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How Should HVAC Systems Be Restored after a Flood

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses the Latest Professional Techniques for Flood Restoration

When you think of your commercial property in Reading, PA, flooding, you may assume the cause will be storm damage or the result of groundwater swelling. A broken pipe, however, can cause quite a bit of damage as well. If the pipe bursts in the basement, you could have a furnace flood on your hands. If this happens, there are many options to consider.

Furnace Maintenance

If you are lucky, you may be able to dry out the furnace and restore it to good working condition. Certified restoration specialists are essential to this process. Even if the unit seems like it is dry on the outside, it may be harboring hidden moisture in any of its internal nooks and crannies. Leftover water can cause problems as simple as inefficiency to as large as a furnace fire. If you decide to salvage the flooded furnace, you probably need to replace several parts inside it:

  • Pilot and burner
  • Controls
  • Filter
  • Gas valves

Furnace Replacement

Most experts recommend replacement after a furnace flood. This is the only way to know for sure that the item does not sustain hidden water damage. Even if it has been thoroughly cleaned and dried, one tiny drop of water could spell disaster later on.

Air Duct Restoration

The last step of the HVAC restoration process concerns your ductwork. Air duct cleaning is important to avoid the growth and spread of mold. Experts will start by replacing all the wet duct insulation as it cannot be decontaminated or dried. Then, they disassemble the duct work and give it a thorough cleaning. After it is dry, they reassemble the air ducts.

A busted pipe can cause a lot of water damage. Experts can advise on whether to clean or replace your furnace as well as provide a complete cleaning of your air ducts. A furnace flood may mean expensive replacements, but the safety of the people in your building and the avoidance of further damage is worth the cost.

If you are concerned about your HVAC system after a flood or you see signs that it is not working properly, now is the time to contact SERVPRO of Reading. Call us today at (610) 779-8189.

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Water Cleanup In Your Reading Commercial Property

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

auto repair shop The quicker we can return a shop to its pre-disaster condition, the better it is for everyone.

We Can Save Your Water Damaged Auto Repair Shop In Reading

Residents and tourists flock to the racing scene in Reading. Maple Grove Raceway is a well-known place for excitement, taking selfies, and even a wedding proposal now and then. It’s become a symbol of our city and its determination to overcome any type of problem.

When an auto repair shop in Reading needs commercial water cleanup, SERVPRO is ready to go from zero to sixty once the team pulls up to the front door. Each restoration crew arrives with the full kit of equipment needed to get started on any job, no matter how small or large the shop.

After stopping or turning off the source of the leak, our first action is to remove the water from inside the facility. With the wide, bay doors in most garages, most of it drains away fairly quickly, so technicians begin with commercial extractors. They are smaller than water pumps, but a better design for flat, concrete floors. If there are pits underneath the lift racks, a team member also has quick access to needed pumps from our extensive equipment inventory.

After the extractors and pumps have done their work, there is still some moisture left on the surface of the floors. SERVPRO crew members use long-handled squeegees to finish the task on the main floor, carefully pushing the last of the water out through the nearest doorway and into the sewer. In the pits, they use a dehumidifier or a container of desiccant to draw moisture from the tight area, leaving it dry for safe use again.

Even if the water was clean, it might have picked trace amounts of oil and other fluids off the floors. If there is any present, technicians use a cleaning agent designed to capture them in the solution for easy removal, leaving behind a clean, dry surface ready for mechanics to get back to work.

At SERVPRO of Reading, we understand that supporting local businesses here, Birdsboro, Exeter, and Kutztown also mean supporting those owners and employees, our neighbors. The quicker we can return a shop to its pre-disaster condition, the better it is for everyone. That’s why we maintain a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operation. To learn more about what we can do for your business, call us at (610) 779-8189 today.

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What Tools Can Remove Water from Reading Hotel Floors?

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

flooded conference room Make sure to contact SERVPRO if the conference room or any room in your hotel suffers from water damage. Our technicians are standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO Has Multiple Extraction Tools to Mitigate Water Loss in Your Reading Business

Standing water and over-saturation can be two of the biggest obstacles that your Reading hotel faces after a substantial water loss. With powerful extraction tools at our disposal, our SERVPRO professionals can manage the immediate effects to begin drying in a timely fashion.

