Keep Your Reading Business Open with Professional Water Removal
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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:
- 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.
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:
- 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
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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."
Italian Sparkling Wines Class in Reading
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Participants Learn Tips and Tricks For Enjoying Sparkling Wines in Reading
The holidays are the perfect time to learn about Italian Sparkling Wines. Generally, in these wine classes, the focus is on wines from specific regions. This class is solely about the types of sparkling wines that Italy offers rather than specific regional offerings. Almost everyone knows what Prosecco is; attendees will also learn about sparkling creations such as Franciacorta, Asti DOC, and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona.
This event covers:
- Differences that make up a sparkling wine
- How to open a bottle like a pro
- Learning about your wine from viewing the bubbles
This virtual experience occurs on Sunday, December 27, 2020, from 1 PM until 2 PM, and the cost per ticket is $8.85. All attendees should prepare snacks to enjoy with their tasting wines, such as charcuterie boards. Participants will get a wine list to obtain before the wine tasting.
When local properties need commercial fire restoration services, residents count on SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189. Our technicians are available 24/7 and arrive quickly.
Reading Residents Count On SERVPRO Among Water Restoration Companies
SERVPRO has the skilled technicians your property needs for thorough and effective water removal. Call the experts today at (610) 779-8189.
SERVPRO Has Advanced Equipment and Training That Stands Head and Shoulders Above Water Restoration Companies in Reading
The area now known as Reading did not get this name until around 1748. Previously, this intersection between two essential valleys of the East Penn-Lebanon Valley and the Schuylkill River carried the moniker of Finney's Ford. Later, two transplants from England, Thomas, and Richard Penn, drew up the town's plans and renamed it after the county seat from where they hailed from Berkshire.
When the Brits and the French fought over land claims and the fur trade during the French and Indian War, which lasted from 1754 until 1763, Reading became crucial during this time as a military base that supported a chain of forts that ran along the Blue Mountains. The town also became the hub of the iron industry. By the time of the American Revolution in 1776, iron ore products' total production exceeded that from English and directly assisted with supplying Washington's troops with the needed ammo and weapons, including cannons and rifles. The town has played a role in holding captured Hessian soldiers from the Battle of Trenton.
The iron ore, coal, and bulk cargo trade were the livelihoods of many early residents of Reading and the need to create an efficient way to transport the materials existed. In the early 1800s, canals were seen as the solution to this dilemma. The Schuylkill Canal completed in 1825, ran north-south, and connected the town with Philadelphia and the Delaware River. A few years later, The Union Canal completed in 1828, and joined the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Rivers, and ran from the city to Middletown, Pennsylvania, which is a few miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This was the standard method of moving around raw materials and bulk goods until the railroads' entrance in the late 1880s.
In the present, Reading is still an industrial city; in fact, the motto of the town is: "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit" ("Labor profits with the help of God"), but it no longer relies on canals or railroads as the delivery system. The area also is one of the centers for agriculture, including:
- Field and forage crops
- Poultry production
- Meat and dairy
Anyone that plays the board game "Monopoly" has seen Reading Railroad as one of the options to purchase. This company was running from 1924 until 1976 and responsible for many materials throughout the Northeastern United States. However, with the decline of rail delivery systems' need, the company merged with Conrail in the mid-1970s. In the present, some of the top employers in the area are:
- Reading Hospital
- East Penn Manufacturing Company
- Penske Truck Leasing
The Reading Prong
The town of Reading is the base of the beginning of the Reading Prong. This geological formation is part of the Appalachian Highlands and formed of mountains containing heavy deposits of crystalline metamorphic rock, one of the oldest types of rocks on the planet.
The Prong goes through Pennsylvania, the Northern part of New Jersey, and Southern New York, finally terminating in Connecticut. Rocks from the Prong are notable due to their high uranium concentrations, which is the root cause of radon as the mineral decays. The gaseous radon is a potential health hazard inside structures constructed along the Prong.
