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Water Damage Emergency in your Chestnut Hill Home

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Staying Safe in a Water Damage Emergency in Chestnut Hill

One of the biggest concerns in any water damage situation is safety, especially if the problem is a genuine emergency.

If you have a water damage emergency is in Chestnut Hill, take heart. SERVPRO has the expertise, the experience, and the procedural knowledge to make sure the problem is solved safely, quickly, and completely.

How do SERVPRO professionals do this? The first step is to stop or contain the source of the water, then provide a complete explanation about the procedures necessary to solve the problem.

As they do this, SERVPRO techs conduct a thorough examination to detect possible safety hazards. These can include electrical issues, ceilings that may be loaded with water, and an inspection of flooring to make sure it has not been compromised.

The techs also provide a thorough explanation of what may be necessary to ensure ongoing safety, and after that, the necessary documents are signed to allow them to proceed further.

Another important safety step is to determine whether there has been contamination that may present a health risk. This includes assessing the state of any affected materials; in some cases, they may be restored, while in others, they may need to be replaced.

SERVPRO techs also take into account any local, state, or federal regulations that may apply to your situation. This is necessary to determine the current and future integrity of the home, and to comply with any building codes or similar regulations that may be applicable.

Another crucial part of staying safe is to account for the disposal of waste material. Once again, a complete explanation of the nature of the material and the disposal process is provided, all of it in terms you can easily understand. Measurements and photos are also taken to provide evidence of the condition of the home when the tech arrives, and they establish a baseline for progress reports as various procedures are performed.

So if you have a water damage emergency, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 any time, day or night, to get the safest and fastest possible solution.

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We Get You Back In Business In Manayunk After A Flood

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

A giant hole in this roof after a storm The hazardous conditions in this property require experts and our trained team are ready for any size disaster. We are available 24/7, so call us.

Commercial Flood Damage In Manayunk Could Be Caused By A Broken Water Heater

It is a fact of life that most appliances inside your Manayunk construction company's office will eventually break. For example, if your office's water heater malfunctions, an excessive amount of H2O can leak and cause you to have to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO to conduct commercial flood damage restoration. Moisture pouring out of your water heater can cause the pantry or closet it is in to become saturated.

If the H2O during your commercial flood damage project builds up in Manayunk, it could spread into various areas of your office. When your water heater in your construction office malfunctions, our SERVPRO technicians know that stopping the leak is the first step to mitigation. Before we can begin the work process, we must first stop the liquid H2O from pouring out by shutting off the waterline running into your office. In some cases, the source could be the pipe going into the unit, and it could require a certified plumber to repair. In other scenarios, the appliance itself must be removed and replaced by a plumber licensed in the area to do so.

Once the H2O is shut off and no longer pouring out from the water heater in your office, our SERVPRO crew can then begin extracting the moisture that is present. If the affected closet has a hard surface floor such as tile or concrete, we can remove it by soaking it up with a mop or pushing it into a floor drain with a squeegee. If any of the carpets in your office get wet, we can utilize our heavy-duty truck-mounted extractor to pull up the H2O while it is still a liquid.

After all of the liquid is removed, we then take steps to dry out any of your wet building materials in the closet or other flood damaged rooms. We can accomplish rapid structural drying by setting up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers inside the affected closet or regions nearby. We then can keep the equipment set up until the moisture readings return to normal.

 If you ever suffer from an appliance breaking and leaking at your place of business, call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Flooding In Your Manayunk Home

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team a call today at (215) 482-0800.

How Crawlspace Encapsulation Can Help Flooding in Manayunk

Crawlspaces are often among the first areas of your Manayunk home to fall victim to flooding damages when disasters strike. Their design alone puts them in the path of these hazardous waters before they have an opportunity to reach the main floor of the house. This space beneath the residence might regularly contend with flood damage, especially in lower-lying areas. Our professionals can offer fast and complete service for this flooding, including both restoring the immediate effects and helping to install long-term solutions to keep your home and its occupants safe.

Flood damage in Manayunk crawlspaces presents a hazardous situation beneath the main floor of your home. Many property owners might believe that they have averted a crisis in this regard, but the presence of standing water and excessive moisture can be a detrimental presence to the first floor of your house. Our SERVPRO team must mobilize quickly to all flooding situations, as the threat of contaminated waters can migrate bacteria and other microorganisms into the main living spaces of the property through the flooring and structural supports.
Our team must roll out extractors and drying tools with our initial arrival, as drying out the damage is one of the primary steps to protecting your property from even the threat of microbes and hazardous contamination. We work to clean the area thoroughly, spraying surfaces with disinfectants, sporicides, and potent cleansers. We need to eliminate the possibility of secondary effects occurring once encapsulation begins.

