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How to Handle Flood Damage in Meadville

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

A home sits inside of a life raft on the ocean. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Meadville property to pre-storm condition.

It feels like we are seeing thunderstorm warnings a few times a week this time of year. This makes them seem very normal, but the damage they can cause to your Meadville home is nothing common. Thunderstorms bring flash flooding that can be harmful to your home. Even just heavy rainfall can be troublesome to your home. Here is what to do if you experience some flooding in your Meadville home:

Before doing anything, you need to focus on one thing: safety! First determine if it is even safe to enter the home and be weary of “slip and fall” hazards. Be very careful with electrical hazards as well. Only do activities that are safe to perform and remember that wet objects are very heavy!

Now that you have determined it is safe, here are a few things you can do before help arrives:

  • Remove excess water with mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe away water from wood surfaces.
  • Turn on your AC for maximum drying in the summer.
  • Gather loose items from the floor.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

Now let us look at a few things you should not do:

  • Do not leave fabric in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not use a TV or other household appliances.
  • Do not ton on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and do not enter the room!

You can also check out SERVPRO of Crawford/NE Venango Counties’ full list of Flood Tips.

For all your water damage needs, call the experts! Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Meadville property to pre-storm condition.

Call SERVPRO of Crawford/NE Venango Counties today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to begin getting your Meadville home back to preloss condition. No matter the disaster, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Winter Water Damage in Meadville

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a blue home with an exuberant amount of snow on the roof and long icicles hanging off the roof. When temperatures heat up, make sure you shovel snow that’s close to your home to avoid that excess water from damaging your home.

It’s true in the winter we do not have large thunderstorms dumping rain all over Meadville. There are less threats of flash flood as well. That doesn’t mean we’re in the clear on water damage during the winter months. Winters, especially in our area, present some unique water damage threats that you should be aware about.

  1. Ice Dams

Ice dams are build-ups of ice towards the bottom of your roof. These dams cause snow to sit on your roof longer and can cause leaks in your roof. This can be extremely hazardous, creating water damage and possibly mold. To prevent this, try to rake snow off of your roof and check for build ups. Stay on the ground when you do this, or call a professional

  1. Frozen Pipes

 Frozen pipes that burst are a notorious winter water hazard. If you have pipes exposed to outer walls that are poorly insulated, you may experience some ice build up that can burst a pipe. Make sure there are no holes on your home’s exterior, and be cautious of pipes in poorly insulated areas.

  1. Snow Melt

 Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it, but eventually the warm weather will return! This means all the snow will melt which may cause water damage. When temperatures heat up, make sure you shovel snow that’s close to your home to avoid that excess water from damaging your home.

There are times that these preventions won’t be enough. If you suffer water damage during the winter, or any time during the year, call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties today. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and has the expertise to deal with any water damage you might have. We even specialize in mold remediation and restoration.

Don’t hesitate with water damage this  winter, call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website today to get your Meadville home free of any water damage.

Highly Trained Water Restoration in Crawford and NE Venango Counties

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Logo for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in water damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation


All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

If your Cranberry property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

Before You Leave: Christmas Vacation Water Damage Tips for Your Cranberry Home

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a woman with her hands on her head, looking distraught. In the background there is water damage on the wall.  The last thing you need to do is walk into a water damaged home from a pipe bursting or where water has leaked.

Are you planning a getaway this Christmas Season? Goodness knows we all need it this year! Millions of homeowners and renters will leave their home this Holiday season to venture somewhere else to forget about life a little. Ah, sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Spending a week or two for a much-needed recoup is exactly what the mind and body needed. The last thing you need to do is walk into a water damaged home from a pipe bursting or where water has leaked. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango has detailed some of our preferred winter water safety tips before you leave on your trip.

Just simply turn off the water. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? To effectively to this. You must turn it off from the main shutoff line. The valve is typically located within 3 to 5 feet of where the water main enters the home. If you do not find it on the front wall, check for a mechanical room, or near the water heater or furnace. In a crawl space or with slab construction, the shutoff valve may be right inside the crawl space.

Drain Your Pipes. If you followed the first tip, you still have a little more to do. The water that is left standing in the pipes can still freeze and cause problems. Make sure to drain the pipes fully after shutting the water off. If you are not sure how to do this, here is a little tutorial.

Keep Your Heater On. You might want to turn off the HVAC to save a little money while you away. But this is not the time to watch your pocketbook. Condensation can build up when air does not move. This can cause freezing which ultimately leads to water damage. And did you know that when you turn off the HVAC system it can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow? Consumer Reports says to simply turn it down, not off, when you leave. Never leave it below 55 degrees.

Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear. Didn’t you just do this in the fall? I know. I know. But making sure the gutters are free of leaves and debris will prevent not only water damage, but the formation of ice dams too. Take a peek before you leave.

Have someone come over and check the home.  It is never a bad idea to have someone keep an extra eye on your home when you are gone. Have them peek around for anything array. Check basements, look for water leaks, and check the downspouts. Heck! Have them get your mail too.

Sometimes every precaution in the world cannot stop some disasters. Thank goodness, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango is here every day of the year. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day—we have our crew out 365 days a year. We know better than anyone that disasters do not have a 9-5 schedule. All of us at SERVPRO wish you a safe and merry Holiday. We are here if you need us. Call 814.350.7651 and safe travels this Christmas Season.

