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Storm Damage leads to Other Damage

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage leads to Other Damage

Recently a slew of tornadoes and El-Nino storms ripped across the country, leaving devastation and destruction in its path. Storm damage is very versatile and can happen to many spots on your home or out buildings. From shingles ripping off roofs, to trees being plunged into windows, storm damage is devastating.

Many homeowners don’t recognize the consequences of damage until well after the storms have passed. A ripped shingle may look harmless, and you may think that simply covering it up with plastic will prevent any further damage. This is most likely always NOT the truth. One stream of water for a short amount of time, can lead to mold, and erosion of wood.

When windows are blown out or knocked out by trees, more damage can occur as the result. Trees often fall onto the tops of homes, leaving a gaping hole. Be sure to assess all damage as soon as possible, when a storm passes.

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Mold Remediation in the Winter

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in the Winter

You have no doubt heard that mold grows when water sticks around too long, and when the temps are right for the growth of mold spores. You may also think that mold only grows in the summer, when temps are warm, and the air is moist. Mold also grows in the winter, because indoors, the air is just as warm and primed for mold growth.

Mold by itself, is not usually harmful, but it can cause some issues in persons who may have a mold allergy. If your home sustains water damage in the winter, and you keep your home nice and cozy inside, it is just as likely to sustain mold as a home that is exposed to water in the hot summer.

Remember, mold starts to grow when the conditions are just right, so at the first sign of water on your surfaces such as floors and counters, go ahead and call a professional. Sometimes, however, mold will grow in places you may not think to look.

For example, underneath a kitchen or bathroom sink, a drain could have leaked once, and only for a small amount of time. The small amount of moisture may have stayed their just long enough to start the mold-growing process. Underneath your home at the foundation is another prime spot for the growth of mold, especially if you only have plastic covering dirt.

One more location where mold can pop up is in your rafters. A simple roof leak can cause water to stand inside the rafter, above the sheetrock for just enough time to cause the growth of mold in the winter. The attic, remember, gets warmer than the rest of your house in the winter time.

Water Damage to Flooring

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Flooring

When flood waters rise, the damage starts in the floor and you may not always see it there. Recently, the hurricanes and torrential floods have yielded lots of water damage claims, but sadly, many homeowners don’t call for help in time.

Water damage can start subtly, and you may not see a thing. Thinking there is no damage, you go along with your life. Suddenly you notice a hump in the flooring that wasn’t there before. This is one of the signs that your floor is “bowing” because of swelling particle board under the surface.

It’s so important that you get a specialist out to your home as soon as water touches your flooring. There are steps that can be taken to satisfactorily save your beautiful floor, but you must be responsible and take the steps to save it.

As soon as you see water touch the floor begin to dry it with any means possible. Throw all of the household towels on the floor and take the wet ones outdoors, starting with clean ones until dry. If you have a carpet cleaning machine of your own, use it to suck up moisture, but call a professional at once.

The longer you wait, the more likely you are to encounter the other problem with water damage, mold. Mold is harder to remediate than water damage. Hopefully your home won’t suffer from water damage, but if it does, the faster you act, the sooner you can be restored.

Commercial Damage Lightning Strikes and Computer Damage

One of the most expensive debts to incur is the debt of repairing damage to corporate sites and equipment after a storm has passed through. One of the unseen damages that occurs during lightning storms is that of surges to the electronics.

Most of the time, commercial buildings have ample surge protection, but on occasion, a lightning surge can dismantle a business infrastructure in a matter of moments. Damage to wiring can cause the wires to heat up and lead to fire. Fire can start inside the walls.

It’s very important to protect the computerized equipment in a commercial setting and to be vigilant about watching for signs of wall fire, which can cause much more damage than a surge to the power. After an electrical storm, have your maintenance staff walk around the walls just to ensure there is no unusual heat coming from the walls, and have someone inspect the wiring, just to be safe.

Fire Damage is Devastating

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage is Devastating

The worse feeling in the world, is to see your home go up in flames. Even a small fire can cause tremendous damage emotionally and physically to the property. Fire doesn’t play when it gets ready to spread. So many homeowners lose everything because they have not take the proper measures to protect their home from fire.

One of the first things that happens during a house fire, is that the smoke starts to bellow and penetrates everything in its path. Even if you put out the fire, the smoke will have taken hold of everything with pours, such as pillows, carpet and clothing.

The best way to avoid the consequences of fire damage is to be prepared with smoke detectors that you keep updated, and by doing periodic wire inspections to ensure you are code ready.

Many older homes have fuse boxes rather than breaker boxes, and the fuses can circuit out causing fires. Many newer homes have weak wiring as well, leaving the spaces in the attack vulnerable to the smallest amount of heat.

To protect yourself when you home catches fire, don’t try to stay inside. Call the fire department, grab what you can, and get out of the house.

Keep a record of belongings in a steal box or offsite so, in the event of a fire, you have a record of your belongings to give to the insurance company. Remember, if you have damage to your home, and your home is not totally destroyed by fire, you can save your valuables if you get to a professional fire damage professional fast enough.

The Consequences of Flooding to Water Craft

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

The Consequences of Flooding to Water Craft

Floods come with rising water. Often the water will rise, and then recede. It would not seem practical that a boat could sustain water damage, but it in fact, is true. Yachts and private boats are designed to float, not to sink, so water can damage these types of assets as well as water can damage a home.

Imagine your boat getting shifted to the side, and then massively flooding with water. Inside the boat are your personal belongings, appliances, furniture and more. So, just like a house, flooding to high-value water craft can be very expensive.

Many boat owners are aware that if a hurricane comes, their boat may be demolished, tossed on shore, capsized or sunk, but they rarely anticipate flooding that simply fills the vessel with water. Many water crafts have value far into the $20,000 range and more, so mitigating water damage to boats is crucial in the process of ensuring that flooding, and mold growth stay at bay.

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!

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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.

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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.