Is Carpeting Easy To Replace?

One of the things replaced most frequently after a flood and water damage restoration is the carpeting in the affected room(s). Water can deteriorate carpeting and cause mold and mildew growth. While many carpets can be cleaned and restored, some homeowners take the opportunity to get brand-new carpet instead. However, some people don’t realize that carpeting is not always easy to replace.

Steps to Replace Carpeting

A professional water damage restoration company can restore carpeting quickly in many cases; however, when it comes time for replacement, you still need a professional. Carpet replacement is not easy and professional carpet layers can always get the job done quicker, more efficiently, and with fewer errors than someone trying to DIY the job.

Tools you need to replace carpet:

  • Tackless strips
  • Carpeting
  • Carpet scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Knee kicker
  • Hammer
  • Dust mask
  • Gloves
  • Utility mask

Steps to replacing carpet include:

  1. Put on dust mask and gloves
  2. Tear our existing carpet and padding
  3. Clean the flooring to ensure no mold or mildew will grow
  4. Install tackless strips
  5. Install padding
  6. Lay the carpeting
  7. Trim excess threads
  8. Vacuum

Many of the steps to replacing the carpet are a process including the way to install tackless strips, padding, and laying the carpet. In some cases, you can reuse the tackless strips from the previous carpeting if there was no damage; however, when it comes to water damage restoration, total replacement is recommended to avoid mold, bacteria, and other contaminants from affecting the new carpet.

Is Carpet Replacement Expensive?

Carpet replacement is often a part of water damage restoration and when included as part of the process to mitigate flooding and other water damage, replacing carpet is often less expensive than if you were to do it on a whim. Most homeowners can expect the average cost of replacement to be around $1,500 depending on the size of the room.

Call ServiceMaster of Greater Pittsburgh today to find out how we can help you with your water damage restoration needs at 412-376-4645.

Storm Proofing Your House | Water Damage Service

Many homeowners are dismayed to find out that thunderstorms and severe weather can cause water damage services to be needed. Even homeowners that do not live in a flood zone or right in the eye of the hurricane zone, need to be prepared for the damage that severe storms cause. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks to storm-proofing your house that we can share with you to help you be ready for the next bout of terrible weather that comes your way.

  1. Window and Door Seals- One of the best ways to avoid needing water damage services is to seal your windows and doors before storm season begins. Seals that are old or broken will not stop rain from getting into your home and can even let flies, gnats, and spiders into your home.
  2. Roof Maintenance- Every year before storms begin you should have a roof inspection completed to check for loose or missing shingles, leaks, and damage from pest infestations. Shingles that are cracked need to be sealed or replaced and adding a waterproofing seal with help stop roof leaks from happening during severe weather and beyond to extend the life of your roof. If hurricane weather is expected, you should install roof straps.
  3. Seal Any Holes- Check where the HVAC system attaches to the outside of the home, crawlspace entrances, chimney’s, dryer vents, and other holes that lead from inside to outside your home and make sure they are sealed. Caulking is an effective way to achieve a seal.
  4. Clean Up the Yard- One of the worst things that can happen is yard furniture such as your patio table or a chair getting picked up in high winds and thrown right through your window or walls. When you know severe weather is happening in your area, remove all patio and yard furniture and ornaments and stow them away for safety. Trampolines and pool cover should also be secured.

Sometimes no matter how well you prepare for storms and severe weather you are going to experience flooding and need water damage services to help with the cleanup. Make sure your homeowner’s insurance covers water damage services of your choice, and then contact the ServiceMaster nearest you.

Customers in the Greater Pittsburgh area can contact ServiceMaster at 412-314-3832.

Water Damage Cleanup | Tips for Cleaning Up After a House Fire 

A house fire is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Fire can be devasting and destroy an entire house leaving it unsalvageable, but sometimes, fires are small, and the damage is confined to a small space. When the fire department must come out to put the fire out, homeowners will have more to think about than only the fire damage. They’re going to need water damage cleanup as well.

No matter how big or small the fire is, however, one thing that homeowners must keep in mind is that the cleanup process cannot begin until authorities give the go-ahead to reenter the property. The homeowners will probably also need to call their homeowner’s insurance agent before they begin taking out any trash or beginning water damage cleanup. The insurance agency will most likely offer to send out an inspector for your claim quickly to take photos and assess the total loss.

Other tips for cleaning up after a house fire include:

  • Consider a dumpster delivery service. If your fire was a large one, you might have large furniture structural trash such as drywall, lots of clothing and linens, and other household goods that were burned, smoke damaged, or water damaged.
  • Personal Protective Equipment should always be worn, especially if you are doing water damage cleanup. Rubber boots and gloves, waders, and eye covers should be worn if there is substantial standing water. Always make sure the power remains turned off to the home as well while you are taking care of water damage to avoid electrocution.
  • Use tri-sodium phosphate cleaner to spot clean belongings with soot damage. You can also use TSP to clean walls, floors, cabinets, and some furniture. Mix with water and use a sponge to wipe surfaces down. TSP removes soot and smoke odor.
  • Hire a water damage cleanup professional when the damage is extensive. Often, firefighting ends up with an entirely saturated home and the best way to mitigate mold and mildew, remove soot, and complete a cleanout is to hire the professionals.

A house fire is one of the biggest disasters a homeowner can face but you don’t have to face the cleanup alone. Call a professional restoration company to help ensure your house is good as new once again.

If you’ve recently suffered a house fire call ServiceMaster of Pittsburgh at 412-376-4645.

 

Water Damage Cleanup | Best Flood Resistant Flooring

When you live in a flood zone such as a coastal community or city where there is frequent rain or a high water table, there are special considerations you should take when choosing flooring for your home. Water damage cleanup companies tear out carpet more than any other flooring during flooding because it is prone to mold and mildew after being saturated in water. Laminate flooring is also prone to peeling, curling, or warping after it’s been saturated. Replacing your flooring can be the most labor-intensive and expensive parts of water damage cleanup. If you buy a home where flooding has occurred, you should consider replacing the flooring with these top flood-resistant materials.

Tile-Tile flooring is adhered to the concrete slab using mortar when the home is in a coastal, humid, or floor prone climate. Avoid using mastic adhesive as it is not water-resistant. The tile material is impervious and resistant to mold and mildew. Porcelain grade tiles are the highest-rated for durability and density. Tile is also extremely easy to work with during water damage cleanup if a flood does happen.

Treated Concrete- Concrete floors that have been treated refer to a coating that is applied such as epoxy or stain. Epoxy is common for garages and basements because it is oil and solvent resistant. Concrete floors are not typically found inside homes; however, if you choose not to install flooring and have just the concrete subflooring, a stain can help add color and dimension.

Rubber Flooring- This nonpermanent flooring is great to use in basements in flood prone areas. Rubber flooring comes in large rollout mats and is water and mold resistant. Rubber flooring can be adhered to the concrete floor using double sided carpet tape and if water damage cleanup is ever needed due to flooding, the flooring can be rolled up and carried out easily to get cleaned and dry.

If you don’t know which flooring type is best for your home, make sure to talk to your restoration team about their recommendations for flood-resistant flooring. They can let you know the most durable types available in your area.

If you need to talk to a professional about a water damage cleanout in your home, call ServiceMaster of Pittsburgh at 412-376-4645.

Water Damage Cleanup | Top Reasons for Basement Flooding

No homeowner is surprised that basements run a risk of flooding. They are, after all, below ground at least partially. However, some homeowners are shocked to learn that basement flooding and water damage cleanup can be needed all year round, even during the dry season. Basement flooding is common, especially because many of the common causes of basement flooding are out of human control, but many causes can be prevented.

Most Common Causes for Water Damage Cleanup in the Basement

You probably know that basements can flood when storms or a power failure cause the sump pump to backup or stop working, but some of the other common reasons include

  • Failure of the drainage tile
  • Improper sealing of the floor and walls
  • Improperly installed or damaged downspouts and gutters
  • Clogged gutters
  • How water tank failure
  • Water supply line damage such as broken or clogged pipes
  • Improperly sealed basement windows
  • Leakage from water in rooms above the basement
  • Appliance leaks or damage such as washer overflow, leaking refrigerator or sink, toilet overflow, etc.
  • Hurricane, flood, or tropical storm

Steps to Water Damage Cleanup in Greater Pittsburg

If you’ve recently experienced basement flooding and need water damage cleanup, the first thing you need to do is turn off the power. Water and electricity do not mix, and electrocution can be deadly. Next, you’ll want to call a professional restoration crew to assist if the water damage is severe. Professionals are trained in mold mitigation and will ensure that the cleanup process is done correctly from start to finish.

