Recent Water Damage Posts

HELP! My hardwood floors have gotten wet!

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage HELP! My hardwood floors have gotten wet! Specialized equipment for a specialized job

Some of the most frantic calls we receive are when someones hardwood floors get wet during a water damage.  Even if the water is cleaned up from the surface immediately, the water may have already penetrated the flooring.  Water travels under the floor boards which causes them to swell and buckle.  It usually takes around 48 hours for signs of visible damage and in most cases this damage is irreversible which means the floor will require replacement. 

That’s where SERVPRO of Central Chester County comes in.   We have specialized floor drying equipment specifically for this problem.  It’s called a “Trapped Moisture Ventilation System” or hardwood floor drying system.  The system works by placing plastic mats on the wet flooring and using suction to draw out the moisture.  The drying process typically takes 3-5 days to return the moisture content of the floor to normal and in most cases, re-finishing is not required!

When it comes to wet hardwood flooring, time is of the essence.  The sooner the drying process begins the better the end result.  With 24 hour emergency services, we can be on-site within 4 hours to begin the drying process.  

Specialized equipment for drying hardwood floors

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Specialized equipment for drying hardwood floors Hardwood floor drying system in action!

When hardwood flooring gets wet during a water damage it can cause serious problems.  Even if the water is cleaned up from the surface immediately, the water may have already penetrated the flooring.  Water travels under the floor boards which causes them to swell and buckle.  It usually takes around 48 hours for signs of visible damage and in most cases this damage is irreversible which means the floor will require replacement.   

That’s where SERVPRO of Central Chester County comes in.   We have specialized floor drying equipment specifically for this problem.  It’s called a “Trapped Moisture Ventilation System” or hardwood floor drying system.  The system works by placing plastic mats on the wet flooring and using suction to draw out the moisture.  The drying process typically takes 3 days to return the moisture content of the floor to normal and in most cases, re-finishing is not required!

When it comes to wet hardwood flooring, time is of the essence.  The sooner the drying process begins the better the end result.  With 24 hour emergency service we can be on-site within 4 hours to begin the drying process.  

Once heater stopped working, the pipes begin to freeze.

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Once heater stopped working, the pipes begin to freeze. Damaged basement caused from frozen pipe.

There’s no better way to escape the harsh cold Chester County winter than a vacation to a nice warm beach.  But unfortunately for this older couple their heater decided it would take a vacation too, and by vacation I mean to stop working. 

Once the heater malfunctioned, temperatures inside the home dropped quickly and the kitchen sink supply line had frozen and burst.   When they arrived back home the picture shows what they found in their basement recreation room.  What a mess! 

Luckily for them, their homeowner’s insurance company told them to call SERVPRO of Central Chester County and we arrived that day to clean up the mess.  With national accounts with almost every major insurance company, 30+ years of experience in Chester county, direct billing in some instances too, it was an easy recommendation for them to make.

When the crew arrived they got right to work.  Contents were sorted and cleaned, wet non-salvageable materials were removed and disposed, drying equipment was set up, and the basement was cleaned.  The whole process was completed in a matter of hours by our experienced certified water damage technicians.  The homeowners were still unpacking by the time the crew left for the evening. 

If you take a winter vacation this year; remember to have your heat on and working, but if something you cannot control happens remember that there is always someone here to help at SERVPRO of Central Chester County. 

Ceiling collapse in Downingtown

7/28/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ceiling collapse in Downingtown Ceiling collapse in kitchen

When you come home from vacation the last thing you feel like doing is unpacking, let alone cleaning your kitchen ceiling up off the floor.  If a water leak starts when no one is home to shut it off, the damage can get extensive.  This picture shows a home after the owners took a weekend trip to the shore.  They returned to find a toilet on the second floor was clogged and kept running once they left.  The water went through the bathroom floor and into the kitchen ceiling causing the collapse.  SERVPRO of Central Chester County offers 24 hour emergency service for fire and water damage.  Our crew went out that night to start the cleaning and drying process.  Situations like this can be traumatizing but once the SERVPRO crew arrives, the customers mind is put at ease. 

Flooded basement in commercial property

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded basement in commercial property Flooding in basement caused floating floor to float!

A water main break in a vacant commercial property can be bad news for the building owner.  That’s where SERVPRO of Central Chester County comes in.  We specialize in 24 hour emergency service for water and fire damage.  In this case, we pumped out over 10,000 gallons of water!  And that was only the first step in the restoration process.  Flooring and drywall were removed; contents were moved out, documents hung to be dried, and then we set up our equipment.  Specialized air movers/fans and dehumidifiers were used to draw the remaining moisture out of the basement.  From start to finish the job took 3 days and 1 very long night.