Recent Water Damage Posts

What is Mulch Fungus and How Do I Get Rid of It?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

White fungus growing in mulch Keep your mulch dry most of the time and you can avoid the unsightly problem of mulch fungus!

You bought a fresh layer of mulch this summer, pruned and watered your landscaping, and now you have found this gross, ugly white stuff growing in your mulch. As far as you know, your dog has not thrown up in your mulch recently – so what is it?

It’s mulch fungus, or more colloquially known as “slime mold” or “dog vomit.” It is often lumpy, and brightly colored in appearance such as yellow, white, black, brown, orange, or even bright pink in certain cases. Unfortunately, it can strike just about anywhere you have spread mulch.

Mulch fungus grows best in damp conditions as bacteria starts to feed on the mulch. Once fungi can feed on bacteria, they grow, create spores, and eventually turn into visible patches.

Although mulch fungus is unsightly and unattractive, it is not a serious problem. Luckily, it poses little threat to your plants and landscaping since it feeds on bacteria and is usually limited to a small space.  

Even though it poses little threat, you should probably still get rid of it. It is safe to touch, but you will probably want to get a shovel to dig it out. It is important to dig out a few inches around the patch to eliminate the unseen spores. Otherwise, you will find yourself with another patch in a matter of a few days to a week. Make sure to dispose of the mold in a trash can or compost pile far away from any mulch. Spores can travel through the air and you may find unwanted mold in a new place.

Preventing mulch fungus can be tricky at times. If there is a lot of rain, there is no need to water your flower beds. Letting a sprinkler water your flower bed all day can create the perfect environment for mulch fungus. Instead, use a watering can or hose and try to water as close to the roots as possible. Rather than watering plants every day, give them a significant amount of water once or twice a week.  

If you find yourself with too much water in a place you don’t want it, or mold inside your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lawrence County. We are trained water and fire restoration experts and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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What to Expect When You Call SERVPRO

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

uniformed servpro employees unloading dehums off the back of servpro van We have years of experience with water cleanup and restoration and will ensure you are taken care of from first call to finish.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is your local one stop shop for all things cleaning and restoring. When you call our team of highly trained professionals after experiencing a water disaster – we will be there to help immediately! In fact, our entire team will follow our response guidelines to ensure that any damage that has occurred to your property will be, “Like it never even happened.”

Response Timeline:

  • Within one hour: within one hour of reaching out to us, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange your emergency damage mitigation services. You will know help is on the way!
  • Within four hours: a crew of our highly trained technicians will be on-site to start your mitigation service.
    • During this time, a trained and uniformed SERVPRO team member will walk you through the job process step by step, explaining what you can expect, the projected outcome and answer any questions or concerns you may have,
  • Pre-testing begins – starting with the source of damage and moving outwards, we will use our state-of-the-art equipment to pretest and determine the restorability of your property and contents
  • Within eight hours (of on-site arrival): a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated by a member of our sales team
  • Cleaning and Restoration: our technicians will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property using premier techniques to ensure your restoration is done correctly the first time
  • Final Walk through: once the job is complete, a final walk through will be conducted to ensure that you are satisfied, and your property is restored

We have years of experience with water cleanup and restoration and will ensure you are taken care of from first call to finish. Call us today if your property needs water restoration services or if you have any questions – we are always here to help! 

Water Damage Dos and Don’t’s

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

graphic with water damage do's and don'ts in text over top under SERVPRO logo If water damage from flooding, or pipe bursting threatens your home’s stability call us today! We are available 24/7 for emergency water restoration

Should a water damage event occur in your facility, here are some helpful tips you can use to limit to extent of damage until a SERVPRO Professional arrives:

DO:

  • Shut off the water source, if possible
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood under furniture legs
  • Call a professional for help

DON’T:

  • Use regular vacuum to remove water
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet
  • Leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting
  • Try to mitigate the water yourself

When there are several feet of water in your home it can be a scary sight. What’s even more terrifying is knowing you cost yourself more money by calling the wrong team. If water damage from flooding, or pipe bursting threatens your home’s stability call us today! We are available 24/7 for emergency water restoration services and will help you get back to normal as soon as possible.

Call us at 724-498—4747.

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Proper and PROFESSIONAL Water Damage Restoration

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

living room with several feet of water covering the furniture and walls If water damage threatens your Lawrence County home call your team of local water restoration technicians today at 724-498-4747

The key to a proper recovery from water damage lies in two very important aspects: time and technique. A successful water damage restoration process is both fast acting and through. Even small water damages have the potential to cause more serious structural and indoor quality issues over time; if they are not address appropriately.

