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How Does Extraction Happen for Large Loss Incidents?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Syracuse University tower building Large Loss Commercial Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Syracuse Is Provided by SERVPRO--Get Educated on Whom to Call for Help!

Syracuse has many considerable commercial properties, including many buildings for the university, where substantial water disasters could occur.

With hundreds of structures on the University property alone, our commercial response for disasters in Syracuse is valuable. Thousands of students and faculty depend on our professionals' experience for water loss incidents, which can be among the most common callout for our restoration professionals throughout the year. This includes times like winter break when cold snaps can impact structures throughout the campus and burst pipes.

How Do Large Loss Events Get Managed?

Burst pipes require immediate water restoration in Syracuse properties because the situation could quickly get out of control. Standing water becomes a primary concern in these emergencies, and with how fast movement can occur, our involvement as a large loss recovery team can be vital in these circumstances. Along with other franchisees in the area, we can join forces with other SERVPRO teams to combine:

  • Resources
  • Personnel
  • Equipment
  • Experience

Are There Industrial Grade Electric Submersible Pumps?

Beyond the repairs that your structure will need that our in-house contractors can provide, extractors are among the first pieces of equipment used in the management of water flooding conditions. With widespread concerns, industrial grade electric submersible pumps can be ideal. These heavy-duty options can often provide a discharge of up to 265 feet, allowing one unit to be a versatile choice in large loss water removal. Hoses for these units can be upwards of twelve inches, allowing these powerful extractors to move substantial water volumes of 6000 gallons per minute maximum.

From burst pipes to other substantial water floodings concern that could impact campus properties, our fast-responding technicians can help. You can count on our SERVPRO of East Onondaga County team to provide experience and efficient extraction devices to make water loss incidents "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (315) 446-8776.

I Am Overwhelmed -- How Do I Find the Best Water Restoration Companies in Syracuse?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Consider the Training, Location, Experience, and Equipment Inventory -- SERVPRO Checks All the Boxes to Lead Among Water Restoration Companies in Syracuse.

A water emergency makes no appointment, causing sudden and unexpected confusion and mess that stops your day to day life in Syracuse life in its tracks. Unless you previously experienced a water loss, the many consequences of the aftermath are hard to absorb. Fortunately, if you sign on with a reputable and reliable recovery firm fast, the panic and chaos dissipate quickly. The task you face in finding and hiring such a water restorer is daunting. Here are some tips to help you hire a company that meets your needs.

What Is the Number One Characteristic of a High-Quality Water Damage Recovery Firm?

Sorting through the water restoration companies in Syracuse, unfortunately, must occur in haste. The most critical concern is to verify the type and extent of training the company you consider hiring pursued and continues for both its management and technicians. The industry standard is the rigorous coursework and hands-on training provided by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Implementation of the knowledge and theories gained during the training and continuing educational opportunities ensures the water restoration delivered bases its approach on research and proven results. 

Is It Important for Water Restoration Companies to Be Local?

It is not unusual for traveling water damage restoration salespeople to canvass neighborhoods, inquiring if help is needed, especially after a storm or a neighborhood disaster like a water main break. You might feel almost lucky to have someone come to the door, feeling like they are saving you from making phone calls and sending emails that can go unanswered. Before you sign a contract, think local. It can be a significant mistake to jump at the chance to hire an itinerant water restoration company:

  • You typically are talking to a member of their salesforce, not a trained and experienced inspector or restorer, so an accurate assessment of the damage is not made immediately
  • You cannot be sure the company has the required local and state licenses and certifications to do the job
  • You will not be able to check references of the company in your accustomed way by talking with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family
  • The company without a local presence cannot complete needed inspections and assessments ahead of time
  • The company’s work crews are likely to arrive without an individualized plan for your space, just a cookie-cutter approach they use at every venue
  • If you have questions or concerns during the job it is hard to locate a person with the power to intervene -- headquarters might be hundreds of miles away if you can even be sure there is a central office
  • After the job completes it can be impossible to connect with the company if work is shoddy or additional issues crop up 

Does Hands-On Experience Matter When Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Company?

SERVPRO is an IICRC-certified local company, committed to the community in which we live and work as well as each customer who honors us with their confidence. With those two boxes checked, we also offer years of experience in the industry, each job we take on supported by the projects we completed before arriving at the most recent crisis. The skill and confidence we have gained previously benefit our current and future customers.  

What Equipment Do Highly-Qualified Water Damage Restoration Companies Rely Upon?

