Recent Water Damage Posts

The Dangers of Ignoring Water Damage

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A burst pipe, cracks in your foundation, an overflowing bathtub, flooding, sewage backup, and several other events can all cause water to accumulate inside your home, and that water slowly penetrates both the structural and decorative components of the house, causing significant damage if it is ignored.

We all know life gets pretty busy at times, and it can be tempting to leave issues such as water damage for a later date, but that would be a mistake. It can actually be dangerous to ignore a water damage situation. The long term effects of ignoring water damage can lead to other problems:


If you ignore the damage caused by even a minor leak, chances are you have mold, mildew, and plenty of bacteria growing in your home- mold, mildew, and other microbes thrive in damp environments. Mold can cause health effects, depending on the species.


Water-soaked structural components will only continue to deteriorate over time and can put the safety of inhabitants at risk. It is also far more costly to repair than cosmetic damage. If you think you have structural damage caused by water, contact a professional renovation company for an assessment and prompt remediation; this intervention will be critical to protecting the value of your home.


If you have experienced water-damaged walls or ceilings, there is a good chance that electrical wiring has been affected. Exposed wiring is dangerous all by itself, but when there is water involved it becomes a serious risk. Professionals can handle these kinds of issues safely and quickly so that you can have peace of mind. 

Call mold remediation experts if anyone in your home is experiencing these symptoms. They can help you determine if you are experiencing an infestation, and find the source of water damage, too. Keep in mind that depending on the type of mold that has established itself, it could remain in the bloodstream for months after it is no longer in your home, so you never want to ignore it. The best way to guard against risks such as the ones we mentioned today is to stay on top of water damage and handle it when it occurs.

If you have had a leak, flood, or any other type of household water damage and that damage has gone unmanaged for too long, contact our team here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties immediately. We’ll ensure that affected areas are thoroughly dried and cleaned, and we will perform comprehensive sanitization to ensure mold, mildew, and microbes can’t affect your health, as well. We have all the skills and equipment needed to get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Roof Repair to Prevent Water Damage

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Spring can be wet in many parts of the country, and here in Ohio, that is certainly true. As the sun comes back out from the gloomy winter months, it’s a good time to check out your roof to see if it has sustained any damage from the snow, ice, and other wintry conditions the previous months brought us. Going into a wet season with a roof in good repair will prevent water damage. 

Here are some things to keep in mind as you ensure your roof is in good condition:


Set some time aside to take a good look at the condition of your roof, gutters, and other related areas. You’ll want to do some routine maintenance, as well, such as: 

  • Cleaning the cobwebs and dust from your ventilation and exhaust systems yearly. 
  • Exposed metal will rust and deteriorate, so covering these areas with paint and caulking any joinings will help protect your roof. 
  • Removing leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters to avoid water damage from backed-up rainfall. 


Don’t hesitate to call a professional immediately if you see curled or buckled shingles during your maintenance inspections. If shingles are missing, they will need to be replaced before spring rains come into the area. Putting these types of repairs off can be expensive in the long run, so don’t procrastinate.  


If there is any issue with your roofing, one of the main places that will be affected by the water damage will be here. Discolorations and warping or buckling in the materials used are important to look for, and if you see any signs of mold beginning or detect any musty odors, it’s vital that this situation gets handled right away. If the water damage is extensive it may be time to consider replacing your roof. 


Higher energy bills are another clue that you need to undertake roofing repairs. You are probably losing heat or cooled air due to damaged, aging, or deteriorating materials and structures. The help of a professional can be the key to getting your roof into tip-top condition before the wetter months.  

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we maintain the experience needed to complete cleanup projects of all sizes after water and fire damage. If your roofing needs attention or even replacement, we are here to help. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - ask us how! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Sign Make sure your business has all the equipment for fire prevention.

You work hard at what you do and you have put many hours into your business, not to mention finances. You will want to protect it from any type of disaster, such as flooding or fires. Any wise business owner knows that it’s a good idea to be prepared for any possible accident, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances, and with that in mind we would like to share some tips that will help you prepare your business for what could happen in the event of fire damage:


Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your building or suite are highly visible, enabling emergency responders to easily find your location quickly, in the event of a fire or other emergency. 


Fire extinguishers should be stored no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access and mounted in an obvious spot. Have your extinguishers, sprinkler system, and fire alarm system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by licensed fire prevention professionals. 


Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage that is illuminated constantly with a battery backup for power outages. Emergency lighting should be kept in good working order at all times, and the exit areas and spaces around the building outside need to be kept clear of debris and plant material. This reduces the risk of fire outside exits and alleviates possible injuries from those using the exits. Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways, and not stored in the path of exits. 


Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling in an orderly manner. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required. This allows smoke to collect in areas above and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. These instructions have been put in place by area fire personnel, and if not followed, can result in fines. 


Electrical outlets should have the appropriate number of items plugged into them, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker; overloaded outlets can catch fire. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed. 


If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood and grease traps are cleaned regularly to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.

The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team is experienced in restoration projects after fires both large and small, as well as assisting with what may be needed in the event of flooding or a mold invasion. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well - ask us how! This franchise is individually owned and operated.

What To Do After Your Basement Floods

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

The lower-lying floors of any building are going to be in danger when a flooding event of any kind occurs, and unfortunately, that will often be your basement - the space most of us use to store personal belongings. It’s also the place many of us don’t go that often, so if flooding does occur there it can go unnoticed for some time, and that can create even more issues, such as mold, mildew, or structural damage. Here at SERVPRO, we care about you and your home or business, so today we’re going to share some tips that can help you to know what to do after your basement floods: 


Make sure the area is safe, first and foremost. If you discover a large amount of standing water, call the local power company, electrician, and/or your professional water damage cleanup team immediately to first ensure that all structural elements, wiring, and electrical outlets, etc. are not compromised, and secondly to begin safe water removal processes. Professionals will have the equipment and knowledge that is required to handle your situation properly and each trade will be able to determine the best, and safest, steps to take in beginning the cleanup process without increasing the risk of accident or injury.


