Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage and Associated Risks

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

termite damaged wood Act quickly when you discover water damage!

Throughout the United States, majority of homes are vulnerable to the possibility of water damage. Water damage can be caused by broken pipes, flooding, roof leaks, etc. Though water damage is common, most homeowners do not realize that just one inch of standing water in a home can cost thousands of dollars. Beyond what homeowners can see, they need to be mindful of additional water/moisture related threats such as mold or even termites! Though not talked about often in water restoration, termites are a problem that most homeowners don’t even consider when discovering a water loss. 

ACT QUICKLY!

Because wood is a highly porous material that rapidly absorbs and retains moisture, it is important to act quickly when you discover water damage. If not treated and managed in a timely manner, homeowners may face additional damage in the form of mold, mildew, or wood rot! Not only are these issues unsightly, but mold and mildew can be a safety issue, and cause health effects!

DID YOU SAY TERMITES?

Another issue with water damage is that it can attract termites. Yes, termites! These little pests prefer living in water-damaged wood as they need to be surrounded by moisture. Typically, termites live underground in cool, damp environments. Naturally, water-damaged wood makes a excellent replacement home for these little critters. Termites silently destroy homes, eating away at wooden infrastructure from the inside out. As they are so quiet, most homeowners have no knowledge that termites are present until they have caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to the house!

Never fear, there are a few ways that you can identify the presence of termites in your home!

  1. Check the caulking around your shower/bathtub to see if there is any exposed damp wood. If the wood is marked it could mean that you have termites in your home.
  2. Check any wooden frames around the areas that were affected by water. Again, if there are markings, you may have termites.
  3. Check any areas that wood was affected by water and look for bite marks (little holes throughout the wood)
  4. Call a professional exterminator to assess the area.

THE TAKEAWAY

Water damage can cause a lot of problems in the home, even if it is only a small amount of water. For this reason, it is important to make sure that any damp wood in your home is properly dried out if you experience any water loss. This will reduce your likelihood of mold growth and termite infestation. If you have experienced water damage, call SERVPRO of East York at 717-665-1270! We are water restoration professionals that are faster to any size disaster!

Repairing Water-Damaged Drywall

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

white drywall with damage Handling water damaged drywall can be exhausting. Call SERVPRO of East York for your water damage restoration needs!

Whether it's from leaky plumbing, a storm event, or a window being left open, there is always a chance that your walls could be subject to water damage. While large scale water damage should be left to a professional for restoration, you may choose to tackle small sections of damaged drywall on your own. The SERVPRO of East York County team of professionals utilize a 4-Step Method for repairing water damaged drywall. Below, we highlight each step of the four-step method we use so you can easily repair or replace water damaged drywall. If you're even unsure of how to proceed, SERVPRO of East York County is Here to Help!

STEP 1: Find and Repair the Leak

There’s no point in repairing a water damaged wall if you haven't removed the source of the damage first. Finding the leak that caused damage can sometimes be difficult, but you can use clues from the damage to get a better idea as to where the water is coming from:  

  • If the damage appears to run downward from the top of the wall, and also affects the ceiling, a roof leak is likely a good contender for being the cause of loss. PRO TIP: You can spray your roof with a garden hose and watch for dripping in your attic to detect roof leaks.
  • Water damage that is directly in the center of the wall is often an indicator that a broken pipe behind the wall is your cause of loss. PRO TIP: High-pressure leaks in pipes behind walls may make an audible hiss if you hold your ear to the wall.

With some investigating and basic plumbing knowledge, you may be able to find and repair and leak on your own. If you doubt your abilities in the slightest, contact a professional for guidance. 

STEP 2: Replace Saturated Drywall

Drywall is a highly porous material, therefore the longer it is exposed to water, the more water it will absorb. This water absorption will eventually cause your drywall to become soft and spongy. After a certain point,  your drywall may eventually start to sag inward. Unfortunately, drywall that has been saturated to this extent cannot be salvaged, and you will need to remove and replace the damaged section of wall or ceiling.

  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs behind the damaged section of drywall.
  • Once you have located the stud, cut straight lines around the damage using a level and a drywall knife.
  • When you remove the damaged drywall, check the insulation behind it. If the insulation is saturated, you will likely need to remove and replace the insulation before putting in new drywall.
  • Cut a new piece of drywall to the same size of the hole. Line up your new piece of drywall and screw it into the studs.
  • Cover the seams with joint compound and tape, and then sand and paint the drywall.

STEP 3: Scrub Away Mold

In addition to soaking up moisture, the pores in drywall can make excellent places for mold spores to hide and develop. If parts of your drywall are still structurally sound but are beginning to foster mold, you can kill the mold by scrubbing the walls with detergent, diluted bleach, or a commercial mold remover. PRO-TIP: Do NOT mix chemical products together. Always read the labels and use as directed!

