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What Takes Up The Most Time During Flood Damage Restorations In Norristown?

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Takes Up The Most Time During Flood Damage Restorations In Norristown? One of the costliest events that can happen to your home in Norristown is flood damage.

Flood Damage Restoration

One of the costliest events that can happen to your home in Norristown is flood damage. Storm flooding accounts for a massive portion of building repair and restoration projects across the nation every year, and a large portion of calls SERVPRO receives nationwide come in during or immediately following a flood. Some of the work involved in returning your home to the way it was before the flood can also be very difficult to complete, even with substantial human resources and equipment. Here are some of the most involved aspects of our work in flood damage restorations.

Flooring Repair
The most consistently impacted part of a home in Norristown with flood damage is the flooring. All types of flooring used in residential construction are vulnerable to large volumes of water, and when the sheets of muddy, coarse floodwater come pouring home, few floors can resist harm. While we have extensive training and strategy aimed at avoiding outright replacement of flooring materials, many floods necessitate the laying down of fresh carpet, tile, wood, and other materials.

Baseboard Restorations
Like flooring materials, baseboards can be damaged beyond repair even from a relatively minor flood. At the very least, we almost always need to disinfect, clean, and repaint baseboards throughout the home. More commonly, we also need to take special drying and mold precautions or even wholly replace most types of baseboards. As with flooring, we always try to restore the existing materials if possible before looking to replace them.

Electrical and Plumbing Issues
How much electrical and plumbing work needs to be done after a fire varies greatly depending on the make and model of your house. Some building layouts are highly resistant to damage from flooding, while others may require large-scale reworking. Because these systems can malfunction from a flood of any size, you should take care to avoid affected areas of the home until a SERVPRO inspector determines that the scene is safe.

SERVPRO of Norristown has the personnel and resources available to respond to flood damage calls on a 24/7 basis. Contact us at (610) 272-8520.

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Understanding the Behavior of Smoke Helps During Fire Damage Restoration in Norriton

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the Behavior of Smoke Helps During Fire Damage Restoration in Norriton Smoke MItigation and Cleanup Are Vital for Fire Damage Restoration and Odor Control in the Norriton Area

Smoke and Soot Cleanup After House Fires in Norriton--Call SERVPRO

Smoke and soot residues settle on surfaces after a fire damage incident. The removal of these residues is what restoration is all about and understanding the behavior of smoke is so crucial. With such an understanding, it is possible to know where to find the most massive or light deposits and do the cleaning. The degree of hotness of the smoke and the surrounding area determines the extent of damage that your Norriton home is likely to experience.
 
When your Norriton home property is burning during a fire damage event, the transfer of heat in the structure takes place through convection. It is a process whereby hot air rises as it is being replaced by more dense cooler air. The convection currents are in constant movement, and with time the air around the ceiling area flows downwards and is replaced by the smoke. At SERVPRO, we understand that is how the soot residues end up accumulating around the ceiling area.
 
When the temperature of the air increases, it also increases the pressure it exerts on the walls. Our SERVPRO team is aware of the free-floating smoke and driven smoke. Free-floating smoke is the smoke which was once pressurized and hot but cooled and lost its force. That means it remains suspended in the building unless the force of gravity forces it to settle on the lower surfaces. On the other hand, driven smoke is the hot smoke which is pressurized.
 
Soot residues get attracted by colder surfaces as hot smoke tends to migrate to colder areas. Its movement is usually towards the windows, outside walls, unheated rooms, closets, and closed drawers. It explains why you usually see large deposits around the colder areas. Smoke also deposits its residues as it goes around obstructions since they act as filters. The one that travels furthest from the source has fewer residues. Perhaps you have experienced a furnace "puff-back," resulting in spider-like webs of dirty soot in corners of the affected area.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown is locally owned and operated, and our highly trained technicians offer 24-hour emergency services. Call us at (610) 272-8520 if you want a trusted industry leader to offer you proven restoration solutions.

