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What are Those Brown Spots on my Ceiling?

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

image of ceiling of a residential room with severe water pooling causing yellow-ish stains It only takes 48 hours for a mold infestation to begin and start to damage to the structure of your home

Have you noticed weird, brown stains on your ceilings or walls? The stain may not be large enough to cause major concern, but it definitely sparks your curiosity. How did it get there? When did it start and how long has it been there? The presence of a brown or wet spot can have serious implications on your ceiling. But before you spend too much time worrying about it, your best option is to call your local water restoration company.

One of the main causes of ceiling stains is water pooling. This effect is usually seen in bathrooms where there is plenty of water and humidity. When your ceiling paint turns a weird brown or yellow color, it’s a sign of water pooling in your ceiling. These colors are the surfactants in the paint. They are usually brown and oily. When mixed with water, the colors rise up to the surface and you notice the brown spots.

There may be a burst or leaking pipe in your ceiling that is causing the water damage. Water does not need to be pouring down from your ceiling to indicate something is wrong. If water sits in your ceiling or anywhere in your home, it can cause serious and costly damage. It only takes 48 hours for a mold infestation to begin and start to damage to the structure of your home.

If you notice a brown or wet stain on your ceiling, don’t ignore it and hope it goes away on its own. The longer it sits and grows in size, the more damage it could be causing to your home. Call SERVPRO® of East Erie & Warren Counties today! We are more than happy to come inspect your home and provide any water or mold restoration services. (814) 636-6760

Water Damage? Act Fast to Prevent Mold Growth

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on brick basement wall It doesn't take long for mold to spread after you experience water damage in your home. In fact, it can happen in as little as 24-48 hours.

Recent storms and heavy rainfall left many homeowners with flooded basements and other types of water damage throughout their homes. Luckily, our SERVPRO® teams were Here to Help®.

According to FEMA, “if your home has water damage due to any of the following, mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure.

  • flooding
  • sewage back-up from flooding in the area
  • plumbing or roof leaks
  • damp basement or crawl space
  • overflows from sinks or bathtub
  • high humidity steam cooking, dryer vents, humidifiers 

Even worse, it will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture and effectively deal with the mold problem.”

As experts in mold remediation, SERVPRO® uses advanced equipment to detect and stop the source of water feeding the mold. Our typical process looks like this:

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  2. Mold Containment
  3. Air Filtration
  4. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  5. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  6. Restoration

Mold can also cause health effects and cause further damage to your property and belongings. This is why it’s so important to take immediate action and call SERVPRO® of East Erie and Warren Counties for all of your water damage and mold remediation needs.

Contact us today at 814-646-6760 or visit us online for more information.

Fireproofing Your Home After a Residential Fire

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Image of SERVPRO® technician walking homeowner around her home while fireproofing the home If the fire damage to your home was minimal, consider new furnishings, decor and plants that resist fire

Cleaning up after a residential fire can be a strenuous and emotional process. It requires time, energy, money and grieving. But in the aftermath of the fire, it is important to not just repair your home, clean up and patch up the damage but you should also build in fire resistant features to help prevent future damage. 

Doing this can give you and your family peace of mind that this disaster is unlikely to happen again.

The Red Cross recommends installing hard-wired, interconnected smoke alarms with back up batteries on each level of your residence. These should also be placed outside and inside the bedrooms. If each alarm is wired together, one sounding off will sound off the others. 

If the fire damage to your home was minimal, consider new furnishings, decor and plants that resist fire. If the damage requires a full or partial rebuild of the home, the new building materials used should be fire resistant. 

You can contact us at SERVPRO® of East Erie & Warren Counties by calling (814) 636-6760 or visit our Facebook page. We can help with drywall and insulation replacement, help you wash your walls, leather goods and other items around the homes that need special attention after a fire. 

A Clear Sight Makes for a Clear Sale

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

image of windows being professionally cleaned Window cleaning will give the best first impression to potential buyers and give the home a brighter and more vibrant appearance

As a realtor, you may have checked off all the boxes when thinking about showing a home. You’ve had the floors waxed, the lights changed and snacks and refreshments out.

But if you haven’t taken any photos of the home yet, you want to be sure to get the windows cleaned inside and out. This will give the best first impression to potential buyers and give the home a brighter and more vibrant appearance.

You want this space to be inviting. Dirty windows with streaks, rain drops and snow stains don’t yield the potential of a higher offer than you were expecting.

According to Money Magazine, clean windows are the number one presale improvement that generates the best return on investment.

Think of clean windows as the first date outfit. You want to be intentional, clear and inviting. You want to give off a clean appearance like you take care of yourself. So why not want the same for your home? 

Contacting a professional window cleaning service like SERVPRO® of East Erie & Warren Counties will guarantee spot-free results rather than an amateur service or DIY cleaning. Contact us at (716) 656-7131 or visit us on Facebook.

With our help, you can rest assured your spotless exterior will create amazing images, attract potential buyers to click on your listing and want to come inside your home with intent to purchase.

