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What is an Air Scrubber and How Does it Removes Mold From Your Norristown Home

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What is an Air Scrubber and How Does it Removes Mold From Your Norristown Home Mold is common in Norristown. Often, there is hidden damage behind the visible signs.

Where to get Industry-proven Mold Damage Remediation Services in Norristown

Leaving mold damage unattended to for an extended period can cause unnecessary damage to your home and possible health effects to the occupants. Molds occur naturally in our surroundings and usually reproduce by releasing spores into the environment. For them to grow, wet conditions must be available, so, do not assume the moment you notice a musty smell in your property. Let us look at some of the measures that we employ when dealing with such incidents in Norristown.  

The walls, drapes, and carpets in your Norristown property are some of the areas that are vulnerable to mold damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can use air scrubbers to get rid of the mold from such surfaces. Air scrubbers work by drawing the surrounding air and then filter it to remove the impurities. These devices come in different sizes, and each is appropriate for different levels of mold contamination. Air scrubbing works efficiently when the mold is at the surface and is yet to penetrate materials.  

If we come across a severely contaminated drywall, removing and discarding it is necessary. The same applies to all porous items in the building. Other materials that we may discard after contamination include carpets, padding, and mattresses. After removing the debris and materials that we should discard, we place them under containment, the same way we handle moldy debris. We also use the damp-wiping technique to clean restorable items and surfaces. The cleaning agent that our SERVPRO technicians use to damp-wipe the areas should not cause any bleaching activities and lead to discoloration. It means the surface we are cleaning also determines the mold remediation processes we put into use.  

After drying the items and the surrounding surface, we have to apply a disinfectant to deactivate any active spores and prevent future mold growth. Where necessary, we perform deodorization to address the odor problem. SERVPRO of Norristown is a locally owned company that offers 24-hour emergency cleaning and restoration services to homes and businesses. To work with our highly trained technicians, call (610) 272-8520 and get the help that you deserve. 

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Never Worry About Water Damage In Lower Providence Township Again Thanks To The Experts At SERVPRO

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Never Worry About Water Damage In Lower Providence Township Again Thanks To The Experts At SERVPRO Homeowners should call SERVPRO as soon as they find intrusive water so we can begin water removal procedures.

Water Removal Services Solves Problems In Lower Providence Township

There are many ways that your Lower Providence Township property might end up having problems with water. To protect your property from the effects of water, moisture, and excess humidity, we must remove it as quickly as possible.

Homeowners in Lower Providence Township should call SERVPRO as soon as they find intrusive water so we can begin water removal procedures. Putting out a fire often requires the use of water, and this can lead to the same problems as other sources of water. While its original purpose was beneficial, this water can cause severe damage, just like a broken water line.

Homes can also experience flooding, but our professionals can handle the severity that such disasters bring. Leaks can happen in almost any area of your home, including upper floors that end up saturating your entire home. Other catastrophes involve overflowed sinks, tubs, washing machines, and other appliances. SERVPRO professionals know to get things started as quickly as we arrive so that we put a stop to any new damage.

We also set up equipment to start the drying process. We always work with our customers to restore as much as possible. Some situations render materials and furnishings wholly damaged, but we have many techniques that keep the need for replacements to a minimum.

We work fast, and our equipment permits this. Without our submersible pumps mounted on our trucks, our smaller units that let us extract water from small areas, and our drying equipment that speeds up the process considerably, air drying your home might take such a long time that microbial colonization begins to take over your property.

Our detection equipment shows us where hidden pockets of water rest. Unless we find these and get them dried out, they can silently cause problems that you might not discover for weeks or months. Taking care of them now helps maintain lower costs in caring for your home overall. The restoration costs can quickly increase to well over the expense of preventative work.

We record the readings taken at the outset of our visit to your home, and then compare these readings once we believe we are finished, or nearly so. We also take these readings and compare them to industry standard guidelines to ensure that your home no longer holds any extra, unwanted water or moisture.

SERVPRO of Norristown wants to help your family after an event that doused your home. The cause can range from an older loosened pipe or hose to a traumatic fire or flood. However, the way we dry out your home almost always begins with water removal techniques. Serving Bethel Hill, Trooper, and Audubon, you can contact our 24-hour service line by calling (610) 272-8520.