There are some steps you can take yourself to begin to recover from your basement floodings, such as the use of a dehumidifier or fans to circulate air and will begin the drying process, which discourages mold growth and mildew. You will want to plug it in above the stairs and direct it towards the basement. Air conditioning can be a big help here, as well, so it should stay running throughout the building on every floor; leaving doors open between rooms and to the basement is yet another helpful step. In the flooded basement, ensure that no one uses electricity. 


You can clean surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of water to discourage mold from gaining a foothold; be sure to do this while wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Keeping the room ventilated while you are doing tasks that involve cleaning solutions will guard against injury. As you are cleaning up you may find valuable documents and papers that have been affected. You can save paper items by placing them in the freezer if they have been soaked; this can often stop the growth of mildew or deterioration. SERVPRO also offers services that can recover and restore vital documentation from water damage. 

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are always ready to help whenever you are dealing with water damage and fire damage, and we are mold remediation specialists, too. We handle large cleanup projects for commercial business owners and smaller projects for area homeowners, and we can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do When An Appliance Is Leaking

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

An appliance that develops a leak can cause big problems in your home or business. Many times we won’t even know that the appliance is experiencing issues until it’s too late, and by that time flooring, cabinetry, and other belongings have been affected or compromised. If the leak has been developing over time, slowly, with small amounts of water dripping, you may also find yourself with a mold infestation, as well. 

What are some best practices for you to consider when your appliance is leaking?

If you have discovered a small leak, the first step to take is to protect your flooring and any items around the leak that could be affected. This may be able to be done by using towels or other large pieces of absorbent material put in place as buffers. 

Take a good look at the appliance and see what part of the machine is at fault. If it is just a small leak on a hose or pipe, for example, you may be able to stop the water drip by using duct tape. Keep in mind, however, that this is not meant to be a permanent solution; call your appliance repair professional right away to get their opinion. Hoses and piping are usually fairly easy to replace and having the peace of mind that comes with knowing the job was done right will be worth it.

If, on the other hand, the leak is significant, turn off any source of water to the appliance immediately. Call your appliance repair person and have them come to take a look at the machine. In cases like these, it’s usually time for a new appliance, but the professionals will be able to give you the right recommendation.

Assess all the affected areas around the leak. If there has been a large amount of water standing for any period of time you may have some flooring damage. Your cleanup and repair professionals can be onsite in no time to get your home or business back to normal. 

SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties is always ready to help you with any kind of water-related problems, and in addition to handling water damage, we handle fire damage issues, as well. If you do find that you have developed a mold situation, we are mold remediation experts, so we can take care of that for you right away. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. Ask us how!

Steps To Take If Your Hotel Floods

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is a serious issue, and the proper steps need to be taken to ensure both the safety of the residents and the integrity of the building. If there are high levels of flooding in your hotel, call SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties immediately to ensure that there is no additional damage being made. While it is hard to be prepared for flooding, know that it can happen at any place and at any time. 

  • Evacuate everyone from the premises as soon as possible before serious flooding happens, if at all possible, and find a dry, safe spot outside of the hotel while waiting for the flooding to stop. If flooding is caused by a natural disaster, call the authorities or listen to the local news to find a temporary shelter and relocate to that shelter when possible. Ensure that everyone who was evacuated is safe.
  • If the flooding is not from a natural disaster, find the source of the flooding and stop it at the source. Turning off the main water valve may solve the issue.
  • Turn off electricity, and be sure you do not attempt to reach the fuse box if you have to walk through standing water; water is a conductor of electricity and you could be shocked. If you cannot reach the fuse box without stepping on water, call an electrician.
  • Document everything: take photos and videos of all the affected areas. Use this information for insurance purposes.

Once the flooding has stopped, you can start the clean-up process.

  • Do not touch the water without the proper equipment as it may be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous material. If you have to enter the establishment, wear waders and waterproof boots.
  • All of the water has to be removed, then a wet vacuum or a pump can be used to dispose of any standing water.
  • Attempt to salvage any items that were not seriously damaged. Do not eat any food that has been contaminated by floodwater.
  • If the water damage is not too bad, dry the space out with fans and dehumidifiers. Anything that was touched by the water also needs to be disinfected.

Warm, wet spaces are a breeding ground for mold growth, so you will want to act as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth.

  • The property needs to be as dry as possible to prevent mold spores from growing. Once it starts growing, it is difficult to remove. To avoid mold from growing, keep the affected areas as dry as possible, and treat it with a strong cleaner, such as a bleach solution. 
  • Open any windows and doors to let fresh air in and circulate, unless the weather is humid. In the case of humid weather, you can use dehumidifiers and fans, instead. 

Flooding does not mean the end of the world. Even if your hotel was flooded, it can still be salvaged, and If the damage is critical or you are not capable of fixing the issue by yourself, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties to aid you in returning your hotel back to peak condition. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are experts at water damage repair and restoration along with mold removal and remediation. We are committed to getting your home, hotel, or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Preventing Water Damage In Your Basement

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

The best way to prevent water damage in your basement is to regularly assess the area. Take time to look around, especially after wet weather, and check for signs of any problem. Damage to the basement and foundation areas of a home are extremely important to repair as soon as possible in order for you to avoid larger structural and property damages in the future, which can end up costing you far more in the long run. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have compiled a list of preventative water damage best practices.

Here are some things to look for as you take steps to prevent water damage in your basement:

  • In a finished basement, wallpaper or paint might be peeling away or appear discolored. Check for bowing in the walls, which can be a result of long-term seepage. When the basement is unfinished, you will want to look for a white, salty substance known as “efflorescence,” which appears on foundational walls; this will tell you how high water has risen. If the basement flooring is swollen or removed from the subfloor, that is another indicator of water damages. If any of these signs appear, take the steps to find the source. 
  • Cracking can occur in the foundation and/or the floor, and it is often due to water damage. Look for cracks in window seals and door panes, as well. 
  • Odors are an indicator that there is an excess water problem. Oftentimes, it’s mold or mildew that causes those smells, which means you have water damage on your hands.
  • Keep drainage areas well-maintained in expectation of summer storms. Directing water away from your buildings will stop any problems before they even start!

