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Are Wet Carpets in My Pottsville Home a Lost Cause? 

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Our Professionals Have Efficient Moisture Removal Techniques and Equipment to Restore and Clean Damaged Carpeting When Possible

Saturated carpeting in your home can present multiple obstacles for the homeowner and the responding restoration technicians sent to address water damage in Pottsville. Removing surface water and trapped moisture in materials requires a wide variety of advanced technologies and tools. Identifying what your home needs during mitigation and restoration is vital to saving our SERVPRO technicians time and effort on the recovery of your home after a disaster.

When it comes to water removal for Pottsville flooring and carpets, there are multiple approaches that our professionals must take. As is customary with all of the water losses that our team restores, we must first overcome obstacles like standing water before we can assess how damaged other areas of the property might be.

How Can Standing Surface Water Get Removed from My Home?

Extraction is one of the emergency services that you can expect from our response team when we arrive at your damaged address. As challenging as water losses can become as they migrate through a house, tools designed for efficient surface water removal can be critically vital to reducing irreparable damage to structural elements and contents. We have multiple options for water removal, including:

  • Submersible Pumps  

These machines are the backbone of surface water removal because they offer a fast, efficient, and quiet operation wherever they might be necessary for a home. Electric units are among the most commonly used as they require little setup and have a more powerful discharge to allow the machine to span greater distances in water removal. 

  • Wet Vacuums 

Wet vacuums can take over after the water removal abilities of submersibles have gotten exhausted. At a certain depth, usually no more than two inches, submersible pumps cannot draw the appropriate volume of water to maintain prime and wet vacuums take over. By generating a constant suction, these vacuums can remove the remaining surface water to encourage drying to begin as soon as possible. 

  • Truck-Mount Pumps 

In some situations where standing water in Pottsville might be a considerable obstacle for our responding technicians and widespread throughout the property, the best and most efficient removal tool is an extractor truck. These truck-mounted pumps arrive in our Green Fleet and can pull out water at a powerful 300 psi.

Can Water Get Removed from Soggy Carpets? 

The success of water removal and drying of carpets hinges on what our project manager and crew chief learn during scoping and inspection of the property. Using sophisticated tools and technologies like probing moisture meters, we can better determine the damage beyond the surface levels for flooring, like carpeting. Discovering the spread and migration of water loss effects can determine what approaches are most beneficial to restoring the property.

With water damage that exists in the carpet and padding layers exclusively, it is often possible to dry and recover flooring. When water penetrates the pad and begins to saturate into plywood or OSB board serving as subflooring, restoration and recovery of the carpet and pad layers can be a challenge. It is often more cost-efficient to remove the floor in these circumstances.

What is Necessary to Restore Wet Carpeting? 

Not every situation is the same, so the approach to restore and dry damaged carpets in your home varies. Some circumstances only require our SERVPRO team to remove trapped water in the fibers of the carpet and the porous pad underneath it to recover the damaged flooring entirely. More extended periods of exposure increase the need for removal and replacement.

  • Carpet Wands 

With extraction equipment like wet vacuums and pumps, attachments such as carpet wands can be a powerful tool to focus water removal on absorbent flooring materials like carpets. These implements are even more advisable for use when it is not necessary to worry about the restoration of the carpet padding. When you are only trying to dry the surface layer and intend to replace the padding, carpet wands can remove most of the water threat.

  • Air Movers 

Centrifugal air movers, especially low-profile models, are ideal for drying out wet areas of the carpet. The process known as floating places an air mover between the surface layer of carpet and the padding to dry both simultaneously. This approach is ideal when it gets determined that migrating water has not yet affected subflooring materials.

  • Controlled Material Removal

When the probing moisture meter determines that absorption has occurred at the base levels, protecting your carpet and padding might not be possible. It is vital to reach underlying supports, as these are the most difficult to replace later. Removal of carpeted floors allows for more direct drying access to reduce costlier reconstruction needs for supports, joists, and plywood.

Meeting the demands of your water-damaged home is an area where many have trusted our SERVPRO of Pottsville team. Whether you want fast extraction solutions or efficient drying of carpeted floors, we can help. Give us a call today at (570) 622-8991.

