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

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Few People Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Lower Providence Township 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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When Your Kingston Home Experiences A Flood Our Team Can Restore It To Pre-Damage Condition

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Your Kingston Home Experiences A Flood Our Team Can Restore It To Pre-Damage Condition 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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Flood Restoration In West Norriton

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

Flood Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Ruins More than Your Norristown Home

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When an Open Window During a Bad Storm Floods Your East Norriton Basement 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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Flood Damage Cleanup In Your Norristown Home

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage Cleanup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Help for Norristown

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

Stormwater Dictates Certain Procedures for Removal and Cleanup

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

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Helping Homeowners In Norristown Address Flood Damage Correctly

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping Homeowners In Norristown Address Flood Damage Correctly 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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Repairing Flood Damage On Carpets And Concrete In Lower Providence Township homes

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Repairing Flood Damage On Carpets And Concrete In Lower Providence Township homes 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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The Three Categories Of Water that May Be Present After Flood Damage In Norristown

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

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