Recent Storm Damage Posts

Call Our Experts In Reading After A Flood

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Rows of our dehumidifiers in a warehouse We have the proper equipment necessary like these dehumidifiers and air movers to restore your home right away to prevent further damage.

Flood Damage In Reading May Require The Use Of Disinfectants Like Vanquish

During this time of year, it is common that storms will strike the Reading region. Once moisture created from the storm builds up outside, flood damage could occur as a result. Any time our SERVPRO technicians deal with moisture coming into a house from the outside, there is a chance the water could be contaminated. If the water is just rainwater, then it has a possibility of contamination.

When dealing with flood damage in Reading, the source of the problems gets classified as either category two or category three situations. Category two issues deal with what is referred to in the industry as "grey" water because there is a chance that it has harmful bacteria and parasites in it. Category two situations also include problems created by leaky sinks or shower drains. Category three situations involve either muddy water entering your house after a storm or a sewage drain leaking.

Our SERVPRO team knows that when handling category two or three situations, that contaminated water can be harmful. To disinfect your home after water enters as a result of flood damage, we can utilize a variety of chemical products. For example, Vanquish can be used as a detergent and disinfectant.

Vanquish #175 is an EPA-registered synthetic solution that can work as a bactericide, fungicide, and virucide. The chemical can be used to fight against a broad spectrum of harmful microorganisms. Vanquish works in hard water and is effective in fighting HIV-1 or the AIDS virus.

Vanquish is a rather strong alkaline solution since it has a pH of 12.4. Its special properties also include the fact that it is very effective against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. When using or mixing this product, our technicians always wear chemical resistant gloves and splash goggles so that we prevent any skin or eye irritation.

When using Vanquish, our SERVPRO technicians mix two ounces of the substance to one gallon of water. We then apply the solution with a pump sprayer or by wiping it using a bucket and towel. Next, we allow at least ten minutes of contact time so that the solution can properly disinfect all hazardous parasites, bacteria, and fungi.

If muddy, contaminated water ever enters your residence after a storm, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 24 hours a day. Once we are done with your restoration project, it will seem "Like it never even happened."

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The Real Truth Behind Flood Damage Remediation in Kutztown

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged carpet and plasterboard Flooding is extremely destructive when not dealt with immediately. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation methods.

Can You Protect Carpeting in Kutztown Homes After Flooding?

When flooding occurs, any flooring material in your Kutztown home is at risk. Pooling and standing water collect at the base of wall surfaces and rest on flooring. While many of these types like tile and even some veneer woods are resistant to water penetration, carpeting is one of the most welcoming surfaces for water penetration and saturation. Protecting this flooring from requiring removal and replacement after flooding might be challenging but is not impossible.

Whether flood damage in Kutztown homes costs you carpeting or not depends on the severity of the situation itself. Natural flooding scenarios present the possibility of contaminated water getting into your home, which forces our SERVPRO team to act as though bacteria and other threats are present in the standing water. For structural breaches that allow unnatural flooding through these penetration points, the protection of any flooring material hinges almost exclusively on the speed in which restoration professionals can get to work on the project.

One of the most significant challenges, even in drying carpeting, is having an effort that can affect both the fibers on top as well as the subfloor padding beneath the top layer. Padding is a highly absorbent material. There are many instances in our recovery where we can detach portions of carpeting exclusively to remove the padding and replace it. Without further concerns, drying out a carpet is not a challenge with the right approaches. We have also had success in pulling water from the subflooring and carpet with the use of stationary or ride-on weighted extractors.

We do not attempt to restore or recover any carpeting exposed to contaminants present in blackwater incidents after flooding. In these situations, our general contractors can carefully cut out affected regions of flooring material, baseboards, drywall, and other damaged surfaces so our SERVPRO restorers can thoroughly clean and disinfect before reinstallation begins.

It is possible to protect your carpeting and padding in the right conditions, especially if our SERVPRO of Reading team is working on the emergency within 72 hours of its start. No matter how we can help, give us a call anytime 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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We Have Specialized Techniques To Get Rid Of Flood Damage In Reading

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

This ceiling suffered from water damage after a storm and our crew responded and began to scrap the ceiling removing the ceiling tiles.

Flood Damage Removal Services In Reading

With the Schuylkill River running the entire length of our city, most Reading residents understand the threat of flooding very well. Once rainfall here or north of us causes the banks to crest, everything from River View Park to Klapperthall Junction is at risk.

