Recent Water Damage Posts

Sewage Cleanup? Call SERVPRO Southern Butler County

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage Cleanup? Call SERVPRO Southern Butler County 

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Southern Butler County Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage. Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO Professionals will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

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Phone: (724) 473-0745

WATER DAMAGE TIMELINE - LISTEN TO THE PROS

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

WATER DAMAGE TIMELINE - LISTEN TO THE PROS

Within Minutes: 

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

Hours 1 - 24: 

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

48 Hours to 1 Week: 

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

More Than 1 Week: 

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

CALL SERVPRO SOUTHERN BUTLER COUNTY @ (724) 473-0745 OPEN 24 HOURS

Have A Flooded Basement ???? SERVPRO Southern Butler is Here To Help

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Too many homeowners have descended their basement steps to find a pool of murky water. Water follows the path of least resistance, finding cracks and holes through basement walls. Flooding can often be attributed to insufficient drainage around basement walls, heavy rains, a faulty sump pump, or a combination of these factors. 

SERVPRO of Southern Butler County is highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawl space flooding. They have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly. Their water removal and drying process  emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry. SERVPRO offer the following when it comes to a flooded basement: 

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster 
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists  
  • Locally Owned and Operated 

Basements can flood day or night, on weekends and even holidays, and that’s why SERVPRO offers 24 emergency service, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day  or night. Immediate action is crucial when dealing with flooded basements. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size water emergency.

CALL SERVPRO SOUTHERN BUTLER COUNTY AT (724) 473-0745 



Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

The water damage restoration process begins with a detailed inspection of your property, including a damage assessment. The SERVPRO of Southern Butler County is determining the scope of the damage so they can develop an appropriate plan of action. They would first Identify and Stop the Water Source. They check for the source of water in your home and business and stop it. The water source must be stopped before the drying process can begin. SERVPRO then will stop the source and check for contaminated water. 

They Identify the Type of Water 

SERVPRO must identify the category and classification of water to restore your property safely to industry specifications. The type of water contamination will affect the specific restoration processes used to restore your property. 

  • White / Category 1 Water 
  • Gray / Category 2 Water 
  • Black / Category 3 Water 

They Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises 

They inspect and test your home to discover the extent of the damage. Additionally, they will look for safety concerns and explain them to you. If you are aware of any safety issues, such as  asbestos or lead, please share them. 

  • Survey Damage 
  • Complete Safety Inspection



Looking for Water Damage In Your Home

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Looking for Water Damage In Your Home

If you know you have water damage there are some tips for you until help arrives. As long as it is safe to stay in the home here are a few things you can do to help protect your home. 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. While there are many do’s there are also don'ts. 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 the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. After doing these few things SERVPRO of Southern Butler would efficiently and safely take care of the rest. Please visit www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com for more info.




Severe Water Damage

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be pretty mesy. Thats why you call the Pros at SERVPRO Of Southern Butler. A town in Butler County experienced some severe water damage in a building that houses their police department, fire department, courthouse, motor vehicles office, and U.S. customs office. The damage was so severe that some employees decided to work from home. There were construction workers that came in, but it would’ve been more beneficial for SERVPRO pf Southern Butler County to step in, assess the damage, and make repairs. SERVPRO of Southern Butler County responds within the hour and has 24/7 service. Their specialty is damage done by water, fire, mold, etc. Call SERVPRO of Southern Butler County today. Whenever you need water damage repairs. "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Comes in Many Forms

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

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 Southern Butler County, 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 SERVPRO of Southern Butler County today!

What to Do and Not Do After Water Damage

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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 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: 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 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!