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What Equipment Do Professional Use for Fire Odors?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Can Fill your Pottsville Home with Unpleasant Burnt Odors. SERVPRO Technicians Have a Range of Equipment to Ventilate and Deodorize your Property.

Why are fire odor problems tough to resolve?

Fire odors can come from numerous sources and materials in your Pottsville home. Some of these sources may be immediately noticeable, but others may reside in cavities within the home or materials and contents. The core methods of controlling odor are through deodorizing with chemicals and ventilating a property. Scents are naturally volatile particles that can dissipate quickly once the source of odor is identified and removed. Deodorant chemicals are typically used to conceal the remaining odors until they dissipate.

What equipment is useful for eliminating fire odors?

  • Pressure spraying equipment can disperse deodorant chemicals directly onto surfaces and are useful for heavily charred structure.
  • Air scrubbers remove particles from the air by drawing them through a series of filters.
  • Ozone machines are rarely used except in heavily damaged properties but can alter the chemical composition of odor particles eliminating them.

Is ventilation effective against odors?

Ventilation can help to reduce the odors of fire damage in your Pottsville home. However, it may take a long time. We typically apply deodorants to the affected area and then ventilate it to ensure that the property is safe to return. A ventilating box fan generates a tremendous amount of airflow. We commonly use this equipment after a thermal fogger to replace the indoor environment to a natural state free from malodor. To return a property to a normal state after fogging, air must be exchanged up to fifty times. Ventilating box fans help SERVPRO technicians to keep odor control efficient.

What tools are used for duct cleaning after a house fire?

  • A powerful vacuum to pull soils and soots out of ducts
  • An efficient filtering system to remove bacteria and odor particles
  • Agitative equipment like air whips, brushes, and augers

Getting odor under control is central to returning your home to a normal condition after the fire. Contact SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991.

Why Is SERVPRO The Best Choice For Attic Mold Remediation In Pottsville?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Pottsville Homeowners Are Frustrated By The Need For Mold Remediation – But Help Is At Hand

People living in Pottsville know that attics and basements are parts of the home that sometimes get neglected. When it comes to home maintenance, most people focus on apparent issues such as broken gutters, loose tiles, or looking after appliances. The attic is often out of sight and out of mind.

However, a Pottsville attic might need mold remediation as much as any other part of the home. Attics are often neglected, and an ideal place for spores to settle. If there is moisture in the attic and a food source such as wood, mold can grow.

What is the most effective method for cleaning mold in the attic?

Customers often ask us the best method for cleaning the mold. SERVPRO’s most crucial piece of advice is do not try to clean it yourself. Home cleaning methods are not as effective or as safe as professional methods.

SERPVRO technicians use a range of cleaning methods, including:

    •    Scrubbing
    •    HEPA vacuuming
    •    Dry ice or soda blasting
    •    Not many people have heard of dry ice blasting, but it is ideal for cleaning away mold in the attic. Our equipment blasts wood with CO2 pellets at supersonic speeds to attack the fungus. Dry ice blasting scrubs away mold but does not damage the wood.

When you choose us, you can rest assured that we will use the latest techniques and equipment to cleanse your attic space.

Can SERVPRO help prevent mold spreading further?

Yes. Our technicians understand that it is easy for microscopic mold spores to spread. That is why we:

    •    Set up containment using plastic sheeting and tape to prevent spores escaping your attic
    •    Use correct protective equipment and dispose of it carefully
    •    Use air scrubbers or negative air machines to suck spores from the air

Because mold thrives in a damp environment, we carefully dry your attic and monitor moisture levels throughout remediation. We also deodorize the space afterward to get rid of that musty smell.

Cleaning is one part of mold remediation. Carefully monitored drying, containment, and deodorization are a must – which is why you can rely on us.

For help with mold remediation, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991.

How Does SERVPRO Find the Water Within a Pottsville Home?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO technicians bring a host of advanced water detection equipment to Pottsville homes

After a pipe break, storm damage, or toilet backup, just to name a few standard events, you need professional assistance to ensure that the water in your Pottsville property gets extracted and dried thoroughly. That is why it is crucial to outsource the task to a professional restoration services company, particularly one with advanced extraction, drying, and detection equipment. 

What is the Difference in Consumer and Professional Water Removal Equipment?  

