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Fire Damage Debris and Soot Removal in Reading

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical box on the outside of a house covered in soot damage SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to clean up fire damage in Reading; call us today.

SERVPRO Fire Restoration for Reading Homes Removes Debris and Rebuilds Structures

According to 2020 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data, home fires caused $8.7 billion in property damage to residential structures and contents. Regardless of how much they prepare for a disaster, Reading homeowners may not have the equipment necessary to remediate fire damage odors, residues, or suppression strategies. However, professional restoration technicians can help.

Reading fire damage cleanup professionals at SERVPRO can return affected properties to a pre-disaster state. SERVPRO cleanup includes water mitigation post-fire suppression, sanitation with EPA-registered antimicrobials, and demolition of unsalvageable material where needed to prepare spaces for rebuilding services.

Why Does Smoke Damage Cleanup Matter?

Regardless of the source, flames often do more than leave behind smoke stains on drywall. Burnt materials leave lingering odors and residues with no "one-size-fits-all" cleanup solution. These materials differ significantly enough that various classes of fire extinguishers exist.

  • Class A extinguishers handle dry goods that burn quickly at high heat, like wood and paper
  • Class B extinguishers are designed for grease fires in kitchens and other low-burning oils and petroleum products
  • Class C remediates electrical fires
  • Class K is explicitly designed with commercial kitchen fires in mind

While various alternatives are available, homeowners may be overwhelmed by the diversity of flame suppression options. This variety also indicates how diverse and adaptable cleanup solutions must be for burnt items and structures. On top of that, smoke particles can become acidic and damage metals and finishes in the home, which creates even more repair and replacement costs for homeowners. 

SERVPRO's Fire Restoration Process Includes Residue Cleanup and Odor Control

Smoke and soot cleanup from SERVPRO addresses residues, debris, charring, and hard-to-remove stains and odors. Technicians can perform the following tasks:

  • Remediate any present water damage or microbial growth from moisture exposure after fire suppression. Mold can grow as quickly as 24 hours after exposure, so sanitation is essential for protecting indoor air quality
  • Use dry cleaning, alkaline cleaners, OSHA-approved detergents, and abrasion blasting, among other solutions, to eliminate soot, creosote, and char from surfaces
  • Deploy dry foggers to dispense solvent-based smoke that chemically binds with soot particles to eliminate the odors associated with them
  • Specialized enzyme digesters clean challenging protein residues after cooking fires, which account for approximately half of all home fires in the United States

After cleaning damage and eliminating unsalvageable debris and structural materials per homeowners' wishes, SERVPRO professionals can focus on restoring the property to a comfortable condition. Build-back services can entail installing new carpet and drywall, repainting walls, ceilings, and baseboards, and repairing subfloors and wall joists. SERVPRO techs can also implement boards-ups and tarps for damaged roofing, windows, and doorways.

This crew's restoration-focused approach also extends to homeowners' belongings. SERVPRO professionals can extract stains and odors from upholstery, dinnerware, and decor, among other items. Even electronics can often be restored after soot exposure.

Throughout the process, SERVPRO maintains a detailed inventory of belongs and their conditions to aid homeowners and insurance adjusters with claims filing and documentation. A restoration-based approach can ultimately minimize disturbances to the home and allow property occupants to return to their lives more quickly and smoothly.

SERVPRO of Reading can be reached at (610) 779-8189. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and ready to work with homeowners to restore their properties.

SERVPRO Addresses Water Damage to Reading Home Structural Materials

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

drying mats on water damage hardwood floor in a bathroom No matter the size of water damage in your Reading home, we have the equipment to handle the situation.

Water Cleanup Services and Water Damage Prevention for Your Reading Home

Clean water damage is one of the most common categories of disaster in United States homes. It can be distressing to suddenly find water pouring into a Reading home from a leaky pipe, a sink overflow, or a malfunctioning washing machine.  Fast, effective drying strategies are necessary to prevent moisture from impacting property and create a welcoming mold environment.

SERVPRO water damage cleanup professionals in Reading remediate moisture exposure 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Restoration technicians use commercial-grade tools to quickly return affected residences to a clean and safe pre-damage condition with minimal disruption to homeowners' schedules when possible.

Why Leave Water Cleanup Tasks to Professionals?

While water remediation seems easy enough on the surface, the truth is that it often entails more restoration activities than homeowners might realize. Mopping up water from a pipe leak and calling a plumber to address the source might alleviate most of the issue. Still, moisture can linger in walls, ceilings, floors, or baseboards, creating mold growth or potential structural damage. Over time, this excess humidity can lead to more costly repairs because it has had more time to affect the property.

