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Who Should You Call to Remove Water Damage From a Norristown Attic?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Norristown, we are always ready to be deployed at a moment's notice.

Our Experienced Team at SERVPRO With The Equipment and Expertise you can Depend on.

Water damage to property is the third most significant cause of losses for homeowners. Between 2007 and 2009 alone, homeowners reported over $9 billion in property loss due to water damage, comprising a staggering 23% of such losses in that period. Water damage is also the second most frequently filed claim for homeowners, according to American Insurance Association data.

If your Norristown residence needs water damage mitigation that can act quickly, SERVPRO technicians are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Disasters do not occur on a typical 9-to-5 schedule, so these restoration professionals are always ready to offer a full spectrum of cleanup and restoration services for homeowners and their belongings. SERVPRO's emphasis on repair over replacement when it is safe and feasible to do so ensures minimal losses and maximum cost savings for homeowners. 

Protect Your Belongings From Attic Water Damage

  • Choosing the right storage. Use clear plastic containers to avoid bacteria and insects and be able to see the contents of your storage more easily.
  • Insulate the attic with durable materials. Not only does insulation help with temperature control, but it can also help keep moisture and pests away from your belongings. While cotton and cellulose are eco-friendly options, fiberglass stands a better chance of being restored after water damage.
  • Maintain your home. Make sure to fix up your roof, keep gutters clean, and have a professional inspect your home once or twice a year so you can get small problems repaired before they become costly insurance claims.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fiberglass Insulation

After water damage has occurred, it is possible to restore fiberglass insulation and reinstall it in your home. The first step in cleanup is to extract water with portable, back-mounted units or extraction wands. Water extraction is estimated to be 500 times more effective than skipping straight to drying with air movement and dehumidification. Insulation can also be sanitized with EPA-registered biocides

SERVPRO of Norristown is ready to keep your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (610) 272-8520 any time that you need a disaster cleanup service for your residence.

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Does Wearing Hazmat Gear Make Environmental Cleaning in Norristown Safer?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Norristown technicians wear different kinds of gloves depending on the type of biohazardous cleaning and disinfection required

SERVPRO Crews Don PPE Personal Protective Equipment for BioHazardous Microbial Sanitizing and Disinfecting

Amid the pressures of a current virus crisis, Governor Tom Wolf has determined that non-essential businesses and facilities in Norristown and throughout the state will close temporarily. Essential businesses will remain open. This puts a demand on our business community to maintain safe working and shopping conditions.

Professional Disinfecting to Meet the Challenge

As a business owner responsible for disinfection and cleaning your Norristown business, you might feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of this task and how it differs from the regular upkeep and maintenance of your building. Our SERVPRO professionals have an extensive roster of qualified cleaning technicians that can handle the disinfection and sanitizing projects of any size to ensure that your facility reduces risk to employees and customers.

Through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have trained multiple experienced technicians in biohazard and environmental cleaning and recovery. We can remove pathogens, microbes, and harmful microorganisms from surfaces using medical-grade cleaning products that follow CDC and other recommended protocols.

We offer cleaning strategies customized to each client’s requirements. For more information, please give our SERVPRO of Norristown team at (610) 272-8520.

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Commercial Flood Damage In Norristown

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

How Can I Be Sure My Norristown Shop is Clean After Flooding?

SERVPRO cleaning technicians on our team have potent biocides and disinfecting products that can offer peace of mind after potential contamination of your Norristown business.

It is hard for spaces like your Norristown shop to feel the same after substantial storm and flood disasters have occurred. Despite how devastating that these emergencies might initially feel, a prompt response from qualified our restoration professionals can leave these flood losses, “Like it never even happened.”

Much of the recovery of flood damage to your Norristown shop centers around penetrative cleaning practices that go beyond the surface layers. Thorough and intricate cleaning practices remove contamination and bacterial threats that can often accompany natural flooding scenarios. Our SERVPRO team has potent cleaning and chemical agents to address pathogens, bacteria, and soiling of your shop after flooding.

What products can help restore your business after flood losses?

    •    Antibacterial agents
    •    Chlorine cleaners
    •    Deodorizers
    •    Botanical cleaning products

It is our business to get you back in business. Give our SERVPRO of Norristown team a call at (610) 272-8520.

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Is Water Damage Being Stored in Norristown Storage Facilities

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

A little water and humidity can damage items in storage units. Call SERVPRO for Fast and Effective Remediation

Commercial Water Damage Norristown – Flooded Floors

Heavy rains can cause water to accumulate inside buildings in situations where there is improper drainage. A storage facility with a variety of products stored on the floor to ceiling shelving may only have an inch or so of water on the cement floors. However, if the not quickly clearing the water and lowering the humidity, the packaging and the products can be damaged even though water did not touch the packaging.

SERVPRO provides commercial water damage recovery services to Norristown and surrounding areas. Fast action in situations where water is covering the floor can significantly limit the damage to the structure as well as products. Our teams are available on a 24 / 7 basis and can usually be on-site in less than four hours. Removing standing water and lowering the humidity is a high priority for our teams to protect your products and limit the downtime for your company.

Storage Facilities Present Unique Challenges

We remove standing water with water extractors. It is essential to check for remaining moisture pockets under shelving, desks, and cabinets. Eliminating these moisture pockets and reducing the overall humidity in the building is essential. We deploy large air movers to circulate air within the building to absorb moisture. We use truck-mounted dehumidification machines. External truck-mounted air movers are used to extract moist air from the building and replace it with dry outside air.

Paper products or packaging immersed in the water may have absorbed moisture. Typically, these are products on the bottom shelves of floor to ceiling shelving. SERVPRO checks and removes all potentially damaged packaging. We inventory each item while removing it to provide a record for insurance claims and inventory control.

Since floor to ceiling shelving is challenging to remove, SERVPRO deploys specialized air movers to direct air under the bottom shelves. We adapt our solutions to fit your environment so that you can return to normal operations as quickly as possible.

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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Flood Damage In Norristown

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Creeks and Rivers Flood In Norristown

Creeks and rivers can reach flood stage, sometimes in minutes, leaving little time to prepare. Homeowners can move personal belongings to higher floors and make sure their families are safe if given enough warning. Basements and even the first floor of a home can fill with water that is contaminated, carrying mud, debris, animal feces, and chemicals, leaving a potentially toxic mess.

SERVPRO of Norristown has lots of experience dealing with flood damage in Norristown and surrounding areas. Our team members are trained to deal with microbial infestations, flood damage, mold, and structural drying. For more significant damage events, we can also call on partner franchises to assist in providing equipment and staff. We are available on a 24 hour a day, seven days a week basis. Our teams are usually onsite within four hours of your call to begin the process of restoring your home.

Decontamination and Drying Structures
Once the flooding has subsided, SERVPRO can deploy sump pumps and water extractors to remove water from basements and crawl spaces. Next, we can remove all of the debris that may have entered the home. We evaluate which items can be saved by decontamination and cleaning and those that cannot. Usually, we can save hard surface items.

SERVPRO can review the steps that must be considered to properly dry your home and remove any chance of mold growth or harm from contaminated material. We work closely with the client and their insurance adjuster to arrive at a cleaning plan to restore your home to its original condition.

In many situations, we must remove carpets and underpadding. We make flood cuts on all walls to a point above the waterline. Drywall exposed to water usually cannot be saved. Also, we need access to the studs inside the wall to remove all moisture and properly dry the structure. While the damage from a flood may seem extensive, our experience has shown that it is better for your health and that of your family to remove all contaminated elements, properly clean and dry your home.

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

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Water Damage in Your Norristown Home? Now What! Call SERVPRO!

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Gets the Word Out--We Mitigate Water Damage in Norristown Area Properties--Both Big and Small!

Norristown Residents Can Experience a Water Loss to Their Property

As a homeowner, you are proud to call Norristown home. You have created a life here, with a whole host of family and friends. One of your main goals has always been homeownership, and you reached that goal. But what do you do if your home goes through a mishap, such as water damage? Whom do you call? You call your local SERVPRO!

There are many people who are very surprised at how easy it is for your Norristown home to experience water damage. Try this unexpected scenario for your Norristown home on for size: say that you are enjoying your above-ground backyard swimming pool, and then a tree falls on it, causing the pool to collapse, flooding the ground. The water cascades like a waterfall down into your open basement window, flooding your basement, and now you need help fast.

One of the main advantages of hiring us for your Norristown water restoration project is because of all of the excellent personal equipment we have. For example, we have top-notch dehumidifiers that assist us in effectively drying out your space. A dehumidifier can assist us by pulling water vapor from the air and running it across the coils of the machine. The condensed liquid, contained in a bucket or channeled to a drain, decreases moisture and helps prevent secondary water damage. This removal decreases that typical "musty" smell that many water-damaged areas can suffer.

We also have several monitoring devices for use in your Norristown home. We use this equipment to map water in "hidden" places so that we are better able to restore your home fully. When you couple this with the latest in air scrubbing technology and drying mats, you can see why we are fully confident we can restore your water damaged area, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Norristown is available 24/7 to help our neighbors in need. Call us today at (610) 272-8520.

We Act Fast In Lower Providence Township After A Fire

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

We have the training, experience, and equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a fire. We are available day or night.

What Happens to Your Fire Damaged Possessions in Lower Providence Township

Having a small kitchen fire may not cause much structural damage, but can create an issue with the strong malodor of smoke. It is not always as easy as pulling out your clothes and washing them to remove the offensive smells.

Fire damage in Lower Providence also means smoke damage. Dealing with smoke often means that you need to remove some or all of the contents within the home and clean them offsite while SERVPRO technicians clean the house using specialized techniques, equipment, and products. When technicians first remove the contents of your home, it can be slightly unnerving to see your things taken away. However, there is a careful process to ensure everything comes back to you cleaned and smoke-free.

During the move-out of your items, SERVPRO fire damage restorers label each piece that remains tagged throughout the entire cleaning process. Technicians bring the items to a secured storage location and place them into an initial staging area where they inventory them and group them by condition and type of items. Common categories are rush items that need to go back to the owner quickly, wet items, large and upholstered items requiring more than one person to care for them, boxed items, and assessment items that require specialized assessment by specialty restorers. Anything contaminated by mold growth or other contaminants is separated to prevent cross-contamination.

There are designated cleaning areas, including the cleaning room, which includes professional cleaning products, good lighting, sinks, and 36-inch tables acting as a clean work surface. Within the cleaning room, there is often a fluff and fold area for laundry. There is also an ultrasonic cleaning room to allow specialized cleaning though ultrasonic machines that agitate items to clean them. There is also an upholstery cleaning area requiring ventilation and clear space, allowing for overspray and wet flooring. Technicians hang rugs here to dry on a rug storage rack.

Technicians clean each item carefully using SERVPRO cleaning guidelines and products. If smoke odors remain after the contents are cleaned, technicians deodorize them further. Ozone is one great way to attack strong smoke odors. They also set up scheduling with specialty restorers such as dry cleaners, furniture refinishers, and document restorers. After restorers finish cleaning and deodorizing, they return the items to the home as long as the house is also clean and deodorized.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520.

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Here is What You Should Do for Your Commercial Water Damage Situation in Norristown

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

Take advantage of our Emergency Ready Plan by completing a profile. Feel confident that an emergency will be handled according to your specifications.

Commercial Water Removal Norristown – Emergency Response Planning

Most business owners do not have an emergency response plan. Not even the necessary information about whom to call in an emergency, where are the main shut off points for water, power, and gas? What should you and your employees do if the water is leaking from a broken pipe and flooding the building? Where is the main shut off and who has the key if the valve is in a locked room?

SERVPRO provides commercial water removal services to Norristown and the surrounding areas. We can respond in less than four hours on a 24 /7 basis to assist your company deal with water emergencies of all types. When we arrive at your building, it is beneficial to meet with the person in charge who has access to the building and knows where the main shutoff is for the water main, electricity, and gas if needed. This information saves valuable time. Delays may cause the amount of water damage to increase significantly.

SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Plan

Time is always essential whenever there is an emergency. When there is water damage, the longer the leak continues, the more damage the water can do to your building, machines, raw materials inventory, and finished goods. Also, recovery time can increase, and your business sales, revenue, fulfillment, and customer service are significantly impacted. Many business owners never recover financially after a long period recovering from an emergency water damage event.

Our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Plan can help to minimize the downtime after a water damage event. Customers can begin by developing a profile that puts critical information at your fingertips. During a disaster, this information is readily available and can be passed along to your SERVPRO partner to enable our response to be that much faster. Primary contact, primary areas, shutoff locations, decision-makers, and more readily available can make a huge difference in recovery time.

Feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment with one of our SERVPRO SMR sales and marketing reps to discuss developing an Emergency READY Profile Plan to be ready for any disaster.

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

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Flash Floods Can Damage Your Norristown Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Heavy Downpours Cause Flash Floods in Norristown

Heavy downpours place lots of pressure on storm drains, streets, and homes. The water accumulates so quickly that the storm drains cannot handle the volume and the water backs up into streets, parking lots and basements. Within hours the water from a torrential downpour may have dissipated, however, the damage remains.

SERVPRO responds to flood damage in Norristown and surrounding areas immediately. Often our clients are distraught. Their homes and contents are a soggy mess. There may be contamination in the water, and often there is concern about diseases in addition to wondering how their families can ever recover from the damage.

Removing the Water
With basements flooded and the electricity off, SERVPRO can deploy truck-mounted pumps as well as submersible pumps to remove the water. If raw sewage has bubbled up through drains or was washed into the home by the floodwaters, we may need to pump the liquid into storage tanks for later disposal. We can also provide secondary power from generators brought to your home to run our equipment and also provide power to areas of the home requiring emergency power.

Once we have removed all of the water, we can investigate the damage and ensure the space is safe to enter. Electrical connections and the level of contamination of your home may represent a safety issue. In many cases, we cannot restore porous items. We can dispose of these items. We endeavor to clean as many items as possible.

