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Water Damage

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Do you live in a home that is over 100 years old and want to preserve the integrity of the surfaces? Water damage can be detrimental to the life of older homes. Because older homes are constructed from raw materials that probably were not loaded with protectants like new homes, the raw wood provides a surface that absorbs moisture.

Water damage can begin from a leaking roof, through a broken window and even from the ground surface coming up into the floor boards. Water damage to older homes can lead to irreparable damage to the surfaces.

Also, older homes have hard wood flooring that most likely wasn’t treated, thus inviting water to seep into the pours and cause mold. The mold may grow under the floor at the basement level and the only way to know it is there, is to detect it by the odor it emits, or to call a professional water damage team to assist.

Water damage to surfaces can lead to peeling of the paint on the walls, weakening of inner wallboards and damage to adjoining floors, tile and floorboards. Water doesn’t have to rush in to a room to do the damage, it simply needs a little hiding place to start the process of damage. The mere presence of water on any surface leads to the formation of mold. When you see water anywhere inside of your home or in the basement, get help right then because the damage has already started.

Commercial Storm Damage

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Damage

With the new patterns in our weather, starting to waken, it’s time to look at how storm damage can impact the commercial scene. Many commercial buildings can just hold tight during regular storms, take little or no damage when a tornado visits, and control flames with special surfaces designed to be flame resistant. However, a loss in the corporate sector, if one of these elements fails, can mean the business also fails.

Thunder storms can cause windows to break and materials to rip off from the side of the building. The broken window will lead to water damage of the inner computers and electronics. When the electronics are impacted, the business plan is halted until the water is dried.

Hurricanes pose the greatest threat to tall commercial structures because of their ability to rush water into any open surface quickly. This rush of water takes its toll on the office or commercial building almost immediately, shorting out plug outlets and more. You have seen the damage that a hurricane can do to large structures like the skyscrapers in Florida or the damage to smaller buildings. Being prepared for this kind of disaster is often easier said than done.

Here are two things to check for to make sure your commercial structure is protected from the damage of storms, big or small.

  1. Use Plenum Cable to protect the network in the plenum space. A plenum space is a part of a building that can facilitate air circulation for heating and air conditioning systems, by providing pathways for either heated/conditioned or return airflows, usually at greater than atmospheric pressure. Plenum cable is electrical cable that is laid in the plenum spaces of buildings. In the United States, plastics used in the construction of plenum cable are regulated under the National Fire Protection Association standard NFPA 90A: Standard for the Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems. This is required by building codes so just be sure to be up to code with this one issue.
  1. Have a strategy for insurance claims in the event that your business is hit by a storm or a hurricane. It’s a little crazy to have damage that has not been mitigated within your corporate structure. Take note of your inventory so if your building does sustain damage you are ready with a list of equipment that you may lose if a storm hits your building. Take detailed notes on each piece of equipment within your building as well as the estimated current value. Rain damage can cause wires to short, thus causing a fire. Fire damage can be catastrophic immediately. Prevention is the cure.

Water Damage to Outside Structure

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Outside Structure

One of the first things people do when they have sustained water damage to their property us to thoroughly check the main structure, inside and out. However, most property or home owners fail to ever check outside structures such as storage buildings, sheds and barns, for water damage to the structure or interior from leaking or otherwise.

When exposed to water too long, mold can grow. For outside storage buildings water can get into the floor and before you know it, everything inside is ruined. If you are like most people the contents of the storage building are your most valued possessions including furniture, memorabilia or law equipment.

Water damage left unchecked can be total loss for the homeowner. When your home or property has sustained water damage, your out buildings have too. Do these three things if your property has been exposed to water without property mitigation.

  1. Immediately open the door to the barn or storage building and allow air to flow through. The air will start drying any surfaces immediately.
  2. Pull lawn equipment out into the sun and blot off any water you see on the equipment. This will save your lawn more or weed trimmer from rust.
  3. Bring any clothes that you may have stored in backs or tubs, inside and throw them in the dryer immediately to prevent cloth mold which can totally ruin clothes and blankets.

Remember, you need to always be mitigating damage of any kind if you want to protect your valuables from damage from water. This means that you have a plan in place for the variables of water damage and you know when to call help if you need to get the water out fast. Lidded tubs are a good idea but even they can take in water.

Commercial Water Damage can be very costly.

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage

Your business is the life-blood of your entire life, and when the building gets water damage, the costs can be through the roof to fix. Insurance may or may not pay for the repairs or the replacement of your office equipment. Your business can potential lose valuable information and records when water gets through the walls.

Water can make its way into the corporate building through internal and external openings. For example, you may think of water from storms when you think about how water can damage your office equipment. But, one of the main causes of water damage inside of a corporate structure, is pipes that leak slowly.

When the pipes inside or your corporate structure, become faulty and spring the smallest of a leak, your office can be destroyed in a matter of minutes, once that lead reveals itself. A leaky pipe will send water that starts to soak up and penetrate porous surfaces such as ceiling tile. When the water has saturated the ceiling tile, it will slowly start to cause the white ceiling tile panels to be discolored.

It’s at this time when you know you have water coming from somewhere. Most business owners and homeowners alike, often just look over the discoloration yet know there must be a leak. They will put it off until one day the entire ceiling falls in and an ocean of water follows. The water can just stay where it is in the attack or wherever, slowly forming mold. Once those porous surfaces are totally saturated, the tiles break and water falls.

Tip #1 – If you see brown coloring on a ceiling tile, there is water above that tile. It may just be that rain water came in or it could be that a pipe is leaking from above. Either way, you need to locate the leak.

Tip #2 – Make it a priority to check on the pipes which flow above head, whether it be a bathroom or other area with running water. Just feel the pipes and the surfaces around the pipe for wetness.

Different Types of Storm Damage

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Different Types of Storm Damage

Probably the types of damage you would expect from a storm are trees fallen, roofs ripped off or even entire buildings tossed across the community. Tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding all have different degrees of damage they can inflict. Each type of natural disaster can cause many layers of damage to structures, valuables and property.

Sometimes the damage is not seen for months or even years. The damage can go deep into the ground, or up into the tops of trees on your property. Big trees can become uprooted, while small trees can be bent and killed. No matter what type of property you own, home or land, storms can damage it and you will have a financial loss.

An apple farmer for example, depends on his harvest to bring his family income. If a hurricane comes along and damages the tree structure, that is an entire year of income lost. But, if the damage is flooding water, the trees can be killed from the ground level and this farmer doesn’t even know until the next year when no leaves come on the tree, now dead from too much water in the roots.

Another subtle type of storm damage is to the deep parts of the soil where underground streams can be stimulated to become active thus flooding the property and everything on it including a home, outbuilding, dis-attached garage and even vehicles parked on the wet dirt.

When you have just gotten out of a storm, you may look for lightning damage on the roof or walls, but also look for damage elsewhere. The damage to your home from different types of storms can include peeled off shingles, broken roof tiles and trees that split our house in half. Keep abreast of any storms that may be headed your way, and always have a good list of property you own so the damage can be quickly repaired.

Different Types of Storms

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Different Types of Storms

One of our concerns is with restoration vs replacement. We believe that something worth saving, is worth protecting and restoring before it is replaced. In recent years, we have seen storm damage to homes and buildings that arise from storm types you may have never encountered.

In 2017, the Hawaiian Islands were it with a blizzard of all things. The weather patterns are shifting and changing with each passing day, and different types of storms are causing unique damage to structures and valuables. Hawaii, for example, is not prone to cold weather of any sort, so freezing temperatures from the blizzard and snow caused tremendous damage to the smaller structures not often exposed to cold temperatures.

