Is Water Removal from Materials in Reading Challenging?
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With several tools and devices for extraction and moisture removal, our SERVPRO team can restore many damaged Reading homes efficiently after a disaster.
When many Reading homeowners consider water restoration obstacles after a disaster, the standing water becomes the most glaring concern. As challenging as these aspects can be, especially without the efficient and powerful tools in the restoration and recovery arsenal of our SERVPRO team, water trapped in porous materials can often be more difficult to address. Several materials often quickly become exposed to moving water after a disaster, and depending on their porosity, they can begin absorbing moisture and direct water immediately.
Water removal in Reading homes is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, each situation requires careful evaluations to determine the best machines and devices to overcome specific obstacles. With how quickly these conditions can change and worsen, this evaluation must occur as soon as possible to ensure that the appropriate extractors and water removal tools make it to the job site for use as soon as our technicians are ready for them. Absorbed water can most typically impact these types of materials in homes:
- Wood Flooring
- Wall Systems
- Cabinetry and Vanities
How Can SERVPRO Overcome Saturated Carpets?
Carpets are a typical installation in area homes, making it a material that SERVPRO professionals anticipate in residential settings. Our extraction approaches vary slightly depending on the fiber count and thickness of the carpet itself, as short pile carpeting (glue down) absorbs less water than plusher options. The restoration of carpets to ultimately dry the flooring material typically requires a combination of several water removal tools exclusively designed for this softer flooring. Some of the standard devices and machines used in this process include:
- Carpet Wands – Wet vacuums and pumps are already a versatile implement of our extraction and water removal approach, so the inclusion of specialty attachments like carpet wands is an extension of their power and potential. These attachments are a focused vacuum head used on the surface of carpeting to pull the majority of moisture from the fibers and backing material.
- Weighted Extractors – When it is possible to protect the carpet, the padding, and the underlying material, it is critical to reduce these elements' oversaturation as soon as possible. The best approach for this is a weighted extraction option that utilizes a technician's weight on a stationary or ride-on unit. The heft of the machine and the operator press the carpet and padding against the subflooring to force moisture to the surface for removal.
- Floating – Once the majority of the moisture has gotten removed by weighted extraction, floating the carpet by placing a centrifugal air mover between the carpet and padding layers dry both materials simultaneously.
What Strategies Exist for Saturated Wood Flooring?
Wood flooring can often be one of the more considerable obstacles for drying technicians responding to your home's water disaster. Cellulose in the planks and panels of this type of material promotes a faster absorption rate despite any barrier that might initially exist with finished wood floorings such as lacquer, varnish, and polyurethane. Certain water removal practices and tools in Reading are ideal for restoring and protecting wood floors, including:
- Drying Mats – Mats slowly draw out moisture from exposed planks in a controlled manner, allowing for continual monitoring to prevent over-drying. Placing drying mats perpendicular to the planks' seams offers a greater drying area that ultimately requires less direct mat coverage.
- Tenting – To amplify this mat approach’s effectiveness, we can use plastic sheeting anchored to dry portions of the flooring with tape or other weights to infuse the workspace with dry, warm air.
- Controlled Demolition – It is possible that there is no other suitable solution but to remove oversaturated materials. This controlled demolition process reduces wicking and absorption into neighboring planks.
Is Cabinetry Worth Protecting?
Fixtures like cabinets inside your kitchen and bathroom can often be heavily impacted by standing water, leaks, and high humidity. Particleboard is a standard material composition for these cabinets in most homes, which can be readily replaced rather than restored. The decision on whether a cabinet or vanity is worth the time to dry and restore comes down to information collected about:
- Cost/Worth of Original Material
- Time to Dry
- Similar Material Availability
No matter how impacted your home might be by a water disaster, you can rely on the fast and knowledgeable response of our SERVPRO of Reading team to help. With our inventory of industry-leading equipment and evolving practices for efficient drying, we can work to protect as much of your home as possible after a loss. Give us a call at (610) 779-8189.
Water is Coming Through the Floors, Whom Should I Call?
After your home suffers water damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.
Groundwater Flooding Can Cause Significant Harm to a Property. SERVPRO Flood Damage Restoration Technicians in Reading Can Help.
What causes groundwater flooding?
