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Mold Damage in Your West Norriton Home

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Your West Norriton Home Mold Problems in Norriton? Just Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation

Have you ever discovered mold in your West Norriton home? Mold is a term to describe fungi which grow in a multicellular thread-like structures known as hyphae. Yeast is fungi which exist as single cells. Some yeasts and molds cause food spoilage or health effects, while others play a prominent role in biodegradation or the production of different beverages, foods, enzymes, and antibiotics.

When it comes to mold and mold damage in your West Norriton home, you can find the results of spores growing in damp building materials. Often, it appears as stains and comes in a different array of colors. A musty smell is an indication that you have hidden mold growth, and if it is allowed to keep growing, it can create health effects for you and your family. Therefore, getting in touch with our staff at SERVPRO as soon as you believe you have a mold problem is the best thing to do.
 
Our technicians are trained and certified to handle the cleaning of mold growth. We can ensure that it is done safely and thoroughly so that your home is safe again. Mold has to have moisture to grow. The source of the moisture could be cooking, washing, condensation, leaks from plumbing, humidifiers, or even from the outdoors. Inadequate ventilation can contribute to levels of higher humidity and leads to condensation, allowing the mold to grow.
 
Molds release spores as small as .3 microns into the air, so when it grows inside your home, the number of fragments and spores is usually higher than it would be outdoors since this occurs in a confined space. The first step of the mold remediation process is to contain the area where the mold is growing in your home. Doing so prevents the spores from spreading to areas of your home that are clean when we disturb them during restoration. SERVPRO technicians can also set up HEPA filtered air scrubbers to extract airborne spores and mold particles.
 
Preventing mold in your home can be as simple as keeping excess moisture out. If you do find mold growth or suspect it, however, the best thing to do is to have our professionals take care of it.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown makes sure we are careful and thorough when we are cleaning mold damage in your home in Bethel Hill, Trooper, or Evansburg. Call us right away at (610) 272-8520 if you have a mold colony growing in your residence.

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Fire Damage Problems in East Norriton

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Problems in East Norriton Heat and flames can leave your home charred and damaged, call the professionals at SERVPRO for expert fire damage restoration.

Call on SERVPRO for Thorough Fire Damage Restoration

There are many elements of a fire that possibly cause problems at your East Norriton home. The excessive heat and flames that come from the blaze often burns and chars building materials and contents requiring removal of the items. Smoke created by the fire flows to other areas of the house and leaves behind pungent odors.

Smoke also leaves soot residues behind on surfaces inside the home. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in East Norriton have experience in dealing with different types of smoke restoration projects. Many times if the soot residues left behind from a blaze get dealt with appropriately, the residues get cleaned so that the materials do not need to get removed and replaced.

When SERVPRO's restoration technicians first begin a restoration project, we start by removing any materials that get severely burnt or damaged by heat. Next, we figure out the best chemicals and methods to use based on what type of fuels burned and caused the smoke damage. Since heat rises, one of the first sections of your home we inspect are the walls and ceilings.

Soots and soils usually adhere to the ceiling and upper parts of the wall first, then make their way down to lower sections of the walls. Wall and ceiling surfaces sometimes are made of many different materials, and there is a variety of possible textures. We start our cleaning process by pre-test cleaning small sections of an area. By pre-testing, we gain the knowledge of what chemicals and methods work best in each specific scenario.

When pre-test cleaning surfaces we try three different methods and see which one is the most effective. The first method we attempt is dry sponge cleaning. Dry sponges usually work to clean ceilings of all types that have light to medium non-grease-based soiling. Sometimes we pre-clean using dry sponges before wet cleaning begins.

Our IICRC certified technicians use wet cleaning on painted, metal or wood ceilings with heavy dry ash or soot residue or light to heavy oil-based residues. When cleaning acoustical ceilings and other porous and non-porous ceiling surfaces we use peroxide active cleaning. Sometimes wet cleaning can ruin acoustical surfaces, in this case, we use active peroxide cleaning instead.

