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Specialized Equipment for Drying Hardwood Floors

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

When hardwood flooring gets wet during a water damage it can cause serious problems. Even if the water is cleaned up from the surface immediately, the water may have already penetrated the flooring. When water travels under the floor boards, it causes them to swell and buckle. It usually takes around 48 hours for signs of visible damage and in most cases this damage is irreversible which means the floor will require replacement.  

Long Term Water Damage Causes Little Puddle on Kitchen Floor but Big Problems in Crawlspace

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

wet crawl space flooring Hidden subfloor damage under insulation in crawlspace

Many of us rarely use our crawlspaces so when there is a problem it can go undetected for a long period of time. In this case the homeowners noticed a small puddle on their kitchen floor several days in a row. They simply cleaned up the puddle everyday and thought their refrigerator was on its last legs. The couple eventually called their appliance repair company and they came out to investigate the situation further. They determined that the refrigerator had been leaking and the majority of the water was ending up in the crawlspace. That’s when SERVPRO of The Main Line was called in and was able to take a closer look to see that the entire crawlspace floor was covered in water.

Smoke webs?

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Furnace puff backs can be one of the most heavily involved types of jobs that we perform here at SERVPRO.  Smoke and soot can find its way into all nooks and a cranny of your home, stain fabrics and painted surfaces, and embeds itself into your carpets and flooring.

One common misconception however is that is reveals the deficiencies in your home cleaning.  One of the cardinal features of a puff-back is “webs” in the corners of your walls and ceilings and doorways.  Customers always feel that they are cobwebs that have been blackened by the soot but they are actually carbon chains formed from the soot.  Since a puff-back is a sudden burst of soot from your furnace it puts a lot of soot (carbon) into the air in a short time window.  This carbon collides with one another and forms chains which just happen to look like cobwebs.

Smoke and soot cleaning should always be done by a professional to minimize the damage and fully remove the smoke and soot.  Incorrect cleaning methods could result in smearing, streaking, and having to paint or replace items that may not have needed to be.  SERVPRO uses specialized cleaning agents and equipment to get your home back up and running as soon as possible with a minimal disturbance to you.

Rapid response can mean the difference between restore vs. replace

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

The first few hours after a commercial water damage can be the most vital. Rapid response will many times be the determining factoring between restoring and replacing. The photo captioned is what the employees of this office building saw when they came into work one morning. A quick call to SERVPRO of The Main Line and a crew was on their way. Clean up began with extraction of carpets.  Other crew members moved and blocked contents.  Even more crew members removed the vinyl cove base and drill holes in the lower drywall to allow airflow to more efficiently dry the walls. Holes are always punched below the trim line to allow for the new trim to cover the holes. Drying equipment was set up by a manager as he walked through to ensure nothing was overlooked and properly document the job for the insurance company. The SERVPRO team came in like a wave, just as the water did a few hours before.

Job timeline:

  • The water damage was discovered on a Friday morning at 6:00 AM.
  • The crew arrived at 7:45 AM.
  • The work was completed by Friday evening at 6:30 PM.
  • Crew returned Saturday and Sunday to take moisture readings and re position drying equipment for optimal drying.
  • Crew arrived 6:00 AM Monday to install new cove base and remove equipment.
  • By Monday 9:00 AM, the property was put back together and it was business as usual for this company. Employees that had off that Friday never even knew anything had happened!

If you have a water damage in your commercial property, remember that a quick response from SERVPRO of The Main Line can make the difference from a inconvenient weekend to weeks of construction and loss of use.  Call us today to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Winterizing Tips to Prevent Mold

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

The wet season in the winter months is one of the best times of year for molds to grow and expand.  Many times mold is contained near sources of water where it can easily grow and reproduce.  As it grows, mold can break down and compromise the integrity and strength of the source in which it lives.

Mold can be killed, but if it is not removed properly, it can remain in the area just cleaned and the dry spores can be released into the air.  Prevention is key to keep your health from being affected by mold and homes and buildings strong.

Here are some winter weatherizing tips to keep at bay:

  • Keep all areas clean - mold feeds on dust
  • Make sure all seals on windows and doors are not compromised and in good working condition
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly
  • If there are freezing temperatures, take measures to insulate pipes inside and out to ensure they will not crack and/or burst.

The two most important things to remember when trying to prevent mold growth are - keep everything clean and keep everything dry.

Kitchen Mold

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen remodel turned south after a homeowner’s contractor removed their kitchen cabinets. Once removed, it was clear to see that the kitchen sink had been leaking for a period of time which allowed for the mold to grow into such a large area. In addition to the dry wall needing replaced, the tile flooring and sub flooring needed to be repaired and replace to ensure that the mold growth was contained. The kitchen was then cleaned and sanitized to confirm that this mold issue was cleared for the rest of the kitchen to be completed. New plumbing was added around the sink area for the cabinets and flooring to be installed without a worry of the leak returning. The kitchen remodel was completed and all signs of mold are gone.

