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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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Fast Water Damage Restoration Keeps Philadelphia Gift Shop Going

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast Water Damage Restoration Keeps Philadelphia Gift Shop Going SERVPRO Removes Water Causing Damage from your Philadelphia Boutique

SERVPRO Extracts Water from Retail Shops Mitigating Damage and Downtime

The historical attractions and vibrant food scene in our Philadelphia area entice over 40 million people to visit each year. Businesses that count on the robust tourist trade cannot afford to close even briefly for water damage restoration. SERVPRO works closely with retailers to devise creative ways to keep the businesses open while we complete recovery from a water disaster.

You truly enjoy meeting people from all over the world as they drop into your shop within The City of Brotherly Love while visiting the many sites important to US history nearby. The aging pipes in your commercial space sprung a leak, causing troublesome water damage in your cozy Philadelphia boutique. The option of closing during restoration work is unappealing as it is the height of the tourist season. We contain the tasks needed to clean up and dry out away from customer areas, so you remain open.
SERVPRO knows that shutting your business down to recover from water damage for even a few days risks never reopening. Statistics suggest that nearly half of firms forced to shutter their brick and mortar sites after a water disaster may never open again. Enterprises that survive a catastrophe have a plan in place for recovery and partner with a restoration company that offers flexibility combined with highly qualified technicians and leading edge equipment.
Make the call to our office and expect a SERVPRO team at your store within hours. Water damage rapidly becomes more devastating and its abatement more complex, so the more immediate our assistance, the better. We assess the situation and start pumps working followed by heavy duty water extractors. Our equipment is truck-mounted allowing us to collect and properly dispose of the bulk of the water outside of your site. After consulting with you or your staff, we then partition off the restoration area and set up air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture levels of air, structures, and contents. Throughout the restoration process our crew measures and monitors moisture levels, approaching and reaching the drying goals set by our trained technicians for everything saturated by the water.
In an older building, we watch vigilantly for any mold activity and use professional grade antimicrobials to knock out any unwanted infestation. SERVPRO workers also evaluate for any pre-existing water damage signs as the broken pipe may have leaked slowly for some time. We scan for hidden water in cavities or recesses as all the moisture must be accounted for before we remove our drying equipment.
SERVPRO of Manayunk is ready to set your business in Philly, Manayunk or Roxborough straight after water damage. Call (215) 482-0800 and then count on our skilled technicians to make your shop look “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage Restoration Services After A Storm In Philadelphia

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Services After A Storm In Philadelphia Resultant flash floods can destroy massive amounts of property both inside and outside the house.

Flood Damage Restoration Services

Hurricane Katrina is a damning reminder of the powerful force of Mother Nature. When such a storm ensues, it can come with a heavy downpour. The outcome is apparent within just minutes after the natural disaster. Resultant flash floods can destroy massive amounts of property both inside and outside the house.

When this happens to you, SERVPRO may be in a position to help. We are a locally based flood damage restoration company who can secure your property in Philadelphia. Our highly trained technicians, who have access to industry leading tools and techniques, can arrive quickly to reverse the water damage.

When drying your house, four main factors come into play: air movement, humidity, the amount of excess water present, and temperature. Ideally, drying occurs faster under high temperatures (between 70 and 90 degrees Celsius) low humidity levels (between 30 and 50 percent). The damp and humid air in the water-damaged room should also be replaced by dry air to accelerate drying.

If the water reached your upholstery, a few things might happen. Wooden framings may swell and crack, fabrics may spot from water, and color bleeding may stain the floors or carpets. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of water removal procedures to deal with these situations.

Drying different materials require a vast knowledge of their interaction with moisture. Our specialists can determine the extent of water damage by checking exposure time and permeance of specific materials. Permeance refers to the ability of materials to absorb water vapor.

Painted concrete can flake when exposed to moisture, thus requiring repainting. Concrete floors are also porous and can develop whitish calcium deposits on the surface on exposure to water. Our restorers use EPA-registered disinfectants and HEPA vacuuming to get rid of the debris.

Natural catastrophes like thunderstorms come without warning, flooding houses and damaging property. If you act fast, SERVPRO of Manayunk can restore your property like nothing even happened. Call us today at (215) 482-0800.

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Tips to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Philadelphia Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Philadelphia Home Call SERVPRO to Prevent Mold Patches from Ruining Your Philadelphia Property

SERVPRO Remediates Infestations of Mold and Mitigates Damages

Protecting your family often includes protecting the investments you make. Your home deserves the same kind of care you provide to your car, although doing so can be dramatically different. Ensuring that your family is in a safe and reliable vehicle is relatively simple because when problems develop, they tend to be quite obvious.

Homeowners do not have that same luxury when it comes to protecting their next greatest investment from different dangers, particularly mold damage in the Philadelphia area. This tiny microbe, a mold spore, is not only small, but it often remains hidden in shadowed areas, or in the darkness found under cabinets where water is often present, even if in only small amounts.
Mold can quickly cause several different kinds of problems when it grows on the surfaces inside a home. This and other fungi can affect a plethora of materials if given enough time. While its size may make it seem insignificant, and its appearance sometimes has a dry and dusty appearance, depending on the type, it should not be confused with a dry and insignificant dust that can easily be swept away with a damp dust cloth. There are ways to help you effectively protect your home and possessions from mold damage.
Using a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner can help to limit mold spores from spreading through your home. These spores are in most home environments. However, around windowsills, particularly those which are left open, have been found to hold high levels of active mold and spores compared to other areas of a home.

Ensuring that there are no dripping pipes, fixtures, sinks/tubs/showers and that all appliances that use water are also drip-free.