Homeowners can do the following to reduce the risk and effects of water damage:

  • Take photos of the damage as soon as it is detected, and have pictures of the property before damage occurs, if possible
  • Check vulnerable areas regularly, especially appliance supply lines and plumbing in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas
  • Call a restoration crew as soon as possible to mitigate damage
  • Avoid touching water that may have contacted electrical systems 
  • Contact utility providers when needed for assistance shutting off utilities like water and electricity safely

SERVPRO can remedy moisture that reduces home comfort and functionality while minimizing the time necessary to restore structural materials and belongings.

Eliminating Water Damage from Reading Properties with SERVPRO Solutions

Technicians can inspect the property with such tools as thermal imaging cameras and moisture sensors to formulate an effective drying plan. They can then deploy portable, back-mounted, or truck-mounted extraction equipment depending on the water volume. Specialized carpet wands can also remove water from carpeting, drapes, and upholstery.

Structural drying is greatly accelerated after extraction and is accomplished with the help of air movement and dehumidification units. SERVPRO techs can implement sealed polyethylene drying chambers in open spaces with small areas of moisture exposure for maximum efficiency. Sanitation is achieved with the help of EPA-registered biocide solutions, which can aid in microbial remediation. Drying also ensures that conditions become unsustainable for mold growth.

After cleaning and drying moisture, SERVPRO professionals can focus on rebuilding properties to a pre-damage condition. This process includes:

  • Installing and re-seaming carpeting
  • Implementing new drywall and baseboards where needed if the original materials are not restorable
  • Repainting walls
  • Making necessary repairs to compromised structures like waterlogged, irreparable subfloors

Odor control, which includes dozens of air cycles with high-powered ventilation box fans, keeps the air fresh and clean before and after deodorization and restoration. SERVPRO can also inspect and make necessary repairs to plumbing and electrical components, depending on the situation. 

Homeowners that need a crew that can remediate water damage can contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.

SERVPRO Mitigates Reading Mold Damage 24/7

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans and trucks in a parking lot Finding a patch of mold in your home can cause some alarm. Luckily, our SERVPRO team in Reading is certified in remediating mold damage.

Sophisticated Mold Remediation Technologies Restore Reading Properties

Mold impacts approximately 70% of homes all over the United States, including in Reading. Microbes cannot be entirely removed because mold spores exist in all properties on some level. However, professional cleanup can restore comfort and safety after mold damage and return the property to a pre-damage state.

Reading SERVPRO mold restoration professionals provide 24/7 cleanup for homeowners. This process includes inspection, careful demolition of unsalvageable materials, and documentation of affected structures and belongings to aid homeowners and claims adjusters.

What exactly is mold?

While homeowners may know what mold is generally, the term is quite broad in scope. It refers to organisms that digest organic materials and reproduce by releasing spores that cling to other organic surfaces to repeat the cycle. Mildew, fungi, and even rust can fit into this broad category of microorganisms.

Some forms of mold are much more common than others in residences. These common species can include Aspergillus and Alternaria. Conditions like limited ventilation, excess condensation buildup and relative humidity levels above 40% can exacerbate mold growth, leading to stains and odors on walls and ceilings.

Some of the most vulnerable residential surfaces include:

  • Rugs and carpets
  • Insulation, particularly those made of cotton or cellulose
  • Wood furniture, flooring, wall studs, and ceiling joists
  • Drywall
  • Tile grout and caulk, especially in bathrooms

HVAC systems can also be impacted by mold growth. Vents can enable spores to spread when fans, air conditioning, or heating are on and allow spores to multiply inside the ductwork. Professional mold mitigation technicians can prevent the impact caused by this with a combination of thorough remediation training and commercial-grade tools and biocides.

SERVPRO's mold remediation loadout for residential disasters

Mold requires specialized care to safely return the property affected to a clean, pre-disaster state after disaster strikes. SERVPRO technicians are certified to meet Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for mold cleanup and rebuilding services.

Equipment used during microbial remediation can include:

  • Multiple inspection tools, including penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters calibrated to measure surfaces like wood and drywall. Some sensors focus on shallow depth readings or surface-level measurements, while others need to be more in-depth to formulate an accurate drying plan
  • SERVPRO's personal protective equipment (PPE) and containment tools help create a safe, contained space for remediation that prevents mold from spreading to other properties. These processes also include such practices as
    • Erecting polyethylene sheeting to seal doorways and ventilation intakes
    • Temporary sealing of contaminated or damaged ductwork
    • Establishing a decontamination area for equipment and PPE used during restoration
  • Moisture extraction, typically implemented with portable hot-water extractors, helps eliminate excess moisture from many types of household surfaces, including upholstery, drapes, rugs, carpet, and wood furniture
  • Drying equipment, which includes powerful air movers and dehumidifiers, removes excess moisture to dry spaces to humidity levels consistent with the rest of the home. SERVPRO professionals inspect unaffected materials when possible to determine an ideal moisture content for contents during the inspection and planning process.
  • Deodorizers are implemented with fogging equipment to eliminate residual mold and moisture odors that can affect the comfort of a space. Deodorizers work on porous surfaces and can also be used on sheet metal and duct board HVAC.

