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Is Wall Damage Repairable after Fire in Reading?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with debris and soot everywhere Is it the fire or the smoke that damaged more in your home? Team SERVPRO can help with any fire damage issues.

SERVPRO of Reading Has Local Fire Damage Restoration Professionals for your Home

Hot air rises. In a property fire, hot smoke can travel rapidly through the home, leaving behind smoke residues on upper walls and ceilings. The surfaces may show signs of blackening or emanate unpleasant burning odors after a fire. It is prudent to enlist an experienced restoration technician to clean or restore your home after a house fire. 

Pre-testing is a vital work process to carry out during fire damage restoration in your Reading home. Walls and ceilings can present a variety of surfaces that may respond differently to cleaning procedures. These surfaces could be painted, paneled, tiled, or textured. Each surface has its properties that must be tested before introducing cleaning products.

  • A dry cleaning sponge is an effective tool for removing dry soots with minimal risk of causing damage to the surface.
  • Wet cleaning with detergents is recommended for some paintworks as well as metal and wood surfaces.
  • Peroxide active cleaning is primarily reserved for synthetic materials like acoustical tiles, which may break apart or absorb wet cleaning products.

Qualified technicians are available to assist with restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Reading for fire damage restoration at (610) 779-8189 now.

Can Water Exposure Affect Some Parts of the Home Worse than Others?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances working in a house Is your home facing problems dealing with excess water? Call our SERVPRO team for water removal and remediation.

SERVPRO of Reading Can Assess your Property and Mitigate Loss after Water Intrusion

Materials can react differently when exposed to moisture. Gypsum board, for example, is a wood composite that may break apart when water is present. On the other hand, lumber floorboards may absorb water, causing warping, cupping, or buckling. Two critical factors in the amount of harm materials sustain are permeance and exposure time.

Acting fast to limit water damage in your Reading home can reduce damages by limiting exposure time. Quick responses may involve extracting water with a pump or extraction unit. Adjusting temperature and applying refrigerant dehumidification to the home can also reduce exposure times by evaporating moisture at a faster rate.

  • Low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers can be beneficial in restoring semi-permanent materials like hardwoods. 
  • Moisture is measured by grain per pound (GPP). Reducing air moisture to below 40GPP can significantly advance the drying process.
  • Accessing restrictive spaces and applying ventilation through air-movers can dry cavities in the property and significantly reduce damage caused by exposure. 

Limit losses by reducing water exposure. Contact SERVPRO of Reading for water damage help at (610) 779-8189.

Is it Too Late to Prevent Mold Growing?

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room Found mold? Team SERVPRO will search for the cause and remediate the damage. Standing by 365 days a year for your call.

SERVPRO Can Remove Mold-Infested Materials from your Kutztown Home and Reduce Microbial Growth

Kutztown is a small borough in the State of Pennsylvania. The borough is situated between Reading and Allentown, with a population of just 5,012 people. Kutztown is one of the most historically interesting with its eighteenth-century churches, some of them among the oldest Pennsylvania State structures. The initial town grew out of a large land purchase by George Kutz in 1755, from where the borough derives its name. The 130 acres of land were again purchased in 1785 before the borough finally became incorporated within the United States in 1815. 

Kutztown's architecturally significant landmarks include H.K. Deisher Knitting Mill, built in 1881 and dedicated to mass-producing cotton garments. The Kutztown 1892 Public School is also on the register of historic places as a shining example of Fin-de-siecle Victorian architecture. The borough hosts an annual folk festival each year that is attended by residents and those residing in nearby Allentown. The tradition began in 1950 and celebrated the town founders' culture, artwork, and food. Combining both Dutch and German tradition, the event, which takes place every July at Whiteoak Street, is highly-anticipated throughout the summer.

