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Mold Damage

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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.


Article Source: http://www.a1articles.com/creating-an-emergency-preparedness-plan-1334845.html

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.

SERVPRO of Wexford

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

 

 


SERVPRO of Wexford is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 724-933-7875

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
•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)?

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.

 

Frozen Pipes

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Here is an informational article provided by the RedCross, this and other useful information can be found here:
http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes



How Do You Thaw Frozen Pipes?
 
Call SERVPRO of Wexford 724-933-7875
Proudly serving Allison Park, Pa. in Northern Allegheny County 15101.


 


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.

Frozen Pipes

1/25/2017 (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 Frozen Pipes?
 
Call SERVPRO of Wexford 724-933-7875
Proudly serving McCandless, Pa. in Northern Allegheny County 15237.

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.

Water in Basement

11/15/2016 (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?
 

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.

 

MORE TIPS FOR WATER DAMAGE

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs, it is likely, your belongings will be damaged or ruined. First, you should organize your belongings and start clearing any small debris.  

People whose houses are going through water damage restoration need to be able to fully assess the value as well as the importance of each and every item on the house. Needless to say, when it comes to water damage restoration, where the majority (or practically all) of your belongings have been destroyed, you will have to make the difficult task of trying to figure out that items you would want to discard or keep. It is incredibly frustrating since you are most probably attached to your belongings but keeping things that are already beyond repair as well as may not have any use for you anymore is really impractical and will just cost you a lot of storage space once you start buying new things for you house as part of the water damage restoration program.

Foods that have already been soiled because of all that water should not be eaten anymore and must be properly disposed of. Broken tableware as well as mugs, glasses as well as other kitchen tools should also be discarded if they’re not fit to be used anymore. When it comes to water damage restoration, you should be extremely practical so as you will be able to quickly and effectively reorganize your life back to normal.

During water damage restoration you must absolutely remember to not try to operate any of your electrical appliances! The television, vacuums as well as all your other appliances need to be checked first by a professional technician before you are able to actually pick out the ones you still might be able to use and keep. It is extremely dangerous to also try to operate any of your electrical appliances while standing on a wet carpet or floors because you might just end up electrocuting yourself in the process.

Never try to dry off your house or building interiors with a blower or any heat inducing gadget. Instead of doing any water damage restoration to your house, it will only bring about mildew as well as even more moisture damage to your house, so control yourself from thinking that this is a good water damage restoration tactic.
Our trained SERVPRO technicians are here to help, let the professionals do the job the right way.

Neighborhood Dorseyville

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Dorseyville, Allegheny County in Western Pa. 15051.

Anytime you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical. Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will respond immediately and use our advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We will closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Neighborhood Bell Acres

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Bell Acres, Allegheny County in Western Pa. 15222

Water damage can be tough to deal with. Water seeps into structural cavities where it can be trapped.  The detection of water in these areas can sometimes only be discovered with moisture detection meters. If undetected, moisture will continue to cause damage. This in turn, will cause odors. Further damage will occur when materials delaminate, shrink, split and deteriorate causing costly repairs.

SERVPRO technicians have the skills and equipment to dry a home or facility back to pre-loss conditions. With fast response times and careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other issues can be prevented. Water damage that has been present too long, will cause mold.

Neighborhood Russellton

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Pittsburgh neighborhood of Russelton in Western Pa. 15076.

Water damage can affect your homes and your furniture, clothes, and other belongings.

Some tips for water damage are:

Remove any excess water by mopping and/or blotting.
Wipe the excess water from furniture.
Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions/fabrics.

Water mitigation, smoke, soot, mold remediation, excessive filth, hoarders, crime scene cleanup, general cleaning ad more.

Neighborhood Marshall Twp.

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Marshall Twp. in Western Pa. 15086.

Neighborhood Ingomar

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Ingomar in Western Pa. 15237.

Neighborhood Wildwood

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Mt. Nebo in Western Pa. 15237.

