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Do Water Leaks Cause Permanent Floor Damage In Your Orwigsburg Home?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Professionals Can Reduce and Restore Floor Damage in your Orwigsburg Home.What Type of Damage Does Water Cause to Flooring?

The floors of your Orwigsburg home are a composite of surface material, subfloor, and framework. Water naturally migrates, which, depending on the length of exposure and quantity of water, can affect your floor construction. Properties with carpeting also include a carpet pad, which typically breaks apart or deteriorate with exposure moisture. Assessing the amount of damage that water causes to flooring requires special measuring devices and, in some cases, removal of physical barriers to gain access to the lower regions of the floor construction. SERVPRO technicians can perform an expert analysis before tailoring a restoration procedure for your home.

What Tools are Used to Assess Floor Damage?

- Moisture probes and sensors for non-invasive inspection methods

- Thermal imaging cameras or Boroscopes to assess hidden cavities or materials within walls

- Deconstruction of the floor or removal of carpets for visual inspection for properties with extensive damage or long-term water exposure

When Should I Consider Replacing Flooring?

Some floor materials are more resilient and therefore respond better to water damage restoration methods in your Orwigsburg home. Expensive flooring like masonry or hardwoods is generally more time and cost-efficient to restore rather than replace. We use a range of psychrometric equipment- like air movers, dehumidifiers, or venting fans- and cleaning methods to regain flooring. Often a hardwood floor can be dried and cleaned before returning to apply a new finish. Where there is extensive damage, SERVPRO can use sandblasting equipment to even out signs of cupping or warping.

What are Cheap Flooring Materials to Replace?

- Carpets and carpet pads

- Linoleum or other vinyl materials

- Laminate flooring

Using a professional technician to restore your home may be cost-efficient after a water emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991.

Does Drying Equipment Need to Run All the Time after Flooding?

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help Storm and flood damage mitigation is no DIY project. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service. We are here to help.

Pottsville Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Aggressive Drying Service

After a storm causing flooding, many homes and businesses in Pottsville need the water and debris removed, homes repaired, and restored to their original condition. Our clients often ask us whether the air movers and dehumidifiers need to be running all of the time? Can they turn them off during office hours or at night when they are trying to sleep?

SERVPRO provides flood water removal services to the city of Pottsville and surrounding areas. Our team initially removes all of the debris and water that may have entered your home. We also provide board up services to cover broken windows, damaged roofs, and doors. The next stage involves cleaning everything salvageable and removing the rest. Finally, our moisture removal equipment is installed to dehumidify the air and draw out all of the excess moisture that remains in the structure.

The most efficient approach is to operate the equipment continuously until moisture levels return to normal. Turning the air movers and dehumidifiers off extends the time needed to completely dry your home and increases the risk of mold colonies becoming established and causing more damage.

Everything Was So Damp, and Now the Air in Our House Feels So Dry

The air in your home may feel dry; however, high levels of moisture may still exist in walls, carpets, and your home's contents. SERVPRO monitors the humidity levels and adjusts the equipment to target specific areas that may require further drying. All materials do have a natural moisture content level; this is the goal we strive to reach.

Moisture in these areas can migrate into your home's dry air.  Once your home reaches a standard RH Relative Humidity, all of our equipment is removed. Restoration of the floodwaters' damage can also begin, returning your home to its original condition.

Call SERVPRO of Pottsville (570) 622-8991 to assist with flood water removal and restoration of your home or business.

What Is Necessary for Safer Management of Fire Damage in Pottsville Properties?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Simple and Exceptional Resources to Guarantee Safety in Households Affected by Fires

Fire is one of the top hazards in households since it can start in an instant causing severe injury or even death. You may think of the danger as over once all the embers die down. However, restoring fire damage poses some risks too. 

One issue that exposes people to hazards after fire damage in Pottsville is the haste to repair the damaged areas. Health effects can arise from skin contact or inhalation of residues. Injuries are also common from falling objects, or sharp materials that are hidden within heaps of accumulated residues—involving a professional team like SERVPRO rather than rushing to fix things is prudent for safety reasons.

Simple actions drastically improve the safety levels during the restoration, including:

  • Wearing PPE such as rubber boots and heavy-duty gloves during restoration
  • Inspecting structure and fixtures for signs of weakness
  • Proper collection and disposal of debris

The combustion process results in many byproducts, including gases, aerosol, soot, and other fine residues. These materials are deposited on surfaces or remain suspended in the air. While minimal exposure is inevitable on entering the property, the exposure is much worse after disturbance from moving items or cleaning attempts. 

Our SERVPRO teams prioritize inspection at the beginning of the restoration, which helps reveal the type of residues present and other hazards. Vacuuming fine debris and bagging the rest helps create order, safeguarding everyone entering the property. 