Another type of storm which as surfaced over the past decade or so, is a super storm that stops and doesn’t move quickly. The slowness of a traditional thunderstorm can cause as much water damage as form flooding often connected to bigger storms such as hurricanes. When a storm simply stops over your property, a lot of rain can be dropped.

Winter months during weather patterns such as El Nino can bring catastrophic damage to mechanical items such as tractors and lawn mowers. You may have been told to winterize your lawn equipment, but you don’t know what this truly means. When temps drop below zero, the inner workings of machinery can freeze and bust pipes inside. A lawnmower that has not had the gas drained out of it will show you the depth of damage. When the gasoline inside freezes, it swells and as it swells, the machinery starts to pull apart.

So, don’t think that tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding are the only storms that cause damage. Ice and freezing weather can cause damage as well. Remember, any time mother nature gets extreme, it’s time to check over everything.

Mold Damage

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Damage

Mold can grow on surfaces in many locations of your home or business. Whether your property has sustained damage from a storm, leaky pipe or other water emergency, mold can grow. So many people think of mold and panic because of health concerns, although mold is a natural substance that aggressively grows with water moisture and heat combine.

Any time water touches a surface that is remotely porous, it can start to invite mold to grow. When the mold begins to form, it reproduces itself and starts to spread into surrounding surfaces. In the spreading, the property owner now becomes aware that mold may be present.

If you feel like your property may have started to form mold on surfaces untreated, you can start to pay attention to what you smell. Mold has a sharp odor to it that makes you stop and ask yourself what it is that you are smelling. Take note of this smell and start to ask yourself where it may be coming from.

Often mold will start to form underneath a sink on the thin wood that is usually the cabinet floor. Get a flashlight to help you look deeply into the wood to see if there are signs. These signs include discoloration, spots or what looks like ink marks.

Once you have isolated your suspicions of mold growth, it’s time to call a professional. You can treat mold with commercial treatment, but where one mold grows, there is a good chance of more. Mold is not simply something that makes people sick who are sensitive, but it’s a pain to clear and clean. Mitigation is the key to keeping mold away from valuables.

Fire Damage

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

While fire damage can be a total loss to the structure of your home or office, the damage that causes the most anguish is smoke damage. As a fire begins to burn inside of a structure, whether it is from a storm, someone leaving the oven on, or a candle jar busting, fire is fire.

The flames start the first set of damage by charring the surface. With this charring impact, smoke will begin to billow. Always pay attention to things that could cause fire, because fire can start in hiding. Wiring that is faulty can cause an electrical fire thus consuming the structure from inside of the wall. If there is a fire due to faulty wiring, you will often smell a most unique odor that seems to be coming from a vent. Don’t overlook this.

A wire fire will burn inside of the walls with no flame, just heat that starts to melt the wires. Once a flame does appear, you are more that likely to endure serious and total destruction. Smoke damage from a wiring fire causes blankets, clothes and even paper to have a lingering odor long after the fire is put out.

Fire damage has a wide range of potential damage to the structure.

When damage occurs from an ember that shot out of a fireplace, the smoke damage is a bit different. Now you have smoke that is black and thick and will penetrate the pours of almost any cloth surface. So, the fire is out, but the smoke damage remains. The mitigation of smoke damage starts with you calling a professional smoke damage specialist who can come quickly to your home to start the restoration process to your furniture and more.

Fire Damage: Smoke Odor Lingers for Years or a Lifetime

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage: Smoke Odor Lingers for Years or a Lifetime

One of the worst complaints after a fire, even to items not damaged by flame, is the lingering smell of smoke. This odor can linger for a lifetime, even after being washed and cleaned. There is a different odor associated with smoke damage when a home has sustained fire damage than the smell that comes from smoke from a campfire, or wood fire outdoors. The combination of wire burning, paint melting and carpet smoldering makes for a downright disgusting smell that can last forever without proper remediation.

After a home has sustained fire, especially inside of the walls, most all belongings will have a lingering odor. This is a time when it’s very important to start thinking about restoration or replacement. While a professional smoke remediation expert knows how to remove most all odors, sometimes, it’s not possible.

When a fire in your home begins, it starts to consume and eat away at everything it touches, and the remnants of the fire are all in the smoke the fire produces. Insulation causes a different bad odor than wood does, and if there are other chemicals in the house that has sustained fire damage, those also blend with the odor and penetrate everything from cloth to wood.

You will experience this odor immediately. It smells like a combination of tires burning and wood smoldering. It can make you sneeze and can make you ill. Remember that this is the most common reason to replace as opposed to restore; which is our motto and mission. You must decide if it’s tolerable or if it’s not. 

Mold Knows No Boundaries when it hits Your Home

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Knows No Boundaries when it hits Your Home

Remediating mold starts with the first sight of standing water.

Here is some very basic information about mold that you may or may not know. The more educated you are now, before the damage occurs, the better you can mitigate it on your own. However, we want you to have our number so if water gets in, we can get it out and kill the mold growth.

Your best chance to keep mold from starting to grow, is to call a specialist immediately. With the right treatment, mold can be stopped before it begins to grow and mutate. Before it begins to be visible to the eye, it can be stopped in its tracks. It’s important to know that mold can grow inside of walls and surfaces and not be very visible.

All water damage carries the possibility of mold growth, so your vigilance is important to ensure that mold stays away.

Storm Damage from Torrential Rain

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage from Torrential Rain

We have seen an incredible number of storms in 2018. Some of the rain storms we have encountered during this season have not been associated with hurricanes or even thunder storms. In fact, they were simply rain makers where rain clouds just stayed around for an extended amount of time.

This type of rain damage can start at the foundation of the house and have problematic impacts on the roof structure. The weight of rain alone, puts pressure on the roof shingles, and the presence of water for an extended amount of time on the wood of the foundation, begins to erode the fibers of the wood.

You may only think of damage from rain storms as being temporary, and you may only consider storm damage as wind damage or structural damage, but too much rain and there is a problem. For example, when water penetrates the wood of a home’s foundation, it starts to eat inward.

When the water starts to saturate the inner parts of the foundation, it begins to spread. As it’s spreading inward and no longer visible on the outside, another culprit is just behind the water saturation and that is mold. From the top of a home with standard shingles, water begins to trickle into the sheetrock and eventually shows up as a water line on your roof.

As you may suspect, from the top or bottom, too much water for too long can cause very expensive damage. It is important that you contact a water and storm damage specialist in your local area, after a huge rain event if you detect that water has caused a leak in the roof, or saturation in the foundation.

Keep a dehumidifier in your home, office or structure and turn it on after the rain has stopped.

Water Damage to Tech Equipment

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Tech Equipment

Sometimes water damage impacts technology such as wiring and screen surfaces. This type of water damage is less noticeable but can be devastating if not noticed after water has entered a home or commercial building. Even the smallest of a drop of water can cause permanent damage to computers, cell phones, printers and wiring inside the walls.

Water near the wiring is obviously a huge problem. The wires can short out and cause a fire, thus creating a new problem with fire damage. Water on or near any computer equipment can cause pockets of air to form, and thus completely killing the equipment. So, what are some ways you can mitigate this type of damage before it becomes a bigger problem?

#1 Keep a dehumidifier in your home or office. When water enters or is near, immediately attempt to get the moisture out.

#2 Take a dry cloth and dab down any visible water on computers or electronics and do NOT attempt to use them for a day or two.

#3 Call a professional water damage remediator to ensure you are clear of further water damage in the walls or to valuable equipment.

