Recent Water Damage Posts

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home This Summer

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

As we hit the midway point in the summer and the temperatures continue to rise, the experts at SERVPRO want to make sure your home stays dry all season long. With vacations, landscaping, and outdoor use at its height right now, it’s important to be aware of the ways you can leave yourself and your home vulnerable to water and flood damage. We’ve put together some exterior tips to help you keep your water where it’s supposed to be this summer, keeping you hydrated and cool!

Clean out your gutters. Cleaning the gutters is one of those seasonal chores that’s always on the list, but none of us want to hop on that ladder and tackle all of the gunk that settles in there. It’s time to stop putting it off! Gutters need to be clean and clear of any debris need to be free of debris and in good condition. Be sure to also keep all downspouts within ten feet of the foundation of your home empty, and all trees trimmed. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow into various spaces of your home, causing significant damage. So break out those ladders, and be sure to hire a professional if your gutters are too high to safely reach yourself.

Take care of your roof. Spot check your roof for any missing or damaged shingles. While you’re scoping that out, keep an eye on any water stains along the bottom of the roof, at the sheathing, truss, and rafters. You also want to make sure all insulation is in good shape by looking for any holes in the attic. Any of these issues could leave the roof of your house vulnerable to a leak, and we know how strong those summer thunderstorms can be, yikes!

Be careful with your landscaping. We all love to give our yards some extra time and attention in the summer, but be aware of the location of some of your landscaping. Stay away from any designs that require bedding material or mound soil to be set up against your home, and don’t ever stack piles of leaves or compost in a place that’s touching the foundation of your home. You also want to avoid those pretty yet pesky vines that climb up the walls of the house, because that can result in cracks later down the road.

Make sure your house is “vacation ready”. Summer wouldn’t be complete without that family getaway, but don’t forget to create a checklist for the home so it stays in great shape while you’re gone! In addition to locking all windows and doors, be sure to close up any vents and skylights to keep the elements out. If you have window air conditioning units, it’s best to turn them completely off, because too much condensation can build up in the drop pans during hot days, causing it to overflow if the pan isn’t emptied regularly.

If you apply these tips, the chances are higher you’ll have a dry home to enjoy all summer long. However, if your house suffers from water or flood damage this season, SERVPRO is here to help. Contact our water removal and cleanup specialists when flooding or water leaks cause water damage. SERVPRO will quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO professionals of King of Prussia have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration: "Like it never happened!"

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

At one of the local neighborhood homes, a family’s young son went downstairs to their finished basement to play only to notice water gushing from their ceiling. When his parents came down to see what was wrong, they discovered a saturated carpet and steady water drip. The source of the water flow was the kitchen sink, which was leaking water down through the floor into the basement each time the faucet was turned on.

The dripping, dirty water from the kitchen drain drenched and damaged the cabinets, sink, and hardwood floors upstairs. In the basement, all of the walls, the ceiling, and carpets had to be removed and replaced.

Once they determined the source of the water damage, the homeowners knew the experts at SERVPRO of King of Prussia were the ones to help! SERVPRO professionals visited their home the same day we received the call, promptly uncovered a cracked pipe as the culprit, and cleaned up the damage. We also eased the headache of dealing with the insurance company by helping to ensure all of the paperwork was properly completed.

Water issues vary for each scenario based on the type and extent of damage, but our aligned approach is consistent. For every water damage restoration project, SERVPRO of King of Prussia goes through a standard remediation process:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
  3. Water Removal/Water Extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO professionals of King of Prussia have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

Spring Showers Can Leave Lasting Damage!

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Soaking up the sun in spring is ideal, however, April showers can leave you soaking up flood waters instead. If you live in a high flood area, overwhelmed sewer drains can cause waters to rise around your property leading to potential water damage. Water damage is destructive and can leave lasting damage around your property. If you don’t act quickly, mold growth, rust build-up, and rotting wood may permanently damage your home. Here are a few tips on how to dry your home fast after it floods.

Electrical Safety First

Take precaution before entering areas of your home with significant amounts of water. Nearby electrical units, especially furnaces, can be dangerous and must be turned off immediately to avoid personal injury. Call the power company to disconnect electricity if needed.

Drying Up the Water

Once the flood waters clear, dry your home as quickly as possible. Start by soaking up water with towels, buckets, or a Shop-vac. Following this, use floor fans and open all doors and fans to improve air circulation in the house.

If needed, dehumidifiers are available to remove embedded moisture in wood floors and walls. In this case, it is important to close windows so that outdoor moisture does not enter the room.

Remove House Decor

Start by placing all furniture and rugs outside to be dried by the sun. After furniture has been removed, it is important to check the drywall around flooded areas. Drywall may need to be cut and tossed to prevent mildew and other bacteria from growing within the walls.