Expect a competent water damage recovery company to arrive with an array of equipment in their service vehicles, ready to start emergency services without delay as soon as the project manager completes a safety and damage assessment. At a minimum we drive to your site with the following water damage-focused equipment:

  • Moisture detection and measurement devices
  • Some submersible gas-fueled pumps for water deeper than two inches
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Onboard generator to power extractors and access to a holding tank
  • Portable extractors with backpack or rolling tanks
  • Wand extensions and squeegees to assist with extraction
  • EPA-Registered cleaners and disinfectants
  • 1.6 mil polyethylene and conduit or other framing materials for containment areas
  • Negative pressure air scrubbing equipment
  • Floor mats and other accessories for an Injectidry-type system
  • Air movers
  • Heaters
  • Dehumidifiers
  • General tools, personal protective equipment, and more 

SERVPRO of East Onondaga County provides our customers with the best protocols and results, placing us among the most reliable and capable water restoration companies based in our community. Call (315) 446-8776 for prompt and professional assistance from our IICRC-trained, highly-qualified, and well-outfitted team.

What Is The Easiest Way To Clean The Ceiling After Fire Damage In My Syracuse Apartment?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged walls and ceiling Syracuse your fire damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability.

SERVPRO Provides Resources that Match the Cleaning Challenge Making It Easier to Restore Your Soiled Ceiling

Cleaning the ceiling can present many challenges, especially considering most smoke residues settle on its surface when there is a fire in your property. SERVPRO technicians have several resources that can help ease the cleaning of the ceiling in your Syracuse property.

What complicates ceiling cleaning after fire damage in Syracuse homes?

  • The unusual position
  • Delicate materials
  • Ceiling fixtures

The location of the ceiling leads to awkward posture when cleaning, which can complicate the process or even lead to injuries. Our SERVPRO technicians in Syracuse use various accessories to simplify the process. For instance, we have different types of ladders, which help ensure proximity to the soiled areas. Alternatively, we can attach extension poles to regularly brush or cleaning sponge holders, for telescopic access to the ceiling when standing on the floor and at a less tiring angle.

Do ceiling materials affect the cleaning process?

Houses have various types of ceiling constructions, including:

Apart from the conventional ceiling, the other types add some level of difficulty to the cleaning process because of the design or the materials used to make them. For instance, if you have a suspended or drop ceiling, it is made of lightweight acoustic materials. Regular cleaning can damage it by over-wetting the panels. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized cleaning methods such as Peroxide Active Cleaning, which eliminates overwetting.

We also overcome problems associated with different designs. For instance, the waffle-like coffered design or the multiple levels of the tray ceiling create crests and basins, which make it harder to remove residues. Our technicians have access to different resources, including chemical sponges and compressed air equipment, to help reach the residues conveniently. 

With the right support, it is easier to remove soiling from a ceiling after fire damage. Call SERVPRO of East Onondaga County at (315) 446-8776 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Who Can Help Me Fast with Water Removal in My Syracuse Laundromat?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

rows of washers in a laundromat Syracuse Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Keeping the Doors Open for Business

The Community Depends on Your Company--SERVPRO Has Scalable Resources to Conquer the Challenge of Commercial Water Damage Syracuse 

When a supply line or water heater breaks down in your Syracuse laundromat, your entire customer service area and backrooms can fill with water. You need a fast and professional response to limit the downtime for the neighborhood to access your essential washing and drying equipment. Safety is a concern because of the enhanced conductivity caused by excess water. It places your customers, employees, and our crew at risk of electric shock as well as posing separate slip, trip, and fall potential.

How Efficiently Can We Remove the Water?

While the crew chief inspects your commercial building, our Syracuse Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) begin staging water removal and drying equipment. Fully-stocked service vehicles brought the team to your door, so not a moment is wasted. Once the chief gives the go-ahead, our crew:

  • Positions submersible pumps for water deeper than two inches
  • Lines up and then operates truck-mounted extractors to evacuate the bulk of water remaining after pumping
  • Begins collecting data on hidden water and measuring moisture levels in building materials
  • Employs portable extractors to access water in confined spaces

Is the Job Done When All Standing Water Is Gone?

SERVPRO knows aggressive extraction is the key to successful water damage resolution, but our Applied Structural Drying (ASD)-trained technicians also must reduce lingerie moisture in structural components to normal levels. We determine drying goals and equipment configurations using the moisture measurements collected during extraction. Our team uses its mastery of psychrometry, the science of drying, to manipulate the balance of air movement, temperature, and dehumidification toward efficacious drying.