The best way to keep water damage from occurring on any surface is to do routine maintenance to your structure to ensure there are no leaks that would cause damage caused by a storm, and that pipes are secure to avoid inside damage. The moisture from a floor can rise up into the living space without any visible signs other than a coat of wetness that you can see and feel. Be very vigilant about keeping your computer equipment dry because a broke computer or phone can mean more damage in the long run.

Know How to Stop Mold Fast by Remediation

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Know How to Stop Mold Fast by Remediation

Remediation is the prevention of damage or the reduction in impact of damage. You may have read articles on how to protect your home from mold, and you may have wondered about the impact of mold on health. Chances are you are worried about sickness from mold spores forming in and around your home. Mold is a huge problem and one that can be prevented when recognized early enough.

Basically, when water stands on a surface for a given amount of time, the water and warmth will cause the formation of mold spores. These spores are not harmful to most people, only those with sensitivities to mold. However, its ability to grow rapidly causes unique problems when trying to save valuables rather than replace them.

Mold starts to grow when water sets on the same surface then encounters warmth. If you have ever left a carpet rug outside and watched as it turned green, then black, then you have seen mold at work. Outdoors, mold can just be dealt with by tossing out and throwing away the object collecting mold, but inside, there are special steps that must be taken to remediate mold growth and exposure.

  1. When your home has sustained water from a pipe leak or storm, the chances of mold growth are already there.
  2. When your home has not got adequate ventilation and water stands, mold can begin to grow.
  3. Keep a de-humidifier in your home just in case. It’s always a good idea to start the drying process immediately.
  4. Household chemicals only go so far in preventing massive mold growth in your home.
  5. Call a specialist as soon as water is seen.

Commercial Water Damage can be very costly.

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage can be very costly.

After 911 in 2001, many businesses started to see the necessity for back up plans to keep their document safe, and thus the “cloud” was created. Protecting equipment is a bit different. Commercial storm damage can be unseen as it damages to wiring, or very seen such as seeing the equipment slammed onto the floor.

You may have millions of dollars invested in the latest technology, but one storm could ruin it all. Printers, scanners and computer are the first pieces of equipment that can sustain damage. Even the slightest amount of water can destroy equipment. Trees falling into a building can take out an exterior wall within a matter of moments.

A professional commercial storm damage clean up crew can assist when your small or large business has been damaged by storms, but waiting too long to get help can be very costly. In 2018 we had a weak hurricane season so the occurrences of commercial storm and water damage were lower than normal. What does this mean? Perhaps that 2019 won’t be so gentle.

The hurricane that hit Panama City was terribly devastating and left commercial structures with one option – be demolished. What remained were buildings that will need to be gutted just to function again. You need a professional to help clean up the damage.

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.

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

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 reminded us that mother nature stops for no-one. Even though we like to think that once a hurricane devastates a particular area, there may be an extensive break for it happens in the same place, Florence proved again that the fury of a hurricane can come to the same place in a fairly short amount of years.

Storm damage from hurricanes range from roof tops stripped off leading to flooding from the top of a structure, to floods and rising waters that completely turn a bottom floor, into a river in a matter of hours. The damage can be catastrophic such as entire structures being pulverized, to minimal, meaning a little water covering many items.

For example, a hail storm can cause damage to the roof, that causes subtle water leaks and in this small amount of water being trapped, the moisture can lead to mold hidden in the attack. Often you will only know the mold is there when you smell an unusual odor. When the rising floods of a hurricane break the boundaries of a wall and floor, the water begins to do its damage at the lower level of the structure, including wood underneath a porch; a spot that is commonly overlooked when it comes to storm damage.

Storm damage can come from high winds that peel off layers of siding on the outside of a home or structure. When enough protective layers of siding and other material, are peeled off, small holes can form, again perhaps leading to the growth of mold in the outer walls.

With Hurricane Florence, the ocean met the shore in a very angry fashion, bringing water into many homes and completely destroying all belongings that were not up high. When you see that a hurricane more than likely is going to be coming near your home or business, being proactive is the best way to avoid storm damage to your valuables.

Put anything you can up higher than a flood would normally rise inside of a structure. Put pictures in air tight storage bags and stick them inside of the dishwasher or fridge. There are many ways to protect your assets from the anger of storm damage, but it’s all up to you.

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Remediating Mold starts at the first sign of water not after a longer amount of “Waiting it Out”

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Remediating Mold starts at the first sign of water not after a longer amount of “Waiting it Out”

So many people lose everything because they try to wait it out when it comes to the possibility of mold growing after a water damage event has occurred in their property. The belief, unfortunately, is that “Maybe it won’t grow”. Well, this belief can really cause damage if the water stays long enough.

Remediation is a process that cannot be explained enough so this blog will focus on why remediation is critical and saves you so much money in the long run. First, you should always anticipate that mold is going to grow when water and moisture are present for any amount of time, and you are not already equipped with a dehumidifier of commercial strength.

The best way to be sure that mold doesn’t grow in your home after exposure to water, is to call a professional mold remediator. When mold is present, it’s not always visible. The first sign of growing mold is a sweet smell. The spores can enter the air, and this is when persons who are sensitive to mold may be impacted.

Rather than wait it out, why not use the “What If” approach? This means ask yourself questions like, “Can I keep the windows open long enough to dry out this moisture?”, and, “Is this a lot of moisture or just a small amount?”. There is no formula for you to use when deciding to call a mold remediation company to save your valuables, or to wait it out and see if mold stays away.

You can pretty much guess that if you live in a warm climate like Florida, your home can sustain and keep mold more than if you live in a more arid climate like Arizona. In either case, the more porous your assets, the more likely they may be to hold and keep the mold spores if not treated or mitigated.

Being on the safe side and making good choices goes a long way toward preventing loss of property.

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Commercial Damage Processes

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Damage Processes

When your home is flooded or damaged by fire, water or storms, it’s hard on you and your family. But, when a building such as a high-rise or apartment is damaged by fire, storms or water, millions of dollars in damage could be the result.

While you cannot determine when something like this will happen, you surely know that you need a professional team of mold remediation specialists, water damage professionals and smoke cleansing procedures to save valuable assets of a company. Commercial incidents can result in harm, not only to the building, the equipment and bottom line, but to the most valuable asset; to the workers and employees that are inside of this structure.

After 9-11 it became clear that commercial damage remediation needed to be discussed before and after the damage. Preparing for a laundry list of “What Ifs” is critical to ensuring your building or company structure is read in case of any damage from fire, water, storms or smoke damage. So, what are some ways your company can ensure that if something does happen to cause damage to the facility or building, you and your team is ready.

Smoke detectors and water systems for fire issues are two ways your company can deal with fire quickly. Once a fire starts to take ahold of fuel, (aka, furniture and permeable material) there is little that can stop it. A small fire, however, can be taken care of quickly with the proper equipment.

One thing to watch out for in commercial buildings to prevent water and mold damage, is sinks. So many buildings flood each year because of overflowing sinks and/or toilets that no one realizes because there isn’t a clear system of checking these things. If you own a company that has more than one floor, a good policy is to increase the times that housekeeping checks the bathrooms for leaks.

The more you prepare before the damage, the less your liability will be. Be sure to inform all staff of your damage remediation policies and procedures.

If your company building does sustain water damage or fire damage, call quickly to get us there ASAP. The faster you get help the less your damage liability

Remediating Mold Damage after a Major Flood of your Home

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Remediating Mold Damage after a Major Flood of your Home

The first thing that comes to anyone’s mind when a flood occurs is mold. Next come the fears of health issues, damage to the floor, and damage to the environment. While still, some people choose to ignore the possibility of mold when the damage is minimal (or so they think).