Neighborhood Mt. Nebo

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Mt. Nebo in Western Pa. 15237.

Neigborhood Warrendale

3/30/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Warrendale, Allegheny County in Western Pa. 15095

Etna

2/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Allison Park, Allegheny County in Western Pa. 15223.

Thawing Frozen Pipes

1/26/2016 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes - photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12448900

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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Neigborhood Allison Park

1/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Allison Park, Allegheny County in Western Pa. 15101

Neighborhood OHara

1/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the Kilbuck neighborhood of Ohara in Western Pa. 15238.

Offering services including, Fire, Water, Mold, Storm Damage and more.

Neighborhood Kilbuck

12/22/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the Kilbuck neighborhood of North Hills in Western Pa. 15202.

Offering services including, Fire, Water, Mold, Storm Damage and more.

Neighborhood Marshall

9/29/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the Marshall neighborhood of North Hills in Western Pa. 15086.

Neighborhood Wexford

8/12/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the Wexford neighborhood of North Hills in Western Pa. 15090.

Neighborhood Gibsonia

8/4/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the Gibsonia neighborhood of North Hills in Western Pa. 15044

Ross Twp

5/19/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the Ross Twp neighborhood of North Hills in Western Pa. 15237

Ross Township Fire Restoration

4/28/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After

Fires can be devastating to your home or business.  SERVPRO of Wexford specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We will quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Neighborhood McCandless

4/22/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of McCandless, Allegheny County in Western Pa. 15237

Neigborhood Hampton

4/13/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Hampton Twp, Allegheny County in Western Pa. 15101

Neighborhood Richland

4/6/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wexford is your water damage professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Richland Twp, Allgheny County in Western Pa. 15090

Neighborhood

4/1/2015 (Permalink)

Servprp of Wexford is your water Damage Professionals proudly serving the North Hills neighborhood of Pine Twp, Allegheny County in Western Pa. 15090

Tips

3/23/2015 (Permalink)

Guard against a rupture (Source: Pennsylvania American Water)

- Run a small trickle of water overnight to keep vulnerable pipes from freezing.

-Open cabinet doors to expose pipes beneath sinks to heat.

-If pipes freeze, shut off water immediately. Only attempt to thaw frozen pipes once the service is off.

-Apply heat from a hair dryer, space heater or hot water to the air around a frozen pipe or directly to the frozen pipe. Do not leave space heaters unattended and do not use kerosene heaters or open flame.

- Once thawed, turn water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks — some of which can be unseen.

Winter Care for the Home

2/1/2015 (Permalink)

Harsh winter weather can cause pipes in your home to freeze and burst, which can result in flooding and water damage to your home. Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home and pipes located in exterior walls are at the highest risk of freezing. Some examples are, pipes in unheated areas, like attics, garages, and crawl spaces. Consider using pipe insulation to protect your pipes.

If you plan on leaving your home for a long period of time or a vacation in winter, care should be taken to protect your home from frozen pipes. Your furnace should be set to at least 55 degrees. You should also shut off your main water supply and drain the system by opening up all  the faucets and flushing the toilets. 

Cold Weather Tips

1/27/2015 (Permalink)

Protect your home, business, vehicles, and equipment.

  • Keep a reliable power supply on hand.
  • Have a shelter and evacuation plan, in the event of an emergency.
  • Keep a disaster kit on hand, i.e. candles batteries, water, non-perishable food, etc.
  • Protect the health and safety of your family. Dress accordingly when going outdoors.
  • Keep outdoor pets safe and protected too!
  • Drive safely and cautiously on bad roads.

Emergency Services

1/21/2015 (Permalink)

This week performed an emergency service water loss where 34,000 gal. of water damaged a vacant residential condominium located in McCandless, Pa. (North Hills region of Allegheny County, Pa.) Structure completely dried in 3 days.

September

9/25/2014 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month! Are you ready?? Call us today and we can help!

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