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Don’t Try and Remediate Flood Damage in Your Pottsville Home Alone-Contact SERVPRO

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don’t Try and Remediate Flood Damage in Your Pottsville Home Alone-Contact SERVPRO Flood damage can take over your whole home quickly. Contact SERVPRO today to handle any size remediation needs.

Decontamination and Disinfection for Flooded Pottsville Homes

Not all flood incidents that could affect Pottsville properties come with threats of contamination and hazardous conditions, but in some instances, this can be the case. In gray areas where professionals cannot accurately determine the likelihood of this potential contamination, water must get treated as though it has encountered various levels of bacteria and contaminants along its path to flooding your home. With these protocols in place, our professionals must act quickly to protect as much of your home as possible.

There are various levels of potential hazard that water could experience before it causes flood damage to your Pottsville home. In situations like roof damage, rainfall does not have a chance to encounter contaminated elements, so our SERVPRO professionals can follow normal water loss approaches to dry and recover the property. In situations where grey or even black water could exist, disinfection, cleaning, and even controlled demolition must occur.

Knowing what your property needs when restoring flood damages begins with accurate inspection and assessment of the home. Our estimator and management can walk through the house together to determine the likelihood of contamination and the best approach to contain these effects from impacting other areas of the house. Through physical barriers with plastic sheeting, extraction equipment, and units like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers we can reduce the spread of contamination.

Disinfection plays a role in persevering structural elements that do not meet the requirements for removal and later replacement. To prevent the continued life and spread of bacteria, we have OSHA-approved cleaning agents and disinfection products that can remove contamination from the beams, studs, and framework of your property as recovery and restoration continue. In situations like the saturation of construction materials, controlled demolition practices by our SERVPRO team can safely remove these contaminated elements and prepare the area for reconstruction.

There are many types of flooding that can occur in your home, but our SERVPRO of Pottsville team can help to guide your property through the necessary steps to make the damages “Like it never even happened.” You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 at (570) 622-8991.

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Pottsville Property Owners Can Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleaning of Possessions Off-Site

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pottsville Property Owners Can Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleaning of Possessions Off-Site SERVPRO, Pack-Outs, Off-Site Cleaning--We Offer Fire Damage Mitigation to Our Pottsville Neighbors

Choosing the Best Way to Pack Up and Transport Fire-Damaged Items for Restoration in Pottsville

Many times after a fire occurs in Pottsville, the family decides that they want the restoration of their belongings to happen at our facility. Other times, they want to look over items when they feel less stressed, so they can decide what to do with all of their possessions. SERVPRO understands that there is no one option, and is ready to work with you to find the best choices that fit your needs.
After a fire, your Pottsville residence's interior is covered in blackened soot and showing charred remains, having some control over the fire damage and how we eliminate it can help put things in a brighter perspective for you. One of those options is how your belongings end up where you want them.
If the destination is SERVPRO's facility, we can provide you with a pack-out service that includes inventorying of each box, as well as the organization of boxes according to not only which room they came from but the type of cleaning and restoration they need. We can use a scanning system and a tagging system for inventory control. Many families who want us to clean these items as quickly as possible often choose this option. We can do a thorough job of off-site cleaning and removing the soot, soil, and smoky residues from the belongings.
Other times, victims of fire damage want to check their belongings after they have settled their families after the disaster. This method works well for those whose belongings only come from a few rooms or when the area damaged by fire contained mainly storage boxes, and other rarely used things.
Some families want SERVPRO to handle all of the details of their property's restoration, from necessary cleaning, demolition, and reconstruction, as well as the soot-covered belongings that made their home comfortable. However, just as we use partners who specialize in electrical components, plumbing, and other aspects of a house, we also partner with trust-worthy professional moving companies for massive move-outs. Our goal is to remove belongings while the cleanup work begins and to clean and secure the items at our facilities until the home is ready to receive the belongs back.
One of the benefits of using SERVPRO to provide pack out services is a continuity of services, while on the other hand, customers benefit from having additional SERVPRO professionals working on their home's restoration.
SERVPRO of Pottsville can explain how each option can help your family recover from fire damage. We serve residents in Saint Clair, Frackville, and Schuylkill Haven. Contact us by calling (570) 622-8991, day or night, any day of the year.

