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How to Prevent a Lightning Fire From Affecting Your Home | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”lightning.jpg” alt = "multiple lightning strikes off in distance of dark purple night sky " > If you are dealing with smoke or fire damage from a recent fire, call SERVPRO of Beaver County to learn about a restoration solution for your issue.

It’s possible to prevent most manmade causes of home fires, especially if you have the right safety equipment. However, many natural causes also put you at risk, one being lightning.

There were over 70,000 damage claims made in 2020 regarding lightning strikes, and the damage can include knocked-down trees, fried electrical systems or even home fires that were started by lightning.

Over 6,000 strikes happen every minute, showing us how frequent this disaster really is and why it’s important to be prepared.

What Is Lightning?

Lightning is a concentration of electrical energy that usually happens between clouds and the ground. These strikes can also occur during forest fires, volcanic eruptions and snowstorms, but “dry lightning” is also a significant risk.

Dry lightning happens without rain, and it causes a significant spike in the risk of wildfires. While the threats vary seasonally, it’s a constant risk that we must prepare for in addition to being ready for traditional lightning.

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Fires

When a fire starts from lightning, you may not notice it immediately as the fire will start in the attic or walls. But you will probably hear the strike! The loud explosion sound, black spots on your walls or the smell of smoke are signs that you should call the fire department immediately.

A great way to prevent lightning fires is to install a lightning rod. This metal pole will take the energy from the lightning strike and direct it away from your home.

Additionally, consider adding a whole-home surge protector to ward off fires that begin from electrical surges and faulty wiring.

When Lightning Strikes Nearby

Lightning is also known to start wildfires easily, and while different regions have varying peak seasons, it’s crucial for everyone to prepare. Over 9,000 fires each year originate from lightning strikes, and these flames often burn faster and longer.

Remove any dead trees or vegetation from your property, and think about how a defensible zone could improve your fire protection. Additionally, add smoke detectors to every level of your home so that you have full coverage and an added warning when flames arise.

If your house is affected by fire, call SERVPRO of Beaver County to receive a quick response and excellent support. Our expert team is trained to handle every type of fire cleanup, and our industry-leading equipment will have you back in your home as soon as possible.

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call us today to get the restoration finished fast.

How to Stop Floodwater From Invading Your Property | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Beaver County to get the restoration process started right away.

It’s crucial for everyone to prepare for flooding, regardless of where you live. Even areas that don’t see this disaster regularly can be surprised because it takes less than an inch of water to begin ruining your possessions.

You can take steps both inside and out of your home to shield against flooding, but first, you must understand the regional risks we face. Here in Beaver County, we know the hardships of water damage. The rivers and creeks that dissect our region often overflow when presented with heavy rain. This means that we face a higher likelihood of floods than most other regions, so it’s even more crucial to be prepared.

Once you know about the risks we face in our area, you can begin to prepare for them with the following steps:

<h3your-home-from-the-outside">Protecting Your Home From the Outside

Heavy rainfall can come from nowhere and cause an overflow of water to collect around your property. However, there are steps you can take to be prepared, like keeping your gutters clear and operating correctly.

You can also utilize landscaping techniques that direct water away from your home’s structure. Less expensive versions of this include rain gardens, which are a mix of various bushes, plants and small trees with root structures that can absorb high amounts of rainfall.

It may seem like a lot of work initially, but when considering the potential costs for restoration and the stress of recovering, taking these actions is a great choice. Not only will they give your home added protection, but these ideas can also improve the look of your land.

<h3protection-from-the-inside">Flood Protection From the Inside

Protecting your home from external flooding begins with the foundation of your structure. You should regularly check for any cracks and seal them immediately, and think about installing a sump pump if your basement or crawl space regularly floods.

To keep your home safe from internal flooding like failed plumbing and leaky faucets, routine maintenance is the best solution. Identify any leaks in your pipes, and repair or replace them before a major problem arises.

It’s important to prepare ahead of time because floodwater is a powerful force regardless of where it comes from. Keep any photographs or valuable documents in elevated positions inside waterproof containers, and practice an emergency plan with your family so that you’re ready for the next potential flood.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.