Because water can damage your personal property so quickly, the next thing you will want to do, as long as you have personal protective equipment such as rubber boots, gloves, and goggles, is to start removing everything from the room. Take furniture and other belongings outside if you can where they can dry, or to a room where you can use fans to help dry the items. The cleanup crew will suction out the water, clean or remove the carpet depending on the damage, and perform mold mitigation to ensure that nothing grows after they are gone. The entire cleanup process can take between three and seven days in many cases.

If you need water damage cleanup in your basement, call ServiceMaster of Greater Pittsburgh at 413-528-6077.

 

 

Water Damage Services | What Is A Sump Pump?

Moving into your first home is exciting; however, the transition between renting and ownership means having to take care of your own maintenance. One part of owning a home that most first-time homeowners may not know about at first is the function of a sump pump. However, if you ever need water damage services, you’re likely to become familiar with sump pumps quickly.

Sump pumps are pumps installed in basements or crawlspaces to keep the home from flooding. These pumps need to be in the lowest point of the home and installed inside of a sump pit. Water flowing underground or seeping into the soil during torrential downpours or flooding will be pumped away from the home to prevent water from entering the basement or crawlspace.

Do I Need A Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are required to be in homes due to the U.S. Federal Clean Water Act of 1987.  If your home was built before 1987, you should check to ensure there is a sump pump in the basement.

Does the Sump Pump Work Automatically?

Automatic sump pumps do not run continuously; however, homeowners don’t need to do anything to activate them. A float activator arm acts as a pressure sensor to turn on the pump. The mechanism looks similar to what you’ll see inside of your toilet tank. When the float activator is not working correctly, your sump pump can fail and cause basement flooding. Luckily, water damage services are available to help you correct the situation. There are two types of automatic sump pumps—submersible and pedestal. Water damage services can help you decide which is best for your home.

Manual sump pumps are also available and great to be used in case of emergency when your automatic sump pump fails, and you need a backup. Manual sump pumps aren’t as convenient as automatic but work the same way.

Water damage services are ready to assist you when your sump pump fails and your basement floods. Calling the professionals is the best way to ensure that flooding from groundwater is cleaned up the safest way possible.

If you’ve had a sump pump failure, call ServiceMaster of Pittsburgh at 412-314-3832.

 

 

Water Damage Services | How Much Do Water Damage Services Cost?

One reason many homeowners are hesitant to contact water damage services is that they are afraid of the price tag. The national average for water damage restoration is around $3,000; however, some services can be a little as $500 to or as high as $8,000 in some areas. This seems like a lot; however, many homeowners don’t realize what is included in water damage services and how many steps are involved in the cleanup process.

What Does Water Damage Services Include?

For most flooding situations, restoring water damage will include gray water extraction, removing furniture and other belongings, cleaning carpets and floors, cleaning surfaces, drying the room, and repairing any drywall and ceiling damage. Mildew and mold mitigation can also be included but will add to the cost of the project.

Other services you may need to help finish restoration after a flood include roofers, plumbers, and carpenters. Many times, during a flood, doors, windows, trim, flooring, and pipes need to be fixed or replaced. If new appliances need to be purchased, they will also add to the total cost of restoration. This is why homeowners need to keep in mind that restoration is not only about water removal and drying but can be much more complicated.

The hazard level of the water will also impact how much your water damage services cost. There are three categories of damage—white, grey, and black. Black level hazards such as human waste from a sump pump failure or sewage backup will be the most expensive while white will cost the least. Clean water cleanup, such as a broken pipe, can cost as little a few hundred dollars to mitigate, whereas a sewer backup or flood easily can cost more than $3,000.

If you need water damage services, call ServiceMaster of Pittsburgh at 412-314-3832.

 

Water Damage Removal | Common Causes of Household Water Damage

Homeowners need water damage removal for more reasons than a roof leak or basement flooding. There are many ways that water damage can occur in your home that you might not realize. Most of the causes of household water damage come from accidents or a breakdown in appliances that can be surprising but also sometimes avoidable. When these things happen, however, there are ways you can clean up the mess quickly and efficiently.

Household Water Damage Causes

If you’re noticing water on the floor in your home, you’ll first need to figure out what is causing the leak or flooding. Some of the most common reasons you’ll need water damage removal in your home include:

  • Washer malfunction
  • Kitchen sink overflow
  • Kitchen sink pipes leaking
  • Garbage disposal clog
  • Dishwasher malfunction
  • Dishwasher clog
  • Sump pump failure
  • Bathroom sink overflow
  • Bathroom sink pipes leaking
  • Bathtub or shower overflow
  • Bathtub or shower pipes leaking
  • Burst pipes
  • Toilet overflow
  • Toilet clog
  • Toilet malfunction
  • Waterbed leak
  • Aquarium leak

Most of these causes of household water damage removal can be cleaned up easily and quickly, but some leaks can cause significant damage that needs professional assistance.

