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Andorra Business Owners Have a Valuable Local Cleaning Resource | SERVPRO® of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

group of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside building If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill to learn more.

Did you have to put a lot of work into making your Andorra small business a success? If you’re like most business owners, the answer is, “yes, a lot.”

That’s to be expected. After all, no one cares as much about your dream of owning a small business as you do. It’s your idea, your leadership and your savvy that has made your business a success so far. You’ve done everything you can to ensure you operate a successful business and your family has a proud legacy.

But the COVID-19 pandemic is something different entirely. We’ve all had to find new ways to meet customer needs, deliver our services and provide value to our community.

It’s vital to us to help local business owners. You’re a big part of the community. We know what you do to make your business a success. It means a lot to research and planning—and everything that goes into operating and growing your business, too.

We want to help you with that process, including how you now interact with customers and keep them safe.

Help and Resources Just for You

Luckily, everyone else in the community (and across the country) is rooting for you to succeed, too. You can find great tools to help you learn more about available business loans and tips, advice and more from trusted local and national resources.

You’ll also want to ensure your space is clean. That’s where we can help you.

We’re available at any time to help you get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” That means a team of experts will use the latest technology to ensure your business is safe for everyone.

Here’s a closer look at how our process works:

We start by talking with you. Our team will consult with you about your needs.

Then, we’ll clean your space using proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Our cleaning and decontamination standards come directly from the CDC.

Finally, our technicians will certify your space. And you’ll be in business again.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Timing Is Crucial When Your Home Is Damaged l SERVPRO® of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

black glasses and pen sitting on insurance policy f your home has any damage due to a disaster, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill.

Do you know why homeowners across the country end up needing water (or fire) restoration damage during the course of a year?

Severe weather including wind, hail and rain is one of the top reasons homeowners need restoration help.

What’s the other major reason? It’s closer to home, and sometimes easier to control. Home accidents and appliance malfunctions cause millions of dollars in damage every year.

We know that no two home restoration projects are identical. But we have noticed a common theme, and all of these jobs actually do have one thing in common.

What is it? It’s the importance of getting started fast.

Your home can begin to show signs of damage in just a few hours. The first signs of mold, including a musty odor, can start to appear quickly. Water will begin damaging wood just as fast. Upholstery will begin to show water damage signs by fading and staining, too.

Work With a Team That Can Move Fast

If you need water or fire damage restoration services, you don’t have to wait.

We know how quickly damage can worsen, so we’re always available to help during an emergency. We’re ready to work with you 247, including weekends and holidays. All you have to do is call.

The technicians you’ll meet when you work with our team are highly trained experts. They’re ready to assist you with the knowledge and experience from high-level training and the best certifications.

Plus, they’re able to use SERVPRO’s advanced technology to create a personalized, powerful and effective restoration plan for your home.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

How To Clean a Moldy Washing Machine

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Any washing machine can begin to develop mold

Ways To Keep Mildew Out Of Your Washer

Any washing machine can begin to develop mold. Front-load washers are known for being gentler on clothes and getting clothes cleaner than traditional top-load washers. However, front-load washers are notorious for developing an unpleasant, sour-scented smell. This foul odor is due to mold and mildew inside the tiny cracks and crevices of your washer. Luckily, you do not have to be stuck with a stinky laundry room that smells like dirty laundry. There are several simple methods you can use to keep mildew out of your washer.

1. Clean the Drum
Mix together 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water. Pour the mixture into the detergent container and pour two cups of vinegar into the main part of the washer. Run a full cycle on hot. As the baking soda and vinegar mix together, the chemical reaction should kill any mold growing inside your washing machine.

2. Scrub if Needed
If you still see or smell anything suspicious, mix together equal parts of vinegar and water. Dip an abrasive sponge into the mixture and scrub away the remaining grime.

3. Clean the Gasket
The rubber seal around the door is a common area for mold and mildew to develop. Clean the gasket thoroughly with an equal solution of water and vinegar by rubbing a rag around the interior seal.

4. Prevent a Recurrence
Since regular soap can leave behind too much residue, use a detergent that is made for HE machines. To encourage complete drying between cycles, remove your laundry promptly and leave the door open when the machine is not in use. By following the previous recommendations once a month, you can keep your machine from developing a mold smell.
If the steps to clean your washing machine do not work, or you notice a moldy smell coming from other areas in your laundry room, you may need to call a professional mold remediation company. With a little help from the experts, your home in Mt Airy, PA, will soon be back to its pre-mold condition.

3 Things an Electronic Claims System Can Do

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Remember that's your agent may recommend a restoration service that offers an electronic claims system

3 Things an Electronic Claims System Can Do

When you make an insurance claim after a disaster at your Chestnut Hill, PA, business, your agent may recommend a local restoration service like SERVPRO to help with repairs. One of the reasons for this is that this team or professionals can offer an electronic claims system which may help your insurance agent keep track of information. There are a few important things it can do.

