Recent Water Damage Posts

Why is Your Water Heater Making Noises?

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water temperature controls on a hot water heater Your water heater is an essential appliance

Why is Your Water Heater Making Noises?

From time to time, you may hear odd noises coming from parts of your house. Various appliances, the HVAC system and other items could be among the culprits. At first, you may shrug off these sounds, but it's a good idea to investigate and get to the bottom of the source and the cause. If your water heater is to blame, there are a few things you can do to get it running properly. Prompt attention will also help you avoid issues such as leaks or explosions.

Popping or Rumbling

An efficient water heater will run quietly, so if you begin to hear these unusual sounds, it's time for some maintenance. When sediment builds up in your heater, it will drop to the bottom of the appliance. Water heats underneath it and begins to boil, which creates the popping noise you hear. If you ignore this issue, your heater can erode and begin to leak.

The Solution

A water heater flush should stop the popping sound. This is a simple process. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Turn off the water heater and turn off the cold water supply.
  • Connect a hose to the drain valve and put the other end in a place where you can safely drain water.
  • Open the drain valve and let the water come out.
  • Run the water until it is clean.
  • Turn the water heater back on.

Calling in the Pros

A professional plumber in Hanover Township, PA, can help you perform this task if you'd prefer. If you ignore these noises, and your heater fails, you could face water damage in your home. Leaks and failing heaters can ruin floors and walls. You could even spot mold growth. When these issues occur, make sure you get in touch with a professional water damage mitigation specialist.
Your water heater is an essential appliance. If you hear popping or rumbling noises, don't shrug them off. Get help flushing out the sediment.

Getting to the Source of a Shower Leak

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Leakage of water from a shower cabin with glass wall that is damaged Shower leaking in a Donora, PA bathroom

Getting to the Source of a Shower Leak

Water leaks can occur in your home for a variety of reasons and from several sources. The bathroom is one of the most likely places where unwanted water can seep into the living space of a home. A bathtub leak is not uncommon, nor is water leaking from the shower area. Quick action is crucial when dealing with a leak, for several reasons. A long-term leak can cause structural damage to the home and allow for mold growth. Also, water damage from a neglected leak may not be covered by a home insurance policy. If you can find the source of the leak, you might be able to prevent the water from staining or weakening the floor. If you cannot find the source, call in a water remediation team right away.

Finding Leaks

A shower pan leak in Donora, PA, should be addressed quickly. To find the source of the leak pay special attention to these areas and situations:

  • Look for areas of peeling or flaking grout
  • Look for broken tiles
  • Follow the water trail
  • Look for cracks or openings in the shower pan
  • Investigate water stains or darkening on the ceiling beneath a shower

It's not a bad idea to run the shower and try to see if water is leaking. Make sure the test is conducted in a good light, as finding the source of the leak is often challenging. Once the source of a bathtub leak or shower leak is established, you can move on to the next step.

Fixing Leaks

If you're handy, and the leak is minor, you may be able to fix it yourself. If the leak has gone on for some time, there may be water damage to the floor, ceiling or walls. The wet area should be completely dried out, cleaned and sanitized. To erase all of the damage of a bathtub leak it is crucial to remove all of the moisture.

3 Signs of a Potentially Leaky Shower

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

A shower leaking Shower leak in an Hanover Township, PA home

Follow These 3 Signs If You May Have A Leaking Tub Or Shower

Bathroom leaks can be intimidating to the average homeowner. Uncovering the signs of a bathtub leak early-on can save you money and the hassle of cleanup if replaced upon discovery. Watch for the following three things to see if you may have a leaking tub or shower in your home. If damage is extensive, you may need to hire a Hanover Township, PA, water damage restoration company to manage repairs and cleanup.

1. Uncovering Water Damage

When buying a used home or getting into a bathroom renovation project, in can be helpful to read the signs of a potential shower pan leak. Shower leaks can be deceiving, and may not appear after initial shower use. If you suspect a leak in the pan or tub, watch for water appearing in the following locations:

In a ceiling below a tub
Throughout a crawl space
Wet carpet in neighboring rooms

2. Cracked Caulking

If a shower or bathtub leak is apparent, you will need to get down to the cause of the leak. One of the most commonly found and easily resolved shower leak issues is damaged caulking. Cracked caulking may have a dried-out appearance and flake or peel away easily. To repair cracked caulking on your own, let the area dry completely. Scrape away old, damaged caulking and replace with a strip of fresh caulking. Follow the package directions for curing time to ensure the new seal is fully water-proof.

