Recent Water Damage Posts

Can Homeowners Replace Damaged Items with Something Different?

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home After you experience a water loss incident in your home, SERVPRO will help make your house feel like a home again. Call now for remediation services.

SERVPRO works with homeowners in Orwigsburg to return their home to preloss condition.

Water from leaking pipes or overflowing sinks can cause a great deal of damage. Quite often, flooring materials, such as carpets and linoleum flooring, must be replaced. Even cupboards made of particle board may need to be replaced because compressed wood swells and is permanently damaged. Many Orwigsburg clients want to know if they can change or upgrade what they had?

SERVPRO has more than 60 years of restoration experience, providing water damage restoration to Orwigsburg and surrounding areas. We have found that insurance companies will cover damages and replace everything on a like for like basis. We aim to return everything in your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

However, many clients view these disasters as an opportunity to make improvements. Some situations require replacement instead of cleaning. For example, replacement may be needed if:

Carpets delaminate

Carpets that cannot be sanitized and cleaned immediately often pick up stains

Materials made from particleboard swell.

For example, homeowners may decide to upgrade the quality of carpeting compared to what they had originally or install hardwood floors. Clients must pay the difference from what the insurance company allocated and the cost of the replacement.

Does a Waterlogged Carpet Need to be Replaced?

SERVPRO can respond to water damage events, usually in less than four hours. We immediately assess the situation and begin

Removing standing water,

Extracting water from carpeting and

Installing air movers and dehumidifiers.

Fast response and immediate cleaning can usually save carpeting and avoid staining.

Water damage from non clean sources such as sewage backups from toilets requires that the carpeting be removed. If the carpet fibers separate from the backing (delamination), the carpet often must be replaced.

SERVPRO can help you with these situations and answer all of your questions. We are available on a 24 / 7 basis and respond in less than four hours to water emergencies.

Call SERVPRO of Pottsville (570) 622-8991 to help with water damage to your home.

How Vital Are In-House Contractors for Water Restoration?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used on water damaged floor When water damage strikes, SERVPRO of Pottsville is ready to restore!

With how Damaging Water can be to Pottsville Homes, our SERVPRO Team can Save Customers Time and Money with a Comprehensive Approach

After a water disaster, your entire Pottsville home could be overwhelmingly damaged. As quickly as water can pool on the flooring or penetrate sensitive materials like drywall and carpeting, it is critical to provide a thorough restoration and recovery approach that encompasses drying the house needs and repairs/reconstruction, as necessary.  

Several individual actions make up the overall heading of water damage repair for Pottsville homes. With in-house contractors available 24/7 to help in these matters, we can utilize their experience and abilities in multiple areas where needed.  

  • Repairs - Once damaged elements like the utilities and appliances cause the water disaster to become identified, our contractors can access these areas and repair the problem before other mitigation steps. 
  • Controlled Demolition - Between structural degradation and deterioration and efficient restoration solutions, controlled demolition can often save customers time and money. 
  • Content Management - By relocating damaged contents and exposed belongings to our nearby SERVPRO facility, we can offer focused cleaning and recovery options. 
  • Reconstruction - After the mitigation has been completed, we must begin the final steps towards a full restoration result: replacing discarded materials.  

Are Repairs Among the First Priorities of Responding SERVPRO Technicians?  

Our professionals can provide critical service after a water damage incident in your home, including repairing compromised structural elements and separated fixtures. An assessment of your property's condition when our team first arrives, conducted by competent professionals like our project manager, can determine the house's needs and when our general contractors might be required. Often, we can expect that repairs and corrective actions are necessary when specific threats or conditions exist, including:  

  • Plumbing
  • Structural Weakening
  • Exterior Wall Damage 

Why Is Controlled Demolition Necessary?  

One of the most traditional roles of responding to general contractors from our SERVPRO team is controlled demolition. Being such a critical water mitigation element in Pottsville, this demolition that our building trade professionals can offer is beneficial to the property in multiple ways. Some of the ways controlled demolition benefits your house include: 

  • Access – When repairs are necessary, such as a broken portion of pipe that needs to get replaced, or a damaged fixture, controlled demolition can provide immediate access to these areas—the more streamlined this approach, the less damage that your home ultimately suffers. 
  • Safety – Oversaturated and deteriorating materials can often be a safety hazard for those in the immediate vicinity. We can prevent injuries to the house's occupants or our responding technicians by removing sagging and distorted construction materials before they collapse. 
  • Necessity – There are situations where the safest and best possible solution is to remove damaged portions of construction materials to restore and recover in a home more efficient.  