When you need water removal in your Pottsville property, there is no comparison between a consumer-grade shop vac and the professional extraction units that SERVPRO technicians have access to use. To highlight just a few of the perks for using a professional restoration services company in terms of the devices used can have an impact on the outcome through the use of:  

  • Various types of moisture sensors and inspection equipment to track precise locations of water migration within the home
  • Professional water removal equipment for any size or depth water loss situation
  • Access to deep extraction tools for various surfaces
  • Careful attention during the removal process to ensure that nothing gets left behind by using inspection equipment before moving on to drying

Infrared cameras are an invaluable part of the technician's toolkit. While these devices do not measure moisture within the structure, they give an undeniable look at temperature differences and enable techs to compare readings from moisture sensors to nail down anywhere in the home water migrated into. The use of the inspection equipment negates the need for opening walls to determine the location of the water.

What Should I Expect When SERVPRO Dries My Property  

The extraction phase tends to take time because the more water that gets pulled up and taken away reduces the time needed to dry the structure. SERVPRO techs do not use fans but deploy professional drying equipment such as:  

  • Air movers to remove embedded moisture through their high-velocity airflow  
  • Dehumidification equipment to capture airborne moisture droplets  
  • Air scrubbers to capture any mold spores or odorous molecules
  • Drying mats for forcing air into the flooring of all types
  • Injecti-Dry systems for delivery of dry air into small spaces

Special Actions During Drying 

Individual structural elements within the home may require specific treatments for the best outcome. A good example is a hardwood floor that receives a large amount of water. The boards may swell and warp in response to absorbing the moisture, but with the training and equipment the techs have, the outlook is positive for saving the hardwood flooring from becoming a loss. The techs try to dry the boards in place whenever possible, frequently using a method known as tenting where the plastic gets sealed over the loss area, and the use of portable heaters assists in the delivery of warm, dry air that gets forced into the boards. Once dry, the boards usually return to their original shape. In some cases, mainly if the exposure to moisture was for a lengthy period, the floorboards may need sanding and refinishing, but not a replacement.

Carpet is another article in the home that requires special handling. SERVPRO techs have the training and know that restoration of a carpet after a water loss is never a one-size-fits-all job. They carefully test the fibers to determine if they can withstand re-wetting to remove water spots or if any shrinkage may occur from the drying process. 

Actively Addressing the Possibility of Mold  

Because there are airborne mold spores that occur naturally both indoors and out, they float harmlessly around unless conditions are favorable for germination. After that, a colony can establish itself quickly and begin to spread. Air moisture readings get taken throughout the restoration process to ensure that the environment is not supportive for germination or growth of mold. The use of professional antimicrobial solutions and, when necessary, the application of sealants assures that mold is never an issue post-mitigation for water damage. 

SERVPRO of Pottsville at (570) 622-8991 serves the local community with any size water removal needs. No matter if the problem is in a single room or an entire home, the certified technicians are available 24/7 to extract the water and bring your home back to its preloss condition.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Pottsville, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Pottsville today at (570) 622-8991 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Our Team Can Restore Your Pottsville Home After A Fire

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

Steps Before Cleaning Fire-Damaged Carpets in Pottsville Homes

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

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

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

Pretesting 

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

Pretreatment

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

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

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When Your Pottsville Party is Interrupted by Water Damage

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

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

Why Call SERVPRO to Help with Flood Damage in Pottsville? 

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

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

Packout Services 

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

Testing 

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

Drying 

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

Deodorization and Disinfection 

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

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

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Why We Are The Leader In Cressona Fire Damage Restoration

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

An electrical fire that started as a result of damaged wiring This home was damaged by an electrical fire that started as a result of this damaged wiring.

Effective Deodorization for Smoke Odors in Cressona Homes

Lingering odors present some of the most troublesome obstacles for Cressona homeowners to overcome after a fire loss. Addressing these concerns requires both the potent cleaning products available to our SERVPRO teams and the effective line of deodorizing equipment stocked in the production trucks of our Green Fleet. As challenging as many structure fires can become, many homeowners reach out to our professionals before the responding firefighters have even finished their work to ensure that our team is alert and prepared to begin mitigation and recovery as promptly as possible. 

