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Importance of Removing Moisture

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold under wallpaper Norristown your water damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability.

Why SERVPRO for Water and Mold Removal in Norristown

Water can enter your home at the most inopportune times. Whether it is an overflowing sink, a leaky pipe or even a leak through a window after a heavy rain, there is never a good time. Water and moisture on your floors or in your walls can do a lot of damage, especially if it is undetected, and mold has an opportunity to grow threatening the health of your family or employees.

SERVPRO provides water removal cleanup and restoration services to Norristown and the surrounding areas. We can respond in less than four hours and focus on restoring your home or business, "Like it never even happened." We provide advanced restoration and cleaning, utilizing state of the art equipment. Our team of professional technicians has extensive training in restoration services, including AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician, and CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician.

Managing Mold from Water Leaks

Even a small water leak in a wall or under the dishwasher that goes undetected for several days can cause a great deal of damage. In the right conditions, e.g., moisture, warmth, and food source, mold can develop into a significant infestation in no time at all. Mold spores are in the air everywhere; however, once a high concentration of mold develops, the spores can cause health effects for many people.

SERVPRO has the experience and the detection equipment to expose water leaks and mold infestations to remove these areas. We can provide advice regarding whether a space can be cleaned or the removal of portions of the structure is needed. Drywall, flooring materials are excellent food sources for mold to grow in the right conditions. If you or someone in your family suspect a water leak, don't hesitate, call us for help before further damage occurs.

We also provide fire, storm, and cleaning restoration building services in our service area, in addition to water damage restoration.

Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lower Providence Township, Wetherills Corner, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Proudly Serve Lower Providence Township After A Fire Disaster

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

A family room covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire This house fire required professionals and they called our experts right away to restore their home from smoke odors and stains.

Fire Damage Lower Providence Township – Vacating a Structure After a Fire

After a fire, many consumers chose to vacate their homes while the restoration is underway. The odor of smoke may be pervasive in the home. The structure may be damaged. The home may be unsafe for the clients to live in the house. Consumers may find accommodation in local hotels, with friends, or rent a second property until able to return to their homes.

SERVPRO has been restoring homes after fire damage events in Lower Providence Township for many years. Our teams have experience with clients who choose to stay in their homes after a fire or decide to move out. We follow standard precautions to ensure your home is safe and secure while the restoration is underway.

Secure the Building

Boarding up the window and door openings prevent rain and snow from entering the home. Boarding up a home also prevents an intrusion by outsiders while the house is being repaired. We ensure that heavy-duty plywood sheets are used and securely attached to the openings to avoid removal.

SERVPRO also evaluates the structure for loss of integrity or stability. Floor joists and roof trusses are examined and supported if needed. Electrical circuits are verified, and the electricity turned on to enable heating the home, especially in the winter. The water pipes may need to be drained in the winter until the heating system is operational to prevent frozen water pipes.

Minimizing the Damage

In situations where the electricity must remain turned off, all recoverable food items must be removed from the fridge and freezers to prevent damage from food spoilage.

Residues from fire damage can corrode surfaces or discolor many interior items. SERVPRO can wipe down surfaces, including metal, plastic, furniture, fiberglass, faucets, door hardware, lamps, and countertops, to prevent corrosion. We can spray a light coating of lubricant to retard further corrosion until the restoration process can begin in earnest.

Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Wetherills Corner, Bethel Hill, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Did You Know that SERVPRO has Standardized Procedures for Water Removal in Lower Township?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVORi vehicles parked in driveway and street of neighborhood Our Green Fleet is always ready to go to tackle your water damage emergencies. Call us today!

SERVPRO's Standardized Water Removal Procedures Help Lower Providence Township Homes Recover Faster

Many things can go wrong after a water spill happens in your home in Lower Providence Township. The spilled water might take longer than expected to remove, or the drying procedures used might cause unnecessary damages to construction materials. A professional team with sufficient experience like SERVPRO can manage the process better because we have standardized procedures for such removal.

It might be hard to imagine standardized water removal in Lower Providence Township since every case of water loss is unique. However, the extensive collective experience at SERVPRO ensures we know the factors that remain constant despite the uniqueness of every loss site. Using proprietary software such as DryBook, our technicians establish the number and types of equipment necessary for a loss site by merely entering project information such as the dimensions of the affected area or the time since the spill.

A wide range of materials helps manage water loss sites. These might include:

  • Pumps and water extractors
  • Drying equipment
  • Trash Receptors
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Engineering control materials
  • Elevated access equipment such as ladders

However, we only use the equipment needed for each job. Therefore, bringing all equipment to a loss site only increases the workload of packing and unpacking, which can delay the actual work. By bringing only the necessary equipment to the loss site, it is possible to focus on the removal.

