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6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

How can SERVPRO help you? When your property incurs water damage, acting quickly is important!!

When you discover water damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County.

Here is a six-step restoration process to truly restore your property to its pre-damage condition.

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

  1. Initial Emergency Contact
    • You can call us 24 hours a day to begin the water restoration process because taking immediate action is crucial after water damage occurs. When you call us, we will ask you questions to get an overview of the damage and to help us determine what resources to dispatch to you.
  2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
    • When we arrive on the scene in response to water damage, we will do a detailed property inspection to assess the scope of the damage and to develop a thorough plan of action. We will identify the water source, the category of water, and check for safety concerns.
  3. Moisture Extraction
    • The water extraction process will remove the majority of moisture via our vacuum and pump units. We will start this process as quickly as possible to lessen the likelihood of more damage occurring and to reduce drying time. We can also help you move out of your belongings in the event that they might be damaged as well.
  4. Dehumidifying and Drying
    • After the excess water has been removed, we can begin fully drying all porous materials that have absorbed water. Our industrial-grade equipment moves air quickly and helps moisture to evaporate as fast as possible, which will dry out floors, walls, and carpets as well as discourage mold growth.
  5. Cleaning and Repair
    • After sustaining water damage, impacted surfaces will typically require professional cleaning. In addition to structural cleaning, we will clean your belongings that are able to be restored. We will also do odor removal to prevent the musty odor that water-damaged objects often develop.
  6. Restoration
    • The final step is ensuring that your property is restored to its pre-water condition. This will involve things like drywall and flooring repairs or even reconstruction. By working with us, you are working with a company that can handle all elements of the restoration, including the difficult reconstruction parts that truly restores things back to their pre-damaged state.

Water Mitigation Process - Structural Drying

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damages to your Home or Business? - Image of technicians cleaning a home Water Mitigation Process - Structural Drying

Water Damages to your Home or Business? 

When responding to a water damage emergency, SERVPRO uses high quality equipment and industry leading techniques to begin the process of restoring your home or business.  After water removal and extraction have taken place, the primary focus is to dry and dehumidify your structure.  Depending on the materials that are affected, the atmospheric conditions in the home or business, and level of saturation that has occurred, our IICRC Certified team uses a combination of proven processes and strategically placed drying equipment to expedite structural drying.  Some of the instruments and techniques used by SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County include:

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
  • High-speed air movers to create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.
  • Use of drying mats or floor tinting to concentrate drying equipment to specific areas of higher moisture
  • Continuous monitoring of equipment and moisture levels to ensure optimal drying is taking place in a proper time frame.

If your home or business has suffered a water damage loss, give SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County a call.

“Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

How to Protect Your Pipes this Winter!

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Stay Safe. Stay Warm. Call SERVPRO. Stay Safe. Stay Warm. Call SERVPRO

5 Tips to Protect Your Pipes This Winter

With the air becoming crisper and the temperature dropping, SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County wants our customers to be prepared when freezing pipes become a possibility.  Here are 5 tips on how to protect your pipes this winter! 

  1. Insulate pipes located in the attic and crawl space using pipe insulation, even if the climate where you live does not often have hard freeze conditions. You can also wrap pipes in heat tape or heat cables with thermostat control. The best pipe insulation for your situation will depend on your home.
  2. Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  3. Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  4. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)
  5. Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Even frost-proof outdoor faucets can burst if a hose is connected.

If your pipes do undergo damage this winter, we are opened 24/7, 365 days a year!  Even though we know pipes bursting can be extremely inconvenient and devastating SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County will be there to help you through it and we will make it "Like it never even happened." 

419-867-8678 Call us if your in an emergency now!

WHAT HOMEOWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WATER DAMAGE!!

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Caused Mold in someone's home! WHAT HOMEOWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WATER DAMAGE!!

Mold Damage Bowling Green and West Lucas County 419-867-8678 

MOLD & MILDEW

 Let's talk about mold...