Mitigation plays a substantial role in the successful recovery of Cressona fire damage. Our initial efforts can help to reduce the severity of the fire loss effects and to reduce both the overall losses to contents and construction elements throughout the residence. Our fast response, including our efforts to improve air quality and reduce present odors, can save our customers time and money on the restoration that the house needs after a fire. Deodorization involves the use of many practices, most of which depend on the severity and spread of the condition. 

Cleaning Surfaces

The focused fire damage removal of residues and soot throughout the house can help to reduce the severity of odors. In areas where the fire damage was most concentrated, wiping and foam cleaning practices, as well as more abrasive tactics like soda blasting, can noticeably limit the presence of strong smoke odors. 

Reduction Products 

Our SERVPRO team utilizes several products that can help to quickly reduce the severity and the spread of these smoke and noxious odors left behind after a fire. An excellent example of these products would be odor counteracting beads. These porous beads can absorb foul odors they attract and replace it with a pleasant odor. 

Deodorizing Equipment 

The most effective strategy to remove harsh odors left behind after a fire is the use of capable deodorization equipment, including thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines. Many of these tools have dual functionalities, offering both filtration through onboard HEPA filters as well as varying deodorizing techniques. From UV spectrums to the creation of ozone, we have the right deodorization solution for your fire-damaged home. 

Odors can be a challenge to overcome after a fire, but our SERVPRO of Pottsville team has the equipment and expertise to help. Give us a call anytime at (570) 622-8991.

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Real Risks of Floodwater in Your Pottsville Basement

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor of a room. SERVPRO knows the severity of your Pottsville floods and the damage that comes with it.

Let us help your Pottsville home from flood damage.

Flooding is not something that many Pottsville homeowners take lightly, but many put themselves at risk working to find the fastest route to drying up the damage. Instead of securing professional assistance, DIY restoration is on the rise. The more you know about the actual risks of doing this work yourself, the safer it can get accomplished, or you might see the benefits of having legitimate trained aid in your time of need.

There are distinct advantages to choosing our SERVPRO professionals to address flood damage in Pottsville homes, and it begins with the expertise of our technicians. Even in the realm of premier recovery services, few specialists have extensive training and education that our team does. From the earliest stages of developing and growing our roster, we have our entire staff accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT.) These endorsements ensure that you always have qualified and knowledgeable experts available 24/7 if disaster strikes.

Numerous risks exist with addressing flood loss effects on your own, and in the basement level of your house, these hazards can be even dire. As a hub for your utility services, your electrical system can cause a harmful charge to the immediate water in the basement if the service is still live. You should always look to temporarily disconnect services before entering standing water that could have become electrified.

Because contaminants could exist in the water pouring into your home as well, especially from rising waters or flash flooding, you need to avoid direct contact without the appropriate personal protective equipment. Our SERVPRO team has a safe and thorough approach that can begin extraction with our initial arrival and work to get the area dried and disinfected as promptly as possible.

As tempting as it might be to attempt DIY restoration after a flood, many issues could be harmful to you or your family. Our SERVPRO of Pottsville team is always here to help however you need, from our full restoration packages to a second opinion on the work you have done to restore your home. Give us a call anytime at (570) 622-8991.

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Take the Stress Out of Fire Damage Remediation and Lingering Odors in Pottsville

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire damage in part of a home Fire damage has many components including soot and lingering odors. Take care of these and other issues with one call to SERVPRO.

Using Thermal Foggers to Address Smoke Odors in Pottsville Homes

One of the universal symptoms left behind after most fires that affect Pottsville homes is a foul odor. Through the combustion of certain materials to the light smoke odors that persist after much of the cleaning as completed, scents play a substantial role in whether a family can move forward after a disaster or not. It is because of this that our professionals have invested so much into the inventory of recovery tools at our disposal, including industry-leading deodorization machines.

While we have multiple tools and equipment that we can choose from when addressing fire damage in Pottsville homes, the choice of these tools relates to the specific conditions. We can make determinations of deodorizers based on the severity of the smell, where in the house these conditions exist, and the materials and contents of your home that have allowed odor permeation. In many cases, the best tool for both portability and versatility in odor removal is the thermal fogger.