Here is some very basic information about mold that you may or may not know. The more educated you are now, before the damage occurs, the better you can mitigate it on your own. However, we want you to have our number so if water gets in, we can get it out and kill the mold growth.

There are hundreds of variations of mold found both indoors and outdoors. Mold grows in damp, dimly-lit areas. Indoors, it can often be found in places like attics, basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms. Thus, if your home has sustained water damage, in any capacity, there is a potential for mold. We strive to restore rather than replace, so speed is the word you want to adopt when remediating mold after water damage.

One of the first concerns is that mold impacts health. While this is true, the health issues often arise in mold that is not dealt with and impact elderly and those with weakened immune systems the most. Mold is a living substance so its presence within the human body can wreak havoc, but some molds are not only accepted by the body but eaten daily like mushrooms and bread.

Mold caused by water damage starts to grow when it’s hot. And usually, water damage, occurs when the air is warm. Flooding in tropical locations can cause mold to start almost immediately, while flooding in a cooler climate can slow down the growth of mold and increase the likelihood of a restoration rather than a repair.

Your best chance to keep mold from starting to grow, is to call a specialist immediately. With the right treatment, mold can be stopped before it begins to grow and mutate. Before it begins to be visible to the eye, it can be stopped in its tracks. It’s important to know that mold can grow inside of walls and surfaces and not be very visible.

All water damage carries the possibility of mold growth, so your vigilance is important to ensure that mold stays away and that you and your family are safe from any

Fire Damage and the Smell of Smoke

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage and the Smell of Smoke

One of the worst complaints after a fire, even to items not damaged by flame, is the lingering smell of smoke. There is a different odor associated with smoke damage when a home has sustained fire damage than the smell that comes from smoke from a campfire, or wood fire outdoors. The combination of wire burning, paint melting and carpet smoldering makes for a downright disgusting smell that can last forever without proper remediation.

After a home has sustained fire, especially inside of the walls, most all belongings will have a lingering odor. This is a time when it’s very important to start thinking about restoration or replacement. While a professional smoke remediation expert knows how to remove most all odors, sometimes, it’s not possible.

When a fire in your home begins, it starts to consume and eat away at everything it touches, and the remnants of the fire are all in the smoke the fire produces. Insulation causes a different bad odor than wood does, and if there are other chemicals in the house that has sustained fire damage, those also blend with the odor and penetrate everything from cloth to wood.

You will experience this odor immediately. It smells like a combination of tires burning and wood smoldering. It can make you sneeze and can make you ill. Remember that this is the most common reason to replace as opposed to restore; which is our motto and mission. You must decide if it’s tolerable or if it’s not.

If you decide to restore, you need to know that even the best expert may only be able to completely remove ½ or less of the lingering odor and you will need to take steps to treat the items several times. Think about the value of the item to you on a personal level, then decide if you want a professional to assist.

There are many household products you can use to get out the odor that a specialist cannot but again, it’s up to you to decide the personal value that the objects hold for you.

When you can let go, you should replace. If letting go hurts too bad, you should attempt to restore.

Storm Damage after a Tornado or Hurricane

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage after a Tornado or Hurricane

Every year, thousands of homes are lost due to major weather conditions such as named Hurricanes and Tornadoes. Some years have been worse than others. Hurricanes cause torrential rains and wind damage, while Tornadoes rip in quickly taking everything with them until it runs out of energy. Either way, storm damage accounts for millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses each year.

Let’s talk first about damage from a tornado, say an F5 that has a base of 1 mile or more and the sustained winds in these types of storms can go over 200 mph, and the velocity is enough to tear down almost any structure in a tornadoes path. If your home is totally taken by a tornado, well, there isn’t much you can do but replace. However, if you are lucky, and your home simply sustains wall or roof damage, then restoration starts immediately.

From a roof ripped off, the rain comes in from the top floor. Much different from torrential rains associated with hurricanes, when the roof comes off, the water comes from the top. Therefore, getting that roof covered with plastic within 24 hours will support you in mitigating too much water damage from the tornado. The same with walls or shattered windows. Any water than comes in will be moving or blowing.

Hurricanes are a different beast. They spin for miles inland and off shore. When a hurricane makes landfall, homes sustain both wind and rain damage, then flooding. Then, more flooding. With hurricane storm damage, the water can come into the home and stay. As you may suspect, when the water stays, the furniture starts to take on water and the damage begins. There is little you can do once the floor becomes covered in water, if you allow too much time to pass.

More damage has occurred to belongings inside of homes that were impacted by flooding inside of the home, than any other means. Mitigation and awareness of what you would do if storm damage occurs, is the best practice when thinking of protecting your belongings from being totally destroyed by storm damage.

We are here to help restore your life when the storms come howling, so write down our information and have it by your bedside. We take your life

Water Damage to Wood

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Wood

Protecting your Wooden Assets

When a flood takes over and penetrates your doors, then water flows onto the wood, the wooden legs on the furniture may require special attention to restore rather than replace the heirloom. Through the years, there have been many natural disasters that resulted in flooding all through the ground level floors of homes, and tremendous loss has occurred.

Many insurance policies will not cover flood damage at all, so it’s very important to take special care when you see water inside of the house, especially touching or soaking wooden legs on tables or sofas. No matter how thick the stain or protectant, water can soak into the smallest space, thus causing mold. Not only that, but the wood will eventually rot, even if you think that it’s safe.

You can take steps to ensure your furniture stays with your family by cleaning and drying your wooden furniture legs as soon as possible after flooding. Pull the furniture outdoors in a dry space and place a fan near the furniture and dry the wood completely. Make sure the air around the space where you are attempting to restore the wood is dry because you want to pull out the moisture.

Take the legs off and unscrew them so they can be put directly in front of a de-humidifier because the quicker you can dry out the wood, the less likely your wood is to rot or mold. Time is of the essence if you want to save your furniture after being exposed to water.

For pieces of furniture that are primarily wood, you may not have the luxury of saving the piece, but follow the same procedure. Make sure you get the wooden furniture somewhere where it can dry completely while you are waiting for a restoration specialist to come make an assessment of damages. If your wood sustained deep and irreparable damage, you will want to be thinking of a cost to replace estimate to give to your insurance company, but this should have been done well before a flood happens.

Speaking of this, the best way to ensure you are insured, is to do the valuations far before a flood. This requires you to just be aware of what is going on around you at all times. You can see the potential of a flood, weeks before the flood happens.

We can help you if you have our number nearby to call us, so it’s “Like it never happened.”

Butler County, PA is In For a Warm, Wet Winter In 2018

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Butler County, PA is In For a Warm, Wet Winter In 2018

It’s not quite Winter yet, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared when it comes. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a warm and very wet winter this year for areas of Pennsylvania, including Southern Butler County. While you may think that water damage will only occur from flooding during the summer months, melting snow and wintry rain can be a serious issue, too.

Snow can weigh down on your roof, and eventually cause leaks. If you have a heavy snowfall which then warms and melts, it can get into your house if you don’t take necessary precautions, like keeping your roof clear of snow, leaves, sticks and other debris.

However this year, we are expecting it to be much warmer and wetter than normal. This means more rain (or sleet) and less snow. So, you may have more issues with water damage more typical of the Summer months.

