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Large Loss Commercial Services
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.
Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
When attending many conferences we found that many people only associate us with residential services but we handle many large loss jobs as well. Our crew is trained both on how to handle small apartment losses up to huge commercial business losses.
At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.
Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:
- The Hospitality Industry
- Property Managers
- The Pentagon
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
This past week was National Fire Prevention Week. Every day we posted different fire safety tip sheets from the National Fire Protection Association’s Website. Today we shared information on how to stay safe in the kitchen.
“Cooking with Caution”
- Be on Alert. Do not cook if you are sleepy or have consumed any alcohol. This can potentially create dangerous situations. Do not use the stovetop or stove if you are under the influence.
- Be sure to stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Always turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, no matter how quick you may be.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in your home while it is cooking, or use a timer so you do not forget about it.
- Be sure your kitchen is free of clutter and no loose items are near the stove. This reduces the chance of anything catching on fire.
If you have a small grease/ cooking fire and decide to fight the fire…
- On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan to covered until it is completely cool.
- If the fire is inside the oven, shut the oven off and keep the door closed.
If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…
- Just leave the house! When leaving be sure to close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the house.
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Mold growth can happen in as little as 48 hours and can quickly become a huge problem in your business or home. Whether it is caused by a leaky pipe, water intrusion, or a roof leak, mold will grow if things like this are not taken care of quickly. Mold not only can cause damage to your property but also can cause health effects. Luckily our SERVPRO crew has the tools, training, and equipment to handle any mold job.
What To Do If You Discover Mold:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system.
- Contact us for mold remediation services.
What NOT To Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Do not blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
"Mold Removal" vs. Remediation
Many people do not know that there is a difference between “mold removal” and remediation. Mold spores exist naturally everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, as they are microscopic. This means that removing 100% of mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration companies will advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they can completely remove all mold. This is simply not true.
Qualified restoration companies understand the science behind mold growth and the make up of mold. All SERVPRO franchises provide thorough training on how to properly remediate mold. The remediation of mold focuses on getting the levels of mold back to natural and normal levels.
Since every mold damage scenario is different, each requires a different solution but our general mold remediation process stays consistent.
- Step 1: Emergency Contact to your local SERVPRO Franchise
- Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Step 3: Mold Containment
- Step 4: Air Filtration
- Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- Step 7: Restoration
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
Water Damage Emergency Tips
A picture from a job we were called out to for flooding after a summer storm.
When an emergency happens people tend to panic and sometimes do not have the proper tools to calmly deal with the situation. When water affects your house whether it be due to a heavy storm or a broken water heater it is always good to be informed on what to do next.
As in any emergency, safety should be you number one concern, and a water damage situation is no different!
- “Is it safe to stay in the house?” This should always be the first question you ask yourself. If the water damage has any potential to put you or your family at risk, then leave the house.
- Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most common concerns. Be sure to shut off an power source it is safe to do so safely.
- Wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful when moving them.
- Be sure to only do things to your house that are safe for you to do and leave the rest to the remediation crew.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
What To Do & What Not To Do After Flooding
A picture of a home we were called out to help with water damage after a summer storm.
Heavy thunderstorms are known to cause flooding both inside and outside of the house. Here are a few tips of what to do if your house has flooded during this storm season.
What To Do After Flooding
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Turn on the air conditioning for maximum drying during the summer months.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place and remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Gather loose items from the floor.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don’t use your household vacuum to remove the water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and avoid being in rooms where the ceilings are sagging.
- Do not use the your television or other household appliances.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
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What To Do & What Not To Do After a Fire
After a fire coming back to the house or building were it happened can be a very emotional experience. Here are some tips of what to do and what not to do in in your house after a fire.
What To Do After a Fire:
- Keep hands clean so as to not furth soil an upholstery, walls or woodwork.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
- If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change the HVAC filter.
What NOT To Do After a Fire:
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO.
