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Polar Vortex is here! Save your water pipes!

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Polar Vortex is here! Save your water pipes! Phoenixville PA Burst Pipe Polar Vortex

With the temperatures dropping extremely low this week, it is most important that you take care of the pipes within your household to avoid bursting pipes. Freezing temperatures create a lot of pressure inside the pipe and could cause serious flooding within your household, especially if no one is home at the time to shut the water off.  Tip #1 is to keep your heat on whether you are home or not. Just leaving the heat set above 55 degrees will help keep your pipes warm and prevent the water from freezing. Tip # 2- allow your sink faucet to drip while you aren’t home or away for a longer period. It will relieve some of the pressure that is held within the pipes. Tip #3- Keep all doors, including cabinet doors in your home open. Make sure the heat can flow equally throughout your household to avoid bursting pipes. Tip # 4- Make sure to seal up any cracks or holes that would expose any pipes that run through your walls or floors, especially ones that are letting cold air inside your home. Tip # 5 -Apply heating tape to your pipes. It acts like a heating blanket for your pipes. It supplies heat directly to your pipes to keep it warm. Make sure to tape the pipes that are at high risk for freezing. Tip # 6- Add extra insulation. Basements and/or attics are normally not properly insulated for the cold weather. Make sure to add extra insulation where pipes are exposed or even a foam rubber or fiberglass sleeve to decrease the chances for your pipes to freeze. Here at SERVPRO of North East Chester County, we know it is not always easy to catch potential dangers in time, as weather can change at any given moment. That is why we are available 24/7 to help with any water damage that has disrupted your home from burst pipes. We are fully staffed with highly trained technicians that are always prepared to work efficiently and effectively to make sure your loss is taken care of “Like it never even happened.”

Are these up and down temperatures going to make you BURST?!

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are these up and down temperatures going to make you BURST?! Phoenixville PA Burst pipe water Damage

SERVPRO of North East Chester County is here to help, whether it’s a minor leak or a pipe that burst. With the temperatures recently going from mid 20s to 30s to freezing temperatures, it can make the pipes in our homes susceptible to water damage. At SERVPRO of North East Chester County, we take great pride in treating our customers’ homes like we treat our own and making sure the job is done right. Our professionals are skilled in water damage mitigation and have been educated in water damage restoration and microbial contamination remediation from a CAT 1 loss (clean water) to a CAT 3 (black water). Our team will come in to assess the water damage and start to dry any flooring or other materials that were affected, also dehumidifying the area to protect from ambient moisture damage. SERVPRO of North East Chester County will not only dry and dehumidify the affected area, but we will remove any property that could be affected by water and repair any water damage to the structure: “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Our SERVPRO Team

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our SERVPRO Team Personal Protective Equipment Mold Remediation Schwenksville PA

SERVPRO of North East Chester County is a family-owned and operated local business. We aim to help our community with any disasters that might have occurred, to assist our neighbors in any way that we can. Our technician crews are highly trained in mold remediation, water extraction and contents cleaning to ensure proper service to every customer. We aim to teach every employee every technical aspect and procedure to assure our customers that we will get the job done right with pride. Every one of our employees are offered to further themselves to obtain all certifications that are needed to properly do every job to 100% satisfaction; from amazing customer service to making sure each of our customers’ losses have been handled the right way. Our office is open to calls regarding any questions you may have regarding any loss to your home or we are always available for emergency services 24/7. If you call, we will come in and make it “Like it Never Even Happened.”

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.

What's that stain? Is it mold or rust?

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What's that stain? Is it mold or rust? Royersford, PA residential mold growth

If you are seeing a new stain on maybe your walls, floors or countertops, make sure that it isn’t a result of water infiltration or even excess humidity in your home: it could be mold! SERVPRO of North East Chester County can send in a team of well-trained and talented technicians to remove, clean, deodorize and seal surfaces that have been contaminated by mold.  Rust and mold may look similar, but if the right remediation treatment is not used to remove it, there is a great chance it will come right back. Some identifying features of rust may be normally reddish, or reddish brown in color, and usually caused by water or damp air touching the surface of metal. Mold can resemble rust, but also can range from black to brown, white to gray, or even blue or green. Also, regarding texture, mold can look “fuzzy.” Mold can grow from a single event such as a broken pipe or a flood from a storm. SERVPRO of North East Chester County wants to make sure that as soon as any of these incidents happen it is taken care of as quickly as possible to prevent mold. If mold is already present, we will take all necessary measures to get rid of mold spores and make recommendations to keep out excessive moisture in the air of the home. SERVPRO of North East Chester County has the proper, professional cleaning products and solutions to property remediate and sanitize areas that have been affected, “Like it never even happened.”

Just as one exits, another forms...

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Just as one exits, another forms... Chester Springs PA, Storm water soaked carpet

This week another wintry storm will likely hit our area, including strong wind gusts in addition to cold temperatures. The culprit this time around is the low pressure working eastward, from the Rockies into Kansas, and across the county. Make sure to prepare your home from any storm damage! Limbs from trees weighed down by heavy snow can break windows in your home, but SERVPRO of North East Chester County can help secure your property and assist with the clean-up. Our family-owned and operated team is available 24/7 for storm clean-up. We will come in and assess the damage, clean up all debris as well as haul it away to leave behind nothing for you, the homeowner, to worry about. Our main focus is customer satisfaction and dedication to get the job done right! Also, with freezing pipes due to the dropping temperatures from a winter storm, SERVPRO of North East Chester County is always available to take control and mitigate damage from any and all water losses. We are always here to help!

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!