Drying Your Pottsville Home After Flood Damage

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Rain Storm Storm damage in your Pottsville home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

Our SERVPRO Teams Are Equipped With The Tools And Equipment Specially Designed To Thoroughly Dry Your Property After Water Damage Takes Place

After a flood, the first thought after you confirm the well-being of your family is most likely the well-being of your home. Although there may be some water damage after the flood water recedes, the biggest challenge is often the cleanup and deodorizing the smell left by contaminated flood water if you do extract the water and dry the wet materials quickly enough.  

The most crucial step after flood damage hits your Pottsville home is to thoroughly dry all impacted materials, including carpeting, flooring, and items within the home, such as furniture. Once items are thoroughly dried, there is a much smaller chance of out of control microbial growth. SERVPRO technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to dry the impacted areas and contents within your home. 

The first step to thorough drying is extraction. SERVPRO technicians use both portable and truck-mounted extraction equipment to remove excess water from your home effectively. Portable extraction wands have a backpack-like tank that holds from five to twelve gallons of water. Truck-mounted extractors can hold over 100 gallons for situations where there is a lot of water. In some more rare cases, when there are more than two inches of standing water, technicians employ a submersible pump to remove water. The more moisture extracted, the easier the rest of the drying process becomes. 

Air movement through ventilation and industrial-strength air movers in conjunction with dehumidifiers work on drying the impacted area after extracting the excess moisture thoroughly. Air movers blow air at floor level since cold, moist air is often close to the surface. While the air movers aim air throughout the affected areas, dehumidifiers simultaneously pull moisture in, filters it with HEPA filters to remove any dangerous particles, and then exhaust the air, now dry and warm. The dry, warm air then circulates throughout the room with the assistance of the air movers. 

After a flood, Contact SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991 for 24/7 assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What to Expect During Professional Fire Debris and Odor Cleanup in Pottsville

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.

Our SERVPRO Crews are Trained to Effectively Remove Debris and Odors After a Fire Occurs in Your Pottsville Home

The aftermath of a household fire in Pottsville is stressful and overwhelming. Few other circumstances prepare a homeowner for the toxic mix of debris, smoke and soot residues, and odors that take over every aspect of your life. You need an expert to evaluate the extent of the damage to building materials and contents, and to take the steps needed to mitigate ongoing harm and remediate current issues.

Toxic Residues and Malodors

The fire debris and odors afflicting your Pottsville home are an internal problem, brought about by chemical changes when heat and flames spread and use building materials and contents for fuel. Ordinary household goods and conventional building materials transform into hazardous substances. Cleanup requires safeguards to prevent the debris from affecting the health of you and your family and from further damaging structural components and other articles inside your home. The transformation by fire also spreads smells that make living inside your home unpleasant, reminding everyone of the terror of the flames.

Odors and Debris Are Intimately Related

Our SERVPRO team knows the stench inside your home after a fire is caused by the presence of tiny soot particles. Soot consists of the solids left after fire incompletely consumes anything in its path: wood, paper, drywall, insulation, plastics, rubber, or fibers. Particularly bad-smelling are the residues left behind after a kitchen fire. The protein-based coating is nearly transparent, composed of dehydrated food and grease. Burned rubble to greasy kitchen fire residues, all are forms of fire debris needing management and professional removal.

Professional Cleanup Plan

SERVPRO managers and workers devise a research-based plan to keep your family safe and crews protected during mitigation and remediation. Odor management improves, and drift of corrosive materials ceases when we shut down HVAC systems and contain the work area with negative pressure air scrubbers. Removal of charred items and deep cleaning of surfaces reduces the odor load as well as returning your home to a sanitary condition. Matching types of soot to appropriate cleaning products and methods increase the efficiency of our technicians’ efforts.

Innovations in Odor Elimination

When cleaning and debris removal is inadequate to rid your home of persistent odors, SERVPRO employs special equipment and products to neutralize the odor-bearing particles challenging to remove altogether. We chose from among wet and thermal deodorizing fogging systems, ozone machines, hydroxyl generators, and enzymatic cleaners to eliminate the smells.

SERVPRO of Pottsville takes the lead when you contact us at  (570) 622-8991 for fire debris and odor removal. Our crews arrive within hours of your call, 24/7.

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Flooding In Your Pottsville Grocery Store

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

grocery after damage Give our SERVPRO of Pottsville team a call anytime at (570) 622-8991.

Cleaning Tile Floors After Pottsville Grocery Store Flooding

Flooding can leave a considerable mess to clean up in your Pottsville grocery store. However, with the right approach happening immediately, we can get the doors back open quickly to your business. Not all of the flooding that can damage your facility welcomes potential contaminants and bacteria. However, when it does, it is more vital than ever for extensive cleaning to start right away. Considering that the flooring material in the store is either concrete or tile, cleaning these surfaces can often happen without requiring removal or resurfacing.

Navigating potential contaminants and flood damage to Pottsville businesses is one of the initial tasks for those given the job of scoping the work to get completed. Understanding the necessity of designating the right tools and personnel to the drying and cleaning of the building can showcase our commitment to completing recovery efforts as soon as possible. With grocery stores, there is the added threat of the effect of these contaminants or bacteria on the stocked shelves – which can often lead to an irrefutable loss for the business that worsens the longer restoration takes to begin.

Tile and concrete flooring can be the most exposed surfaces to the standing water, meaning that after extraction, these are the materials that require the immediate attention of our SERVPRO restorers. Cleaning these floors can reduce the development of microbial and bacterial threats in the property that can worsen with time.

While disinfectants and biocides are vital to eliminating pressing contaminant concerns, our professionals must also consider the staff and customers following in after restoration. Instead of harsh smelling chemicals like chlorines, we might utilize phenolics or botanical compounds instead for less of an uninviting smell for whoever enters the property during the final stages of restoration.

We must act quickly after a flood to protect both the building and the products in your store from the harmful effects that can quickly spread. With potent cleaning products and practical cleaning tools and techniques, we can make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Pottsville team a call anytime at (570) 622-8991.

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During Fire Damage Restoration In Pottsville Your Contents Might Have To Be Moved Out

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

"Fire line do not cross" Pottsville, your fire damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability.

SERVPRO Handles the Devastation From Fire Damage so You Don’t Have to

When flames ignite inside your Pottsville home, the problems created can vary. The flames can engulf many of your building materials, and the smoke released can add to the fire damage caused. In many situations, problems with both your building materials and contents could occur. Your contents are considered anything that would come loose if your house was tipped upside down and shook, and your building materials include everything that would stay in place.

When fire damage inside your Pottsville house exists on both your contents and building materials, our SERVPRO technicians can clean and restore them in separate locations. Separating your contents and building materials can help prevent more problems from getting caused by the restoration process. And, since your possessions and structural components both require different techniques to clean, moving out the items in the affected regions of your house can make the overall process more efficient.

However, moving contents out of your house can sometimes be expensive and time-consuming. If possible, our SERVPRO team can implement cost-saving strategies to help reduce expenses. For example, in some cases, we can clean items before they get moved out, so we do not have to pack, clean, repack, and then shelve. We can also conduct partial move-outs in some scenarios so that only a portion of the contents in your building get moved out at a time.

The first steps during a move-out involve an initial scope and estimate and a pre-move-out review. Before anything gets moved out of your home, we conduct an inventory of everything we plan to relocate. We also figure out where everything will be cleaned and where it will be stored while restoration procedures take place inside your structure.

Once everything gets inventoried and staged for removal, we begin packing up all of your affected items. We carefully pack each item in labeled boxes so that they do not get damaged in the moving process. We then pack the truck in a way that will make it more efficient to load the storage area. If your contents are getting cleaned off-location, then we will unpack and clean at the sanitized location and repack the items and stage them for getting moved back into your house.

If you ever suffer major problems after a fire burns on your property, call SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991 24/7.

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Restoring First Floor Apartments After Flood Loss in Pottsville

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flood water in home Flood damage in your Pottsville property? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Can Save Your Property From Flood Damage in Pottsville

Flooding from rising creeks and streams surrounding Pottsville neighborhoods can put your apartment complex at risk. Because the first floor of the apartment units sits below street level, moving surface water can find a fast path through the property and into all of the individual residences on that level. As a preferred vendor in the area for insurance claims and property management firms, we can oversee the restoration of all of these units simultaneously.

Natural disasters can displace residents and can add to the urgency of restoring flood damage in your Pottsville apartment complex. With several feet of standing water in the split level first floor of the building, extraction efforts are vital to get an understanding of how widespread losses are and what contents and construction materials have become affected by the migrating floodwater. We work with your insurance company, your renters, and you to provide a solution that fits everyone’s needs as much as possible.

Even with a shorter discharge distance, the ideal choice for extracting floodwater with expected solids and contaminants is our truck-mount extractor. Given the circumstances, we can direct this continual water flow into a sanitary sewer system to not overload inside drainage systems or potentially clogged or slow-moving culverts contending with excessive debris and other threats. Once most of the surface water has gotten addressed, we can begin muck-out cleaning.

Shoveling and content disposal all help to reduce the presence of bacteria and other microbes that can develop into mold threats. Much of this risk can also get reduced with the application of air movers and other evaporative drying equipment. Our SERVPRO ready trailers at our warehouse have gotten stocked with more than 100 air movers to stay prepared for even substantial drying needs like a damaged apartment complex.  

Apartment buildings can serve as the residence for dozens of families, which can mean a need for moving quickly when disasters strike. When multiple units have suffered the effects of a flood, our SERVPRO of Pottsville rapid response team can arrive quickly to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (570) 622-8991.

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Our Team Can Restore Your Pottsville Home After A Fire

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

An electrical fire that started as a result of damaged wiring This home was damaged by an electrical fire that started as a result of this damaged wiring. We showed up right away and began restoration.

Steps Before Cleaning Fire-Damaged Carpets in Pottsville Homes

Smaller fires can leave light residues and soil deposits on the floors of Pottsville homes that can often get restored with the right techniques and cleaning agents. The appropriate response to these conditions varies based on multiple factors, which is part of the advanced and extensive training that our SERVPRO professionals receive both as cleaning technicians and fire restorers for our team.

Pretesting and pretreating carpets can both have positive effects, especially when our technicians believe that flooring fire damage in Pottsville homes is restorable. Even pretesting a carpet to determine the likelihood of cleaning success requires a working knowledge of the restorative practices and their effects on individual styles of carpets, fabrics, and the soiling present. Before one type of cleaning technique gets chosen, our professionals must consider:

  • Colorfastness
  • Type of soil and its severity
  • Type of carpet and fibers
  • Stain resistance
  • Pre-existing damage before the fire


By pretesting a fire damaged portion of the carpet, we can be assured of presenting the best cleaning method to get the desired results. With restoring carpeting, it is always a priority to preserve the color and feel of the fibers, but ultimately remove all traces of soiling from the most recent disaster. Pretesting can identify the type of fiber and the overall condition of the carpet, showcasing the best methods to suit the current conditions.


Heavier levels of soiling after a fire can benefit from preconditioning and pretreatment. Our deluxe preconditioning and rinse can help to address present soiling of the carpet by emulsifying or dissolving the present sediment, which can get rinsed and extracted with rotary jet extraction or hot water extraction. That added time with a cleaning agent can often benefit the carpet restoration process and help to keep the flooring installed after a loss incident.

Soot and oily soiling can both have detrimental effects on carpeted floors. However, with a fast response to the situation, it is sometimes possible to restore these damaged areas to preloss condition. Our SERVPRO of Pottsville team can help by calling (570) 622-8991.

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Proper Response Reduces Additional Living Expenses after Fire Damage Incidents in Pottsville

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in kitchen For Fire damage in your Pottsville home, you need the best. Call SERVPRO at (570) 622-8991.

Deodorization and Clean Up After a Fire In Your Pottsville Home

Nobody looks forward to a fire incident at his or her property. However, when it happens, you should take it in stride and plan a response that minimizes the inconveniences that crop up after the incident. One set of inconvenience that a professional restorer can help reduce is the additional living expenses that you or your insurer has to cater to, in the aftermath of such a loss.

If the fire damage incident in Pottsville only affects a section of the property, it might be more convenient to stay put during the restoration eliminating the extra cost of seeking accommodation elsewhere. However, staying in a fire-damaged house may not be comfortable because of the odor and residues left on surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians help by sealing the affected section using boards or plastic sheets. We may also perform some deodorization steps, such as using masking agents, to counter the fire odor. That way, the inconvenience of staying in the house during its restoration is minimized.

After sealing off the affected area, we also clean up the utility areas within the house immediately since they are crucial for the continued habitation of the house. Main areas that require immediate action include:

The Kitchen

A Bathroom

A Bedroom

Laundry area

Some additional costs may pile up from secondary issues such as improper handling of contents affected by the fire. Clothes and other fabric materials collect significant amounts of soot and other residues. In the haste to clean them up, it is possible to damage them permanently if you use a regular laundry or dry cleaning service. Our SERVPRO team can handle or recommend the right cleaning services to ensure that residues do not set, causing permanent stains in your items, thus eliminating the extra cost.

Dealing with a fire incident can be expensive and inconvenient. Call SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991 to help restore your home to preloss state. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When Your Pottsville Party is Interrupted by Water Damage

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

drying mats on kitchen floor This party was interrupted by water damage. We drying mats to suction water from the kitchen floor.

Why Call SERVPRO to Help with Flood Damage in Pottsville? 

Whether it is storm season or another catastrophic event that has left you with water damage, hiring professionals is the best way to address flood damage in Pottsville. The good news is that you have all of the innovative technologies, proven cleaning methods, and the manpower necessary to get your home or business back to preloss condition when you work with SERVPRO. 

Along with the excessive amount of moisture present with a flood situation, you may also face several potential hazards. Working with the experts to address flood damage in Pottsville is the safest, most efficient way to get the results that you need. As with any water damage situation, the faster you take action, the more significant the difference in the level of damage to your structure, furnishings, and belongings. 

Packout Services 

There can be various contaminants in groundwater, so our team wearing protective gear can get through it to pull out any salvageable belongings. We work quickly to move furnishings to another location in the house and take any porous items or goods from the pantry out that could otherwise absorb floodwater. Typically, groundwater is category 3, contaminated with microorganisms, chemicals, and other debris.  


Before starting the full flood damage cleanup, our SERVPRO technicians test the water to see if contaminants and bacteria are present, which allows us to select the best methods and cleaning agents to proceed. In any situation that impacts the home with groundwater, we scope the flooring with moisture detection equipment to determine whether or not the subfloor calls for attention before and after the water extraction process. Water penetration and absorption into structural elements require thorough inspections and final standard moisture content levels before SERVPRO signs off on a job.  


The methods used for drying depends on the flooring type in your home. If you have tile glued down, it often disengages with water exposure, calling for full removal. However, inlaid tile and ceramic are typically safe from water penetration. SERVPRO technicians can place drying mats that we move about to dry the hardwood flooring. The joints harbor moisture that these mats can suction out. We also use high-power air movers and dehumidifiers to ensure the drying process is a success. 

Deodorization and Disinfection 

Once drying is complete, we commence with cleaning and disinfecting all of the surfaces impacted by water. We use high-strength disinfectants to eliminate unpleasant odors to restore your home to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Pottsville is ready to help whenever you need assistance with flood damage. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and available 24/7. Give our team a call at (570) 622-8991, and we can send out technicians as soon as possible. 

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Water Cleanup In Pottsville

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO for Complete Water Cleanup in Pottsville Properties

The two areas in the home with the most potential for water damage are the kitchen and bathroom. However, water may come from many different sources such as a leaking roof, flash flood, or a slow-leaking pipe in a wall or ceiling that suddenly gives way. The one thing all of these scenarios have in common is they require fast action to limit loss.

A portion of the Pottsville water cleanup calls SERVPRO technicians receive after the homeowner has done as much as they can to remove the water. However, musty odors or water appearing on floor tiles clues them in; there is more to be done.

Tracking Water Migration
When removal begins a period after the initial water loss event, there is very little standing water left to find visually. The techs use their moisture detection equipment to determine if they need to address issues behind baseboards, within the subfloor or ceilings and walls.  These are all standard places to find residual moisture that requires professional drying.

Professional Drying Equipment
The use of specialized equipment for drying is an essential part of the cleanup process. If the subfloor needs drying, SERVPRO techs carefully remove only the tile or floorboards necessary. Drying mats, air movers, and dehumidification equipment create a cycle of progressively drier air circulating and rapidly reduce air moisture levels allowing for complete dryness. The InjectiDry system is excellent for forcing air into small spaces such as wall cavities after removal of the baseboards. This access to advanced drying devices lets the area dry without the need for a controlled demolition to open the wall space.

Mold Prevention
Any time elevated moisture levels exist in a home, the formation of mold colonies is a threat. SERVPRO techs perform proactive treatments of surfaces and structural elements affected by water to ensure that mold is not an issue during or after the restoration services.

SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991 stands ready to assist local property owners with any size water cleanup task needed and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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