Here are A Few Tips to Keep Your Home Dry This Winter

  • Keep your roof clear of snow and debris
  • Clear Snow and Debris from Doorways
  • Keep a Close Eye on Your Ceilings; Inspect For Leaks
  • Watch The Weather So You Know When Snow or Rain Will Hit Your Area

In the event that winter weather causes water damage to your home, SERVPRO of Southern Butler County is here to help. Our experts will help you restore your home to the way it was before damage struck.

Our services are designed to restore not only your home, but your peace of mind as well.

If you have experienced recent water damage, give us a call today to see how we can serve your needs.

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Unusual Flooding Situations to Avoid

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Wherever Water Flows the Damage Can Go

 You may think of water damage that is bad enough to require intervention only comes from hurricanes or thunderstorms, but many times water damage can come from busted pipes or an overflowing sink, tub or toilet. While the flooding may not result in the same large amount of water, it starts on the inside of the home so there are different circumstances to consider. If your home sustains water damage from the inside, it is just as important that you call a professional water removal company. There are nuances to internal water damage that are starkly different from water damage as the result of a flood.

One case in which an inner water damage event could occur is if you have a busted water pipe under the sinks. Even the best laid plumbing plans can result in a pipe busting. Now, you may think of a frozen pipe busting in the cold of winter, but that’s not likely. Not to say that it couldn’t happen, but it is not likely. Most leaks are going to be caused by a simply jar or movement of the drain pipe. Older homes are more likely to sustain this type of water damage, although new houses are often not worn in enough for the contractor to be aware of a loose joint.

Here are a few steps you can take if your house gets flooded by faulty pluming.

  • Open windows in the house to vent moist air out. Put as many fans as you can around the wet spot to accelerate the drying process.
  • Remove pools and puddles of water with a wet/dry vacuum. The more water you remove with this method, the less there will be that needs to dissipate naturally. For hard-to-reach places, mop the water up and send it down the drain.
  • Turn on one or several dehumidifiers to remove the water from the house. Dehumidifiers work best in enclosed areas, so close windows when they are in use. If the water is confined to a certain area, such as a bedroom or bathroom, place the dehumidifier inside and close the door. Remember to empty the water tank on a regular basis.
  • Use your HVAC system as a giant dehumidifier. Cool the house down with the air conditioner. The air conditioner is made to remove humidity from the air, so by cooling the house down, it is also sucking the moisture out of the air. When the house has cooled, turn the heat on until it reaches 80 degrees. Warm air evaporates and holds more moisture than cool air so by doing this, you are saturating the air with moisture. Once 80 degrees has been reached, turn the air conditioner back on to remove the saturated air from the house. Repeat this process until the house has dried.

To avoid damage to your home, furniture or valuable items, you must take some steps to ensure that you don’t return home from grocery shopping one day and find your living room covered in water. You also don’t want to ignore inner water damage. You may think that simple bleach will kill mold if it grows, but that is a myth. Bleach does not kill black mold. If the water was on the surface long enough, the evaporation can penetrate the walls and ceiling. Even if it was a thin layer of water, mold can grow, and it can grow quickly.

You will want to consistently check the drainage pipes under the sinks to ensure they are tight and connected. This helps you to feel safer when you leave your house, knowing that the pipes are tight. Another way to ensure you don’t have leaks is to systematically check the toilet to make sure it flushes correctly. I know this sounds cliché, but you never know. It would be safer if you check out everything often. Sometimes a small child can throw something into the toilet and it will clog, then they will flush and run away like bandits.

If you try everything and take the steps above, and still feel that the damage may be deeper than you know, like under the floor boards or in the walls, call a water damage professional immediately. It’s so important to stress to you that mold is the bandit you want to avoid. Water that interacts with air indoors, can cause toxic, dangerous mold spores to form. Be smart and be safe.

Don’t Wait for Mold to Grow

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

The Top 3 Dangers of Mold Exposure

Did you know that persons allergic to mold it its various forms, can have an allergic reaction that could result in a mold related death? No. Everyone is not allergic to mold exposure, but there are many reports and statistics that show the danger to one’s health, particularly in the lungs.

Generally, mold can cause a wide range of health problems. Some black mold symptoms can actually be really serious. When your home sustains water damage from a hurricane or other water flooding issue, the chances of mold growing in the home, increase by the minute when not re-mediated at the first sign of flooding of the area.

While allergic situations are the most commonly treated symptoms of mold exposure, there are more symptoms that have long term complications. When you fail to get the proper water damage treatment after water has entered the home, you increase the risk of these complications. While mold can grow in any environment, it really grows in the summer.

If you have a flood in late July and the temperatures raise to temps over 90 degrees during the day, you can bet that the mold is already beginning to grow. Here are the top three symptoms of mold exposure so you have an idea of what could happen if you don’t get a mold removal and treatment specialist on the scene fast. A Pennsylvania mold treatment visit can often times halt the impact of mold growth on the health of those in the property.

  1. The first symptom of mold issues is in the respiratory tract. Sneezing, coughing and wheezing are the most predominant symptoms of black mold exposure. However, the mold may not grow as far or fast, if you take the time to prepare now. Have your SERVPRO agent’s business card handy so you can call them before the mold has a chance to grow.
  2. The second symptom that presents itself during a case of mold overgrowth, when the water was allowed to saturate the porous structures of walls, carpet and furniture, is lethargy and aching. Because events of allergic reaction trigger the body’s tender immune system, one of the symptoms of mold exposure is a sudden achy feeling.
  3. The third symptom of toxic mold exposure is an unexplained rash. This is a rather obvious symptom and can be easily treated with a doctor visit. 

The moral of this story is that water left indoors, on furniture, in sheetrock, on carpet, on hard floors can cause mold to grow in rapid time. If your home sustains water damage, to not wait for the mold to grow. Mold is not always visible to the eye, but it is still there.

If you can see it, you have waited too long. Take the steps as quickly as possible to have a remediation specialist visit your home and get it dry fast. You want it to look as if it never even happened.

Restore don’t Replace

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

How to Save Your Heirlooms and Beloved Memories

When your home has been damaged by water, often your belongings can be restored without the need to be replaced. You may have very valuable items, even photos, that are in need of restoration that you may have the urge to toss out and replace. It is a very emotional time when people are separated from the fondest memories they hold, including photos of loved ones, antiques and relics from travel. The attachment can be very intense, and water damage may feel devastating.

With the proper planned strategy, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of having to replace your belongings. Taking the appropriate measures to protect your valuables is the key to restoring not replacing them if your home is damaged by water or fire. Sometimes smoke damage can make valuable items look like there is no hope but there is. There are many ways that clothing, furniture and even photos can be restored without being replaced.

Speed is the key to protecting those things that you love but protecting them before something terrible happens is even more important. There are many ways that you can prevent your beloved artifacts from being exposed to the brunt of damage. If you run your own business, it’s also important that you take special care to protect and back up your business files somewhere away from any damage.

How can your furniture be restored after a small fire when they were exposed to smoke damage?

Since most furniture is wood it can easily soak in soot and odors from the smoke. It’s intoxicating to be around. Because furniture can be so unique, each type of furniture may require a unique cleansing and restoration protocol.

For example, on a finished piece of wood there is a layer of flammable varnish. Most furniture will have this protective coating. Sometimes a simply cleaning agent can remove the soot, but the odor is a different story. Some furniture never looses the smell. But, if your valuable heirloom belonged to an ancestor or holds a special meaning to you, the smell can be tolerated in exchange for the item staying with you.

Unfinished wood is a bit different and is more likely to sustain damage by smoke and soon. It’s not well protected at all and its vulnerable porous make-up will allow it to just soak in the odor and soot. The inside of drawers is usually unfinished wood, for example. If you have this type of furniture, just know that this may be the case where you need to replace the piece with something new.