Great Places to Visit in Reading
The city of Reading has several cultural institutions of interest. Music enthusiasts can enjoy the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Reading Choral Society. The GoggleWorks Art Gallery and the Reading Public Museum, and the Historical Society of Berks County all have regular exhibitions.
The city had several movie and theater palaces, which are examples of grand design and architecture. However, recession and time took their toll, and in the present, only one of these impressive structures still stands, The Rajah Shrine. The Astor Theatre got demolished in 1998; however, the Art Deco chandelier and wrought iron gates got rescued and are on permanent display inside The Sovereign Center, an arena built on the site of the Astor.
Sister City Program in Reading
The City of Reading and Reutlingen, Germany, formed a sister-city relationship and participated in a yearly student exchange. Students from the local high school can apply to become part of the trade and travel to Germany for two weeks to experience life in Reutlingen while two students from Germany come back to Reading. In 1992, the same program got adopted between Reading and Changzhi, Shanxi, China.
The year-round weather in Reading is mild. July usually is the hottest month, with temperatures hitting around 80-degrees Fahrenheit and occasionally breaking 100-degrees. Winters are cold and often snowy, with temperatures averaging around 30-degrees Fahrenheit. Flooding from the Schuylkill River is an event that residents stay on the alert for as it is not uncommon, particularly after the remnants of hurricanes or tropical storms rolling through the region.
How Do Professional Water Restoration Companies Differ From DIY Methods?
When it comes to water damage cleanup in your Reading home, using water restoration companies such as SERVPRO rather than DIY methods to remove the water and dry your home can make a big difference in the outcome. The technicians undergo extensive training using the standards established by the IICRC ( Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).
The standard advice for home cleanup of water damage usually involves using towels and box fans to remove and dry the property. This may work to give surfaces the appearance of being dry; however, this does little to nothing to address water that migrated behind walls or under flooring. This water has the potential to cause a host of issues to the structure, including:
- Deterioration of sheetrock from wicking water causing buckling or shearing off
- Foul musty odors that persist
- Delamination of tile and ruination of laminated or hardwood floorboards
- Potential for a favorable environment for mold growth
The technicians have an array of detection equipment, including infrared cameras and probes to locate water within a structure without the need to open walls or physically inspect the subfloor. The techs can use their extraction equipment to remove water and then follow up with their drying equipment that uses high-velocity air, forcing embedded moisture to rise where their professional dehumidification units capture it. This leads to complete drying of the structure, which gets verified post-drying to ensure no hidden areas of water remain on-site.
SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 stands out among water restoration companies in Reading as a professional firm local residents can count on for any size water damage cleanup needed.
Exeter Train Enthusiasts Unite for a Special Event
See the puffing trains, and SERVPRO can help remove puff back damage from your home.
Share your love of trains with many hobbyists from Exeter to Reading.
Hobbyists and craftspeople have known about Renninger’s Kutztown Antiques for decades. At several points throughout the year, the proprietor seeks to get like-minded enthusiasts together to share their passions, creations, and interface with one another. Such an event is scheduled to take place at Renninger’s on December 5th, 2020, from 8 AM – 2 PM.
This model train meet is being held in a large, open-air building on the property and will showcase countless engines, trains, tracks, parts, and scenery pieces on display and for sale. The event is taking place rain or shine and lets fans of model trains get together to share their creations, their passion, and see what is new on the market for this specific hobby niche.
You don’t need a smokestack to have furnace puff back damage in your house. Our SERVPRO of Reading team can help with fire damage cleanup in Exeter homes with industry-leading equipment and products. Give us a call at (610) 779-8189 to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Kutztown Residents Can Lose Their Blues at Stoudts
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See a live jazz performance at Stoudts, just a short drive from Kutztown
Jazz has one of the most versatile audiences globally, primarily because so many instruments play a part in bringing it to life. When you come out to the Stoudts Bier Garden Courtyard on November 27th, 2020, at 6 PM, you can experience some of the best local jazz music with the group So What. A combination of drums, bass, piano, sax, and soothing vocalizations provides a very casual atmosphere for your family and friends taking in the evening in Adamstown.
