Can My Plumber Fix Water Damage to my Reading Home?
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Plumbers are Essential to Reading Homes with Leaks, but a Water Restoration Technician Can Restore Your Home After the Leaks are Fixed.
The age of your Reading home, weather, and topography can all play a role when disaster strikes. Older pipes can burst at a moment's notice, allowing water into your home, soaking carpets, hardwood floors, and fixtures. Once the source of water is under control, and the leak is no longer active, it is best to reach out to a reputable remediation company to repair collateral damage.
In Reading, your partner in water removal is our SERVPRO staff. Failure to address any water left behind by a leak can only set the stage for mold problems later or the proliferation of bacteria. As we inspect your home, we use state-of-the-art equipment to identify problem areas where water might be hiding, and we prepare to extract it. By calling our 24/7 hotline, you access our technical and practical expertise in water removal matters.
Where does water hide after a leak?
Water can seep in visible places such as carpets, but it can also hide within wall cavities or under hardwood floors. Our SERVPRO staff uses infra-red technology to detect excess moisture and proceeds with extraction. Some essential tools to remove water include pumps of varying strength, from truck-mounted to handheld, as well as air circulators and dehumidifiers. Some specialty drying situations could also include the use of the following:
- Injectidry which allows us to circulate warm air behind your walls
- Drying mats which can help dry subfloors
- Freeze drying to preserve documents and paper products
Regardless of your need SERVPRO of Reading is at your service. Call us as soon as your emergency happens and let us be your resource throughout this crisis. Like you, we want to minimize your loss in both time and money, so this event becomes merely a memory. Reach our expert team at (610) 779-8189 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."
How Do I Dry Out My Business After a Water Intrusion?
Yes, water damage happens in Reading area laundromats!! But, SERVPRO restores the facility to functionality--real fast with water removal and drying
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Even a laundromat in the Reading area can only handle so much water in the wrong places. If left unattended, even a small amount of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage.
It’s a Laundromat. Is It Necessary to Get Rid of the Water?
For commercial water restoration in a Reading laundromat, drying and repairing everything that’s out-of-sight is what keeps the facility ready for customers. SERVPRO restoration teams can perform every task needed from laying new linoleum to replacing a suspended ceiling.
Isn’t it Impossible to Completely Dry Out My Business?
Yes, but that is not what we do. If an environment is too dry, it can cause wall framing and other wood supports to split and crack. Too little moisture can also cause some glues to fail when it comes to carpeting and linoleum. Our technicians make certain the interior moisture, or humidity is in the correct range to reduce water damage and still provide a comfortable environment for customers. To do that, we use the following devices:
- Axial Fans to immediately begin pulling damp air out of the building.
- Extraction Wands to draw moisture out of wall spaces. Operators also use a heating element option to help prevent the glue from absorbing too much moisture, which causes carpet and linoleum to lift and form air bubbles.
- Air Movers to force warm air into every space, carefully drying out each one without further damage.
- Moisture Meters to ensure every affected point in the laundromat is in the correct range of humidity once technicians finish.
Water Can Cause Odor and Mold Problems; Can Your Technicians Stop Those Too?
Yes. SERVPRO uses a series of anti-bacterial cleaning agents that neutralize odor particles and also destroy mold spores.
No matter how much or how little water has entered your building, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 today to restore and reopen it for customers. We are here for you to protect your equipment from water damage.
How Expensive is it to Restore Water Damages?
Water loss events happen. Call SERVPRO should water invade your home.
SERVPRO Works Efficiently to Mitigate Losses and Apply Cost-effective Water Restoration to your Kutztown Home.
Do I need water mitigation or restoration?
A professional restoration company uses both mitigation and restoration to return your Kutztown home to its preloss condition. Mitigation typically occurs in the first few hours of a water emergency, focusing on preventing your home or contents from sustaining further damages. Mitigation procedures could include removing excess moisture from home or setting up dehumidification and drying goals to avoid mold growth. We may also move contents out of harm's way while the structure is drying so that we can apply specific mitigation to items like furniture- blocking furniture to remove it from water exposure is a standard contents mitigation technique. On the other hand, restoration focuses on returning items that were damaged by a water incident to their preloss condition. A typical restoration procedure is to refinish walls or surfaces once they are clean and dry.
