Recent Water Damage Posts

Signs of Water Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

Jonestown and surrounding area homeowners like you may wonder when they should seek water damage help.

Sometimes leaks that are caught early can be cleaned up with old towels or a mop. But in other cases, you may need professional help to return your home to its original state—or perhaps even more important, to prevent a water damage issue from growing into a major mold or mildew issue.

How to Spot Water Damage

These are some of the most common early signs that you’re dealing with water damage:

Your floorboards or furniture are warping. Wood damage occurs more quickly than you might think it would. So as soon as you notice issues with your flooring and furniture, then you see an issue that will only get more severe over time. Stop warping and damage in its tracks by getting professional help.

You can smell a musty odor. Odor is often the first sign of mold and mildew after home water damage. You’ll smell the issue before you can see it on any surfaces. That means if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to repair your home.

You notice issues with the windows or walls in your home. Your window panes start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. That means it’s imperative if you notice these signs of getting remediation help very soon.

Water damage can start to cause long-term problems within a few hours. So one of the best things you as a homeowner can do is reach out for remediation services as soon as you realize these issues are happening.

A Growing Problem

Water damage claims are consistently one of the most common ones filed by homeowners every year.

Industry experts say number of fire damage claims have been dropping over recent years, but the number of water claims is still growing.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at any time at 717-273-MOLD to learn more about our restoration services.

When your frozen pipes burst

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County we are available 24/7 at 717-273-MOLD.

Having water damage to your home in Lebanon County is something that no one ever wants to occur, but there are few types of water damage more destructive than having a burst pipe. Pipes can expend a large volume of water into a small area, leading to sudden damage that can be difficult to handle.

While many people put off preparing for water damage because it seems too hypothetical, it is something that occurs more often than most people realize. One house out of 50 will have damage each year, and planning ahead is the only way to truly mitigate the damages.

Have a Burst Pipe? Here’s What Comes Next

Shut off your water main. Burst pipes can pour water into an area indefinitely, so being able to cut off your water is key. Locating and shutting off the water main in your house is the only way to stop this, so be sure you know how to do so.

Shut off your electricity. Electricity and water should always be kept separate, so if it is safe for you to cut off your breaker box, it is definitely recommended that you do so. This will prevent water from causing hazards that can arise from coming into contact with electrical components.

Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD. Getting in touch with us quickly is a must, as water damage is best treated quickly. Contact your chosen company as soon as you can in order to get the process started.

Take a record of the damages. Recording the damages that are done by the water is an important way to keep track of the total impact, which works well for you and for your insurance company if you will be filing a claim.

Contact your insurance company. Every insurance policy is unique, so reaching out to your insurance company as quickly as possible to determine what is covered and how to file a claim is recommended.

Open windows and doors if possible. If you have time and it is safe to do so, aiding the drying process by opening windows and doors and wiping up excess water can assist the process until your restoration team arrives with equipment.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Weatherproofing Tips for Your Household | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

hands weather stripping a window Weatherproofing Tips for Your Household | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

Storms are in the forecast regularly, but if they make you worry that your home is not as resilient as it could be, weatherproofing might be wise. Weather-related insurance claims are extremely common for homeowners, and they can result in a steep increase in your payments after you make a claim.

Though there is no way to guarantee a storm cannot damage your home, there are ways to strengthen your house against the elements.

Fortunately, most weatherproofing efforts are not extremely difficult, and a little bit of effort will make a big difference in the long run. Necessary repairs and optional updates can work together to create a home that is much more resilient against the weather.

Tips to Weatherproof Your Household

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Even new construction homes can experience roof leaks as there are many reasons they can happen. Roof maintenance is a necessity, as roofs are often the most vulnerable part of the home. Check on your roof regularly to be sure there are no loose shingles, obvious signs of wear or any other indicators that a repair might be necessary.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping can be installed around windows and doors with ease and is often not an expensive investment. Not only does weatherstripping put an end to tiny water leaks, but it also helps homeowners save tremendously on their electric bills according to the Department of Energy.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Gutters can quickly lead to storm damage if they are allowed to remain clogged for any length of time, as the water can pool in the gutter and seep into the materials of the home. Clean your gutters at least twice each year to remove debris, and watch in between for signs of standing water or improper drainage.

Pick the Right Paint
When it comes to picking exterior paint today, the features matter almost as much as the color does thanks to new paint technology. Waterproofing and UV resistance are often built right into the liquid now, so you can choose one of these high-tech paints to increase your home’s resilience to weather over time.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

Our 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

water spilled all over floor Our 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

Though receiving water damage to your home can be disheartening, our best advice is to act quickly to begin restoration.

