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Roxborough Structures, SERVPRO for Flood Damage Mitigation

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck On the Way to a Storm Damaged Property in Roxborough

Professional Flood Damage Restoration For Roxborough Neighborhoods

Roxborough residents understand flooding and the risks it poses for our area. In addition to the storms that drop rain directly on the city, there is the Schuylkill River in the West, and the Delaware River to the Southeast which crest and make a bad situation much worse.

Because of all these sources, Roxborough flood damage can be very severe. While furniture is usually restorable in many circumstances, that is not always the case when extreme weather tears through a community. SERVPRO response teams train extensively to preserve all items where possible and to dry the structure to industry standards.

Preservation first starts with removal. Team members remove everything out of the standing water as technicians begin using pumps and extractors to draw it out of the home. Water softens the varnish, stain, or other coatings on furniture, so quickly removing it prevents or reduces the chance of them loosening from the wood and running or dripping onto floors and carpets.

Team members place everything on pallets or bricks to raise it off the ground to allow water to drain. If the damage already began, SERVPRO technicians set-up fans to increase air circulation and speed up the drying process. Another equipment item they use is the dehumidifier. The device draws moisture from the air, which allows for faster evaporation without causing streaks or otherwise compromising the coating. The two devices also dry exposed wood without causing cracking or splitting.

Drying specialists use these same devices to preserve and restore the interior of the home as well. After other team members complete cleaning the home of the contaminants left by the floodwater, specialists test every room with a moisture meter. If the humidity is excessive, and it almost always is, the team installs a dehumidifier in each one to dry out the air. They set up fans to not only increase air circulation but to also draw the damp air out of the room, which augments the work of the dehumidifier. The process of achieving the drying goal can take days, and it all depends on the situation of the structure, the temperature, volume of water, and more.

Other specialists use air movers to generate warm, dry air and direct the flow across floors, walls, and even ceilings to carefully force out moisture into the air where the other two devices remove it. By carefully adjusting the temperature and speed of the airflow, they can do this without causing any accidental, secondary damage.

For SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill, the goal is always to return each home to its pre-flood condition, or as close to it as possible. In addition to our community, we also support the nearby towns of Andorra, Germantown, and Mt Airy, among others. If your residence has suffered damage from any water intrusion, call our office, 24/7, at (215) 482-0800 to schedule an inspection and get the restoration process started.

Prompt Response and Highly-Qualified Employees Are Why SERVPRO Is a Trusted Resource in Manayunk

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

We care about our Manayunk residents no matter the issues in question.

SERVPRO will always be prepared to take on any disaster that hits your Manayunk property.

When a water, fire, mold, or storm damage disaster strikes your Manayunk home, waiting for a return call from a restoration company is not an option. Our phones and email response is prompt, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are in contact with you and send an experienced manager and crew to your home to assess the crisis as soon as possible. Throughout your restoration project, please call with concerns and questions. Keeping you in the loop is the way we do business.

Water Damage

Waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of rushing water damages your Manayunk home and your peace of mind. We pledge to answer your call round the clock, helping you shoulder the burden of the water loss. Plumbing delivers comfort and convenience in your home until a toilet valve breaks or a supply line ruptures. We train and prepare for these crises and are ready whenever help is needed.

Water flows, so the leak or break is just the beginning of the hunt for moisture damage in your home. SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) master industry best practices during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes, including strategies for tracing water migration. Locating all the places in your home compromised by water damage is crucial. If any abnormal moisture remains after remediation, deterioration of additional building materials and mold growth and damage is probable. We use sensitive meters, with and without pins, to take accurate moisture measurements of structural components. Special cameras that transmit thermal images help us find larger pockets of water in building cavities.

Using the migration path mapped by our technicians, we use a range of pumps and extractors to remove the water. If trapped water is an issue small weep holes or more significant flood cuts give our crew access. When we are satisfied that all liquid water is gone, our crew uses psychrometry, the science of drying, to design a configuration of air movers and heaters, to force absorbed water out of building materials and into the air. Dehumidifiers then condense or absorb the vapor for disposal.

Fire Damage

Recovering from fire damage in Manayunk can be a heartbreaking process. Whether a rehabbed millworker row house, an apartment or loft overlooking the Schuylkill River, or a colorful and elegant Victorian is where you call home, the destruction caused by even a minor blaze is mind-numbing. We are ready and willing to arrive at your abode as the firefighters leave, poised to assess the scenario and get to work on making the sooty, wet mess “Like it never even happened.”

