Recent Water Damage Posts

Steps to take when your basement is flooded.

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

<img src =”rain-storms.jpg” alt = "rain storms”> Prevent basement flooding.

A flooded basement is no small risk. Even one inch of flooded basement in a 1,000 square foot home can cause $10,000 in damage. Six inches of water can easily double that cost. If you come down the stairs to find water in your basement, here's what to do. Dangers of a flooded basement Be careful before charging in a damp basement. There are some risks you should check for: Electric shock: Loose wires can conduct electricity through water. Turn off the circuit breakers in your home before entering the water. Gas Leaks: Problems in your basement can lead to gas leaks. If you smell gas, leave your home and contact your gas company. Sewers: If your flood is a sewer leak, be careful before entering the water. Wastewater can contain disease-carrying bacteria. Use protective equipment such as suits, gloves, safety glasses and face masks. And be prepared to call in the professionals If the flood is caused by a water pipe If your basement is flooded with water pipes, it falls into two different categories. Leaks will fill your basement with cleaner, mostly clean water. If you see this, try to get to the water supply and turn it off. Another type of pipe flooding is a sewer backup in your basement. Just smell it and you know if it's not coming from the sewer. If this is the case, then you don't want to use anything that uses drain. Do not flush down the toilet, washing machine, dishwasher or anything else. This will only increase the dirt backup in your basement. If you have a sewer backup in your basement, be sure to call your local utility company as soon as possible to report it. If the leak is outside your home Flooding, rain, snow or inclement weather can easily lead to basement flooding if it is not properly waterproofed. In this case, try to find the source of the leak as soon as possible. It could be something as simple as a leaking window opening or as complex as a foundation leak. If you can't find the leak easily, call the professionals. Call your insurance company Different insurance companies deal with flood damage differently. When you call to make a claim, your insurance company will go over all cleaning procedures, specific contractors to use, and other information. 

Heavy Rains Can Damage Your Manayunk Home | SERVPRO® of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill today.

Water damage is a common headache for homeowners. In fact, experts in the insurance industry estimate that as many as one in every 50 American homeowners will file a water damage claim this year.

We hope your home isn’t damaged by water this year. But your local SERVPRO team is ready to help you if you need our team’s expertise!

You may not think about rain, a common occurrence in the forecast, as a cause for water damage. After all, it’s not as extreme as a major storm.

But damage from heavy rains can become a serious problem for homeowners. If your home is not properly maintained, rain can cause costly damage over time.

Stop Heavy Rains From Damaging Your Home

Do you want to take your water damage protection to the next level? These projects can help you do just that.

Find solutions to any yard drainage issues. Water that pools in your yard, water that drains toward your home or water flowing toward your garage can be signs of a problem that needs to be fixed. Let a landscaping expert help you protect your yard.

Native plants should be considered for your landscaping. Protective landscaping can be both beautiful and useful. Plants that are native to our area are great resources to help protect your home from water damage. Look for native plant sales in your area!

Take care of your roof. Loose shingles need to be repaired. Sealing it can make a difference, too. About [95% of roof damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps] in your shingles. Sealing your roof prevents that from happening.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

The Telltale Signs of a Wet Basement | SERVPRO® of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill is a full restoration company. Our team can help you determine the best course of action.

The basement is the favorite room for many a homeowner. Dads love it because they can crank up their old Marshall stacks down there, and moms can set up an office or a home business. Regardless, it’s a most versatile space, to be sure.

However, basements have an inherent issue—they run the risk of becoming damp, musky and downright unhealthy, because (a) they’re built into the ground, and (b) water always finds the lowest place to rest.

While it’s not set in stone that your basement will become a den of moisture, it’s certainly an issue you should be aware of.

Below, we will look at some of the signs that water damage is present in your basement—and should you come to realize your basement is in need of some restoration, we’re always ready to help.

Top Indicators of a Basement Damaged by Water

Unpleasant, musky odors. The water from outside soil isn’t necessarily dirty or unclean, but it doesn’t take long for it to become toxic once it settles into your basement. It humidifies the air, settles into surfaces and begins to give off an unpleasant smell. Many people think this aroma is just how basements smell, but in truth, this smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment,. You may not see it yet, but your nose is trying to tell you you’ve got a mold problem.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Water from the surrounding soil doesn’t care if your paint thinks it’s waterproof—it will find a way in. Even waterproof paint will eventually give way and bubble or crack, and often will give way to a larger problem than regular paint would have sooner revealed.

Foundational cracks. While homes do shift over time, cracks in the foundation should be taken seriously, as they may indicate severe water damage. Cracks can show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, and are often signifiers that a crack in your foundation is cause uneven pressure on the rest of your house. Hairline cracks are no cause for alarm, but if they become any larger, they should be seen about right away.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

Hope and Help for Mt. Airy Business Owners After a Disaster

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some of our best tips.

Our team is here to be a resource for business owners in Mt. Airy and the surrounding communities. We’re a part of the local business community, too, so we want to see our friends and neighbors succeed in their businesses.

One of the ways we do that is by supporting business owners through the restoration process.

Because we work with business owners dealing with a disaster regularly, we know all of the common pitfalls business owners deal with when a fire, flood or severe storm causes damage. Our team also knows it’s possible to move forward and reopen with success.

We’ve put together our best tips for bouncing back from a disaster just for you.

Building Back After a Fire or Flood

These tips can help you thrive after a natural disaster:

Don’t forget to follow the steps you laid out in your disaster plan. This step is key, and it’s something you need to do before you need a disaster plan. Spend the time now planning out the steps you would take to deal with damage to your business. Think about how you can keep serving your customers if your business is damaged. For example, you may want to consider moving your business to a backup location, if that’s an option for you.

