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Your SERVPRO Lingo: Basics - Part II

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Understanding our language helps YOU during a loss.

Certain terminology during emergency situations can be confusing, daunting and an added stress. Although SERVPRO team members do their best to explain and educate in the field, we know our customers like to stay informed throughout the entire process.  Do you want to better understand what is happening in your home or business? Read over these common field terms and explanations used in the Insurance Industry by restoration professionals:

Anti-Microbial Spray: A one-step disinfectant cleaner SERVPRO uses that is specially formulated for the majority of water damage restoration jobs

Contents Budget: A budget set aside by your policy that covers CONTENTS only, such as sofas, clothing, books, dishes, electronics, etc.

Desk Adjuster: The person who authorizes work and pays your claim according to your coverage limits

Drying Process: About a 3-5 day process to dry the structure and/or its contents, until moisture and atmospheric levels have reached a pre-determined goal

Field Adjuster: The person assigned to the loss from your insurance company to determine the scope of restoration work (repairs)

HEPA-500 Air Scrubber: A high-efficiency air scrubber, with a specialized filter capable of removing 99.7% of particles, that is commonly used in mold or odor jobs

Masking Agents: Masking agenst are designed to prevent or remove heightened awareness to odors by providing a fragrance, which is stronger and more pleasant to smell while the source of the odor is being eliminated.

Mitigation Budget: A budget set aside for emergency services to begin the restoration of your property such as drying, removing carpet/pad, cutting drywall, etc.

Smoke Damage Removal: The process of neutralizing or removing smoke odors that linger after fires.

Structural Budget: A Budget set aside by your policy that covers replacement or restoration of walls, floor, ceilings, etc.

SERVPRO of Wyomissing is always “Here to Help,” before, during and after a loss or damaged situation! 

Your Dryer Could Be A Fire Hazard

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association there are almost 17,000 dryer fires a year? 

And the damage can be deadly. These fires have caused about 51 deaths, 280 injuries and over $236 million in property loss and damage. 

So how can you do your best to prevent these fires from starting? Clean your dryer vents! 

How do you know if your dryer needs cleaning or unclogging? Here are a few signs:

  • Clothing smells musty after a drying cycle
  • Dryer sheets have an odor after each cycle
  • Abnormal amount of heat on clothes or in room where your washer and dryer are located
  • Excessive amount of lint build up in the lint trap after a cycle

And here are some more tips on how to prevent a dryer fire:

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings before installing a new appliance
  • Try to clean the filter at least every 5 months with a nylon brush if it does become clogged
  • Check to make sure the dryer lint filter is cleaned out before and after each load of wash
  • Check your vent pipe for lint every 3 months 
  • Ensure that the outdoor vent cover is open when the dryer is turned on 
  • Be vigilant during the springtime, and check your dryer vent outside to make sure no birds have made a new home 

If you have any questions or concerns about your dryer, please call SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610)208-0300.

How To Stay Safe After A Flood

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

The Wyomissing area is no stranger to floods, whether it’s from a thunderstorm in the summer or wacky weather in the winter that quickly turns frozen snow into a melted mess. 

Here are some things to consider when your home is flooded:

Electrical Wires and Gas Lines

Is there any chance the flood reached outlets, electrical wires or gas lines? If so, contact a professional as soon as possible. This is not only dangerous, but will cost more money in the future if left alone. 

Black Water

If you let fresh water sit long enough from a flood damage it can breed bacteria and eventually become grey or black water that is damaging and requires special precautions. Dealing with fresh water damage as soon as possible is imperative. 

Mold

If the water doesn't destroy your home and belongings, then the mold can. Did you know it only takes 24 hours for mold to appear? Beyond just flooding, mold is one of the most common problems SERVPRO of Wyomissing faces. This is why it’s smart to anticipate the need for mold remediation. If you wait too long, the mold will multiply rapidly and become more and more stubborn. If it turns to black mold, then toxicity in the air may cause effects to your property and your health. 

Valuables 

One of the most devastating things about water damage is how it can steal away prized possessions. Photos, family heirlooms and important documents can get wrecked within a day. You’ll have even bigger problems if the water penetrates your furniture, electronics and appliances. If the water damage is handled immediately, then you may be able to save these items. If you wait then you are not only losing valued items, you are also losing thousands of dollars in damages, replacements, and repairs.