Heavy and persistent rainfall in Reading can lead to a rise in the water table. If water reaches a point of saturation, it can be forced out of the ground, rising upwards. Groundwater flooding is an issue that first affects subterranean parts of the home like cellars or crawl spaces. However, evaporating moisture can condensate on the lower subfloor leading to potential mold growth or water damage. Drying groundwater flooding is challenging because the areas affected tend to be restrictive spaces. Places like a crawl space may not fit conventional drying equipment like water extractors. It is best advised to seek out professional assistance should your home fall foul of groundwater flooding.
What level of damage does a home suffer from groundwater flooding?
- Standing water in a crawl space
- Possible overloading of sump pumps in cellars
- Condensation damage of the lower subfloor or wall cavities
Is groundwater dangerous?
The outcome of flood damage in your Reading home may present safety challenges for restorers. Groundwater can be problematic because standard safety protocols may be impossible to implement. A SERVPRO technician may need to enter a crawl space where there could be loose wiring, electrical hazards, or exposed nails. Emergency mitigation equipment like pumps may need to be specialized to remove water from a cavity efficiently. A high-pressure pump is the only equipment powerful enough to transport water uphill. Since groundwater comes through floors, water is highly likely contaminated, and technicians must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
What safety precautions should I take in a flooded home?
- Shut off external power to the property
- Equip with heavy-duty gloves and eyewear
- Inspect the structure for potential weaknesses
Groundwater flooding can be a traumatic event. Contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.
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What Do I Need to Know About Mold Remediation Companies?
Kutztown mold remediation and demolition are best left to superior companies like SERVPRO--Done Right the First Time!
Any Kutztown Home Can Have a Mold Problem – Know What to Look for in a Professional Mold Removal Business
You cannot escape mold spores. They surround us every day, traveling through the air, hitching a ride on your clothes, and spreading through HVAC systems. When you add moisture and high humidity into the mix, you have a problem. When considering mold remediation in Kutztown, there are some things you should look for before hiring a particular company.
What Are the Qualifications of a Good Mold Remediation Specialist?
Mold removal companies in Kutztown should have the correct certification needed for dealing with mold. SERVRPRO’s technicians are trained as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. They should also have any local licensing required for mold removal.
Understanding the Process
The company you hire should be able to explain to you the mold removal process clearly. If they make it confusing or try to use scare tactics involving mold, move on to another restoration business. Professional mold removal involves:
- Containment – Includes physical barriers and negative airflow.
- Moisture removal – Mold remediation cannot begin until the water problem is addressed.
- Professional equipment – HEPA products and commercial equipment should be used.
- Air Purification – Cleaning the spores from the air is vital.
- Antimicrobial Cleaners – Any affected surface gets treated with this and antifungals.
- Proper Disposal – Irreparable items such as drywall needs to be disposed of correctly.
- Sealants or Encapsulants – Prevents mold from reoccurring.
Experienced Mold Remediation Services
Experience is another important aspect of mold removal companies. SERVPRO has years of experience in providing mold damage cleanup for homes throughout the Kutztown area. Our techs are continually learning and implementing the latest techniques. Check out our review that we proudly display.
Contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 when you are looking at mold removal companies. We have the experience, expertise, and equipment needed to get the job done right.
What Happens After a Fire in a Hotel in Reading?
Day or Night, SERVPRO Can Arrive for Fire Damage Emergencies in the Reading Area. Give us a call at (610) 779-8189, We are always available.
SERVPRO Arrives Right After the Fire Trucks Leave to Start Assessing Damages.
When Can Guests Retrieve Their Belongings?
A fire in a single hotel room can cause a great deal of damage to the room and perhaps adjacent rooms in a Reading motel. There is the odor of smoke that seems to permeate everything nearby. Guests responding to emergency evacuation alarms leave their rooms without their belongings while the fire department deals with the fire. Many need access to their items as soon as it is safe to re-enter the building.
After the fire department has departed and the building is declared safe to re-enter, SERVPRO can assess the fire damage. They can work with your Reading management team to establish a plan for guests to retrieve their belongings while staying safe and clear of any fire damaged areas. Much of the hotel and guest contents in damaged rooms may also be destroyed by the fire, smoke odors, or materials used to quell the fire. Our team can work closely with guests and management to catalog everything and determine what needs to be cleaned or replaced.