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SERVPRO Serves Up Rapid Response to Commercial Flood Damage in Pottsville Diner

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Serves Up Rapid Response to Commercial Flood Damage in Pottsville Diner No matter what flood disaster you have going on in your business, we have the team to restore it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Flood Damage is Our Specialty At SERVPRO

When commercial flood damage happens, we know the clock started ticking on water loss to the structure and contents plus revenue loss from the moment the water intrusion occurred. This is especially true for brick and mortar businesses that rely on foot traffic in their establishment for sales such as a diner.

Heavy rains can bring on flash foods causing commercial flood damage that should always be professionally mitigated. SERVPRO technicians are certified explicitly in a diverse array of restoration sciences and can handle any size water loss situation. Our goal is to restore your flood-damaged Pottsville business to its preloss condition as quickly as possible.

Even though our emergency response teams arrive within hours of the initial call, often there is little to no standing water. Technicians use extraction wands to remove any remaining water. The problem then becomes tracking where the moisture has gone. Drywall is very good at wicking moisture upward and becomes damaged as it does so.

Water can seep under flooring and saturate the subfloor while the area on top appears dry. All of these scenarios are a perfect set up for both mold and foul odors which become more significant problems later. That is why our technicians spend additional time carefully extracting and tracking moisture before we dry the property. Drying goals are set, and the process carefully monitored until completed to ensure mold is not an issue after the fact.

SERVPRO technicians are certified in the science of psychrometry, or the study of air and water vapor. They use this expertise to angle powerful air movers to cause water vapor inside flooring and other areas to rise and then it is captured by dehumidifiers and removed from the property. In this way, we can deeply dry structures quickly and save more building materials from the need for replacement in the process.

Once dry, our technicians wipe surfaces affected by water with our professional-quality solutions that both disinfect and deodorize. We know businesses that serve the public food items have specific sanitary standards they need to meet for health department regulations for safety, and we meet or exceed those goals.

SERVPRO of Pottsville is available at (570) 622-8991 when you need help eliminating commercial flood damage in your property. Our emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Pottsville Properties, Fire Loss, and SERVPRO Safety and Caution

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pottsville Properties, Fire Loss, and SERVPRO Safety and Caution Fire Fighters and SERVPRO Techs Don Protective Gear for Fire Damaging Events in Pottsville

Staying Safe During Fire Damage Mitigation in Pottsville

Restoring your home in Pottsville to its previously safe condition, “Like it never even happened” after a disaster can put our specialists in some risky situations. While we want to make your home safe for you and your family, we also need to ensure that our working conditions do not contain any unnecessary dangers. To do this, we use special gear, including personal protective equipment (PPE), so we can safely work.
When we work on a home in Pottsville that requires mitigation of fire damage, we use additional pieces of equipment to help us determine where hidden dangers might exist. Some of our equipment weighs considerable amounts, requiring a solid floor wherever we place these items.
To ensure that the floor does not contain excessive amounts of water from firefighters, which could significantly weaken it, we use moisture sensors to tell us of the presence of water. When we detect water, we use moisture meters to give us a percentage. If the numbers are incredibly high, we know that the floor's strength could diminish significantly from normal.
With fire damage, water from fighting the fire is only one of the risks. Soot and smoke residue can create health effects when inhaled, so part of our PPE includes face masks and respirators. Charred and partially burnt wall trim can leave nails and screws exposed, making the use of heavy leather gloves critical in protecting our hands from deep scratches and puncture wounds. Carpeting poses similar risks when we remove it because of the use of tack strips along edges.
Removing materials and possessions destroyed by the fire requires the use of double bags. These protect your home's undamaged areas, as well as our technicians from the risks of handling items one-by-one. Carrying these closed bags outside for disposal becomes safer instead of using boxes that might not close entirely and permit contents to spill out. We also use boxes to contain items slated for cleaning and restoration at our facility, helping keep salvageable contents from becoming confused with destroyed items.
SERVPRO of Pottsville can help you restore your Pine Grove, Minersville, or Frackville home from the effects of fire damage. We work safely to ensure your house become safe and livable again in as short a period as possible. Call us at (570) 622-8991 to see how we can help you with making your house suitable for your family again.