A good restoration specialist will come to your assistance quickly to give you an honest estimate of what it will take to get your furniture back to the state it was before the damage occurred, as if it never even happened. So, before you go out and start to file insurance claims for your valuables, turn to a professional restoration team to get in there and get your belongings saved for you.

Water Damage after Hurricane Sandy

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare for Weather Damage Before It Happens

HOW WOULD YOUR PROPERTY WEATHER A HURRICANE? You see it on the news. The flooded streets and people being rescued from their homes. Like rushing rivers flowing through towns and cities, the water of a hurricane knows no mercy. Quickly rising waters will destroy the contents of a residential home and business quickly, but the damage is often not assessed until the waters subside. For example, Hurricane Sandy (unofficially referred to as Superstorm Sandy) was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. Inflicting nearly $70 billion (2012 USD) in damage, it was the second-costliest hurricane on record in the United States.

Water damage seeps into the porous structures of the contents of a home, and nothing is immune to what will come next. But what if the damage is not as intense as from a hurricane? What about a leaky pipe or minor water damage to flooring or furniture? The damage incurred can be minimal or it can be total. As a homeowner, you owe it to yourself and to our precious belongings, to remediate mold and think about what you would do if this should happen – even before the time comes to need water damage services.

Many homeowners simply don’t want to plan for water damage to their homes, because they do not feel it will happen. In Pennsylvania, there have not been many named hurricanes or tropical storms, but recently, in the last 6 months, the floods in Maryland, not related to a tropical storm, did the same water damage as a hurricane. In May 2018, devastating flood waters ravaged Ellicott City, Maryland an area that had just recently gotten its feet after similar floods two years ago.  This town was torn to shreds after just recovering from torrential rains from 2 years prior. Maryland is also not on the hurricane map, yet the water damage may never be fully cleaned.

How do you prepare now for the potential of water damage?

The truth is that you never know when this type of disaster is going to strike, but no home and no area is immune to the potential. To mitigate this situation years before it may or may not happen, have a plan in place and a “What If” checklist. Here are 5 Tips to Planning for Water Damage Due to Flooding.

  1. First, take stock of your heirlooms and valuables. Put all photos of ancestors into a water proof box and make digital copies of them for preservation. This will save you a lifetime of heartache by ensuring family moments are always protected.
  2. Secondly, make your “What we will do if our house is flooded” preparedness list. What can you move to the top floor even before a flood such as with a storm? What can you cover with a tarp?
  3. Follow up with your insurance company with foolproof plan for mold-remediation in the event your home sustains flooding in Butler County, PA. What does it cover? What does it not cover? Fill in the insurance gaps related to flooding and insurance. This will save you so much time if flooding happens in your home.
  4. Re-Enforce the floor structure of your home so it will take longer for any water to get inside. The longer it takes, the more likely it is that the water will recede, and the water damage of your home will be decreased.
  5. Prepared to act quickly when the water recedes, and you have access to your belongings by calling a water damage specialist that can be there quickly. While a water damage specialist cannot replace your belongings, a water damage specialist can restore most belongings as if the damage never happened.

Not all Fires Blaze – Some Hide

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Total Loss of Property or Life

There are millions of house and business fires every year. When a fire breaks out, it is simply a matter of time before the fire consumes the entire property. However, if your home or business is exposed to a fire, there are steps to take to ensure that anything that can be saved – is saved. While you first may think of fire damage as an all-consuming event that results in a pile of ashes, there are many types of fire damage from small to massive. Knowing the depth of each type of fire damage can give you guidance on how to deal with the damage to your home or office.

If you experience a fire, or have ever been in a fire, you know the smell; burning, ashy and sickening.

“When my house burned in the early 1980’s I was just a small girl. I can remember the smell of smoke the next day even though my things were not actually enflamed. The smell can be recalled at anytime because it was so horrible.” – Carla

Even though a fire starts in one place, the smoke can penetrate all places and spaces. However, let’s say you are smelling something burning but have no idea what you are looking for. The best way to ease the worry is to do a walkaround inside of your house and try to get as close to the smell as possible. Also, put your hand on the walls everywhere to see if you feel a hot spot. If you feel a hot spot and you smell smoke, you may have an electrical fire getting ready to start. This is the time to call 911. If you get a trained smoke analyst to your property before the fire starts, you may be able to prevent the fire.

Fires are not to be played with or taken lightly. The forest fires of 2016 in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina consumed over 1000 acres of National Forest while consuming hotels, lodges and vacation cabins on its path. The authorities delayed evacuation because they thought the timeline of the fires would be later on. In reality, the wind took a mighty shift and started to accelerate the blaze. Consumer businesses and residential properties alike suffered both fire and water damage. Smoke from the mountain fires was seen in the air as far as 300 miles South of the actual blaze.

To be sure you are safe, always be alert to what you smell, hear and feel. These preventative measures could save your life and your property. If your home or office sustains any fire or water damage, you need to quickly call an expert in fire and water damage to help you save what you can, but your life is the most important thing to save in case of a fire.

Removing Water From Your Commercial Property

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding The Solution to Standing Water From Flooding

It’s all around you. It can nourish your body, fill your swimming pools… and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Water.

Whether it’s flash flooding – like what we’re seeing now in parts of Texas - from a storm, a water leak, roof leak or otherwise, Commercial Water Damage can be devastating. You have to deal with things like mold, damage to electronics, furniture just to get the list started. That’s why it’s so important that the water is removed as soon after the incident as possible.

Commercial Water Removal is just one of the many water damage restoration services we offer here at SERVPRO of Butler County, PA. Our goal is to extract the water quickly to prevent damage from mold and secondary water damage. We use professional equipment to minimize drying time, so you can get back to business as quickly as possible.

Here’s how it works:

  • If extensive restoration is needed, you’ll need to arrange for your business to be temporarily moved out. We offer move-out services to commercial properties as well as homes.
  • In emergencies (I.e. right after the flooding/standing water is noticed) we’ll send a team to remove as much water as possible with submersed pumps and high-power wet/dry vacuums and other specialized equipment designed for removing as much water as quickly as possible.
  • We’ll inspect the carpet and carpet pad to determine whether it should be removed to prevent further damage to the subfloor. (If you have a concrete floor, this shouldn’t be much of an issue.)

Equipment Used In Commercial Water Removal

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

A Few Things You Need To Know About Water Damage

  1. Water can dissolve almost anything. It’s know to some as the Universal Solvent.
  2. In less than 3 hours, a sheet of drywall sitting in ½ inch of water can wick up to 6 inches of water.
  3. It only takes 48 hours at max for mold to grow in a moist, untreated environment.
  4. A small puddle of water around your water heater could indicate a bigger leak coming soon. It’s best to get it serviced immediately if you begin to notice standing water.

In Closing

The longer water stands, to the more damage will be done to your business. Don’t wait. If your business has been subject to water damage from flooding, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. No one likes a mold-infested business with saggy floors. Our team can get you and your business back on your feet in no time.

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Tips To Treat Water Damage

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Let's face it. Water damage can cost you thousands. Water floods in from storms or water line breaks, then before you know it, you're house is swimming in 6 inches (or more) of the wet stuff. 

Your valuables; electronics, furniture, cash, appliances etc. are all inflicted with some form of damage.

Luckily, it's not the end of the world. You can restore your home (and your life) after water damage. 