Some of the hardest parts of fire damage recovery are sorting through household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions. SERVPRO recommends utilizing our pack-out option after a fire for a couple of reasons. First, clearing the burned spaces of items makes mitigating and remediation efforts faster and more straightforward. Second, the contents of your home get the attention and innovative treatments they need to restore to full function and appearance.

We use the detailed and secure Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track items removed from your house. Traditional lists, digital photos, and barcoding all have a place in the system. Our production facility technicians have a host of unique strategies available to clean, dry, disinfect, deodorize, and restore items you feared were destined for the trash heap. Immersion tanks with ultrasonic technology; freeze-drying chambers to remove moisture from pictures, books, and documents; and industrial washing and drying systems are just some of the resources we use. We are proud to hand you a treasured photo album or a child’s favorite stuffed animal as we welcome you back into your fully restored home. 

Mold Remediation

Coping with mold damage in your Manayunk home can be frustrating and exhausting. You might be embarrassed because you feel mold growth is a commentary on the cleanliness of your household. Learning about the life cycle of mold helps homeowners understand why it might be the cleaning methods and products used that encourage mold growth.

Mold spores are everywhere, airborne or settled on surfaces. As long as they absorb no water, they are benign and invisible to the naked eye. When surfaces remain wet after scrubbing, or spills and leaks are unaddressed, mold can begin growing and multiplying within 24 to 48 hours. If you notice the dark stain or feathery growth of mold, more water, in a diluted bleach solution, is often used to try to kill it. The strain might lighten, but the bleach does not penetrate to the deeply embedded hyphae, which survive to grow, continuing to consume the organic building materials it lives in and on.

SERVPRO uses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols to remediate your mold damage. The goal is to contain and remove the active mold growth and then inhibit its return through the application of an EPA-registered antimicrobial and care to eliminate moisture. Once we complete the remediation spore levels should reduce to normal, causing little concern if dry. 

Storm Damage

When storm damage leads to quantities of rainwater invading your home in Manayunk, flood cleanup services are necessary as soon as possible. We built our reputation in part on timely responses to calls for help from members of our community suffering from the effects of extreme weather. Count on a speedy response from our team when a ripped-off roof or broken windows expose your home to significant flood damage.

The number of tasks needing completion following storm damage can be daunting, but SERVPRO has the experience to sort it out and begin the recovery. As our crew chief assesses the interior damage, other crew members are boarding up windows and tarping roofs to prevent additional water incursion. Submersible gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extractors make short work of floodwater collected in lower levels. The contaminated water must be contained and disposed of following city rules. Our crew is familiar with the requirements and makes that happen.

Because of the potential for pathogens in dirty floodwater, we take great care to clean flooded surfaces thoroughly. We also treat the affected spaces with EPA-registered disinfectants. Moisture metering of wet building materials assists us in setting drying goals, and we achieve those goals by setting up appropriate configurations of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. We also work with you and your insurance company to arrange for repairs and rebuilding.  

Any disaster large or small is handled professionally with a successful result by SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill. Call us at (215) 482-0800 at your convenience to schedule an evaluation.

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We Get You Back To Business After Water Damage In Manayunk

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

The water reflecting off the wood-like tile flooring needed our SERVPRO's team fast extraction service.

Fast Response Times for Out of Hours Business Emergencies here in Manayunk

Overnight leaks can often result in extensive staining or permanent damage to structural contents. Prolonged exposure increases the likelihood of dyes bleeding on soft furnishings, fabrics shrinking, carpet staining, and microbial growth issues. Events that happen out of hours in your business require immediate professional attention after identifying the issue. In-house janitorial teams may be capable of cleaning the visible signs of moisture but, water migrates and can enter cavities inside walls or beneath floorboards where it becomes at high risk of causing microbial growth.

We run specialist teams for commercial water damage in Manayunk. During our time in this community, businesses have come to rely on us for our fast response times as well as our extensive resources for larger businesses. SERVPRO technicians are local to the area which not only reduces call-out times but also allows us to run an out-of-hours service if leaks are discovered in the early hours of the morning. We operate this way because, in our experience, water issues can deteriorate rapidly, causing permanent damages to drywall, carpets, or furnishings.

