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Our Guide To Restoring Your Chestnut Hill Home After A Flood

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Guide To Restoring Your Chestnut Hill Home After A Flood Keeping hold of an emergency restoration service that responds quickly could save you thousands of dollars in personal damages.

Restoring Your Property After Flood Damage In Chestnut Hill

The flash flooding that hit much of Philadelphia this fall has caused severe damages to commercial property managers and private residents alike. These rapid water floods were caused by a series of storms that led to high levels of precipitation. Keeping a preparedness kit with you and having a game plan for the immediate event is essential to your safety. Keeping hold of an emergency restoration service that responds quickly could save you thousands of dollars in personal damages.

The impact of flood damage in Chestnut Hill residences is two-fold. The initial phase can be a threat to your safety. The second phase is concerned with reducing the financial impact on your personal property and possessions. SERVPRO is an established restoration service with technicians that live and work right here in Philadelphia. We can reach you fast and have access to industrial scale equipment.

When water passes rapidly through towns and cities, it can become contaminated along the way. These contaminate range from animal carcasses to raw sewage. The combination of water with contaminated substances is known by SERVPRO technicians as Black Water and has its own set of procedures for restoration. These procedures tend to be more thorough than in clean water cleanups due to the presence of potentially harmful pathogens.

In short, cleaning up contaminated Black Water means rapidly removing all items that have come in to contact with the substance. Due to the high personal health risk, areas of drywall may have to be removed as well as carpets to be taken and thoroughly cleaned. Although SERVPRO work toward a restore over replaces mentality, in the case of flood water we may need to act quickly to ensure property remains safe for its inhabitants.

Clearing away Black Water requires professional expertise, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 to arrange a visit from a technician.

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SERVPRO Provides Cutting-Edge Equipment and Training for Cleanup After a House Fire in Manayunk

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Provides Cutting-Edge Equipment and Training for Cleanup After a House Fire in Manayunk That's Why SERVPRO -- Smoke Odors and Particles Even Get Cleaned from Your Manayunk HVAC System After a Fire

Smoke and Soot Damage Recovery in Your Manayunk Home

Mitigation is an essential element in preserving your home, and its contents after a disaster affect your Manayunk residence. Widespread effects from situations like a fire can cause compounding conditions that require both experienced personnel and advanced equipment to overcome.

Fire damages can hit your Manayunk residence in many ways and overcoming each of them can prove challenging on its own. Our SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to achieve their certifications in Fire and Smoke Restoration and also continued education to tackle secondary effects like odor removal and soot mitigation. We offer continual training for all of our technicians to promote an atmosphere of highly-educated and motivated professionals of this industry with the skills and equipment necessary to restore fire-damaged properties entirely.

Mitigation work is only as productive as the team that responds quickly to begin it. That is why our 24-hour emergency service is available to anyone, even on the holidays. We can respond quickly to the emergency and work efficiently to limit the loss that your home sustains through content removal like our pack-out process and through addressing secondary effects that can cause continual issues for your home such as water damage from extinguishing efforts.

However, through our advanced equipment available to our SERVPRO team on site such as our truck-mounted pumps, we can extract excess water fast and begin to address some of the other widespread concerns throughout the house such as soot and smoke damages. Some of the affected materials and contents of your home that sustained smoke damages can get treated on site with the use of our thermal fogger. This chemical compound neutralizes harsh odor molecules on contact and is effective both for open areas and for individual items like fabrics, clothing, and carpeting. Odor control can be a pervasive problem in fire and smoke abatement if not tackled quickly. But there are some odors that not even SERVPRO can eliminate. Imaginged odors. Click for more on this here.

Fire damages might be too much for a homeowner to contend with on their own, but with the fast response of our highly trained technicians, we can ensure that restoration is efficient and thorough. Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill emergency response team a call anytime that you need assistance at (215) 482-0800.

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The 48 Hour Countdown: When Water Enters Your Mt Airy Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The 48 Hour Countdown: When Water Enters Your Mt Airy Home SERVPRO was able to restore this property after water damage.

Mt Airy's Water Removal Team Talks About Different Sources of Damage

Moisture-related problems can occur inside your Mt Airy home when you least expect it. The most common source of water damage inside houses is plumbing system failures when this occurs water removal may be necessary. Even the smallest cracks inside a water pipe can cause hundreds of gallons of water to pump into your house in a short period. Appliances that use water can also malfunction and spray moisture onto your contents and building materials. Once moisture hits organic materials inside a building, the problems can get worse and worse making prompt water removal a necessity.  

As soon as you notice a leak, it is wise to call in the experts at SERVPRO. We know that when conducting a water removal operation in Mt Airy, that time is vital. Microbes can start to form within 48 hours, so our goal is always to lower moisture levels to what they were before the loss within that two day period. If items inside your structure stay saturated for too long, they start to lose their structural integrity.  

