Recent Water Damage Posts

It’s National Storm Preparation Month in Erie!

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

a tree with fall leaves Besides the looming threat of potentially being effected by a dreadful storm, September is also a wonderful time to prepare for winter.

As another summer begins to wind down and fall begins to roll in, it is imperative to be aware that many dangerous storms are still quite likely to occur during these months. In fact, this time of the year, August through October, is when tropical storms and hurricanes are the most common to hit land fall. Besides the looming threat of potentially being affected by a dreadful storm, September is also a wonderful time to prepare for future severe weather events such as winter storms. Here at SERVPRO of Erie and Warren Counties we have several recommendations to keep your residence or business safe all year long!

  • Sign up for Alerts and Warnings
  • Make an Emergency Storm Plan
  • Practice the Emergency Drills
  • Make Improvements to Your Home or Business
  • Assemble First Aid Supplies and Non-Perishables

SERVPRO of Erie and Warren Counties is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are already nearby and ready to help. We are a Fire and Water - Restoration and Cleanup company. We are Here to Help, 24/7. For immediate assistance give us a call at (814) 806-1987 or visit us on our Website!

Two Birds of Feather Flock Together: Water and Mold in Erie

9/10/2022 (Permalink)

water and mold damaged wall So, you might ask what makes us the industry leaders? The answer is simple, 24-Hour Emergency Service, which makes us “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”

Ah yes, the worst power couple in the world, no I’m not talking about Kim and Pete! I’m talking about water and mold damage. These two are the definition of a toxic relationship, they are the couple that annoys everyone, the couple you wish would break up, but somehow are always together. We all know this kind of couple, unfortunately in our line of work in the restoration field we come across this dreadful situation almost on a daily basis. As an industry leader of water mitigation and mold remediation it is our job to break up this revolting couple! Which we will in a quick and timely manner having your horrendous problem looking “Like it never even happened.”                

So, you might ask what makes us the industry leaders? The answer is simple, 24-Hour Emergency Service, which makes us “Faster to Any Size Disaster.” Highly trained water and mold restoration technicians and advanced water and mold inspection, extraction equipment. We pride ourselves on doing the best possible job in our line of work.

SERVPRO of Erie and Warren Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Wet Basement Problem Solved in Erie, PA

7/30/2022 (Permalink)

fans drying out home From storms, sewage, to maintaining your sanity, being a homeowner can be stressful. Our team understands and we are here to help!

A local citizen’s basement flooded with sewage in Erie, PA due to a major thunderstorm. The results were wet and unsanitary. The storm overwhelmed the family’s sump pump which is a common occurrence with homes when major thunderstorms strike. For this home in particular, the sewage damage took place while the family was away.

Luckily, they called our team, and we were able to help make the sewage and storm damage, "Like it never even happened." In the after picture, you can see the same kitchen following our team's cleanup. We stripped the floors and cabinets, preparing the kitchen for remodel and eliminating all remnants of the spillage. Check out these Before and After photos.

From storms, sewage, to maintaining your sanity, being a homeowner can be stressful. Our team understands and we are here to help! SERVPRO of West Erie County specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Water Damage Tips in West Erie County

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

water falling into a bucket What do you already do to make sure you are reducing your residence or business risk of water damage?

Nothing is more frustrating than having to deal with water damage to your home or commercial business, but in quite a few instances it is avoidable. With the correct knowledge it can at the very least reduce the risk of it causing more damage than it should. Are you aware of what can help you avoid these potential dangers? What do you already do to make sure you are reducing your residence or business risk of water damage? Here are our helpful tips to be aware of to help you avoid potential water damage!

  • Clean out gutters and down spouts- Gutters should be cleaned bi-annually to avoid any blockages that could lead to an overflow of water.
  • Disconnect hoses- When fall rolls around you should always disconnect your hoses from your outside faucets. Frozen water in a hose can create an ice block leading back into the pipes and has the potential to cause a pipe rupturing.
  • Know your water shut offs- Water shutoffs to your home of business are essential knowledge for anyone to know, it very well can be the difference between a major loss disaster or not.
  • When you notice a leak, do not hesitate to fix it- If you find evidence of a leak or evidence of moisture, it should be investigated immediately. Ignoring this can lead to much more serious water damage potential and can almost guarantee the start of mold and mildew.

SERVPRO of West Erie County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are already nearby and ready to help. We are a Fire and Water - Restoration and Cleanup company. We are Here to Help, 24/7. For immediate assistance give us a call at (814) 806-1987or visit us on our Website.

Sewage Backup in Your West Erie Home

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

fans in room Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of West Erie County will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

  • Category 1: “Clean Water” - Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • Category 2: “Gray Water” - May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Category 3: “Black Water” - May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes

SERVPRO of West Erie County are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

Seal Your Edinboro Home and Keep Water Out

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Fabric with water droplets on it. The more moisture that is in your home, the less longevity there will be in your home.