With the owner's permission, SERVPRO can set up a staging area for our equipment. We also use this same area to store items that have been recovered from the flooded area and can be cleaned. Once contents are cleaned and dried, we move everything to a second staging area for storage until your home has been fully restored.

SERVPRO can help manage all of the flood damage restoration and recovery of your home after a flood. Our highly trained technicians provide decontamination, cleaning, and drying of the contents and the structure.

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

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Importance of Removing Moisture

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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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)

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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)

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)

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)

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 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)

“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)

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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How to Handle Flood Damage in Your Norristown Home

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows exactly what to do for your Norristown flood damaged home.

Let us walk you through every single step to take for your Norristown flood damage.

Floods can cause severe damage to a home. Even a few inches of standing water can have devastating effects on the walls, floors, carpets, and drywall of your home. Therefore, it is essential to learn how to mitigate the destruction that flooding causes.

When dealing with flood damage in your Norristown residence, you need to secure your family. With floodwaters carrying bacteria and debris that could cause harm, ensure everyone in your house is safe. After that, do the following:

  •       Gather essential documents

Documents like personal identification, flood insurance policies, and pictures of your damaged home can come in handy during this time. You want to make an insurance claim quickly and receive compensation. Without these documents, you could end up paying for restoration services with your emergency cash.

  •       File a claim

An insurance adjuster can evaluate the loss and help the insurance company decide how much to compensate you. It can take a while before an insurance company processes your claim. Be prepared to incur costs for removing water, drying the affected areas and other repairs. 

  •       Begin the restoration process

At SERVPRO, we advise homeowners to start the restoration process because water destroys a home with every minute that passes by. 

Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) respond to flooding disasters quickly. We have sophisticated portable extractors that can remove the standing water in different surfaces of your home to speed up drying. We can also clean up the contaminated areas before we start restorative drying. Our restorers also provide humidity control in contaminated areas to reduce potential secondary destruction, moisture migration, and microbial amplification. This involves setting up and turning on dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity within the affected areas.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also create a drying zone in your home. A drying zone is an area where we control the airflow, humidity, and temperature to expedite the drying of damp materials. We focus our drying efforts on the drying zone. We can group several adjacent rooms into one drying zone. 

When in need of flood mitigation services, contact SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520. We can help you restore your home to its preloss state. We also offer our services in Lower Providence Township, East Norriton and West Norriton. 

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How SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Water Damage in Providence

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to reduce the amount of downtime with commercial water damage. Call us today!

Commercial Water Damage Lower Providence Town

For commercial business properties, downtime is always one of the most critical elements to consider. When there is water damage, business owners want to understand how long business operations are going to be on hold? What is going to happen to all of the business content? How is it going to be moved? Where are these items going to be stored and when can their building be re ready to resume operation?

SERVPRO is very experienced in dealing with commercial water damage events in Lower Providence Township. We understand the urgency for businesses to recover from water damage situations and resume normal operations. Our crew chief evaluates every scenario and proposes solutions that can efficiently get the job done. Everything is discussed with the owner beforehand.

Cleaning and Staging

Where possible, every water damaged item is cleaned and dried before being moved. In many situations, contents are moved to initial staging areas for cleaning and drying. Once this step is complete, we move all of the contents to a final staging area for storage. SERVPRO would prefer all contents to be stored on-site in a dry area. On-site storage minimizes moving items multiple times. Tracking and record keeping is also efficient.

Tracking

Our technicians inventory all items before being moved. The condition is noted and also where the item is stored. Records are updated with the latest location, once the item is cleaned and dried. There are several reasons for this detailed tracking.

SERVPRO understands that insurance companies require information about all damages and efforts required to complete the job. Owners also require retrieval of various items from time to time as the job progresses. Accurate tracking and record-keeping enable these items to be sorted for the owner as needed.

We track and account for all removed items from the structure. SERVPRO must also provide insurance coverage for all items staged or moved to temporary areas.

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

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Our Skilled Crew Is Ready To Respond To Your Emergency In Norristown

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Why Choose SERVPRO After A Disaster In Your Norristown Property

With decades of expertise in the industry under our belts, we can offer Norristown homes and businesses a thorough and satisfactory result when disasters strike. Customer service is essential to us, and we treat every new project as though we were working on our own homes. We have a growing team of specialists encompassing every niche of recovery, including water, fire, mold, storm, and even biohazardous threats. With our experienced contracting division, we can offer a seamless transition between mitigation and renovation or repair depending on the needs of your household amid the restoration process.

Fire
Each of the team members that make up the fire recovery division of our SERVPRO brand undergoes extensive training and education to obtain their Fire & Smoke Restoration accreditation from the Insitute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) To better protect Norristown homes and businesses, we encourage our professionals to continue pursuing new educational opportunities, including in-house coursework and online certifications to become valuable assets to every customer with every emergency that they might endure.

We have decades of hands-on experience, helping us to quickly identify all the present fire damage threats in Norristown properties and the ideal approaches to overcome them. Mitigating your loss, regardless of the severity of the incident, is a priority of our team. It is our mission to complete restoration tasks as quickly as possible and to limit out of pocket expenses for our clients – even when we are working more heavily with a home insurance provider.

Our professionals have a large inventory of recovery tools that can help to address every single threat that your Norristown property faces after a fire gets extinguished. We can clean soot and smoke residues, deodorize your household, filter carcinogens and particulates from the air, and protect damaged or at-risk contents. No matter what you need, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Storm
Storm relief for our SERVPRO of Norristown team means much more than just addressing the effects that can result from breaches in your home’s defenses. We want to address these concerns at the heart of the issue, and that is why our contracting division rolls out with our mitigation specialists at the first sign of a storm damage emergency. These professionals have more than 80 years of combined experience in the building trades, and that means that much more can get accomplished with their presence than simple repairs and temporary solutions.

From the time that our storm response team first arrives, we begin to assess both structural damages and the needs of the inside of your Norristown house. Our contractors can board up and tarp vulnerable areas of the roof, broken windows, and other breaches to the exterior of your property, allowing water flow or other threats inside the home. This fast response, even amid a harrowing storm system, can protect your property from even more widespread and compromising flooding.

Addressing standing water in your home is a common concern when storm damage compromises Norristown construction. We have a full inventory of unique and powerful mitigation tools like gas and electric-powered extractors as well as hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers to make short work of thoroughly drying the property once temporary construction solutions have gotten installed.

Water
Every water loss incident is another chance for our SERVPRO team to showcase our fast response and expertise in the restoration industry. We know there is a finite timeline for water recovery, and the longer that Norristown properties go without mitigation and recovery efforts, the worse these damages can become. That is why so many of our team members have pursued the educational requirements and training to obtain Water Restoration Technician (WRT) accreditation through the IICRC. Many of these same professionals also pursue related training and endorsements through this same firm, including Applied Mold Remediation (AMRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Commercial Drying (CDS), and Odor Control (OCT.)

Much of our water restoration success can get attributed to our devotion to having the leading industry tools and machines to address extraction, drying, and cleaning your Norristown property after a water loss incident. We have multiple levels of recovery tools, allowing us to customize our approach depending on where the damage exists, its severity, and what materials or contents might also have become affected.

With our fast response, we can often reduce the possibility of water damage in Norristown homes, turning into harmful secondary effects like mold growth. The faster that we can remove standing water and drop moisture and humidity levels below the established baseline, the better able our team is to prevent microbial threats from settling into surfaces and contents.

Mold
While we work to address the full recovery of water loss incidents with a fast and confident response, mold damage in Norristown homes is not always easily avoided. While in some situations this develops from recent water emergencies and their lingering effects, the situation can also stem from elevated humidity and moisture levels attributed to changing atmospheric conditions and the ventilation in specific areas of your property.

The presence of a microbial threat can often get seen most easily on surfaces like drywall or get identified by a harsh and noxious musty odor. When you are not sure if mold colonies exist, and you need peace of mind, our SERVPRO professionals can offer a thorough inspection of the property. If we cannot discover mold growth with our detection instruments, we can send of environmental samples from your Norristown residence to analyze spore concentration.

We understand how delicate some of the properties are in our area, many of which have historical significance. We utilize abrasive cleaning techniques to remove present colonies without damaging the material substrate. Protecting installed materials is our goal, and this can save Norristown homeowners time and money as well.

As stressful and challenging as emergencies and disasters can be, we have become a trusted name in our communities to lend our experience and equipment to help. You can count on our SERVPRO of Norristown professionals to make all loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give our technicians a call anytime at (610) 272-8520.

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You Need to Contact Our Specialists if Your Norristown Home Has Experienced a Fire

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

If fire damage happens to your bedroom don't try and clean it up alone. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage in Norristown Bedroom Needs Fast Cleanup

After fire damage happens in a home, all you want to do is get past it and get life back to normal. That cannot occur until the removal of charred items, and smoke odors happen; otherwise, any reconstruction done to the room could emanate residual odors. 

When SERVPRO handled fire damage cleanup in a Norristown bedroom caused by an electrical fire, there were numerous challenges our technicians faced to get the room restored and ready for reconstruction. 

  • Since hot air expands, this action drives soot deeply into porous objects 
  • Paint on the walls has the potential to harbor odor-causing soot sometimes requiring sealing before repainting
  • Depending on the type of residue, dry and wet smoke need different cleaning methods for the best outcome

Due to the nature of the fire caused by an overheated plug, and the subsequent lack of electricity in the home, we brought our own generators to power our equipment. There was a limited amount of water to extract left behind by the fire department when they extinguished the fire, but it did little additional damage. Our moisture detection equipment confirmed no excessive moisture remained after extraction and drying.

We cut away the charred sheetrock and removed the bed. However, the property owner was thrilled to learn our technicians felt his vintage solid iron bed held restoration potential through our proprietary cleaning methods. Much of the bedroom was a fire loss, and everything from the charred carpet to the burned curtains required disposal. 

Although the fire did not affect the clothes in the closet, we recommended the homeowner have them professionally dry cleaned and removed other items for cleaning and disinfection outside of the job site. Then we performed odor treatment applications to ensure the rebuilding of the bedroom occurred; no residual reminders of the fire remained.

SERVPRO of Norristown is ready 24/7 to help local property owners with fire damage cleanup and restoration. Call us at (610) 272-8520, and we arrive within an hour because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Lower Providence Township Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Inventory of Heavy Duty Equipment

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why Not SERVPRO for Emergency Water Removal? Your Local First Responders Do in Plymouth and Lower Providence Township!

SERVPRO Extraction for Lower Providence Township Homes

Understanding how specific tools and practices come into effect for restoring water damage to Lower Providence Township homes involves the severity of the situation and the areas of the properties affected. We have a full inventory of the industry’s leading equipment, allowing us to confidently and thoroughly manage even complex and widespread standing water concerns. As with all significant water loss issues, our professionals must address extraction first.

Regarding water removal in Lower Providence Township homes, there are many options available to our qualified SERVPRO team. Choosing among these options falls to the discretion of our field technicians assessing the damage and determining the best approach to mitigate loss and begin the road to fully recovering the property. Understanding the levels of the equipment that you could see can help to preemptively put the minds of our customers at ease when water loss incidents occur in their residence.
 
-      Wet-Vacs with Extraction Wands
-      Portable Electric Submersible Pumps
-      Weighted Extraction Equipment
-      Engine-Driven, Gas-Powered Trash Pumps
-      Shaft-Driven, Truck-Mount Extractor
 
It is challenging to address standing water in your home without at least one of these advanced tools. Our SERVPRO professionals have seen the damage that even a small volume of water can do, and prioritize extraction and water removal as soon as our professionals arrive. The focus on mitigation is a system that ultimately saves our customers time and money.
 
Water loss incidents are notorious for affecting other utility services within the house, such as electric. Breaches in the plumbing can short the electrical system, making it challenging to utilize powered tools and machines like our portable pumps and wet-vacs. We have trailered generators that can provide electricity for all of the areas of the home, but serves as a hub to power extraction tools and rapid drying solutions. Small jump boxes help to distribute electricity generated by our units evenly and safely to the various devices.
 
Our team is a wise choice when disaster strikes because we arrive with the full measure of our powerful inventory of recovery tools and machines. You can depend on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of Norristown water restoration professionals to make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Call anytime at (610) 272-8520.

Professional Extraction Tools for Lower Providence Township Homes

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Norristown highly trained team ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Equipment

It can often be overwhelming to not only contend with substantial water loss incidents in a Lower Providence Township home but to understand all of the steps involved in returning your property to its original condition. As tempting as it might be to choose a DIY approach for these situations, there are many instances in which saturation and present moisture can get overlooked leading to more substantial issues after only a few short days. Additionally, professional outfits like our SERVPRO team have state-of-the-art equipment for aspects of restoration like extraction and drying, which can save customers money in many situations.

The useful tools available to our professionals can help to ensure efficient water removal for Lower Providence Township homes. While some of these options might be available to purchase or rent from home improvement and hardware locations throughout the area, most homeowners lack the experience and training to use these tools to their full capabilities. This can increase both the potential for further damage and the length of time recovery takes.

Our SERVPRO professionals utilize many powerful machines to address standing water and heavy saturation during water loss incidents. The units selected depend on the severity of the situation and can include equipment such as:

  • Wet-Vacs – While many homeowners have wet/dry vacs for specific areas of their home, our team has powerful portable units fitted with extraction wands to access difficult to reach areas.
  • Portable Pumps – Submersible pumps help to manage standing water in specific areas of the property quickly, and run on electricity. We can provide temporary power in situations where water loss has compromised electrical service.
  • Extractor Truck – The Green Fleet can arrive in substantial loss incidents with our extractor trucks. These vehicles can remove water at 300 psi, and these shaft-driven options are ideal for widespread threats.

There are multiple options for water removal that help our professionals to be efficient and productive beginning immediately upon our arrival. You can count on this experienced response of our SERVPRO of Norristown team 24-hours a day by calling (610) 272-8520.

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Let the Professionals Handle Flood Damage Remediation in Your Norristown Home

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let flood damage get you down. Call the professionals in remediation at SERVPRO today.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration For Norristown Homes

Flooding is a regular concern for Norristown residents. With the Schuylkill River making up the town’s entire Southwestern border, outside water intrusions are a real threat whenever the weather threatens to cause the river to crest its banks or drops water faster than the storm drains can remove it. 

To eliminate Norristown flood damage, SERVPRO response teams remove water, clean or replace affected property, and dry out the home. Technicians break these processes down into key steps that can sometimes overlap to return each home to its owners as quickly as possible. 

Water Removal 

  • Draw out the majority of the water with commercial grade pumps. Restoration teams can complete this step, usually in only one or two days.
  • Remove the remaining water using smaller extractors that pull water off concrete floors, and draw it out of carpets and from between wood floorboards without causing secondary damage. They direct all water into the nearest sewer access point.

Clean or Replace 

  • SERVPRO technicians spray the water surface before starting other tasks to eliminate the health risk from the soil and other contaminants.
  • Remove all affected property to a clean area of the home or to another location to extract the flood water and clean each item using one of our commercial cleaners with an anti-bacterial agent. That also includes affected floors and walls.
  • Dispose of all items to contaminated or otherwise damaged for repair. Technicians take careful note of all items before cleaning or disposal to make certain the customer’s insurance company covers all actions.  

Dry The Home 

  • Team members install fans to increase air circulation as others finish work with the extractors. Improved circulation removes damp air in the home and increases the natural rate of evaporation.
  • Technicians also install air movers at key points to speed up drying. By directing the airflow, they can force moisture out of wood floors and drywall panels and into the air where it evaporates or is pulled out of the home by the fans.

For SERVPRO of Norristown, our goal is to return every home here and in Lower Province Township, East Norriton, and West Norriton to its owners in a dry and clean condition. If you have had even a small amount of flooding, contact our office today at (610) 272-8520 to begin the restoration process. We are here for you.  

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Lower Providence Water Removal Services

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

The leak in this house caused moisture in the ceiling surrounding an electrical outlet. They relied on our professionals right away.

The equipment for Efficient Water Removal for Lower Providence Residents

A homeowner can come home after a weekend away to find their home flooded in ankle deep water. These situations are caused by a myriad of differences that may be no fault of your own. A weekend of heavy rainfall, for example, or an aging water pipe finally giving out. As water levels rise, they put increasing pressure on floors, ceilings, and infrastructure. Over time that pressure tells, causing permanent damages and requiring expensive reconstruction.

Residents can reach out to us for emergency water removal in Lower Providence. SERVPRO has access to national resources and can mobilize the necessary equipment efficiently. Our emergency out of hours service means we can arrange for an on-call technician to be sent to your property depending on the scale and severity of your situation. However, all residents have access to our twenty four hour phone line in times of need.

Excessive waterlogging and rising standing water levels are industrial problems that require industrial scale equipment. One of the prime pieces of equipment SERVPRO mobilize in this type of situation is extractors. These machinery use three aspects- a heating element, vacuum element, and pump- to remove excess quantities of water. Portable units allow access to restricted areas and can carry up to twelve gallons of water before needing emptying. Truck-mounted extractors have storage tanks over one hundred gallons.

These equipment are SERVPRO technicians first offensive against waterlogging. Since the design of extractors is geared toward residential or office water removal and restoration, they are also effective at cleaning carpets or upholstery- which is up to 50% weaker when wet. Some robust carpets benefit from heavier extractors, which help to squeeze the moisture out of them during the removal process. Although extractors are the first port of call, where there are significant amounts of standing water, above two inches, submersible gas pumps can be more efficient- pumping out limitless amounts of water from a property into a nearby open sewer point.

The impact of flooding or waterlogging goes beyond the remit of DIY property damages, contact SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520.

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Water Damage Restoration Start to Finish

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

We love hearing from our customers!

When the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg suffered water damage they called our SERVPRO team. We responded quickly to clean up the water and we also completed the restoration work and rebuild. We appreciate the great testimonial letter below.

Greetings:

On Sunday morning, January 20, the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center discovered a disaster of amazing proportions: 18 inches of water filled the entire ground floor of exhibit, office and gift shop space.

SERVPRO was called and within the hour they had someone there preparing for a team who arrived within two hours with water-vacs, fans and dehumidifiers which were promptly set up and operating.

SERVPRO personnel were extremely customer oriented, informative and willing to do whatever I needed them to do. The mitigation moved forward as they described, and I was very pleased with the progress and efforts they made.

We also hired SERVPRO for the re-build and that process was done to our satisfaction. Ron Kushner was a pleasure to work with. Ron was efficient, customer oriented and attentive to the many details which needed to be coordinated and accomplished.

I would strongly recommend SERVPRO to anyone else facing a disaster clean-up similar to our situation, from mitigation to full recovery.

Sincerely,
David Luz
Executive Director

We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Lower Providence Township Home After A Fire Damage Disaster

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Our fire damage professionals are standing by 24/7 to respond to your call. We have the training, experience, and equipment to restore your home.

Removing Soot Effects from Lower Providence Township Homes

Many effects can spread throughout the entirety of your Lower Providence Township home after a fire. While our rapid response to these emergencies can often get containment and mitigation processes started immediately, often considerable coverage has already occurred. Symptoms like soot after a fire can be very damaging in many ways, and even worse for the homeowner who attempts to remove it on their own. Our professionals have sophisticated equipment and approaches for these consequences of a fire, even addressing potential problems that could now reside in your HVAC system.

There is much more to soot removal and fire damage cleanup for your Lower Providence Township residence than wiping surfaces and removing debris, dust, smoke, and potential contaminants from the area. Our SERVPRO team has extensive training in fire loss recovery, making us a qualified choice to help you through every phase of restoration and mitigation, even offering full-service reconstruction and reinstallation of removed construction materials. Addressing effects like soot, however, requires patience and expertise.

From the time that our professionals first arrive at your home, we work to set up containment barriers to prevent the lingering effects in the house from getting any worse. Soot and smoke residue can continually spread, often using the HVAC system, until the majority of the property becomes affected. With a fast response to fire loss emergencies, plastic sheeting containment and advanced technology like negative air machines and hydroxyl generators can prevent further exposure to new areas.

Removing soot that has already settled on surfaces requires specialized tools and equipment. A high-powered HEPA vacuum can help to remove the majority of this fire damage residue, leaving small amounts of soot on the walls or surfaces. With its ease of smearing and staining, our SERVPRO team uses chemical sponges (either wet or dry) to wipe away these areas carefully.

There are many steps to fully restoring a home after a fire loss incident, but our SERVPRO of Norristown professionals can help. Give us a call anytime at (610) 272-8520.

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Commercial Fire Damage Leaves an Antiques Store in Lower Providence Township with Soot-Related Issues

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

We care about your antique shop's valuable items and will work around the clock to restore them.

Commercial Fire Damage in Lower Providence Township 

Collecting items that you are sure can catch the eye of future customers visiting your antique store in Lower Providence Township takes time and ongoing research to maintain your business' profitability. The ever-changing variety you offer to the public can take a drastic hit in the event of a disaster.

When tourists visit the shops in Lower Providence Township during your shop's closure due to commercial fire damage, you can face a significant drop in profits. Regaining these lost funds might prove impossible when tourists move on to different areas. We can help you reduce the amount of time your shop remains closed after a fire took place by mitigating the damage and restoring your inventory.

The methods we use to get your doors open again also reduce the amount of damage to your inventory. We use today's latest breakthroughs in technology to restore a large assortment of valuable things from the past. Our SERVPRO services significantly reduce the amount of work requiring a conservator's assistance, as well as your related expenses.

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified Odor Control Technician works on making your business smell as it should. Depending on the situation, including the majority of furnishings inside your antique shop, either ultra-low volume (ULV) or thermal foggers neutralize the solid and liquid substances making the odors you want to destroy.

Before this begins, several technicians work with you on preparing the items needing restoration services to regain their preloss condition. We set pieces aside that require a conservator and start making an inventory of the others. We pack each item in clean, ink-free paper and then pack these items into boxes. We want to fill each box full, so its contents remain secure but not over-packed.

While fire damage restoration and deodorization take place in your store, we work on restoring your inventory with the use of ultrasonic water baths, as well as hand-tools used to remove soot and soiling from surfaces. When needed, deodorization takes place, as well.

SERVPRO of Norristown is always ready with the tools and equipment needed to keep you in business. Call (610) 272-8520 to put tailored services to work for you in Evansburg and Bethel Hill.

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Water Damage Happens in Norristown. Have You Developed a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile?

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

An Emergency Ready Profile helps us to respond to your water damage emergency quickly! Contact SERVPRO today to create your profile.

Use SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile System to Prepare for Water Damage in Norristown

Water damage accidents can happen in a flash, and they may strike when you least expect it. Whether an appliance has malfunctioned, a water line has broken, or a clogged drain has started to overflow, you can never predict when and where water damage might happen in your home. SERVPRO can help you stay ready to respond to these incidents through the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system - an application designed specifically to help you respond to and overcome water and fire damages in your home quickly and with minimal time spent on the phone.

Water damage can happen in Norristown in day or night and rain or sunshine. Responding quickly to all local disasters requires us to be always ready to react to information we receive and available to implement water extraction and drying protocols. The ERP system helps us reach your doorstep faster by providing some critical pieces of information to us beforehand, enabling us to skip several time-consuming steps that could otherwise delay treatment. Creating a profile for your home enables you to pick up your phone, open up the app, and select the type of damage your home is experiencing to start the process of getting a team of SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) on the ground at your home.

Depending on the documents you upload to the ERP app, our WRTs may even be able to identify problems faster and locate the source of the water damage without taking time to inspect the area. Locations of water lines, electrical systems, and general blueprints can all help us shut off the source of the damage and clean up after its effects. Other documents, such as lists of important contacts like your insurance provider, can also help us to manage the work at your home quickly and efficiently.

If you have any questions about what kinds of documents we can accept through the system, ask one of our representatives at SERVPRO of Norristown. For questions or our 24/7 emergency services, call us at (610) 272-8520.

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Our Fast Response Will Restore Your Norristown Laundromat After A Water Damage Issue

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Get Quick Commercial Water Cleanup In Your Norristown Laundromat

The risk of water damage happening in a laundromat is high because of the many washers present. One or more faulty washing machines can cause water to pool in your laundromat. Supply hose leaks are the leading cause of a washing machine water loss.

Supply hose failure can occur due to a poor connection to the wall or washing machine, or aging of the hose, making it brittle. When such an incident occurs in your laundromat, it is essential to hire a company that offers commercial water cleanup services in Norristown such as SERVPRO. The intake hoses of washing machines are high flow lines and may output more than 600 gallons of water per hour, which can run until someone turns off the main water switch off. If the leak occurred after business hours, there may be a significant volume of water in your laundromat.

The main concern when there is water damage in a business premise is loss of revenue. Your customers can take their laundry elsewhere until you dry the premises. The first step after water a water loss incident should be extracting the water. Your approach to water cleanup should be complete, quick, and effective. SERVPRO franchise professionals can assist you to extract water using extractors like wet/dry vacuums and pumps while ensuring that your business operations are not affected that much.

Our technicians monitor and document the drying process extensively to ensure fast restoration. Fast action helps reduce water cleanup and repair expenses while increasing the chances of restoring the affected areas like floors and walls to their pre-water damage condition. We can also use advanced inspection tools like moisture meters to determine the extent of the damage. With these tools, we can determine if there’s moisture in the walls and floors. If moisture is present, we can use air movers to enhance evaporation and then use dehumidification equipment to extract the moisture from the air. Once the moisture levels are the same as they were before the damage occurred, we remove the drying equipment.

When you need water cleanup services, SERVPRO of Norristown is ready to help you. We make your emergency our priority so that your business operations do not suffer. Call us at (610) 272-8520 and leave the rest to our restorers.

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After A Water Damage Incident In Your Norristown Home, You Need To Contact Our Crew!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

In case of a water loss incident in your property, call SERVPRO of Norristown.

What Complicates Water Removal In Norristown Homes

Leaks, spills and other incidents can deposit significant amounts of water in your home in a matter of minutes or hours. However, removal can take longer and require extra effort, which leads many people to seek help. Several factors lead to such an outcome. We offer professional removal services that help Norristown homeowners restore their properties to their preloss state.

The percentage of porous materials in the house affected by the incident complicates water removal in Norristown. In many homes, there is a wide range of porous materials including carpets, upholstery items and floor materials such as wood. As the water flows over these materials, they absorb some of it necessitating extra steps during the removal. The ASD, Applied Structural Drying, training our SERVPRO technicians get helps them identify the best approaches to dry wetness from the porous materials. We use sophisticated moisture detection equipment such as moisture sensors with probes to check the level of moisture in different materials allowing us to determine the necessary drying procedures.

After the water spills, it migrates to different areas within the home. Some of these areas like wall cavities can retain water even after thorough extraction efforts from the affected rooms. If it remains unchecked, it can cause other problems. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate concealed areas for signs of trapped water. We can use equipment such as FLIR thermal cameras to check for wet areas. We can also use physical methods such as drilling weep holes. Once we establish the presence of water in the concealed areas, we can make flood cuts or create vent holes to facilitate removal. We also use specialized equipment such as the Injectidry system to remove water from the concealed sections.

Many water loss situations involve significant amounts of water. Removing such water can take much effort especially when done manually. The situation is more complicated when the incident affects more than one room in the house. Our SERVPRO experts use advanced equipment such as dry-wet vacs, ride-on high volume extractors or the water claw flood tool that allows extraction without removing the carpet.