The Most Common Ways Severe Storms Can Damage Your Home | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

High-powered storms can bring many disasters to your doorstep. From extreme winds to heavy rains and flooding, they can all do serious damage to your home.

The type of storm and the events it causes can expose your home to multiple kinds of damage. Calculating your home’s potential level of damage is complicated and involves looking at your home’s qualities, age and the landscape surrounding it.

While it is important for everyone to be aware of storm damage, it’s especially important for us here in Pennsylvania. Flooding, storms, fire and winter storms are just a few of the most common disasters that we see in our area. You need to prepare for these events by drafting an emergency plan and learning about what risks you may see.

Look at these most common types of storm damage and how you can get ready for them:

Wind

Wind damage happens because high-speed gusts hit buildings and can rip off roof tiles or your siding. While tornadoes and hurricanes are usually to blame, even minor storms can cause wind speeds of nearly 100 mph. These kinds of winds can throw debris through windows and doors and puncture holes in your roof’s lining.

You should take time to clear your property of any debris like the ones listed above and tie down any furniture that could become dangerous during high winds.

Water

As storms cause heavy rainfall, that water can pool around your house and cause damage both during and after the storm has passed. Water can seep through your windows and doors or potentially down into your foundation and cause irreversible damage.

To reduce the amount of damage you could experience, think about using landscaping techniques that direct water away from your home’s structure. You can also choose to build a rain garden, which will collect excess rainwater and prevent a flood on your land.

Lastly, make sure your gutters are clean and that your roof is in good condition so that it can protect you from a storm.

Impact

The final major kind of storm damage is from impacts. Typically, “impact damage” is caused by a falling tree or a limb knocked down by high winds. However, anything that hits (or impacts) your home with force is considered impact damage.

The best way to avoid this is to keep your trees healthy and have any dead or dying ones removed as soon as possible.

Disasters caused by weather resulted in an excess of $145 billion in our country in 2021 alone. By following these tips and understanding the weather in your region, you can keep your house safer and prevent excessive damage from occurring.

If storm damage affects your home, call SERVPRO of Beaver County immediately so that you can get started on your restoration. Our team of experts will jump into action and have you back in your home before you know it.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

How SERVPRO Can Save You From Disaster | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”crew.jpg” alt = "a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van" > No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Beaver County are only a phone call away.

Because we are independently owned and operated, we can relate to the hardships you as a business owner face. There are countless things that you must account for to succeed, and an unexpected disaster could put you off track or out of business.

We would love to know exactly where a disaster will strike or how to stop it, but that isn’t a reality. However, everyone should take steps to be prepared to limit their impact on us.

We know the struggles of suffering home damage as well, but it doesn’t really matter what kind of damage takes place. Anything that requires you to take on added costs, risks and responsibilities can be a stressful situation to undertake.

So that you can have your household ready for handling disasters, you should craft an emergency plan. This process starts with taking some time and learning about the disasters that we commonly see here in Beaver County.

Here is a great website from the American Red Cross that takes data from around the country to give a general idea of the disasters we see in this country. Our state government has formed Ready Pennsylvania to help us understand the risks our communities will face. This resource will allow you to select your specific county and narrow down the top disasters so you can plan against them.

It’s likely that every homeowner and business owner will experience damage at some point. It’s always important for you to begin restoration quickly so that you can get the best results. Here is why we should be first in your mind:

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We understand that no two situations are alike. Even though it’s common for damage that needs restoration to happen, every situation will be different.

To show this, over 14 million homes face significant flooding risks annually, but each home will suffer varying levels of damage.

Thankfully, we have experts who specialize in all kinds of damage so that you’re covered from anything and everything. In every case, we specialize assistance based on the unique factors that affect you.

We are available 24 hours a day. The most important thing for you to remember about restoration is that acting fast is critical. Not only will it get you back in your home or business quicker, but it can also prevent the damage from becoming too severe.