1. Allow Remote Access

Your insurance agent may appreciate the fact that this system can be accessed remotely. This means that no matter where they may have to work from they can still access this source of information. This can be very handy if they have to visit the job site and need to look at repair progress notes, among other examples

2. Store Photographs

One aspect of an Insurance claim you may not have thought of is the need to photograph any damaged areas. Fortunately, this system has the ability to store these pictures. This means that after the damage assessment is done your agent can know exactly where to locate the images they may need to include in your claim.

3. Keep Documentation in One Location

Another important aspect of this system is the fact that it can store multiple forms of documentation in one location. This allows your agent to know where the majority of the information they need is stored, meaning they may not have to play phone tag with various individuals or hunt through multiple record locations. This may save them valuable time.

When making an insurance claim it’s important to remember that's your agent may recommend a restoration service that offers an electronic claims system. These systems can allow remote access to the contents which may include photographs of the damage needed for the claim. The ability to have all this information in one place may be a great help to your agent.

Can a Local Company Help Fight the Virus Spread in Manayunk? Yes, we can.

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

To disinfect, SERVPRO uses products that meet EPA’s criteria for use and are appropriate to disinfect different surfaces where germs congregate.

Yes, SERVPRO of Manayunk / Chestnut Hill understands the need for clean and sanitary communal spaces.

Your managed Manayunk apartment complex or commercial building can receive a premier cleaning service from our team.

Many of the residents of a Manayunk apartment complex has a heightened sense of germs and viral pathogens amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country. To reduce concerns and potential panic, many property managers have sought the expertise and confident response of trained biohazard cleaning professionals like our SERVPRO team to help. We can go above and beyond custodial and maintenance staff for your building to provide a more profound and more extensive sanitization effort.

When our SERVPRO professionals arrive to begin sanitizing and cleaning Manayunk apartment buildings, we can focus the majority of these efforts in shared spaces and surfaces. The main door leading in and out of the building can be a hotspot for germs, as well as buttons in and outside of the elevators. With viral microbes able to stay viable for long periods, sanitizing surfaces is the only plausible prevention method that is universal to everyone in the building at once.

Where does professional cleaning happen after coronavirus exposure?

  • Mailboxes
  • Doorways
  • Elevators
  • Stairwells
  • Air ducts / HVAC

Our experienced team at  SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team can help to clean and protect your commercial property or public space. Reach out to us (215) 482-0800.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Flooding In Your Manayunk Home

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team a call today at (215) 482-0800.

How Crawlspace Encapsulation Can Help Flooding in Manayunk

Crawlspaces are often among the first areas of your Manayunk home to fall victim to flooding damages when disasters strike. Their design alone puts them in the path of these hazardous waters before they have an opportunity to reach the main floor of the house. This space beneath the residence might regularly contend with flood damage, especially in lower-lying areas. Our professionals can offer fast and complete service for this flooding, including both restoring the immediate effects and helping to install long-term solutions to keep your home and its occupants safe.

Flood damage in Manayunk crawlspaces presents a hazardous situation beneath the main floor of your home. Many property owners might believe that they have averted a crisis in this regard, but the presence of standing water and excessive moisture can be a detrimental presence to the first floor of your house. Our SERVPRO team must mobilize quickly to all flooding situations, as the threat of contaminated waters can migrate bacteria and other microorganisms into the main living spaces of the property through the flooring and structural supports.
Our team must roll out extractors and drying tools with our initial arrival, as drying out the damage is one of the primary steps to protecting your property from even the threat of microbes and hazardous contamination. We work to clean the area thoroughly, spraying surfaces with disinfectants, sporicides, and potent cleansers. We need to eliminate the possibility of secondary effects occurring once encapsulation begins.

Encapsulating the crawlspace provides a reliable barrier to resist the intrusion of water into this area, and covers all structural supports, beams, joists, and underside of flooring with thick plastic sheeting. With this installed, we can prevent the penetration of flooding. Any existing standing water in the area can get redirected away from the house using installed drainage systems and powerful tools like sump pumps and permanent dehumidifiers.

Crawlspaces that experience frequent water and moisture penetration can often benefit from encapsulation. If you want to know more about it, our licensed (#2705165256) contractors can help customers to understand the process and its benefits. Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team a call today at (215) 482-0800.

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Why We Are The Leader In Manayunk After A Flood

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

We know how to handle hazardous conditions along with the most expedient measures to mitigate the damage in your home. We are here 24/7.

Flood Damage Restoration in Manayunk that Helps You Cope with the Loss

Flood damage results in substantial financial losses and involves backbreaking restoration work. If such incidents happen successively, you may end up feeling as if the situation is too much to bear. Involving a professional restorer can help lift the burden in many ways.