Can Smoke Odors Be Removed in Undamaged Rooms?
We train our Reading SERVPRO smoke restoration technicians to recognize the various types of smoke particles caused by different types of fires. The amount of exposure time, the temperature of the fire, the material that burned, the humidity, and the porosity of the materials absorbing smoke residue all play a factor. Once our people have assessed the situation, a plan is prepared to deal with each fire and the items exposed to the fire.
All materials that have been burned or charred, and debris from the fire are odor sources. These items, including structural components, must be cleaned or removed from the building. Once these odor sources are extracted, SERVPRO can focus on deodorizing adjacent rooms.
We clean all hard surface items, removing all odors. Walls, ceilings, and flooring materials are also cleaned. Various fabrics, such as towels, bedding, and mattresses, can often be cleaned. However, there is a trade-off in terms of cleaning costs vs. replacement.
Call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 to assist with your emergency fire damage, recovery, and restoration needs.
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What Has Carpet Maintenance Got To Do With Water Damage In Reading?
If you are concerned about water damaged carpets, give SERVPRO of Reading a call at (610) 779-8189.
Why Reading Homeowners Need To Maintain Carpets Before Water Damage Can Occur
Homeowners in the Reading area know how important it is to look after their home décor. From the carpets to the drapes and the woodwork to the wallpaper, well-maintained home décor helps maintain property values. It is typically much more costly to replace something than to maintain it.
Water damage in Reading is a genuine concern. A leaking pipe, a broken appliance, or even water seeping in from a door or window, can wreak havoc with your carpets. You might wonder why we are talking about carpet maintenance – after all, by the time a carpet gets wet, the damage has already been done. However, SERVPRO experts know that looking after your carpet now can make a big difference to any salvage efforts after water damage.
Why is carpet maintenance important?
After water damage, there is a good chance that your carpet will be wet, and frankly not very pleasant. We train our teams to clean and dry damaged carpets and leave them “Like it never even happened.” However, the result we can get from cleaning is dependent upon the state of the carpet. If your carpet is already stained and frayed and worn around the edges, it will be harder to get a good result than if your carpet was in excellent condition.
What should I do to maintain my carpet?
SERVPRO of Reading recommends the following easy steps to keep your carpet clean:
• Put doormats at the entrances to your home and encourage people to use them before entering
• Ask family and guests to remove shoes at the door and use only slippers, socks or bare feet when walking on your carpet
• Vacuum your carpet regularly – every day is ideal but if you cannot manage that at least three or four times a week
• Deal with stains as soon as they happen – the longer you leave dirt and stains, the more ground in they become
• Steam clean your carpet regularly (always check with the manufacturer before using any chemicals)
• We also suggest eep cleaning your carpet at least once a year (again, always check with the manufacturer before using any chemicals)
• A well-looked-after carpet lasts a lot longer, looks a lot nicer, and is easier to clean in the event of flood damage mitigation, too.
What can SERVPRO do to help my carpet?
In the event of water damage, our team can help restore your carpet to its former glory. The most common carpet cleaning methods are:
• Bonnet cleaning uses a product called Bonnet Brite to deal with light soiling, leaving carpets fresh and dry in thirty minutes
• Hot water extraction uses an extraction machine and emulsifying product to deal with light to moderate soiling, leaving carpets fresh and dry in six-twelve hours
• Deluxe precondition and rinse is suitable for moderate to heavy soiling and uses a powerful preconditioning product to prepare the carpet for hot water extractions
• Rotary jet extraction is very similar to deluxe precondition and rinse, except that instead of a carpet wand, the technician uses an RX-20 extractor for additional agitation to loosen dirt
• Showcase cleaning uses a two-step process to shampoo and extract carpets and is suitable for heavier soiling and more severe flood damage
We train our technicians to use each method effectively and clean your carpet to the highest possible standard in the given circumstances. You can rest assured that we will discuss cleaning plans with you before we start.
How does SERVPRO know which cleaning method is safest?
Not every cleanup method is suitable for every type of carpet. The most appropriate method depends on many factors, such as the fibers in the carpet, the wear and tear on it, how dirty it is already, and how much storm damage has occurred.