To show how important this is, think of water getting inside your house. It will immediately start damaging your walls, flooring, and fabrics. If water is allowed to stay for long periods, it can sprout loads of mold that can weaken your home’s structure. This is why we stay ready 247 to be there when you need us most.

We provide more than simply damage restoration. As well as restoring the physical damage to your home, we can help you with every part of the process.

Our team will help you pack items to prevent more losses, and we can speak with your insurance agency and help you get the most value from the claims. We always aim to give you the best assistance possible while making this stressful process smoother.

When you face any kind of damage, you should know that your experts at SERVPRO of Beaver County are here for you! We have years of restoration experience handling every kind of disaster.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

How to Keep Your Backyard Fire Safe & Contained | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

Safety During a Backyard Fire If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Beaver County.

A backyard fire is one of the great enjoyments of being a homeowner. Sitting around the flames while telling stories and eating good food is just one of the ways you can use it.

Many people use fires for cooking meals, keeping bugs away and obviously as a way of burning excess debris. However, these fires that seem harmless are actually a great danger to the surrounding region.

The National Park Service reports that humans are responsible for nearly 85% of wildfires.

In Pennsylvania, we see a high risk of wildfires, due to the high heat in the warmer months combined with our thick areas of forests and foliage. This means that we need to be extra cautious when lighting fires outdoors, otherwise we could start the next outdoor disaster.

This reality doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy a fire at home or that we shouldn’t burn dead leaves. It tells us that we all should take the proper safety measures and never take additional risks when attempting to have a controlled fire on our own property.

Recreational Fire Hazards

As we mentioned previously, every kind of fire comes with risks, but fireworks and campfires are two of the leading causes of wildfires. On average, grills start 8,800 home fires each year, typically caused by improper use. It’s important to check the propane or coals before leaving the grill unattended after use.

When constructing a campfire it’s important to pick a spot with ample space around it so that nothing else catches on fire. Ensure at least a 30-foot buffer between any structure or vehicle, and only use wood to keep the fire going so that you can reduce the risk of a spread.

Additionally, if you have a backyard fire pit, it’s important to treat this equipment with the same caution as any other fire. This includes keeping it away from any overhangs and only placing it on rocks or dirt.

Many people choose to get rid of their household or construction waste with fire, but you should never do this—only burn approved firewood to reduce your personal risk.

Fireworks are legal in Pennsylvania, but this doesn’t mean you should carelessly launch these dangerous explosives. Make sure that your fireworks are only being launched on your own private property, and watch where the debris falls so that you can reduce the risk of an outdoor fire.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Although fires can be risky, they can still be useful in our area. We see a lot of falling leaves during the fall, and this can significantly increase the chance of wildfires when the buildup becomes too much.

Because of this, burning your debris might be the most effective way to keep your property clean and safe from fires.

Our local government has some complex ordinances set up to prevent wildfires from occurring, which can make it difficult to legally burn your debris. Here is a page from the Beaver County Fire Department that can help you perform an outdoor burn without breaking the law or putting our region at risk.

Along with clearing dead debris from your property, landscaping your yard to stop the spread of flames can greatly reduce the chance of suffering wildfire damage near your home. Most importantly, knowing what to burn and adhering to the safety guidelines can help you stay safe with fires.

Many people keep their extra gasoline or oil stored in the garage or shed. However, this can actually put your home at a greater risk of suffering a fire. Make sure that you only store these dangerous materials in proper containers with safety locks that guard against leakage or curious children and animals.

It’s a smart idea to check your weather updates for any reason not to have a fire. High winds and dry conditions mean that your fire has a greater chance of spreading beyond your control, and you should think about postponing it.

If you do experience fire damage, call SERVPRO of Beaver County right away. We have 247 availability with a quick response to any kind of disaster. We always attempt to restore as much of your home as possible as soon as we possibly can.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Knowing These Storm Alerts Could Help You Stay Safer | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

Our national alert system uses 42 different kinds of weather alerts, spread out between seven categories that cover all types of weather events. This is too much information for most people to take in, especially when you’re sheltering from a severe storm.

