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Water Removal and Drying After Burst Pipes in Your Manayunk Dress Shop

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal and Drying After Burst Pipes in Your Manayunk Dress Shop SERVPRO Keeps Manayunk Small Shops Open with Rapid Water and Moisture Removal

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration in Your Shop

A broken water pipe can cause severe damage to your dress shop in Manayunk. Broken pipes can be caused from corrosion and become worn, they can get jarred because of vibrations from foot traffic, tree roots can grow into the pipes, or they can freeze and crack in colder months. No matter how they became damaged, you cannot hesitate to clean up the mess that results to keep your business safe, dry, and free of mildew and mold growth.
 
Broken pipes and then water damage in your Manayunk business can be a massive problem if they are not repaired and water removal services are not performed quickly. Water finds its way into the tiniest crevices and cracks, damaging whatever it comes into contact with. At SERVPRO, our staff is professionally trained to handle these situations in a timely fashion to get your business back up and running regularly again.
 
Once we have removed the standing water with truck-mounted pumps if necessary, our SERVPRO technician creates moisture content goals by either establishing the dry standard or recording the normal equilibrium moisture content as a baseline.
 
The dry standard is the moisture content of materials in an undamaged area of your building which is dry. SERVPRO staff takes moisture content readings from these dry materials.

To establish the dry standard they are looking for. These readings become part of the drying goal for the areas that are wet.
 
We can also take moisture content readings of dry materials in everyday situations, and then use these readings as our drying goals. We use a moisture meter and document how much moisture is in the material every time we monitor how dry the area is becoming. We compare these readings to see if the items are drying correctly. After we have reached our drying goal, the process is complete, and your business is safe again.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk carefully measures the moisture content of the affected areas is to ensure your business is completely dry again. For a business in the areas of Germantown, Chestnut Hill, or Mt. Airy, give us a call immediately at (215) 482-0800 after you find water damage of any kind.

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Drying Flood Damage in Your Germantown Home

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying Flood Damage in Your Germantown Home No matter the size of the flood disaster, SERVPRO of Manayunk will be there to assist you every step of the way.

Restoring your Germantown Home From Flood Damage is What We Do 

Rain damage in Germantown can cause you very costly repairs to your home because of its destructive effect on foundations and contribution to mold growth. You need good drainage to avoid flooding inside your home. The primary structure to avoid this from happening is your roof. Even a tiny opening is enough space to let in lots of water. Plus, gutters should be cleaned regularly, and you need to direct downspouts away from your home.

If heavy rains have still managed to get into your Germantown home and cause flood damage, you could have a bit of a mess on your hands. A situation like this needs fast action by professionals so that no more damage occurs, such as the growth of mold. Our technicians at SERVPRO are always standing by ready to help you in an emergency to in like this.

Once we have the standing water out of your home, we need to dry it thoroughly. Air movers are some of the equipment we use to increase evaporation and reduce drying time. These machines create airflow at the surface level, pushing moisture into the air as vapor, and replacing the wet air with air that is drier.

Air movers serve various functions in flood and water damage. On some of them, a carpet clamp lets them be used to “float” carpets, blowing air underneath the carpeting. We can attach shrouds to the snout of the air movers, making them able to push dry air into wall cavities and under cabinets. High-velocity airflow from the air movers increases the rate of evaporation by getting rid of moist air next to a wet surface.

The air movers SERVPRO techs use are made as one, two, or three-speed units. We are cautious of the force and direction of the air flow since these machines are powerful enough to blow curtains and wall hangings off the wall. We may need to take things such as this down while drying your home. For floating carpets, we use two or three-speed units with clamps. Most one-speed units do not make enough airflow to float carpet correctly. Some single-speed machines could overheat if used for floating carpets. All of them can overheat if the air inlets are blocked.

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SERVPRO of Manayunk monitors the drying process each day, and we rearrange the air movers as needed to speed up the drying process. If you have a flooding problem in the areas of Andorra, Chestnut Hill, or Roxborough, give us a call right away at (215) 482-0800, so we can help you.

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Insulation and Mold Damage Control in Germantown Homes

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Insulation and Mold Damage Control in Germantown Homes Mold spreads quickly given the right conditions. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the proliferation of mold throughout your home.

