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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

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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