In order to prevent water damage to your basement, it’s vital that you ensure your building has proper drainage to keep water from standing around your foundation and seeping in to create the issues mentioned above. 

If you store appliances that involve water in your basement, make sure they are kept in good repair to avoid floods. 

If you do experience water damage, it’s time to call the professionals who are experienced and trained to remediate and repair areas that have extensive damage from excess water due to leaky pipes, flooding, etc. 

Our team here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties is the team to call for cleanups after water damage or fire damage, whether small or large. We are also mold prevention and remediation experts, as well.

Dealing With Water Damage In Your Attic

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience water damage in your attic, it can often go unnoticed. After all, no one goes up in their attic very often. If you DO have water damage and it isn’t addressed right away, it can cause even more damage to the areas below the attic,  and mold can even become an issue, as well. The signs of water damage usually include water stains or musty odors in your home. It is vital for you to take proactive steps to assess all damage as soon as you notice it, in order to avoid expensive repairs and health effects that can come from a mold colony.

Begin by evaluating the damage. Where is the water coming from? Could it be a pipe that burst or a hole in your roof? Make sure to check your roof for leaks on a regular basis. The water damage in your attic can also be caused by a lack of ventilation; humidity can get trapped in the attic and cause condensation buildup - an ideal breeding ground for mold. Be sure to turn off all electrical items before touching anything, just to be safe.

Next, inspect your attic for mold and fix any leaks. Mold can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours after an area gets wet and stays that way. In case of mold, be sure to take protective measures and wear personal protective equipment, such as gloves and a facial mask in case your mold situation has become one that could cause health issues. 

If you discover that a mold colony has established itself in your attic and that it has grown way beyond your ability to handle it correctly, it’s best to contact the professionals. They will have the mold remediation skills necessary to get the situation under control as soon as possible. It is also advisable to contact a professional before attempting to fix any leaks unless you have the proper tools and skills to do so. 

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is always ready to help and assist you with any water damage, fire damage, or mold infestation. We are experts at all cleanup projects both large and small, too.

Why You Need To Act Quickly After Water Damage

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to your home or business can be a devastating experience, and it can happen to anyone. Flooding can be caused by heavy rains, a sewer backup, appliance or sump pump malfunctions or broken pipelines. Knowing what to do beforehand and acting quickly will go a long way towards alleviating the panic and confusion that can often set in after this kind of disaster. 

Today, we would like to share a few of the immediate steps you should take after water damage occurs to your property. 

Safety is the first and foremost consideration for any homeowner. Take immediate steps to ensure that every person involved is safe from injury. You may be forced to leave the premises if the water damage is bad enough, so you’ll want to make sure right away that it’s also safe to return when you have to start dealing with the after-effects. 

Here are a few important steps you should consider taking right away that will help you: 

  • Turn off all power. Unless it will require you to enter wet areas or stand in water to do so, make sure that there is no power running to flooded areas. Call an electrician if this cannot be done safely. An electric shock can be debilitating and even deadly.  
  • Wash all dinnerware, glassware, and flatware that may have been affected by dirty water to right away avoid catching, and spreading, sickness. Water that comes from rivers or creeks may not be as pure as you might think, while we all know what a broken sewer line will do. Any standing water that is contaminated will cause issues and can cause some really unpleasant odors that you may not be able to easily eradicate, so getting this water removed quickly will help to keep that from happening. 
  • Dry out your home or business premises as soon as possible. Your home will probably remain damp for some time, even if you have been successful in removing standing water—especially if you live in an area that is humid already. Portable fans and dehumidifiers will be a big help here. 

If you need the help of a professional restoration company, call us here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties and we can be there right away to help you ensure that your home or business is safe and dry. We are proud to serve our friends and neighbors here in Huron and East Seneca Counties.

Water Damage Recovery Tips For Your Furniture

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

The damage your furniture may sustain from water can seem serious, but is often very manageable and can be repaired easily by taking some DIY steps. If you do experience a flooding or weather-related event happen to your home or business and furniture has been affected, here are some tips you can follow to restore your furniture and carpeting.

Wood. When wooden furniture is soaked in water, the first step to be taken will be to let it dry completely. Place it in a room that is warm and one that enjoys good circulation. You may decide to turn on the heat and fans, as well, and that can help the drying process. If the outdoor temperatures are warm, place the furniture outside while taking care that the temperature is just warm enough - cooler weather will cause the piece to dry more slowly and mold can establish a colony, while air that is too hot can end up causing cracks to form in the furniture.

White Spots. If you find white spots on the furniture from drips or leaks, mix a solution of toothpaste and baking soda in equal parts. After dipping a wet cloth in this solution, rub it on the spots and polish the area with a dry piece of fabric made from cotton.

Mildew. Black spots indicate that water has seeped through the finish into the wood itself, and that leads to mildew. If this happens, it will require you to remove the finish, clean the mildew with a bleach solution and put on a new layer of finish.

Buckled Veneer. The veneer on your furniture may have buckled or warped through contact with water. In this case, soak the veneer with a moisturizer to cause it to lie down flat and then wipe it clean and dry. Then you will fill a syringe with veneer glue, place the needle between the veneer and the body of the furniture, and express the glue into the space slowly. After you have removed the needle, place a wood block on top of the veneer and wait for the glue to dry while being sure to follow all the manufacturer’s directions.

The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team is always here to help when it comes to the recovery of your possessions from water damage. We are skilled experts in the area of restoration from the damages of fire or water, and we also handle mold remediation and prevention.

What To Do When A Pipe Freezes And Bursts In Your Home

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Winters in this area can last a while, and when you experience more than a few days of frigid weather in a row, you can end up with burst pipes when they freeze. This kind of event often will cost a lot of money if not handled quickly and can be pretty damaging. 