Do Exposed Contents Benefit from Off-Site Recovery? 

One of the unknown factors that our contractors provide along with our technicians is the movement and relocation of damaged contents from a job site. Many of your treasured belongings and impacted items can be irreparably damaged without deliberate and fast action taken to get the contents dried and cleaned after water exposure. While some of this work can occur on-site, some of your possessions can benefit from the cleaning, restoration, deodorization, and climate-controlled storage they can receive temporarily at our SERVPRO facility. Our contractors and technicians can ensure that when the time arrives, we have these contents prepared for their return to the recovered property.  

When Does Build Back Begin?  

Understanding the order of events can ensure that you appreciate what tasks will still happen when restoration and recovery are underway. Building back is often an essential element to water restoration when any controlled demolition has occurred or necessary. These measures are often the final steps on returning a property to a preloss condition. While our contractors remain involved with the work in a house from our team's earliest arrival, they are also among the last to leave a job site when the final phases are occurring.  

As you can see, our team technicians have a vital role in the work done to improve the outlook of properties suffering the effects of water disasters. As quickly as these situations can get out of control, the comprehensive solutions provided by the roster of our SERVPRO of Pottsville team can help to manage these scenarios. Our team will make it, "Like it never even happened," after a disaster strike when you call (570) 622-8991.

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

9/17/2020 (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 damages?
- 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.

Where Can I Find Water Removal Services in Pottsville?

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Broken Dishwasher We're open 24/7 and ready to help you!

SERVPRO of Pottsville Can Provide Your Home With Water Removal Services!

Discovering that your Pottsville property needs water removal services can shock any homeowner. Accidents happen, and sometimes you may need to take a step back, take a breath, and then reach out for emergency remediation services.

Some of the most common sources of water removal emergencies in Pottsville are overflowing sinks, toilets, or bathtubs. Having young children means needing to clean up after them pretty often. However, sometimes their curious nature can lead them to cause problems inside your home. Imagine a scenario where your toddler puts an entire roll of toilet paper in the bowl and then continually tries to flush it. Unfortunately, it's going to make quite a mess, and it could happen fairly quickly.

What Should I Do Once I Find the Water?

The best thing you can do for your home is to remain calm. If an accident leaves you in sudden need of water removal services, you should:
    •    Call a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, immediately
    •    Put any pets away, so our technicians can move around your home quickly without worry
    •    Lay down towels to try and prevent the water from flowing into the rest of your home

There is not much you can do on your own to remediate the damage. Once you have called for help, leave the rest to us. Here at SERVPRO, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remove the Water?

Our technicians are highly trained and have access to advanced technology suited for any job they come across. Once in your home, they can:
    •    Use wet/dry vacuums to remove the standing water from your bathroom
    •    Use infrared cameras to check if any water sunk below the floor or underneath the walls
    •    Use drying equipment, such as heaters and axial fans, to draw any excess moisture from your home

We're dedicated to making you feel, “Like it never even happened.” If you need help, don't hesitate to reach out for it. It could help prevent further damages from occurring.

If you need water removal services, call us today! Dial (570) 622-8991 to communicate with SERVPRO of Pottsville. We're open 24/7 and ready to help you!

What Can I Expect During Professional Drying Services after Water Damage?

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

infrared camera hand-held point to a two story house SERVPRO Uses advanced equipment like this thermal camera to detect residual moisture in Pottsville Properties. We remove the water and the moisture!

SERVPRO Can Remove Water and Moisture from Your Pottsville Home and Mitigate the Damage

SERVPRO specializes in removing water from structures. After an emergency occurs, our team comes immediately to your Pottsville water-damaged residence. We can do the pumping and extraction that is necessary to remove the water. After this process of water removal in Pottsville, we can go ahead and reinspect the structure. Most houses have permeable building materials, so we need to remove as much moisture as possible before it causes secondary water damage.

Why Do We Need to Be So Proactive?

Water Damage in your Pottsville home can be long-lasting if measures are not taken to get rid of residual moisture. If we do not act immediately and just let the water sit, the following may occur:

  • Drywall disintegration
  • Ceilings that ripple and potentially collapse
  • Paint and wallpaper irregularities
  • Carpets that pull apart from the walls
  • Hardwood flooring that juts out
  • Laminate flooring that buckles
  • Loss of structural integrity for wood structures and metal that rusts

Your home is a massive investment, probably the biggest one you make in your life. You need to make sure that it stays intact so that the value is not degraded.