Choosing among the advanced equipment available to our professionals involves deciding which methods of water removal for Reading hotels are the most efficient and can limit exposure to your guests and staff. The type of flooring is also a factor, as extraction practices for carpeted floors typical in lobbies vary from water removal practices we would use on tile or laminate flooring options.

What extractors and attachments can help with water removal in your hotel? 

  • Wet vacuums
  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Drying mats
  • Carpet wands

Water removal from the floors of your hotel must happen immediately to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your guests and staff, and our SERVPRO of Reading team can help. Call us today at (610) 779-8189.

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How Do I Fix a Broken Water Pipe in My Boyertown Business?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Reading Has Professionally Trained Technicians to Remediate Water Damage in Commercial Businesses

Broken pipes are not something that any business owner wants to think about. Unfortunately, if you are currently facing such an incident, you will need to take action to prevent as much loss as possible. Read on for information on what to do after such an occurrence to prevent commercial water damage in Boyertown, PA.

Reasons To Get Help

After a water emergency at your company, you may be tempted to try to ignore the situation or fix broken pipe problems yourself. This is not a good idea for the following reasons:

  1. Waiting to get help from professionals can lead to mold growth or secondary damage.
  2. Cleanup services are better prepared to perform cleaning, drying and remediation procedures than you are, and trained technicians are knowledgeable about current or potential mold issues.
  3. Attempting to clean or fix anything in your building after a water-related incident takes away time from your schedule that should be spent focusing on your business and getting it back in running order.
  4. Ignoring destruction can lead to structural issues that affect your company down the road.

Water damage specialists are used to bursting pipes and other moisture issues. They are also typically able to arrive on the scene quickly and work in an urgent matter to mitigate the issue at hand as thoroughly as possible in a fairly short amount of time.

Do Not Go It Alone!

Business owners tend to feel very proud of their commercial property, and with that pride comes a feeling of personal responsibility for anything that happens to their investment. Bursting pipes may be something that you want to handle yourself or that you consider to be less important than keeping your workplace running smoothly. However, getting help from the right source as quickly as you can do nothing but improve your chances of recovering from any damages to your structure and getting back to business as usual.

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

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The Real Truth Behind Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Reading

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

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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 even a dishwasher. The problem with many lunchrooms is that no one wants to take responsibility to keep 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 of the employees have to take the day off, which means your customers 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 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 bringing it back online.

SERVPRO can be onsite 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 focus 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.

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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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Reading Area Commercial Sites Can Benefit from SERVPRO's ERP Program to Mitigate Storm Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Mobile ERP Plan Saves Many Reading Businesses after Flood Damage

Rapid Recovery from Flood Damage for Your Reading Business

Southeastern Pennsylvania faced summer storms with deadly effects earlier this summer. Knowing that your Reading business could be in the path of drenching rain, pounding hail, and fierce winds make you think hard about preparation for disaster. Whether you run an event center, welcome guests to a quaint bed and breakfast, manage a warehouse or work with a large staff in an office building, severe weather can expose your livelihood to ruin if you are not ready.  

Partner with a Reliable Disaster Recovery Company

Previously developing a relationship immediately with our reputable remediation team improves your outlook if flood damage strikes your Reading enterprise. Talk with your insurance company or other business acquaintances about highly-qualified disaster response companies in the region. Our name emerges as an industry leader. We offer a full spectrum of services needed when severe weather brings flooding and other damage to your commercial building and its contents.

Consider Developing an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

Take our partnership one step further by collaborating with us to design an Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP.) Seasoned SERVPRO managers assess your commercial set up and operational style. We save digital pictures, sketch layouts, and learn about your priorities. You add details using our mobile app, sharing contact information for the vendors and contractors who devised your systems and sold you equipment. We can reach out to them during disaster recovery to help make your business operate again “Like it never even happened.”