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Call Our Professionals to Handle Water Damage In Pottsville

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Call Our Professionals to Handle Water Damage In Pottsville We arrive right away and get started removing wet damaged materials and getting the drying equipment set up properly to restore your business.

Prevent Extensive Commercial Water Damage to Your Pottsville Factory

Factories by nature are large structures designed to hold many products. Unfortunately, several problems can arise and allow water to enter your factory, including burst water pipes, holes in the roof, a backed up water sewer and a broken HVAC system. Water can be destructive if it gains access to your factory’s HVAC and electrical wiring systems. It could affect their function, causing a total or partial breakdown. In such a scenario, the systems will remain non-functional until competent technicians repair and approve them for use.

To deal with commercial water damage in your Pottsville factory, you need fast cleanup, dry out, repair and restoration services. Coping with water loss in an expedited manner mitigates acute damage. It also addresses the complications associated with prolonged water exposure, including mildew and mold.

Water removal in factories is usually unique due to the sheer size of such facilities and the specialized equipment on site. If water is pooling in your factory, contact the professional team at SERVPRO. Our technicians will respond promptly. We have the industry experience to solve even the most complicated water problems. We understand the value of your workforce and capital investment. Our business is to keep you in business.

Here at SERVPRO, we provide full water damage cleanup and restoration services from start to finish. You do not need to hire several companies to complete the work. To remove water from a building, our technicians use various types of extraction equipment. Most extractors have a heater, pump and vacuum system. These three components remain in use when cleaning upholstery and carpets. The vacuum component is used during water damage mitigation since the extractor only removes water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry and dehumidify the building. We also clean and sanitize the areas that water may have damaged to prevent unpleasant odors and mold. Our technicians then start the restoration process to restore the commercial building to its preloss condition.

For prompt water removal from your factory, contact SERVPRO of Pottsville. We can make your factory look like it never overflowed. Call us at (570) 622-8991, and we will respond to your emergency. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Apart from Pottsville, we are also happy to serve business owners in neighboring communities like Orwigsburg, Cressona, and Minersville.

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SERVPRO Provides a Steady Hand to Pottsville Homeowners for Mold Cleanup

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Provides a Steady Hand to Pottsville Homeowners for Mold Cleanup Pottsville Property Often Need Mold Cleanup and Remediation--Trust a Leader in the Industry--SERVPRO

Does Insurance Usually Cover Mold Remediation in Pottsville?

Mold can grow in any home in any part of Pennsylvania. The spores that produce fungal growth exist in most parts of the world.

In Pottsville, mold and fungus growth are generally not covered in a homeowner’s insurance policy. If a home has a history of mold issues, mold coverage may be impossible to get. Part of the reason mold insurance is so rare is because of the level of damage this spore can do to a home. Not only can it be destructive, but it is also costly to remove. If you notice any signs of mold, it’s best to work with mold removal experts as soon as possible to help mitigate the damage done to your house.

Depends on the Damage Source

Some policies cover mold caused by certain water sources. For example, sudden catastrophes, such as burst pipes or sewer backups, are more likely to be covered than lingering maintenance issues. However, fast action to mitigate the water damage is needed not to break your part of the agreement with your insurer. SERVPRO can respond quickly to any water or mold issue. There are policies that put a small limit on the liability to repair, usually only about $5 to 20 thousand dollars. This may be just a drop in the bucket for the actual cost of a mold remediation project.

Your mold coverage likely will not include the following sources of water damage:

Continuous faucet leaks, ignored by the homeowner
Drainage problems in the yard, exterior issue
Condensation buildup from lack of proper ventilation
Flood waters

Because coverage can depend on how the mold was caused, it is critical for the full discovery of the source. SERVPRO provides AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians to mitigate the mold damage, but an outside, independent source should provide an official inspection report if required by your carrier.