Our technicians carry out a range of tests to decide which cleaning method is best for you. These include:
• Burn tests, chemical tests, and specific gravity tests to identify the type of fibers
• Color bleeding tests on multi-colored carpets
• Color loss and crocking tests on solid-colored carpets
We also assess your carpet for wear and tear, over-stretched sections, footprints, and trackmarks, fraying, and any other stains or irregularities. We use the test results combined with our assessment of the damage, to decide on the best testing method for the circumstances.
What about carpet drying?
Damp carpets are ideal spots for spore growth, which is why drying is an essential part of SERVPRO water damage restoration. We use a mix of air movers, fans, dehumidifiers, and even air scrubbers to dry and deodorize your carpets, leaving them fresh and clean once more.
If you are concerned about water damaged carpets, give SERVPRO of Reading a call at (610) 779-8189.
A Recent Storm Left Me Dealing with Flood Damage in My Property. Where Should I Seek Help?
Call SERVPRO to restore your home. We can make it. "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO Technicians to Conduct Flood Damage Restoration in Your Kutztown Property
After a storm, flooding is among the few things that make homeowners feel helpless because of the damage it causes. If your Kutztown property is affected by a flood, it is essential to take quick action to prevent additional destruction. SERVPRO technicians can help you restore your property within a short time.
Why should I hire a professional restorer?
The storm flood damage in your Kutztown property can pose several potential hazards to your family. Floodwater may contain several contaminants. Therefore, it is best to let a experienced and qualified professional restorer handle the cleanup since we have the skill and decades of experience restoring flood-damaged homes. We can repair your property as soon as possible to get back to your routine.
What is flood damage restoration, and how can I minimize damage?
Flood restoration in Kutztown involves removing water, decontaminating the affected areas, drying, and deodorizing the property. A swift and effective restoration process minimizes the repair costs. Our technicians advise our customers to take the following steps in the aftermath of a flood to reduce risks:
- Try turn off both the gas and electricity supply into your property to limit the risk of electrical shock and gas leaks.
- Try to move valuable possessions and furniture from the ground. That can minimize their chances of being damaged.
- Since floodwater contains various contaminants, make sure everyone leaves the affected area.
You can let SERVPRO professionals carry out all the work on your property after a flood. We understand the damage that floodwater can cause, and we have access to state-of-the-art equipment and tools that help us complete the restoration process.
Can you extract the muddy water in my property sufficiently?
With our hi-tech equipment, we can extract the floodwater in your property effectively. Our technicians can use self-priming trash pumps to remove the floodwater that contains leaves, plants, and other debris. Trash pumps can carry fluid laden with mud or sand.
Can you eliminate the foul odors?
Your home may have odors since floodwater may tag along with dead animals and decaying plants. Sufficiently removing moisture helps minimize odors. We also have products and equipment that can combat the odors and leave your property smelling fresh. We can use a water-based odor counteractant such as odor control water-based cinnamon to do away with the scents. Our technicians can also use thermal foggers to eliminate bad odors. After our thorough restoration process, you can be sure that your family lives in a safe environment.
Do not wait until floodwater ruins your home significantly—contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 to restore your property quickly. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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What is the Purpose of Pre-Job Scoping After a Fire?
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
Structure fires in Reading can be destructive, but with a better understanding of the damage and spread, we can arrive with the right tools and technologies to help.
The first impression that we could provide Reading homeowners after a fire loss incident is critical. Thus, our project manager responds immediately to emergencies as they happen to ensure that we are there when you need us, even if you have not been cleared to re-enter the property. Job scoping is a method our SERVPRO team utilizes to understand better the damage in your home and what processes are required to return the structure to the preloss condition as quickly as possible.
What Happens During the Walkthrough?
While fire damage in Reading homes might feel overwhelming, we can take these opportunities to work with our customers to identify both the source of the fire and any pre-existing conditions. Listening to our customers' concerns helps them through the expected anxieties and stresses of fire loss incidents while still allowing our professionals to document impacted areas. This data gets entered in our Xactimate and DryBook software for the consideration of responding technicians and insurance adjusters.
What Does an Inspection Seek to Provide?