In case of a water loss incident in your property, call SERVPRO of Norristown. You can reach us at (610) 272-8520 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Can Help You Avoid The Negative Effects Of Fire Damage In Your Lower Providence Township Home

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call us today at (610) 272-8520 for fire restoration services.

Avoid The Negative Effects Of Fire Damage In Your Lower Providence Township Home Through Fire Restore

The dangers of a fire can continue long after it is put out. Super-heated air causes the greatest threat to the occupants of a building while smoke and soot can ruin the structure and contents. Ash and smoke may also continue to cause corrosion and damage to materials.

To avoid the negative consequences of fire damage in your residence, you should seek fire restoration services in Lower Providence Township immediately. These are special services that make a home safe again after a fire. You can contact the fire restoration experts at SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss condition. Once we get to a property, we inspect and test the adjoining rooms to determine the extent of the fire, soot and smoke damage, and then develop a plan of action.

Our fire restoration process is thorough. It includes identifying the source to determine which kind of fire occurred, inspecting the areas that are wet due to fire-fighting efforts and evaluating specific materials that may have sustained damage due to soot and smoke particles. We also remove any charred contents that could seal in the smoke like burned wood and insulation, treat the affected areas of smoke smells, and evaluate floor coverings and carpets that may need to be removed.

We also restore contents like furniture, bedding, area rugs, upholstery, and draperies whenever possible. Our technicians can clean the outside cases of electric devices and electronics, to prevent the corrosion that smoke residues can cause. We can also refer your electronics to a qualified electronics vendor to open them up for repairs or cleaning. We also clean some artwork, but a curator should restore expensive pieces.

As IICRC certified fire damage restoration professionals, SERVPRO technicians use advanced processes and equipment to restore homes. We use thermal foggers and Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to remove odors caused by smoke. We seek the source of the smells in floors, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces, and eliminate them. Fire damage restoration helps reduce claim costs.

After your home has sustained fire damage, SERVPRO of Norristown can assist you in restoring it to its normal condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call us today at (610) 272-8520 for fire restoration services. We also offer our services in East Norriton and West Norriton.

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Even Minor Flood Damage In Your East Norriton Home Should Be Handled By A Professional Restoration Company

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Norristown has certified emergency technicians available to help you turn around water loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

Why A Little Flood Damage Is Never A DIY Job In East Norriton

Flood damage to a property, even in small amounts, can cause multiple points of damage if it is not addressed correctly. When flooding is limited to a single area in a home, it may seem like all that needs to happen is dry the area and the situation is resolved. This can lead to mold issues or other secondary damages that can be costly for homeowners to repair.

When handling any size flood damage in East Norriton homes, SERVPRO technicians know floodwater is dealt with as blackwater or contaminated. If there is standing water remaining in the house, our technicians protect both themselves and the occupants by spraying biocide and wearing protective gear as they extract any remaining water from the home.

Digital probes show how deeply the water has penetrated floors, walls and other parts of the structure. It is important to know that carpet padding is notorious for absorbing water and blackwater can wind up in areas of the home that seemed initially unaffected by the initial water intrusion. SERVPRO technicians are certified in several areas of water damage remediation and know how to identify areas where the water has seeped.

Complete drying is crucial for avoiding mold and mildew problems. SERVPRO uses dehumidifiers to bring down moisture levels while using air movers that are positioned at angles to direct air up and out of the room. We know that even though the area may look dry on the service, moisture probes verify the building structure is dry. Heavy furniture that only had water contact with the legs or non-porous areas may be dried up on blocks on a case by case basis.

Due to possible contaminants, non-porous surfaces that came into contact with water are thoroughly cleaned using our professional antibacterial and antimicrobial formulas to ensure surfaces are disinfected and inhibit mold growth.
 
Flood damage is a situation that should always be handled by professionals for safety reasons. SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 has certified emergency technicians available to help you turn around water loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Mold Remediation in East Norriton Can Be Crucial to Preserve Your Property

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Can Lead to Infestations in East Norriton. Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Sanitizing Your Home in East Norriton After a Mold Infestation

Spotting colonies of mold can be quite unsettling for any homeowner. Furthermore, the mold may have health effects as well. So, it is essential that you should understand the basic facts about these fungi and how they develop.

Many homeowners in East Norriton are unaware of the basics of mold. Understanding some critical things can help you prepare to tackle mold damage when it occurs in your home. 

Mold Patches begin from spores 
One of the most important things that SERVPRO technicians want you to understand about mold is the fact that mold spores are present everywhere. Spores are microscopic structures that function in the same way as a seed of a plant. When the spores get a conducive environment, they germinate, very much as a plant does from seed. Once a mold spore germinates, it soon bears a mass consisting of thousands of spores that further helps the mold to propagate.

Spores are resilient 
The airborne spores are quite sturdy. They can stay viable for extended periods of time even without water. The spores remain dormant for years before they germinate when the conditions are just right.
 
Spores love moisture 
When the spores get the right condition, they absorb moisture and swell. They send out structures called Hyphae. Some of these hyphae may grow like roots into the porous surfaces and cause extensive damage. If the mold finds the right combination of moisture and a porous surface, they can proliferate on large surfaces in no time. It is crucial to call SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians as soon as you see or smell mold to prevent any extensive long-term damage. 

Temperature also plays a crucial part  
The best temperature for mold growth is between 68 and 86 degrees. That said, some strains can grow in temperatures as low as 32 degrees. Organic material such as paper, wood and even drywall can provide all the essential nutrients to mold that helps them to spread. The most important thing to do once you spot mold in your home is to call in the experts. Trying to remove mold on your own can disturb the spores and help them spread to unaffected areas. 

Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.

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When Your Lower Providence Township Home Suffers A Fire Damage Disaster, Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our professionals anytime by calling (610) 272-8520.

Fire Debris Removal For Lower Providence Township Homes

When a fire breaks out in your Lower Providence Township home, it can be overwhelming to consider how your property ever could look the same again. With the stress of the situation, many homeowners drag their feet about securing important fire debris removal and mitigation services which can ultimately save time and money on the needed restoration. Whenever you face a disaster like this, make sure that you reach out to our team of professionals quickly to get restorative services going immediately.

Our team has a 24-hour response to emergencies, making us an excellent choice for mitigation of the fire damage in your Lower Providence Township property. We already have a production truck stocked with all of the industry-leading cleaning and restoration equipment needed to get started on a structure fire recovery. The faster that our team can get to work on your damaged home, the less that certain effects can spread and damage the property and the easier it ultimately becomes to restore your house fully.

When our crew first arrives at your home, and the assessment begins, our estimator and project manager work to catalog the damages for your insurance company. We can compile photographic evidence and documentation of the situation to expedite the approval of damage claims that fund our restoration work to begin right away. During this initial phase, we also work to set up physical and machine containment with the use of hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers to keep soot, ash, debris, and smoke particulates from spreading to new areas of your property.

The physical containment can also prevent foul odors associated with the combustion from spreading throughout your home and affected materials and contents. Some of our team can remove damaged and at-risk items to provide focused cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage until restoration later completes.

Mitigation is an important aspect to fire recovery that should happen immediately. While you might initially become overwhelmed by the effects of a fire, you should work quickly to secure the services of our experienced SERVPRO of Norristown rapid response team. You can reach our professionals anytime by calling (610) 272-8520.

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Norristown Area Construction and Rebuild Services

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Norristown help you rebuild you home after a water, fire or mold emergency.

Count on SERVPRO to help you restore your home

We offer a comprehensive approach to restoration that covers every phase of damage recovery from the initial inspection through reconstruction. With our full-service contracting division and experienced restoration technicians, we can help you recover from residential and commercial damage quickly and cost-effectively.

Our experienced team starts each project with the same goal, to “preserve before replacing,” utilizing the full measure of our knowledge and advanced equipment to restore damaged original construction materials rather than removing and replacing.

We provide fast response to water, fire and storm emergencies. Our local team can get to work quickly on emergency board-up, tarping services, and tree removal to prevent further damage to your home or business. After protecting and securing the structure, the SERVPRO of Norristown team can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Norristown can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save both time and money.

With more than 80 years of combined building trades experience, our team is proud of our ability to offer credible and high-caliber repairs and full-scale reconstruction following disasters and emergencies that threaten your commercial or residential property.

Offering a comprehensive restoration solution means that we can provide you with faster service at a lower overall cost. From emergency repairs to a Norristown retail business to the designed renovation of an aging home in Lower Providence County, we have the experienced professionals to meet every construction need our customers might have.

Our highly trained team lives and works in the local neighborhoods. Just like you, we root for the Eagles and Phillies. We debate Gino’s or Pat’s? (Yes, also Tony Luke’s and many others) For more information on how our construction and rebuilding services can help you recover from water, fire or storm damage, call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520.

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Prevent Further Problems After Water Damage And Call Our Team In Lower Providence Township Right Away

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified technicians can restore your hard wood floors after water damage. Call our team right away after you have water damage of any kind.

Water Cleanup Professionals In Lower Providence Township Talk About Their Training

Moisture-related disasters are some of the most common types of insurance claims that take place at residences in Lower Providence Township. Sometimes, incidences like a pipe breaking or an appliance malfunctioning can require you to have to conduct extensive water cleanup. Leaks can often happen very quickly without any notice. Once moisture starts to leak into your home, the water can pour into your dwelling at a quick rate. Shortly after it starts spilling out into your home, water can get all over your house and ruin many items inside, making it a wise idea to call in a professional water cleanup company such as SERVPRO.

Depending on the situation damage caused by moisture can be hard to find, but if it goes untreated, the issues can get much worse. However, calling professional water cleanup technicians in Lower Providence Township like our team at SERVPRO can help you prevent future problems. We provide fast 24/7 service so that we can get the issues mitigated quickly before secondary damage occurs. We have staff answering the phones any time of the day, and our crews are located within proximity to the area so that they can show up shortly after your emergency phone call.

Our highly trained team has experience in dealing with many different types of water damage scenarios. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or the IICRC. The institute is known for setting the standards for the restoration industry across the world. Our crews get trained by schools that are licensed by the IICRC to provide certifications in many aspects of the industry.

Our SERVPRO technicians also utilized the industry's most advanced technology to complete the best job as possible. As more new technology comes out, our team stays focused on using the most advanced tools of the trade that are available. If you ever happen to notice any type of water damage inside your home whether it is big or small, call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Don't Wait To Call Our Experts After Water Has Damaged Your Carpet In Norristown

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (610) 272-8520 when your home experiences an emergency involving lost water.

Saving Carpets Is Possible When Water Removal Services Start Right After A Lost Water Event In Norristown

Broken pipes in your Norristown kitchen can create a vast and widespread mess. Mopping things up often fails to clean things up sufficiently and leaves the interior of your home at risk of developing problems. Instead of doing the work yourself in an attempt to save money, SERVPRO can help save you the extra costs associated with partial cleanup and extraction of lost water.

Residents protect their homes more fully when professional teams carry out the water removal services in Norristown needed to extract both standing water and elevated levels of moisture. Water in any of its forms can cause areas inside your property to suffer damage. Microbial infestations and other types of damage can cause your family to experience health effects, but prompt removal of the water that allows this to happen protects your home and family.

We use different types of equipment to pull the water out of your home rapidly. Our specialists use different extraction attachments to pull water out of carpeting and other flooring types. Saturated carpeting can mean that the pad underneath became ruined. When this occurs, we roll up the carpeting and remove the padding. Before we replace any padding, we need to float the carpet to remove all the water from it and get it completely dry. The flooring below also must register normal dryness when we check with our moisture meters.

We also clean the carpet to ensure that any debris does not cause the padding to wear out more quickly than it might otherwise. Sweeping the underlay also removes dust and other small things that can wear areas in the carpet after we re-lay it.

As we air out the carpet with a method called floating, the risk of overstretching the carpet remains minimal. This allows us to save it without the need to trim it during re-installation. The restoration of your carpet through our effective water removal methods means not only do your restoration costs remain low, but your home looks “Like it never even happened.” when we finish.

SERVPRO of Norristown wants to help keep your home in beautiful condition, and our water removal equipment helps us do exactly that for our Evansburg, Bethel Hill, and Trooper customers. Call us at (610) 272-8520 when your home experiences an emergency involving lost water.

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Water Damage Remediation in Your Norristown Business Works Only Under These Conditions

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

If your business is suffering from excess water, you require effective water removal services. Contact our SERVPRO team for a quick reply.

Commercial Water Removal Quickly Makes Floors Safe Again in Your Norristown Factory

When machines in your Norristown factory break down and malfunction, you call the repairman licensed for that piece of equipment. When a water line slips loose from its fitting and floods your floor with water, you need someone who can fix the problem.

Working conditions that include a factory floor covered in water can put your employees at risk, making it crucial that Norristown commercial water removal and restoration experts arrive quickly. SERVPRO's specialists come prepared with both the needed equipment and tools but also IICRC-based training. Restoring safe working conditions is crucial for your factory in preventing workplace accidents and keeping production quotas in focus. Additionally, our teams help you avoid any unnecessary loss of both inventory and raw materials by helping your employees move these items to safer locations.

Extracting lost water requires one of our truck-mounted pumps when the amount is considerable. For smaller spills and post-pump work, we use hand-held units. These also remove large amounts of water along baseboards where water tension holds water, and also in smaller locations where our larger-sized pumps would not fit.

Mopping up the last traces of moisture can still leave floors damper than what we would like. Trapped water that found its way under machines too heavy or bulky to easily move, inside walls, under counters, and other spaces require different methods. We can drain some areas, like walls and then air them out with an Injectidry system. Other areas must air dry, so we speed the process up with air movers and desiccant machines.

Drying the air of moisture that comes originates from lost water protects working parts in machinery as well as more simple aspects of your plant. Hinges, windows, and any other locations that contain metal can more readily corrode and rust, making them difficult to function properly. We can help keep this minor problem from becoming a constant headache for everyone who works at your business.

