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Insulation Soaks Up Like a Sponge in Malvern, PA

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Insulation Soaks Up Like a Sponge in Malvern, PA This Malvern, PA home had some seriously saturated insulation from a pipe leak water damage...

After experiencing a water loss, the affected materials absorb water based on how porous they are; among other things.  This directly impacts whether an affected material is considered "salvageable," as in it can be dried in place, or "non-salvageable," as in it needs to be removed because it will impede the drying of the salvageable materials.  Needless to say, wall and ceiling insulation doesn't stand a chance!  It can be very difficult to dry insulation in place, and in most cases it will impede the drying process for the surrounding materials, keeping them in a dangerous place as far as moisture content.  This will keep the humidity of the affected area elevated and can provide ideal circumstances for mold growth.  Thus, SERVPRO of North East Chester County will remove non-salvageable materials, such as insulation, to lay out a feasible and responsible drying plan; i.e. to keep overall restoration costs down and keep your structure sanitary.  The insulation in the picture from a water damaged home in Malvern, PA as a result of a pipe leak shows how saturated the material has become - it's gotta go!  But once out of the picture, the surrounding structure can dry more easily and efficiently and we can get you back to normal sooner and safer!

Pottstown, PA Hardwood Water Damage

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pottstown, PA Hardwood Water Damage This hardwood floor is starting to buckle as a result of water damage - but may still be salvageable with timely service and expert techniques...

Hardwood finished floors are a beautiful way to add character and distinction to your Pottstown, PA home.  If properly treated and maintained, hardwood can last more than a lifetime; far longer than carpet or other flooring options.  Unfortunately, if your home suffers a water damage event, hardwood may not be as resilient as you may wish.  The longer the hardwood is exposed to moisture, the more it has an opportunity to soak up, and as the wood dries it may buckle or "cup."  In many cases, once hardwood floors get to this stage they are in need of removal and replacement; however at SERVPRO of North East Chester County, we have specialty drying equipment that allows us to use drying techniques that may be able to salvage your beautiful floors.  The real key is response time, as the initial extraction prevents moisture dwell time in contact with the wood.  There are also nuances to making sure that hardwood is not dried too drastically or too much, as this may cause even more damage.  That is why we take careful measure to monitor the moisture levels and humidity during the drying process - to make sure that if your hardwood floor can be saved, it is saved, and the finished product is "Like it never even happened."

More Soot Than Santa's Suit in Spring City, PA!

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage More Soot Than Santa's Suit in Spring City, PA! The soot really stands out on this yellow towel at a Spring City fire loss - it blends in more on Santa's suit!

Santa Claus isn't the only one with a soot issue!  If you have experienced a fire damage in your Spring City, PA home or business, then soot and smoke damage can accumulate in regions of the building where you never thought fire-related damage could have occurred!  Each building has a natural way that it "breathes" and in the event of a fire, smoke and soot-laden air can spread throughout the entire structure based on how air pressure forces them around.  Soot is not only an aesthetic blemish, but it can also be dangerous: carrying hazardous substances that may be detrimental to your health!  That is why we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County track the soot and smoke damage throughout the entire structure and professionally clean it, wherever it may end up.  We exercise full due diligence to make sure that nothing escapes our inspection and is left lingering...

Vent Collects Soot in Spring City, PA Home

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Vent Collects Soot in Spring City, PA Home This Spring City, PA home's vents not only collected common dust, but also debris from the fire damage.

If you own a home or business in Spring City, PA, you know that vents require an occasional dusting or cleaning, as dust bunnies and debris can collect on the registers.  However, if you experience a fire loss, as this homeowner did, these "collection areas" can recruit a new tenant: soot!  SERVPRO of North East Chester County takes soot very seriously, as it can contain materials that are hazardous to your health.  We have specialty, proprietary products that are extremely effective in cleaning up after a fire damage - to restore salvageable contents and structures to an acceptable level of cleanliness that meets health and general standards.  Not all soot and evidence of smoke can always be removed entirely from even salvageable materials, however.  Even after being adequately cleaned, some materials, such as drywall, may require painting to completely dispel evidence that there was a fire - but we can do that too!  SERVPRO of North East Chester County makes fire damaged spaces "Like it never even happened."

Storm Waters Flood Phoenixville, PA Basement

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Waters Flood Phoenixville, PA Basement Phoenixville, PA basement flooded with storm water? No problem! Call the pros at SERVPRO of North East Chester County!

When the rains came, so did the flood waters in this Phoenixville, PA home!  With power lost, the sump pump was unable to do its job of pumping the flood water from the basement, which made the water damage even worse.  SERVPRO of North East Chester County was able to quickly respond and started by pumping out the standing water with our truck-mounted extractor.  Once the excess water was out of the picture, it was time to demo some building materials that were deemed non-salvageable; which can often be the case with storm water damage.  Now the basement was just about ready for drying equipment, consisting of air movers and dehumidifiers - most people are surprised by how effective these professional drying units are!  With storm water damage, there are also concerns about contaminants that may be suspended in the flood waters, so we also used an anti-microbial solution to sanitize the remaining structure and contents to prevent the spread of any harmful contagions. 

