April showers bring may flowers… and potential flooding

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Pictured: air movers and dehumidifiers used to dry areas affected by water damage/flooding

Western PA is at a higher risk for flooding during springtime and summer storms, but it’s important to remember that flooding can occur during any season due to a variety of causes including: [1]

  • Large amounts of rain or snow-melt that overwhelm rivers and lakes
  • Excessive rain or snow-melt cannot be fully absorbed into the ground
  • Waterways are blocked with debris or ice and overflow
  • Water containment systems fail (i.e. levees, dams, or water or sewer systems)

While the impact of flooding can vary, just two inches of floodwater indoors can cause approximately $10,000 worth of damage to a 1,000 square foot home. [2]

In addition to property damage, flooding can put your safety at risk. The first step to preparing for the potential of flooding is to know your risk. To check the flood risk in your area, learn about flood safety/evacuation, and create a plan, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website.

Some general tips for protecting your home or office from flood damage are: [1]

  • Consider purchasing flood insurance
  • Elevate heating systems, water heater, and electric panel if their location is prone to flooding
  • Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into your drains
  • Waterproof your basement
  • Install sump pumps with battery backup
  • Keep gutters and drains free of debris

Do you know the flood risk of your home, office, and other areas where you spend your time?

[1] http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409002852888-3c5d1f64f12df02aa801901cc7c311ca/how_to_prepare_flood_033014_508.pdf

[2] https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/the_cost_of_flooding.jsp


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Article by Jennifer McGee, Marketing Coordinator

jmcgee@massarocg.com

 

 

 

Water loss mitigation is a science

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Mitigating damage caused by water leaks, spills, rain penetration, or flooding is not simply sucking up and fan drying the offending water. Anyone who only relies on these means to remove unwanted water from structures or contents is simply not doing it right.

Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

As you can see, it’s impossible to describe water restoration science in a short blog (or in laymen’s terms for that matter). My goal was to try to impress upon you that there is a lot of knowledge that goes into professional water restoration. The good news is that we, at Massaro Restoration, have this knowledge so you can feel at ease that the job will be completed at the highest levels of excellence as possible.


Tavella_FrancoArticle by Franco Tavella, Business Development Executive

ftavella@massarorestoration.com

 

 

How to Survive a Sharknado in the Burgh.

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Last week cable and the internet blessed us with the second coming of Sharknado. And it’s no surprise that the folks at Massaro Restoration were carried away by the hype. The first 10 minutes of our Friday’s marketing meeting was spent discussing this pressing matter. It eventually devolved into us describing our fantasies of Sharknados coming to Pittsburgh.

Look, I don’t need to apologize for a moment of twisted daydreaming. We are a disaster restoration company, and mythical storms are great for business. We have kids in college and mouths to feed, so even an F-2 sized-Shark-twister would put food on the table (not counting the endless supply of shark meat). Speaking of shark meat falling from heaven, for some odd reason when I think of a Sharknado in Pittsburgh, I just imagine there would be lot of pierogi debris. Honestly Sharknado in the Burgh sounds delicious, but I digress.

At Massaro Restoration, we’re very outcome focused, and it wouldn’t have been an effective meeting without concluding by distributing individual action plans. Me, being the super-important, entry level graphics guy, I was tasked with illustrating some type of Sharknado-emergency-escape-death-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth-plan. So you’re welcome.

SHARKNADO-EMERGENCY-ESCAPE-DEATH-BY-THE-SKIN-OF-YOUR-TEETH-PLAN:

  • Take alternate routes to avoid the overflow from the Mon Warf to the “Parkway Bathtub” both in-bound and out-bound. Those are surely to be shark filled waters.
  • If you find yourself at the Strip District you will notice more flying pierogi and bobble head debris than usual, wear appropriate headgear to protect against concussions.
  • And wait until next month to buy, “I survived the Pittsburgh Sharknado” tee shirts. The prices are outrageous right now.
  • The most horrifying thing of all will be on Route 28. Bottle necked, stand still traffic, flying dust and debris, people screaming for their lives, total chaos, confusion, and gnashing of teeth. Imagine that, but now add a Sharknado.
  • If you are at a Pirates game when a Sharknado hits, chanting, “Cue-to!” will not fix the situation. It will only cause Sharknado to drop more sharks from the sky. In fact if you find yourself at any Pittsburgh sporting event, do not boo the Sharknado just because Sharknado used to play for us but his contract expired, and he decided to sign with another team. This is a tornado-full-of-sharks and it has feelings just like any other tornado-full-of-sharks.
  • If you find yourself in the Southside on a Friday or Saturday night between 1:00 and 2:00 am, THERE IS NO HOPE. On the plus side, you don’t have to worry about any Sharknados touching down. Even Sharknado is afraid of the Southside after the bars close.
  • Finally, after Sharknado subsides and we are eating delicious shark sandwiches for weeks, you’ll undoubtedly have shark damage. Currently Massaro Restoration is the leading shark-property-damage-restoration-professionals in Pittsburgh. Shark damage is a specific service we provide in addition to our main focuses of Fire, Hazmat, Mold, Smoke, Water, and Wind.

Call us for shark emergencies and other property disasters at our 24/7 Emergency Response Hotline 412-599-0023.


Christ_Mike(Resume)Mike Christ, Marketing Design Specialist

mchist@massarocorporation.com