Even when small household leaks happen, homeowners need to ensure that water cleanup is complete to avoid mildew, mold, and rot. If the water damage is caused by an appliance, you’ll need to ensure that all area around, under, and behind the appliance is dry. This means you’ll need to pull them out to clean and dry them properly. You may need to use a wet/dry vacuum and a carpet shampooer to clean the carpeting in your home after water cleanup. When cleaning surfaces, ensure that you’re using a bleach solution to ward off any mildew and mold growth.

If you’ve had household water damage, call ServiceMaster of Pittsburgh at 412-314-3832.

 

Water Damage Removal | When Your Pool Overflows and Causes Basement Leaks

Summer is upon us, and as you are filling up the swimming pool, one thing you need to keep in mind is accidentally flooding the basement or crawlspace. Many things could happen that can cause a pool to overfill or leak and cause a huge mess requiring water damage removal in your home or even your neighbors. Don’t worry, though! Even if the unthinkable happens and your basement is flooded, some professionals can assist in the restoration process.

Steps to Water Damage Removal and Basement Flooding

If your swimming pool has flooded your basement, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to ensure the proper water damage cleanup.

  1. Find The Foundation Leak-You’ll need to find where the crack in the foundation or crawlspace is located so that you can stop any additional water from entering the basement. You will most likely need a professional contractor to find a long term solution to a foundational problem.
  2. Water Removal- Your basement may have a sump pump that will remove the water from the basement, but if the pump has failed, you’ll need an alternative method. Wet/dry vacuums or pumps and hoses can be used to remove the water from your basement.
  3. Remove Furniture- Any items or furniture in your basement that have been saturated with water need to be removed from the basement and allowed to dry completely. If items can not be removed from the basement, but are salvageable, make sure to keep a fan on them.
  4. Drying Out- Once the water removal has occurred, you’ll need to run dehumidifiers and fans in the basement to circulate air and remove any leftover moisture. The fans will help to dry out the basement and any furniture or personal effects.
  5. Cleaning- The last step of water damage removal is to thoroughly clean all surfaces in the basement with a bleach solution. You’ll need to take care to mitigate any mold or mildew issues that you may see or smell.

Water damage in your basement needs to be taken care of immediately, and sometimes the situation can be overwhelming. Professional services are available to handle water damage in your basement, or anywhere else in your home or business.

If you’ve had a basement flood, call ServiceMaster of Pittsburgh at 412-314-3832.

 

 

Water Damage Clean Up | Water Damage in Your Attic

Attic leaks are much more common than most homeowners realize; however, the attic isn’t usually someplace you venture to daily, so leaks can get out of hand without you knowing there was any damage at all. Leaks can cause significant structural damage to your home, so water damage clean up, and fixing the leak is imperative.

Steps to Water Damage Clean-Up in Your Attic

  1. Assess the problem- The first thing you must do is discover the source of the leak. Has a pipe burst? Is the roof leaking? Be sure to turn the power to the attic off and never touch anything that is plugged in in areas with water damage.
  2. Fix the Leak- Depending on the extent of water damage; your next step may be to fix the leak. Active leaks need immediate attention; otherwise, the damage will get worse. You’ll most likely need to call a plumber or roofer to fix the problem. Fixing the leak will also include replacing structural, electrical, or plumbing components if needed. Insulation may also need to be replaced.
  3. Water Damage Clean Up- After the leak is fixed, it’s time to clean up the water and fix water damage. You might need a wet/dry vacuum to suck any standing water out of the attic. Waterlogged items should be taken outside and left to dry if possible. All surfaces should be cleaned with bleach and water, and don’t forget that anyone helping needs to wear personal protective equipment. Open any attic windows to allow air circulation and bring fans up to the attic to help dry out the attic.

One of the reasons you must be diligent about your water cleanup in the attic is to avoid mildew and mold growth. Mold especially can be hazardous to your family’s health and spread throughout your home if you don’t catch it in time. Water in the attic can also cause the wood to rot and structural damage that can cost a fortune to repair. Hiring professional clean up services will reduce your chance of having a much bigger problem to remedy.

If you’ve had an attic leak, call ServiceMaster of Pittsburgh at 412-314-3832.