During most soot cleaning operations, we utilize many different methods to complete the project. For help cleaning soot residues call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 24/7.

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Water Damage Cleanup for Your Norristown Home After Gutter Failure

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Cleanup for Your Norristown Home After Gutter Failure Check your gutters regularly to make sure that water is being diverted away from the home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation when you have water damage.

Regular Gutter Maintenance Can Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

The gutters on your Norristown home typically have the job of directing water away from your roof and structure as it runs off the edges. It works well until the gutters become blocked with debris like branches and leaves and a dam forms. Water is now running over the edges of the gutters and starts running down the side of your house. A crack or hole in your gutters can cause the same problem.
 
If you see water marks on the paint inside your home, you may have a problem with your gutters. Water damage in Norristown during these situations can do structural damage which needs to be handled right away. Water can even build up around the base of your home, causing leaks at the foundation. SERVPRO staff can help you repair the water damage and get your home dry again in a timely fashion, so call us anytime you need.
 
When water has seeped into your walls, you could be looking at damaged insulation as well. Moisture lessens its insulation power. It might need to be removed, especially if it has become matted. Fiberglass insulation, however, unlike other kinds, might not lose its insulating power indefinitely. We might be able to dry it instead.
 
When cellulose and Rockwool insulations get wet, they can easily mat. Plus, the moisture affects its resistance to fire and the antimicrobial qualities of the cellulosic material. Metal is also present in Rockwool, so if it is wet, it may rust. Replacement may be needed for these types of insulation.
 
SERVPRO techs cannot always restore fiberglass insulation. Vapor barriers on it slow the drying process. Drying insulation in walls that are fully enclosed or in ceiling cavities can be difficult. Preventing mold is also one of our main concerns here.
 
We need ventilation to dry your wall cavities properly. One way to do so is to remove baseboards and drill holes between each stud. We then force air through the holes into the wall to speed up evaporation. If there is much moisture, areas of drywall might have to be removed.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown is careful to find all the moisture in your home in Wetherills, Audubon, or Bethel Hill and ensure that we have thoroughly finished the drying process after a water disaster. Get in touch with us as soon as you can at (610) 272-8520 so we can get there quickly.
 
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Commercial Water Damage Cleanup for Your Norristown Business

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Cleanup for Your Norristown Business If the pipes on your commercial water heater spring a leak or if the unit has another problem which causes water damage, contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Water Damage at Your Business to Properly Calculate Necessary Equipment for Efficient Remediation

When you frequently need to heat the water in your building in Norristown, you want systems which are dependable. Your business needs a water heater for normal operations, from heating to cleaning up to cooking, you cannot be without a working water heater. Plus, if this appliance should fail, you have a big mess on your hands to clean up.
 
Whether it is a slow leak or a burst, your water heater can create a great deal of commercial water damage to your Norristown business. You cannot afford much downtime, so leaving the cleanup job to professionals is essential. At SERVPRO, our trained staff is always standing by to help you out when your business is going through a water damage disaster.
 
After the standing water is extracted from your property, we need to calculate requirements for dehumidifiers so we can thoroughly dry the structure. We consider both the capacity of the dehumidifier and the nature of the environment.
 
One factor which defines the nature of the environment is how much absorbent or porous materials are present like unfinished wood, carpeting, and paper. The more absorbent materials present, the more moisture that is absorbed and has to evaporate when air movement is applied. Water damage that affects a lot of porous materials increases the need for more dehumidification for balancing evaporation.
 
SERVPRO staff also need to determine the class of water damage. Other factors, such as how much structural damage there is and whether water is trapped in the ceiling and wall cavities help us to determine this. To know how many dehumidifiers are needed for the initial setup, we figure out the class of water damage. We do this by looking at how many porous items are wet, instead of by the category, or cleanliness, of the water.
 
We also measure dehumidifier capacity by either the number of cubic feet of air the dehumidifier conditions per minute or by how many gallons of water removed in twenty-four hours under standard AHAM test conditions.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown works quickly but efficiently to dry your property in West Norriton, Trooper, or Bethel Hill back out. We understand that time is money, so when you call us at (610) 272-8520, we do not hesitate to help you get your business back in order.

