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Hidden Mold in Kennett Square

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

A mold contamination is often easy to spot, but it can also be hidden after factors such as prior water damage.  This mold was hidden behind the wall panels in a Kennett Square rental property.

Mold damage can form quite differently, but the mold remediation process remains almost the same in order to help fully destroy all signs of mold, including the spores in the air.  The process begins with building a containment or decontamination chamber which separates the mold-infested areas of a building from the rest of the property.  This will help to prevent mold spores from entering additional areas and therefore keep the contamination in one place during the removal process.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford completed demolition services for the property, including removing the affected drywall and insulation.  Our air scrubbers and HEPA vacs collect and trap the mold spores in the space, and they typically run for one to three full days, based on the extent of the damage.  Once all signs of mold are removed, we thoroughly clean all areas with our anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatment in order to help fully provide a safe and healthy environment.  The containment area is then removed, leaving the property restored to preloss conditions.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford provides mold remediation services for any extent of mold damage to your property.  Our initial assessment will provide a thorough inspection of the affected areas, and our team will help you through the entire process and any potential future issues.

Fire Damage Disrupts an Oxford Restaurant

8/26/2022 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can lead to a large inconvenience when it comes to your business and clients.  A local restaurant in Oxford recently suffered fire damage after a fan had electrically failed, causing the motor to heat up and the fan to melt.  Plastic soot had spread throughout the facility.  Plastic or synthetic soot is more difficult to remove than other forms of soot damage since the burned contents are oil-based and contain damaged content including plastic materials.

Some areas that were affected included the restaurant’s freshly painted walls and ceilings, the brand new floor and various content including dishes and cookware.  The Oxford business was fortunately already closed since the owners were away at the time, but an issue like this can often lead to substantial business interruption.

In order to completely remove the plastic soot, our fire restoration professionals needed to complete a heavier cleaning with a degreaser, rather than our typical soot sponges.  We also completed hood cleaning, demolition and odor deodorization services in addition to content cleaning and disposal of non-salvageable items.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford performs services that encompass all aspects of fire, smoke and soot damage so that no damage is left behind.  We respond immediately in order to limit business interruption for your facility, and we can handle any size commercial loss!

Business Interruption Insurance: Do you Have it?

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

When an unexpected disaster occurs for your business, the physical damages can be just the beginning.  Fire and water damage to your facility can force your business to close for as long as weeks or even months.  SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford understands that this is a heavy burden on your company and its success while not being able to actively continue business practices.

One way to help combat this serious financial threat to your business is to speak with your insurance provider about coverage for this particular matter.  Many insurance companies offer business interruption insurance, which will help to cover the costs that your business would otherwise accrue through your clients.  This is a separate form of insurance from your typical coverage of property damages.

Business interruption insurance can cover you in a variety of ways such as providing coverage for damaged merchandise that can no longer be sold, or for a temporary building where business can continue while your facility is being restored.  Payroll for your employees while your business is closed is another option.

This type of insurance can save you a lot of financial and stressful obligations down the road, but it is also important to discuss your coverage and what it will entail.  Consider certain factors in the event that your business may have to shut down.  Determine how long it would take your business to get back on track once reopen as well as how long it may take to find a temporary office space.  Most policies have a set length of time where coverage will be approved.

Business interruption insurance can substantially improve your situation in the event of fire, water or storm damage to your commercial property.  We recommend speaking with your insurance provider immediately to determine the right coverage for your business so that you are covered in case of an unforeseen disaster.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford works with many insurance companies to help make the fire or water damage process run as smoothly as possible.  Our restoration professionals strive to make a devastating situation less overwhelming for our commercial clients so that you can focus on getting back on track for your business.

We Handle any Form of Water Damage!

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike at any time for a multitude of reasons.  SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is proud to have the proper training, expertise and equipment in order to respond at a moment’s notice to any form of water or storm damage, no matter how large or small.

Several of the recent water losses that we assisted with included two that occurred after business hours.  Our franchise provides 24/7 emergency water damage services with a team of professionals that are always on standby just in case.  One home in Nottingham had suffered water damage in the basement over the July 4th holiday weekend.  Another home in West Grove had suffered the similar water damage during a previous weekend.  Both properties’ issues were resolved before the start of a new week.  We also completed water mitigation services for several other properties, including a commercial warehouse with a leaking roof and a home in Kennett Square with a minor pipe leak.

Each water damage event has its own unique situation. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford responds based on industry standards for what each project entails.  Our mitigation techniques, drying equipment, cleaning solutions and demolition services are performed as needed in order to help restore your property to preloss conditions.

Our Levels of Cleaning

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford specializes in cleaning services for a variety of needs in Southeastern PA.  These services include carpet and duct cleaning, biohazard cleanup and post construction cleaning.

During the cleaning process, we utilize several methods to help eliminate all potential signs of dirt, dust, and bacteria.  There are three cleaning levels:

Sanitize

Enough microorganisms are removed in order to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Disinfect

99.9% of microorganisms are destroyed.  Harmful bacteria and viruses are removed using harsher chemicals.