  • Always wear gloves and a dust mask when handling mold.
  • Ensure that there is proper ventilation in the room you are working in. Ventilation and the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will help protect you from spores that may be released while scrubbing.
  • Spray the affected area of the wall with the solution you are using to clean.
  • Scrub the wall with a soft bristle cleaning brush or abrasive sponge. PRO TIP: Scrubbing can still be effective if the wall is unpainted, but in severe cases you may need to replace the mold-covered section.

STEP 4: Cover Water Stains

Next, you will want to cover any light water stains on the remaining sections of drywall, that weren't significantly damaged.

  • First, you will want to scrub the affected area with a damp cloth, or sand it to remove paint, dirt, and debris.
  • Then, spray the area with a shellac or oil-based primer, that is formulated for blocking stains.
  • After the primer has dried, you can simply paint over the area with interior paint. 

When in doubt, leave it to the pros!

Repairing mild to moderate water damage on drywall is not too difficult if you know the process. If you are faced with severe water damage, or are unable to locate the source of the leak, contact SERVPRO of East York County at 717-665-1270! Calling SERVPRO of East York County gives you the opportunity to work with an experienced water damage restoration professional who can restore your walls to like-new condition.

Winter Water Damage Prevention

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

winter pipes Know who to call if you experience winter water damage!

Though winter months bring cooler temperatures, hot cocoa, and scenic snow landscapes, winter weather also brings increased risk of water damage to your home. Winter is notorious for being cold and wet. Many people don’t realize that larger amounts of snow and ice can have severe consequences. Below are three of the top causes of winter water damage and how to reduce your risk.

OUTDOOR WATER SOURCES

When the temperatures drop, it is important to pay attention to your outdoor water sources. Neglecting your outdoor water sources could cause problems when spring comes around.

  • Shut off the water to your outdoor hoses and spigots.
  • Drain any water from your hoses and store them in a climate-controlled area to prevent them from freezing, cracking, or breaking in the cold.

BURST OR FROZEN PIPES

Frozen pipes build up significant pressure which can lead to pipes cracking or bursting in winter months. If a cracked or broken pipe goes undetected, they can lead to flooding once the ice melts.

  • Make sure your outer walls and any exposed pipes are properly insulated.
  • Be sure to caulk cracks and holes you see in your exterior walls; this can help to prevent cold air from reaching the pipes.
  • Protect exposed pipes from freezing temperatures by wrapping them with the insulating tape or old towels.
  • When temperatures are extremely low, or you plan to be away from home for several days, leave the faucets lightly dripping and keep the cabinets under your sink open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. Doing so will keep water flowing and can help prevent your pipes from freezing.
  • For maximum protection against hidden or sudden leaks, install a detection system that can monitor water pressure and automatically signal a water shut-off in the event of a leak or blocked pipe.

ICE DAMS AND ROOF LEAKS

Icicles may be a staple of winter, but they can be a sign that your home is in a vulnerable state. If your gutters are clogged, the snow that melts off your roof won't be able to pass through the drainage system properly. As the water trapped in your gutters refreezes, a wall of icicles will build up, eventually causing ice dams. The melt from these ice dams can damage your roof and seep into your attic, causing structural damage or mold. Any ice melt that drips over the sides of your gutters has the potential to pool next to your home's foundation and cause additional water damage. Finally, sharp icicles may break off as they melt, posing a serious safety hazard.

  • Clean your gutters before cold weather comes around to keep the dangers of ice dams and roof leaks at a minimum.

CALL THE PROFESSIONALS

If you aren't able to prevent winter water damage, don't fear! SERVPRO of East York has a 24/7 emergency response team available to assist during troublesome times! Call the professionals that are faster to any size disaster at 717-665-1270.

Responding to Water Damage

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water SERVPRO of East York is prepared for any water loss, not matter the size!

WATER DAMAGE:

Water damage can happen anywhere, but some areas and types of damage occur far more often than others. When problems go beyond simple cleanup and sanitation, your cleaning personnel or company may be ill-equipped to handle the consequences of significant water damage. SERVPRO of East York specializes in providing fast and efficient services, ensuring all affected areas are clean, undamaged, and pleasant-smelling after a water loss.

COMMON WATER LOSS CAUSES:

Plumbing Overflow -

A common reason for us to be called to a site for water damage is when a sink, toilet, or bathtub overflows. In commercial settings, like hotels, determining when, where, and why water damage has occurred can sometimes be difficult. At times, it may be days or more before you discover a water loss, and water can begin to leak elsewhere, causing further damages. Our team of professionals will draft a detailed assessment of the situation, and can provide an estimate of our projected work times and costs.