Be prepared ahead of time by educating yourself about what to do in case a pipe freezes and bursts in your home. One of the first things to know is the location of the main water shut-off valve. Make sure you and at least one other person in your house know where this is so that your personal property doesn’t experience more damage than necessary from that burst pipe.

If you suspect that you do have frozen pipes, here are some tips to handle the situation:

  • Turn off your water immediately, using the main shut-off valve.
  • Call the professionals. A professional company with the skills and equipment in place specifically for this kind of event is going to be able to help you quickly and efficiently. You may be tempted to try to defrost frozen pipes using a flame, but this is never a good idea. Any open flame in enclosed spaces is extremely dangerous, and this tactic also doesn’t actually work. A hairdryer might be a help, however. Apply the heat to the pipe gradually after you open the faucet. Begin near the end of the faucet and move towards the ice block. Ensure you don’t stand in water while using any electrical device, by the way.
  • If any rooms in your house are flooded, check carefully for live electrical outlets or cords that could be submerged before you step into the standing water. If you aren’t sure, wait for the professionals to arrive.

The SERVPRO Huron & East Seneca Counties team is here to help any time you have a water-related disaster. We’re available 24/7 for assistance with any water damage and fire damage, and we can handle cleanups of all sizes. We’re also experts in mold remediation and prevention. 

Steps To Take When Your Basement Is Flooded

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

If your basement is affected by wet weather or faulty equipment, it can be a real mess. We all store extra items in our basements, and boxes of soggy books, soaked carpets, ruined photos, and submerged electronics can be extremely daunting to face.

Acting quickly to remove the water and repair the damage is vital. Mold can take hold within two days, and many of your affected items can be saved if you act right away. 

Make sure safety is your first concern, however. If you have a large amount of standing water in your basement, call your power company, electrician, or your professional water damage cleanup team immediately. They will help you and take precautions by disconnecting electrical service to the area before stepping into that water.

You can use a wet vac to remove standing water, but if it is not doing the job call your professionals here at SERVPRO. 

Using dehumidifiers and fans will move air around, and that discourages mold and mildew. Keeping them at least 8 inches away from walls will allow for the best circulation. Your air conditioning can be a big help here, too, so keep it running. 

Scrub hard surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of water while wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Remember to keep the room ventilated, too.

If your valuable documents or papers have been affected, you can freeze them! This may stop the growth of mildew or deterioration until you can take a better look at them. In the future, it may be a good idea to not store anything valuable in the basement. If you don’t have space anywhere else, then using plastic bins should help protect your items if your basement floods again. 

Here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties, we are ready to help if you are affected by water damage, storm damage, or other disastrous events. We are available to homeowners and commercial business owners alike, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Steps To Take When Your Apartment Complex Floods

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage from flooding will have serious consequences for your apartment complex. It can make units impossible to live in and can also ruin personal property permanently. Even a smaller flood can have long-lasting consequences, both to you as the owner and to your residents. 

Here are some important steps for you to take when your apartment complex floods:

  • Make sure everyone is safe. This should always be the very first consideration in any emergency situation. Even the most minor flooding event can create unsafe conditions, such as washing out walkways or causing potholes in the parking lot, so you will want to inspect your grounds thoroughly to identify any unsafe situations that have become an issue. Log these observations and take plenty of pictures and videos, and make sure that your residents are notified to stay clear. 
  • Inspect unit interiors. Visit each and every affected unit to ascertain what damage has been experienced. Be on the lookout for mold, especially. Wet surfaces are fertile environments for mold which can further damage the apartment and create substantial health hazards.
  • Know your responsibilities. You will be responsible to repair the damage up to a point. Be aware of your tenants’ rights, as well, and be sure to always do the right thing. (It’s good advertising!) Some residents may be under the impression that the owner is liable for the replacement of personal property, for example, so knowing the laws will really help in such cases. The principles that support the rights of tenants are the same throughout the U.S., with each state varying in the details. You or your residents can consult the local housing authority or a tenants’ rights organization if there are any disagreements or if clarification is needed. 
  • And what about the rent? If a resident has to leave their unit due to severe water damage, they do not have to pay rent for that particular month, nor until their apartment is completely repaired. If the apartment is totally destroyed, they can request to cancel their lease. 
  • Call in the professionals. After you have ensured that the safety of all involved is secured and you know where the repairs need to be made, call in a professional repair company with the expertise and equipment needed to get you back to normal as soon as possible. You are required by law to get these repairs completed in a timely manner and to ensure that units are fit to live in, so make sure you use a company that has a great reputation for thorough and timely completion of all projects.

 Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we have the experience and skill you need to get your apartment complex back to pre-flood condition as soon as possible!

Preparing For Fall Flash Floods

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding occurs in known floodplains when rain falls over several days or there is intense rainfall over a short period of time. Severe thunderstorms during the fall can bring heavy rain as well. Flash floods occur within six hours of a rain event or after a dam or levee failure, and they often can catch you unprepared. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden fall floods are coming, so if you live in an area prone to flash floods, plan now to protect your family and property.

Learn more about flooding and flash flooding in your area by contacting your local emergency management office, the National Weather Service (NWS) office, or your local planning and zoning department office. If you are at risk, take steps to reduce damage and the risk of injury or loss to your family.

Know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING.

  • A National Weather Service WATCH is a message letting you know that conditions favor the occurrence of a certain type of hazardous weather. For example, a severe thunderstorm watch means that a severe thunderstorm is expected in the next six hours or so within an area approximately 120 to 150 miles wide and 300 to 400 miles long (36,000 to 60,000 square miles). 
  • A WARNING indicates that a hazardous event is occurring or is imminent in about 30 minutes to an hour. Local NWS forecast offices issue warnings on a county-by-county basis. 
  • Many more WATCHES are issued than WARNINGS. A WATCH is the first sign a flood may occur, and when one is issued, you should be aware of potential fall flood hazards. Floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels, reaching heights of 10 to 20 feet. They also often carry a deadly cargo of debris and can trigger catastrophic debris slides.
  • Be prepared for fall flash floods and head for higher ground, staying away from flood waters. Even a shallow level of fast-moving flood water produces a lot of force, and the most dangerous thing you can do is to try walking, swimming, or driving through flood waters, since as little as two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.