Our foggers run on high-quality deodorization concentrate that we vaporize as we walk through the affected areas. Unlike some of the other odor removal practices that we have, thermal foggers rely exclusively on the product that you supply them with, and the production of fog helps to get into porous surfaces, soft materials, and textiles. For other affected materials and contents, we have ozone and hydroxyl generators.

Among the chief reasons that thermal foggers get used regularly is the portability of these units. Being much lighter than the other deodorization tools, we can move from one affected area of your home to another quickly without needing to disassemble or reset stationary equipment throughout the property. We can focus the densest concentration of fogging in the ignition area and lighten its use when moving to adjacent rooms and areas.

As many deodorization tools that we have in our deep inventory can ensure that we have the right machines for nearly any situation we encounter. When it comes to helping you get back to normal after a loss incident, you can trust that our SERVPRO of Pottsville can show We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (570) 622-8991.

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Why Cross-training Matters to Pottsville Residents in need of Home Restoration Services

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

The words cross-train on a piece of paper with a green background  SERVPRO is always learning and training to help you and your Pottsville community the correct way.

We are prepared to take on Pottsville no matter the incident or damage. 

Here at SERVPRO of Pottsville, we have established ourselves as a leading restoration service provider over many years working in the region. Operating in a coal-mining region like Pottsville means our community is used to working hard on extended hours. Property damages can be the final straw for most homeowners who want to get on with their everyday lives with as little inconvenience as possible. Our restoration service boasts a diverse roster of mold, water, fire, and storm recovery technicians. We operate locally, which means we can mobilize both our technicians and our extensive equipment inventory at a moments notice to help you restore your home, and get back to your normal life. 

Fire

Incidents involving fire can be extremely tough for homeowners who have spent years accumulating possessions and personal effects. Hot smoke can seriously harm structural contents like drapery rods, fittings, electrical appliances, furnishings, and ornaments. SERVPRO provides experienced restorers to help you overcome fire damage in your Pottsville home quickly with a stress-free claims procedure that allows us to handle the paperwork which can then be passed on to your insurance adjuster. 

Our inventory for restoration service equipment features cutting edge technology that can help to restore the property to a preloss condition, allowing you to avoid the costly replacement of items and fittings. Before entering your Pottsville property after a fire, you should get an all-clear from your fire officer and shut off power to the affected area. Wiring and electric appliances can become unsafe with prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures and pressure, causing permanent damage to the appliance itself or a risk to your safety. 

SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) can work quickly to restore fittings and contents. In severe incidents, we can store possessions for you at the climate-controlled warehouse while ongoing restoration services take place. Our restorers can carry out essential cleaning and drying of the affected area as well as preliminary restoration of specialist items like electrics. These procedures can help to ensure no further damage is caused while electric restoration experts are brought in for repairs. Whether you need standard or specialist restorers, SERVPRO can liaise with third-parties on your behalf so that you only have to deal with one point of contact from start to finish. 

Water

Drying a property is vital in ensuring that water damage in your Pottsville home does not become an ongoing battle. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) are trained in a variety of proper drying techniques that allow us to confidently restore your home to its preloss condition without secondary damages like mold growth or structural weakening occurring. One of the core principles that our restorers work with is the restore over replace mentality that helps to keep our customers claim rates manageable throughout the restoration service. 

Water does not standstill. In fact, the longer that water is left in property, the further it spreads and the more damage it causes. Most household items are not designed to sustain prolonged exposure to moisture, therefore reaching out to a professional restoration service promptly on the discovery of a water incident is essential to reducing the possibility of irreversible harm. Cleaning and removing excess quantities of water is necessary, but it is the drying of your Pottsville home that is essential to making a full recovery. 

SERVPRO restoration services incorporate advanced structural drying equipment to remove moisture from inside wall cavities or the subfloor. Our trucks are stocked with a full inventory of desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers to ensure that, should the drying process requires overnight service, the likelihood of microbial growth issues is kept to a minimum. In scenarios where drying procedure is predicted to take several days, SERVPRO restorers can return to your Pottsville home daily to ensure that drying outcomes are being achieved as expected. Drying property guards against malodors, microbial growth and structural weakening, our technology allows us to be a leading supplier of water restoration here in Pottsville.