Encapsulating the crawlspace provides a reliable barrier to resist the intrusion of water into this area, and covers all structural supports, beams, joists, and underside of flooring with thick plastic sheeting. With this installed, we can prevent the penetration of flooding. Any existing standing water in the area can get redirected away from the house using installed drainage systems and powerful tools like sump pumps and permanent dehumidifiers.

Crawlspaces that experience frequent water and moisture penetration can often benefit from encapsulation. If you want to know more about it, our licensed (#2705165256) contractors can help customers to understand the process and its benefits. Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team a call today at (215) 482-0800.

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Why We Are The Leader In Manayunk After A Flood

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

A huge hole in the ceiling of this home after flood damage We know how to handle hazardous conditions along with the most expedient measures to mitigate the damage in your home. We are here 24/7.

Flood Damage Restoration in Manayunk that Helps You Cope with the Loss

Flood damage results in substantial financial losses and involves backbreaking restoration work. If such incidents happen successively, you may end up feeling as if the situation is too much to bear. Involving a professional restorer can help lift the burden in many ways.

Reducing the Workload

The flood damage restoration process in Manayunk involves many tasking steps, including moving contents, tearing down building materials, and cleaning soiled areas. Handling these steps on your own, especially if the loss recurs, can overwhelm you. For our SERVPRO technicians, performing cleanup and other restoration steps is part of our day-to-day work, so we are accustomed to the processes. Therefore, we can shoulder the burden that you are facing.

Expediting Recovery

Flooding happens within minutes leading to the soiling and deterioration of materials. From a quick look at the aftermath of a flooding situation, you might not believe the home can be what it used to be, especially within a short time. Our SERVPRO technicians help complete the job fast because we have sufficient resources, including advanced equipment to remove water, access hard to reach areas, and generally deal with any issue that arises. For example, high-speed pumps can remove water from your structure at a fraction of the time it would take when using other tools. Cherry pickers and lifting equipment help with access and movement of contents.

Saving Valuables

You may consider throwing away everything affected by the flood damage incident. However, the cost implications or the sentimental value such items hold makes such a decision painful. With advanced cleaning and drying procedures, including freeze-drying, our SERVPRO technicians can halt deterioration or help restore some items you consider disposing of, thus helping you save money or retain essential family heirlooms. We usually scope the loss site to establish what we can save, then liaise with you and your insurance adjuster to help make the decision.

Dealing with a flooding situation can drain you financially and emotionally. Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 to help manage the situation making it, "Like it never even happened."

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Short Story: The Truth About Fire Damage Remediation in Roxborough

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage after a fire in your home. Our certified technicians will put together a plan to best remediate the damage.

Agitative Practices for Cleaning Heavy Fire Soiling in Roxborough

Cleaning up after a loss incident can be more troublesome than many Roxborough homeowners might expect. Contrary to what might get thought initially, structure fires are not always total losses. Many of the construction materials away from the origin of the fire might still be salvageable with the appropriate cleaning practices, products, and experienced technicians. Our SERVPRO team has extensive experience with material and content restoration after fire losses.

Soiling of materials varies depending on their proximity to the path of the disaster and other fire damage in Roxborough homes. Areas of the residence that were either in the damage path or have become heavily saturated with soot and other debris from air circulation after the loss might require focused cleaning efforts. Our professionals must make available strides to restore and clean affected contents and materials on-site when possible. In-house restoration of soiled contents can ultimately save customers time and money.

When it is possible to restore construction materials or structural elements without removing them, agitation can often play a vital role in loosening residues and soiling. Depending on the severity and thickness of this layer of soot or debris, we have levels of agitative cleaning practices. For heavier soiling, we can utilize many specific actions to loosen and clear thick dry and wet residues from damaged materials or contents in the house.

  • Blast Cleaning – Using compressed air or a rotary blaster, we can utilize media like sand or baking soda to clear off the surface of hosting materials without damaging the substrate.
  • Sandpaper/Steel Wool – Depending on the material affected, our SERVPRO professionals can choose among various grades of sandpaper and down to 0000-grade steel wool for extra-fine applications. 

Knowing how to break loose heaping sediments like soot and other residues from surfaces after a fire can make vacuuming and debris removal more efficient and safer. After fire losses, our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team can help to make the damages “Like it never even happened,” with sophisticated tools, products, and techniques. Give us a call today at (215) 482-0800.

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Problem with a Water Leak in Your Manayunk Bathroom? Call SERVPRO for a Safe Extraction and Disinfection

2/2/2020 (Permalink)

toilet by vanity, tile floor, small bathroom SERVPRO Says -- Call Us for Water Leak Cleanup and Restoration in Your Manayunk Bathroom

Water Damage Manayunk – Toilet Leaks

Modern conveniences can have their drawbacks, even in Manayunk. Toilets can leak for many reasons. Some are not bolted to the flange at the floor, tightly enough, and slight movement over time causes water to leak around the wax seal. This water may be considered contaminated gray or black water depending on the contents. Another unusual type of leak is when the tank cracks at the joint and leaks water. If someone leans back against the tank while doing their business, perhaps to read or relax, the tank can shift unless there is a shim between it and the wall to prevent movement.