Plan Ahead for a Fall Flash Flood

  • Develop a Family Disaster Plan, and learn about your area's flood risk and elevation above flood stage.
  • Contact your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, local National Weather Service office, or planning and zoning department to find out more about your area's flood risk.
  • Knowing the elevation of your property in relation to nearby streams and dams will let you know if forecasted flood levels will affect your home.

Handling Flash Flood Risk:

  • Talk to your insurance agent. Homeowners' policies do not cover flooding, so make sure you take steps to get covered.
  • Use a NOAA Weather Radio with a tone-alert feature or a portable, battery-powered radio or TV for updated emergency information.
  • Everyone in your family should know where to go if they have to leave. Trying to make plans at the last minute can be upsetting and create confusion.
  • Discuss flash floods with your family. Everyone should know what to do in case all family members are not together. Discussing floods ahead of time helps reduce fear and anxiety and lets everyone know how to respond.

Protect Your Property

  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged during a flood.
  • Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home. Some communities do not permit building in known floodplains. If there are no restrictions and you are building in a floodplain, take precautions.
  • Raise your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to higher floors or the attic if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded. Raising this equipment will prevent damage.
  • Install check valves in building sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home. As a last resort, when floods threaten, use large corks or stoppers to plug showers, tubs, or basins.
  • Build barriers, such as levees, berms, and flood walls, to stop flood water from entering the building. Permission to construct such barriers may be required by local building codes, so check local building codes and ordinances for safety requirements.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage through any cracks.

Consult with a construction professional for further assistance. Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we can help you with any issues you may experience both before and after a fall flash flood.  

Three Tips to Avoid Summer Water Damage

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Be on the lookout for water damage before it causes serious harm!

As we are in the middle of summer and the temperatures rise, the experts at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties want to make sure your home stays dry the whole summer long. With vacations, landscaping, and outdoor use at its height right now, it’s important to be aware of the many ways your home is vulnerable to water and flood damage. We’ve put together three tips to help you avoid summer water damage:

  • Maintain rain gutters and downspouts. Cleaning the gutters is one of those seasonal chores that’s always on the list, and it’s important not to put it off. Gutters need to be clean and clear of any debris and in good condition. Be sure to also maintain all your downspouts within ten feet of the foundation of your home. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow into various spaces of your home, causing significant damage. Also, be sure to hire a professional if your gutters are too high to safely reach yourself.
  • Roof inspections are important. Spot check your roof for any missing or damaged shingles, and keep an eye on any water stains along the bottom of the roof at the sheathing, truss, and rafters. You also want to make sure all insulation is in good shape by looking for any holes in the attic. Any of these issues could leave the roof of your house vulnerable to a leak, and a strong summer thunderstorm can really create problems at that point.
  • Smart landscape locations. Be aware of the location of some of your landscaping. Stay away from any designs that require bedding material or mound soil to be set up against your home, and ensure that piles of leaves or compost don’t end up stacked in a place that is touching the foundation of your home. You also want to avoid vines that climb up the walls of the house because many times that type of vegetation can actually create cracks on exterior walls later on.

When you experience fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to help; you can call us at (419) 443-1790 to schedule a cleanup. Our team will quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right. And remember, we’re also mold remediation specialists!

Checking for Winter Water Damages in Your Apartment Complex

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

During the winter months, homes of all types are more susceptible to water damage caused by icy conditions. Keeping an eye on potential problems that can be caused by wintry weather will go a long way in preventing water damages to your apartment complex.

Here are some examples of areas you will want to take note of:

If ice builds up in the gutters of your complex, as it melts it can create water damage issues in the ceilings, walls, and floors of affected units. If you notice ice dams forming in these gutters, or you have long icicles forming on the edge of your roof, it's time for some investigating.

The roof of a home or building that has a lot of ice buildup is one that is not properly insulated. If this is a condition that you are seeing in your complex, you will want to take steps to increase insulation there. The weight of snow and ice can cause buckling, which will allow water to stand there longer than is normal - this then can lead to rotting of the roofing materials, followed by leaks and drips.

Water damage can happen quickly, as in the event of a flood, or it can occur over a period of time as in the case of a slow leak from ice dams. No matter what happens, once you discover that water has infiltrated your apartment complex, you will need to get the water cleaned up. Standing water in parking areas and walkways can be damaging to all types of surfaces, as well as dangerous for your residents as they enter and exit your property.

Enlisting the services of a professional to ensure that any influx of water and its aftermath gets cleaned up as well will be a great proactive step to take, keeping your property safe from winter water damages. Such companies are skilled in finding water that has seeped into areas not easily visible, such as walls and crawlspaces. They will find the source of the water and have the damage cleaned up in a professional and timely manner. If you clean up the mess yourself, you can leave behind small amounts of moisture that could allow the establishment of a mold colony, and that can spell disaster for the owner of an apartment complex.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we are experts in mold prevention and mold remediation. Call us for help with winter water damage this season. We are also professionals at water damage, fire damage, and storm damage remediation.

Top Water Damage Causes to Look for This Winter

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding is inconvenient, and a hazard, too. It can ruin your possessions and even affect the structure of your home or business. Contacting a professional water restoration company can greatly minimize any damages; such a company is able to complete all the necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.

While flooding often can’t be predicted, educating yourself on the most common areas to flood will help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it! Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others, such as rooms that have sinks, as in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas; low-lying areas like basements and cellars are also at risk.

