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The Reading Area Is Now Safer with SERVPRO's ERP

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with yellow tape over the doorways Prepare for an emergency by completing a Mobile Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO. Contact our technicians 24/7 - 365 days a year with any questions.

Emergency READY Response Plan for Reading Area Commercial Businesses and Properties

The Mobile ERP Emergency READY Profile is here and can help keep business in business. Ask us how to set up an appointment for a no-cost consultation at your convenience.

SERVPRO's new Emergency READY Profile (ERP) system allows business owners in Reading to keep track of all properties and locations during a fire or storm and respond appropriately. You can have multiple individualized profiles and information sets for each property you own or manage using the tools. With the ERP, our technicians can have all the information they need to get your business running back to normal. As a result, they can save owners of multiple properties, such as landlords, thousands in repair costs after a fire by responding fast to each location.

How the ERP Helps After water or fire Damage

There is always physical damage during a fire or water damaging event to an apartment complex or other rental properties. Usually, our technicians have to evaluate the building and formulate an approach, but this process is an excellent way for SERVPRO to respond quickly. Through it, we can access relevant contact information, building plans and layouts, and critical information about utility systems. This is especially useful to fire chiefs, which can quickly help locate the fire source.  Knowing where the shut-off valves, electrical panels, and drainage infrastructure are located and how they function is critical in mitigating water or fire damage.

This mobile device allows the party in charge to have delegated representatives on-site if needed to okay any work orders and insurance forms to work along with an adjuster.

SERVPRO of Reading operates on the principle of mitigation to respond around the clock and save landlords thousands in restoration costs. Call us at (610) 779-8189 for our help or learn more about the Emergency READY Response Plan.

Professional Residential Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration for Kutztown Apartment Owners

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls and stove Keep a close eye on your pots while cooking! Should a fire occur, contact SERVPRO right after it is put out. Our technicians are standing by 24/7.

Smoke from a Kitchen Fire Settles on Surfaces Throughout Your Entire Kutztown Apartment

A pot of food cooking on the stove might seem to take forever to boil. Such an extended period can make it seem safe to leave your kitchen for a few minutes to check on laundry in another part of your home. It only takes a few minutes for a small fire to expand into a huge disaster, leaving your kitchen in ruins.

The entirety of your residence in Kutztown experiencing an oily, greasy smoke residue from burned food can create issues ranging from an uncomfortable, dirty environment to unwanted health effects. SERVPRO invests in equipment that uses the latest technological advances to ensure our employees can efficiently mitigate and restore your property.

Our skilled technicians engage in extensive study to earn certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) certificate and others in specialized areas are crucial to protecting houses and businesses. Our technicians' dedication to our customers continues through training and the conclusion of mitigation and restoration.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Restoring your residence includes taking care of the floors. Smoke can carry particles from burning items, resulting in specks of melted plastic on tile or linoleum floors. We can remove these and leave the floor in excellent shape. After a fire, carpeting can contain dense soot. Our methods remove this and leave the area smelling fresh again.

Windows often end up with heavy soiling because of the temperature differences inside and outside the house. When your windows and the corners of a room have little space between them, the area can become excessively soiled. We clean the surface and apply primer before repainting. After cleaning, we use special oil polish to replenish wood trim. Glass panes often shatter from the trauma a fire causes, but when panes survive, we clean them to remove soot and other evidence of the fire.

Personal belongings, including those in your kitchen, can suffer severe harm from a fire. Many things might need you to replace them. However, we can clean many items in our ultrasonic water bath equipment. The process works rapidly and removes odors that may have ruined specific items.

SERVPRO of Reading's IICRC-certified specialists provide residents with highly qualified smoke and fire damage restoration services. To ensure your situation receives proper mitigation services, call us at (610) 779-8189. We are here day and night, year-round, to take your call and provide you with the answers you need.

What Can I Do to Prevent Water Damage in my Reading Home When I Leave Town?

12/26/2021 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of the roof and off of broken pipes Make sure to take precautions to prevent frozen pipes and ice damming. Should an emergency situation result, contact team SERVPRO 24/7.

SERVPRO Offer Water Removal Services in Reading During the Winter

Many people choose to leave town during the winter season to visit friends and families for the holidays. The only problem with traveling over the holidays is that disasters could happen while you are away. Therefore, it is good to take winterization steps to help prevent issues from occurring. 

