Local Flooding in Your Areas
With several inches of rain accumulating in our area, flooding is inevitable and can prove to be quite costly. In fact, in 2011, floods caused $8.41 billion in damages in the United States (LiveScience); in some degree, wherever rain falls, flooding can occur.
SERVPRO of Upper Buck's technicians are highly skilled in dealing with flooding of all sorts, assuring each homeowner that the job will be done correctly and efficiently. From start to finish, our staff and technicians will support you each step of the way — no loss is too big for us to tackle!
There are measures that you could take to help limit the severity of damages to your home or business caused by flooding; putting together an emergency kit for your family and creating escape plans if you are anticipating a high volume of flood water will definitely keep you ready.
Furthermore, keeping your internal assets, like your furnace, water heater and electrical panels, up off the ground will also limit the likelihood of flood-related damages.
-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr., Statistics from LiveScience.com
Pennridge Chamber of Commerce's St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest
This passed Saturday, March 16th, the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual, St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest. The parade, beginning at Pennridge South Middle School, ended at the Sellersville firehouse where festivities took place.
We were excited to have two of our SERVPRO Storm Troopers make appearances during the parade, who were giving out candy and taking pictures with patrons. We are also pleased with the large amount of people inquiring about our services underneath our tent, before taking one of the free, SERVPRO tote bags to carry treats and gifts from the festival.
Sarah Liebel, our Community Outreach Manager, was able to connect with a lot of people in our area. “We had such a great time at Celtic Fest,” said Liebel, “there were many activities to participate in and people having fun.”
Our continued involvement in the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade has been an awesome experience every year and we can’t wait to participate again!
-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.
Donating Citizen Care Bags
(From left to right) Robyn Colajezzi, Deputy Chief Johnson, Cherice Corley
On March 14th, SERVPRO of Germantown (SERVPROs of Pennypack/Bustleton & Upper Bucks) organized the assortment of 100 Citizen Care Bags and donated them to the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation. From there, the Foundation will provide these bags to CAT Teams (Community Action Teams), whose specialists are chosen by the Fire Prevention Division, the Fire Code Unit and the Fire Marshal’s Office. These units assist the Fire Department’s ability to provide residents with fire protection care and aid 24/7/365.
SERVPROs own, Robyn Colajezzi, Director of Commercial Marketing and Development, met with Cherice Corley, president of the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation, and Charles W. Johnson, Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Division, to hand off our Citizen Care Bags.
The Citizen Care Bags will be provided to fire victims after being secured, away from the fire. The bags contain water, snacks, first aid kits, socks, diapers and wipes, pacifiers, toiletries and other items that are organized in children and adult marked bags.
We are thrilled to be working with the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation in order to help fire victims receive care, safety and Citizen Care Bags to relieve them of these unfortunate situations!
-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.
Water Damage Over Time
Secondary destruction, due to an initial issue with water damage, is almost always inevitable if the appropriate, initial steps aren’t taken. Over time, water can cause your house to suffer from numerous issues. In fact, water damage can rapidly increase the owner’s claim costs in just a couple of minutes; moisture-sensitive furniture could start to turn white, or furniture that is resting on/in wet areas could begin to leach and stain the surrounding areas.
Within a few hours, any furniture that is resting in water will likely begin to swell and delaminate. Odors, which are typically considered normal for households, begin to become more apparent due to the humidity inside the property.
If left alone for days, warping and cupping of wood starts to become more noticeable, often leaving wooden floors unsalvageable. Wooden floors aren’t only affected, though, being that structural pieces (made from wood) begin to swell, warp and split apart. More possibilities include musty odors that could fill the property due to fungi development, or less abrasive instances where wallpaper adhesives start to peel away — just be sure to remove items that are being hung using this method to prevent further damage to those items.
Properties that go weeks without being tended to after water damage are liable to obtain a laundry list of issues. Mold starts to sink into organic material, ultimately ruining the integrity of said material. Due to microbial growth, allergen sensitivity may arise, causing any occupants to evacuate the property. But it gets worse; a complete gutting of the structure could be the only option. Not only will this drive out the occupants who are living in that residence, but will increase the claim substantially.
It is important to handle any considerable amount of water damage done to your home in a timely matter. Doing so could potentially avoid a large loss situation that could have been totally avoidable in the first place.
Are you unsure of what to do or how to handle your water damage situation? Call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your water restoration needs!
-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.
Restoration Cases Involving Contaminated Water Damage
When your home is affected by water damage, taking the appropriate, safe steps to restore the property is usually the correct response. However, if your home was damaged due to contaminated water, like sewage, there are some things to consider that will help prevent exposure to a range of harmful pollutants.
First and foremost, contact your local SERVPRO franchise to help you decide what your best course of action is. Our Franchise Professionals can identify the source and type of water, before utilizing drying equipment that controls the temperate and humidity, which minimizes secondary damage.
In the meantime, do your best to avoid any and all contact with contaminated water and the items it also may have contaminated. By not walking unnecessarily through damaged areas, you can reduce the possibility of spreading contaminated water through your property.
Do not use household fans or HVAC systems to dry the structure; spreading contaminants through the air could be a likely outcome by doing so. Furthermore, do not use personal hygiene products if they have been exposed to contaminated areas — if you’ve come in contact with contaminated items, wash your hands thoroughly.
To learn more about contaminated water and how it could impact you, visit epa.gov where you will find a complete list of possible contaminants due to contaminated water.
-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.
Are You Prepared?
When is the last time you scheduled a pipe to burst in your home or office? How often would you like your property damaged due to faulty wiring? Although the answer to these questions is “never”, accidents happen and these instances aren’t ever planned.