Prioritize your photos and documentation. Don’t wait until after your cleanup to take pictures and inventory damaged items. You’ll want to take these pictures before the cleanup process.

Keep your community in the loop. Stay in regular contact with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community. Social media and email marketing lists can make this step easier.

Help your employees however you can. Your employees will also be impacted if your business has to close or cut hours for restoration work. There are resources available to small business owners and their employees through organizations like the Small Business Administration (SBA).

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

What You Should Know About Drain Cleaners

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

A clogged drain is a common problem in homes in Manayunk, PA, and throughout the world

A clogged drain is a common problem in homes in Manayunk, PA, and throughout the world. It is usually the result of an accumulation of materials such as hair and oils. When this clump of stuff settles into an elbow of the pipe or gets thick enough to cause an obstruction, the drain either stops working or moves much more slowly. In many cases, the problem can be fixed easily enough, often without the need to call in a plumber. Simple mechanical options such as using a plunger or a drain snake should probably be the first attempt to clear the drain. In some cases, the drain can be disassembled and cleaned out in less than an hour.

The Use of a Chemical Drain Cleaner

This option can work well on a clogged drain but should be considered a last resort. A chemical method for clearing a drain comes with the following cautions:

  • The chemicals are often harsh and could be harmful to skin
  • The chemicals can be harmful to the pipes
  • They pose a threat to pets
  • The chemicals can drain into lakes, rivers, and landfills

In some cases, the chemical cleaner only moves the problem further down the pipe. This method should not be used on completely blocked pipes as the chemicals will often just sit in one area and cause damage to soft or plastic piping.

The Services of Professionals
A clogged drain isn't always a serious problem, but there are times when it demands the attention of a quality water remediation franchise. If water backs up into the home causing water damage, highly-trained technicians may be needed to take care of the problem. If the spilled water contains contaminated water a professional sewage cleaning process is essential. This will remove the dirty water from the home, dry out the affected areas and clean, sanitize, and disinfect all impacted surfaces. It is the sure way to make certain your family and your home is protected.

Water Damage Emergency in your Chestnut Hill Home

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Staying Safe in a Water Damage Emergency in Chestnut Hill

One of the biggest concerns in any water damage situation is safety, especially if the problem is a genuine emergency.

If you have a water damage emergency is in Chestnut Hill, take heart. SERVPRO has the expertise, the experience, and the procedural knowledge to make sure the problem is solved safely, quickly, and completely.

How do SERVPRO professionals do this? The first step is to stop or contain the source of the water, then provide a complete explanation about the procedures necessary to solve the problem.

As they do this, SERVPRO techs conduct a thorough examination to detect possible safety hazards. These can include electrical issues, ceilings that may be loaded with water, and an inspection of flooring to make sure it has not been compromised.

The techs also provide a thorough explanation of what may be necessary to ensure ongoing safety, and after that, the necessary documents are signed to allow them to proceed further.

Another important safety step is to determine whether there has been contamination that may present a health risk. This includes assessing the state of any affected materials; in some cases, they may be restored, while in others, they may need to be replaced.

SERVPRO techs also take into account any local, state, or federal regulations that may apply to your situation. This is necessary to determine the current and future integrity of the home, and to comply with any building codes or similar regulations that may be applicable.

Another crucial part of staying safe is to account for the disposal of waste material. Once again, a complete explanation of the nature of the material and the disposal process is provided, all of it in terms you can easily understand. Measurements and photos are also taken to provide evidence of the condition of the home when the tech arrives, and they establish a baseline for progress reports as various procedures are performed.

So if you have a water damage emergency, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 any time, day or night, to get the safest and fastest possible solution.

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Problem with a Water Leak in Your Manayunk Bathroom? Call SERVPRO for a Safe Extraction and Disinfection

2/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says -- Call Us for Water Leak Cleanup and Restoration in Your Manayunk Bathroom

Water Damage Manayunk – Toilet Leaks

Modern conveniences can have their drawbacks, even in Manayunk. Toilets can leak for many reasons. Some are not bolted to the flange at the floor, tightly enough, and slight movement over time causes water to leak around the wax seal. This water may be considered contaminated gray or black water depending on the contents. Another unusual type of leak is when the tank cracks at the joint and leaks water. If someone leans back against the tank while doing their business, perhaps to read or relax, the tank can shift unless there is a shim between it and the wall to prevent movement.

SERVPRO responds to water damage no matter what the cause in Manayunk and surrounding areas. Whatever the cause of the initial leak, we can help identify the leak and begin removing all of the water and moisture before it damages your floors or causes a mold infestation. We are available on a 24/7 basis and respond to your home in less than four hours.

Unusual Toilet Leak
Many toilets are assembled during installation. The tank is bolted onto the base. These toilets are typically easier to install and weigh less than toilets that are all one piece. There is one disadvantage.

Many people like to read the paper or a book while using the bathroom, and often lean back against the tank for support. On single-piece toilets, this action does not present a problem. Two-piece toilets have an inherent weak spot where the tank attaches to the base. Pressure on the tank from someone leaning against the tank can cause a slow leak, which can go undetected for some time until water has spread over the floor and perhaps into other rooms.

The moral of the story is never use the tank on your toilet as a backrest. Always call SERVPRO for help to remove all of the water and moisture. We make sure the floor, under the bathroom vanity, and other rooms are dry. We completely dry your home to avoid mold and mildew infestations.

Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Dearnley Park, Roxborough, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

For Your Manayunk Home SERVPRO Provides Advanced Drying Equipment

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides drying mats to preserve hardwood flooring in Manayunk.