When Reading flood damage is severe enough, it can cause physical damage to area homes. When this happens, SERVPRO teams have two immediate goals: Remove the water and secure the home against secondary damage.

Outside, team members cover damaged entrances and exits with plywood once the floodwater recedes. The action protects the interior of the home from the weather and reduces the risk of animal intrusions, trespassing, and vandalism.

As those team members complete their task, technicians remove flood damage still inside the home. Since this is contaminated, outside water, they first spray the surface of the flooding and nearby property with an anti-microbial cleaning agent, which kills any health threat in the water. Then, they bring in commercial-grade pumps and other extraction devices. Depending on the size of the home’s interior and the amount of water present, technicians can clear most residences in a day or two.

Although what is happening may be overwhelming, there is no need to feel powerless. Before our restorations teams or an inspector arrives, there are a couple of things you can do to get started and make the process go more quickly:
First, turn off the power. If the outlets or other wiring is underwater, your home is not safe for you or SERVPRO technicians. While you can cut everything off at the breaker box, a call to the power company is safer for you.

Contact your insurance agent. Every company already has a list of what they pay for repair or replacement. Once you hand your policy number and contact information over to our team leader, she can know in minutes what they can set aside for repair or what they need to dispose of immediately.

Drying out and restoring our community is one of our biggest concerns here at SERVPRO of Reading. If your home here or in Exeter, Birdsboro, or Kutztown has had any flood water inside of it, contact our office today at (610) 779-8189 for an inspection and to get the restoration process started. We are here to help, so please do not wait to call us.

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Is Pooling Water in Your Kutztown Basement Affecting your Game?

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage ruin your game. Call SERVPRO to keep the only 'pool' in your basement a 'pool table.'

Flood Damage Kutztown – Severe Storms

With rainfall measured in inches, it is not hard to imagine a flash flood inundating your home without much notice. Creeks and rivers rise before you can take any action to rescue your belongings from your flooded home. Everything gets wet, including your furniture, electronics, documents, and mementos.

SERVPRO is ready to react to flood damage events in Kutztown and surrounding areas at a moments notice. We have the equipment and skilled technicians ready to respond to these storm events. We are on site quickly, complete an assessment, and get to work removing water and debris from your home. Many people attempt to rescue some of their belongings. We urge consumers to be extremely careful about potential electrical hazards. Do not try to turn any electronics on. We can ensure that the electricity has been turned off and can remove your electronics and personal items for later restoration.

We equip our SERVPRO trucks with high capacity pumps to remove water from basements and submerged homes quickly. Restoration may include the following depending on the extent of the flood damage to your home:

  • Dehumidification and drying
  • Removal of contaminated contents, flooring, and walls
  • Further moisture removal in all hard to access areas
  • Drying of all documents and photographs
  • Restoration of your home

We also arrange for dry cleaning of your clothing, wet cleaning to remove residues, and foam cleaning for upholstered furniture. We use immersion cleaning to clean many products.

For many people, these adverse events can be an overwhelming experience. Consumers have difficulty recalling all of the items that are affected by these damaging storms. SERVPRO’s Content Claim Inventory Service can ease this experience. Detailed, accurate reports help consumers settle claims quicker. With a room by room list consumers have peace of mind during a very stressful period.

Call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 for 24/7 service. We serve Exeter, Birdsboro, and local communities in the area. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area.

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Our Experts Go Over Our Deodorization Procedures For Your Kutztown Home

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

If your house ever suffers damage after a storm, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 any day of the week.

Flood Damage Professionals In Kutztown Describe Deodorization Procedures

During the summer seasons, severe weather is likely to strike the Kutztown region. During thunderstorms, there are many conditions present that can hurt your house and cause you to have to call in a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. High-speed winds and excessive rains are not a good combination, and many situations can arise that ruin the structural components that make up your house. The wind can blow things into your windows or ruin your roof shingles, which can cause rainwater to make its way into the interior of your home. Once items inside your building get wet, the flood damage can get worse if not treated by professionals right away.

Any time moisture finds its way into your home from the outdoors; there is always a possibility that the water can be contaminated. Our SERVPRO technicians know that when mitigating flood damage in Kutztown that we are dealing with either category two (gray) water or category three (black) water. Normal rainwater is classified as category two or gray water because there is a chance that the moisture contains harmful parasites or bacteria. If the water that comes into your house is muddy, then we consider the problems category three or black water issues. When dealing with black water, we treat the situation the same as a sewage backup and take extra actions to prevent the spread of contaminants.