Here is a list of some of the top water damage causes to look for:

  • Bathrooms. The bathroom is the most likely area in your home to experience water damages. Sinks, toilets, showers and tubs...all involve H20, and they are all contained in one small area and connected to pipes, pipes that can be a source of problems if they become clogged, leak, freeze, or wear out. Human error can create an issue as well; we’ve all heard stories about the bath that overflowed or the toilet that sprung a serious leak due to foreign objects ending up there.
  • Basements/Cellars. Basements and cellars are the lowest part of a house or building and so have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Make sure all weather stripping is in place and in good condition during regular inspections.
    • Oftentimes the pipes for the bath and kitchen areas run through the basement, and sump pumps and drains are often found there. In addition, many homes have their water heating unit and laundry facilities in their basement or cellar. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas.
  • Attics/Roofs. A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage and flooding the areas underneath. A small leak can turn into a big problem fast! Regular visits to your attic area will let you know if there has been any damage that will allow a leak to begin.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties are experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water, fire, and mold. Call us today for all your cleanup projects both large and small

Keeping Your Pipes from Freezing this Winter

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

The colder months are almost upon us, and when temperatures plummet, the risk of pipes freezing and bursting becomes very real, and with it, water damage. Burst pipes are actually one of the most common property damages owners will experience during frigid weather, and can create thousands of dollars in water damages, and water damages can, in turn, lead to other issues, such as mold growth which require mold inspection and mold remediation services, as well. The pipes in basements, attics, and garages are most at risk since these spaces are generally unheated, but even those located under your cabinets or in exterior walls can freeze. Today, we will share some simple tips you can use to keep your home or business dry:

  • Insulation. Insulating your pipes can be fairly inexpensive, costing perhaps as little as fifty cents per linear foot when doing it yourself with products from your local hardware store. This investment could save you both time and frustration as well as money, saving your real estate and personal property from loss and damages.
  • Doors. Keep garage doors closed, especially if your garage hosts a water supply, while in the kitchen and bathroom you will want to keep the cabinet doors open; this allows warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.  
  • Faucets. Let cold water drip from your faucets if they are connected to exposed pipes. A trickle of water will help prevent those pipes from freezing by keeping it moving.
  • Thermostat. Set, and keep, your thermostat at the same temperature both day and night. A cold snap is not the time to turn the heat down to save money. If you are leaving home for an extended period of time during the holidays, leave the heat on using a temperature of nothing less than 55 degrees.
  • Insulation, again. Insulation added to attics, basements, and crawl spaces will help maintain higher temperatures in those spaces of your home or business. Sealing cracks and openings around all windows, doors, and sill plates will also be beneficial.

The SERVPRO of East Huron & Seneca Counties team cares about you and your home or business. We are here to help with all weather-related issues and concerns. Visit our website today to contact us or for more information about keeping your spaces safe and damage free. We are also available for mold inspection and mold remediation services as well as water damage and fire damage restoration!

Checking Your Attic for Water Damage

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Your attic will be one of the main places where damage from heavy rainfall can occur, and then mold growth becomes a possible concern - that’s not anything a homeowner wants. It is one of the places in your home that you won’t visit regularly; usually, a trip up to the attic is only made when you need something you have put up for a rainy day. It’s important to check your attic area periodically for leaks and water damage, especially after winter or other damp seasons, depending on your geographic location.

Some houses have water heaters in the attic, and they are known to leak as they age. Your attic will also take the brunt of storms, right along with your roof. When the roof sustains damage such as loose or missing roofing material, you will probably see water stains in the attic, letting you know a problem is developing.

Follow these tips to help you keep on top of any water damage to your attic:

  • Check your attic for damage regularly. It’s important to assess your attic space as often as you check other parts of your home. You’ll want to make sure this area isn’t holding water, which can spread to problems with your interior ceilings.
  • Check your roofing after extremely damp or severe weather. It’s crucial to check all roofing after a strong storm and/or high winds to ensure it is still intact.
  • Make sure a water heater located in the attic of your home is working properly. If your water heater isn’t functioning the way it should, or if it has seen better days, have it checked by a professional. A malfunctioning water heater can flood your home and cause major property damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we are always ready to help with cleanup after water damage and fire damage and are experts in the area of mold remediation. Call us at (419) 442 1790 with questions or concerns, or to schedule an appointment if you are in the greater Seneca areas, including Bloomville, Green Springs, Greenwich, and many, many more!

Utilizing a Dehumidifier in Your Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Humid conditions can cause many health related issues; some can be severe. Optimal humidity levels are between 30 - 50%, with around 45% being the most desirable, and utilizing a dehumidifier can help to maintain indoor humidity at these comfortable levels, keeping the air in your indoor spaces healthy. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of risks, such as potential mold growth.

Here are 3 ways dehumidifiers can help you at home:

  • MOLD AND MILDEW. Mildew emits a strong odor, which can affect your entire home. Leaving clothing in the washer too long when humidity is high, they can become "mildewy" and will need to be re-washed, which only adds to your water and energy bills, as well as that moldy smell. Since mold growth and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check and will prevent the need for mold remediation and mold removal in the future.
  • COMFORT. As your body temperature rises, your body releases sweat to help cool you down. When humidity is at an optimal level, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry, but when air molecules that are already saturated with water have no room to absorb further water, you will feel wet, sticky, and uncomfortable. Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments, and minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection when that’s the case. Some minor medical issues can also be made worse by humidity, such as acne, athlete's foot and some respiratory conditions.
  • HVAC SUPPORT. When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. For example: a pan only half full of water will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a pan that is full, and the same is true of air molecules that are half filled with water, like when humidity levels are at 50% or above. A dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool down your home faster and more efficiently by reducing the water in the air, which can significantly save you cooling and heating costs.

Contact SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca for all your cleanup projects, both large and small, and remember that we are mold remediation experts! Our phone number is (419) 443 1790. We offer our services to a wide area across the greater East Seneca areas, including Sandusky, Castalia, Milan, and more!

Top Three Places to Check for Water Damage

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Anywhere you use water on a regular basis in your home is a place that can sustain water damages. Doing regular inspections of areas in your home or business that are most likely to develop these damages due to leaks and spills will allow you to take care of issues before they can become serious.

