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Defective Water Heaters Can Require Water Removal Services In Germantown

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Defective Water Heaters Can Require Water Removal Services In Germantown Need Appliance Water Leak Restoration in Germantown? Call SERVPRO

Water Extraction and Drying After Appliance Malfunctions Are Crucial in the Restoration Process

Water heaters are a modern convenience that almost every single home in Germantown has gotten installed. While having hot water on demand is a great advancement in comfortable living, many people often forget that these are just appliances that need servicing and replacement as they age. Since most people do not even have their heaters regularly inspected, it is clear that far less replace them after the recommended amount of years in use.  
 
While this might be typical of homeowners to run appliances like these until they officially break down and wear out, it might not always bode well for your home. In fact, when appliances like your water heater decided to quit altogether, this action could ultimately spill its contents out onto the floor of your home. Depending on the size of this appliance, this could be a large volume of water that can cause a good deal of damage if not dealt with quickly. A problem like this requires water removal services for your Germantown residence.  
 
Worse still, many water heaters are on an automatic feed system in which they refill once the water reaches a certain drop in depth. With the case of losing all of the water contents in the heater, you can anticipate that the appliance then continually feeds new water to try and refill the tank. When you call SERVPRO, our technicians work quickly to ensure that more water is not going to spew onto the floor by shutting it off at the source.  
 
From here, our experienced SERVPRO professionals can begin water extraction. Truck-mounted pumps are not often needed though portable equipment is, our team can quickly pull water from the affected area. From this point, our drying efforts (using air movers and dehumidification devices) can begin. We can ensure that this process is wholly successful by having our team uses thermal imagery to look beyond the line of sight into walls and under floors. This inspection is especially critical when the leaking appliance is located on an upper-level floor of the structure.
 
When you are dealing with a broken water heater that has spilled a large volume of water onto the floor of your home, you do not have to deal with the resulting damage alone. Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk professionals a call today at (215) 482-0800.

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Cleaning And Removing Commercial Mold Damage In Chestnut Hill

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning And Removing Commercial Mold Damage In Chestnut Hill Treating a mold infestation is different for every Chestnut Hill business.

Removing Commercial Mold Damage

Treating a mold infestation is different for every Chestnut Hill business. In an establishment like a brewery/restaurant, there is a mix of retail and industrial operations that have different needs. While airborne mold does not affect most people, ingesting spores can cause health problems.

Cleaning Chestnut Hill commercial mold damage normally allows us to use cleaning agents we might not use in private homes. In a food processing environment, however, SERVPRO team members have to be more cautious, so we do not inadvertently contaminate food or food products. Our goal, after all, is to help each business reopen their doors as quickly as possible, not to cause further loss.

We usually find mold growing behind a refrigerator or other food storage unit. These areas usually have some moisture on the outside and since they are constantly in use, difficult to move and thoroughly clean. The moisture also collects in a pool underneath the unit where mold can expand and grow as well.

To prevent contaminating the inside of the unit, we seal it and use an anti-fungal spray to kill any spores on the outside surfaces. Then, we use dry cloths and sponges to remove the mold. If the layer is very thick, SERVPRO technicians may use a vacuum with a special, HEPA filter that is designed to capture even a single spore from the surface.

Once the outside is clean, we examine the inside. If we find any spores, unfortunately, that means we have to empty the unit and dispose of any food or ingredients like yeast or hops before cleaning it.

On the industrial side, it is the moisture overhead which can be a problem. Even the small amounts which collect on top of a pipe can provide enough for spores to expand and grow. Eventually, spores break away from this mass and travel on air currents throughout the entire structure.

Our technicians use dry sponges to soak up the moisture and mold without disturbing it enough to cause more to break away. Once we have all visible mold removed, we use air content meters to ensure the environment is back to a safe level.

At SERVPRO of Manayunk, we understand just how important it is to reopen for business quickly. Each day closed means a loss of receipts and owners cannot take care of their customers and employees. Enough days closed can shut down a business permanently. If you see or suspect mold is in your business, call us at (215) 482-0800. We are here to help.

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Heavy Rains Push Germantown Area Rivers Past Flood Stage

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rains Push Germantown Area Rivers Past Flood Stage Germantown Homeowners Turn to SERVPRO for Floodwater Extraction and Remediation

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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What to Expect from Mold Remediation in Chestnut Hill

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Expect from Mold Remediation in Chestnut Hill Finding mold in your home is not uncommon, SERVPRO has the training and expertise to properly remediate the damage and keep it from returning.

Mold Damage is a Common Issue Which Requires Professional Remediation Experts

Finding mold in Chestnut Hill is something more homeowners experience than you might expect. The discovery can be frustrating, frightening, and intimidating. You may try to manage the problem yourself with bleach, or other do-it-yourself tactics but find the infestation returns. Our trained technicians know how to abate the current mold outbreak successfully, and minimize chances of it recurring.

The procedure that offers the best outcome for mold damage in Chestnut Hill was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in schools and commercial buildings. Employing this remediation process in residential situations is entirely appropriate. It addresses how to deal with the immediate problem of visible mold colonies efficiently, and also recommends ways to impede future mold proliferation. Our mold remediation crews master the EPA approach while training for the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) in the IICRC curriculum.

