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Mold Damage

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Mold Damage Does Your North Hills Home Have A Mold Problem?

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
•Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
•Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
•Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
•Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
•Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
•Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 724-933-7875

Emergency Preparedness Plan

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

General Emergency Preparedness Plan Flood Disaster

Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

Author: Yodle

One of the best ways to ensure you, your family, or your coworkers will survive an emergency is to plan ahead. A set plan that directs actions and behavior during an unexpected event can ease anxiety and create safer conditions than guessing at what to do as things happen. While no one can ever be totally prepared for an emergency, creating a plan will help those involved cope, and could mean the difference between life and death.

Make a Kit

Creating an emergency preparedness kit allows you to have materials on-hand to cope with emergencies. A kit should include adequate nonperishable food and water for your supposed party for a three-day period. Also keep in mind regular water sources may not be readily available. It is a good idea to keep a can opener with your food and water supply. Purchase a battery-operated radio or an emergency broadcast radio. This way if the regular signals or the electricity are not working, you will still be able to hear important messages and directions from authorities.

Have a flashlight ready with extra batteries. Also create a first-aid kit with the standard materials like bandages, hydrogen peroxide, and gauze. Each member of your party should have a dust mask, and you should keep a roll of plastic sheeting and duct tape handy in case you need to create an air-tight barrier. Finally, pack moist towelettes, garbage bags, local maps, and extra cell phone chargers for both the car and traditional outlets. It is a good idea to keep at least a partial emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle in case you are stranded somewhere.

Have a Plan

Each family or organization is going to have special circumstances. Those with babies will need to be sure they have diapers and infant formula included in their kit. Remember prescription medications, and pet supplies and food, as well. Also make copies of important documents that can be easily located should you need to evacuate an area. Everyone that each family will need an crisis management plan unique to their circumstances. Some may need "elderly or disabled crisis management, while others may temporarily need to create a pregnancy crisis management plan."

Once you have assembled the items you will probably need, make sure the entire family or group is aware of your plan. Discuss the best place to meet should something occur while people are away from home and returning home is not an option. Choose one or two alternate meeting locations and ensure all members of the family are able to reach that location. Also let those at the alternate location know that, in the event of an emergency, you will need use of their facilities.  Have all members of your family memorize the address and phone number of the alternate location and agree they will phone as soon as possible with information about their whereabouts.

It is essential to understand how important it is to have a plan ready should something unexpected occur. They encourage people to consider their specific environment when creating a plan, and to take into account the emergencies they could potentially be facing. For instance, those in Florida are more likely to be faced with a hurricane evacuation than a tornado scenario. In other cases, crises are universal and everyone should be prepared. Fire-related crisis and national events would trigger an emergency plan regardless of where you are living.

Without going overboard, incorporate crisis preparation into your everyday life. For instance, if you are shopping for a home in the plains area of the United States, look for a home with a basemen to hide in during a tornado. Those living near a coast may need a home with a higher elevation in order to avoid flooding during hurricanes and bad storms.

It is important to act with caution and make responsible decisions so you can save yourself money and more importantly, be safe in the future. Furthermore, your decisions and preparation today could save your life during a future emergency. It is never too soon to start planning for the unexpected. A strong communication plan, emergency materials, and evacuation know-how can go a long way in saving the lives of your family and co-workers.


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Does Your North Hills Home Have A Mold Problem?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
•Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
•Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
•Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
•Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
•Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
•Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 724-933-7875

How to Deal with Residential Water Damage

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Wexford at 724-933-7875-proudly serving the North Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

Here are some useful tips on how to deal with residential water damage from http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-with-Residential-Water-Damage:

Water damage can cause all sorts of headache for homeowners, both immediately after the damage occurs and in the long run. From floods to leaky faucets, water damage is a serious pain, and can cause major health and safety issues. Follow this guide to stop, repair, and prevent water damage in your home.

Stop the flow of water. If the flooding has been caused by a burst pipe or a water heater failure, shut off the main water line for your home. Get in touch with an expert immediately if you cannot tell where the water is coming from.

Turn off the power. If your home is flooded, cut off the electricity and gas from the main source. This isn’t as essential for small leaks or puddles, but for large floods turn them off to be safe. Do not handle electrical appliances unless you are properly insulated.
If you have to stand in water to turn off the main electricity, consult with an electrician.

Assess the damage. Before you begin your cleanup effort, first determine if rebuilding is even a worthwhile option. Take ample photos and other documentation to show the insurance company.

Rescue your most valuable possessions. If you are able to, find and remove your most important items from the flooded area, such as heirlooms, money, jewelry, etc. Don’t spend too much time extracting and cleaning individual items, as the water is still doing damage to your home.

Get rid of standing water. The longer the water sits, the more damage it will cause. As soon as it is safe, pump out any standing water. If you are dealing with a natural flood, wait to pump until the flood waters have receded below your house. Wear proper protective gear. When working in a flooded area, be sure to wear rubber boots, gloves, and a mask or respirator.
Keep children and pets away from any standing flood water, as it is often contaminated.
Place the pump at the lowest spot of the flooded floor. If the water is deep, you may need to lower the pump using a nylon rope.
If dealing with a small amount of flooding, you may be able to use a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove the water.