- Do not use canned or packaged foods or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures is the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
The SERVPRO Steps to Water Remedation
When you are faced with a water damage problem, whether it be from a broken water heater or from a heavy storm, it can be a pretty scary thing. Luckily at SERVPRO we have our own detailed way of handling these situations, from the moment you call to the time we leave the property.
Step 1: Emergency Contact:
When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO Franchise Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.
Step 2: Inspection and Water Damage Assessment:
They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.
Step 3: Water Extraction/ Water Removal:
Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification:
After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.
Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing:
Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 6: Restoration:
The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services
When most people hear “SERVPRO” they think of water and fire restoration but we actually provide many other services like commercial cleaning and duct cleaning!
While most offices do a pretty good job at keeping their office clean, the everyday wear and tear will gradually build up. When it gets too much for your regular janitor to handle, call in SERVPRO! We do a fantastic job at removing odors, deep cleaning of carpets, flooring and much more. Every member of our crew is trained specifically to be able to handle a commercial cleaning job of any size.
Our cleaning services include:
- Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
- Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
- Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
Mold Mitigation Services
Our franchise has been very busy the past few months with mold mitigation jobs. Buildings that suffer from excess moisture can be potential breeding grounds for mold to grow. If your building has experienced problems with ongoing moisture due to long-standing leaks, roof damage, water intrusion, or from poor humidity control, be sure to be alert to the following factors:
- Strong musty odors may be a sign that mold is present
- Excessive humidity in the building or outside
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth
- Any visible mold
Mold removal and remediation can help fix these situations if mold was found in the building. Our crew will arrive on site ready to identify any visible signs of mold. Following the industry standards for mold remediation, they will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
Best Ways to Remove Shower Mold
While mold growth in your shower or on your shower curtain doesn’t necessarily require a mold remediation crew it can be a hassle to remove. If you let it go on for too long without handling it though, it may require more extensive work by professionals. Mold growth in your shower is something homeowners can’t always avoid so it is best to know a few tricks to ensure a speedy removal.
One of the oldest tricks in the book is to spray the tile or grout where the mold is growing and scrub it with a toothbrush. While time consuming, this often gets the job done. If you are concerned about causing damage to the grout from continual scrubbing then try soaking cotton coils in bleach and press them in to the grout or tile. Let the coils soak overnight, remove and then rinse the area.
If you are not comfortable with using bleach, then try vinegar! Spray it on the grout and tiles, let it sit for a few hours and then scrub with a brush. Both methods have proven to be effective ways of keeping mold from growing in your shower for months.
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Local McDonald's Destroyed in Fire
Photo by Doylestown Fire Company
One of the McDonald's was completely destroyed in an overnight fire early Friday, officials tell Patch.
According to Doylestown Fire Company spokesman Larry Browne, the building on N. Main Street is "a total loss." The interior collapsed, and there was heavy smoke and fire damage, Browne said.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by Fire Marshal Scott Fleischer and the Bucks County fire investigators, Browne said.
The fire was first reported at 1:49 a.m., Browne said. It was placed under control just before 3 a.m. and crews were gone from the scene by 6 a.m. The fire caused N. Main Street to be closed for several hours. The road has since reopened.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury, Browne said. The firefighter has been treated and released.
In total, 6 fire companies responded to the fire.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks was called to the scene to help with the cleanup!
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Florence Response and Recovery
SERVPRO offices are teaming up to help recovery efforts
Hurricane Florence to Cause Catastrophic Damage
2018 hurricane damage in billions of dollars.
Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas this week and was just downgraded to a category 2 hurricane. This downgrade doesn’t necessarily mean that the damage this storms sets to cause will not be catastrophic. The category of the storm only denotes the speed of the storms winds but not the storm surges. With this information it is hard to tell how much damage the storm will truly cause but is expected to be on par with the level of damage that last years historically destructive storms caused. Forecasters say that Hurricane Florence will cause its destruction with its high winds, coastal surge, followed by its inland surge. The hurricanes are causing more and more damage each time as more people are moving to the coast and investing in bigger, more expensive houses. Many of the houses will take a hit as it is expected to dump around 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina alone. Make sure you and your house are prepared for any level of damage with this storm.