The source of the flood waters, like river water, may contain sewage or other bacterial contents. Once damaged items have been removed, make sure to disinfect all surfaces with an anti-bacterial solution or with a bleach and water mix.

Sometimes the water damage to your home is overwhelming. Insulation damage behind the walls can lead to mildew and mold. Electrical wires connected to furnaces, water heaters or gas valves may need to be replaced if not inspected properly. Call your local SERVPRO if you are in need of professional Inspection.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO of King of Prussia professionals have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

Winterizing Your Home to Prevent Burst Pipes

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Montgomery County is still facing months of cold weather, which means months of potential dangers to your home. Winter’s heavy precipitation, freezing temperatures, and high winds can cause a great deal of damage, but the most costly and time-consuming winter home damage often comes from burst pipes. Luckily, taking a few small steps to ‘winterize’ your property can prevent future problems. Until spring, follow these simple tips:

  1. Keep cabinet doors open during the coldest days of the month to circulate warm air around the pipes. Of course, be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals to a secure spot out of the reach of children.

  2. Leave water on at a very slow trickle through faucets, especially from pipes lacking heat or insulation. The slow flow can often prevent water from freezing in place in the pipe.

  3. If you have outdoor faucets, consider turning them off. Shutting off the valve in the basement, or crawl space, will prevent water from freezing in outdoor exposed pipes. Make sure to completely drain outdoor faucets, as well.  

  4. If you leave for vacation, set the temperature in your home no lower than 55° F. Leaving the heat on ensures that all pipes will remain warm during your time away.

  5. If there are water lines in the garage, keep the garage door shut! Open garage doors allow drafts to potentially freeze exposed pipes.

In the coldest days of winter, be sure to regularly check your water pipes and faucets. The earlier water damage is discovered, the easier it is to clean and contain—water leaks left unchecked for as little as 48 hours can easily result in mold growth.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO of King of Prussia professionals have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

The Top 3 Ways Winter Water Damages Your Home—and How to Avoid Them

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Top 3 Ways Winter Water Damages Your Home—and How to Avoid Them Water pressure will build immensely between the ice blockage and faucet, eventually causing the pipe to burst.

Philadelphia winters are no joke! Varying temperatures cause water to melt, freeze, melt again, and freeze again continuously. These cycles make it easier for water to enter your home and cause serious damage. The winter season can wreak havoc on pipes, basements, and roofs, and often homeowners don’t realize damage is being done until it’s quite extensive. Get into the habit of monitoring these areas frequently and look for the top three causes of winter water damage:

  • Ice Dams: Ice dams form on the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining off. The roof’s warmth causes the ice that is backed up behind the dam to melt and leak into a home, causing damage to the walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
    • How to Avoid Them: Remove any standing snow and ice from your roof. It’s easier said than done, but the best way to prevent ice dams. When building a home, opt for waterproof membranes under shingles and keep the attic floor well insulated.
  • Pipe Bursts: When water begins to freeze in pipes, it pushes the remaining liquid water toward the closed faucet. Water pressure will build immensely between the ice blockage and faucet, eventually causing the pipe to burst.
    • How to Avoid Them: Keep pipes away from exterior walls if possible, and make sure your home is adequately insulated. Also be sure to properly empty outside water lines, like lawn irrigation sprinklers, hoses, and outdoor faucets.

  • Snowmelt: Large piles of snow near the siding of your house will eventually melt, especially near the end of winter. If large snow piles are left unshoveled, melted snow can seep into cracks in your foundation.
    • How to Avoid Them: Remove snow piled close to your home before it melts into the home, and check your foundation for cracks or potential entry points.  

During the snowy months, regularly check your roof, basement, and pipes. The earlier water damage is discovered, the easier it is to clean and contain—water leaks left unchecked for as little as 48 hours can easily result in mold growth.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO of King of Prussia professionals have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

it may not look like much

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

When you experience a water damage your choice is simple.  You can call SERVPRO and pay a little now or you can try to clean it up yourself and risk making a more expensive call later.   While It may not look like much water, the cleanup can be way over your head.  Any water damage in your home is bad, but trying to clean it up yourself can be a disaster.  Especially when the water is from a toilet overflow, sewer backup or other dark water source that contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect your health and the value of your property.  So before you risk your health or the value of your home by cleaning it up yourself, call us.  We are your local water damage cleanup and restoration experts.  We can be reached at 610-337-3330 or 215-576-8887 or at SERVPRO5038@yahoo.com.

flooded home

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

A water line caused this home to floor.  this picture shows the mess left behind.  SERVPRO Of King of Prussia was called in to clean up the mess.  The customer was thrilled, she said "this basement has never been this clean.