Application of Drying Mats During Water Removal Services in Your Manayunk Home

Removing standing water from your Manayunk property may seem like complete restoration after a flood or water-incident. However, water migrates rapidly. With larger volumes of water, the increased pressure can wear away sealants or push moisture into wall cavities and cracks beneath floorboards. These issues can be a serious headache for a homeowner and can often return in the form of wide-scale rusting, mold, rot, or water damage.

Our team is dedicated to fast-acting water removal here in Manayunk but also mindful of the knock-on effects that can result from standing water in a non-water resistant area of the home. When moisture seeps between cracks in the flooring of your property, it can saturate subfloors or damage the underside of natural wood floorboards. Often, these situations can be challenging for a homeowner because wholesale removal of flooring is both time-consuming and expensive.

To overcome these challenges, SERVPRO invests in advanced removal equipment that can be both effective and convenient. With wooden flooring, drying mats are a useful technology to use because they can remove residual moisture without needing to create access points to the subfloor below. Drying mats consist of several mats that each contain water tunnels. These mats are linked to a central, centrifugal vacuum via a single hose. By switching on the vacuum drying mats, which cover a large surface area, begin to draw moisture out from inside and beneath wooden floors.

The application of drying mats in water restoration is beneficial. At SERVPRO, our technicians can assess the condition of your property after standing water is pumped out, and water extractors have removed the vast majority of moisture in the property. Combining the removal procedure with drying procedure can help to ensure that your home does not suffer the adverse effects of long-term moisture damage. We can make regular assessments of the moisture beneath your floorboard by using thermal imaging cameras as well as moisture sensors.

For access to advanced drying and removal restoration equipment, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800.

We Provide Effective Water Cleanup Services For Your Mt Airy Home

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

We can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

How to Get Quick and Effective Water Cleanup Services in Mt Airy

Water damage can happen in your home because of a leaking water heater, a broken washing machine hose, or leaking dishwasher. Regardless of the source, water can destroy your home and its contents. The most crucial action in preserving your home and contents is removing the water immediately. For the best results, you should remove the water within a few hours.

When you need water cleanup services in Mt Airy, you can call SERVPRO for help. We can respond quickly, carefully assess the extent of the damage, and begin the drying process. To prevent appliance leaks, we recommend that you consistently update older parts in your appliances and check for hard to detect leaks.

It is also vital to monitor your water bill since you can find spikes in the changes and determine if you used more water or if there is a leak. However, large leaks occur quickly, and you can be too late to prevent them. Since you cannot monitor your home’s water supply around the clock, you can install a leak detection system that detects a strange increase in water usage automatically and alerts you when a leak has occurred. You can either install a whole-house leak detection system or a moisture sensor automatic water shutoff system.

Following a water loss incident, we can remove the water using extractors and then dry your home using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. Conventional drying methods are not always suitable for drying affected structures of a home. In such cases, we can use injection drying to complement the traditional system and speed up the drying process. It involves introducing dry air directly into damp cavities behind floors, ceilings, walls, or other areas where the trapped moisture is inaccessible.

By using the injectidry system, we can help you avoid a significant strip out that could be expensive and inconveniencing. We allow the drying system to run for at least 24 hours before returning into the drying environment to determine the actual drying process. Our SERVPRO crew can use moisture detection equipment like thermohygrometers, moisture meters, and moisture sensors to check the moisture content of the structures and contents of your house. Based on the results, we can make adjustments to the drying environment if necessary.

When you need expert help with water cleanup, call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800. We can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Damage in Your Manayunk Home is Serious.

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage happens, SERVPRO to the rescue! We can handle any type of water loss event in your home.

Hidden Water Damage in a Manayunk Home 

The first indication that there was a problem in one residential home was a musty odor originating around the dishwasher in the kitchen. Then there was water all over the kitchen floor. The liquid had begun to spread into the family room before the family noticed the leak and turned off the main water valve. 

Fast service can mitigate the damage

The homeowner can call SERVPRO about water removal in his Manayunk home, looking for suggestions and help. We can respond to this homeowner's call immediately. We encouraged the owner to mop up as much water as possible. Soaking up the water can reduce the potential water damage in the kitchen as well as the family room. He also turned the air conditioning on to help dehumidify the home. 

The water on the kitchen tiled floor did not sustain damage. However, water on a hardwood floor can cause the wood to swell and expand, causing splits and cracks in the wood. In situations such as this, SERVPRO can vacuum up the excess water, place dehumidifiers in the home, and add air movers to help dry the home. 

Hidden water and moisture can cause secondary damages

The flooring under the dishwasher may be more of a problem. The musty odor suggested that the dishwasher had been leaking for some time. The water may have saturated the floor and structure under the dishwasher. SERVPRO can inspect the area after removing the dishwasher. We may be able to dry the floor sufficiently, or the entire area under the dishwasher may need replacing. Further investigation may indicate that the floor, the structure, and even the cupboards may need to be removed and replaced to deal with the moisture damage adequately. 

From cleanup and restoration to rebuild

Our technicians can help with all of these issues and restore the area to the original condition whenever possible. A plumber can correct the leaking water situation. Our building services and restoration team can assist with the initial water damage and rebuild the flooring ruined by the long term water leak. 

Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 for 24/7 service. We cover Roxborough, Germantown, Mt Airy, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Water Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Hardwood Floors In Chestnut Hill

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill is available 24/7, so call right away if you have an emergency at (215) 482-0800.

Water Damage Can Destroy Your Hardwood Floors In Chestnut Hill!

Insulation in your Chestnut Hill home helps keep you warm during the winter and cool during the summer. However, insulation comes with the trade-off of being sensitive to water damage. Once it absorbs water, it can lose some of its resistance to heat flow. For this reason, even a small leak from a corroded pipe or an overflowing faucet should be taken seriously to help preserve the stable temperature in your home.