Cleaning Up After a Fire: Commercial Edition

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire with text "commercial fire restoration service" If your property incurs and any fire, smoke, or soot damage, call your local cleaning professionals at 814-636-6760/

After such a shocking and devastating loss, a restoration team prepared with the equipment and experience to help you recover is highly important. Your local team of fire restoration technicians are always here to help. When a fire erupts in your commercial property the first wave of feelings may overwhelm you and your team as you begin to piece together the process to recovery.

Professional Help

As each member of your team, every fire is different. Different in the sense that each one poses unique threats based on the cause of the fire, the size, the location of the fire in the building, and even the kind of contents inside. For example, a fire inside a two-story facility with combustible Bio-Hazard materials is very different than that of a fire in a one-story office.

At SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties, we understand the difference and have the expertise to make any size disaster, “Like it never even happened.” But exactly, how do we go about cleaning up after a commercial fire?

SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration Steps

  1. Emergency Response – after the fire has been put out and contained, your property will be assessed to determine the severity of the loss. This helps your insurance agent/adjuster and technicians formulate a detailed action and financial plan for your recovery.
  2. Content Cleaning – once the plan is in place, your belongings will begin their own process of cleanup, restoration, and sanitization which can happen either on-site or with a move-out (depending on the scale of damage).
  3. Structural Restoration – any ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors that have been impacted by fire, smoke, soot will be cleaned using industry proven process and state of the art equipment.

SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties has decades of experience helping business owners recover from fire damage. If your property incurs and any damage, call your local cleaning professionals.

The sooner you contact a restoration professional after incurring any damage from fire, smoke, or soot – the BETTER. This will minimize downtime for your business, the cost of recovery, and the likelihood of secondary damage.

SERVPRO Has Support of 1,700 Franchises Nationwide

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO® worker helping to carry model of office building with customer With more than 1,700 independently owned and operated franchises in the US, it’s almost twice as large as its nearest competitor

“Why choose SERVPRO?” This is a question that runs through the heads of many customers in need of restoration services. Insurance agents and adjusters are faced with the same question when trying to help a client.

The first thing to remember when faced with a decision to call a restoration company is that SERVPRO is the leading restoration franchise company in the country. With more than 1,700 independently owned and operated franchises in the US, it’s almost twice as large as its nearest competitor.

Secondly, SERVPRO’S corporate office is very supportive letting each franchise know when the latest piece of equipment comes out or the newest chemical arrives. This type of communication makes SERVPRO the leader in the restoration industry, not the follower.

Third, the training programs from corporate to franchise is second to none. The technicians are highly trained and knowledgeable for the restoration service they will be performing. Whether it is a water, fire or mold job.

Since each franchise is independently owned and operated, areas can get hit by a storm situation and a franchise may receive more calls than it can handle. If this occurs, SERVPRO corporate will request assistance from other franchises to come in and help.

So, why call SERVPRO?

  • Support of over 1,700 franchises
  • A corporate office that procures the latest in equipment and chemicals
  • Industry leading training program
  • And help when needed.  

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5 Ways to Prepare for Storm Damage in Erie, PA

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

image of severe thunderstorms transpiring over a city With severe thunderstorms comes the risk of water damage to your home or business

Now that spring has arrived, we can expect increased rainfall in Northwest Pennsylvania. With severe thunderstorms comes the risk of water damage to your home or business. Our flooded basement cleanup professionals are ready to make damage “Like it never even happened.”

Here are 5 ways you can proactively protect your property in the event of a storm:

  1. Install a Sump Pump
    A sump pump is used where basement flooding happens regularly. Sump pumps send water away from a house to a place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or dry wall. However, sump pumps run on electricity, so it is important to install a battery backup and/or check the pump regularly -especially during storms- to ensure it is running properly.
  2. Maintain Trees, Gutters and Downspouts
    Look for signs of dead trees on your property. Dead trees have weaker roots which pose a risk for falling during a storm. Clear gutters of all debris regularly, and make sure downspouts are pointed away from the foundation.
  3. Protect your Belongings with Proper Storage
    It is important to be proactive in protecting your belongings with proper storage options. Use plastic storage bins instead of cardboard boxes, and, if possible, keep contents on shelves rather than on the floor to avoid damage from a flooded basement.
  4. Review your Insurance Policy
    The best thing you can do to stay prepared is review your insurance policy before damage occurs. Having the right kind of insurance coverage and the right amount for your home or business is essential to being prepared. Check with your insurance agent to make sure your home or business and contents are covered in the event of a sewer/drain backup, sump pump malfunction or roof leak.
  5. Download the SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Plan App
    Put help in the palm of your hand by downloading the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App (available in the Apple App Store & Android Market). If you experience water damage in Erie, Pennsylvania, our highly trained water cleanup professionals are on-call 24/7, ready to respond immediately.

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A Service Pro in Erie County Provides Commercial Services

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

graphic showing all of the different services SERVPRO® can provide SERVPRO® offers commercial cleaning for office buildings, warehouses and factories; providing general cleaning nightly, biweekly, weekly or monthly

Did you know that SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties not only restores water and fire damage? SERVPRO has a myriad of ancillary services for residential and commercial clients.