You can do many things to prevent incidents like frozen pipes and ice damming in your Reading home. It is wise, for example, to remove outside fixtures like hoses and sprinkler systems. Water could freeze inside your hose and then spread into your water lines and cause them to break. If you are going out of town, you should set your heater above 55 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your water lines warm. It is also smart to open up your bathroom and kitchen cabinets so that the drains stay warm.

If you know you have certain pipes that get colder than others, you could use a space heater to heat the cooler rooms. Insulating any lines that run along exterior walls or other cold areas can also prove useful. Other measures like using heated tape on your pipes can also help keep your pipes from freezing.

Ensuring your attic is sealed and insulated is also wise to prevent ice dams. To prevent freezing, you can also attach heated cables in a zig-zag pattern along your roof's edge. If your roof is prone to getting ice dams, you could install a layer of waterproof sheeting that runs past the roof's edge. 

But, if you still notice a water leak after you have taken prevention steps, our SERVPRO technicians can help in the following ways:

  • Flood damage Restoration
  • Water Extraction
  • Black Mold Inspections
  • Repairing Water Damage
  • Fixing Leaking Roofs from Storms
  • Basement Flooding Remediation

If your home develops a water leak after you take winterization steps, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.

Which Mold Removal Companies Also Build Back Kutztown Homes?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

mold on a wall Mold damage is no game, call SERVPRO of Reading today.

24/7 Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Perform Structure and Contents Restoration in Kutztown

Water damage, flooding, and fire suppression can all bring excess microbial growth into a Kutztown home. Elevated humidity, adequate temperatures, and sufficient organic material are all needed for microbes to thrive enough to require the assistance of a professional mold removal company.

SERVPRO is unique among Kutztown mold removal companies for its 24/7 rapid-response remediation, build-back services, and thorough education for technicians, staff, franchise owners, and related industry professionals. This firm’s commitment to learning helps the community thrive with up-to-date restoration industry know-how.

SERVPRO Mold Removal Strategies Require Extensive Training

SERVPRO training for Kutztown restoration technicians incorporates comprehensive education, self-paced learning, and a curriculum that stays up-to-date on Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

  • Technicians receive Initial Crew Training as well as fire, water, and mold remediation education
  • Self-paced e-Learning modules are available for technicians and staff to expand their knowledge base about mold remediation and other restoration subjects
  • Franchise owners undergo a 15-day program at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to learn about water, fire, and mold remediation, as well as what running a SERVPRO entails
  • Courses and seminars, both credit and noncredit, are available for SERVPRO staff, insurance adjusters, real estate agents, and other professionals who wish to improve their know-how on such topics as:
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control

SERVPRO of Reading provides “Like it never even happened,” restoration services for property owners who call (610) 779-8189.

How Can Reading Professional Water Restoration Remove Commercial Sprinkler Water Damage?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

A commercial building with a ceiling view of a sprinkler SERVPRO of Reading knows all the important disaster remedies, give us a call today for effective restoration.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Salvages Reading Businesses After Accidental Sprinkler Activation

There are many causes for accidental sprinkler discharge that can introduce large amounts of water into a restaurant, such as Reading business owners hiring contractors to perform renovation or routine cleaning of the sprinklers going awry. Fortunately, there is preventative maintenance that business owners can undertake to minimize incidents and fast-acting solutions for when disaster strikes.

Reading SERVPRO commercial water restoration offers the tools and techniques necessary to clean up a water-damaged business to code. Technicians and franchise owners alike receive extensive training and education to return commercial properties to a pre-disaster condition after moisture exposure.

What Causes Accidental Restaurant Sprinkler Activation?

Some common causes include:

  • Accidentally hitting a sprinkler head with a ladder or other object can cause activation.
  • Proximity to heat sources like lights, electronics, or machinery can also set off a sprinkler.
  • Cleaning sprinkler bulbs with compressed air can run the risk of cooling and shattering the sprinkler’s thermal glass bulb, which can also cause discharge.

Many incidences of accidental sprinkler activation are preventable with regular maintenance and the installation of sprinkler head guards.

SERVPRO professionals can extract large amounts of water from sprinkler activation with portable and truck-mounted extractors to prepare a restaurant dining area for structural drying with air movers and dehumidifiers. Cleanup also includes wiping down contents like tables, chairs, and booths with OSHA-approved biocides and performing odor control with solvent-based deodorizers.

SERVPRO of Reading can make a commercial disaster look “Like it never even happened.” Call (610) 779-8189 24 hours a day, seven days a week for restoration.

