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We Discuss How Our Professionals Deodorized Your Birdsboro Home After A Fire

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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How Your Birdsboro Home Gets Deodorized After a Fire

You might assume that harsh odors present after a fire loss in your Birdsboro home gets related to smoke damage, but this is not always the case. Part of our ability to successfully navigate proper deodorization of your property after emergencies hinges on our knowledge of industry practices. Our professionals get trained specifically to identify foreign and noxious odors present in the house after a loss incident, and in doing so, can develop the best approach for removing them.

Smoke is a common contributor to harsh odors and other fire damage in Birdsboro homes but is not the only factor to consider. The combustion of specific types of materials, gasses that get released into the environment, and other destroyed items can all create foreign and challenging scents of their own. Our SERVPRO professionals can look to isolate these individual sources and eliminate their hold on your home, instead of non-effective practices like masking odors and taking shortcuts.

As a team, we rely on multiple machines that can help with this odor elimination process, and much of the decision on the specific unit relates to the severity of the damage and how widespread this condition has become. Units like our hydroxyl generator, for instance, have a stationary operation that works to affect a broad area with central placement, whereas our portable thermal foggers can offer a more concentrated and direct approach by moving with our technicians from one space to another.

Deodorization is often one of the final steps of recovery, though efforts made through the mitigation process can often work to reduce the severity of these odors. Debris and residue removal can both substantially reduce the strength of present odors because of the elimination of primary sources, helping them to circulate continually.

We have invested time and resources into the development of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) on our SERVPRO of Reading team. Regardless of the situation you face, We’re Faster to Any Size Disasterand can help you however you need. Give us a call today at (610) 779-8189.

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Pre-Construction Cleaning for Flood-Damaged Reading Homes

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A carpeted room with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. Flood damage can consume your Reading home, let us get you out of the water.

SERVPRO knows the severity of your Reading flood damage.

Because natural flood water 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 begin quickly. Several inches of standing water can place several immediate needs ahead of the controlled demolition and reconstruction the property now requires.

Extraction is a common starting point for our recovery specialists, as 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 trailered 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 full 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.

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Our Team Has The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary For Your Reading Water Removal

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

 Three pieces of equipment set in a hallway drying the floor after water damage hit We quickly extracted all of the water, and then set out our green drying equipment and after a few days, we had all of the drying complete.

Professional vs. DIY Extraction in Reading Homes

DIY home restoration and renovations are on the rise, but that also, unfortunately, means that many Reading properties are not getting the full drying and recovery that they need after substantial water loss incidents. Our SERVPRO professionals are helping to restore the damages of inadequate drying and cleanup after water losses, and in some cases, contending with mold and microbial growth that can result as well. Knowing your limitations is essential for deciding on whether DIY drying is the right solution for your property.

When you must perform water removal for your Reading home, chances are the migration of moisture and water effects are more considerable than you might think. We are here to help out our customers however they might need, and part of this process is helping to ensure that the appropriate measures get taken to protect their homes after water loss incidents. There are some instances where homeowners can address drying efforts on their own with conventional approaches like towels and air circulation, but substantial loss incidents are often better left to our qualified technicians.

We have a full roster of Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) so that we can respond to water loss incidents in your home almost as efficiently as you can. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that hinges on our efficient tools and available personnel ready to mobilize at the first contact with our customers.

With instances like water removal and drying, our extensive inventory of equipment is unmatched compared to the drying tools available to homeowners in home improvement locations. We have industrial-grade extraction equipment to match nearly any situation, as well as a large volume of air movers, dehumidifiers, drying mats, and other specialty moisture removal tools to restore your property quickly with limited to no reconstruction.

As damaging as water loss incidents can be, you should be sure that the effects are not more widespread and penetrative than you initially believed. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Reading team a call today at (610) 779-8189.

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Don’t Take On The Remediation Challenge For Your Home Alone-Call SERVPRO Today

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

mold damaged ceiling Many times your home is affected by a combination of issues during an emergency. Often water and mold damage go hand in hand.

