Recent Water Damage Posts

What Not To Do After a Flood

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

neighborhood flood A local neighborhood flooded in Langhorne, PA

When floodwater invades your Langhorne/Bensalem, PA home, it can be overwhelming. Keeping a cool head is essential to a speedy recovery for your residence. Here are four things not to do after a flood.

  1. Don’t Refuse To Leave
    From crunchy peanut butter to your favorite football team, there are plenty of things that are worth taking a stand for. Your flooded home is not one of them. It may be a cliché, but it’s true: Things can be replaced. People can’t. When the water starts to rise — and especially if officials order you to leave — get moving. Ride things out with friends or relatives, or stay at a hotel.

  2. Don’t Walk on Wet Carpet
    Walking on carpeting that’s wet or completely underwater only forces the water deeper down and further afield from its point of origin. In order to prevent the spread of water and mold-causing contaminants below the surface, avoid carpeted rooms altogether if you can.

  3. Don’t Try To Vacuum Up the Flood Water
    Your vacuum may be great at sucking up spilled pretzels or pet hair, but it’s not meant for water. At best, you can ruin your vacuum. At worst, you can subject yourself to an electrical shock.

  4. Don’t Try to Clean Up the Water Damage Yourself
    After all members of your household are safe and sound, one of the first calls you should make is to a flood damage restoration company. Its technicians will have the tools and expertise required to safely return your home to normal.

 Generally speaking, you can expect the company to come to your home, perform an assessment to determine the full extent of the damage, and clean and sanitize your home. Many companies also perform repairs.
It’s easy to make rash decisions in the face of floodwater. You may be tempted to hold firm despite repeated warnings or to start cleanup with whatever you have on hand. Ultimately, however, the best — and the safest — way to begin the recovery process is to exercise caution and leave the heavy lifting to the professionals.

How to Clean Category 3 Water Damage

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment placed on a commercial room. Drying a commercial building after water damage in Feasterville, PA

How to Clean Category 3 Water Damage

Flood water can leave your business in Feasterville, PA, inoperable. You need to get it cleaned and restored quickly to minimize lost revenue and impact on your customers. Since category 3 water is considered the most contaminated of all water sources, it is important to clean it correctly and minimize your exposure.

1. Identify the Source
Identifying where the water came from is usually a good first step in determining its potential for contaminants. Some common sources of category 3 water are a flood, a burst sewage line, and a toilet overflow.
2. Protect Yourself
This type of water can contain pathogens that may be harmful to human health such as viruses, bacteria, heavy metals, and environmental toxins. You should not make contact with the water. If you must, then you should wear protective clothing or gloves and wash with soap afterward.
3. Dry the Area
In the case of flood water, you will probably need someone with specialized equipment to extract the water. Professionals may use industrialized blowers to complete the drying process in as little time as possible.
4. Disinfect
Even after the water is gone, the area is still unsafe to enter because harmful substances can be left behind. If you are dealing with only a small area, like a bathroom floor, you could use a bleach solution to disinfect. However, larger areas will need the help of a professional with access to a variety of disinfectants and biocides.
5. Restore and Replace Damaged Items
Some materials may have sustained a considerable amount of damage and may need to be replaced. Carpet that has been submerged could need to be pulled up and replaced or new drywall might need to be installed.
Returning your business to normal after flood water damage involves more than just wiping up the water. By working with a professional restoration company, you can have your building restored as quickly and safely as possible.

Here to Help 24/7

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Woman calling while collecting water droplets leaking from ceiling at home SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, even on weekends and holidays!

SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, even on weekends and holidays!  When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical.  Delays can greatly increase the severity of the water damage, causing increase in repair costs and extending the time it takes to repair.

We know that when you call for our services, you may be feeling overwhelmed.  You need industry experts to guide you through the restoration process.  SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem has the certified training and industry experience to help you through this difficult time.

We are by the phone ready to respond, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- call 215-600-1497 today! We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Heater Leak

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

The Culprit This water heater caused severe damage to this homeowner's finished basement

It always happens when least expected...you're about to clean dishes and the water won't warm up, or you're about to shower and the water is freezing!  Hopefully, these are fixed by an easy repair to your water heater.  Unfortunately, sometimes, these issues could mean you have a leaking water heater that needs to be replaced.

Sometimes you'll go into your utility room and see a foot of standing water from the leaking water heater!  Other times, it might just be a small puddle or damp carpet near the water heater.  Either way, elevated moisture within a dwelling could lead to mold colonization if the moisture level is not corrected by professionals.  Don't let your property's value decline due to something as simple as a leaky water heater!  Call SERVPRO and let us restore your property right away!

Carpet Catastrophe

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet damage from water

Here's an example of a water damage job that our team got called in for this past week.  With all the flooding we've been having our client had a leak in the roof and ended up leaving it until another storm happened.  Unfortunately, their entire living room carpet had to be ripped up because the issue wasn't tended to initially.  Please never feel afraid or wait too long to call SERVPRO.  With these months of lots of rain, we don't want to make flooding more of a hassle than it already is in some peoples' homes.  We offer free estimates and our goal is to make you feel as comfortable in your home, while we get done the job as quick as possible.

Water Damage to Furniture and more...