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Commercial Flood Damage Experts In Norristown Discuss Safety During Restoration

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage Experts In Norristown Discuss Safety During Restoration Any time a severe thunderstorm makes its way to Norristown, flooding can occur.

Commercial Flood Damage Experts

Any time a severe thunderstorm makes its way to Norristown, flooding can occur. Thunderstorms bring about high-speed winds and excessive rains in short amounts of time. When water builds up outside, it can easily make its way into your office building, ruining items inside the structure. Tree branches and rocks can get taken by the fast winds and thrown into windows or exterior walls creating holes for rainwater to enter. When things get broken inside your place of business, it can make your workplace dangerous for you and your employees. When structural components get saturated, they often lose their structural integrity which can create safety hazards.

Any time a disaster strikes your office complex, various types of safety issues need to be addressed for all of the occupants to be 100% safe. As soon as we arrive at the scene of commercial flood damage in Norristown, we take measures to identify any potential safety hazards. We know that keeping your business functioning during the restoration process is vital. However, for your company to remain operating our SERVPRO experts must first make sure the building is safe for our workers and yours.

Several hazards could exist when a property is damaged by water. Personal hazards involve confined spaces, chemical safety, slip, trip and fall issues. Environmental hazards include hazardous materials, structural hazards, and electrical hazards. Biohazards on a job site can include infectious wastes and mold.

As soon as our SERVPRO restoration crew arrives at your office, we begin assessing the safety of the building. We ask you or an experienced employee about any known safety issues. We then begin a safety evaluation that is unique to each situation. We know that every structure is built differently and that every storm can cause various types of damage to structural components.

Before beginning any work, our SERVPRO technicians complete a safety evaluation. The evaluation consists of a safety checklist that includes a long list of potential hazards to investigate. The next time a storm floods out your office complex, call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 24/7.

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Rapid Water Removal Services For Your Norristown Residence

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rapid Water Removal Services For Your Norristown Residence Water loss incidents are more common to Norristown homes that you might have formerly believed.

Rapid Water Removal Services

Water loss incidents are more common to Norristown homes that you might have formerly believed. While flooding is always a threat, especially in the rainier seasons, many of these water loss incidents occur from broken plumbing, malfunctioning fixtures, and degrading appliances in your house.

Regardless what might have caused the higher volumes of water to end up on the floor or inside of the walls of your house, finding the right professional restoration team to overcome the damages is critical to reducing the possibility of continually worsening conditions and compounding damages. When your Norristown residence requires water removal services and restoration, SERVPRO is a name that you can trust.

Our experienced professionals can respond quickly and begin to assess the damage itself and the source of this problem. If the water supply has not gotten stopped prior to our arrival, this step is one of the first that we take. Doing that prevents the damage from getting worse while restoration efforts are underway.

If possible, our SERVPRO technicians repair damaged areas of plumbing or fixtures as part of this restoration. Our priority is the removal of the water, and this begins shortly after the initial assessment completes. Extraction involves several pieces of equipment from portable pumps to wet-vacs, but it also could require specialized tools like weighted extractors to pull water from saturated carpeted areas.

Drying the area is another critical component to the work that we do for your home. This process also requires multiple pieces of equipment from air movers and dehumidifiers to more specialized machines like our injectidry system (for wall cavities) and large drying mats (for subflooring).

While this might only offer you a glimpse into the restoration process that you can expect from our professionals, it can also show the kind of care and dedication that we extend to every client we service. Our SERVPRO of Norristown water restoration specialists can clean up the mess and bring your home back to preloss conditions, even in substantial water loss situations. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (610) 272-8520.

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Avoid Losses With Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services In East Norriton

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Avoid Losses With Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services In East Norriton If you have experienced fire damage in your business, there is a need to put behind the devastating experience as soon as you can.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

If you have experienced fire damage in your business, there is a need to put behind the devastating experience as soon as you can. Apart from the apparent damage that the fire, soot and smoke causes, you still have to deal with water damage challenges that result from fire extinguishing efforts. If you don't take quick action, then your East Norriton business is likely to make losses.