Review Your Policy Regularly

Insurance policies can change as the years go by. Many providers choose to reword their coverage for fungus growth because this problem can spread so quickly in homes and lead to huge claims. To best understand your policy, you need to review it annually.

Look for a Change in Policy

You may be able to revise your coverage to get protection from the damage mold, and fungus growth can do to your home. Some insurance providers may have a mold cap, which would limit the amount of mold coverage or the items the coverage pays for. Other providers may allow you to pay a higher premium for limited coverage related to mold.

For professional help in removing, with never a guarantee of eliminating all the mold damage and organisms from your property, consider SERVPRO of Pottsville. (570) 622-8991.

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Hidden Hazards and Toxins Are in Groundwater from Flooding in Pottsville--SERVPRO Can Help

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Hidden Hazards and Toxins Are in Groundwater from Flooding in Pottsville--SERVPRO Can Help Call SERVPRO to Pottsville Property for Floodwater Extraction and Disinfecting

What Makes Flood Water So Dangerous in Pottsville Properties?

It is a common misconception that restoration after a flood is just a matter of getting the water out of the home and drying things out. The reality is that flood water is far different than having a burst pipe sending clean water into your home. The potential water damage from Black Water is messy, smelly and dangerous. It isn’t just threatening to your home and belongings.

The groundwater that enters a Pottsville house during a flooding can often contain numerous pathogenic organisms along with debris and other chemicals.

Here are a few of the contaminants that you need to be concerned about.


At first appearance, you might not think of soil as being dangerous. After all, you have plenty of it in your yard. However, soil contains fertilizers and other chemicals from lawn care and other activities. These may be rated safe for outdoor use, but they aren’t so safe when they are in your home and absorbed by your belongings. It is also challenging to get soil and its hidden contaminants removed, which is why a professional water damage restoration team like SERVPRO is needed to deal with the Black Water from a flood. Also, referred to as Category 3 water.


There can be high levels of microorganisms in that water as well, in part because overloaded sewer lines back up and introduce fecal matter to the slurry. The longer the water sits in your home, the more these contaminants can grow and become even more of a problem. Typically, contact with interior porous building materials means a controlled demolition.

3. Other Materials

Water can pick up any number of dangerous materials during its path into your home, including sharp materials such as metal and glass. A nasty scratch from a large piece can become infected because of the other contaminants in the water. However, it is not only large chunks that pose a danger, as just a small shard of glass entering into the bloodstream can be deadly.

While you are right to be concerned about water damage when contaminated enters your home during a flood, don’t forget about the hidden dangers involved.

Seek professional help to restore your home safely by calling SERVPRO of Pottsville at (507) 622-8991.

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Removing Soot From Wooden Floors Is As Easy As 1-2-3 for SERVPRO!

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Soot From Wooden Floors Is As Easy As 1-2-3 for SERVPRO! Our team is here to clean and restore your wooden floors form fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Removing Soot Residues from Hardwood in Your Cressona Home

Many Cressona homes have original hardwood flooring dating back to the initial construction of the property. While the upkeep of this material can be very straightforward and simple, when disasters occur in your home, these are some of the elements that can fall victim to smoke and soot residues. To protect this original flooring, you need to appreciate your need for certified restoration specialists like ours. With fast response and the right equipment for every emergency, we can work to return your home and its construction materials, back to preloss condition.

One of the first things that must occur once fire damage happens in your Cressona residence is to assess the full scope of these effects to determine a restoration plan. As tempting as it might be to do this on your own immediately following extinguishment, there are a few glaring concerns. The first of these concerns should be for the affected materials of your home. Without immediate action or the right penetrative approach, materials like your hardwood flooring could end up more and more damaged as time moves forward.

Soot can come to rest on the surface of the hardwood flooring, but conventional cleaning efforts are not always the best approach to reducing your risk for irreparable damage. The layer of residue coating the material can stain the hardwood in irreparable ways if left too long untouched. Our SERVPRO team can respond fast to your emergency, bringing along the equipment needed for widespread cleanup and debris removal.

With our high-strength solvents and advanced cleaning techniques, we can restore any home in the area to its original condition quickly. Soot removal begins with our powerful vacuum systems to remove the bulk of the sediment resting atop the affected surfaces and continues with wet and dry sponging of these damaged hardwood materials to restore their vibrancy and function.

While many homeowners want to protect the investment they have made in their homes, and its appearance, recovering from fire requires the fast and effective response of our SERVPRO of Pottsville professionals. Give our team a call 24/7 at (570) 622-8991.

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After A Water Damage Incident In Your Pottsville Property, Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO After A Water Damage Incident In Your Pottsville Property, Call The Experts At SERVPRO! Our SERVPRO of Pottsville rapid response team is available 24/7 to help clean up and dry out the water damage in your home.

Effective Water Cleanup Protects Your Pottsville Home

Even without widespread damages, water loss incidents in your Pottsville home still require professional cleaning and drying to ensure that worse conditions are not waiting around the corner. There are many risks associated with inadequately cleaning up and drying out water loss incidents in your house, and understanding how professional assistance can help in this regard can ultimately save you time and money over DIY approaches.

No matter the cause of the water damage to your Pottsville home, water cleanup is rarely as simple as mops and buckets to the affected areas. Often water damage spreads quickly throughout the exposed area, penetrating surfaces and saturating materials to the point of requiring specialized drying equipment to recover these areas. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with a stocked production vehicle and personnel to quickly begin drying out the damaged elements within your home to prevent costlier ventures like tear out and reconstruction that might not be necessary.

We arrive with moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras that can help to determine where moisture pockets exist out of sight. Understanding the depths and spread of dampness can determine the best positioning for high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to maximize their effectiveness in returning your home to preloss condition.

As effective as this strategy is for our SERVPRO professionals on-site, many homeowners might still consider doing this on their own. Failure to know the full extent of the damage and how to eliminate this lingering dampness can facilitate the growth of mold, which can be damaging both to the structure as well as those living inside. Additionally, lingering moisture can weaken structural elements to the point of failure or collapse, making it a considerable hazard for anyone exposed.

For as many choices as you might have to make when you experience a water loss incident in your home, choosing professional restoration should be an easy decision. Our SERVPRO of Pottsville rapid response team is available 24/7 to help clean up and dry out the water damage in your home. Give us a call today at (570) 622-8991.

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We Can Handle Any Mold Infestation That Takes Over Your Pottsville Home

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We Can Handle Any Mold Infestation That Takes Over Your Pottsville Home We are available 24/7 at (570) 622-8991.

Cleaning Mold Damages From Your Pottsville Residence

Pottsville residents are all too familiar with the often wet and damp conditions present throughout several seasons every year. While this is a common condition to endure, it can pose some risks and concerns for your home when these damp conditions affect structural elements and areas of the property. An area that becomes particularly difficult to keep dry is the basement of your property, as there are groundwater influences to combat as well that can leech in through concrete flooring, blockwork, and other possible vulnerabilities.

As troublesome as microbial growth might be for your home, finding the right professionals for mold cleanup in Pottsville is vital to protecting your property from further damages. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians have extensive training in the removal of colonies, as well as identifying penetration points for moisture in your home to provide solutions to prevent recurrences once remediation efforts complete.

Identifying the source of the moisture and dampness is essential to work not only to remove the present threat but to keep your home safe from mold growth moving forward. We can establish these vulnerabilities with moisture detection equipment during our initial inspection and installation of containment barriers and equipment to prevent the spread of mold throughout your property.

Cleaning up the damage that mold can create often involves cleaning of the entire affected area, beginning with the application of an antimicrobial solution to unaffected surfaces to make them uninhabitable to mold growth, and cleaning up the debris, dust, and other particulates that generate during the demolition of severely damaged construction materials. It is also a common practice of ours to entirely clean up our work area, including wiping down all surfaces and materials following reconstruction that mold remediation often demands.

Mold growth might not be entirely uncommon to area residents, but it is nothing that you should allow to continue unhindered in your home. Give our SERVPRO of Pottsville mold remediation specialists a call today for our effective removal and restoration strategies. We are available 24/7 at (570) 622-8991.

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