It’s important to know what the various kinds of alerts for our area mean, as it will allow you to prepare for those most. Additionally, you can take steps that will help prevent damage to your home and property.

It is important to have a basic understanding of all weather events, but it’s essential for you to know what kind of weather hits us in Pennsylvania most often.

How Alerts Are Issued

Most Americans are not aware of how the alert system works at all, but many know that weather forecasts are only predictions. The rest of the equation, the severity, location and size of storms are all complex and require in-depth analysis to discover.

The National Weather Service handles these tasks for us, including forecasting and issuing all alerts or warnings. Our country is split into six sections, each covered by its own regional headquarters, along with hundreds of local offices. Here in Beaver County, we receive our weather information from the Eastern Regional headquarters.

The NWS employs the assistance of countless meteorologists and other specialists who collect and analyze data to create forecasts. Some of their methods include satellite imaging and thermal and seismic sensors, but the instruments used vary depending on the type of weather. The goal is always to perform a thorough analysis and provide quality predictions for us here in the United States.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

The first principle that everyone should know is the meaning of a “watch” and a “warning.” You will see these words used in almost every weather event, like floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and thunderstorms.

watch is when a storm is coming close to your area, and it has the potential to be dangerous for people and property. These alerts will often cover large swaths of land, in an attempt to keep everyone aware of what’s happening around them.

warning means that danger will be here very soon, and you must take immediate action to stay safe from it. These alerts will only cover a city or county and are highly specialized so that everyone in the path of danger can stay safe.

You should also make sure to read up on what kind of weather we see here in Pennsylvania, and in Beaver County specifically. We see an average of 179 days of precipitation each year, so nearly half of the year is stormy.

This indicates that water damage and common storm damage are two of the things we should be preparing for.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Knowing how to decipher weather alerts is the best way for you to plan out your course of action for surviving the storm. There are some steps that you can take to keep your home more protected as well.

Clearing your gutters and securing loose items outside are easy things that can make your home tougher against a disaster. Loose items will often be thrown into the walls or roof of the home, opening it up to further damage.

Once the storm has passed, take plenty of photos if your home is damaged. Afterward, give SERVPRO of Beaver County a call, because we’re here 247 for any and all cleanup and restoration needs.

Again, as you learn more about the weather common in our region, the more prepared you can be for it. Having knowledge of the alerts used and staying in touch with your local officials are additional ways to stay safe from extreme weather.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Commercial Damage & How Your Business Could Be Affected | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

In the United States, our businesses are the lifeblood on which our country is built. All of us interact with multiple businesses each and every day.

Business owners have to manage more than simply the profit and loss of their company—they also have to focus on all of the tiny details that could potentially affect their business. So when disasters happen, it can be a disastrous burden for a business to bear.

We’ve witnessed a steady increase in natural disaster damage as time goes on. The NCEI reported that over the last five years in the United States, there was approximately $153 billion worth of damage annually, which is a meaningful jump from the last period of data.

Here in Beaver County, severe storms happen year-round. We see the extreme winter weather and the high-intensity events that come during the warmer months as well. This storm just last year was centered in Pittsburgh but was caused substantial damage all the way here in Beaver County.

Thankfully, we’ve collected some important information on the most common causes of commercial damage around the country, and we hope that it can help you better prepare your business for a disaster.

Water Damage

Excessive levels of water and moisture are major threats to business across the United States. Water damage is sometimes caused by nature and other times it can be due to manmade causes and simple appliance malfunction.

One of the causes of water damage is flooding. Seeping through unsealed areas of the exterior, water can affect the foundation. Consider utilizing landscaping to guide water away from the building.

Water damage is not limited to fast-acting waves, however. It can damage your property over extended periods due to seemingly minor leaks. You should routinely inspect your facility’s plumbing and walls to ensure that you don’t have damage taking place over time and to stay ahead of the problem.

Storm Damage

In the event of a storm, an entire area’s businesses and homes are affected. Even a less severe storm can take out power or send branches and rocks flying to damage your business.