In scenarios where contaminants have entered the water supply, we may have to take drastic action. A backed-up sewer point, for example, may result in raw sewage contaminating water. Equally, a prolonged exposure to bacteria, microbes, or fungi that is already present in your business can result in water damage from a clean water source becoming classified as a dangerous waste situation.

These circumstances require removal of contaminated materials which can then be replaced with sanitary ones. Contents in your business may include furniture made from natural materials or fabrics. Drywall, which can absorb contaminated water, must be demolished, sealed in biohazardous waste disposal bags and taken to a specialized facility for disposal. Once the removal of non-salvageable items is complete, SERVPRO can thoroughly disinfect the area after water damage using EPA registered cleaning agents, before replacing the demolished materials- bringing your business back to a safe, sanitary state.

Our commercial restoration teams are available on-call for emergencies that affect your ability to run your business. Contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800.

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What's for Dinner? Hopefully not Fire Damage in Your Roborough Home

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

It only takes a few seconds for a grease fire to get out of control.

Fire Damage Roxborough – Oven Grease Fire

An oven grease fire can develop a great deal of smoke and soot, which can spread throughout your home. If there is soot, it coats everything, including kitchen cabinets, floors, walls, and furniture. A small grease fire can do a great deal of damage. If the fire department used foam to extinguish the fire, it adds to the amount of cleaning needed. Never pour water on a grease fire. Smother it if possible and call for help.

SERVPRO can respond quickly to your fire damage event in Roxborough. Grease fires are quite common. We have extensive experience in dealing with grease fires. Every fire damage event can be different depending on the chemicals and materials involved. If the fire department extinguished the fire, there might be water extraction needed. We can also use drying equipment to remove all of the remaining moisture. The first step is to assess the situation, determine the chemicals involved, and the amount of damage. We then prepare a plan to deal with immediate issues.

We focus on the elimination of smoke and soot from all of the fire damaged surfaces in the affected area of your home. Our technicians are trained to eliminate smoke and odor from various surfaces, including hard surfaces as well as fabrics. A variety of smoke residues can exist in the same environment. There are a variety of effective cleaning methods used depending on the surface type and the residue from the fire. In some cases, an item may be unrestorable if it cannot withstand the cleaning process.

We aim to restore all of your items. We understand the attachment to mementos, photos, and keepsakes. SERVPRO cleans these items whenever possible before restoring your home to its original condition. Also, we work closely with your insurance company to help manage your claim.

Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 for 24/7 service. We serve Germantown, Mt Airy, and local communities in the area. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area.

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Water Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Hardwood Floors In Chestnut Hill

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill is available 24/7, so call right away if you have an emergency at (215) 482-0800.

Water Damage Can Destroy Your Hardwood Floors In Chestnut Hill!

Insulation in your Chestnut Hill home helps keep you warm during the winter and cool during the summer. However, insulation comes with the trade-off of being sensitive to water damage. Once it absorbs water, it can lose some of its resistance to heat flow. For this reason, even a small leak from a corroded pipe or an overflowing faucet should be taken seriously to help preserve the stable temperature in your home.

Speed is key when mitigating water damage to insulation in Chestnut Hill, which is why you need professionals who can work fast to help prevent additional repairs. Water damage restoration technicians (WRT) from SERVPRO are experienced in drying wall cavities and insulation. Once we arrive at your property, we can begin inspecting the extent of the damages and utilize thermal imaging cameras to determine how much water is in your walls. Drywall damaged by water will typically have to be cut away and discarded. To ensure that no damaged drywall remains, we can cut several inches above the water line.

The effectiveness of your insulation is determined by its R-value, the measure of its resistance to heat flow. Non-fiberglass insulation can have a permanently reduced R-value after coming into contact with water, forcing us to strip it from your walls. However, if you have fiberglass insulation installed, then SERVPRO can help save it. We can drill holes in drywall to allow for the usage of structural cavity drying equipment. Our ventilation equipment helps speed up the drying process in your walls by cycling out moist air and replacing it with dry air, allowing us to quickly dry out both your wall cavity and any wet insulation within.

Mitigating water damage doesn't have to be a difficult process if you leave it to the professionals. SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill is available 24/7, so call right away if you have an emergency at (215) 482-0800.

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The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Manayunk Residence

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

The bathroom is a typical place of water damage to occur. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance and tips.