When our SERVPRO technicians are cleaning your East Norriton property, inspecting the site and identifying the type of smoke residues is among the first steps. The inspection also helps us to identify the areas we are going to clean and then choose the most appropriate restoration methods to use. Then we capture and remove the residues - we do this with the help of fluids or air that suspend the particles.

Vacuuming is one of the ways we use when removing particles that are loosely attached to surfaces. For this process to be efficient, the target particles should be dry. After this process, we can introduce wet cleaning procedures such as dissolving. Our SERVPRO technicians use dissolving in instances where the soil particles are attached to the surface. The process loosens the bond, and it is easy to suspend the particles on a cleaning product. If we decide to use dissolving, we might first determine whether the particles are water-soluble; otherwise, we use solvent-based cleaning agents to do the job. After that, we wash, rinse and dry the surfaces. After capturing, we follow the state and local requirements to dispose of the residues.

Cleaning does not address the unpleasant odors that develop in the structure, and it is essential to perform deodorization to address such issues. Covering the smells with a fragrance is not advisable, so we use ULV Foggers or Thermal Foggers that dispense deodorant solutions which neutralize the odor-causing particles.

SERVPRO of Norristown has a proven record in water, fire, mold, and storm damage restoration. For help, call us at (610) 272-8520 and make your property “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage Ruins More than Your Norristown Home

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Ruins More than Your Norristown Home The SERVPRO Team Comes Equipped for Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in the Norristown Area

Personal Property and Possessions Are Prioritized by SERVPRO for Restoration After a Storm

After a flood recedes and the water level returns to normal, pockets of water remain here and there throughout Norristown. Some of these pockets exist in homes, which SERVPRO technicians clean up with our extraction equipment. Residual moisture can still contain microscopic pathogens and other potential hazards, so we clean with biocidal cleansing agents to make your home as safe as possible. Silt and other deposits around your house can do the same and keep these organisms alive for unexpectedly long periods.

Homes in Norristown that have flood damage need restoration work to begin as soon as possible. Personal belongings and household furnishings that absorb water also require special handling to restore them to their former condition. Generally, recovering these items in a flooded home costs less than replacing the same things cost, so performing the necessary work often ends up as the most cost-effective option of the two. When this does not hold true, we explain why to the customer.
 
Cleaning items exposed to flooding by our technicians remove the soils deposited and brings things back to how you remember them. Making them safe for your family keeps them from exposure to pathogens and becoming ill. We take this risk very seriously, as many water-borne illnesses occur each year in flood-damaged areas across our country.
 
The ease with which floodwaters evaporate and travel to non-flooded areas of your home makes it crucial that SERVPRO uses desiccant machines--typically gel-based dehumidifiers, in the process of drying out your home. Just like we capture water from materials where it penetrated, we also use equipment to pull moisture out of the air. Once the air becomes dry again, and floors, walls, and other surfaces reach their normal moisture levels, we know our work in this area succeeded. No guesswork here, we monitor with moisture sensors and infrared thermal imaging to ensure a return to preloss condition.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown can be contacted by dialing (610) 272-8520 at any time. Our 24-hour emergency number is always ready to answer your questions about flood damage and how it can affect your home, as well as how we can help your family by restoring it "Like it never even happened."

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Summertime Mold Damage Woes In Trooper

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summertime Mold Damage Woes In Trooper Mold Stains on Trooper Ceilings Often Indicate a Moisture Problem, Call SERVPRO for Advice and Remediation

Humidity in Trooper Buildings Can Lead to a Need for Mold Remediation--Time to Call SERVPRO

The sunny summer months can be hot and humid in the Trooper area. Moisture is the catalyst for mold growth in any building. Warm months also feature rain and sticky dew points in our area of Pennsylvania, Sometimes combinations of these conditions contribute to mold growth in your home, If you suspect mold has taken hold in your home this summer, we can help.