SERVPRO of Pottsville can help manage fire damage safely, making it "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (570) 622-8991.

Can Commercial Water Restoration Companies Prevent Long-Term Damage to Pottsville Businesses?

10/23/2021 (Permalink)

moisture meter Water damage to your commercial property is no easy task. SERVPRO technicians use the latest equipment and technology for every job.

Commercial Water Restoration Companies like SERVPRO Can Rescue your Pottsville Business

Water damages do not always appear as emergencies that cannot be ignored. Sometimes, a slow leak in your place of work can build up slowly over time. At first unnoticed, these slow leaks can increase the relative humidity in the premises, pave the way for bacteria or mold and discolor surrounding materials. With long-term exposure to moisture, materials commonly used in the building assembly can begin to degrade. Acoustical ceiling tiles can lose their color or shape from direct water exposure. Equally, plasterboard can start to weaken or disintegrate under consistent exposure. If you notice unpleasant odors, yellowing of building materials, or low water pressure in business premises, it could be a sign of water damage. Commercial restoration services can help:

  • Identify slow leaks 
  • Replace damaged materials
  • Clean and disinfect cavities

Enlisting commercial water restoration companies in Pottsville can help to secure your premises from permanent damage. SERVPRO uses local, qualified restoration technicians to identify water issues in a property and rectify them or any damage they may cause. We can detect potential water issues in a property by using advanced moisture measuring devices. These devices can test surfaces either through penetrating probes or non-invasively by measuring temperature changes on the surface of a material. We can also assess the impact of humidity or water vapor damage in a property and return it to a safe level to mitigate losses. 

  • Thermal hygrometers can help measure problematic humidity levels in a property that could cause mold or assess the likelihood of vapor damages occurring to ceiling tiles.
  • A penetrating moisture meter can help assess the depth of moisture absorption in soft materials such as upholstery or carpets and subfloors.
  • Moisture sensors can be used on larger areas such as wooden beams or drywall to determine whether water could be affecting the material.

Use professional water restoration services for your business. Contact SERVPRO of Pottsville for commercial water restoration companies at (570) 622-8991.

How Does Fire Damage Restoration Work for Orwigsburg Residents?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fleet on the job late night. No matter the size of the fire in your home, SERVPRO has a team of experts ready at a moment's notice. Fire damage restoration is a job for us.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Technicians in Orwigsburg Ensure your Property is Cleared of Debris, Odor, and Smoke Residues

While putting out the flames of a burning property may feel like the job done, the reality is that extensive repairs, cleaning, and odor control are required to return the home to its preloss condition. Fires affect property and contents in many different ways and therefore need many different methods to restore successfully. Some damages in the property may occur through direct contact with flames and leave behind charred furnishings or other fire debris deemed to be non-salvageable. Smoke that releases with fire can stain walls, cupboards, and ceilings. Fire odors may linger in a property for several weeks or months and provide an unpleasant reminder of the event. SERVPRO is a comprehensive restoration task force that can help you with:

  • Cleaning away soot and smoke
  • Removing odor
  • Disposal of fire debris

The main factor in fire damage restoration for Orwigsburg residents is the amount of time the fire burned and the temperatures involved. A quick high-temperature event such as when curtains catch fire generally releases lighter, dry soot in the form of smoke. These dry soot are typically easy to remove from walls or windows using vacuums and dry sponges. On the other hand, a smoldering fire that burns for an extended time generally releases greasy, oil-based smoke, which can be much more complex to clean. SERVPRO technicians have experience dealing with both types of smoke in residential properties and have the necessary technical equipment to ensure your home returns to its pre-fire condition. 

  • Our crew chiefs can arrange the rental of dumpsters, the removal of fire debris, and contents stored on your behalf.
  • Working closely with an adjuster and using a pre-testing toolkit, we can quickly understand how much damage a fire causes and a likely time frame for restoration. 
  • Our contents cleaning services use advanced methods such as ultrasonic cleaning tanks and odor removal solvents.

However severe a property fire is, we can return it to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Pottsville for fire damage restoration at (570) 622-8991.