While capacities are still limited, Stoudts is offering this show for free. You have a full menu to choose from and order, and our bar with more than 20 taps. Brush up on state guidelines for safety before coming so that all can play a part in helping live music find a place back in the Reading area.
Water damage can lead to a need for mold remediation in Kutztown businesses. Our SERVPRO of Reading team can help with experienced remediators and fast, confident responses. Give us a call today at (610) 779-8189.
The Attractions and Cultural Venues of Reading
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As the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania, it is no great surprise that the area has become intertwined with a considerable history and a present press for a better future. Between steps made to improve the economy and living conditions for the nearly 90,000 in the city of Reading, much of these efforts have to do with overcoming hardships through promoting greater reliance on local jobs, industry, and trades. In recent years, Reading and its surrounding communities have reached a point where more time and effort could get poured back into cultural centers, the arts, and live entertainment. The result has been an artistic renaissance for Berks County, and many structures play a role in this.
Historical Significance of Reading
While most would believe much of the history surrounding Reading is tied up in the namesake railroad line that once passed through the area, more has defined the city over the centuries since its founding in 1748. At this point, Reading would rely most on its iron production and mining, happily supplying George Washington's troops through the American Revolution with supplies like rifles, cannons, and ammunition. The town of Reading would play a critical role as a supply depot for Continental soldiers during this conflict.
Reading has always been an example of the adage 'feast or famine.' During the first few decades of the 1900s, the city would grow immensely, showering in the city's industrial ventures' successes in the Brass Era. In 1940, the nearly 120,000 residents would begin to shrink substantially as once-profitable industries began to disappear. In recent decades, the population has finally turned back to growth, after losing more than 40,000 residents to the peak of the 1930 Reading population at one point in the 1980 census.
Attractions and Cultural Allure
The upturn in population and potential ventures returning to the city means that the economy can again support the boom of artistry, creation, and entertainment. There are multiple venues and structures vital to these efforts and their display. As a visitor or a long-time resident of the Reading area, knowing where to learn about its history and its current artistic exhibitions helps support these projects and individuals. Here are some of the most widely recognized art, education, cultural, and historical centers in the Greater Reading area.
Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
This museum is unique to the area, as it features restored warplanes and one-of-a-kind aviation vehicles for viewing audiences. There are more than 50 planes and aircraft available to view and tour in the museum. Many of these crafts are restored to flying condition and take part in national World War II events showcasing top vehicles from that era.
GoggleWorks Art Gallery
With a unique venue to create and experience art, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts has a clear mission of transforming lives through introducing and implementing art forms. One of the facility's focuses is the education of those that visit, and that is why there are eight studio areas devoted exclusively to teaching. While this is a historic location recognized nationally in 2006, the availability of art mediums and educational opportunities never wanes. GoggleWorks has exhibition galleries for local artists, a theatre, a restaurant, and more than 200 artists working in the building. Admission is always free, excluding special events.
Reading Public Museum
As much of this building is fixated on the history of Reading and Berks County, it is also worthwhile to note that beyond the artifacts and exhibits of early German settlers and Native American tribes, there is much more to explore. The building features an extensive natural history area with more than 25,000 specimens, an art gallery boasting more than 700 oil paintings by artists worldwide, and priceless collections of more than 11,000 first-class specimens of Native American culture.
Colleges and Universities
In total, there are four colleges and universities in the immediate area of Reading, which can dramatically add to the potential artistic upturn in the region and fairs and festivals. These schools can offer their students varying focuses and career paths, which brings a diverse group of students to the city every semester. These institutions include:
- Penn State Berks
- Alvernia University
- Reading Area Community College
- Albright College
These schools collectively provide an education for almost 13,000 students every semester, explaining how the arts have become such a significant driving force in the communities. Urban renewal efforts have encouraged students to get involved in the beautification of struggling neighborhoods in the city.
