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How Do I Fix a Broken Water Pipe in My Boyertown Business?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Reading Has Professionally Trained Technicians to Remediate Water Damage in Commercial Businesses

Broken pipes are not something that any business owner wants to think about. Unfortunately, if you are currently facing such an incident, you will need to take action to prevent as much loss as possible. Read on for information on what to do after such an occurrence to prevent commercial water damage in Boyertown, PA.

Reasons To Get Help

After a water emergency at your company, you may be tempted to try to ignore the situation or fix broken pipe problems yourself. This is not a good idea for the following reasons:

  1. Waiting to get help from professionals can lead to mold growth or secondary damage.
  2. Cleanup services are better prepared to perform cleaning, drying and remediation procedures than you are, and trained technicians are knowledgeable about current or potential mold issues.
  3. Attempting to clean or fix anything in your building after a water-related incident takes away time from your schedule that should be spent focusing on your business and getting it back in running order.
  4. Ignoring destruction can lead to structural issues that affect your company down the road.

Water damage specialists are used to bursting pipes and other moisture issues. They are also typically able to arrive on the scene quickly and work in an urgent matter to mitigate the issue at hand as thoroughly as possible in a fairly short amount of time.

Do Not Go It Alone!

Business owners tend to feel very proud of their commercial property, and with that pride comes a feeling of personal responsibility for anything that happens to their investment. Bursting pipes may be something that you want to handle yourself or that you consider to be less important than keeping your workplace running smoothly. However, getting help from the right source as quickly as you can do nothing but improve your chances of recovering from any damages to your structure and getting back to business as usual.

Call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Boyertown, Exeter, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Real Truth Behind Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Reading

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

electrical shock warning sign Stay safe and contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation services. Our certified technicians will arrive quickly to assess and remediate.

Commercial Water Damage Reading – Lunch Room Catastrophe

Almost every small office has a lunchroom, provided by the company for the convenience of the employees. There is usually a fridge, sink, microwave, and sometimes even a dishwasher. The problem with many lunchrooms is that no one wants to take responsibility to keep it clean, turn on the dishwasher and generally look after it. This neglect is where the trouble with water leaks and damage usually begins.

SERVPRO provides commercial water damage services in Reading and the surrounding area for our commercial and residential customers. We respond to calls to our offices every day of the week at any hour of the day, usually within four hours. We understand that a water leak is urgent because of the potential damage water can cause, but also for the harm it can do to your company. The worst-case scenario is that all of the employees have to take the day off, which means your customers look elsewhere.

Water Spreads Across the Production Floor

It is bad enough to have the lunch room floor soaking in water, but once the water spreads into production areas, there is a potential safety hazard. Often there are electrical and data conduits under the floor connected to various pieces of equipment. Short circuits can damage the equipment and disrupt production. There is also danger for the employees.

Electrical shocks are possible, and then there are potentially slippery conditions on concrete floors. You must stop all production, and shut off circuit breakers to eliminate further damage. Your production facilities are at a standstill, you may send idle employees home, and nothing can resume until the water is removed, floors are dried, and each device is tested before bringing it back online.

SERVPRO can be onsite in less than four hours to focus on containment of the water leak and then drying floors and conduits. Moisture meters can quickly determine which areas still are potential problems. We can focus specialized air movers on these areas to ensure everything is completely dry before reinitiating each machine. Our objective is to help your team bring your systems back into service as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Fleetwood, Hamburg, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Removing Fire Damage In Reading

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Fire Damage from a Reading Attic

Attics are a common source of fire damage in homes, particularly those caused by the home's electrical system. Whether the failure comes from air conditioning, electrical wiring, or other sources that rely upon electricity, these fires can spread quickly and damage significant portions of the home without fast detection. Worse still, soot residues are highly corrosive to the surfaces they settle upon, which can leave homeowners with more to worry about than they anticipated after a fire.

If your Reading home requires fire damage mitigation after an attic fire, you can count on the experienced professionals at SERVPRO to provide rapid service at any time of the day or night. Our technicians receive extensive training in fire damage mitigation, as well as water damage and mold remediation. No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO is sure to have the tools and techniques available to restore your structure to a preloss condition.

SERVPRO's Emergency-Response Team
Disasters do not happen on a typical 9-to-5 schedule, so SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year — including all holidays. These franchise locations, totaling over 1,700 between the United States and Canada, are uniquely positioned to be able to respond quickly whenever disaster strikes in a home. The faster the response, the less damage that you have to worry about, and the more likely it is that items and structures can be successfully restored.

