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Where Do I Even Start?!?

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Let's face it: any type of damage to your home or business can be devastating, as you experience a range of emotions and hope may be dwindling.  But fire damage can really exacerbate these emotions; smoke odor and soot damage can permeate the entire structure and the remains can seem hopeless.  You may ask yourself: where do I even start?!?  One of the first things you should do is call SERVPRO of North East Chester County - we can help explain exactly how your home or business can be restored "from the ashes" and will put together a cohesive plan that will get your life back on track.

What Can Be Saved??

There are many techniques that we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County employ to specifically address each affected material and to take the best approach to make it like it never even happened.  It is true that most fire damages involve some level of demolition to remove non-salvageable materials, but we will outline a plan to replace these as well.  If it can be cleaned and saved, we make every effort to do so; i.e. we don't just assume everything is a total loss, because we are willing to put in the time and effort to salvage contents and materials that are able to be saved, no matter how difficult the procedure.  We don't make promises we can't keep, and provide realistic timelines and estimates for the work to be performed, so you are 100% in the know - after all, this is YOUR space and YOUR life!  

Fire damage sure can be daunting, but with SERVPRO of North East Chester County on your side, life can be restored to normal.

Good Neighbors

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Good Neighbors Sticky substance dripping from above...

Chances are if you own a Chester County business, you may share space with another business that may vary wildly from your own.  You may consider your business to be well-protected from the pitfalls of water or fire damage, mold, you name it, but can you say the same for your neighbors?  If you are in a shared space, you also share exposure to your neighbors losses, as we recently encountered in a Collegeville, PA retail space.

Dripping from the Ceiling

We recently encountered two non-food & beverage businesses below a restaurant that experienced a product spill.  Even if the product is sweetened and carbonated, it still does what water does, and works its way down!  The responsible party was fantastic, jumping into action to take control of the situation, and in doing so, made the best decision: calling SERVPRO of North East Chester County!  We responded quickly on a Sunday afternoon, assessed the situation and began executing our plan.  We were very cognizant of the affected businesses' needs, and so were able to accommodate work hours to minimize any conflict with their normal business operations, while adhering to our goals for making the situation "Like it never even happened."

In addition to the initial mitigation, we will also be conducting the repairs - not just of the business spaces, but perhaps of the neighborly relationships!

Don't Down-Play That Water Damage!

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Down-Play That Water Damage! Look what was hiding in the crawlspace of a home with a water damage several months ago that went unaddressed!

Water damage from a leaky pipe, storm event, or any source can be a huge inconvenience - we get it!  However, the worst thing that a home or business owner can possibly do is to ignore the damage that water events can cause, or to down-play them.  Even seemingly minor water damages can cause devastating secondary damage if not properly mitigated; including mold growth!  We occasionally encounter situations where a homeowner calls us out for a "mold" inspection and through the course of our conversation they casually mention that there was a water event "a few months back."  In some of these instances, the materials in the home are still wet!  Sometimes mitigation is not required at all, and we would never steer you in the direction of something that is not needed, but the safest when water damages occur, to prevent mold growth and secondary damage, is to call us to at least come check it out.  Our methods of investigation and inspection can uncover issues that you may not even know are going on: like mold growing where you wouldn't see it everyday.  Under and between structural materials that trap moisture (ex. linoleum or baseboards) and in rarely visited areas like crawlspaces, un-mitigated water damages can promote ugly situations like the growth in the attached photo.  But never fear!  Just give SERVPRO of North East Chester County a call and we would be happy to come out and take a look!

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.