Restoring water loss is a multistage process. After extracting the standing water, there is a need to dry excess moisture and carry out any necessary final changes such as deodorizing or replacing damaged materials or refinishing surfaces since water can cause the paint to chip or leave stains. We prepare our SERVPRO technicians to perform all these actions right from the beginning of the restoration rather than reacting to developing situations. Apart from guaranteeing better outcomes, such preparation can also help prevent some adverse outcomes such as mold developing due to inadequate humidity control.

Water loss incidents present many challenges, but a standardized response can restore preloss conditions faster. Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Cleanup In Norristown

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

water damage caused by leak Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 for 24/7 service.

Water Cleanup Norristown – Saving Furniture From Damage

Most furniture does not do well when exposed to water from leaking pipes or overflowing sinks. Since furniture usually has a wood frame, the wood may swell and crack, and glues may break down, causing joints to separate. Fabrics may show spots from water contact, and some of the colorings may bleed out of fabrics causing further staining.

Whenever water cleanup is required in Norristown or surrounding areas, SERVPRO reacts quickly to our customer's calls for help. We understand that a fast response can limit the amount of damage to furniture and fabrics, as well as flooring. Clients, whenever possible, should also remove wet fabrics and place furniture on blocks to help control the staining of floorings such as carpets and hardwoods.

Special Care When Drying Upholstery
SERVPRO water restoration technicians receive advanced training regarding drying upholstery. We treat all furniture stains. SERVPRO extracts water and moisture using special upholstery tools designed to reach into crevices to remove all moisture. Special attention is given to buttons and zippers to dry these items and avoid future rust and discoloration. We may use wax paper to protect the zipper from the fabric to avoid the transfer of rust. Cushions can be tented, and air movers positioned to blow air over and under the cushions to maximize drying effectiveness.

Restoration vs. Replacement
There are situations where the cost of restoration may approach the cost of replacing a piece of furniture. Older items that are damaged by water due to glue separation sometimes cannot be restored. Furniture that contains particle board, which has swelled due to moisture absorption, loses strength and rigidity. These items cannot usually be restored and must be replaced.

SERVPRO technicians always review these issues with the customer before drying and restoration activities beginning. Insurance adjusters may also require documentation to support restoration decisions based on the overall cost.

Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lower Providence Township, West Norriton, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Some Ways to Remediate Water Damage in Lower Providence Township with Team SERVPRO

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged basement When your home has water damage, it can be quite frustrating. Pick up the phone and call our SERVPRO team for remediation services.

Removing Water from Concrete Block in Lower Providence Township

Knowing what to do when pipes burst inside of interior block walls in your Lower Providence Township finished basement can protect these materials, and other areas of the property, from becoming too severely damaged by migrating water. With cells lined up in a single hollow column, yet cut horizontally to make room for hidden plumbing, entire portions of masonry walls can fill with water after unexpected breaches in the pipes.

Flooding can affect exterior concrete walls in this same way, so knowing strategies for water removal in Lower Providence Township homes can help. In some situations, depending on the ability and experience of homeowners in repairing accessible plumbing breaches, removing water and drying block are steps that property owners can take without the direct involvement or oversight of qualified technicians like our SERVPRO team.

Because of cell openings creating cavities that span the entire height of the wall, much of the water present within these cells can get removed by puncturing small holes in the bottom course (row) of blocks. The traditional installed concrete masonry unit (CMU) has two cells and webbing in the center, meaning that each block along the bottom course requires one drilled hole for each of these cells. The best approach is with the use of a hammer drill power tool, which can either get rented from a hardware store or purchased directly.

Our SERVPRO team would take a step further to utilize our advanced drying techniques like the Injecti-Dry system to ensure that the moisture inside of these CMUs has gotten addressed appropriately. Our team is available for inspection should you need a second opinion or our cutting-edge moisture detection technology for an accurate depiction of dampness and any additional measures that should get taken to ensure secondary effects like mold growth do not develop.

There are many situations in which masonry walls in your finished basement could get water damage. Removing this water often involves both draining out this material and finding a suitable drying solution before resealing your holes. Give our SERVPRO of Norristown team a call if we can help in any way at (610) 272-8520.

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Call Our Experts When You Need Prompt Water Removal in Lower Providence Township

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

a ceiling with water spots all over it Our water damage technicians have years of experience and are certified by the IICRC call us right away to prevent further damage.

Lower Providence Township Food Court Resumes Services after Prompt Commercial

As people sip their coffee and have their mid-morning snacks, it is hard to tell that the Lower Providence Township food court they are in was covered in inches of water the previous night. A joint in a supply pipe gave way, releasing thousands of gallons of water covering almost the entire premises, including the kitchen and seating area.