The key to avoiding a costly future restoration job is to treat every water problem as a serious one. So, when the clogged toilet begins leaking, or the hose on the dishwasher breaks, or maybe even the washing machine overflowed… call a professional to help! Water mitigation is not a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project. It requires an understanding of water sources, types, professional equipment, and attentive monitoring.

So, if water damage threatens your Lawrence County home call your team of local water restoration technicians today at 724-498-4747! We are available 24/7, 365 to all your emergency water damage services.

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Water Damage Timeline

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

soiled hallway in background with text on top, "Your problem, our solution" under the SERVPRO logo With each passing hour, the damage caused by the water increases in cost and scope.

When your Lawrence County home or business gets flooded or incurs any kind of water damage, a quick response is the key to recovery. Did you know that with every few hours that water damage goes unaddressed, the more expensive and extensive the damage can be. At SERVPRO of Lawrence County we want you to be informed as a property owner, so you know exactly how and when to response if water damage threatens your New Wilmington or West Pittsburgh home or business.

TIMELINE:

  • Within minutes – the water is absorbed into drywall, upholstery, and personal belongings
  • Within 1-2 hours – drywall swells, metal surfaces tarnish, and furniture begins to mold
  • Within 48 hours – mold grows, door and furniture begin to warp
  • Within 1 week – structural safety becomes dangerous, mold growth continues, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious health risks

With each passing hour, the damage caused by the water increases in cost and scope. So, if your home or business ever incurs water damage of any kind, of any size – call us immediately. We are available 24/7, 365 for your Lawrence County water mitigation services. Call us today at 724-498-4747.

Three Types of Water Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

water background with "Water categories" in text overtop If sewage, flooding, bursting pipes pose a threat to your Lawrence County property, call us today at 724-498-4747. We are available 24/7, 365!

Most property owners are unfamiliar with water damage until it strikes in their home or business. At SERVPRO of Lawrence County we have helped countless residents and business owners restore their property from all levels of water damage. Yes, there are levels to water damage. In fact, there are THREE different types of water damage.

TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE

  1. Clean water – this type of water as the name suggests, is clean. By clean, we mean it doesn’t have contaminants or bacteria.
  • Sources: broken water lines, malfunctioning appliances, toilet holding tanks, melted snow, and rainwater
  1. Gray Water – this type of water may cause health risks as it potentially contains chemical or biological contaminants.
  • Sources: dishwasher discharge, washing machines, sinks, showers, waterbeds
  1. Black water – this type of water is sure to pose a health risk as it contains MULTIPLE potentially harmful contaminants.
  • Sources:  floodwater containing soil and sewage water, seawater, ground surface water

The first thing our team of highly trained technicians will do when called to your water damage or storm damage call is access the source and type of water damage. This is a particularly crucial step to returning your property to a preloss condition as it will determine our approach and equipment requirements.

If sewage, flooding, bursting pipes pose a threat to your Lawrence County property, call us today at 724-498-4747. We are available 24/7, 365!

Water Damage Response in Lawrence County, PA

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

cartoon graphic of leaking toilet with water spilling onto the floor If your New Castle home or business needs emergency water restoration services call the team always here to help at 724-498-4747!

No one anticipates a disaster happening to the place they call home but every day, catastrophes can threaten the peace and property of your residence. When it does, know that SERVPRO is here to help!

Our disaster cleanup services are available 24/7, 365 for all your emergency needs. So when a pipe bursts, a toilet overflows, or heavy rain falls, we will be there to make any damage, “Like it never even happened.” 

So water strikes, you call us… NOW WHAT?

Our process to restoring your property is quite unique and personalized.

  • Our team of highly trained professionals will start by assessing the type of water and source of loss in your property. 
  • Next we will perform a test to measure the temperature and humidity for our drying analysis
  • Then, our crews will inspect and survey the extent of damage incurred as a result of the water
  • After that, we will perform emergency water extraction and apply any necessary treatment to deodorize and disinfect the area using our state of the art equipment
  • Finally the drying begins and using our state of the art equipment we will monitor the affected area closely using our scientific drying process.

Protecting your facility and contents following a water leak can be scary. That is why SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to help 24/7, 365.

If your New Castle home or business needs emergency water restoration services call the team always here to help at 724-498-4747!