SERVPRO of Norristown's goal is to get your factory in Audubon, Evansburg, or Norriton dry again to help prevent additional damage and slip and fall accidents. Call us at (610) 272-8520, so we can make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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What Few People Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Lower Providence Township

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

When your home suffers damage from a flood, give our friendly SERVPRO team a call to make it "Like it never even happened."

Recovering from Flood Damage, a Lengthy Process in Lower Providence Township without SERVPRO

Many disasters happen quickly and do not last long, leaving residents in Lower Providence Township able to recover quickly and move on with normal activities soon after. Flooding, though, lingers, keeping people out of the area and prolonging the effects experienced.

SERVPRO technicians use their experience across many fields to ensure that our customers' homes become livable as soon as possible after flood damage happens in Lower Providence Township. While giving an exact date for moving back in is almost impossible to do initially, we can provide an educated range. As we work, we can provide more information to you, allowing your family to plan things more efficiently to meet their immediate needs.

Many things that succumb to a flood, like appliances, mattresses, and carpeting all require immediate disposal to help us more efficiently dry out your home. Personal belongings, however, need your input. We work with you continuously throughout the entire process and do not want to throw anything away that holds special meaning for someone in your family.

Items that we cannot quickly restore through standard methods might respond better to more intensive techniques. We discuss these and their expected results before engaging in more costly work, knowing that you prefer to make these choices yourself. When we come across such items, we place them in a special category. So you can go through them and decide when you have time.

The contents in your house and its structure both need IICRC certified teams, qualified to do the work, and dedicated to making sure your home becomes “Like it never even happened” as quickly as possible. We know flooding can cause severe stress in a family, but helping restore normalcy again eliminates the stress. It also eliminates the risks brought into your home by floodwaters.

Before moving back in, the last step is to ensure that no foul odors exist. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) makes sure that your home no longer holds any strong odors. If any reappear, which can happen on hotter or more humid days, let us know. We want you to be satisfied with our work, from start to finish.

SERVPRO of Norristown continues helping residents in Bethel Hill, Audubon, and Trooper protect and restore their homes after disasters like flood damage occur. Call our 24-hour emergency line any day of the year to talk to us about how we can help you. Our number is (610) 272-8520 and is always available.

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Mold Damage Remdiation In Norristown

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Don't stress let our experts handle mold in your home call SERVPRO as soon as you smell or see it.

How A Small Leak Complicates Mold Remediation in Norristown

Mold is more than just a nuisance that messes with the visual appeal and air quality of a home. Mold needs a few things, including organic food sources, to thrive. Therefore, when left to proliferate for long, it eats its way into materials compromising their structural integrity. We offer professional remediation services in that can help you restore your Norristown property to the preloss state. 


Slow proliferation is one factor that complicates mold remediation in Norristown. In areas like bathrooms or kitchens when water is regularly used, it is possible for small leaks to go unnoticed for long. Sustained leakage and gravity action extends the damage deep into floors and subfloors thus remediation process requires demolition to replace all the damaged materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermal cameras, and other advanced moisture detection equipment to trace the extent of water migration then figure out an approach to tear down the affected areas without doing significant damage to unaffected areas.

Removing the debris and residues left by the infestation is essential to restore the visual appeal and rid the house of the musty smell associated with mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches like HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping the area to remove the debris. Since debris removal and teardown releases spores and other residues into the air, we use air scrubbers with activated charcoal or negative pressure systems to remove such debris.

It is necessary to deal with the moisture problem that led to growth to prevent future proliferation. Fixing leaks and drying off excess moisture should help achieve this goal. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their ASD, Applied Structural Drying, skills to carry out this step. We use air movers to increase evaporation rate, then use dehumidifiers to extract the moisture from the air. We can also use specialized equipment such as an injecti-dry system to remove moisture trapped in confined spaces.

For thorough remediation of mold damage, call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and available 24/7.

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Effective Ways to Remediate After Fire and Water Damage Affect Your Norristown Home

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Don't be surprised by the necessity to deal with water damage after a fire in your home. Contact our certified team to assess and remediate.

Dealing With the Elevated Humidity That Occurs With Fire Damage in Norristown Properties

After a fire burns in your house in Norristown, you might expect the interior to feel bone-dry. The amount of water vapor in the air can surprise you if you do not expect damp air. While it certainly diminishes over time, this happens slowly. SERVPRO includes the elimination of this water vapor during regular mitigation services.
 
We always consider the entire project when we mitigate a property, and fire damage in Norristown is a multi-faceted disaster. Not only do we find direct contact between water and your belongings, but the steam ends up all over your home. It travels along with the smoke and then continues to disperse.
 
Some of the damage happens immediately, including making photographs adhere to the glass in their frames, curling the pages of your books, and soaking your floors, leading to weakened areas. Additional destruction of your property happens when the steam cools and condenses, especially on materials that remain warmer than other items. This can lead to rusting of anything made of metal and staining and color bleeding of household textiles (including upholstered furniture). Metal hangers can ruin otherwise perfect pieces of clothing.
 
SERVPRO specialists have IICRC training, so we know the importance of ridding your home of not only what the fire consumed and ruined, but to also re-establish normal moisture levels inside your home. Doing so also assists us in eliminating odors caused by the presence of unwanted water. Mold and mildew often proliferate after a fire, but lowering the amount of available moisture halts the growth of microbes.
 
Our hydroxyl machines make the air inside your home more pleasant for us to breathe as we work, but does nothing to eliminate the amount of water vapor. For this, we need desiccant machines and dehumidifiers. At times, we might need to use heated mats. We also use warmed air that we direct into enclosed spaces.
 
Once we eliminate the excess water vapor, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can use thermal fogging to rid your home of smokey odors. Before, the air and your home's structure and contents' high moisture content might interfere with the effectiveness of the chemicals in the fog. As a steam, this fog contains moisture, although in a meager amount.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown can help resolve the issues of damage from fire, water, and smoke, which can turn any home in Bethel Hill, Evansburg, or Norritonville into a mess. Call us at (610) 272-8520 when you want a team with experience in all aspects of fire damage to restore your home, so it looks “Like it never even happened.”

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Call SERVPRO To Save Your Floors In Providence Township

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

When you have a leaky pipe and suffer water damage as a result call the experts at SERVPRO

SERVPRO - Water Removal Needs In Lower Providence Township

In Lower Providence Township, water from a broken dishwasher or a split hose supplying an ice maker can spill across an entire home in minutes. If it happens when no one is around for a weekend or only overnight, the water has time to soak in and cause permanent damage.
 
That is why water removal is particularly important for wooden floors in Lower Providence Township homes. SERVPRO restoration teams quickly respond to draw off any standing water and then carefully work to draw excess moisture from between floorboards and water trapped underneath them in the sub-floor.
 
Our technicians start with one or more of the large pumps in our equipment inventory. These machines can draw out hundreds of gallons in 24 hours. Team members can adjust the speed of each pump to maximize efforts without accidentally damaging the floors, and can clear most homes of water damage in a day or two.
 
After completing pumping operations, there is a thin layer of water remaining on the surface. Our technicians use extractors to remove it and the moisture between the floorboards. Depending on the size of the floor, they can choose from a portable, hand-held wand for small rooms and closets. For dining and living rooms, they can use larger devices to include truck-mounted models with extended hoses.
 
Once the extractors stop bringing up water, a SERVPRO inspector uses a moisture meter to determine if the humidity level is still high just over the surface of the floor. That indicates there may be water trapped under the floor, which puts it at risk for rotting and mold. To remove it, technicians remove a small section of the floorboard in an area behind floor trim or usually under a large item like a couch.
 
They install an air mover and attach a hose to force warm, dry air under the floor. The action accelerates evaporation to carefully remove the water without over drying the floor and causing secondary damage like splitting or cracking to the floorboards.
 
Swift removal of any flooding is necessary to restore area homes in our area and throughout Pennsylvania. If you have suffered any water damage, and are concerned for your floors or other parts of your home, contact SERVPRO of Norristown today at (610) 272-8520. We are here for you.
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Let SERVPRO Rid Your Norristown Home Of Mold

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in the corner of windows needs immediate removal.

Containment Benefits during Mold Damage Remediation in Norristown

Mold damage usually occurs in areas that have high humidity, and it is essential to know its first signs. The moment you notice a musty smell or some discoloration on the walls, you need to act quickly and prevent it from spreading and causing structural and health effects. We can inspect your Norristown property to determine the level of contamination and come up with appropriate remediation procedures.
 
Once our SERVPRO technicians have determined the degree of mold damage in your Norristown home, the next step is to isolate the contaminated contents and areas from the uncontaminated ones. The primary goal of containment is controlling the spread of the mold spores as we are repairing your property and protecting the occupants and our staff. As we design the containment systems, we must allow for an exit and entry area. With that, our technicians can remove their Personal Protective Equipment while limiting the risk of cross-contamination outside the site. Such areas are known as clean rooms.
 
Creating a negative air pressure with the site is part of the containment process. Our SERVPRO technicians achieve that by using HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air filtered negative air machines. These devices work by attracting dust and mold spores towards the filter. Together with the plastic sheeting that we set up, we limit the movement of spores when we are demolishing and cleaning the contaminated areas.
 
Where necessary, our SERVPRO technicians open up contaminated walls to get rid of the mold that is growing inside. We understand there is a possibility of cutting electrical wires as we are cutting the drywall. In such cases, we poke a hole into the area and locate the electrical wires. We perform such procedures once we have turned off the power from the mains. After removing the contamination, we clean the surfaces using disinfectants to deactivate the spores and reduce the chances of future mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown can return your home to its preloss conditions after it has suffered mold damage. Our highly trained and experienced use advanced cleaning and remediation equipment when working on your property. Call (610) 272-8520 today and have all your questions answered.

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Too Much Water in Your Norristown Property from Flooding? Just Call SERVPRO for Fast Removal and Drying

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Better Methods for Drying Out Your Norristown Home

Flood Dryout Technicians In Norristown Talk About How To Work Effectively

When severe thunderstorms make their way through Norristown, the rain can be excessive. Rainwater can come down quickly in a short amount of time, which can require you to call in a professional company such as SERVPRO for your flood water removal and dry out. Thunderstorms can cause high-speed winds which can blow objects such as rocks and branches into your windows, making an easy entry for rainwater. If the rain is severe enough, water can build up outside and possibly enter your structure. When things get wet inside your home, calling us in for a prompt flood dry out can save you money and time in the long run.
 
Once materials and contents inside your home get wet, the cost and severity of the situation can multiply quickly. Calling SERVPRO to conduct a prompt flood dry out in Norristown can prevent secondary damage such as mold growth or problems caused by increased humidity levels. Mold can cause health effects and can start to develop if moisture levels stay high within organic materials for more than 48 hours. Because of this, our goal is always to reduce moisture levels within any building materials that contain wood or paper so that microbes cannot activate and fungi are unable to form. To do this, we follow procedures that include initial extraction and rapid structural drying.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians are tasked with the chore of creating an environment that helps speed up the natural evaporation process. To create such an atmosphere within a structure, we must control the humidity and temperature of the affected area as well as set up equipment that pushes the air in a counterclockwise direction. To do this, we set up a combination of heated air movers and dehumidifiers along with increasing the temperature in the affected rooms if necessary. Constant monitoring helps to achieve our drying goals.
 
The air movers push around the wet air so that moisture can keep evaporating from wet surfaces as the dehumidifiers remove water from the environment. If things ever get wet inside your house after a storm, call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Some Ways to Avoid Increasing Costs During the Water Damage Remediation Process in Your Norristown Business

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

When a pipe bursts, usually a great deal of water winds up in places that need to be dry. Should your business face water damage, contact SERVPRO.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration for Your Norristown Bakery

A pipe bursting or a water leak can lead to costly damage in your Norristown bakery. Once you discover you need a plumbing repair, drain repair, or water line repair, time is of the essence. That is why you need to help of a professional water mitigation service.
 
Commercial water damage in Norristown of any kind in your business is something you don’t want to waste time figuring out what to do. Your daily operations may be interrupted, and that can mean lost business. Our experts at SERVPRO understand this, so we do not hesitate to get to you once you call us for help.
 
Once we repair the issue and remove any standing water, SERVPRO staff use air movers to enhance evaporation at the surface level and lower the drying time to prevent further damage. The air touching a material that is saturated, such as carpet, has high humidity. Air movers introduce airflow at the surface level and replace the air which is highly saturated with drier air to speed up evaporation.
 
We position enough air movers to create airflow over all the wet surfaces. When the lower portion of several walls is wet, including wet drywall behind baseboards, enough air movers are put into the position to make a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. The vortex is maintained by the air movers positioned close to each wall to the point of almost touch at an angle, depending on whether centrifugal air movers or axial fans are used.
 
The air movers are placed pointing int eh same direction, usually clockwise, with one being put in place for every ten to sixteen linear feet along the walls. These machines can operate in several different positions, which offers us flexibility in how we direct the airflow.
 
To direct airflow horizontally, we operate the air move flat on the floor. For drying walls, we put the air movers around the perimeter at a forty-five-degree angle, inlet facing the wall, to make a circular and turbulent airflow.
 
SERVPRO of Norristown has all the right tools to help you restore your business in Audubon, Trooper, or Wetherills Corner after a water damage emergency. Call us any time of day or night by dialing (610) 272-8520, so we can assist you in getting your building looking like nothing ever happened.

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Why Oh Why SERVPRO? Because a Water Loss in Your Norristown Property Is Gone--Fast!!

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Duct Leakage Can Cause Water Damage to Your Norristown Property

Leaking HVAC System Can Cause Water Damage to Norristown Homes

Air circulation systems are a common implement to Norristown homes, but yet, are often among the most neglected and under-serviced equipment within the property. Without proper servicing, or with aging components alone, your HVAC system can collect water and moisture in various points throughout the appliance and network of ducts. Even excessive condensation, when mismanaged, can become a persistent leak capable of damaging structural components of the property.