Why Reading Property Owners Should Choose Professional Restoration Services for Home Disaster Cleanup

In Reading, property disasters arrive in many forms ranging from water damage, fire damage, and of course, mold. All of these problems facing homeowners should be handled by a professional restoration services company to limit the loss and get the best outcome for a bad situation. 

Water Damage Mitigation Should Begin Immediately

Water damage in a Reading home requires addressing as fast as possible. This rapid response helps homeowners to avoid loss and other costly issues whether it is from a broken pipe, washing machine on the fritz or an overflowing toilet. For example, water wicks quickly into sheetrock which in turn warps and buckles and when this happens, SERVPRO technicians know that there is no restoration potential and it requires removal through controlled demolition techniques to cut it away cleanly for the dual purpose of better airflow and fast repairs.

Thorough water extraction is a must after a water loss event in a home. Consumer-grade wet-dry vacuums do not have the lifting power of professional pumps. Additionally, specific attachments for forcing water out of the carpet and upholstered furnishings assists in the complete drying. If the water removal process begins within 24-hours, and the water type is clean or gray, the carpet in the home may not be a loss. In cases where the water cleanup did not start until more than 48-hours after the water loss or contains sewage, it requires handling as a category three biohazard with extra safety precautions.

Safety During Fire Damage Cleanup

When SERVPRO technicians handle fire damage cleanup in Reading properties, safety for all is the number one priority. Soot and smoke residues are unhealthy, and homeowners should ask the fire department if it is safe to remain within the premises or not. If the fire loss happened in a single area of the home, the technicians set up containment to halt the prospect of cross-contamination of the spread of soot. 

The odor is a significant problem as long as charred materials and soot remain in the home. The technicians remove items that have no restoration potential and document it with both a detailed description and photographs to make filing the insurance claim more expedient for the homeowner. If any residual odors remain, technicians have multiple methods and equipment for the neutralization of fire odors.

There are specialized formulas for all types of surfaces affected by smoke damage, and the technicians perform tests before cleaning to ensure they use the proper cleaning method for the kind of surface without the danger of color bleeding, shrinkage, or surface damage. 

Storm Damage is a Year-Round Threat

In Reading, intense weather brings storm damage to properties through winds, flood damage, or ice and snow. When the water or snowmelt enters the home, the loss begins and grows from that point until mitigation starts. In instances where a roof or windows received damage, SERVPRO technicians proactively tarp or temporarily repair leaking roofs or broken windows, so no further water loss occurs. 

When groundwater enters a home, it is a serious situation due to the probability of the water containing bacteria, sharp objects in debris or sewage. Technicians test the water, so they know what hazards they are dealing with and proceed to extract the water and lessen the water damage in the home. 

Organized pack-outs are common during the flood water removal as exposure to prolonged periods of humidity damages paper items and causes wood frames of furnishings to swell along with the danger of mold. Moving undamaged contents to a safe location ensures no threat of further loss. After the completion of mitigation efforts, the technicians move the items back into the property and put them back in their previous places.

Complete drying and hand cleaning with professional antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions eliminate much of the odor after flood water removal. Technicians use professional drying equipment in tandem with dehumidifying equipment to rapidly lower indoor humidity levels and lessen the chances of mold growth. If any residual water odors remain on-site after meeting preset drying goals, the technicians have a diverse array of odor control applications to use.

Mold Damage Remediation Done For You

Mold damage appears in Reading properties whenever elevated humidity exists and if ambient temperatures are 70F-degrees or warmer, mold spores have the potential to germinate and spread quickly, creating costly destruction to the property and contents. 

Safety during mold remediation is a priority for SERVPRO technicians. They contain the areas in the home affected by mold colonies to halt any further spread of spores. The mold abatement techniques used depend on the location and quantity of colonies requiring removal. 

Follow up inspections determine if spores spread within the home via the HVAC and the technicians clean the ductwork if necessary. 