Adapt to Thrive After Disaster

When our team assesses your commercial space and business methods, we often offer recommendations. The suggestions we make are intended to minimize the effects of flooding and other storm-related damage. Taken seriously, the tips we share can change the odds of surviving and thriving after a disaster; nearly 50 percent of businesses struggling with flooding or another disaster risk permanently closure. When you plan ahead with our skilled team, we hit the ground running at your call for help.

Be a business that rises above the stress, damage, and expense of flooding disasters. Partner with SERVPRO of Reading to prepare for all the challenges that extreme weather can bring. Call us at (610) 779-8189 to set up a no-obligation disaster assessment.

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Why Professional Remediation is Necessary for Flooded Kutztown Hotels

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Reading has the equipment and experience to restore your water damaged hotel.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration For Your Kutztown Area Hotel

Hotels consist of 115 rooms or more on average throughout the United States. Your hotel in Kutztown can, depending on the type of establishment you choose to run, also contain many of the same amenities that homes do. In other words, you have several tiny homes confined to a small space, which makes it easy for floods to affect more than a single room on your property.

Whether you run a small Bed & Breakfast (B&B) with 10 rooms or a large hotel with 1500 rooms, you want to do everything possible to avoid flood damage. As a Kutztown local business owner ourselves, we understand how much you put into running your company and want to help you protect it. We have 24-hr emergency response teams available year-round so that we can help you keep your doors open should tragedy strike.

You might have a bed or two, a dresser, end tables, dining table & chairs, upholstered chairs, refrigerator, lamps, refrigerators, and other kitchen facilities in every room. Attached bathrooms, closets, safes, and air-conditioners are also among typical amenities found in a hotel. Facing flood damage in 100+ rooms overnight is overwhelming for any business owner. However, SERVPRO has all of the training, experience, equipment, and resources necessary to tackle even the biggest jobs.

At SERVPRO, our technicians all receive Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which means that you can count on our team to provide you with professional restoration services you can trust. Finding and removing water anywhere on your property, drying affected areas, and restoring the contents found in each room is our fundamental goal. However, our team also goes that extra mile to ensure that you receive the results you deserve.

Gain access to highly-trained restoration technicians, water extraction, drying, cleaning, and deodorization services designed to fit your unique situation. SERVPRO gives you the help you need to return your home to a quality preloss condition, by providing quick, efficient services, and working with your insurance company to ensure a stress-free claims process.

Contact SERVPRO of Reading for additional information about the restoration services we offer throughout the Exeter, Birdsboro, and Hamburg area, today. We can answer any flood damage questions you might have and get started on your restoration immediately, or even help you avoid costly problems before they ever occur. (610) 779-8189.

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We Will Help You Get Back To Business In Reading After A Water Damage Disaster

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

The equipment pictured here was placed in this commercial building to dry the excess moisture quickly so that further damage could be prevented.

Commercial Water Removal for Your Reading Business

A burst pipe or other water-related disaster in your Reading hat shop can be financially devastating for your small business. When you suffer from an incident like this, it ultimately means lost revenue for you, since you might even have to close your shop for a time to make repairs. If the cleanup isn’t done promptly, it can lead to even costlier dangers such as structural damage and the growth of mold.

When your business in Reading experiences a water-damage related incident, you have to act fast to mitigate the damage. For best results, call in help from a professional remediation specialist to help you with the water removal and cleanup. SERVPRO has the experience and training you need to get the job done right and looking like nothing ever happened.

One thing you should regularly do is check your gutters and downspouts. Debris and fallen leaves can create clogs and lead to water damage on the exterior and interior walls of your building. Removing this debris and having your gutters professionally cleaned ensures that water is draining correctly and away from your structure.

Knowing where your shut off valve is in case of an emergency is also essential. You can temporarily cut the flow of water to your building if a pipe breaks to stop the flooding until the issue can be repaired.

Even if we must have you close up shop while we remediate the damage, SERVPRO staff works fast and efficiently to get you back up and running as soon as possible. To help us speed up the drying process, various equipment is used, including dehumidifiers. These devices are used to pull water vapor from the air and lower the relative humidity. As the moisture is evaporated, the dehumidifier keeps removing it from the air until your building and contents are dry.

