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Mold Mold Go Away

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Though we can't wish it away we can take it away and that is what we did for a private school in the area. When our operation manager went and inspected the area in question, he found mold. As soon as he got back to the office he made the needed phone calls to the insurance company, once that was done we started doing inventory of the entire room. This can be a tedious process, then we sealed off the rooms and created negative air. After treatment to the walls and everything with mold, clearing plastic and general cleaning. The maintenance director said it looks" "Like it never even happened." That is the SERVPRO way of doing things we go the extra mile to make as "Like it never even happened."  

Annual chimney cleaning

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

According to the CSIA Chimney Safety Institute of America, a clean chimney will not catch fire. Some of the causes of chimney fires are creosote build, unseasoned wood, or a cold chimney. Creosote is an oily substance that will build up on the walls of your chimney over time. It can look yellow, brown, or dark brown to black in color. It can cause a mixture of tar, phenolic compounds, or aromatic hydrocarbons, it is highly flammable and can cause a fire if not treated properly. Some people have reported signs of loud cracking and popping noises, a hot smell, and a dense smoke. You should have your chimney cleaned annually by a certified chimney sweep, the Chimney Safety Institute of America can give you or your loved ones a good referral.   

Home owners insurance

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

When was the last time you looked at your homeowners insurance policy? Do you know what you are covered for? More importantly, do you know what will not be a covered loss? Most people don't. Ground water is never covered by any insurance carrier. If it does not  physically happen inside the walls of the home, chances are it is not covered. If your sump pump fails for whatever reason and you don't have sewer and drain back up, it will not be a covered loss. All these things you wish someone would tell you ahead of time. Well we just told you. SERVPRO cares and we want to make sure your home and life get back to running smoothly as soon as possible.

We can do that

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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 through the vehicle. The customer attempted to mitigate the situation themselves using bleach but the odor was still evident and it was not 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 hope it won't but if it does, we are prepared. Should you find yourself in a situation like the one mentioned, remember SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened." 

It can be dangerous

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

If you work in any type of office setting one thing rings true no matter what type of business; no one can agree on the temperature of the office!! Some like it cool cool, some like it warm, some do not even know what temperature they would desire. For those that get cold, they reach for the portable space heater. While there is nothing wrong with that, it all depends on how you use it. The most common way is to plug in to a power strip. While this may seem ideal, it's the most dangerous. The fires that are proven to have been started from space heaters and power strips is staggering. Space heaters should never be plugged into power strips or extension cords as they can not handle the current. Plug them into the wall.

Determining the cause of fire

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO before restoration begins we will test the area where soot got on the artifact, then we will determine the type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information. Wet smoke caused by plastic or rubber, can produce a pungent odor usually a sticky smeary soot results. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean. Now dry smoke from paper or wood is fast burning high temperatures heat rise so smoke also rises. Protein fire residue produced by evaporation of material rather than from fire is virtually invisible, discolors paint and varnishes, and has a extremely foul odor. SERVPRO fire damage restoration services are ready to tackle the problem with equipment and knowledge to bring your property back to it's original state. 

Might be a mansion, but it is moldy

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Concern about indoor exposure to mold and biological pollutants has been increasing as the public becomes more educated and aware that mold exposure can cause a variety of health effects. Modern building materials and construction techniques may reduce the amount of outside air permeating into a building, to assist in ventilation. As a consequence, resulting in unwanted and unhealthy levels of high moisture trapped within a building. In addition, the use of modern humidifiers, and lack of ventilation in the heating system, kitchens and air conditioners can increase the chances of too much moisture encouraging the growth of harmful biological pollutants. The main preventive action to deter and or control mold growth is moisture control. Solve the moisture problem and you will solve your mold issues. Remember, SERVPRO "Like it never even happened." 

Rain Rain Go Away

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

I have not seen this much rain in one day as today in the Berks county and Montgomery county areas. It has been non stop rain, heavy rain at that. I mean heavy, one of the major roads here was closed for a puddling of water on the roadway no one could get through. That is just one example of amount of water in the area. Some of the area is under flood warning. Tropical storm Fay is to blame for all this rain in fact I heard 3 to 5 inches of water when the storm ends. The bottom line is that there is nothing that will keep us from getting to our customers when they need us because we at SERVPRO live "Like it never even happened."

A person alone

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

On the date of June 7, we got a call to do a Biohazard job. It seems by the way that the landlord was talking to me about the job, when he called that the woman in question had died in her apartment. With that info we went in to the apartment, and found a mess of body fluids and flies everywhere. So with full PPE we began the job of doing the cleaning for the Biohazard. Our dumpster guy set up and we began to clean the apartment, one thing that we noticed was that there were feces spots and urine spots under the clothing on the floor. This meant we had to gut the entire apartment so with that in mind we started to gut the apartment. It was so sad that poor lady she passed and did not have anyone to fend for her.       

Here comes the rain again

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

As it says in the heading here comes the rain again. And it is a whopper of a forecast we have in the Philadelphia area. In fact the long range outlook is that it looks like a rainy season ahead of us. In the Pottstown area just today there was a suspected tornado that moved through. All of these things add up to damage in the home or business. This means a spike in business for SERVPRO, weather it is due to water or storm or both our SERVPRO team is ready to fight the issues that come up with water loss or storm damage. You can bet that our trained technicians can handle it. Because here at SERVPRO we live by the model "Like it never even happened."