What are the Next Steps to Ensure the Problem is Resolved?

The SERVPRO crew uses thermal imaging cameras and moisture detectors to inspect for additional areas that need attention. Then, we put in air movers near the wet materials. Our heaters accelerate the process. Finally, the dehumidifiers finish the job, ensuring that your home is restored to equilibrium, "Like it never even happened."

The trained and experienced crews of SERVPRO of Pottsville are structural drying experts. Please call us as soon as the emergency occurs so that we can begin to tackle the damage. The faster that you act, the greater the likelihood that your home will not be wrecked by the water. You can reach our friendly team at (706) 750-0200.

Are Wet Carpets in My Pottsville Home a Lost Cause? 

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged carpeting Quick extraction efforts can possibly save your flooring. Contact Team SERVPRO for efficient water damage remediation efforts - available 24/7.

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.

Water Cleanup In Pottsville

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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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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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary To Restore Your Pottsville Home

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment set up in a hallway drying the carpet Our team quickly got on site and began the extraction process and once all of the water was removed, we placed drying equipment out.

Water Damage Pottsville – Leaking Pipes for Clothes Washer

Many new two-story home builders are installing the washing machine and clothes dryer on the second floor of new homes. Builders also place the washer in a basin designed to catch any water leaks that might occur. But when a hose breaks or a connection works itself loose, water can quickly fill the basin and overflow onto the surrounding flooring. Before homeowners realize what is going on, water is pouring down the stairs or into adjacent rooms.

SERVPRO responds to many different water damage events in Pottsville and surrounding areas. We have over 60 years of combined restoration experience and have operated in the area for over two decades. We also have the equipment to remove moisture from difficult to access areas such as inside walls and under subfloors.

Removing Water from Flooring

Whether it is carpeting or hardwood flooring, SERVPRO can remove water damage and moisture that may have penetrated these areas. Hand operated vacuums can vacuum up water that may have pooled on hard surface floors, such as hardwood, linoleum, or tile floors. Weighted extractors are used on carpeting to remove water from carpets and under padding.

Difficult to Reach Areas

Occasionally water seeps into the subfloor or between walls as it travels to lower points in the home. SERVPRO has several moisture detectors available to assist in finding these moisture hot spots and avoid future mold problems. Infrared cameras, moisture sensors, and meters, as well as thermal hygrometers, are used to find these areas. We may need to drill holes in the walls to vacuum any water from the area as well as blow dry air into the cavity to dry the space.

Drying Hardwood Floors

Water can cause hardwood flooring to expand. Expansion may cause the wood to cup or in some cases, splinter and crack. SERVPRO may use desiccant dehumidifiers to remove humidity in rooms with hardwood flooring. It is more efficient than traditional dehumidifiers and works well with low evaporation materials.

Call SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Orwigsburg, Cressona, Schuylkill Haven, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Water Damage Professionals Can Help After A Disaster In Your Pottsville Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Tackling Dishwasher Water and Odor Removal in Pottsville

One appliance that homeowners are often blindsided by when a disaster occurs is the dishwasher. Damaged hoses or a cracked, dry gasket are enough to allow water and odors to seep into floors, walls, and adjacent fixtures. This can leave you with more on your hands than a simple appliance repair.

If an appliance failure means you need water and odor removal for your Pottsville kitchen, SERVPRO technicians are ready to step in and lend a helping hand. This team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to clean up when disaster strikes in your home, including weekends and holidays, because disasters do not happen on a 9-to-5 schedule. These professionals focus on minimizing the damage to your home can be restored to a preloss condition.

Preventing Dishwasher Water Damage
Homeowners can reduce damages and minimize disaster with a few simple tips:

    •    Maintain your dishwasher. Check the seals, look for signs of rust or clogged nozzles, and make sure hoses are not compromised or in a position that can cause damage.
    •    Check your water lines every 6 months. Call a professional if either line has any issues.
    •    Run the dishwasher when someone else is home with you. If a flood occurs, the best way to mitigate flooding is when someone else is with you. Dishwashers can flood without warning, leaving you with more damage to clean up if you are home alone.
    •    Install the right hardware. Make sure seals, hoses, and other items are made to fit your appliance, and that items like steel-braided hoses are made with the correct size and materials.

SERVPRO Focuses on Restoration
If you have water seeping into your kitchen floor after a dishwasher leak, SERVPRO can use infrared imaging to detect moisture in the subflooring or behind walls. Floor drying may be done from underneath the subfloor, depending on the extent of the damage. Laminate or vinyl floors may need some replacement after long-term exposure to water. Wooden fixtures, like cabinetry and furniture, can typically be dried back to normal with centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers. SERVPRO's EPA-registered cleaners can ensure that your home is free of mold and other odor-causing issues.