Storm

Flash flooding is a common cause of storm damage in Pottsville, which requires professional care and attention to restore effectively. Floodwaters enter the home with little or no prior warning, and once in the home, can begin to cross-contaminate floors, walls, and furnishings. Large amounts of water can create uneven ground surfaces as well as increasing the likelihood of slips or falls. Before entering the property, seek assistance from a professional with the right personal protective equipment (PPE) and experience.

Groundwaters can be extremely harmful to your health. Due to the health hazards present in floodwaters, SERVPRO technicians need to examine all porous materials in your Pottsville property to remove and dispose of contaminated materials. These materials may even include structure such as drywall which needs to be cut away at least a foot above the standing water level to avoid any chance of contaminated materials remaining in the home. 

Once the offending porous materials are removed, standing water drained from the property and drying procedure set up. SERVPRO can begin disinfecting the area. Using a combination of bleaches, Biocides, and chemical agents our technicians can clean the area several times over to ensure that any harmful pathogens are destroyed and your home restoration service delivers on creating a sanitary environment. If personal possessions were removed during the cleaning procedure, SERVPRO could return these items to their original positions in your Pottsville home after service is complete.

Mold

Microbial growth issues can often be the result of an ineffective water loss or flood restoration carried out that left behind moisture pockets in your Pottsville home. Over time, these moisture pockets become breeding grounds for microbial fungi, which eventually becomes a problem by affecting indoor air quality as well as producing an unpleasant odor. Cleaning the surface using household bleach or disinfectant can quickly become a daily task, which is why most homeowners seek professional remediation services to deal with mold damage in their Pottsville homes. 

It is essential to understand that mold is a natural part of the home environment; therefore, a full restoration is not possible. Instead, SERVPRO offer experienced remediation technicians that can control microbial growth to an acceptable level, remove colonies as well as tackling odor- essentially making the issues "Like it never even happened." There may be many physical barriers that restrict access to the source of mold which SERVPRO can remove and replace during the restoration service.

Mold remediation is an ever changing industry that adapts to new understanding and technology. SERVPRO is committed to providing advanced equipment that can help with microbial growth issues like injectidry systems- for wall cavities- as well as Esporta washing machines that can help to restore precious fabrics that would otherwise have to be discarded due to mold infestation. Our technicians are here to get your Pottsville home back to its preloss condition and can mobilize an extensive inventory of restoration equipment in a short amount of time.

SERVPRO of Pottsville operates a roster of technicians with extensive knowledge in the restoration of fire, water, storm or mold incidents. Contact us today, at 

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SERVPRO Provides a Steady Hand to Pottsville Homeowners for Mold Cleanup

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Pottsville Property Often Need Mold Cleanup and Remediation--Trust a Leader in the Industry--SERVPRO

Does Insurance Usually Cover Mold Remediation in Pottsville?

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

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

Depends on the Damage Source

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

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

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

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

Review Your Policy Regularly

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

Look for a Change in Policy

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

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

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

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to Pottsville Property for Floodwater Extraction and Disinfecting

What Makes Flood Water So Dangerous in Pottsville Properties?

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


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

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

Soil

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

Microorganisms

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

3. Other Materials

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

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

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

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

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Pottsville rapid response team is available 24/7 to help clean up and dry out the water damage in your home.

Effective Water Cleanup Protects Your Pottsville Home

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Fire Recovery in Pottsville

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Timing is everything. Fast mitigation after a fire event will enable you to salvage more items.

What Makes SERVPRO a Wise Choice for Fire Recovery in Pottsville

Immediate and lingering effects from a blaze that began in your Pottsville home can be challenging for a homeowner to experience, and often, they are unsure of whom they can trust to restore their home to its original condition. With so many obstacles to overcome in restoring property after a fire, you need professionals with experience and advanced equipment designed to make the process as efficient as possible.

As soon as a fire damage emergency happens in your Pottsville residence, you have a finite amount of time before the destruction spreads to the point of affecting new areas, materials, and contents within your home. This persistent damage can eventually reach the point where these surfaces and items become unsalvageable. By reaching out to experienced technicians like our SERVPRO professionals, we can implement real-time mitigation tactics that can keep contents in your home out of harm’s way and begin cleaning up effects like smoke and soot damage to keep them from affecting more areas in the house.

