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Kutztown Residents Can Lose Their Blues at Stoudts

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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See a live jazz performance at Stoudts, just a short drive from Kutztown

Jazz has one of the most versatile audiences globally, primarily because so many instruments play a part in bringing it to life. When you come out to the Stoudts Bier Garden Courtyard on November 27th, 2020, at 6 PM, you can experience some of the best local jazz music with the group So What. A combination of drums, bass, piano, sax, and soothing vocalizations provides a very casual atmosphere for your family and friends taking in the evening in Adamstown.

While capacities are still limited, Stoudts is offering this show for free. You have a full menu to choose from and order, and our bar with more than 20 taps. Brush up on state guidelines for safety before coming so that all can play a part in helping live music find a place back in the Reading area.

Water damage can lead to a need for mold remediation in Kutztown businesses. Our SERVPRO of Reading team can help with experienced remediators and fast, confident responses. Give us a call today at (610) 779-8189.

The Attractions and Cultural Venues of Reading

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Home After Water Damage

As the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania, it is no great surprise that the area has become intertwined with a considerable history and a present press for a better future. Between steps made to improve the economy and living conditions for the nearly 90,000 in the city of Reading, much of these efforts have to do with overcoming hardships through promoting greater reliance on local jobs, industry, and trades. In recent years, Reading and its surrounding communities have reached a point where more time and effort could get poured back into cultural centers, the arts, and live entertainment. The result has been an artistic renaissance for Berks County, and many structures play a role in this.

Historical Significance of Reading 

While most would believe much of the history surrounding Reading is tied up in the namesake railroad line that once passed through the area, more has defined the city over the centuries since its founding in 1748. At this point, Reading would rely most on its iron production and mining, happily supplying George Washington's troops through the American Revolution with supplies like rifles, cannons, and ammunition. The town of Reading would play a critical role as a supply depot for Continental soldiers during this conflict.

Reading has always been an example of the adage 'feast or famine.' During the first few decades of the 1900s, the city would grow immensely, showering in the city's industrial ventures' successes in the Brass Era. In 1940, the nearly 120,000 residents would begin to shrink substantially as once-profitable industries began to disappear. In recent decades, the population has finally turned back to growth, after losing more than 40,000 residents to the peak of the 1930 Reading population at one point in the 1980 census.

Attractions and Cultural Allure

The upturn in population and potential ventures returning to the city means that the economy can again support the boom of artistry, creation, and entertainment. There are multiple venues and structures vital to these efforts and their display. As a visitor or a long-time resident of the Reading area, knowing where to learn about its history and its current artistic exhibitions helps support these projects and individuals. Here are some of the most widely recognized art, education, cultural, and historical centers in the Greater Reading area.

Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

This museum is unique to the area, as it features restored warplanes and one-of-a-kind aviation vehicles for viewing audiences. There are more than 50 planes and aircraft available to view and tour in the museum. Many of these crafts are restored to flying condition and take part in national World War II events showcasing top vehicles from that era.

GoggleWorks Art Gallery

With a unique venue to create and experience art, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts has a clear mission of transforming lives through introducing and implementing art forms. One of the facility's focuses is the education of those that visit, and that is why there are eight studio areas devoted exclusively to teaching. While this is a historic location recognized nationally in 2006, the availability of art mediums and educational opportunities never wanes. GoggleWorks has exhibition galleries for local artists, a theatre, a restaurant, and more than 200 artists working in the building. Admission is always free, excluding special events.

Reading Public Museum

As much of this building is fixated on the history of Reading and Berks County, it is also worthwhile to note that beyond the artifacts and exhibits of early German settlers and Native American tribes, there is much more to explore. The building features an extensive natural history area with more than 25,000 specimens, an art gallery boasting more than 700 oil paintings by artists worldwide, and priceless collections of more than 11,000 first-class specimens of Native American culture.