SERVPRO of Pottsville is committed to serving the community with disaster mitigation, so you can enjoy a home that looks, “Like it never even happened.” Call (570) 622-8991 to have a team at your home within hours.

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Water Removal Techniques Used During Mitigation of Pottsville Properties Also Reduce Water Vapor in the Air

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Let us help your Pottsville property through the water.

After an appliance in your home springs a leak overnight, the area involved can start showing signs of damage almost immediately. SERVPRO's technicians know how to get your Pottsville residence restored. We use effective mitigation methods that prevent unnecessary additional damage that can result in higher restoration costs. 

Our customers in Pottsville rely on our water removal expertise after problems with water-using appliances. Plumbing leaks and other crises involving water that invade their living space require an experienced team who can respond immediately. Many times, this water spreads so quickly that a good portion of it evaporates into the air. Not only does this water vapor does not exit the home, but we actually work more efficiently by using the air as a way to dry out the property.

We set up air movers that work steadily on pulling moisture to the surface of water-logged materials like drywall, paneling, and flooring. The increased airflow across the objects in your home causes them to give up the moisture hiding at the surface. Water moves from wet to dry, causing the moisture to steadily reverse its direction and head for the surface closest to the air currents. The air soon begins to feel more humid as it holds more and more moisture.

Adding heat to the mix keeps condensation from happening. Instead, warmer air can hold more water vapor than cooler air can hold. We use other air movers to direct damper air toward our powerful desiccant machines. These extract the water vapor from the air as it passes through. Upon exiting, the air no longer contains excess moisture.

Rapidly drying out a home starts with knowing that an emergency exists. When we start shortly after a disaster involving water, we can prevent a lot of damaging effects from occurring. The chances of microbial infestations, stains, and odors plaguing your property decrease significantly with a prompt response.

SERVPRO of Pottsville is proud to serve Orwigsburg, Cressona, and Minersville. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, including yours. When you need water removal services to dry out your residence, call us at (570) 622-8991. We are always here, 24/7, 365 days a year to help you.

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Even Minor Water Damage In Your Pottsville Home Should Be Handled By A Professional

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Restoring Small Water Damage Incidents In Your Pottsville Home

Not every water loss emergency that threatens a Pottsville home must be out of control and come with devastating conditions. In many cases, with the right reaction to potential damages, the threat of water loss situations can get lessened dramatically. In circumstances where the conditions exist from a steady leak in a certain point of the plumbing or a fixture, much of the exposed area can stay contained to immediate materials surrounding this breach. This limited spread makes both mitigation and drying efforts much more efficient and effective.

Multiple steps must get taken when contending with water damage in Pottsville homes, and this begins with fully understanding the situation. There is little that can get done in your property without a working knowledge of the extent and spread of these effects, and for small water loss incidents, you might not require the full measure of our SERVPRO professional resources and expertise. Instead, you can manually and visually inspect affected areas to determine the best approach for drying and later clean up.

For smaller damaged areas, you can often avoid a need for extraction and specialized equipment by getting the right drying and dehumidification started as promptly as possible. While many homeowners do not have powerful dehumidifiers and forced heat air movers as you can expect from professional recovery our SERVPRO team provides, there are several ways to accomplish similar results.

Often renting equipment is the best approach that homeowners can take, as this gives you access to many of the professional-grade tools and machines. Home improvement and hardware stores often have multiple unit types and sizes that you can choose from, so talk through your project with these employees to ensure that you are leaving with the right gear to overcome damaging water loss effects.

We know that many homeowners want to save time and money on doing restoration and recovery work themselves. Know your limitations, however, as inadequately cleaned and dried damages can lead to harmful mold growth and other potentially hazardous conditions. Give our SERVPRO of Pottsville team a call anytime that you need us at (570) 622-8991.

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Water Damage Remediation In Pottsville: What The Professionals Do

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation in Pottsville is arduous and can be time consuming. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Content Management After Water Loss in Pottsville Homes

After water loss incidents move through your Pottsville home, many of your belongings, furniture, and fabric-based items like your drapes fall victim to these damaging effects. Homeowners need a swift and confident response from qualified professionals if they intend to protect and preserve these affected items. Our response team has a contents division capable of addressing pressing issues with your belongings and possessions both on-site and in our nearby facility.

