Local Service Offers Sufficient Fire Restoration Resources in Pottsville
SERVPRO Helps Pottsville Homeowners Access Equipment and Trained Personnel
Pottsville lies on Schuylkill River's western bank. The river is one of the crucial natural resources in southeastern Pennsylvania. One of the river's memorable contributions to the region's history is the role it played during the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolution when it was the main transportation artery for manufactured goods and coal. Another unique aspect of the Pottsville area is the hilly topography. It stretches over several hills, including Mount Hope, Forest Hills, Cottage Hill, Lawton's Hill, and Bunker Hill, which provide excellent views in different city sections.
The city traces its origins to a land grant by King Charles II of England when he granted lands south and west of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers to William Penn. William was the son of Sir William Penn, an admiral and politician. He distinguished himself early on as an advocate of democracy by establishing treaties and good relations with the Lenape people, the area's native inhabitants. One of the lasting legacies of William Penn in the area is the names he chose for different places. For instance, the name Pennsylvania translates to "Penn's Woods."
Pottsville had a bit of violent history during its formative stages. For instance, in 1780, some of the early settlers were massacred. During the mid-1800s, the town was the rallying point for a secret miner's society known as the Molly Maguires in the United States. The society, which was also active in Ireland and Liverpool, agitated for better mining conditions but often used violent methods. The city was named after John Pott, who arrived in 1806, acquired and expanded the existing ironworks in the area. He also laid out the town in 1816. However, it is the coal discovery in the surrounding area that transformed it into a boomtown.
Monuments and Other Places of Interest in Pottsville
The city has many monuments and buildings put up over the years that visitors and residents can explore for relaxation purposes or to learn about the history of the city. Some of the outstanding ones include:
- The Schuylkill County Courthouse located on North 2nd Street was constructed over three years from 1849 to 1851. The building was designed by Beebe, who drew inspiration from New York State Capitol in Albany done by H. H. Richardson. Beebe was a prolific designer of courthouses, working for several counties, including Huntington, Cambria, and Warren Counties. Some of the outstanding features of the courthouse include the round-arched windows in its upper stories and its mansard roof.
- The Garfield Square Monuments is on North Fifth and West market streets. It honors the Spanish-American War veterans, most of whom were volunteers called to arms by the then president McKinley. The statue in the monument is called the "Hiker" since the veterans called themselves the hikers.
- D.G. Yuengling & Son Brewery, located on Mahantongo Street, is the oldest brewery in the United States. When established in 1829, it was located on Center Street and moved to Mahantongo Street when a fire gutted the original plant in 1931. The site was chosen because it was at the side of a mountain allowing tunneling to create natural cooling chambers for fermenting and aging beer.
Recreation Areas and Parks
Recreation is a serious aspect of life in the city of Pottsville. The government constitutes the recreation commission to oversee, equip, operate, and maintain recreational places. The commission is constituted of nine members appointed by the mayor. Some of the established recreational areas include:
- Barefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, a three-acre complex located on Terry Reiley Way, features horseshoe pits, a court for sand volleyball, a full basketball court, and a putting green. The park is free for public use.
- Yuengling Park is a peaceful spot for relaxation close to the hub of the city. It is located at the site of the Old Spring House used by the Yuengling brewery. It features benches, flowers, grass, natural fountains, and a large pavilion.
- The John F. Kennedy Memorial Recreation Complex is considered the city's central park and features several amenities, including a jogging path that connects to the nearby Railway Park. The JFK memorial pool located in the complex is a non-membership pool for the community. Other exciting aspects include benches in shady, wooded areas, two basketball courts, one volleyball court, and four tennis courts.
- Henry Clay Park gives visitors a vantage point to explore the south side of Pottsville. The small park has no equipped recreational fields or benches, but the numerous trees surrounding it provide a cool relaxation spot.
How Does SERVPRO Handle Fire Restoration Projects In Pottsville?
Properties affected by a fire can be restored to their preloss state if the damage is not extreme and if the right processes are utilized in the restoration effort. SERVPRO provides highly trained teams of technicians to help Pottsville property owners clean up and repair the damages caused by fires restoring properties to their preloss state.
Training makes a difference in identifying which damages can be fixed and whether the costs involved are justifiable. It also helps in choosing the right processes or equipment when fixing damages. Typical restoration tasks involve:
- Cleaning up vast surfaces such as walls and ceilings
- Tearing down damaged materials to reach into cavities
- Drying moisture introduced during firefighting and cleanup
- Removing odors caused by surface residues or those embedded deep into materials
SERVPRO technicians also work to fix or prevent damages that occur after the fire is put out. Damage can develop from the effects of corrosive residues such as soot, especially on metallic or stone materials leading to deep staining or other forms of deterioration. Moisture can also lead to bad odor or mold development. Preventing steps, including pre-cleaning surfaces or applying oil over surfaces to counter the effects of corrosive residues. Setting up dehumidifiers, on the other hand, helps manage moisture levels in the air.
SERVPRO of Pottsville provides various resources necessary to ensure smooth fire damage restoration. Call us at (570) 622-8991 to help start the necessary processes immediately after fires are put out.