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Flood Damage Cleanup In Your Norristown Home

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup In Your Norristown Home Heavy rains can sometimes cause flooding in the Norristown area.

Flood Damage Cleanup

Heavy rains can sometimes cause flooding in the Norristown area. These rains can quickly enter your home and make a big mess of things. All locations can be in danger of flooding at some point, even if you do not live in a flood-prone area. Knowing whom to call before a disaster happens goes a long way in getting your home cleaned up faster.

After flooding and flood damage occurs in your Norristown home, you want to act quickly. The longer water sits, the more damage is done to your home, which can include mildew and mold growth. SERVPRO staff is always standing by to help you, as we know that these things never happen at a convenient time.

After an initial inspection to determine the scope of the damage, we bring in extraction equipment to remove all the freestanding water and extract water from carpeting and upholstery. If needed, we remove carpeting and padding for proper drying. We then bring in professional grade dehumidifying and drying equipment to dry the affected areas and return the humidity levels in your residence to their usual level.

SERVPRO techs are trained to use the proper drying and extraction techniques to help minimize the possibility of secondary damage, possible microbial growth, and lower costs. We monitor the drying process each day and reposition the air-movers and dehumidifiers as needed for optimal drying time.

After your belongings and home are dry, the area is cleaned and sanitized, and we put everything back in its place. SERVPRO even works directly with you and your insurance company to help get you the coverage you deserve. We understand disasters like this can be very stressful, so we try to do everything we can to ease some of that worry for you while you concentrate on your family.

SERVPRO of Norristown ensures that your home in Evansburg, Audubon, or Bethel Hill is appropriately taken care of after flood damage, but that we also keep you and your family in mind as we work. When you call us at (610) 272-8520, you can rest assured that you are getting the best service possible for your home and your family, too.

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Overcoming the Mold Damage in Your East Norriton Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Overcoming the Mold Damage in Your East Norriton Home When you discover mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO for thorough remediation.

Fix Your Mold Problem with One Phone Call to SERVPRO

Many people are unclear as to what they should do when they discover mold in their East Norriton home. By the time that you can see it with your own eyes, chances are, many colonies have already begun to form on the affected surface. This damage could feel like something that is out of your depth to handle on your own, but fortunately for you, you do not have to deal with this problem alone. With professional mold remediation services, you can rid yourself of your mold problem and get left with lasting solutions to help you prevent similar recurrences in the future.

When people think of mold damage remediation to their East Norriton home, most do not know where to begin and how to keep the process from getting worse. With professional restoration services, like those provided by our dedicated SERVPRO technicians, this is a problem that can get solved for you by just picking up the phone.

From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your residence, we work quickly to assess the full scope of the damage to determine the appropriate approach for removal and preventative measures to encourage for the future. Donning the appropriate PPE and heading into the affected area to begin the remediation process, our primary concern is isolating this region from the rest of the house to prevent the spread of active mold spores.

Using tools like negative air chambers to quarantine the colonies and neutralize mold spores as they attempt to leave the area, we effectively can get to work on the thriving growth itself. Employing scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters on the surfaces housing colonies, our experienced specialists can deeply penetrate to the farthest roots of the fungal growth to remove it entirely from where it has seated.

Our job gets completed when we can dry the air through the affected area and provide you with some pointers to prevent this problem from reoccurring. When the source of the moisture is difficult to determine, it might get recommended to continue dehumidification to pull moisture from the area to prevent more mold growth in the future.

Finding mold in your home does not have to be as dramatic as it might sound. If you do locate a growth, trust the IICRC certified remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Norristown. You can reach us anytime by calling (610) 272-8520.