  • The Crystal Cave is a stunning natural museum with unique rock formations and has had tours running since its discovery in 1871. Situated on Crystal Cave Road, treks through the subterranean passages last around one hour while the surrounding grounds span 150 acres. The attraction also has a museum, gift shop, cafe, and ice cream parlor open seasonally.
  • Pinnacle Ridge Winery is a highlight of Kutztown that opens to the public for tasting sessions, tours, and grape picking seasons. The tasting rooms are large enough for group events, while live music frequently occurs during the summer months. Special events are available for members of the winery.
  • Renningers Antiques & Farmers Market on Noble Street is a rare experience combining a collection of vendors selling antiques with baked goods, farm produce, and cafe. Visitors are recommended to attend early before the best antiques are gone from the outdoor flea market. During the summer months, Renningers has some excellent food stands.

SERVPRO Can Reduce the Impact of Mold in your Kutztown Home

Discovering mold in your property can be frustrating. Porous and semi-porous items can become infested by mold growth and require replacing to avoid cross-contamination with nearby materials. SERVPRO technicians understand how mold builds through a home environment and can use that knowledge to stem the tide of microbial growth. Using industry-leading equipment, we can return your property to a preloss condition. 

  • Mold thrives in moist conditions. Using advanced structural cavity drying equipment, we can correct the moisture problem in your home.
  • Antimicrobial chemicals are specifically designed to target fungi and prevent them from building up through their growth stages. 
  • Our deodorization procedures are comprehensive and can often improve the indoor air quality within your home. 

Avoid long-term microbial growth issues. Contact SERVPRO of Reading for mold damage remediation at (610) 779-8189.

Has Fire Damage Affected Your Home?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

damaged property thrown in construction trash. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have all the necessary equipment to have your home back to preloss condition from any fire damage.

Even Limited Fires in Reading Can Have Long-Lasting Effects 

The heat and flames of residential fires often stay limited to the room where they started. It is the smoke and odor residues that can spread throughout the home. 

When fire damage happens in Reading, SERVPRO response teams begin work immediately. After a quick inspection, they determine what items can be cleaned and restored or have to be removed for disposal. Completing these tasks requires the following actions:

  • Carefully remove burned items to eliminate sources of odors and prevent spreading residues to uncontaminated parts of the home
  • Wiping down surfaces with sponges or cloths to remove dry layers of smoke and odor residue particles
  • Spraying affected surfaces with a cleaning agent that breaks down thick smoke and odor residues for easier removal

In addition to these first actions, team members also set up axial fans at entry and exit points to push odors and other residue particles out of the home, weather permitting. We also set up air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to neutralize malodors.

To quickly repair or remove fire damage from your home, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189. 

Can a Bathroom Leak Damage a Home?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. The smallest of leaks in a bathroom may be hazardous. SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified. Water restoration is one of our specialities.

Even a Small Leak Costs Reading Homeowners Hundreds in Repairs

Many water leaks go unnoticed or are misunderstood for long periods. A little water near the refrigerator or dishwasher is usually shrugged off as a spill from getting ice or setting a dripping, rinsed item inside the washer.

Unfortunately, even small leaks can cost thousands in water restoration to Reading homes. That is why SERVPRO should be the first choice to restore area homes after an incident. Our response teams train extensively to stop leaks, repair them if possible, and restore the property to its original condition. 

To reduce costs and preserve property, technicians perform a thorough inspection and then quickly begin these operations:

  • Removing puddles and drips with sponges and cloths
  • Drawing water out of walls, ceilings, and floors with air movers to push the moisture out and capture it with dehumidifiers for removal
  • Set furniture and other items on blocks and pallets, then dry them with air movers to increase the rate of evaporation without damaging the items.

For professional water restoration in your home, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 today.

Can Flooding Ruin Homes in Reading?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Storm damage is no DIY project. SERVPRO techs can handle any size flood restoration needed for your home. Our team is IICRC certified.

For Professional Flood Damage Remediation, call SERVPRO.

Reading has been a hub for manufacturing and commerce, thanks to the Schuylkill River's presence. The waterway then provides an avenue for businesses and individuals seeking to grow on the eastern seaboard and eventually expand westward.

Humble Beginnings

In 1748, Conrad Weisner established the first trading post in Reading at what is now 5th and Penn Street, just a short distance from Finney’s Ford, the original site for Reading selected by Thomas Penn. Weisner was a peacemaker, frontiersman, and arguably the first entrepreneur in this part of the New World. 

By 1776, the location of Reading and the political upheaval in the colonies made the growing town and Berks County the hub center for storing the Colonial Army’s cannon, guns, and ammunition. The hundreds of forges built to create and maintain these weapons resulted in the area becoming a leader in iron and steel production after the War of Independence. 

Water and Rail Transportation

The creation of the canal system between the Schuylkill River and Tulpehocken Creek in 1792 helped ensure that local coal and the nails, stoves, and tools produced here were delivered to outside markets where they were sold throughout the new nation. Once the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad was established in 1833, products were shipped more quickly and cheaply, resulting in even more businesses being established here to create an economy that now was expanding into international markets.

As steel production improved and the railroads expanded, forges grew into foundries and factories. They turned out the new plows that could break up the tough prairie ground, rails that lasted longer with less maintenance so trains could travel farther than ever, and the hundreds of other items needed. 

The History of Flooding in Reading 

Part of the history of Reading is, of course, the weather and its results. Records of flooding of the Schuylkill River go back to 1869 with modern measurement methods beginning in 1972. Storm flooding is measured by how many feet it crested and the category of severity. Since 1972, there have been 17 recorded floods:

  • Minor flooding – 9 floods that crested less than 16 feet over the riverbanks
  • Moderate flooding – 6 floods that crested between 16 and 20.5 feet 
  • Major flooding – 2 floods that crested 23.75 feet and higher

Remediating and Removing the Effects of Storm Flooding 

No matter what category a flood falls into, the water contains soil, animal waste, and other contaminants it picked up before entering a home. After removing all standing water, SERVPRO specialists quickly complete these tasks to reduce the amount of physical damage and remove the source of many odors. 

  • Lift and dispose of all carpets and carpet pads affected by the floodwater
  • Spray and clean all surfaces that were underwater with an anti-bacterial or an anti-fungal cleaning agent
  • Remove structural property that cannot be cleaned

To restore your home after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189. 

Can Wood Furniture Be Save After a Fire?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen, soot on white cabinets Smoke and soot affect wood. SERVPRO has the right cleaning methods to remove smoke from your fire damaged home.

Reading Homeowners can Count on SERVPRO to Restore Instead of Replacing When Possible

Smoke odors can quickly penetrate wood furniture. Pieces such as desks and coffee tables have unfinished sections such as drawer bottoms, backs, and undersides. Restoration depends on the material and the extent of the fire.

Can the Smell Be Removed from a Desk?

SERVPRO provides fire restoration in Reading with the goal of restoring as much as we can. We do not replace unless we have to do so. Our crew uses various cleaning techniques depending on the type of soot they are cleaning. Denatured alcohol and dry-cleaning sponges are two standard tools employed. Some signs indicate the item is beyond restoration:

  • Extensive surface blistering
  • Waterlogged joints
  • Cracked joints from intensive heat
  • Permanent staining
  • Severely charred areas

The fire does not have to be big to cause damage. SERVPRO of Reading understands fire damage and fire restoration. Contact us at (610) 779-8189 for all your fire, water, and flood restoration needs. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Can Be Done About Cabinets with Mold in Kutztown Homes?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used in kitchen Inspect your cabinets often for signs of water and mold damage.

Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO can Provide Mold Remediation

Mold can develop rapidly wherever there is moisture and a food source. The microscopic spores develop into a multicellular structure known as hyphae. Mold is easy to detect. It often has a distinctive musty odor that is a sign even if you cannot see it. 

Mold Causes Damage

When you are considering mold removal companies in Kutztown, you want one that has experienced, certified technicians. Our mold remediation specialists can mitigate the damage done to impacted areas. We can help you decide what can be salvaged and what needs removing.

Can My Cabinets Be Restored?

Porous materials quickly absorb water. Restoring the cabinets depends on the type of material and the mold growth. Wooden items often need discarding, but controlled demolition may help. Our mold removal process includes:

  • Containment to prevent spreading
  • Air filtration via HEPA vacuums and filters
  • Using air scrubbers
  • Removing infested material
  • Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting
  • Restoration

Should you need mold removal companies in Kutztown, contact SERVPRO of Reading at (612) 779-8189.

Keep Your Reading Business Open with Professional Water Removal

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment stacked inside of SERVPRO storage facility Commercial water damage? SERVPRO can handle it. This is just some of the equipment available to restore your water damaged business.

SERVPRO can Mitigate Water Damage for Any Size Reading Business

Like much of Pennsylvania, Reading was settled by Germans. Even today, their roots are seen in the festivals, food, and traditions taking place in the town. As the county seat of Berks county, Reading is home to over 420,500 people. It is famous for the Reading Railroad. No longer in operation, it is one of the four railroads on the Monopoly game.

The Pretzel City

One of Reading's tourist attractions is outlet shopping. It was one of the first areas to create that particular industry. One of its most well-loved aspects is pretzels. Because of the various local pretzel bakeries, it became known as "The Pretzel City". There are several bakeries in production still, and they include:

  • Bachman
  • Dieffenbach
  • Tom Sturgis
  • Unique Pretzels

Reading is the place to visit if you want to sample various pretzels. From old fashioned salted pretzels to cheese-filled pretzels and all the dippings that go with them, Reading has it.

Bicycling Lover's Paradise

One of the things the area has become well known for is its cycling trails. There are five significant preserves in Reading, with over 125 miles of trails. Cyclists come from across the globe to ride the trails. The town is an International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Center. 

Brass Era

The city got a boost in economics during what is known as the Brass Era, which was an early time in automobile manufacturing. The term comes from the Brass fittings used on the vehicle for things like radiators and lights. This new form of transportation brought an industrial boom to Reading. During this time, the cars were known as horseless carriages, and people could go places they never dreamed they could before. Reading was home to several Brass era companies, including:

  • Daniels Motor Company
  • Duryea Motor Wagon Company
  • Reading-Standard Company

Much of Reading's prosperity came from heavy industry and railroads. When these began to go downhill, the town's fortune took a turn for the worse. The town's economy has always been impacted by the railroads. Today there are still railroads operating in and out of the area carrying both freight and people. 

Flooding Impacts the City

Hurricane Agnes struck Reading in 1972, causing extensive flooding and severe damage to homes and businesses. The Schuylkill River overflowed its banks and inundated lower areas of the city. Another flood occurred in June of 2006, which caused severe damage.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Water Removal

If your company has a water intrusion, you don't want to ignore it. Often, it can lead to situations such as standing water in lower levels, resulting in:

  • Moisture becoming absorbed by a porous material such as wood, insulation, and drywall.  
  • Stored items and flooring can be impacted. 
  • Structural degradation and deterioration of the materials.  
  • Mold can develop within 24 hours.

SERVPRO can be there within hours and provide the necessary mitigation. 

Water extraction and drying the facility is our top priority. We employ several techniques to enhance the drying, including:

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Industrial fans
  • Air movers
  • Moisture sensors
  • Chemical drying agents

Don't let your business stay out of business. Get the help you need and keep your company on track. For professional water removal in reading, contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Avoid On The Job Conflict in Kutztown

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home For storm damages in your home, trust the experts to thoroughly and effectively remove every trace of damage and moisture from your property.

Kutztown Residents Best Methods for Mediating Situations 

When groups of people come together to work on a Kutztown project, the different personalities can cause all manner of conflict and disagreements. Learning how to embrace those situations as listening opportunities can help resolve conflict resolution rather than get angry and unproductive. 

This one-day virtual workshop gives participants the knowledge and tools to manage situations before becoming stressed and uncontrollable. Learning the art of conflict resolution also assists individuals in becoming more successful. When the course gets completed, attendees receive a Certificate from Vistaedutech.

The training consists of lectures and role-playing to highlight specific situations that the participants may encounter and understand why conflicts sometimes arise in the workplace or other areas of life and what to do about it. The trainer breaks down conflicts so the root causes can get identified. Valuable information from case studies will also get presented. 

  • Training Fee: $349
  • Date: January 25, 2020
  • Time: 9 AM to 5 PM

SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 supports the local Kutztown community with any size flood removal services needed. The technicians have extensive training and experience to make the water damage, "Like it never even happened."