What qualifications do professional water technicians need?
To perform effective water restoration in communities like Kutztown, technicians need to undergo hundreds of hours of training as well as having experience working in residential properties. Our technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) as a testament to their expertise. Without certifiable quality, you may find that a water restoration project takes much longer than expected or that your home suffers from secondary damages further down the line. SERVPRO are experts at identifying potential water issues, mitigating, and restoring them. By performing these tasks in time and measuring the results professionally, we can protect your home against recurring problems.
How do I measure the extent of water damage?
- Find the source of water and work outwardly noting wet areas or other visible symptoms
- Place moisture sensors on hard surfaces to assess whether water migration has entered wall cavities
- Use a moisture meter to probe semi-porous surfaces or furniture and evaluate the level of moisture content in materials
Are wet building materials salvageable?
When the construction materials used in your home get wet, they can become hotbeds of microbial growth activity. These can cause unpleasant secondary effects like mold growth as well as unpleasant odors. However, most materials are either inexpensive to replace or resilient to water absorption. SERVPRO can use desiccant dehumidifiers, which use a silica gel to remove moisture from the surrounding area. In an enclosed environment like your home, these dehumidifiers can dry the air to below 40 grains (of water) per pound. At forty GPP, the air is dry enough to draw moisture from wet content. We use this method for drying out furniture, upholstery, and textiles as well as gypsum board or subfloor materials. In some situations, there may be water contamination issues. These issues are problematic because they can affect any materials that absorb water. In these situations, technicians may need to remove building materials and replace them entirely. Usually, building materials that we change are relatively inexpensive. SERVPRO technicians continually return and measure the effectiveness of dehumidification drying to ensure our restoration project remains on-time.
How can you produce time estimates for restoration?
When your Kutztown home suffers from water intrusion, it is understandable to want accurate restoration times to allow you to adapt your schedule. Our technicians can accurately predict the length of time it takes to restore your property by performing in-depth inspections at the beginning of service. However, not all restoration is the same, and sometimes outcomes are not as expected. These variables are tough to predict, which is why SERVPRO technicians monitor results at least every twenty-four hours to ensure that our drying strategy is going to plan. Monitoring relies on observation, inspection using tools, and then documenting the changes. The process of control allows us to produce time estimates or to adjust our drying strategy. Strategy adjustments may include using more powerful equipment or removing physical obstacles like drywall to restore cavities.
How can I prevent mold growth after water intrusion?
- Thoroughly dry the affected area and remove any wet contents to a separate area of the home like a garage
- Use a dehumidifier to complete the drying of wet materials and return regularly to measure the dehumidifier's effectiveness and the overall effect on indoor humidity
- Assess wall cavities and subfloor for potential water migration
- Treat the affected area using anti-microbial chemicals. These can include anti-microbial primer, spray-on washing, carpet cleaners and varnishes
There are several ways that water intrusion can transform your home both during and after the event. To mitigate losses and restore your home, contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.
What Is the Quickest Method to Remove Flood Water From My Reading Home?
If you have any water across your floors, contact SERVPRO of Reading today at (610) 779-8189.
For Fast, Professional Service after A Flood in Reading, contact SERVPRO
A storm can drop a heavy amount of water into an area home in only a few hours. Eliminating this threat in your home requires a trained response team to quickly move in and draw it out before the water destroys both personal and structural property in Reading.
How does SERVPRO accomplish this?
Flood water removal in Reading homes requires two major steps. First, our specialists pump out the standing or visible water. To do this, we use commercial grade pumps with options not available at DIY and other retailers.
• Multiple level settings for drawing off every amount from a foot of water in a basement to an inch of water resting on top of the living room carpet.
• Variable speed settings, so specialists do not pull up small items off the floor.
What is the Next Step?
