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Reading Residents – Never Wait to Call the Pros for Water Removal Services

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts in drywall, SERVPRO equipment working SERVPRO uses EPA-registered biocides for all water damage restoration services. We specialize in all sizes of disasters.

SERVPRO Limits Damage with Prompt Water Removal and Drying for Reading Properties

No matter the cause of water infiltration, your Reading property needs fast action to remove it before secondary damage develops. SERVPRO knows that the minutes after a water incident are crucial so that you can halt water migration in its tracks. DIY methods alone could lead to material degradation, compromised structural integrity, or the onset of potentially harmful mold and mildew growth. You can lessen worry and cost by contacting our water restoration technicians (WRT) first!

We offer rapid water removal in Reading to ensure your property takes less of a hit. Whether you had clean water from burst pipes or a category three flooding event, we have the methods and tools to get the job done right the first time!

Look to SERVPRO for water removal services at any time, day or night. We are available 24/7 for:

  • Water extraction – we tackle the removal of all standing water with the help of pumps, extraction tools, and associated attachments.
  • Moisture reduction and drying – strategic placement of industrial fans and dehumidifiers help to restore relative humidity and thoroughly dry your interior. 
  • Sanitizing and odor control – foul, musty odors generated from water-related events are no match for our protocols and powerful EPA-registered antimicrobials and cleaning agents.
  • Mold prevention - where there is a water emergency, the threat of mold growth is always there. We take the time to follow moisture detection protocols and cleaning to ensure your family is safe from the potential health effects mold and mildew bring.

Our team ensures that controlled demolition gets done whenever you have water damage left behind after water removal is complete. All unsalvageable carpeting, drywall, and other materials get entirely replaced to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call (610) 779-8189 to talk with SERVPRO of Reading if you need help with professional water removal. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Your Best Guide to Commercial Fire Damage Remediation in Reading

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Commercial fire damage to your commercial property is a job for SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified techs are trained and experienced in all phases to help.

Commercial Fire Damage Professionals In Reading Explain How To Board Up A Structure

If your shopping center in Reading ever happens to become ablaze, the results can be quite catastrophic. Whenever our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians work on a commercial fire damage project, the first step is usually boarding up your building. The addition of heat to your shopping center can cause windows to break. Once your shopping center's structure is exposed to the outside more problems can develop.

For example, your commercial fire damage project in Reading can get much worse when burnt materials get exposed to elements of the outdoors. Moisture coming in from the outside can cause soot residues to soak deeper into your building materials. When the interior of your shopping center is exposed to nature, objects from the outside can ruin your building materials and structural components. The above reasons are why calling in SERVPRO immediately after something burns is vital.

A board-up is the process in which a structure gets sealed from exposure to the outside to prevent further issues. When we first arrive at your shopping center, we can seal your structure using durable materials to protect your building from weather or intrusions. In some states, boarding up your shopping center requires a contractor license; in these situations, we have the option of supervising a subcontractor for the boarding up process.

Boarding Up After Fire Damage

When boarding up a building, various tools and materials are needed. Covering materials include exterior grade plywood, roofing tarpaulins, and a roll of polyethylene sheeting. Roll insulation may be required, depending on the damage. Miscellaneous nails, screws, bolts, nuts, staples, and furring strips often get used for fastening cover materials. Tools used to erect covering materials usually include hammers, hand saws, power saws, staple guns, power cords, and standard toolbox tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.)

When securing your shopping center, we can utilize a few different options to properly seal openings created by the blaze. Covering the opening with plywood by attaching it to the surface around the opening makes installation easy, but provides less security since materials can easily get pulled off. Cutting plywood so that it gets inserted into a hole in your structure offers more protection. Another option includes plywood being bolted to two-by-fours so that the wooden covering is held in place by tension.

SERVPRO of Reading serves businesses in Exeter, Hamburg, or Boyertown. Call us at (610) 779-8189 with your property damage needs so we can protect your assets. Our training and experience gives us what we need to make things "Like it never even happened."

Do You Have Any Tips on Preparing for Flooding During or After a Storm?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Storm and flood damage to your home is very devastating. SERVPRO will handle all the storm damage remediation services needed for your home. Call now!

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 hits Reading; 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 floodwater 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 common sense preparations.

Preserve Memories

There are some items that money just 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 floodwater in your Reading 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 plan as though you may need to evacuate should rising floodwater become a reality. If you do wind 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.

Should Kutztown Homeowners Use Water Restoration Services for Small Scale Damage?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage may occur in many different ways. SERVPROs water damage restoration service is second to none. Call now for the help you need.

SERVPRO Techs Bring Professional Equipment and Experience to Every Kutztown Water Damage Job

Water damage in a Kutztown home can be a frustrating experience. Many homeowners choose to handle the cleanup themselves, and this can lead to larger issues. 

