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Take Care of Yourself and Your Employees; KEEP OUT MOLD!

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Take Care of Yourself and Your Employees; KEEP OUT MOLD! Commercial Mold Growth Phoenixville,PA

Exposing you and your employees to indoor mold can be a serious matter. People that are most affected in environments where there is present mold spores and mold growth are people with allergies, asthma and a weakened immune system, but it doesn’t keep people without these conditions in the clear for harm if mold exposure is prolonged. Mold can be devious and can grow in places you have never considered. SERVPRO of North East Chester County can create a routine inspection plan with our certified technicians to search for mold through your business. As soon as mold has been seen there is a great possibility that there is more that is unseen.  We will come and inspect your property for mold and try to identify the source of the issue as well. There could be a cracked foundation, a leaky roof or even as simple as an unsealed window. Working with SERVPRO of North East Chester County’s mold remediation specialists, we can help ensure that any existing problems are responded to and handled as fast as possible to stay free and clear of mold-related damage. Call us sooner than later to avoid a moldy disaster.

Don't Let Your Future Go Up in Smoke

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Let Your Future Go Up in Smoke Pottstown Fire Damage Smoke Odor

Don’t let the odor of smoke that may have been caused from a small fire in your kitchen or maybe a string of Christmas lights that caught on fire affect the odor in your home for long. SERVPRO of North East Chester County has a certified team, proper tools and chemicals to clean, deodorize and seal materials that may have been affected by smoke when a fire has occurred within your home or even business. Every fire is different from how minor it was to how severe it might have been. Any size fire SERVPRO of North East Chester County can handle, removing or remediating the materials that were affected by smoke. To ensure all the odor will be out of the residence make sure all sources of smoke as well as all materials that were damaged by the fire have been removed. Whether you need us to eliminate the odor or repair any fire damage, SERVPRO of North East Chester County wants any level of fire that has affected a residence or a business to be safe, clean, and free of a smoky odor.

Gotta Close This Home Sale!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Gotta Close This Home Sale! There's no way a home inspector will let a basement like this pass without SERVPRO to properly clean and sanitize pre-sale...

Nowadays, most home sales are accompanied by a professional home inspection, and oftentimes the inspectors report brings back some recommeded mold remediation.  Usually we see this in areas of the home that, well, we don't usually see!  Namely, home inspectors often discover mold growth in areas such as crawlspaces, attics, and other areas that are not normally inspected by the homeowners, themselves.  Nevertheless, any type of possible growth in these types of unfinished areas seems to be heavily scrutinized by home inspectors and usually requires professional remediation in order to move forward with the home sale.

Dependent on when the home inspection takes place in regards to the settlement date, you, the seller, may feel some real pressure to have the mold remediated and not hold up the sale - enter SERVPRO of North East Chester County!  We deal with identical situations to this all the time, and are committed to seeing your project through as soon as possible and within the time constraints that you may be facing.  We do so many of these types of remediations that our highly-skilled technicians are able to efficiently and thoroughly complete the job without cutting any corners or leaving cause for future concern.  When you need to get a pre-sale inspection job done quickly and right the first time, SERVPRO of North East Chester County is your number one partner!

Why Can't I Clean This Myself?

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Can't I Clean This Myself? Not addressing the entire problem when a water damage occurs can lead to secondary damage - like what was hiding behind these kitchen cabinets...

When initially responding to a water loss or receiving a call from a Chester County home or business owner that has just experienced a water damage, we always stress one main point: time is of the essence with water damage mitigation!  Oftentimes, the homeowner downplays the extent of the damage, if for no other reason than they do not have the professional equipment that we have which allows us to get a clear picture of the damage; i.e. moisture meters, etc.  There can be more than meets the eye with water damage!

Not all fans are created equal!

Another common misconception with water damage is that simply drying up any standing water and putting a box fan or other household fan will do the trick.  This may very well be the case, but most often it is not.  There are other variables that play into each unique drying scenario, and our highly-trained technicians at SERVPRO of North East Chester County will make sure they properly assess the damage from the onset.  Our centrifugal and axial air movers (fans), and dehumidifiers selected based on the scenario, are not only superior to common household units, but our technicians also monitor the affected area every 24 hours, making adjustments to the drying plan as the situation changes and improves.  Truth be told, without having the professional advantage that we possess, secondary damage including microbial growth may be the harsh reality of water damages not mitigated right the first time...

Do I Have to Throw EVERYTHING Away?!?

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do I Have to Throw EVERYTHING Away?!? "How can you get the smoke odor out of THIS?!?" Give us a call, we are up for the challenge!

After a fire occurs in your home or business, as you begin to process the extent of the damage, you may be surprised at how pervasively the smoke odor and soot can permeate...well...pretty much everything!  The good news is that SERVPRO of North East Chester County can guide you through the mitigation process so you don't have to go it alone.  Building materials and badly damaged contents and furniture may be blatantly obvious as to whether or not they can be salvaged, but those items that weren't "burned" but are still smoke/soot affected may be salvageable after all. 

Granted, fires in a home or business in Chester County are a rare occurrence, and hopefully one that you never need to experience firsthand.  But should you have the unfortunate experience yourself, you may just assume that nothing can be saved.  Before you order a dump truck, give us a call and you may be surprised by the results of our professional cleaning knowledge and procedures.  We are not miracle workers, but more often than not, the results we are able to produce are a welcome surprise once we return a Customer's belongings: clean, fresh-smelling, and sanitized!

Wildfires In Chester County, PA?