Every water damage project gets completed differently based on the source of the leak. Plumbing system failures are the most common cause of problems, but they are the easiest to mitigate. When moisture flows out of a water pipe, we know that it is clean. When things get ruined by clean water, our SERVPRO team considers the problem a class one or white water damage scenario.  

Other water sources can leak, thus contaminating the materials they contact. Possible contamination with harmful bacteria occurs when water leaks from a sink drain or comes in from the outside after a storm. These types of situations are called category two or grey water cases.  

Sometimes toilets malfunction or sewage backs up into your home. In these situations, special techniques need to be taken to prevent health effects. During these types of problems or cases of category three or black water damage, most items the water touched are thrown out. If you ever have problems with excessive moisture inside your home, call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 any day of the week.

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Unwatched Pot, Ohh Ohh! Another Fire in an Andorra Kitchen, Better Call SERVPRO

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Unwatched Pot, Ohh Ohh! Another Fire in an Andorra Kitchen, Better Call SERVPRO Avoid Andorra Kitchen Fires Says SERVPRO

Fire Damage Experts In Andorra Warn About Grease Fires

Even the most experienced home chefs in Andorra occasionally get grease they are cooking with too hot and spill it on the burner, causing flames to ignite. Once grease burns, the flames use other materials in your home as fuel to spread and possibly cause extensive fire damage. Statistics show that around five million cooking fires occur inside homes in the U.S. Out of these fires, grease fires are the most hazardous and account for one out of every five deaths caused by structural burns in the country. Learning how to cook with grease inside your home safely can save your property from severe fire damage.
 
The number one rule when cooking with grease is to never, ever leave your pot or pan full of grease unattended while it is on the burner. Unattended pots are the most common cause of grease igniting and causing fire damage inside your Andorra cottage's kitchen. Once grease starts smoking while it is on the burner, it takes only thirty seconds before it bursts into flames. Therefore, even if you leave the kitchen for a minute, it is possible that grease will ignite.
 
Paying attention while you are cooking with grease can save lives and prevent problems taking place inside your home. Any time a grease fire takes place in your kitchen, it is wise to call SERVPRO professionals to assess the issues immediately. Flames can burn structural components and your possessions. Smokes generated by grease fires also can cause structural damage. The longer charred materials go untreated; the more likely pungent, burnt odors will exist inside a structure.
 
The quicker our SERVPRO team can respond the less likely secondary problems due to the burn take place. As soon as we arrive at your home, we assess the damage and see what we can refinish and clean and what items must be discarded and then replaced. Many times severely burnt objects have to be removed but some wooden materials can be sanded down and refinished. Smoke created by grease fires can be very difficult to remove with cleaning techniques.
 
Therefore, the quicker you call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800, the better off you will be.

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Why Team SERVPRO Arrives at Your Chestnut Hill Business Location for Water Damage Remediation With Additional Tools

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Team SERVPRO Arrives at Your Chestnut Hill Business Location for Water Damage Remediation With Additional Tools Whether your business is a storage facility or something else, excess water from an accident or incident needs to be quickly removed. Contact SERVPRO.

The Right Equipment Eases Commercial Water Cleanup in Chestnut Hill

A case of water damage in your business is not only inconveniencing but may also require considerable effort to restore the property back to preloss conditions. This is especially the case if the right equipment is not available during restoration. Many people only think of the larger appliances such as water extractors, however even lack of small tools can complicate simple jobs or lead to unexpected damages after using the wrong ones. With our professional cleanup services, you do not have to worry about lacking resources because our technicians are well equipped.
 
The kind of equipment needed for commercial water cleanup in Chestnut Hill varies depending on what is affected. If yours is a storage facility, you have different requirements compared to someone whose office with a wall-to-wall carpet is affected by the water loss. The number of people that visit your premises on a given day might also determine what resources are needed. In a frequently visited place, you might want to isolate the loss areas, so accessories such as wet carpet signs are necessary to keep visitors from ruining your work.
 
The main issue after a case of water loss is moisture, which if left unaddressed, leads to microbial growth and bad odor. Although it is the big equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers that help deal with the moisture, small tools like pry bars are needed to remove baseboards and other structural components for easier removal of the moisture in hidden spaces. Our SERVPRO technicians have vans well-stocked with different tools in anticipation of the different types of problems.
 
In some workplaces, it might not be possible to stop the water source immediately especially when it is a big leak. It might also be impossible to move items from the affected area to prevent further damage. Our SERVPRO technicians use heavy duty plastics to shield essential contents from further damages in such cases.
 