Colleges and Universities 

In total, there are four colleges and universities in the immediate area of Reading, which can dramatically add to the potential artistic upturn in the region and fairs and festivals. These schools can offer their students varying focuses and career paths, which brings a diverse group of students to the city every semester. These institutions include:

  • Penn State Berks
  • Alvernia University
  • Reading Area Community College
  • Albright College

These schools collectively provide an education for almost 13,000 students every semester, explaining how the arts have become such a significant driving force in the communities. Urban renewal efforts have encouraged students to get involved in the beautification of struggling neighborhoods in the city.

When Is Professional Water Restoration Necessary for Reading Homes? 

With Berks County being susceptible to the harsh winter months, and cold snaps like the Polar Vortex in recent years, under-insulated pipes and fixtures can break, crack, and burst. Even without substantial water disasters, a persistent drip or excessive moisture might still be too considerable to clean and recover on your own.

With the Delaware Valley home to more than 420,000 people, a job for water restoration companies in Reading is never done. Water disasters encompass the most significant volume of the callouts that experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team receives, so we stay prepared for these situations with pre-stocked trailers and production vehicles in our warehouse. Mobilizing the Green Fleet quickly protects more of a damaged home before the conditions become irreparable or irreversible.

Experienced professionals on our roster can ensure that the work gets done efficiently and thoroughly. Whether it is mitigation tasks like extraction to the intricate steps of thoroughly drying moisture-damaged structural elements and contents, we have the industry-leading equipment to do it. In addition to a growing inventory of quality tools, each of our technicians has a minimum of Water Restoration Technician (WRT) training and accreditation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Choosing professional water restoration can ensure that worsening conditions like mold growth cannot occur. Thorough cleaning, drying, and water removal services are only a call away. You can reach our SERVPRO of Reading team 24/7 at (610) 779-8189.

Top Secret: License to Spy at the Reading Public Museum

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Reading Museum It will be exciting to see the community at the Reading Public Museum.

The World of Espionage Comes to Life in Reading

If you are like a good many people who are fascinated by the world of spies and espionage, you will love this event. It happens every Saturday and Sunday through January 10, 2021. The exhibit is open 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on both days and is for spy aficionados of all ages. When you explore the exhibit, you will:

  • Gather intelligence needed to complete the mission
  • Break codes crucial to your success
  • Uncover microdots with hidden information
  • Use spy satellites
  • Create elusive disguises

It is a behind the scenes look at the espionage world with life-like sets and fun activities. It is a unique scientific adventure that brings the top-secret arena to light. 

Top Secret Birthday Party

Through December 31, 2020, you can also book an action-packed Top Secret birthday party. The package includes:

  • Detective themed games
  • Espionage Crafts
  • Spy activities
  • A visit to the exhibit

It is no secret SERVPRO of Reading offers commercial storm cleanup to Reading companies. Contact us at (610) 779-8180 for more information on how we can help your business get back to business after a storm.

What Are Some of the Primary Causes of Commercial Fires?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" Fires can happen at any time. No matter how big or small, contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with fire damages from any source.

Preventing fires in commercial buildings in Exeter, especially some of the more common ones, is relatively straightforward. For example, many business owners are surprised to learn that a fire started in a common area, or near a water heater. The fire's damage and the loss of business while the restoration is underway can significantly impact the business.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in Exeter and surrounding areas. Our teams have seen many fire sites where the fire could have been prevented. Rest assured that we can be on-site to begin cleanup and restoration in less than four hours and return your business to normal operations as soon as possible.

Several of the more common causes of commercial fires include:

Misusing equipment by untrained or careless employees

Improperly discarded cigarettes

Poorly maintained boilers, water heaters, or heating systems

Combustible trash placed near heating systems

Electrical and heating systems maintained by unlicensed technicians

Our team is available 24/7 to begin restoration and mitigate further damage caused by materials utilized by the fire department to control the fire.

How Long Will It Take to Return the Property to Its Original Condition?

