What Causes Ice Dams and How Can You Prevent Them?
Ice dams– literal dams made of ice – usually form at the eaves and gutters and prevent snow/ice from melting and leaving the roof.
Primary cause is a Temperature Imbalance in the Attic:
Poor attic insulation– Insufficient or deteriorated attic insulation can allow warm air to move from the heated areas of the house to the attic space.
Lack of proper attic ventilation – Properly balanced attic ventilation helps slow snow melting by allowing cold air to enter the attic space, in turn driving out the warmer air. This reduction in warm attic air helps decrease the chance of snow melting on the roof.
Problems Caused by Dams
Because the water from melting snow cannot drain from the surface of the roof, water may leak into the home. These leaks can cause several problems:
- Damage to ceilings, walls, insulation, and other surfaces
- Mold and mildew growth
- Roof damage
The first step to repairing damage from a dam that forms after a winter storm
Dry out walls, ceiling and other interior surfaces affected by leaks.
SERVPRO Of Greensburg,can assist you with this process. Your homeowners' policy may include ice dam coverage that will compensate you for the cost of repairs.
Here are 3 steps you can take to prevent ice damming:
Remove snow from the roof
WINTER IS ON IT'S WAY! SERVPRO OF GREENSBURG Offers Tips To Prevent Frozen/Burst Pipes.
It is time for SERVPRO of Greensburg to once again remind homeowners and renters to be aware of the potential for frozen pipes. Every winter season, the pipes in your business and home are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Low temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze, and in some cases burst. The following tips can help you safeguard your home before, during and after a pipe freezes.
PREVENT YOUR PIPES FROM FREEZING
- Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
- Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
- Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
- Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.:
- Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
- Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
- Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
- Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
- If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine. Also have someone checking your home daily.
IF YOUR PIPES UNFORTUNATELY FREEZE AND BURST, CALL SERVPRO OF GREENSBURG TO HELP ASSIST YOU IN YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS at 724-837-8830.
Mold and Mildew from Water Damage
Make sure to look for the signs of water damage in your home.
With the ongoing rain and high temps in the Greensburg area, it has been a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Make sure you’re prepared during the summer season!
- Stay vigilant during flooding season. You may not realize your home is leaking water until it's too late. This water can lead to potential mold and mildew growth.
- Purchasing a simple hygrometer to measure the humidity in your home can do wonders. The ideal humidity level in your house should be 40-50%. Temperature also plays a key role in managing the mold growth in your home. Keep your home around 68-72 degrees.
- If you cannot manage the humidity in your home, you may need to purchase a dehumidifier. This will work to take any lingering water out of the air in your home.
If you are noticing signs of mold or water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Greensburg today. We use top of the line anti-microbial cleaners and dehumidifiers to eradicate any signs of mold and water damage. If your home or business is at risk for mold, call us at 724-837-8830.
Grill Tips for Your Home in Greensburg!
Always be prepared while you grill!
Grill season is still in full swing and you know what that means - the potential for grill fires.
Anything from grease fires to hot temps can cause issues when grilling. Here are some tips to keep your home and family safe this summer!
- Make sure your grill is at least 6 feet away from any structures. If you are too close to the side of your house or deck this could allow for heat and fire to cause damage to your home.
- Regularly clean your grill. Always clean your grill after every use and clean out the drip pan. You can use any grill safe cleaner. Effectively cleaning your grill can cause any unwanted flare-ups.
- Always have an extinguisher on hand. If you don’t have an extinguisher, you can always use baking soda. Always have the baking soda near your station when grilling for a quick response.
If you ever have any issues with your grill and your property, call SERVPRO of Greensburg at 724- 837-8830.
Hurricane Laura is Passing Through
Even a small blip on the radar could mean damaging winds!
While we won’t see the mass effects of the Stage 4 hurricane, we are still receiving residual effects from Hurricane Laura. Locals have reported severe lightning and heavy thunderstorms across the Greensburg area.
In the case of any prediction of inclement weather it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Laura is still bringing hoards of showers. This can result in heavy winds, flooding, and even lightning strikes to your home. Pay close attention to the weather reports in your area and act quickly in the case of an emergency.
