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We Provide Effective Water Cleanup Services For Your Mt Airy Home

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a home We can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

How to Get Quick and Effective Water Cleanup Services in Mt Airy

Water damage can happen in your home because of a leaking water heater, a broken washing machine hose, or leaking dishwasher. Regardless of the source, water can destroy your home and its contents. The most crucial action in preserving your home and contents is removing the water immediately. For the best results, you should remove the water within a few hours.

When you need water cleanup services in Mt Airy, you can call SERVPRO for help. We can respond quickly, carefully assess the extent of the damage, and begin the drying process. To prevent appliance leaks, we recommend that you consistently update older parts in your appliances and check for hard to detect leaks.

It is also vital to monitor your water bill since you can find spikes in the changes and determine if you used more water or if there is a leak. However, large leaks occur quickly, and you can be too late to prevent them. Since you cannot monitor your home’s water supply around the clock, you can install a leak detection system that detects a strange increase in water usage automatically and alerts you when a leak has occurred. You can either install a whole-house leak detection system or a moisture sensor automatic water shutoff system.

Following a water loss incident, we can remove the water using extractors and then dry your home using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. Conventional drying methods are not always suitable for drying affected structures of a home. In such cases, we can use injection drying to complement the traditional system and speed up the drying process. It involves introducing dry air directly into damp cavities behind floors, ceilings, walls, or other areas where the trapped moisture is inaccessible.

By using the injectidry system, we can help you avoid a significant strip out that could be expensive and inconveniencing. We allow the drying system to run for at least 24 hours before returning into the drying environment to determine the actual drying process. Our SERVPRO crew can use moisture detection equipment like thermohygrometers, moisture meters, and moisture sensors to check the moisture content of the structures and contents of your house. Based on the results, we can make adjustments to the drying environment if necessary.

When you need expert help with water cleanup, call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800. We can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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The Hidden Mystery Behind Commercial Flood Damage Remediation Success in Manayunk

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged office If your office suffers from flooding or flood damage, water removal needs to happen very quickly. Contact SERVPRO immediately for best results.

Commercial Flood Damage Manayunk – Balancing Equipment Needs

Flood damage to a building can happen at any time from many different sources. Storms cause flooding, and high winds punch holes in roofs, water mains break and sewers back up. Any of these events can cause a lot of flood damage and place a commercial enterprise in jeopardy. Customers and employees cannot enter the building, and revenue drops to zero. Recovery from these situations quickly is a top priority for business owners.

SERVPRO specializes in flood damage events to commercial properties in the Manayunk and surrounding area. We understand how important it is to recover quickly. Setting up staging areas and temporary operations to keep the business running is all part of the recovery process. One area that many clients may not appreciate is the deployment of staff and equipment to maximize efficiency and minimize recovery time.

Balance Air Movers and Dehumidifiers

Flood damage may introduce a variety of contaminants to the property. Removing contaminants and cleaning everything before drying begins is the priority. Our crew chief can determine the number of technicians required, the equipment needed for demolition and of course temporary measures such as tarps and board up of windows. Once this phase is complete, it is time to dry the building before reconstruction can begin.

It is essential to arrange air movers in the right location to pick up moisture from surrounding flooring and structures. Dehumidifiers must be positioned to remove moisture from the air and gradually dry the air and surrounding structure. Placing too many air movers in a building may cause moisture to be distributed to non-affected areas of the building. Not enough dehumidifiers can lengthen the time it takes to dry everything.

Air movers must be placed in locations to cause dry air to absorb moisture and move it past dehumidifiers or to outside locations. SERVPRO is very familiar with these techniques and has the experience to dry buildings and structures as fast as possible. We aim to have you back in your commercial space as fast as possible, "Like it never even happened."

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

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SERVPRO Strives to Preserve and Restore Storm-Damaged Contents in a Manayunk Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Red Covered Bridge Spanning a Small River Whether Your Home in Manayunk or a Nearby Bridege--We've Got You Covered for Storm Damage Restoration

Is Flood Damage to a Manayunk Home Salvageable?