SERVPRO of Reading is ready to return homes to a preloss condition when property owners call (610) 779-8189.

Storm Flood Damage in Reading Requires Professional Attention

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Car driving through Flooded Waters When flooding hits your Reading area, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

Hire SERVPRO to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Reading

Water is necessary for our existence, but it can also cause irreparable damage to your house. This risk of damage increases by a huge margin when the source of the flooding is a thunderstorm. 

Flood damage is unlike other forms of water damage since it can bring in a wide range of contaminants, including chemicals, oils, pesticides, and sewage, which might complicate the restoration process. You should hire an experienced company like SERVPRO to handle the storm flood damage in your Reading property. We can mitigate the damage and extract the floodwater safely.

You need to contact us soon after the incident and then perform some emergency mitigation steps such as:

  • Turn off electricity and gas safely to minimize chances of gas leaks and electric short circuits occurring.
  • Remove any items and furniture that the floodwater has affected to prevent further damage.
  • Find a safe place to stay until we complete the restoration process.

After the initial mitigation steps, our SERVPRO team can extract the floodwater using self-priming trash pumps. These pumps extract water effectively when the discharge head is less than 100’ and the suction lift is less than 25’. We classify the pumps as trash, semi-trash, or slurry, mainly based on the size of solids they can pass. Slurry pumps can carry fluid containing mud or sand, trash pumps can pass solids up to 1¼″, and semi-trash pumps can pass solids less than 5/8″.

Our restorers can then dry and dehumidify your house completely to room temperature moisture content. To remove germs that might have been left behind during the cleaning process, our SERVPRO technicians can sanitize all the structures and contents that the floodwater affected. We also use deodorizing granules to absorb and hold odors associated with flooding. Once we complete the restoration process, our SERVPRO team can thoroughly inspect the house to ensure it’s safe before we allow you to move back in.

To prevent the elevation of storm flood damage and restore your home as soon as possible, contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Prevent Further Water Damage From Striking Your Home By Calling SERVPRO

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Illustrated Broken House Protect your home and its foundation by calling SERVPRO immediately if you suffer water damage.

Water Cleanup Services and Water Damage Prevention for Your Reading Home

Preventing water damage to your Reading home is much cheaper than repairing it. Water is the number one culprit which can weaken the foundation, the core strength of your home. Severe structural damage can eventually occur with water damage. Damp wood also invites carpenter ants and termites plus creates the growth of mold.

Preventing water damage to your home in Reading can be done with a few easy strategies. However, if you are already in a situation where you need water cleanup services and restoration for your home, SERVPRO can help you any time you need. As a professionally trained remediation company, we waste no time drying your home to its usual day-to-day condition.

One thing that helps greatly is to ensure you have good drainage. Poor drainage causes your foundation to weaken, creating cracks and uneven settling. Pathways for water to enter your home development as well. Keep your gutters clear of debris, and ensure that the downspouts direct water five to ten feet away from your home. Your yard should also be sloped a minimum of six inches over a ten-foot span going away from your foundation.

When water has seeped in through your foundation, you need SERVPRO to help you clean up the water damage in your basement or crawl space before the structure of your home suffers too much damage. In a case like this, we may need to use structural cavity drying equipment to allow us to direct airflow into the cavities of your home’s walls. These machines replace moist air with dry, warmer air, increasing the temperature of the surfaces and lowering the vapor pressure. Doing so increases the rate of evaporation.

Dehumidifiers are also used to take water vapor out of the air. Lowering how much water vapor is present reduces the humidity ratio and increases the evaporation rate. We continue this procedure until your structure and the contents in it are dry.

Keep an eye out for any leaks in your home as well. Persistent leaks lead to mold growth, rot, and even insects, as mentioned above. The sooner you find a leak, the less chance for additional damage there is. Darker spots under sink cabinets by piping, toilets that wobble, ceiling stains, and visible drips are all signs of leaks. Once a year or more, check your roof for any look for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Caulking which is cracked, needs to be repaired, and also look for any leaks around flashing.

SERVPRO of Reading is ready to assist you in drying your home in Gilbertsville, Hamburg, or Boyertown after any water damage emergency. Once you realize a problem, do not hesitate to call us at (610) 779-8189 so we can help you.

Why a Mold Infestation in Your Reading Home is Always Much More Than a Surface Covering

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall Finding a patch of mold in your home can cause some alarm. Luckily, team SERVPRO is certified in remediating mold damage. Call immediately.

How to Handle Mold Damage in Reading Effectively

Mold infestations in Reading properties can happen for many reasons, although in every case, there is an underlying moisture issue. Common reasons such infestations occur includes flooding incidents and leakage in plumbing systems. Other causes may not be typical, but they can lead to constant growth. For example, the house's higher than normal relative humidity levels can lead to growth. Such spikes in relative humidity can occur from regular activities such as cooking and showering. Our IICRC certified Applied Mold Remediation Technicians handle mold removal effectively in all cases.

Like many other problems, dealing with mold damage in Reading early helps ease the process and limit the damages it causes to the structure. Since mold infestations are more common in hidden spaces such as wall cavities and crawl spaces, it is not always possible to notice the problem early enough. Knowing the early signs of microbial growth can help. These include a musty smell and allergic reactions such as constant sneezing for some people. Lots of condensation on surfaces such as glass windows and metal pipes show the house has high moisture levels that lead to mold formation. Our SERVPRO technicians can help confirm this using equipment such as thermal cameras, moisture meters, and other detection tools.

It is possible to remove mold with a few simple clean-up steps if the growth is only confined to the surface of the affected materials. Our SERVPRO technicians HEPA vacuum the affected area removing any loose fragments. We also damp-wipe the area with professional cleaning agents to remove any remaining debris and kill spores.

Sometimes advanced removal steps might be necessary, especially when dealing with severe growth. As the mold searches for organic food materials for growth, its hyphae penetrate deep into affected materials, and if left unchecked, they can compromise the structural integrity of such material. After a thorough assessment, our SERVPRO technicians can opt to remove porous materials in the affected areas. We can also use advanced cleaning methods such as soda blasting, which allow us to remove mold debris without damaging the material affected by the infestation.

If you suspect mold infestation, call SERVPRO of Reading to help create a response plan. You can reach us at (610) 779-8189 at any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Wood Furniture Be Save After a Fire?

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen After Fire with Soot 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.

Overcoming Humidity During Reading Home Water Removal

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

moisture reader Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away at (610) 779-8189.

Environmental Water Removal Helps Reading Homes

Water removal services are a critical element of nearly every restoration project in this niche that SERVPRO handles. While many consider the work of extracting standing water from flooring surfaces to be a valuable element of recovery, it is equally important to assess the growing moisture content in the environment, which could also cause concerns.

Hazards of Humidity

Humidity is always a focal point of water removal in Reading homes because of the damage that excessive moisture content can produce. Not only are wet environments destructive to all exposed structural elements, but there is the added probability of mold development if appropriate measures are not taken to regulate relative humidity.

Managing Moisture Content

Managing moisture and eliminating humidity from the environment requires several tools and equipment from our inventory. Each element in this equation works from one machine to the next, with movers evaporating water, dehumidifiers trapping moisture and removing it, and heaters amplifying all aspects of the drying process. Collectively, this phase involves these tools:

  • Air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers
  • Portable electric heaters

Monitoring Drying Progress

One of the essential elements of removing humidity from the drying equation is to make sure that the water weight of the atmosphere is within an acceptable parameter. Often the goal in this situation is a humidity rate that cannot facilitate mold growth and no longer poses any threats to structural integrity.

As vital as water extraction efforts are for the standing water in your home on flooring, we must also focus on the methods necessary to pull moisture from the environment. Our SERVPRO of Reading team has sophisticated tools and equipment to absorb and exhaust moisture content to the outside of the property. Give our specialists a call today at (610) 779-8189.

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

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Drying Floors 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 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 (610) 779-8189.

Problems Created By Flood Damage in Reading

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Water and Debris on Floor Afraid your wood floors have been damaged by a Storm? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

SERVPRO Offers Flood Damage Restoration in the Reading Area

Now that spring has arrived, rainstorms will start plaguing the Reading region. During or after a thunderstorm, several occurrences can take place that causes moisture to enter your house. For example, old bottom door seals can leak, letting the rainwater get onto your floors. Wind could also cause items like branches or rocks to become airborne and fly into your roof shingles or windows and cause leaks.

Our SERVPRO technicians take extra steps to prevent contaminants from spreading when dealing with flood damage in Reading. Any time moisture from the outdoors gets inside your house, there is a possibility that the water contains harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi. To prevent the contaminated "grey water" from spreading throughout your house and causing harm to your building's occupants, we can start by removing any porous materials that got wet, like your carpet and pad. We can then use products like Vanquish to decontaminate your hard, non-porous building materials like your subflooring and wall studs. 

Services We Can Provide After You Suffer From Storm Damage:

  • Water Extraction Services
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Cleaning Up After a Sewage Backup
  • Structural Decontamination
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)

If building materials in your home, such as your drywall and subflooring, get wet, our SERVPRO technicians can take steps to remove the moisture and lower the relative humidity level. We can set up a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the natural drying process. The air movers push air away from your wet walls to speed up evaporation. The dehumidifiers then pull moisture from the air and dispense it into liquid form. 

If moisture ever enters your house during a severe thunderstorm from your lower door or window seals, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.