SERVPRO responds to water damage no matter what the cause in Manayunk and surrounding areas. Whatever the cause of the initial leak, we can help identify the leak and begin removing all of the water and moisture before it damages your floors or causes a mold infestation. We are available on a 24/7 basis and respond to your home in less than four hours.

Unusual Toilet Leak
Many toilets are assembled during installation. The tank is bolted onto the base. These toilets are typically easier to install and weigh less than toilets that are all one piece. There is one disadvantage.

Many people like to read the paper or a book while using the bathroom, and often lean back against the tank for support. On single-piece toilets, this action does not present a problem. Two-piece toilets have an inherent weak spot where the tank attaches to the base. Pressure on the tank from someone leaning against the tank can cause a slow leak, which can go undetected for some time until water has spread over the floor and perhaps into other rooms.

The moral of the story is never use the tank on your toilet as a backrest. Always call SERVPRO for help to remove all of the water and moisture. We make sure the floor, under the bathroom vanity, and other rooms are dry. We completely dry your home to avoid mold and mildew infestations.

Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Dearnley Park, Roxborough, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Services In Your Manayunk Restaurant

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen restored after a fire Overcoming a kitchen fire does not have to cause long-term closures or widescale replacements.

Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Services for Manayunk Restaurants with Grease Fires

When unforeseen circumstances begin to affect your business, you need immediate intervention. A busy kitchen can exhaust vast amounts of animal fats and proteins in the form of smoke. Ventilation systems above stoves transport cooking smoke from the kitchen out of the building and into the open air safely. However, over time there can be a buildup of animal fats and grease on the interior walls of your ventilation system. Without regular inspection and cleaning, this grease buildup can become a severe fire risk.

The technical complexity and time-sensitive nature of commercial fire damage cleanup lead most Manayunk restaurants to seek out professional recovery services. A typical kitchen fire can lead to thick greasy deposits on the exterior walls directly above the cooking stove. The interior of your oven hood may also draw in hot smoke and exhaust fire onto the outer walls of the building. You should evacuate the property as quickly as possible and avoid using water in the event of a grease fire. A fire marshall can inform you when it is safe to return.

An oven hood contains several layers of filter to prevent grease from entering the chimney cavity or ventilation shaft. Over time, these filters become increasingly ineffective, and you should perform regular maintenance checks on the screens throughout the year to avoid commercial fire and resulting closure. In emergencies, SERVPRO can provide assistance to inspect, reduce loss, and restore a damaged restaurant kitchen. Our servicemen and women can remove appliances, use boroscopes to understand the extent of smoke damage throughout the vent accurately.

Mechanical equipment may be necessary to dislodge soots from inside restrictive spaces like ventilation shafts. Using air whips, which run an electrical charge to create a fast, agitative whipping motion that SERVPRO can feed inside a ventilation shaft, is useful in removing thick set soots. By applying negative air pressure, we can frequently restore the affected cylinder without requiring you to shell out for a full replacement. SERVPRO can refinish the remaining ceiling and appliance damages using a combination of cleaning chemicals to remove soots.

Overcoming a kitchen fire does not have to cause long-term closures or widescale replacements. Contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800.

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Biohazardous Flood Damage and Removal In Your Chestnut Hill Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage in home If you suspect a contamination issue, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800.

Biohazardous Flood Damage and Removal Methods for Chestnut Hill Residents

Not all types of water carry the same level of threat. The water in the pipes of your property, as well as rainfall, are clean water supplies. When these sources of water enter the home in large volumes, the situation is a sanitary water emergency. These emergencies generally require restoration rather than replacement. However, exterior water entry, such as in flash flooding, is often more severe. Flash flooding or road overflow can lead to contamination being brought into your home. Rushing water picks up silt, debris as well as harmful human pathogens like raw sewage which, when entering the house, results in a black water emergency.

A black water emergency is a severe form of flood damage in Chestnut Hill that may require you to vacate your home temporarily. Biohazardous waste substances brought into the home can pose a grave threat to your health. It may include viruses, harmful bacteria, or sewer gases, all of which make your property temporarily uninhabitable. Not only should you relocate to a safe property, but there may also be a necessity to perform widescale replacement of materials in the home's structure. These materials may include drywall, sheetrock, insulation, carpeting, and upholstery.