When flood damage happens to a home, the cleanup efforts must begin quickly. The destruction that water leaves behind looks devastating, but often there are restorable items that need not be a loss with the application of the correct cleaning methods.

Controlled demolition techniques are often a large part of flood damage cleanup in a Manayunk home. Once groundwater enters a residence, it runs behind baseboards, soaks flooring and penetrates wall cavities quickly. The longer it remains, the more damage it leaves behind. The cutting away of damaged walls and flooring to allow sufficient airflow for complete drying is a common practice. Lifting away of flooring for adequate airflow into the subfloor is also standard.

Specialized Equipment Ensures the Best Outcome

A consumer-grade wet-dry vacuum does not have the pulling power to clean a water-damaged floor efficiently. It is excellent for cleaning surface water, but embedded moisture needs a combination of a powerful suction pump and strong airflow during drying to cause the water vapor to rise. Inadequate cleanup of water leads to the weakening of flooring or sheetrock as well as encourages mold growth.

What Items Have Restoration Potential?

Nonporous items that have exposure to groundwater usually respond well to sanitizing and disinfection methods such as thorough hand-cleaning or immersion washing. In this way, technicians save many things in the home, and the homeowner is not out the cost for replacement.

What Items are a Loss?

In the course of cleaning up a flood loss in a home, SERVPRO technicians inspect each item for restoration potential. Discarding of items does not occur without the permission of the homeowner or adjuster, but porous items contaminated with groundwater such as carpet and padding generally have zero possibility of a return to safe, sanitary standards for use and must be disposed of in accordance with local regulations for hazardous waste material.

As soon as flood damage happens, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800. Our technicians are available 24/7 to handle any size water loss in your home and restore the property to its preloss condition whenever possible, "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage in Your Manayunk Home is Serious.

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

water on kitchen floor When water damage happens, SERVPRO to the rescue! We can handle any type of water loss event in your home.

Hidden Water Damage in a Manayunk Home 

The first indication that there was a problem in one residential home was a musty odor originating around the dishwasher in the kitchen. Then there was water all over the kitchen floor. The liquid had begun to spread into the family room before the family noticed the leak and turned off the main water valve. 

Fast service can mitigate the damage

The homeowner can call SERVPRO about water removal in his Manayunk home, looking for suggestions and help. We can respond to this homeowner's call immediately. We encouraged the owner to mop up as much water as possible. Soaking up the water can reduce the potential water damage in the kitchen as well as the family room. He also turned the air conditioning on to help dehumidify the home. 

The water on the kitchen tiled floor did not sustain damage. However, water on a hardwood floor can cause the wood to swell and expand, causing splits and cracks in the wood. In situations such as this, SERVPRO can vacuum up the excess water, place dehumidifiers in the home, and add air movers to help dry the home. 

Hidden water and moisture can cause secondary damages

The flooring under the dishwasher may be more of a problem. The musty odor suggested that the dishwasher had been leaking for some time. The water may have saturated the floor and structure under the dishwasher. SERVPRO can inspect the area after removing the dishwasher. We may be able to dry the floor sufficiently, or the entire area under the dishwasher may need replacing. Further investigation may indicate that the floor, the structure, and even the cupboards may need to be removed and replaced to deal with the moisture damage adequately. 

From cleanup and restoration to rebuild

Our technicians can help with all of these issues and restore the area to the original condition whenever possible. A plumber can correct the leaking water situation. Our building services and restoration team can assist with the initial water damage and rebuild the flooring ruined by the long term water leak. 

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

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My Bakery is On Fire!

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Cookies, cakes, and brownies in a glass case. SERVPRO will help you get your commercial business fire damage under control in Chestnut Hill.

We know how to take care of your Chestnut Hill fire damage. 

Your quaint dessert shop in Chestnut Hill is a dream come true.  Your small business started as a fun venture from your home kitchen and slowly grew into a commercial establishment where your patrons can enjoy a delicious sweet treat with their coffee or tea.  Your goal is to make them feel like the whole shop embraces them every time they open your door and that you are a must-stop on the way home. When your oven malfunctions and ignites a small kitchen fire, you know that time is of the essence in restoring your dessert shop for the sake of your loyal clientele.