Sterilize

All microorganisms are destroyed.  This is the highest level of cleaning and is used in hospitals and other commercial settings.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford often assists commercial facilities immediately with their cleaning needs to minimize the damages and help keep those facilities running.  We offer hospital-grade and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions to help restore your property.  We also provide emergency response services for critical situations in order to help maintain a healthy and safe environment.

Media Blasting for Fire Damage

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

During the fire restoration process, our team at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford often uses a high impact technique to help recover a property.  This technique is referred to as media blasting and is often used to remove severe fire damage from the elements of a structure.   It is the process of using high pressure to force one abrasive material against another in order to remove the surface contaminate. 

This technique was recently used during the fire damage services performed for a Chadds Ford home.  Wood ashes had been left unattended in the stove, causing a fire that had affected the entire structure.  During the fire restoration process, we used garnet to forcibly help remove the damage in the affected areas.

Various types of media can be used to help remove fire damage including glass, dry ice, and baking soda.  SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford uses this technique in cases of severe fire damage as a necessary step in restoring a property “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage at a Kennett Square Food Bank

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recently visited the Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) Food Cupboard for water restoration services.  Water began to come up through the floor in the area where the food for the community was stored for those in need.

Our water restoration team responded immediately to the call and quickly began to remove the water damaged floor of the space.  We also placed our advanced drying equipment in the affected areas.  In order to fully dry the structure and prevent further water damage, our air mover and dehumidifier were left to continuously help eliminate all signs of water for three full days.  This is a standard and critical step in the water restoration process.

Once this was complete and the property was restored, the Food Cupboard was left to continue their paramount efforts for our local community.  Our team was happy to be able to restore this organization quickly and efficiently in order to help keep those efforts running smoothly for the Kennett Square area.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is proud to assist our local businesses and non-profits with their everyday disasters and commercial cleaning needs.  Our team provides services for fire and water damage, mold remediation, post construction cleaning, biohazard, vandalism, and more!  We are proud to offer 24/7 emergency services for our local community when it is needed the most.

Fire Safety for the Warm Weather!

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

As the warmer months continue, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford would like to remind everyone to act safely while enjoying this time of year.  The upcoming months can often lead to fire damage when particular procedures are not followed.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends following the steps below to ensure a fun and safe season!

  • Check your grill for issues such as leaks before cooking outside for the season.  Do not leave the grill unattended.  Clean it regularly to remove the grease and fat that can potentially ignite.
  • When having a bonfire, be sure to have a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of a sudden flare up.  Ensure that all embers are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
  • All fire sources should be kept away from structures and tree branches in case of a sudden flame as well.
  • Lawns should be maintained and clear of leaves and other materials that can burn.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford hopes that everyone enjoys the warmer weather!  Should your property suffer fire damage to any extent, our fire restoration professionals can handle the cleanup.  We provide services including smoke and soot removal, odor deodorization techniques, and demolition and reconstruction of the structure.  Our team is here in our local community to help make your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Preparedness Week!

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Hurricane safety is encouraged during this week in order to help prepare our communities for the start of the hurricane season.  To prepare for a major storm, there are a few safety procedures all home and business owners should follow.

  • Create an emergency plan.  Prepare for a severe storm by outlining critical steps to follow such as an evacuation route and communication methods.
  • Create an emergency kit.  Supplies such as radios, flashlights, batteries and a first aid kit should be prepared and easily accessible in the event of a power outage or other substantial event.  Non-perishable food and water should also be stocked.
  • Ensure your property is safe and will outstand a strong storm.  Have your property inspected, and make sure that the structure is up to date with the accurate building codes for your area.
  • Speak with your insurance representative regarding your policy.  Not all policies cover flood damage, so it is important to be aware of what you may be responsible for after a storm.

Should your property suffer storm damage this hurricane season, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can help!  Our storm restoration professionals can handle any extent of structural damage.  We also provide reconstruction services in order to help fully restore your home or business.

In addition, we offer our free Emergency Ready Profile Program to all commercial facilities to help minimize the damage during a major event.  No matter how large or small, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is here to help our local community with their fire, water and storm damage needs!

Sewage in Downingtown

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford visited a commercial office building in Downingtown after sewage had entered the facility.  The basement had been damaged with minor sewage damage due to a system failure.  No content was affected, but our team was asked to complete thorough cleaning services for the affected areas.  We visited the property that day in order to help restore the basement, allowing the business to reopen quickly.

Once all debris was removed from the basement, our restoration professionals extracted all sewage water from the floor and placed a dehumidifier in the space for a period of three full days in order to dry the contaminated floor.  We then cleaned the floor with our anti-microbial cleaning agent to help remove all signs of harmful particles.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford provides complete cleaning and restoration services for sewage and biohazard conditions.  We also offer general cleaning services, post construction cleanup, vandalism services, HVAC duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, and more in order to help restore businesses in Southeastern PA!