Reducing the Workload

The flood damage restoration process in Manayunk involves many tasking steps, including moving contents, tearing down building materials, and cleaning soiled areas. Handling these steps on your own, especially if the loss recurs, can overwhelm you. For our SERVPRO technicians, performing cleanup and other restoration steps is part of our day-to-day work, so we are accustomed to the processes. Therefore, we can shoulder the burden that you are facing.

Expediting Recovery

Flooding happens within minutes leading to the soiling and deterioration of materials. From a quick look at the aftermath of a flooding situation, you might not believe the home can be what it used to be, especially within a short time. Our SERVPRO technicians help complete the job fast because we have sufficient resources, including advanced equipment to remove water, access hard to reach areas, and generally deal with any issue that arises. For example, high-speed pumps can remove water from your structure at a fraction of the time it would take when using other tools. Cherry pickers and lifting equipment help with access and movement of contents.

Saving Valuables

You may consider throwing away everything affected by the flood damage incident. However, the cost implications or the sentimental value such items hold makes such a decision painful. With advanced cleaning and drying procedures, including freeze-drying, our SERVPRO technicians can halt deterioration or help restore some items you consider disposing of, thus helping you save money or retain essential family heirlooms. We usually scope the loss site to establish what we can save, then liaise with you and your insurance adjuster to help make the decision.

Dealing with a flooding situation can drain you financially and emotionally. Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 to help manage the situation making it, "Like it never even happened."

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Why Professional Smoke Damage Remediation is Necessary in Roxborough

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke odors penetrate all areas of your home. Call SERVPRO for effective smoke odor removal.

Removing Trapped Smoke Odors from Roxborough Homes 

After a fire loss incident affects your Roxborough home, it can be challenging to overcome all of the effects that the disaster can leave behind. Structural weaknesses and collapse are often among the first considerations after a widespread threat. Still, other symptoms of the fire like smoke odors and residues are often equally important to address in the initial mitigation phases of recovery and restoration. 

Removing trapped smoke odors is a universal need with the restoration of fire damage in Roxborough homes. Regardless of the size and severity of the fire, smoke is a byproduct that can leave unpleasant odors and residues behind. How quickly the flames get extinguished, and the materials impacted by the blaze play a role in how concentrated effects like noxious odors are. Odors, beginning at the point of origin, can spread out far from the combustion through open floor plans or the HVAC system. 

Our SERVPRO technicians have multiple tools and products designed to reduce and eliminate embedded fire and smoke odors in both the open areas of your house and in materials and fabrics. For heavy exposures, our professionals traditionally lean on the content management division. We can remove at-risk contents and belongings from your house to provide intricate cleaning, deodorization, and restoration of these possessions. 

For areas and items that can get recovered on-site, we have multiple strategies for effective smoke odor removal. For broader areas, our SERVPRO team can often use hydroxyl generators or ozone machines. These units can handle considerable open areas and are portable enough for multiple applications throughout the house. For more concentrated and limited spaces, our lightweight thermal fogging device can vaporize deodorization agents and disperse the fog throughout the damaged area to neutralize odor compounds on contact. 

Smoke odors can penetrate construction materials, fabrics, upholstery, carpeting, and many other areas of your damaged home. Our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team can help with effective cleaning and deodorization tools. Contact us anytime at (215) 482-0800 when you want to make a fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”  

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Flood Damage Mitigation In Manayunk

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Call our 24-hour service line, (215) 482-0800, and we can make it all “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO Uses Advanced Technology During Flood Damage Mitigation in Manayunk

Long past is the days when a collection of bottles of bleach, buckets of water, mops, towels, and fans was considered sufficient for cleaning up flooded homes. Now, new discoveries in restoration technology provide SERVPRO with the ability to use less toxic chemicals and more efficient equipment to mitigate damage and restore houses to safe, livable conditions.

The improved results and swifter recovery time are why SERVPRO mitigates flood damage in Manayunk using the latest advanced technology available. Our ongoing training keeps us informed of the latest techniques and methods, meaning we always give our customers the results they deserve.

We understand that you want your family to live without worry about contamination and hidden damage. Because of this, we use infrared cameras that locate hidden water. Such water, after being forced into spaces, gets trapped. The force of a flood is much greater than the drainage of water later. Once we know where undrained water exists, we can address it with extraction units. After we drain the water, we can dry and spray the area with a disinfectant.

Other issues include flooring that disintegrated during the flood's presence. The glue in parquet flooring dissolves rapidly, and the turbulence of a flood can sweep these tiny pieces up, ruining a once-beautiful floor. Our reconstruction services can explain new options in flooring, so once mitigation and drying finish, construction of your new flooring can begin immediately.

Before we can do any reconstruction of damaged areas, we need to clean and dry everything. Instead of bleach, we use other disinfectant sprays that evenly coat surfaces. These also inhibit microbial growth for extended periods, so you do not need to worry about microbial infestations in the future.

To ensure adequate drying without risking over-drying of structural components, we monitor different materials to ensure they no longer contain excess moisture. This includes the air. Water vapor can cause damage to your home's contents and also make any odors stronger. We also address this using air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and fogging machines. Other approaches to odor control include gel packs and highly absorbent beads.

SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill wants to help families in our communities recover as quickly as possible after flood damage happens to their Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, or Germantown homes. Call our 24-hour service line, (215) 482-0800, and we can make it all “Like it never even happened.”

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Removing Smoke Odors from Roxborough Home and Contents

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Roxborough, let SERVPRO help you through the smoke.

We know the way through your Roxborough smoke damage.

Odors present a substantial threat to comfortable living after fire loss incidents in Roxborough homes. Even with manageable fire scenarios where the property owner extinguishes the blaze on their own, odors can be one of the most persistent and challenging obstacles to overcome. As we commit to making these disasters “Like it never even happened,” we have unique and potent strategies for handling lingering harsh odors in a property after extinguishment. 

Much of the initial work that we can do to manage odors and fire damage in Roxborough homes begins with our debris removal process. From shoveling out ash and charred contents to controlled demolition techniques that remove catalysts for continued foul odors in the household, our techniques can help to minimize the sources of noxious scents so that deodorization efforts to come are more efficient and thorough. Between both the removal of rubbish and debris to our focused demolition of affected materials and surfaces, we have experienced general contractors to oversee each phase of recovery our fire restoration technicians begin. 

Which equipment is used in the deodorization process is directly connected to the types of materials affected by smoke and how broad of a damaged area exists. In most scenarios, the task falls to any of the three critical deodorizing units in our inventory – thermal/UV foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators. Each of these units can work to dispel odors in unique ways. Based on the area where these units are necessary, UV cleaning with hydroxyl machines and the creation and distribution of ozone are the best at addressing more significant regions of the house. 

Thermal and UV fogging machines quickly heat liquid deodorization solutions to water vapor for dispersal through a damaged area. The gas state of this product allows it to better penetrate installed construction materials, clothing, upholstery, and other textiles. Also, this is a popular choice based on its lightweight, mobile nature. Foggers can move with our SERVPRO technicians through the house, allowing us to cover more spaces quickly. 

Addressing odors left behind after a fire loss incident can feel overwhelming. Our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team arrive with state-of-the-art tools and cleaning products to neutralize present odors. Whenever you need to overcome fire disasters, give us a call at (215) 482-0800.

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Our Team Has Extensive Training To Handle Your Roxborough Fire Damage Restoration

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the best in the industry, and we have the experience and equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition. Call us right away.

Why Involve SERVPRO in Restoring Fire Damage in Your Roxborough Home

Among the hazards facing many households, fire is one of the most likely to happen. The aftermath of a fire damage incident presents a wide range of problems, including debris, soiled materials, and various hazards. Calling a professional team such as SERVPRO to restore your property after such an incident helps in many ways.

Safety during Restoration

The dangers associated with fire damage situations in Roxborough do not end when the flames die down. Venturing into the property to clean up, and carry out other restoration processes, exposes one to hazards such as slip and fall accidents because surfaces might be wet from the water used in fighting the fire. Electrocution due to damaged power cables and inhalation of noxious fumes are other common hazards. Letting our SERVPRO team handle the entire process from the evacuation of contents, clean up, and rebuilding affected areas helps protect you from these dangers. We assess the situation to determine the right PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to use, including rubber boots, respirators, and electrical circuit checkers to protect our crews.

Proper Management of the Process

Restoring a fire-damaged property involves several steps. To a regular person, it might be challenging to know which steps to start with and which ones to put off until later. Our IICRC certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, have sufficient training to know the best way to approach the process. We also have extensive experience dealing with similar incidents. We know the simple steps that can have a significant impact when performed early. For example, we pre-clean and apply a light oil to metal surfaces early, thus preventing corrosion from soot. We are also keen to finish all the processes, including cleaning houseplants on both sides of the leaves.

Thorough Cleaning

Residue deposit is a serious concern after fire damage. Cleaning all items and materials in the house requires the right skills. Our SERVPRO technicians have a wide variety of resources that help ensure a positive outcome. We have equipment such as specialized upholstery cleaning machines, pressure washers, and duct cleaning equipment to help guarantee a perfect outcome.

Restoration of fire-damaged properties in Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, or Germantown can be tricky. Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Prompt Response and Highly-Qualified Employees Are Why SERVPRO Is a Trusted Resource in Manayunk

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

We care about our Manayunk residents no matter the issues in question.

SERVPRO will always be prepared to take on any disaster that hits your Manayunk property.

When a water, fire, mold, or storm damage disaster strikes your Manayunk home, waiting for a return call from a restoration company is not an option. Our phones and email response is prompt, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are in contact with you and send an experienced manager and crew to your home to assess the crisis as soon as possible. Throughout your restoration project, please call with concerns and questions. Keeping you in the loop is the way we do business.