When Is Professional Water Restoration Necessary for Reading Homes?
With Berks County being susceptible to the harsh winter months, and cold snaps like the Polar Vortex in recent years, under-insulated pipes and fixtures can break, crack, and burst. Even without substantial water disasters, a persistent drip or excessive moisture might still be too considerable to clean and recover on your own.
With the Delaware Valley home to more than 420,000 people, a job for water restoration companies in Reading is never done. Water disasters encompass the most significant volume of the callouts that experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team receives, so we stay prepared for these situations with pre-stocked trailers and production vehicles in our warehouse. Mobilizing the Green Fleet quickly protects more of a damaged home before the conditions become irreparable or irreversible.
Experienced professionals on our roster can ensure that the work gets done efficiently and thoroughly. Whether it is mitigation tasks like extraction to the intricate steps of thoroughly drying moisture-damaged structural elements and contents, we have the industry-leading equipment to do it. In addition to a growing inventory of quality tools, each of our technicians has a minimum of Water Restoration Technician (WRT) training and accreditation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)
Choosing professional water restoration can ensure that worsening conditions like mold growth cannot occur. Thorough cleaning, drying, and water removal services are only a call away. You can reach our SERVPRO of Reading team 24/7 at (610) 779-8189.
Top Secret: License to Spy at the Reading Public Museum
It will be exciting to see the community at the Reading Public Museum.
The World of Espionage Comes to Life in Reading
If you are like a good many people who are fascinated by the world of spies and espionage, you will love this event. It happens every Saturday and Sunday through January 10, 2021. The exhibit is open 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on both days and is for spy aficionados of all ages. When you explore the exhibit, you will:
- Gather intelligence needed to complete the mission
- Break codes crucial to your success
- Uncover microdots with hidden information
- Use spy satellites
- Create elusive disguises
It is a behind the scenes look at the espionage world with life-like sets and fun activities. It is a unique scientific adventure that brings the top-secret arena to light.
Top Secret Birthday Party
Through December 31, 2020, you can also book an action-packed Top Secret birthday party. The package includes:
- Detective themed games
- Espionage Crafts
- Spy activities
- A visit to the exhibit
It is no secret SERVPRO of Reading offers commercial storm cleanup to Reading companies. Contact us at (610) 779-8180 for more information on how we can help your business get back to business after a storm.
What Are Some of the Primary Causes of Commercial Fires?
Fires can happen at any time. No matter how big or small, contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.
SERVPRO is Here to Help with fire damages from any source.
Preventing fires in commercial buildings in Exeter, especially some of the more common ones, is relatively straightforward. For example, many business owners are surprised to learn that a fire started in a common area, or near a water heater. The fire's damage and the loss of business while the restoration is underway can significantly impact the business.
SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in Exeter and surrounding areas. Our teams have seen many fire sites where the fire could have been prevented. Rest assured that we can be on-site to begin cleanup and restoration in less than four hours and return your business to normal operations as soon as possible.
Several of the more common causes of commercial fires include:
Misusing equipment by untrained or careless employees
Improperly discarded cigarettes
Poorly maintained boilers, water heaters, or heating systems
Combustible trash placed near heating systems
Electrical and heating systems maintained by unlicensed technicians
Our team is available 24/7 to begin restoration and mitigate further damage caused by materials utilized by the fire department to control the fire.
How Long Will It Take to Return the Property to Its Original Condition?
Every fire restoration project is different in terms of the extent of the physical damage, the impact of water and fire retardants used by the fire department, and smoke/soot that may have spread throughout the building. One of SERVPRO's team leaders assesses the damage before developing a plan to restore your business. Details are discussed with the business owner and the insurance company if required.
Fire damage restoration can include the following actions:
Removal of all materials that cannot be repaired
Smoke and odor damaged materials are removed for cleaning and deodorization
Professional cleaning of all surfaces
Restoration of damaged structures and commercial materials
At SERVPRO, we aim to return your commercials space to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO of Reading (610) 779-8189 for help with fire damage to your commercial building or business.