Sealing and waterproofing is super important when it comes to preventing leaks in the home. The more moisture that is in your home, the less longevity there will be in your home.  In the form of rainwater and ground seepage, it can ruin foundations, windows and doors, masonry, and cement, siding and roofs. Excess moisture can also create serious mold problems and is quite common in basements and crawl spaces. However, it can occur above ground as well, due to roof and gutter leaks. Sealing out moisture and waterproofing your home is the most important maintenance chore you can do.

Tips to Sealing Your Home

Below are some tips from the University of Minnesota how to seal your home to protect it from water.

?      Install sill flashing
?      Use flashing tape
?      Caulk the tops and sides of flange

SERVPRO of West Erie County are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

What to Do Before the Snow Melts in Girard, PA

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Snow removal rake in action. The peak of winter is here, and the snow is not melting anytime soon.

The peak of winter is here, and the snow is not melting anytime soon. Since we cannot count on it melting, we must take care of it ourselves. What a bummer right? However, we are all in this together, and while we are at it, we will throw in a few tips too!

Snow Removal Tips

Many times, we are not sure if it is us or the city who is supposed to clean snow from the sidewalk. Often it is the owner of the property’s responsibility. It is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice to prevent injury and easier travel for yourself and your neighbors. So, what is the best way to remove snow from the sidewalk? NYC.gov provides some tips for sidewalk snow removal:

  • Remove snow along the sidewalk adjacent to your property. Do not push snow from the sidewalk into the street.
  • Clear the snow from around the fire hydrant if there is one in front of your property.
  • You should move the snow to your front yard, behind the stoop line, or to the grassy curb strip if one exists.
  • Where possible, try to clear a path at least four feet wide along the sidewalk.

SERVPRO of West Erie County specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. If you have experienced a disaster, simply give us a call at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

How to Deal With Water Damage in Cranesville, PA

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding outside of home. Water damage in a home can occur in many ways. Flooding can occur from outside causes such as a thunderstorm.

Water damage in a home can occur in many ways. Flooding can occur from outside causes such as a thunderstorm. Heavy rainfall for an extended period can cause a sump pump to back up causing a flood in your home. In addition, it is possible that you may have cracks in your foundation, or the water does not drain away from your home well. According to iii.org, in 2019, 29.4% of losses occurred from water damage and freezing. That is more than a quarter of homes in the United States that experienced considerable damage to their homes from natural causes.

What to Do After a Flood

SERVPRO of West Erie County has few tips for you if a flood ever occurs in 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.

For more information on how SERVPRO of West Erie County can help you after a disaster or if you have any questions at all, call us at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Training, Experience, and Equipment Set SERVPRO of West Erie County Apart

9/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded laundry room with water rising up to the washer and particles floating through the water. Not just any restoration company can handle these major disasters.

You know SERVPRO of West Erie County as the industry leader in fire and water damage restoration, but how did we get there? There are three areas that allow us at SERVPRO of West Erie County to exceed all expectations and go above and beyond!

Training

We have Highly Trained Restoration Specialists ready to respond to disasters in Erie homes. They are trained by the standards set by the IICRC. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our restoration technicians are trained in house by our owner, Andrew Dobson.

Andrew currently holds all advanced designations including, Master Water Restorer (MWR), Master Fire & Smoke Restorer (MSR) and Master Textile Cleaner (MTC).

Experience

We have been in business for a while, so we have seen a lot! From small events like leaky pipes and minor flooding to major commercial fires and total rebuilds, we have done it all. This gives SERVPRO of West Erie County the knowledge to restore any Erie property following a disaster.

Equipment

Not just any restoration company can handle these major disasters. The Advanced Technology in SERVPRO of West Erie County’s arsenal allows us to have the device, machine, or deodorizer needed for each disaster. Along with our equipment, our fleet is massive! We have the capacity to service anyone.

When your Erie home or business is in need, SERVPRO of West Erie County is Here to Help! Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to make your disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

What Can I Do After a Flood in My Erie Home?

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

A man sitting on his couch with water surrounding him looking distressed A flooding event can leave homeowners in Erie confused. Who should I call? What can I do? What will the damage be?

A flooding event can leave homeowners in Erie confused. Who should I call? What can I do? What will the damage be? All these questions can be answered right here by SERVPRO of West Erie County!

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!

After you determine it is safe, you can enter the home. Before you execute any of our Water Damage Tips, call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry and restore any home damaged by a flood. Now, on to the “Do’s” and ”Don'ts” following flood:

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 the ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Following a flood event, call the water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of West Erie County!

Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our website to get your Erie home dried and restored fast!

Why Commercial Water Damage Restoration is Tricky in Erie

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

A man is pulling a pallet in a warehouse. We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry any Erie business, big or small.

Water damage in general can be tricky. When SERVPRO of West Erie County comes into your Erie home, we execute our Water Damage Restoration Process which consists of:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 6 - Restoration

Does this change in a commercial setting? The process is the same, but the stakes can be higher when there is water damage in your Erie business.

Why is this? Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, you need a restoration company equipped to respond fast. SERVPRO of West Erie County is just that!

Another factor is size. Some facilities are massive and require much more equipment than most restoration companies can handle. Luckily, SERVPRO of West Erie County has the capacity to dry any facility.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry any Erie business, big or small. We are a “Large Loss Team” meaning we are an elite group of large loss specialists. We can help any business in Erie recover from damage.

When your Erie business is in need, call SERVPRO of West Erie County at (814) 807-1987 today. You can also visit our Website to begin getting your facility back to preloss condition. Do not trust your business with any other restoration company. SERVPRO of West Erie County is Here to Help!

What Can I Do With Water in My Erie Basement?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

A basement wash room is flooded. With all of this said, the most important step will always be calling SERVPRO of West Erie County.

Water in our basements is a common issue. With the heavy rain we see during these summer months, we are sure to see some basements suffer water damage. Luckily, SERVPRO of West Erie County responds fast with highly trained restoration technicians. But is there something you can do before help arrives? Let us go over what you should do when you see water in your Erie basement.

The first step should always be calling SERVPRO of West Erie County. But before help arrives, there is a few things you should do:

  • Determine if it is safe to enter. Be wary of electrical hazards, and “slip and fall” hazards
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Turn on the A/C for maximum drying in the summer

Now let us look at some things you should not do:

  • Do not leave wet fabric in place
  • Do not turn on appliances such as the TV
  • Do not enter a room with ceiling damage
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water

Check out SERVPRO of West Erie County’s full list of Water Damage Tips.

What if mold comes along in your basement? Is there something you should do then? Those are two great questions, and we have the answers!

First, call SERVPRO of West Erie County. Mold especially should be left to the professionals. When you see mold, do not touch it, or attempt to clean the area affected. Also, turn the A/C off so mold does not spread into other areas. You can get a full list of tips from our Mold Damage Tips.

With all of this said, the most important step will always be calling SERVPRO of West Erie County. You can reach us at (814) 806-1987 or by visiting our website. No matter the disaster, we are Here to Help!

What Constitutes a Flash Flood in Erie?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water is covering the road next to a sing saying, "Flash Flood Area" Driving during Flash Floods can be troublesome. If possible, avoid travel.

Whenever we see massive downpours in Erie, we might have Flash Flood Warnings to go along with it. What really is a Flash Flood? What does that mean for your safety? What does it mean for your home? SERVPRO of West Erie County is here with all the answers!

  • Definition

The National Weather Service defines a Flash Flood as, “Flooding that begins within 6 hours, and often within 3 hours, of the heavy rainfall (or other cause).” They can occur because of levee and dam break or even mudslides. Typically, they can cause streams and creeks to overflow in neighborhoods that pose a threat to your home. 

  • Safety

Flash Flooding can be a major safety hazard to you. The flooding can either cover major roadways or trap people in homes. Driving during Flash Floods can be troublesome. If possible, avoid travel. These floods in residential areas may trap you in your home. Either way, these can be very dangerous to you.

  • Home Damage

Since these Flash Floods come fast, it’s hard to prepare for one. This can cause some serious water damage to your home or business. Luckily, SERVPRO of West Erie County has highly trained water restoration technicians to help.

If your home suffers water damage from a Flash Flood, or any other source, get SERVPRO of West Erie County on your side! Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our  Website to get your home to preloss condition fast.

Plan Ahead For Thawing Snow in Erie, PA

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a woman holding a blue bucket up to the celing catching droplets of water leaking. To prevent snow from entering the foundation of your home, shovel snow closest to your home away.

One of the biggest complaints about weather in and around Erie is that it is so unpredictable. Monday could bring sunny mild weather and by Wednesday we could have snow covering the ground. This unpredictability is annoying, but it can also cause some water damage in your home.

When snow thaws near and on top of your house, it could be dangerous. Here’s a few tips on how to prevent the changing weather from damaging your home:

  • Shovel heavy snow off of your roof, stand on the ground to do so or call a professional.
  • Properly seal anything exposed to the outdoors such as windows and walls.
  • Check for ice dams.
  • To prevent snow from entering the foundation of your home, shovel snow closest to your home away.
  • Check your roof, basement, and other vulnerable areas frequently.