SERVPRO remediation crew members inspect and evaluate the extent of mold damage in a dwelling and then develop a plan to keep inhabitants and technicians safe during remediation. Remediators wear personal protective equipment, and a containment strategy isolates the moldy areas from residents and the rest of the house using physical barriers such as heavyweight plastic sheeting. Often we enhance the containment afforded by using a negative pressure air scrubber to filter and exhaust air as the mold is removed. The moldy materials are bagged and discarded per local rules, and then a final vacuuming with HEPA filter fitted equipment is followed by antimicrobial treatments to inhibit further mold growth.

No mold remediation is complete until the source of moisture feeding the mold colonies is found and eliminated. SERVPRO’s remediation crew locates the source of the water and develops a plan to eliminate it.

If the dampness is due to plumbing or roofing leaks, we help to arrange a permanent fix. Clogged or damaged gutters are another common cause. Clearing and stabilizing the exterior drainage system and ensuring the grading around your foundation slopes away from the house reduces moisture transfer significantly.

High interior humidity can fuel mold growth by itself. We have strategies including adding dehumidifiers, running exhaust fans, and evaluating issues with AC systems that bring humidity in your home to within the safe range of 30 to 50 percent.

SERVPRO of Manayunk delivers comprehensive mold remediation when you reach out to us after finding or suspecting your home has mold damage. Call us at (215) 482-0800 for an expert assessment and the industry’s best practices when we abate your property’s mold infestation.

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Water Heater Leak and Water Damage in Germantown

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Heater Leak and Water Damage in Germantown Leaking Appliances, Water Damage to a Germantown Home, and SERVPRO to the Rescue

Air Movers Grapple with Excess Moisture from Leaking Appliances

No appliance in your Germantown household works under stricter conditions than your water heater. Most times, water heaters fail gradually, and some of the telltale signs of imminent failure include a whistling or hissing sound indicating a worn valve, water accumulation under the heater, and shortages of hot water during regular use. You need to act fast to correct the problem once you see these signs of failure.

If the problems have gone unnoticed, you are dealing with a leaking water heater and water damage to your Germantown home. In this case, you need professional help from SERVPRO, as all our staff has been trained to clean and repair water damage of all kinds in a timely fashion. It is essential that you get a hold of us as soon as possible to prevent further damages.
 
Once we have stopped the flow of water and cleaned up all the standing water, it is time to dry your home back out. Airflow is one of the most important factors that we use. Drying structures effectively requires us knowing the right techniques for using airflow in the process of drying.
 
One device SERVPRO IICRC certified techs use to dry the affected area are air movers. If an air mover is placed, so it is blowing air directly against a wall, the air not only bounces back, but it forces moisture into the wall, which is not good. If it is placed at a forty-five-degree angle, air hits off the walls and takes away moisture so it can be replaced by drier air.
 
We put the air movers in a clockwise pattern with the nose touching the wall and the inlet facing the wall. We ensure that all affected walls are in the air stream. To do this, we might have to put additional air movers in closets, offsets, or bay windows. Every time we monitor the equipment, we move the machines to the left or right in a circular pattern, so your home is evenly dried.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk does not leave your home until we have made sure it is completely dry again. Residents in the areas Roxborough, Dearnley Park, and Chestnut Hill of can give us a call anytime they need help with a water heater leak at (215) 482-0800.

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Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Options for Germantown Residents

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Options for Germantown Residents After a fire, SERVPRO technicians remediate the damage from fire, smoke and the water used to put out the fire.

SERVPRO Helps to Eliminate Secondary Damage after a Fire

As a resident of Germantown, you need to be ready for all unexpected incidents. For instance, a fire damage tragedy can cause massive destruction to your property. Besides the destruction caused by the fire, things such as smoke, and the fire extinguishing agents can cause more destruction. As a result, you are advised to work with qualified service providers to clear the mess.

Fire damage tragedies in Germantown leave behind both loosely and tightly attached smoke particles on the surface of your property. However, experienced service providers have the right tools and skills to address such incidents. Irrespective of the type of damage caused by these particles, our skilled and experienced IICRC-certified technicians can help out. It all starts by looking at the smoke residues and the surface they are resting on, deciding on the appropriate method to remove them, and then finish by disposing of the mess.

Usually, mitigation services aim at securing your structure and also to prevent further damage. During this time, things such as looking for a temporary source of energy or electricity for the structure and winterizing the plumbing are necessary. We also dry wet structures or documents to avoid secondary water damage. At this point, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to hasten the rate of drying.

Our SERVPRO technicians also deodorize the property to remove the odors emitted by burning particles. We start by eliminating the source of the odor and the debris. For efficiency, we usually focus on the source of the odor before deciding on a deodorizing technique. The kind of odor determines the deodorization process and equipment we use. Dependent on the situation, the technicians can decide to use dry fogging or wet fogging as a deodorization technique. After that, we clean the surfaces using processes such as lubrication, mechanical action, suspension and dispersion, and chemical action.

SERVPRO of Manayunk is a reliable dealer specializing in mold, fire, storm and water damage restoration. Call us today at (215) 482-0800 and learn more about our restoration services.

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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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