Experienced and highly-qualified managers and technicians plus state-of-the-art equipment form the foundation of SERVPRO of East Onondaga County’s successful approach to commercial water damage resolution. The resources needed to solve your business loss are available 24/7 at (315) 446-8776.

Choose Storm Damage Experts for Your Business

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

After a devastating storm, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga as soon as possible. Our job is to repair your home to its pre-disaster condition.

After a big storm, you probably want to get back to business as soon as possible. But you also may be out some money if you had to close for the storm, or if the bad weather reduced your number of customers. So you may not feel inclined to pay extra money for professional storm damage remediation for your business or facility.

However, expert remediation after storm damage can provide a multitude of benefits. Discover some reasons why you should choose a storm damage expert after such an event, whether your business is large or small.

  1. Avoid Nasty Surprises From Compounded Damage

If water gets into your building (say through an open window or roof leak), the damage could continue to worsen even after you have cleaned it up. If you dry up the visible water, you could still have water under the floor or inside the walls, damaging the structure of your building and even creating a humid environment.

Hiring professional remediators can avoid this issue. For one thing, professional remediators have the expertise to know where to look for hidden damage. For another, they have equipment such as large fans and dehumidifiers to help remove any excess moisture in the air that could lead to damage.

  1. Get Back to Business Fast

Although professional remediators cost more, they are also fast and efficient at what they do. This means that if you choose an expert rather than, say, a general contractor or handyman, you could clean up your storm damage on a tighter schedule, allowing you to reopen your facility for business as usual.

  1. Clean Up Not Only Surfaces but Also Air

Although the ideal is to clean up any water damage from a storm within 24 to 48 hours, the truth is that you may not even spot the damage right away. For instance, the storm could happen on the weekend, or you may have evacuated before the storm. In this scenario, your facility could already have contaminated air when you start the cleanup process.

Storm damage, especially water damage, can contaminate your indoor air in a variety of ways. For example, water damage raises the humidity in the air. This humidity can lead to increased off-gassing of chemicals or spikes in airborne allergens and germs.

Professional remediators have plenty of equipment on hand for scrubbing contaminants out of the air as well as cleaning up the surfaces in your building. Moisture meters, dehumidifiers, and air cleaning machines can rapidly restore your indoor air quality to normal.

  1. Don't Miss Hidden Damage

If you have considered professional storm damage remediation, you probably have at least some storm damage sitting out in the open, such as a shattered window. However, this obvious damage can come along with some hidden damage, which you may need an expert to find and identify.

For instance, smaller leaks may go unnoticed until they have caused considerable damage. A professional storm damage remediation expert can help assess the condition of your roof and siding to see if any less-obvious leaks or damaged spots are hidden there.

As you can see, hiring a storm damage expert is the best way to get peace of mind, clean up your storm damage quickly and thoroughly, and get back to business as usual.

SERVPRO of East Onondaga is a highly experienced remediation company that offers water damage, fire damage, and storm damage cleanup. For more information on the storm damage services SERVPRO of East Onondaga can provide, get in touch today to discuss your specific storm damage situation. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your restoration needs.

Protect Your Commercial Property From Water Damage

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with any water damage, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga. We have the experienced and resources to handle any size disaster.

As the owner of a commercial business, you have a lot on your plate. Your responsibilities are even greater though if you are responsible for the upkeep of the building that you operate out of. A commercial building can have a lot going on, with plumbing and drainage systems that are much more complex than what you have at home.

Suddenly sustaining water damage is every business owner's worst nightmare. You could suffer damage not just to your building but to your inventory, materials or supplies within it. If you want to minimize the chances of this happening, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Get a Tax-Deductible Pump

A sewer or flood backup pump can help remove water from your property as it arrives and hopefully before any significant damage is done. Some cities and towns even offer tax rebates or other beneficial programs to businesses like yours who work to keep their property flood free. 

But even if you won't be getting a rebate or deductible out of the job, installing a backup pump is still a good idea. The money you put towards it now could pay off by saving you thousands of dollars in the event that something does go wrong.

Get Every Employee on Board with the Shutdown Plan

You are just going about your day as normal when suddenly, it happens. A pipe bursts or backs up and overflows, and suddenly there is water pouring in where it should not be. After you get over the initial shock, your first priority should be to get to the shut off valves. But a commercial building can have shut off valves in multiple locations.