If these efforts aren’t enough and you experience some water damage in your home, SERVPRO of West Erie County can help. We’re faster to any size disaster and have the experience and equipment to get your Erie home back to preloss condition fast.

SERVPRO of West Erie County has many water damage repair and restoration services that include:

  • Water removal and extraction
  • Drying and dehumidifying
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Home restoration
  • Mold cleanup and remediation

SERVPRO of West Erie County is locally owned and operated and committed to providing services to get your home to pre loss condition fast. Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to begin getting your water damage needs solved.

Winter and Sump Pumps: Who will Prevail at Your West Erie County Home?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a sump pump is a basement with the lid off. There are tools all around the sump. The float is an important part of a sump pump, and it is also one of the most vulnerable to malfunction.

Did you know that your sump pump is more likely to back-up during the winter months more than any other time of year? Keeping a close eye on your sump pump this winter could be the difference between you having a water loss or not. SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to give you some tips of the trade from the #1 water restoration company in the Edinboro area.

Firstly, what does a sump pump actually do for your home? Its primary job is to carry excess water, that is hanging around your home’s foundation, and carry it away from your home, (toward the road) through a pipe system. The reason winter is more prevalent for sub pump back-up is due to freezing conditions.

Why winter? Well. As stated above the sump is connected to a large drainpipe. That drainpipe is below the ground in your yard, heading toward the road. When you live in West Erie County---you know the elements of winter can be harsh. The water flows at a trickle…and when the pipe starts to accumulate ice or even worse, gets completely blocked off with ice, the water has only one place to go. And if you have not guessed it already, it means the water goes right back in your basement, creating a flooding issue.

What can you do about it at your home? If you are concerned about your sump pump at your Erie, PA home---SERVPRO of West Erie County understands more than most. Water damage is the cornerstone of our business, and we are Here to Help®. There are some things you can do to help. First, you can bury or insulate the sump pump drainpipe. When you bury it, the ground acts as a natural “blanket” insulating the pipe. Installing shrubs, mulch, or flowers around it can also further insulate it. Keeping it as warm as possible can minimize the chance that the water will freeze in the pipes.

Check your float. The float is an important part of a sump pump, and it is also one of the most vulnerable to malfunction. The float rises with water in the sump pit, which in turn triggers the pump to start pulling water out of the pit. If you want to test your float, pour some water in it. If the float rises with the water and the pump activates and then shuts off when the water has been removed, you know it is working properly. Repeat this test every few weeks in the winter.

What if it floods? Flooding is major concern for all Erie homes with basements. A sump is great to have, but we all know nothing is full proof and a freezing cold winter is just one of the many reasons that can make a sump fail. Contact SERVPRO of West Erie County for any flooding or water issues or questions. SERVPRO professionals want you to know we are here to provide services when you have water damage due to flooding, drain backup, sump pump failure or any other water damage situation that can occur. Our trained professionals will perform the cleanup process in a professional manner with tools and equipment necessary.  We use technology and standards which guide us through the process. And we monitor and document the drying process for you and the insurance professionals so that you can have a complete understanding of the service we are providing. Call SERVPRO of West Erie County any time of the day at 814-806-1987.

How to Prevent Ice Dams from Starting at Your West Erie Home

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a roof covered in snow with icicles hanging out of the gutter. Ice dams happen due to water runoff freezing before it can completely fall off your roof and builds up creating a “dam”.

Winter in Pennsylvania is here. Have you seen the sight of large icicles hanging off around the perimeter of your home? Those are referred to as “ice dams”. As a kid---those were exciting to get ahold of. But as an adult; we do not quite see the magic we once did. SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to help you prevent those pesky and dangerous icicles from happening in the first place.

Ice dams happen due to water runoff freezing before it can completely fall off your roof and builds up creating a “dam”. The reason you want to ensure these do not happen is because they can cause major havoc on your home. From loosening shingles to tearing off gutters, damage to your home can get expensive quick. Even more concerning, they can create water build up in your home. Here’s what you can do before the cold weather hits.

  • Properly insulate your attic. This helps stop the water runoff to begin with by making sure the warm air does not leave you home through the roof.
  • Ventilate the attic. Believe it or not you want to ensure the attic stays cold! This insulates the snow, making sure it does not just melt the minute it hits your roof. If it melts---it goes right to the gutters and freezes, creating the ice dams.
  • Get crafty by installing a water repellent roof membrane. Take that, ice dams!
  • Clean your gutters one more time before winter. Make sure no extra debris or leaves got in the gutter.

Ice and snow are part of winter here in Erie. But SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to ensure your home stays safe. We are the area’s number one water damage restoration company. Should your home experience any water damage or winter weather hazards, contact us to have the job done correctly.    

