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Which Items Can Be Restored When Water Damage Has Occurred?!

7/25/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a commercial building destroyed by water damage. Which Items Can Be Restored When Water Damage Has Occurred?!

Can you restore items after water damage??

Which Item Can Be Properly Restored And Which Must Be Replaced:

If you have a flooded company building, there are many things you need to consider. With any type of water damage to your building, after restoration experts have properly mitigated damage, there is still the issue of content care with items inside your building.   

Electronics:

-After a flood or plumbing issue such as a broken pipe, electronics should be the main concern, as lasting water damage can irrevocably damage them. Electronics should all be powered off, such as:  

  • Computers or desktops 
  • DVD players  
  • Televisions 
  • Laptops  
  • Phones     

If electronics have been damaged during a flood, it's a good idea to have them professionally restored. This may include drying the gadget and cleaning the corrosion. 

Food 

-If your flooded company stored any food within the building, you should wash, rinse, and disinfect anything that was in a metal can or retort pouch. After that, as long as the contents inside were not damaged, it is still safe to consume. Any utensils made of metal can be washed and sanitized, but anything made of wood that has come into contact with any water should be thrown out. 

Carpet:  

-Carpets are porous and should most likely be thrown out if they have significant damage. This is because carpets and rugs are porous and can attract mold or mildew, which will cause you more problems later on. If you have carpets or rugs that are not significantly damaged, bring them to a professional dry cleaning service before using them again.

With any type of water damage, it's important to document and report any damaged items to your insurance company. Items you need to replace within your company may be covered by insurance.

If your commercial building has experienced any water damage event, it's important to clean and restore contents as soon as possible. A flooded company building should be properly restored before letting your employees come back to work.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Three Reasons Not To Drive Through Flood Water

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

3 Reasons Not To Drive Through Flood Water

The temptation to drive through flood water can be difficult to resist. Perhaps you are eager to get home to deal with your flooded basement, or maybe you just don’t want to take the time to go around. Driving down a flooded street can be dangerous, so consider letting a professional storm damage restoration service clean up your basement, while you review these three reasons not to drive through floodwater:  

1. You could damage your vehicle. Most cars only have a few inches of ground clearance and even a large truck or SUV may not have more than a couple of feet. Flood water can damage the engine, electrical system and interior of your vehicle. Additionally, flooded roads may have potholes, debris and other obstacles concealed by standing water.

 2. You could lose control of your vehicle. As little as six inches of standing water on a flooded street can cause you to lose traction, skid off the road and cause an accident. 12 inches of water can cause most cars to float. A floating vehicle won’t respond to your attempts to steer or brake, which could lead to an accident, or even cause your vehicle to be washed away. Floodwaters can also stall engines. A car with no working engine can not be driven out of floodwater or maneuvered to avoid potential collisions.

3. You could drown. A vehicle that is stalled or washed away by floodwaters can fill with water and cause drowning or be washed into a river or creek. The people who may attempt to rescue you from your flooded vehicle are also at risk of drowning.  

In almost all cases, the risks of driving down a flooded street outweigh any time or inconvenience you might save by not taking a detour. If there is a potential for flood conditions in the forecast the  travel tips  may help you successfully navigate areas at high risk for flooding.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols 

304-291-3434

Dishwasher Overflowing?!

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of dishwasher that had broke and spraying water. Dishwasher Overflowing?!

When it comes to an overflowing dishwasher in your Morgantown home or business, finding water cleanup services as quickly as possible is the best thing you can do for your property. Water damages wait for no one and come at the most inconvenient times. Without immediate attention, excess moisture can cause mold.  

Imagine a scenario where you did not realize regular dish soap cannot be used in a dishwasher, and the resulting overflow left you in need of urgent water restoration services. As the suds pop and deflate, leaving a puddle behind, the tile of your floor can become endangered, as well as your cabinetry. When you call SERVPRO of Morgantown for help, our technicians can come to your home quickly. At SERVPRO at Morgantown, we pride ourselves on being experts at water remediation. To find hidden pockets of water, we can:    

  • Use thermal imaging cameras, to locate pockets between walls and under the flooring  Remove the toe kicks from below your counters to look under them  Use moisture meters to measure levels inside of your home   

Using some advanced technological devices, we can reach difficult places in your home!  Our SERVPRO of Morgantown technicians can use the following advanced technological devices to remove excess water:   

  • Extractors   
  • Wet/dry vacuums     
  • Flood drying mats 
  • Dehumidifiers    

Our technicians always aim to leave your home feeling like it did before your water-related problems began. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so give us a call. We're dedicated to leaving you feeling happy about the service you received.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of hardwood flooring getting clean by a mop. Hardwood Floor Cleaning

Do you have hardwood floors in your home or business?

Hardwood cleaning is a lot more than just sweeping and mopping. The flooring still builds up and accumulates soil which can be a hassle. The sweeping and mopping does not get the breakdown of the soil. This is why our floors still seem dirty. It just keeps the floor tidy.

Once you get a SERVPRO of Morgantown Professional in the home, they can restore the flooring. It can almost look as good as new. The SERVPRO of Morgantown Professional hardwood floor cleaning is more intensive. SERVPRO of Morgantown has trained Professionals to know how to complete and get your wood floors back and looking as good as new.

"Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Tips On Ways To Prevent Cigarette Fires

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a hand holding a lit cigarette. Ways to Avoid Fires from Cigarettes

A cigarette fire in Morgantown or anywhere else it could occur, is preventable by practicing a bit of common sense while indulging in a habit that many find relaxing. Fire cleanup, whether a small convenience or major undertaking, is an activity that no one would find relaxing.