The housing stock in Trooper can inadvertently increase the risk of mold damage. A unique mix of older homes and new construction means some houses may have central air conditioning while other dwellings cope with the heat using window units or evaporative coolers. Air conditioning makes summer life more comfortable, but some configurations create conditions favorable to mold growth. Our technicians are familiar with the mold risk increase when air conditioning malfunctions, offering strategies to contain and remove the microbial infestation as well as practical suggestions to limit recurrence.
 
Air conditioning cools the air by blowing warm, moist interior air over supercooled coils. This action causes the water in the air to condense on the coils. If the equipment is in optimum working condition, the water drains away safely, and the air in the room gradually reduces in humidity level, making the space feel much cooler.
 
A musty smell and staining near the vents of an AC unit signal that water backed up and saturated structural components of your home. Our crews assess the area and devise a plan to contain and remove the active mold colony. Using physical barriers like plastic sheeting or negative pressure air scrubbers the SERVPRO crew members isolate the outbreak, ensuring that particles do not break free and move to other areas of the home.
 
The mold material is scraped or blasted off with sodium bicarbonate. Materials that show heavy infestation are removed and discarded with the mold, bagged and handled according to hazardous waste protocols. SERVPRO then treats the area with an EPA registered disinfectant to inhibit subsequent mold growth.
 
Most importantly, we arrange for cleaning the air conditioning system, eliminating blockages and dusting coils. HVAC ducts showing dampness and mold growth receive a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO also suggests a review of the size of the AC unit or units. Appliances that do not have the capacity to reduce humidity enough can increase the threat of mold. Interestingly, units that are too large may not cycle long enough to reduce the humidity either. An ambient humidity of more than 60 percent is a mold risk on its own.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown is ready to evaluate your mold problems this summer. Contact us at (610) 272-8520 to set up an appointment with our experienced production crew leads.

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Remediating Norristown Flood Damage From Failing Plumbing

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediating Norristown Flood Damage From Failing Plumbing SERVPRO has the equipment and knowledge to remove flood damage from all types of flooring like this hardwood floor.

How SERVPRO technicians can remove flood damage from your home

Despite the exceptional rains and other extreme weather of the last two years, Norristown homes still suffer more damage from a leaking appliance or a burst pipe than the nearby Schuylkill River cresting its banks after a thunderstorm.

No matter the source, Norristown flood damage can cost every homeowner a hefty amount of cleanup and restoration costs. SERVPRO has not just the training, but also the experience to quickly remediate your home’s damage and still keep the costs as economical as possible. Our office also works with you and your insurance company to meet everyone’s requirements. If you live near River Front Park, Grand View Heights, or any area in-between, our team can help.

We begin at each home with removing standing water. Our office maintains a range of pumps to match each job, and as the water recedes, we switch to extraction wands to finish drawing out most of the remaining water from carpets and between floorboards. As the team completes this task, one of our inspectors turns off or blocks the source of the water, be it a rusted water heater or a split, washing machine hose that sprays water over the entire garage.

As they remove the last of the water, other team members raise furniture and other property onto pallets or remove them from home. This action prevents color from fabrics leeching onto carpets and floors, staining them. Technicians then set up fans to increase air circulation and air movers to blow warm, dry air over surfaces to speed up the drying process without causing wood frames to crack or furniture varnish to bubble or run.

Now, SERVPRO specialist begins drying the carpets and floors. Our team removes area rugs and hangs them outside or places them on a rack at our offices, using fans to reduce the drying time. For wall-to-wall carpeting, we carefully lift entry and exit points opposite each other. Technicians then use an air mover to force warm air underneath the carpet to dry it while an exhaust fan draws out the damp air. If the pad underneath has already begun to deteriorate, our team rolls up the carpet and disposes of the pad first.

Remediating the effects of flood damage is a careful process that needs professional service. The goal of SERVPRO of Norristown is to return your home to a dry, safe condition so you can return to it. If you need us, call (610) 272-8520 today for more information or to set up a visit. We are here for you.