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfires In Chester County, PA? Fires can ignite from both internal sources of the home and external, like wildfires.

Many people don’t realize that they face serious wildfire danger. But if you live in a wooded, grassy, or rural area of Chester County you could be at risk!

Two factors have emerged as the primary determinants of a home’s ability to survive a wildfire – quality of the defensible space around the home and the home’s structural ignitability.

Together, these two factors create a concept called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ), which includes the structure and the space immediately surrounding the structure. To protect a home from wildfire, the primary goal is to reduce or eliminate fuels and ignition sources within the HIZ.

The actual design and development of your defensible space depends on several factors.

  • Size and shape of building(s)
  • Construction materials
  • Slope of the ground
  • Surrounding topography
  • Sizes and types of vegetation on your property

Three zones need to be addressed when creating defensible space:

  • Zone 1 is the area nearest the home and other structures – This zone requires maximum hazard reduction.
  • Zone 2 is a transitional area of fuels reduction between Zones 1 and 3.
  • Zone 3 is the area farthest from the home. It extends from the edge of Zone 2 to your property boundaries.

The ideal time to address home ignition risk is when the structure is in the design phase. However, you can still take steps to reduce ignitability to an existing home.

For instance, it is important to choose a fire-resistant roofing material that is rated class C or higher when building a house in, or near, forests or grasslands. Avoid flammable materials such as wood or shake shingles.

If you believe that your home may be at risk, don't procrastinate on looking into it further: do some research and take proactive measures to keep your home safe!

Winter Winds A'Blowing!!!

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Winds A'Blowing!!! When winds blew a tree limb through this Phoenixville home's window, we quickly responded with a temporary fix!

Even when winter storms are not dumping snow, sleet, or rain on Chester County homes and businesses, they can still wreak havoc on your property when the winds are whipping through the region.  From a preventative standpoint, it is best to make sure that there is nothing that could become airborne on your property from a strong gust, and make sure that trees and bushes near your home are maintained and properly trimmed.  Severe winds can cause weak tree limbs to come crashing into a home, causing damage to siding, windows, gutters, you name it!  Should you have the unfortunate experience of having to deal with any of these wind-related damages, SERVPRO of North East Chester County can help!  If wind has created an entry way to your home that has invited water damage, then we are your number one "go to."  We also are ready to assist with board-ups, should your windows break or you experience a partial collapse due to a falling limb.  24/7/365, we will be there to help!

Shut-Off Valves...Get to Know Them!

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Shut-Off Valves...Get to Know Them! Could YOU find the shut-off valve for this leaking water line?

Homeowners know the creature comforts that their homes possess when it comes to indoor plumbing: hot showers, refrigerator ice-makers, even conveniences as simple as toilets!  These utilities are often taken for granted, and are only familiar to the average homeowner for their...well...utility!  However, how many homeowners in Chester County know where to turn should one of these conveniences leak or break; i.e. the shut-off valve?

Stop the Damage!

Once a leak is identified, homeowners do not have to feel at the mercy of waiting for a plumber or restoration professional such as SERVPRO of North East Chester County to arrive on-site to stop water damage from continuing.  By familiarizing oneself with whether or not you have shut-off valves for your plumbing fixtures and where they are located, you can mitigate further damage from occurring while waiting for us to arrive.  If you do not have such valves, it may be a sound investment to have them installed, as an ounce of prevention can outweigh a pound of cure when it comes to the costs associated with water damage!

Ice-Maker Lines...Beware!

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice-Maker Lines...Beware! Phoenixville Basement Damaged by an Ice-Maker Water Supply Line Leak.

A common culprit that we, at SERVPRO of North East Chester County, encounter when responding to water damage calls is a potentially silent but damaging little source: the refrigerator water supply line to the ice-maker!  Oftentimes even a pinhole leak in the water supply line can empty gallon upon gallon of water under the kitchen floor before the homeowner even knows its an issue.  In fact, nine times out of ten, the homeowner sees the damage in their basement first, before they realize that the ice-maker was the culprit.  Other times, it is not until the kitchen floor starts squishing that the problem is identified.  At that point, there is likely significant water damage to the kitchen; but nothing that we can't handle!

Our well-trained technicians will quickly assess the extent of the damage and walk you through the recommended drying plan, from soup to nuts.  There is often demolition that is required to adequately dry the salvageable, affected materials, but the quicker we get the non-salvageable materials out of the way, the better.  Left unmitigated by SERVPRO of North East Chester County, water trapped between flooring layers or in wall cavities can cause even more of a headache and expenditure if not addressed as soon as possible.  But that's why we are committed to responding to your call: 24/7/365!

Winter Storm Preparation

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Preparation Frozen and burst pipes are a very common culprit of water losses during winter storm months.

It's that time of year again, the winter holidays are here and with them comes severe winter storms and inclement weather. Living in the North East, many of us are prepared for the annual tasks of shoveling our driveways and salting our sidewalks; in fact many of us actually embrace the winter weather as it brings about picturesque landscapes and who can complain about getting a snow day off from work or school? But winter storms can cause immense damage to homes and businesses, even after properly "winterizing,"  putting a halt to the fun and festivities. SERVPRO understands that interruptions due to storm damage this winter season add to the already high stress levels of trying to plan holiday festivities and that's why we would like to offer some Do's and Dont's in the event that you find yourself dealing with a loss related to severe winter weather.  

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Content By: SERVPRO Corporate 

Photo Content By: https://www.wwaytv3.com/2018/01/02/frozen-pipes-a-concern-as-temperatures-dip/