Water Damage

Waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of rushing water damages your Manayunk home and your peace of mind. We pledge to answer your call round the clock, helping you shoulder the burden of the water loss. Plumbing delivers comfort and convenience in your home until a toilet valve breaks or a supply line ruptures. We train and prepare for these crises and are ready whenever help is needed.

Water flows, so the leak or break is just the beginning of the hunt for moisture damage in your home. SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) master industry best practices during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes, including strategies for tracing water migration. Locating all the places in your home compromised by water damage is crucial. If any abnormal moisture remains after remediation, deterioration of additional building materials and mold growth and damage is probable. We use sensitive meters, with and without pins, to take accurate moisture measurements of structural components. Special cameras that transmit thermal images help us find larger pockets of water in building cavities.

Using the migration path mapped by our technicians, we use a range of pumps and extractors to remove the water. If trapped water is an issue small weep holes or more significant flood cuts give our crew access. When we are satisfied that all liquid water is gone, our crew uses psychrometry, the science of drying, to design a configuration of air movers and heaters, to force absorbed water out of building materials and into the air. Dehumidifiers then condense or absorb the vapor for disposal.

Fire Damage

Recovering from fire damage in Manayunk can be a heartbreaking process. Whether a rehabbed millworker row house, an apartment or loft overlooking the Schuylkill River, or a colorful and elegant Victorian is where you call home, the destruction caused by even a minor blaze is mind-numbing. We are ready and willing to arrive at your abode as the firefighters leave, poised to assess the scenario and get to work on making the sooty, wet mess “Like it never even happened.”

Some of the hardest parts of fire damage recovery are sorting through household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions. SERVPRO recommends utilizing our pack-out option after a fire for a couple of reasons. First, clearing the burned spaces of items makes mitigating and remediation efforts faster and more straightforward. Second, the contents of your home get the attention and innovative treatments they need to restore to full function and appearance.

We use the detailed and secure Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track items removed from your house. Traditional lists, digital photos, and barcoding all have a place in the system. Our production facility technicians have a host of unique strategies available to clean, dry, disinfect, deodorize, and restore items you feared were destined for the trash heap. Immersion tanks with ultrasonic technology; freeze-drying chambers to remove moisture from pictures, books, and documents; and industrial washing and drying systems are just some of the resources we use. We are proud to hand you a treasured photo album or a child’s favorite stuffed animal as we welcome you back into your fully restored home. 

Mold Remediation

Coping with mold damage in your Manayunk home can be frustrating and exhausting. You might be embarrassed because you feel mold growth is a commentary on the cleanliness of your household. Learning about the life cycle of mold helps homeowners understand why it might be the cleaning methods and products used that encourage mold growth.

Mold spores are everywhere, airborne or settled on surfaces. As long as they absorb no water, they are benign and invisible to the naked eye. When surfaces remain wet after scrubbing, or spills and leaks are unaddressed, mold can begin growing and multiplying within 24 to 48 hours. If you notice the dark stain or feathery growth of mold, more water, in a diluted bleach solution, is often used to try to kill it. The strain might lighten, but the bleach does not penetrate to the deeply embedded hyphae, which survive to grow, continuing to consume the organic building materials it lives in and on.

SERVPRO uses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols to remediate your mold damage. The goal is to contain and remove the active mold growth and then inhibit its return through the application of an EPA-registered antimicrobial and care to eliminate moisture. Once we complete the remediation spore levels should reduce to normal, causing little concern if dry. 

Storm Damage

When storm damage leads to quantities of rainwater invading your home in Manayunk, flood cleanup services are necessary as soon as possible. We built our reputation in part on timely responses to calls for help from members of our community suffering from the effects of extreme weather. Count on a speedy response from our team when a ripped-off roof or broken windows expose your home to significant flood damage.

The number of tasks needing completion following storm damage can be daunting, but SERVPRO has the experience to sort it out and begin the recovery. As our crew chief assesses the interior damage, other crew members are boarding up windows and tarping roofs to prevent additional water incursion. Submersible gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extractors make short work of floodwater collected in lower levels. The contaminated water must be contained and disposed of following city rules. Our crew is familiar with the requirements and makes that happen.

Because of the potential for pathogens in dirty floodwater, we take great care to clean flooded surfaces thoroughly. We also treat the affected spaces with EPA-registered disinfectants. Moisture metering of wet building materials assists us in setting drying goals, and we achieve those goals by setting up appropriate configurations of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. We also work with you and your insurance company to arrange for repairs and rebuilding.  

Any disaster large or small is handled professionally with a successful result by SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill. Call us at (215) 482-0800 at your convenience to schedule an evaluation.