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Recovering Fire Damaged Contents In Your Lower Providence Home

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering Fire Damaged Contents In Your Lower Providence Home Big Fires in Lower Providence Need Big Help from SERVPRO for Restoration

SERVPRO Strives to Salvage Your Belongs After Fire & Smoke Damage

One of the most devastating aspects of a fire to your Lower Providence home is the possibility of irreparably damaging the most valuable possessions that you have. Everything from family heirlooms to beautiful furniture is fodder for the flames when you have a substantial disaster. Once the fire is put out, and the damage is getting assessed, you start to wonder what could set your home back to the way it used to be.
 
Fortunately for you, SERVPRO has a long-standing history of facing up to the most substantial of disasters and restoring homes back to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened." When it comes to the belongings and contents that you have in your Lower Providence home, damaged by fire and smoke, our experienced team has the tools and experience to work diligently to restore these items as well to the way that they used to be.
 
One thing that you need to understand, though, is that this is no guarantee. Sometimes the damage is too excessive, leaving nothing left to restore. While we can do little for these kinds of scenarios with substantial damage to specific items, we have found success in restoring even profoundly damaged contents of your home back to their prior conditions with specific equipment and practices.
 
Assessing the contents of your home is an involved process. Many of the items in your home can get treated on the spot with scrubbers and cleaning solutions. For more extensive damages that our team determines can get successfully restored, the items get moved to a nearby facility where our experienced technicians can utilize more advanced techniques to improve the prognosis of restoration.
 
Much like cleaning processes for your walls, floors, and ceilings, there are times where the best restoration efforts can only prepare the contents of your home for resurfacing or repainting.
 
Just because a fire took its toll on your home, does not mean that you have lost everything you held dear inside of it. Our experienced and professional SERVPRO of Norristown restoration specialists can work hard to preserve everything that you hold dear. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (610) 272-8520.

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Recovering from Damage when the Water Heater Floods Your Norristown Home's Basement

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Recovering from Damage when the Water Heater Floods Your Norristown Home's Basement Leaky Water Heater Means Damage--Call SERVPRO to Dry Out Your Norristown Home

SERVPRO Provides Excellent Water Damage Cleanup Services in Your Area

As winter weather continues in Norristown, the ability to take a hot shower helps people warm up after outside chores, get ready for a day at work, or relax before heading to bed. Water heaters do not last forever, though, with the average lifespan of even the best models touted at around ten or fifteen years. Replacing yours when it approaches this limit can help prevent problems, but many people prefer to wait until the inevitable break-down before purchasing a new one. Many homeowners do not expect the water heater to cause them problems well beyond a temporary loss of hot water.
 
However, residents in Norristown can experience water damage to their belongings when the water heater leaks. The heating unit may still function while other parts break down, allowing water to feed into the now-leaking appliance. This becomes very similar to a broken water line, except any rust or other mineral buildups in the heater's tank can end up on your basement's floor. Rusty fragments from the interior of the tank can stain any carpeting present, posing additional problems for those homes with finished basements. In this situation, shutting off the water to the heater must happen quickly. While doing so may shut off water to other parts of the home, leaving the water running can only result in a very poor trade-off.
 
SERVPRO technicians can prevent water damage from taking over your home and stop its progress in your basement. Removing the water that spilled out of the tank and then reducing the amount of humidity in the air and semi-porous materials helps us accomplish this for you. We use flexible tubing to pump out standing water, and then implement smaller pumps and heated extraction units to pull moisture out of your flooring and walls. We also place desiccant (if needed) machines and dehumidifiers in the affected area, so the air remains as dry as possible while we work.
 
Because water wicks upward due to capillary action, we remove waterlogged drywall about six inches above visible saturation. Moisture can hide under the paper backing, causing swelling and disintegration to occur later. We make sure we cut affected drywall as neatly as possible, so restoration work does not need to smooth out the cut edges to match replacement materials. SERVPRO WRT technicians, when possible, salvage, rather than replace building materials.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown wants to help those in our local communities, including Audubon, East and West Norriton, and Wetherhills when protection against water damage from any source. Certified by the IICRC, we arrive with our equipment prepared and ready to handle the worst disasters. Call us at (610) 272-8520, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so we can restore your property "Like it never even happened."

