How High Winds Can Damage Your Home in Mercer County
It is really a good idea to trim nearby trees or branches that could potentially fall on your home during a storm.
High winds can be disastrous, especially when it affects your home. Almost every homeowner has experienced power to their home going out due to high winds. Winds that go up to 100 mph, such as hurricane winds, are not the only winds that can cause damage. If there are strong winds in the area you live, chances are your neighbors will be affected too. We have all heard stories about how trees can possibly fall on your roof during a windstorm, and it is not uncommon. Furthermore, it is really a good idea to trim nearby trees or branches that could potentially fall on your home during a storm. If the tree is not on your property, consider discussing the situation with your neighbor.
Many people are unaware that you can prepare for a storm such as this. However, with a few simple checks and steps, you are on your way to reducing the damage that any possible windstorm could create. The first thing you can check to make sure they are secure during a windstorm are your doors! Doors with three hinges and are tightly secured with a deadbolt are what you will be looking for. In addition, garage doors made of steel and have reinforced struts are essential to an area prone to windstorm. Unplug electronics from the wall and secure all loose items, indoors and outdoors. For example, make sure to secure a tarp over your woodpile outside or move all toys, potted plants and patio furniture into your basement or garage. These simple preventative measures may seem tedious; however, they can truly prevent damage to your home and vehicles.
SERVPRO of Mercer County is dedicated to serving and keeping the members of our community safe. It is our job to provide emergency services for our friends and families. In addition, if you need restoration or cleaning services, we are nearby and ready to help! We want to do our part to keep the community safe, clean, and thriving. Call us today at (724)704-8939 or send us a message via Facebook!
What Can I Do When My Commercial Roof is Leaking?
There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business.
Unfortunately---usually when you notice a major roof leak at your business; it is too late. The rain is pouring through the ceiling and all you can think of now is… urgency.
It is time to call SERVPRO of Mercer County. We specialize in water and fire restoration. In fact, this is the cornerstone of our business. Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.
If we could rewind this situation and give you some valuable tips beforehand---we would. Believe it or not…there are some things you can look for when it comes to commercial roofs that are give-away signs that your roof needs repair before a major leak even occurs.
- Stained Ceilings or Walls
Discolored ceiling tiles are a dead giveaway that there is some water damage in the ceiling. Extended exposure to water is what creates that yellowish shadow effect. If you can see this---give us a call.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Mercer County is the leader in mold remediation as well? If there is a damp, foul smell in your facility, it could mean you have a major mold problem. Mold can start growing in as little as 48 hours after water enters the building. The main thing mold likes to do is spread. SERVPRO of Mercer County can evaluate your business with state-of-the-art tools that determine if the walls have mold damage.
Obviously if you see water forming on the ground---there must be a leak. This is a tall tell sign that water is coming through the roof. This type of leak could cause damage to not only your roof and building structure, but it could damage equipment and other items inside the building as well. If you can see standing water…it is time to call SERVPRO of Mercer County. We work hand in hand collectively with your insurance company to ensure you are covered and that the job is done right.
We are the “disaster” expert in all of Mercer County. We handle any kind of storm, fire, or water damage. Call us today at 724.704.8939 to have our professionals evaluate your business for restoration or cleaning services. Follow us on Facebook for more commercial tips.
Water Damage Mishaps During the Holiday Season
Plumbing issues and clogs can happen easily with more flushes and toilet paper going down the “throne.”
When the holidays come around, so does family. And when there are many people in your home---mistakes can happen. SERVPRO of Mercer County is here to give you some tips on how to ensure your houseguests remain on the “nice list.”
Give an ‘appliance’ tutorial
Everyone’s house works a little differently. Be sure to explain to your houseguests how to work your toilets, sinks, dishwashers, ice makers and washing machine. Even the smallest mishap can turn into a flood very quickly. Prevention by having prior conversations is key, so ‘Aunt Mary’ understands any limitations and quirks your appliances may have.
When there are many people in your home; you will have a lot more…well. Plumbing issues and clogs can happen easily with more flushes and toilet paper going down the “throne.” These terribly messy and unsanitary issues can cause a large mess. Make sure to take care of backups right away, so SERVPRO of Mercer County does not have to pay you a visit on Christmas night.
Use Caution with What Goes Down the Drain
Garbage disposals have given the typical homeowner the idea that anything can go down the drain. When in reality…this could not be further from the truth. Many food items can clog drains, even with disposals. Some of the items that hit the “NO” list are: clam or oyster shells, coffee grounds, grease or oil from cooking, large amount of vegetable or fruit peels, rice and artichokes.