Typically, storms carry winds that range from 10 to 45 mph, but severe storms like those that we see in the warmer months can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms like these can tear trees out of the ground and throw damaging debris around like nothing.

Installing storm-grade window and door covers can limit the damage a storm can bring, but these measures often take extensive time and funding to complete.

Before resorting to the extremes, you can perform simple tasks like checking your window and door seals and performing regular inspections of the property that help prevent damage from going unaddressed.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to clear your property of any loose items and dead trees to avoid the chance of them causing damage in the event of a storm.

Know Who to Call

While it may seem cumbersome at first, taking the steps to protect and prevent storm and water damage is worth it in the long run.

Closing down to make repairs is not something any business owner wants to do. Thankfully, we have 247 availability, and our experts quickly respond to ensure that the proper restoration plan is enacted.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Simple Steps That Can Reduce Your Risk of Suffering A House Fire | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Beaver County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

We have all seen the news over the past few years detailing how wildfires are becoming more common and more serious—well, so are house fires. So far in 2022, the American Red Cross has responded to over 20,000 house fires, which is only a small fraction of the total fires in the United States this year.

Most modern homes already have complete coverage from smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, but make sure that you have a smoke alarm in every bedroom and at least one CO alarm in the home.

These devices are proven to be the best way to stop complete destruction or a loss of life due to a fire. While smoke detectors are a must-have, there are many simple things you can do around the house to reduce your risk of a house fire.

<h3the-kitchen-grill">Clean the Kitchen & Grill

Over 48% of all home fires on average are started while cooking food. There are many common appliances that are designed to produce heat, and some of them are without safety mechanisms. You likely have a toaster, oven, stove, microwave, grill and a coffee maker in your home, and all of these can put you at risk when improperly used.

Cleaning these items regularly and removing any pieces of food that could ignite is important to keep your home free of hazards. Additionally, you should never grill under a covered area like a roof or deck, these things can easily catch fire when heat builds up from below.

Dirty wall outlets are another common source of fire in the home. Check these regularly for a collection of dust or dirt that could cause sparks to fly. Also, remember to leave plenty of space between your devices and the wall to allow proper airflow.

<h3a-defensible-space-in-your-yard">Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Fires that begin outside can spread by over 14 miles per hour. When they come knocking at your door, a yard is the last thing standing between your home and destruction.

Recently, there have been innovative landscaping methods that protect your home from the spread of outdoor fires, and allow firemen to work with plenty of space while trying to work.

These techniques have been so useful in fact, that states like California are imposing defensible zone requirements for yards, so following suit might also be a smart idea for you.

However, following these techniques doesn’t prevent you from tending to the garden and planting new flowers in your beds—they focus on placing plants in specific locations to prevent the fire from expanding.

The fire will weaken with the flammable objects spread further apart, so you should take the time and clear out any dead plants or leaves that could become fuel during a fire.

<h3it-clean-keep-it-safe">Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Aside from cleaning your appliances regularly, and maintaining your yard, performing a thorough cleaning routine can help reduce your risk of house fires. Set aside time for you and your family to work through the long list of necessary tasks.

The seemingly endless sheet of cleaning jobs doesn’t have to be burdensome if you spread it out over the course of a week. Along with a deep-clean, simply dusting your home from time to time is a way to prevent fires.

These days, our homes have evolved into more than simply shelter. They allow us to work, play and relax every single day. Putting in the effort to keep yours clean is a relatively easy way to help prevent destruction from a fire.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

What Benefits Does Creating a Storm Safety Plan Provide? | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

A dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Beaver County right away.

Thunderstorms are extremely common around the world, especially here at home. In fact, there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, which is more than 200 every single day.

These dangerous weather events can include strong winds, hail, flooding and lightning strikes that can all do serious damage to you and your home.

Here in Pennsylvania, Beaver County to be specific, we are particularly at risk of suffering from these disasters, facing cold fronts from the north and warm air movements from the south. Combined with the fact that rivers and creeks run through our entire area, flooding is extremely common around here due to storms.