While water damage like this might seem rare, it happens to Norristown homes more often than you might think. From window units to central air and heating solutions, the possibility of water damage is more of a persistent threat than many homeowners realize. Without facing this water damage immediately with the appropriate tools and expertise, you could welcome mold growth and structural degradation to the affected area of your house.

Something that sets our SERVPRO franchise apart in the industry is our focus on having the right tools for every job to make it more efficient and cost-effective for the customers that we serve. Our combined expertise in many niches of restoration can help us to identify potential threats throughout your HVAC system to clean it and make it more efficient, but also provide immediate drying solutions to prevent the continued spread and saturation from the appliance or duct leak.

Our highly-trained SERVPRO professionals must undergo extensive training to obtain their IICRC certifications in water restoration, making them educated professionals in the field. To further make our team better able to serve your needs efficiently and effectively, each of these technicians gets encouraged to pursue further in-house certifications and accreditations to make our professionals among the most experienced in their respective field.

We strive to offer comprehensive service that extends beyond our ability to preserve your structural elements from water damage and provide air duct cleaning services as well should this get designated as the source of moisture collection. Give our SERVPRO of Norristown professionals a call as soon as you notice a potential issue at (610) 272-8520.

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When Your Kingston Home Experiences A Flood Our Team Can Restore It To Pre-Damage Condition

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Wood can suffer greatly when exposed to water for lengthy periods, and flood damage in your home can cause such situations to happen rather quickly.

A Flood Can Destroy Your Kingston Home

Water covering the lower portions of your home in Norristown can soak into not only the walls' material but also into the wooden furniture legs, as well as your home's stairways, doors, and their frames. This can cause swelling and warping.

Wood can suffer greatly when exposed to water for lengthy periods, and flood damage in your Norristown home can cause such situations to happen rather quickly. SERVPRO technicians arrive with the equipment needed to remove the water in these items and get them dried out at a pace that prevents warping and cracking. Drying too rapidly can also cause problems, so we continually measure the moisture content that remains.

Wooden furniture, particularly the legs, swell once saturated, and this saturation happens slowly. We use heaters and air movers to reverse the process. Our air movers also remove any water vapor in the air, as well as porous materials that absorb it so easily.

Water can also ruin the finishes on these parts of your furniture. We clean these in preparation of restoration by furniture restoration experts. We partner with these professionals so you can relax and concentrate on other matters affecting your family.

Just like wooden floors, stairways can also become warped by flooding. While this may only affect the lower portion, stairs leading to the basement or cellar can become very dangerous. We check these for stability issues, loose treads and newly exposed nails, warped and cracked runners, and other issues that might develop.

Doors and their frames need to fit perfectly together or closing and opening them can become difficult or even impossible. Exterior doors that become hindered like this create serious security flaws. Interior doors that refuse to close properly can become tiresome and a real bother. Even within a family, privacy becomes necessary for everyone's peace of mind, at least every once in a while. Gaps in between doors and their frames ruin any sense of privacy immediately. We work with you on resolving these predicaments and getting your entryways restored correctly.

SERVPRO of Norristown knows how flood damage can affect your family overnight. The changes cause an immediate and serious amount of stress. We can help you get things restored in your home and your life. Call us at (610) 272-8520, if your home in Audubon, Trooper, or Evansburg needs mitigation services.

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Insurance, Fire Damage Cleanup, SERVPRO, and Your Norristown Property--We Make It Easy

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Supplies Cleanup and Support to Norristown Property Owners after a Fire Loss

Norristown Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Fire Loss Help

When a fire damage restoration technician approaches your Norristown property for the first time, they should be both professional and courteous, showing sympathy to your situation. It takes someone who demonstrates knowledge and experience, to solve complex problems affecting your home. We offer SERVPRO technicians, in uniform and informed.  

A professional is always ready to address various fire damage situations that might occur in your Norristown area home. Proving on the first visit, that they are there to provide quality services that result in a better restoration from beginning to completion. You deserve nothing less than a well dressed, well-spoken technician who provides you with all of the necessary supplies, equipment, and resources required to get the job done right.

SERVPRO technicians are attentive and provide you answers to any questions you may have throughout the restoration process in your home. We want you to understand the scope of the problem you face and explain what services could be implemented to solve your problems. It is our job to turn a traumatic, stressful situation into something that you understand. Even though it can be hard to do sometimes, we are proud to help members of our local community through hard times.

SERVPRO takes a close look at any fire damage in your home and helps you make informed decisions concerning restoration. At times it may be impossible to determine whether an item is restorable without performing the proper tests. Never write anything off before your technician has the opportunity to inspect it, this includes personal property, valuables, and antiques passed on through the years. If you have an insurance adjuster working on your fire loss case, we consulate with both of you. The final decision on whether an item is non-salvageable when in question, rests with you two, we are not an insurance company.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Norristown anytime, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for full-service solutions to fire damage that occurs on your property. Our cleanup and restoration team stands ready to assist you with whatever problems you may face. (610) 272-8520

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

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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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When an Open Window During a Bad Storm Floods Your East Norriton Basement

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Storm Water Removal from East Norriton Basements

Finished Basements Suffer from Storm Waters 

Flood damage is something that most homeowners are not equipped to deal with on their own. During the spring, rain can bring several inches of water during the season, and if your home is not well prepared, it can cause a problem. Accidentally leaving a window open in the basement may not seem like a big deal, but if the night brings a heavy and intense storm, it can ruin your morning. It would be hard to clean up several inches of water by yourself, but luckily there is professional help nearby to do it for you.

After receiving your call, our technicians can arrive swiftly at your East Norriton home to investigate the flood damage. Removing the water out of your basement as quickly is a priority. The longer stagnant water sits in a space, the more moisture the structure of your home can absorb. Excessive moisture creates the perfect breeding ground for mold, which can cause unfavorable odors, health effects, and even rot.
 
A SERVPRO estimator can explain the quickest way to extract the water and answer any questions you may have about the process. Afterward, our technicians can focus on removing the water and then dry out any of your belongings that are thoroughly soaked or just damp. When it comes to water extraction, we do not merely remove the water and leave. SERVPRO knows that soaked carpets and belongings are also in danger of water damage. In most cases, the carpet padding must be tossed, and if there is an indication of contamination in the floodwaters, then the carpet must also go.
 
We can use the same device to dry your carpets that we use to remove water, an extractor. The mix of heating and drawing the water away is the perfect tool to dry your carpets to an acceptable moisture level. Of course, dehumidification with our industry-leading equipment aids in the desiccation process. To make sure your belongings are dry, SERVPRO can use moisture meters to detect humidity levels. We leave the job site only when you are satisfied with the results.
 
When rainwater has overrun your home, do not delay. Phone SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520. No matter the time, we can take your call and send our technicians as soon as possible.

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Mold Damage in Your West Norriton Home

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Restoring Upholstery and Furniture After a Lower Providence House Fire

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Remediating fire damage includes dealing with smoke, soot and bad odors. Contact SERVPRO so that we can start the process right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage That Smoke and Soot Leave Behind

A fire to your Lower Providence home might be traumatic and problematic, even long after the fire has gotten extinguished. Though the structural damages might not have been significant enough to force you to relocate, there are still lingering issues that make it difficult for you to move forward and live comfortably in your home. Soot and smoke damage to your furniture and drapes might not be something you initially worried about, but it is a lingering effect that is hard to ignore.
 
Fire damage to your Lower Providence home happens in a lot of different ways. Fortunately, our team of certified restoration technicians at SERVPRO go the extra mile to ensure that every bothersome effect of the recent fire becomes a distant memory. With the right tools and the experience to use them quickly and efficiently, our team can get to work on restoring the contents of your home to preloss conditions.
 
When it comes to upholstered items, smoke has a way of sticking into the fabric and emitting a foul odor and discoloring the material. Several tools are used to combat these effects, the first of which would be steam cleaners. This equipment pulls the soot and smoke matted to the material out and restores the original color and vibrancy of the material that became compromised. The process gets repeated for every affected piece of furniture or material, including drapes and flooring.
 
Removing the odor is another process that our SERVPRO technicians are well-versed in handling. A common concern with fires is the lingering scent of smoke and charring, which can be easily remedied using the appropriate equipment. Depending on the severity of the problem, our SERVPRO restoration specialists could opt to use ozone machines or dense fog machines. Both of these machines work to neutralize foul odor molecules in the air, leaving behind nothing but the scent of fresh air to be doctored as you see fit.
 
Fire damages do not have to be a death sentence for the contents of your home. Leave the restoration to us at SERVPRO of Norristown. Our complete restoration can exceed your expectations and help you clean up the mess quickly and professionally. Give us a call anytime at (610) 272-8520.

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Mitigating and Preventing Water Damage to Your West Norriton Home

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Small Leaks Lead to Large Water Losses-Call SERVPRO for Restoration to Your West Norriton House

Inspect and Respond to All Leaks and Drips and Call in Professionals Like SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Water damage is one of the most common home maintenance problems here in West Norriton. Whether it is due to a busted drain or due to a natural disaster, it can be quite a nightmare. Water damage should be addressed with priority, and you should seek professional help to mitigate any significant damage to your property.

SERVPRO is one of the leading names when it comes to water damage restoration here in West Norriton. We have a team of IICRC certified professionals with years of experience and technical knowledge. Our technicians use some of the best equipment available to remove stagnant or standing water and any residual moisture from your home as well. We also take pride in educating our customers on ways to prevent future damage. Here are some points that can help you prevent water-related issues in your home.  

Look out for leaks and drips
Leaking and dripping water pipes are one of the earliest signs of a bigger issue. Make sure that if you spot any leaky pipes, you do not ignore it. There might be a larger problem waiting to happen. Seek professional help to repair and replace any pipes or fixtures that are at fault.
 
Repair clogs as soon as possible
Clogged toilets and drains are a sign of an unhealthy drainage system. Avoid using harsh chemicals and drain snakes yourself to clean drains and pipes. You may cause a greater problem trying to do it on your own. Call professionals who can help diagnose the issue and offer permanent solutions. Particular attention should be given to inspect the exterior sewer pipes or septic tank.

Call professional restorers in case of water damage immediately
If you experience any water-related damage, make sure that you are calling in the experts to tackle the situations. Here at SERVPRO, we have a team of experts who can help you get the damage under control in no time. We use professional grade pumps, dryers, dehumidifiers and air movers to restore your water-damaged property. SERVPRO technicians are committed to helping you get your home back to the pre-incidence condition as soon as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 today to talk to one of our professionals to discuss your needs. We are committed to offering you the best solution to your all your problems- big or small.

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Commercial Water Removal Helps Flooded Grocery and Food Stores in Norristown Reopen Again

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's IICRC certified technicians are ready to remediate any size water disaster quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO’s Rapid Response Can Help Minimize Additional Damage

Food stores and deli shops have a high level of responsibility to provide safe and nutritious edible goods to the public in Norristown. Keeping your facility clean from top to bottom requires substantial input from your employee base. However, no matter how much work goes into keeping your store in sparkling condition, a barrage of water can ruin your employees' hard work.

Grocers and deli store owners in Norristown who use commercial water removal services after an emergency involving water recover substantially faster than similarly affected businesses that fail to engage professional services from a restoration company. Water emergencies escalate quickly, and a rapid response makes it easier to contain the problem and reduce the amount of damage experienced.

SERVPRO technicians' experience and skills keep them ready to remediate any size water disaster successfully. Removing the water that threatens your business starts with assessing the level of contamination. We rate water that came from outside your building as Category 3, the highest level possible, because of the amount of contamination from streets and parking lots, sewage, and other pollutants.

While Category 1 water does not create an intense sense of urgency for sanitation, Category 2 does, but not at the same level as Category 3. It is crucial to know that water can change categories when they absorb contaminants from your building's materials and contents. Water classified as Category 1 or 2 comes from inside your business, but if it sits long enough, that same water can change to a Category 3 flood, requiring additional work.

Our technicians, some certified by the IICRC as Commercial Drying Specialists (CDS), know that rapid removal of the water affecting your store can save you thousands of dollars and other unexpected difficulties. Complete dryness of your building is also crucial to protecting the building from future damage. Interior spaces of not only walls and ceilings, but also inside display racks and shelving units must attain dryness again. This protects against both microbial growth and physical deterioration of the materials.

We work as quickly as possible while keeping health and safety, as well as legal requirements in mind. Until we completely remove the water, followed by elimination of all threats to health and safety that the water introduced to your business's environment, the contamination in your store continues to pose a risk to the public.

SERVPRO of Norristown can be reached at (610) 272-8520, any hour of the day or night, year-round. Helping you eliminate the crisis through commercial water removal services and complete decontamination prepares your store to pass Health Department inspection so you can reopen your business.

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Helping Homeowners In Norristown Address Flood Damage Correctly

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Flood Water Removal in Norristown

Quality Storm Restoration from SERVPRO

Tackling the cleaning and restoration work in your Norristown home after a flood takes a great deal of knowledge, time, and attention to detail, more than most homeowners have available on their own. Most of us have to get back to work as soon as possible, and there is no time for recovering from a significant event.  

Sure, the company you use to address flood damage in your Norristown area home needs to address the removal and disposal of materials beyond repair. However, you also want someone qualified to perform a variety of services to ensure each item in your home receives the attention it deserves.

With 24/7 emergency services available and years of experience in the cleaning and restoration industry, SERVPRO technicians provide you with flood damage recovery services that go beyond your expectations. We are proud members of our local community, providing expertly trained technicians that assist when you need it the most.  

SERVPRO provides a variety of services designed to return your home and belongings to a quality pre-flood damage condition. Our cleaning specialists clean and protect your carpeting, upholstery, tile, grout, and other surfaces found in your home. We remove stains, repair damaged items, and help return your home to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible while also maintaining the level of quality you expect.
 
SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians use all of the latest equipment and tools to address problems found in your home after a flood. We have access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes, air movers, humidifiers, and advanced cleaning methods. Available resources are used to make your home new again, and we work hard to provide you with the highest quality services possible.  

We keep you informed throughout the process and want you to be pleased with the results you receive. Our services help limit the losses you experience after a flood occurs on your property and gives you access to qualified professionals you can trust, give SERVPRO of Norristown a call, today. (610) 272-8520

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Mold Damage Remediation Services You Can Trust As A Resident Of Trooper

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Trooper Property with Mold Calls on SERVPRO for Remediation

Rely on SERVPRO to Cleanup and Restore Your Property After a Mold Infestation

If your home has recently sustained a leak from the roof, a broken pipe or any flood damage, then you can expect mold damage related problems. Residents of Trooper are advised to seek professional remediation services to avoid such eventualities. The earlier you take such a step, the easier it is to control the incident and help prevent health effects.

We start by outlining some of the steps that mold damage remediation experts from SERVPRO follow when helping residents of Trooper. The spread of mold is by spores, which can be carried by air. That means introducing airflow to mold spores, which are uncontained can spread the contamination to other places. Thus, containment of the area is the first step.
 
There are many ways which our trained technicians use to do containment. For instance, setting up a negative air pressure in the affected area is an option. When there are duct systems which need protection from contamination, sealing the HVAC vents can control the spread. We can also install plastic sheeting in some areas so that they can act as containment barriers.
 
At this point, certified technicians can go ahead and remove the mold contamination. Before this process can start, the area invaded by mold is analyzed. That is what dictates the kind of method selected to do the removal. When the surface is porous, then the material is removed and discarded. On the other hand, when the area is nonporous, it is cleaned. HEPA filtered vacuuming is one of the ways our technicians from SERVPRO use to remove mold from dry surfaces.
 
Up to this point, you must have noted that there are special tools and steps our SERVPRO restorers use during the mold remediation process. They go through a specialized training and follow EPA mold remediation guidelines when doing the restoration work to guarantee your safety. There is no need to panic when faced with such a situation since help from an expert is enough.
 
At SERVPRO of Norristown, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, whether mold, fire, or water. Call us at (610) 272-8520 for professional services you can trust.

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Why Soot Cleanup Is Important After Fire Damage In Audobon

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire carries with it many hazards.

Soot Cleanup

Every homeowner in Audobon dreads the thought of a house fire. Fire carries with it many hazards. The most important risk, of course, is the risk to life and limb. There are also risks associated with soot and smoke damage, which might linger long after the fire service has got the burning under control. Homeowners are frequently left with visibly damaged homes after fire damage. That is where SERVPRO comes in – our IICRC-certified technicians have the skills and equipment needed to clean away the soot.

Soot is a visible by-product of fire damage in Audobon homes. We are all familiar with the black, charred look of a home after a blaze. What many people don't realize is that soot does not only appear unpleasant – it can be damaging to your home, too. Soot is a by-product of fire and is caused by incomplete combustion of materials. Soot and smoke contain many substances, some of which are corrosive.

The dangerous chemicals present in soot and smoke have the potential to damage items in your home. For example, iron is at risk of rust after exposure to fire hoses, and when you add the chemicals of smoke to the mix, there is an even higher risk of corrosion. Smoke enters electronic equipment and causes damage to the inner workings. Even woodwork can lose its integrity due to the effect of smoke and soot.

There is a psychological aspect to it – the sight and scent of smoke damage are very distressing to anyone who survives a home fire. Swift cleanup helps sooth the stress and restore the home, so it feels livable again.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with fire damage cleanup. We use a range of scrubbing and wiping actions to remove black residue. We also use air scrubbers, thermal fogging, and even ozone machines to banish that lingering smoky smell. We leave no nook or cranny unchecked in our aim to restore your home and ease your worry.

For help with fire cleanup in Audobon, Bethel Hill, Evansburg and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 for assistance today.

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Water Damage From Ice Dams In Your Trooper Attic

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

When snow accumulates on your roof in Trooper, a cycle of melting and freezing happens.

Water Damage From Ice Dams

When snow accumulates on your roof in Trooper, a cycle of melting and freezing happens. The snow ideally melts off the roof, into your gutters, and harmlessly flow to the ground. However, the warmer your attic is, the more melting there is. Typically, the water from this flows off the edge of your roof, but in some conditions, the roof’s edge stays under freezing, and the water refreezes at that point which makes an ice dam. Once the dam gets big enough, the melted snow pools behind it and forces its way back under your roof shingles and leaks into your home.

If you see water damage on exterior walls or ceilings in your Trooper home, it can be a warning that an ice dam is present and water and ice have forced their way into your attic. Besides fixing the ice dam, it is essential to recognize that you have a real water damage situation on your hands which needs the help of professionals such as our technicians at SERVPRO to stop any more damage from occurring to your structure.

Upon arriving at your home, we examine your attic space and all parts of the roof construction. We are looking to see if any roofing material is damaged and if so has it been permanently or temporarily patched? We look to see if the roof decking is affected and if the water flow is stopped. We look for any structural parts that are damaged and if the parts can be repaired.

The amount of equipment SERVPRO techs can get into an attic can be limited. Sheetrock can complicate drying. Once damaged sheetrock is demolished, structural components are relatively simple to dry. Plus, we might have to remove sheetrock to access areas within your attic.

Restoration of attics usually involves working with insulation. Wet fiberglass insulation can be saved and dried, and wet sheetrock or plaster under insulation might not be restorable. In almost every case where plaster or sheetrock begins to sag, we have to move the insulation to an undamaged area to reach the sagging sheetrock. Large insulation vacuums can be used to remove insulation and maybe save it for reuse. Bagging could work for smaller areas.

SERVPRO of Norristown dries your home out fast after ice dams have created water damage inside your attic and home. Residents in the areas of West Norriton, Evansburg, and Norristown can reach us around-the-clock at (610) 272-8520.

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Mold Damage Remediation In Lower Providence Township

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Investing in professional mold remediation is a wise choice, both to deal with a current colony and to avoid future mold problems.

Mold Damage Remediation

Whether your Lower Providence Township home frequently struggles with mold growth or an outbreak recently surprised after years of microbial-free enjoyment of your property, one thing is sure. Investing in professional mold remediation is a wise choice, both to deal with a current colony and to avoid future mold problems.

Finding mold damage inside your Lower Providence Township house is really just the tip of the iceberg. The musty odor and ugly staining are symptoms of a more significant problem. Mold spores coexist with us continuously. Damage occurs when your home has one or more water incursions that activate the organisms. The presence of moisture can be quite unobtrusive, often hiding between walls or beneath cabinets. Since mold does not need light to grow, large infestations behind walls, in chimneys, under flooring, and the like are unknown to a homeowner until the smell overwhelms or the organic surfaces ingested by the colonies deteriorate to the point of weakness. This is a problem for which our professional mold remediation teams train regularly.

You may wage an ongoing battle with mold, thinking you conquer only to see it recur. Mildew in corners of the shower or a nasty area under the mudroom floor appears to clear up with a bleach solution or other over-the-counter DIY remedies. The efforts you make unfortunately are probably regenerating the mold as even undiluted bleach is 90 percent water. A surface stain fades, but the microbial activity continues beneath the surface. SERVPRO remediators are familiar with this endless cycle and are eager to help you break it.

On the other hand, you may just now realize your dwelling shelters a long-term mold problem that went unnoticed until a wall begins to crumble or your air fresheners no longer cover a mysterious earthy smell. Either situation profits from a thorough evaluation by a SERVPRO manager experienced with mold issues. With the implementation of an EPA-based plan for mold remediation, we rid your home of the current microbial problems and help you identify and eliminate the water incursion sources to limit future mold outbreaks.

SERVPRO contains the moldy areas, protecting you and your family from airborne debris with physical barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers. We ensure removal and disposal of the moldy material, and then sanitize and dry out the area. Our team is relentless as they search for the plumbing leak, uncaulked tile, roof fail, or even high humidity that provides mold spores their chance to grow. With the repair of the leak or plan to vent or otherwise reduce ambient moisture the chances of mold recurrence fall precipitously.

Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 when mold takes up residence. Your home benefits from our experience and skill in remediating the mold problem and eliminating the moisture that fueled it.

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Repairing Flood Damage On Carpets And Concrete In Lower Providence Township homes

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

A flood can soak your carpets and damage the flooring beneath, making it unsafe to live in the house.

Repairing Flood Damage On Carpets And Concrete

A flash flood in Lower Providence Township can hit your home by surprise. It can soak your carpets and damage the flooring beneath, making it unsafe to live in the house. Flood waters can ruin virtually any type of floor, including hardwood and concrete. Restoring the building to preloss conditions requires time and patience.

When the flood waters recede, SERVPRO can help you restore your property within no time. Our flood damage restoration experts serve the Lower Providence Township area and its environs, and SERVPRO is available to respond to your incident 24/7. We follow IICRC guidelines in every restoration effort, and all our products and equipment are up to par with industry standards.

The carpet is one of the most susceptible items to flood damage, particularly due to latex deterioration and backing separation. Every carpet contains a primary and secondary backing. Latex deterioration is when the adhesive material holding the two backings (as well as the carpet fibers) together falls apart. The process starts immediately after installing the carpet due to gases in the air, sunlight, and traffic. It accelerates exceedingly fast when the material is exposed to water damage.

SERVPRO flood damage experts have a lot of experience in dealing with all sorts of latex. The better grades have additives that decelerate the breakdown process while the cheaper ones contain fillers with no adhesive properties. The fillers only take up space in the carpet and actually contribute to water damage by facilitating delamination (separation) of the primary and secondary backings. Delamination can also occur through overly aggressive extraction, so it is important that the job is done by a professional restoration company.

Similarly, painted concrete may scale off as a result of flood damage, thus requiring repairing and repainting. After assessing the extent of the damage, SERVPRO technicians can offer the most useful restoration approach to help you get back to your lives as soon as possible. If the paint contains lead (which is hazardous), we can work with a qualified subcontractor to remove the original paint.

Due to the porous nature of concrete floors, the flood water may wick up and leave chalk-like deposits on the surface. To ensure that the deposits do not reappear, our water damage restoration personnel take on the responsibility of fixing the source of the leakage after extracting the water. Dirt or surface films can also support mold growth on your concrete. SERVPRO has a team of highly trained mold remediation experts who can clean up the mold and apply EPA-registered disinfectants if necessary.

If you have a flood damage emergency, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Norristown. We are a part of your community and have the resources to restore your home to normal conditions quickly and efficiently. Call us today at (610) 272-8520.

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Commercial Water Damage in Your Norristown Warehouse Can Ruin Inventory

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Damage in a warehouse needs to be dealt with right away so that the items stored have the best chance of recovery. Call SERVPRO after damage.

Containing and Controlling the Damage are Key Tasks of the Remediation Process

When you operate a warehouse that stores goods for other businesses and industries, ensuring that the entire environment is suitable for that purpose can help keep you in business. Local businesses in Norristown sometimes store their excess goods and materials in warehouses to ensure that they remain available when needed but out of the way of daily operations at their factory.

If the environmental conditions surrounding a warehouse cause substantial commercial water damage in Norristown, the inventory inside can suffer damage and loss, too. Water damage can also stem from broken pipes, a leaking roof, a toilet that flooded the bathroom, and so many other possibilities. The crucial aspect is removing the water remaining to restore a level of normal humidity.

We understand that you owe your clients responsible protection of their goods. We can help you restore dryness to your building and the items inside, protecting them from any additional damage. To assist you with the insurance claims process, as a third party we can provide you with an inventory of damaged goods.

Removal of damaged goods might seem overwhelming, but afterward, you can more easily perform an accounting of the goods not destroyed. To keep damage from continuing, we rely on air blowers to circulate the air, heaters to increase the rate of evaporation, and dehumidifiers to extract airborne moisture. Surfaces receive similar attention simultaneously.
 
To prevent secondary water damage, we treat mold-prone surfaces with an antimicrobial agent. Metal surfaces are treated to prevent rust and corrosion. Affected carpeting can harbor microbes, or become damaged in other ways. Each setting requires an individualized assessment, which our Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) skillfully performs. Our goals include performing the mitigation required so that your damages remain controlled and lower than expected.

SERVPRO of Norristown wants to help you provide the services our community's industries need. Call us at (610) 272-8520, at any hour of the day or night, as emergencies happen around the clock. We stand ready to help mitigate your warehouse's water damage situation.

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Lower Providence Township

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO uses professional grade equipment to eliminate odors left behind from a fire in your home.

Professional Cleaning Equipment for Fire Damage

Most fires do not destroy a home. They do not even cause structural damage for the most part. The majority of the restoration costs to a homeowner normally come from the odors that burned material leaves behind in the air and on the structural and personal property.

Odors are the most lingering and hardest to remove part of fire damage to a home in the Lower Providence Township. It is more time-consuming and takes special skills and tools not normally found with a general contractor or other clean-up agencies. SERVPRO maintains an extensive inventory of cleaning equipment and a first-class training program with access to a nationwide network of both when needed. The following are just a sample of what we bring to every home:

Injectors – When it comes to small amounts of odor-causing stains on a piece of furniture or rug, technicians use these commercial grade pumps for the job. They use them with large needles to inject a deodorizing agent directly into the affected area. We prefer using this technique instead of sending a chair or sofa to be reupholstered.

Ozone Machines – Oxygen molecules are forced by this device to react with odor-causing molecules in the air. The action oxidizes the molecules, removing the odor. The process is extremely efficient in removing odors but requires our technicians to wear protective gear. It is dangerous to people, pets, and items containing natural rubber. Once we have finished, the ozone gas generated converts back to oxygen in a short time.

