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WATER DAMAGE TIMELINE - LISTEN TO THE PROS

1/11/2023 (Permalink)

WATER DAMAGE TIMELINE - LISTEN TO THE PROS At SERVPRO Southern Butler

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. 

CALL SERVPRO SOUTHERN BUTLER COUNTY @ (724) 473-0745 OPEN 24 HOURS



SERVPRO of Southern Butler County Knows The Perils of Fire Damage and Smoke Destruction.

12/29/2022 (Permalink)

Therefore, You should call us when you have a fire in your home or commercial building.

No one expects a fire will ever be in their home, and they pray their home will never be engulfed or destroyed by fire, but the reality is fires are not uncommon. Fires can start in the house from a wood-burning stove or fireplace, from an unattended candle, from burning wires, or in older structures, from short-circuited breakers. Fires can destroy a house, but they can also cause smoke damage when the actual fire damage is minimal.

A fire in your home impacts the air, penetrates the pores of soft surfaces, and causes a stench that you will never forget. Many people become very emotional when their belongings have a smoke odor. As with all damages to your home, the sooner you get someone out there who practices restoring homes.

The smoke from a single fire can cause odor for the life of that object. Stuffed animals, clothing, and bedclothes are all items that provide for the absorption of the smoke odor. You need to take steps inside of the home, such as installing smoke detectors and C02 monitors to help keep the air quality good and to be alerted if a fire or smoke is found anywhere in the home or structure.

Walk around the walls and touch the surface, looking for wild places. Then, turn off the main breaker to your house and immediately get someone out there to look at the wiring and see if something is heating up inside the wall.

While burning candles, keep the wicks trimmed down, so the flames often get higher. Too much doesn’t reach any above surface, such as a countertop or curtain. Candles can cause tremendous damage when left unattended.

The best way to protect against fire damage is to keep at it with the inspections of your home and the things you do with fire inside the house.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Butler at 724-473-0745, and we can get to work immediately!

Water Damage Comes in Many Forms

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Comes in Many Forms

One of the first situations of water touching any surface is damage. When water is left on a surface of any sort, it begins to cause this destruction. For furniture, it seeps into the inner padding and penetrates every pore. When it gets on wood, it starts to break down the outer coating, even with the thickest of protection, and when left on a floor at the top level of a house or building, it tears out the bottom and can drop the upstairs into the downstairs quickly. 

At SERVPRO of Southern Butler County, we know where to look when your home has been impacted by water standing too long or simply touching things that water should not touch. The hidden water damage may not show up until mold shows up, and by then, we are talking about a new set of techniques for removing the mold. Because we want your valuables and your home to be protected, you must call us as soon as you see the presence of water, so our highly trained team can help protect your things. 

Water damage occurs for many reasons, from broken pipes to natural disasters. When any of these things happen, you are at risk for loss. So here are three things to look for to create a situation of restoration, not a replacement. 

Presence of water on the walls or floor – if you see condensation on your walls, you will probably see water damage. Condensation can come from moisture under the foundation and various other places. 

Water seeping indoors during a storm – If you see moisture gathered around your door frame just after a rain, you may have a small space between the door molding and the edge. Check to see if you should replace the rubber sealer. 

Brown Blotches on your Ceiling: This is the time to get someone to look at your roof and attic. Sadly, so many homes are destroyed by leaks in even a single shingle. 

Call SERVPRO of Southern Butler immediately at 724-473-0745 and we can get to work immediately!

What to Do After Water Damage

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

The pros at SERVPRO of Southern Butler are here to help.

After a flood has happened in your home, whether by the weather or a leaking pipe, there are a few things that you should immediately do. It's easy just to dab around and tries to get the visible water up, but you must get the water spots dry and remove loose items away from the wetness. 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after the removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn the air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Commercial Sprinklers Often cause Damage

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

Drop Ceiling Tiles When pipes freeze and burst drop ceiling tiles are often the first to show signs of damage

When the temperatures drop to the single digits, pipes in your home can freeze and break, causing massive water damage.  The same is true for commercial spaces. 