If you need help remediating flood damage after a storm, then call your local SERVPRO at (610)208-0300!

How to Prevent Winter Water Damage in Your Wyomissing Home

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

We’re halfway through winter, and it’s a good time to check in on potential areas of your home that may cause problems during a storm or cold freeze, or have weathered by the current elements. 

First things first are to make sure that your roof and gutters are holding up under the elements. Properly maintaining these two parts of your home is essential in keeping problems, especially water losses, from forming all the way from your roof to your foundation.  

Another area to keep in check during the winter months is the insulation and other materials under your shingles because a small leak in the roof can lead to big problems. For instance, a small leak can cause the insulation to compress and prevent heat from escaping your home. In the winter added heat seems ideal, but actually this addition of warmth will lead to the susceptibility of ice dams building up on your roof. Ice dams create a whole host of issues, like wall stains and crumbling drywall. 

If you notice these things aren’t in the best shape or you just want to be as best prepared for the next winter storm, then SERVPRO of Wyomissing recommends remediating now than later. 

SERVPRO of Wyomissing has the professional team you need to help you prevent, tackle and mitigate any water damage that comes your way this season. Give us a call at (610)208-0300 with any questions or concerns!

The SERVPRO of Wyomissing Story

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wyomissing opened its doors in May 2010 under the leadership of Peter Bruni and Michele McEntee. Pete saw great opportunity with the SERVPRO of Wyomissing franchise to expand his resume that was already filled with real estate, plumbing, and electrical expertise. He employed his best friend Michele to be his partner because of her own work credentials, her dedication and sympathy for people and her commitment to Pete’s vision for the Wyomissing community. The two friends had an understanding and commitment to each other to serve the Wyomissing community, and to leave a legacy for Pete’s family once they realized Pete’s health was in jeopardy. Unfortunately, the Bruni family, SERVPRO and the greater Wyomissing area lost Pete in 2016.

Since then, Michele continues to lead SERVPRO of Wyomissing with Pete’s continued support and the help of Rodney, Michele’s right hand man. Rodney grew up in the Wyomissing area, and continues to grow under the SERVPRO umbrella. For Rodney, “SERVPRO is family.”

SERVPRO of Wyomissing is way more than just your local fire and water restoration company, it’s all about honor, respect and friendship more than anything else.

How To Spot Water Damage In Your Commercial Building

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

As a business owner or a property manager, you’re busy with a million things happening at once. But it’s important to recognize when water infiltrates your commercial property because the longer a leak lasts, the more damage it does. Time is crucial in tackling water damage. 

Cracking

Cracking of paint or wallpaper under the pressure of a leak is one of the most common and easiest to spot signs of water damage. This happens once water has leaked past the mortar joints. 

Musty Odors

Do you know that mildewy smell that comes with dark and damp spaces? This is often a sign that water has made it past the exterior of your property. If you find mold or mildew growing anywhere on your premise be sure to call a professional service like SERVPRO of Wyomissing. 

Rust Staining

Rust staining is a sign of water damage in concrete structures where red rust becomes visible on a lighter surface. This is a late-sign for water damage as it means that the water has penetrated the steel foundation. Be mindful that steel expands as it rusts. 

Watching out for these signs will keep water from damaging your building any further, and causing potential  disaster. 

At SERVPRO of Wyomissing, we are here to help you with your commercial property so you don’t have to worry about what happens when water leaks into your building. We can always make it "Like it never even happened."

Where Is Mold Most Commonly Found?

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know one of the most common problems we are called for in the Wyomissing area is mold remediation? Water disasters and mold go hand and hand, and we’re equipped to deal with both. Mold can literally grow in any location with enough moisture and oxygen. So it’s important to be vigilant and survey your entire home or business regularly, but especially, after weather elements, like our common thunderstorms and floods in the summer. 

Search these 3 places in your home for mold: 

  1. Sinks and Toilets 

Bathrooms are a breeding ground because of the increased amounts of humidity that come from the shower and hot water. Sinks and toilets face the most exposure because of the humid atmosphere and potential for pipe leaks. Be sure to check the dark area under your sink! 