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How We Help Families After Experiencing Fire Damage In Their Lower Providence Township Home

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How We Help Families After Experiencing Fire Damage In Their Lower Providence Township Home SERVPRO wants to help everyone in the Lower Providence Township area by mitigating fire damage wherever it might occur.

How We Help Families After Experiencing Fire Damage

Restoring a home in Lower Providence Township happens because of its importance to the family who lives in it and the neighborhood in which it sits. Its now-dilapidated condition affects everyone in the vicinity.

SERVPRO wants to help everyone in the Lower Providence Township area by mitigating fire damage wherever it might occur. Small fires can still cause extensive amounts of smoke damage inside a structure. This damage can spread to nearby buildings, and also affect the outside of a building near windows and doors as the smoke exits. Large fires can create damaged areas inside a home that leaves it unsafe to enter, even to quickly obtain essential items your family needs while staying in their temporary shelter.

This damage does not always include weak spots in the flooring but can center more on the breathing in of toxic fumes produced by burnt carpeting or other synthetics. Discussing with us such needs to obtain different items to help ease your family's stress load helps us assist you even more. We help families recover from fire damage and other disasters as much as possible and in any manner that can provide our customers with a less painful, complicated experience.

Providing your family with information regarding the repair and restoration of costly electronic equipment, musical instruments, sporting goods, and other items can help keep replacement costs manageable by correctly classifying each one as either restorable but in need of repair or damaged beyond restoration. We understand that some items might hold high sentimental value for your family, even if these items no longer function as they did before the fire.

Ensuring that your home regains its ability to keep your family safe and poses no hazards of its own signifies that we not only re-establish its structural integrity but also clean it of any contaminants from the smoke. Charred materials can expose your family to carcinogens that did not exist before the fire's heat chemically altered different materials present inside your residence. Smoke carries these particles also, requiring us to inspect and clean your home thoroughly. Removing water left behind by firefighters helps protect your home from other possible types of damage related to house fires.

SERVPRO of Norristown's employees receives extensive training which results in their earning IICRC certificates in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), in addition to many other certificates. Call us at our local number, (610) 272-8520, to reach our 24-hour service line. We can resolve your home's fire damage situation so your family can live in a safe and secure home again.

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Professional Restoration To Flood Damages At Your Norristown Gym

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Restoration To Flood Damages At Your Norristown Gym SERVPRO Extracts Water from Gyms--Making Local Norristown Athletes Stronger

Water Extraction Mitigates Damage to Commercial Properties

Norristown has seen its fair share of harsh winters over the last few years. While this might be par for the course regarding what business owners here could expect, you might not always remain completely aware of the damage that heavy snowfall could have done to the roof of your gym over this span of time.

When structural elements like your roof get compromised, the initial damage might be small and seemingly insignificant. As these vulnerable points allow water penetration in smaller amounts, the situation continues to worsen until entire portions of your roof support become too weak to continue holding back the pressure of the water trying to get in. Soon the building gets exposed to any rainfall that might be in the forecast, and your Norristown gym finds itself experiencing flood damages.
 
While you might have an excellent maintenance staff and custodial team, they cannot ever adequately prepare for the destructive and widespread nature of internal flooding. The best decision that you can make in a circumstance like this is to contact our experienced SERVPRO technicians to help you remove the water present in your facility, and work quickly to restore the damage before it has an opportunity to worsen.
 
In some cases, the severity of the damage to your roof might need to get repaired before our restoration efforts can begin, as any work that our SERVPRO team might do could get negated by another passing storm when the holes in the roof persist. Once a commercial contractor has remedied this issue, our professionals can quickly get to work on restoring the damage still present in the building to help you get the doors of your business back open to the fitness conscious members of the community you serve.
 
Flooding might happen in a variety of ways, but its destructive and damaging presence is universal to every business and home that it impacts. You can always trust SERVPRO of Norristown to help you overcome any issues you have in your building and restore the damage that a flood has left behind. Give us a call anytime at (610) 272-8520.

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