Valuable property like heirlooms, family photo albums, clothing, and furniture items risk being lost forever due to the water that destroys them. Reputable specialists for SERVPRO We have the training, skills, and experience to provide water damage restoration services. We work quickly and efficiently to protect your personal property and furnishings.

VENTILATION

The water damage restoration process used by SERVPRO of B.G and West Lucas County begins with proper ventilation within the affected area.

 This critical step ensures individuals in the area will have the fresh air necessary to combat the strong odors, gases, and fumes often present in water-damaged areas. Fischer's contractors will open windows and doors and place large industrial fans to help with the drying process.

EXTRACTION

Sizeable industrial water extractors absorb the excessive moisture from the floor and furniture. This equipment is a crucial aid in the drying process. We apply cleaners and disinfectants to the damaged property to kill bacteria before it can be released into the air.

If mold, mildew, algae or other microorganisms are present, we treat and remove it to eliminate further breeding and colonizing. We pay special attention to HVAC systems and ventilation systems installed throughout the house. Our technicians thoroughly clean these systems to prevent any microorganisms from deposited in the home's living spaces. We apply special disinfectants to surface areas to prevent further contamination of bacteria and mold.

ONE-STOP SHOP

Our technicians at SERVPRO can complete these repair services quickly and efficiently to return your home to livable conditions. This makes it possible to contact one company for all of your water damage needs. There's no need to enlist the help of several other contractors to perform the services to get your home back in order. For many residents in the area, this means a more economical means for having the water damage restoration completed within their home without going over their budget.

Flooding in West Lucas County

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in West Lucas County It’s important to ask about flood zones when looking for homes in the area!!

What causes flooding in West Lucas County? 

It’s important to ask about flood zones when looking for homes in the area, and if you do live in a flood zone, it’s a great idea to have flood insurance. Although SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ West Lucas County would be more than happy to help you with any water damage that you may have due to flooding, we’d like to share some advice with our readers about flooding in our area, and what you can do about it.

We’ve recently experienced a warm spell after a great amount of snow and are expecting this next weekend quite a bit of rainfall, which has and will result in a large amount of basements to flood, both in and around the West Lucas County area. Even after the rainfall has stopped, you’re still noticing a higher amount of water in your home.

What’s happening?

The ground around your home is still soft and saturated with water. When something reaches it’s highest level of saturation, the liquid tries to find a way out. In this case, the ground is holding water, in which it wants to get rid of, so the water can seep into your home through tiny cracks in the foundation.

The best way to prevent this problem is to have a contractor take a look at your home’s foundation, and consider having any issues fixed. Once you notice water in your home, it’s important that you call us immediately at 419-867-8678. If you have flood or home insurance, then we can help you make a claim and process that with your insurance company as thoroughly as possible. We're available 24/7 for all your emergency needs!

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO to clean up the mess!

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs, do you know what to do and what not to do? - Image of stain on ceiling When water damage occurs, do you know what to do and what not to do?

When water damage occurs, do you know what to do and what not to do? Water damage can happen at any point for anyone, home or business, resulting in damaged property. These do's are only for clean water and do not’s pertain to sewage water. Sewage water is treated differently since it causes different damage and requires a different cleanup process. With the right tools and pieces of equipment, our professionals can safely dry out your home or business and the contents within it. Here are some things to always keep in mind.

  • To minimize the damage, make sure to shut off the source of water and turn off the electricity. It is essential to remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and soaking up with towels. This is especially important for wood furniture. 
  • To ensure that more damage isn't sustained by the furniture make sure to try and move it, if safe to do so. 
  • Make sure to NOT enter a room with standing water since there could be a risk of electrical shock 
  • Make sure to disconnect all power first. 
  • It is recommended to NOT leave rugs and furniture upholstery wet against one another because the fabrics have the potential to bleed between each other. 
  • It is important to note that you should not be utilizing your household vacuum to try and suck up any water. 

If these tips are followed, then damage can be minimized and you will be better prepared for help to arrive. Remember to stay safe and get excess water cleaned up professionally to minimize the chance of mold growth. Our Team at SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County is ready to assist at a moment's notice with any of your water mitigation emergencies. Give our team a call at 419-867-8678 Call us Now!