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Hurricane Florence To Test Emergency Preparedness
Hurricanes are among the toughest tests of the emergency preparedness of institutional and commercial facilities, and facility managers on the U.S. east coast are about to find out just how prepared their facilities are for a major hurricane.
More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along the U.S. southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful to menace the Carolinas in nearly three decades, barrels closer, according to Reuters.
Florence, a Category 4 storm packing winds of 130 miles per hour, was expected to make landfall most likely in southeastern North Carolina near the South Carolina border, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 12 feet, Florence could drop 20-30 inches of rain in places, posing the risk of deadly flooding miles inland, forecasters say. They warned the storm could linger for days after making landfall. Florence arrives as some facilities in the Southeast United States continue to recover from 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which caused a tremendous amount of damage. Among those facilities damaged by the storms were 32 Georgia health centers, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Those facilities will receive a federal grant of $9.6 million, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The award was part of $60 million given to health centers nationwide that are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The department says the money “will help ensure continued access to quality primary health care services at community health centers in Georgia affected by the hurricanes.”
HHS Secretary Alex Azar says the grants will help the centers recover and strengthen their readiness for next time.
This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions.
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Fall Storm Weather!
Meteorological fall began this past weekend on September 1st! The meteorological seasons are defined by the annual temperature cycles in groups of three months at a time. Hurricanes, tornadoes and snow are just a few of the weather types that fall brings. Many people associate summer with hurricane season but hurricane season is actually only halfway over. The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends November 30th so hurricanes are still of concern. This storm season lasts in to the fall because the atmospheric conditions are typically more favorable for a larger area of the Atlantic Basin. Not only do we still have to take precautions for hurricanes in the fall but this is also the considered the second season for tornadoes. The low pressures that the U.S. experiences in the fall can help set up the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Be sure to take the necessary precautions to prepare your home for potential damage caused by the changing fall weather!
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Moisture Meters and Restoration Jobs
This is an example of a penetrating moisture meter.
Many times when a customer experiences water damage it can be hard to tell how bad the damage is just by looking around at the property. There can be underlying damage that is not visible to the eyes and this is where moisture meters come in to play. A restoration moisture meter or sensor measures the amount of moisture in an environment and in certain materials. Drywall, flooring and other structural components can be measured to assess the damage they may have incurred as well. These meters are very useful to put a number on the level of damage a property may have incurred.
There are a few different types of meters that all have a different pros and cons. Some jobs will only require the use of one but others will require more.
- Non-Penetrating Meters: These are one of the easiest meters to use and are a popular choice because they pose no risk of causing any damage to the flooring or structure. These have two flat sensors usually located at the bottom of the device and compare the amount of moisture located between them. They are best for quickly comparing levels between affected and unaffected areas.
- Penetrating Meters: These meters have a series of prongs that will penetrate the surface of a structure to take the moisture reading. These readings are much more accurate and are great for finding any trapped moisture on a site.
- Hydrosensors: These meters are a type of penetrating meters that are great for seeing how far moisture has traveled from the surface of the structure. These work best for carpet or carpet padding but do not work with drywall.
- Thermo-Hygrometers: Thermo-hygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity, which both will affect how drying equipment will function. These essentially test whether or not an environment can be efficiently dried with the tools that are at the teams disposal. The measurements these put out are helpful in determining if your dehumidifier is working properly.
These tools are very essential in water damage restoration projects as they give you a good understanding of how big or small the job will be. Also it gives you readings to bring back to the customer and discuss the work that will need to be done in more detail.
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Fire Safety Tips!