3. Damaged Pan

To test the integrity of a shower pan, you can start by stoppering the drain and filling the pan with 1-2 inches of water. Allow the water to sit for several hours if necessary. If leaks are discovered, determine what can be done to make repairs. Oftentimes, full pan replacement is necessary. While it may be a more expensive fix, it can reduce significant bathtub leak damage in the future.

A Step by Step Guide on What to Expect With a Toilet Replacement

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you have a leaking toilet in Donora, PA, you may be worried about possible water damage

A Step by Step Guide on What to Expect With a Toilet Replacement

If you have a leaking toilet in Donora, PA, you may be worried about possible water damage. A professional can look over the leak to learn where and how extensive the damage is. When repairing your toilet here are a few steps you can expect to see the professional perform.

1. Turn Off the Water

The first step to toilet repair is to turn off the water to the area. Depending on the toilet type the professional performing your repairs may simply be able to turn off the water supply line directly to the toilet.

2. Drain the Water

After the water is off it's important to drain away any water left in the toilet. This can be done by holding down the flash lever until the tank is empty. Any remaining water can be mopped up with a sponge. Doing so will help prevent further water damage.

3. Disconnect the Water Supply Line

Once your leaking toilet has been drained, the professional performing your repairs can disconnect the water supply line. This should consist of loosening the compression nut and removing the closet bolts.

4. Remove the Toilet

Once the unit has been disconnected, the toilet can be removed. Doing so can allow a water damage restoration service to see where and how extensive any water damage caused by the leak is. Any repairs necessary should be conducted now.

5. Replace Needed Parts

With the old toilet removed any parts necessary can now be replaced. If you have an older unit you may want to replace the toilet entirely. Talk to the professional overseeing your repairs about any water damaged places, the cause of the leak, and any recommendations they may have to help prevent such problems in the future.
If you believe you have a leaking toilet there are few steps you can expect the repair process to contain. The water should be turned off and drained before the toilet is removed. After which the unit itself or any broken parts can be replaced. If you have any water damage or questions about the process, a professional may be able to help.

Water Damage in Your North Washington County Home

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

If your hot water heater leaks, give SERVPRO a call before it turns into major water damage. Even the smallest leak can turn into a flood in no time. 

If you come home to standing water in your utility room, give SERVPRO of North Washington County a call. The difference between a $500 water loss and a $4000 water loss can be as little as a few hours. Time is of the essence. 

SERVPRO of North Washington County is available 24/7, 365 days a year including weekends and all holidays. We also have teams on call to assist with water damage emergencies at all times. 

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Secondary Mold After Water Damage

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

This is a frank discussion about proper attic and roof ventilation in order to prevent the onset of mold issues and shingle warranties in your properties. All modern construction should be code inspected to ensure that the proper ventilation was done at the time of construction, but, sadly, often doesn't due to inspections missing these critical observations. Older homes should be evaluated to ensure that proper ventilation is in place and working sufficiently, and the ventilation system(s) should be upgraded whenever there is going to be a probability of having new roof installations.  Remember too, to pay attention to the chimney.  Flashing can become loose over time, and there may be less obvious leaks related to the chimney.  Mold must eat, and it feeds on moisture.

Water Damaged Valuables After a Fire

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

WATER and FIRE LOSS: When these type of disasters occur, contents in your home can be adversely effected. You can certainly look to rely on the contents coverage on your homeowners policy, but more than likely, you'll find yourself disappointed to learn that there are special sublimits for certain categories of valuables, including but not limited to jewelry, fine art, silverware, and other collectibles. A separate valuable articles rider/endorsement can adequately protect these items.  Additionally, consider taking time out of your busy week to either video and/or photograph rooms and valuable items.  Remember to print out photos, and secure them in an alternate location in the event of a water or fire loss (like a safety deposit box, or your Mother's home).

3 Questions To Ask Your Water Damage Service About Commercial Content Cleaning

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Answers To Common Concerns You May Have When It Comes To Content Cleaning. 

Water damage can be devastating to your Cross Creek, PA, business, and facing the aftermath of a flooded company space is likely to raise a lot of questions for you as its owner. How will you handle soaked inventory? Is there any avenue for salvaging office equipment? Fortunately, working with a flood damage and restoration service can help you answer a few common concerns you may have when it comes to content cleaning.

1. Can Water Condition Affect Cleaning Needs?

The type of flooding your building experiences can affect the method of cleaning your items might need. For example, if the source of the flood came from a sink’s broken pipe on a second-floor restroom and water leaked through the ceiling to damage items on the first floor, most will likely be salvageable because the moisture came from a sanitary source. Content damaged by other types of floods, such as those that originated from a sewer backup, usually requires deep cleaning.