Team members next draw off any water trapped in carpets, flooring material, walls, and personal property like chairs and tables. For this, they use three devices in your home.
• Fans to draw damp air out of the interior and force it outside.
• Dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of the air.
• Air movers to force warm air across floors and walls which pushes moisture out where it is captured by the dehumidifiers or carried out by the fans.
What about the Soil and other Filth left in My Home by the Flood Water?
SERVPRO specialists remove not just the physical contaminants left after removing the water, they also clean every affected surface in your home. This action also serves to reduce and eliminate future threats from mold and other fungi. It also helps eliminate the musty odor left behind after a flood.
If you have any water across your floors, contact SERVPRO of Reading today at (610) 779-8189. We can quickly schedule a service call and start restoring your home to its original, clean condition.
What are Ways Gas Water Heaters Cause Fires in Reading?
The technicians are available 24/7 to clean up fire loss, call us today.
SERVPRO is ready to assist local Reading homeowners with the cleanup of any size fire loss
While electric water heaters generally are rarely the cause of residential fires unless they overheat, gas water heaters have more potential to be the center of a fire loss in Reading due to their open flame. There are some actions homeowners can take to ensure their water heater operates safely.
• Do not store clothes or papers near the water heater
• Flammable liquids and cleaning products should be away from the water heater
• The flame cover should be in place at all times
Where Do I Start to Cleanup Fire Damage from a Water Heater?
When a water heater in a Reading home leaves behind fire damage, the most likely area is in the basement. On the upper floors, some homes have utility closets, and those come with their own challenges for cleanup. The key to limiting loss with either location is to begin the mitigation efforts as rapidly as possible.
Basement Water Heater Cleanup Post-Fire
Upon arrival to a home after a fire loss, the SERVPRO technicians get to work removing any water and putting up containment to diminish the chance of soot spread anywhere else in the home. The damaged water heater and any charred items too far gone for restoration services get removed with the approval of the homeowner or adjuster.
In a finished basement, there tends to be more loss due to the probability of water from the fire extinguishing efforts seeping under the floor installation. One positive about the location is there is nowhere lower for the water to run on the slab substrate, so the extraction of the water is typically fast and easy.
The smoke damage on the walls may require the removal of the sheetrock on the walls down to the plywood or even brick or cinder block. Because of the potential for these porous areas to hold smoke odors, SERVPRO technicians use cleaning agents specially formulated for this type of surface cleaning without the use of acids that can harm the surfaces.
Utility Closet Cleanup After a Fire Caused by a Water Heater
The damage can be far more significant when the water heater has a location in the home outside of the basement. The smoke may have spread to different areas of the house, more than one place may have water loss due from the fire department putting out the fire, and both carpet and sheetrock require mitigation.
Water can equal fire in the potential for damage after a fire, it runs downward flowing through the carpet and padding or under the tile and gets into floor joists and drips through below. It can pick up soot and dirt along the way and stain the walls and ceilings when it comes out. Once water wicks into sheetrock, it begins to buckle and warp and needs cutting away to halt the deterioration.
Carpet gets inspected on a case by case basis for restoration. The water may cause shrinkage, dye bleed, or in the case of acrylic and polyester fibers with a low melting point; they may have too much damage from the heat of the fire for restoration through cleaning applications. Whenever possible, the technicians try to extract any remaining water and deep clean the carpets to eliminate odors and stains to save the homeowners the cost of replacement.
The restoration potential for hardwood flooring depends on the materials that make up the floorboards and how much exposure they had to heat and water.
Ceramic tiles tend to come out of this type of loss situation with the best potential for full restoration if the grout line sealant is intact. It generally needs cleaning with one of the professional-quality agents to remove any smoke residues, and little else is required.
Odor Control is a Big Part of the Fire Loss Cleanup Process
Doors and windows can get left open, and it will not diminish smoke odors within a home after something as significant as a water heater fire. Soot produces odors, and the motes can be smaller than the human eye can see, which makes removing them a challenge without advanced devices to capture the airborne particles. SERVPRO technicians have a broad array of odor control methods that include:
• Specific equipment like hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers
• Applications such as gel pellets or sprays for light, residual odors
• Deodorizing cleaning agents for surfaces
• Sealants to apply over painted surfaces to halt odors
SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 brings advanced methods and equipment to handle any type of fire damage in local properties. The technicians are available 24/7 to clean up fire loss, call us today.
