Recent Water Damage Posts

Mold is in My Salem Home's Basement, What Should I Do?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

A home sits under the water level. Follow these steps to stay safe and allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to properly remediate mold in your Salem basement.

Mold can sometimes be all too common for Ohio basements. An extended stay by moisture in your Salem home can result in mold spreading. Mold spreads quickly, in as little as 48-72  hours. We can see wet basements from heavy rainfall (which we get plenty of this time of year), drain backups, and more. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here with a plan of action for when you see mold in your Salem basement.

Step 1: Call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County

When mold comes into the equation, you should not attempt to deal with your flooded basement alone. Mold can be harmful to you and your health. Mold can produce health effects, so you will need a professional that has training, experience, and equipment to properly resolve the mold infestation.

Step 2: Before Help Arrives

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County responds faster to any size disaster so you won’t be waiting long! However, refer to these Mold Damage Tips before we get there:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

There is not much you can do, and that is okay! SERVPRO of North Columbiana County’s training, experience, and equipment will get your basement restored fast.

Step 3: What NOT To Do

More important than what you can do, here are some things to avoid doing when you see mold in your Salem basement. Follow these tips to stay safe when there is mold in your Salem home:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Follow these steps to stay safe and allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to properly remediate mold in your Salem basement. We are the experts on mold remediation! If you see mold in your Columbiana County home, call us today at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website. We are Here to Help!

Is It Safe to Deal With The Mold in My Columbiana Home Alone?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

A red "Don't" symbol sits over a picture of someone scrubbing mold from a wall. Columbiana County has highly trained technicians with the skills it takes to safely remediate mold in your Columbiana home.

Mold in your Columbiana home can be annoying, and I can understand why you would want to hurry and try and clean and repair the damaged areas fast. However, this isn’t the best course of action. Water damage, and mold especially, should be left to the professionals. Why is this?

First off, mold can be dangerous to your home. Mold is also an allergen that can cause health effects for children and the elderly and poses a bigger threat to people with respiratory issues. Stay out of the affected areas!

Mold is also tricky and takes specialized equipment to remediate. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has highly trained technicians with the skills it takes to safely remediate mold in your Columbiana home. It’s important not to try and dry the area on your own, and don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on mold either.

You should turn off your HVAC system to make sure the mold does not spread through the air, and then call us! SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to properly remediate mold in your Columbiana home.

Call us today at (330) 921-4931 or visit our Website to see our mold remediation process. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is faster to any size disaster, and we are always Here to Help®!

Can "Frost Cracking" Affect My Columbiana Home?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows a bare tree covered in ice. When the bark alternately contracts with freezing temperatures and expands on warm days, a crack is likely to occur.

Let’s set the stage. It is a freezing cold night in Columbiana. You are laying down on the couch watching TV. You hear a massive “pop” sound outside. After the panic has settled…you learn it was nothing more than “frost crack.” So, what is “frost crack”, and can it affect the health of my tree? Allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to determine if this phenomenon is something you should worry about as a homeowner.

What is “frost crack”? When water freezes, it expands. The sap in trees is made of water diluted with carbohydrates (sugars) and minerals, which acts like antifreeze. The higher the sugar content, the lower the freezing point of sap. When the bark alternately contracts with freezing temperatures and expands on warm days, a crack is likely to occur.

Why does “frost crack” happen? Believe it or not…cold temperatures are not the only reason “frost crack” can occur. Heat can activate a similar effect called “sun scalding”. This usually happens in the late winter or early spring. The warm afternoon sun shining on the bark can cause the tree’s tissues to break dormancy. As freezing occurs again at night; the tissue dies.

 Will “frost crack” kill my tree? “Frost crack” is generally harmless and will not affect the health of your tree. In many cases, the tree will attempt to heal itself by forming a callus along the crack. A tree with a crack is in no immediate danger and may live for several years.

Well, that is a relief! There are many reasons a tree’s health can be affected, but “frost crack” falls at the bottom of the list. Thank goodness SERVPRO of Columbiana County is here for other types of storm damage.

Storm damage like heavy winds, weighty ice, and lightning can cause trees to fall on your Salem property, and unfortunately even worse, cause damage to your home.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

If you need any type of assistance or reconstruction after storm damage has affected your Negley home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County. Visit our website and our Facebook page for more tips of the trade or call us at (330) 921-4931.

Is My Shower Leaking in My Salem Home Really That Big of a Deal?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

A silver shower head with running water pouring out of it. Hidden water leaks are no easy task to tackle. If you feel this is something that’s over your head----call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.

Let’s talk hypothetic scenarios. You master bathroom shower head has been dripping. Okay, leaking for God knows how long. You’ve seen it. Ignored it. Hoped it would stop. But it hasn’t.  You think about it after you shower. You think…“could that be a bigger problem than I think?” Eh. It’s a quick thought, and you go about your day.  SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to remind you about that shower head and to warn you that hidden water leaks are a hazard in any bathroom.

Why would a small shower leak be such a hazard? Well. For starters, any obscured water leak can cause mold and mildew to start growing. Drywall impacted by a water leak can begin to grow mold and mildew as soon as 24 hours after exposure. Not what you needed to hear, right? Drywall acts as a sponge to water and moisture. Even if the mold and mildew are not visible—you can bet your ‘shampoo’ that a leaky shower head is guaranteed to have some sort of buildup. If you attempt to fix the leak yourself; you will most likely have to replace some of the damaged drywall that was touched by mold. And if breathing in mold does not scare you…the fact that it’s most likely rotting away the wood in your studs, struts and other supporting beams in your bathroom should. This leaves the structure of your home susceptible to termites and roaches to further undermine the structure of the house. Not a good look.

Finding a hidden leak can be tricky. The goal is tracing it back to its source. It will take some investigation and problem solving since it isn’t always as obvious as you’d like it to be. Build.com gives some key points to looks for:

  • The main signs to look for are dampness on walls, on the floor, or the ceiling, and a musty odor in the bathroom, even when not in use.
  • Eliminate other causes and easy fixes first, and then, once you’re certain it’s behind the walls, do the work to pinpoint the cause and source of the shower leak.
  • Keep in mind that repairing the piping may seem easy enough, but remedying mold, mildew and damaged structural components or drywall may take time and some research.
  • If you aren’t willing to call in a pro, make use of pipe patching materials to stop the leak until you’re able to properly fix it and the damage it’s done.

Hidden water leaks are no easy task to tackle. If you feel this is something that’s over your head----call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.

We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Salem home back to pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property and follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

Overflowing Washing Machine at Your Lisbon Home? Here’s What to Do

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Washing machine is overflowing and leaking out of the door. If the water is several inches high or more, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County immediately for help.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has dealt with water loss a time or two. And one of the biggest flooding culprits in your house is----the washing machine. Laundry is usually a mindless job, that is, until water is all over your floor.

Not only does this cause a huge mess, but if left sitting long enough, it can cause mold and mildew growth…and now we are talking some dollars for clean-up. If your washing machine DOES happen to overflow, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to outline a couple of things you can do to fix the machine and the amount of water damage.

FIRST. Turn it off. You think this would be common sense, but unfortunately it needs said. Before you even think about fixing the machine, ensure it is unplugged from the wall, and turn the main water supply lines off to stop the flow of water.

Now you can clean. If the water on your floor is minimal, you can attempt the clean-up yourself with a mop and bucket. If the water is several inches high or more, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County immediately for help. We will need to extract the water with high-grade equipment. If left unattended for too long…mold can begin to grow. In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold and water problems.

Try and determine the issue. More often than not, the reason is either a user error or a problem with the water inlet valve. Once you figure out the issue---run a test cycle to determine if you repaired the issue.

Do not overload the washer. An overloaded washer could be the reason for the over-flow. Run a small cycle to see if this changes anything.

Still need help? It’s time to call SERVPRO. If you have tried all the DIY stuff or this is not the first time this has happened to you…call us. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Salem home back to pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry. If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage. We do it all.

If your home is affected by any type of water damage, we can help. Visit our website and follow us on Facebook to learn more tips of the trade.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Are Tree Roots Clogging My Pipes?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

image of tree roots visibly sticking out of the ground in a yard Over time, small roots grow deeper into the pipes, enlarging the holes or fissures, and before you know it---the pipe is full of roots.

Although trees in NE Ohio are gorgeous in the fall, the beauty ends when they cause havoc on your below the ground drain pipes.

If your home was built before 1970, the pipes in your yard are most likely made of clay and even more susceptible to cracking. When the pipes crack, the tiny roots from the tree will find their way into the pipe causing small holes. Over time, the small roots grow deeper into the pipe, enlarging the holes or fissures, and before you know it---the pipe is full of roots. Unfortunately, once the roots get into the pipe this will be an annual problem. The outcome? The system backs up into your basement---flooding it and making a huge mess.

As the property owner, you are responsible for maintaining the sewer laterals. These are the pipes that connect your home’s sewer pipes to the main sewer pipe, which are in the street. But without x-ray vision…it’s hard to tell if it really is indeed, tree roots. You may have to call and plumber that can perform a camera inspection.

Ways to take care of removing the roots include: cutting the tree roots with an auger, depositing a chemical such as copper sulfate crystals right outside the pipe, or use a hydro jetter to flush the pipe with a chemical that kills roots.

If you’ve dealt with this devastation at your home and have water or mold damage in your basement from sewer back-up---it’s time to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.  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. 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. Call us today at 330.921.4931.

How To Prevent Water Damage During Construction

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling dripping onto a couple It is important to choose professionals who know how to work around existing plumbing so that an accidentally flooded area can be avoided

When building a new home or business, there are usually many decisions to make that have a significant effect on the outcome. The last thing any home or business owner wants is water damage before or during construction. Below SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has some tips for you to avoid or successfully mitigate water damage during construction.

  1. Before beginning construction, have the area inspected.

Before you start construction it's important to have the area inspected so that the crew and any other professionals working on the property know exactly what needs to be done, and the location of the water lines. If you find water damage before construction, then a water damage restoration professional can help make those repairs part of the construction process.

  1. Choose professionals who can take appropriate measures.

It is important to choose professionals who know how to work around existing plumbing so that an accidentally flooded area can be avoided. A professional team who can perform a water pipe repair may be important in case any previous damage is discovered. This way you can feel secure in the fact the team of professionals working on your construction project will know how to find and identify any related water damage and make the appropriate repairs.

  1. Test everything to ensure it is working properly after construction.

Another way to help prevent a broken pipe is to properly test everything after any construction projects are finished. This will help you know any plumbing projects were completed correctly and give you time to go over the proper maintenance procedures with the professionals that completed the installation.

It is best to have your plumbing inspected before construction even begins. Many recommend working with professionals who can take care of any potential water pipe repair needs and testing the plumbing functionality as construction wraps up.

If you experience flooding or water damage, SERVPRO of North Columbiana can help! We are fire and water restoration experts and can handle any construction project as well.

Call us today for more information! (330) 921 4931

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Avoid Unwanted Appliance Water Disasters

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher overflowing with water Dishwashers and refrigerators are the two main kitchen appliances known for causing flooding. Let SERVPRO of North Columbiana help you today!

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County recommends appliance inspections to prevent water damage to your home. Appliance failure or leaks can lead to flooding and water damage. Try these strategies to decrease the likelihood of water damage in your home.

  1. Shut off your water

Once you realize there is flooding in your home, the first step is to shut off the water source. There should be a main water line shut off in the area where your water line enters your property. Knowing the location ahead of time will help you be better prepared in case of an emergency.

  1. Kitchen Culprits: Dishwashers and Refrigerators

Dishwashers and refrigerators are the two main kitchen appliances known for causing flooding. It is best to periodically check under the sink for leaks where the water supply connects to the hose. If you have a refrigerator with a water dispenser or ice maker, check the water supply line on the cold-water line. Search the base cabinet of your kitchen sink for warped flooring materials, leaks, or water pooling resulting in visible water damage.

  1. Washing Machines

Ideally, you should replace the hot and cold-water hoses on your washing machine every four to five years. This is important because the hoses can become damaged when the machine moves or vibrates during the wash cycle. Also, make sure the drain hose is secured into the housing on the wall.

  1. Water Heater

Make sure to drain your water heater once a year to prevent sediment from building up which will result in clogging. Check that your emergency overflow line is unobstructed and that your water heater is sitting on a catch pan for retaining initial leaks. If your water heater is installed in the attic, this may save your ceiling from drywall repairs.

Although faulty appliances can lead to some serious water damage, being aware and periodically inspecting them can help prevent any major disasters. If you do experience water damage to your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! We will assess the damage and begin drying the area immediately to limit secondary damage to furnishings, carpets, and structural materials. Our professionals are highly trained in water restoration and mitigation. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today for more information! (330) 921 4931

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