Make sure as many employees as possible are aware of the location of each shut off valve to use in an emergency. You can’t prevent all damage at this point, but you can limit the damage by thinking quickly and acting fast.

Get Insulated

Plumbing in some commercial buildings will be exposed. If the piping for your plumbing or your manufacturing process is out in the open, this could leave it more vulnerable to freezing, especially if part of your commercial building is not heated in the winter.

If you want to reduce the chances of a pipe bursting and flooding your building due to the frigid cold, pipe insulation can help. Contact a local professional and get every exposed pipe on your property properly insulated.

Get the Number of a 24/7 Emergency Service Before You Need It

Something went wrong and now there's water where there should be none. You can't undo what's already happened, but you can work to get your property restored before further damage occurs. Research the number of a local water damage restoration company now before you need it.

For best results, find a company that offers a 24/7 emergency service. You don't want to let standing water linger over the weekend or a holiday because your chosen contractor is not available. A 24/7 emergency water damage service will leap into action quickly and put you back on the path towards re-opening your business before too much revenue is lost.

No one ever expects water damage to occur, but you can reduce the negative effects by planning for a worst case scenario in advance. Educate your employees on where the shut down valves are located, install a backup pump system if it will help, and reach out to a local water damage professional now to start a relationship before you actually need them.

SERVPRO of East Onondaga provides water damage repair and other disaster restoration services. Contact us today to get help fast.

Electrical Damage After Flooding

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience any damage after a storm, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga. Our goal is to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flood water comes from just about anywhere: outside your home, inside your home, and even directly from the ground. When your home is exposed to floodwater, it experiences major damage fast, including to the electrical system inside your home.

Water and electricity do not mix, and a wet system can cause major injury or even death. If you want to better protect your family and home after a flood, check out these three common types of electrical damages.

  1. Appliances

Some appliances may be salvageable after a flood. The first step, however, is to wait until the water has receded and the power is off to the entire home. Then you can begin drying the appliance. However, you should not use it until after it has been inspected by a professional who can determine if the water damage created a risk of fire or electrocution.

When it comes to a refrigerator, the effort necessary to salvage the fridge may be too much work. Not only do you have to ensure the electrical components are intact, but contaminants may also be inside the fridge's water dispenser and/or ice maker. This will need to be cleaned, and the filter will need to be replaced, especially if your area is under a boil alert due to contaminated water from the flood..

Another problem with appliances like refrigerators is insulation. Fridges use insulation to help keep the items inside naturally colder without using so much energy. If this insulation gets exposed to water, it will soak up a lot and take a long time to dry, increasing the risk of mold and future electrical damage or shocks.

  1. Electrical System

Most of your home's electrical system is inside the walls. If water gets inside the walls, it can damage wires and other electrical components. This increases the risk of a fire because even a small spark can ignite the wall's insulation, giving the fire lots of fuel to spread. Damage to wires can also cause electrocution.

For this reason, you need to ensure your entire electrical system is off before you go inside your home, especially before you walk into any standing water. Standing water alone can be dangerous because of the bacteria and viruses it may contain, but even if you've turned off the power to the room, standing in the water puts you at risk of shock if other wires are live.

To protect yourself from potential electrical shock, your local utility company will have to come and physically remove your electrical meter from the socket, which fully removes you from the power grid. Only then will your home be completely void of electricity, but you'll still need a professional to examine the system.

  1. Outlets

Outlets are often positioned near the floor, which increases the risk of water damage during flooding. Any outlet that gets wet can begin to corrode. You may think the outlet is working fine, but behind the scenes, rust is spreading, causing the outlet to slowly lose power, making it obsolete.

Similarly, trying to use a wet outlet puts you at a high risk of electrocution, especially if the house is still wet and has standing water.

When in doubt, if an outlet may have been exposed to flood water, you should consider having it replaced. Luckily, you won't break the bank doing so because outlets are often an affordable purchase. Plus, the work involved is minimal, so you won't have to pay a fortune in labor costs. Last, many newer outlets are better, safer, and more energy-efficient.

If your home was exposed to flood water, it may have a lot of underlying damage that can put you and your family at risk for major injury or accidental death. If you would like to know more about repairing your home after a flood, contact us at SERVPRO of East Onondaga today.

How to Spot and Repair Storm Damage

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience any damage or are in need repairs down after a storm, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County.