Homes can be a safe haven from the stress of the world. However, sometimes the stress is there waiting for you when you get back from work, vacation, or even running errands. When you walk in the door, the last thing you expect to find is inches of water. When your home has water damage from ice dams, leaks, or burst pipes, SERVPRO of West Erie County has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly trained technicians who will document the drying process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.

Here we have some helpful tips outlined in our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property. Follow us on Facebook for more tips about water damage.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (814) 806-1987

Wooden Furniture and Water Damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

image of living room with all wooden furniture SERVPRO of West Erie County understands how water can damage wooden furniture and how to stop the water from causing more damage.

When water rises quickly inside a home, more than just your flooring can get wet and damaged. An overflowing toilet or failing dishwasher can rapidly remove varnishes, stain fabrics, and warp the wood on chairs, couches, and tables.

Restoring furniture and belongings after water damage can be a daunting task. SERVPRO of West Erie County understands how water can damage wooden furniture and how to stop the water from causing more damage.

When one of our professionals comes to your home, the first thing they will do is raise the furniture off the wet surface or remove it from your home if necessary. Then they will inspect your belongings for the any of the following problems:

  • Swelling: Water cause wood to swell and crack. The frames on couches are not treated to resist water. Water breaks down the glue that holds it together, weakens the joints, and can cause the couch to be unstable and unsafe to use. To reduce the moisture content, our team will use dehumidifiers to draw the moisture out of the frame and surrounding air. This will help keep the glue together and keep your couch safe and ready to use.
  • Water Spotting: Upholstery such as couch and chair skirts can sometimes have water spots or a water level mark that requires dry cleaning. To permanently avoid spotting, our technicians at SERVPRO of West Erie County will carefully wet the entire piece of fabric and then dry it completely.
  • Color Bleeding: Sometimes fabrics bleed when they absorb too much water. We will use dehumidifiers to draw out the moisture, and utilize air movers to move warm, dry air over the surface to speed up the drying process.
  • Mold and Mildew: If you do not remove standing water quickly, a thin white coat of fungus will begin to grow on exposed wood. Again, our industrial sized dehumidifiers and air movers will help stop the growth of mold and mildew. We also have specialized cleaner to remove the mold or mildew already present.

Restoring wooden furniture to a safe and usable state is not a simple process. The technicians at SERVPRO of West Erie County are trained to restore water damage and will help make your home or business “Like it never even happened.” 

Call us today! (814) 806 1987

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Why is my Skylight Leaking?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

image of shingles removed around a skylight on top of a roof Sometimes with high levels of humidity and the use of air conditioning, skylights can experience excessive condensation that will drip down the glass.

A skylight is a clever architectural feature to bring light into dark rooms. While skylights can be a beautiful feature, they have one major downside – leaks. A leaky skylight can lead to major property damage if not repaired correctly.

The best way to identify a leak is through inspection. Sometimes with high levels of humidity and the use of air conditioning, skylights can experience excessive condensation that will drip down the glass. This is not a major problem and can usually be fixed with some anti-fogging spray.

If your skylight can open, it is important to make sure debris like leaves, sticks, and dirt, are not obstructing your skylight and keeping it from sealing properly.

Additionally, weather seals age with time and exposure to the sun and water. Damaged and worn out weather seals are one of the most common causes of a leaking skylight. It is also a simple repair to replace the seals.

The second most common cause of leaking skylights is damage to insulated glass and the point where the glass meets the frame. The only way to repair cracked glass is to replace the skylight.

Sometimes, your skylight may not be the problem at all. If your roof is sloped, shingles or tiles are damaged, the skylight can allow water in when it travels down your roof.

If you are experiencing a leaky roof, skylight, or any other water damage to your home, SERVPRO of West Erie County is happy to help!  We can restore any water damage, as well as repair your roof. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Do not hesitate to give us a call! (814) 806 1987

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Protect Your Home When You Leave Town this Summer

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Two people relaxing on a beach If your home or property suffers water damage while you are away, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you and your family are a hop, skip, and jump away from relaxing on beach. As a homeowner, it can be a nerve racking to leave your home unattended for a week, or even a few days. Take these steps before you leave to ensure you can have peace of mind while you are away.

  1. Shut off the main water valve to your home, even if you only plan to be gone for a few days. This eliminates the risk of flooding due to broken pipes.
  2. Check your sump pump to ensure it is working properly in case of flooding due to heavy rain. Consider purchasing a battery-powered back up to protect your home if you lose power.
  3. Inspect the hoses leading to major appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers, checking for kinks or damage.
  4. Ask a neighbor or trusted friend to check in on your home on a regular basis. They can water your plants, grab your mail, and make sure no major disasters have occurred in your absence.

Even the most cautious and responsible homeowner can sometimes suffer the consequences of water damage. If you find yourself in this situation, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County! We are happy to help and will have your home looking “Like it never even happened.”

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Common Sewer Backup Causes and Quick Fixes

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Sewer backup caused flooding and water damage Common causes of a sewer backup could be hair, grease, and detergent that enters your drains.

Your sewage system can give you problems this upcoming summer but fear not. We are outlining the causes of sewer backup and some quick fixes!

Common causes of a sewer backup could be hair, grease and detergent that enters your drains. When all of these things are combined, it can quickly clog up your pipes and cause a sewer backup. This type of backup is usually an easy fix that you could perform yourself with a drain cleaner and a plunger. However, if these clogs continue, you may have a more intense issue and may need to call a professional to fix it for the future.  

Another cause of sewer backups that may be harder to decipher is if tree roots are penetrating your sewer line. You may notice a soggy or smelly yard as a side effect of this. As trees grow, the roots move further and sometimes closer to your home lines. A sewer video inspection conducted by a plumber is one way to get a direct pipe inspection. If you have a sewer line that's been infiltrated, the roots will need to be cut away and the pipe repaired or replaced.

If your home is older, there may be collapsed pipes causing the backup. Many older homes were built with clay and cast iron pipes that eventually deteriorate and cannot withstand the test of time. Trenchless technology can replace sewer pipes made from these materials with a system that causes minimal disturbance in your yard or home.

If you have a commercial business like a restaurant or catering business, grease is a common cause of a sewer backup. These establishments have much more food waste than an average family home. Check to see if your grease trap has been cleaned lately. If not cleaned regularly, this can cause irreversible damage and close your business’ doors for good. 

Whether you are experiencing backups at your home or your commercial business, you may need to call a plumber. And if the backups already caused any water damage or flooding, call us at SERVPRO® of West Erie County at (814) 806-1987. We’re here to help anytime!

Water Damage Leading to Mold

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

image of a commercial building with visible mold growth Mold can grow after water damage within 48 hours after occurrence

When you experience water damage to your property you are likely thinking about many different things and mold growth probably isn’t one. However, if not treated properly, water damage will likely result in mold and should be a very serious concern.

Mold can grow after water damage within 48 hours after occurrence. One small mold speck can lead to many mold spores throughout your home or commercial property. These spores can travel through the air and can often lead to bad air quality and even illness. Once mold is present, it can only be a matter of hours before it starts reproducing new spores and starts to travel through the building. If mold gets into your air ducts it will often become present throughout your whole building through the HVAC system present.

The best way to stop mold growth in your property is to prevent this from happening completely, and the best way to do that is to call SERVPRO® of West Erie County to properly restore and mitigate your water damage. Our restoration professionals will not only fully clean your property/contents and extract all water from it all, but more importantly, dry it correctly! We use several air movers and dehumidifiers working together to keep the air dry and aid in extracting any moisture from the building.

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Restoring Hard Wood Floors After Water Damage

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

image of clean looking hardwood floor If water is left too long on these surfaces it settles in crevices and natural grooves of the wood.

Hardwood floors can be a great choice when choosing flooring for your home. They look great and, in most cases, are very easy to clean and maintain. One major drawback of having hardwood floors is how it reacts to extreme water damage. If a large amount of water is present on a hardwood floor for an extended period it will be significantly damaged or even ruined.

Almost all the equipment used today for water damage is for the extraction of water from carpets and soft materials. Rarely lending itself to the extraction of water damage from hardwood floors. If water is left too long on these surfaces it settles in crevices and natural grooves of the wood. This will lead to mold growth, and morphing, splitting, and cupping of the wood will occur.

To restore and save your homes hardwood flooring it is strongly encouraged to begin with the dehumidifying process as soon as you can. Dehumidifying will certainly reach those deep crevices. If water remains after this, it may be necessary to pull certain areas of the wood out and replace completely.

Another option is the Injectidry System, which is a method we at SERVPRO® of West Erie County use to properly dry hardwood floors. This Injectidry floor mat system is used to dry high risk areas of hidden moisture in and under flooring. It is mostly used for hardwood flooring but can also be used for marble, tile and sub-flooring and cabinetry. When it is all said and done, this method can save the customer a lot of money in replacing their entire hardwood flooring.

If you experience water damage to your hardwood flooring please give us a call at 814-806-1987 for more info; we are HERE TO HELP®

Sewer Water and Drain Back Up Coverage

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Sewer and drain back up coverage is an essential endorsement for every home insurance policy. Most insurance agents do not add this in unless you want

SERVPRO of West Erie County receives calls every day from residents who incur water in their basements caused by sewer and drain back-ups. 

The first question we ask when we receive the call is, “Do you have sewer and drain back up coverage on your home insurance policy?”