After assessing the situation, it was clear to the owner that assistance from commercial water removal professionals in Lower Providence Township was the best way to resolve the issue. Our SERVPRO crews understand how crucial it is to restore normal services within a short time after such an incident. In a case like this involving clean water and minimal physical damage to contents and the structure, it is possible to get a positive outcome in a matter of hours.

Of great concern was water intrusion into hard-to-reach areas such as subfloors and wall cavities or absorption by materials that would require elaborate drying procedures. Finding a tiled floor was reassuring to our WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, but we still had to confirm that no water penetrated below the surface. Our SERVPRO crews are usually equipped with different moisture detection tools, including Thermal Cameras and Borescopes, with which we established no presence of water in concealed areas. After confirmation, we still needed to expedite extraction to prevent any further penetration, and our truck-mounted water extractors came in handy.

Even though the water damage may be from a clean source, the premises might end up dirty nevertheless. Dust and light sediments had collected at the areas where water pooled in the food court, so apart from removing the water, there was a need to clean. Our SERVPRO team uses water extractors with a pump, heater, and vacuum function, which help with both extracting and cleaning. We also have rotary floor cleaning equipment.

A water spill at any workplace is highly disruptive. Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 to carry out expedited water removal restoring your establishment to pre-incident conditions, "Like it never even happened."

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We Discuss The Monitoring Process After A Flood In Your Norristown Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

frozen pipes after a storm After your pipes freeze, it is best to seek out the professionals.

Flood Water Removal Teams In Norristown Discuss The Monitoring Process

It is about to get cold in Pennsylvania, meaning that your water pipes could freeze inside your Norristown apartment complex. Once pipes freeze and break, you could find your self in need to call in a professional flood water removal company such as SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we can quickly mitigate your issue before other bad things take place inside your home.

A pipe freeze can cause several gallons of water to pour into the interior of your building and require flood water removal inside your Norristown apartment unit. Once excessive moisture starts to negatively affect your building materials and contents, much water damage mitigation must get conducted by our SERVPRO professionals. If your moisture-related issues do not get treated promptly, then problems can get worse, and mold can even grow. Mold can cause health effects, but it takes about 48 hours to develop, so we always work to try to return moisture levels to normal to prevent fungal formations.

Once we arrive at your apartment complex, one of the first things we do is extract any liquid water from your unit. When it is in its liquid form, moisture is much easier to remove. Once it has evaporated into the air and soaked into your contents and building materials, the only way to remove it is through applied structural drying or ASD. During this process, we manipulate your indoor environment to speed up the natural drying and evaporation process.

During the ASD phase, we set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers that can help quickly dry out your structure after we set them up, we use moisture detection devices and other instruments to monitor the moisture content, temperature, and humidity inside your home. If any of these results prove to be insufficient for rapid ASD, then we can adjust our equipment as necessary. Once our measuring devices indicate that the moisture levels inside your building materials, contents, and indoor atmosphere prove to be returned to what they were before your pipe freeze took place, then we remove our equipment and begin the final cleaning phase.

After your pipes freeze, it is best to seek out the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 any time of the day, and we will return your property to its pre-damage state, “Like it never even happened.”

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The Best Way to Remove Fire Damage Odors From Norristown Homes

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damaged empty living room Smoke odors travel throughout your home. A fire on the second floor of this home caused smoke to permeate the first floor as well.

Fire Odor Removal Procedures Available In Norristown 

After having a fire in Norristown, there is always the possibility of lingering odors. You’ll need access to a company that can address these odors and make them disappear; “Like it never even happened.” At your local SERVPRO, we have qualified Odor Control Technicians (OCT) that are here to make sure you get the attention and results you deserve. 

Fire odor removal in your Norristown home does not need to be complicated. Here, we present a typical scenario that demonstrates how we address odor situations. We find that it often helps our customers to have a better understanding of the amount of work involved in the services our technicians use to remove odors found on their property. 

Proper Inspection provides SERVPRO technicians with the following information – Light Smoke Odor Situations: 

  • Damage only affects a small area.
  • No structural damage present.
  • The area has light or non-visible smoke residue.
  • Moving farther away makes odors less noticeable. 