Every fire restoration project is different in terms of the extent of the physical damage, the impact of water and fire retardants used by the fire department, and smoke/soot that may have spread throughout the building. One of SERVPRO's team leaders assesses the damage before developing a plan to restore your business. Details are discussed with the business owner and the insurance company if required.

Fire damage restoration can include the following actions:

Removal of all materials that cannot be repaired

Smoke and odor damaged materials are removed for cleaning and deodorization

Professional cleaning of all surfaces

Restoration of damaged structures and commercial materials

At SERVPRO, we aim to return your commercials space to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Reading (610) 779-8189 for help with fire damage to your commercial building or business.

How Can a Small Water Leak Become a Substantial Concern?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Over time, steady leaks can overwhelm building materials and create a considerable mess to clean in Reading homes

Water damage emergencies do not always get recognized immediately in Reading homes. In fact, there are many instances where a leak can persist for days or weeks without notice. These situations significantly test the limitations of building materials. When drywall, insulation, and other ceiling system materials become impacted by a water leak, we must work quickly to clean up the mess and repair these damages.

A water leak in your Reading home can be much more of an immediate concern when it quickly begins to impact areas of your ceiling system closest to the plumbing breach. From frozen pipes in the winter to scaling and throttling of galvanized and lead service lines from older homes, breaks, and holes can form that can result in substantial water loss. You might also only experience a leak that persists unnoticed for many days before it becomes overbearing on the nearby installed materials and collapses.

What Materials Exist in Ceiling Systems?

There are no installed elements of a ceiling system and subsequent floor system in your house that cannot become overwhelmed by saturation concerns. A consistent, even minor leak on this hidden network of plumbing can quickly expose immediate materials to this clean water. The longer a threat like this persists, the more likely the damage goes farther than the surrounding materials. Because the closest areas become the most overwhelmed by the steady flow or presence of water until they succumb to the added weight and collapse, the windows of opportunity for repairing and replacing those elements are highly limited.

The standard composition of a ceiling system includes:

  • Drywall 
  • Insulation
  • Floor Joists 
  • Subflooring
  • Utilities 

Can Leaks Get Identified Before Irreparable Damage?

While in situations where structural collapses have occurred where the ceiling falls out under the immense pressures and presence of water, you might not notice these concerns all at once. Instead, potential flooding or leaking of fixtures and plumbing can leave our professionals seeking the best possible solution for efficient water removal and cleanup. If you are attempting to find where a leak or drip in your service lines might be, inspect the ceiling and wall materials for a few telling signs:

  • Damp spots
  • Water staining
  • Sagging Materials 

What Immediate Repairs Must Occur After a Ceiling Collapse?

Repairs are among the essential services our SERVPRO team can offer after a structural collapse and widespread water damage. One steady leak could substantially impact the entire property, so knowing what repairs and reconstruction are necessary is vital. Because you are not pursuing a secondary company for building trade services, we can be much more versatile in the tasks that these professionals of our team perform when working on your house. Some of these actions include:

  • Debris Cleanup – After a ceiling collapse, you have heaps of material in the middle of the room as shown in the Photo. You cannot begin to assess the full scope of the damage until ruined materials get removed and discarded. 
  • Plumbing Repairs – When our team first arrives, especially if a ceiling collapse has already occurred, we must note the exposed plumbing and determine where a breach might exist. 
  • Controlled Demolition – We must determine the extent of the damage to materials still installed to the ceiling studs and second-floor joists. Wicking of moisture can lead to further collapse and deterioration, so we establish dry lines and remove any impacted materials still in the damaged area like insulation and drywall. 

Is Extraction Necessary Without Pooling Surface Water?

Extraction can often be a misleading term for water restoration services that our SERVPRO team provides. While this word often leads to images of several inches of standing water getting pumped out with advanced, high-powered tools and equipment, it can also showcase some of the more subtle tools in our inventory. Extracting water can also mean the trapped water inside porous materials near the damage site, including plywood subflooring, carpeting, and cabinetry. There are multiple elements used to reduce water and moisture pockets in the walls and structural cavities, often this falls to a combination of extraction devices and evaporative drying techniques like centrifugal air movers, heaters, and positive pressure systems.