- Never leave your stove unattended while on. Be sure to pay attention even more closely when frying food.
- Keep your kitchen clean! This seems like an obvious tip but sometimes life gets to us and we let things get away from us. Make sure you are keeping your kitchen clutter free and keep flammable items away from the stove.
- Wear tight clothing to limit the possibility of a sleeve hanging over the lit stovetop.
- Install a smoke detector in your kitchen and make sure it always is working properly.
- The proper dryer duct should vent directly outdoors. If it is not it can lead to the discharge of combustible gasses from the machine.
- Buy a hard metal duct with as few bends as possible and avoid plastic ones. These are more easily melted and ignited.
- Always clean your ducts out of lint. Clean your lint trap after every dryer use as well. This is help reduce the chance of a dryer fire and help contain it if one does break out.
By Hearth and Candlelight
- Never leave a fire unattended. This seems like common sense but time can get away from you at home.
- Use a screen in front of your hearth. Be sure to buy one that covers the whole opening. This can prevent logs from rolling out and is an extra added safety precaution.
- Perform regular inspections on both your chimney and woodstoves. These items should be cleaned and checked for any damage to ensure they function as safely as possible.
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Detecting and Preventing Mold
Water and Mold
While seeing standing water on the floor is the most tell tale sign that there could be mold growing in your house, there are many less obvious signs that one may overlook, such as:
- An unexpected increase in your monthly water bill
- Corrosion on the plumbing fittings and valves
- Warped or damaged flooring and panels in under the sink cabinets
- Stains on the ceilings, floors or walls
- Peeling paint or wallpaper
- Musty odor
If you discover mold in your house, deal with it as quickly as possible. Clean up the water, if any, and try to locate the source. If mold is not dealt with quickly it can lead to health problems in the future.
How to Prevent Mold
- Plumbing: The water lines, shut off valves, and fittings for all appliances including toilets, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines and even ice makers should be inspected every 6- 12 months. Checking consistently for leaks and cracks in these appliances is also a beneficial practice to start as well.
- Appliances: Your washing machine hoses should be replaced about every 5 years and the machines should be checked consistently to make sure it stays properly balanced. An unbalanced machine can cause the hose to pull away and leak. If possible, turn off the washing machine and dishwasher when you are not home, as this can also help prevent water from leaking unexpectedly.
- Roof and Gutters: Make sure to have your roof professionally inspected every three years to check for damage you may not be able to see from the ground, such as missing shingles. Gutters should be routinely cleaned and maintained so they do not overflow, creating a larger issue.
- Exterior Walls and Foundation: Be sure to inspect the outside of your house and seal any visible gaps. Roots from nearby shrubs can also cause a problem if they are allowing water to enter through the foundation of the house.
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The Leading 5 Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Water damage affecting a business causes a lot more problems than just the physical damage. People will lose days, maybe even weeks of work depending on how big the problem is. Through research collected over the past years, the top 5 causes of commercial water damage were determined in order to help businesses try to prevent it from happening in their own building.
Appliances such as air conditioning units, heaters, or anything utilizes tubes, pipes, and filters that water runs through, are at risk of leaking. If your business uses water then there will be some risks for leaks. The best thing to do to keep these pieces of equipment from leaking is simply to perform routine maintenance on them and always be checking for leaks. Anything that seems to be a concern, such as rust, cracks, bulges or moisture, should be taken care of immediately.
Roofs are known to leak, so they should be checked regularly. You want to make sure that the roof is draining all the water efficiently. Over time, if not a roof is not maintained, leaks and cracks are very likely to happen through wear and tear. To avoid water damage due to your roof just be sure to be checking it a few times a year.
Plumbing is the most obvious possible source of water damage as it is very susceptible to clogs, blockages and damage. As with the appliances you should be checking regularly for any signs of potential damage to the system before the water has a chance to leak, such as blue stains and moisture.