Mold is often a symptom of a more significant issue usually pointing to poor ventilation trapping humid air, drainage, or an undetected leak. If technicians find problems that require repair during mitigation, they alert the property owner with the problem and suggest solutions. After completing mold remediation in the property, proactive treatments such as antimicrobial sealers inhibit the return of mold. 

Why SERVPRO?

It is vital for the restoration services company in Reading that you trust with the cleaning and recovery of your home and contents has staff who have the training and certifications to return your property to its preloss condition. The technicians undergo extensive educational instruction in the restoration sciences and learn the latest techniques used in tandem with technologically advanced equipment for the best outcome on every job they do.

Availability is another crucial issue in choosing a mitigation company. The longer the damage in your home sits, the greater the loss to your property and belongings. SERVPRO technicians have a commitment to 24-hour a day service and no matter when the loss happens; they arrive within an hour in most cases to begin cleanup efforts.

SERVPRO of Reading stands ready to support local community members who need assistance with the cleanup and restoration services from fire, storm, water or mold damage. The emergency response team is available by calling (610) 779-8189 to make the loss to the property "Like it never even happened."

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Reading Home

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water removal equipment set out on a carpet damaged by water in a game room The carpeting became soaked from the water damage in this home. We arrived right away with the right tools to restore the home quickly.

Why Involve SERVPRO When There is Water Damage in Your Reading Home 

Water spills are among the most common incidents that happen in Reading homes. The damage level varies in each case, with some requiring professional assistance. When looking for such assistance, there is a need to find a knowledgeable partner that can address all issues that crop up during the restoration process.

Better scoping of the problem

One common characteristic of water damage that affects Reading homes is widespread moisture migration. While most of the water might pool close to the source, the rest spreads through gravity action or wicking through materials. A spill starting in upper floors may also leave walls and ceilings in lower floors wet. It is not always feasible to identify such water migration from visual observation. Our SERVPRO technicians help because we have a wide range of moisture detection equipment. We use thermal cameras, which rely on temperature differences to establish the presence of water in concealed areas. We also have moisture meters that check wetness in materials.

Superior Drying Equipment and Procedures

Water spills damage homes in different ways, including soiling if the source of the water is not clean and degradation of materials due to wetness. The wetness aspect is what leads to losses. Our SERVPRO teams include IICRC certified WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, who use advanced approaches to dry all wet materials and contents. We scope the loss situation, including establishing the common types of materials in your house. Such evaluation establishes whether we need high capacity extraction equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors or wet vacs can do the job. We also establish whether there is a need for demolition processes such as carpet removal or making flood cuts.

Quality Customer Service

Dealing with water spills can be an emotionally draining process. Apart from saving your valuables, you might also need to deal with your insurer and in some cases, seek accommodation elsewhere. Our SERVPRO technicians understand these challenges, which is why we offer quality customer care service. We work closely with your adjuster ensuring decisions such as disposal of items are authorized. We also use our training and experience to estimate the likely duration that it would take to restore your property, allowing you to make informed plans.

Dealing with water spills requires the right approach. Call SERVPRO of Reading to assist. You can reach us any time at (610) 779-8189. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Uses Technology to Locate Hidden Water Inside Your Home

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement.  Water on floor, wet belongings When floodwater invades your home, SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to get it out!

Flood Damage Experts In Reading Point Out Different Types Of Inspection Equipment

Stormy weather in Reading can create conditions like rain and high-speed winds that can cause you problems with buildings on your property. Flood damage that exists after A storm can involve several processes to completely restore your residence to its preloss state "Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO team can provide fast 24/7 service, and we can begin working on mitigating problems as soon as you give us work authorization.

During any flood damage project in Reading, our highly trained team uses a combination of our work experience and training to remediate problems with your building materials and contents quickly. Our SERVPRO team starts restoring your home immediately after we get your emergency call. First off, we inspect your entire building to figure out how the severity of the damage and how many rooms inside your house got negatively affected.