Water Damage Culprit

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

family room with couch piano and debris on floor Owners were out of town for a month and unfortunately when they returned home they found their basement flooded.

Title: Bowling Green/ West Lucas County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Category: Water Damage

Photo Caption: SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ West Lucas County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Bowling Green and West Lucas County

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SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ West Lucas County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 419-867-8678

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ West Lucas County  has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ West Lucas County 

SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ West Lucas County  specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water Damage Caused by Faulty Plumping

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Copper pipe with a break in it and water coming out What a broken pipe can look like

Many times when water damage occurs in a home or commercial property, it is due to faulty plumbing. Those without plumbing experience may have a difficult time recognizing potential issues and then addressing these issues before they become a bigger, more expensive problem.

According to thecleanplumbers.com, there are eight common causes of plumbing leaks that can lead to water damage to a property.

  1. Advanced Corrosion – Over an extended period of time, corrosion can damage pipes and create holes where water can escape. This is a more common issue in piping that was installed over 30 years ago.
  2. Degraded Seals – In order to keep connections watertight, rubber seals are used wherever the pipes are connected to the fixtures. Over time, these seals can degrade and crack, allowing water to seep out and eventually cause damage.
  3. Excess Water Pressure – Water pressure that is too high can actually damage the inside of the plumbing pipes and create a risk for leaks. If the pressure is extremely high, it can even cause the pipes to burst.
  4. Fixture Cracks – Sometimes the actual faucet or pipe that connects directly to it can crack and cause a water leak. This usually happens due to impact. One area that this is common is under the sink. When items are stored under the sink, the pipes are often repeatedly bumped and can eventually lead to pipe damage and water leaks.
  5. Incorrect Pipe Laying – Plumbing should be handled by knowledgeable professionals. It is very important that pipes and connectors are laid properly because small mistakes that at first may not be noticeable can cause massive water damage later.
  6. Pipe Joint Damage – The bends or joints where the water is redirected through the pipes are curved connectors that attach to the straight pipes on either side. Extreme temperatures and water pressure can damage these joints and lead to water damage.
  7. Shifted Connections – Over time, homes can shift and therefore, so can the pipes inside. If the shifts are too much, the pipe connections can break and water damage occurs.
  8. Untreated Clogs – It seems obvious how clogged drains can lead to backups and water damage. But how the clogs are treated can also cause pipe damage. Chemical drain cleaners are often used to unclog drains. At times these chemicals do not remove the entire clog which causes the harmful chemicals to be trapped in one spot in the pipe system. The chemicals can then eat away at the pipe, eventually causing damage and a water leak. It is safer to treat clogs with a plumbing snake or hydro-jetting.

Hopefully learning how to recognize potential plumbing problems and how to address the issues will help you avoid future water damage to your property. But in the unfortunate event that you do end up with a water damage disaster, SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas Co. is here to help! CLICK HERE for Water Damage Emergency Tips!

Restoring Electronics After Water Damage

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever experienced the nightmare of dropping your cell phone in the toilet or the kitchen sink or the swimming pool…watching in dismay as the phone, in what seems like slow motion, tragically plummets to its death?  But why does this mean death for the cell phone? And why, in some cases, does it seem like at first the phone survives, only to have it die a few days after the accident? What exactly happens to electronics when water damage strikes?

Corrosion is the breaking down or destruction of a material, especially a metal, through a chemical reaction. The most common form of corrosion is rusting, which occurs when iron combines with oxygen and water. The corrosion process can begin in just a couple of hours after the incident or it can take a few days to set in, giving you the false sense that your device miraculously survived the submersion. Humidity levels, the severity of the water damage, and how long the device was under water can all affect how fast corrosion occurs.