Another issue we often come across when dealing with flood water coming in from the outdoors is the presence of foul mildew-like odors. Sometimes unpleasant aromas can still linger inside a building well after all of the moisture has been removed. When this occurs, we use specialized chemicals that either work as a masking or pairing agent to rid the atmosphere of malodor particles.

Masking agents work to cover up bad smells with more pleasant aromas. Pairing agents chemically bond with the malodor particles to neutralize them so that they no longer produce unpleasant odors. If your house ever suffers damage after a storm, call SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189 any day of the week.

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Don't Wait Call SERVPRO Right Away After Flood Waters In Reading

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

We have the training, equipment and the right systems in place to handle flood damage. We are available to help you with restoration 24/7.

Pack-Out Prepares You for a Successful Flood Damage Restoration in Reading

Weather-related overland flooding or internal flooding from appliance failure or sewer backup in your Reading home defines chaos. You and your family feel high levels of stress as you watch the water rise. In addition to the damage excess water does to the structure of your home, furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions all suffer. One strategy to bring order to the mess flooding causes is a pack-out by our trained technicians.

Water removal and structural drying in Reading after a flood damage progresses more easily in if we do a pack-out. Eliminating the need to move large furnishings repeatedly and to attempt to get other items out of the way increases the time it takes to manage the moisture soaked into building materials and fixtures. We can more thoroughly evaluate the damage done to the articles packed out and devise focused plans to clean and dry them appropriately when we can control the environment.

SERVPRO uses our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to create and manage the inventory of articles we move out of a flood-damaged space. Detailed lists, digital pictures, and a barcoding application ensure all your property is accounted for and secured. We track assessments, restoration strategies, and results, perfect for insurance documentation purposes.

We consider and employ a broad range of cleaning and drying protocols to restore items you might otherwise discard. Our production technicians are skilled and our equipment and processes top-notch. SERVPRO has a restoration vision for each project, saving money, time, and memories as we bring badly damaged possessions back to preloss condition.

A pack-out allows the SERVPRO technicians at your home the freedom to concentrate on water removal and extraction. Without the added moisture load of soaked possessions in the flooded spaces our efforts to complete structural drying proceed more efficiently. Transfer of dyes and soiling from wet movable objects to floors and other building materials is reduced dramatically in a pack-out. When we return the restored articles to your cleaned and dried home, you and your family regain both comfort and peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Reading has the technicians, training, systems, and equipment to restore your home and possessions after flood damage. Waste no time and call us at (610) 779-8189 immediately after the flood waters intrude.

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Do Not Panic Our Team Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Home In Reading To Pre-Damage

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Restoring Flood Damage Effects In Reading Homes

When flood water rises faster than natural barriers or storm drains can stop it, Reading homes often suffer an incredible amount of damage to their furniture. The standing water stains furniture fabrics warps wood and ruins furniture finishes like varnish and stain.

Completely restoring Reading homes after flood damage means understanding how it happens, and what steps are needed to put it back together. In each home, SERVPRO restoration teams first raise furniture and other property onto pallets or other stands while removing the standing water from the home. This action lets soaked items begin to drain excess water and dry in the open air. Common issues include the following:

Color bleeding happens when fabrics absorb too much flood water. Curtains, drapes, and items like armrest cover sag or fall to the floor, allowing the color to stain wooden floorboards or carpets. Our technicians lift the property out of the water and then use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to force warm air over the surfaces and draw moisture from the property and surrounding air to dry them as quickly as possible.

Mildew growth occurs when the owner does not bring a professional agency like SERVPRO to remove standing water immediately. The first sign of mildew is a thin, white layer of fungus that grows across soaked wood. To stop further growth, our technicians use the same air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture and then apply an anti-fungal cleaner from our inventory on surfaces already showing mildew.

Swelling in wood furniture is a typical reaction to absorbing flood water. The framing in sofas and upholstered chairs can crack, and the joints weaken and separate. If the glue holding the frame together is exposed, it becomes thinner and quickly loses strength. If the swelling is minor and the glue has not thinned too much, team members can reduce and eliminate most of the damage by installing one or more dehumidifiers around the affected items. The devices remove not just the moisture from the wood and surrounding air; they also harden the glue to increase the structural integrity of the frame.

Water spotting happens when the flood water splashes a surface like a sofa cushion but does not cover it. To eliminate spotting, technicians wet the entire surface and then evenly dry it with air movers and fans to increase air circulation.

