Property Recovery 911 was summoned to a stately stone home in Darby, PA for a sewage cleanup job. The source of the sewage overflow was a toilet located in the finished basement powder room as well as a floor drain in the laundry room. Upon inspection, we discovered that the soil line serving the property was clogged, which is often the culprit when a sewage overflow occurs. In such an event, the location of the sewage overflow is the first drain or drains ‘north’ of the clog.
Property Recovery 911 was summoned on a Sunday in July 2018 to an industrial warehouse and office complex for water damage restoration in Chester county, Pennsylvania. The cause of loss was a ruptured 8" overhead water supply line serving an expansive sprinkler system covering this 500,000 square foot facility. The sprinkler system water supply consisted of a 250,000 gallon on premises bulk water tank, which emptied its entire contents causing flood damage throughout the structure.
Summoned on a Sunday to provide flood restoration services in February 2019, we arrived to discover significant overhead flood damage originating from a frozen and burst pipe on the third story of this historic building in Olde City Philadelphia. Housing landmark restaurants starting in 1893 as The Oyster Saloon, this historically significant structure required immediate action to mitigate the circumstances at hand and arrest possible ancillary damage as well as the progressive losses that occur over time if not properly handled.
There are a variety of situations, events and avenues of delivery that could result in water damage to a structure and the contents within. Potential occurrences include human error, vandalism and failure of building systems designed to deliver, remove or protect the structure from water intrusion. Failure of major building systems, such as plumbing, or roofing can be the result of immediate and unexpected physical damage or deterioration over time.
After sustaining damage to your property that the insurance adjuster confirms as covered, the adjuster will then strongly suggest that you use a restoration service from their preferred list of vendors. They may or may not also inform you that you have the right to use a contractor of your choice to perform the repair work. Under the Insurance contract it is clearly outlined that the policy holder is responsible for the outcome of the “claims process”, however insurance companies’ routinely attempt to convince the insured to use an emergency restoration contractor from their vendor program.
Property Recovery 911 was summoned to help investigate that origin of a water event that had eluded the home owner as well as plumbing and roofing professionals. Water was cascading through the ceiling of a basement powder room and upon arrival we were given a multitude of possible scenarios by which the basement flooding was caused. Our primary goal was to identify, isolate and neutralize the source of infiltration; once achieved, water mitigation could commence in earnest.
Through normal occupation, a family can generate a great deal of contaminants; such as dander, dust and chemicals. These pollutants are cycled through the average HVAC system between 5 and 7 times each day. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of debris within the duct system that should be regularly cleaned.
Why Home-Buyers Should Consider Sewer InspectionHome buyers commonly enlist the services of a real estate inspector to check the roof, foundation, electrical system, HVAC system and other areas of the property that are readily accessible. Issues uncovered by home inspection services are commonly inexpensive repairs that afford the home buyer leverage to negotiate a lower purchase price. The standard home inspection does not take into consideration the condition of the sewer line and perspective home buyers rarely consider sewer line inspection, which can prove an expensive oversight.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining their sewer laterals, which is the line that connects the sewer pipes in the building to the main sewage system, generally located in a street. Because sewer lines are buried and out of sight, potential problems are commonly not identified and corrected eventually leading to costly repairs. Routine video inspections is a comparatively inexpensive method that can be used to identify sewer system issues.
Disposable wipes have become the bane of sewer systems around the world, which already are being pushed to the limit by growing populations and insufficient infrastructure. Non-woven cloths have been getting stuck in pipes, creating massive clogs requiring expensive drain and sewer cleaning.