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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)

fire caused damage to home We're available 24/7 to assist you with cleaning up after a fire.

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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The Real Truth Behind Flood Damage Remediation in Kutztown

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged carpet and plasterboard Flooding is extremely destructive when not dealt with immediately. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation methods.

Can You Protect Carpeting in Kutztown Homes After Flooding?

When flooding occurs, any flooring material in your Kutztown home is at risk. Pooling and standing water collect at the base of wall surfaces and rest on flooring. While many of these types like tile and even some veneer woods are resistant to water penetration, carpeting is one of the most welcoming surfaces for water penetration and saturation. Protecting this flooring from requiring removal and replacement after flooding might be challenging but is not impossible.

Whether flood damage in Kutztown homes costs you carpeting or not depends on the severity of the situation itself. Natural flooding scenarios present the possibility of contaminated water getting into your home, which forces our SERVPRO team to act as though bacteria and other threats are present in the standing water. For structural breaches that allow unnatural flooding through these penetration points, the protection of any flooring material hinges almost exclusively on the speed in which restoration professionals can get to work on the project.

One of the most significant challenges, even in drying carpeting, is having an effort that can affect both the fibers on top as well as the subfloor padding beneath the top layer. Padding is a highly absorbent material. There are many instances in our recovery where we can detach portions of carpeting exclusively to remove the padding and replace it. Without further concerns, drying out a carpet is not a challenge with the right approaches. We have also had success in pulling water from the subflooring and carpet with the use of stationary or ride-on weighted extractors.

We do not attempt to restore or recover any carpeting exposed to contaminants present in blackwater incidents after flooding. In these situations, our general contractors can carefully cut out affected regions of flooring material, baseboards, drywall, and other damaged surfaces so our SERVPRO restorers can thoroughly clean and disinfect before reinstallation begins.

It is possible to protect your carpeting and padding in the right conditions, especially if our SERVPRO of Reading team is working on the emergency within 72 hours of its start. No matter how we can help, give us a call anytime at (610) 779-8189.

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We Discuss How Our Professionals Deodorized Your Birdsboro Home After A Fire

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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How Your Birdsboro Home Gets Deodorized After a Fire

You might assume that harsh odors present after a fire loss in your Birdsboro home gets related to smoke damage, but this is not always the case. Part of our ability to successfully navigate proper deodorization of your property after emergencies hinges on our knowledge of industry practices. Our professionals get trained specifically to identify foreign and noxious odors present in the house after a loss incident, and in doing so, can develop the best approach for removing them.

Smoke is a common contributor to harsh odors and other fire damage in Birdsboro homes but is not the only factor to consider. The combustion of specific types of materials, gasses that get released into the environment, and other destroyed items can all create foreign and challenging scents of their own. Our SERVPRO professionals can look to isolate these individual sources and eliminate their hold on your home, instead of non-effective practices like masking odors and taking shortcuts.

As a team, we rely on multiple machines that can help with this odor elimination process, and much of the decision on the specific unit relates to the severity of the damage and how widespread this condition has become. Units like our hydroxyl generator, for instance, have a stationary operation that works to affect a broad area with central placement, whereas our portable thermal foggers can offer a more concentrated and direct approach by moving with our technicians from one space to another.

Deodorization is often one of the final steps of recovery, though efforts made through the mitigation process can often work to reduce the severity of these odors. Debris and residue removal can both substantially reduce the strength of present odors because of the elimination of primary sources, helping them to circulate continually.

We have invested time and resources into the development of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) on our SERVPRO of Reading team. Regardless of the situation you face, We’re Faster to Any Size Disasterand can help you however you need. Give us a call today at (610) 779-8189.

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Pre-Construction Cleaning for Flood-Damaged Reading Homes

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A carpeted room with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. Flood damage can consume your Reading home, let us get you out of the water.

SERVPRO knows the severity of your Reading flood damage.

Because natural flood water can contain contaminants, including pesticides, bacteria, oil, and other harsh substances, you want to address the cleanup and recovery of your Reading home as quickly as possible. We have experienced cleaning technicians on our SERVPRO staff with training and continued education through both the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and in-house coursework. Their involvement in the recovery of flooded homes ensures the fastest possible restoration for our customers.