SERVPRO's Fire Cleanup Process
After an attic fire, there can be significant damage to the structural components of the home, including insulation, wooden supports, and flooring. If you use your attic for storage, your possessions may have also suffered such damage.

SERVPRO technicians start by removing debris and possessions that are too charred for restoration to prevent the spread of odors and soot throughout the home. Containment measures may be used to minimize the spread of these residues through your HVAC system. Items and debris removed from your home are never disposed of before your insurance adjuster has seen them. Extensive documentation is taken to bolster your insurance claim.

SERVPRO of Reading has the tools and techniques necessary to leave homes looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (610) 779-8189 when you need cleanup from a reliable and experienced crew.

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How Professionals Remove Water From Reading Homes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

handheld device measuring moisture on mold damaged wall Water damage can lead to mold and mildew. SERVPRO has the training to restore your water damage quickly.

The Two Different Types of Water Removal Services for Residents of Reading

Our homes are full of always moving parts like appliances, sewage systems, drainage, heating ventilation & air-conditioning (HVAC) systems as well as water supply pipes. When all of these are functioning correctly, we barely notice them. However, a fault with any of these moving parts can result in a water emergency in your home. Sometimes these malfunctioning can result in excessive amounts of moisture entering the home and damaging flooring, carpets, rugs, and furniture.

Residents that need water removal services here in Reading can reach out to us via our twenty-four-hour emergency call line. SERVPRO technicians live and work locally so we can mobilize expert technicians with short notice. The restoration planning starts from the moment you contact us, and from here, we can assess what equipment is necessary as well as the extent of harm. There are two main categories that we need to be aware of for a water restoration project.

The first category for water restoration technicians (WRT) is the removal of standing water. We classify standing water as any amount of moisture above two inches. Water at this level has a high risk of migrating into other areas of the home, including cavities in wall spaces and subfloor. There is also a high risk of clean water degrading into a more severe case. Our range of gas pumps at SERVPRO can transport high volumes of water out of the home. This equipment is fully-submersible and can be electric or gas-powered depending on the requirements of the homeowner.

The second category for us to consider is removing residual moisture. Soggy carpets, flooring, or other areas of the home can increase the chances of mold and microbial growth. Using extraction equipment, SERVPRO technicians can remove up to one hundred gallons of moisture from home without having to replace storage tanks. Extractors can be light-weight for thin or weak carpets, or, for thicker rugs, we can use weighted extraction units to squeeze the moisture out of the affected material.

Water issues can come in many forms. Contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.

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Water Loss In Your Reading

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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How Severe Can Water Losses Be for Reading Apartments?

There is a reason that property owners should move quickly when water threatens Reading homes and apartments. The migration of water losses is deliberate and destructive, which can encompass many areas of a residence and even damage neighboring properties if a loss incident is severe enough inside a single unit. Whether you are dealing with water that has spread to your apartment from a neighboring unit or floor, or the incident began on your property, a fast reaction can save you time and money on the restoration necessary.

In most situations, it is understood that a property owner has roughly 48 hours to address water damage in their Reading apartment before irreparable damage becomes a widespread concern. While there are inevitable areas of the unit that might experience direct damage, such as the deterioration of drywall and wood trim around the source of the water loss, a fast response of qualified technicians like our SERVPRO team can be helpful to reduce secondary effects like mold growth or the migration of water to other areas of the apartment.

As your residence likely features carpeting through most of the unit, this is advantageous for our technicians to slow the spread of water migration to other apartments nearby. With light wands, we can sweep over every exposed point of the carpeted floor to remove much of the moisture trapped in the fibers. While further extraction is necessary, this mitigation technique can slow water migration and also the likelihood of water damaging the subflooring material.

We can utilize our in-house team of general contractors to perform controlled demolition for direct access to both breached plumbing lines for repairs and to help extract and dry structural cavities. Shared walls can be a pathway for water to migrate to neighboring apartments, so it is a priority for our SERVPRO technicians to dry these spaces in the mitigation phase of our recovery.

The severity of water loss incidents varies from one disaster to the next. However, our preparedness for these emergencies can help to reduce your out of pocket expenses and time out of your residence as much as possible. You can reach our SERVPRO of Reading team 24/7 by calling (610) 779-8189.

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Call Our Experts In Reading After A Flood

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Rows of our dehumidifiers in a warehouse We have the proper equipment necessary like these dehumidifiers and air movers to restore your home right away to prevent further damage.