Lack of equipment should not complicate restoration after water loss. Call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 485-0800. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Pumps and Pumps Water Out of Your Mt Airy Basement After Flooding

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Pumps and Pumps Water Out of Your Mt Airy Basement After Flooding Mt Airy Basement Gets Pumped Out and Dried Out by SERVPRO After Flooding

The Best Way to Drain Water Out of a Flooded Basement After a Flood Damage Experience

By properly planning and implementing everything through practice, we can handle disasters such as flood damage when they come knocking. The preparation phase needs to include our loved ones. For instance, if we come up with a fire escape plan, the plan becomes a success once we practice it and come up with a way of exiting every room. If you live in Mt Airy, this September gives you a chance to learn how to prepare for such incidents.

Though every second counts during flood damage restoration in Mt Airy, our SERVPRO technicians perform some actions carefully. For instance, it is not advisable to hurriedly pump water from a flooded basement when the ground outside is still full of water. If that happens there are chances of the basement collapsing since the pressure of the outside water is pushing the walls inwards. It means we have to balance the inside and outside pressure to protect floors and walls from possible cracking and collapsing.
 
We are going to look at some of the steps we follow when pumping water out of a flooded basement. When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at the site, we first make sure the electricity is off before entering the basement. Since most basements do not have adequate ventilation, we avoid using gasoline-powered pumps indoors to avoid creating carbon monoxide fumes. After the level of the water has gone down around 2-3 feet, we may have to wait for some time and see whether it can go back up. If it goes up, we have to repeat the previous step until it stops going up.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians shovel the mud the flood water leaves behind to prevent possible health hazards. We also clean the silt and debris out of flooded heating and air conditioning ducts. Changing their filters is also necessary to prevent the system from blowing contaminated air around the basement. At the end of cleaning, we apply EPA-approved disinfectants to prevent possible bacterial and fungal growth.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk works around the clock to offer cleaning and restoration services that meet both residential and commercial needs. Call us at (215) 482-0800 to have our experienced technicians restore your flooded property.

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Remediation For Basement Mold In Your Mt Airy Home

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation For Basement Mold In Your Mt Airy Home If you encounter mold growth in your home, it is best to trust in the rapid response of our SERVPRO professional remediation team.

Remediation For Basement Mold

Many Mt Airy homes regularly battle with moisture and dampness issues, especially in the basements of the houses. With this moisture and dampness come the concerns that these conditions can allow for, which can erode and degrade the construction materials used in supports and framing for the house itself.

The effects from combating moisture and dampness in your Mt Airy basement at its worst is mold damages. This growth in your home not only threatens structural elements but can also provide a significant potential health risk to the residents of the house. If you encounter mold growth in your home, it is best to trust in the rapid response of our SERVPRO professional remediation team to regulate the situation.

The first steps in this remediation process are the full assessment of the spread of the colony throughout the affected area. At this time, our technicians quarantine this area with the use of air scrubbers to reduce the spread of active spores to new areas of your home. To keep the situation further contained, our SERVPRO remediation specialists insist that the air circulation appliances get turned off until the mold colonies can get successfully removed and the damage restored.

Among the most troublesome aspects of mold growth in your home is how quickly the colony can spread. As it moves from surface to surface or spreads along a wall, the colony feeds on the organic material until it is unsalvageable to the advanced techniques of our professionals. This degradation can lead to the removal and replacement of these structural materials to rid the house of the mold colony entirely. This result shows how getting to the situation as quickly as possible is more cost effective and efficient for any homeowner to do.

While you might not get fully prepared to face mold damages present in your home, our SERVPRO of Manayunk remediation technicians has the expertise and industry-leading equipment to resolve this situation for you quickly. The mold damages do not go away on their own. Trust in the rapid response team that we have standing by 24/7 at (215) 482-0800.

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Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Chestnut Hill Home During Mold Damage Remediation

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Chestnut Hill Home During Mold Damage Remediation Finding mold, whether in your basement, attic or bathroom can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation options.

Team SERVPRO Follows Proven Steps When Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold damage usually results when your property has wetness as a result of roof or plumbing leaks, flooding, damp crawl space or basement and high humidity which may come from dryer vents or steam cooking. If the moisture problem remains in place for up to 48 hours, then mold develops. It means we have to start by addressing the moisture source when we are responding to such incidents in Chestnut Hill.
 
There are professional steps that our SERVPRO technicians follow when attending to mold damage incidents in Chestnut Hill. We can visually check whether there is mold in your structure by checking out whether the ceilings and walls are discolored. Another option is smelling the mold by sensing that foul stench. During the inspection, we also determine the extent of the damage - whether the area is above or less than 25 SQ. FT.
 
While at the site, our SERVPRO technicians can use a hygrometer to measure the relative humidity. If we notice the relative humidity is over 40%, then we can put in place dehumidifiers to reduce the content of moisture in the air. We perform dehumidification to reduce the chances of condensation taking place in cold areas. We then apply disinfectants on moldy spots to neutralize them and prevent the chances of future occurrence.
 