It would be awesome to change the weather and prevent anything dangerous from coming close to us, but that’s a fantasy. Preparing for severe storms, on the other hand, is very possible, and can help you stay safer by reducing the impact storms have on you and your home.

From putting together an emergency kit to creating a communication strategy for your family, there are many ways to prepare that we’ll discuss here today.

<h3severe-weather-communication-strategy">Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

Knowing what’s going to happen before it does isn’t impossible when it comes to storms. Staying informed by listening to your local officials who provide emergency alerts is the best way to know what’s coming.

On top of using your cellphone and television, acquiring an NOAA weather radio is a good idea in case you lose power or signal.

On top of being able to receive government alerts, developing a communication strategy for your family is important. Check in with every member of the family before the storm hits so you’re not worried about their safety when you should be focusing on yours.

Picking a safe room (like a basement, bathroom or closet) with no windows is crucial so you have a place to shelter when the eye of the storm is on you. Choose one of the bottom level of your house.

<h3severe-weather-emergency-kit">Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Aside from knowing what to do, knowing what to pack is also critical to outlasting the effects of extreme weather. Prepping an emergency kit that can sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours is imperative. Pack plenty of food, water and first-aid supplies because these often run out fastest.

To improve your kit beyond the basic necessities, adding flashlights, batteries, clothes and any prescription medication can prove useful.

<h3severe-weather-aftermath-checklist">Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once the storms are gone, and it’s safe to exit your home, there are a few steps you should take to prepare yourself and debrief. Observing how your planning worked and didn’t work will help you improve upon it for the next disaster.

Then, once you and your family have been checked on, you should then inspect your property for damage.

With any luck, the storm came and went without damaging your home. However, in the event that your home is damaged, remember to call SERVPRO of Beaver County. Our expert team in green has more than 50 years of experience, and we always provide a quick response to any disaster.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

The Rapid Progression of Water Damage in Your Home or Business | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

A bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Beaver County is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Minor problems like leaky faucets and small water spots are often looked over during routine maintenance, but you should never underestimate the damaging results that moisture can cause to your home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage may seem slow-moving but it progresses quickly, as moisture seeps into walls, floors, rugs and any other soft surface.

You must address the issues immediately in order to get the best restoration and to protect your home from further damage. We’ve created a condensed timeline of how water damage evolves:

<h2the-first-24-hours">In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house in a high-risk area, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period. Knowing what to do next is essential.

Your actions in the first 24 to 48 hours after flooding and/or water damage are most important. There are many items that are common in the home that will immediately fall victim to the dangers of standing water.

Any soft furnishing, fabric or upholstery will soak through and hold water. Your wooden structures like cabinets, desks and studs will swell from the moisture and become damaged quickly.

Personal belongings such as documents, books and photographs are especially prone to warping beyond repair. Even worse, mold can grow during this timeframe, so taking the proper steps is essential.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you.

These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

<h2the-first-week">Within the First Week

Once the water has been present for over 24 hours, water damage progresses further and quicker in your home. Mold growth blooms and can spread easier with excessive moisture. As this mold sets in, it can cause damage to the structure of your home.

Additionally, wood surfaces, drywall, furniture and any porous surface will become increasingly compromised. Moisture and oxygen present for this long will begin to corrode metal items and weaken their structural integrity.

<h2one-week">After One Week

You want to avoid letting moisture sit for an extended period at all costs because some effects may be catastrophic or irreversible. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

<h2SERVPRO-will-help">How SERVPRO Will Help

Our restoration process will begin with an initial call, preferably inside of the first 24 hours. We typically begin our service work by thoroughly extracting any standing water from inside the home.

This step helps prevent moisture from spreading further and reduces the overall drying time.

It’s very possible that all affected items like floors, carpets, furniture and personal belongings will need deep-cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. Once we have removed the bulk of the water, we send in our specialists that utilize industry-leading equipment to remove the water that isn’t visible.

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

At SERVPRO, we’re capable of simplifying the restoration process by taking care of the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding any affected areas. We will keep you in the loop during every step so that you’re back in your home or business as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.