Speed is key when mitigating water damage to insulation in Chestnut Hill, which is why you need professionals who can work fast to help prevent additional repairs. Water damage restoration technicians (WRT) from SERVPRO are experienced in drying wall cavities and insulation. Once we arrive at your property, we can begin inspecting the extent of the damages and utilize thermal imaging cameras to determine how much water is in your walls. Drywall damaged by water will typically have to be cut away and discarded. To ensure that no damaged drywall remains, we can cut several inches above the water line.

The effectiveness of your insulation is determined by its R-value, the measure of its resistance to heat flow. Non-fiberglass insulation can have a permanently reduced R-value after coming into contact with water, forcing us to strip it from your walls. However, if you have fiberglass insulation installed, then SERVPRO can help save it. We can drill holes in drywall to allow for the usage of structural cavity drying equipment. Our ventilation equipment helps speed up the drying process in your walls by cycling out moist air and replacing it with dry air, allowing us to quickly dry out both your wall cavity and any wet insulation within.

Mitigating water damage doesn't have to be a difficult process if you leave it to the professionals. SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill is available 24/7, so call right away if you have an emergency at (215) 482-0800.

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The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Manayunk Residence

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

The bathroom is a typical place of water damage to occur. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance and tips.

Cabinet Recovery After a Water Leak in Your Manayunk Home

Your kitchen and bathroom in your Manayunk home are the two areas that often become most susceptible to potential water loss incidents and damages. Even with a fast response to the situation from competent and qualified technicians like our team, certain fixtures, furniture, and cabinetry can become affected by the standing water and excessive moisture. Addressing these concerns quickly can help to reduce the need for tear out and reconstruction, but also save our customers time and money on the restoration work their home needs.

Water damage can spread quickly throughout a Manayunk residence, and saturation of specific elements, especially porous woods that often make fixtures like bathroom vanities lighter and easier to maneuver, can absorb this spreading water immediately. From the initial point of exposure, a timetable begins to remove saturation and to dry out construction materials and cabinetry. The faster that our SERVPRO team works on these effects, the less likely that they can become too badly damaged to preserve.

With wooden shelving and cabinetry throughout both a kitchen or bathroom, it does not take long for standing water to penetrate these materials. Within a few days of exposure, without the appropriate drying techniques, this excess moisture can warp and distort the affected areas of your house. We arrive at a property with the moisture content readers and devices that can help to note where pockets of dampness exist and where drying machines and equipment gets most efficiently placed.

In some cases, even with the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals to water loss incidents, the damage is too excessive or widespread to overcome completely. In these cases, we can utilize controlled demolition techniques to carefully remove only the overly exposed materials and fixtures to reduce the costs of reconstruction and renovation.

Water loss incidents can spread quickly throughout a kitchen or bathroom, affecting cabinets and other shelving units as saturation takes root. You can trust in the expertise and equipment of our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill water restorers to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (215) 482-0800.

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We Provide Immediate Response To Your Manayunk Water Damage Restoration Needs

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

We have the expertise, experience and equipment to restore your home 24/7. Don't hesitate and call us right away.

Clean Water Emergencies in Manayunk Requiring Professional Water Damage Technicians

All types of water contain microbes, even from clean water. A split pipe in your home may initially only present a clean water emergency. However, as the water bonds with soiling in the home, whether wall cavities or underneath fittings, it can become increasingly contaminated. This bonding process means that not tackling a clean water spill can see a situation develop into a grey or even black water emergency.

We provide an immediate response using local technicians to help solve water damage in Manayunk homes. Our call lines are in operation twenty-four hours a day, and we can send a trained technician to your property within just four hours of notification of loss. SERVPRO has technicians that hold IICRC qualifications in a range of water damaged areas and can use their expertise to ensure a professional, efficient service.

Standing water migrates quickly moving from wet to dry. That means that it can damage the subfloor beneath your carpet causing it to fall apart. Those with hard flooring like wood, concrete or tiles can also end up with a saturated sub-surface that can become a hotbed for mold growth, particularly in the warmer summer months. Our team can use infrared imaging cameras do discover potential damp spots and prevent secondary issues from occurring.

Floor tiling is often non-porous when fitted but over time cracks or wearing away of sealant can cause it to absorb moisture. SERVPRO can remove tiling to address issues in the subfloor before replacing it afterward. Equally, we can use injectidry systems to establish an air current in wall cavities or underneath fittings to ensure pockets of moisture are not allowed to stagnate further.

Here at SERVPRO, we recognize that it is difficult to talk about water damages without talking about mold damage. The two issues are often mutually inclusive with one causing the other. Our team can repaint base layers of paint with anti-microbial treatments to reduce the likelihood of mold occurring. We can also apply Biocides to under layers of carpets, fittings, and fabrics to further reduce the risk of an expensive microbial situation developing.

For an expert service in personal property remediation, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800.

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After A Water Damage Incident In Your Manayunk Bathroom Our Experts Will Restore It To Pre-Damage Condition

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience a water loss incident in your home, do not hesitate to reach out to our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill rapid response team.

Restoring Bathroom Décor In Your Manayunk Home After Water Damage

Even with minor water loss incidents that occur in the bathroom of your Manayunk home, many of the elements and materials could become saturated and damaged over a brief period. Securing professional restoration services for water loss incidents that occur anywhere in your home is a wise decision to ensure that the appropriate drying techniques get applied to the situation to prevent further complications and damaging effects later.

