Recent Water Damage Posts

“It Happened So Fast”

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

image of two young girls standing outside in a flash flood with severe water in the streets It is difficult to prevent damage from a natural disaster, so it is best to keep the number of a trusted water damage service handy.

Many victims of water damage have said those exact words after an incident happens: “It happened so fast.” Water damage is often times unprecedented and happens in a matter of minutes. It is often difficult to contain water damage once there is a problem. Water will always find the path of least resistance.  

Water damage can stem from several issues including:

  • Pipes bursting
  • Plumbing problems
  • HVAC issues
  • Natural disasters and other weather-related problems.

To avoid simple plumbing issues, periodically make sure that hoses and pipe joints are fully attached. Appliances such as hot water tanks should be monitored as they age. Once an appliance such as this begins to deteriorate, they become a high risk for bursting and causing a lot of damage. 

Make sure to keep an eye out for sudden storms, flash floods, and hurricanes that may be coming your way. It is difficult to prevent damage from a natural disaster, so it is best to keep the number of a trusted water damage service handy.           

SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties is available to service your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are more than happy to help! Call us at (814) 636 6760 if you need our help or would like more information. 

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Water Conservation

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water drop saying every drop counts Although water covers 71% of the Earth, every drop still counts!

Conservation can come in many forms. Most people think of the usual methods such as turning the water off when you brush your teeth and taking shorter showers. Although water covers at least 71% of the Earth, it is still an important resource to us.

When trying to conserve water in your home, get your kids involved in the effort. Teaching them the value and practice of conservation early will hopefully stick with them throughout their adult lives. Kids soak up information better than a sponge soaks up water. If you teach your kid to conserve water, there is a good chance he or she is going to go to school and tell their friends.

Below are some tips for conserving water:

  1. As mentioned before, turn off the tap. Minimize water usage when brushing your teeth and taking a bath or shower. Depending on where you live, this could save a family of three about $100 a year and around 3200 gallons of water.
  2. If you pour more water than you need, rather than dumping it down the drain, use it to water plants, pour into your pet’s bowl, into your tea pot or a different more practical use than dumping it out. The same practice should be applied to ice cubes. Some plants survive better with ice cubes than water anyways.
  3. Limit playtime with toys that require a constant stream of water such as a sprinkler. Everyone loves a good run through the sprinkler, just keep tabs on the length of time.

If your home or business suffers water damage, SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties is here to help! We want you to conserve water, but we also want you to stay safe if water damage occurs in your home. We are fire and water restoration experts and available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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Summer Projects Present Unforeseen Risks

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Men building a new deck Building a new deck can be exciting, but make sure to take the proper precautions beforehand to avoid water damage!

Taking on summer projects can be exciting and fun! Building a new deck, installing a mailbox, or planting new trees or gardens can bring joy to your life!

Before you dig into the ground, it is important to take the necessary safety precautions. It can be easy to forget where utilities lie within walls, underground, and possibly even in the ceiling.

Call 8-1-1 to contact OHIO811 before you dig and they will provide all the information needed to keep you and your home or business safe from water damage.

Creating the smallest hole in a water pipe or a tiny water leak can cause a lot of damage. If you do happen to notice that water damage is occurring, first turn off the water supply immediately. This will stop the flow of water and hopefully minimize the amount of damage.

If you need help mitigating and restoring water damage, SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties is here to help! Our professionals are highly trained and ready to respond quickly with water extraction tools to remove the water as quickly as possible. We will work to restore your home or business, while monitoring and documenting the drying process.

We know water does not wait for your schedule, so we are available 24/7, whenever you need us!

Call us today! (814) 636 6760

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The Art and Science Behind Drying

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water restoration tools and supplies We have the tools and equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more!

Did you know there is a science behind the process of drying?

Psychrometrics is the fancy word for the process of drying. It is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition.

While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties are trained in the science of drying. They follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

A wet structure can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

That is where knowledge of psychrometrics can help to dry building materials faster and more thoroughly according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

If your home or business suffers water damage, our team at SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties will:

  1. Inspect the structure to detect every component that is wet and assess how far the moisture has traveled to help prevent secondary damage and mold.
  2. We use powerful pumps and vacuums to remove most of the water.
  3. Vaporize the remaining moisture as quickly as possible.
  4. Remove vaporized air as quickly as possible.

The certified technicians at SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties have the tools and equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.

SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties have the training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

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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.

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.

Classifying Water Restoration Jobs

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

infographic explaining the three different water categories The category of the water loss refers to the level of contamination in the water, while noting its originating source.

We are no strangers to answering our customers’ questions, as times like these are very high stress experiences and it is very common for people to ask several questions about how this process will go. More specifically, when it comes to water damage there are three different categories and four different classes. This can pose confusion to the customers as they hear our crew talking about what type of loss they experienced, and the type of work that will be needed.

Below, you will find the information/terminology we use every day to make your East Erie & Warren County water disasters, "Like it never even happened." 

What is “category”?

The category of the water loss refers to the level of contamination in the water, while noting its originating source.

What is “class”?

Class of water refers to the amount of water and the anticipated rate of evaporation based upon the number and type of wet materials in the affected space.

Category 1:

A Category 1 water loss is when the water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose a substantial risk if one were to ingest or inhale it.

Class 1 water losses usually only affect part of a room or area, these jobs may also include larger areas with materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.

Category 2:

A Category 2 water loss is when water contains contamination and has the potential to cause sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. Category 2 water can contain unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as, organic and inorganic matter.

A Class2 water loss affects at least an entire room of carpet and/or cushion. Water has gone up the walls less than 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials like plywood, particle board, structural wood, VCT, and concrete.

Category 3:

A Category 3 water loss contains pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents such as silt, pesticides, organic matter, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic organic substances. Making this the most severe and dangerous water loss.

A Class 3 water job may have come from overhead. In a class 3 the ceilings, walls, carpet, insulation, and sub floor are saturated in the entire area.

Class 4:

Class4 water losses include wet materials with very low permanence porosity such as hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, lightweight concrete, and stone. In these cases, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.

To learn more about our water restoration process call SERVPRO® of East Erie & Warren Counties at 814-636-6760.

Water Damage Timeline

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water splash with the text "water damage timeline" If you ever incur water damage to your Warren County home or business, remember that TIME is of the essence. Call us anytime at 814-636-6760.

How much time do you have before the water begins to make its mark?

When water damage strikes a quick response can = a quick recovery and minimized repairs.


A delayed response could potentially mean = increased damage, repairs & restoration time.

Water damage can quickly lead to more serious dangers in your property in a matter of minutes. However, the more time that passes, the more damage your property can incur.


Within minutes:

  • Water is absorbed into drywall, upholstery, and belongings

Within 1-2 hours:

  • Drywall beings to swell, metal surfaces tarnish, and furniture begins to mold

Over 1 week:

  • Structural safety dangers peak, mold growth continues, and biohazard contaminants pose serious health risks

While water is otherwise a seemingly harmless substance, (in fact very healthy for the body) when it invades your property it can be DANGEROUS. If you ever incur water damage to your Warren County home or business, remember that TIME is of the essence. Our team of highly trained technicians are available 24/7 to make any damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Call anytime at 814-636-6760 - we are always here to help! 

Water Damage Recovery in Warren County PA

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician bending over to mop concrete basement floor We provide emergency water restoration services to commercial and residential properties in East Erie and Warren Counties.

If you have seen our trucks in the area, you know part of the SEERVPRO motto is to be FASTER to any size disaster. Whether the damage incurred from water, fire, mold and even oil – we are here to help!

Our team of technicians are IICRC certified to make the damage in your property, “Like it never even happened.”

What about water?

Whether it’s a burst pipe in the office, a flooded basement, or even a sump pump backup - we know one thing for sure, you didn’t plan on it happening today!

When your property endures water damage it can be overwhelming, confusing, and downright frustrating. All emotions aside, the water must be addressed immediately to minimize the recovery time and repair costs. That’s where SERVPRO comes in.

How can SERVPRO help?

We follow a 1-4-8 Rule

Within the first hour of being contacted, we will have a member on your property to arrange the mitigation services and begin dispatching the crew. Within four hours, the crew will be on-site to begin the mitigation process, starting with extracting the water. Then within eight hours, you will be briefed to gather a full understanding of exactly what, when, and how long the restoration process will take.


When dealing with water damage in your property you want help from the best because an incorrect repair can be more costly than the disaster alone. We have the equipment, experience, and passion to not only restore your property but to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

If your property is losing the battle to flooding or pipe bursts give us a call today at 814-636-6760 we are always here and happy to help!

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