Because there are so many different types of water damage incidents that could impact your home, it is recommended to seek the experience and advanced technologies of our SERVPRO of Reading team. With a fast response and experienced technicians available 24/7, that leak in your kitchen or second floor does not have to become a must costlier concern over time. Give our team a call today at (610) 779-8189.

What Tools Make Professional Fire Restoration Most Efficient?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire We can sweep in and take away all your fire fears in Reading as soon as they appear.

Our SERVPRO professionals can work to quickly recover fire-damaged Reading homes using several powerful tools and practices. 

Often Reading homeowners do not have a choice but to pursue the knowledge and experience of restoration professionals after a fire. Insurance companies covering these properties want to ensure that the work done in the house restores the structure to its pre-fire conditions. As a preferred vendor in the area, many providers contact us directly when their clients and customers suffer losses. 

Because fire restoration in Reading homes and businesses is so involved and complex, it often requires dozens of different tools, pieces of equipment, and specialty products to manage. With so many levels to fully restoring a home, from removing soot and smoke residues to contending with lingering odors, the right equipment and cleaning approach for these situations becomes vital to the mitigation process when our SERVPRO team first arrives. Some of the areas that we can help your home include: 

  • Deodorization – While removing harsh, lingering odors is among the final stages of fire restoration in a home, there are several potential paths that our technicians can take, including fogging, ozone, and hydroxyl generators. 
  • Cleaning – Removing residues and soils from surfaces involves several potent solvents, chemicals, and detergents depending on the material affected and the type of smoke residue present. 
  • Air Filtration – Circulating particles of soot and other contaminants after a fire can become hazards for those exposed. Air scrubbers and hydroxyl machines can utilize HEPA filtration to clean up the environment. 

Can SERVPRO Help with Reconstruction As Well? 

For many fire disasters, repairs and reconstruction are inevitable. Having a team of general contractors along with our SERVPRO restoration technicians means that these secondary recovery tasks happen immediately after mitigation. 

After a fire, our SERVPRO of Reading team can quickly reach your home to begin vital mitigation tasks to reduce your losses. Give us a call at (610) 779-8189.

Is Water Removal from Materials in Reading Challenging?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

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With several tools and devices for extraction and moisture removal, our SERVPRO team can restore many damaged Reading homes efficiently after a disaster.

When many Reading homeowners consider water restoration obstacles after a disaster, the standing water becomes the most glaring concern. As challenging as these aspects can be, especially without the efficient and powerful tools in the restoration and recovery arsenal of our SERVPRO team, water trapped in porous materials can often be more difficult to address. Several materials often quickly become exposed to moving water after a disaster, and depending on their porosity, they can begin absorbing moisture and direct water immediately.

Water removal in Reading homes is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, each situation requires careful evaluations to determine the best machines and devices to overcome specific obstacles. With how quickly these conditions can change and worsen, this evaluation must occur as soon as possible to ensure that the appropriate extractors and water removal tools make it to the job site for use as soon as our technicians are ready for them. Absorbed water can most typically impact these types of materials in homes:

  • Carpeting
  • Wood Flooring
  • Wall Systems
  • Cabinetry and Vanities

How Can SERVPRO Overcome Saturated Carpets?