The bathroom of your home persistently remains one of the areas most prone to water damage throughout your Manayunk property. From the leaking of fixtures and plumbing connections to the malfunction of installed elements like your toilet or bathtub, many avenues could quickly damage construction materials and cabinetry like vanities or towel closets. To protect these saturated elements and restore them to their original condition and strength, you should reach out to our SERVPRO rapid response team.

Our professionals can respond quickly to assess the full scope of the damage to the bathroom of your home and determine the source of the water damage causing the concerns. We can repair leaking fixtures or plumbing and work to prevent further water penetration while our drying efforts and cleaning services get underway. We can communicate with you the entire time to ensure that you are aware of the tasks getting performed to return your property to its preloss condition.

Drying out exposed materials is critical to preserve them and prevent unnecessary tear out and reconstruction. If it is a clean water incident, we can often implement our high-powered machinery like LGR dehumidifiers and air movers to force moisture out of saturated elements and into the air to get collected and removed from the affected areas.

Restoring damaged elements and cabinetry in your damp bathroom is possible with the right response from our trained professionals. If you experience a water loss incident in your home, do not hesitate to reach out to our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill rapid response team at (215) 482-0800.

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If You Have A Water Damage Emergency In Your Manayunk Home You Need The Team At SERVPRO!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

We're available 24/7 and ready to answer your call.

Situations When You Need Water Cleanup Services For Your Manayunk Residence

Being prepared with reliable knowledge and an understanding of how different catastrophic circumstances can harm your Manayunk home helps keep any damage from becoming too severe. Many disasters involve water that invades your living space either from broken pipes or other mishaps inside the house, or creeping water that comes in from the outside world.

When you find yourself facing property damage, many times water cleanup services in Manayunk can drastically reduce the amount of damage almost immediately. When SERVPRO water extraction team starts removing the water, the rate at which it can spread to other areas significantly decreases. Our experts can help get things back to normal for you after a disaster.

Flooding can bring contaminated water full of silt and organic materials into your residence. We extract the water and sanitize every surface touched by the water. Afterward, we deodorize to make sure your home looks and smells like you remember, before the flood.

Rain coming to your home from crooked gutters can also scatter leaves and other things from your yard all over your floor. While rainwater seems clean, it often carries small impurities that can produce foul odors as it decomposes. Microbial colonization becomes increasingly likely when outside water remains for too long inside your home.

Appliances can malfunction and spill water all over the floor. A brittle hose can break or slip off from the machine and send gallon after gallon all over your home's floors. Because this water is much cleaner than floodwater, the chances increase in your flooring's favor, including carpeting. The increased probability that we can save your floors only holds with a rapid response, which is why we are Faster To Any Size Disaster. Getting your furniture up on blocks to prevent staining, pulling out any ruined materials, and other steps after water cleanup prevent undamaged areas from becoming involved in the situation.

After a small fire, overlooking the necessity of water cleanup can lead to water damage and mold infestation, even in areas that remained unscathed by the fire. We can get things dried out and ready for normal activities in your home after such an incident. Making sure that electrical wiring remains functional and safe happens with one of our partners, further saving you time and money.

SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill is always ready to help those living in Roxborough, Andorra, and Germantown successfully deal with possibly damaging incidents involving water in their homes. Water cleanup is an essential part of many mitigation jobs, and we can provide you with expert, professional services. Call us for this and related mitigation and restoration services at (215) 482-0800. We're always open and ready to answer your call.

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The 48 Hour Countdown: When Water Enters Your Mt Airy Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was able to restore this property after water damage.

Mt Airy's Water Removal Team Talks About Different Sources of Damage

Moisture-related problems can occur inside your Mt Airy home when you least expect it. The most common source of water damage inside houses is plumbing system failures when this occurs water removal may be necessary. Even the smallest cracks inside a water pipe can cause hundreds of gallons of water to pump into your house in a short period. Appliances that use water can also malfunction and spray moisture onto your contents and building materials. Once moisture hits organic materials inside a building, the problems can get worse and worse making prompt water removal a necessity.  

As soon as you notice a leak, it is wise to call in the experts at SERVPRO. We know that when conducting a water removal operation in Mt Airy, that time is vital. Microbes can start to form within 48 hours, so our goal is always to lower moisture levels to what they were before the loss within that two day period. If items inside your structure stay saturated for too long, they start to lose their structural integrity.  

Every water damage project gets completed differently based on the source of the leak. Plumbing system failures are the most common cause of problems, but they are the easiest to mitigate. When moisture flows out of a water pipe, we know that it is clean. When things get ruined by clean water, our SERVPRO team considers the problem a class one or white water damage scenario.  

Other water sources can leak, thus contaminating the materials they contact. Possible contamination with harmful bacteria occurs when water leaks from a sink drain or comes in from the outside after a storm. These types of situations are called category two or grey water cases.  

Sometimes toilets malfunction or sewage backs up into your home. In these situations, special techniques need to be taken to prevent health effects. During these types of problems or cases of category three or black water damage, most items the water touched are thrown out. If you ever have problems with excessive moisture inside your home, call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 any day of the week.

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Water Cleanup Services In Mt Airy After Leaks Or Floods

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

We have the tools to restore your home.

Water Cleanup Services

Emergencies can happen in your Mt Airy home at any time, but they seem to occur whenever it is the most inconvenient. SERVPRO crews are always ready to help you protect your home from minor mishaps and major emergencies round the clock. Our training prepares us for the worst situations.

When either small leaks plague a home or a flood covers our local neighborhoods, Mt Airy residents can depend on SERVPRO's water cleanup services to make things right again. We have the tools to restore your home “Like it never even happened” so your family can continue with their regular habits and activities, sans interruption once again.