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How Restoration Companies Remove Water From Your Lower Providence Township Business

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Restoration Companies Remove Water From Your Lower Providence Township Business Water on flooring can cause secondary damage. SERVPRO can quickly and effectively remove the water.

Communication in Commercial Water Removal for Lower Providence Township Business

If you are running a busy company, the pressures are not solely on you and your staff. The building itself is put under significant stress as well. That's why it is not uncommon for the physical structure to give out causing unforeseen damages. These can cause a loss of revenue, but the important thing is to keep calm and address the problem as quickly as possible using a local restoration service.

When we carry out commercial water removal in Lower Providence Township, we bring with us decades of experience and expertise. Having the know-how is only one part of the job. We have learned at SERVPRO that being able to communicate with the management is essential to getting a job done with the minimum amount of fuss. 

As soon as we receive your call, we can send out a team of technicians to the job site. A project manager can speak with you directly to keep you informed of work outcomes as well as to listen to any special requirements you may have. Having a two-way conversation has proven to be invaluable to our service as it allows us to factor in aspects that are unique to your business. 

In some cases, standing water may rise above levels of two inches. SERVPRO has access to fully submersible gas powered pumps, which can whisk away moisture into a sewer opening. That allows us to remove vast amounts in a short space of time and reduces the risk of permanent damages to floorboards or carpets caused by water saturation. 

Getting rid of water fast is easy. However, doing so without causing any further damage to the carpets, floorboards or furniture requires attention to detail and careful planning. We use truck-mounted extractors where there are significant amounts of standing water. For smaller buildings, we can bring in portable extractors with wands to precisely target different areas. 

We may take several runs over a specific area to ensure it dries properly. SERVPRO is also a mold remediation specialist. Over the years, we have seen many cases where water removal was not thorough enough, and patches of mold have built up in damp spots. We strive to make sure that does not happen to your business by bringing in moisture meters and dehumidifiers to check and dry the affected area. 

Standing water is a significant health and safety issue that could impact your revenue, contact SERVPRO of Norristown for an immediate assessment. Dial (610) 272-8520 now.

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Flood Restoration In West Norriton

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Restoration In West Norriton If you experience flood damage in the West Norriton area, it’s essential to ensure that you don’t try to get rid of the water on your own.

Flood Restoration

When there's a heavy rain, there might be a chance that you have experienced a flood. Flood damage originates from the overflow of inland or tidal water, rapid accumulation of surface water, mudflow, or collapse of land along the bank of a lake or similar body of water. All of this can lead to disastrous results in your home.

If you experience flood damage in the West Norriton area, it’s essential to ensure that you don’t try to get rid of the water on your own. Extracting water from your residential area requires a lot of skills and expertise. You’ll have to purchase high-tech equipment and tools to help you get rid of the water. Not only that, it can be a hazardous process. Water near electrical appliances can be dangerous, so it’s vital to keep your children and yourself out of the area after the flood.

After surviving the flood, it’s essential to call in the experts like SERVPRO, so they can send their technicians to assess the area. These technicians can utilize sophisticated mitigation techniques to remove the water. This process can help reduce additional property damage. They can also use moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermohygrometers to detect the moisture in the air, carpets, walls, baseboards, and anywhere in your home. The goal of these tools is to help us control the temperature and humidity levels to provide the proper drying condition.

SERVPRO technicians have other high-tech tools such as air movers to enhance evaporation to reduce the drying time. They can also use deodorizing equipment such as ultra-low volume foggers to create a fine mist that can penetrate the site of odor-causing residues. These tools can even kill fungus and other bacteria that lingers around your house.

If you are ready to restore your house after the flood, then give SERVPRO of Norristown a call at (610) 272-8520 for a consultation with a skilled technician.

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Water Damage Restoration in Norristown Includes Deodorization

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration in Norristown Includes Deodorization Finding out that the pipe under your kitchen sink burst during the night and caused water damage is alarming. Contact SERVPRO for drying out services.

