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Services Offered Under Professional Storm Damage Restoration

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Services Offered Under Professional Storm Damage Restoration Bedroom after storm damage in South Portland,ME

Storm damage is one of the top causes of damage in homes and commercial places especially in severe cases. Storm damage is usually accompanied by other forms of damage such as:

  • Water damage caused by river flooding or general flooding or ground water oozing hence needing a flood pump for water restoration.
  • Wind damage that may cause roof damage through roof leak hence requiring roof repair as a storm restoration activity.
  • Hail damage.
  • Hurricane damage.
  • Ice damage that may cause frozen pipes due to ice damming hence requiring water restoration.

To be able to deal with these forms of damages, there are professional storm restoration companies available to help in the process of storm remediation. The level of storm damage caused to your property with respect to wind damage, roof damage, hail damage, ice damage, hurricane damage, and flood water damage is dependent upon how prone your place is to each. To undertake a successful home restoration, the restoration experts will require analyzing the parts that need storm remediation. Some home restoration processes may involve just a roof repair and a cleanup.

Flooding is one of the leading causes of water damage and it occurs when there is an incidence of river flooding. Flood water is normally cleaned out of the area by the application of a flood pump as a way of water restoration. River flooding and other forms of flood water maybe as a result of natural causes, such as a broken ice dam, or artificial causes. Either way, flood water may lead to damages such as mold growth and extensive soaking of property. The flood pump is an added expense for the storm restoration process. Flooding may also be caused by oozing of ground water. The ground water may be in large volumes hence causing serious damages on property.

Wind damage caused by a high wind strength accompanying storms can sometimes bring about roof damage that may cause a roof leak. Roof damage that involve a roof leak, therefore, demands a roof repair, a service provided by the storm restoration companies. Because the roof leak can pave way for water damages in the event of rains, your home restoration may also need water restoration services. Sometimes, the roof damage may be extensive such that your home restoration may demand a new roof installation instead of a roof repair.

Hurricane damage and hail damage are some of the most destructive forms of storm damage. These may not only cause roof damage, but may render you completely homeless or without a business place. Hurricane damage is common especially in places built close to the sea. An example of a hurricane is hurricane Katrina that is recognized around the world for its damages. Hail damage is also common but not as bad as the former. All these damages can be addressed by a company hired for storm remediation. Hurricane damage is destructive because it is accompanied by wind damage.

Ice damage is another type of damage and is commonly accompanied by ice damming that builds up in an ice dam that may burst or crack hence allowing water through. Ice damming occurs in low temperature places and the ice dam keeps liquid water from flowing hence holding it behind the ice walls. However, when cracks form or the ice dam bursts, water may flow to homes or business places hence causing a lot of damage on the property. This ice damage may cause flooding in both the exterior and interior regions of the home/business. Ice damming may also form river flooding if the water exceeds standard capacity hence allowing the flow of floodwater into valuable property.

Some ice may form on the pipes like those in the flood pump hence forming frozen pipes. When these frozen pipes contract and expand, they develop cracks because of the temperature changes. This may cause water leakage that results into flooding and mold growth on the ceilings and walls. This leads to added storm restoration expenses because repairs become a top priority. Frozen pipes also increase the restoration fees since they need to be repaired or changed. Ice damming is sometimes fed by ground water making the likelihood of bursting high.

Professional Storm Damage Restoration Can Help After Severe Weather

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Storm Damage Restoration Can Help After Severe Weather Ica damage can lead to issues with frozen pipes

Storm damage can be harsh. Flooding from a hurricane or river flood can cause serious problems including wind damage and roof damage as well as rising ground water that may cause problems in many spaces in the home from the basement to the upstairs bedrooms. The same is true of hail damage and hurricane damage. Hail damage and hurricane damage may overwhelm a flood pump and cause even more flooding in any home. During the colder months, winter storms can cause problems such as ice damage and ice damming. Ice damage can lead to issues with frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can cause a roof leak that can lead to an ice dam on the roof and additional problems with flood water that may even get the flood pump and jam it.

Hiring Professionals

Water restoration professionals can help with many aspects of storm remediation. Storm remediation can be necessary in order to correct serious problems such as a roof leak, frozen pipes, hail damage, wind damage and roof damage. A professional company that offers home restoration services can also help with issues such as river flooding that can also cause flood water and ground water to get on the person's property. Such flood water and ground water may not be handled well with a flood pump. Storm restoration efforts can also help with other issues such as a problem with a roof leak that comes from an ice dam. Storm restoration experts know how to deal with any kind of issues that happen when a big storm comes up. It's not unusual, as many water restoration professionals know, to see river flooding that has ice in it so that the homeowner has ice an ice dam or frozen pipes. It's a good idea to hire storm restoration experts as soon as the storm has stopped to do tasks such as roof repair and removing ice damming.

