Flood Damage Cleanup | ServiceMaster of Greater Pittsburgh

Flood Damage Cleanup

Flood Damage Cleanup | A flood is a scary and devastating force of nature that can severely damage a building easily. A professional cleaning crew that specializes in flood damage cleanup is necessary to fix all the damage done. Flooring and furniture commonly take the most damage during a flood, which is incredibly expensive and time-consuming to replace without a professional cleaning crew. Oftentimes, flood damage can be cleaned and flooring and furniture can be saved.

Flooding can also happen anywhere. Heavy rains are the cause of most flooding incidents, but there are many instances where a foundation will crack, causing the water underground to flood into a basement. Any underground structure is prone to flooding, and it is imperative that the owners of those buildings have a professional flood damage cleanup service on speed dial for when it occurs. The quicker the cleanup crew can get there, the less damage there will be, and the faster the owner can have peace of mind.

The cleanup crew will use some heavy equipment to first remove all the standing water from the building while preventing more water from entering the building at the same time. Once the standing water is removed, the cleaning process can begin. Large vacuums are used to remove water from carpeting and other floorings, and the rest of the crew will get to work on removing any water from everywhere else in the building, including furniture. The process can take a while to complete, depending on the size of the building and the severity of the flooding. The owner of the building can expect follow up appointments to check for water damage after cleanup, and mold inspections to ensure the building is properly cared for.

Flood damage can be devastating, but not all will be lost, because there are professionals that are dedicated to preserving everything within the building and making sure that further damage is prevented.

If you are in need of flood damage cleanup services, call Service Masters of Pittsburgh at (412) 419-3253 today.

Mold Removal | How to Detect and Prevent Mold in Your Home | ServiceMaster of Greater Pittsburgh

Mold Removal | How to Detect and Prevent Mold in Your Home

Mold that grows in buildings due to water and moisture can be extremely harmful to people and animals. It is a known fact that these types of molds cause severe illnesses and even cancer. It is imperative that every building, whether it is a home or business, is mold-free. Sometimes it is difficult to know if a building has mold or not. It can grow anywhere there is moisture. Most people don’t have the equipment and the know-how to detect mold, and if it isn’t obvious, it can be left to harm the people who live or work in the building.

Luckily, there are professionals who specialize in mold detection, prevention, and removal. These specialists use state-of-the-art equipment and proven tactics to detect all types of molds anywhere in a building. If mold is found, then the mold removal specialists will use commercial-grade mold removal products that are safe for the building, people, and animals. They will then figure out why there is mold growing in that particular space. It is common to find mold where there is a water leak of some kind. Water leaks usually come from old pipes, damaged roofs, and cracks in the building’s foundation. It is also common for mold to grow in areas that are humid.

To help prevent mold, buildings should have some type of airflow, whether it be from the HVAC system, open windows, or fans placed throughout each room. It is important to keep the inside of the building at an optimal moisture level. Bathrooms are notorious for getting mold, so installing a good fan or making sure to open a window when using the shower will help prevent mold from growing.

Cleaning is also a large factor in preventing mold. While it isn’t possible to clean inside the walls and in between floors, it is possible to clean the corners of a room, wiping down the baseboards, and cleaning tiling and showers, and other common places that mold likes to grow.

If you suspect you may have mold, want a mold inspection done, or need mold removal services, call Service Masters of Pittsburgh at (412) 419-3253 today.

5 Tips for Limiting Fire Damage in your Home

When your home is damaged by fire, it is a frustrating and devasting experience for you and your family. With your personal belongings and home damaged, you may be looking for ways you can further protect your home from damage or trying to decide if you need to leave the work to a professional restoration company.

Fire and smoke damage can be challenging to deal with, so it is always crucial to hire a professional restoration company to assist you in resolving those issues. They have the expertise, proper cleaning products, and specialized equipment to safely and efficiently restore your home.

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September is National Preparedness Month

Are you Prepared for the Next Disaster?

 

When we think of emergency preparedness, it can become overwhelming with all the different little emergencies that arise in daily life, as well as larger disasters.  Life seems to move so fast, and can wash you away in a blink of the eye. However, it is better to prepare for the situations before it happens, when you can think straight. Working in a disaster restoration company, I have helped people deal with the smaller emergencies as well as the larger disasters such as flood, fire, trauma, etc.  This is a time when you face many decisions about what is important in your life. Whether it be your family, health, or sentimental possessions, you should have some strategies in place to prepare for emergencies before they arise. Continue reading

Dealing with a Sewer Backup

When a sewer system is overwhelmed with large amounts of water or foreign items, sewer backup can occur, causing substantial damage to the buildings it services. Typically, the effects of this problem are seen in the form of a backup of water and sewage in the basement of a structure. In addition to being extremely difficult and messy to clean up, sewer damage poses risks such as contaminated drinking water and contamination and loss of many porous materials.  If you experience a sewer backup, take immediate action in order to salvage affected surfaces, reduce the spread of illness, and restore safety to the area. Continue reading

What to do if Your Home is Involved in a Fire

Nobody expects to deal with a fire to their property, but unfortunately accidents happen. A fire can be terrifying, and the aftermath can disrupt and devastate your life. The key is to act quickly, stay calm and communication is vital throughout the process of restoring your property after a fire. That’s why hiring a professional who has thorough and proven processes for each stage of your fire restoration.   Continue reading

Roof Damage that Results in Water Damage

Maintaining a home or business is hard work, and keeping tabs on the condition of the structure can be daunting at times; however, if upkeep and inspection are not done on a regular basis, you could be in for some serious, costly damage. Roof integrity is one of the most important structural issues to pay attention to. A damaged or deteriorating roof can allow water to seep into your structure and ultimately cause significant damage. Continue reading

Top 5 Water Damage Questions Answered

Water can do some pretty nasty things when it gets inside a home or building, and it’s not something that can be ignored. The aftermath of water damage can be devastating if it isn’t quickly and properly addressed. You may be wondering what to do or what to expect if your home or business falls victim to water damage. Below are answers to five of the most important water damage questions you need to ask:

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Untreated Water Damage is Dangerous to Home and Health

In the event of water leakage, flooding, or other water disasters, it is a sure bet that a little bit goes a long way. A small, slow drip and a sudden, significant flood can both do extensive damage to your home and property and present serious health risks if left untreated. In many cases, the safest way to clean up a water mess is to call on the expertise of water damage restoration professionals who can remove the water and affected materials by following a safe and thorough process that eliminates contaminants. Attempting a clean-up on your own is risky because you place yourself in danger of coming in contact with contaminants, and you can’t be sure that you’ve properly removed all dangerous or damaged materials. If you have a persistent water issue in your home or have incurred water damage of any sort on your property, acting quickly to remedy the situation is the best way to limit property damage and protect your family from health issues that arise as a result of neglected water damage. Continue reading