Here are a few basic tips we came up with to help you out:

  1. Find the Source: if you don't know where the water is coming from, find out as soon as possible. Is it a leaky roof? Maybe a busted drainage pipe from your washer? Perhaps even a broken water main? Take the time to inspect these things. 
  2. Try to Stop The Flow: Once you find the source of the water in your home or business, find a way to make it stop. Repair pipes, replace water heaters if they're the culprit. 
  3. Contact a Professional: Next, you want to get a professional out there to help you determine the extent of the water damage, and what the next best course of action is for remediation. 
  4. Contact Your Insurance Company: Finally, you want to avoid as many out-of-pocket costs as possible. Your home or business insurance may cover the cost of the damage. Get in touch with them, and file a claim to get you started.
  5. Take Preventive Measures: Once your home has been restored from the damage, you should take more preventive measures to keep the same thing from happening again. (Prevention IS the best medicine in this case.)

While water damage can be devastating we here at SERVPRO of Southern Butler County are here to help you get back on your feet. 

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports: Professional and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO of Southern Butler County

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is nothing to play with. Experts warn that neglecting to deal with the damage soon after it happens can increase the chances of a nasty mold outbreak, and all of the negative health effects that come with it. The prospect of water damage restoration is daunting, we get it. That’s why the team here at SERVPRO of Southern Butler County is here to get your home or business back in working order in no time.

Experts will go through a series of processes to make the restoration process go smoothly. Two of the most important ones are:

  1. First, we will evaluate the home/business to determine the extent of the damage done. This will give our technicians a clear picture of what to expect in terms of actual restoration, final payout figures and whether the job can be covered by the home/business owner’s insurance.
  2. Next, the source of the damage must be prepared. This is one of the most important parts of the whole restoration process, because it prevents the whole nightmare from occurring all over again.

Different Categories of Water Damage

You may not know this, but there is actually a way to categorize water damage into 3 distinct categories. How are these categories determined? It’s actually quite simple. Water damage is categorized by the level of contamination in the water.

Water from clean sources – like the pipes from your kitchen sink – are much easier to restore than something much worse, like sewage or septic line breaks. Eww.

Category 1: This refers to damage caused by water from the fresh running water pipes in your house, such as those that deliver water to your sinks, tubs, washing machines and other plumbing fixtures.

Category 2: When damage occurs from dishwashers, toilets with urine only, dishwashers, washing machine and any other drainage pipe that contains contaminants.

Category 3: This is where things start getting gross. Damage in this category comes from totally unsanitary sources, such as sewage, septic lines, a toilet with fecal matter, floodwaters from rivers, streams and many other sources. This is the highest category of water damage.

Even water that comes from a clean source can mix with contaminants from either of the other two categories along the way, and this can change the classification of the damage.

Water damage will almost never contain itself to the area where the leak started. Make sense, right? Water flows freely and will continue to travel until it’s stopped by something like a wall. Then, if the leak is great enough, even further… It can damage furniture, drapery, appliances and other valuable belongings throughout the home or business. Some items unfortunately will have to be thrown away, as water can cause permanent damage to electronics – like your home or office computer – as well as create a higher risk of mold in things like furniture, drapery etc. Luckily, other items can be dried, cleaned and decontaminated and you’ll be good to go.

Understand that when you work with your local SERVPRO of Southern Butler County, your home or business won’t be restored overnight (usually). We go through a very thorough process to make sure that everything is clean, dry, decontaminated and ready to go back to business as usual. We finish the job by bringing in equipment to:

  • Dry your subfloors
  • Scrub surfaces
  • Dry the home/business

Doing things this way both gets your home or business in the shape it needs to be, and prevents further damage to your property.

Some equipment, like dehumidifiers may be left on the premises for a few days to let them do their work. We keep a close eye on the drying process to make sure that everything goes according to plan. Mold inhibitors will often be used after the bulk of the restoration is finished, to keep you from having any issues with mold sneaking in later on down the line.

Finally, your home can be deodorized to get that stagnant water smell out.

Let us help you get back to business.

Contact us now at 724-473-0745

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Provides Commercial Restoration Services

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is known for helping homeowners get back on their feet after damage caused to their home by water, fire and Mother Nature’s storms. But we’re much more than that. We offer a full range of maintenance and restoration services for Commercial Business as well.

Working with us will ensure you have a clean, safe workplace for you and your employees. Your customers will be impressed, and your employees will come into work with a higher level of confidence in your company / business.

Here are some other reasons why our Commercial Services are the key to success for your business.

  • Preventative Maintenance: No matter the nature of your business, one thing is certain. All buildings are made up of parts that degrade and eventually fall apart. For example, an almost unnoticeable leak can start in the men’s restroom, and before you know it, your bathroom is flooded. When you work with us, we’ll help you get a step ahead of the curve by making sure problems are taken care of before they’re problems.
  • Improved Visual Appearance: SERVPRO of Southern Butler County offers services to keep your business looking sharp and clean for your customers and employees. When you hire us to maintain the appearance of your business, we will make sure it stays looking good as (or better than) new.
  • Simplified Management: When you have tons of contractors and services providers sending you bills left and right for different services, it can be hard to keep up. When you work with SERVPRO of Southern Butler County, we bring everything under one roof. We offer fire, water and electrical services along with many others. This helps to simplify your book keeping so you can get back to what matters most: running your business.

To sum it all up, we help your business runs smoothly and efficiently.

Learn More about our Commercial Services by contacting us today at 724-473-0745

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Helps Flooded Basement in Cranberry PA

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

This flooded basement and customer possessions were soaked but we were able to remove the water and get the basement completely dry !

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County helps restore A flooded basement can flood at any time, although most flooding occurs during heavy rainfall.  Since basements are the lowest level of the building and built primarily underground, they are especially prone to damage.

This home in Cranberry PA was unfortunately flooded during a recent rain storm.  Even though their yard had adequate drainage, the amount of water that fell during the storm overwhelmed their french drain system.

When we received the call, we were onsite within an hour to inspect the damage and begin the water extraction process.  In less than 4 days, we were able to dry not only the home structure, but even some of the items that were wet.  

If water damage is not handled properly it can cause damage to the home's structural components as well as other health risks such as respiratory problems due to mold.  

When disaster strikes your home or business, you can count on the PROS at SERVPRO to take care of all of your needs.  We will also work directly with your insurance company to ensure that the job is completed 100% to everyone's satisfaction.  

If you have questions or need help, call us today at 724-473-0745.  

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports: Dangers of Fire Extinguisher Dust and Propellant

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

In this photo you can see just how much fire extinguisher dust and propellant remain to be professionally cleaned!

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports:

So, you had a small kitchen fire or a small fire in a room in your home that you put out using a fire extinguisher.   Now, not only does your home smell like the smoke and soot from the fire, but you see a thin white layer of fire extinguisher dust everywhere and your nose and throat burn....

What do you do?  If the answer is call SERVPRO of Southern Butler PA then you are correct!

Call 724-473-0745 and we will immediately dispatch a first responder to your home or business!

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports: What are Fire Restoration Services

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports:


Fire accidents are more common for residential homeowners than you may think. Nobody wants to experience a fire but their reality can't be avoided. Some of your friends or family may have already encountered fire accidents. After their house has been razed and damaged by fire and the emergency vehicles are gone, the homeowners are left with the cleaning and restoring their house back to its former look.

Fire damage cleanup is a tough task for the untrained homeowner. Hiring SERVPRO of Southern Butler County is the best way to restore your home.

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Treats Smoke Damage & Hazardous Fumes

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Treats Smoke Damage & Hazardous Fumes

After these kinds of accidents, there's also the possibility that some airborne toxins mixed with dust, soot, smoke and hazard fumes will be left in the atmosphere and inhaling these particles together with abrasive cleaning chemicals can harm the skin and lungs . Trained smoke damage experts at SERVPRO of Southern Butler County are aware of the hazards a fire restoration project offers since they are experienced with this kind of job.

