Heavy Rains Push Germantown Area Rivers Past Flood Stage
Ground and Rain Water Flooding Can Get Immediate Help from SERVPRO Protecting Many Germantown Properties
The historic Germantown area owes a large part of its charm to its proximity to Delaware and the Schuylkill Rivers. These waterways become a source of danger and damage when they flood their banks and the streets and building nearby. Our crews prepare for this eventuality regularly and have effective and practical tactics to remove the water and dry out the structures affected.
When you realize water is inching up the walls of your Germantown lower level, you need help to assess the flood damage. It is a rare homeowner who possesses the powerful and specialized equipment needed to clear the water and dry out the walls and floors. Because the water is a combination of rain runoff and river water, the moisture trapped in your foundation likely is contaminated, a situation that benefits from attention by professional flood remediators.
SERVPRO technicians use commercial-sized water extractors and pumps to remove flooding fast. Water cannot be left to drain over a few days without risking secondary damage to building structures or mold growth. Since the water could be tainted with bacteria and viruses, first extraction and then sanitization must occur. Then the lingering moisture reduces to normal levels through the use of air movers and dehumidifiers, with heat added to accelerate the process.
If flood insurance comes into play, SERVPRO can help facilitate the claims process with thoughtful interfacing with our customer and his/her insurance adjuster.
Appliances such as laundry equipment and your water heater need to be checked out for damage before their operation can be resumed. If your HVAC system is located close to the affected area, it should be inspected for damage and also residual water. If any lingering moisture is not removed from the interior of the ductwork, it could fuel mold growth and contribute to odors that could spread throughout all levels of your home. SERVPRO technicians are certified to clean the ducts and also work on lingering smells from the flood waters.
Any items stored in the flooded area need evaluation. SERVPRO employees pack out boxes and help review their condition in a dry area. Washable items like clothing are usually salvageable, as are non-porous articles that can be scrubbed clean.
Papers, books, and pictures can be saved using a freeze-drying technique. If you are concerned that the contaminants are still present, the dried documents can be copied for future reference, and the originals discarded. SERVPRO drying experts help customers make these educated choices.
The work crews at SERVPRO of Manayunk are experienced in flood recovery and eager to help with your water damage issues. Contact us at (215) 482-0800 immediately as water damage is serious and progressive.
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