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How To Recover From Water Damage

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Bursting pipe A burst pipe can cause major damage to your home in Philadelphia, PA.

While the prospect of a water leak in your home might be terrifying, the recovery process is not as hard or lengthy as you might think. There are a few things you should do immediately after you’ve had bursting pipes in your home to make cleanup easier:

  1. Disconnect the power and remove any electronics from the area.
  2. Remove as much standing water as possible using buckets and towels.
  3. Dry the affected area thoroughly; open windows and turn on fans for the best air circulation.
  4. Place any wet objects and furniture to dry in a room with good air flow, out of the sun.
  5. Contact a restoration specialist to assess the extent of the damage as soon as possible.

The Speed of Recovery

Recovery from water damage usually takes three to five days, although it may take between seven and 10 days if you have wood floors. Any broken items should be removed and discarded safely, whereas any salvageable items should be hung to dry indoors so they won’t be affected by sunlight. Items such as books or clothes should only be put away again once they are truly dry to avoid any mold growth.

As for recovery of the house itself, the time required will depend on the extent of the damage. While It may not take long to fix a broken pipe, drywall, floors, carpet and other surfaces need thorough drying and disinfection to prevent further issues.

The Dangers of Water Damage

If your home was subject to damage from a natural disaster or bursting pipes, it may be at risk for a number of potentially dangerous consequences:

  • Contaminated water
  • Mold infestation
  • Structural damage
  • Property damage

To avoid these issues, follow the steps above and find a specialist in Philadelphia, PA, who can help you assess your home for any unseen issues. Bursting pipes can’t always be prevented, but a restoration specialist will help you feel secure in your home knowing that you’re protected against greater risks.

What should I do until help arrives?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded basement leaves contents floating 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 Fox Chase/Torresdale 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 Fox Chase/Torresdale are here to help you 24/7.

Here to Help 24/7

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

A roof leak caused significant damage to cabinetry and drywall after another vendor was unable to respond in a timely fashion.

SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale 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 Fox Chase/Torresdale 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!

I have experienced a Water Damage- What Now?

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Basement in need of extraction due to 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 Fox Chase/Torresdale 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 Fox Chase/Torresdale are here to help you 24/7.