Always check your sprinkler systems for signs of rust and replace if necessary. Although these may be one of the last things on your mind, they can and will malfunction if they are not taken care of.
While you can’t stop mother nature and all the weather she brings, you can regularly be checking your building to make sure everything is in tip top shape to avoid more damage when she strikes. Cleaning drains, gutters, having flood insurance are all good preventative measure to have in place.
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PSBA School Leadership Conference
Our very own Mike McGrory is presenting Emergency Preparedness and Active Shooter Response at The PSBA Conference!
Learning Labs 101
What is a conference Learning Lab? It's an opportunity to experience a "mini" educational session with an industry expert, such as a provider of services or products to the education community. Learn about possible solutions to issues schools are currently dealing with. The presentations are followed by a Q&A period. The Learning Labs will be located in the Cocoa Rooms at the Hershey Lodge during the School Leadership Conference, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 18. Here are a few you can attend this year:
Achieving Cost-Effective Projects
Emergency Preparedness & Active Shooter Response
PSDLAF Protect-Fraud Prevention Services Overview
Mold and Your Health
Most people do not realize how badly mold can affect your health both short term and long term. Everyone has different levels of sensitivity to mold and thus will have various reactions. Those who only have a mild sensitivity will mostly experience symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, coughing, wheezing, throat irritation and at times skin irritation. Next comes the people who suffer from a mold allergy. Their symptoms tend to be a little more serious and affect their lungs more often than not. Immunocompromised individuals or those with chronic lung illnesses may actually get a serious infection in their lungs if exposed to mold. Studies recently have linked early exposure of mold to the development of asthma in children.
Mold is a very serious entity and has been documented to cause serious health problems. It can grow inside, outside and can even enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and even air conditioning systems. Mold tends to grow in places with lots of moisture and humidity so be sure to check your house inside and out for leaks and/or cracks in which it could possibly grow. Protect yourself, friends and family from mold by taking the necessary precautions to make sure mold doesn’t start growing in your home or business today.
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All About Flash Floods!
Shown above is a flash flood at Cobbs Creek in Philadelphia, Pa.
We all get those “Flash Flood Warnings” on our phones during a heavy rain storm and most people don’t think much of it. Flash floods are actually very dangerous and can cause some serious damage. A flash flood is defined as a flood that develops in less then 6 hours. These floods can occur anywhere but are more prone to occur in areas that deal with poor drainage systems. Heavy rain in the main culprit for starting a flash flood but ice james, dam failures and large amounts of snow melting can also cause one. Areas that are densely populated are actually most at risk for flash flooding as there is a lot of paved roads and less area for water to be absorbed. If you find yourself in an area where a flash flood is occurring or may occur try to get to higher ground and no matter how low the water looks, do not attempt to cross it. The scariest part of a flash flood is how fast the water can rise. If you do receive a flash flood warning this doesn't always mean there is one occurring at the time but there may be one that could occur.
If you find your house has been affected by water damage due to a flash flood or a heavy storm give SERVPRO of Upper Bucks a call at (215)- 536-7989 today!
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Know Your Flood Zones!
One of the most important things to be aware of when buying a home is the flood zone that it is located in. Being aware of what zone you are located in is the first step in preparing your house for any potential flood damage. The zone will tell you how likely you are to suffer from a flood in your area and the level that your house was built to withstand. Flood maps and the flood history of your region can be found online by simply plugging in your zip code. The different zones you will need to be aware of are:
- Blue Zones: Blue zones have a 1% chance annually of flooding. These have been determined to have significant flooding at least once every 100 years. A 1% chance may not seem too significant but it is actually considered to be a high risk area and if you are living in a blue zone you should take the proper steps to prepare your home.
- Orange Zones: These zones have a 0.2% chance annually of flooding. These are said to face significant flooding once every 500 years. The insurance rates for homes in orange areas are likely to be lower as the risk of damage is not as great. The biggest things to watch out for in your home in this zone is leaks and excessive surface runoff.