A large storm can wreak havoc on your home. Roof damage and other exterior issues can lead to water damage inside, such as attic leaks or mold problems. Whether you are dealing with high winds, hail, or ice, you can mitigate storm damages by identifying and addressing problem areas as soon after the storm as possible.

Roof and Gutters

The roof is designed to protect your home, so it often takes the brunt of any damage that is caused during a storm. Gutter and drainage systems are also prone to storm damage, which can be a huge problem since these systems are necessary for routing away water during storms.

What to Look For

The most obvious signs of roof problems are missing or damaged shingles. Large branches or pieces of debris on the roof could also indicate damage. You can typically spot these from the ground or the top of a ladder — you don’t actually need to get on the roof. Hail damage is less obvious. You may find roofing granules in the gutters, or you may notice sampling or shiny spots on the shingles.

Gutter damage is another issue. Walk the perimeter of your home and survey all the gutters to make sure they are still firmly attached and not sagging or otherwise damaged. Look for debris blocking gutters or downspouts, particularly if the storm produced high winds.

Restoration Tips

Prompt repair of any damage will prevent water from getting into your home and causing more extensive problems. Damaged shingles can be replaced, although it may be more cost effective to have entire roof replacement if your roof is reaching the end of its expected service life or if it has hail damage.

Gutters can also be repaired, with replacement usually only necessary if the guttering has holes in it. If the gutters were torn from the eaves, you may also need to repair damaged soffits or fascia boards.

Siding and Windows

Hail and wind cause most siding and window damage. Hail can break windows or put holes in vinyl siding. Metal siding isn't immune to damages, either, as hail can dent it badly. Wind may force water up and under siding or through poorly sealed windows. The water that gets in can lead to rot and mold problems.

What to Look For

Siding damage is often obvious, as you will see the hole, crack, or loose siding. Water may be under the siding if you notice any gaps at the siding seams. Another sign of water underneath the siding is the appearance of mildew or algae stains that appear to be leaking from beneath a siding panel.

Window damage is usually obvious if you perform an inspection right after the storm when things are still damp. Look for water inside the house around the window. If you have wooden frames or sills, probe them gently to see if the wood feels soft. If you can insert an awl more than 1/8 inch into the wood, rot may already be setting in.

Restoration Tips

You may be able to patch or replace a length of vinyl or metal siding if you can find a color match, otherwise full replacement may be necessary. Gaps and holes, in both siding and around windows, can be repaired with caulk and sealants.

Wood rot that has affected window frames or siding can't usually be repaired, so replacement will be necessary. In some cases you can have only the damaged areas cut out and replaced, which lowers your repair costs.

Contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County for more information on what to do if your home experiences storm damage3

Spots to Find Hidden Fire Damage

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Onondaga County knows exactly what steps to follow a fire. Give us a call and we will guide you through the process.

The Top Spots to Find Hidden Fire Damage in Your Home

Charred chairs and burnt bedroom sets are visible signs of fire damage. But some of the aftermath may remain hidden from view long after you think the cleanup is over. Take a look at the top spots for hidden fire damage and what you can do about them.

Air Ducts

Your home's HVAC system pulls air from the house into the heater or air conditioner and through the ducts. Whether you have the heat or AC on, your system forcibly pushes the recycled air around your home. If the fire damage extends into your ductwork or the furnace/air conditioner pulled smoke in during the blaze, the ventilation system could have soot in it.

What happens to leftover soot that's hidden in your home's ducts? When you turn the HVAC system on again it can carry the soot throughout your home. Along with coating your walls, floors, and furniture with a fresh layer of debris, soot can cause or aggravate respiratory issues — especially in young children or anyone with a breathing or cardiac condition.

If you suspect soot in your ducts, discuss this potential hidden problem with a qualified fire damage restoration professional. The expert can evaluate your home's damage and recommend a treatment plan to eliminate this issue.

Wall Spaces

Fire damage on the walls is obvious. But it can also penetrate the outermost layer and cause problems under the surface. An electrical fire that started inside of a wall can char wires, burn wooden studs, and seriously damage the interior structure of your home. Along with this type of damage, the fire fighters may have cut holes in the walls during the extinguishing process.

Damage inside of walls can pose a serious safety risk. Charred wires can lead to additional electrical issues (and possibly another fire) and burn-damaged studs or wood can cause structural problems.

If the extinguishing process results in water damage to the interior of the walls, the studs/frame and other components could rot or grow mold. You'll need a professional fire restoration service to inspect and repair the walls before you take the next step.