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Why SERVPRO Is Your Trusted Choice for Water, Flood, Fire Damage Roxborough Businesses

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Each of our vehicles are stocked with equipment to restore your business. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Roxborough Area Homes or Businesses

Our highly trained team starts each project with the same goal, to “preserve before replacing,” utilizing our advanced equipment and industry knowledge to restore damaged original construction materials rather than replacing when possible. We focus on a comprehensive approach to restoration that includes damage recovery from the initial inspection through reconstruction. With our experienced restoration technicians and full-service contracting division, we can help you recover from commercial and residential damage cost-effectively and quickly.

When a Roxborough area business faces water, fire or floods, the damage can quickly spread beyond the commercial property itself. Employees lose hours, owners see revenue drop, and the community misses out on the products or services provided by the business. SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill can help manage significant commercial losses. Commercial clients require quick and comprehensive disaster restoration, and our team is ready 24/7. Our local team can get to work quickly on emergency board-up and tarping services to prevent further damage. After protecting and securing the structure, our SERVPRO team can begin the restoration process.

Our experienced team can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding when necessary. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save both time and money. With more than 80 years of combined building trades experience, our local team of experts is proud of our ability to offer high-quality repairs and full-scale reconstruction following emergencies that threaten your residential or commercial property.

By offering a comprehensive approach to restoration and recovery, no part of returning your property to preloss conditions gets subbed out to another contractor, and we can provide you with faster service at a lower cost. From emergency repairs to a Germantown small business to the designed renovation of an aging home in Mt Airy, SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill team has the experienced professionals to meet the needs of every construction project. Our team of restoration professionals live and work in local neighborhoods with our customers. We root for the Sixers, Phillies, Flyers, and Eagles. We debate Pat’s or Gino's?  To learn more about how our rebuilding and reconstruction services can help you recover from water, flood, fire, mold or storm damage, call us at 215-482-0800.

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Drying Flood Damage in Your Manayunk Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the size of the flood disaster, SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill will be there to assist you every step of the way.

Restoring your Manayunk Home From Flood Damage is What We Do 

Rain damage in Manayunk can cause you very costly repairs to your home because of its destructive effect on foundations and contribution to mold growth. You need good drainage to avoid flooding inside your home. The primary structure to avoid this from happening is your roof. Even a tiny opening is enough space to let in lots of water. Plus, gutters should be cleaned regularly, and you need to direct downspouts away from your home. 

If heavy rains have still managed to get into your Manayunk home and cause flood damage, you could have a bit of a mess on your hands. A situation like this needs fast action by professionals so that no more damage occurs, such as the growth of mold. Our technicians at SERVPRO are always standing by ready to help you in an emergency to in like this. 

Once we have the standing water out of your home, we need to dry it thoroughly. Air movers are some of the equipment we use to increase evaporation and reduce drying time. These machines create airflow at the surface level, pushing moisture into the air as vapor, and replacing the wet air with air that is drier. 

Air movers serve various functions in flood and water damage. On some of them, a carpet clamp lets them be used to “float” carpets, blowing air underneath the carpeting. We can attach shrouds to the snout of the air movers, making them able to push dry air into wall cavities and under cabinets. High-velocity airflow from the air movers increases the rate of evaporation by getting rid of moist air next to a wet surface. 

The air movers SERVPRO techs use are made as one, two, or three-speed units. We are cautious of the force and direction of the air flow since these machines are powerful enough to blow curtains and wall hangings off the wall. We may need to take things such as this down while drying your home. For floating carpets, we use two or three-speed units with clamps. Most one-speed units do not make enough airflow to float carpet correctly. Some single-speed machines could overheat if used for floating carpets. All of them can overheat if the air inlets are blocked.

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SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill monitors the drying process each day, and we rearrange the air movers as needed to speed up the drying process. If you have a flooding problem in the areas of Andorra, Chestnut Hill, or Roxborough, give us a call right away at (215) 482-0800, so we can help you.

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What to Expect from Mold Remediation in Chestnut Hill

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home is not uncommon, SERVPRO has the training and expertise to properly remediate the damage and keep it from returning.

Mold Damage is a Common Issue Which Requires Professional Remediation Experts

Finding mold in Chestnut Hill is something more homeowners experience than you might expect. The discovery can be frustrating, frightening, and intimidating. You may try to manage the problem yourself with bleach, or other do-it-yourself tactics but find the infestation returns. Our trained technicians know how to abate the current mold outbreak successfully, and minimize chances of it recurring.

The procedure that offers the best outcome for mold damage in Chestnut Hill was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in schools and commercial buildings. Employing this remediation process in residential situations is entirely appropriate. It addresses how to deal with the immediate problem of visible mold colonies efficiently, and also recommends ways to impede future mold proliferation. Our mold remediation crews master the EPA approach while training for the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) in the IICRC curriculum.