SERVPRO offers commercial cleaning for office buildings, warehouses and factories.  We provide general cleaning on a nightly, biweekly, weekly or monthly basis. We have a cleaning program to fit any customer need.

Along with general cleaning we also perform hot water extraction carpet cleaning. We have a special cleaning attachment on the truck mount that gives them the ability to clean tile and grout. This type of cleaning is usually done in restrooms and foyers.

Another commercial service SERVPRO provides is stripping and waxing of VCT. With stripping and waxing also comes general floor care with scrubbing and buffing. To keep up appearances, we offer window cleaning at the request of the business owner or manager. The most common amount of window cleaning is twice a year inside and out.

If you want to get the outside of the building cleaned, we offer pressure washing. We pressure wash brick, concrete, slate and vinyl siding.  If you need any type of commercial cleaning, call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties @ 814-636-6760.   

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Experts in Erie, Pa

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

image of commercial conference room completely flooded and under water Whether it is a small commercial job or a large loss, SERVPRO® of East Erie & Warren Counties is the first choice in cleaning and restoration service

Many people know SERVPRO® as the industry leader in residential water restoration services. However, in recent years SERVPRO® has also been committed to producing ‘large loss’ commercial fire & water jobs.  Whether it is a residential home or a 12-story building, SERVPRO® has the manpower, equipment, experience, and technology to handle any size water job.

The most important issue with a commercial water job is the fact that the business needs to get back to full operation as soon as possible, making an immediate response by a restoration company of the utmost importance. The building and building materials need to be dried as quickly as possible.

When SERVPRO® arrives at the job, the first thing to be done is an onsite inspection to ensure the area in which to need to work is safe. In the industry, they call this a ‘dust to sky’ inspection, meaning a top to bottom inspection so that not only are our techs are safe, but the building owners and employees are safe as well.

If the on-site inspection shows an unsafe working condition, they will make everyone involved aware of the situation. This includes, but not limited to owners, managers, employees, insurance adjuster and insurance agent. Water mitigation will be delayed until the area in question is deemed safe.

Once everything is safe the water mitigation can begin. This will include extracting the soaked carpeting, the surface water on tile, ceramic and concrete floors. Once water has been extracted, air movers will be placed to help expedite the drying process.

After air movers are set in place, the dehumidification process begins with LGR dehumidifiers. These dehumidifiers are used to take the moisture out of the air as a result of the air movement from the air movers (fans). This is done to ensure the water has somewhere to go and doesn’t stay in the air. If the water is not collected in the dehumidifiers, it would cause secondary damage to areas or materials that were not affected by the original water damage.

Whether it is a small commercial job or a large loss, SERVPRO® of East Erie & Warren Counties is the first choice in cleaning and restoration service. Call SERVPRO® of East Erie & Warren Counties at 814-636-6760 at any time day or night. We are a 24/7 emergency services company.    

Avoid Toilet Overflows – Don’t Flush These!

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

man plunging his clogged toilet SERVPRO is here to help with water damage from clogged toilets. Give us a call today for assistance!

If you’re like most people, most likely you’ve had that moment when you’ve flushed the toilet and thought, “I’ve just flushed something that maybe... I shouldn’t have.”

If you thought right, you’re left with rising water, floating debris and a call to your plumber of choice.  The thought that you may have harmed your pipes hasn’t even crossed your mind yet and the likelihood of that can really add up if so.

Here’s a list of things that are “unsinkable’ and will more than likely cause overflow to your toilet:

  1. Feminine Hygiene Products – These items are designed to expand and retain fluid. They are not dissolvable and need to be properly disposed of in a trash can.
  1. Flushable Wipes even though they are advertised as such, most brands of towelettes should never be flushed down the toilet. They don’t disintegrate like toilet paper and will likely lead to backed-up sewer lines.
  1. Condoms – Most are latex and will take years and years to biodegrade. Proper disposal involves wrapped them in toilet paper and putting them into a waste can.
  1. Disposable Diapers – Even the smallest size is likely to clog a toilet if flushed. These dirty “surprises” should be wrapped or rolled up and put into a trash receptacle in a plastic bag.
  1. Cotton Swabs (Q-tips) – Whether you use them to remove make-up or clean your ears, the toilet is not the recommended resting place. They will likely get stuck in the bends of the drain and snag everything else that would normally pass through. Big trouble after that!
  1. Paper Towels – This product is designed to hold up when wet. The fact that it won’t breakdown means it will clog for sure. Better off disposing of these in a trash can.
  1. Dryer Sheets – I unexpectedly find these in my clothes quite often. These sheets won’t dissolve when they get wet and they contain chemicals can harm your water system.
  1. Dental Floss – It’s very easy to drop dental floss into the toilet after use. Floss is not biodegradable and has the tendency to wrap around other items in the drain and cause other problems

If you should incur a clogged toilet, fill a pan with hot water and pour it down the drain and let it sit for a few minutes. You’ll know if your efforts were successful if you see the water start to recede. Then, give the toilet a flush. In most cases, the hot water is enough to break up whatever is causing the backup.

For the cleanup of unsanitary water from an overflowing toilet, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties has what it takes to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (814) 636-6760.