SERVPRO recommends always bringing in professional water restoration to Kutztown properties. When water enters a home through an attic leak, toilet backup, burst pipes, or another way, it needs to get addressed as quickly as possible, even when only a small area of the home received the effects. 

A wet carpet may feel dry after a homeowner used rags and a box fan to dry it. However, the water may have soaked the backing, entered the pad, and saturated the subfloor. Common problems are seen when water gets left behind include:

SERVPRO technicians carefully scope the damaged area in the home and determine exactly where the moisture migrated to. The techs can use their equipment such as probes, moisture meters, and infrared cameras to "see" where they need to focus their attention and give the homeowner the best outcome.  Along with powerful extraction equipment, the technicians have access to an array of drying equipment designed for specific areas such as flooring and devices like the Injecti-Dry for small spaces.

SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 brings professional water restoration services to Kutztown properties. The trained techs are available 24/7 for any size cleanup job.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate BOTH Large and Small Mold Infestations in Exeter

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Relies on Advanced Technologies when Dealing with Mold Damage 

Mold can develop from simple problems around your property that you ignore. A small leak in the roof may not raise the alarm because there is no flooding, but it can lead to a severe mold problem. One great way to deal with mold issues is to hire a professional remediation service. Mold remediation is part of our restoration services, and we rely on advanced technologies to restore affected properties to their preloss states.

For effective remediation of mold damage in Exeter, there is a need to identify the actual cause of the problem. Every case of mold infestation has an underlying moisture issue, but assuming what that cause is without checking can be disastrous. For example, an infestation caused by condensation can be confused with a roof leak. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced tools such as FLIR thermal cameras to check for cold spots and trace moisture issues in walls and other concealed surfaces. Using such tools makes it easier to identify the source of moisture.

Water Damage Can Lead to Other Issues

Mold problems develop easily after water incidents such as spills or flooding. Even a fast response to the water may not be a guarantee against mold development. Leaving moisture traces on materials or higher than usual relative humidity can fuel mold growth. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have a variety of moisture control equipment to help eliminate all moisture from the property. With thermo-hygrometers, it is easy for our technicians to check humidity and temperature levels in different parts of the property and surrounding areas allowing us to dry them properly. We also have different varieties of drying equipment like dehumidifiers and centrifugal air movers that produce higher static air pressure for improved drying.

Mold residues stain surfaces and lead to deterioration of materials. Saving some of the affected materials can help reduce cost or preserve items with sentimental value. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on advanced technologies such as soda blasting and dry ice blasting to remove stubborn mold residues from materials without damaging them.

In case of mold issues in your property, call SERVPRO of Reading to assist. You can reach us at (610) 779-8189 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Pre-Construction Cleaning for Flood Damaged Reading Homes

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling fell on bed in room from storm damage When a storm strikes and causes damage SERVPRO should be the first call. We will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Knows the Severity of Your Reading Flood Damage

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

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

Flood Damage Restoration

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

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

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

Can Kutztown Residents Prevent Structural Damage Using Mold Remediation Services?

7/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage in drywall Mold spreads like wildfire. SERVPRO has trained and experienced technicians for every phase of mold remediation. Call now for the safety of your home.

SERVPRO Operates in Kutztown and Can Dispatch Expert Mold Remediation Professionals to your Home

Mold growth, if left unchecked, can cause damage to your home. There are thousands of different types of mold organisms, but they are uniform because they all digest organic matter and require water to grow and produce digestive enzymes. In a home, humidity, poor insulation, leaky appliances, and pipes can lead to mold growth. SERVPRO is here if you need:

  • Basement mold remediation
  • Bathroom mold removal 
  • Mold specialists

Without mold remediation for your Kutztown home, these microorganisms can begin to affect a building assembly. Some mold species are known to feed on cellulose or glues, which are commonly used to attach wallpaper, drywall, and carpets. Over time, cracks or structural deficiencies can appear as the result of mold infestation. One of the core aspects of mold remediation is containment. Containment allows technicians to address or remove mold colonies without the risk of them spreading to other areas of the home. 

  • Poly sheeting should be laid on the ground and in front of doorways or entranceways to prevent spores from spreading.
  • Any mold-infested materials must be double-bagged for transport out of the property.
  • Once infested materials are removed, a powerful chemical can help sanitize surfaces and break down any microscopic mold organisms or spores. 

For a thorough remediation process, contact SERVPRO of Reading for mold remediation at (610) 779-8189.

Take The Stress Out of Fire Damage Restoration in Kutztown with SERVPRO

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

before and after of smoke and soot on door; SERVPRO removed fire damage from door Removing smoke and soot damage is difficult. SERVPRO has the trained techs and cleaners to effectively restore your home.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

A fire in your Kutztown home can be very stressful. It can also cause subsequent water, smoke, and fire damage, further impacting your damages. Even small fires can create a large amount of smoke, which affects your personal belongings and possibly your health. It would help if you made some critical decisions fast. Waiting too long to get the damages repaired can create more problems and higher restoration bills.

