Fire Damage Restoration
The remnants of your space, post fire, may not seem salvageable. Yet clean up is still possible, especially with the help of professionals, such as at Fire Water Response. Not only are our services diverse, affordable and effective, we also offer you 24-hour rapid response from our Pittsburgh location! No matter when you need immediate mitigation services, our experts are here for you and your space.
Reacting in an Emergency
Be it damage from smoke, fire or water, our professionals at Fire Water Response can help you remedy all of your fire damage and water damage emergencies! Knowing how to react during and after dangerous smoke, fire and water emergencies, it is important for your safety and for the recovery of the space itself. We’re here to help you remedy any catastrophe, from those needing smoke damage restoration services and fire damage restoration services, to water damage restoration and similar services, we’re here 24/7!
Are Your Pipes Freezing?
The 2014 and 2015 Pittsburgh winters delivered record-breaking temperatures, with the cold reaching into the sub-zero zone. Many homeowners and business owners woke up with the nasty realization that their pipes had frozen—and some, unfortunately, then burst, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
With the coldest part of winter upon us again, it’s important to know how to protect your water pipes so that you don’t experience a pipe deep-freeze, followed by water damage.
Keep Your Pipes Safe This Winter
The good news is that in a few simple steps, you’ll be able to protect your pipes from the cold.
- First, take a look at where your pipes are and see which ones are close to a wall that borders the outside. These are the pipes that will be most likely to freeze when it becomes cold at night. This could include your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room sinks, as well as garage pipes. Insulate these pipes with inexpensive insulation material or heating tape that can be purchased at the hardware store.
- If you see cracks or holes in your masonry outside where cold air could be creeping in (or flowing freely), have them patched immediately. Not only do they expose your water pipes to the outside, they’re carrying air or wind into your home, and making the surrounding areas very cold.
- Close all windows and doors that are near your water pipes. Even if you usually crack a window open for the fresh air, you should only do that during the day, and for only short periods of time. If your windows are old, weather-seal them—it will help your utility bills down, too.
- Keep your home’s temperature above 67 degrees. If you are concerned about pipes in your basement, be sure that your heating register is wide open so that the warm air will circulate.
If you experience burst pipes at your Pittsburgh business or residence, you’ll need to call a water damage mitigation company to clean your space and ensure that mold or mildew doesn’t begin to grow in moist areas. Firewater Response is available to take your calls 24/7, because water disasters happen at any time. Our crews will evaluate the water damage, pump out the water, eliminate mold and then dry out your property.
Call Firewater Response today for water damage restoration in and around Pittsburgh.
Home Water Removal
Pittsburgh rain often results in home water damage, whether as a simple leak or as an intense household flood. If your Pittsburgh home has water anywhere except for in its sink, toilets, and appropriate piping lines—or if these locations themselves are overflowing—you are probably in need of professional water extraction and water damage mitigation services. Not only does water need to be removed to solve flooding or leak issues. The source of the excess water, as well as the damage caused already, need to also be dealt with skillfully in order to fully resolved and prevented excess water issues.
Is Rainwater Becoming an Issue?
Although the temperature outside is heating up, we are still in the season of rain and flooding. This means that your home is not entirely in the clear of basement flooding caused from excess rainwater and an unsealed foundation. And once rainwater makes its way to being an unwanted guest in your basement, it can be difficult to mediate all on your own. At Fire Water response, we are here to help deal with the clean-up, as well as get through any resulting issues and steps you may need to take.
Contact Your Insurance Company
When water damage strikes, it causes major issues in many areas. From ridding of the excess water itself, to fixing things afterward and paying for those fixes can be a heavy matter. That is why documenting the damage and contacting your insurance company is important. After you take pictures of all the damage, as evidence, your insurance company will be able to assess the total costs needed to resource your claim. Without evidence of the flood, insurance companies could fail to fund the full extent of damage, or perhaps deny your claim altogether.
Seek Professional Water Restoration Services
Cleaning up after a basement flood is no solo, novice task. It requires major professional services, like water mitigation that we offer at Fire Water Response. When excess water is present, it takes a skilled professional to properly remove it, repair things afterward and protect the space from more potential flooding. Our services not only include mitigating water damage issues, they also include sealant protection from flooding in the future.
No matter the severity of your basement flood or worries of one occurring, we are here to help. From water damage prevention to water damage restoration and more, at Fire Water Response, we make sure your basement is better than back to normal after a flooding incident. Call now for more information about our spring and summer services.
What are My Risks of Water Damage?
When water becomes damaging to your home, there are many risks and repercussions involved which include more than simply having a dampened house. Water, whether from a sewage pipe or fresh rain, often contains toxic contaminants. These contaminants will absorb into your home and develop into severe, toxic water damage issues. At Fire Water Response, we can help with commercial water damage and water damage preparation. Contact us today about our Water Damage Mitigation and Water Extraction services to help against the following water damage risks and more.
Preventing Water Damage
Saving your property from water damage can be a difficult and expensive task once things are already saturated with water. This is why preventative measures should be taken before water damage issues arise. Piping and flooding mishaps can happen at any time, whether you are prepared or not. Remember that if water damage does occur in your space, don’t panic. There are a few things you can do to save from the water damage as you proceed with water restoration techniques, such as our Fire Water Response team’s flood restoration services.
Be Prepared for Frozen Pipes
It may seem like we are all ready for winter to be over, but the truth is there are a few more weeks before spring arrives to warm us, and melt the ice and snow. And with as unpredictable as the temperature can be, even with weather capturing technology, preparing your home’s pipework for another possible pipe-freezing cold front is not a bad idea.
Call a Professional
Most people think damage from a house fire is restricted only to the location in which the physical fire touched, but unfortunately, even a small house fire can produce serious smoke damage throughout a home.
Home Fire Damage?
Fire damage can be the most difficult to manage because it often occurs from many different sources. There is often smoke damage throughout the house, property damage from flames and soot, heat distortion, and water damage from the firefighting efforts.