Your SERVPRO technician now performs a variety of steps to address any fire odors found within this area, including: 

  • Removing the source of odors (if possible) – Avoiding the disposal of debris until authorized to do so.
  • Ventilate the affected area – We have access to air movers and vent box fans.
  • Clean every surface – Using EPA-registered detergent/deodorant solutions on all surfaces.
  • Ventilate the area again – Performing a reassessment to determine if odors remain.
  • Control vapor odors – Technicians apply Instant Odor Counteractant Beads: Cinnamon (#316) or Instant Odor Counteractant Pellets: Fruity (#307) to all floors.
  • Introduce Thermal fog – Using foggers to dispense heavy fog in the source area, with steady reduction as we approach the outer area.
  • Inspection of pockets of odor – Technicians isolate all crawl spaces, spaces above suspended ceilings, and wall cavities and fog them.
  • Inspection of the HVAC system – If your ventilation system was operating during the fire, technicians place cheesecloth over vents to detect smoke contamination.
  • Optional spot odor checks – We always make sure to address phantom odors and reassess areas with you present. 

With everything here in mind, SERVPRO technicians put an impressive amount of effort into removing light smoke odors from your home. Both moderate and heavy smoke odor situations involve a more intense process designed to address areas with a massive amount of damage and contamination. 

Call SERVPRO of Norristown for access to fire cleanup & restoration technicians 24-7, 365, year-round. (610) 272-8520 

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We Can Clean Up After A Water Damage Incident In Lower Providence Township

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

Roof leak caused stain on ceiling “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Up After Water Loss in Lower Providence Township

It's critical to address all aspects of water loss incidents that affect Lower Providence Township homes immediately, though just drying up the damaged areas is rarely the full extent of work to get done. Our SERVPRO professionals understand how widespread damages can become, and that is why we arrive with sophisticated inspection tools to identify areas that might require controlled demolition to reach. Cleaning up after water recovery can be more challenging than it might initially appear.

Water cleanup for Lower Providence Township is much more than just sopping up some water on the floor and spot cleaning; there is an intricate process that goes into making these loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” The faster that our professionals can initially begin water recovery, extraction, and drying efforts, the less taxing that cleaning and similar restorative steps become. The degrees of cleaning vary from job to job, depending on what mitigation tactics got used.

Controlled demolition is a common technique that works in two ways to benefit the water-damaged property. The first is by discarding saturated materials, usually drywall, that has become too severely affected to remain. The removal of these materials provides better access for the premier drying tools like our air movers to reach structural cavities and protect framework and structural elements.

Demolition and the subsequent reconstruction can generate a fair amount of dust, debris, and particulates on their own. We have a full division of cleaning technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in all facets of cleaning, including Carpet Cleaning (CCT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), and other restorative niches.

We stay prepared for all of the levels of water loss severity with ready trailers prepared to disembark from our headquarters at first contact with our customers. We can appreciate how quickly water emergencies can get out of control, and how vital cleaning up after these damages can be for your property. Our SERVPRO of Norristown team has a full division of professionals ready to help – give us a call anytime at (610) 272-8520.

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We Are Prepared To Restore Your Lower Providence Township Home 24/7

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling with water damage spots due to a leak Moisture in the ceiling was caused by a second-floor plumbing leak. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Water Removal Techniques That Limit Loss in Lower Providence Township Homes

The need to clean up water damage in a home will arrive for most homeowners during their property ownership in one form or another. Malfunctioning appliances, tree limbs growing into pipes gradually blocking sewage from leaving may cause a toilet to back up, and another common reason is a leaking roof or damp basement causing both water loss and encouraging mold growth.

When the need for water removal in a Lower Providence Township home arises, it is best to outsource the task to a professional restoration services company to ensure complete water extraction and drying occurs.

Why SERVPRO?

Before a technician sets foot onto a job site for customers, they have undergone extensive training both in a classroom setting and hands-on scenarios to teach them how to correctly use each piece of restoration equipment and the best practices for limiting loss in every type of home disaster situation. This type of training brings a mindset that restoring rather than have property owners incur costs for replacement of items which in turn saves money.

Specialized Equipment for Water Extraction

Removal of water damage is a crucial element for the complete drying of the loss area. SERVPRO technicians do several passes using different types of equipment such as weighted extractor heads for carpeting, squeegees for tile and wood flooring.

Wood Flooring May Not Be a Loss
Hardwood flooring, even with sealant, has the potential to be highly absorbent and swells and buckles with moisture. Unless the exposure to water occurred for a considerable length of time, it often has restoration potential if the floor receives the correct extraction and drying techniques.

Specialized Drying Techniques After Extraction

To adequately dry a structure and its contents, correct applications need to occur. SERVPRO technicians know that covering hardwood flooring with plastic and concentrating the flow from the air movers in tandem with desiccant dehumidifiers works well because of the low-evaporation nature of hardwood flooring. Drying mats also work on drying most types of flooring rapidly after detailed water extraction efforts.

SERVPRO of Norristown is ready to perform fast water removal in local homes 24/7 by calling (610) 272-8520. The certified technicians have the extensive array of cleanup equipment and restoration knowledge to the water loss in the house. "Like it never even happened."

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