Understanding How Mold Grows is Key to Stopping Its Spread

Mold growth is a serious concern for Germantown homeowners. Molds are microscopic fungi that feed on organic matter. They produce spores that can be insect-borne, water-borne, or air-borne and have an ability to rapidly reproduce under the right conditions. These are moisture/water, nutrients, and a temperature range of between 47 and 120 degrees F. Two of these conditions (nutrients and temperature) are a part of most buildings.
 
If you detect the presence of mold damage in your home, SERVPRO has a team of highly skilled and highly experienced mold remediation experts who can respond quickly to your emergency. We offer 24/7 mold damage restoration services for Germantown homeowners and its environs and are dedicated to returning your home to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."
 
All fiberglass insulation attracts dust, which is an excellent source of mold nutrients. In fact, approximately 70 percent of all crawlspace and ceiling fiberglass are severely contaminated with mold growth. Both rockwool and fiberglass insulation have enough nutrients to support mold spores.
 
When it comes to mold damage control, SERVPRO technicians focus on moisture regulation. The presence of mold signals excessive water or moisture, which is essential for mold to thrive. Keeping the living area dry can prevent the fungi from growing. This involves maintaining indoor humidity levels to below 40 percent.
 
It is beneficial to keep in mind the moisture sources that result in mold growth and mold damage. They include interior moisture from unvented clothes dryers, bathrooms, cooking, and human bodies, humid air condensing on cooler surfaces in the house, and ground water. It is essential to inspect the type of HVAC system involved to determine whether drying or replacing is the best option. Of course, this is assuming that we are not dealing with categories two and three of water damage, as this should always be replaced.
 
If your HVAC system has been overtaken by mold growth, you can count on SERVPRO of Manayunk to control the mold damage. We are available 24/7, every day of the year to respond to your emergency. Call us today at (215) 482-0800.

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Water Removal Cleanup After A Leaking Sink In Your Philadelphia Bakery

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal Cleanup After A Leaking Sink In Your Philadelphia Bakery The sink in your bakery can create massive water damage and create the need for professional water removal.

Water Removal Cleanup

The sink in your Philadelphia bakery gets used several times a day, every day. It is a component of your business that is necessary, so when it starts leaking it can create a massive kink in your operation, plus create a big mess to clean up. You do not have a moment to waste in regards to your business operation or the fact that more damage occurs the longer you take to repair the issue.

A leaky sink not only can put a halt to your normal operations in Philadelphia, but it can create massive water damage and create the need for professional water removal. Our SERVPRO staff is always standing by when you give us a call to help in a situation like this, so your business can be back to normal as soon as possible.

Removing the standing water is our first concern after stopping the leak. The sooner we can get the water off your flooring, the less damage is done. Asphalt tile maintains a secure bond to concrete underneath following water damage. Sometimes, chalky or white areas show up but usually respond well to cleaning. The whitening is caused many times by the separation of finish or sealer wax from the floor itself.

Some vinyl tile, asphalt tile, and glues could contain asbestos. If we are unsure, we have the glues and tile tested to figure out if they have asbestos in them. We use a certified asbestos abatement contractor to get rid of the glue or tile that contains asbestos if needed.

Vinyl tile on top of concrete is not as durable as asphalt tile. Usually, it comes loose if a great deal of water was involved in the leak. The movement of water coming up through concrete can force vinyl tiles to separate from the subfloor. Since vinyl tiles come up from concrete with no trouble, it is easier for SERVPRO techs to replace the asphalt tiles. Vinyl tile is often more economical to replace than dry out.

When the tile is installed over wood underlays, the floor is usually damaged because of warping or deterioration of the subfloor. An increase in squeaking could signify hidden damage of the subfloor. We use a nonpenetrating meter to determine if moisture is trapped under the floor. When water gets to the subfloor around edges or through seams, the tiles usually are removed to dry the subfloor. We might also be able to dry the floor from underneath to save the tile. When drying resilient floors, we always ensure the subfloor is dry.

SERVPRO of Manayunk are experts at taking care of water damage and getting your business dry again. Just reach out to us at (215) 482-0800 if you have a water removal emergency and have a business in the areas of Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, or Manayunk.

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Ideal Conditions for Mold Damage in Philadelphia Homes

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Ideal Conditions for Mold Damage in Philadelphia Homes Mold can spread quickly given the favorable conditions for its existence. Should you see or smell mold, contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Battle Mold Damage on a Daily Basis with Great Success

Preventing mold damage to your Philadelphia home is never a straightforward task. Every home and household is different, meaning acceptable sacrifices and treatment options tend to vary significantly between individual cases. However, you should at least understand the conditions in which mold grows best, so that you can control them as needed and know how at-risk your home is for mold contamination.
 
The most crucial factor in whether or not your home develops mold damage in Philadelphia is moisture content in the building. How are humidity levels in different parts of the home? Do you have any leaks or water flows around the house? Does moisture accumulate in tile grout or other tight spaces? Excess moisture content is the most critical contributor to mold growth in the home and is also often the easiest factor to control. Most qualities favored by mold are also ideal for people, but moisture presents a fundamental disagreement. While mold may prefer excess moisture and humidity, it may make your home less livable for you and your family. Keep humidity below 45% around the home for optimal comfort and control over mold growth.
 
Temperature is also essential for mold growth but is far more difficult to control. Most varieties of mold prefer to grow at or slightly above room temperature, which is also ideal for most people. However, if you feel that you can brave colder temperatures, it may serve a dual purpose of discouraging mold growth and saving you money on your heating expenses.
 
Finally, ventilation in your home may influence the spread of mold. While air currents may make growth more difficult for mold colonies, it also helps to spread their spores around the home and broaden an existing problem. Some species of mold also take readily to the vents themselves, compounding matters significantly.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk is a local expert provider of mold remediation and restoration services. If your home bears signs of mold damage, do not hesitate to call us at (215) 482-0800.
 
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Deodorization For Your Philadelphia Home After Water Damage From A Leaking Fish Tank

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Deodorization For Your Philadelphia Home After Water Damage From A Leaking Fish Tank When you come home to find that your fish tank has sprung a leak in your living room, you need to act quickly for several reasons.

Deodorization For Your Home After Water Damage

When you come home to find that your fish tank has sprung a leak in your living room, you need to act quickly for several reasons. Firstly, if possible, you need to save the fish if they have not already perished, but you need to tackle the water damage it has created in your Philadelphia home as quickly as possible.

With a job this big, you need the help of the professionals from SERVPRO to clean up the water damage in your home in Philadelphia. Depending upon how fast the leak was, you could be looking at several gallons of water on your living room floor. We have the industrial tools to remove the water and dry your home out fast to avoid further damage such as mold growth.

Your home must be deodorized as well. The first step in doing so is removing the odor. Once the moisture is gone, we can begin. Sometimes, successful deodorization takes several methods, since one deodorant might not work on every odor. SERVPRO techs have specific production guidelines for three processes – dry fogging, wet fogging, and activated oxygen. We use several pieces of safety equipment when dispersing a gaseous or fog deodorant, including respirators, chemical resistant gloves, eye protection and protective clothing.

Small amounts of deodorant can be injected into spots on carpeting or upholstery with injection methods using a pump and injection needle or syringe and needle. It is quite helpful when it is not practical to lift the carpet to get to the padding.

Powered or hand pump sprayers are used with direct spraying. With water damage, direct spraying is used to apply disinfectants. Since it sprays wets the surfaces being treated, we use this method where discoloration is not likely or does not matter.

With wet fogging, solvent-based and water-based deodorizers are dispersed with ultra-low volume foggers. They generate tiny deodorant particles, which can penetrate most areas where odor hides.

We may also use high-velocity exhaust fans to ventilate your structure, before and after deodorization. These fans ventilate your home and shorten the time needed before you can enter back into your home after the deodorization process.

Air scrubbers remove airborne particles, plus chemicals and odors from the air. They draw dirty air through filters which capture odors and particles. Then, clean air is put back out into the environment.

No matter the processes we need to use, you can be sure that SERVPRO of Manayunk can deodorize your home after a leaky fish tank has flooded your living room. Residents in the areas of Germantown, Roxborough, or Chestnut Hill can get a hold of us at any time by dialing (215) 482-0800.

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When Appliance Malfunctions Cause Fire Damage in Your Philadelphia Residence

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Appliance Malfunctions Cause Fire Damage in Your Philadelphia Residence Appliances, big and small, can become damaged and cause fire damage in your home.

Reliable and Thorough Fire Damage Restoration Services

Regular maintenance in your Philadelphia home can prevent several types of disasters from becoming a reality. Any appliance, including small ones used for personal care, can end up with frayed cords, internal shorts, or broken internal parts. These problems can easily cause heated parts to catch fire and burn.

If a homeowner's appliance in their Philadelphia home causes fire damage, the part of the home involved may become uninhabitable. If the damage is extensive enough, fire department officials might choose to condemn the home until repair work adequately restores the home to a safe condition again. Using a professional restoration service like SERVPRO can reduce how much time it takes to completely restore everything.

Damage to materials requires their removal and replacement. Some areas may seem as if they are damaged, but this appearance is from soot. Removing these deposits from walls and ceilings can save many materials from being scrapped. Carpets need to have a special cleaning which can restore them to their original state. Soot adheres to everything it touches and can gravely affect a rug.

The damage from a fire may concentrate on nearby materials, but smoke and soot particles travel far and wide while a fire is burning. Many people are familiar with the particular odor produced by these molecules. Highly distracting and able to ruin your sense of smell, this scent needs elimination, as well, from your home's indoor environment. Highly experienced and well trained, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) combats odors where they begin. Following the odor trail gives the data needed to perform this task exhaustively.

Even with a small fire, or a short-lived one, an active furnace or central air system can pull smoke and soot into the air intake vents and ducts, and then spread these particles even further. Cleaning of all of this may seem impossible to perform, but retracing the routes assists us in our work in locating the areas we should focus on in your residence.

If your home appliances have caused you a situation with fire damage, calling SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800 can start the process needed to resolve the situation. As a professional restoration company, we are always ready to take your call.

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Water And Flood Damage Solutions in Philadelphia’s East Falls Neighborhood

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water And Flood Damage Solutions in Philadelphia’s East Falls Neighborhood Water damage and flooding from storms or internal to the house can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts and great results.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Current Damage and Suggest Maintenance Projects Which can Prevent Future Water Damage

Strong storms put your East Falls home at risk of interior water damage and even flooding. Rains that fall in torrents overflow gutters and push drain spouts over capacity, forcing moisture into your foundation. High winds strip off shingles and drive damaging water under flashings and into your attic. Our crews know how to handle water and flood damage, restoring your cozy dwelling.
 
The rain that pounds off your roof and collects in ditches beneath the gutters eventually causes flood damage to your house. The flooding is a telling symptom of water damage in East Falls that may have been plaguing you for years. Count on us to evaluate all ways water may be damaging your home. We recommend solutions to keep the water out in the future while also restoring the harm done to your structure and contents.
 
Clogged or damaged gutters are double trouble. First, water that isn't flowing as expected gets under the roof and soaks the rafters and flows down the walls, eventually making its way into your living areas. Gypsum board or lath and plaster both suffer, showing bulging and staining when water repeatedly saturates it. The first sign of water damage often is peeling paint or a bubbling on the ceiling.

SERVPRO crews assess the situation, releasing any collected water by carefully punching holes. We know water damage will reappear if the gutter system is not fixed or upgraded. Once repairs are made outside the drying and restoration efforts made inside are permanent, not a constant battle you are doomed to refight with each rainstorm.
 
The second issue commonly afflicting homes with poorly performing gutters and downspouts is flood damage in the lower levels. The constant flow of water off the roof around the foundation, instead of away from it, as is the purpose of properly functioning drains and gutters, overloads the ground near your home with moisture. It moves into the foundation through the cinderblock, concrete, or stone and rises inch by inch on the floor of your lowest level. Just like the water damage to walls and ceiling upstairs, the persistent flow of water flooding your basement is a chronic issue until the lot is graded to have water flow away from the foundation. Repaired gutters and drains also direct rain off the roof and into your yard rather than inside the house. SERVPRO can address the flood damage by removing water and drying out and sanitizing the basement, but only attention to rain runoff management offers a true solution.
 
Work with a proactive water and flood damage restoration company when you hire SERVPRO of Manayunk. We restore current damage but always with an eye to eliminating the water problem. Call (215) 482-0800 for a full-service solution.