Contents protection and management after water damage is never a one-size-fits-all approach for Pottsville residences. Our production management, estimators, and technicians of the content department all determine the best approaches to restoring and recovering each affected item. During the inspection of the property, overly damaged or saturated items get marked for removal. With safe practices designed to protect your belongings at all costs, we can transport these removed items to our nearby warehouse for focused attention.

We understand that there are often many items and furniture pieces that can be in the path of spreading water damage, and we have a large facility that can store a high volume of your possessions after cleanup, restoration, and drying occur. If conditions like mold, mildew, or fungal growth have begun, we can address these concerns as well before this situation gets out of control.

Our vault system in our warehouse can keep your items and belongings safe until it is time to return them to your fully restored residence. Our SERVPRO professionals monitor the climate-controlled facility, keeping these large vault boxes safe from contamination or adverse effects. Once our restoration efforts complete with our technicians on-site, we can utilize our advanced labeling system to return every individual item to its original location.

There are multiple concerns for water-damaged homes throughout our area, and our SERVPRO of Pottsville rapid response team can work quickly to help. We have the experience and the equipment to make water loss effects “Like it never even happened.” No matter when disaster strikes, give our qualified team a call at (570) 622-8991.

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If Your Cressona Home Needs Water Restoration--Call SERVPRO

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Ignore Water Damage in Your Cressona Kitchen--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster--SERVPRO

Restoring Water-Damaged Cabinets in Your Cressona Kitchen

The kitchen area of your home is a network of plumbing and fixtures, each holding back a great deal of pressurized water coming from outside the property. As these components age and degrade, vulnerabilities can occur which allow this water to begin slowly leaking from connection points and joints. While you can often identify these vulnerabilities before they become devastating incidents, nearby structural elements and cabinetry have likely already become affected by the steady leak.

To restore water damage to the cabinets and other construction elements in your Cressona kitchen, you have to first reach out to our rapid response team. Our SERVPRO professionals remain available 24/7 to help mitigate losses like these and to prevent the situation from getting worse with our quick arrival with the tools to dry out damaged elements effectively.

Cabinets are often among the first components damaged by a steady leak, as many of the exposed pipes that make up the plumbing in the kitchen get encased within the cabinets and woodwork. Depending on the composition of these components, water damage can saturate and irreparably damage it very quickly as with porous thin woods, laminates with pressed board center, or it might take longer to penetrate and warp the material with firmer construction elements like non-composite options.

What occurs with these cabinets depends on the severity of the damage they have sustained. Our SERVPRO professionals on site can perform a thorough inspection of the damaged elements to determine the viability of restoration versus removal and replacement. We always strive to restore and not replace water damaged fixtures, structures, and contents. For severely damaged cabinets, replacement might be the only solution. In other situations, the application of equipment like our air movers and LGR dehumidifiers can dry out these damaged elements and preserve them and restore their structural integrity. We can also use an injectidry system to dry the wall cavities with small drill holes behind the cabinets.

While many situations could leave your cabinets in the kitchen water-damaged, you need professional restoration to return the affected area to its original condition, "Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO of Pottsville water restoration specialists are ready for any emergency that your home faces with the expertise and equipment to make a difference quickly. Give us a call anytime at (570) 622-8991.

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Orwigsburg Water Loss? No Problem, Call SERVPRO

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Orwigsburg Water Loss? Pick Up the Phone and Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Water Damage Technicians In Orwigsburg Discuss The Importance Of Injection Drying

Problems with moisture are some of the most common types of issues that could ruin items inside your Orwigsburg 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 as SERVPRO.
Whenever moisture makes its way into your home, mold can become an issue quickly. After you have a water loss problem in Orwigsburg, 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 home, call SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991 24/7.

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Our Highly Skilled Technicians Explain The Difference Between Flood And Water Damage In Your Pottsville Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Difference Between Flood And Water Damage In Pottsville Homes

Knowing the kind of damage that affects your Pottsville home can be critical in securing the right restoration work. While it might seem like many of these potential disasters stand out clearly from one another regarding the effects that they can have on the property, situations like flood and water damage present similar effects but from different sources. These variables affect the work to get done in the home and the best approach to restore it and protect the things that matter most to the customer.

Flood and water damage in your Pottsville home might look similar when you see their effects on materials and belongings, but they get approached and restored in different ways. Our SERVPRO professionals must assess the source of the damage to help to provide our customers with lasting solutions to prevent similar occurrences in the immediate future with the next severe weather system or interior problem.