Flood Damage In Reading May Require The Use Of Disinfectants Like Vanquish

During this time of year, it is common that storms will strike the Reading region. Once moisture created from the storm builds up outside, flood damage could occur as a result. Any time our SERVPRO technicians deal with moisture coming into a house from the outside, there is a chance the water could be contaminated. If the water is just rainwater, then it has a possibility of contamination.

When dealing with flood damage in Reading, the source of the problems gets classified as either category two or category three situations. Category two issues deal with what is referred to in the industry as "grey" water because there is a chance that it has harmful bacteria and parasites in it. Category two situations also include problems created by leaky sinks or shower drains. Category three situations involve either muddy water entering your house after a storm or a sewage drain leaking.

Our SERVPRO team knows that when handling category two or three situations, that contaminated water can be harmful. To disinfect your home after water enters as a result of flood damage, we can utilize a variety of chemical products. For example, Vanquish can be used as a detergent and disinfectant.

Vanquish #175 is an EPA-registered synthetic solution that can work as a bactericide, fungicide, and virucide. The chemical can be used to fight against a broad spectrum of harmful microorganisms. Vanquish works in hard water and is effective in fighting HIV-1 or the AIDS virus.

Vanquish is a rather strong alkaline solution since it has a pH of 12.4. Its special properties also include the fact that it is very effective against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. When using or mixing this product, our technicians always wear chemical resistant gloves and splash goggles so that we prevent any skin or eye irritation.

When using Vanquish, our SERVPRO technicians mix two ounces of the substance to one gallon of water. We then apply the solution with a pump sprayer or by wiping it using a bucket and towel. Next, we allow at least ten minutes of contact time so that the solution can properly disinfect all hazardous parasites, bacteria, and fungi.

If muddy, contaminated water ever enters your residence after a storm, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 24 hours a day. Once we are done with your restoration project, it will seem "Like it never even happened."

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Drying Mats Can Remove Water from Wood Flooring in Reading Homes

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor of a room with grey walls. Let us remove all of your Reading home, not just the water on the surface.

SERVPRO knows how far water damage can go in your Reading home.

Most homeowners only work to remove surface water and moisture when loss incidents occur in their Reading houses. While this is a vital step to take in the cleanup process, it often disregards how water can migrate after direct exposure. Porous materials like wood flooring can absorb surface water and allow this moisture to soak through to the subflooring and support materials.

To preserve and protect wood flooding, water removal in Reading homes must begin as soon as possible. Considering that many homeowners have limited access to useful extraction tools, this is where many lean on the expertise and extensive inventory of our SERVPRO professionals. Removing the surface water is undoubtedly the first step to take towards drying out your damaged house, and this often begins with the use of powerful tools like our electric submersible pump and light wands under heavy flooding circumstances. The removal paves the way for practical drying tools like air movers and dehumidification units.

Identifying the migration of water throughout the house can determine the appropriate measures necessary to dry out and restore damaged elements. Hardwood flooring can get assessed in several ways, from probing moisture meters and surface detection tools to thermography. Before water has the opportunity to warp and distort the planks of the hardwood flooring, these areas can often get protected with the deployment of drying mats.

These units get placed perpendicularly to the seams of the planks throughout the damaged areas to affect a broader area with drying potential with greater, concentrated suction. For controlled moisture removal from these materials, we can utilize rolls of poly sheeting to encase the drying mats in a tent to maximize drying efforts. Continual monitoring of the damaged areas can prevent over-drying to return this flooring material to its original condition.

As challenging as water loss incidents can be in your home, especially with standing water concerns, our SERVPRO of Reading team is here to help. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, you have an entire roster of skilled professionals available whenever emergencies occur. Give us a call anytime at (610) 779-8189.

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The Ultimate Guide to Flood Damage Remediation in Reading

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room Whether the floodwaters came from inside or outside of your home, team SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Using Air Pressure for Containment of Sewer Gases after Flood Damage in your Reading Home

Floodwaters register as a contaminated water supply. These contaminants can make entry into your home restrictive because blackwaters are known to carry pathogens that can be harmful to humans with ingestion or inhalation. Being unable to enter your property adds another layer of stress and debilitation to the situation. Many homeowners experience anxiety about the state of their possessions. It would help if you had a restoration service provider that you can trust to deliver on their promises and with the human resources to make your home safe. 

Contamination as a result of flood damage to your Reading home affects both the air you can breathe and the safety of build materials. SERVPRO technicians must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) even to enter a property with flooding issues. There are also slip and trip hazards or electrical concerns. Our restorers can enter the property to set up the necessary equipment to stop and reverse damages. 