- Yellow Zones: Yellow zones are areas that the flood risk has not been determined. If you are thinking of buying a home in a yellow zone be sure to research the areas flood history in order to gain some information before buying.
- Blue with Red Stripes: These areas are deemed regulatory floodways. These often are rivers and the surrounding floodplain. The floodplains are normally kept clear in order to be able to withstand potential flooding. There are some circumstances in which there are houses located in or very close to a floodplain. These homes need to take extra precautions for potential flooding.
Understanding what zone your current or future home is located in is a key part in being able to best prepare your house in the event of a flood.
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Prevent Mold from Invading Your Classroom This School Year!
Most schools are closed up during most of the summer, with no AC which is the perfect environment for mold to grow. The doors are locked, windows closed, and the rooms are shut, with no ventilation, it leaves the question of what to do to prevent mold when school is back in full swing. Mold thrives in an environment with moisture and can then lead to some serious health problems later on in the year if not taken care of. Here are some tips to help prevent mold growth so that everyone can enjoy the upcoming school year.
- If wet cleaning has to be done, be sure to do so when it isn’t raining. Also open all the windows and do not close up until everything is dry.
- If there are some concrete floors that are constantly wet, try to keep them as clean as possible. Mold grows in dirt and this can then cause a larger problem.
- Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours so if there are spills or leaks try to identify them quickly and clean them up right away. You can use wet vacuums, heaters or fans unless the problem is too big, then professionals should be called.
- Keep a close eye on closets that might be on outside walls as condensation can build up here more quickly. Try to keep them open as much as possible.
- Avoid clutter especially with paper and boxes as if these get moist, mold can and will grow very quickly.
These are just a few of the things you can do to try to reduce the chance of mold growth in your classroom or school building. It is always a good idea to have a baseline measurement of temperature and dew point to compare to in extreme humidity situations. Keeping your space clean and consistently clean is the most important step to take to prevent mold from growing in order to have a successful school year!
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Fire and the Impact of the Smoke
A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:
- Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
- Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
- Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.
These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.
Content by: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/how-smoke-damages-a-home/115000893728
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks/National Night Out
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is once again sponsoring the Quakertown National Night Out and Fire Carnival. Look for the big green tent.
National Night Out (NNO) is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), which is scheduled on the first Tuesday in August each year.
Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out annually.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
The Borough is unique in that we have numerous neighborhood block parties with free food and entertainment.
All Mold is the Same, Right?
If you find mold in your house you may not know exactly what type it is. There are various different types of mold that are commonly found in houses. Some molds are worse than others and are more toxic than others so knowing the difference is critical.
- Acremonium: Toxigenic mold that evolves in appearance, from a small moist mold in to a fine powdery mold. It normally grows in humidifiers, drain pans, window sealants and cooling coils. This mold is very dangerous and can cause diseases of the bone marrow, immune system and other organs. It is a carcinogen and can lead to brain impairment.
- Alternaria: The most common form of allergenic mold in the whole world. It resembles the texture of velvet and has brown or deep green hairs. This mold tends to grow where there is dampness so typically in bathrooms and below leaking sinks. This is the type of mold most people see in their house after dealing with water damage. This mold can cause asthma like symptoms in the respiratory tract.
- Aspergillus: It can vary in color and is a very common household mold. The long flask-shaped pores can form thick layers of mold. It is an allergenic mold but can become more toxic depending on the environment and species of the mold. Certain strains can produce harmful carcinogens.
- Stachybotrys: Commonly known as “black mold”. This mold thrives in wet, dark areas that have high humidity levels. It is dark greenish or black in color with a slimy texture. Black mold produces mycotoxins that can be harmful to one’s health and should be taken care of as quickly as possible.
These are just a few types of the more common mold types one could find in the house. If you find mold in your home the best thing is to call a professional service, such as SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, in order to have it taken care of quickly and safely.