Water damage is often more common for our technicians to contend with in the area homes that we serve. Water damage is the result of something occurring within the house that has an immediate impact on surfaces, materials and the environment of affected areas of the property. This disaster can result from several sources such as faulty appliances or fixture leaks but often can get restored without excessive demolition if professionals like ours can get to the situation quickly.

Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to set up the right drying equipment in critical areas to begin removing the moisture from surfaces and construction elements throughout the house. Often drywall and cabinetry require removal if overly saturated by the water, but elements like flooring and carpeting can often get preserved with drying mats, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

While there are differences to how water damage and flood damage can affect your home, having the right professionals to help you overcome effects is critical to returning your property to normal. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Pottsville rapid response team a call anytime that disaster strikes so we can work quickly to restore your home. You can reach our professionals 24/7 at (570) 622-8991.

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Quick Guide What Happens to Building Materials After a Flood

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Damaged wood floor in a Pottsville, PA home

When water fills your home in Pottsville, PA, it can be hard to know what's going to happen next. You may have a lot of questions, such as the following:

  • How long will the restoration take?
  • What furnishings are you going to have to replace?
  • Will your home ever be the same again?
  • Can you salvage your flooring even if there's swelling wood?

When you work with a residential restoration team, you can get easy answers to your toughest questions. These experts will even help you figure out what will happen to your building materials.


Swelling wood is rarely a good sign. If your cabinets were damaged in a flood, you will have to replace them if there is swollen wood. Other fixtures, such as toilets, sinks and faucets, will likely be okay to reuse after a flood. Most of the fixtures will have to be inspected to determine whether they should be thrown away or kept.


Not all flooring can survive a supply line leak. Some real wood floors can be dried and saved even after they are damaged by water. Carpets, subfloor and carpet padding, however, may need to be replaced if the damage is too bad.


Even the walls and ceilings in your home may be affected by water. During a water pipe repair, drywall may have to be stripped away to get at the leaking plumbing. If your drywall is damaged during a pipe burst, there is a chance it can be dried out and salvaged. However, the insulation behind it will have to be replaced if it got wet. If you do have to replace drywall, you typically only have to replace the portions that got wet during the high waters.

Not all water restoration cases are the same. If you notice warping or swelling wood, you may have to replace a building material even if it can normally be saved.

Fixing a Leaking Faucet in 7 Steps

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Most homeowners have faced this scenario before: You’re almost asleep when you hear the soft drip, drip, drip of a leaking faucet. By following these seven steps professionals use to fix a dripping faucet, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve properly handled the plumbing issue and your sleep will no longer be threatened.

1. Turn off the water. No one wants a small leak turning into a flood. Turn off the water supply valves beneath the sink. The hot water is usually on the left, and the cold water on the right. To ensure that there won’t be any leaks or surprises, also turn off the main water valve. In many homes throughout Pottsville, PA, the main water line is in the basement or garage.

2. Plug the sink drain. Faucet parts are small and could go down into the trap below the sink. No one wants unnecessary work or additional costs.

3. Put on gloves. Many faucets have built-up residue, and the smell can linger on your skin even after a good scrub.

4. Remove the fixture. If your faucet model has a cap, then remove the cap with your finger or a small screwdriver. Then unscrew the handles. Next, use an adjustable wrench to loosen the handle knob. Then remove the cartridge.

5. Assess the damage and replace broken parts. Depending on the model of your fixture, your leaking faucet may need to have the cartridge replaced. If that is the case, many professionals suggest upgrading to a ceramic cartridge as they have a longer use life. In other cases, sometimes only an O-ring, spring or seat will need to be replaced. If you’re unclear about what needs to be replaced, call a professional plumber, who will usually have the parts on hand.

6. Reassemble the handle. After the damaged parts are replaced, put the faucet back together in the reverse order you disassembled it.

7. Turn the water supply back on. To test whether you’ve repaired the issue, turn on the faucet and turn it back off. If there aren’t any drips, you will have fixed the leak.

When you have a leaking faucet or other plumbing issues, swiftly taking matters into your hands or calling a professional plumber is imperative to avoid flooding or water damage. If you notice the leak already has led to water damage, a water restoration service in Pottsville, PA, can help. For more information, visit 

3 Steps To Minimize Damage From a Leaky Kitchen Sink

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Leaks under the kitchen sink aren’t always immediately noticeable. If the area is crowded with cleaning supplies and tools, water or flooding under the sink might be hidden by those items. A slow leak can cause damage to cabinets and flooring for a long time without being noticed. Here’s what to do to prevent any more damage once you find water under your sink.