Ways to Avoid Fires from Cigarettes: 

It is a fact that smoking indoors is a leading cause of house fires. Before lighting up, consider the following tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

  • Smoke outdoors. Homes are filled with flammable materials; an additional benefit to smoking outside is that you can avoid the need to deodorize your home from cigarette smoke.
  • Do not smoke while taking medications that increase drowsiness. Avoid alcohol consumption that might also make you less aware of your surroundings.
  • Make sure to completely put out your cigarette. Cigarette butts can smolder for hours.
  • Never smoke in bed. You are more likely to fall asleep there, and bedrooms are typically filled with combustible materials.
  • Empty ashtrays regularly to avoid an ashtray fire.
  • Use an ashtray with a wide base or with a weighted bottom to prevent tip overs.
  • Do not smoke around medical oxygen tanks. They can explode from exposure to sparks or flames.
  • Use water to make sure that cigarettes are completely out before putting butts into trash receptacles. 
  • Do not leave a lighted cigarette unattended. Pets, children, or even gravity could dislodge it and bring it into contact with flammable material.
  • Vaping also poses fire and burn risks because electronic cigarettes can, and have been known to, explode.

All fire personnel know that a cigarette fire is an all-too-common occurrence that can be easily avoided with some foresight. Responsible smoking practices can serve the dual purpose of indulging in a personal pleasure and keeping yourself and others safe.

"Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Different Types of Storm Damage

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of animated pictures of different types of severe weather. Different Types of Storm Damage

Did you know there are different types of storms?

SERVPRO of Morgantown will share some examples

  • Storm Related Water Damage -  This category of storm damage includes flooding events like tropical storms, flash floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes or Pretty much any storm related event that causes water to intrude into your home or business. This type of damage often happens as a result of or alongside several of the other common types of storm damage. 
  • Wind Damage - High winds can cause significant damage to roofs, trees, vehicles and windows.
  • Hail Damage - dents in shingles, vents and cars
  • Lightening Damage - can spark fires
  • Winter Storms - Freezing Rain, snow which can cause roof collapse, ice dams and pipe burst.

Regardless of the type of storm damage that you may experience, SERVPRO of Morgantown is available to walk you through the necessary steps needed to restore your home or business.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Emergency Water Damage Tips

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a living room/ dining room full of water. Water Damage

SERVPRO of Morgantown want to offer some Emergency Water Damage Tips.

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • First Step is to shut off the water source if it is available.
  • You can remove all of the overabundant water by mopping.
  • You should remove or set up the upholstery cushions to help dry.
  • You could also put up furniture by using wood blocks.
  • Move all rugs from soaked carpets.
  • Please do not use a vacuum to remove any excess water from the home.
  • Please do not use ceiling fans if wet and stay out of the rooms that have a bulge ceiling.
  • Do not leave any type of books or colored items on carpets.
  • Lastly, remove wet fabrics and do not leave them in their place.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Experiencing Hail Damage?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Ever Experienced Hail Damage?!

When someone says that there is a storm on the way, keep in mind that there are all kinds of different storms. All kinds of different storms can produce damage to your home or business.

Some storms that occur produce hail.

  • Hail can be the size of a pea or the size of a soft ball. Hail can do a lot of damage to your property. It can put small or large dents in your vehicles, and out door furniture.
  • Large hail can also damage damage your roof and siding of your home. Hail has also been known to bust a window.

Here at SERVPRO of Morgantown, we know how devastating any type of damage can be so if you find your self in the situation that you have had damage to your home or business because of a hail storm, give SERVPRO of Morgantown a call.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols. 

What can you restore after water damage?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Can you restore items after water damage?

Which Item Can Be Properly Restored And Which Must Be Replaced  

If you have a flooded company building, there are many things you need to consider. With any type of water damage to your building, after restoration experts have properly mitigated damage, there is still the issue of content care with items inside your building.    

Electronics  

  • After a flood or plumbing issue such as a broken pipe, electronics should be the main concern, as lasting water damage can irrevocably damage them. Electronics should all be powered off, such as: 
  • Computers or desktops  
  • DVD players   
  • Televisions  
  • Laptops   
  • Phones    

 ** If electronics have been damaged during a flood, it's a good idea to have them professionally restored. This may include drying the gadget and cleaning the corrosion.  

Food  

  • If your flooded company stored any food within the building, you should wash, rinse, and disinfect anything that was in a metal can or retort pouch.
  • After that, as long as the contents inside were not damaged, it is still safe to consume.
  • Any utensils made of metal can be washed and sanitized, but anything made of wood that has come into contact with any water should be thrown out.  

Carpet 

  • Carpets are porous and should most likely be thrown out if they have significant damage. This is because carpets and rugs are porous and can attract mold or mildew, which will cause you more problems later on. If you have carpets or rugs that are not significantly damaged, bring them to a professional dry cleaning service before using them again.

With any type of water damage, it's important to document and report any damaged items to your insurance company. Items you need to replace within your company may be covered by insurance.

If your commercial building has experienced any water damage event, it's important to clean and restore contents as soon as possible. A flooded company building should be properly restored before letting your employees come back to work.

For any questions, give us a call today!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Employee Training

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Certifications for a SERVPRO of Morgantown Employee

SERVPRO of Morgantown Professionals 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.

Here are some certifications that our Professionals can receive are:

  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician,
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician, and
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols