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Fire Damage Debris and Soot Removal in Reading

1/18/2023 (Permalink)

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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

1/18/2023 (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

1/18/2023 (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.

Fire Restoration in Reading Homes Happens Fast With SERVPRO

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

Tiny House Made Of Matches Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Fire Restoration Services in Reading 

Smoke and soot particles settle on various surfaces after a fire incident and can cause discoloration and corrosion. Hence, the primary goal of the fire restoration of your Reading home is to remove these particles as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO techs use different cleaning techniques during the fire restoration of your Reading home depending on the type of soot and the surface involved. As the smoke particles are tiny (0.1 to 4 microns), they can easily penetrate porous surfaces like fabric and drywall, making it challenging for the restorers to remove them.  

Factors Affecting the Cleanability After Fire damage 

Fire damage can present different cleaning and restoration situations depending on how various structural elements interact with the smoke and soot particles. SERVPRO techs consider the following factors in determining the cleanability of fire-damaged homes.

  • Type of surface: Porous surfaces allow the smoke and soot particles to penetrate deeper, making them challenging for SERVPRO techs to clean compared to nonporous surfaces. Similarly, synthetic fabrics are easier to clean than natural fabrics.  
  • Age of the surface: Older surfaces are more challenging to clean than newer ones. As the older paint on a surface deteriorates, it becomes more porous, making it more difficult to clean than a fresh coat of paint.  
  • Amount of heat: Hotter fires can cause more extensive damage to the surface that is difficult to clean. Intense heat can also char the surfaces, necessitating refinishing.
  • Impingement: Hotter-burning fires produce turbulent smoke that moves with incredible velocity through the structure, impinging (colliding) the surfaces. More significant impingement results in deeper penetration of the soot particles, making cleaning difficult.

SERVPRO techs are trained in handling even the most challenging smoke damage situations and work hard to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 for fast and efficient service.

Proper Mold Remediation in Reading Properties

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

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For Assistance with Mold Cleanup in Reading-call SERVPRO

One of the major worries homeowners have after water damage is microbial growth. After all, mold can ruin building materials and the contents in your Reading home. While one can easily spot the presence of these microbes, in some cases, it can be difficult to determine, making it vital to call a qualified mold remediation company like SERVPRO as soon as possible.

The mold remediation process in Reading properties aims to determine the cause of the problem, deal with the microbes, and avoid a recurrence. Microbial growth generally thrives because of moisture from water faults, floods, or high humidity levels. Therefore, it is crucial to address any moisture problem to avoid regrowth after remediation. SERVPRO teams offer advice on preventing microbial growth in your home and taking the safety precautions necessary during the cleanup process.

Hidden places where you can find microbial growth:

  • The backside of drywall, paneling, or wallpaper
  • Topside of ceiling tiles
  • The underside of carpets and pads
  • Structural materials above ceiling tiles

Probing hidden microbial growth can be challenging and requires caution, especially when it involves disturbing affected surfaces. For example, in case of infestation on the underside of a wallpaper, removing the wallpaper can cause a massive release of colony debris and spores. SERVPRO crews establish containments to ensure mold does not spread to uncontaminated areas.

The Remediation Process

The remediation procedure is unique to each microbial growth scenario. You find that different cases usually require unique solutions. However, the fundamental microbial remediation should cover the following.

Other steps during mold remediation include:

  • Inspection
  • Removal
  • Disinfecting
  • Drying

It is pointless only to have some of the mold in your home removed, as colonies can grow and spread soon if you miss even a small spot. SERVPRO accurately inspects every room in your house, paying particular attention to damp areas and where there’s a musty odor. We then prepare the work area by sealing it off using plastic sheeting and establishing negative air pressure inside.

For assistance with mold remediation, SERVPRO of Reading is always available. Call us at (610) 779-8189. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Find Storm Water Removal Services in Reading

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Carpet Soaked With Water Having an issue with fire damage in your Reading home. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

Blocked Gutters Can Invite Storm Water to Cause Damage In Reading Homes

Careful attention to your Reading home can keep it in good repair and ready for the winter months. Keeping paths clear, ensuring the roof is in good shape, and checking plumbing and air ducts is very important. However, despite your best efforts, leaves in your gutters and their overall deterioration may allow stormwater into your home, going you water damage starting in your attic and through the walls. As soon as you find the unfortunate situation, call a team of experts for help.

In Reading, your experts in stormwater removal are not far away. A call to SERVPRO gains you around-the-clock access to certified technicians knowledgeable about the challenges and risks of stormwater coming into your home. When you enlist our services, we focus on water cleanup while doing our best to mitigate your loss and prevent secondary damage. Key to our success is using the latest equipment and up-to-date technology available to the water damage remediation and restoration industry.

Some people think that removing standing water is enough to counteract the presence of stormwater. In reality, stormwater removal requires extraction equipment, drying techniques, and disinfecting all damaged surfaces. As part of the comprehensive approach, SERVPRO provides you’ll find:

  • Quick and thoughtful water extraction with close monitoring of humidity levels
  • Controlled demolition and drywall repair and coordinated efforts for a successful insurance claim process
  • Relocation and move-out services as necessary to help facilitate the cleanup process and salvage personal belongings when possible

SERVPRO of Reading is a phone call away and eager to help when you need us. Just reach out to (610) 779-8189 as soon as you find a problem and let our team of experts guide you through the restoration process. With our help, your home can look “Like it never even happened.”