Technicians at SERVPRO receive extensive training, earning IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and other areas to better protect customers' homes from damage and deterioration. When we arrive at a job in our Green Fleet, we do a thorough inspection of the situation. We also have a consultation with the homeowners. After no more water can invade your home, we start working to clean up the water and dry out your home.

Water cleanup begins with the extraction of all visible water. When the water came from a clean source, we can often save carpets from becoming too damaged for restoration. If flooding from outside or other dirty sources are involved in your home's emergency, replacing the carpet and padding is often the only option available that can provide the results we desire.

Hardwood floors and other less porous floors can still hold onto water, making the use of more intensive equipment necessary. Heat-producing machinery helps increase the speed that evaporation takes place, and with moisture extracting devices in place, we gather increasingly more amounts of water from the structures in your home.

Water from clean or dirty sources can deposit griminess on the once-clean belongings inside your residence. Our crews can get these clean for you and your family, quickly and without much fuss. We want you to be amazed at our work and happy that you called us. From start to finish, SERVPRO technicians strive to restore each home back to its pre-incident condition.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Manayunk live in our local communities and are proud to serve our neighbors in Roxborough, Mt Airy, and Dearnley Park. When your home requires water cleanup and removal services, call us at (215) 482-0800. Faster to Any Size Disaster, we understand your concerns and can help guide you through this and any other emergency crisis affecting your property.

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Aspects to Look at During Water Damage Restoration in Chestnut Hill

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can quickly affect your home. Contact SERVPRO for a fast response and efficient drying out services.

Team SERVPRO Effectively Tackles Water Damage Regardless of the Source of the Water

Water damage restoration is not all about extracting water from a structure and ventilating the area so that drying can take place. Professionals in this area understand the drying theory and how to apply its principles to achieve the drying goal. So, do not make a mistake of thinking that placing drying equipment and spraying products are all that professionals do during the restoration process. We are going to look at the various aspects that professionals consider when attending to such incidents in Chestnut Hill.
 
The amount of water in your property after a water damage event in Chestnut Hill is also crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians start by determining its source - it can be black water, gray water, or clean water. Clean water does not contain waste products, and it is usually water from a treated source. It can come from faulty appliances, overflowing sinks, leaking roofs and burst pipes. Fewer health risks are associated with this category of water; though, it ceases to be clean once it flows across the soil. In most cases, carpets and pads exposed to clean water are salvageable.
 
Gray water is also known as category 2 water, and it carries waste products - minus human waste. If your washing machine malfunctions and overflows, the water it dumps on the floor is under this category. It may present health risks if a person drinks, touches, or experiences any form of contact. Our SERVPRO team thoroughly cleans carpets exposed to gray water and replaces saturated pads.
 
Category 3 water is known as black water - though it does not means the water must be black. It is majorly unsanitary water with much debris which exposes humans to health risks. Burst sewage back-ups and floodwater are examples of its sources. It is advisable to replace porous materials, pads, and carpets that are contaminated with black water.
 
At SERVPRO of Manayunk, we respond immediately to storm, mold, fire, and water damage disaster. Call us at (215) 482-0800 and let us make your property “Like it never even happened.”
 
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How Water Heater Damage In Chestnut Hill Can Ruin Your Day

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water heaters are a staple in modern American homes, but even new and expensive models may sometimes be prone to malfunctioning and creating damage.

Water Heater Damage

Water heaters are a staple in modern American homes, but even new and expensive models may sometimes be prone to malfunctioning and creating water damage in Chestnut Hill and other local communities. There are several ways in which a water heater can damage your home, some more severe than others, but these are almost always severe enough to warrant a call to a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. Be sure to maintain and replace aging water heaters to avoid these potential calamities.

Ruptures
Although they are less common than other types of water heater damage in Chestnut Hill, ruptures in the equipment's exterior can cause some of the most severe clean water damage possible in a typical single-family residence. With large volumes of liquid water, both stored inside the tank and flowing in as pressure decreases, this type of malfunction may flood a significant portion of your home before anyone can shut off the water source. If you believe your water heater has sustained an exterior rupture, call us immediately so that we can direct you on what to do next.

Water Line Failures
Most water heater models require a steady inflow of water to operate, and when the water lines responsible for this encounter problems, they can quickly create severe water damage that can rival a proper rupture in size and significance. Some troubles with water lines may initially seem light and fixable, but even a small crack or tear can seriously compromise the integrity and create much more disastrous issues hours or days after the first signs of damage.

Leaks
Many pipes and connectors in the average water heater may be prone to leaks, especially if the device has gone without maintenance or replacement for a long time. Stopping up a leak may be easier than repairing other problems, but severe damage can result in the long term if the leak goes unnoticed. SERVPRO helps to both check the water heater for additional problems and reverse any damage caused in the past in a fast, cost-effective manner.

SERVPRO of Manayunk is ready to help whenever disaster strikes. Call us 24/7 at (215) 482-0800.

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Water Removal Services in Your Mt Airy Home After a Washing Machine Malfunction

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, when washing machines break, a significant volume of water is suddenly on your floor. Contact SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With Many Options for Removing Water From Your Flooded Room

One of the most common sources of water damage in Mt Airy, washing machines can suddenly unleash many gallons of water in your home. The damage can be costly, and there are multiple ways that these devices can cause water damage. Burst water supply lines, loose connections, a drain hose disconnecting, or a pump valve getting clogged or malfunctioning are all possible causes.
 
Water damage in your Mt Airy home can be overwhelming since so many gallons of water can be dumped so quickly. However, the faster you react to get water removal services the better. You can avoid additional damages such as mold growth this way. Our technicians at SERVPRO are trained to help you, and we can be reached at any time you need us, so do not hesitate to reach out to us right away.
 