1. Shut Off the Water.

Dripping from faucet use adds up quickly and can cause damage or flooding in a cabinet area. You can prevent further damage by turning off the water immediately.
Depending on the source of the leak, water can drip even when the faucet is not in use. Remove everything under the sink, and look for a knob on both the hot and cold lines of the piping. A counterclockwise turn of each knob should shut off the water delivery. This step will stop water in your home from continuing to leak under the sink.

2. Call Your Insurance Company.

Your insurance company can tell you what kind of kitchen repair is covered by your policy, depending on the source of the water and the kind of policy you have. An insurance adjuster may assess the leak and the damage and figure out how your policy applies to any repairs. Be aware that flooding will often be covered by a separate policy from the typical home insurance package.

3. Call a Restoration Company.

Restoration companies in Pottsville, PA, can inform you of the best solution to the leak and whatever damage may have occurred. Flooring repair or cabinet repair might be necessary. Other likely steps are dehumidifying and drying services. Kitchen repair might also include dealing with mold or rot caused by damp conditions.

Following these steps can help take some of the stress out of dealing with leaking water in your home. Confronting the problem head-on will make the process much faster and reduce the likelihood of extensive damage to your kitchen.

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Drying Out After a Flood

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with a flood in Pottsville, PA, can be bad enough, but trying to handle the aftermath may be the worst part. Drying out a building after a flood, whether from a pipe burst or storms, can be a hard and lengthy process. On the positive side, these are damage tips that can be extremely useful to help get started, plus a few things to see to first.
• Patch any leaks to prevent more water from coming in.
• Ensure the area is safe to enter.
• Make sure any electrical systems are not damaged.
• Acquire any necessary protective or safety gear.

Documentation and Relocation

Before anything else, it is often best to take pictures of the affected areas for insurance purposes. Then it can be time to move everything out. Furniture, carpeting, even vinyl and linoleum tiling all should be removed in order to keep the moisture in the room down and to open up the spaces for better exposure to the air.


The next damage tips include taking note of what kinds of damage a building has suffered. Building materials react very differently when exposed to water. For example, wet insulation is useless and should be replaced entirely, but drywall, depending on how wet it is, may be salvaged. In the meantime, cleaning tips include using clean water to clear out mud, and commercial cleaners or a weak bleach solution to wipe down surfaces and features.

Air Circulation

One of the biggest factors in drying out after a flood is to not use forced air like HVAC systems provide. The heat or cold can be even more damaging to the building and be more expensive in the long run. Instead, regular air circulation is often best. Opening all windows and placing fans around can speed up the process, but without it being too fast to be damaging.

Having a better idea what to do in the days and weeks following a flood can make it easier to move forward. Damage tips can be a good resource to find the best way to proceed in drying out after a flood.

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Dealing With Flood Damage and Water Loss in Pottsville, PA

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Pottsville, PA is a thriving community, but this place is prone to occasional flooding. There are a number of old buildings in this area with old pipelines for water distribution and sewerage. As a result, an accident such as water loss, water damage or flood damage is a common situation in the city.

Most of the people here have suffered from water in home or water in business in their life. But the good thing is that there are great professional water cleanup companies in Pottsville with quick drying mitigation solution. Just look for water cleanup services or mitigation in PA, and you will find them right away. However, in case you are suffering from issues such as water damage or flood damage, then you should be aware of a couple of things before the professionals arrive. Here are those things which will come in handy for you:

  • Turn off the water to stop the flooding
  • Shut off the electricity
  • Remove wet items and hang to dry
  • Place wood furniture on blocks to keep the stain from running

Try to locate the sources of water in business.

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Whenever you see that there is water in business, you should cut off the water valve to stop water flow from the sources. This way, you will prevent further water loss and damage to the building. You can also ask the caretaker of the building to stop the water line.

In most cases, the water usually comes from leaking pipe. So go through the pipeline and find out the leaking sources. Shutting off the water and using a shop vac can be seen as quick mitigation.

Try to drain out excess water from the office. If the water amount is low, you can use a mop or a cloth to wipe out the water. You should also open up the doors to allow the water to drain.

If possible, turn on the AC with the highest drying settings and ensure there is enough air movement. This will help the room to dry up soon.

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What You Need To Know About Filing a Water Damage Claim

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has been devastated by water damage in Pottsville, PA, you’ll need to file a homeowner’s insurance claim to have some or all of the damage paid for. Filing a claim can be an involved process and there are some things you’ll need to do beforehand. Follow these basic steps to make sure you receive the maximum coverage possible.