Our Technicians Use Effective Methods to Remove Any Lingering Odors After Water Damage Remediation Services

Your Norristown home has a musty odor due to a pipe burst under the kitchen sink. You were away from the property overnight, and the water was left standing. In addition to water removal and drying, odor removal is also a vital phase of water damage restoration. Contacting us for our professional services as soon as possible can save further damage to your property and can help reduce or eliminate strong odors inside your home.
 
SERVPRO water damage restoration in Norristown includes deodorization. The first step our techs can take to reduce musty odors is to remove items that are causing the smell such as wet carpeting and padding and mildew. The team may also use injection, direct spraying and wet fogging to remove foul odors. Before our crew uses any of these methods, they take proper precautions to ensure your safety. We remove pets, food and other items from the structure. Plus, we may ask homeowners to vacate the premises during the deodorization phase.
 
Our technicians may use a needle, syringe or pump to directly inject a small amount of deodorant into specific areas such as the carpeting to remove odors. The crew may also directly spray the affected areas to eliminate strong smells. Direct spraying may include the use of hand pumps or sprayers to apply odor removing chemicals and disinfectants on the affected areas. The team may also use ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers that distribute odor removing deodorizers that can neutralize and remove foul odors.
 
The crew may also employ air movers to push musty odors from the structure during and after the deodorization phase. We may also use high-velocity fans and air scrubbers to get rid of damp odors and to speed up drying. Our techs utilize air scrubbers to trap and pull odor-causing particles from the affected areas effectively. Air scrubbers also clean musty air, which can improve the air quality inside the structure and can leave refresh your home.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown offers efficient water damage services in your area that includes deodorization. When possible, our trained techs can remove odors from your home. Call us at (610) 272-8520 at any time.

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A Lack of Proper Ventilation Inside of Your Evansburg Bathroom Can Cause Mold Damage

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Lack of Proper Ventilation Inside of Your Evansburg Bathroom Can Cause Mold Damage When mold damage appears in your bathroom, count on SERVPRO for remediation.

Mold damage in your bathroom

When you use your shower, the bathroom becomes steamy from the heat and moisture, and that excess moisture has the power to create mold damage. However, the steam that comes off a shower is usually handled by a ventilation fan built into your ceiling. When that fan doesn't work correctly, the steam and moisture inside your small bathroom now have nowhere to go. Instead, it clings to the walls and creates a very damp environment that is ideal for the growth of mold spores.

You may notice the mold damage growing inside of your Evansburg bathroom by sight or smell. As mold grows, it usually creates small patches of greyish-green, or even blue, speckles along the walls. Additionally, mold also creates a musty scent that is sometimes notable before visual confirmation occurs. When you suspect that mold is growing inside of your home, it is often wiser to call for remediation as soon as possible rather than call for testing. The sight and smell of mold means that the problem is grand enough to call for a solution.

When you reach out to SERVPRO, the first employee we sent to your home is our Estimator. While waiting for our team of IICRC-certified technicians to arrive, they can explain to you that some basic standards are involved. These practices include quarantining the area, disinfecting the mold, cleaning up dust and debris, and ensuring that the problem that caused the mold in the first place is addressed. When our SERVPRO technicians arrive, they can begin remediation as soon as possible.

Our technicians can start by sectioning off the bathroom from the rest of the house using plastic sheeting. It is essential for all entry points to be covered, including the door and vents. Afterward, SERVPRO can begin to remove the mold from the inside. Our technicians can remove any porous material that the mold has grown onto and clean any non-porous or semi-porous items with disinfectant. From there, our techs can use an antifungal solution to help prevent regrowth.

After our technicians have cleaned up the debris and dust, we can remove the plastic sheeting. We can walk you through what caused the mold problem and then recommend a contractor who can install a new ventilation fan and repair any sections of your wall that may have needed to come down.

When you find a mold problem inside of your home, never hesitate to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Norristown by phoning (610) 272-8520. Day or night, we are here for you.

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Tackling Returning Odors after Fire Damage in East Norriton

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tackling Returning Odors after Fire Damage in East Norriton The SERVPRO Green Fleet Remediates Fire-Causing Odors in East Norriton Properties

SERVPRO Strives to Reduce, Then Eliminate Fire and Smoke Odors

Smoke has an odor that can linger long after a fire has been put out and furniture restored. These unpleasant smells can be due to residue left behind in air spaces behind fittings, in between floors or in difficult to reach corners. Smoke travels upward, moving toward any spare airspace and, as it passes through, deposits residue, soot, and possibly toxins from burnt materials.
 
