damage occurred.

To help you understand more about mold and what it is, let’s start with a breakdown. Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts: Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. It is not something that you always see, and in fact, it has a positive role in many areas of the life-experience.

Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. This is why it’s so important to call an expert remediator in when there has been exposure to moisture for extended periods of time.

Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

When you see water present on furniture, the floor, rugs or even the bottom of sheetrock walls, there is a good chance that mold will form. Remediation is the act of not taking any chances and calling a certified mold remediation specialist as soon as you incur water damage.

http://www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com