Bakerstown

2/6/2018 (Permalink)


Here is an informational article provided by the IIRC, this and other useful information can be found here;
http://www.IICRC.org

What Do You Do When There Is Water In A Basement? Call SERVPRO of Wexford at 724-933-7875, proudly serving the Bakerstown, Pa and surrounding areas
 

One of the most stressful and frustrating discoveries a homeowner can make is finding water in the basement. It is staggering how fast a disaster like a sudden pipe burst can fill a room with water. In fact, it’s common for homeowners to go to bed with a dry home and wake up to soaked flooring. Of course, dealing with this type of damage can be rather difficult, especially if it has infiltrated the home from a contaminated source, such as a flood or a sewage leak. It’s not safe or sanitary for a homeowner to attempt restoration on their own, which is why homeowners are recommended to seek certified, experienced professionals to handle the process.

What should a homeowner do when spotting water in the basement?

In short, it depends on how much water is present. If there’s just a small leak in a pipe, a professional can typically patch up the problem in an hour or two, at the most. However, if there is enough fluid present for it to pool and fill the room, then thorough restoration will be needed, and this something that only professionals are equipped to handle.

That’s why contacting a restoration company should be among the first things a homeowner does upon discovering excess water in the home. If water is continuing to rush into the home, then shutting down the plumbing should be a priority. If the fluid is contaminated, homeowners should not test their luck by walking through it, and this is usually the case when a home has been badly damaged in a flood or sewage backflow. Contaminated fluid often contains dangerous animals, chemical runoff, fungi, and many pathogens. Contaminated water in the basement should only be managed by people wearing proper safety equipment, and this is something homeowners are unlikely to have on hand.

If possible, a homeowner can speed up the restoration process by rescuing anything that hasn’t been soaked through or exposed to the contaminated fluid for long. Organic materials, like paper, cloth and porous woods, will many times be beyond help if they have been exposed to contaminated fluid for at least 48 hours, but a quick response might save some precious items. Solid wood typically resists contaminated fluid better, but efforts will need to be taken to ensure it doesn’t start warping.

If there is water in the basement, it is highly recommended that the homeowner not go into those areas.  A professional restorer will shut down the electricity in that area prior to doing an inspection. If wires have been exposed, it may not be safe for anyone due to the risk of electrocution. Shutting down electricity also lowers the risk of a fire breaking out.

Dealing with flooding in the home can be an expensive, annoying experience. But with the help of a certified team of restoration professionals, a homeowner can get their home back to normal quickly, and with minimal damage to the room.

Emergency Water Damage Tips and Services

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.

  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.

  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.

  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

Water Damage Services Include:

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.

  • Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-Site or Move Out.

  • Structural Restoration Services.

  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders

Frozen Pipe Information

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:
-Outdoor hose bibs
-Swimming pool supply lines
-Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:
-Basements
-Crawl spaces
-Garages

Winter Tips from The American Red Cross:

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.

Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Materials in the Home

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

It's every homeowner's worst nightmare- coming home to find water damage from a burst pipe or other mishap. Restoration from a burst pipe can be extensive since the damage can go all the way down into the sub-flooring.
The first priority is to stop the source of damage. Turn off the water supply to the entire home in order to begin the next stage of the water restoration, which is the clean up.
Once the water is shut off, you can assess the damage and begin to do some of the work on your own, while you wait for the SERVPRO of Wexford to come in and take over. One thing working against you is time.. The longer the damage sits, the more likely water will get into the sub-flooring, wick up walls and go into your drywall and insulation.
Also, if the water damage restoration is not done quickly, your home will develop additional damage in the form of mold and bacteria growth. Black mold is considered toxic and dangerous to your health.
Remove any furniture and carpet that was damaged. If you want to try and salvage these things, you can put them in a warm place and keep a fan blowing air on them. If you can extract water from your carpet and furniture this is even better.
The SERVPRO of Wexford pros will continue with the process to remove damaged dry wall and insulation (if affected). Any studs that are not saturated can be dried out with warm air circulating on them instead of being replaced.
The biggest problem is usually the flooring and sub-flooring. It may be necessary to have portions of your subfloor removed and replaced to be sure your home doesn't become a breeding ground for mold and/or bacteria.
It is possible to repair the damage that water can cause inside your home, the water restoration damage pros from SERVPRO of Wexford will work quickly, because the earlier you begin the water damage restoration process, the more likely that the damage can be minimized and you will avoid secondary damage to your home.

Frozen Pipes

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Great Winter Tips from The American Red Cross:

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.

Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

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SERVPRO of Wexford Emergency Services

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Faster to your North Pittsburgh Water Damage Event


Water Damage


SERVPRO of Wexford provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in North Pittsburgh


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of  Wexford provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.


Faster To Any Size Disaster


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Wexford arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.


Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 at 724-933-7875


Water Damage Timeline


Within Minutes
•Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
•Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
•Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
•Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.


Hours 1 - 24:
•Drywall begins to swell and break down.
•Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
•Furniture begins to swell and crack.
•Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
•A musty odor appears.


48 Hours to 1 Week:
•Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
•Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
•Metal begins to rust and corrode.
•Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
•Paint begins to blister.
•Wood flooring swells and warps.
•Serious biohazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:
•Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
•Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


About SERVPRO of  Wexford


SERVPRO of Wexford specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.