Cleaning the corrosion on a damaged electronic device should be done with caution. And in most cases, it’s probably best to leave it for the professionals. But if you decide to attempt the cleanup yourself, hzo.com suggests several helpful tips:

  • Always remove any batteries or power connectors first. This not only prevents harm to you, but also prevents any short-circuiting to the device. By doing this, you will also be exposing extra connectors that may already have corroded, so exercise caution.
  • Look for any white or green “crusty” areas on the device, especially on the battery connectors, charging ports, SIM card connectors, or any other major metal connectors on the device.
  • Use cotton swabs and a cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol, baking soda and water, or even vinegar to clean corrosion. Gently apply the solution to the affected area and wipe back and forth until the corrosion is removed. If necessary, leave some of the solution on the corroded area and wipe it off later.
  • Dry your device with a soft cloth or a hair dryer on a cool setting- do not use heat to dry out your device. Make sure your device is dried extremely well before attempting to replace the battery and turn the device on. Any water left in the device could cause additional water damage.

When your home is affected by a water damage situation, many times your larger electronics, like TVs and computers, are damaged as well. The corrosion process occurs with these items in the same way as with your cell phone. The SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas Co.  water technicians understand that the key to restoring electronics is to take prompt action to prevent further damage. Our technicians will coordinate the restoration of your electronics and ensure that they will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician. CLICK HERE to learn more about how SERVPRO of Bowling Green/Lucas Co.  restores your belongings that have been affected by water damage.

WATER DAMAGE: WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom floor with SERVPRO equipment in it. WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

Experiencing a flood or water loss, whether at your home or place of business, can be very scary and stressful. Once the source has been stopped, you may not know what to do to move forward.

After any water loss situation, your first priority should be your safety. Is it safe to stay inside your house? If you do stay in the home, be sure to only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

Water Damage From Clean Water

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off the circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don’t:

  • Don’t enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Don’t leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures is ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Water Damage From Contaminated Water

Do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Don’t:

  • Don’t spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Don’t turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Don’t use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Don’t use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Water Damage Culprits

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

A Leaky Basement

One of the most common causes of water damage is a leaky basement. To make repairs, you have to find the leak. We can help address this problem. 

Leaky Plumbing

Another cause of water damage is a leaky plumbing system. Unless the system is plagued by multiple leaks, you can do the repair yourself. Depending on the extensiveness of the damage, you can either patch up the leaky pipe or change one or several damaged pipes if the problem is internal. SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can always help you with water damage repair that is out of your hands.

Fixing the Plant Root System

Did you know that plant and shrub overgrowth could cause water damage to the home too? When the root system of the plant and shrub is too close to a structure, water could penetrate its foundation. You can resolve minor water damage caused by plant overgrowth by trimming the shrubs and removing water that pools near the foundation of your home.

Damaged Drywall

For ceilings, the usual culprit is a leaky roof or a leaky toilet. For leaky toilets, we highly recommend getting a Plumber to stop the leak. Then let the Professionals at SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County repair any damages that may have occurred.  We can repair drywall, dry any moisture and help protect against mold. 

SERVPRO can help make your water damages ""Like it never even happened". We take all the precautions to make sure we repair the damage the right way and keep your family safe from mold and other issues caused by water damage. Give us a call today at 419-353-2300

Burst Pipe and Paper

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Needing urgent water removal services for your personal reading room or library is a nightmare. Books and water tend not to go hand-in-hand. In reality, freak accidents seldom are convenient about where they occur. However, it is essential that when these situations happen, you call for professional help as soon as you possibly can. The quicker that you can get the standing water away from your books, desk, lounging furniture, and shelving, the more likely you are to have a successful remediation. 

When it comes to needing water removal services in your home, our goal is to arrive as swiftly as we can. We make it a priority to arrive at your home in less than two hours. In order to combat the threat of microbial growth, we know how vital it is to remove the stagnating water from your residence at once. 

At SERVPRO, the first employee that we send to your home is our Estimator. They are the bridge between our team and you. They perform the first investigation of the damage and then can go over it with you. Throughout the restoration, they can keep you informed and involved. 

When it comes to flood damage, the first thing that SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can focus on is getting the flooded water away from your books or documents. We can use tools such as wet/dry vacuums, portable submersible pumps, and extractors to remove the standing water. Once the water has been removed, SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can box up your damaged books or documents and attempt to dry them out with our standing Lyophilization unit. However, because this is not always successful, our team can also make a list of lost belongings to make insurance claims easier for you. 