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Taking Care Of Commercial Water Damage In Your Norristown Factory Quickly

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Taking Care Of Commercial Water Damage In Your Norristown Factory Quickly Water damage can be very costly to your Norristown factory.

Taking Care Of Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can be very costly to your Norristown factory. When you have a pipe burst or a leak in your plumbing, it can not only harm your merchandise but also to the actual structure. The damage can add up quickly if it is not taken care of, with additional damage such as mold growth happening within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. It's essential to keep an eye on your plumbing so you can spot a leak before it gets worse.

Commercial water damage in your Norristown business can put a stop to your daily operations as a whole. At SERVPRO, we are available anytime you need us because we realize that these emergencies never happen at a convenient time. We have the equipment, training, and experience to take care of water intrusion of any kind.

When we arrive at your business, we take care and consideration of all of your concerns and needs for your business. First, we secure the site so we can safely assess the extent of the water damage. Then we begin water extraction procedures right away using large, truck-mounted pumps. If needed, we remove carpet pads and take steps to prevent the growth of mildew and mold.

Using our state of the art equipment which includes industrial-strength dehumidifiers and blowers, we dry out any walls, floors, carpeting, and ceilings which were affected. IT equipment, water-damaged machinery, furniture, personal belongings, and other items which are movable are taken off-site where they can be cleaned safely and even taken apart if we need to. They are dried, cleaned, and put back together in top running order. Our goal is to restore whenever we can instead of replacing.

After cleanup, drying, and disinfection of the area is complete, we make any necessary repairs and restore paint, flooring, walls, woodwork, ceilings, and any other exterior or interior structural elements that were damaged.

SERVPRO of Norristown gets you back in business fast. If your factory in Evansburg, Wetherills, or Audobon should ever suffer from a water damage emergency, give us a call at (610) 272-8520 right away at so we can have you up back and running again quickly.

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Flood Damage Help for Norristown

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Help for Norristown Storms Result in Many Adverse Conditions in the Norristown Area, Call SERVPRO for Mitigation

Stormwater Dictates Certain Procedures for Removal and Cleanup

Recently, floods have been plaguing various parts of the country. If a violent storm hits Norristown, there is a chance flooding can occur. When the streets get filled with water, it is likely that rainwater gets into your home.
 
Flooding can happen fast. One minute you notice rain is coming down, the next minute you need to call SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Norristown. As the old saying goes,"when it rains it pours!" It is not unusual during a rainstorm to get inches of standing water inside your house within minutes.
     
The instance you notice water coming into the house from the outside you should react. As soon as you call our emergency damage team, they can promptly get to your home and assess the situation. First, our team can try to stop more water from entering the home. Then, the water restoration crew can extract as much of the standing water as possible.
 
After the water gets extracted, our experts can test the water to see if it is contaminated. In a water damage situation, there are three different types of water that causes problems to your home. A category 1 or white water damage comes from clean water coming inside the home, from the plumbing. Category 2 or grey water is used clean water filled with detergents as an example. Category 3 or black water is a situation where sewer water backs up into the house, or pesticides, chemicals, even animal carcasses are washed into your property. This is a hazard that requires special handling and removing. Our ASD applied structural drying technicians wear PPE, personal protection equipment while extracting contaminated water and other elements.
 
What our crew does to mitigate the water damage is controlled by what type of water causes the damage. If the water is grey or black all affected drywall and carpet must be removed. If water came in from the outside, then most likely you are dealing with grey water at best, black water at worst. In this scenario, all of the carpet, pad, and drywall get removed. Our team can then dry the exposed floorboard and studs in the wall. After the wood is dry, our team can spray a sealant paint over the area along with antimicrobial chemicals before reconstruction by your company of choice.
 
Dealing with damage resulting from a flood is never pleasant. Getting help from experts always makes the process go more smoothly, call SERVPRO of Norristown (610) 272-8520 for assistance 24/7.

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