SERVPRO recognizes the need for a quick, timely and proper restoration effort in order to sanitize the property and to have the tenants back like the loss never even happened. Preparing for the unexpected will give you an edge if disaster strikes, which is why you should consider developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Your ERP could be a part of your Contingency Plan, which will contain information you need in the event of an emergency situation.
With over 45 years of experience in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO knows how to mitigate damages while limiting frustrations along the way. Creating an ERP for your home or facility will lessen stress and help you put an emphasis on getting back into the building as fast as possible; your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional can help you create an ERP that best suits your expectations.
Through detailed communication, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional will walk through all of your options in order for you to choose an ERP that allows you to stay informed and in control. Set up an appointment with your local SERVPRO to begin preparing for a possible disaster before it happens!
-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.
SERVPRO Safety Tips: Preparing for Snowmelt Flooding
With Philadelphia and its surrounding areas getting anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snowfall with the most recent snow storm, home and business owners are anticipating flooding — and rightfully so.
Snowmelt is a term that, quite literally, defines itself — it is running water made up of melting snow, which can be dangerous. As temperatures rise, snow and ice buildups become one of the main culprits behind flooding of homes, businesses, streets, fields and bodies of water.
Preparing for flooding before it happens will likely decrease your chances of falling victim to flood damage caused by snowmelt. Consider these tips:
- Purchase a sump pump and test it regularly; these devices, when working properly, help prevent liquid buildup in your home/business.
- Inspect your property for cracks on walls, floors or corners of your foundation. Water can still seep through porous concrete, but sealing cracks will decrease your chances of water breaching your property.
- If possible, clear your property’s high points of snow — copious amounts of snow collects on roofs and overhangs, which can be liable to leak through the top of your foundation.
- After a snowfall, clear a large path around the perimeter of your home/business. If you don’t have access to a snow blower, the ole’ shovel and elbow grease will do the trick.
Keeping these tips in mind will benefit you if your home or business is close to being compromised by snowmelt flooding. But remember, when winter weather strikes, SERVPRO strikes back!
If you are in need of water restoration services due to any type of storm, call your local SERVPRO so our Franchise Professionals can get your home or business back in shape!
SERVPRO Safety Tips: Dealing with Fire Damage
According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), an estimated average of 355,400 homes had caught fire and were responded to by U.S. fire departments from 2012 to 2016. These fires contributed to millions of dollars in damages, often leaving homeowners in the unfortunate situation of dealing with the wreckage.
When your home falls victim to a fire, SERVPRO wants you to know how to handle the situation effectively and by limiting the amount of harmful contaminants and soot you interact with.
- Try to limit the amount of foot traffic in your home, for moving around frequently can further embed soot particles into your carpet and upholstery.
- Gather old linens and dry towels to place on rugs, carpets and upholstery in high, foot traffic areas.
- Soot on your hands can be easily spread throughout your home, so be sure to keep them clean to avoid soiling walls, upholstery, etc.
- Try to wash any walls or painted surfaces — or shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture — without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, for they may be contaminated and not safe to ingest.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; the wiring may be faulty and could pose negative health effects, like electric shock and secondary damage due to increased air movement.
Instead of possibly causing further damage to your home after a fire, or putting your health at risk, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to take care of it for you. Our team will help you every step of the way, providing top-tier work and ERBs (Emergency Response Bags) for your convenience.
For more information about our fire restoration services, or for information regarding our ERBs, call your local SERVPRO franchise today!
- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.
SERVPRO Safety Tips (Carbon Monoxide)
Carbon Monoxide (CO), the colorless and odorless gas that takes roughly 500 people every year, poisons people the most during the winter months. Spreading often due to the usage of gas furnaces, cars, charcoal grills, propane stoves and portable generators — which can be contributed to the cold weather — CO “sends at least 15,000 Americans to the emergency room” (WebMd).
To prevent carbon monoxide in your homes or businesses, consider these options:
- If you are using a fireplace or plan on having some type of fire in an enclosed space, make sure you allow the smoke and other toxic fumes emitted by fire to be vented to the outside.
- Do not run vehicles inside confined spaces (ex. Garages).
- Do not try to heat your home or business using a stove.
- If you are using generators, grills or any other gas/oil burning machines, do not use them inside your homes or businesses. While outside, though, keep them away from windows.
- Have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home/business
If you have already been affected by Carbon Monoxide, call your local SERVPRO franchise to have our certified technicians clear out the gasses from your property!
- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.
Hydroxyl Generator Systems
To ensure that our products rise above our competitors, SERVPRO steadily offers the best pieces of technology when it comes to fire, water, smoke and odor restoration. Resting among other top deodorization systems that SERVPRO provides are Hydroxyls.
Using green technology, Hydroxyls are the industry’s most advanced solution for purifying the air, decontaminating contents and surfaces, as well as eliminating stubborn odors. Hydroxyls, in nature, are molecules that are created in Earth’s atmosphere, which are the byproduct of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and water vapor.
Due to their bacteria killing qualities, they play a critical role in removing viruses and mold, often being referred to as the “detergent” of the atmosphere. Hydroxyls also take part in breaking down volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases, vapors, chemical fumes and unpleasant odors.
These patented systems use UV technology provided by Odorex, which are scientifically confirmed, field proven and disruptive to all conventional deodorization and cleaning technologies.
While SERVPRO continues to enhance our products, we continue serving our communities with pride, offering the best restoration services across the country. If you are in need of deodorization services or would like to learn more about our products, contact your local SERVPRO today!
- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.