1. Call Your Insurance Company

The sooner you inform your insurance company of the damage, the sooner you can begin the process of filing your claim. Make sure you have your policy number on hand and be prepared to answer any questions.

2. Make a Record of the Damage

Use photographs or video to record the damage to your home. Be as thorough as possible, gathering images of every item that has been affected, including furniture, electronics, flooring and walls. This will be important evidence when you file your insurance claim. Most importantly, do not throw anything away or make any repairs until an insurance adjuster comes to investigate the damage.

3. Review Your Insurance Policy

It’s important to know exactly what your insurance covers before you file a claim. First, find out what type of water damage it covers, for example from a flood, storm or pipe burst. If you need to vacate your home until repairs are complete, does your insurance cover temporary housing costs? Many policies do not provide for mold remediation or require you pay extra for it.

4. Make an Inventory

You’ll need to make a complete inventory of everything damaged during the flood. This should include each item’s make, model, age and condition.

5. File Your Claim

You’ll have to file a written insurance claim with your insurance company. Make sure you speak with your insurance agent to ensure that you have provided all the necessary information in your claim to avoid delays. Your property will need to be evaluated by an adjuster. If you can afford to hire a public adjuster in Pottsville, PA, you may be better off than if the adjuster works for the insurance company.

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How To Identify the 3 Types of Flood Water

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re dealing with flooding in Pottsville, PA you may be eager to start the clean up process as soon as possible. It can be helpful to understand the three classifications of water so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with from the start.

1. Clean Water

Clean water is any water that comes from a source you could safely drink. While it can still cause a lot of damage if it floods into your home, it may not be as difficult to clean up as the other types of water.

These are common sources of clean water:

• Snow Melt
• Rain
• Sinks
• Showers

It is important to remember that even though the water may initially be from a clean supply line, it can quickly become contaminated after prolonged contact with unclean surfaces. It can be best to hire a damage restoration company to help you clean up water, no matter what type it is.

2. Contaminated Water

Contaminated water is sometimes referred to as gray water. This water can con contain harmful microorganisms and substances that are dangerous if ingested. Gray water is usually the result of clean water becoming contaminated. It is not safe for drinking and should be cleaned up as quickly as possible.

3. Black Water

Black water is the most contaminated type of water. It usually comes from extreme outside flooding or sewage leaks. If it gets into your home, serious measures may have to be taken to decontaminate and disinfect the items it comes into contact with. Porous items, carpet, and drywall may have to be replaced after black water flooding.

Flooding can create a serious mess, but its effects can usually be reversed. A damage restoration company should be able to help you handle flooding from any of the three types of water. If contaminated water has entered your home, these professionals can help you with the deep cleaning procedures required to handle it.
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Being prepared when a hurricane or flood happens.

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Tips for flooding

During a Flood Watch or Warning

  • Gather emergency supplies.
  • Listen to your local radio or television station for updates.
  • Have immunization records handy or know the year of your last tetanus shot.
    • Store immunization records in a waterproof container.
  • Fill bathtubs, sinks, gallon jars, and plastic soda bottles so that you will have a supply of clean water.
    • Sanitize sinks/tubs first by cleaning them using a solution of one cup of bleach to five gallons of water. Then rinse and fill with clean water.
  • Bring in outdoor possessions (lawn furniture, grills, trash cans) or tie them down securely.
  • If evacuation appears necessary: turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve.
  • Leave areas subject to flooding: low spots, canyons, washes, etc. Rememberavoid driving through flooded areas and standing water.

After Flooding Has Occurred

  • Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water. As little as six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Do not drink flood water, or use it to wash dishes, brush teeth, or wash/prepare food. Drink clean, safe water.
  • If you evacuated: return to your home only after local authorities have said it is safe to do so.
  • Listen to water advisory from local authorities to find out if your water is safe for drinking and bathing.
    • During a water advisory, use only bottled, boiled, or treated water for drinking, cooking, etc.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food and bottled water that comes/may have come into contact with flood water.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Use generators at least 20 feet from any doors, windows, or vents. If you use a pressure washer, be sure to keep the engine outdoors and 20 feet from windows, doors, or vents as well.

For more tips on flooding contact your local SERVPRO. 

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Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Pottsville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with relatively small cleanup scenario or a large scale event. We work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. in many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in you business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with help you need. 

About SERVPRO of Pottsville

SERVPRO of Pottsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assure the knowledge to restore your property.

What to do before SERVPRO arrives.

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors