What Are Signs of Water Damage in Your Warren Home?
If you are experiencing standing water, it is best to get a professional to come into your home to inspect other areas in your home.
Water damage to ceilings, walls and floors can cause serious future problems if not taken care of right away. Future problems include mold and weakening of structural integrity. So, what are the signs of water damage in your home and how do you get it taken care of fast?
Signs of Water Damage in Your Home
- Standing Water - If you find a random puddle on the floor, try looking up. If you see a bubbling in your ceiling, there is most likely standing water in there.
- Discoloration of Ceiling, Walls, or Floor - You’ll notice discoloration if the paint on your walls or ceiling begin to stain. Watermarks of brown or yellow are a giveaway as well.
- Rust on Metal Fixtures - If the fixtures on your water heater or other pipes in your home are beginning to rust, that shows there is a water leak somewhere.
- Mold and Mildew - This is a definite sign of water damage in your home. If mold and mildew are already forming it is time to act. Sometimes you can’t see mold, but you can smell a musty smell.
How Can I Get Water Damage Taken Care Of?
If you are experiencing standing water, it is best to get a professional to come into your home to inspect other areas in your home. They can test the moisture in your walls and ceilings to find out where invisible water is lying. If you have discoloration on your ceilings, walls, and floors, it is also important to bring in a professional to take care of water damage that is taking place. If you have rust on pipes, it may take a plumber to discover the source of your water leak. Most of all if you smell or see visible mold, it is time to call a professional for water restoration and mold remediation. Mold can cause further damage to you home and if not taken care of, can progress to affecting the health of people living in the home. For further information, check out the Article.
SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties are available for immediate assistance. Give us a call at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website! We can make your home “Like it never even happened.”
Is There Mold in My Home? Signs of Spotting Mold in Erie
Erie homeowners should act fast when they notice mold in their home. Mold spreads fast and can be destructive.
Water damage in Erie homes can present some harmful consequences. One of the more dangerous ones is mold. Mold can cause health effects, and can spread quickly through your Erie home or business in as little as 48 hours.
Sometimes mold in your Erie home can be disguised and is not in plain sight. What do you do then? With some help from Moldpedia.com, here are some signs that you may have mold in your Erie home!
We all know that smell of moisture that sits a little too long. This can be one of the biggest tellers of mold in your Erie home. Do not ignore odors even if you cannot see mold. You can call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties for a mold test today.
Signs of Water Problems
When you have a leak, flood, or any long-term moisture problem in your home, mold is almost inevitable. Some of the most common ways water problems make themselves visible include bowed walls, peeling or bubbled paint and wallpaper, discoloration on walls and ceilings, or damp surfaces. If you see these in your home, call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties.
Erie homeowners should act fast when they notice mold in their home. Mold spreads fast and can be destructive to homes. Call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website when mold is present in your Erie home.
There Was a Fire in My Erie Home, Now What?
The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties. We have 24/7 response with immediate board up / tarp up service.
A fire in your Erie home can have both physical and emotional damage. You may be confused and unsure of what to do following a fire event. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here with some tips on what to do after a fire.
The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties. We have 24/7 response with immediate board up / tarp up service available.
After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
- 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!
Now that you have determined it is safe, here is what you can do:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
There is equal number of things that you should not such as:
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Do not forget the first tip, to call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties when you experience a fire. Call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website for all your fire damage needs. We are Here to Help!
Summer Flooding---Happens So Fast
We are the number one water mitigation company in Erie. With over 2000 franchises nationwide…. we know water better than the other guys.
Did you know that the chance of flooding happens more in the late Spring and Summer? Why is this? SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren County looks at the science behind summer floods.
In the Spring and Summer, the sun’s direct rays on the Northern Hemisphere strengthen and this creates a return of warm, humid air. And it continues to do so into the hot summer months. Weather.com explains it like this,” Since more water vapor can exist in warmer air, that increases the rainfall potential for both individual thunderstorms and larger-scale weather systems. “
- The Jet Stream Slows and Then Moves North
The atmosphere weakens and travels into the Northern US toward Canada. With lighter winds---thunderstorms and other storms move slower than normal. And when everything slows, all other factors being equal, the harder the rain will come.
Another reason of jet stream migration is directly related to not having a cold front. The cold front sweeps the warm, hot air away from the southern US.
No matter the reason---major rainfall can affect East Erie. That is why you need a water restoration company you can trust. High rainfall can lead to sewer and drain back up. And this is where SERVPRO comes in. We are the number one water mitigation company in Erie. With over 2000 franchises nationwide…. we know water better than the other guys.
We are water removal and cleanup specialists and are ready to service your Erie home when flooding or water leaks cause water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry, and the job is done right.
Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
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Why SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties' Water Restoration Process is Different
Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.
Have you heard that SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties has the best water restoration process around? There is a reason for that. SERVPRO has a very individualized and unique process. Allow us to go more into detail.
Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.
Step 1 - Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources needed.
Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using several techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
Step 6 - Restoration
Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property. Our attention to detail ensures that the drying process goes off without issue, and your home or business will be stabilized before you know it. Our construction division will come in directly after and will work closely with your insurance provider, making sure your home is as good as new.
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There's a Flood in My Erie Home, Now What?
Keep these in mind if your Erie home ever experiences a flood! There’s one more thing you should do, call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties.
Spring weather is extremely refreshing around Erie, PA. Coming off the brutally cold Winter, it’s nice to have some sunshine and warm weather. However, Spring brings some heavy rainfall that might see your Erie home suffer from flooding. Floods can be overwhelming and confusing. That’s why SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here with some “Do’s and Don'ts” when it comes to flooding!
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
- Turn the A/C on for maximum drying
- Wipe away excess water from wooden furniture
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
- Gather loose items from the floor
- Don’t leave wet fabric in place, hang furs and leather goods
- Don’t leave colored items like books and magazines on the floor
- Don’t use a household vacuum to remove water
- Don’t use a TV or other appliances in the area
- Don’t turn on ceiling fans if the ceiling is wet or sagging
Keep these in mind if your Erie home ever experiences a flood! There’s one more thing you should do, call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties. Flooding and water damage is best left to the professionals. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties has highly trained water restoration technicians to get your home to preloss condition fast.
Call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to see our full array of water restoration services. Next time you see water damage, you know who to call. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is Here to Help®?!
When the Lightning Strikes at Your East Erie and Warren County Home
When lightning hits a tree---science does it’s thing. But what exactly is the science behind it?
When lightning hits a tree---science does it’s thing. But what exactly is the science behind it? Allow SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties to explain.
The water in the cells, beneath the bark, is heated and it boils. Steam causes an explosion that knocks the bark off. In small doses, this is no big deal. But when lightning strikes deep; this is where the problems begin.
The entire tree can even begin to blow apart, or the bark can come off in large quantities. The lightning may have even charred the inside of the tree out. These are the reasons the tree’s strength is weakened, and it may fall. And hopefully not on your Warren home.
Should your home be affected by any type of storm damage…SERVPRO is here to help. Our franchise at SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is member of a unique team of restoration professionals. We are unlike any other company in the area in that we are a Large Loss provider. This title was given to us by SERVPRO corporate, indicating that we have qualified staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and certified training to respond to large-scale disasters. No matter how extensive, where it happens, or the type of damage, we’re there to make it “Like it never even happened."
When your property incurs water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific drying process ensure that the water removal and the cleanup process will be done up to industry standards. Our attention to detail and ability to work closely with your insurance provides ensures that your property will be restored to its preloss condition.
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Keeping Your Erie Business Safe During a Major Weather Event
If you do experience storm damage in your business, there’s no one better to have on your side than SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties!
It’s that time of year again where we begin to see Severe Thunderstorms, Flash Floods, and even Tornadoes. These weather events can be scary, especially when your Erie business is involved. To ease some of the worry, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here with some ways you can be prepared!
SERVPRO offers a FREE service called an ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile. We come into your facility and get all the necessary information to help us service your business in the event of a disaster. It also established SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider - getting an industry leader on your side! Learn more about ERP’s here.
Having the necessary plans in place to get you and your employees to a safe place is crucial. Whether it’s an evacuation or moving to a place of safety during a Tornado, it’s important to have a plan in place. Check out a full guide on Preparedness Plans from Ready.gov here.
- Contact SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties
If you do experience storm damage in your business, there’s no one better to have on your side than SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties! We are a Large Loss Team, meaning there’s no size disaster too big for us!
Whatever the disaster, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here to help. Call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to begin getting your business back to preloss condition today. We don’t want to see any local businesses in trouble, that’s why we’re Here to Help!
A Clean Office in Your Erie Office Can Have Many Benefits
It may not seem like a major issue, but a dirty business can pose threats to your operations.
Who likes working in a dirty space? No one likes dirty carpets or gross looking walls. Keeping your office space or facility can have invaluable benefits to your Erie business. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here to share some of the top reasons why you should keep your Erie office squeaky clean.
A clean space in your office or facility can benefit in boosted productivity. A Harvard Study shows that a cluttered workspace can overwhelm employees. Cleaning your space will eliminate distractions and in turn boost productivity for your employees.
You don’t want your business to be known for being dirty. Stained walls, gross carpets, and strong odors can be very negative to your business. Make sure your facility is clean for your guests before you get a bad reputation.
An unclean and unsanitized business can pose health risks for your team. This will lead to more sick days and less productivity (since they won’t be in the office). This is extremely harmful to your operations.
It may not seem like a major issue, but a dirty business can pose threats to your operations. What better time to get your office, facility, or business cleaned than Spring?! SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties offers a wide range of cleaning services such as:
- Carpet Cleaning
- Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program
- Odor Removal
- HVAC/Air Duct Cleaning
- Drapes, Blinds, Upholstery
Get your facility cleaned today! Call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to see our full selection of services. Stay clean, and get your facility back in shape today!
What's the Biggest Warm Weather Fire Hazard for Erie Homes?
In 2014-2018 an average of 19,700 people landed themselves in the emergency room from grilling injuries, as said by the NFPA.
With the warm weather here to stay, it’s time to learn about one of the larger fire hazards for your Erie home. It’s owned by 7 out of 10 people, and sits right in your backyard. Any guesses what it is? It’s your grill!
We love firing up the grill and cooking hamburgers, hotdogs, and much more when the sun is shining. However, it’s important to recognize this is a major fire hazard for your home. Here are a few ways to stay safe while cooking this Spring and Summer:
- Place the grill away from overhangs
- Use the correct type of lighter fluid
- Place the grill away from high traffic areas
- NEVER use gasoline
- Keep children away from your grill
- Use long-handled grilling utensils to keep space
These are just a few easy ways to stay safe around the grill. For more, check the NFPA’s full list of grilling safety tips here.
Take these precautions seriously! In 2014-2018 an average of 19,700 people landed themselves in the emergency room from grilling injuries, as said by the NFPA.
If you do experience a fire from your grill, or any other source, call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to see our full selection of fire restoration services. Stay safe on the grill, and call SERVPRO whenever you need, we’re Here to Help!