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Understanding Water Types

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Water Types Our team responds to any size disaster to begin clean up and restoration to get you back in business!

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 is 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.

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 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 electrical 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 form 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 off HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminates.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call your local professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County at 717-464-5500!

WHEN WATER DAMAGE STRIKES

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage WHEN WATER DAMAGE STRIKES Water extraction from a laminate floor.

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. By calling 717-464-5500 when you discover your water loss we can, within four hours of loss notification, have SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.


INSPECTION

SERVPRO Of Southern Lancaster County professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.


EMERGENCY SERVICES

The SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.


MONITORING

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.


RESTORATION SERVICES

Often SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and  belongings. A final walkthrough of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

Drying Science ?

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Science ? Psychrometric Chart

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

If your business suffers a water damage, your local SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County Professional will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.


What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed,
drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, your local
SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County Professionals have been trained to use top-of-the line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help
dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.


SERVPRO® also uses state-of-the-art monitoring
equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County Professionals have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Winter Worries

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Worries Frozen Pipes !

Winter weather can bring about more issues than
just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property.

FROZEN PIPES
Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.
To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.


ICE DAMS
Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall. Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.” Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter.


If winter weather causes water damage to your
property, your local SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County Professionals are only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.

THE SCIENCE OF DRYING

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage THE SCIENCE OF DRYING Hardwood Floor Drying System

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?

Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO® of  Southern Lancaster County Franchise Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

If your home or business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO® of  Southern Lancaster County Franchise will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

Your local SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County Franchise  Professionals have the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. Your local SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County Franchise Professionals also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business. It’s not only the equipment, but the technology too. SERVPRO® has developed DryBook™, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook™ Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process. The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County Franchise Professionals have the training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened."

UNDERSTANDING WATER TYPES

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage UNDERSTANDING WATER TYPES Black water

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 is 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.


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 electrical 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.


When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance.


Call SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County at 717-464-5500.


 

Resolve to be Ready in 2017

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Resolve to be Ready in 2017 Servpro Ready Plan

SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County urges Strasburg, Willow Street and Millersville Home and Business Owners to “Resolve to be Ready” in 2017

Local cleanup and restoration specialist shares no-cost emergency planning tools that enable fast and effective disaster response and recovery

 

2017is the perfect time to think about making some resolutions, according to Joseph Barrett, owner of SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County. While resolutions typically involve committing to personal changes and reaching goals, Barrett says the single most important resolution both business and home owners can make for 2017 is to “Resolve to be Ready.”

 

“Preparing in advance to deal with the unexpected can make a world of difference in how quickly and completely property owners can put the pieces of their lives back together,” says Barrett. “Emergency readiness plans are the foundation for effective and timely emergency response.”

 

Barrett encourages all property owners to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (www.ready.gov/publications), as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App (http://ready.SERVPRO.com). 

 

For homeowners:

  • FEMA resources include guidelines for a creating a Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Supply List, with additional tips for pet owners, seniors, people with disabilities, and even commuters.
  • SERVPRO offers their free SERVPRO READY Plan app, which stores critical contact and property information electronically in advance, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes.

 

For business owners:

  • FEMA offers materials on topics ranging from creating a Business Continuity Plan to an Insurance Discussion Coverage Form in addition to guidelines for creating an Emergency Response Plan.
  • For businesses, SERVPRO offers a no-cost facility assessment and assistance in creating a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can then be stored in the READY app.

 

“The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and the location of fuse boxes, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency,” says Barrett. “Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency responders react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.”

 

SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County, please contact Joseph Barrett at (717) 464-5500 or SERVPRO8837@comcast.net. For more information on the SERVPRO mobile app and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

Faster to your Lancaster East Water Damage Event

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Lancaster East Water Damage Event This water line pipe bursting in a basement causing excessive flooding.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lancaster East 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 Lancaster East 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 – (717) 519-0767

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 Lancaster East

SERVPRO of Lancaster East 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.