Learning the full scope of the flood damage to Reading homes is the initial priority of our project manager and crew chief before work even begins. As we are mindful of safe practices and the severity of the situation, we assess these damages as efficiently as possible to ensure that work can begin quickly. Several inches of standing water can place several immediate needs ahead of the controlled demolition and reconstruction the property now requires.

Extraction is a common starting point for our recovery specialists, as we have multiple devices capable of getting this immediate threat under control. In many home applications, we rely on portable sump pumps run off of our trailered generator due to a severance of electrical utilities to the property with standing water concerns. With the higher volume of floodwater removed, our technicians can get a full look at the affected areas for what materials must get gutted from the building, and where muck-out and rubbish removal services are necessary.

Removing mud, silt, and debris from the household can help to make controlled demolition more efficient. We have a full team of licensed professionals capable of general contracting needs, including the removal of drywall, hardwood, linoleum, and more. We are careful only to remove the affected portions of construction materials to make the reconstruction phase to follow more efficient and cost-effective for our customers.

Pre-demolition and reconstruction cleanup can help to both keep our technicians safe throughout the recovery process of potentially contaminated flood damage in your home, and also ensures that other phases of recovery go more quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Reading team a call whenever flood disasters strike at (610) 779-8189.

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Our Team Has The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary For Your Reading Water Removal

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

 Three pieces of equipment set in a hallway drying the floor after water damage hit We quickly extracted all of the water, and then set out our green drying equipment and after a few days, we had all of the drying complete.

Professional vs. DIY Extraction in Reading Homes

DIY home restoration and renovations are on the rise, but that also, unfortunately, means that many Reading properties are not getting the full drying and recovery that they need after substantial water loss incidents. Our SERVPRO professionals are helping to restore the damages of inadequate drying and cleanup after water losses, and in some cases, contending with mold and microbial growth that can result as well. Knowing your limitations is essential for deciding on whether DIY drying is the right solution for your property.

When you must perform water removal for your Reading home, chances are the migration of moisture and water effects are more considerable than you might think. We are here to help out our customers however they might need, and part of this process is helping to ensure that the appropriate measures get taken to protect their homes after water loss incidents. There are some instances where homeowners can address drying efforts on their own with conventional approaches like towels and air circulation, but substantial loss incidents are often better left to our qualified technicians.

We have a full roster of Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) so that we can respond to water loss incidents in your home almost as efficiently as you can. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that hinges on our efficient tools and available personnel ready to mobilize at the first contact with our customers.

With instances like water removal and drying, our extensive inventory of equipment is unmatched compared to the drying tools available to homeowners in home improvement locations. We have industrial-grade extraction equipment to match nearly any situation, as well as a large volume of air movers, dehumidifiers, drying mats, and other specialty moisture removal tools to restore your property quickly with limited to no reconstruction.

As damaging as water loss incidents can be, you should be sure that the effects are not more widespread and penetrative than you initially believed. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Reading team a call today at (610) 779-8189.

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Don’t Take On The Remediation Challenge For Your Home Alone-Call SERVPRO Today

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

mold damaged ceiling Many times your home is affected by a combination of issues during an emergency. Often water and mold damage go hand in hand.

Why Reading Property Owners Should Choose Professional Restoration Services for Home Disaster Cleanup

In Reading, property disasters arrive in many forms ranging from water damage, fire damage, and of course, mold. All of these problems facing homeowners should be handled by a professional restoration services company to limit the loss and get the best outcome for a bad situation. 

Water Damage Mitigation Should Begin Immediately

Water damage in a Reading home requires addressing as fast as possible. This rapid response helps homeowners to avoid loss and other costly issues whether it is from a broken pipe, washing machine on the fritz or an overflowing toilet. For example, water wicks quickly into sheetrock which in turn warps and buckles and when this happens, SERVPRO technicians know that there is no restoration potential and it requires removal through controlled demolition techniques to cut it away cleanly for the dual purpose of better airflow and fast repairs.

Thorough water extraction is a must after a water loss event in a home. Consumer-grade wet-dry vacuums do not have the lifting power of professional pumps. Additionally, specific attachments for forcing water out of the carpet and upholstered furnishings assists in the complete drying. If the water removal process begins within 24-hours, and the water type is clean or gray, the carpet in the home may not be a loss. In cases where the water cleanup did not start until more than 48-hours after the water loss or contains sewage, it requires handling as a category three biohazard with extra safety precautions.

Safety During Fire Damage Cleanup

When SERVPRO technicians handle fire damage cleanup in Reading properties, safety for all is the number one priority. Soot and smoke residues are unhealthy, and homeowners should ask the fire department if it is safe to remain within the premises or not. If the fire loss happened in a single area of the home, the technicians set up containment to halt the prospect of cross-contamination of the spread of soot. 

The odor is a significant problem as long as charred materials and soot remain in the home. The technicians remove items that have no restoration potential and document it with both a detailed description and photographs to make filing the insurance claim more expedient for the homeowner. If any residual odors remain, technicians have multiple methods and equipment for the neutralization of fire odors.

There are specialized formulas for all types of surfaces affected by smoke damage, and the technicians perform tests before cleaning to ensure they use the proper cleaning method for the kind of surface without the danger of color bleeding, shrinkage, or surface damage. 

Storm Damage is a Year-Round Threat

In Reading, intense weather brings storm damage to properties through winds, flood damage, or ice and snow. When the water or snowmelt enters the home, the loss begins and grows from that point until mitigation starts. In instances where a roof or windows received damage, SERVPRO technicians proactively tarp or temporarily repair leaking roofs or broken windows, so no further water loss occurs. 

When groundwater enters a home, it is a serious situation due to the probability of the water containing bacteria, sharp objects in debris or sewage. Technicians test the water, so they know what hazards they are dealing with and proceed to extract the water and lessen the water damage in the home. 

Organized pack-outs are common during the flood water removal as exposure to prolonged periods of humidity damages paper items and causes wood frames of furnishings to swell along with the danger of mold. Moving undamaged contents to a safe location ensures no threat of further loss. After the completion of mitigation efforts, the technicians move the items back into the property and put them back in their previous places.

Complete drying and hand cleaning with professional antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions eliminate much of the odor after flood water removal. Technicians use professional drying equipment in tandem with dehumidifying equipment to rapidly lower indoor humidity levels and lessen the chances of mold growth. If any residual water odors remain on-site after meeting preset drying goals, the technicians have a diverse array of odor control applications to use.

Mold Damage Remediation Done For You

Mold damage appears in Reading properties whenever elevated humidity exists and if ambient temperatures are 70F-degrees or warmer, mold spores have the potential to germinate and spread quickly, creating costly destruction to the property and contents. 

Safety during mold remediation is a priority for SERVPRO technicians. They contain the areas in the home affected by mold colonies to halt any further spread of spores. The mold abatement techniques used depend on the location and quantity of colonies requiring removal. 

Follow up inspections determine if spores spread within the home via the HVAC and the technicians clean the ductwork if necessary. 

Mold is often a symptom of a more significant issue usually pointing to poor ventilation trapping humid air, drainage, or an undetected leak. If technicians find problems that require repair during mitigation, they alert the property owner with the problem and suggest solutions. After completing mold remediation in the property, proactive treatments such as antimicrobial sealers inhibit the return of mold. 

Why SERVPRO?

It is vital for the restoration services company in Reading that you trust with the cleaning and recovery of your home and contents has staff who have the training and certifications to return your property to its preloss condition. The technicians undergo extensive educational instruction in the restoration sciences and learn the latest techniques used in tandem with technologically advanced equipment for the best outcome on every job they do.

Availability is another crucial issue in choosing a mitigation company. The longer the damage in your home sits, the greater the loss to your property and belongings. SERVPRO technicians have a commitment to 24-hour a day service and no matter when the loss happens; they arrive within an hour in most cases to begin cleanup efforts.

SERVPRO of Reading stands ready to support local community members who need assistance with the cleanup and restoration services from fire, storm, water or mold damage. The emergency response team is available by calling (610) 779-8189 to make the loss to the property "Like it never even happened."

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