Content by: https://aerindustries.com/blog/2017/03/28/common-types-mold-in-home/
Commercial Cleaning Checklist
Every business should be taking measures to keep their building clean even if they do not employ a professional cleaning service. It can become hard to keep track of exactly what you should be cleaning regularly. Here is a checklist to make it a little easier to insure your workplace stays neat and tidy.
- Monthly Cleaning List:
- Dust all surfaces in the office
- Clean the fabric chairs
- Vacuum all fabric chairs, vents
- Deep clean all surface areas
- Weekly Cleaning Lists
- Sponge all glass windows, both on the outside and inside
- Clean the refrigerator
- Disinfect all trash bins
- Buff and polish all hardwood surfaces, including conference tables, floors, etc.
- Daily Cleaning Lists
- Empty waste bins and add nes liners
- Vacuum daily debris from all floors
- Clean painted surfaces as well
- Wipe baseboards, light switches and door handles
- Clean all reflective surfaces, mirrors and brass
- Put some room freshener down after cleaning
Content by: http://mcjanitorial.com/commercial-cleaning-checklist-make-sure-everything-gets-cleaned/
The Makeup of Smoke
There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are a fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyls, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.
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3 Benefits of Professional Commercial Cleaning
Businesses can benefit in many ways from a professional routine clean.
While taking out the trash and vacuuming every once in a while is good practice, having a professional cleaning service come out can be very beneficial for a business. Here are 3 of the benefits to having a service come out and clean your business.
- Reduced Spread of Diseases
The cleaner the business, the decreased chance there is for the spread of disease and sickness between employees. This means that most people will have to take less sick days. If there is an illness that is spreading in the office, it will eventually affect the business as a whole. Having your business deep cleaned can help keep your employees healthier and happier.
- Increased Employee Productivity
Employees are generally happier when they work in a workplace that is clean, fresh and free of dust and dirt that has begun to accumulate. Many businesses strive for a healthy work environment but overlook the simple things such as providing clean air. A routine clean will help keep your employees productive and fresh.
- Creating a Positive, Professional Appearance
A work environment that is dirty and unkempt is not a professional one. If your business doesn’t look clean, pristine or fresh many customers will not want to come back in. Many customers want to be in an environment that they are comfortable in and one that is not clean will not make anyone feel welcome. In order to keep your environment welcoming to employees and customers a professional deep clean routinely will help.
If your business is in need of a professional clean give SERVPRO of Upper Bucks a call today at (215)-536-7989!
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The C’s of Water Damage
Water coming from the washing machine would be considered category 2.
Many people see water in their home and immediately think the worst of the situation when in fact there are several components that go into assessing the level of damage the water has caused.
Classes of Water Damage
- Class 1: This is the least level of damage as it only involves a section of a room that has only absorbed little moisture.
- Class 2: This level involves water damage to an entire room and has absorbed in to the walls and carpet.
- Class 3: The damage has now absorbed up in to most of the walls and may have come in through the ceiling. This is the worst level of damage.
- Class 4: The water damage in class 4 requires special drying methods as it involves hardwood floors, concrete and stone materials.
Categories of Water Damage
- Category 1: The source of this water is clean and coming from a clean water source such as a toilet tank or a broken pipe. This category can become a category 2 or 3 if it is left sitting too long
- Category 2: This category includes water containing detergents or “grey water”. The water usually comes from washing machines or dishwashers. Water containing urine from an overflowing toilet can also be included in this category.
- Category 3: The water in category 3 is completely unsanitary water coming from sewage, river floodings and even standing water that started to grow bacteria. This water is dangerous and can cause illness and even death if not handled properly.
Content By: https://www.waterdamageadvisor.com/water-damage/water-restoration/
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Stop, Drop, Roll and Extinguish: The A,B,C ‘s of Fire Extinguishers
A chart to easily explain the classes of fire extinguishers!