What is the Fastest Solution to Flood Damage for Pottsville Businesses?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Pottsville Can Help Restore Flood Damage in your Business Premises

Long-term damage can occur to flooded business premises. Often, these sudden events are out of the control of a property manager and can occur at any time throughout the year. The lasting impact of flooding depends upon the ability to respond quickly. Quick responses help to mitigate the losses that usually occur as a result of flooding. Take, for example, a flooded foyer in a busy hotel. The impact of water exposure to flooring, carpets, walls, and the front desk exponentially increases over time. The solution to this problem is to bring in industrial, electric submersible pumps to help reduce standing water to an acceptable level. Commercial restoration services can help to:

  • Drain a commercial premises
  • Perform fast-drying of the affected area
  • Return the property to a sanitary condition

We promise to arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss when responding to commercial flood damage in Pottsville. Water deterioration can occur overnight, which is why coming quickly and performing emergency mitigation is so important. In a flood situation, it is common to experience a power outage. SERVPRO has gas-powered industrial generators and gas-powered pumping equipment to ensure that vital mitigation procedures can occur even if mainline electricity is temporarily unavailable. We can also provide the necessary lighting to ensure that technicians can accurately inspect and repair the property when producing an estimate. 

  • We can pump warm, dry air into commercial premises using powerful indirect furnaces or external direct expansion(DX) units
  • Typical commercial restoration teams include crew chief, production technician, and specialist water restoration technician (WRT)
  • Contamination in floodwaters can require the removal and replacement of certain materials in a building assembly, including drywall, carpets, and draperies

To quickly resolve a flooding situation, contact SERVPRO of Pottsville for commercial flood damage at (570) 622-8991.

Are Wet Carpets in My Pottsville Home a Lost Cause?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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.

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

9/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damaged sign When a fire strikes your home, SERVPRO can be there within 4 hours of the initial call. Fire damage restoration is a job for us!

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 fire damage, 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.

Fire Damage Services 

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 trustworthy 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 belongings 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.

How Can Pottsville Homeowners Tackle Mold Removal Safely?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO mold sign Mold growth has the potential to cause health effects. SERVPRO uses the latest technology for all mold remediation services.

Pottsville SERVPRO Mold Removal Services

Mold growth–whether from a plumbing leak, a damaged water supply line, or microbes in a Pottsville home’s HVAC system–has the potential to cause health effects in homeowners. Without professional mold remediation and debris removal services, these microbes can impact home structural integrity while impacting air quality.

SERVPRO mold removal for Pottsville properties is performed per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards with commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE). This crew’s careful observation of containment, decontamination, and other safety procedures keeps occupants safe from further mold growth.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Availability

SERVPRO technicians can come to a Pottsville property to perform mold remediation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These techs respond during late nights, weekends, and holidays because disasters do not occur on a convenient 9-to-5 schedule.

All buildings and outdoor spaces contain some small amount of mold. However, situations like residential water damage can elevate this above safe levels.

  • Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage starts. It typically makes its presence known with an unpleasant, musty odor.
  • Between two and seven days after water damage begins, mold can spread to porous surfaces, eating up organic materials and thriving in conditions with elevated temperature and humidity.
  • After more than a week, a water damage situation that has allowed mold to proliferate is much less safe for structures and occupants. Affected areas may require more extensive structural repair and replacement, as well as mold remediation with EPA-registered biocides.

SERVPRO of Pottsville can be reached at (570) 622-8991 when homeowners need a response from a We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster crew.

Pottsville Water Damage? No Problem, Call SERVPRO

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Technicians In Pottsville Discuss The Importance Of Injection Drying

Problems with moisture are some of the most common types of issues that could ruin items inside your Pottsville townhouse. The most common cause of water damage is a failure with your plumbing system, but there are many other ways moisture can enter your home. Water pipes are bound to leak over time, including your sewage and sink drain pipes. Appliances that use water can also malfunction and spray moisture into your home. No matter the case, any time you notice unwanted water inside your townhome, it is time to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO.

Water Damage Restoration

Whenever moisture makes its way into your home, mold can become an issue quickly. After you have a water damage problem in Pottsville, mold can start growing if organic materials stay wet for longer than 48 hours. To prevent mold growth and issues from getting worse, our SERVPRO technicians extract water when it is in liquid form and then dry out wet building materials and contents. Extraction takes place using a heavy-duty truck-mounted extractor with specialized attachments or perhaps just a wet vac and a mop. The rapid structural drying process then commences using air movers and dehumidifiers. This is key to complete return to preloss condition.

It used to be that any time drywall inside a building got wet, it had to be removed. In most situations, when there was moisture detected inside a wall cavity, the drywall was cut a foot or two above the floor so that air could get inside the cavity. These days, in most cases, we can dry out wet materials using the right amount of air movers to create circulation and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air.

If the drywall is extremely wet, then our SERVPRO technicians can use an injection drying system to force air behind your drywall and into your wall cavity. To do this, we drill holes in your wall and insert the tubes into the holes so that the machine pumps air into your wall cavity, thus drying it out.

If you ever notice wet materials inside your Pottsville home, call SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991 24/7.