How Can Reading Homeowners Prevent Basement Flood Damage?

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Two people standing on wet flooring in green rain boots SERVPRO of Reading will help you prepare for storm damage. Don't hesitate to call us today.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Response Flood Damage Assistance in Reading

Approximately 98% of basements in the United States experience flood damage in their lifetime, regardless of whether the property is in a designated flood zone. Reading homeowners can prepare for floods to lessen the damage. However, they still need a safe and fast-acting solution when the disaster is too big to handle.

SERVPRO provides flood damage remediation for Reading properties, including water removal, structural drying, mold remediation, and even build-back services. This restoration firm coordinates with property owners and insurers for a comprehensive and streamlined restoration service.

Safely Navigating Basement Flood Damage

Homeowners can lessen the impact of basement flooding with several methods:

  • Consider using water-resistant paints and hydraulic cement to waterproof walls and fill in cracks that water can seep through.
  • Make sure to clean and maintain gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can redirect water into a basement or other parts of the home instead of away from it.
  • Check the grading around the property, and consider landscaping strategies like French drains and rain gardens.
  • Elevate basement furniture at least several inches with cinder blocks, planks, or palettes
  • Consider installing a sump pump that can sufficiently drain water from the basement and water sensors to quickly alert property owners to water coming into the property.

SERVPRO tackles flood damage with careful debris removal, commercial-grade personal protective equipment, and EPA-registered biocides to combat bacteria and fungi. Technicians take meticulous, room-by-room inventory when extensive damage occurs to perform offsite restoration in a SERVPRO warehouse.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and proud to serve the community. SERVPRO of Reading is ready to jump into action when property owners call (610) 779-8189.

What Restoration Focuses Start Fire Recovery in Reading Offices?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Commercial fire damage restorations services by SERVPRO are top-notch. Our IICRC certified technicians have the experience and technology you need.

Fires Can Impact Your Business in Several Ways, But Our SERVPRO Team Can Help.

With hundreds of causes for fire damage scenarios, it is wise for property managers and business owners to have a plan in place for emergencies to get restoration started as soon as possible. We have a free program to increase efficiency and mitigation times when SERVPRO is your chosen restoration team, known as Emergency READY Profile Plans.

Removing Water Damage from Affected Areas

One of the first steps in managing fire damage for Reading businesses and offices is to clear any water damage. Suppression of active fires utilizes the sprinkler suppression system installed in the office, which can leave pools of water and considerably damp conditions throughout the damaged areas that must get removed and dried before greater threats result. Some of the equipment used for this includes:

  • Weighted extractors
  • Carpet wands
  • Squeegee wands
  • Wet vacuums

Clearing Debris and Damaged Matter

Cleaning up after a fire loss can be a considerable challenge, especially when charred remnants of building materials, furniture, and contents all stand in your way. One of the mitigative solutions that begins fire recovery is removing this debris to lessen the severity of airborne soot damage and to reduce the strength of present smoke odors.

Establishing Containment to Keep Your Business Going

Containment is vital for almost any type of damage that your business might endure. Preventing the migration of fire-loss effects can be an important strategy to keep production moving despite the needed restoration. Physical barriers with plastic sheeting can help, but we also establish perimeters with HEPA filtration equipment to keep soot, smoke, and even odors from migrating beyond the ignition point.

Specific emergency services and mitigation solutions immediately assist fire-damaged businesses and commercial properties in the Greater Reading area. We have experienced restoration professionals to start these initial actions as soon as we arrive. Give our SERVPRO of Reading team a call today at (610) 779-8189.

How Does a Sagging Ceiling from Water Damage Get Fixed in Reading Homes?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help SERVPRO technicians use the latest technology when it comes to water damage restoration for your home. We are here to help.

Our SERVPRO Team can Help With the Repairs and Restoration of Reading Homes Need After a Loss.

Water damage incidents can occur quickly, but they can also damage your property slowly over time, as is often the case with a persistent ceiling leak. When structural elements start to sag and show water damage, we can help with a comprehensive restoration and build-back solution.

Removing Sagging Materials and Damaged Elements

When water damage in Reading homes results from ceiling leaks, the sagging materials or collapsed elements must get addressed before anything else. Our contractors safely uninstall damaged building materials and clean up the area for debris and heaped bulk materials. Leaving the cavity exposed allows access to our drying equipment to remove moisture.

