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Germantown's Flood Damage Technicians Explain How Moisture Can Effect Wood Floors

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Germantown's Flood Damage Technicians Explain How Moisture Can Effect Wood Floors Stormwater Removal and Drying in Germantown Floors Needed? Try SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Removes Water to Mitigate Damages After Storms in the Germantown Area

Excessive moisture can affect various materials inside your Germantown condo differently. When drying various substances, it helps to know how water acts when it comes into contact with the particular item. Wood floors get affected by moisture in primarily the same fashion every time. Grasping how the flooring reacts when it gets wet aids our SERVPRO technicians in the water removal process.
 
How wood floors behave when they get saturated depends on several factors including the amount of moisture and how long the materials have been wet. When mitigating flood damage problems in Germantown that take place after a severe thunderstorm, permeance and exposure time are the two significant variables determining the amount of damage to the floorboards. Permeance refers to how easily water vapor passes through a material. Exposure time refers to how long material was in contact with moisture, allowing for continued wicking into the wood grains.

When materials stay in contact with water for an extended period, the typical problems associated with moisture damage can get much worse. All wood naturally contains a small amount of moisture. As more water soaks into the wood, it expands. When wood expands warping is likely. Buckling can also occur at the joints where the floor pieces come together. The longer the wood floor stays in contact with water, the worse the buckling issues can become.
 
If water stays inside the wood, buckling can become permanent and remain after the floors are dried out. In some cases, buckling can be fixed by sanding down and refinishing the floors. In other situations, the floor's buckling is so severe that the wood floor must be pulled up and replaced.

How the water comes into contact with the wooden flooring can also affect how the wood reacts to being wet. When moisture gets absorbed from the bottom and sides of the wood floor, the edges of the floor pieces slightly raise or "cup." Cupping can often be fixed by sanding down the floors. When the top of the wood holds more moisture than the sides and the bottom crowning can take place. Crowning makes the wood arch creating a bowed shape in the middle. Crowning usually happens when the bottom of the wood gets dried too much and too quickly. In most cases, crowning cannot be repaired by sanding and refinishing, and the flooring materials must get removed and replaced.
 
Rapidly drying, but controlled and monitored, wood flooring materials after a storm hits town is the best way to prevent buckling, cupping, and crowning. Our SERVPRO technicians always closely monitor moisture levels within the wood during the drying process so that over-drying does not occur. Anytime you need help removing water from wood floors after a severe thunderstorm or flooding, call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800.

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The Right Measures to Take after Experiencing Mold Damage in Mt Airy

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Right Measures to Take after Experiencing Mold Damage in Mt Airy Quick action on your part by calling SERVPRO at the first sight or smell of mold can contain the infestation and offer efficient remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Contains the Mold Infestation in Your Home Before Finding the Cause and Remediating the Damage 

Continuous exposure to indoor mold damage may lead to health effects, and that is why there are some service providers out there that can help with cleanup or remediation of mold. As long as oxygen and moisture are present, mold can grow on any organic substance. That is why we advise residents of Mt Airy to act whenever they discover any moisture accumulation in their homes.
 
While our SERVPRO technicians can control indoor mold damage incidents in Mt Airy, it is not possible to eliminate all mold spores that exist in our buildings. It is hard to see the spores without any magnification, and that means they are so light and can continually move through the outdoor and indoor environment. The moment they land on damp materials, they start to grow and in the process digest surfaces as a means of surviving.
 
Identifying the mold is one of the tasks that or SERVPRO technicians do while at the site. We start by doing a visual inspection and look for mold growth in contents that contain cellulose such as wood products, gypsum boards, studs and ceiling tiles. Basements, attics, and crawl spaces are prone to mold attacks and while at those places we check whether there is some discoloration on the walls and any present of a musty smell. With the use of moisture sensors and meters, we can detect any hidden moisture intrusion.
 
Once our SERVPRO technicians detect a mold problem, some of the corrective actions we take include: identifying and stopping the moisture sources, cleaning or removing materials with the mold contamination, removing the mold and thoroughly drying the area before any construction or renovation work starts. Before any mold remediation processes begin, our technicians put in place containment measures. These actions help in establishing an airlock region between the contaminated area, and the uncontaminated area. For instance, by using exhaust fans, we can create a negative pressure that prevents the spread of the spores.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk is an industry leader in commercial and residential mold remediation and cleaning services. Call us at (215) 482-0800 when you need to work with highly trained and dedicated restoration technicians.
 
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Rebuilding And Reconstruction Following A Fire In Your Chestnut Hill Residence

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Rebuilding And Reconstruction Following A Fire In Your Chestnut Hill Residence SERVPRO Helps Homeowners with Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup in the Chestnut Hill Area

SERVPRO Assists, Not Just with the Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration, to Getting Your Home Back to Being a Home

Fire in your Chestnut Hill home is never something that a homeowner wants to have to deal with, but unfortunately, it is not as rare of an occurrence as you might believe. Knowing that there are countless ways that a disaster like this could happen, there are few precautions that can even get taken to prevent it. Regardless of the severity, homeowners ultimately require professional assistance to overcome the effects of a fire.

The fire damages to your Chestnut Hill residence can vary from incident to incident, but it is best to choose the team that can handle the situation regardless of how widespread and severe these damages might be. Our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and the equipment to handle all fire restoration tasks and to help you to restore your home or prepare it for the next step in returning it to preloss conditions.

As you might expect, many fires that occur to area homes are widespread and severe. These damages not only require professional restoration assistance, but they ultimately require the employment of a residential contractor as well for rebuilding efforts and reconstruction. While our initial assessment can often determine what materials and areas of your home require this added step, much of our restoration work sheds light on areas and materials that could be weak or too damaged to salvage.

In these cases, our SERVPRO professionals set to work on the removal of these overly damaged components. The idea hinges on controlled demolition tactics, which ensure that only the unsalvageable materials get removed. The process prepares these areas where removal occurred for reconstruction and remodeling with new materials, often by a separate contractor. Our SERVPRO team can produce a CCIS, Contents Claim Inventory Service, that documents the non-salvageable building elements and possessions that can assist in your insurance claim and expedite all ancillary workings to achieve a renewed home.

Our team can help you to overcome all of the effects of a fire in your home, from soot and smoke damage to water damage left behind from extinguishment. When you get faced with the damages from a fire in your residence, do not hesitate to call our SERVPRO of Manayunk fire restoration specialists. We can be reached anytime by calling (215) 482-0800.

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How Water Heater Damage In Chestnut Hill Can Ruin Your Day

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Heater Damage In Chestnut Hill Can Ruin Your Day Water heaters are a staple in modern American homes, but even new and expensive models may sometimes be prone to malfunctioning and creating damage.

Water Heater Damage

Water heaters are a staple in modern American homes, but even new and expensive models may sometimes be prone to malfunctioning and creating water damage in Chestnut Hill and other local communities. There are several ways in which a water heater can damage your home, some more severe than others, but these are almost always severe enough to warrant a call to a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. Be sure to maintain and replace aging water heaters to avoid these potential calamities.

Ruptures
Although they are less common than other types of water heater damage in Chestnut Hill, ruptures in the equipment's exterior can cause some of the most severe clean water damage possible in a typical single-family residence. With large volumes of liquid water, both stored inside the tank and flowing in as pressure decreases, this type of malfunction may flood a significant portion of your home before anyone can shut off the water source. If you believe your water heater has sustained an exterior rupture, call us immediately so that we can direct you on what to do next.

Water Line Failures
Most water heater models require a steady inflow of water to operate, and when the water lines responsible for this encounter problems, they can quickly create severe water damage that can rival a proper rupture in size and significance. Some troubles with water lines may initially seem light and fixable, but even a small crack or tear can seriously compromise the integrity and create much more disastrous issues hours or days after the first signs of damage.

Leaks
Many pipes and connectors in the average water heater may be prone to leaks, especially if the device has gone without maintenance or replacement for a long time. Stopping up a leak may be easier than repairing other problems, but severe damage can result in the long term if the leak goes unnoticed. SERVPRO helps to both check the water heater for additional problems and reverse any damage caused in the past in a fast, cost-effective manner.