Fire damage cleanup specialists have water extraction equipment which can help with restoring your property.

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports: EFFECTS OF WATER DAMAGE

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports:

Water damage remains a problem that most property owners dread. Any moment it rains heavily, or snow melts rapidly, the risk of such damage increases. Water can cause the damage of the following; furniture, upholstery, electronics, appliances, etc. Furthermore, it can increase the possibility of mold growth, which is very costly to fix. Hiring SERVPRO Southern Butler County can make the cleaning process easier to manage because we’re experienced in repairing and replacing damaged items and also help with water damage cleanup.

CAUSES OF WATER DAMAGE

There are several possible causes of water damage. Some of the likely causes of water damage in homes and businesses are as follows; Clogged toilets, broken dishwashers, broken dishwasher hoses, broken pipes, overflowing washing machines, plumbing leaks, leaky roofs, and foundation cracks. Heavy snow, floods, and torrential rains are other possible causes of this type of damage and can lead to having water in the basements. Too much water can result in minor problems such as water in the basement areas, or it may destroy homes and businesses. Once a home or business suffers from water damage, it is important to begin the cleanup immediately. This will increase the likelihood of saving rugs, carpets, furniture, clothing and other things that have been soaked in water.

RESTORATION PROCESS

Water restoration process is essential. Applying appropriate methods and using the right materials can help people prevent their homes from being condemned and also save their cherished belongings. SERVPRO Southern Butler County specializes in mitigating the effects of water. We’ve a team of experts that will assess your property and determine the best removal plan. Furthermore, we use high-tech equipment and well-documented procedures to control water damage. Water in the basement areas may require a short cleaning process, but water in other parts of a property will require extensive attention.

At SERVPRO Southern Butler County, we get homes back to the condition they were in before the water event, with minimal loss of property.

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Provides Mold Remediation

9/17/2017 (Permalink)


SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reprts:

Mold is a type of fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. They are grown on a number of surfaces and products including food items, even home or office buildings. Mold grown in the building or at your home can harm the integrity of the building structure, and at the same time can lead to serious health issues.

On the other hand, mold remediation is a process of removing this mold from a house or building. However, the process is not easy as it seems and one should hire a professional and trained mold remediation service provider to deal with such issues. Mold generally grows in and around the areas containing moisture. If you happen to come across the mold grown in your home in places such as between walls or in the areas that are inaccessible, it is important for you to contact SERVPRO for the assessment.

It is most likely that most of us have seen mold grown in the areas of the bathroom where tiles haven't been cleaned for a long time, but mold can be found in many different places as well such as wet or damp clothes that have been left for several days where they can not dry. Besides, other areas include basements, areas containing leakage pipes or a pipe burst, etc. Even flood can cause the mold to grow. Building over damp concrete can also cause mold to thrive.

Mold mainly grows in the damp and wet areas; however, if unchecked then it can proliferate and can cause various health problems such as allergic reactions and respiratory problems. It can also lead itchy throat and eyes , sneezing, and coughing, and can affect both humans and pets. Some mods also produce mycotoxins, which can pose serious health risks.

It is important to hire a professional mold remediation service provider. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Southern Butler County provides 24-hour emergency service and is a dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

For more information about mold remediation, please contact www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com today!

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports: Importance of Hiring a Fire Damage Specialist

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

This kitchen cabinet contains a few items that can actually be restored and saved !!

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports:

Importance of Hiring Fire Damage Cleanup Specialist

Fire accidents are more common for residential homeowners than you may think. Nobody wants to experience a fire but their reality can't be avoided. Some of your friends or family may have already encountered fire accidents. After their house has been razed and damaged by fire and the emergency vehicles are gone, the homeowners are left with the cleaning and restoring their house back to its former look.

Fire damage cleanup is a tough task for the untrained homeowner. Hiring SERVPRO of Southern Butler County is the best way to restore your home.

Mold Done Right With SERVPRO of Southern Butler County !!

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

This garage's mold was remediated thoroughly and properly with the removal and cleaning of the affected area. It is now clean and safe for rebuild!

Mold Done Right With SERVPRO of Southern Butler County !!

This home in Cranberry PA had a slow water leak from a garage hose outlet that went unnoticed until the drywall and baseboard developed mold.

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County was called to remediate the mold, and through our highly qualified technicians we removed the affected area of all mold growth and prepped the wall for rebuild.

You have a choice in hiring a service professional, and this is what a SERVPRO professional job looks like when done!  It is clean and safe, and the area is ready to be rebuilt!

If you see any signs of mold you should contact SERVPRO of Southern Butler County at 724-473-0745 to come and inspect your property or visit us at www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com to contact us online!

SERVPRO of Souther Butler County Reports: Beware of Self-Cleaning Ovens !

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

This oven caught fire during a self-cleaning process. SERVPRO of Southern Butler County thoroughly cleaned for soot and extinguisher dust !

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Reports:

Self-Cleaning ovens are extremely convenient, but sometimes they can also be extremely dangerous. Our fire production team was dispatched to a house in Mars, PA to deal with a house fire that was started by a self-cleaning oven. Our response time was only 42 minutes from phone call to arrival!

When we arrived to the house we were shocked to discover that the oven that started the fire was barely dirty! Most oven fires are started by grease or food particles that catch fire during the self-cleaning process. The oven we inspected should not have been an issue, which proves that all ovens in self-cleaning mode should be closely monitored.

We understand it is common practice to start the self-cleaning mode, but beware of doing this if you are not able to actively monitor the oven for safety. Don't use the self cleaning feature before you go to sleep at night, and do not leave the home unattended while the oven is in self-cleaning mode.

Most importantly, if your home or business suffers a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Southern Butler County!  

SERVPRO offers emergency services in Southern Butler County

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

A water supply line in an upstairs bathroom caused major water damage. This plaster ceiling needed to be drained before we could safely remove it !

Disasters happen every single day, and can strike without warning.  When the homeowners of this property in Cranberry PA returned home from a weekend trip, they found their home completely soaked from a burst 2nd floor pipe!

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Southern Butler County was immediately called to begin the emergency cleaning services and structure drying of the home.  With the right tools and equipment, SERVPRO of Southern Butler serves the entire Southern Butler County region in areas such as Cranberry, Mars, Freedom, Seven Fields, Zelienople, and beyond!

Floods and water damage can leave your place a mess; however, tidying things up is only part of the problem. To avoid mold damage—caused by excessive moisture exposure—it is essential to have your place cleaned by a team of professionals. 

Surviving a disaster is physically and emotionally draining. The post-disaster cleanup phase can be incredibly demanding too. It’s a job best left to the professionals who have the experience, know-how, and tools to get it done right. To learn more about emergency cleaning services, please call SERVPRO of Southern Butler County. You can reach them 24/7 at (724) 473-0745 or visit them online now for more information!

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Treats Flooded Basement in Mars PA

11/2/2015 (Permalink)

This flooded basement was caused by a water pipe break

SERVPRO was called by a Mars Pa homeowner to assist with a flooded basement.  

The picture shows the damage caused by a water pipe leak while the homeowner was on vacation for 2 weeks.  SERVPRO of Southern Butler County was called to remove the water, remove contents and clean up the basement, and this job included the complete removal of floors and walls.  The homeowner was thankful that SERVPRO is ALWAYS HERE TO HELP and that we were able to remove and restore their basement on such short notice!

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