At SERVPRO of Reading, our goal is to return every home to its pre-flood condition. If your home is flooded or was recent, call our office today at (610) 779-8189 to schedule a service visit. We are here for you.

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Some of the Biggest Problems With Flooding in Your Reading Home

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

When a pipe break in your laundry room floods your home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal services.

What to Expect When SERVPRO Takes on Your Reading Flood Damage Project

Flooding can invade your Reading home from weather-related disasters or an outside crisis like the break of a water main. The breakdown of water-using appliances like a water heater, dishwasher, or laundry equipment can fill the lower levels of your home with gallons of water. Some of the water that floods in comes with a complement of hazards and contaminants from flowing overland or backed up sewage. Even clean water turns foul after just a day or two.

Using our professional flood damage crews for your Reading water emergency makes sense for so many reasons. Our familiar green service trucks arrive with all the pumping and extracting equipment onboard, ready to begin the work planned on-site after assessment by our crew chief. Even if the flooding results in a temporary loss of power, our truck-mounted water removal tools get to work using generators also on board. We pump water more than two inches deep and then move to the wanded water extractors to pull moisture off floors, out of carpeting, and from hidden recesses behind walls and in other cavities.

SERVPRO uses sophisticated moisture meters and scanning devices to establish how much flood water remains in structural components. This helps establish the drying goals we need to meet to ensure the flooded areas are not at risk of secondary damage such as mold damage or continuing deterioration. We set up air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the building materials, continuously monitoring until levels are normal. Our crews might recommend moving personal possessions before or during water removal and drying to evaluate what we can save and what would be best discarded.

Flood waters are typically considered gray or black, levels of contamination the might require special handling according to local regulations. SERVPRO keeps current with the disposal requirements of the communities we serve. The care we take containing dirty water protects your family, your possessions, and the structure of your home. To be certain that your living space is sanitized and safe after we remove flood water potentially containing pathogens we apply EPA-registered disinfectants to affected surfaces.

SERVPRO of Reading has the skilled technicians and commercial-quality equipment to handle flood damage in your neighborhood. Call (610) 779-8189 to set up an assessment that will solve your flood water woes.

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What Not To Do After a Flood

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss due to storm in Exeter, PA

Water damage is typically extensive in a flooded home, leaving many items destroyed. Flood water contaminates everything it touches, making surviving the aftermath almost as dangerous as the storm. Staying safe after a flood doesn’t have to be challenging, but there are a few things that you should not do.

1. Don’t Go Out in Regular Clothing

As flooding water is contaminated and it is likely hiding additional dangers, like downed power lines and submerged electrical outlets, it is essential to wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and rubber gloves. Additionally, you should avoid wearing anything that will allow your skin to come into direct contact with the water.

2. Don’t Touch the Water

You should avoid direct contact with any standing flood water because most of this water will be considered category three black water. Black water is a mix of sewage and other contaminants that are highly toxic to humans and animals, and this water does not need to be ingested to inflict harm.

3. Don’t Let Your Cell Phone Die

Try to maintain a full battery on your cell phone, if at all possible. As many areas will still be covered in water, a cell phone may be your only way of contacting friends and family or emergency services.

4. Don’t Buy New Furniture

While it is tempting to purchase replacement furniture for your home, buying new furniture so soon after flooding can be a bad decision. The cleanup process takes a lot longer than most homeowners expect, and you don’t want to bring new furniture into a contaminated space because you risk further contamination.

5. Don’t Go It Alone

You should check the Exeter,PA, area for local restoration specialists because they can offer the expertise, equipment, and personnel to ensure that your cleanup process goes as quickly and as smoothly as possible, allowing you to get back in your home.

Flood water is a dangerous substance that should not be taken lightly. Be sure to protect yourself by remembering the five steps above and recognizing the need to ask for help.

Prevent Mold Growth After Flooding

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth at some level is normal in every indoor area, but too much can be a real problem.

If your Reading, PA, business should be subjected to flood conditions after a storm, mold could quickly become a problem. Without proper mitigation, mold can grow as early as 24 to 48 hours after a flood. By following these three tips, you can reduce the chances of mold growth turning into a complicated mess for you and your employees.

1. Remove Standing Flood Water

Standing water is one of the top causes of bacteria growth that leads to mold. Make sure to reduce humidity as much as possible before even considering taking care of any current or future mold issues. This includes water removal as well as keeping your building’s indoor temperature at a level that will reduce humidity.

