Recent Water Damage Posts

Financial Planning for Future Water Damage Preparedness: Protecting Your Home and Wallet

2/14/2024 (Permalink)

Water damage can be financially devastating, making proactive financial planning crucial to prepare for potential incidents. In this blog, we will explore the importance of financial preparedness for water damage, including insurance coverage, emergency funds, budgeting for preventive measures, and the role of professional restoration services.

Understanding Insurance Coverage

Having comprehensive homeowners' insurance is essential, but understanding the specifics of your coverage regarding water damage is crucial. Learn about the different types of water damage coverage, exclusions, and the importance of reviewing and updating your policy regularly to adequately protect your home.

Building an Emergency Fund

Creating an emergency fund specifically for water damage incidents allows you to handle unexpected expenses more effectively. Discover strategies for building an emergency fund, determining the ideal amount to save, and how it can provide peace of mind in times of crisis.

Budgeting for Preventive Measures

Investing in preventive measures can save you from costly water damage repairs in the long run. Learn how to budget for maintenance tasks such as regular plumbing inspections, gutter cleaning, sump pump maintenance, and other necessary measures to minimize the risk of water damage occurring.

Researching and Comparing Restoration Services

In the event of water damage, professional restoration services expedite the recovery process and minimize further damage. Research, compare, and establish relationships with reputable restoration companies in advance to make informed decisions during a stressful situation.

Prioritizing Water Damage Mitigation

Swift action in mitigating water damage is vital to prevent the escalation of the problem and reduce potential costs. Understand the importance of promptly addressing water leaks, fixing faulty plumbing, and addressing any signs of water intrusion to prevent extensive damage.

Consulting with Financial Advisors

Financial advisors can offer valuable guidance on creating a water damage preparedness plan tailored to your specific financial goals. Understand the benefits of consulting with financial professionals to assess your current financial situation, identify areas for improvement, and develop a comprehensive plan.

Documenting Belongings for Insurance Claims

Proper documentation of your belongings is essential for a successful insurance claim in the event of water damage. Explore strategies for creating a home inventory, which includes photographs, descriptions, and estimated values of your possessions, helping streamline the claims process.

Reviewing and Updating Your Financial Plan

Regularly reviewing and updating your financial plan ensures you stay on track toward your goals, including water damage preparedness. Set periodic evaluations to assess your insurance policies, emergency fund progress, and budgeting strategies to adapt to any changes in your financial situation.

Financial planning for water damage preparedness is crucial to help protect your home and financial well-being. By understanding insurance coverage, building emergency funds, budgeting for preventive measures, and seeking professional advice, you can be better prepared to handle potential water damage incidents without significant financial strain.

The Ultimate Guide to Restoring Landscaping After Water Damage

10/14/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage can wreak havoc on your landscaping, leaving your lawn and garden in disarray and the soil damaged and unhealthy. With the right information and tools, you can restore your outdoor space to its former beauty. In this guide, we’ll share expert tips and resources to help you revive your lawn, garden, and soil after water damage.

Understanding the Types of Water Damage

Different types of water damage can affect your landscaping in various ways. Depending on the source of the water and how long it was present, you may encounter the following types:

Clean water: This is water that comes from a sanitary source, such as a broken water supply line. Although this type of water contains no harmful contaminants, it can still cause water damage to your landscaping.

Gray water: This contains some level of contaminants, such as from washing machines or dishwashers. It can cause damage to your landscaping, but it poses no immediate health risks.

Blackwater: This is water from sewage or other contaminated sources, which can contain harmful bacteria and viruses. Blackwater poses significant health risks and requires professional cleanup.

Signs of Water Damage on Landscaping

Knowing the signs of water damage on landscaping can help you take action early and prevent further damage. Signs include:

  • Patches of wilted or dead grass
  • Discolored foliage
  • Foul odor
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Soil erosion

Steps for Restoring Your Lawn

Assess the damage: Walk around your lawn and look for standing water, mud, and other debris. If the water sat for an extended period, it could have caused soil compaction, which you’ll need to address.