Cabinet Recovery After a Water Leak in Your Manayunk Home

Your kitchen and bathroom in your Manayunk home are the two areas that often become most susceptible to potential water loss incidents and damages. Even with a fast response to the situation from competent and qualified technicians like our team, certain fixtures, furniture, and cabinetry can become affected by the standing water and excessive moisture. Addressing these concerns quickly can help to reduce the need for tear out and reconstruction, but also save our customers time and money on the restoration work their home needs.

Water damage can spread quickly throughout a Manayunk residence, and saturation of specific elements, especially porous woods that often make fixtures like bathroom vanities lighter and easier to maneuver, can absorb this spreading water immediately. From the initial point of exposure, a timetable begins to remove saturation and to dry out construction materials and cabinetry. The faster that our SERVPRO team works on these effects, the less likely that they can become too badly damaged to preserve.

With wooden shelving and cabinetry throughout both a kitchen or bathroom, it does not take long for standing water to penetrate these materials. Within a few days of exposure, without the appropriate drying techniques, this excess moisture can warp and distort the affected areas of your house. We arrive at a property with the moisture content readers and devices that can help to note where pockets of dampness exist and where drying machines and equipment gets most efficiently placed.

In some cases, even with the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals to water loss incidents, the damage is too excessive or widespread to overcome completely. In these cases, we can utilize controlled demolition techniques to carefully remove only the overly exposed materials and fixtures to reduce the costs of reconstruction and renovation.

Water loss incidents can spread quickly throughout a kitchen or bathroom, affecting cabinets and other shelving units as saturation takes root. You can trust in the expertise and equipment of our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill water restorers to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (215) 482-0800.

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Why is There an Odor After the Flood Damage Cleanup in Manayunk Home?

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let odor from water damage be your homes new aroma.

Let SERVPRO take on all aspects of a flood damage in your home.

When it comes to flood damage, small scale water loss events in a home can wind up, costing the homeowner more in secondary issues than the original event. Those scenarios generally are the result of inadequate water extraction or drying, leading to the potential of mold or unpleasant odors.

SERVPRO received a call to mitigate flood damage in a Manayunk home. Our team arrived only to find the flood had happened a few days before and the homeowner believed she cleaned up the mess, but a strong musty odor developed.

We scoped the room and found high moisture behind the baseboards, and thermal imaging confirmed water wicked into the sheetrock a few inches. We removed the baseboards for drying, but the time of exposure had been too long to salvage the sheetrock through drying and cleaning. So, our technicians measured roughly six inches above where the water line ended and cut away the damaged building materials, also known as making "flood cuts." This action enables adequate airflow to ensure the wall cavity for thorough drying.

SERVPRO does not set up fans and go away, hoping for the best when we dry a room. We have powerful air movers that deliver fast-moving air that causes embedded water vapor to rise where it is then removed from the area by our dehumidifiers. This cycle continues until our moisture readings show the water loss areas meet pre-set drying goals.

In cases where complete mitigation of water damage occurs, with prolonged exposure to elevated moisture levels, our technicians know the signs of mold to look for as they are IICRC-Certified in Applied Microbial Remediation. Our approach is two-fold to inhibit the growth of mold colonies.

First, we set drying goals for the areas affected by water loss to around 40% or less humidity, and second, we clean and disinfect all surfaces with our anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solutions which also reduces or even eliminates residual odors. If stronger odor control methods are necessary, we have specialized equipment for neutralizing odors at the molecular level.

Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 at the first sign of flood damage in your home. Even small water loss issues need professional mitigation, that is why We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Arrive Quickly To Restore Your Manayunk Home After A Fire

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can destroy your home within minutes, and our team is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Removing Odors from Your Manayunk Home’s Carpets

Carpeting is a common staple of Manayunk homes, and after a fire, can get affected by multiple levels of damaging symptoms. Even without widespread fire loss incidents that can leave substantial soot and smoke residues, odors can become a challenging obstacle for even professional restoration technicians to overcome. Our team has sophisticated equipment and advanced technology to help clean and deodorize your carpeted areas in the house after a fire if they do not require removal and replacement.

While fire damage might occur in your Manayunk home many different harsh odors embedded in your carpet can become a long-standing threat to your property without the appropriate preventative and corrective measures. Our SERVPRO team can arrive to fire loss incidents quickly with an array of recovery and mitigation equipment designed to improve the look, function, and smell of your property after a disaster. With our fast response to these situations, we can often have the opportunity to prevent the spread of damaging effects like odors from reaching new areas of the house.

