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Structural Drying & Moisture Readings

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Structural drying, an essential component of water mitigation, is the process of drying building components of a structure once the water damaged building veneers are stripped away. In most instances, the freshly exposed building components such as studs, joists and sheathing for sub-floors are fabricated from wood. Wood being cellulose based is susceptible to microbial activity, which will assuredly take hold if the wood substrate is not properly dried following a water event.

The Devastating Effects of Water Damage

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When you consider the statistics, it becomes clear just how common and devastating a problem water damage can be. According to industry estimates, 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day, and 98% of basements in the US will suffer from some type of water damage during their lifetime. The costs are just as staggering as the frequency. Water damage restoration and mold remediation services cost the insurance industry approximately $2.5 billion dollars per year, and the average cost of a home water damage insurance claim is $6,965.

Mold Remediation: Education & Experience

Mold Contamination
Mold remediation is not a job for the inexperienced. Know-it-all contractors and overzealous homeowners often attempt mold removal projects lacking the knowledge, tools and materials required to eradicate mold contamination safely and completely. An uninformed approach to this complicated undertaking generally exacerbates the circumstances with unchecked sporulation and widespread cross contamination. Ultimately, such a naïve attitude regarding this very serious problem will require far more financial input to correct than if trained and certified mold restoration professionals were enlisted initially. Furthermore, deleterious health consequences may result as a byproduct of such hubris.

Fire Damage Restoration & Dry Ice Blasting

Fire Restoration
In very basic terms, dry ice blasting involves "blast cleaning" a surface with compressed air, and dry ice particles, usually in the form of dry ice pellets. Fine CO2 (dry ice) particles are "blasted" on to a surface, the unwanted contaminants freeze and fracture, then an explosion of energy takes place, resulting in the thorough removal of the unwanted coatings. This non-destructive method of safely cleaning surfaces and/or removing unwanted coatings has become the preferred method to remove smoke soot, vaporized synthetic resins, and char associated with fire damage restoration. Furthermore, dry ice blasting can eliminate the musty burnt smell that results from fire, smoke, and water damage.

Smoke & Fire Restoration | Delaware County, PA

Fire & Smoke Damage
Property Recovery 911 was hired to by a Delaware county homeowner to provide fire restoration services, which in this instance consisted of smoke damage cleaning and odor control. The fire originated on the raised deck at the rear of the home and penetrated the exterior wall, causing smoke damage inside of the home. Upon our arrival we deployed 4 carbon filtered air scrubbers to begin to cleanse the atmosphere.

South Philadelphia Flood Restoration

Philadelphia Water Mitigation
Property Recovery 911 was summoned to a significant water loss event in a South Philadelphia row home, caused by a failed water line serving the second-floor bathroom. Substantial volumes of water poured throughout the interior of the home and came to rest as a 1-1/2' deep pool in the basement. Much of the structure and contents from the second floor through to the basement were saturated, including personal belongings, kitchen cabinetry and household appliances.

The Pitfalls of Sewage Cleanup Coverage

Toilet Sewage Overflow
As a property owner, the distinction between a sewage backup and a sewage overflow is important to understand and be able to identify independently of an insurance carrier. Awareness of the differences and what they entail regarding the possibility and extent of insurance coverage will help property insurance policy holders protect their interests in the event of a flood originating from a wastewater drainage line.

Sewage Overflow Cleanup in Darby, PA

Sewage Spill Route
Property Recovery 911 was summoned to a stately stone home in Darby, PA for a sewage cleanup job. The source of the sewage overflow was a toilet located in the finished basement powder room as well as a floor drain in the laundry room. Upon inspection, we discovered that the soil line serving the property was clogged, which is often the culprit when a sewage overflow occurs. In such an event, the location of the sewage overflow is the first drain or drains ‘north’ of the clog.

Flood Restoration in Chester County, PA Warehouse

Flood Restoration Equipment
Property Recovery 911 was summoned on a Sunday in July 2018 to an industrial warehouse and office complex for water damage restoration in Chester county, Pennsylvania.  The cause of loss was a ruptured 8" overhead water supply line serving an expansive sprinkler system covering this 500,000 square foot facility.  The sprinkler system water supply consisted of a 250,000 gallon on premises bulk water tank, which emptied its entire contents causing flood damage throughout the structure.