Icicles along a roofline are largely perceived as a beautiful winter staple, yet often indicate ice dams and a potential for water damage to the structure. Ice damming blocks roofing drainage systems, diverting the flow of water under roof coverings and into the building envelope. Once within, gravity carries this permeation through insulation, ceilings, walls, and floors causing widespread water damage. At this point, immediate water damage restoration is essential to prevent the possibility of mold contamination.
Mold remediation is not a job for the inexperienced. Know-it-all contractors and overzealous homeowners often attempt mold removal projects lacking the knowledge, tools and materials required to eradicate mold contamination safely and completely. An uninformed approach to this complicated undertaking generally exacerbates the circumstances with unchecked sporulation and widespread cross contamination. Ultimately, such a naïve attitude regarding this very serious problem will require far more financial input to correct than if trained and certified mold restoration professionals were enlisted initially. Furthermore, deleterious health consequences may result as a byproduct of such hubris.
In very basic terms, dry ice blasting involves "blast cleaning" a surface with compressed air, and dry ice particles, usually in the form of dry ice pellets. Fine CO2 (dry ice) particles are "blasted" on to a surface, the unwanted contaminants freeze and fracture, then an explosion of energy takes place, resulting in the thorough removal of the unwanted coatings. This non-destructive method of safely cleaning surfaces and/or removing unwanted coatings has become the preferred method to remove smoke soot, vaporized synthetic resins, and char associated with fire damage restoration. Furthermore, dry ice blasting can eliminate the musty burnt smell that results from fire, smoke, and water damage.
This water damage restoration project was the result of a category 3 water loss event. The cause of loss was a sanitary plumbing line leak within the ceiling and wall cavities that allowed sewage water to escape and contaminate rooms below the second floor and into the basement.
Property Recovery 911 was hired to by a Delaware county homeowner to provide fire restoration services, which in this instance consisted of smoke damage cleaning and odor control. The fire originated on the raised deck at the rear of the home and penetrated the exterior wall, causing smoke damage inside of the home. Upon our arrival we deployed 4 carbon filtered air scrubbers to begin to cleanse the atmosphere.
Property Recovery 911 was summoned to a significant water loss event in a South Philadelphia row home, caused by a failed water line serving the second-floor bathroom. Substantial volumes of water poured throughout the interior of the home and came to rest as a 1-1/2' deep pool in the basement. Much of the structure and contents from the second floor through to the basement were saturated, including personal belongings, kitchen cabinetry and household appliances.
As a property owner, the distinction between a sewage backup and a sewage overflow is important to understand and be able to identify independently of an insurance carrier. Awareness of the differences and what they entail regarding the possibility and extent of insurance coverage will help property insurance policy holders protect their interests in the event of a flood originating from a wastewater drainage line.
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.