Our team of SERVPRO technicians is IICRC certified, and we have a vast amount of experience dealing with varieties of flood damage restoration jobs that have been both minor and severe. Our crew also can implement a wide range of advanced technology during the entire restoration process. The following four inspection tools help our team immensely in determining the overall scope of your project.

Thermo-Hygrometers

A hygrometer is used to measure your building's relative humidity and your indoor temperature. Some thermo-hygrometers also give us other readings such as your building's dew point, the pressure of vapor, and your house's humidity ratio.

Manometer

A manometer does not measure moisture, but instead, it measures the pressure of vapors or gases. The device is most often used to figure out the difference of pressure between a room that was affected and a room that was not.

Inspection Cameras / Boroscopes

Inspection cameras and boroscopes are used to look into wall cavities or other sealed off areas to determine the structure's construction and if moisture is present. Motorized inspection cameras can be used to look inside your ductwork.

Luminometer

We often use luminometers to test water and surfaces in your home for contamination.

Having professionals like our team inspect your home for damage can be handy so that you make sure we missed nothing. To ensure proper mitigation after flooding, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What You Can Do About Fire Damage In Kutztown Right Now

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Sparklers and American Flag Setting off fireworks near your home is fun but you need to be careful of starting an unintentional fire. Contact SERVPRO should that occur.

Leftover Fireworks can Lead to Fire Damage in Garages, Sheds, and Other Outbuildings on Your Kutztown Property

Setting off forgotten fireworks after finding them in the shed or garage sounds like a fun activity to many children and teens. Lighting them where nobody can see might lead to problems with your outbuildings on your Kutztown property. Your garage or shed can end up with marks or burned areas. This can affect the ceiling of patios and other outside areas, too. 

Once a residential property in Kutztown sustains fire damage, especially in the winter, restoring things back to normal becomes crucial. Otherwise, damaged areas keep worsening, causing additional expense. SERVPRO's specialists arrive ready to work and start minimizing the damage. Fireworks might not last long, but their show of colorful sparks can ignite many things in the vicinity. 

More intense than the sparks are the flames that often linger afterward. This small fire can grow in size and spread fairly quickly. Sheds and garages made of wood can burn rapidly. Patios and other structures receiving more use or located closer to the house might attract attention before getting to this stage. 

SERVPRO technicians use an assortment of methods to restore your property. This includes personal belongings, furniture, minor equipment and tools, and structures. Fire in these locations often causes the destruction of stored items. When we encounter boxes in storage, we pull these out so you can examine their contents and decide on how you want us to proceed.

We can then clean those items at risk of smoke damage and return them to you. We list ruined things that do not seem likely candidates for restoration on inventory sheets. You can use these to help you replace such things and also for insurance claims paperwork.

Another problem with fire damage is that it often destroys the electrical wiring. Either by the heat of the flames or because of the water when putting those flames out, electrical systems often get destroyed during a fire. We work with certified electricians who can examine, test, and repair your wiring while we continue to work on the restoration.

SERVPRO of Reading understands that fire damage can start in many ways and in any location in your Exeter or Birdsboro home. Our skilled teams know that the earlier mitigation begins, the less overall damage your property experiences. Call us at (610) 779-8189, our 24-hour services line, year-round, so we can start the work your property needs.

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Your Best Guide to Commercial Fire Damage Remediation in Reading

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

Exit doors with a fire extinguisher on the wall and fire burning Fire damage to your shopping center can greatly affect and even eliminate sales. Contact SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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 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. Whenever we first get to 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.

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 over 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.”

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Our Water Extraction Equipment Will Save Your House In Reading

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water at home caused major damage Call us at (610) 779-8189 to have mitigation specialists restore your residence.

After An Overhead Leak, Water Extraction Equipment Pulls Moisture From Every Level Of Your House In Reading

Damaging water typically comes from ground-level flooding or pipes that burst open somewhere in your Reading residence. Rain can also come in through opened spots in the roof or torn vents. New home construction also might call for placing the water heater overhead to save space, especially when a basement is considered too small. Any of these and other situations can let water ruin your home's interior from the top downward.