When fire damage in Kutztown has afflicted your home, acting fast is essential to avoid additional damage from settled smoke and water from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO staff is always available with the proper tools and training to assist you. We also understand that fires are unnerving, so we try to take care of all we can so you can concentrate on your family, including speaking to your insurance company for you.

Immediately after the catastrophe, keep a record of anyone you speak with, including representatives from the fire department. If possible, remove any valuables from your home like jewelry and cash, which could be taken quickly after a fire. You also do not want to throw anything away yet that was damaged.

House Fire Clean Up

When cleaning your fire damaged home, SERVPRO technicians prevent materials from being saturated with cleaning products with surface techniques. The spray and wipe process involves lightly spraying or misting the cleaning product onto the surface, then wiping it with a dry cleaning towel. It is used for cleaning furniture and hard surface contents. Foam cleaning is suitable for cleaning materials that can be damaged by excessive moisture from the cleaning products. By using foam, we use less moisture on the surface than when using a liquid cleaning product.

Please do your best to document all of your items by taking pictures of them. When your insurance claim is made, the damage is looked at, but it must be documented for you to be reimbursed. You should also document any expenses you incur while you are out of your home during restoration, such as living expenses and food.

SERVPRO of Reading can assist you in restoring your home in Kutztown after fire damage. You can expect us to handle you and your family with care when you give us a call at (610) 779-8189.

You Need Our Help When Your Reading Bathroom Experiences a Water Damage Emergency

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

drying mats on bathroom floor; flood cuts along wall; SERVPRO drying equipment drying bathroom Water damage frequents bathrooms. Inspect the area often for signs of water damage.

Water Damage Restoration for Your Bathroom

Your Reading home can experience water damage from several different sources, many of which you wouldn’t expect. Many times, water can rise from a basement that is flooded or come from a leaky ceiling. Many people do not understand that water damage can come from inside their walls. If you are unsure of where the water is coming from, it could result from your bathroom.

Realizing there is water damage in your Reading bathroom is not a happy event. It is even worse when you have no idea what is causing the leak. You need the professional help of SERVPRO staff, as we are trained to find hidden water and moisture. We take the time to correct the issue and then dry the affected area to prevent additional damage.

Because it is a process that happens over time, most people do not realize water damage is taking place from their shower. If you have an issue, SERVPRO techs use special moisture meters to find where the water is coming from, and we can correct the problem.

Situations That Can Lead to Water Damage

Various reasons can cause water to leak out of the shower. Many times, bathrooms that use shower curtains instead of a door let water escape and drip down to the floor. You can fix this by shifting the bar that holds the curtain further into the shower. You should also ensure that the curtain is pressed against the wall when you start the water to ensure no water leaves the shower.

When the water is too hot or your showers are too long, water damage can occur. When the water is too hot, the condensation and steam build up along the walls, causing water to collect and then drip down to the floor or seep into floorboards. Moisture also accumulates on the walls and lets mold grow, creating more damage.

If you are aware of your shower habits, and you do not see water leaving the shower, and there is no steam collecting on the walls, you could have a leak inside the wall. If the pipes are jolted loose or not tight enough, water can stream out each time they are used.

No matter the reason, SERVPRO of Reading can find where your bathroom leak is coming from in your home in Kutztown, Exeter, or Birdsboro. Once you see an issue, get in touch with us right away at (610) 779-8189, so we can prevent more damage from occurring.

Does SERVPRO Provide Flood Damage Repairs in Reading

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling; structural part removed exposing pipes Storm damaged shingles can cause water to enter your home. SERVPRO is always standing by to dry your residence.

SERVPRO Offers Emergency Services Water Damage Repairs in Reading

A flood caused by storms can have disastrous effects in Reading. Floodwaters entering a home can cause a lot of damage with many different factors at play. There is obvious damage from the water entering your home and soaking everything it touches. There is also the possibility of bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and other biohazards carried into the building by the floodwaters. There may also be wind damage to the roof, broken windows, and doors.

SERVPRO offers flood damage cleanup in Reading along with emergency services water damage repairs. We provide emergency board-up service and roof coverage to protect your home from further damage. We respond to your call in less than 4 hours, 24/7. We offer water extraction, disinfection, and cleanup to our customers. However, one of the essential criteria of recovery is drying contents and structure.

We consider the effects of moisture on various materials, temperature levels, relative humidity, and air movement to dry your home effectively. We measure the relative humidity of the environment and your contents and walls to ensure everything is dried. The configuration of your home and the damage to your home determines whether we use open drying or closed drying systems.

SERVPRO offers storm damage services that include:

  • Repairs to a leaking roof from storms
  • Water removal services
  • Water damage restoration

Call SERVPRO of Reading for flood damage in Reading and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (610) 779-8189.