Attic Areas

Do you use your attic space? If you rarely to never go into your attic, you may forget to check the area for post-fire damage. While soot in the attic or smoke damage isn't plainly visible, you shouldn't ignore it.

Even though your attic is unused or storage-only space, it can still sustain serious damage — even if the flames don't come near the top floor area. Smoke from the fire will rise and eventually make its way to the attic. This traps potentially toxic gases in the area that, over time, can cause respiratory or heart disease. Whether you use this area or not, the health risks make restoration necessary.

The restoration contractor should inspect your attic from damage and create a treatment plan that includes a complete cleaning.

Carpet Padding

The carpets are singed and soaked. But again, the visible damage isn't the only problem you may have to deal with. It's possible the fire damaged the padding under carpet. If the fire itself didn't burn the padding, the extinguishing process may have left a damp mess behind. Moisture trapped under the carpet's surface can result in mold growth or cause problems, such as wood rot, with the subfloor.

A fire damage and restoration contractor can remove the top layer of flooring and check what's underneath. If the padding is damaged, moldy, or unusable, you'll need to remove and replace it. When the contractor removes the padding, they can clean the floor underneath and remove leftover debris, moisture, or mold.

Do you have fire damage? Contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga for more information.

Do You Have Hidden Water Damage?

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with any water damage, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County. We have the experienced to take care of any restoration needs.

Small leaks can have huge repercussions, especially if the leak goes unnoticed for a while. For this reason, homeowners need to know the signs of hidden water damage and what they can do if it has occurred.

Common Sources of Hidden Damage

The first step to addressing hidden water damage is to locate where it has occurred.

Roof Leaks

The roof is often the culprit of water damage. Often, water that gets in through the roof drips into the attic, where insulation absorbs the moisture at first. Water damage can accumulate for weeks or months before it is severe enough to drip through to the rooms below.

Inspect your roof regularly for leaks, especially if you have noticed issues like missing or damaged shingles. Go into the attic during a rainstorm, or have someone spray the roof with a hose while you perform the inspection.

Shine a flashlight through the dark attic and look for the glisten of water. You may also be able to spot wet insulation or water damaged joists. The musty odor of mildew or mold may also indicate a leak.

Plumbing Issues

Not all plumbing leaks are obvious. Sometimes leaks happen where drain pipes and water supply lines run through a wall, which keeps the leak hidden from view until the damage becomes severe. Water supply leaks can be more obvious than drain leaks, because you will likely notice increase in your water bill or usage amounts with supply leaks.

Other symptoms of a hidden leak may include water pressure loss or the sound of running water in your walls when the tap is turned off. Walls or flooring near pipes and drains may begin to warp or feel soft. Sometimes mold spots appear on a wall or the paint begins to bubble.

External Factors

Foundation, basement, and wall leaks are also common. These leaks can be caused by storms or from drainage issues around your home. Wind and rain pressure from a storm, for example, can drive water underneath damage siding or through poorly sealed windows. Water runoff, particularly from misaligned gutters or downspouts, can accumulate near the house and seep through foundation and basement walls.

Basements, in particular, are prone to water damage. High water tables and flooding are the most common issues. A moldy or damp odor indicates that water is getting in somewhere. You may also notice visible mold or rotten wall boards or wood.  

Damage Restoration Methods

Fortunately, most water damage can be addressed and repaired. Once you fix the cause, you can begin restoration.

Cleaning Advice

Mold and mildew are the main concerns with water damage. You can usually clean mold up by first drying out the affected area and then cleaning it thoroughly with a bleach solution. Wear a mask and eye protection, as mold can be an irritant for some people. The most challenging aspect of cleanup is accessing everywhere that is affected, such as inside carpet padding or the backside of walls.

Restoration Possibilities

Many items in your home can be restored once cleanup is complete. These items include hard flooring, some furniture, and your counters and walls. Hard surface can be wiped cleaned. Stains that can't be removed can be painted over.

If wall board damage is minimal, a fresh layer of drywall compound followed by primer and paint can save the wall. Even wood can be saved from minimal water damage, although it may need to be sanded and stained.

Replacement Needs

Carpets and upholstered furniture are the most difficult items to save after extensive water damage. If you catch the damage early and dry out the textiles quickly, you may be able to avoid damage. Otherwise, mold and mildew can grow deep in carpet padding or inside upholstery. If professional cleaning doesn't remove stains and odor, you’ll likely need to replace these items.

Contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga to learn more about your options after water damage.