We remove contaminated porous items such as drywall and ceiling tiles from the structure. If we come across wet wallboard, we remove it and discard. Our team can also drill holes near the floor to drain walls. We understand there might be hidden mold in the interior of the wall, so, we use moisture sensors and meters to check whether there is some level of wetness. By using detergents that have anti-microbial properties, we wash hard surfaces and items. If necessary, we can use a stiff brush when we are washing rough areas such as concrete.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk can make your house feel like home once more after experiencing storm, mold, fire, or water damage. Call us at (215) 482-0800 when you want to work with an industry leader that you can trust.

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Commercial Water Cleanup For Chestnut Hill Businesses

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Cleanup For Chestnut Hill Businesses Businesses usually see flooding problems after an internal problem with a malfunctioning sprinkler system, a broken pipe or a split hose.

Commercial Water Cleanup

Chestnut Hill businesses usually see flooding problems after an internal problem with a malfunctioning sprinkler system, a broken pipe or a split hose. Each can leave an incredible amount of water across the floor, and damage both structural property and inventory.

Commercial water cleanup for a Chestnut Hill copy shop and business center is not the same as water removal. SERVPRO restoration teams have to draw water out of the home before they can wipe down affected property or otherwise clean the facility. The amount of paper present can have some effects on everything in the facility.

Team members have to remove every piece of paper as quickly as possible, to avoid it adhering to furniture and everything else it touches. When it does stick, peeling it off piece-by-piece requires many labor hours, but our technicians can successfully remove it. If the furniture and other items are metal, removal is fairly simple. Wood bookcases or chairs require additional care to avoid causing secondary damage, but with a mild cleaning agent, they are restorable.

The ink on paper can stain everything it touches. For metal surfaces, SERVPRO can clean the ink stains with one of the cleaners in our inventory. Wood surfaces are more vulnerable than metal, and the stains or paints are covering them may have to be stripped to remove the stains. Our technicians can strip most surfaces, but we recommend bringing in a professional furniture restorer to replace the stain or paint.

Carpets are potentially the highest cost when it comes to clean up or replacement. To reduce the effects paper and ink have on them, technicians remove everything before drawing away all of the water. Next, they remove any bits of paper and other debris from the surface and then clean the carpet with a strong, commercial grade shampoo. If there is still massive staining after several cleaning sessions, it may be necessary to replace the carpet.

The goal at SERVPRO of Manayunk is to restore each business as close to its original state as possible. If you require our services after water spreads through your operation, call us today at (215) 482-0800 to schedule a visit and receive a free estimate.

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Fire Damage Experts in Andorra Talk about Extra Problems with Water

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in Andorra Talk about Extra Problems with Water Water Exacerbates Fire Damage Cleanup in Andorra--Call SERVPRO for Great Results

SERVPRO Deals with Both Fire & Smoke and Water When Cleaning and Restoring Your Residence in Andorra

Whenever a fire starts on a property in Andorra, several kinds of problems can take place. First off, a fire can spread quickly and burn anything in its way including your building materials and contents. Things often get torched unevenly leaving various amounts of charring present on objects in the house. During most blazes, not everything burns entirely and incomplete combustion causing smoke to enter the airflow. Smoke travels throughout the home and can affect areas of the structure that are located far away from the source. Smoky air flowing from room to room can leave behind unpleasant aromas and soot residues. On top of it all, when a fire gets put out either you or the firefighters most likely use excessive amounts of water to extinguish all of the flames. The unusually large quantities of moisture entering your home can also create its own types of issues.
 
When water floods out a building after a burn, remediation work can get complicated. During several fire damage projects in Andorra, wet materials slow down the restoration process. When materials get burnt or covered in soot, and excessive moisture is added the charring or soils can soak deeper into the affected substances. If soils stay on wet materials for too long, they can become harder to clean.
 
In most cases, our SERVPRO technicians immediately test moisture levels of burnt building materials and contents when they know that water damage may have been added to the situation. When testing water content, we take a reading in the area that could be wet as well as a region we know that is unaffected. To figure out how damp something is, we compare these two numbers.
 
If a good portion of the affected section of your house is abnormally wet, then our SERVPRO crew can conduct rapid structural drying procedures before any mitigation on charred items begins. We set up dehumidifiers and air movers in the affected areas so that moisture levels drop. By discarding soaked and burnt items, the moisture level automatically drops.
 
If building materials or contents are severely burnt, then they get removed. Most of the time when items get affected by smoke, cleaning or refinishing can prevent them from being discarded. If you ever find yourself dealing with the infamous fire and water damage combination, call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800 any time of the day.

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