If needed, we can take your merchandise to a safe, dry location to protect it while we work and then return it when the job is complete. We can usually restore any items which were damaged as well while they are offsite.

SERVPRO of Reading wants to help you reopen the doors of your business in Birdsboro, Boyertown, or Exeter after a water damage emergency. Call us at (610) 779-8189 as soon as possible after the incident so we can help you avoid additional issues and get back to serving your customers.

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Reading Retail Fire Damage Requires Specialized Cleanup and Restoration--We Advise You to Call SERVPRO

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Reading, Pennsylvania

For Reading business owners, a fire can be the most fear-inducing event to ever happen in their retail facility. The results affect how they support their customers and pay their employees. The sprinkler or another suppression system quickly extinguish many commercial fires, so cleaning and restoration often depend on the property inside the building.
 
Restoring commercial fire damage in a Reading mattress store means cleaning surfaces that quickly absorbed smoke residues and the water used to put the fire out. There is nearly always some physical damage from heat and flames, but SERVPRO team members can quickly remove and dispose of that so they can get to the majority of the work.
 
Where possible, our technicians use dry sponges and cloths to wipe down surfaces and remove smoke residues. For very damp or wet residues, they bring in a mild cleaning agent from our chemical inventory to return items to a clean condition. For thicker residue layers, they have the option to use either hand brushes or a powered agitation device from our equipment inventory to break them up for easier removal.
 
As team members clean the mattresses and other inventory, more SERVPRO specialists set up equipment to dry everything as well. They use a combination of air movers to generate warm, dry air, and fans to circulate it throughout the facility and across damp surfaces to force out the cooler, moist air. The fans also help remove airborne odor particles from the building. Mattresses are particularly problematic for cleaning, especially in a retail situation where much value is lost since they must be sold at "fire sales" prices if they can be salvaged.
 
In addition to the store’s inventory, there is also the structure which requires restoration. With a quickly extinguished fire, technicians can remove smoke and soot residues from walls, tables, and other surfaces with a mild cleaning agent. For ceilings and areas high on walls, team members use sponges and cloths on long-handles to reach overhead. The air movers and fans that dry inventory also works well to lower the inside humidity and dry building material like ceiling tiles and drywall without causing secondary damage. The use of chemically altering odors by using hydroxyl generators and ozone machines can be advantageous under specific conditions.
 
At SERVPRO of Reading, our goal with each business is to help the owner reopen her doors so she and her employees can provide goods and services in the same excellent manner as before the fire. If you need our help, call our office today at (610) 779-8189 to see what we can do for you.

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SERVPRO Is Prepared To Get You Back To Business In Kutztown

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment, experience and expertise to get your business up and running smoothly again after a fire disaster.

Turning Back the Clock on Commercial Fire Damage in Kutztown Employee Breakroom

Most employee breakrooms have a microwave. These types of ovens are a common cause of commercial fire damage in businesses most often due to plastics or papers that are not microwave-safe being used. Brown paper bags are particularly volatile inside of a microwave. It is vital that fire loss is addressed as soon as possible to mitigate damage to the structure and contents.

When SERVPRO is called to turn around commercial fire damage in Kutztown retail facilities such as big box stores, our first concern is the safety of both employees and customers while we work and whether or not the business can stay open during remediation is determined on a case by case basis. During the initial phone call, we usually ask that the HVAC is turned off as smoke and soot can travel HVAC vents. In the case of damage left behind by a microwave fire, we expect smoke residue and soot, fire extinguisher residue plus odors to deal with.

Our technicians immediately determine the scale of the damage to be restored, and in the case of an employee breakroom fire, the area would be contained to limit cross-contamination outside of the breakroom, and the items that are too charred or damaged to restore are removed from the area.
Then we deal with the soot and residues that can be seen. Fire extinguishers leave a powdery film on surfaces with a pungent odor until it is removed. We use handheld vacuums with HEPA filters to capture the airborne particulates. We then use our professional-strength cleaners with wet and dry sponges as needed to clean the remaining residues. This level of cleaning is often enough to eliminate odors. We inspect and check the ductwork to ensure the HVAC is not retaining any lingering fire odors.

Sometimes after a fire loss and thorough cleaning, odors remain and no one wants to come into a breakroom that smells like smoke. We have multiple methods of treating soot odors including air scrubbers which effectively filter and clean the air. If necessary, SERVPRO technicians have stronger applications that eliminate odors at the molecular level.

We know commercial fire damage can affect both your revenue stream and your employees, that why SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 is available 24/7 to work for you to bring your business back to its preloss condition as quickly as possible.

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Don’t Break Your Back Over Sandbags, Try These Water Barriers Instead

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you know the water is coming, and you have weeks to prepare, tons of sand, and dozens of people to help you fill and move a sand bag around, this is a great way to keep the water from entering your land. But damming a commercial property in Kutztown,PA, before a storm can be difficult using one bag of sand at a time. Here are three new alternatives to the old way of property damming.

1. Water Barricade

Easy-to-use water tubes can be found in lengths between six and 50 feet. They also typically come in several diameters, including 4 inches and 20 inches. You simply lay the tube where you want the dam around your property to be, fill it with water, and watch the tubes prevent the floodwaters from damaging your property. After use, simply hang them up to dry, and store them away for the next time they are needed.

2. Water Fence

Don’t let the unusual design of a water fence put you off because it can protect as well as any sand bag. Many water fences have been engineered from marine-secure panels, reinforced with aluminum and stainless-steel, and covered in PVC canvas. Typically 4 feet tall, these fences are made of panels that can be reused up to 60 times, and that can provide protection from flood damage for years to come. Simply fold and store the sections of fence after use.

3. Water Dam

With a feel of fabric-covered diaper material, this type of floodwater protection may be one of the best flood dams available. Better yet, it can be found at most local hardware stores. Roll the sections out, run hose water over each unit, and watch it expand. The small tubes can also be stacked for additional protection. When the water recedes, the tubes can shrink as they dry out, waiting for the next storm to hit.

The back-breaking work of filling a sand bag can be a thing of the past with these new and surprisingly efficient options to raging floodwaters. Whether you need to protect a small building or a whole city block, it is easy to do with these inventive water barriers. If water does flood your property, contact a water damage specialist for assistance.

Fire Evacuation Steps You Can’t Do Without

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Your contingency plan and fire escape strategy are essential elements of your emergency preparation.

As a business leader, you understand how important it is to be prepared in your work duties. But do you place the same priority on emergency preparation? Do you have a contingency plan if a fire starts in your Reading, PA, office and threatens everyone’s safety? Today is the perfect day to develop an escape plan. This will give you peace of mind if disaster strikes.

Time to Get Out!

If you smell smoke or see flames in your office, your first priority is quickly getting everyone out. But this shouldn’t be a free-for-all mad dash. It’s critical that your evacuation plan has order and design to it. Here are some initial steps:

• Identify nearest exits on all floors and within all parts of the building.
• Make sure your staff exists quickly but remains calm.
• Assign one or two people on each floor to sweep the area (if safe) and ensure that everyone has exited.
• Choose a designated spot near your office where everyone will gather once they exit.

Practice Makes Perfect

Telling your staff about this plan isn’t enough. You must practice it. Your company should have an annual fire drill. After the drill, it may be helpful to discuss ways you can improve. Ensure that all employees participate. You can even tell them ahead of time that you will be holding the drill.

Emergency Plan Prevention

If the fire or smoke damage makes it impossible for you to return to work for more than a few days, you need a contingency plan to keep your business running. Fire cleanup can take weeks, so make sure employees have laptops available so they can work from home. Have cloud-based backups of all data. Ensure that appropriate employees have off-site access to systems.

Your contingency plan and fire escape strategy are essential elements of your emergency preparation. Don’t find yourself in harm’s way or unable to function after disaster hits. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROreading.com/.

Don’t Dish Up Mold in Your Restaurant

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Customers enjoy coming to your restaurant in Reading, PA, because they value your delicious, high-quality, fresh food. So how can you keep it all fresh and avoid mold growth in the kitchen? Make sure you don’t dish up something unexpected by taking a few precautions.


1. Store Food Properly.


When appropriately stored, food can remain fresh and mold-free for three to four days, allowing you to use as much of your inventory as possible. Store canned items in new, clean, covered containers and cover fresh foods with plastic wrap to keep moisture in. Keep all foods refrigerated at the proper temperature, 40 degrees or below, to prevent mold growth. You can also decrease high humidity issues in your refrigerator by not packing in too much food and allowing proper air circulation.


2. Ventilate Appliances Correctly.


Steam and warm air are the perfect environment for growing mold, and of course, that is the definition of a fast-paced restaurant kitchen. It is important to make sure that moisture-creating appliances are vented outside and that you have a high-functioning HVAC system to help circulate outside air into your work area. Maintain your HVAC system and check drip pans regularly for cracks in the bottom or overflowing liquid, as that can lead to damage and unnecessary repairs.


3. Address Leaks Quickly.


Regularly checking appliances allows you to catch any leaks quickly. However, if you find that you didn’t catch the water damage in time, there are professional remediation specialists who can prevent further damage and control existing issues. Addressing the problem in a timely manner can keep costs down.

Your highest priority is to serve the best food Reading, PA, has to offer, and these steps can help make certain that you can do that every day. Storing your food carefully, ventilating appliances correctly and quickly fixing any leaks can prevent mold growth and help keep your kitchen healthy and efficient.

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How To Minimize Destruction From Storms

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mother Nature sometimes delivers unpleasant surprises, but there are many preemptive measures business owners can take to minimize storm damage in Reading, PA.
Preparation is crucial, though even so, the wrath of a bad winter storm may eventually require restoration with the help of professionals.


Develop a Plan.


Getting your business through a patch of rough weather requires a strategy:

1. Staying informed about potential weather threats is easy to do these days with television, radio and the internet. An app on your cell phone, tablet, or personal computer makes it easier than ever to know what’s coming your way.
2. Maintaining the business’s roof, windows, foundation and HVAC system can, to an extent, head off storm damage. Frequent inspections can alert you to the potential for water infiltration, whether from rain or melting snow.
3. Heading off a common winter storm problem, the pipe break, is a key strategy. Taking the time to install low-cost insulation around pipes can forestall the misery of interior flooding.


Anticipate a Solution.


Anticipating your response to a weather event is sound, proactive thinking. Getting to the site as soon as it is safe to travel and assessing the damage is important to prevent further destruction of the building or its contents. Knowing how to shut off water and electricity and making sure others do, too, is vital. Keeping materials and tools on hand to cover broken windows, patch the roof and pump out water will save the scramble to assemble this equipment after the damage occurs. Identifying the most competent and reliable restoration professionals in Reading, PA, before you need them will move things along more quickly in the aftermath.

It's never too early to make sure your business is ready for the cold season. The adage “hope for the best but prepare for the worst” is appropriate when considering what a winter storm can do to your building.

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Damage to Contents After a Fire

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Contents Cleaning

Contents includes furnishings as well as equipment. The remediation and restoration company you choose can estimate the likelihood of successfully restoring soft furnishings such as sofas, chairs and floor coverings. The process can include removing moisture and stains as well as smoke odors. You can determine the tradeoffs between restoration or replacement with the help of experts and your insurance company.

Even if electronic equipment didn’t experience direct damage by fire or water, it can sustain damage from smoke and soot. Smoke contains acids that can corrode components, and a computer’s battery can be subject to combustion. It’s wise to wait for a professional to assess your equipment before turning anything on.

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Estimating What a Commercial Fire Costs

5/20/2018 (Permalink)

Establishing the financial cost of a commercial fire in Reading, PA, requires the help of experts. The National Fire Incident Reporting System identified some important points to bear in mind when estimating fire cost:

• An estimate of fire loss considers structural damage and damage to contents
• Damage to contents includes the effects of fire, smoke, water and overhaul
• The International Code Council’s building valuation data formula is recommended by the U.S. Fire Administration as the tool that should be used by fire departments to determine dollar loss


Structural Damage


Determining structural fire damage should be done by fire remediation and restoration professionals. While melted plastic and charred wood are obvious to the naked eye, other damage can remain hidden. Water used to control the fire can seep into areas not open to view to warp floors and cause wallboard to crumble. Professionals can assess whether repair or replacement is most appropriate.

Getting Back to Normal

Your remediation and restoration company can help ensure that you’ve considered all aspects of possible fire damage. Their estimate can be the basis of a bid for the work that needs to be performed in order to get the business back to normal operation.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROreading.com.

What To Do If the Pipe Bursts

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Broken pipes are hard to repair, so it is a good idea to call a plumber as quickly as possible. Before making a phone call, make sure that your water supply is completely shut off. Use mops, towels, and sponges to clean up as much water as possible.

If there is too much water and you can't mop them anymore, use a plastic pipe or a water pump to drain out water. If it is possible, you should remove sensitive items away from water.

Put wooden planks or aluminum underneath your furniture to protect them from water damage.

Frozen pipes can be disastrous if they are not taken care of quickly. It’s a good idea to take precautions to avoid dealing with broken pipes and water damage. By knowing how to handle the situation, you can make the water cleanup process as smooth as possible.

Visit http://www.SERVPROreading.com for more information on commercial water damage.

Importance of Professional Smoke Cleaning Services

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke cleaning can be tough. After a fire, there is usually extensive smoke damage to take care of. The smoke can seep into every space in your business. It can end up throughout your cabinets, in your air vents and into the floor. This is why it’s imperative that you have a professional restoration service to help rid your company of the smoke smell as quickly as possible. Here are three reasons why professionals should handle it.


1. Fast and Effective


After a fire, you have to get to work on the restoration as soon as possible. The damage done to your business will not stay the same or get better overnight. In fact, the damage can get worse if you don’t take care of it. Odors will not disappear, and soot can damage your furniture and electronics further. A restoration service will understand the importance of working in a timely manner.


2. Trained and Experienced


Keep in mind that professionals have been trained in fire restoration and smoke cleaning. They will know the proper way to neutralize odors for good. They have experience that helps them recognize how to handle the restoration. Most firms will come up with an extensive plan of attack to utilize against smoke odor.


3. Certified and Equipped


Not only do you receive someone certified and trained when you look for a professional in smoke cleaning, but you also have someone who has the proper equipment to take care of the damage for good. For instance, he or she may use an air filtration device, thermal fogger or an ozone machine to take care of odors.

Restoration after a fire isn’t easy to take care of on your own. It can be easy to overlook damage or to make a mistake during the cleanup effort. If you need the smoke out of your building, then it’s best to have someone qualified in Reading, PA.

For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROreading.com.

What To Do When Your Pipes Freeze

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

When it’s very cold outside, pipes have the potential to freeze and burst, which can lead to serious water damage. As water within your pipes freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the metal fixture. Once a pipe bursts, a torrent of liquid can find its way into unwanted places within the building and can lead to some difficult water cleanup and mold control. Here are a few tips on what to do when your pipes freeze and how to take care of broken pipes.

Find Out If It’s Frozen

Frozen pipes in Reading, PA are a common occurrence when the temperatures drop. You might be able to tell if your pipes are frozen if water doesn’t come out of your faucets or your toilets won’t refill after flushing. If there is frost on any of your pipes, or they are slightly bulging, the water within is likely ice.

Thaw Your Pipes

First, it is wise to shut off the water supply before doing anything else. Sometimes frozen water can act as a plug and, once thawed, can lead to a sudden flow of water. If your pipes have any cracks at all, this may lead to some serious water damage. Once you’ve done this, try using a hair dryer or a heat lamp to thaw the pipe.

Visit http://www.SERVPROreading.com for more information on commercial water damage.

When Storms or Floods Hit SERVPRO is Ready!

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Our Disaster Recovery Teams

SERVPRO of Reading & Pottsville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Berks or Schuylkill County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today At 610-779-8189 or 570-622-8991

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Reading commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Reading

SERVPRO of Reading specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.