Once the stagnant water has been removed, SERVPRO can focus on cleaning up any of the mess that the burst pipe caused. Additionally, we can focus on drying out your reading room. Our technicians can set up trade tools such as dehumidifiers and air movers to create an environment which encourages evaporation. We can also use extractors to help remove the water from the fabric upholstery of your lounging furniture. 

Finally, the last thing SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can do for you is to bring any books or documents that we successfully restored back to you and unpack them, returning them to their shelves. Our ultimate goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Like it never even happened.

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

We want to assist you in every way possible to live in a home "Like it never even happened." Our extensive knowledge and training help make this a reality for many homeowners, so their lives remain unaffected by a multitude of disaster types. 
 
Using extraction units as large as truck-mounted pumps and as small as hand-held units, we remove liquid water and evaporated moisture. Heat increases the ability of the air to hold more water vapor, so we raise the temperature until the air reaches the temperature needed to help us meet our goals. 
 
When the water came from a cleaner source, we can save often save the homeowners from replacing their carpeting. Dirty water requires replacement of this significant furnishing, no matter how many times we might clean it up, so insurance policies generally require its removal and replacement. Otherwise, health risks remain high, as well as potential damage to the home continues. 
 
Restoring dry conditions to your home means the risks of mold and other microbial issues remains low, as well as do other issues stemming from the invasive water. SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County is always ready to help you with our water removal services. Just call us, 24/7, at 419-353-2300, and we can start almost immediately. 

Commercial Water Damage Don'ts

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

What NOT to do after commercial water damage:

  1. Do not enter a room with standing water in it until all electricity has been turned off.
    - Live wires touching water can electrify the water, making standing water in the room very dangerous. Make sure all electricity is disconnected or off prior to entering a room with standing water.
  2. Do not use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
    - Regular household vacuum’s are not meant to handle large volumes of water. Sucking up standing water with a household vacuum will definitely break it and potentially cause it to short circuit.
  3. Do not attempt to lift tacked down carpet without professional help.
    - Wet carpet is very heavy. Not only could you hurt yourself trying to remove damp carpet but carpet also contains a variety of tacks that can hurt you if you are not trained in pulling it up correctly.
  4. Do not use electrical appliances when carpet or flooring is still wet.
    - Exposure to water can cause electrical appliances to short circuit or fail. Since they are not manufactured to be “water proof”, water can easily get into vulnerable areas in the appliances and greatly increase your chance of electrocution or fire.
  5. Do not touch or disturb any visible mold.
    - Mold spreads very easily. Mold caused by water is dangerous to you and can have harmful health effects. Make sure you call a mold damage specialist to handle the cleanup and removal of mold so as to not cause harm to yourself or your employees.

AC issues

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

AC

Air conditioners can cause water damage if not properly maintained. When a unit is working at its peak efficiency it can collect anywhere between 10 to 20 gallons of water a day. Because most of the unit is typically tucked away and out of sight, many times you won’t be able to see the amount of damage until it has already accumulated into major water damage.

Common Causes of Air Conditioner Leak

Although there are a few different reasons why an air conditioner might leak, here are three of the most common causes of leaks in A/C units:

Not Installed Correctly

When putting the unit in your window you want to make sure it is put in the window at the correct angle. It can build up inside the machine or leak out onto your floor. 

Clogged Drain Line

Ideally, water will drain off the condensation coil into a collection pan, after which it is then disposed into the sewer system. But if a drain becomes clogged it can overflow and lead to damaged floors, carpeting, as well as creating unhealthy molds. If you’re ever unsure about the type of mold you have, you should always seek an expert’s opinion.

Condensation Pump Malfunction

A dirty condensation pump can cause water to leak. The excessive build-up of water can lead to the growth of mold and mildew inside the unit which can lead to further health issues if not taken care of within an appropriate amount of time. Most mold isn’t that harmful to humans or pets, but if you ever suspect black mold, you should always reach out to an expert. If you ever need help or have questions don’t ever hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County.

Water Damage Do's & Don'ts

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CLEAN Water Damage Tips

DO:
• Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
• Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
• Remove as much excess water as possible my mopping and blotting.
• Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
• Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
• Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
• Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
• Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
• Hang draperies with coated hangars to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
• Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.


DO NOT:
• Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
• Enter affected areas of electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
• Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
• Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
• Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
• Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.


CONTAMINATED Water Damage Tips

DO:
• Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
• Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DO NOT:
• Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
• Turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
• Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
• Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

The most important thing to remember is that if you have any questions or require help; call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County.

Content Loss due to secondary damage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. After a water damage the last thing you want is to have to replace everything that was in the room. Within fours hours of being notified of a loss, SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection
SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

Emergency Services
SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services step-by-step.

Monitoring
To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

Restoration Services
SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss conditions.

Water damage left untreated

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Quick action and response after a water catastrophe is crucial. Flood waters and water catastrophes are very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and business.  The water gets absorbed into the flooring, the walls, the furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County gets there fast and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Destruction Timeline

Within a few Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishing may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

 The First 24 Hours

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

 More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for anyone so call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County. 

Leaks

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Rubber washers, worn-out seals, and crumbling gaskets can cause water problems. Having washers and seals checked each year can prevent leakage and water damage, but it can also save you money because every drip from a leaky faucet or broken pipe can cost you money. Once the fixture begins leaking, water damage can quickly become an issue as it soaks into the surrounding area. At the first sign of water damage, contact a water damage remediation team to help solve the problem.

Water Damage in your basement

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Holland home basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today 419.867.8678

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

Water inspection

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

In the aftermath of a flood or a house fire, it is important to have a water damage inspection conducted, so that the extent of water damage to the home and your possessions can be determined. You will need to do this, as it will provide you with a good idea of what needs to be replaced in your home, as well as providing your insurance adjuster with what they need in order to adjust your claim for damage with speed and efficiency. You can hire professional water damage inspectors, who frequently tend to by employed by water damage restoration companies. Water damage inspections entail a great deal, and it can really be to your benefit to be knowledgeable about the process.

In the course of a water damage inspection, the professional who comes to your home will usually begin outside and proceed inside the house. If your water damage is severe, it would be advisable to keep a record like videos or photos of the damaged areas so that you can get the payment that you need from your insurance company.

If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County today and we will have a licensed, trained restoration specialist come to your home and perform an inspection. Depending on the findings, a course of action will be recommended that will remedy your loss.

Call SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County today at 419.867.8678 and we can help to make it seem like it never even happened!

Professional water damage inspectors.

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

When the inspectors get to the interior of your home during a water damage inspection, they will typically begin at the top of the house and work downwards. They will start with the attic, checking for cracked floors and joists, wet ceilings, insulation with excess water, and duct-work that is bent or distorted. When they get to the rooms within the other parts of your home, they will look for damaged ceilings and drywall, wood that is stained  or warped, windows that are cracked, and doors that are unable to properly close. Once they are in the kitchen and the bathroom, they will look at the ceramic fixtures, such as toilets, bathtubs, sinks, and carpets, cracked floors and walls. They will also look at personal possessions that may be damaged by water, such as clothes, furniture, appliances, and electronics.

Professional water damage inspectors are qualified to inspect your home, as they have the extensive training, experience, and specialized equipment to make sure that they are able to correctly and effectively find any water damage that is present in your home. They have moisture sensor probes, which can detect the amount of moisture in your carpets and walls. Additionally, they use infrared thermograph devices so that they can check the parts of your home that are not visible. 

Is your property in danger of a flood?

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

STOP ARE YOU PREPARED?

In light of Hurricane Harvey we here SERVPRO would like to give some tips and helpful reminders how to protect your home. If you own a property in an area affected by flash flooding, hopefully you have already taken steps to protect it, such as ensuring you have proper landscape drainage systems in place to direct water away from buildings. However, with or without these types of precautions in place, you naturally want to do everything in your power to limit the damage from any flooding that may occur.