Sewer and drain back up coverage is an essential endorsement for every home insurance policy. Most insurance agents do not add this in unless you want specifically ask them for the coverage.

Many customers think of the additional increase in their premium instead of the cost to clean, sanitize, and dry a home that has a water back up issue.

Most insurance carriers provide the coverage for a very minimal increase added to the premium, with some as low as $100.00 per year. That’s only about .27 a day. Prices will vary depending on square footage of home and if basement is finished and furnished or not. 

Insurance agents will work with you on what coverage is best for your home. If paying out of pocket, a homeowner can expect the average cost to clean, sanitize and dry a basement to start at approximately $2,500.00. 

SERVPRO of West Erie County will not only perform the extraction, cleaning, sanitizing and proper drying techniques, but will work with your insurance adjuster to insure your coverage, premium and deductibles are in line and working for you.

Call SERVPRO of West Erie County at (814) 806-1987 for your water mitigation needs. Also, visit us on our Facebook page.

Recovery from Strong Winds and Heavy Rains

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded streets that overwhelm sewer systems can lead to flooded basements and damage to the contents of our homes

It seems that each summer brings a season of strong winds and heavy rains. With this weather comes roof damage allowing water to make its way into homes.

SERVPRO of West Erie County can tarp your roof and keep any further damage from happening to the inside of your home. Prohibiting secondary damage allows us to get your home dried and cleaned from the water that has already made its way into your home.

The SERVPRO procedure is to send our sales estimator to inspect the damage, inform the customer of the extent of the work that is needed. He/she then gets all the appropriate paperwork signed and completes a written scope of work for the technicians to perform.

Once the crew arrives at the job site, they can get right to the restoration process to minimize any further damage. This process is streamlined to keep cost down, efficiency and effectiveness high, ultimately producing the desired results.

Usually saturated carpet or tile will need extracted. Holes will be drilled into the base of the drywall to allow airflow to go into the chambers of the walls and/or ceiling.

Once drywall has become saturated, the affected area is designated and categorized as to what level of contamination the water contains. has the water passed through numerous building materials? Has it come in contact with sewage? These factors determine the category of water loss.

Technicians will then apply the appropriate antimicrobial spray and set-up drying equipment that includes air movers and dehumidifiers. Air scrubbers may be placed as needed to change the quality of the inside air.

All services will be completed according to IICRC guidelines. We hope that you never experience this type of water damage, but if you do, know you can count on SERVPRO of West Erie County to handle the job from start to finish.       

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Hardwood Flooring Water Restoration in Erie County

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Erie County uses specialized drying equipment and industrial grade dehumidifiers to remove the water as quickly as possible.

Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home and can boost overall value of the home, as well as increasing aesthetic appeal.

Maybe you bought your home with hardwood floors already installed, or maybe you just spent the money to have your carpeting ripped out and new floors put in.

In either case, water damage to hardwood floors can be an overwhelming and daunting task to clean up.

Water damage can occur from innocent children trying to be independent, pet accidents, broken appliances, and severe weather such as storms and heavy rainfall.  So, what can you do when water hits the floors?

Unfortunately, in many cases of water loss incidents or flooding, hardwood flooring can end up being a costly material to remove, and ultimately replace.

When the flooring gets wet, the wood absorbs the water and begins to swell and warp. Even if the water is only on the surface, water can seep in through the cracks and loosen the glue holding the flooring to the ground.

Depending on the type of water, you may want to clean it up yourself or call the technicians at SERVPRO of West Erie County. We use specialized drying equipment and industrial grade dehumidifiers to remove the water and moisture as quickly and efficiently as possible.

It important to remove the water quickly and dry the flooring. The timing could potentially save the hardwood flooring in the long run and prevent mold growth.

The secret to preventing mold and mildew is not just the elimination of water, but dirt as well. Hardwood flooring and carpeting are the same when it comes to mold and mildew; dirt and water mix together and can lead to mold and mildew when left unattended.

Our general contractors can also address other facets of recovery such as, demolition and re-installation of hardwood flooring should the water damage be too extensive to repair, as well as temporary construction solutions like boarding and tarping to prevent further damage

Caring for a hardwood floor after water damage can be a difficult task. Luckily, SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to help with specialized equipment and training. We believe in repairing as opposed to replacing, and we have the experience and expertise to get the job done correctly!

We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Give us a call! (814) 806 1987

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Sump Pump Failure and How SERVPRO Can Help in Erie County

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

The key to preventing sump pump failure is preventative maintenance and upkeep.

The sump pump is an appliance in your home that you may not give much thought to until you need it. When a heavy storm hits unexpectedly, the last thing you need is for your sump pump to fail.

The key to preventing sump pump failure is preventative maintenance and upkeep. This ensures you won’t be stuck with a wet, musty basement.