Here are the top three areas to check regularly for water damage:

Your laundry room. With the large appliances that are found in your laundry room, you will also find those nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often, since these appliances are not easy to move. A small leak behind your washing machine can go unnoticed for quite some time and create large issues down the road. Add to that little drip the humidity in the air, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony, causing the need for mold remediation. Enlist help, pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected.

You bathroom. If you are like most people, your bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, and these times are great for checking for leaks and drips. Look in the least traveled spots, such as behind the toilet and under your sink. If there are any leaks in these places, they can be a danger until they are fully dry. You may want to invest in a dehumidifier, as well, to prevent mold growth.

Your kitchen. This room is often described as the most popular room in the house, where everyone tends to congregate, cooking and drinking beverages. Lots of liquids are used here! Keep an eye out for spills and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores and insects, and check under your sink regularly, to avoid damages. Underneath the sink and refrigerator are places that can be damaged by water without anyone noticing, so get out your flashlight and make sure you see every corner clearly. If you find any mold growth, you should begin mold removal treatment immediately.

In addition to these top three places, other areas that can experience water damage are basements and cellars, covered patios and decks, and closets.

The team at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is ready to help you with any water damage concerns or issues in your home or business in the greater Huron and Seneca areas, including Norwalk, Clyde, Bellevue, and more! Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, and we are mold remediation experts, too. Call us at (419) 442 1790, or visit our website.

Roof Repair to Prevent Water Damage

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

We all look forward to summer, with its pool parties and vacations. But summer also brings with it some unpredictable weather at times, and a home or business owner will want to be ready for water, and possibly lots of it. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to the most vulnerable spot of your home or business: your roof!

Regular Maintenance: At least once a year, you should clean the cobwebs and dust from your ventilation and exhaust systems. Caulking around pipes and vents is always a good idea, and exposed metal will rust and deteriorate, so make sure those points get painted to protect them. Remove leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters to avoid water damage from backed-up rainfall or melting snow and ice. Prevention is always a great idea!

Schedule Repairs Right Away: Don’t hesitate to call a professional immediately if you see curled or buckled shingles during your maintenance inspections. If shingles are missing, that’s something that will need to be repaired before storms hit. Putting these types of repairs off can be expensive in the long run, so don’t wait.

Attic/Crawl-space Inspection: Your attics and crawl-spaces can tell you a lot. If there is any developing issue with your roofing, one of the first places you will see water damage will be here. Look for discolorations and warping or buckling in the materials used, and if you see any signs of mold beginning or detect any musty odors, you will know that you may have some repairs that need to be done right away. Water stains in the attics and crawl-spaces might also be a sign that it’s time for a new roof.

UTILITY BILLS: As a home or business owner, you are always keeping an eye on your costs, and if you notice that your utility bills seem to be creeping up, it might not be higher prices. It could be that you are losing heat or cool air through a roof that needs attention. Enlist the help of a professional to see if that might be the case and to perform any necessary repairs.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have a lot of experience in the area of cleanups after water and fire damage. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties. Call us today at (419) 443 1790.

Preventing Water Damage Under Your Sink

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes the quiet corners and unnoticed spots of your home or business are the places where the biggest problems can arise. While the home or business owner is checking the bigger areas such as roofs and parking lot drainage systems, a silent drip under the sink can be slowly creating a situation that will make life miserable in the future. Once an area such as the one under a sink becomes damp and stays that way, a colony of mold can spring up almost overnight, requiring the services of a mold remediation expert.

Creating a cleaning and maintenance schedule for your home or business can help you keep an eye on all the different areas of concern in your place of business or your home, both large and small.

Here are some scheduling  ideas:

  • Add the task of checking all areas under and around sinks for leaks to your cleaning/maintenance schedule. This will help you to stay on top of a potential water damage issue.
  • Replace visible water supply pipes and hardware as soon as they show significant signs of wear before they begin leaking.
  • Clean under sinks regularly and ensure that the areas are always completely dry and sanitary. Pay special attention to those places that don’t get much light: use a flashlight to check and clean all the dark corners in these areas.
  • Don’t ignore any signs of dampness: buckling wood or particle board sheeting under the sink, musty smells, discoloration - these are all signs that water is going where it shouldn’t. The smallest amounts can create significant problems down the road.
  • If a leak is found, take immediate steps to repair the cause. Call a professional plumber if necessary and engage a professional clean up company to come in and take care of the water damage once all is safe and sound.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have lots of experience in water damage cleanup projects both large and small. We also handle fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us today at ((419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Faster to your Huron & East Seneca County Water Damage Event

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Huron & East Seneca County

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 419-443-1790

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties 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.

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SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit or call us at 419-443-1790.

Commercial Water Damage In Huron & East Seneca Counties

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

When it comes to dealing with commercial water damage, you'll need to hire a reputable local restoration service that can help you deal with the issue in an efficient and cost-effective manner. If your business or commercial office building has suffered water damage, whether due to flooding, overflowing sewage or a burst water main, we are here to help you.

Service Begins Immediately With Your Very First Call
When you contact us, your service will start immediately. The first step we take is to visit your property and make a quick and fully detailed assessment of the damage that has been done. It's critical to realize that the potential for danger does not abate simply because the emergency situation has been controlled. Leakage may persist in your structure for weeks and months after the incident, leading to further trouble such as mold growth and structural damage. This is exactly why a professional water damage restoration specialist is needed.

Dealing With Water Damage Is Our Personal Mission
Dealing professionally with commercial water damage in a local businesses is our personal mission. As soon as the extent of the damage has been established, we will begin draining out all of the leftover water. We can get water out of hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in the building where it may hide undetected and slowly become the cause of future problems.

Once all of the water is eliminated, we will start a comprehensive restoration and remediation program that includes carting away all the damage/debris and purifying the air of any remaining odors. We will check areas, such as air conditioning vents and filtration units, to make sure that mold growth hasn't occurred. Finally, we will double check everything to make sure the building is safe to inhabit.

