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Wexford Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing extensive hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:
•Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
•Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
•The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

Smoke is broken down into two areas, which are smoke wet and dry. Because of this, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before the restoration process, SERVPRO of Wexford will test the soot and determine which type of smoke damage has occurred. Our plan of action is based on the information we obtain during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
•Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
•Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
•Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 724-933-7875


6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can be very scary and inconvenient, particularly when you lose electrical power during or after one passes through. Suddenly, you have lost all access to important things like lights, internet, ovens, and temperature control.

Losing power can also be dangerous, especially when it happens during the night, or if you have someone who needs an electronically-powered devices for medical reasons. It is important to prepare for power outages before they happen, so you will be ready and have a good plan of action.

Fire Smoke Damage Restoration

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with fire damage the experienced team at SERVPRO of Wexford is ready to respond. We are locally owned and operated, our highly trained team is ready for all types of fire damage and are able to respond quickly. Our immediate action and fast response can limit the extent of the damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. We have the specialized equipment and resources necessary to handle the job, large or small, day or night.

We are available 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week to assist your emergency situation.

Flooding in Pine Richland areas

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding in Pine Richland areas Basement Flood

May 28, 2019 - Torrential downpours, flooding in many parts of Pine and Richland Townships. Here is one of the flooded basements that we were called out to. We quickly cleaned, placed the necessary equipment and dried the affected area.

SERVPRO of Wexford 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Wexford 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of WEXFORD provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Allegheny County and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of WEXFORD is always available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is very important. Even a delay of just a few hours, can greatly increase the severity of your water damage.

We Answer the Phone and are Always Ready to Help

Call Today - 724-933-7875

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and upset. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. We have the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration, in fact, it is the cornerstone of our business.

Here is What to Expect:

When you call us, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us to determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions, including:

•Your name and contact information
•Your insurance information (if applicable)
•The street address of the water-damaged home or business
•When did the flooding or water damage occur?
•What caused the water damage (if known)?
•Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Wexford Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:
•Stay out of affected areas.
•Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
•Contact SERVPRO of Wexford for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:
•Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
•Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
•Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
•Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Wexford specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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

Frozen Pipes

1/2/2019 (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:
-Crawl spaces

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.

Emergency Water Damage Tips and Services

1/2/2019 (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

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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