The Steps of Professional Water Damage Restoration

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Steps of Professional Water Damage Restoration Air movers after a water loss in a Cape Elizabeth,ME home

Water Damage Restoration Steps

Water damage is a major nightmare for house owners. Once it occurs, there is a limited time frame for the property owner to salvage the situation and avoid incurring heavy losses. It is important to follow specific professional steps towards the restoration of a building after a water damage.

a) Identifying the source of the water in your home

The first critical step of a successful water damage restoration is the identification of the source of water causing the damage. Without knowing where water is coming from, other measures cannot be effective. If the damage is from a leaking tap, then that is easy to identify. However, in some cases, water leakage can emanate from areas that are concealed below the floor or between the walls especially when there is a pipe break or a supply line break.

If the source is not found or it is linked to a pipe break or a supply line break, the best approach is to turn off water supply into the building altogether. Once the water source has been identified or the water supply is cut off, it is important to request a plumber to repair the leakage.

b) Notifying the Insurance Company

By the time water damage becomes evident, it may have caused severe damage to a house. Such damage can be costly to home or business owners. It is important to notify the insurance company immediately water damage is noticed. Notifying the insurance company as early as possible also reduces the risks of claims being denied as they may guide the individual on the do's and don'ts of a water cleanup and restoration process.

Homeowner's insurance does not cover flood damage. Consequently, it is essential to state whether one has water or flood damage to avoid instances where claims are denied. If you suffer a flood damage, you will need a different coverage from what is addressed by a homeowner's insurance.

c) Disconnect Electricity

Water and electrical appliances are sworn enemies. Cutting off the electricity is thus an important mitigation step to minimize the damages that occur in a flooded home. If there is a lot of water in the house, it is important to switch off the electricity supply to the house. This will ensure that electrical appliances are not damaged. Such a step helps in the mitigation against more damage.

d) Remove Water

Removing the water in home or water in business is an essential step towards restoration of the flooded home. However, the best practice in the water cleanup is first to identify the source of water in your home or water in your business premises. Tap water is safe to remove using conventional approaches such as mopping or vacuum cleaning. However, for sewage water,flood damage, water coming from pipe breaks, supply line breaks, or other unknown sources, it is important to engage a professional restoration company who can help remove it safely. In the case of water in a business, professionals will ensure that water removal is done in a manner that will provide mitigation against damage to vital business assets.

e) Drying

Once water cleanup is done, drying of the house is necessary before a return to normalcy can be declared. If drying is not complete, then more water damage to the house can occur after repairs. To ensure that the water cleanup process is effective, engaging a restoration company can guarantee proper targeting and dehumidification of locations that are not easy to access. The furniture and carpets should be dried adequately to eliminate any odor in the house. The drying process can take a few days but may go beyond several weeks for flooded homes.

f) Cleaning

The last step involves cleaning of other materials such as clothes, furniture, and carpets. The cleanup is essential in the mitigation of mold development after recovering a flooded home. The step may require a professional restoration company to clean and sanitize such materials.

g) Restoration

This is the last and often the most expensive step towards addressing the problems of water in a home or water in a business. For instance, if there is a pipe break or a supply line break, the process may require the complete replacement of walls and floors to ensure that the house is ready for occupation. It is essential to acquire the services of a restoration company in this process.

The Basics of Commercial Property Insurance

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Basics of Commercial Property Insurance Clean warehouse after fire damage in South Portland,ME

Owning commercial property comes with a few inherent expenses. One such expense is commercial insurance, and a property policy will be one of the main facets of your insurance package. Commercial property insurance protects you in case something happens to your building in South Portland,ME, some of the structures around it and the items within it that are essential to your business. It’s important to know what to expect from your property coverage.

Possible Coverage

The specific things that are covered in a property policy depend on your business, but many companies have similar items on their list. Your covered property may include:

  • Building
  • Fencing or other security measures
  • Signs
  • Landscaping
  • Equipment housed in the building
  • Essential records and documents
  • Inventory

If any of these items are damaged in a fire, it is likely that you will be able to file a claim with your insurance company to cover the cost of fire remediation services. It is essential to have a policy that covers all your needs before fire damage occurs.

Possible Cost

Not all businesses will pay the same price for property coverage. Premiums for commercial insurance vary depending on several factors. If your local fire protection agency has an excellent rating and your business is located relatively near a fire station, your insurance will probably cost less. Furthermore, the building itself and the purpose for which you are using it play a role in determining your cost. If it is built from fire resistant materials, your premiums will probably be lower. Office buildings or business plans that involve a smaller fire risk usually result in lower costs than businesses such as restaurants that involve greater risk.