What NOT to Do After Water Damage to Your Reading Area Home?
SERVPRO Technicians Urge You to Make Quick Decisions When it Comes to Water Damage Restoration
SERVPRO Technicians Have 2 Main Tips for You During Your Water Damage Crisis
When your home has suffered extensive water damage after a broken pipe or flooding, your first instinct may be to start cleaning up the mess. As strange as it sounds, this may not be the best course of action. If you plan on filing a claim with your insurance company, you’ll need to provide evidence of the damage and get approval before making any repairs. Not only that, hiring a professional water damage mitigation service in Reading, PA, to handle the clean-up and restoration of your home can save you time and money.
1. Don’t Throw Anything Away
Before you throw away any possessions damaged by a broken pipe or flood, you’ll need to photograph or video them, record their make, model, age and condition and allow a claims adjuster to inspect them. It’s also worth letting a water damage expert assess the damage too. They have specialized equipment for drying, cleaning, deodorizing and restoring everything from furniture to photographs, so there’s a fair chance they can salvage damaged possessions.
2. Don’t Try To Remove the Water Yourself
As distressing as it is to see so much water in your home, don’t try to get rid of it yourself. Again, you’ll need to have the damage assessed by an adjuster before you begin clean-up. When you contact your insurance company, talk to them about hiring your own public adjuster to do the assessment as a way to speed the process along.
Experts in water damage mitigation have access to specialized equipment that will make water removal faster, more efficient and much easier than anything you can do on your own. Their industrial de-humidifiers and fans can dry out your belongings before they begin to grow mold, saving you the cost of replacing furniture and carpets.
It’s easy to panic when a broken pipe or other disaster floods your home, causing extensive water damage. Whatever you do, however, don’t throw anything away or try to remove the water yourself until you file an insurance claim and talk to a water damage expert in Reading, PA.
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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open in Reading, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Reading today at (610) 779-8189 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
Should I Really Be Concerned with Removing Dryer Lint?
Don't forget to remove lint in your dryer!
SERVPRO Says Absolutely!
An estimated 2,900 residential fires per year identify a dryer issue like lint or electrical malfunction as their cause. According to FEMA, 34% of fires are caused by failure to clean and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss. Who knew that cleaning the lint from your dryer could save lives, create a safer home environment and prevent stressful and costly fire damage.
Here’s How Dryers Work
A clothes dryer works by forcing hot air through a turning drum. The wet clothes then pass through the drum to be dried by the hot air. Most wet clothes contain one and half gallons of water. While most of the lint goes into the lint filter some of lint is carried through the vent system along with moist air. Lint is a very combustible material that can accumulate both in the dryer and in the dryer vent. Accumulated lint leads to reduced airflow and can be a potential fire hazard.
Here are some tips to keep your dryer clean:
- Have your dryer cleaned and installed by a professional.
- Do not use your dryer with a lint filter.
- Make sure you clean the lint filter before and after every load of wash.
- Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
- Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
- Don't leave the house when the dryer is on.
- If your clothes are not drying then call a professional to come look at your dryer.
Call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Boyertown, Exeter, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Do You Need Help Understanding the Fire Damage Type and How it Leads to Better Remediation in Your Exeter Home?
When fire damage stems from an electrical source, a different kind of soot results rather than from another type of fire. Contact SERVPRO to assess.
Matching Products and Techniques -- Why SERVPRO Delivers High-Quality Fire Debris Cleanup in Exeter
Almost 3,000 residential fires per year identify a dryer issue like lint or other electrical malfunction as their cause. Kitchen fires are a close second. Getting familiar with the types of debris that may be left behind after various types of fires in your Exeter home is good for homeowners to know and review often.
