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Water Damage in Your North Washington County Home
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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.
3 Tips To Keep Frozen Pipes From Ruining Your Home
Let the faucet drip
3 Effective Ways to Keep Your Water Line from Freezing
Winter often brings cold weather to Cross Creek, PA. While snow, sleet and ice require you to throw on some extra layers before leaving the house, they can also spell disaster for your home’s plumbing system. As you probably know, water expands when it freezes. This expansion can put tremendous pressure on pipes, leading to a potential pipe burst. Here are three effective ways to keep your water line from freezing during cold winter months.
1. Find Exposed Pipes
Not all the pipes in your home are at equal risk for freezing. Generally, pipes in exposed areas and outer walls have a greater chance of sustaining damage during a cold spell. If you aren’t sure which pipes in your home are vulnerable, ask a plumber to explain your plumbing system to you.
2. Disconnect Outside Hoses
Leaving your hoses connected to exterior spickets during the winter can encourage a pipe burst. At the end of the watering season, disconnect and drain your houses. Also, consider placing insulation around exterior faucets to keep them from freezing when temperatures drop.
3. Let the Faucet Drip contracting with a reputable mold mitigation service, you have the equipment, skill and expertise to ensure your home returns to its pre-flood condition.
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
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.