If your home becomes flooded, do not panic. Call emergency authorities, and remember to turn off any electrical breakers that could be affected by the water. SERVPRO of Greensburg will act fast to mitigate any standing water and work to dry the area as quickly as possible.
Stay alert to changing weather and know that SERVPRO of Greensburg is here for you!
SERVPRO OF GREENSBURG IS HERE TO HELP IN A DISTRESSING TIME
This is a unique time in our lives dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. SERVPRO recognizes
the importance of having a service available to help protect the community.
The CDC encourages cleaning of all high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs,
light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilet, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces
mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
• Kitchen/Food Areas
• Retail Spaces
• Water Fountains
• Sales Counters
• Stair Handrails
• Elevator Cars
• Playground Equipment
• Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar
pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPAapproved
emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this
particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and
HERE TO HELP – PROACTIVE CLEANING
For expert deep cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Greensburg at (724)837-8830
Westmoreland County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Greensburg is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 724-837-8830
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Greensburg has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Greensburg
SERVPRO of Greensburg 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.
Planning a Vacation?
SERVPRO of Greensburg wants to give Homeowners/Renters some guidance regarding planning your vacation. It is important to be aware of what to do in your home before leaving for your vacation. This is to protect your home from burglary and protect from internal damage.
- Have a close friend or neighbor be checking your home daily
- Provide this contact with emergency contact names and numbers
- It is Leave porch light on
- Cancel mail or have it collected daily
- Leave written information on alarm codes
- Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages
- Check smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly
- Shut off gas and water at the meter, supply or appliances
- Turn off water valves to washing machine, sinks and dishwasher
- Adjust you thermostat to 75-80 – should help with control usage
If something unforeseen occurs from weather, SERVPRO of Greensburg is always available to help. We can be reached 24/7 at (724)837-8830.
Following these tips will put your mind at ease so that you can have a fantastic vacation!!!
Washing Machine Leaks Require Urgent Water Removal In Westmoreland Homes
Water removal services are essential for anyone who has had a significant water leak in their home. The laundry room inside your home can be struck with significant water damage when your washer begins to gush water. A water-supply line can become detached and began to flood the carpeted room with water at a quick pace. By the time you noticed, the water has covered the floor, and it is beginning to leak into the rest of your home. Turning off the water in your home is essential at this point, but you can't call a plumber right away, if there is too much water.
It is imperative for you to call for a Westmoreland based water removal service as fast as possible. Getting professionals onto the scene to remove the excess water allows you to get an appliance service expert in faster. Until the water-supply line is fixed, you can't turn the water back on, or else the problem can begin all over again.
When you reach out to SERVPRO of Greensburg, we make an effort to travel to your home as quickly as possible because we understand how stressful the situation is. Once we arrive, we can launch right into removing the excess water from your home. At SERVPRO, we use advanced trade technology to do our jobs, ensuring that qualified technicians and proper equipment restore your home.
We use industrial-quality wet/dry vacuums to remove the water as fast as possible. SERVPRO uses these particular devices because they can remove large volumes of water swiftly. If the volume of water is significant enough, we can even bring truck-mounted tools to do the job.
After removing the majority of the water from your laundry room, SERVPRO can use extractors on your carpeted floor. Extractors are like wet/dry vacuums but designed for drying carpets, upholstery, and drapes. A heating element warms the fabric as it pulls moisture from it, drying it as it extracts water.
Once the water has been adequately cleaned up, SERVPRO will place the proper drying equipment and monitor until all affected areas are dry.
When water damage strikes your home, always get help right away. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Greensburg by phoning (724)837-8830. Our techs are always prepared to help as soon as possible.
6 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Below zero temperatures are heading to Greensburg and the entire Westmoreland County this weekend. Here are some tips on ways to help prevent frozen pipes.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to reach plumbing/pipes.
- Keep all garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night, making sure it is never below 55 degrees F.
- Allow the faucet to drip if it is served by pipes on an exterior wall. Running water through the pipe can help prevent pipes from freezing.
- Make arrangements to have a neighbor check on your home during a cold spell if you are out of town.
- Turn the water off at the main if you know you will be away for an extended period of time.
Stay warm neighbors, and remember SERVPRO of Greensburg is here for any water and/or fire emergencies you may have! Our emergency restoration technicians are available 24 hours a day.