The first thing we need to do is extract the standing water from your home. There are various tools we can use to do this. Extractors can be used to remove water from the floor by using the vacuum component of the device. The extractors can be portable or truck mounted. Portable ones can be taken directly into your home, and it allows us to get to restricted areas. Truck mounted ones are more powerful and have their own power sources.
 
SERVPRO staff also have different extraction tools to use for drying your home. Pumps in a situation like this are handy. The strength of a pump is stated regarding lift and volume capacity. When the standing water is over two inches deep, we use a submersible pump with enough lift capability and volume capacity. We are careful to pump water directly into a treated sewer such as a toilet. We do not ever dispose of cleaning wastes through in this manner if your home has a septic system.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk has all the right tools to help get the water out of your home in Andorra, Mt. Airy, or Chestnut Hill. Give us a call at (215) 482-0800 as soon as you have a need and we can help you get your home dry again.
 
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Defective Water Heaters Can Require Water Removal Services In Germantown

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Need Appliance Water Leak Restoration in Germantown? Call SERVPRO

Water Extraction and Drying After Appliance Malfunctions Are Crucial in the Restoration Process

Water heaters are a modern convenience that almost every single home in Germantown has gotten installed. While having hot water on demand is a great advancement in comfortable living, many people often forget that these are just appliances that need servicing and replacement as they age. Since most people do not even have their heaters regularly inspected, it is clear that far less replace them after the recommended amount of years in use.  
 
While this might be typical of homeowners to run appliances like these until they officially break down and wear out, it might not always bode well for your home. In fact, when appliances like your water heater decided to quit altogether, this action could ultimately spill its contents out onto the floor of your home. Depending on the size of this appliance, this could be a large volume of water that can cause a good deal of damage if not dealt with quickly. A problem like this requires water removal services for your Germantown residence.  
 
Worse still, many water heaters are on an automatic feed system in which they refill once the water reaches a certain drop in depth. With the case of losing all of the water contents in the heater, you can anticipate that the appliance then continually feeds new water to try and refill the tank. When you call SERVPRO, our technicians work quickly to ensure that more water is not going to spew onto the floor by shutting it off at the source.  
 
From here, our experienced SERVPRO professionals can begin water extraction. Truck-mounted pumps are not often needed though portable equipment is, our team can quickly pull water from the affected area. From this point, our drying efforts (using air movers and dehumidification devices) can begin. We can ensure that this process is wholly successful by having our team uses thermal imagery to look beyond the line of sight into walls and under floors. This inspection is especially critical when the leaking appliance is located on an upper-level floor of the structure.
 
When you are dealing with a broken water heater that has spilled a large volume of water onto the floor of your home, you do not have to deal with the resulting damage alone. Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk professionals a call today at (215) 482-0800.

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Water Heater Leak and Water Damage in Germantown

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking Appliances, Water Damage to a Germantown Home, and SERVPRO to the Rescue

Air Movers Grapple with Excess Moisture from Leaking Appliances

No appliance in your Germantown household works under stricter conditions than your water heater. Most times, water heaters fail gradually, and some of the telltale signs of imminent failure include a whistling or hissing sound indicating a worn valve, water accumulation under the heater, and shortages of hot water during regular use. You need to act fast to correct the problem once you see these signs of failure.

If the problems have gone unnoticed, you are dealing with a leaking water heater and water damage to your Germantown home. In this case, you need professional help from SERVPRO, as all our staff has been trained to clean and repair water damage of all kinds in a timely fashion. It is essential that you get a hold of us as soon as possible to prevent further damages.
 
Once we have stopped the flow of water and cleaned up all the standing water, it is time to dry your home back out. Airflow is one of the most important factors that we use. Drying structures effectively requires us knowing the right techniques for using airflow in the process of drying.
 
One device SERVPRO IICRC certified techs use to dry the affected area are air movers. If an air mover is placed, so it is blowing air directly against a wall, the air not only bounces back, but it forces moisture into the wall, which is not good. If it is placed at a forty-five-degree angle, air hits off the walls and takes away moisture so it can be replaced by drier air.
 
We put the air movers in a clockwise pattern with the nose touching the wall and the inlet facing the wall. We ensure that all affected walls are in the air stream. To do this, we might have to put additional air movers in closets, offsets, or bay windows. Every time we monitor the equipment, we move the machines to the left or right in a circular pattern, so your home is evenly dried.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk does not leave your home until we have made sure it is completely dry again. Residents in the areas Roxborough, Dearnley Park, and Chestnut Hill of can give us a call anytime they need help with a water heater leak at (215) 482-0800.

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Deodorization For Your Philadelphia Home After Water Damage From A Leaking Fish Tank

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

When you come home to find that your fish tank has sprung a leak in your living room, you need to act quickly for several reasons.

Deodorization For Your Home After Water Damage

When you come home to find that your fish tank has sprung a leak in your living room, you need to act quickly for several reasons. Firstly, if possible, you need to save the fish if they have not already perished, but you need to tackle the water damage it has created in your Philadelphia home as quickly as possible.

With a job this big, you need the help of the professionals from SERVPRO to clean up the water damage in your home in Philadelphia. Depending upon how fast the leak was, you could be looking at several gallons of water on your living room floor. We have the industrial tools to remove the water and dry your home out fast to avoid further damage such as mold growth.

Your home must be deodorized as well. The first step in doing so is removing the odor. Once the moisture is gone, we can begin. Sometimes, successful deodorization takes several methods, since one deodorant might not work on every odor. SERVPRO techs have specific production guidelines for three processes – dry fogging, wet fogging, and activated oxygen. We use several pieces of safety equipment when dispersing a gaseous or fog deodorant, including respirators, chemical resistant gloves, eye protection and protective clothing.