Our first concern is containment. Containment protects the unaffected areas of your home but also halts the degradation of possessions and material construction. There are both physical and non-physical methods of containment. Physically, we can block furniture or place it into a cleanroom. SERVPRO can set up decontamination areas and place affected items within an enclosed polyethylene tent to ensure they do not spread onto other items. 

Non-physical containment is achievable through manipulating air pressure in the affected area. Manometers measure gas and vapor rather than moisture. By ensuring the air pressure is low in the affected area, and high in unaffected areas, we can ensure that toxic air does not leave the containment zone. To modify air pressure, SERVPRO uses negative air pressure machines. Setting up low air-pressure in the affected area is essential to containing sewer gases but also any debris that may result from demolishing drywall, drilling or sanding. 

Protecting the rest of your home from further damage is something you can trust us to perform. In an emergency, contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.

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Fire Cleanup in Reading

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Cleanup in Your Reading Home

Smoke and soot residue from a fire, no matter how small, have a way of getting into even the smallest crevasses within your home. Even after a kitchen fire, odors can permeate throughout the structure, impacting your entire home. The cleaning process for fires can be a complicated endeavor unless you have professional assistance.

If you need fire cleanup for your Reading home, the certified professionals at SERVPRO are ready to assist you at any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Each fire and each cleanup is different, requiring the restorers to formulate a plan for your specific situation. Technicians locate, identify, capture, and remove residues from within your home.

There are four elements in effectively cleaning up residues following a fire. All four elements work together to attack smoke residues within the structure.

Temperature: Heating the cleaning solution increases the speed of chemical reactions allowing for faster cleanup.

Agitation: Using brushes, towels, air, vibrations, and even water to dislodge the lingering residues to distribute cleaning products evenly.

Chemical action: Using the correct cleaning products for the desired cleaning goal ensures the most effective residue removal. In some cases, restorers wish to emulsify, dissolve, or bleach the surfaces within the home and require different chemicals depending on the unique situation. This also includes fogging the home with a smoke-like chemical substance to attack the smoke residue at the micron level.

Time: Allowing for the correct amount of time for cleaning and deodorization is a crucial component. The time needed can vary significantly depending on the chemicals used and the type of residue. Too much time fogging, for example, can be detrimental to the restoration efforts. Too little time can leave lingering residue and odors.

SERVPRO technicians combine these elements to customize cleanup from your fire. Sometimes residues and odors can be challenging to remove, but restorers use the elements above to apply to each unique situation, ensuring the thorough removal of odors and residues.

Contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189. We're available  24/7 to assist you with cleaning up after a fire.

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SERVPRO has the Necessary Equipment for Water Removal in Reading

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying water damaged basement No matter the size of water damage, we have the equipment to handle the situation.

Water Removal In Reading Often Requires The Use Of Dehumidification Equipment

If your Reading house ever suffers from a plumbing failure or other type of leak, damage to your contents and structural components could result. Once excessive moisture makes its way into the interior of any structure, it is best to call in professional restoration services such as SERVPRO to conduct water removal. Not promptly performing mitigation ensures wet materials inside your home can cause other problems to take place in your entire building.

One major problem wet substances inside a structure can cause is elevated humidity levels. During any water removal project in Reading, our SERVPRO technicians know that removing moisture from the air is just as important as extracting it from your building materials. Any time items inside your house get wet, the moisture evaporates into the air and increases your indoor relative humidity. Once humidity levels rise, damage can occur in other rooms inside your home that were previously unaffected. High humidity levels can also create an environment that activates mold spores that exist around your home.

When attempting to mitigate any moisture-related issues inside your residence, our SERVPRO team starts by measuring the relative humidity in the affected and unaffected areas in the building. We use the levels of the untouched areas to create a goal for the sections of your home that have elevated relative humidity readings. The most effective way to reduce humidity levels is to implement a dehumidification system.

We use dehumidifiers to pull water vapor from the air, therefore decreasing the relative humidity. These machines are each given a rating based upon how many gallons of water they can remove in a specific space in a one-day-period at 80 degrees Fahrenheit with a 60% relative humidity. Dehumidifiers operate best at a higher temperature.  The general rule for rapid evaporation is the hotter you can get it inside the affected area, the better drying and dehumidification will work.

Using industrial dehumidifiers can help speed up the natural drying and evaporation process. If you ever need help at your house to prevent problems associated with elevated humidity levels after a water damage situation, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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