Carpets are a typical installation in area homes, making it a material that SERVPRO professionals anticipate in residential settings. Our extraction approaches vary slightly depending on the fiber count and thickness of the carpet itself, as short pile carpeting (glue down) absorbs less water than plusher options. The restoration of carpets to ultimately dry the flooring material typically requires a combination of several water removal tools exclusively designed for this softer flooring. Some of the standard devices and machines used in this process include:

  • Carpet Wands – Wet vacuums and pumps are already a versatile implement of our extraction and water removal approach, so the inclusion of specialty attachments like carpet wands is an extension of their power and potential. These attachments are a focused vacuum head used on the surface of carpeting to pull the majority of moisture from the fibers and backing material. 
  • Weighted Extractors – When it is possible to protect the carpet, the padding, and the underlying material, it is critical to reduce these elements' oversaturation as soon as possible. The best approach for this is a weighted extraction option that utilizes a technician's weight on a stationary or ride-on unit. The heft of the machine and the operator press the carpet and padding against the subflooring to force moisture to the surface for removal.
  • Floating – Once the majority of the moisture has gotten removed by weighted extraction, floating the carpet by placing a centrifugal air mover between the carpet and padding layers dry both materials simultaneously.

What Strategies Exist for Saturated Wood Flooring?

Wood flooring can often be one of the more considerable obstacles for drying technicians responding to your home's water disaster. Cellulose in the planks and panels of this type of material promotes a faster absorption rate despite any barrier that might initially exist with finished wood floorings such as lacquer, varnish, and polyurethane. Certain water removal practices and tools in Reading are ideal for restoring and protecting wood floors, including:

  • Drying Mats – Mats slowly draw out moisture from exposed planks in a controlled manner, allowing for continual monitoring to prevent over-drying. Placing drying mats perpendicular to the planks' seams offers a greater drying area that ultimately requires less direct mat coverage. 
  • Tenting – To amplify this mat approach’s effectiveness, we can use plastic sheeting anchored to dry portions of the flooring with tape or other weights to infuse the workspace with dry, warm air.
  • Controlled Demolition – It is possible that there is no other suitable solution but to remove oversaturated materials. This controlled demolition process reduces wicking and absorption into neighboring planks.

Is Cabinetry Worth Protecting?

Fixtures like cabinets inside your kitchen and bathroom can often be heavily impacted by standing water, leaks, and high humidity. Particleboard is a standard material composition for these cabinets in most homes, which can be readily replaced rather than restored. The decision on whether a cabinet or vanity is worth the time to dry and restore comes down to information collected about:

  • Cost/Worth of Original Material
  • Time to Dry
  • Similar Material Availability

No matter how impacted your home might be by a water disaster, you can rely on the fast and knowledgeable response of our SERVPRO of Reading team to help. With our inventory of industry-leading equipment and evolving practices for efficient drying, we can work to protect as much of your home as possible after a loss. Give us a call at (610) 779-8189.

Water is Coming Through the Floors, Whom Should I Call?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Groundwater Flooding Can Cause Significant Harm to a Property. SERVPRO Flood Damage Restoration Technicians in Reading Can Help.

What causes groundwater flooding?

Heavy and persistent rainfall in Reading can lead to a rise in the water table. If water reaches a point of saturation, it can be forced out of the ground, rising upwards. Groundwater flooding is an issue that first affects subterranean parts of the home like cellars or crawl spaces. However, evaporating moisture can condensate on the lower subfloor leading to potential mold growth or water damage. Drying groundwater flooding is challenging because the areas affected tend to be restrictive spaces. Places like a crawl space may not fit conventional drying equipment like water extractors. It is best advised to seek out professional assistance should your home fall foul of groundwater flooding.

What level of damage does a home suffer from groundwater flooding?

- Standing water in a crawl space

- Possible overloading of sump pumps in cellars 

- Condensation damage of the lower subfloor or wall cavities

Is groundwater dangerous?

The outcome of flood damage in your Reading home may present safety challenges for restorers. Groundwater can be problematic because standard safety protocols may be impossible to implement. A SERVPRO technician may need to enter a crawl space where there could be loose wiring, electrical hazards, or exposed nails. Emergency mitigation equipment like pumps may need to be specialized to remove water from a cavity efficiently. A high-pressure pump is the only equipment powerful enough to transport water uphill. Since groundwater comes through floors, water is highly likely contaminated, and technicians must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

What safety precautions should I take in a flooded home?