Why is Rain So Soothing When You Sleep?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

image of rainfall and lightning through a window Rainfall actively blocks out sudden noises that would otherwise bother us. It’s nature’s version of a white noise machine.

When I opened my eyes this morning…it was still dark. There was a slight chill in the air, and it was raining so peacefully outside. I did not want to get up. The sound of the rain tapping my roof did nothing more than make me want to sleep more and hold my covers tighter. It gave me such an inner peace--- just like the waves of the ocean.

And then I thought? Why does the rain make us so calm? Why is the harmony so strong? According to researchers, we love rain and other water noises because we perceive them as non-threatening. Main Line Today says, “sudden sounds jolt us out of our reverie, triggering an evolutionary response known as the threat activated vigilance system. Rainfall not only lacks such jolts — it actively blocks out sudden noises that would otherwise bother us. It’s nature’s version of a white noise machine.”

Ah. Makes sense. That simple and repetitive sound makes us relax and forget about the busy world for a little bit. Even thunder does this for some folks. Not to undermine the seriousness of a thunder and lightning storm. We may feel peace with the flashes of light, the boom of the thunder in our chests, and the sweet sound of rain. But no doubt, a thunderstorm can cause major havoc…and all our tranquility goes right out of the window.

But SERVPRO of Crawford and North Venango Counties is here to ease the stress of any storm loss and bring back the pre-storm peace. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home or business, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Call us anytime. We will take care of the hard stuff, so you sleep peacefully once again.

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The Most Common Disaster: Flooding

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO workers removing drying equipment from a vehicle that are to be placed for water damage As a leader in water damage restoration, we have specialized training and expertise to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition

Floods are the most common and one of the most destructive natural disasters in the world. The true definition of a flood is when water inundates land that is normally dry.

According to the World Health Organization there are 3 common types of floods:

  • Flash floods are caused by rapid and excessive rainfall that raises water heights quickly, and rivers, streams, channels, or roads may be overtaken.
  • River floods are caused when consistent rain or snow melt forces a river to exceed capacity. 
  • Coastal floods are caused by storm surges associated with tropical cyclones and tsunami.

One of the biggest problems with flooding is that a flood can give little or no warning. Homeowners and business owners are left scrambling with just days or hours to prepare. Floods that happen quickly would be considered a “flash flood”.

Flooding has seen a sudden rise in recent years due to climate change factors, melting glaciers, and rising seas. According to National Geographic more than 670 US communities will face repeat flooding by the end of the century.

US flooding costs around 8 billion dollars a year. The impact of flooding can cause deadly consequences as well. Around 100 people a year die from flooding complications. Residents of flooded areas have a potential to lose their home and businesses. They are also subject to diseases such as Hepatitis A and typhoid since flood waters are considered toxic. To try and prevent the impact of flooding there has been more governmental control. The government requires that residents of high flood-prone areas to purchase flood insurance. They also have laws that set construction requirements aimed at making buildings more flood-proof. However, many US areas such as New Orleans, have entire cities built on vulnerable flood plains and deal with flooding issues on a yearly basis.

High hit cities like New Orleans had to get creative to mitigate the destruction of its city, massive efforts on part of some pretty amazing engineers created an extensive levee system to try and redirect the water.

Western Pennsylvania is foreign to disasters such as hurricane. But we still see flash floods that can cause horrific damage. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County is here to help in the instance your home or business is affected by flood waters. As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, we have the specialized training and expertise to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango County is here to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call us at 814.350.7651 so our professionals can take care of your home or business and make it "Like it never even happened."

3 Things to Know About Black Water

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

image of black water decontamination system running from remediation hose Black water has come into contact with septic matter, such as a toilet or sewer, and can carry pathogens, bacteria, fungi, and harsh chemicals.

Not all water is created equal. When water damages your home, it is important to know the source and classification of the water. Water from a tainted source is categorized as black, which can mean several things for your home. Here are the three things to know about this type of water:

  1. What is black water?

Water is categorized into three areas depending on its use: black, grey, or white. These classifications indicate the types of contaminants in the water. White water is safe for everyday use, while grey water can be used for cooking, cleaning, or bathing. It may contain soap, cooking oils or light cleaners. Black water has come into contact with septic matter, such as a toilet or sewer, and can carry pathogens, bacteria, fungi, and harsh chemicals.

  1. Where does black water come from?

Highly contaminated water can come from multiple sources. A common source is flooding. Any water source that has come in contact with fecal matter must be categorized as black. With flooding, rainwater mixes with sewer water that carries human waste and other contaminants. Water that comes from a septic system, sewer, or even livestock pasture falls into this category.

  1. What can I do about flooding in my home?

If you have flooding in your home, you will need to make sure that everything is properly cleaned, sanitized, and restored. You should avoid contact with it and wear protective gear if you plan to clean it up. Any food that came into contact with the water should be thrown away. Canned foods that are completely sealed and not damaged or dented may be able to be saved. Due to the high levels of contamination found in flood waters, it is safest to have a professional perform the cleanup. This cleaning process helps insure your home is clear of contamination and that issues common to water damaged areas, such as mold, are prevented.

When dealing with water damage in Crawford and NE Venango County, it’s important to know the classification of the water so you can be properly protected. When you know this, along with the potential sources of the flooding, you can begin taking the proper steps needed to clean, sanitize, and restore your home.

Should you need help, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are water and fire mitigation experts and will get the job done quickly and efficiently. Trust SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County with flooding and water damage!

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