Recent Water Damage Posts

What to Do if Faced with Water Damage in Dover, OH Residence

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms Your local owned and operated SERVPRO is no stranger to dealing with water damages.

As we welcome the summer months in Dover Ohio with open arms, we should also weary of the serve storms that come along with the warm weather. Your local owned and operated SERVPRO is no stranger to dealing with water damages. These damages can bring a set of dangers to you and your family. So, here is our best tips if you are faced with a water damage emergency in the up coming months.

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Most Importantly, only do activities that are safe for you to perform, wet materials can be very heavy.

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are already nearby and ready to help. SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is a fire and water restoration and cleanup company. We are Here to Help, 24/7. For immediate assistance give us a call at (330) 393-9999 or visit us on our Website.

The Worst Ways Water Can Damage Your Strasburg Home This Winter

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Snow on roof. When the snow on your roof melts, it can cause a flood to your home or even produce mold.

Water can cause damage when the temperature drops. From water being a liquid to becoming a solid, it can cause much damage in both forms. Unfortunately, during the winter months, we need to prepare for water that will most likely freeze. How do we do this effectively and properly? Well first it is important to know the worst ways water can damage your home this winter.

What to Expect from Water This Winter

First, it is important to be aware of what in your home is susceptible to water damage this winter. When the freezing weather hits here are the things that take the hit the most:

  • Your water heater
  • Outdoor water lines
  • Your roof

Your water heater works overtime when the temperature drops to 25 degrees Fahrenheit or below. If you have an aged water heater and it is working extremely hard to heat up, it is more likely to leak or even worse, burst. If you have an older water heater check into buying a new one. Outdoor water lines can often be forgotten about because they are outside! Exterior water lines like garden hoses should be shut off to prevent that pipe from bursting. If you do not need it, you should not use it! Last of all, your roof can suffer much damage from melting snow. When the snow on your roof melts, it can cause a flood to your home or even produce mold. To prevent this, invest in a snow removal rake and take the time to rid your roof of the snow.

For more information on how SERVPRO of New Philadelphia can help you after a disaster or if you have any questions at all, call us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

How Winter Water Damage Can Affect Your New Philadelphia Home

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can affect your home year-round, even during the winter months. Knowing the ways water can damage your home during colder months can help you prevent extensive damage. Here are the main ways water damage occurs during winter months:

Frozen Pipes
Freezing temperatures cause water in pipes to freeze, causing expansion. Too much expansion leads the pipe to burst. The more you are inside your home, the more water is being used, which adds more pressure on the pipes. Burst pipes bring unwanted damage to walls and floors. Make sure pipes are properly insulated during winter months.

Turn off any exterior water lines, such as garden hoses, before the temperatures drop. You can add extra protection by adding an insulated cover over the spigot.

Melting Snow
If too much snow accumulates on your roof, the risk for flooding and mold growth increases. To avoid snow accumulation, remove snow using a snow removal rake.

Be sure to clean out gutters as well to prevent freezing and damage. Ice can block your gutters, causing them to overflow. This water can seep into your home’s foundation or flood your basement.

Leaking Water Heater
During winter, water heaters must work harder to heat the water due to cold temperatures. The older a water heater, the harder it must work, which can lead to leaks or bursting. Check your unit for leaks, unusual noises, and faulty pipes.

If you experience water damage to your home, SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is Here to Help. We are a locally owned and operated company with national resources, so we can handle any size job. We will respond immediately, and we have the expertise and equipment to restore your property as quickly as possible.

Give us a call at (330) 556-4656 or visit our Website!

Flooded Basements Are No Match for SERVPRO of New Philadelphia

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen. From SERVPRO of New Philadelphia you can expect advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment when you experience a flood.

From SERVPRO of New Philadelphia you can expect advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment when you experience a flood or water damage of any kind. When your New Philadelphia home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. We use a scientific approach to water damage inspection and extraction to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible.

How To Take Care of Water Damage

It's likely that everyone in New Philadelphia has experienced some moisture in their basement following a storm. Here is a Before and After picture of a flooded basement at someone’s home in New Philadelphia. Some can be easily dried, and you can go on with your day. However, others can result in water damage and mold can form. SERVPRO of New Philadelphia doesn't want that to happen to anyone in our community. We have highly trained water damage restoration technicians.

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

Is There Water Damage to Your Minerva Home?

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

A partial fallen ceiling with a man fixing it. We are leading water damage restoration specialists and are ready to respond immediately to your Minerva home.

Typically, we think of water damage as being dangerous to ourselves. However, there are times where water damage can be dangerous to your Minerva home and even to your health. In this instance, where water damage has affected a ceiling, it can be very destructive to the building structure.

What to Do If Your Home Has Water Damage

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia recommends that when you see water damage in your ceiling, stay out of that room and give us a call. If you are unsure what water damage to your ceiling looks like, here is an Example. We are leading water damage restoration specialists and are ready to respond immediately to your Minerva home. Prior to our arrival there are a few things you can do in the meanwhile:

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is always Here to Help. If your home or business has water damage or you think it might, give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

Do You Have Water or Flood Damage in Your New Philadelphia Home?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded nursery with crib and dresser partly under water When water takes over your home in a disastrous way, the results can be devastating.

When water takes over your home in a disastrous way, the results can be devastating. Your personal belongings and livelihood can be swept away in a matter of minutes. As a fire and water restoration company, SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is Here to Help in more ways than one.

Are your belongings damaged?

When SERVPRO of New Philadelphia arrives on the scene of water damage that has ravished a home, families want to know if their belongings are completely damaged. Questions often asked are, can we bring them back to preloss condition or do they have to part ways with something they once cherished? If the contents in your home are damaged by water that is contaminated from outside sources such as flood water and sewage drain back up, we highly recommend that the contents be disposed of. However, SERVPRO of New Philadelphia can restore almost any content. From hard contents to soft contents such as a piece of fine china to a stuffed animal, we can restore it.

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. Visit our Website to learn the capacity of our content cleaning services.

If you would like immediate service to your New Philadelphia home, call SERVPRO of New Philadelphia at (330) 393-9999. We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia's Water Restoration Process

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

A mop is cleaning water from a hardwood floor. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

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

Water or Flood Damage?
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What is the Best Way to Deal with Water Damage in Minerva

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

A woman is holding a bucket under water coming from the ceiling. SERVPRO of New Philadelphia County has the equipment and expertise to make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Moisture in Ohio homes is something most of us have had to deal with. If left unattended for too long, it can cause damage or even cause mold to pop up. This is the last thing anyone wants to see in their Minerva home.

So, what is the best way to handle water damage? That question is easy, the SERVPRO way! SERVPRO of New Philadelphia County has the equipment and expertise to make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” Our Water Damage Restoration Process contains the following:

Step 1: Emergency Contact - Our process starts when you call us!

Step 2: Inspection and Water Damage Assessment - We determine the scope of water damage at the time. We determine how far moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3: Water Removal / Water Extraction - This removes most of the water and happens almost immediately. We use specialized equipment to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water and prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidifying - This removes the water that is harder to access. Our scientific approach uses measurements, air temperature, and relative humidity to determine

the amount of air movers and dehumidifiers needed will get your Minerva home dry properly!

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing - We clean all restorable items and structures in your home. We use several industry leading cleaning techniques to get your items to preloss condition.

Step 6: Restoration - We restore your home to preloss condition. Any damage including drywall removal, new carpet, or major restorations can all be handled by us!

Before help arrives, consult these Water Damage Tips for what to do, and what not to do, before SERVPRO of New Philadelphia gets to your home.

Call us today with all our water damage and restoration needs at (330) 556-4656 or visit our Website to see how we can get your Minerva home back to preloss condition. No matter the disaster, we are always Here to Help!

How Do I Get Rid of Mold in My Dover Home?

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is of a man holding a saw using it to cut out mold in a floor. Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem.

Just the sound of the word mold gives a homeowner the shivers. The EPA says, “molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees.” But that doesn’t mean it belongs in your home. And if it is---allow SERVPRO of West Philadelphia give your Minerva home the remediation it desperately needs. But first, let’s consider these facts about mold.

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia professionals are trained mold remediation specialists. We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation. Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. Our advanced equipment helps to detect and stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (330) 556-4656
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If you need mold remediation---we are the company you need on speed dial. We’re always ready to handle a home or business disaster. SEVRPRO of New Philadelphia is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year fire, water, and mold restoration company. Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips and follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

Tuscarawas County Realtors: What Should You Know About Mold

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Picture shows a white interior wall with an outlet and mold growing up the corner of the wall Nothing ruins the sale of a home more than the mention of the word “mold.”

The Ohio REALTORS is the largest professional trade association in Ohio. Believe it or not—-there are 33,000 realtors in the Buckeye State alone. With the Corona Virus pandemic…houses selling faster than water is a surprise side effect. But even in the 2020 “housing boom”, nothing ruins the sale of a home more than the mention of the word “mold.”

 One of the many concerns home buyers have is how mold can affect their health and property value. Informing your clients about mold is part of the job, and SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is here to give our Ohio realtors some tips about that pesky green fungi.

What is it exactly? Mold is is type of fungus made up of small organisms that thrive on moisture. It tends to reproduce through lightweight spores that travel through the air. Mold is part of life. Everyone is exposed to it every day. Small amounts of mold are generally harmless. But what if a home you are selling has more than the average? Here’s some tips.

Know about the dangers of mold. Even though many molds are safe…there are a select few that are toxic. Black mold is the most common that falls into this category. They are said to produce airborne byproducts than can damage your lungs and health. In reality, serious health conditions resulting from indoors molds are pretty rare. But try and tell a potential buyer that.

 Lawsuits. Many have been awarded when it comes to mold. Just google it. Settlements throughout the United States have been in the millions. This is not something you want to deal with as a realtor. Making sure your buyer is aware of any water or mold issues with a potential new home is a must, unless you want to find yourself in a vicarious situation.

Price Decrease. After the home inspection…the last thing you want to hear is that the home has a mold problem.  This is a dead giveaway you won’t be able to sell the home for the asking price. Of course, this will all depend on the severity of the problem. One solution is to have your seller agree to take care of the problem. This is where SERVPRO of New Philadelphia comes in.

We are the area’s leader in mold remediation. In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in a home you are selling when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of New Philadelphia has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you would like to learn more about mold. SERVPRO offers Continuing Education for Ohio Realtors. Visit our Facebook page for more information and links to register.

Have a Mold Problem? 
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Fall Water Damage in New Philadelphia

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of homeowner catching leaking roof with a bucket Make sure to have a licensed roofer inspect your roof in the fall. High winds and low temps are a perfect recipe for trees on your property to fall.

Fall is a busy time for SERVPRO of New Philadelphia. When temperatures start to drop---pipes can freeze and break. Water seepage can crack foundations and rot out materials. Add in clogged gutters, and you can guarantee you will need a water restoration company to come and help clean up a disaster.

SERVPRO of New Philly would like to give you some fall water damage tips so these issues do not happen to your home.

  • Leaves and Gutters- The leaves are a pretty sight when they fall. However, they are not so pretty when they clog your gutters. When heavy rainfall comes, wet leaves and other debris can clog downspouts and lead to overflow in your gutters. The overflow has nowhere to go but into your home. Make sure gutters are maintained and cleaned.
  • Roof Inspections-Make sure to have a licensed roofer inspect your roof in the fall. High winds and low temperatures are a perfect recipe for trees on your property to fall. A roofer will be able to evaluate the condition of your roof and fix any missing shingles or dips.
  • Clear Debris from French Drains- French Drains are installed to make sure water is going way from the basement door. When these are clogged---water can overflow and flood. Make sure drains are free of debris.
  • Disconnect Your Garden Hose- The bib on the hose is subject to freeze due to freezing temperatures. Disconnect and install an insulated cover to protect it. Make sure all water is out of the line before you do this.

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia cares about our community and your home. We employee highly trained technicians who are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your New Philadelphia property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(330) 556-4656

A Fall Foe: Clogged Gutters Can Equate to Mold in Dover, OH

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

image of fall foliage clogging the gutters of a home When the gutters are blocked; water will sit on top of the roof until it becomes too heavy and will eventually leak.

In the fall, homeowners are busy preparing their homes for wintertime. With so many things to do---simple tasks such as clearing your gutters of debris may fall on the bottom of the list. SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is here to reiterate the importance of cleaning the gutters out and the silent damage clogged gutters can cause.

Heavy rain that hits a home, that has clogged gutters, is extremely problematic. Simply stated. The water literally has nowhere to go. When the gutters are blocked; water will sit on top of the roof until it becomes too heavy. And then you guessed it…it comes inside and causes a leak. The leak will get worse until you get rid of the standing water and clear your gutters.

Even if you do not see the water coming through the ceiling. Standing water is a breeding zone for mold. The silent damage can be behind walls, inside attics, and breed inside your roof. All without you even knowing it! In addition to mold, sitting water will wear away at the wood of your household. The wood will begin to get soggy and rot. Left long enough, your home structure could begin to deteriorate, requiring extensive repairs. Improperly drained water can also cause damage to your foundation, wipe out your landscaping, and your take years off the lifespan of your roof.

Gutters should be cleaned twice a year. Autumn is a great time since the leaves are falling everywhere. One of the easiest methods is to grab a garden hose and pour the water into the downspout of the gutters. Never use sharp tools like a garden hoe or a rake to remove leaves. This can cause damage to the gutter itself.

If you think your home has mold damage caused by standing water. SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is the company to call. We specialize in water and mold damage restoration; this is cornerstone of our business. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold or water situation. Please call our 24 hour, 365 days a year number at 330.556.4656 should you need us for any water damage related issue.  

What is Water Mitigation?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

photo of living room flooding underwater Water mitigation is the prevention of further water damage by taking strict actions.

At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on being water mitigation experts! Our professionals are trained, certified, and experienced in restoring water damage to any home or business. Our emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

When you call SERVPRO of New Philadelphia County, your call will be answered by a customer service representative who will dispatch a water mitigation team. When our team arrives, they will assess the water damage and determine the best plan of attack to have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

You may hear the words “water mitigation” frequently and you may be asking yourself, “what is water mitigation?” “Is it the same as cleaning up water?” 

Water mitigation is the prevention of further water damage by taking strict actions. It includes the removal of unsalvageable content and structural materials (dry wall, flooring, etc.), cleaning of the affected areas, application of disinfecting agents, drying, and deodorizing the structure. The SERVPRO team will collect and haul away any unwanted debris from the site.

The length of time it takes to properly mitigate the water at your property depends on the amount of damage the water has caused.

Advanced drying equipment and air sanitizers are left onsite to complete the water mitigation process. The equipment will be monitored by our technicians over a period of a few days as to the temperature, humidity, and moisture in the affected areas.

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia County can fully restore any water damage to your home or business. If you need our help or have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at (330) 556 4556

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How SERVPRO of New Philadelphia Handles Water Damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO workers and water damage SERVPRO of New Philadelphia specializes in restoring water damage to your home, business, and belongings.

Water damage can affect not only the structure of your house, but also your belongings.  SERVPRO of New Philadelphia understands that your home is more than a structure. Your furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are important to you.  We provide the following services to help restore and protect your belongings while we are restoring your home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia specializes in restoring contents damaged by water.  We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored to preloss condition.  We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  1. Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  2. Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  3. Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  4. Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  5. Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  6. Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration, SERVPRO of New Philadelphia can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area.  A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage
  • When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs.

On-Site Storage

We have in-house storage where we can keep your belongings safe from further damage and can provide cleaning and restoration services for your belongings.  We are dedicated to keeping your items safe and secure.

SERVPRO of New Philadelphia specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Do not hesitate to give us a call – (330) 556 4656

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