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3 Steps To Take When Water Unexpectedly Rains Down Inside Your Building

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

At some point in your life, you've probably had a fire drill. Perhaps as a kid in school, you looked at those spindly silver sprinklers and wondered: What if they came on right now? When the fire sprinklers accidentally go off, the flooding that results can be quite damaging. The following three steps help minimize the water damage should this scenario happen to you.

1. Stop the Water

If the sprinklers come on accidentally, the first step is turning off the main water valve. Doing so can stop the flow of water from the main line to the building. It is helpful to become familiar with where the valve is before an emergency. If you can quickly stop the flow of water, you may minimize the water damage.

2. Check Your Insurance Policy

You probably have insurance. Depending on your coverage, your insurance may pay restoration and replacement costs of damages caused by flooding. Contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage. An adjuster may coordinate directly with a restoration company in Ebensburg, PA, to get the claim processed.

3. Call in the Experts

A restoration company can be an excellent resource for post-flood cleanup. Experts are typically well-versed in the different types of water intrusion events that occur. An accidental fire sprinkler deployment is a "clean water damage" event, which means the water was not from a contaminated source. The good news is it is a Category 1 cleanup and is considered the easiest water damage to remediate. A professional at a restoration company can assess your damage and give you an estimated cost and timeframe for repair. They can also give you some tips to help mitigate any future incidents.

Once the water has been cleaned up, and your office life has gone back to normal, take some time to jot down a plan should anything like this happen again. Get your sprinklers tested more frequently. Have your insurance policy handy and know what it covers. Take the restoration company's advice on those mitigation ideas. You can't always prevent flooding, but you can prepare for it.

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Key Steps To Prevent Mold After Flooding

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Home flooding is all too common in Ebensburg, PA. Luckily, there are ways you can prepare yourself for these situations. Mold growth is a common source of property damage from excess water exposure. Knowing how it forms as well as what steps you should take in a situation in which it can propagate can help you prevent serious damage to your residence.

Causes of Mold Growth

Mold is everywhere. Microspores can travel through the air and are easily transported by you, your family members and animals. If these spores are allowed to settle in water, they can populate a colony very quickly. This is why it’s often critical to take care of any water damage as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the longer the mold has to establish a colony.

Who To Contact

If your home or space floods, take action as soon as possible. Your first step should be to contact a water damage specialist. These trained professionals typically have the technology and the know-how to help minimize the amount of damage done to your space and can correctly perform mold removal if necessary.

What You Should Do While Waiting for Help

While it may be best to leave most of the job to the professionals, there is a number of steps you can take while waiting for help to arrive:

• If possible, try to mitigate damage by extracting some of the water from the affected area.
• Remove colored items such as magazines, books or rugs from the flooded location. This can prevent further damage to these objects and keep them from leaking colors into your floors.
• Turn on the air conditioner, not the heater. An air conditioner can increase airflow and help dry out the area, while heating can increase proliferation of the mold.
• Avoid any electronics that have been exposed to the flooded area, such as televisions. Wet surfaces can be more electrically conductive, and dangerous currents from these devices could travel along the wet surface to you.
• Contact your homeowners insurance carrier to see what repairs and/or cleanup your policy covers.

Mold has the potential to cause serious damage to your real estate. By understanding how it grows and what to do when you’re in a situation that puts you at risk for mold growth, you can reduce damage and get back to using these spaces.

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Vandalism at Local Ball Field

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Vandalism at Local Ball Field Cleaning up the Adams Township Ball Field After it was Vandalized.

Vandals broke into a second ball park in Cambria County, this time at the Adams Township Little League Clubhouse causing approximately $3,500 in damages. The roof, the concession stand and the ball park equipment were extensively damaged.

"They broke tables and chairs inside our clubhouse, wrote vulgarity on the whitboard, left some drug references on the white board, then broke into our concession stand, smashed the locks off, (and) discharged the fire extinguisher."

SERVPRO of Ebensburg Team Members volunteered their time to remove all hazardous materials and cleaned up the toxic dust that was left from the fire extinguishers being set off. We wanted to make sure that it was completely safe to reopen everything in time for this years ball season to begin.

Vandalism can lead to significant water and mold damage if not properly addressed. SERVPRO of Ebensburg made sure that all the damage caused by the break in was addressed to help prevent any further damage at the clubhouse.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Ebensburg has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding to any size disaster with 24-hour emergency response. Contact us today, at 814-472-0800, to see what SERVPRO of Ebensburg can do to help you!

Air Duct Cleaning for your Commercial Building

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Air duct cleaning can be an ideal option for your Ebensburg, PA building when it is dealing with these mold problems. Even if you do not have a bad odor coming from your ductwork vents, it might still be a good idea to get on a routine schedule of getting the ductwork cleaned by a professional company if it has not been done in quite a while. This is also advised for individuals who have recently purchased an older building and would like to keep it in good working condition and reduce mold spore count.

While there are many things you can do, as a facility manager or building owner, to ensure that your building is running to the best of its ability, there are certain things you may forget about that need to be done. One of these things is improving the air quality within your facility by cleaning the ductwork of dust and mold spores. This is a project that you will find to be incredibly difficult to do on your own, so it is often a good idea to contact a local company that does this for a living. This guarantees that the work will be done efficiently and quickly so that you can get back to work.


