Joe DeStio

Flood Waters Damaging Homes All Around The Area

Flood remediation companies say they're swamped with phone calls about flooded basements

July 08, 2019 - 11:43 am

Related: 2019 Could Be Another Record-Breaking Year For Precipitation

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Wicked weekend storms have left many homeowners drenched.  

Companies that handle flood remediation say they're swamped with phone calls about flooded basements.

“It’s sewer drains that are clogging up because there’s not enough room for the volume of water,” said Peter Kandravy, owner of ServPro in Butler.

“We’re getting some seepage in through foundations and we’re even getting calls were people’s basement egress windows are filling up like swimming pools and then breaking through the window and coming into their basement.”

Even attics are getting damaged due to windblown rains into eaves.  Kandravy says the cleanup can be difficult.

“We have moisture meters and we have infrared cameras,” said Kandravy. “You can’t put your hand on drywall and determine if it’s wet or dry, you really do need some sort of meter to do that.”

Many customers think their home is dry, but then see and smell mold a few days later. 

Kandravy adds many customers call only after the damage becomes dangerous.

“A week, 10 days after the storm event where people are really starting to smell mold and see mold and things like that,” said Kandravy.

He says the sooner you call for help, the less damage the flooding will impact drywall and carpeting.

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