2. Can Paper Documents Be Restored?

A flooded company usually means damaged records and other important documents. This can be especially common in basement flooding, where such items are commonly archived. Your content cleaning service has several means for preserving and restoring paper items, such as freeze-drying and disinfecting methods. Photos, x-rays and reference materials, such as company handbooks, can also be restored via these processes.

3. Can Clothing Inventory Be Salvaged?

If you own a retail clothing company and your inventory has been soaked by flooding, you may be concerned about the possible financial loss this can cause. Ask your flood damage and mitigation service about your options for salvaging these items, such as dry cleaning and sanitation processes.

It can be difficult to handle the aftermath of a flooded company space in Cross Creek, PA, especially when multiple items are damaged. However, knowing which questions to ask your professional restoration service may help you realize that much of your building’s content can be salvaged, no matter how the flood occurred.

Severe Water Damage After a Storm

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

We cannot forecast the number of major storm events, but when storm damage happens, please keep it green with SERVPRO WEST HILLS. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Assoc. reported that in 2016, flooding alone resulted in an estimated collective $99 billion dollars in loss. Also, remember to review your homeowner's insurance policy to be certain that the policy covers sewer back up.  Many homeowners insurance policies DO NOT cover this.  You may add $5,000 or $10,000 worth of sewer back up coverage, by adding an ENDORSEMENT to the existing homeowners insurance policy, if the coverage is currently not available on your existing policy.  SERVPRO WEST HILLS is here to help when storm events result in disaster for your home or business. Give us a call anytime if you have any questions.

When Should You Make a Water Damage Claim?

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

A small timeframe of 24-28 hours is all mold needs to start to grow

Homeowners may be unsure of what to do after discovering water damage. Whether your home has been flooded by bursting pipes or you see signs of a leak, it is important to act quickly.

Within Minutes

Policyholders should take a few steps to prepare to make a claim. Start by getting a clearer sense of your coverage and the extent of the damage:

  • Check policy terms and limits
  • Document damage in photos or videos
  • Contact a mitigation service

Standard homeowners policies may cover bursting pipes or leaks if you can prove that negligence did not play a part in causing the incident. Even if a policy does not cover the cost to fix a broken pipe, coverage may be available for the resulting damage.

Within 24 Hours

Mold can start to form within just 24 to 48 hours. Homeowners should rely on mitigation professionals to extract standing water and residual moisture. An expert opinion and estimate can help a homeowner decide whether to make a claim or pay out of pocket to avoid a rate increase. Some insurance companies require agents to report any incidents mentioned by policyholders, regardless of whether they end up making a claim.

Within Several Days

If you make a claim, you should provide the necessary documents and materials. Insurers may require several pieces of information:

  • Documentation of damage
  • An estimate for mitigation and restoration costs
  • Proof of loss

A representative may schedule an on-site visit for an adjuster to inspect the damage. A claim can be settled once these requirements are met.

It is important to take timely steps toward mitigation after water damage at a residence in Cross Creek, PA. This is particularly the case when extensive damage is caused by bursting pipes. Schedule a consultation with a damage mitigation and restoration service and obtain an estimate as soon as possible to determine how to proceed.

Spring Showers

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

We hope Spring brings you more flowers and less showers, but if you experience water damage in your home or auto, we are here to help with solutions.  When it becomes warmer, and we park outside, we may forget to close those windows, and then there is a massive, heavy over night rain storm.  Our vehicle becomes water saturated.  Then you may begin to have an itchy nose, and smell that mold smell. Next, you vacuum, and put the little scent tree on your rearview mirror--but oh, that smell.  The same situation of leaving that open window in the house, and then, oh, that smell! We live in such a damp geographical region, thankful for our abundant drinking water source, but--mold is everywhere, and our mold estimates are free. 

When Pipes Freeze

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

When temperatures drop and stay below 32 degrees for a full three days, it is highly likely that pipes can freeze.  The following thaw that comes along after the freeze is when the pipes are likely to burst, and the result is not only a broken pipe, but water damage.  Water damage to floors, carpets, dry wall and plaster, personal property, and appliances.  The damage list can--sadly--go on and on.  Remember, during the frigid, wintery season that you do NOT drop the thermostat below 58 degrees when you go out, and if the building is much older, a light drip, drip in both cold and hot spigots in all locations in the home.  Make sure you know where your water main shut off is in your home. Also, does it turn easily?  If no, a little spritz of WD-40 on the valve to help it move easily in the event there is an issue where the water main must be shut off, you won't be struggling with an uncooperative valve in an emergency.