Reading Homeowners Need Results with Water Damage Repair

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Leak on Tile Floor Water damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

SERVPRO Makes Reading Properties Like-New with Water Damage Repair Service

A tub overflowing, appliance malfunction, flooding, or hidden leaks, can severely deteriorate your building materials. Not only do you want to avoid costly damage, but you also have to be sure that black mold and musty odors do not develop. Knowing that you have a trained team to repair all the damage is a relief when you have water-related issues in Reading. Here at SERVPRO, we take pride in working with area residential and commercial customers to ensure they get the results they deserve. 

When it comes to water damage repair in Reading, SERVPRO always works to restore versus replace whenever possible. However, there are times when controlled demolition is a must to reach affected areas without adding unnecessary damage. Some of the ways that controlled demolition help with water damage repair include:

  • For soaked drywall, we may make flood cuts to remove saturated materials to replace and refinish to make it look new again.
  • When there are areas behind walls where water is found, we can use boreholes to release the water and then implement drying measures to ensure the cavity is thoroughly dried.
  • Scoping all areas with moisture meters allows us to find places where moisture must get addressed rather than having to pull out cabinets or rip up the flooring.  

Water damage comes in various forms, from saturated porous materials to water stains on walls and ceilings. With any injury, our team always addresses the cause to ensure no further destruction develops. Everything is then finished, repainted, and brought back to pre-water event condition. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) get to work ensuring that no foul, musty odors get left behind – making your home “Like it never even happened.”

Do you have questions about water damage repair and how the process works? Call us at SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 and speak with a member of our team.

The Real Truth Behind Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Reading

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Electric Shock Sign Stay safe and contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation services. Our certified technicians will arrive quickly to assess and remediate.

Commercial Water Damage Reading – Lunch Room Catastrophe

Almost every small office has a lunchroom, provided by the company for the convenience of the employees. There is usually a fridge, sink, microwave, and sometimes a dishwasher. The problem with many lunchrooms is that no one wants to take responsibility for keeping it clean, turn on the dishwasher and generally look after it. This neglect is where the trouble with water leaks and damage usually begins.

SERVPRO provides commercial water damage services in Reading and the surrounding area for our commercial and residential customers. We respond to calls to our offices every day of the week at any hour of the day, usually within four hours. We understand that a water leak is urgent because of the potential damage water can cause, but also for the harm it can do to your company. The worst-case scenario is that all employees must take the day off, which means your customers will look elsewhere.

Water Spreads Across the Production Floor

It is bad enough to have the lunch room floor soaking in water, but once the water spreads into production areas, there is a potential safety hazard. Often there are electrical and data conduits under the floor connected to various pieces of equipment. Short circuits can damage the equipment and disrupt production. There is also a danger for the employees.

Electrical shocks are possible, and then there are potentially slippery conditions on concrete floors. You must stop all production and shut off circuit breakers to eliminate further damage. Your production facilities are at a standstill, you may send idle employees home, and nothing can resume until the water is removed, floors are dried, and each device is tested before returning it online.

SERVPRO can be on site in less than four hours to focus on containment of the water leak and then drying floors and conduits. Moisture meters can quickly determine which areas still are potential problems. We can concentrate specialized air movers on these areas to ensure everything is completely dry before reinitiating each machine. Our objective is to help your team bring your systems back into service as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Fleetwood, Hamburg, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Reading Requires Professional Help

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Carpet with Water Damage Call SERVPRO today if you need help with professional water damage restoration.

Hire SERVPRO for Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Reading

Are you aware of how to handle commercial water damage?

Fortunately, dealing with water damage on your property does not need to be scary. SERVPRO has the expertise required to perform commercial water damage restoration in Reading. We can significantly minimize property damage and get you back to business quickly. Our customer's well-being and safety are a priority. Therefore, we provide comprehensive solutions and outstanding services you can rely on, including the following:

  • Salvaging first: We can save all the original aspects of your commercial property. We only replace items at your request or as a last resort. 
  • 24/7 availability – We can attend to your call at any time. Our rapid response helps prevent severe damage. 
  • Carpet and pad cleaning or removal: If your carpeting sustained water damage, we might be able to restore it to its preloss state. SERVPRO can use cleaning procedures that do not ruin the carpet fibers. If it is impossible to restore the carpet and pad, we can remove them for disposal. 
  • Mold inspection and remediation: Mold can affect your property. It requires professional remediation. 
  • Limited deconstruction: We do not demolish walls, replace ceilings or remove the flooring that we can dry out. It takes effort and time to dry a property, but SERVPRO believes in saving you money and repairing your property effectively. 
  • Complete restoration: Our technicians can prevent lasting damage to your commercial property's drywall, ceilings, or other structures and contents. 

Proper water extraction and drying are essential. It can prevent long-term issues some property owners experience after attempting water damage repair or hiring individuals who lack the necessary expertise or equipment. Once we remove the water, our SERVPRO crew can position air movers to deliver fast airflow to damp surfaces. We also place dehumidifiers to provide dry, warm air to the affected areas. After completing the restoration process, our team cleans surfaces to prepare for a walkthrough with the customer. 

To deal with the effects of commercial water damage and reopen your business quickly, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

What Are Ways Gas Water Heaters Cause Fires in Reading?

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Ready to Assist Local Reading Homeowners With the Cleanup of Any Size of Fire Damage

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 damage in Reading due to their open flame. There are 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 challenges for cleanup. The key to limiting damage 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 damage, the SERVPRO technicians get to work removing any water and putting up containment to diminish the chance of soot spreading 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 damage 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 damage due to 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.

The 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 damage 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 Damage 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 damage; call us today.