Remove debris and mud: Use a rake or leaf blower to remove any debris on your lawn. Don’t let mud and dirt dry out, as it can become challenging to remove later. If you encounter large clumps, use a spade to cut them into smaller pieces.

Aerating and reseeding: Water can compact soil, making it challenging for grass to grow. Aerate the soil, then reseed with your lawn’s preferred seed type.

Fertilizing and watering: Give your lawn a boost after water damage. Use a fertilizer rich in nitrogen to help with greening and growth. Water your lawn frequently, but not to the point of oversaturation, and ensure proper drainage.

Reviving Your Garden

Remove any debris and mud that accumulated in your garden. Be careful not to damage any plants or flowers. Then, test the pH level of your soil to understand if it requires any treatment. Different plants prefer different pH levels, so it’s essential to adjust accordingly.

Water damage can cause soil to lose its nutrients, so use compost to enhance the soil quality. Once the soil is prepared, replant your garden. Water it frequently, but not excessively, to help plants quickly re-establish their root systems.

Restoring Soil Health

Water can impact soil health negatively, causing it to lose its essential nutrients and complicate the growth of plants and grass. Consult with a professional landscaper to determine the necessary steps to restore your soil health, such as adding soil amendments, using compost, or mulching.

Additional Tips and Resources

  • Contact a local landscaper to assess the damage and provide guidance on restoration and prevention measures.
  • Avoid walking or driving on a damaged lawn as it can cause further soil compaction.
  • Regularly check your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water flow and prevent water from pooling in your lawn.

Water damage to your landscaping can be a stressful experience, but by following these restoration steps, you can revive and breathe life into your outdoor space. By taking a proactive and informed approach, you can prevent future damage and keep your lawn and garden healthy and beautiful.

Water Damage Emergency Tips

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

Water Tips 

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency?
Call 215-791-2302

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Please refer to our Water Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call SERVPRO of Spring Garden/ Fairmont Today @ 215-791-2302. We will answer every time! 

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Spring Garden/Fairmont and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 215-791-2302

Pipe Break & Water Damage

12/3/2016 (Permalink)

Pipe Break / Water Damage Thank You Letter NOTE: the end (P.S. Reggie, Marcus & Kimberly were great) got cut off the bottom.

Pipe Break & Water Damage in Philadelphia Home right before a Holiday

2 weeks before Halloween a Philadelphia family had a pipe break and significant water damage in their home. They were scheduled to hold a large children's party on Halloween night. As mentioned many times before, we truly do operate 24/7 & 365 days a year.  Below is a wonderful "Thank You" letter we received from this family (who wishes to be anonymous after giving their permission to share on our site.) 

Thank You Letter dated 11/02/2016

Dear SERVPRO of Spring Garden,

I want to thank you for your amazing help during my Halloween crisis! If not for your fast response and excellent work my child’s Halloween would have surely been ruined! We were panicked when we found water gushing into our finished basement & did not know what to do.  

Thank to your company & recommendation of a excellent plumber, we found that a water pipe burst!

The plumber came out prompt, then your company immediate after. It took only 2 weeks for the entire process to be complete. The plumber fixed our pipe right away, and Your company begun right after he was done to begin drying everything out. Most impressed that you had started to put my walls back, carpets, paint, and so much more right away.  

In two weeks our home looked exactly the way it had before! Just in time for my children s Halloween party.  This meant so much to me & my child.

I cant thank you enough. We will recommend you ever time a friend of ours is in need!



PS: Reggie, Marcus, & Kimberly are great, amazing staff & compassionate

Philadelphia PA 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/3/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage;Common in Philadelphia - Hardwood Floors "Cupping" Emergency Services are needed in this situation. call 215-791-2302

SERVPRO of Spring Garden / Fairmont, Philadelphia PA, is available 24/7 - 365 days a year for your water emergencies- large & small.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 215-791-2302. 

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Spring Garden/Fairmont has the most superior & specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business. 

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business.
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What is the source or cause of the water damage (if known)?
  • Has the source or cause been stopped?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • What has been affected from the water loss? and a brief description.

About SERVPRO of Spring Garden/Fairmont

SERVPRO of Spring Garden/Fairmont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained and certified in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

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