2. Contact Mold Remediation Specialists

A professional mold remediation company can help you find sources of mold that already exist in your building. Trained technicians will know what to look for and how to eradicate it to halt the growth of mold and further damage to your building. These workers will also know how to reduce or eliminate odors caused by mold. If you even suspect that mold may be a problem, a storm cleanup crew of this kind can help you figure out what to do.

3. Understand Sources of Mold Growth

Even after your mold situation is taken care of, it is a good idea to stay aware of the different ways that mold can enter your building. The last thing you want to do is have a new mold problem on your hands after clearing up the last mess. Understanding that open windows, air conditioner units and other sources of outdoor air can lead to increased mold will help you to be armed against future nightmares.

Mold growth at some level is normal in every indoor area, but too much can be a real problem. Since growth occurs so quickly and may do real damage in only a couple of days, being prepared ahead of time will allow you to save your property sooner rather than later. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROreading.com/.

Mitigating Roof Damage

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

As a resident of Reading, PA, the potential for roof damage to your home from high winds, hail, or fallen tree limbs is evident. Strong storms can cover an area with more than just rainfall; they can bring disaster and chaos to homeowners living through them. If you find your home in need of roofing restoration experts but need to take action before they arrive, here are three reasons for using tarps and boards to mitigate further loss.


1. Reduce Water Damage.


Waiting for an insurance adjuster or for restoration to start might continually expose your home to one of the more damaging elements of nature. Water damage can occur both during and after heavy rainfall, creating secondary structural issues or an environment for mold growth. Tarps and boards can repel and divert water away from weak areas in the roof, taking both an offensive and defensive position against secondary damage.


2. Comprehensive Coverage. 


Should wind damage leave your roof with pockets of dislocated tiles or shingles, boards can be used to span the distance. For areas where a fallen tree or limbs created large and less-than-symmetrical patterns of roof damage, tarps provide flexibility and temporary durability. Using a combination of both adds extra support and protection.


3. Efficient and Accessible Protection.


Although leaving the restoration for the experts is preferred, homeowners have the ability to secure their roofs and homes from additional damage by using these items. Remember to keep safety as your priority, but the safety of your family and home might require the immediate response of tarping or boards. Supplies are easily found at local hardware stores, making it a quick response option.

Experiencing the aftermath of a severe storm can be emotionally and physically devastating, but you are fortunate to have skilled restoration experts on hand in Reading, PA. Should you find yourself faced with roof damage, remember to call the experts first, but quickly take the next steps to reduce further problems.

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

5 Things To Avoid After Your House Floods

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

The storm may be over, but if your house flooded in Reading, PA, the process of getting your life back to normal has just begun. Whether you had one inch of flood water or several feet, there are five things to keep in mind to help speed cleanup, stay safe and minimize property loss.


1. Don’t Skip the Protective Gear


Flood water can contain bacteria and other harmful contaminants. It is essential to protect your health by wearing tall rubber boots or waders, sturdy rubber gloves that reach your elbow, and high-quality face masks. Exposure to polluted water can cause infection after as few as six hours.


2. Don’t Mess With Standing Water


No matter how much protective gear you’ve pulled on, standing water can still be a hazard around your flooded home. You may not be able to see downed or underground power lines, which can electrify standing water. Standing water may also hide sharp projections or holes that could lead to injury.


3. Don’t Put Off Talking to Your Insurance Company


The sooner you contact your home insurance company to file a claim for water damage, the sooner the case can be investigated and resolved. Getting ahead with insurance may be particularly important when a flood affects many homes.


4. Don’t Wait To Bring in Professionals


Mold can start growing in porous materials such as sheetrock and upholstery in as little as 24 to 48 hours, especially in warm and wet conditions. Getting a professional remediation company working on cleanup as soon as possible can help stop mold before it starts growing as well as minimize other water damage.


5. Don’t Replace Household Items…Yet


You may be tempted to start buying replacements for household items ruined by water damage, but it’s often best to wait to purchase new things until after your home’s structure is fully repaired.

Although the flood water in Reading, PA, has receded, the damage remains. Quick contact with your insurance company and clean-up specialists can help get you and your family back into your home as safely and quickly as possible.

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

Portable Generators: A Versatile Way to Escape the Cold

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

A heavy winter storm in Reading, PA, brings its share of difficulties, including dangerous driving conditions, high winds and mountains of snow. Sometimes it can cause damage so severe that only a professional can handle it. Often, it seems like the best option is to stay put instead of braving the harsh weather. However, even if you’re waiting out a blizzard indoors, you may not be entirely safe from a risky situation, especially if you experience a power outage. Luckily, you have a few options.


Staying Out of the Cold


In a poorly insulated building, the heat can dissipate quickly, letting in frigid temperatures. If you’re in your home or office without power, you should first try to evacuate. If this is not possible, find an alternate source of heat to keep you warm until you can safely leave the building or the power outage has been resolved. Such solutions can be as simple as a fireplace, coats, and extra blankets, but if you’re prepared with a portable generator, that may be your best bet. It can be moved to where it’s needed so you and your employees can plug in space heaters, charge cell phones, or power any other appliances that may be useful in an emergency.


Safety First


If you’re going to use a generator, you need to make some preparations:

• Select a model that has an appropriate amount of power to suit your needs
• Read the directions before use so you are well-informed to safely operate it
• Avoid electrocution by only keeping it in dry conditions
• Make sure you have enough fuel on hand to keep the generator running

Losing heat from a power outage during a harsh snow storm is an unfortunate fate, but a portable generator can make potentially dire circumstances much more manageable. Consider getting one for the health and safety of your employees.

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

Unique Hacks for Preparing for Flooding in a Storm

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

It doesn’t matter what type of severe weather is hitting Reading, PA; it can make life easier if you plan ahead. Braving a storm is one thing but suffering in the aftermath is yet another. If it is looking like flood water could be a real possibility, rather than wait until you have a flooded building and water damage, consider the following unique hacks that go beyond the usual commonsense preparations.

1. Preserve memories. There are some things that money simply cannot replace. Redundancy is key to preserving belongings such as scrapbooks, wedding albums and other precious keepsakes. To guard against water damage, put them in plastic bags — many layers, even — and then place the package in a closed dishwasher. To avoid the washer getting accidentally turned on, turn off the power at the circuit box. Also, keep in mind that this hack may work effectively if you get only a foot or two of flood water in your home, but beyond that it most likely won’t, hence the reason for the multiple layers of plastic bags.

2. Shut off the power. It is normal to want to keep the lights on as long as possible, but water and electricity do not mix, so preemptively shut it off as soon as you suspect water could enter your home. This also gives you a valuable test period to see what things you still need to do to prepare for the potential of being without power for a while.

3. Get pets in carriers. Trying to find a scared and hiding cat while water pours in or you’re trying to heed an evacuation order is not a good scenario.

The important thing is not to panic and to plan as though you may need to evacuate should rising flood water become a reality. If you do end up with a flooded building, it is best to get a professional on the job quickly. Standing water puts even waterproof things to the ultimate test and drives up the cost of water damage restoration.

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Winter is right around the corner be prepared!

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:

    • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. 
    • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home. 
    • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
    • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff. 
    • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. 

Is your roof ruin after a storm

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

After your home is damaged by wind, hail, or other natural elements, the storm isn't necessarily over in fact, it might be just the beginning. Here's what you need to know about the storm-induced insurance process from diagnosing the damage to filing a claim and making repairs so that weathering your home's recovery is as painless as possible. 

  • Know what is cover before the storm hits. Call you insurance agent. 
  • Document potential damage.  
  • Make Temporary repairs 
  • Make sure you hire a creditable contractor.
  • Check with your local SERVPRO to see if they have a contractor or teams that can help..
  • Work with your insurance agents to go over claims. 

Are you ready? Be prepared!

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Be ready!

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere.  Each year, Americans cope with an average of  the following intense storms*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.  * Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

How to be prepared:

  • A gallon of water per person per day.
  • Supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a manual can opener.
  • Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
  • Blankets and sleeping bags.
  • First aid kit and prescription medications.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards, cash and extra set of car keys.
  • List of family physicians. 
  • Special items for infants,elderly or disabled family members.

Call SERVPRO of Reading for to get a ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.

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Lightning

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Lightning can be fatal, be cautious during storms!

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000 some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. 

What causes lighting- Heavier, negatively charged particles sink to the bottom of the cloud. When the positive and negative charges grow large enough, a giant spark - lightning occurs between the two charges within the cloud. This is like a static electricity spark you see, but much bigger.

What to do after lighting strikes-

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. 
  • Stay away from storm damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a Weather Radio or to  television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help anyone who needs help, check on your neighbors.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
  • Make sure you have your Emergency kit near by.