One of the first steps that our SERVPRO team can take for restoring the carpets in your fire-damaged home is to begin with thoroughly cleaning this flooring material. We have deep cleaning solutions like our hot water extraction and deluxe pre-rinse solutions that can penetrate to the base of your carpet fibers and break loose sediment and debris, but also begin to remove and displace foul odor molecules that could embed themselves within the fibers of the carpet.

After we have thoroughly cleaned the affected area of your home, we can work to deodorize this material using several different tools and pieces of equipment. Commonly, our team utilizes UV and thermal foggers for their portability and spread of this dense, odorless chemical compound that can break apart foul odor molecules on contact.

While your carpets are just a small portion of your fire-damaged home, our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team works to recover every effect to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (215) 482-0800.

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Are Flooding and Mold On The Menu of Your Manayunk Restaurant?

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Don't serve flood damage at your Manayunk restaurant. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to restore your business "Like it never even happened."

The Risks of Flooding in a Manayunk Restaurant

Running a restaurant in Manayunk can come with a list of challenges to maintain your competitiveness with the other eateries in the region. When you factor in situations like disasters, these incidents can derail a business, especially in instances of flooding that do not get addressed quickly. Business owners can benefit from immediately reaching out to the professionals of our restoration team to get mitigation and clean up started quickly.

Restaurants thrive on offering their customers a positive experience from the moment they walk into their walk back out, so flood damage in Manayunk can substantially hinder this goal. Even in situations where flooding can remain contained to specific areas of your restaurant where it does not entirely hinder production, such as a leaking portion of the roof, addressing the water damage in these areas must happen immediately to avoid costly and destructive effects like mold growth. Our SERVPRO professionals can help.

As you are aware in the food and beverage industry, mold and contaminants are reputation killers and can keep you from serving your customers until you can prove through testing that the situation has gotten sufficiently resolved. Preventing these occurrences beforehand with the application of our high-strength antimicrobial agents to exposed materials, contents, and structural elements can make these wet areas uninhabitable to mold spores in the environment.

Content removal such as the furniture in your dining area and the sophisticated equipment in your kitchen helps to prevent these items from becoming too damaged to preserve. Once the restaurant is dried and cleaned appropriately, we can return these removed items to their original positions. We also utilize specialized equipment and practices to get mitigation started from the time that our response team arrives. With fast water removal and drying solutions for your business, we can get you back up and running quickly after a flooding emergency.

Your restaurant has a reputation to worry about, and too much bad publicity or experiences for your guests can ruin your business model. Let our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill response team help you through flooding emergencies to handle the situation quickly and thoroughly to get you back to business as usual. Give us a call today at (215) 482-0800.

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Manayunk Structures, the Right Water Removal Equipment, and the Right Personnel--SERVPRO Can Do It!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

After Flooding in a Manayunk Property, Moisture Sensors Help Discover Hidden Pockets of Moisture--A SERVPRO Service!

Professional Equipment for Smooth Flood Damage Restoration in Manayunk

A smooth flood damage restoration process requires the use of specialized equipment as well as a trained workforce to operate the equipment correctly. That is what you get when you work with an experienced and certified restoration service provider. In this article, we are looking at some of the equipment that we use when working on such incidents in Manayunk.
Most flood damage losses in Manayunk are associated with standing water, which means our SERVPRO technicians need to choose appropriate extraction techniques and tools. In situations where the water does not contain solid materials, we might decide to use submersible pumps. We prefer pumping as a means of water extraction when the depth of the water exceeds two inches. In most cases, we direct this water into a treated sewer system and avoid directing it into facilities that have septic systems.
Sometimes our SERVPRO technicians can use truck-mounted or portable extractors to remove the standing water. The portable types are convenient when we need to remove water from structures and other areas with limited access. On the other hand, truck mounts are more powerful and usually have their independent sources of power. Both the portable and truck-mounted extractors have a vacuum system, a pump and a heater; key components that give them the ability to perform both some restorative cleaning and water removal.
Physical means of water extraction from a flooded home are not enough when our SERVPRO technicians are restoring your property. Water can intrude into different locations of your structure, and there is a need to use detection devices. For instance, we use moisture meters and sensors to identify these locations. Infrared camera imaging can detect lingering moisture inside wall cavities and other nooks and crannies. We can also install air movers and space heaters to speed up the rate of evaporation during the restoration process.
SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill has highly experienced technicians that work 24/7 to make every situation we handle to look “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (215) 482-0800 and discover the options you have when the disaster comes calling.

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