Many times, fire suppression lines run between a drop ceiling and the roof of a building, where heat from the building's heating system is often difficult to get to.  

Then as the temps drop, those pipes and their contents freeze!  But they often do not start to leak or cause their damage until the temps warm and they are able to then melt.  This delayed disaster is something that cannot be noticed until it is too late.

If you notice spots on the ceilings of your home or office call the experts at SERVPRO Southern Butler immediately at 724-473-0745 and we can get to work immediately !

SERVPRO Southern Butler Restores Items Damaged From a Fire

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Southern Butler Restores Items Damaged From a Fire

Did you just experience a fire or smoke event ?  If so, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Butler.  Most items can be restored and cleaned, and even deodorized.  

The professionals of SERVPRO Southern Butler will be able to restore your home after a fire.  It is important to contact the professionals to understand the scope of what can be salvaged vs. what may not be.   Keep in mind, it is not only the flames from a fire that cause damage as the smoke and soot can also damage a home and its electrical and heating systems.

Smoke can be behind the walls of homes. Also inside HVAC systems and refrigerator. Smoke can go all over the home. 

SERVPRO Southern Butler can clean and restore upholstery, curtains, bedding, and clothing. 

If you have had a fire and have questions about our services and how we can help call us today at (724) 473-0745

or visit 

https://www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com

What to Do If A Fire Starts in Your Home

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO Southern Butler, when you experience a fire. But what should you do before the SERVPRO arrives.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments responded to a fire every 23 seconds in 2020 in the United States. Their 2021 Home Structure Fires report also showed that house fires caused an average of 2,620 civilian deaths and $7.3 billion in direct property damage.

The leading cause of fires at home are cooking, heating, electrical, and lighting equipment.

The first thing you should you do, when a fire starts,  is to stop the fire. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home. First pull the pin, aim low, squeeze, and sweep the nozzle. 

Make sure everyone in the home is notified that there is a fire and to vacate immediately. 

Stay close to the ground when you are vacating your home.

Check the door knobs and then leave.

It is very important to not go back into your home. 

For information, please visit https://www.SERVPROsouthernbutlercounty.com

How to Identify A Water Leak In Your Home

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

In this Blog, we will help you see if you have a water leak in your home. Is your water bill going up even though you have not used that much water, then you could have a water leak. 

You may have paint discolored or peeling, wet carpet or drywall, and usually a musty smell.

Our water technician pros at SERVPRO Southern Butler will diagnose your situation with tools like a moisture meter, or an infrared camera, to find and trace the source of the water damage.  

Many times these problems spring up, but there are warning signs you can notice if you have plumbing issues.

If you do not treat water leaks, you can cause permanent damage to your home. Mold damage is very difficult to eliminate and may cause health problems for young children or people with compromised respiratory systems.  Additionally, some tangible effects of mold are costly repairs and the time and effort taken to resolve them.

Contacting SERVPRO of Southern Butler today will be the best way to confirm if you believe you are having water leak issues. Call us today to speak with one of our experts at 724-473-0745

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Contact the professionals of SERVPRO Southern Butler County to get a professional cleaning. Today's blog will cover what we do here at SERVPRO.

As we all move forward in the battle against COVID-19, inspiring safety and confidence in our communities remains the number one concern. That’s why at SERVPRO®, we remain dedicated to bringing a higher standard of clean to businesses across the country through Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program that prevents  the spread of COVID-19. Going far beyond standard janitorial cleaning, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned has helped tens of thousands of businesses nationwide keep their doors open safely in the face of this pandemic. And with more than 50 years of experience and expertise in biohazard decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

Please contact us today.



How you can prevent Fire or Smoke Damage

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Your primary focus should always be safety when protecting your home. You want to make sure it is safe to stay in your home after a fire. Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns. 

Only complete activities that are safe for you to perform and remember wet materials can be very dangerous and heavy to work with. After the fire you may ask yourself; what can I do now to further protect my home? With the help of SERVPRO here are some options to help you with that protection. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. 

Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil. Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves. Change HVAC filter and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Call SERVPRO Butler today at (724) 473-0745