  1. Walls 

Moldy drywall is not fun to deal with, but it happens. While the actual wall that is exposed generally isn’t a great place for mold, the darker, enclosed space behind the wall is a susceptible area because of the plumbing system’s pipes that often reside there. If you find mold in the wall, it is most likely there is mold behind it as well. It can also indicate a larger problem that needs immediate attention, such as a pipe leak. 

  1. Wood and Laminate Floors

While these floors offer a pleasing aesthetic to your home or business, they are often more vulnerable to mold, especially if they are built upon concrete. This material is porous, which allows it to absorb water and mix with it, which is a haven for mold. Be vigilant about nearby spills and leaks or replace the floor with ceramic tile. 

Some areas in your Wyomissing, Pennsylvania home are more susceptible to mold growth than others. Search these places and call SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610)208-0300 for a mold remediation service to deal with severe cases.

Floating Refrigerator? SERVPRO can help!

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

So our poor customers came home from a long and hard day at work to their refrigerator floating on by. They had a lawnmower submerged, boxes filled with important documents and keepsakes soaked and their house was in a complete disarray. Their entire basement was flooded. It's a shocking scene to come home to, but even more it often feels like a daunting disaster to tackle.

Fortunately, that's what we're here for! To make it "Like it never even happened."

So what did our customers do after the initial shock of seeing their refrigerator floating right along their new basement pond?

They called SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610)208-0300!

They closed the door, called us and then their insurance company so they could have the disaster taken care of as soon as possible.

While they were calling their insurance company, we were on our way.

With a lot of heavy lifting, crucial SERVPRO equipment, a reliable team and patient and helpful customers, SERVPRO of Wyomissing fixed the water damage disaster, and made sure the refrigerator was standing tall once again!

SERVPRO of Wyomissing has the professional team you need to help you prevent, tackle and mitigate any water damage that comes your way this season. Give us a call at (610)208-0300 with any questions or concerns!

Got Mold? SERVPRO Has Your Answer, Not Clorox

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Bleach can actually feed the very persistent mold that is creeping through your house. When it comes to getting rid of this fungus, we are generally accustomed to reaching for the quickest solution: bleach. In an effort to keep our homes nice and clean, we fail to realize we are actually making the problem worse.

Dehumidification is another element to mold removal that individuals may not realize is extremely important. Removing the relative humidity, which causes the mold to grow, halts any further growth.

Mold removal is a lengthy process. You need to identify, any and all, areas of your home or business infected by mold. These areas are usually exposed to high levels of humidity, or wetness, like bathrooms and unfinished basements.

Cleanup may require building materials to be removed, replaced or a combination of both. It is also likely that portions of the property’s walls will need to be opened and cleaned up to really tackle growth that commonly happens within walls, as well.

Don’t be fooled, this type of remediation is best left to the professionals. We run air filtration systems, follow our training, abide by safety procedures and wear goggles, masks and other protective clothing.

With our customer’s best interest in mind, we recommend hiring professionals, like us at SERVPRO of Wyomissing, to do the job! We have the training, experience and expertise working with mold removal. We can be reached 24/7, 365 days a year at 610-208-0300.

We're Here for Local Wyomissing Businesses Too

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wyomissing does not only support local families and homes, but we are also on duty for our local business owners too! 

If you’re a commercial property owner then you know how important it is to maintain a professional look for you, your customers and your investors. With any means of damage or loss, your appearance could be ruined and your store could be shut down for an unforeseeable amount of time. We have experiences with businesses that have unfortunately had to deal with fire, water, mold, biohazard and other damages. 

But here at SERVPRO of Wyomissing we aim to make sure your business looks “Like it never even happened.” We have quality and efficient services, team members and equipment that make your disaster that much easier to deal with. No job is too big or too small for our SERVPRO team! We’ve had experiences with small office buildings, large office buildings, apartments, hotels, retail stores, universities, churches, restaurants and so on. 

In any emergency situation, SERVPRO of Wyomissing is ready all 365 days of the year. Need our help and expertise? Call us at (610)208-0300!