Fire Debris Types
The kind of debris a fire leaves in your Exeter home relates to the types of fuel burned and the temperature of the fire. Paper and wood burn high and hot, leaving behind loose ash. Electrical fires and slow, smoldering burns with fabrics as the fuel leave a thick and sticky coating. Fires starting in the kitchen are often grease and protein related, leaving a thin and hard to remove layer on surfaces, and a particularly unpleasant odor.
With the types of fire debris possible after household fires in Exeter covering a broad range, a one-size-fits-all approach to clean up is unreasonable and ineffective. As a fire moves its way through the spaces of a home a variety of articles are likely to provide fuel for the flames. This means that when our team arrives to assess the fire damage scenario and to plan for fire debris remediation, we must pair up the types of soot and charred items with the cleaners and tools we have available, expecting variation space by space.
Fire Debris Restoration
Fire debris restoration is one of the main reasons why SERVPRO exists as a disaster recovery business. Our technicians pursue certification as fire and smoke specialists from the IICRC, learning how to identify the different kinds of soot and other fire debris and to pair the damage and residues with effective cleaning and clearing options.
Light soiling responds well to dry sponging and vacuuming. SERVPRO prevents spread of fire residues by using equipment fitted with HEPA filters. We use a foam cleaner on fabrics with ashy residues, the tiny bubbles lifting and containing the tiny, dry particles.
Thicker, sticky fire residues need a cleaning product with wetting agents and surfactants to break up the coating for wiping off. When the residues are particularly hard to dislodge SERVPRO crew members use agitation or abrasive tools to remove the coating. The thin, shellac-like coating left after kitchen fires often needs a solvent and both agitation and an abrasive sponge or cloth to remove.
Damaged Building Materials and Furnishings
Charred building materials and furnishings are another type of fire debris SERVPRO manages. Our crews train to clear your property of this potentially toxic debris safely, bagging what cannot be restored and disposing of the materials as directed by local regulation. We also work with homeowners to explain and ensure that everything we say needs to be removed or destroyed, really does need to be.
SERVPRO of Reading helps residents in our communities with the difficult job of clearing debris and residues from fire damaged properties. As soon as the firefighters release your home call us at (610) 779-8189 for an assessment of the fire debris cleanup needed.
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Do You Have Any Tips on Preparing for Flooding During or After a Storm?
SERVPRO is Quick to Respond to Storm Damage Concerns
SERVPRO of Reading Helps Reading Area Homeowners and Businesses Prepare for Floods Resulting from Severe Storms
It doesn’t matter what type of severe weather is hitting Reading, PA; it can make life easier if you plan ahead. Braving a storm is one thing but suffering in the aftermath is yet another. If it is looking like flood water could be a real possibility, rather than wait until you have a flooded building and water damage, consider the following unique hacks that go beyond the usual commonsense preparations.
There are some things that money simply cannot replace. Redundancy is key to preserving belongings such as scrapbooks, wedding albums and other precious keepsakes. To guard against water damage, put them in plastic bags — many layers, even — and then place the package in a closed dishwasher. To avoid the washer getting accidentally turned on, turn off the power at the circuit box. Also, keep in mind that this hack may work effectively if you get only a foot or two of flood water in your home, but beyond that it most likely won’t, hence the reason for the multiple layers of plastic bags.
Shut Off the Power
It is normal to want to keep the lights on as long as possible, but water and electricity do not mix, so preemptively shut it off as soon as you suspect water could enter your home. This also gives you a valuable test period to see what things you still need to do to prepare for the potential of being without power for a while.
Get Pets in Carriers
Trying to find a scared and hiding cat while water pours in or you’re trying to heed an evacuation order is not a good scenario.
The important thing is not to panic and to plan as though you may need to evacuate should rising flood water become a reality. If you do end up with a flooded building, it is best to get a professional on the job quickly. Standing water puts even waterproof things to the ultimate test and drives up the cost of water damage restoration.
SERVPRO of Reading can help businesses and homeowners prepare and mitigate flood damage. Call us at (610) 799 - 8189 today.
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