How Can a Small Water Leak Become a Substantial Concern?
SERVPRO assess, plans, removes debris, shores up structural weaknesses, fixes the leak, and restores this Reading water damaged home
Over time, steady leaks can overwhelm building materials and create a considerable mess to clean in Reading homes
Water damage emergencies do not always get recognized immediately in Reading homes. In fact, there are many instances where a leak can persist for days or weeks without notice. These situations significantly test the limitations of building materials. When drywall, insulation, and other ceiling system materials become impacted by a water leak, we must work quickly to clean up the mess and repair these damages.
A water leak in your Reading home can be much more of an immediate concern when it quickly begins to impact areas of your ceiling system closest to the plumbing breach. From frozen pipes in the winter to scaling and throttling of galvanized and lead service lines from older homes, breaks, and holes can form that can result in substantial water loss. You might also only experience a leak that persists unnoticed for many days before it becomes overbearing on the nearby installed materials and collapses.
What Materials Exist in Ceiling Systems?
There are no installed elements of a ceiling system and subsequent floor system in your house that cannot become overwhelmed by saturation concerns. A consistent, even minor leak on this hidden network of plumbing can quickly expose immediate materials to this clean water. The longer a threat like this persists, the more likely the damage goes farther than the surrounding materials. Because the closest areas become the most overwhelmed by the steady flow or presence of water until they succumb to the added weight and collapse, the windows of opportunity for repairing and replacing those elements are highly limited.
The standard composition of a ceiling system includes:
- Floor Joists
Can Leaks Get Identified Before Irreparable Damage?
While in situations where structural collapses have occurred where the ceiling falls out under the immense pressures and presence of water, you might not notice these concerns all at once. Instead, potential flooding or leaking of fixtures and plumbing can leave our professionals seeking the best possible solution for efficient water removal and cleanup. If you are attempting to find where a leak or drip in your service lines might be, inspect the ceiling and wall materials for a few telling signs:
- Damp spots
- Water staining
- Sagging Materials
What Immediate Repairs Must Occur After a Ceiling Collapse?
Repairs are among the essential services our SERVPRO team can offer after a structural collapse and widespread water damage. One steady leak could substantially impact the entire property, so knowing what repairs and reconstruction are necessary is vital. Because you are not pursuing a secondary company for building trade services, we can be much more versatile in the tasks that these professionals of our team perform when working on your house. Some of these actions include:
- Debris Cleanup – After a ceiling collapse, you have heaps of material in the middle of the room as shown in the Photo. You cannot begin to assess the full scope of the damage until ruined materials get removed and discarded.
- Plumbing Repairs – When our team first arrives, especially if a ceiling collapse has already occurred, we must note the exposed plumbing and determine where a breach might exist.
- Controlled Demolition – We must determine the extent of the damage to materials still installed to the ceiling studs and second-floor joists. Wicking of moisture can lead to further collapse and deterioration, so we establish dry lines and remove any impacted materials still in the damaged area like insulation and drywall.
Is Extraction Necessary Without Pooling Surface Water?
Extraction can often be a misleading term for water restoration services that our SERVPRO team provides. While this word often leads to images of several inches of standing water getting pumped out with advanced, high-powered tools and equipment, it can also showcase some of the more subtle tools in our inventory. Extracting water can also mean the trapped water inside porous materials near the damage site, including plywood subflooring, carpeting, and cabinetry. There are multiple elements used to reduce water and moisture pockets in the walls and structural cavities, often this falls to a combination of extraction devices and evaporative drying techniques like centrifugal air movers, heaters, and positive pressure systems.
Because there are so many different types of water damage incidents that could impact your home, it is recommended to seek the experience and advanced technologies of our SERVPRO of Reading team. With a fast response and experienced technicians available 24/7, that leak in your kitchen or second floor does not have to become a must costlier concern over time. Give our team a call today at (610) 779-8189.