Your commercial insurance policy is designed to protect your business in the event of a disaster. For peace of mind, talk to your agent about the coverage that is right for you and your business.

FAQs About Mold in Commercial Buildings

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO FAQs About Mold in Commercial Buildings Ceiling mold damage in Pine Point,ME

If mold growth has affected your business in Pine Point,ME, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are several common questions about mold that can help you understand the causes of mold and how to prevent and clean mold in your business.

What Causes Mold?

Understanding what causes mold can help you get an idea of how to prevent it from growing. Factors that can cause mold to grow can include:

  • High humidity in areas like bathrooms or basements
  • Water from broken or leaking pipes
  • Flooding

How Quickly Does Mold Form?

Mold can form within one or two days after water damage has occurred, though black mold often takes longer to grow. The following issues can make it more likely for mold to grow quickly:

  • Standing water
  • Consistently damp environments
  • Moist environments with exposure to sunlight

How Is Mold Removed?

The amount of time it takes to remove mold can vary based on the amount of damage that has occurred and the type of mold that is present. Once mold is identified, there are several important steps professionals often take, which can include:

  • Assessing the area where mold growth has occurred
  • Containing the area affected by mold
  • Removing materials affected by mold, such as floors or walls
  • Sanitizing the affected locations

Can Mold Be Prevented?

Removing mold is considerably more difficult than preventing mold. Taking the following steps might help you prevent mold from growing in your business:

  • Keep your building as dry as possible
  • Frequently check your pipes for any leaks or cracks
  • Plant trees and shrubbery outside your building to allow for better water absorption

Having a solid understanding of factors that can make mold growth more likely and knowing how to keep mold from growing can help you maintain your business. If your business has already been affected by mold, however, consider working with mold removal and remediation experts who can help you restore your business.

3 Flood Safety Tips From the CDC

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Flood Safety Tips From the CDC Flooded home in South Portland,ME

Flood Safety

Flood safety is often misunderstood or even ignored when natural disasters strike. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent accidents, injuries, and deaths during flooding in South Portland,ME. Here are three useful safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

1. Stay Out of the Water

Even a small amount of water can lead to injuries or deaths. About 50 percent of the flood-related deaths in the United States are the result of vehicles in the water. Just six inches of water can make it difficult to observe your surroundings. This is true whether you're in a vehicle or just walking by water.

2. Don't Use Contaminated Water

Drowning isn't the only source of danger during and after a flood. Contaminated water could lead to poisoning and illness. You probably know that you should never drink flood water or use it for preparing food, washing dishes, or brushing your teeth. However, you may not know that water from the sink may also be contaminated. Always use boiled, bottled, or treated water until you've received notice from your local authorities that the water is safe.

An important part of your flood safety should also involve throwing out any food or bottled water that was contaminated by flood water. If you think it may have come into contact with contaminated water, toss it out.

3. Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Many homeowners have back-up generators to run pressure washers or other recovery equipment. If those generators are positioned near doors, windows, or vents, the carbon monoxide put out by the generator may flood the home, poisoning its residents. If you're not sure how to handle carbon monoxide risks, work with a flood recovery company.

Flash floods are one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States and are responsible for about 200 deaths each year according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Follow these flood safety tips, and you can greatly reduce your risk of harm.

5 Candle Safety Tips

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Candle Safety Tips Place your candles in a sturdy holder to avoid any fire damage

Many fires in homes are caused by the misuse of candles. Any time you produce an open flame in your home, you must pay special attention to it to avoid accidents. Flammable objects can catch fire in a moment, and then you are calling for smoke cleanup.

Here are five tips for avoiding a candle fire

1. Candle Placement

Candles should only be placed in sturdy holders that are specifically designed for that purpose. Choose stable holders that are hard to tip over.

2. Candle Lighting

Be careful when lighting candles. You should avoid leaning over them as this often puts your clothing or hair dangerously close to the flame. Light candles individually with a lighter or match, not with another candle.

3. Candle Attention

Never leave an open flame unattended. When you leave the room or are ready to retire for the evening, you should make sure all the candles are blown out. Any romance inspired by the soft lighting will likely disappear if it causes a candle fire while you are asleep.

4. Candle Disposal

While it is commendable to want to avoid wasting resources, it is dangerous to burn a candle all the way to its base. This puts the flame too close to the holder and can cause it to become too hot, scorching the surface on which it is sitting or even causing it to catch fire.

5. Candle Alternatives

The easiest way to avoid candle fires is to use other lighting options. Look for flameless candles that can help you achieve the same ambiance without the open flame. Keep battery-powered light sources handy for emergencies such as power outages so that you don't have to rely on candles to see in the dark.