Small amounts of deodorant can be injected into spots on carpeting or upholstery with injection methods using a pump and injection needle or syringe and needle. It is quite helpful when it is not practical to lift the carpet to get to the padding.

Powered or hand pump sprayers are used with direct spraying. With water damage, direct spraying is used to apply disinfectants. Since it sprays wets the surfaces being treated, we use this method where discoloration is not likely or does not matter.

With wet fogging, solvent-based and water-based deodorizers are dispersed with ultra-low volume foggers. They generate tiny deodorant particles, which can penetrate most areas where odor hides.

We may also use high-velocity exhaust fans to ventilate your structure, before and after deodorization. These fans ventilate your home and shorten the time needed before you can enter back into your home after the deodorization process.

Air scrubbers remove airborne particles, plus chemicals and odors from the air. They draw dirty air through filters which capture odors and particles. Then, clean air is put back out into the environment.

No matter the processes we need to use, you can be sure that SERVPRO of Manayunk can deodorize your home after a leaky fish tank has flooded your living room. Residents in the areas of Germantown, Roxborough, or Chestnut Hill can get a hold of us at any time by dialing (215) 482-0800.

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Water And Flood Damage Solutions in Philadelphia’s East Falls Neighborhood

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage and flooding from storms or internal to the house can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts and great results.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Current Damage and Suggest Maintenance Projects Which can Prevent Future Water Damage

Strong storms put your East Falls home at risk of interior water damage and even flooding. Rains that fall in torrents overflow gutters and push drain spouts over capacity, forcing moisture into your foundation. High winds strip off shingles and drive damaging water under flashings and into your attic. Our crews know how to handle water and flood damage, restoring your cozy dwelling.
 
The rain that pounds off your roof and collects in ditches beneath the gutters eventually causes flood damage to your house. The flooding is a telling symptom of water damage in East Falls that may have been plaguing you for years. Count on us to evaluate all ways water may be damaging your home. We recommend solutions to keep the water out in the future while also restoring the harm done to your structure and contents.
 
Clogged or damaged gutters are double trouble. First, water that isn't flowing as expected gets under the roof and soaks the rafters and flows down the walls, eventually making its way into your living areas. Gypsum board or lath and plaster both suffer, showing bulging and staining when water repeatedly saturates it. The first sign of water damage often is peeling paint or a bubbling on the ceiling.

SERVPRO crews assess the situation, releasing any collected water by carefully punching holes. We know water damage will reappear if the gutter system is not fixed or upgraded. Once repairs are made outside the drying and restoration efforts made inside are permanent, not a constant battle you are doomed to refight with each rainstorm.
 
The second issue commonly afflicting homes with poorly performing gutters and downspouts is flood damage in the lower levels. The constant flow of water off the roof around the foundation, instead of away from it, as is the purpose of properly functioning drains and gutters, overloads the ground near your home with moisture. It moves into the foundation through the cinderblock, concrete, or stone and rises inch by inch on the floor of your lowest level. Just like the water damage to walls and ceiling upstairs, the persistent flow of water flooding your basement is a chronic issue until the lot is graded to have water flow away from the foundation. Repaired gutters and drains also direct rain off the roof and into your yard rather than inside the house. SERVPRO can address the flood damage by removing water and drying out and sanitizing the basement, but only attention to rain runoff management offers a true solution.
 
Work with a proactive water and flood damage restoration company when you hire SERVPRO of Manayunk. We restore current damage but always with an eye to eliminating the water problem. Call (215) 482-0800 for a full-service solution.

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What Can You Do To Prevent Water Damage To Your Philadelphia Bathroom?

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Often Strikes from a Leaky Commode in Philadelphia Homes. Call SERVPRO for Help

Advice from SERVPRO to Avoid Damaging Occurrences Caused by Water

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home, and out of all the rooms in a house, the bathroom is surely one of the most at risk of water damage. With faucets, a shower or tub (or both) and a toilet, the bathroom is a source of potential water leaks. A flood in your bathroom has the potential to damage the floor, floor covering, walls and any fixtures and fittings. There is also a risk of the water leaking through into the room below and damaging the ceiling, walls, and furniture.
 
It is a good idea to head off trouble before it hits if you can. Not every bathroom flood is inevitable. Some are preventable. That is why SERVPRO recommends you take some simple steps to prevent water damage to your Philadelphia bathroom
 
Do not flush your toilet if it becomes over filled. If you see your toilet bowl fills right up to the brim when you flush it, please do not flush it again. An overfilled bowl is a sure sign of a toilet blockage. Use a plunger to clear the blockage. If using a plunger does not work, or you are not confident that you have fixed the problem, call in a plumber.
 
Be mindful of what you flush down your toilet. Paper products (aside from toilet tissue), beauty products and sanitary wear are not suitable for flushing and might cause a block. Dispose of them in a nearby bin instead.
 
Inspect your bathroom regularly. Be on the lookout for issues that might cause water damage. These include leaking faucets, degradation on water seals, leaks or wear and tear around shower stalls, worn out caulking or grout, or leaking pipes under the sink. It is worth taking a few minutes to inspect your bathroom regularly rather than face a significant remediation job.
 
The last piece of advice is simple but vital. Do not leave faucets running or the tub filling. Stay in the bathroom when the water is on.
 
No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen sometimes, and not every leak is preventable. In the event of water damage to your bathroom, put in a call to SERVPRO at once. Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help you. We pump all the water out of your bathroom, and dry out the floor, walls, and even behind and inside cabinets using dehumidifiers, box fans, and air movers. In the cases of sewage backups, which is not the problem here, we can also disinfect and sanitize as needed.
 
Do not let a leak ruin your bathroom and other areas of your home. Call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800 for assistance.

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