Don't Let Mold Interfere with Your Phoenixville Business

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let Mold Interfere with Your Phoenixville Business Peeling back a layer in this Phoenixville business revealed some mold growth - but SERVPRO safely remediated!

If you own a Phoenixville, PA business, your office or shop space is likely beautifully finished with different colors and textures to establish an aesthetic that complements your business theme or motif.  You may have different types of materials that help establish this: like baseboards, wall paneling, etc.  While these complementary textures can sure make the most of your space when working in tandem, they may also act as vapor barriers that can trap moisture and provide ideal conditions for mold growth.  If your employees or customers have been complaining of musty, mildew smells, or there are other sensory observations that have you concerned about mold growth, the best thing that you can do for your business is to call SERVPRO of North East Chester County.  We can locate the source of the issue, and will put together a holistic plan to address the problem.  We follow a rigorous procedure that is recommended by the IICRC, to safely and thoroughly remediate microbial growth.  Give us a call to provide a free estimate, and we will explain the safest, most efficient way to keep your Phoenixville business happy, healthy, and profitable!

Phoenixville Commercial Remodel Uncovers Mold Growth

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Phoenixville Commercial Remodel Uncovers Mold Growth If you find mold in building materials while remodeling your Phoenixville business - call us right away!

Let's face it: some of the commercial spaces in Phoenixville, PA are in need of a face-lift.  There are a lot of older buildings with commercial rental spaces that may be in need of a little TLC.  As a business-owner, you may or may not own the space where you conduct your business, but no matter your specific situation, you want your space to be beautiful and your employees and customers happy and healthy.  Some of the older buildings in Phoenixville and the surrounding Chester County areas have older construction, and ideal spaces for mold to grow - like in between building materials.  If not properly installed, with vapor barriers, or even if there is excessive moisture or humidity, mold can grow in tight, unseen spaces, like between layers of wall covering.  When a business owner decides to freshen things up and begins a remodel, they may unknowingly expose mold laying in wait.  This should be an automatic RED LIGHT for all further disturbances of the area until you can get SERVPRO of North East Chester County on the scene to inspect and remediate the growth.

When Your Phoenixville Home's Basement Stairs Look More Like the Pool Stairs...

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Your Phoenixville Home's Basement Stairs Look More Like the Pool Stairs... Your home's basement stairs - or the Phoenixville YMCA swimming pool?!? Time to call SERVPRO!

When storms hit Chester County, PA, the storm waters pretty much go wherever they want to!  There are many variables that play into the actions of storms waters, and may influence their intrusion areas.  Oftentimes, homeowners that have never experienced water in their basement for decades face that shocking reality as a by-product of storm waters.  Even homes with sump pumps may lose power or have sump pump failures, allowing storm waters to accumulate and slowly rise.  

We at SERVPRO of North East Chester County have seen a lot when it comes to storms and the damage they can cause, and we are always prepared to be called into action to defend your home and belongings.  There are specialty drying techniques that we can employ to dry even belongings that you thought were lost forever.  The key is to call as soon as you experience the damage, as time is of the essence.

The Sky Is Falling...Wait, That's Just a Leak!

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Sky Is Falling...Wait, That's Just a Leak! It sure LOOKS like the sky - or ceiling, at least - was falling in this water damaged Phoenixville home...

Have you ever wondered what your second story floor joists looked like, up close and personal?  Probably not!  You probably like your beautiful Phoenixville, PA home with the floor joists and framing nicely finished with drywall, paint, and some nice decor.  And it will probably stay that way... unless you experience an unfortunate water loss!  Many of the water damages that SERVPRO of North East Chester County helps to remediate in Phoenixville stem from leaks; whether from pipes in the ceiling or appliances on the floor, but often they require the surrounding drywall and other building materials to need to be removed to allow proper drying techniques to do their work.  By removing affected materials that are not salvageable, we actually save you time and money by providing unimpeded access to the wet materials that ARE salvageable, like joists, framing, etc.  Once the drywall and the like are out of the picture, the other materials have more space to release water and allow proper air circulation and dehumidification to accelerate the process.  SERVPRO of North East Chester County knows what has to go, and what can be saved, to make your residential water loss dry as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Phoenixville Epidemic: Moldy Crawlspaces

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Phoenixville Epidemic: Moldy Crawlspaces Does your Phoenixville crawlspace look like this one? If so, call SERVPRO of North East Chester County: the mold busters!

Mold Patrol!

When was the last time you poked around in your crawlspace?  Likely it was directly related to something going wrong; unless you cross-utilize this space for storage.  So who is maintaining your crawlspace?  Keeping an eye on things?  Making sure it stays clean and dry?  Who is on "Mold Patrol?"

If you are like most of the Phoenixville, PA home and business owners that we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County come in contact with, you likely answered "no one" for most if not all of these hypothetical questions.  That is why we often get the call once some sort of catalyst causes you to explore your crawlspace - such as a leak - only to find that it is now full of mold!

Mold Busters!

If you find mold, mildew, or any kind of microbial growth in your crawlspace, call us, the Mold Busters!  SERVPRO of North East Chester County has the know-how and resources to provide a comprehensive job scope to take care of the symptoms AND the cause.  We will remediate the existing mold and take preventative measures to keep it from coming back; all the while explaining to you the process, the products, and everything in between, so you know what is going on and are comfortable with the process.