SERVPRO remediation crew members inspect and evaluate the extent of mold damage in a dwelling and then develop a plan to keep inhabitants and technicians safe during remediation. Remediators wear personal protective equipment, and a containment strategy isolates the moldy areas from residents and the rest of the house using physical barriers such as heavyweight plastic sheeting. Often we enhance the containment afforded by using a negative pressure air scrubber to filter and exhaust air as the mold is removed. The moldy materials are bagged and discarded per local rules, and then a final vacuuming with HEPA filter fitted equipment is followed by antimicrobial treatments to inhibit further mold growth.

No mold remediation is complete until the source of moisture feeding the mold colonies is found and eliminated. SERVPRO’s remediation crew locates the source of the water and develops a plan to eliminate it.

If the dampness is due to plumbing or roofing leaks, we help to arrange a permanent fix. Clogged or damaged gutters are another common cause. Clearing and stabilizing the exterior drainage system and ensuring the grading around your foundation slopes away from the house reduces moisture transfer significantly.

High interior humidity can fuel mold growth by itself. We have strategies including adding dehumidifiers, running exhaust fans, and evaluating issues with AC systems that bring humidity in your home to within the safe range of 30 to 50 percent.

SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill delivers comprehensive mold remediation when you reach out to us after finding or suspecting your home has mold damage. Call us at (215) 482-0800 for an expert assessment and the industry’s best practices when we abate your property’s mold infestation.

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SERVPRO, Fire Damaged Possessions in Manayunk, and Happy Customers

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO after Fire Damage in Your Manayunk Home? We Can Pack-out for Cleaning, We Do It All!

How Do Pack Out Services Work for Fire-Damaged Manayunk Homes?

As traumatic as a widespread structural fire can be to your Manayunk home, the effects that this situation can have on the irreplaceable items and keepsakes in your possession can make it even more devastating. Our mitigation strategy has always been to reduce loss for our customers during a disaster, and that even comes down to protecting these items that remain at risk after the fire has gotten extinguished.

While there may be some items that suffer irreparable fire damage during the blaze in your Manayunk home, there are many contents within your property that can get restored. Our SERVPRO professionals within our Contents Department have effective strategies for removing these items from your damaged home and restoring them individually. After the physical damage has been removed from your property, these possessions can get returned to their original positions.

Part of our ability to protect the belongings within your home is our fast 24-hour response to emergencies. Our team can arrive quickly to your home after a fire with all of the necessary tools and personnel to begin mitigation and restoration work immediately. Our Contents Department can earmark items, furniture, and other belongings for removal during the initial inspection of the property. We arrive with boxes, bubble wrap, moving paper, and moving blankets to transport damaged items to our facility safely when the job calls for these pieces of equipment. All pack-out items are carefully inventoried to simply their return, even in staggered sequences.

Once these items arrive, our highly-trained technicians can get to work on cleaning these items individually. This process can involve many steps depending on the severity of the damage and exposure to soot and smoke particulates. A hydraulic pumping system in an Esporta heavy-duty grade washing machines can work miracles with cleaning soot and odors from soft contents like a Teddy Bear or drapes. The use of ultrasonic baths can clean knick-knacks and other hard items without harm in a bubbly minute. Deodorization is another step in this restoration process, and this often involves the use of our ozone chamber at our facility to neutralize smoke odors embedded in the contents recovered from your property. There is much more in our inventory of equipment to make our customers feel "Like it never even happened."

The team works to provide you with the most comprehensive service at this stressful time, and you can depend on us to restore your home and its contents completely, whenever possible. Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill restoration specialists a call anytime that you need us at (215) 482-0800.

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Why Fast Extraction is Important to Remove Water From Chestnut Hill Homes

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water and wood floors don't mix. Call SERVPRO when unwanted water invades your home.

Why SERVPRO Chooses The Best Response for Water Damage in Chestnut Hill

Property can flood for different reasons including a burst plumbing line or a failed appliance such as a dishwasher. We have also been called to fix spills that happen from human errors such as leaving a tap running. Just as the causes of the spill vary, responses too can be different. An appropriate response should remove the water from your property fast. It should also help you save on costs and forestall secondary problems from occurring. We offer professional restoration services that have helped many property owners in Chestnut Hill.

Fast extraction helps reduce the impact of water damage in Chestnut Hill. Many materials can withstand temporary submersion in water. However, as time passes the water permeates the material causing problems like swelling, loss of structural integrity and loss of shape such as when wood warps. Water also causes running of dyes from fabrics or resins from wooden materials leading to stains. By stopping the source of water and using immediate extraction helps prevent most of these secondary problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use different equipment including wet-dry vacs and portable as well as truck-mounted extractors to achieve this goal. In case we cannot stop the water source we can move contents to prevent them from severe damage.  