When mitigating water-soaked homes in Reading, using a variety of water extraction equipment ensures our customers of a thorough job. These different machines and tools include those for measuring the amount of moisture in both materials and the air, forcing the moisture to behave in more beneficial ways, and capturing mechanisms, among others.

We complement our extensive equipment with intensive training. Our skilled mitigation and restoration specialists earn certificates from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and we quickly gain experience in extracting water from a diverse assortment of homes and businesses.

To determine the places affected by water, we use infrared cameras that reveal the temperature differences between dry and damp materials. Knowing the places that need our attention immediately, we can place air movers in the most effective locations and direct them so that air currents steadily pull moisture out of these materials.

Then, to extract the moisture from the almost saturated air, we use desiccant machines. As air passes through these, the moisture gets trapped so that the air exiting is completely dry. This now-dry air can again absorb moisture that evaporated into the air after being drawn out of drywall, carpeting, and other parts of your home.

Water also becomes trapped inside the walls and above the ceilings of rooms and hallways when its source is located overhead. SERVPRO gets these places dry again, too, after extracting the moisture. The same hole we use to let the water drain lets us use flexible tubing to force dry air into the wall or ceiling's space. We make sure that everything gets dry before damage can increase and spread.

SERVPRO of Reading wants you to know you can rely on us, no matter how large or small your water extraction needs. We also have submersible pumps for pulling water from enclosed areas like crawlspaces and basements, and odor control machinery that eliminates offensive odors at their source. Call us at (610) 779-8189 to have mitigation specialists restore your Kutztown, Exeter, or Birdsboro residence.

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Professional Residential Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration for Kutztown Apartment Owners

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen on fire originating from the stove Don't let a grease fire ruin your entire kitchen. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Smoke from a Kitchen Fire Settles on Surfaces Throughout Your Entire Kutztown Apartment

A pot of food cooking on the stove might seem to take forever to boil. Such a long period can make it seem safe to leave your kitchen for a few minutes to check on laundry in another part of your Kutztown home. It only takes a few minutes for a small fire to expand into a huge disaster, leaving your kitchen in ruins.

The entirety of your residence in Kutztown experiencing an oily, greasy smoke residue from burned food can create issues ranging from an uncomfortable, dirty environment to unwanted health effects. SERVPRO invests in equipment that uses the latest technological advances to ensure our employees can efficiently mitigate and restore your property.

Our skilled technicians engage in extensive study to earn certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) certificate and others in specialized areas are crucial to protecting houses and businesses. Our technicians' dedication to our customers continues through training and the conclusion of mitigation and restoration.

Restoring your residence includes taking care of the floors. Smoke can carry particles from burning items, resulting in specks of melted plastic on tile or linoleum floors. We can remove these and leave the floor in excellent shape. After a fire, carpeting can contain dense soot. Our methods remove this and leave the area smelling fresh again.

Windows often end up with heavy soiling because of the temperature differences between inside and outside the house. When your windows and the corners of a room have little space between them, the area can become extremely soiled. We clean the surface and apply primer before repainting. We apply special oil polish after cleaning to replenish wood trim. Glass panes often shatter from the trauma a fire causes, but when panes survive, we clean them to remove soot and other evidence of the fire.

Personal belongings, including those in your kitchen, can suffer severe harm from a fire. Many things might need you to replace them. However, we can clean many types of items in our ultrasonic water bath equipment. The process works rapidly and also removes odors that alone may have ruined specific items.

SERVPRO of Reading's IICRC-certified specialists travel to surrounding areas, including Exeter, Birdsboro, and Hamburg to provide residents with highly qualified smoke and fire damage restoration services. To ensure your situation receives proper mitigation services, call us at (610) 779-8189. We are here day and night, year-round, to take your call and provide you with the answers you need.

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