- Shut off external power to the property

- Equip with heavy-duty gloves and eyewear

- Inspect the structure for potential weaknesses

Groundwater flooding can be a traumatic event. Contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.

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What Do I Need to Know About Mold Remediation Companies?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Any Kutztown Home Can Have a Mold Problem – Know What to Look for in a Professional Mold Removal Business

You cannot escape mold spores. They surround us every day, traveling through the air, hitching a ride on your clothes, and spreading through HVAC systems. When you add moisture and high humidity into the mix, you have a problem. When considering mold remediation in Kutztown, there are some things you should look for before hiring a particular company.

What Are the Qualifications of a Good Mold Remediation Specialist?

Mold removal companies in Kutztown should have the correct certification needed for dealing with mold. SERVRPRO’s technicians are trained as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. They should also have any local licensing required for mold removal.

Understanding the Process

The company you hire should be able to explain to you the mold removal process clearly. If they make it confusing or try to use scare tactics involving mold, move on to another restoration business. Professional mold removal involves:

  • Containment – Includes physical barriers and negative airflow.
  • Moisture removal – Mold remediation cannot begin until the water problem is addressed.
  • Professional equipment – HEPA products and commercial equipment should be used.
  • Air Purification – Cleaning the spores from the air is vital.
  • Antimicrobial Cleaners – Any affected surface gets treated with this and antifungals.
  • Proper Disposal – Irreparable items such as drywall needs to be disposed of correctly.
  • Sealants or Encapsulants – Prevents mold from reoccurring.

Experienced Mold Remediation Services

Experience is another important aspect of mold removal companies. SERVPRO has years of experience in providing mold damage cleanup for homes throughout the Kutztown area. Our techs are continually learning and implementing the latest techniques. Check out our review that we proudly display.

 Contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 when you are looking at mold removal companies. We have the experience, expertise, and equipment needed to get the job done right.

What Happens After a Fire in a Hotel in Reading?

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

"Fire line" Day or Night, SERVPRO Can Arrive for Fire Damage Emergencies in the Reading Area. Give us a call at (610) 779-8189, We are always available.

SERVPRO Arrives Right After the Fire Trucks Leave to Start Assessing Damages.

When Can Guests Retrieve Their Belongings?

A fire in a single hotel room can cause a great deal of damage to the room and perhaps adjacent rooms in a Reading motel. There is the odor of smoke that seems to permeate everything nearby. Guests responding to emergency evacuation alarms leave their rooms without their belongings while the fire department deals with the fire. Many need access to their items as soon as it is safe to re-enter the building.

After the fire department has departed and the building is declared safe to re-enter, SERVPRO can assess the fire damage. They can work with your Reading management team to establish a plan for guests to retrieve their belongings while staying safe and clear of any fire damaged areas. Much of the hotel and guest contents in damaged rooms may also be destroyed by the fire, smoke odors, or materials used to quell the fire. Our team can work closely with guests and management to catalog everything and determine what needs to be cleaned or replaced.

Can Smoke Odors Be Removed in Undamaged Rooms?

We train our Reading SERVPRO smoke restoration technicians to recognize the various types of smoke particles caused by different types of fires. The amount of exposure time, the temperature of the fire, the material that burned, the humidity, and the porosity of the materials absorbing smoke residue all play a factor. Once our people have assessed the situation, a plan is prepared to deal with each fire and the items exposed to the fire.

All materials that have been burned or charred, and debris from the fire are odor sources. These items, including structural components, must be cleaned or removed from the building. Once these odor sources are extracted, SERVPRO can focus on deodorizing adjacent rooms.

We clean all hard surface items, removing all odors. Walls, ceilings, and flooring materials are also cleaned. Various fabrics, such as towels, bedding, and mattresses, can often be cleaned. However, there is a trade-off in terms of cleaning costs vs. replacement.

Call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 to assist with your emergency fire damage, recovery, and restoration needs.

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