Repairing all windows that leak, doors that allow rain or snow to enter under the door jam, and checking on a periodic but regular
For areas such as basements, crawlspaces and under attached porches that have bare earth as their floor, placing a dehumidifier in the area can help keep humidity and accumulations of moisture at acceptable levels. This can help in basements where concrete exists but has visible cracks that may allow moisture, or rainwater, to enter. Lack of sunlight is conducive to mold proliferation for two reasons: the fungi flourish without sunlight, and the lack of heat and light increase the chances of moisture accumulation.
SERVPRO technicians have the training needed to not only help you in detecting water leaks and install dehumidifiers but to mitigate any damage that mold and other pathogens have already created in your home. No matter the size of your mold patch, we can quickly make it “Like it never even happened.” Mold remediation is best left to the professionals.
There are times when even the best of efforts are not enough to keep microbes from causing problems inside a home. When mold damage affects your home and possessions, it is time to call SERVPRO of Manayunk. Our local number is (215) 482-0800, and we answer calls 24/7.

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What Can You Do To Prevent Water Damage To Your Philadelphia Bathroom?

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Can You Do To Prevent Water Damage To Your Philadelphia Bathroom? Water Damage Often Strikes from a Leaky Commode in Philadelphia Homes. Call SERVPRO for Help

Advice from SERVPRO to Avoid Damaging Occurrences Caused by Water

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home, and out of all the rooms in a house, the bathroom is surely one of the most at risk of water damage. With faucets, a shower or tub (or both) and a toilet, the bathroom is a source of potential water leaks. A flood in your bathroom has the potential to damage the floor, floor covering, walls and any fixtures and fittings. There is also a risk of the water leaking through into the room below and damaging the ceiling, walls, and furniture.
It is a good idea to head off trouble before it hits if you can. Not every bathroom flood is inevitable. Some are preventable. That is why SERVPRO recommends you take some simple steps to prevent water damage to your Philadelphia bathroom
Do not flush your toilet if it becomes over filled. If you see your toilet bowl fills right up to the brim when you flush it, please do not flush it again. An overfilled bowl is a sure sign of a toilet blockage. Use a plunger to clear the blockage. If using a plunger does not work, or you are not confident that you have fixed the problem, call in a plumber.
Be mindful of what you flush down your toilet. Paper products (aside from toilet tissue), beauty products and sanitary wear are not suitable for flushing and might cause a block. Dispose of them in a nearby bin instead.
Inspect your bathroom regularly. Be on the lookout for issues that might cause water damage. These include leaking faucets, degradation on water seals, leaks or wear and tear around shower stalls, worn out caulking or grout, or leaking pipes under the sink. It is worth taking a few minutes to inspect your bathroom regularly rather than face a significant remediation job.
The last piece of advice is simple but vital. Do not leave faucets running or the tub filling. Stay in the bathroom when the water is on.
No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen sometimes, and not every leak is preventable. In the event of water damage to your bathroom, put in a call to SERVPRO at once. Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help you. We pump all the water out of your bathroom, and dry out the floor, walls, and even behind and inside cabinets using dehumidifiers, box fans, and air movers. In the cases of sewage backups, which is not the problem here, we can also disinfect and sanitize as needed.
Do not let a leak ruin your bathroom and other areas of your home. Call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800 for assistance.

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Philadelphia Rowhouse Rewire Causes Fire & Smoke Damage

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Philadelphia Rowhouse Rewire Causes Fire & Smoke Damage Philadelphia Fire Damage Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Cleans Up Fire Damage and Also Eliminates Odors

Electrical upgrades, the internet, and cable installations expose your home to fire risk. Some circuits overload improperly, and wires spark, threatening to set gypsum board ablaze or melt the wires. This can send toxic fumes smoldering between walls and out through outlets, nail holes, and joints. SERVPRO provides expert cleanup services for the entire range of fire damage, including that caused by wiring malfunction.

When updating your cable service, a wiring error resulted in sparking, causing fire damage to your Philadelphia rowhouse. The wires smoldered before discovery, thick black smoke spreading throughout your home and significant charring occurring between walls where the wiring threaded through. Our fire damage recovery team responds fast after the firefighters leave, developing a comprehensive plan to restore the affected structure, remove the smoke residue, and eliminate the odors. A lot to do quickly.
SERVPRO trains our crews according to Institute of Inspections, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. The speed, knowledge, and experience of our team mean the work of fire damage restoration begins the moment they arrive at your home. We stress restoring rather than replacement, so the first task is an evaluation of the stability of the charred spaces within the wall. If sound, we clean and seal areas to prevent odor from persisting. The badly burned structure may be torn out and replaced, but we retain as much as we can to limit expense and disruption in your home.
Smoke infiltrates far beyond the burn site, particularly when the fire smoldered. SERVPRO workers clean up smoke residue systematically, choosing the proper tools and professional products to ensure soot does not smear, eradicating it. Light deposits respond to vacuuming with HEPA filters and dry sponges, but the sticky coating typical of this type of fire needs spraying with a solvent-based cleaner at a minimum, although abrasive scrubbing also may be necessary.
The odor of this fire is likely to linger without professional attention. Along with the use of hydroxyl generators and ozone machines for chemical conversion of malodorous particulates, SERVPRO technicians are experts in deodorization and follow a four-stage process to eradicate the smoky smell:
Disposing of unrestorable burned items
Thorough cleaning, removing as much of physical residue as possible.
Using a spray or thermal fogging to find and neutralize odor-producing particles.
Sealing inaccessible areas to block the emanation of odor containing vapors.

Call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800 immediately after the authorities release your fire-damaged premises. Every moment counts when restoring structure and contents, and we specialize in fast and efficient recovery for our community.
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