If little ones come to visit, you could possibly have some bathtub spillage, or other minor flooding. Kids tend to splash the water outside of the tub, and this could lead to water damage under floorboards. And unattended water can only turn into one thing…mold. These types of small spills need addressed right away. Mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours.
SERVPRO of Mercer County wishes you a safe and happy Holiday season with your family. We understand accidents can still happen even during the Holidays. Our restoration experts are available every single day for your emergency water needs whether it is in Mercer County or a surrounding area. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our local technicians will closely monitor and document the drying process to help get your property back to normal.
Call us today at 724.704.8939 to keep your home in working order throughout the Holidays.
Hermitage, PA Winter Water Damage Tips
Protecting your pipes with insulation, especially the accessible ones in the attic or crawl spaces is a must.
Since most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding, many homeowners are left with a mess after a water loss. This scenario can be especially prevalent in the winter when there are more hazards with water. SRVPRO of Mercer County is an expert water loss restoration company, and we are here to give you some valuable tips this coming season to help you prevent water damage at your home.
“Doesn’t my homeowner’s insurance pay for water loss?” Great question. However, the answer is technically no. Firstly, your homeowner’s insurance needs to have an endorsement to have “some” coverage for water loss. If your policy has the endorsement, it can cover water damage, such as from leaks and burst pipes, or water that comes into your home through your roof and windows. These can be pricy losses too. The average water loss ranges anywhere from $5,000-$20,000. To be covered for ‘flood’---you would need to carry a separate policy altogether known as a flood policy. Check with your agent for more information.
Water supply lines should be checked annually. The main water lines to your home, as well as the washing machine lines need tended to each year. Kiplinger.com says, “Check for leaks from your hot water heater, washing machine, ice machine in your refrigerator, and any other appliances that can leak. Most water supply lines tend to last for about five years; you may want to replace rubber hoses with steel-braided hoses, which tend to last longer.”
Make sure the gutters are clean and the roof is intact. Ice dams and other major water damage are created by unattended gutters. These can leak down the side of your home and in places you do not want water. Clean the gutters free of the leaves and other debris that accumulated all fall. Also, check the roof for missing shingles that can allow water to pass through into your attic and into your home.
Insulate pipes to prevent freezing. Protecting your pipes with insulation, especially the accessible ones in the attic or crawl spaces is a must. A neat tip is to leave closet doors open in the winter to heat the pipes just a tad to prevent freezing.
For more information about protecting your home from water damage, see SERVPRO’s website and Facebook page. We’re here to help every day of the year, 24/7/365. Call 724.704.8939 to have one of our professionals come to your home today.
Mercer County Winter Storm Readiness
Clean out the gutters. Disconnect and drain all outside hoses. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
Repair roof leaks
As we all know, the weather is unpredictable here in Western Pennsylvania. Colder days are coming, and that means winter is right around the corner. Severe damage can be caused to your home from ice, snow, and frigid temps, so it’s important to be prepared.
According to Nationwide Insurance, “Protecting your home is vital. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house or basement. An ice dam in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior wall.”
In an effort to protect your home from the wrath of winter, Nationwide recommends the following tips:
- Clean out the gutters
- Disconnect and drain all outside hoses
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
- Repair roof leaks
- Remove tree branches that are close to your home
- Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves
- Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater
- If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it
- Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents
- Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces
- Avoid ice dams by ventilating your attic and insulating the attic floor
If you do find yourself in a predicament this winter, SERVPRO® of Mercer County is available to help 24/7/365. We have the experience, expertise, and resources needed to remediate the damage to your home. Contact us at 724-704-8939 or via Facebook.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Greenville, PA
Now, more than ever, it’s important to have a clean space. Since your carpets act as one, big filter, we recommend scheduling a professional cleaning.
Let’s face it – as a business owner, you have a lot on your plate. Sometimes, things slip through the cracks. Things like getting your carpets professionally cleaned.
We understand that this may not be at the top of your list, but it shouldn’t be at the bottom either. Regular cleanings not only keep your carpets in tip-top shape, but also help to eliminate allergens, dust mites, and bacteria that vacuuming alone cannot.
Now, more than ever, it’s so important to have a clean space. Since your carpets act as one, big filter, we recommend scheduling a professional carpet cleaning. SERVPRO® of Mercer County uses the latest IICRC training as well as state of the art equipment to remove entrapped soils, dust, dirt and grime deep within your carpet's pile and backings.
We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets
- Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas
- Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry
- Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue
With over 40 years of experience, our franchise professionals will get the job done right and have your commercial carpets looking and smelling brand new. Give us a call today at 724-704-8939 or visit us on Facebook to learn more!
A New Mercer County Standard of Clean
In addition, with our cleaning, our customers can ensure that they are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, which sends a message to others, this place is safe
SERVPRO® of Mercer County understands that due to the spread of COVID-19, many consumers are uneasy about going to brick and mortar locations. SERVPRO has conducted a foolproof cleaning plan that stands against pathogens, which helps make consumers, business owners, and school-goers feel more safe. SERVPRO believes in the three C’s. What are those you may ask? The three C’s stand for:
We understand that not all businesses are the same, so we tailor our cleaning program to each and every one of our customers. We carry cleaning solutions that are not only CDC compliant, but they are also EPA-Approved Hospital Grade. In addition, with our cleaning, our customers can ensure that they are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, which sends a message to others, this place is safe.
Our employees are trained and certified in their field of work. Not only do we have an experienced and trained workforce, we have people who care. Our people treat every job with care and sincerity. We understand that these times are unprecedented and tough. As a result, we treat our customers and their things with care. In addition, we look forward to growing relationships with customers, and we always want to hear their feedback.
SERVPRO® of Mercer County, Pennsylvania, is available to service your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we are more than happy to help! Call us at (330) 393-9999 if you need our help, would like an estimate or to inquire more information.
Water Can't Hide from SERVPRO of Mercer County
Rainstorms, melting snow, and frozen pipes from sudden temperature changes--- are all issues that lead to water damage claims
At SERVPRO of Mercer County, we know that the weather in Western Pennsylvania can be unpredictable. Rainstorms, melting snow, and frozen pipes from sudden temperature changes--- are all issues that lead to water damage claims. Our team has helped our residents and businesses with their water damaged properties in cases like these and many more.
Our technicians are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our local technicians will closely monitor and document the drying process to help get your property back to normal.
Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. Check out our unique process below:
Step 1 - Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.
Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using several techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
Step 6 - Restoration
Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
If you are in need of water damage restoration----call SERVPRO of Mercer County today at 724.704.8939.
Tips for Preventing Electrical Fires at Your Home
Keep flammable items away from electrical outlets. Keeping blankets, furniture, and other flammable materials away from outlets helps prevent fire.
One of the most terrifying thoughts a homeowner can have is thinking about their house burning down. Electrical fires are at the forefront of this fear---since most of the time they are not visible to the naked eye.
Electrical fires, while not as common as kitchen fires, only make up about 5%-10% of home structure fires. However, this should not be a deterrent to ignore warning signs. SERVPRO of Mercer County is here to give you some important tips to prevent an electrical fire from happening at your home.
- Get your wiring checked. While this seems like it would be common sense, most homeowners do not get their wiring checked by a licensed professional. You should do this especially if the wiring is more than a decade old.
- Repair old wiring. If you notice the wires are visibly frayed, worn down, or the internal wiring exposed, this indicates it is a good time to switch those out for new.
- Check those electrical outlets too. Wires are not the only thing that catches fire. Old electrical outlets can be a major fire and shock hazard.
- Add more electrical outlets to your home. This spaces out the electronics, appliances and other items you plug in, which in turn reduces electrical hazard.
- Keep flammable items away from electrical outlets. Keeping blankets, furniture, and other flammable materials away from outlets helps prevent fire.
- Invest in surge protectors not just extension cords. Especially with Christmas season coming. A power surge can cause sparking which can turn hazardous as well.
- Replace older appliances that seem like they are on their last leg. If you gut is telling you its time for a new fridge---it probably is. Especially if you hear strange sounds or notice any flickering from the appliance.
If you are affected by an electrical fire. SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Call us anytime. We are here to treat your home and your belonging just like we would treat our own. Call 724.704.8939.
Improve the Air at Your Business (and save money too)
SERVPRO of Mercer County Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC).
At SERVPRO® of Mercer County--- we know how important clean air is. Especially at your home or business. That is why one of the services we offer to our residents, and business owner’s alike, is ductwork cleaning.
Getting your ductwork cleaned out at your home or business helps remove harmful containments, debris and dust from building up in your HVAC system. Other positives include a longer lifespan of the HVAC equipment, cleaner air quality, (especially for family or workers with allergies), reduces mold growth within the ductwork, and greatly reduces energy costs.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
SERVPRO of Mercer County Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Since keeping them clean can extends the life of the equipment---this can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (724) 704-8939.