Since your sump pump relies on the electricity from your house, power outages are the most common cause of sump pump failures. This is likely to occur during the spring and summer storm season. There are two solutions to this problem.

  1. Purchase a back-up generator. The Top 10 selling back-up generators are a great place to start. The back-up generator will keep power running to your sump pump when the power to your house is lost.                   
  2. The less costly alternative is to purchase a back-up battery that will keep your sump pump operating when there is a power outage. A battery can cost anywhere between $275 and $500 to purchase and install. While this may seem like an unappealing amount of money to spend for a back-up plan, it is the best way to prevent basement flooding.

Maintenance is key to preventing sump pump failure. If you have not heard your sump pump running recently, you can easily test it by pouring five gallons of water into it. Once the sump pump reaches its maximum level, the pump should turn on by itself and begin draining the water.

More sump pump maintenance tips are available here.

If you find yourself needing help or assistance with basement flooding or sump pump failure, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We can provide immediate help and minimize any further damage to your home and basement.  Call today! (814) 806 -1987

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What Affects the Cost of Water Damage Restoration

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

It’s a very stressful situation when water damage occurs at your house.  You immediately want professional help that will clean and restore your surroundings.  But, there are also concerns of whether you have insurance coverage? Will your policy cover the cost? If the policy doesn’t cover the damage, what will it cost you? 

How do we determine the cost of water mitigation?

According to IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) http://www.IICRC.org/what-affects-water-damage-restoration-cost-a-192.html

The extent of the destruction will be the most determining factor when calculating price. Most companies bill by the square foot, so professionals should be hired right away to keep the problem from spreading and becoming more expensive.

Another major part of the cost is the type of water that caused the damage. The dirtiness of the water is classified by Categories.

Category 1 – is the cleanest type.  Examples are rain water and clean tap water.

Category 2 - sources contain some chemical or biological agents that can pose a health risk if they come in contact with a person. This usually includes discharge from appliances like washing machines.

Category 3 - sources pose an extreme health risk and normally include active biological agents that can cause serious illness. Sewage and ground flooding produce Category 3 threats.

Companies will charge more when dealing with Category 2 and 3 than Category 1 sources because additional cleaning with specialized chemicals will be required as well as protective equipment and gear.

The location of the destruction will also dictate price to an extent, as some materials are easier to replace than others. Replacing baseboards is relatively easy and inexpensive. Replacing drywall is more expensive and time consuming. Changing out carpet is even more expensive and requires additional time.

Not performing the cleanup properly can affect the cost too.

While some people may choose a water damage restoration company by cost alone, a homeowner must make sure they are dealing with certified professionals. If the house is not cleaned out thoroughly, lingering moisture will cause major problems down the road that will be even more expensive to fix. For these reasons, a homeowner should only select a reputable company with a strong training background and one certified in this area of restoration.

We recommend that you choose us, SERVPRO of West Erie County.

Pricing a Water Damage Restoration Job

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

You probably wonder how we determine the cost of a water damage job.  We discussed in a previous blog that there are various factors affecting the cost of cleaning up after water damage such as the category or dirtiness of the water, the size of the area affected, and the different components affected such as walls, floors, ceilings and contents.

Knowing all this, how do we determine a price?

We, SERVPRO of West Erie County, use various tools to make pricing standard and acceptable to insurance industry standards. We use customary rates.

We want our customers to know how these prices are derived so that they can feel that they are getting treated fairly.

There are three factors to pricing fairly. 

  1. We use a tool called “Xactimate”. Xactimate is an estimating software of national influence that features a price list with standard and customary prices. According to the Xactimate web page, Xactimate is the industry's most powerful and comprehensive solution for property claims estimation. It is the number one choice for restoration professionals, thanks to its accuracy and flexibility throughout all stages of the repair process.

We draw your rooms in the software according to square footage. We then, attach line items that are task-oriented pertaining to your damage. 

  1. We adhere to industry standards that are established by a standards-setting authority. The most prominent of these organizations is called the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC has set standards that say how many air movers and dehumidifiers should be placed on a water damage job. This is based on cubic footage, square footage, and linear footage.
  1. The third tool is a SERVPRO developed tool called DryBook™. DryBook™ has the IICRC rules coded into the software. The application tells us how many air movers to place in your room and how many dehumidifiers are allowed based on the size of the room according to acceptable standards.

So, with information from the above three areas, we have tools and guidelines that tell us how to accurately handle and price the water damage job specifically for your home.

In closing, we want to let you know that our pricing isn’t based on who you are, where you live or if we are in need of business. It’s based on rules and guidelines. We want to be fair and consistent with our customers.  We want to focus on doing the best job for you, at the fairest price.

Water Damage Tips

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

"Like it Never Even Happened"

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.