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Couch water damage in living room

On the regular, we tend to residential homes that have water damage to their furniture.  In this case, we were brought in to salvage a couch and the surrounding floor area in the living room due to water leakage from upstairs and through the roof.  When we hurry in to take care of a job, we always make sure that the customer is okay with what we are doing.  We walk you through the process because we want you to feel as comfortable in your home as possible while we are in there taking care of things.  If you, yourself, or someone you know is experiencing water damage in their home currently, please don't hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO.  We're here to help and make your life less stressful!

Closet in Apartment Complex

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Closet Water Damage

Here is an example of of a closet we got called into with water damage.  Unfortunately, due to the many storms we've been having more than one closet was ruined in various apartments.  The complex thought it would be a good idea to call us in after the facilities team tried cleaning them themselves countless times.  In hopes to save themselves time--we were told that we were the first company they thought of since we have done some water and mold remediation and damage in past.  The job took about a total of three days to air everything and complete the job in full.  Luckily, there was no mold damage this time so our team got the job done very quickly without disturbing all of the residents too much.

Basement Disaster

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage behind basement walls

We had a call here at SERVPRO this week for water damage in a clients' basement over the weekend.  The upstairs toilet leaked and unfortunately leaked through the entire floor.  If it wasn't enough as it was that our clients' furniture was damaged, his basement floor and walls had sever water damage as well.  He knew he wouldn't be able to take care of the issue himself, so he decided to call us right away.  Our client didn't think twice about calling us since he had used our services before when he had a fire in his kitchen upstairs.  He knew we'd be a reliable source and get the job done efficiently.  He said he will be referring us out to family and friends in the future if another problem arises.

Water Damage (triplex)

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Ground level of water damage to entire triplex

Here is an example of a call we received about water damage done at triplex building.  There was a water leak on the third floor, which ended up seeping down and affecting the two units below it as well.  The pictures shown here are on the ground floor.  The water went through the living room, kitchen, and hallway.  Due to this affecting so many properties, it was clear to the landlord that he needed to call SERVPRO right away.  He mentioned when he spoke with us, he was overwhelmed with what had happened and was very happy he decided to call our office.  The help allowed him to put his mind at ease and know that the damage would be fixed very quickly and efficiently.  

Township Sewer Backup

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup Into Basement

Here is an example of a severe water damage job SERVPRO was called in to attend to in a nearby community.  This family's basement had water leak into their house damaging most of the basement and their belongings in it.  Responding quickly to the scene, the job in its' entirety lasted a total of 4 days.  The homeowners were more than impressed with how fast we handled the situation.  Throughout the entire process SERVPRO was there to answer any questions and concerns about the situation.  We at SERVPRO strongly believe that our clients should be as comfortable as possible at all times in their own home.  Being a voice of reason, and reliable source we assured this client in particular that we would not disappoint.

What should I do until help arrives?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded basement leaving contents drifting in the water

You never expect it when a water damage wreaks havoc on your home.  The water damage clean up can be a headache so you always want to be prepared.  Here are 5 tips to help you recover quickly when a water damages your property.  1. Find the source of the water damage.  It's easy to find a faucet left running or sewer backup.  However, if water is coming from a hidden pipe in the walls you need to shut off water to the house as quickly as possible.  2. After the panic has settled down, assess the level of damage to your home.  There are some steps you can take to remove the water from your house, but if carpeting, drywall, rugs or other structural damage has occurred, call a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem immediately.  3. Move Quickly!  You need to start mitigating the damage before more damage piles up.  Bacteria and hazardous mold spores can begin to grow within hours of the catastrophe.  4.  Use a shop-vac to remove as much water as possible until the professionals show up.  The longer the water sits on the floor, the more damage it will create.  Move quickly to remove as much water as possible.  5. Take photos for your insurance claim.  Your insurance company will probably send out someone to investigate the damage, but if you have pictures that show everything as it happened, it could smooth out the claims process.  Of course, the best kind of water damage is the one that never happens, but if you do ever find yourself in need, the professionals at SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem are here to help you 24/7.

I have experienced a Water Damage- What Now?

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Standing water in a basement after water damage

You never expect it when a water damage wreaks havoc on your home.  The water damage clean up can be a headache so you always want to be prepared.  Here are 5 tips to help you recover quickly when a water damages your property.  1. Find the source of the water damage.  It's easy to find a faucet left running or sewer backup.  However, if water is coming from a hidden pipe in the walls you need to shut off water to the house as quickly as possible.  2. After the panic has settled down, assess the level of damage to your home.  There are some steps you can take to remove the water from your house, but if carpeting, drywall, rugs or other structural damage has occurred, call a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem immediately.  3. Move Quickly!  You need to start mitigating the damage before more damage piles up.  Bacteria and hazardous mold spores can begin to grow within hours of the catastrophe.  4.  Use a shop-vac to remove as much water as possible until the professionals show up.  The longer the water sits on the floor, the more damage it will create.  Move quickly to remove as much water as possible.  5. Take photos for your insurance claim.  Your insurance company will probably send out someone to investigate the damage, but if you have pictures that show everything as it happened, it could smooth out the claims process.  Of course, the best kind of water damage is the one that never happens, but if you do ever find yourself in need, the professionals at SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem are here to help you 24/7.