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Restoring Your Home after Storms and Flood Damage Hit Roxborough

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Your Home after Storms and Flood Damage Hit Roxborough Be Prepared for Storms in Roxborough--Use the SERVPRO ERP app

When Disaster Strikes Your Roxborough Property

Recently, storms seem to have become more forceful and damaging than in years past. The homes within Roxborough can sustain thousands of dollars in damage whenever trees or power line poles fall onto the roof. Area property owners can rely on SERVPRO to make things right again, quickly, smoothly, and professionally.
 
Flood damage in and around Roxborough happens after damage to the roof or when shingles are torn away in large numbers. Storm water can back up into basements and crawlspaces, and saturated yards in your neighborhood can rise quickly, sending water gushing into your home at the ground level. Damaged gutters can divert water flowing from the roof toward your home, instead than of away from it, creating a mini-flood on one side of your home while the other part remains dry.
 
Even if the area in your home affected by flood damage is only a few square yards in size and caused by an open window, SERVPRO recommends professional remediation for several reasons. In addition to cleaning up the current mess and making your home livable again for your family, we stop the damage before it can progress. By removing any silt and other debris, we also remove a significant portion of biological hazards contained in the debris. Using measurements taken by devices with the latest in technological advances, we can easily determine the degree of contamination on each surface before and after cleaning.
 
Saving carpeting and other floor coverings can often occur when remediation efforts start early. Our Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) can help determine the most suitable methods required to save your floors. Working closely with our Odor Control Technician (OCT), elimination of musty odors takes place that once hid inside your carpet after the flooding event. This odor is evidence of the various chemical and molecular reactions taking place within a flood damaged home. Although flooding from contaminated groundwater or sewage backup, these carpets and pads should be discarded.
 
Stripping your home of damaged materials and removing them safely, far away from your home, prepares it for restoration. New walls, complete with fresh coats of paint, provide the finishing touches that make it all “Like it never even happened.”
 
By calling SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800, we can rescue your home from flood damage. Always ready and available to help with any disaster, our technicians have the experience your disaster cleanup situation requires.

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The Emergency Steps We Take After Fire Damage In Roxborough

9/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Emergency Steps We Take After Fire Damage In Roxborough Roxborough Residents Rely on Smoke Alarms and SERVPRO to Mitigate Damage from Fires

Fire & Smoke Damage Mitigation with a Fast SERVPRO Response

Fire in the home is frightening. Even after extinguishing the blaze in a Roxborough house, it is natural to feel shaken and to wonder what comes next. The chances are that at least part of your home does not look like it did before the fire and it might not even feel like home.
 
SERVPRO understands how distressing the aftermath of fire damage in a Roxborough home can be. That is why we handle every call with sensitivity and aim to send our experienced restoration experts to your home as quickly as possible. We carry out our work with an eye on the final goal – restoring your home “Like it never even happened.” We always have the end in mind.
 
The first stage in restoration is carrying out a series of emergency steps after arriving at your home. These actions help secure your home and prevent further damage so we can complete the cleanup operation.
 
We start by evaluating your home for any health or safety hazards so we can create a safe environment for restoration. We also board up your home if necessary – such as if windows were blown out by the blaze – to protect it from the elements and intruders.
 
It is likely that the fire team used water to put out the blaze. As a result, your home might be damp in places. We use fans, air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your home. Drying prevents further damage and also guards against mold infestation.
 
Next, the SERVPRO team establishes an emergency electricity supply. Electricity is necessary to provide heat and light and also to power fans, air movers and any other electrical equipment we need.
 
In some rarer cases, there is a concern about roaches or other pest infestations. In such situations, SERVPRO partners with pest control experts on your behalf to get the problem dealt with as soon as possible.
 
Once we have established a safe environment and addressed any immediate hazards, we get to work cleaning and deodorizing your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians use a broad range of cleaning actions including scrubbing, immersion, wiping, and HEPA vacuuming to clean your home.
 
After cleaning, we use air scrubbers, thermal foggers or ozone machines to deodorize your house and remove the smoke odor.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk is on hand to help with fire cleanup in Chestnut Hill, Mt Airy, Andorra and surrounding areas. Give us a call at (215) 482-0800, so we can help your home feel like yours again.

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