Untreated water damage can quickly grow more severe, which is why we are here 24 hours a day to set our proven restoration method in motion. Here’s how it works:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
There is no ideal time for water damage to occur, which is why we are here to answer you 24 hours a day. When you call us, we will gather all the information we can over the phone to create a response plan and send you adequate restoration resources.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
The most important thing is to check for any safety hazards and stop the flow of water, if applicable. We will start with this, then we will inspect the area and assess the damage done to create a custom plan for restoring your space.

3. Moisture Extraction
The quicker we can begin to extract the water remaining in your home, the easier the remainder of the restoration process will be. With our industry-standard equipment, we can vacuum and pump water rapidly away from your home so things can begin drying out quickly.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Once any standing water is removed, we can move on to the smaller-scale moisture removal. We have dehumidifiers and high-grade dryers to pull moisture out of the air and out of porous surfaces such as wood or fabrics. This discourages mold from growing and causing more damages in the water’s wake.

5. Cleaning Belongings
Items that have been impacted by water damage can become contaminated, posing a risk for you and your family to interact with. We will clean and deodorize every object that has been impacted by the damage so you can feel safe about keeping your belongings.

6. Restoration and Repair
We are adamant about providing full-service restoration after water damage, so we will never leave you with a half-completed job. We can take care of cosmetic and structural repairs to make sure your home looks exactly as it did before the damage occurred.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

Fudruckers Water Loss Job

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside of a fudruckers water loss job Joe Lapp SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East 717-533-FIRE SERVPRO of Lebanon County 717-273-MOLD "Like it never even happened."

When the air conditioning system leaks into your ceiling causing a water damage, who do you call? SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East! We will arrive quickly and use our knowledge, experience, equipment, and Excellent Staff to make the damage to your business "Like it never even happened."

TOA Clubhouse

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked at TOA clubhouse water loss job Joe Lapp SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East 717-533-FIRE SERVPRO of Lebanon County 717-273-MOLD "Like it never even happened."

When have a beautiful over 55 community featuring a gorgeous clubhouse in Mechanicsburg and you have a water damage you need quick professional restoration service! For expert mitigation and full service repair service call SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East. We are a full service restoration company featuring both in house and subcontracted repair personnel. We have fully returned this facility to a "Like it never even happened," conclusion.

Our 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Hardwood floor flooded with water Flooded hardwood floor

Though receiving water damage to your home can be disheartening, our best advice is to act quickly to begin restoration.

Untreated water damage can quickly grow more severe, which is why we are here 24 hours a day to set our proven restoration method in motion. Here’s how it works:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
There is no ideal time for water damage to occur, which is why we are here to answer you 24 hours a day. When you call us, we will gather all the information we can over the phone to create a response plan and send you adequate restoration resources.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
The most important thing is to check for any safety hazards and stop the flow of water, if applicable. We will start with this, then we will inspect the area and assess the damage done to create a custom plan for restoring your space.

3. Moisture Extraction
The quicker we can begin to extract the water remaining in your home, the easier the remainder of the restoration process will be. With our industry-standard equipment, we can vacuum and pump water rapidly away from your home so things can begin drying out quickly.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Once any standing water is removed, we can move on to the smaller-scale moisture removal. We have dehumidifiers and high-grade dryers to pull moisture out of the air and out of porous surfaces such as wood or fabrics. This discourages mold from growing and causing more damages in the water’s wake.

5. Cleaning Belongings
Items that have been impacted by water damage can become contaminated, posing a risk for you and your family to interact with. We will clean and deodorize every object that has been impacted by the damage so you can feel safe about keeping your belongings.

6. Restoration and Repair
We are adamant about providing full-service restoration after water damage, so we will never leave you with a half-completed job. We can take care of cosmetic and structural repairs to make sure your home looks exactly as it did before the damage occurred.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County

717-273-MOLD

The Circus Came to Town

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hershey / Swatara News And Updates

Here at SERVPRO of Lebanon County we never know what is going to happen when the phone rings.....

The Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus train was making it's way through Central Pennsylvania. They found some water damage and because 'The Show Must Go On' they called SERVPRO of Lebanon County to make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Lebanon County is a leading Fire and Water Restoration Company. We have the equipment, experience and tools to ascertain if there has been water intrusion. we have the knowledge and experience to help pinpoint the cause of the water intrusion, and we have the equipment, knowledge and experience to mitigate the water intrusion.

We investigated, found and addressed some moisture related issues. The Circus was able to stay on schedule. And the Show Went On! 

We were honored to be able to assist in this way and help others through their time of difficulty.