One of the reasons that job scoping and structure evaluation is critical in the earliest stages of recovery is how much safer it can make the recovery process. During our inspection of the grounds, we can identify not only the affected areas and service needs but also potential safety hazards and compromising environmental conditions that could impact the responding technicians. Also, scoping seeks to provide:
- Addressing Customer Concerns
- Documenting Damage
- Cataloging Loss
- Photographic Evidence of the Scene
Careful consideration in structural and content damage after a fire loss can prepare our restoration technicians for what to expect when they reach your damaged address. Our SERVPRO of Reading team is available 24/7 at (610) 779-8189.
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What Types of Damage Can Thunderstorm in Reading Cause?
SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 is available 24/7 to clean up flood damage in your home.
SERVPRO knows fast action is crucial after storms damage your Reading home
After a line of storms rolls through, there are numerous ways a Reading home can receive damage such as:
• Tree limbs damaging roofing or breaking windows
• Floodwater entering the home
• Hailstones can break windows or ruin shingles
• This type of loss requires a rapid start to the cleanup because the longer the high moisture conditions remain in the home, the greater the potential for loss.
How Does SERVPRO Handle Flood Damage and Typical Types of Storm Loss?
The certified techs want to get on-site as soon as feasible after flood damage occurs in a Reading home. The speed at which the restoration services begin has a bearing on the outcome for the property.
Preliminary efforts usually involve temporary repairs to the property, such as tarping over a damaged roof caused by high winds or boarding up a broken window from a hailstorm or a tree limb. This inhibits any further water from entering the property during the cleanup until permanent repairs can get made.
Extraction is a lot more than using a wet/dry vacuum anywhere there is water left behind within the property. SERVPRO techs approach water removal scientifically using their advanced moisture detection equipment to track the migration path of the water remaining within the structure. It is not uncommon for the technicians to arrive on-site and find little to no standing water due to the fact it has both receded and gotten absorbed within the building materials, and that is where the problems can begin such as:
• Foul odors
• Deteriorated portions of walls and ceilings
• Delamination of tile and glue-down carpet
Through the use of their powerful extraction equipment, they can pull up the maximum amount of moisture. The techs perform the water removal phase until they get to the stage of doing "dry passes," meaning no further moisture comes up when the extractor head passes over a surface. When the water includes mud and debris, despite its unattractive name of "trash pump" these truck-mounted units can pull out copious amounts of water, dirt, and anything that came in the home with it quickly.
It is not uncommon for floodwater to contain harmful bacteria and sewage. Therefore no one in the home should come into contact with it, and if it is feasible, staying in another location until the restoration services get completed is a good idea. The techs don head to toe protective equipment to ensure the water gets handled safely and disposed of properly following local regulations for treating biohazard-level wastewater also referred to as black water.
Can Household Fans Dry a Home After Floodwater Enters?
Box fans and other consumer models do not have the airflow velocity to dry any home in the short-term successfully. The technicians have extensive training in the science of psychrometry, and that is the study of moisture and air. They know how to bring down elevated interior humidity levels rapidly and bring them below the sustainable percentages that are favorable for mold growth.
When drying a home, the techs utilize three main pieces of equipment. They use air movers to deliver warm, dry air within the structure, dehumidification units to capture any moisture remaining and port it off-site, and finally, air scrubbers to grab any airborne particles, including mold spores, and catch them in their maze of HEPA filtration to improve interior air quality.
Disinfection and Mold Prevention are Key Elements of Cleanup
After flood loss hits, the techs work diligently to return the home to a sanitary state for habitation. They remove loss items that took on the floodwater, such as carpet and upholstered furnishings. House contents such as hardwood furniture might have restoration potential if exposure to the water did not crack or damage joints. SERVPRO techs have access to a broad selection of specially formulated cleaning agents for various surfaces and applications, such as antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions.
If any remaining water odors are present, the techs may perform a final step of odor control to ensure the house does not have any musty scents left behind before any of the needed post-flood loss repairs take place. Thermal fogging is one of the most thorough ways to eradicate odors of all types through the use of a heated fog that does not introduce any moisture back into the property.
SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 is available 24/7 to clean up flood damage in your home. No matter how large the scale of loss is, the techs work to bring your home back to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”
Can My Plumber Fix Water Damage to my Reading Home?
SERVPRO knows best when it comes to your Reading water damage. Call us today.
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
Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Business Location in Reading
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.