The Full Restoration of Your Property Is Our First Priority
If you want your property to be fully restored and renovated, you'll need the assistance of a reputable water damage professional. This is why the full restoration of your property is our first and overriding priority. You don't want to wait weeks or even months while the insurance company weighs out your claims or lose money every day while your business is unable to function. You especially don't want to watch as all of your tenants leave the building in search of a safer location. Instead of completely demolishing the structure, it's better to let our team of professionals restore it.

Your One Stop Shop for Commercial Water Damage
When it comes to dealing with the commercial water damage  businesses sometimes sustain, you'll need to know the number of a reputable and professional local service that you can trust. When you need service quickly, SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to be your one-stop local restoration services provider.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit or call us at 419-443-1790.

Water Damage Calls for SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties 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 - 419-443-1790

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 Huron & East Seneca Counties 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:

 -Here are some examples of what to expect-

  • 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 Huron & East Seneca Counties

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties 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.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit or call us at 419-443-1790.

Flooded Basements

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

We know that a major flood damage can be one of the most destructive events your home can experience. We also it can be one of the most emotionally draining and physically exhausting events you will endure as a homeowner.

No matter what caused the flooding the water damage can significantly and negatively affect your walls, ceilings, the roof, your furniture and belongings and the overall foundation and structure of your home. If you and your home are subjected to flooding and water damage your first thought may be to pump the water out as quickly as possible and begin the cleanup process.

Before you rush into trying to do it yourself do your research or call a professional for assistance. It’s important to take the proper steps towards water removal and clean up in order to truly fix the problem.

Locate the Problem

There are many points of entry for water, but the main ones are your windows, the walls and the seams between the wall and the floor.

Once you have found out where it came from you must find a way to stop it. If it is a sump pump buy another and then buy a back-up. Another way to prevent flodding from sump pump failure is by buying a water detector and putting it a foot above your water line in the sump pump well.

Some of the main reasons behind basement leaks and floods are credited to extremely heavy storms and rain, rapid snow melts and believe it or not – dirty rain gutters. There are various preventive measures you can take to help you keep your home safe from these kinds of issues.

Get Ready for the Cleanup

Make sure to turn off all of the electricity that runs through the basement so you don’t hurt yourself while trying in your flooded basement. Also make sure to wear protective clothing such as gloves, waterproof boots, goggles and any other protective gear you may need to guard yourself from hot water, bacteria and dirty water.

Cleaning Up the Mess

A flooded basement means more than just a wet room in your home, which is bad enough as it is.

Most people use the basement for storage or as a bonus guest room, office or entertainment space. Once SERVPRO has safely  cleaned up the basement it is time to suck out the remaining water and completely sanitize the entire area to prevent hazardous mold growth.

Preventive Measures

Surviving a flooded basement once is one time too many, but having to do it again after you spent money to fix it and replaced your belongings is even worse.

Make sure that this never happens to you or your home ever again. Hiring a professional inspector to examine the space and to let you know what needs fixing is an option people use often. Hope fully a flooded basement never happens to you but if it does......

SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened!"

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit or call us at 419-443-1790.

Dangers of Water Damage

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

Sometimes it happens in the middle of the night. Sometimes it happens when your at work or visiting family. Water is a horrible term. You come home to being up to your ankles in standing water and you are frantic to figure out what caused it. Was it the sump pump, a broken pipe, or a run-off? Whatever the case may be, you need to act fast to complete the water damage repairs for the following reasons:

Your Structure

Water inside your home can be a destructive force. As the water piles up, it’s going to damage it. You may notice the floor start to bow, the walls begin to bend and crack, and the ceilings could begin to cave under the weight. If water threatens the structural integrity of your home, it could end up costing you thousands of dollars to make the much needed repair. When you act fast to remove the water and make the necessary repairs, you will limit the damage done to your home.

Oh no! .......Mold

It is shown that within 24 hours of exposure to water or moisture, mold will start to grow. Mold will leave an unpleasant odor in your home and will continue to grow as fast as it is capable to. The best way to stop mold growth is to remove the water and treat the area as quickly as possible. When mold is concerned faster action is always the best.

Safety Issues

If water has reached any electrical appliances or outlets, you’re going to have a safety issue to deal with. You don’t want to get electrocuted, so you need to turn off your power and have your home inspected. Make sure that you’re not at risk for any dangers pertaining to the electricity or other concerns in the area.

Damaged Possessions

Your home is filled with your memories, and all the material items you have collected throughout your life. How would you feel if some of your most prized possessions were damaged beyond repair? When your personal property is affected by water you want it restored not replaced. You want to preserve it for as long as possible. If these items get damaged by water, you can act quickly to restore those items. SERVPRO professionals can help you care for those items and make sure that the damage around your home is stopped when they get to the scene. 

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, flooded basements, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit or call us at 419-443-1790.

Secondary Damage

2/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage is a serious issue that you need to deal with promptly when it happens.

There are some things you can do on you own to help while waiting for professionals and those tasks are in our previous post of do's and dont's for water damage.

If water damage is not fixed quickly can destroy the integrity of your house.

Structural Damage

The biggest problem faced by homeowners after their houses are damaged by water is structural damage. It might sound obvious, but when your house has been hit by a lot of water the whole structure can be weakened. That’s particularly true in any area where water was allowed to sit for more than a few hours.
If you have water sitting on the floors and on your walls for days, after a major catastrophe you could really be facing some serious structural issues. Hire a professional to look at your home and don’t walk on floors, else it could be very badly damaged.

Health Hazards

Even if your home doesn’t have significant structural damage, being in a home that’s been badly damaged by water can create some serious health issues. Mold and mildew are the most common problems, and walls and floors that have been soaked by water can start growing unpleasant and potentially harmful mold in just a few hours.

Homes in climates with high humidity are even more susceptible to mold and mildew.