Here are some tips for actions you can take to protect your belongings from flood damage, even at the last minute.

Clean Drains: In most cases, the same rainfall that is creating a risk of flash flooding upslope from your property will also fall on your home or business. Make sure you don’t end up with water damage from above as well as below by quickly cleaning your gutters, downspouts, and drains of debris. It doesn’t have to be a perfect job—any cleaning you can do will help.

Move Belongings: The more of your belongings you can move out of harm’s way the better. You may want to roll up rugs and remove furniture or at least put it up on blocks to keep it from getting wet. You should also be careful to unplug all electronics and make sure they are off the floor too.

Check Sump Pumps: If you rely on a sump pump to keep your basement dry, you should be getting regular maintenance for it. But even so, you should check on it when flash flooding is expected. That way, you can make sure the backup battery is fresh and/or replace it as needed.

Turn Off Electricity: If you think any of your electrical outlets may end up underwater as a result of the flooding, it is a good idea to turn off the electricity at the main breaker panel.

Put Action Restoration on Speed Dial: Now that you’ve done everything you can do at the last minute to protect your belongings from damage, you need make sure you’re prepared for any water damage that does occur. The best way to prepare is to put Action Restoration’s number in your phone now. That way, you will be able to reach us quickly once the storm and the flood is over. We can begin coordinating a professional water damage restoration effort in as little as 30 minutes of receiving your call.

Learn what last-minute actions you can take to minimize water damage.

Here in California, our flash flood areas are mainly located in the mountain and foothill areas. When heavy rain follows a period of drought—conditions we have been experiencing already this spring—this creates an even bigger risk of flash flooding because the rainwater is not able to be absorbed quickly enough in the hard-packed ground and instead must run downhill towards the homes and businesses below.

If you own a property in an area affected by flash flooding, hopefully you have already taken steps to protect it, such as ensuring you have proper landscape drainage systems in place to direct water away from buildings. However, with or without these types of precautions in place, you naturally want to do everything in your power to limit the damage from any flooding that may occur.

Here are some tips for actions you can take to protect your belongings from flood damage, even at the last minute.

Clean Drains: In most cases, the same rainfall that is creating a risk of flash flooding upslope from your property will also fall on your home or business. Make sure you don’t end up with water damage from above as well as below by quickly cleaning your gutters, downspouts, and drains of debris. It doesn’t have to be a perfect job—any cleaning you can do will help.

Move Belongings: The more of your belongings you can move out of harm’s way the better. You may want to roll up rugs and remove furniture or at least put it up on blocks to keep it from getting wet. You should also be careful to unplug all electronics and make sure they are off the floor too.

Check Sump Pumps: If you rely on a sump pump to keep your basement dry, you should be getting regular maintenance for it. But even so, you should check on it when flash flooding is expected. That way, you can make sure the backup battery is fresh and/or replace it as needed.

Turn Off Electricity: If you think any of your electrical outlets may end up underwater as a result of the flooding, it is a good idea to turn off the electricity at the main breaker panel.

Water Damage and the steps to getting your home back to normal.

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO makes sure to take the necessary steps in making your water damage "Like it never even happened." Below is a brief overview of the steps we take when working with a customer. 

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 of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of 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.

Unlucky flooding in your Luckey home?

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bowling Green provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bowling Green arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 419.867.8678

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Bowling Green

SERVPRO of Bowling Green specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Save your basement

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Bowling Green Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

Water Damage

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Bowling Green basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 419.867.8678

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Bowling Green and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 419.867.8678

Flooded basement in Fostoria

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

A water main break caused this basement in Fostoria to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded.

SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas was called in to clean up the aftermath! The owner was thrilled she said "This basement never looked this good in the 24 years I've owned this Property".

Waterville Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Waterville basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today -419.867.8678

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use SR500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 419.867.8678

Faster to your Waterville Water Damage Event

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –419.867.8678

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County

SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Basement was flooded by a sump pump failure.

SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Northwest Ohio.

SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
419.867.8678

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County

SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.