Humid climates suppress airborne odor molecules which can cause odors to return or become pungent. Homes that have recently fallen prey to fire damage in East Norriton can suffer returning odors due to high humidity levels in the climate. At certain times of the year, humidity can reach as high as 69% or higher. To eliminate odors entirely is not easy but doing the job thoroughly the first time around reduces the risk of returning odors.
 
There is no mechanical tool to detect odors. Indeed, a pleasant aroma to some can be unbearable to others. That is why SERVPRO communicate directly with homeowners to discover which odors need to be prioritized and eliminated. The process of dealing with smoke odor focuses on finding the source of the odor, which prevents it from returning in the long-term and using chemicals to neutralize smells in the short-term.
 
At SERVPRO our fire technicians are trained to understand the behavior of smoke. Learning how smoke behaves aids us in predicting where the source of odor can be. In rare cases, the source of odor can reside in tiny air-pockets between floors and therefore be impossible to remove without specialized equipment like hydroxyl generators or industrial fogging equipment, alongside chemical deodorizers to neutralize malodorous particulates.
 
We have an array of deodorizers to help us work within your requirements. Air Scrubbers with Hepa filters can remove 99.97% of particles in the air. An additional carbon filter focuses solely on capturing odor particles. Air Scrubbers can be particularly useful in private properties because they are safe to use around pets, children or adults. In extreme cases, we may need to use the Ozone machine which use 03 molecules to alter the surrounding environment chemically. Ozone machines can only be used in vacant properties because the gas can be potentially lethal. After half an hour the gas will have dissipated, and your technician can tell you it is safe to return to the property.
 
The other essential piece of equipment we use is dehumidifiers. Firefighters use chemical or water-based extinguishers to deal with house-fires. These are incredibly effective but can often leave behind excess moisture which then increases room humidity and intensifies odor. Using two types of a dehumidifier, SERVPRO can treat the affected area by lowering humidity levels and reducing the strength of odors.
 
Lingering smoke odors can be tough to remove, but SERVPRO of Norristown has the equipment and the expertise to help tackle it. Call us at (610) 272-8520 to arrange your next service.

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How To Do Proper Remediation Of Mold Damage In West Norriton

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Do Proper Remediation Of Mold Damage In West Norriton If you have noticed mold signs in your West Norriton Condo, the problem might be worse than you think.

Proper Remediation Of Mold Damage

If you have noticed mold signs in your West Norriton Condo, the problem might be worse than you think. With its different sections, some difficult to reach, it is easy to miss specific areas. If the remediation efforts miss such areas, the problem can keep recurring. We offer proper remediation that touches every section of your property to ensure a positive outcome.

When you identify signs of mold damage in your West Norriton property, you should start remediation immediately. You might get a tester to verify the true extent of the problem, but it is not mandatory since signs are already there. In some cases when dealing with larger properties, we divide them into zones so that we can have containment areas. Creating containment zones also allows us to use negative air pressure as part of the remediation process because it effectively removes spores from the air.

Depending on how the mold affects your property, our SERVPRO technicians can use various approaches to clean the affected areas. We can scrape the mold off from hard surfaces. We also use chemicals to disinfect the affected areas because it is one sure way to kill the spores. Some parts such as wall cavities might be hard to access without demolition. We dissipate the cleaning agents to such areas in the form of mist using thermal foggers. This approach eases the process while maximizing efficiency.

Moisture is the biggest culprit in causing mold infestations. Our SERVPRO team checks moisture levels in the property to ensure no areas have moisture levels that favor microbial growth. Using moisture extraction tools such as dehumidifiers, our technicians can dry the property to levels unfavorable for microbial growth.

Perhaps the most vexing problem of a mold infestation is the putrid odor. One way our SERVPRO technicians deal with this is by applying a coat of mildew retardant paint on the affected area. The coat serves two purposes including suppression of lousy odor and provision of a smooth surface for the final paint coat.

With professional help, it is easier to deal with mold problems. When you call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520, we evaluate the problem and come up with the right strategies to fix it. We are available any time of the day.

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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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