Flood Damage and Preparation

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing For Flooding In Ebensburg, PA

This article explains how a flood preparation ensures the home is safe, and everyone in the house will recover from the storm. There are several techniques that may be used, and homeowners must be ready in the event of an emergency.

1: Planning For A Water Loss

There are several different reasons a water loss may occur in homes around the Ebensburg, PA area, and they often are related to saturation of the ground in a storm. There are several lawns in the area that will not hold any water, and the water will flow directly into the basement or begin a flash flood. Mitigation of water damage includes digging trenches in the yard to help water flow away from the house, waterproofing the basement and installing a sum pump that will drain the lowest level of the house.

2: Clearing Out Water Damage

Water may reach several parts of the home as the carpentry and drywall is broken down. Standing water will cause many issues that are difficult to compete with, and the mitigation firm must be allowed time to complete their work. They will remove all the water from the home, and they will keep the house completely clean once it has been drained.

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Smoke Alarms Save Lives

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

According to the US Fire Administration an estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms. 

  • more than 1/3 (38%) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. 
  • 3 out of 5 home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. 
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. 
  • Half of home fire deaths happen between 11pm and 7am when most people are asleep. 
  • Home fire death rates in homes with working smoke alarms have decreased by 51%

The American Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Campaign. The American Red Cross goes door to door to install working smoke alarms in homes that do not have them and praticing fire drills with families so they will know what to do incase of a fire.

Members of SERVPRO of Ebensburg teamed up with the American Red Cross of Southwestern PA, and countless other volunteers, to canvas areas of Dale and Johnstown Pennsylvania offering to install smoke detectors and help residents develop a home fire escape plan. 300 free smoke alarms were installed in the 387 homes that were visited. 

Your One-Stop Shop

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your One-Stop Shop This kitchen was rebuilt after it suffered water damage from a leaking pipe. SERVPRO of Ebensburg was there every step of the way.

Experiencing Any Kind of Loss in Your Home or Business Can be Very Stressful.

No one wants their lives to be flipped upside down due to a water or fire loss. Many customers dread the thought of having to deal with another contractor to get their lives back together after a fire or water loss. SERVPRO of Ebensburg provides a One-Stop-Shop to help homeowners feel less stressed. 

SERVPRO of Ebensburg understands there is a lot of stress that can come along with any kind of loss in your home. It is our goal to help minimize the interruption to your life and make everything "Like it never even happened." 

•SERVPRO of Ebensburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties. 

•SERVPRO of Ebensburg can lower your stress by limiting the amount of contractors you have to deal with.

•SERVPRO of Ebensburg also specializes in the reconstruction of your property after a fire or water loss. 

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Ebensburg has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding to any size disaster with 24-hour emergency response. Contact us today, at 814-472-0800, to see what SERVPRO of Ebensburg can do to help you!

Managing a Water Loss in Portage or Ebensburg, PA

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

If you are living in Portage or Ebensburg, PA and recently suffered water damage or flooding, drying out your property and properly renovating it can quickly become overwhelming on your own. Working together with specialists who are available in the area is one of the quickest ways to remedy water in business properties, water damage in homes, or flood damage in any area you own. 

Why Hire Professionals?

Professionals help to bring the right tools to any situation, regardless of the severity of the damage a flood or even rainwater may have caused in your business property or even in your own home. Utilizing water-friendly shop vacs and proper cleaning products is always necessary regardless of the depth of water you have in a confined space. Because not all floods in homes or businesses are from outside rainwater, it is essential for professionals to wear proper attire due to the risk of sewage water causing the flood from beneath the property.

If you are struggling with a sewage issue in your home or place of business, professionals help not only to rid the water from the location, but also to ensure you are not exposed further to harmful bacteria.

Managing Fire Damage in Ebensburg, PA

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Perhaps nothing is as stressful and sad as fire loss and fire damage.

Not only do you lose your home, but all your belongings and likely many items that cannot be replaced such as photos, keepsakes and other memories. Soot and smoke can do irrevocable damage that many don't realize. A recent victim of fire loss reported that although the fire only destroyed on portion of her home, the soot and smoke smell permeated all her furnishings to the point that it needed to be restored.

Fortunately, by knowing what to do in the event of a fire in business, or fire in home in Ebensburg, PA, mitigation will be less of a headache when you're dealing with a fire damage home.

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Tips After Flood Damage

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Consider these tips to prepare yourself and your family in the event of a flood tragedy.

1. Notify Your Insurance Company

Once everyone is safe and settled the first step is to call your insurer. You'll simply need to describe to them the events to the best of your knowledge and give details on the flood damage in your Ebensburg home.

2. Set Up Emergency Repairs

While it's not advised, you attempt to fix anything on your own that doesn't need fixing, if you can limit the damage by attempting to dry soaked items or by throwing away those beyond help to prevent mold growth that will help. If services from a disaster restoration team in Ebensburg are necessary, then make the arrangements. Insurance will likely cover it.

3. Check Your Coverage

A flood in home or flood in business is overwhelming but it's important to keep abreast of the costs associated with each service and make sure they are covered under your policy.

4. Meet with an Adjuster 

You'll find that you have total control over compensation. When presented with a signed letter of satisfaction by any contractors, be sure you're satisfied with the work and there's a maximum cost of work shown within the paperwork. By following these steps you'll ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.