When the water has high levels of contamination, porous materials absorb both water and contaminants. Performing standard drying procedure is no longer suitable since, even when dry, pathogens are likely to remain. SERVPRO emergency water restoration technicians (WRT) may need assistance from qualified biohazardous waste removal teams using specialist equipment like self-priming trash pumps. These specific water pumps are designed to pump the solid waste out of a property as well as moisture.

Since there is a high chance of cross-contamination, SERVPRO technicians need to set up a quarantine in the property as well as decontamination and cleaning zones. Soiled items undergo a careful assessment to decide which are restorable. Some things, like fabrics or dense materials, can be treated to industrial machine washing or immersion cleaning. But unfortunately, many must be removed for disposal at a waste facility. Using controlled demolitions, SERVPRO technicians can remove structural elements, disinfect the offending area, then return new materials in the stead.

Ensuring the safety and habitability of your home is our priority. If you suspect a contamination issue, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800.

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Why Professional Smoke Damage Remediation is Necessary in Roxborough

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm surrounded by smoke Smoke odors penetrate all areas of your home. Call SERVPRO for effective smoke odor removal.

Removing Trapped Smoke Odors from Roxborough Homes 

After a fire loss incident affects your Roxborough home, it can be challenging to overcome all of the effects that the disaster can leave behind. Structural weaknesses and collapse are often among the first considerations after a widespread threat. Still, other symptoms of the fire like smoke odors and residues are often equally important to address in the initial mitigation phases of recovery and restoration. 

Removing trapped smoke odors is a universal need with the restoration of fire damage in Roxborough homes. Regardless of the size and severity of the fire, smoke is a byproduct that can leave unpleasant odors and residues behind. How quickly the flames get extinguished, and the materials impacted by the blaze play a role in how concentrated effects like noxious odors are. Odors, beginning at the point of origin, can spread out far from the combustion through open floor plans or the HVAC system. 

Our SERVPRO technicians have multiple tools and products designed to reduce and eliminate embedded fire and smoke odors in both the open areas of your house and in materials and fabrics. For heavy exposures, our professionals traditionally lean on the content management division. We can remove at-risk contents and belongings from your house to provide intricate cleaning, deodorization, and restoration of these possessions. 

For areas and items that can get recovered on-site, we have multiple strategies for effective smoke odor removal. For broader areas, our SERVPRO team can often use hydroxyl generators or ozone machines. These units can handle considerable open areas and are portable enough for multiple applications throughout the house. For more concentrated and limited spaces, our lightweight thermal fogging device can vaporize deodorization agents and disperse the fog throughout the damaged area to neutralize odor compounds on contact. 

Smoke odors can penetrate construction materials, fabrics, upholstery, carpeting, and many other areas of your damaged home. Our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team can help with effective cleaning and deodorization tools. Contact us anytime at (215) 482-0800 when you want to make a fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”  

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Flood Damage Mitigation In Manayunk

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home Call our 24-hour service line, (215) 482-0800, and we can make it all “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO Uses Advanced Technology During Flood Damage Mitigation in Manayunk

Long past is the days when a collection of bottles of bleach, buckets of water, mops, towels, and fans was considered sufficient for cleaning up flooded homes. Now, new discoveries in restoration technology provide SERVPRO with the ability to use less toxic chemicals and more efficient equipment to mitigate damage and restore houses to safe, livable conditions.

The improved results and swifter recovery time are why SERVPRO mitigates flood damage in Manayunk using the latest advanced technology available. Our ongoing training keeps us informed of the latest techniques and methods, meaning we always give our customers the results they deserve.

We understand that you want your family to live without worry about contamination and hidden damage. Because of this, we use infrared cameras that locate hidden water. Such water, after being forced into spaces, gets trapped. The force of a flood is much greater than the drainage of water later. Once we know where undrained water exists, we can address it with extraction units. After we drain the water, we can dry and spray the area with a disinfectant.

Other issues include flooring that disintegrated during the flood's presence. The glue in parquet flooring dissolves rapidly, and the turbulence of a flood can sweep these tiny pieces up, ruining a once-beautiful floor. Our reconstruction services can explain new options in flooring, so once mitigation and drying finish, construction of your new flooring can begin immediately.

Before we can do any reconstruction of damaged areas, we need to clean and dry everything. Instead of bleach, we use other disinfectant sprays that evenly coat surfaces. These also inhibit microbial growth for extended periods, so you do not need to worry about microbial infestations in the future.

To ensure adequate drying without risking over-drying of structural components, we monitor different materials to ensure they no longer contain excess moisture. This includes the air. Water vapor can cause damage to your home's contents and also make any odors stronger. We also address this using air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and fogging machines. Other approaches to odor control include gel packs and highly absorbent beads.

SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill wants to help families in our communities recover as quickly as possible after flood damage happens to their Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, or Germantown homes. Call our 24-hour service line, (215) 482-0800, and we can make it all “Like it never even happened.”

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