From our past experiences, we know that the number of items replaced after a flooding incident influence the costs involved. Saving more items can, therefore, helps reduce the cost. Restorative cleaning and drying are two steps that help you save significant items like carpets, or upholstery items reducing costs by a significant margin. At SERVPRO, we have certified CCT, Carpet Cleaning Technicians, and ASD, Applied Structural Drying Technicians, to handle such tasks. We can remove the carpet and reinstall it when it dries or opt for in-place drying which limits the levels of disruption including moving furniture.  

Water loss incidents can have long-term implications if not appropriately managed. Some of these problems might include mold development and deterioration of materials in walls and subfloors. The problems usually occur when excess moisture remains after the restoration process. After extracting all standing water, our SERVPRO technicians take additional measures to dry the property correctly. On walls, we can drill vent holes allowing us to circulate air in the wall cavities for effective drying. We also use drying mats and injectidry systems to remove moisture trapped below floorboards. We use different moisture detection tools including thermo-hygrometers and moisture meters to ensure proper drying.  

Choosing the right drying method helps restore your water damaged property fully. Call SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Roxborough Properties Receive Exceptional, Comprehensive Water Restoration Services from SERVPRO

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Equipment Like Air Scrubbers and LGR Dehumidifiers Are Why SERVPRO Teams Mitigate Water Damage in Roxborough Homes and Businesses

Removing Odors Through Applied Drying and Deodorization in Water Cleanup for Roxborough Homes

Wherever there is the presence of moisture, there is the risk of unpleasant odors and secondary damages like mold or mildew. Many providers can remove the visible signs of moisture, but few have the required equipment to dry inside a wall or underneath floorboards and cabinets. Choosing the right service at the first time of asking could help save yourself money and stress.

Usually, a water cleanup in Roxborough properties involves more than just pumping out standing water. Odors can often disappear once a structure is dry, but only a thorough approach can ensure your home is dry inside and out. SERVPRO trains technicians at a national facility and provides them with the latest restoration equipment to ensure we get the job done the first time. Our technicians hold IICRC qualifications in a range of drying and odor control restoration.

Sources of odor are complicated to find. An odor can come from anywhere, so the only way to guarantee proper removal is to dry and deodorize the affected area. Wall cavities and fittings are usually the culprits when it comes to hidden moisture pockets. SERVPRO drills small holes into walls and the toe pockets of cabinets to allow airflow. In some cases, we use advanced injectidry equipment to blast warm air directly into wall cavities. This technique prevents long-term exposure to moisture which can damage sheetrock inside your walls.

Tackling odors using deodorization is a secondary method that can be effective once the affected area is thoroughly dried. Although SERVPRO has access to ozone generators it is rare we use this equipment outside of large commercial properties. Our technicians hold certificates in odor control from the IICRC and can apply a range of methods proven effective to tackle moisture. Usually, industrial foggers are efficient and harmless. In areas of significant odor, we may lay down pellets.

For thorough, educated approaches to restoration, contact SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill at (215) 482-0800.

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SERVPRO Provides Cutting-Edge Equipment and Training for Cleanup After a House Fire in Manayunk

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

That's Why SERVPRO -- Smoke Odors and Particles Even Get Cleaned from Your Manayunk HVAC System After a Fire

Smoke and Soot Damage Recovery in Your Manayunk Home

Mitigation is an essential element in preserving your home, and its contents after a disaster affect your Manayunk residence. Widespread effects from situations like a fire can cause compounding conditions that require both experienced personnel and advanced equipment to overcome.

Fire damages can hit your Manayunk residence in many ways and overcoming each of them can prove challenging on its own. Our SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to achieve their certifications in Fire and Smoke Restoration and also continued education to tackle secondary effects like odor removal and soot mitigation. We offer continual training for all of our technicians to promote an atmosphere of highly-educated and motivated professionals of this industry with the skills and equipment necessary to restore fire-damaged properties entirely.

Mitigation work is only as productive as the team that responds quickly to begin it. That is why our 24-hour emergency service is available to anyone, even on the holidays. We can respond quickly to the emergency and work efficiently to limit the loss that your home sustains through content removal like our pack-out process and through addressing secondary effects that can cause continual issues for your home such as water damage from extinguishing efforts.

However, through our advanced equipment available to our SERVPRO team on site such as our truck-mounted pumps, we can extract excess water fast and begin to address some of the other widespread concerns throughout the house such as soot and smoke damages. Some of the affected materials and contents of your home that sustained smoke damages can get treated on site with the use of our thermal fogger. This chemical compound neutralizes harsh odor molecules on contact and is effective both for open areas and for individual items like fabrics, clothing, and carpeting. Odor control can be a pervasive problem in fire and smoke abatement if not tackled quickly. But there are some odors that not even SERVPRO can eliminate. Imaginged odors. Click for more on this here.

Fire damages might be too much for a homeowner to contend with on their own, but with the fast response of our highly trained technicians, we can ensure that restoration is efficient and thorough. Give our SERVPRO of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill emergency response team a call anytime that you need assistance at (215) 482-0800.

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