Recent Water Damage Posts

Is Your Fine Art Damaged by Water? Here is What You Can Do in New Castle

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Two buildings with street flooded. Water disasters such as floods, pipe bursts, hurricanes, and drain backups are very prevalent today.

Water disasters such as floods, pipe bursts, hurricanes, and drain backups are very prevalent today. No matter where you live in the world, you have most likely experienced one of these water disasters. In addition to water disasters being so prevalent, many homeowners today have their homes full of things and precious keepsakes. There is no promise that your items will be protected from a water disaster, but there is a company you can trust to restore them back to preloss condition. You can count on SERVPRO of Lawrence County to restore all your home belongings, “Like it never even happened.”

All My Belongings Can Be Restored?

SERVPRO of Lawrence County can restore almost all belongings that have water damage. From clothes to electronics, we restore it. To give you a more detailed list on which of your belongings we can restore to preloss condition, click Here.

If you have any questions about our services and to what extent we can restore your belongings, gives us a call at (724) 704-8939 or visit our Website!

What Can I Do if My Lawrence County Home Floods?

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

A couch in the living room is under water. SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the leader in water damage restoration, and we are ready to restore your New Castle home back to its pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry. But what can you do in the meantime before we arrive?

What To Do After Flooding

  • 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

  • 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.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

No matter if you have questions, concerns, or an actual loss…SERVPRO is Here to Help. We are the area’s leader in water damage restoration. Call us today at (724) 498-4747. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

Can Water Damage be a Safety Hazard for New Castle Homeowners?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A yellow sign saying "Slippery When Wet" sits on the floor. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has highly trained water restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster.

We know water damage can be overwhelming. You’re worried about your possessions and the damage to your home. But you may need to be concerned for YOUR health and wellbeing in a water damage situation too. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when you have water damage in your New Castle home:

  • Electrical Hazards

Water and electricity do not mix well for you and your safety. When there’s water in your home, make sure you’re cautious and don’t use appliances in affected areas.

  • Slip and Fall Hazards

This may seem silly but be cautious of slipping and falling when it comes to excess water. You don’t want to see a physical injury to go along with the damage water creates in your New Castle home.

  • Ceilings

If you see water damage on the ceiling, be extra careful. If your ceiling has water stains, the room above it has water damage, or the ceiling is sagging, stay out of the room. The last thing you need is to be in the room when your ceiling falls.

Keep those in mind and check out SERVPRO of Lawrence County’s full list of flood tips here.

With all of the complications and hazards with water damage, it’s best to call the professionals. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has highly trained water restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster. Call us today at (724) 498-4747 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition fast! 

Your Go-To Guide for Mold in Ellwood City Homes

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is close-up of a moldy wall in a house. The first thing you should do is try and locate the water source that caused mold.

Mold is a daunting home hazard and can be intimidating for homeowners in Ellwood City. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you a guide on mold’s formation, and some ways you can eliminate it from your home. You’ll learn the dangers of mold in your home, and what to do if you find any. Throughout the process, SERVPRO is here to help.

1. Where Does Mold Come From and What Does it do?

Mold comes from water damage that soaks into structures of your home. Mold spreads fast throughout your home in less than 48 hours. It can even pose some health effects. Mold spores are microscopic and can produce allergens and irritants that can cause other health effects. If you see mold, you should act fast.

2. What Should I Do If I See Mold?

The first thing you should do is try and locate the water source that caused mold. Turn off your HVAC system and stay out of the affected areas. What you shouldn’t do when you see mold is another big part of this guide. Do not touch the mold, attempt to dry the area yourself, or blow air across any surfaces with mold. The last thing you should do is call SERVPRO of Lawrence County as soon as possible.

3. Mold Remediation and Restoration

Mold remediation should be left to the experts. There’s no one better than SERVPRO of Lawrence County to handle mold in your home in Ellwood City. We will contain the mold to make sure it doesn’t spread, filter the air, and begin to remove mold from surfaces. After, SERVPRO of Lawrence County will restore all surfaces and belongings affected.

Hopefully now you have a better idea of how mold forms, what it might do, and what you should do if you see it. The underlying answer is to call SERVPRO of Lawrence County as soon as you can. We have the equipment and expertise to respond to any size disaster. Call us today at (724) 498-4747 or connect with us on Facebook to begin getting your Ellwood City home to preloss condition today!

Why is SERVPRO of Lawrence County’s Water Extraction Equipment Different?

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a man holding a carpet cleaner extracting water from carpet  SERVPRO® understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense

SERVPRO® understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of Lawrence County will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation, but perhaps more important, these water damage professionals thoroughly understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively.

  • Psychrometrics

Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying. Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process. Restoration professionals must establish an environment favorable for drying. The restoration professional must also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions, without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes.

  • Detection Equipment

Detection Equipment Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify that an environment has been dried thoroughly. Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable the SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to monitor the drying process. Thermohygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.

  • Extraction Equipment

The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster. Extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.

  • Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.

  • Dehumidification Equipment

By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO® of Lawrence County uses two types of dehumidifiers: Refrigerant Dehumidifiers and Desiccant Dehumidifiers.

  • Deodorization Equipment

Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other difficult-to-access areas

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Obviously if you’ve made is this far---you can see why we are the #1 water restoration company in the area. If your New Castle property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

What Does SERVPRO of Lawrence County's Water Restoration Process Look Like?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

picture of of a flooded living room. The water is filling up and the tan couch with pillows is engulfed in water. SERVPRO Lawrence County's experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

When your New Castle home or nearby commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, SERVPRO of Lawrence County has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property. Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. Take a look at our unique process that make us better than any other competitor.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using several techniques. SERVPRO professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the number one water restoration company in the area for a reason. It is because we have the proper processes, equipment, and professionals. Should you need our assistance, call us day or night. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Follow us on Facebook for more water damage tips of the trade.

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How to Stop Frozen Pipes at Your Lawrence County Home

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is a of an outside frozen water pipe showing the temperature as 0 degrees. Attics, basements, and garages are the hot spots (pun intended) for frozen pipes.

Did you know that frozen pipes are the most common cause of property damage in the Winter? With insurance losses ranging in the $5,000-$10,000’s--- SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you some tips of the trade from our water restoration experts.

The pipes that are most likely to be affected by cold temperatures are in the unheated rooms of your home. There is no surprise there. Attics, basements, and garages are the hot spots (pun intended) for frozen pipes. But rest assured, there are some things you can do for preventative measure.

Insulation- Pipe insulation is not only affordable, but it is the easiest tactic to prevent those frigid temperatures from freezing out your pipes. Apply liberally to protect all the vulnerable pipes in your home. Especially in those problematic rooms (attics, basements, and garages, as mentioned above.)

Keep garage doors closed- Keeping warm air trapped in the unheated spaces, as much as possible, is key. This is especially important if there are exterior water supply runs running through the garage walls.

Open kitchen cabinets- This might give your wife the heebie jeebies, but if you need to allow the warm air from your home to circulate to help with frozen pipes, this is a neat little trick. It especially works well if your have an exterior wall kitchen sink.

Keep the water flowing- Even at a small, cool trickle running water helps prevent ice from even starting.

Keep the thermostat consistent- You might be tempted to turn down the heat, so it doesn’t run all day and night. But this is not the right time to watch the heating costs. Keeping your home at a consistent temperature is your best bet for keeping your pipes flowing properly in the winter.

If you are vacationing- Never turn off your thermostat in the winter. Consumer Reports suggests never leaving the temperature below 55 ° F.

Add the fluffy pink stuff-If you want to make some permanent changes this winter, add some extra insulation in the attic, basements, and crawl spaces. This will keep heat from escaping.

If your house unfortunately does have a pipe break, and your home encounters water damage, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the company you want to have on speed dial. We are water restoration experts. SERVPRO has the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your home properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. If your New Castle home needs us on a whim…we will be there. We are open 24/7 to take your call today. Call us at 724.498.4747.

How Do I Know if Something is Actually Dry?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of a moisture reader being used to check if drywall is still wet You cannot use your hands to adequately determine is something is dry because your skin has a moisture content of 25 percent.

If your basement floods just an inch or two, you may decide to clean it up yourself. You mop up all the water, find as many large fans as you can and hope it dries out as quickly as possible. After a few days, you go down into your basement and try to determine if the contents are dry. But how?

You cannot use your hands to adequately determine is something is dry because your skin has a moisture content of 25 percent. For example, dry wood has a moisture content of about 10 percent. So, if you were to feel dry wood with a moisture content of about 20 percent, it would still be wet. But your hands would tell your brain it was dry, because it is drier than your hands.

Just because something feels dry to the touch doesn’t mean it isn’t still saturated with water.

If you need help with water clean-up and restoration, let our team of professionals from SERVPRO of Lawrence County come help you! We have years of experience and will ensure your property is clean and restored to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

Call us today at (724) 498 4747

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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.

Call us today for more information! (724) 498 4747

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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!