Moisture Management in Structural Cavities

It is critical to remove water and moisture damage from this affected cavity as thoroughly as possible. Lingering damp pockets created space for mold growth and continued structural deterioration, so we must utilize several pieces of equipment in our inventory to manage this situation quickly. Some of these include:

  • Axial air movers
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Portable electric heaters
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Positive pressure systems
  • Surface moisture meters

Reconstruction Services for Reading Homes

We can provide a wealth of reconstruction and build-back services for damaged homes using our general contractor license. In this sense, we would need to focus on the damaged portions of plumbing and make sure this service was safe to re-pressurize after repairs. We could then safely reinstall removed drywall and other materials from this ceiling system.

Ceiling leaks and structural damages, unfortunately, go together, but we have experienced SERVPRO of Reading professionals to help. We are skilled technicians accredited in water restoration and complete with a general contractor license to be a one-stop-shop for repair and recovery. Call us today at (610) 779-8189.

Vital Large Loss Mold Remediation Equipment for Kutztown Businesses

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Locker room Mold remediation services for your commercial property should be handled by SERVPRO. Our technicians are fast and experienced in all phases of service

With Skilled Professionals Ready to Help, Our SERVPRO Team can Help Mold-Damaged Kutztown Businesses.

Our professionals must work as fast as possible to begin mold remediation in your damaged business. We have several strategies ranging from surface treatments to aggressive cleaning and controlled demolition. In addition, we also provide several mitigative actions when we first arrive to prevent more significant harm to your building, like:

  • Water removal
  • Content relocation
  • Bulk material removal
  • Odor neutralization

Mold Inhibiting Products

While it is vital to get mold removal in Kutztown businesses started as soon as possible, part of this process also deals with keeping the situation from getting worse. As mold remediation specialists, we work to contain the damaged area in the sense of physical barriers and the application of potent mold inhibitors, sporicidal products, and antimicrobial sprays.

Trailered Desiccant Dehumidifiers

Dehumidification equipment makes a space capable of supporting mold growth with moist conditions less habitable. With large commercial structures with several levels and vast open areas, trailered desiccants are ideal for moisture management and remediation. This equipment gets stationed outside, and quick-connect hoses pipe the intake/exhaust.

Trailered Generators for Recovery Equipment

Generators also play a key part in the remediation and recovery of damaged commercial properties. With most of the equipment in our mold removal and water restoration inventory running on electricity, trailered generators provide substantial portable power to energize dozens of spider boxes placed in work areas and run the equipment we need.

With the threat that mold can present to your business, leave your property in the trusted hands of skilled remediators to help. Our SERVPRO of Reading team can rapidly assess the water removal, drying, and mold removal needs of the structure to make microbial threats “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (610) 779-8189.

You Need To Contact Our Specialists If Your Reading Home Has Experienced A Fire

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Stove from a customer home Stoves and space heaters are infamous for fires in homes. SERVPROs fire damage restoration team will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

What Should I Do About the Soot In My Reading Home?

Fires happen all around us every day. A neighbor who leaves the stove on, a space heater left unattended, or a candle burning too close to a curtain can all cause incredible damage in a short time. When fire damage happens, homeowners take proper steps to call emergency personnel as well as their insurance company. However, we often forget about the damage caused to neighboring homes that also suffer from the smoke, soot, and smell left behind by the fire.

House Fire Clean Up

If your home is filled with the remains of a fire that burnt close to your house, you will do well in reaching out to SERVPRO for professional advice. Regardless of the size of the flames, you may find your furniture and belongings covered with fine dust and emanating a foul smell. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians in Reading train to assess your needs and establish an action plan that diminishes your loss and disruption to your everyday life. 

For our SERVPRO team to succeed, we first identify the source of the fire. If the fire burned hot and quickly, you would find residue in the form of fine powder in your home, which is cleaned relatively easily with wet sponges and dry cloth. If the fire was slower to ignite, it might leave behind a sticky residue which needs to be eliminated with industry-grade solutions and techniques made for the specific purpose of cleaning this type or remnant. In both cases, the smell of fire penetrates not only your clothes and upholstery but the very structure of your home. Regardless of the source of the flames, our SERVPRO team has at its disposal industry-grade solutions to leave your home spotless and smelling fresh even after a fire has burned nearby. 

Professional help is useful even if the fire did not originate in your home. Whenever you need a reputable fire restoration company, SERVPRO of Reading is here to help. Call us at (610) 779-8189 and let us leave it “Like it never even happened.”