SERVPRO of Manayunk is ready to help whenever disaster strikes. Call us 24/7 at (215) 482-0800.

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The Aftermath of an Electronic Fire in Your Chestnut Hill Record Store

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Aftermath of an Electronic Fire in Your Chestnut Hill Record Store Electrical fires can cause severe damage to your business leaving you in need of professional restoration services, call SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Has the Right Equipment and Training to Properly Restore Your Space after Fire Damage

One of the most dangerous ways that any building can obtain fire damage is through faulty electrical wiring. The electric in your building must be kept up to code and should always be inspected before moving into a new building. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen and some fires give little warning before they break out. After the soot settles and the fire is successfully put out, remediating the salvageable structure and items is a huge task to take on by yourself as a business owner. For these kinds of situations, and all in between, we are close at hand to help you manage.

As soon as you call us, we can dispatch employees to your record store in Chestnut Hill to inspect the fire damage that was left behind by the blaze. Our estimator can walk you through what we can remediate, and what we cannot. When it comes to renovation and rebuilding structure, we can recommend a contractor to you who can address those issues once we have cleaned up.

Our SERVPRO estimator can fully inform you of any information you need to know about the remediation. We can also assist you with your insurance claims, as we can help you build a catalog of what you have lost to the fire. Here at SERVPRO, we strive to make this stressful process as easy as possible for you to manage.

We understand how important it is for you to get your business doors open again, so we send our techs to your business very soon after your initial call. Our IICRC certified techs use industrial-quality technology to get the restoration job done. As well as using tools to address soot and ash, SERVPRO is also equipped with technology like ozone machines, which capture malodorous particles and eliminate them from the air. We can also use carbon-filter air scrubbers to eliminate smells as well. We strive to rid all factors of the damage that the fire left behind.

Electrical fires are dangerous and if one should ever break out on your property, do not hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800. Whatever the time, we can take your call and rush to your establishment.

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Remediating Flood Damage in Germantown

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage in Germantown When your home is flooded, SERVPRO is the company to quickly call for drying out services. We will dry out your carpet and assess the pad underneath.

SERVPRO Technicians Systematically Dry Out Your Carpet to Try and Save the Pad Underneath

Storms around the Germantown area are usually calm enough for the drains and area creeks and rivers to handle. When they are severe enough to generate floods, every home in their path is affected to one point or another.
 
Unless the water generated is massive, most Germantown flood damage restoration efforts center around drying the carpets. SERVPRO technicians attempt to use in-place drying for carpets if possible and remove most of this water by extraction.
 
Our teams start the process with specialized equipment that pushes into the carpet and squeezes the water out through an extraction wand. They first remove water from the center of the room and then move the furniture either to the center or remove it completely from the affected area before starting. Once they finish the center, the teams begin extracting water from around the perimeter of the room in sections of 10 square feet or smaller.
 
After our teams complete one pass over the affected room, an inspector or team leader carefully lifts up one corner of the carpet and examines the pad. If he can squeeze water out of it, the restoration team repeats the extraction process until no more water squeezes out of the pad. They do this as quickly as possible since carpet pads rapidly deteriorate if underwater too long.
 
If the inspector sees that deterioration has started, he recommends removing and replacing the pad immediately. In-place extraction takes longer to remove water, but it can cost less in labor since time is not wasted by detaching the carpet and removing it from the affected rooms.
 
Once the team completes extraction, SERVPRO uses a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to remove moisture in the surrounding air and to dry both the underside and the surface of the carpet. These devices working together can return a room to its pre-flood condition in just a day or two.
 
Drying carpets are one of the processes SERVPRO of Manayunk uses to return homes to a dry, safe condition. If you are dealing with any recent or older flooding, contact us today at (215) 482-0800 to schedule an inspection. We are here to help.