Pressure Sprayers – These devices spray deodorizing agents and other chemical cleaners at a rate of 50 psi. Our IICRC-certified technicians apply them directly on structural property, fabrics and most carpets that have heavy amounts of odor-causing smoke and soot residues.

Ventilation Fans – We start the process of removing odors with these. Depending on the size, the devices move up to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute. They serve a double purpose because in addition to removing odorous air, they also effectively ventilate a home and dry surfaces still damp from the water used to extinguish the fire.

Our goal with every house fire is to return your home to its preloss state. That includes making certain the air reminds everyone only of life before the disaster. At SERVPRO of Norristown, this is why we are in this business; to help our neighbors return to a safe, normal life as quickly as we can. For more information, call us at (610) 272-8520.

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Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup Services in Norristown

9/3/2017 (Permalink)

Leaks, Slippery Floors, and Water Damage to Norristown Homes Cause Unsafe Conditions

Advanced Equipment Makes SERVPRO the Logical Choice for Water Removal and Recovery

Many different factors can contribute to water damage in Norristown. These factors include natural disasters, faulty household appliances, problems with the plumbing system, leaking pipes, and buildup of water in areas such as attics, crawl spaces, and basements. The sooner you notice the problem, the less the restoration work needed.
 
If you recognize signs of water damage in your Norristown home, contact SERVPRO as soon as possible. We have IICRC approved technicians ready to respond quickly to any emergency situation. Using advanced tools and products, we can restore your property to preloss conditions as fast as possible.
 
After performing a quick assessment of the water damage, we proceed with professional restoration actions. Our services may include extracting residual water or moving out furniture and other valuables to avoid further loss. Once the mitigation process is over, we begin the drying process using air movers and dehumidification equipment.
 
SERVPRO technicians rely on factors such as humidity levels, airflow, and the composition of the wet materials when choosing a particular approach. In some cases, our restoration efforts may require using heat sticks or heat mats along with the standard drying equipment. These mats are especially effective to extract moisture from hardwood flooring. We may also take on the responsibility of replacing wall and floor materials, as well as rebuilding damaged fittings.
 
For large scale water disasters, SERVPRO has a stock of fans, dehumidifiers, and other equipment that are available on demand. Our large inventory allows us to respond quickly to major incidents. Dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity by pulling water vapor from the air until every part of the structure is dry. To increase their efficiency, we heat the area if necessary to the ideal working temperatures of refrigerant dehumidifiers - between 68 degrees F and 90 degrees F.
 
In some cases, we may have to use extractors to remove water from floors and clean carpets and upholstery after water intrusion. Extractors usually come with three main components: a vacuum system, pump, and heater. All three parts come into play when restoring carpets and upholstery. Water damage mitigation, on the other hand, requires the vacuum component only to remove excess water. Depending on the nature of the damage, SERVPRO technicians can use portable or truck-mounted extractors. Portable extractors are ideal for accessing restricted areas, but truck-mounted ones are more efficient at both restorative cleaning and water removal for large volumes.
 
If your home has sustained water damage, you can rely on SERVPRO of Norristown to clean up and restore your property. As a locally owned and operated business, we are part of your community and are ready to respond swiftly when you need us. For questions and emergency services, call us anytime at (610) 272-8520.

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Shipping Companies and Warehouse Managers Turn to SERVPRO in Norristown

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Warehouse space and water damage is never a good mix. Call the technicians at SERVPRO to quickly remediate and spare you additional damage.

Professional Technicians Provide Factories with Reliable Damage Services

Finding a company with the personnel and resources to remove water from your warehouse space fast should be a priority after water intrusion occurs on your Norristown property. Smaller companies may say that they can get the job done, but take far too long causing additional damage to stored assets.

Running a shipping business is hard enough without having to deal with inadequate commercial water removal services in Norristown during an emergency. It is important to keep your warehouse dry, so if you experience a fire that triggers your suppression system, have a plumbing leak, or storm damage occurs, it helps to have access to a company that can deal with each of these situations properly.

SERVPRO technicians respond urgently to every call we receive. Day or night, 365-days a year, we make ourselves available to provide you with excellent emergency services that help recover your property after a fire, water intrusion, mold contamination, storm damage and more. We even have cleaning services available for companies just like yours, where we put our expertise to work maintaining your property at regular intervals, providing you with a keen eye that helps prevent disasters.

At SERVPRO we provide our technicians with all of the latest advances in equipment, giving us the upper-hand in most situations. We use infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers and water extractors of every size and shape. Our drying process involves the use of air movers, dehumidifiers, and a variety of hand tools that make drying time faster, leveling out the relative humidity of any room, reducing the possibility of developing secondary damages to assets that remain out of harm’s way during the event.  

SERVPRO’s emergency services provide you with access to expertly trained, IICRC-industry certified technicians who understand how to prioritize and perform at peak efficiency to save the majority of exposed items on your property. We have access to personnel, equipment, and resources that make delivering quality water removal services easier, saving you from experiencing potential losses.

Request assistance with your water removal issues by contacting SERVPRO of Norristown, today. We stand ready to provide you with the excellent services you deserve. (610) 272-8520

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The Three Categories Of Water that May Be Present After Flood Damage In Norristown

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

Norristown Homes Drenched by Storms Needing Water Extraction Look to SERVPRO

Trust SERVPRO to Remove Contaminated Water After a Flood Safely

A seasonal storm brings with it the risk of severe flood damage. High winds and driving rain put a home at risk of flooding, and storms also cause seepage from gardens and run-off from storm flooded streets.
 
Something every homeowner needs to be aware of after flood damage in Norristown is the three categories of water that might be present: Clean, gray and black. Each category has its risk level and needs to be handled correctly by professionals. That is why we recommend calling SERVPRO after a flood. We train our IICRC-certified technicians to handle all kinds of storm water and restore your home.
 
The first category is clean water. Clean water does not contain any immediate health hazards. Rainwater or water from a broken pipe is usually clean. Clean water must be dealt with immediately, or it can become gray water within 48 hours which is why we need to get to work at once.
 
The second category is gray water. Gray water has biological or chemical contamination and thus poses some potential health risks. Gray water includes water from aquariums, washing machines, dishwashers and sinks or showers. It is important to remove gray water as soon as possible because if we do not there is a risk it might become contaminated further and reclassified as black water.
 
The third category is black water. Black water is a health hazard because it may contain sewage, chemicals, or other toxic elements transported from the environment. Black water might contain microbes that cause a range of diseases and thus must be handled with extreme care.
 
It is clear that cleaning up after flood damage requires care and professionalism. We equip our technicians with all the personal protective equipment necessary to handle any category of water safely, including rubber boots, rubber gloves, coveralls, and facemasks.
 
We carry out a thorough assessment of your home to ascertain the type of water present and immediately set to work cleaning it up. We use pumps and water extraction tools to remove water and ensure it is disposed of correctly. After we extract all the water, we set to work drying out your home. We can also treat your home with anti microbial agents.
 
SERVPRO teams also carry out careful monitoring of moisture levels in each room, including inside wall cavities and under the floor. You can rest assured that our aim is to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
We are on hand to help with any cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 for assistance.

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Mold Damage A Negotiating Point For Norristown Home Buyer

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Floating in Norristown Homes Can Lead to Damage

SERVPRO Can Help You Make Your Norristown Dream Home Safe from Mold Infestations

Knowing that a home on your purchasing shortlist had previous mold issues is usually a disincentive to giving an offer. Understanding the life cycle of mold and proven professional methods to remediate mold damage takes the fear out of seriously considering buying a home with a history of mold growth. Our SERVPRO mold remediation team successfully puts the brakes on many cases of microbial growth, and our skills and experience put mold concerns in perspective.
 
Your family’s house hunt found a home to love, but possible mold damage causes hesitation to make an offer on this Norristown listing. Before you move on to other properties, take some time to educate yourself about the prevalence of mold spores in the area and why this home suffered an outbreak. We respond to mold growth questions constantly in the eastern Pennsylvania area. Using methods developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) our trained crews resolve similar issues, leaving the homes we treat comfortable and safe for habitation after a mold problem.
 
Mold spores are always present in the outdoor and indoor environments. They typically cause no problems, simply floating in the air and settling on surfaces. For mold to multiply, forming colonies, and filling the indoor air with that characteristic musty smell, three additional things need to join the spores. The temperature must be right for the strains involved. Carbon-based food sources must be available. Water must be present.
 
SERVPRO receives calls about mold growth and damage only when the third component, water or moisture, infiltrate a home. The facts are that mold likes the same temperatures humans prefer, and even a little soap scum or dust containing dead skin cells is a banquet for the fungus. Those two variables are impossible to eliminate in normal spaces. Water is the predictor for mold to cause issues, and the source of unwanted water almost always proves controllable.
 
Mold grows fast when water provides the catalyst. Within 24 to 48 hours spores activate and proliferate, which is why SERVPRO recommends water damage response times of hours, not days or weeks. Even if a colony takes hold in a residence, our workers have the skills and equipment to contain and remove the mold, disinfect the affected area, and then eliminate the moisture source to limit the possibility of future mold growth.
 
Unless the house of your dreams contains one room after another of unmitigated mold growth, chances are excellent the infestation either is in remission or can be mitigated by our SERVPRO team. Work with your realtor and us to investigate the actual extent of the mold problem in your potential home. Talk with a legal advisor to be certain you are not exposing yourself to unnecessary risk if you make an offer on a home you know had mold damage. You may be able to reduce the price of becoming a homeowner by refusing to panic about the word “mold,” but be certain to conquer any current microbial infestation before moving day.
 
Mold damage is less frightening when SERVPRO of Norristown is your partner in remediation. Call (610) 272-8520 to discuss options if mold is delaying your chance to purchase your perfect home.

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Water Damage can Decrease the Safety of Your Newborn's Nursery in Norristown

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores After Cleaning Norristown Home Nurseries

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Damaged Home in Norristown with Swift Water Removal and Cleanup

It is essential to your baby's health to use the correct amount of water when preparing bottles full of formula. It is just as crucial to the safety of your home to keep water out of places where it can cause problems. When water soaks into the materials your house is made of, those materials can lose their strength and become weak, deteriorate, and worse.
 
New parents want their new baby's life to be perfect, starting with the interior of their Norristown home, but water damage can ruin their efforts. Unwanted water is one type of slowly developing damage that can significantly diminish the safety and security within any home. SERVPRO has technicians with training and expertise to help make everything “Like it never even happened.”
 
Moisture and high humidity, water from broken water lines or overflowing appliances, tubs, and sinks, and even ice on the roof can create problems inside your home, including areas that may seem impervious to damage. This type of harm can lead to many problems because it can sneak up on homeowners.
 
When water attacks a wall, it can affect it on the surface, in the external framework, by compressing the insulation inside, and by corroding the electrical wiring that runs through the wall.

The surface of walls can become stained much like some ceilings are when water is present in small, minute amounts over extended periods of time. While these are not always indicative of other types of secondary water damage, they are at the least quite unsightly.
 
When water seeps into the drywall itself, this can produce swelling and eventual deterioration of the wall. Swelling from the water makes drywall extremely soft at first and then powdery as it dries, allowing it to crumble. Falling materials can prove to be a hazard for those below.
 
When exterior walls are affected by water, the insulation can be damaged. This can create cold spots that, while not posing a health hazard, can still make certain areas of your home uncomfortable for the youngest members of your family.
 
While compressed insulation can lose its ability to function as it should, water inside walls can create problems with wiring including serious fire hazards. In addition to that danger, shocks are much more likely when using compromised outlets.
 
Both new and experienced homeowners can have problems with water damage in their home, and it can happen to any home, regardless of when it was built. These problems can also exist side by side with mold growth, which needs water to survive. If water has created a mess in your home, call us. We are SERVPRO of Norristown and are always here to take your call at (610) 272-8520.

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SERVPRO Has The Right Equipment To Deodorize After Fire Damage In Norristown

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Skilled Techs and Equipment Restore Fire & Smoke Damaged Homes in Norristown

Odor Removal from Fire & Smoke Damage by SERVPRO

Smoke odors are a lingering after effect of fire damage. Even after your home has been restored, thoroughly cleaned, and made safe to live in once more, you might notice a stubborn smoky smell. Smoke odors are particularly unpleasant because they provide a reminder of the fire and the stress and fear of dealing with the blaze and its aftermath.

SERVPRO understands the importance of getting rid of the smoke smell that hangs around after fire damage to a Norristown home. That is why odor removal is a vital part of our fire remediation process. In most cases, we handle odors using one of two machines: An ozone machine or a hydroxyl generator.
 
An ozone machine generates ozone for sterilization and deodorization. Think for a moment about the oxygen you breathe. It has two oxygen molecules. Ozone, however, has three oxygen molecules. Sometimes you smell it after a thunderstorm – it causes that fresh post-rain smell that so many people love.
 
Ozone has important deodorizing properties. An ozone machine works by using either ultraviolet light or a high voltage applied to a metal grid to produce ozone and distribute it throughout the area.
 
Ozone is a powerful deodorant. It works quickly and then fades just as quickly, leaving the house fresh and the odor eliminated for good. However, ozone is not safe for use around pets, plants or people, which is why we usually only use ozone machines in situations where your home is empty during the remediation process, or where it is not too inconvenient for you to leave it for a short period.
 
There is an alternative to ozone where it is not safe or convenient to use it: Hydroxyl Generators. Hydroxyl radicals are naturally occurring elements that are produced when sunlight interacts with water vapor in the air. Hydroxyl radicals react with other molecules, including odor molecules, and destabilize them. That is why some people call hydroxyl radicals “nature’s deodorant.”
 
Hydroxyl Generators use UV light to produce hydroxyl, which is then used to deodorize your home. The effect is swift and permanent, and the generator is safe for use around people, plants, and pets.
 
You can rely on SERVPRO to assess the situation and choose the most efficient remediation method for your home, with an eye on safety at all times.
 
If you need help removing smoke odors from your home, call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 today.

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