So you head downstairs in the basement to do the worst chore of all time, laundry, and lo and behold you find the floor is wet. You look around and realize it's coming from upstairs. Off you go to investigate, and it turns out there is a pipe in the wall in your bathroom that is leaking. The bathroom floor isn't wet, but the wall is. You have no idea how long this has been going on and your on the hunt for a plumber. Once the plumber has come and fixed your leaky pipe, you will need to check to see if you've developed any mold from this unknown leak. The best bet, is to call your local SERVPRO franchise. We can send someone to your home for an inspection and determine if you do have mold and the best way to treat it.
As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. In some cases, they also bring unwelcome water intrusions to your home or business. We've had higher than normal amounts of moisture in the ground via snow melt and rain storms this past winter. With this, the ground is completely saturated and that can cause sump pump failures as well as general leaking through foundations. If left untreated, the water can become hazardous to your health. Most of the time, the water is too much for people to handle on their own. They usually try to vacuum it with a wet dry vac, but it's not always enough. You will need to call in professionals who can come armed with air movers and dehumidifiers to properly mitigate the water and fix any issues that arise.
Beauty salon disaster
Weather plays an integral part of our everyday life whether we know it or not. You wake up and start your day. You have coffee, grab a shower and some breakfast and out the door you go. It's cold, but you are a Pennsylvania native so you bundle up a little more and prepare to deal with your day. Your drive to work is pretty uneventful, but when you get there, it's a whole different ball game. There was a crawl space that wasn't properly insulated years ago and there was a crack in a doorway close to there that allowed air in and to freeze the pipes, the radiator specifically. What a mess. 2 inches of water are now covering the entire shop from front to back. The waiting room to the stylists stations and everywhere in between. it's too much to handle on your own, you need the experts. And all of this, because of the crazy snow storms and bitter cold temps in PA this winter.
SERVPRO cares, always.
We at SERVPRO are confident in saying that we have seen it all, however, sometimes even we get a little surprised. We just recently finished a biohazard clean up job in a hearse. Yes, a hearse. They were transporting a body from one funeral home to another and something caused a leak. Bodily fluids along with embalming fluid and other things seeped out of the bag and all through the vehicle. The customer attempted to mitigate the situation themselves using bleach but the odor was still evident and it wasn't truly clean and safe. There are so many toxins involved when you are dealing with something like this. It may never happen again, and we certainly hope it won't, but if it does, we're prepared. Should you find yourself in need of any of our services, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via phone at 610-327-9644 SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton or online at www.Facebook.com/SERVPROpottstownsouderton
Spring officially starts today. We've all heard the term "Spring Cleaning" but it means something different to everyone. For some, it's going through the closets and donating clothing to charities. For others, it's cleaning the house from top to bottom; wiping down the baseboards, opening the windows to let the house air out from being closed up all winter, having your carpets professionally cleaned. At SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton, it's all of those plus answering the call to clean HVAC units. Bacteria can form in the units themselves and if not cleaned properly can begin to grow mold. When you first turn on the unit, sometimes you can actually get an odor. That odor can be mildew, mold or just bacteria overgrowth. Give us a call and we can come check it out! Reach out to us at 610-327-9644 or online at www.Facebook.com/SERVPROpottstownsouderton
Who are we and what do we do?
Think SERVPRO is just Fire and Water mitigation; think again. We are a multi faceted company that not only does Water and Fire mitigation but also Mold remediation and abatement, bio-hazard cleanup and general cleaning. We do everything from cleaning carpets to sewer backups to mold removal and any type of bodily fluid cleaning. You just never know what situation you may find yourself in and we are highly trained professionals who can handle every case with the highest of integrity and professionalism. We pride ourselves on doing the job correctly and safely the first time. We are here in your local community and we're available to you any time day or night. Please give us a call at 610-327-9644 or reach out to us online at www.Facebook.com/SERVPROpottstownsouderton
Imagine you are part of a janitorial staff and you are brand new to the jobsite and this is a new commercial account for the company. You use a sink on the 2nd floor of the building to fill your bucket using a hose extension and then forget to turn the faucet off. Water has been running now for over 5 hours. You attempt to rectify the situation but it's too big of an area for your little fans that you bought with you. What do you do? Well, you start by apologizing and then you call SERVPRO to come in and mitigate the water. SERVPRO is also onsite to do the reconstruction. There truly is no job to big or small for us to handle. If you find yourself in need of our services, please reach out to us at 610-327-9644 or online at www.Facebook.com/SERVPROpottstownsouderton
Winter Storm Riley - the aftermath
For those of us in the SE PA region, we are now in the clean up phase from Winter Storm Riley; and we're bracing for a possible 3rd Nor'easter coming Sunday night into Monday. We're getting multiple phone calls a day from numerous people who are dealing with flooded basements. Most was a scenario that when we lost power, their sump pumps shut off causing the flooding. Some are dealing with trees down that have taken down power lines. Some had trees fall on their homes. At this point, now that the power is back on, we're dealing with mold concerns as well as the standing water. Mold will begin to grow 48-72 hours after exposure. You need to work quickly and thoroughly. We apply anti-microbial agents to the affected areas to attempt to avoid the spread of the mold spores. If you have any of these issues, please call your local SERVPRO Franchise professionals at 610-327-9644 or reach out to us online via www.Facebook.com/SERVPROpottstownsouderton
Winter Storm Riley
This past weekend, we in the general area of SE PA experienced quite a storm. The rain/snow that came was heavier in some spots but the biggest challenge we are facing now is the power outages due to the high winds. You local SERVPRO Franchise is here to help. We are gearing up for another storm supposedly coming mid week and then a second over the weekend. What can you do? Well, start by checking on your neighbors, especially the elderly and those with small children. You should have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day on hand. You should also have non-perishable food for all persons for a minimum of 3 days. Please be patient with the electric companies as their linemen are doing the best they can considering the circumstances. If you find yourself in need of our services, please reach out to us via phone at 610-327-9644 or on Facebook at www.Facebook.comSERVPROpottstownsounderton
Does standing water cause mold?
Standing water can cause mold if not mitigated within 48 to 72 hours. If you have any type of leak or sump pump failure, standing water can and will begin to cause mold in that timeframe. You will want to contact your insurance company and see what you are covered for. Sump pump failures are generally considered category 2 water which means it's dirty and contains bacteria which could, potentially make you sick if exposed for too long. Most people start to clean up the water as best they can with mops, buckets and wet/dry vacuums. This is a great start but you'll need the professionals to come in and dry out the area, inspect for mold on the baseboards and drywall or cinderblock, and treat with antimicrobial if need be. Please call your local SERVPRO Franchise professionals for a free estimate! 610-327-9644 or connect with us on social media www.Facebook.com/SERVPROpottstownsouderton