The SERVPRO technicians dispatched to your home come with the full measure of our fire mitigation equipment such as tools to help improve indoor air quality like our hydroxyl generators. These machines can remove particulates, debris, smoke particles, ash, and other hazardous elements from the environment and make the area safer for our certified technicians and others that might also enter the property.

Our experienced professionals are available to customers in our area 24 hours a day, even on holidays, to ensure that we provide a fast response to any emergency as it happens.

Our experienced professionals are available to customers in our area 24 hours a day, even on holidays, to ensure that we provide a fast response to any emergency as it happens. Because of the short timeline homeowners have between the initial fire and the degradation of structural elements of their home and other spreading effects, you need a team of highly-trained professionals available whenever disaster strikes.

You might have choices when it comes to professional restoration in the area following a fire in your home, but our SERVPRO of Pottsville offers comprehensive restoration from our initial inspection and mitigation efforts through the completion of entirely restoring your home “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (570) 622-8991.

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How To Protect Your Employees and Company From Fire

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your evacuation plan in your Orwigsburg,PA business

Evacuation and Protection

Preparing for a potential fire is one of the most important tasks you can do to protect your company. A thoughtful contingency plan provides peace of mind; you can protect both your employees and your business assets and data from fire with effective preparation. As you strategize, you should focus on two elements: evacuation and protection.

1. Create an Evacuation Plan

Prepare your evacuation plan first. Determine how your employees will leave the building and where they should meet. Assign people to monitor the evacuation, ensure the building is clear and perform a roll call to make sure everyone is safe.

Review the plan with everyone regularly, and introduce it to new hires as part of their training. Then conduct fire drills at least once per year. Your diligence will be crucial in a real emergency.

2. Eliminate Workplace Hazards

Do not allow hazardous items in the building, such as candles, space heaters and personal kitchen appliances. Keep aisles clear of boxes and storage items. Avoid desk clutter that can add fuel to fires.

3. Install and Maintain Fire Prevention Devices

Install smoke alarms and change the batteries twice each year as part of your contingency plan. Larger buildings should have a sprinkler or fire suppression system tied to fire alarm boxes. Keep fire doors closed at all times.

4. Protect Your Assets

Check your insurance policies on a regular basis to maintain adequate coverage. Take pictures of your facility, equipment and storage areas annually to support potential fire insurance claims. Maintain a disaster recovery plan for your computer systems and back up your data to an off-site location. Include a reference for cleanup and restoration services in your plan.

5. Become Friends With the Fire Department

Develop an ongoing relationship with your fire officials in Orwigsburg, PA. Have them inspect your facility and include their recommendations in your plan.

You never want to experience a fire in your business. However, adequate planning and a good contingency plan will speed up the recovery process and are crucial to protecting your employees and your firm.

Will Your Solar Panels Survive a Severe Storm?

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Panel Damage

Solar panels are becoming popular in Cressona, PA, for home water heating, pool heating and electricity. Their green energy helps the environment, but what happens when Mother Nature strikes back? Panel damage can take many forms, from many types of weather. Here are four of the most commonly beat-up areas:

1. Solar Cells

Individual cells and the glass protecting them may be susceptible to cracking, holes and broken connections within a panel. This type of destruction can be caused by strong hail or other impacts during a storm, such as falling tree limbs. Severe wind, heavy snow, or ice can also flex panels in damaging ways.

2. Wiring Connections

Photovoltaic panels that produce electricity are wired into your home's power system. Even if they’re inside a panel's casing, these connections can be broken or exposed by the same things that affect solar cells. Severe hail, falling tree limbs, and heavy wind, snow or ice can all cause panel damage.

3. Water Connections

If your panels are the kind that heat water for your home or swimming pool, a bad storm can damage the pipes that feed the panels. Leaking or broken lines will cause further water damage to the roof beyond what the storm is doing directly.

4. Structural Roof Damage

Your cells and panels are part of a large structure that's physically attached to your roof. Heavy wind gusts or sustained wind from a hurricane or tornado can cause this structure to pull on the roof supports with a lot of force, exposing the interior of your roof to the elements. As a result, water may damage the roof during this weather or in future storms.

While home solar panels are becoming more durable, they may not survive a severe storm in perfect condition. After a major weather event, you should have your system and roof inspected for panel damage and repaired by an experienced storm damage restoration service. Keep your panels in top shape and they'll continue to produce maximum energy for your home for many years.