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Failed Sump Pumps

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of someone's flooding basement due to a sump pump. Failed Sump Pumps

If you have a sump pump, most of the time you don't realize how important it is until it stops working. 

Power outages, failure and a sump pump that cannot handle the capacity are common problems. Avoid potential problems by doing routine inspections or replacing your old sump pump. Usually sump pumps should be replaced about 5 years or according to manufacturer's guidelines and each year the sump, switch and float should be inspected as well. 

Pay attention to how often the sump pump is running and if it runs regularly or there is a higher water table, consider a sump pump with higher horsepower. Another way to increase the pump's efficiency and prolong its life is to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris routinely. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace and also be aware in the winter the discharge line may freeze bringing the water back into your house. 

Regular checks can make sure you don't ever get surprised by your sump pump!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Different Types of Storm Damage

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a room with smoke damage. Different Types of Storm Damage

Did you know that there are different types of smoke? 

We are here to help you with your smoke damage and to help know the difference between the three. 

There are different types of smoke that can occur.

The main three that occur are Wet, Dry, and Protein.

  • Wet Smoke- works with plastics and rubbers that have low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary.
  • Dry Smoke- works with paper and wood that is fast burning, has high temperatures, and the heat rises therefore the smoke rises.
  • Protein Smoke- is produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire. It is virtually invisible, has discolored paints and varnishes, and also has an extreme pungent odor.

If you have any questions, give us a call today. 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Restoring Items After Water Damage

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a room full of flooded water. Restoring Items After Water Damage

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

Fall and Furnace

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year! Fall is right around the corner and when the temperature drops the furnace comes on.

Before you turn your furnace on for the first time, there is one thing you should do, change the furnace filter. It is recommended that furnace filters get changed once every three months, or every month if you have a pet.   

Changing the furnace filters has a lot of advantages. By changing the furnace filters on a regular schedule. You can extend the life of your HVAC system, lower your energy bill, and maintain a healthier air quality in your home.  

 How can changing your furnace filters do all this?   

  • By changing your furnace filters. Your HVAC system does not have to work so hard to produce the same results. This helps raise the longevity of your system.
  • It also uses less energy this way, thus lowering your energy bill.
  • Finally changing the furnace filters on a regular schedule helps maintain a healthier air quality within your home.  

This is because when you have clean air filters, allergens such as dust and pet dandruff will not get recirculated into your home through your HVAC system. Built up allergens can linger for months even after the old filter has been replaced. Allergens can cause health effects.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols 

304-291-3334

Correctly Cleaning Coffee Pots

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of someone pouring a coffee pot of coffee into a cup. Correctly Cleaning Coffee Pots

Everyone loves a good cup of coffee (yes, even the stuff made in the office), but would they love it so much if they knew what was growing in the pot? Coffee pots are constantly full of water, and chances are they are not properly cleaned at the end of each day.

The result is generally hidden mold growth that infects every cup of coffee poured. If you want your employees or customers to stay healthy and happy, keep your coffee pots clean. As a bonus for your efforts, your coffee will taste better (and it won’t have that moldy smell anymore either). How To Clean Your Coffee Pot Cleaning your coffee pot is simple and shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes each week. Use these six steps, provided by SERVPRO of Morgantown mold remediation team, to prevent mold growth in your coffee pot and chamber:

1. Make a solution that is equal parts water and vinegar. Pour this in your coffeemaker’s water chamber.

2. Set your pot to brew. Allow it to do its job as normal until the water chamber is half empty

3. Turn off the machine and let it sit for half an hour, then resume brewing.

4. Rinse the machine thoroughly, then put in a new filter. Fill the water chamber with just water. Allow it to run through the brewing cycle twice.

5. Fill the carafe with warm water, some soap and a small amount of either rice or sugar, both of which serve as a gentle abrasive. Twirl the combination around in the pot, and use a sponge to remove any excess buildup. Rinse and dry thoroughly.  

6. Wipe down the outside of your coffeemaker with a damp cloth.  

While steps one through four should be done weekly, steps five and six should be done at the end of each day. By spending an hour each week cleaning your coffee pots, you can prevent mold growth and keep your employees/ customers happy and healthy.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Color Repair Certificate

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of different types of colors of carpets. Color Repair Certificate

SERVPRO of Morgantown have their professionals certified in different types of fields from Odor Control to Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration. One of the certifications that a SERVPRO of Morgantown professional has is a Color Repair Certificate (CRT). This means the person knows how to clean and renew colors with different types of fabrics and carpeting.

The SERVPRO of Morgantown Professional understands the history of color, color theory, natural and synthetic dyes, dye methods, types of dyes, types of fibers, carpet styles and dye procedures. Other topics covered include color related cleaning issues such as fading, color loss due to contamination or bleaching, and the use of cleaning agents that may affect or remove color from carpet.

Any Questions? -Call 304-291-3434

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

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