BRRRRRR Honey, Its COLD outside…..

Do you know how to prevent a water damage? ServiceMaster is certified and specializes in water damage cleanup in Berks County and Surrounding Areas. Here are a few tips for you on how you can prevent water damage as well as what you need to do if you find yourself affected by one.

  • Tips for preventing water damage:
    * Ensure good drainage.
    * Inspect the roof for missing or lose shingles.
    * Repair any dripping or leaky pipes.
    * Repair any cracked caulking.
    * Insulate Pipes
    * Keep the Thermostat at a temperature that will ensure free flowing water wont freeze.
    * If you go away, make sure someone runs the water every day to avoid frozen lines.

 

  • Tips on what to do if you discover a water damage in your Pensacola home!
    * Turn off the water supply
    * Turn off the utilities
    *  Call ServiceMaster 610-374-1881

STAY SAFE AND WARM !!!!!!!!!!

Water and Drywall… Create Damage

What is Drywall?

Drywall is a specialized panel board made of gypsum plaster that is pressed between two thick sheets of paper, and it is very popular in most homes. Drywall can also be called plasterboard, wallboard, gypsum board, or sheetrock. When drywall is made, the plaster is mixed with materials such as starch, fiber, plasticizer, foaming agent, and can include mold or fire resistant materials.

Drywall and Rain = Water Damage

Drywall is especially vulnerable to water exposure and  it can become distressing when damaged. Unfortunately, drywall is similar to paper when it becomes wet; when affected by water, it stains, swells, and disintegrates. It can be strengthened against water with covalent waterproofing, but if the waterproofing is damaged, then the wall will eventually be damaged as well. Situations can include entire ceilings falling down from the weight of accumulated water. This can also cause other damage such as Mold.  Mold is not much of a worry when it comes to the gypsum material, however mold can have supported growth in the paper backing. Specific boards, called greenboards or cement boards, can be used in specific rooms, that usually have high moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms.

Prevent Leaks Before They Begin

Take precautions before the rain comes; free your gutter of all debris so the rain can flow off of your roof instead of backing up on it. Inspect for leaks before they get the chance to create extensive damage. After water damages have been repaired, a professional can stabilize drywall for future protection.

Restoring Drywall After Water Damage

Here at ServiceMaster, we can professionally remove water and restore your walls to their original condition. The basic idea of drywall restoration is to locate the water damaged area, cut out the wet drywall, and point a fan directly at the affected area to remove any excess moisture. This will be done until all structure is 100% dry. Then the new replacement drywall can be put back in place. We can do these steps for you to save you time and a possible excess amount of money on extensive repairs.

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Not sure what to do when you have Water, Smoke or Fire Damage??

Here is a checklist of what you should do……..

  • Immediately report water, fire, trauma, mold, soot damage to your insurance agent.
  • Call a certified restoration company to secure your property and to mitigate damages.  Your insurance company may provide names and phone numbers of referrals. You are not obligated to use a specific company. ServiceMaster Restore is a full service restoration company; from the initial clean-up to the re-construction process.
  • Document damage with photographs and a list of affected items.
  • Be cautious of the possible contaminants in the affected environment and contents.
  • Turn off any electrical items that may be in or near the affected area.
  • Do not allow children, pets or elderly in the affected areas.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed.
  • Do not attempt to clean soot, smoke, and sewer damaged areas with any liquid. Your cleaning could set the soot or contaminant and cause additional damage.
  • Do not touch items without gloves. Oils in your hands can permanently set soot causing irreversible damage.
  • Do not enter the affected areas. Make sure children and pets do not enter the affected areas.
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when on the scene and during repair process. The air can be contaminated, debris may be throughout the premises and overhead dangers may be present.
  • Once we come out and start the mitigation process, we will work with you on assessing damages to your structure as well as your contents.
  • Notify your ServiceMaster Restore® representative immediately of any concerns with items of high sentimental or real value.  The rate of survival of items that receive immediate restoration attention can be much higher.
  • ServiceMaster Restore® will, if needed, install equipment to dry-out the water affected structure.
  • Do not turn off or move equipment without contacting ServiceMaster Restore® as well as any power failure issues.

ServiceMaster Restore is committed to Restoring Your Peace of Mind !

 

Prevent Sewage Drain Back-Ups

Just as your body requires attention to prevent illness and maintain health, so does your home – especially when it comes to ensuring your home’s main drain system keeps on doing its job.  What comes in must go out, and half of plumbing is about getting rid of waste.  Drains, waste, and vents – commonly called the DWV system – are the last visible and least glamorous elements of your home’s plumbing. The trunk of the DWV tree is the soil stack; all drains and vents feed into it.

Here is some preventive maintenance steps that will help you guard against future problems with your home’s main drain.

Kitchen Sink

 Reduce the amount of cooking grease and fats going down the drain.

 Wipe greasy pans with a paper towel before washing.

 Use a degreaser regularly to prevent grease and sludge build-ups.

Garbage Disposer

 Follow manufacturer recommendations for proper usage.

 Run ample water before, during and after disposer use.

 If the garbage disposer is not functioning properly, depress the unit reset button, typically located at the bottom of the unit.

Bathroom Sink

 Run ample water washing soap, shaving cream and toothpaste down the drain.

 Use degreasers or enzymes to prevent build-up of body oils and soap residue.

Tub or Shower

 Install strainer to catch hair and foreign objects.

 Use degreasers or enzymes to prevent build-up of body oils and soap residue

Toilet

 Avoiding storing or placing small objects on the toilet tank or around the toilet.

 Keep the seat cover closed.

Laundry

 Keep your washer’s lint trap clean.

 Install a lint catcher on the laundry drain hose and clean it regularly.

 Use degreasers or enzymes to prevent build-up of body oils and soap residue.

Water Heater

 Follow manufacturer recommendations for proper use.

 Drain regularly according to manufacturer recommendations.

 Inspect for signs of leakage and rust.

 Listen for unusual noises.

Because it’s really never seen, your home’s drain can easily be forgotten. That is, until it’s not working properly!   If it did get clogged and found you now have an overflow… Contact ServiceMasterac.com to clean and sanitize. 610-374-1881

Water damage in finished basement before and after images.

801 Jackson Street  BeforeWhen water damage occurs in your home it is important to have experts repair and clean the affected areas. A water damaged basement can lead to cracked or warped floors or walls,  ruined carpet, and structural damage to your home. The worst part, a water damaged basement can lead to mold. Preventing further mold and deterioration is important in keeping the safety and health of your family.

801 Jackson after

To the left are the before and after images. Contact the experts at ServiceMaster to assess and fix your water damaged home of business.

 

PREPARE & PREVENT

The wet season is once again upon us. A winter of rain and snow will definitely show whether or not your basements are able to keep water on the outside. Don’t wait until it gets inside before you do anything about it!  Prevention is the best avoider.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS:

 Sump Pumps

If you live in a low lying area or are vulnerable to heavy rain accumulation in your basement, a sump pump deserves strong consideration. They work by removing water from the sump basin away from your home’s foundation. The upfront cost of a few hundred dollars to install one may save you thousands of dollars in repair costs later.

Gutter and Downspout Repairs

More often than not, basement water leaks result from draining problems around the house. Gutter and downspout repairs may be in order. As long as the roof slope of your home works in your favor and the water coming off your roof can easily be guided away from your home, simply adding an extension below the downspout can keep the water away from your foundation.

What to know when flooding is affecting your business.

There are things you should do to prepare for flooding. Preparing and putting in place a flood plan is the most important thing you can do to prepare your business for flooding.

A flood plan is a written document that outlines how your business will respond to a flood.

It should include:

  • A list of important contacts, including Floodline 0845 988 1188, building services, suppliers and evacuation contacts for staff.
  • A description or map showing locations of key property, protective materials and service shut-off points.
  • Basic strategies for protecting property, preventing business disruption and assisting recovery.
  • Checklists of procedures that can be quickly accessed by staff during a flood.

If a flood is imminent, your main priority is to make sure that your staff are safe.