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The Importance of Professional Mold Remediation in Your Roxborough Home

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Professional Mold Remediation in Your Roxborough Home Mold grows quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO for specialists to remediate the infestation in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal With Mold Damage in an Efficient and Effective Way

Your Roxborough home deals with humidity through a good part of the warmer months, not to mention the severe weather it is always seemingly expecting throughout the year. With these possibilities always a constant in the area, it can make for some damp and moist conditions in some regions of your home that might not get exposed to fresh air and circulation that often. Ideally, you want your home to be dry, but having too damp of areas can and often does result in the growth of mold and fungus.
 
Mold damage to your Roxborough home is nothing that you should hesitate to remedy. It does not take a long time for colonies to spread out and affect a wider area, so contending the issue as early as you can aid the remediation process in getting completed promptly and having a more permanent result. In these instances, professional restoration and mold remediation are critical to keeping your family safe. Mold damage has gotten directly linked to potential health effects, and those exposed to the colonies are at risk for these effects.
 
Professional mold remediation is a thorough and concise process that implements the most modern and effective approaches to remove the entire hyphae of the growing organisms on the surfaces in your home and to work to prevent similar situations from occurring again in the immediate future. Our SERVPRO professionals get uniquely trained in mold remediation techniques that are the most efficient for every variety of mold and fungus and can identify the best approach to safely and effectively remove the colonies.
 
Sanding is an approach that can potentially remove the entire organism, mainly when used in conjunction with a chemical solution sprayed on the organic surfaces to seep into pores and dry out any remaining mold. Drying the area is critical to preventing mold damage from reoccurring, and this gets done by implementing air movers and dehumidification equipment in the affected areas. Locating the source of the moisture is required to prevent further exposure. Otherwise, dehumidification might have to continue indefinitely.
 
When you first experience mold in your Roxborough home, you should not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Manayunk to help you remove the colonies and provide a safer environment for your family moving forward. Our mold remediation specialists are available 24/7 at (215) 482-0800.

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What to Do When You Have a Small Kitchen Fire in Your Chestnut Hill Residence

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When You Have a Small Kitchen Fire in Your Chestnut Hill Residence Small kitchen fires can leave behind greasy soot stains, bad odors and minor damage requiring professional restoration services.

Call SERVPRO as Soon as the Fire is Out to Minimize the Damage

Sometimes small fires happen in your kitchen, and they can cause minor damage. Fire does not always mean a charred structure or needing to move out of your home while renovation happens. In many cases, fires can be extinguished relatively quickly and not do massive amounts of structural damage. However, even when they are small, fires can still leave behind greasy soot stains, bad odors, and minor damage to your countertops and stove. In these cases, you will most likely need the assistance of professional help to deal with the soot that has fused itself onto the surfaces of your kitchen as well as to deal with odors.

Our skilled technicians can get to the site of the fire damage in your Chestnut Hill residence swiftly after your call. We understand how vital it is to clean up the damage as quickly as possible when it comes to fire since it is usually time sensitive. If the damage is left unchecked, discoloration may begin to occur where soot has adhered. When it comes to fires, it is best to call a restoration service company as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO technicians can clean soot from your countertops and other surfaces by using cleaning methods that break the bond between the soot and the surface material. Usually, lubrication or chemical cleaner can do the job when it comes to dislodging the soot. Cleaning up the soot and other physical signs of the fire first is essential when dealing with odors.

After tackling the sources of the odors, our technicians can investigate if any remain. If bad smells are still present, we can employ the use of thermal foggers and air scrubbers to help remove airborne particles and neutralize the scent. SERVPRO knows that removing all of the scents associated with the fire is vital in the restoration process and returning your home to its preloss state.

When fire damage strikes your home, do not wait. Day or night, call SERVPRO of Manayunk at (215) 482-0800. We can send our IICRC certified technicians to get your home as soon as possible and start the restoration process.

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Water Removal Services in Your Germantown Home After a Washing Machine Malfunction

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services in Your Germantown Home After a Washing Machine Malfunction Unfortunately, when washing machines break, a significant volume of water is suddenly on your floor. Contact SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With Many Options for Removing Water From Your Flooded Room

One of the most common sources of water damage in Germantown, washing machines can suddenly unleash many gallons of water in your home. The damage can be costly, and there are multiple ways that these devices can cause water damage. Burst water supply lines, loose connections, a drain hose disconnecting, or a pump valve getting clogged or malfunctioning are all possible causes.
 
