Recent Water Damage Posts

Understanding Water Types

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it's left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call us and consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive. 

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist. 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items. 
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Be Flood Smart

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Cars driving through flooded roads. Facts and information provided by FloodSmart.gov.

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is always potential for flood damage. Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a food does strike your home or business, contact us. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. We are prepared to handle any sized disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, we will help you take it back. 

Emergency Water Damage Tips

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional using equipment to dry up water in a customer's kitchen. For more information on recovering from water damage, contact the SERVPRO of Altoona professionals.

1. Shut off the water source, if possible, or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.

2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

5. Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

6. Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

7. Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water! This could cause electrical shock or damage to the device.

8. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. Call 814-946-0119 to get the team that's faster to any size disaster. We're a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities, after the ravaging effects of water or fire. 

What to Do Until Help Arrives (Water Damage)

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals loading equipment into the van. Help is on the way!

Water Damage From Clean Water

DO: 

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Water Damage From Contaminated Water

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medial evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.

Importance of Water Damage Cleanup

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your commercial property.

SERVPRO professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your business. SERVPRO professionals are trained and equipped to manage the drying process from start to finish. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your commercial building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary damages! With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO professionals can help you regain control quickly, by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected. 

Before you risk further damaging the value of your commercial facility by attempting to clean the mess yourself, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO. 

Water Restoration

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Our team drying and restoring a water-damaged bedroom.

As a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry, SERVPRO strives to meet or exceed the expectations of every customer, client, or potential stakeholder that is involved with water damaged property. Every property, every project and every customer deserves excellence. Water intrusion in a home or business is a traumatic event. Effectively restoring a water-damaged building, and its contents, is a valuable service to the homeowner or business owner, as well as to the insurance industry. In residential homes, the normal lifestyle of residents is severely disrupted. This type of disruption creates stress and uncertainty for many individuals. In commercial properties, business interruption can be devastating and costly. A professional water restorer can provide guidance and assistance to help business owners make the best decisions through these difficult times. Excessive water and moisture in the indoor environment may pose a health risk for occupants, and if not resolved properly, water intrusions cause severe damages to structures and contents. These are many of the factors that drive our SERVPRO professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.”