To protect your home in Scarborough,ME, from a candle fire, you must take several precautions. When you use candles safely or choose safer alternatives, you are protecting your home from potential fire damage.

How to Put a Stop to Mold Growth After Flooding

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Put a Stop to Mold Growth After Flooding Mold on ceiling in a Scarborough,ME home

The most common natural disaster in the United States is flooding. Sadly, the damages experienced after a flood can last for several years after the water has receded. However, with quick action, you can slow down and control mold growth and reduce the effects of standing water. Follow this how-to guide to minimize damages after flooding.

Pinpoint Areas of Risk for Mold Growth

There are several spots throughout your property that could become ideal environments for mold. These may be

  • under the carpeting
  • in dark corners
  • on wall paper
  • all over cardboard boxes
  • behind ceiling tiles
  • on upholstery

The first action you take will be thoroughly drying any potential home for mold, so it's necessary that you identify the places most likely to encourage its growth.

Document the Damage

This step won't do much to control the growth of mold, but it may be very important as you contact mold remediation professionals or file an insurance claim. Take digital pictures with your phone or camera, detailing all of the damage and water-affected property.

Thoroughly Dry Your Property

Use as many methods of drying your spaces as possible. These options include opening doors and windows for ventilation, installing fans to increase air flow, and running dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the air. It's important to begin this process as soon as possible because mold may start growing within just 48 hours after water is present.

Remove and Discard

Many items affected by the standing water may be exposed to harmful bacteria and other dangerous substances. When you've taken appropriate steps to protect yourself, remove ruined items from the building and create a pile on your property. You may need to leave that pile there until an insurance adjuster inspects it. Any food that has been exposed to the flood water should be thrown out immediately.

Remember, it doesn't take long for mold growth to begin. Get started on remediation efforts as soon as you have the go-ahead from the proper Scarborough,ME, authorities and be sure to use protective gear and safe work habits to minimize the risk of injuries and illness.

Have you experienced a home fire?

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Experiencing a fire in home or a fire in business is one of the most devastating things you could ever deal with in your life. With the fire damage leaving charred remains of the life you once knew, it isn't easy to be optimistic about the future. But, you must be proactive after fire damage. While the road to recovery can be difficult, knowing the right steps to take minimizes the time that it takes to get back on the right track.

Find a Restoration Company

Choosing a fire damage restoration professional who can initiate cleanup at your property is the first step in the fire cleanup process. A good restoration company has certified experts ready to clean soot and smoke damage, water damage, and remove the smoke smell after a fire in home or commercial fire damage. Professional-strength deodorizers work wonderfully for the removal of the smoke smell. Choose the best restoration company based upon their experience, expertise, pricing, and of course, their reputation. The services available is yet another important quality. Is board up service offered? Board up is recommended after a fire in home or a fire in business. Ensure that board up, soot damage removal, smoke smell removal, and smoke damage restoration are all services offered from the restoration company. With the right restoration company handling the fire cleanup process, fire damage restoration is a cinch.

Know Your Limits

As a property owner, you want to go back into the building to assess the damage and begin the fire cleanup process quickly. But, this may not be such a good idea. After commercial fire damage or a fire in home, the soot damage and smoke damage left behind bring forth their own potential issues and hazards that could make the situation much worse than it is already. Don't re-enter a building after a fire in business or your home without prior authorization from fire department officials. Remember, safety after fire damage is a top priority. Wear gloves and appropriate clothing, and don't forget the masks. The smoke smell isn't one you want to breath, and you certainly don't want to touch items with soot damage and smoke damage, which can contaminate anything else that you touch. 

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Tips for Restoring Your Life After Residential or Commercial Fire Damage

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

When and if you do re-enter the facility after a fire in home or a fire in business, remember these tips:

  • Cheese cloths are great for catching soot damage when placed over air vents
  • Throw food away that has been contaminated in the fire
  • Open the windows of the home or business if the temperature outside is above 60 degrees
  • Wipe soot damage and smoke damage off surviving houseplants
  • If board up over the windows and doors has been added, leave it in place
  • Turn the electricity to the unit off if it is not already. Electricity can contribute to additional fire damage.
  • Do not use any appliances that sustained fire damage until a fire damage restoration professional or electrician has evaluated their safety.
  • Never touch anything with your bare hands
  • Use a soft, dry cloth to remove soot damage and smoke damage from lamps, art work, etc. that you've salvaged from the fire.
  • Cover carpeting and high-traffic areas with towels or plastic to aid in fire cleanup efforts

When fire damage threatens your livelihood, whether it is a fire in business or your home, take immediate action, and get back to the life that you love. With the above tips, fire damage restoration is simple, and getting back to your old life is so much easier. Whether you've sustained residential or commercial fire damage, these tips are designed for you!