Thankfully, fire damage in your Chestnut Hill shop is quickly addressed by our SERVPRO team.  Like you, we believe in making our community better every day, which is why we work quickly to restore your kitchen and be ready for guests as soon as possible.  Even if your kitchen looks like a mess after the sprinklers went off and you used a fire extinguisher, you can be assured that you are in expert hands. Our technicians train on and off the field to handle emergencies like yours, and we can be your greatest ally.

You may wonder whether you can tackle the cleanup process alone.  There are several steps you can take to bring the shop back to normal as soon as possible, including the following-

-Air out the area by improving air circulation using fans and allowing outside air to come into your kitchen.

- Separate any utensils and ingredients unaffected by the fire so you may preserve them.  Place them in a separate part of the shop to keep them safe.

-Toss any questionable items before they become a health hazard, but do not attempt to disinfect the space with a one-size-fits-all cleaner; its abrasive nature may cause further damage to your property.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO crew supports you in eradicating all signs of fire, including the foul smells it can leave behind.  Keeping in mind health considerations, we can utilize odor pellets and a variety of air purifying techniques to leave your shop smelling of your scrumptious sweets once again. All you need to do is reach out to our 24.7 number for us to dispatch a crew of technicians your way.

SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill is cheering for your success.  Call us at (215) 482-0800 and let us leave your dessert shop "Like it never even happened."

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Roxborough After A Fire

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

A bedroom burned and destroyed SERVPRO is the best in the industry, and we have the experience and equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition 24/7.

Steps to Restoring Your Roxborough Home After Fire Damage 

A house fire can happen without warning and ruin the building materials, furnishings, and other contents of your Roxborough home. Feeling overwhelmed after a fire is normal. After extinguishing it, you must deal with the complicated problems left in its wake such as soot, smoke, odors and water damage from firefighting efforts.

Repairing fire damage in your Roxborough property is crucial to eliminate the residues that can make your residence uninhabitable or unusable for long periods. The immediate visual destruction that a fire causes can be distressing enough even without considering the secondary effects like smoke odor and corrosion. Preforming fire damage cleanup quickly helps prevent further deterioration of a home and its contents. After a fire, you can take the following steps to limit the damage.

Turn off utilities

Turn off the gas, water, and electricity to ensure that nothing can retrigger the fire or add a further cause of injury. Turning off the utilities can also enable restoration specialists to verify if any of these systems sustained damage.

Inspect electrical appliances

After turning off the electricity and waiting for the fire damage restoration crew to arrive, evaluate your appliances. Open the doors of the freezer and fridge to prevent mold growth that can occur.

Avoid walking close to the fire damage

A fire can compromise floors, walls, and ceilings. The structural damage in your home may not be evident. Therefore, it is best to steer clear from the affected areas.

When dealing with fire damage, it is vital to call a company that is experienced in fire restoration like SERVPRO. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) have years of training and are equipped with the correct tools to restore your property to its pre-fire damage condition.

Our technicians understand the different kinds of fire damage and the effects.  We use various types of mechanical action to produce friction to agitate and loosen smoke residues. Some mechanical actions produce mild agitation and are safe to use on most surfaces. To dislodge soils in this manner, we can use:

  •       Brushes
  •       Feather dusters
  •       Compressed air
  •       Vacuums

When a fire happens, porous surfaces expand and allow odors and soot to enter. Once the affected surfaces cool down, the pores close, trapping in the smells and soot. If you do not deal with this fire damage correctly, the soot and odor can migrate back to the surface when the air temperature rises and get released through the open pores. Our SERVPRO technicians can ventilate the areas affected by smoke scents. We can also clean surfaces that have smoke residues with a deodorant or detergent solution. Our technicians also remove unpleasant odors using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers.

If a fire has ruined your Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, or Germantown property, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill to ensure a quick and professionally-done restoration. Our emergency helpline is (215) 482-0800. We can make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.”

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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.

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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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