Water Line Leaks and Breaks -

With water lines running throughout the building, it may not be uncommon for them to leak or burst, especially if they are older. Be sure to call SERVPRO of East York as soon as you suspect that a water line may have been ruptured. The speed of our response may be critical in preventing further damages. To avoid most water line problems in your home or business, make sure that pipes receive semi-regular maintenance and checkups.

Open Windows -

Sometimes we want a bit of fresh air, so we open a window. If you forget to close the window before a storm rolls through your area, water damage can occur quickly. Rain pouring into your structure through an open window can cause significant damage to furniture, walls, and flooring, but most of the worst effects can be prevented through a quick call to SERVPRO.

WHAT OUR TECHNICIANS WILL DO:

  • Assess damages and determine if site is safe
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in affected areas
  • Move furniture that may hinder drying results 
  • Extract water
  • Remove drywall and flooring (if necessary) 
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidifiers 
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with home/business owners, to guarantee customer satisfaction

WHO TO CALL:

At SERVPRO of East York, no job is too big or too small for our Team of certified and highly trained experts. If water damage occurs in your residential home or commercial property, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East York at 717-665-1270. It is important to call as soon as possible because water damage that has not been mitigated by professionals, can quickly become a breeding ground for mold or further damages.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Lancaster is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 717-665-1270

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Western Lancaster has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Western Lancaster

SERVPRO of Western Lancaster 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.

Six Signs Water Damage Is Ruining Your Foundation

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage in East York County Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

Water damage may be fairly simple to spot, especially if you are a hands-on homeowner, who fixes and repairs things as they crop up. The problem is that water damage to foundations is not an easy water damaging problem to identify.

Nevertheless, the key to minimizing the extent of the damage is always to spot it quickly and address it as soon as possible. How are you supposed to achieve this if you don’t know that there is water damage in the first place? This guide, provided by SERVPRO, to some of the most common symptoms of water damage within foundations will help you spot any problem areas.

Symptom One: Water Below Ground

If you are routinely dealing with standing water in the basement, you are probably getting a little stressed out. As a consolation, however, it does mean that you can be reasonably sure of a foundation problem. Standing water only accumulates and sits in a basement if drainage systems are not functioning properly.

Symptom Two: Overly Damp Soil

If you speculate that there could be an issue with moisture, take a look at the soil around the foundations of the property. If it is unusually wet (even after days without rain), there is a good chance that groundwater is seeping into the foundation.

Symptom Three: Water in the Crawlspace

Standing water or condensation and moisture building up within a crawlspace is a pretty good sign that something is wrong with the foundation, circulation of air, lack of adequate insulation, or burst pipe. If it is too damp in this area, the quality of the air in your house can decline, and it may give off a musty odor.

Symptom Four: Sagging and Bowing Floors

A lot of homeowners walk up and down uneven floors for years before they spot a problem. You can test the level of your own with nothing more than a small rubber ball. Unless you know of a reason the foundation is or could be unlevel and not caused by water damage, imbalances should be checked out immediately. They can indicate soil erosion due to water.

Symptom Five: Slimy Patches Outside

When the water from rains and storms is draining away from the property in a secure and efficient manner, it never spends enough time close to the building to have a lasting impact. On the other hand, if groundwater is pooling, you may be able to spot slimy and moldy patches on the outer walls of your home.

Symptom Six: Mal-functioning Doorframes or windows

This might sound like a surprising sign, but if your doorframes used to open and close correctly, but have recently started to stick, the problem could be moisture related. It may be a sign that the doorframes have begun to warp, from excessive water absorption.

Call SERVPRO of Eastern York County for any unwanted water damaging situations that may occur on your property. We are experts in water removal, cleanup, and water damage restoration. We will recondition your home "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Eastern York County has advanced expertise and training, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We proudly serve the communities of York, Red Lion, Dover, Felton and more. Call us 24/7 for help at (717) 846-6100

Our Professionals providing expertise on TV

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. We’re dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster with the training, equipment, and experience to respond to your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24x7 support
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly trained professionals
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

CALL US at 717 - 846 - 6100

Sprinkler Malfunction in York County

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded classroom after a sprinkler malfunction.

A malfunction in the sprinkler system of your business could flood your building and result in thousands (or tens of thousands) of dollars in damages. Thankfully, this York County day care facility called in SERVPRO of East York and Western Lancaster Counties to save the day. With additional help from SERVPRO of Hershey, our expert production staff was able to extract all the water and begin the drying process to minimize business interruption.

