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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Summer Storm Causes Water Damage to Austintown Homes

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Although it goes relatively unnoticed by most homeowners, chimney damage can occur as a result of repetitive water damage

As the summer storm season approaches, late afternoon showers and thunderstorms become a strong possibility. The Mahoning Valley has experienced several of these debilitating storms over the past few years. These summer showers can bring torrential rain, lightning, damaging hail, strong winds and plenty of flooding. The damage they leave behind can become considerable to home and business owners.

The contents, carpets, and furniture of homes affected by water can be seriously damaged or even destroyed. Flooring begins to warp and crack, drywall becomes saturated to the point of ruin and valuable items are at risk. 

Water damage may occur on an upstairs level from an overflowing tub or a pipe break. If so, be aware of sagging ceilings. They may contain hundreds of gallons of water and burst at any moment. Stay clear of sagging ceilings! 

Since water and electricity don't mix, avoid turning on anything electrical, especially light switches. You should turn off all utilities at their source. Electrical systems and HVAC should be inspected before resuming use. The best advice to avoid this risk is to call a professional electrician for assistance.

Although it goes relatively unnoticed by most homeowners, chimney damage can occur as a result of repetitive water damage. The chimney brick, mortar and metal flashing can deteriorate over time allowing unwanted water to make its way into your home. Chimney inspection should occur annually and the necessary repairs made to eliminate bigger problems over time. 

Remember, the longer water damage is allowed to remain, the more problems you will have. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the team of professionals you need to help mitigate and restore water damaged homes or businesses in the Mahoning County area.

We provide storm and emergency services 24 hours/day. Please call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543 for all of your restoration and cleaning needs.

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