Water damage in your Germantown home can be overwhelming since so many gallons of water can be dumped so quickly. However, the faster you react to get water removal services the better. You can avoid additional damages such as mold growth this way. Our technicians at SERVPRO are trained to help you, and we can be reached at any time you need us, so do not hesitate to reach out to us right away.
 
The first thing we need to do is extract the standing water from your home. There are various tools we can use to do this. Extractors can be used to remove water from the floor by using the vacuum component of the device. The extractors can be portable or truck mounted. Portable ones can be taken directly into your home, and it allows us to get to restricted areas. Truck mounted ones are more powerful and have their own power sources.
 
SERVPRO staff also have different extraction tools to use for drying your home. Pumps in a situation like this are handy. The strength of a pump is stated regarding lift and volume capacity. When the standing water is over two inches deep, we use a submersible pump with enough lift capability and volume capacity. We are careful to pump water directly into a treated sewer such as a toilet. We do not ever dispose of cleaning wastes through in this manner if your home has a septic system.
 
SERVPRO of Manayunk has all the right tools to help get the water out of your home in Andorra, Mt. Airy, or Chestnut Hill. Give us a call at (215) 482-0800 as soon as you have a need and we can help you get your home dry again.
 
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Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Mt Airy Businesses

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Mt Airy Businesses Fire Damage to Your Mt. Airy Cheese Steak Eatery? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Strives to Mitigate Damages Caused by Water, Smoke & Fire to Your Commercial Establishment

The Mt Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia features many small independently owned businesses and dining establishments. Spreading out from Germantown Avenue over the last century and a half, the historic buildings house bookstores, offices, retail and coffee shops, art galleries, bars, and restaurants. Our well-trained fire damage crews dispatch quickly to respond to fire damage at any of this unique area’s commercial properties.
 
A blaze in any of these local gems not only puts commerce at risk, but it also threatens to alter the charm and history of the Mt Airy neighborhood. Fire damage need not be the end of your business nor the loss of a priceless landmark when we answer the call. Multiple fire restoration strategies combine into a coherent plan devised by our crew chiefs and reconstruction manager to address the damage done by charring, smoke, and soot, often while permitting your business to continue operations on at least a limited scale.
 
When the SERVPRO crew arrive at the fire scene, we assess for safety and damage. Because water from sprinkler systems and other firefighting efforts is usually present, we turn our attention first to its removal and add drying to our list of tasks. As devastating as fire damage can be, water damage is just as serious, causing progressive deterioration if not managed fast. Slip and fall accidents and concerns about electrical shock are minimized when we pump out and extract the water first, including from the dozens of nooks and crannies common in older buildings.
 
Smoke and soot also rapidly damages almost every material, from organic surfaces such as wood to synthetics such as plastics. Our fire damage work crews attend IICRC training to learn how to characterize soots as dry or wet, or protein or fossil fuel-based. Each type responds better to a particular cleaning protocol, and we are sure to use the specialized products, tools, and equipment always available loaded on our big green SERVPRO service vehicles that match the soiling we find on structural components. We can pack out the movable contents of your business for a range of water and soot damage cleaning and restoration efforts at our production site. Professional assessment by our experts results in many a “ruined” window covering, document, or other portable artifact being restored “Like it never even happened.”
 
Charring can respond to restoration efforts like deep cleaning, brushing, and sanding. Our SERVPRO reconstruction teams have the skills to repair and replace structures too damaged to function after cleaning. We strike a balance on every job, with restoration our focus to save costs and time, getting you back to business faster, but are pleased to offer suggestioned contractors for rebuilding and repairs if indicated.
 
When you face the aftermath of a fire in your Mt Airy business, SERVPRO of Manayunk is ready to assist every step of the way. Call (215) 482-0800 as soon as the all-clear issues from the authorities to schedule an assessment.

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