When it comes to such losses, rapid response is crucial to remove the water and limit the amount of damage it can cause. If the water were left to sit idle, within a few hours the damage to the walls and flooring could’ve been irreversible and would’ve turned into a long construction project. However, through swift action, much of the flooring and walls were saved permitting the facility to reopen with only one business day of closure.

Pipe Bursts? Water damage? What you should know.

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let broken pipes leaving you hanging around.

According to Insure.com, water damage is among the most common causes for homeowners' insurance claims--and one of the biggest sources of confusion. If a flooding river inundates your home, your insurance is unlikely to cover the damage. But if the flood comes from within the home itself, the result of a burst pipe, you can breathe easier: Your policy may probably will cover the damage to your property.

In general, water damage from a burst pipe inside your home should be covered by a standard homeowners' insurance policy. If an outside pipe bursts and causes damage, that should be covered, too, though you must be able to demonstrate that the damage did indeed come from the burst pipe. If the insurer concludes that poor drainage--a non-covered maintenance problem--was the real culprit, your claim may be denied.

All You Need to Know About Flood Damage

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

There are different types of flooding that a customer needs to be aware of. A flash flood is common in any area and can happen due to inclement weather. A flood can damage a customer’s property but here at SERVPRO of West Lancaster County and East York Counties our goal is to prevent the damage from happening and restoring the destruction “Like it never even happened." There is flood insurance that a customer can purchase, whether you are renting a home, a business owner or homeowner. A customer can purchase flood insurance through the NFIP. There are communities that offer the NFIP that can reduce a customer’s cost of flood damage. You can also refer to your local insurance agent for questions regarding flood damage. 

Floods can be devastating to any home or business. Having the peace of mind that can come from flood insurance, will ease the burden, in the event you do have flood damage at your residence or place of business.

What Are The Benefits Of Water Damage Restoration Services?

2/24/2016 (Permalink)

Soaked Conference Room

Once a flood or fire damages an individual's home, it's important for them to attain speedy, efficient water damage restoration services. The restoration process is a multi-faceted one, involving a vast range of services including cleaning and various repairs. Moreover, it is important that this process begins as quickly as possible to ensure that your property isn't subjected to extensive damage. The best way to guarantee that your property is restored quickly and correctly is by obtaining professional water damage restoration services. Here are several reasons why you should take this course of action: 

Fast Restoration 

When you hire a team of professional water damage experts, they will complete your cleanup, repair, and restoration work with lightning speed. The contractors will be able to get the work done quickly due to their extensive experience in the restoration sector. Moreover, restoration firms will typically send multiple contractors to your property at one time. In so doing, the company specialists will be able to preclude your home from falling prey to secondary water damage. 

Mold And Mildew Growth Prevention 

In addition to ensuring the quick restoration of your property, water damage specialists are effective in reducing your susceptibility to a mold and mildew growth. They accomplish this objective by quickly removing excess water from the property. In the event that mold is already present on your property, the water damage experts will utilize industrial grade cleaners and disinfectants to eliminate the fungus with skill and speed. This work is immensely important because ongoing exposure to mold can adversely impact your health. 

Holistic Help 

Another reason it's a good idea to call a water damage restoration company in the wake of a disaster is that they can offer holistic services. Unfortunately, there is a broad range of property issues that can come into being when your property is subjected to water damage. Luckily, water damage experts can address and resolve them all. Some of the services contractors provide to accomplish this objective include vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, odor removal, smoke removal, deodorization, sanitation, and content restoration. 

Don't Delay: Call SERVPRO Today! 

If you're serious about restoring your property after water damage, SERVPRO is the company to call. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer a full range of restoration services while simultaneously providing each client with 24/7 emergency services. Call us now to learn more about what we can do for you!

Pipe Bursts ? What you should know ? Lancaster / York PA

1/29/2016 (Permalink)

Pipe Bursts ? What you should know ? Lancaster / York PA

Pipe Bursts ? What you should know ? Lancaster / York PA

Pipe Bursts ? Water damage What you should know ? York PA

1/4/2016 (Permalink)

According to Insure.com, water damage is among the most common causes for homeowners' insurance claims--and one of the biggest sources of confusion. If a flooding river inundates your home, your insurance is unlikely to cover the damage. But if the flood comes from within the home itself, the result of a burst pipe, you can breathe easier: Your policy may probably will cover the damage to your property.

In general, water damage from a burst pipe inside your home should be covered by a standard homeowners' insurance policy. If an outside pipe bursts and causes damage, that should be covered, too, though you must be able to demonstrate that the damage did indeed come from the burst pipe. If the insurer concludes that poor drainage--a non-covered maintenance problem--was the real culprit, your claim may be denied.