Do’s and Don’ts for Fire and Smoke Damage

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

DO

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further cross contaminate an otherwise unaffected area. 
  • Call SERVPRO of Central Chester County and The Main Line.

DON’T 

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting our office
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, computers etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be damaged or wet.
  • Send garments to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

10 Bathroom Water Damage Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Ever wonder what can be lurking in your toilet?  Or where all of that water went when your sink overflowed?  What could be growing behind the walls?  Keep reading to learn some interesting bathroom facts you probably didn't know.

  1. Did you know that the bathroom is THE most susceptible location for water damage in your entire house? There are so many little bits of information and facts you may not know that could possibly save your bathroom from potential water damage. Read on below for nine more bathroom water damage tidbits we bet you didn’t know, but would love to find out!
  2. Invisible plumbing problems such as clogged drains can stop your bathtub and shower from completely drying after usage, and can signal severe problems underneath the bathtub. To prevent further bathroom water damage, these inconspicuous plumbing troubles should be inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
  3. The toilet is one of the household fixtures that can cause the majority of bathroom water damage in the home. Never ignore any water found around the toilet. The toilet lines should constantly be check for leaks, and the toilet rims, seats, and the toilet tank should be regularly checked as well. Also inspect the seal of the toilet. If the seal does not work anymore, there will be leakage from the toilet, causing disastrous bathroom water damage.
  4. If the bathroom floor is soft, damage may already be in the process of occurring.
  5. The exhaust fan is an essential bathroom asset for the maintenance of low humidity levels. Assisting to keep the area dry and ventilated, the exhaust fan is an added security against the destruction that bathroom water damage causes. Be sure to turn on the fan during and following a warm/hot shower or bath to prevent moisture accumulation. Routine cleaning and inspection can ensure that your exhaust fan is always operating properly. It is suggested to wire the fan to automatically function when the bathroom is used.
  6. Hanging deodorants in the toilet bowl can increase the chances of a clog, especially in low-flow toilets. Skip the fancy deodorizers if you want to keep your bowl clog-free and lessen your chances of bathroom water damage.
  7. Blisters along caulked areas, or discolored floor stains can suggest water leakage. Although these blemishes may seem small to the naked eye, do not underestimate the extent of the water damage in your bathroom. Just a tiny leak can be a sign of a enormous problem on pipes and drains that are not exposed and cannot be seen. Furthermore, the water that penetrates into the floor encourages growth of mold, fungi, and other microorganisms that feed on the wood, causing more bathroom water damage.
  8. Did you know that these microorganisms flourish in temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees? That is the typical temperature of most bathrooms, making the overall damage horrendous.
  9. If the humidity in your bathroom is high, generally more than 55 percent, you have a possible mold problem. Check for water on pipes because it can also suggests a mold situation and water damage. A musty odor also signals mold, and should be followed up with an inspection. The presence of mold cannot only lead to damage to your bathroom, but health issues as well.
  10. Sinks and cabinets are constantly exposed to humidity and moisture, but are often ignored by homeowners searching for bathroom water damage. However, these are two fixtures that are known to conceal damage. You should regularly inspect under sinks and cabinets. A slow draining pipe underneath the sink suggests a clogged drain. If you see a loose or cracked drain seal, replace it immediately.

Dishwasher problems in Malvern

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

A dishwasher leak can go unnoticed for a long time; in this case it was about 6 months.  When the plumber arrived to pull out the dishwasher this is what he found.  An unknown amount of mold growth behind the dishwasher and the adjacent cabinets.  

SERVPRO of The Main Line was then called in to address the situation.  Every mold job is first scoped by an experienced project manager to determine the best course of action for remediation that will create the smallest disturbance to the daily lives of the residents.  In this case, part of the kitchen had to be removed to address the mold in full. 

A full containment barrier with negative air pressure was setup to prevent mold spores from traveling into different parts of the home; granite counter tops were removed (without breaking); cabinets were unscrewed and set in the garage for safe keeping; all moldy drywall, insulation, and flooring were removed.  The entire area was thoroughly cleaned by HEPA vacuuming and wet cleaning with anti-microbial.  Job is ready for the repair team!

Ceiling collapse in Wayne

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

When you come home from vacation the last thing you feel like doing is unpacking, let alone cleaning your kitchen ceiling up off the floor.  If a water leak starts when no one is home to shut it off, the damage can get extensive.  This picture shows a home after the owners took a weekend trip to the shore.  They returned to find a toilet on the second floor was clogged and kept running once they left.  The water went through the bathroom floor and into the kitchen ceiling causing the collapse.  SERVPRO of The Main Line offers 24 hour emergency service for fire and water damage.  Our crew went out that night to start the cleaning and drying process.  Situations like this can be traumatizing but once the SERVPRO crew arrives, the customers mind is put at ease.