Fire extinguishers are a common site in most houses across the United States as many states have implemented laws requiring each household to have one. What most people don’t know is that there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers which work to put out different types of fires. It is important to be informed of these different classes in order to purchase the best extinguisher for your own house or apartment.
The classes of extinguishers are labeled as Class A, B, C, and D - each best for putting out a different type of fire.
- Class A extinguishers: best at putting out fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood and paper
- Class B extinguishers: best for use on flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease
- Class C extinguishers: best for use only on electrically energized fires
- Class D extinguishers: best for use on flammable metals
Although there are four different classes, most fire extinguishers are sold as a combination of the classes to cover a broader range of fires. Some will be sold as A-B, or even A-B-C. Next time you are at the store shopping for you new extinguisher make sure you keep this information in mind to help you prepare best for any type of fire you may be faced with.
Content provided by:https://www.nationwide.com/fire-extinguisher-safety.jsp
SERVPRO - Building Emergency Services
Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks can help with all of your building emergencies.
SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster
24 Hour Emergency Service
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
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A Fast Response Is Crucial
In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.
An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
The History of The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is a long time active member and supporter of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
"The mission of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce is to build strong partnerships within its business community in order to advance the principals of free enterprise and to enhance the quality of life in Upper Bucks County."
We are guided in this mission by the values of:
Integrity, Courage, Grace, Leadership, Diligence, Respect and Openness....
The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce was originally founded by a small group of businessmen headed by Woodrow Wehrung in November of 1954 as the Quakertown Chamber of Commerce. It was eventually renamed to include all of Upper Bucks County and was incorporated as a non-profit (501c6) corporation with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 25, 1976, having established a membership of 750 businesses with the purpose to promote the Upper Bucks area commercially, industrially and professionally; to advance the welfare of the communities served; to create a closer cooperation among the members for the benefit of all concerned.
?The UBCC had been housed by Col. William Holt in his business located on Route 309 in Quakertown for many years and then moved to Broad Street, Quakertown in a bank building located in the downtown shopping center. The Chamber office was then adopted by the Quakertown National Bank and housed at their town centre facility at 320 W. Broad Street. In September of 2001, the UBCC officially moved into their own rented space at 2170 Portzer Road in Milford Township. During the summer of 2012 the Chamber, in partnership with the Borough of Quakertown and the Quakertown Historical Society, renovated the old Marketplace Barn located at 21 N. Main Street in Historic Uptown Quakertown. A full-service Visitor Center, housing the Chamber's offices and a small museum, was established and opened to the public in September of 2012.
The UBCC established a 501c3 non-profit foundation in June of 2002, known as the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Led by a Board of Directors appointed each year by the Chamber Board, the Foundation is organized exclusively for the purpose of carrying out and supporting the charitable and educational purposes of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce currently enjoys a collaborative and friendly relationship with our neighboring chambers; Upper Perkiomen Valley, Indian Valley, Central and Lower Bucks and the Greater Lehigh Valley and Greater Philadelphia Chambers of Commerce.
History provided by www.ubcc.org
National Ice Cream Day
Bucks County Ice Cream
Enjoy National ice Cream Day So many great options in Bucks County PA
Great Ice Cream in Bucks County brought to you by
Everyone has their favorite ice cream place. Usually it’s local, and maybe because it’s associated with sweetness and warm summer evenings, people tend to be fiercely loyal.
That’s why we are not going to rate ice cream purveyors in Bucks County (ha!). But for those of you interested in wandering the county, comparing vanillas, chocolates and peanut butter-chocolate-graham-whatever swirls, here’s a pretty comprehensive list, starting in Upper Bucks and moving south. We did, however, skip franchise places, like Rita’s and Dairy Queen, as good as they might sometimes be.
Thanks to our guest blogger, Rich Baringer, for his research in Upper Bucks, and to Sarah Wingert for updating this list.
We hope to update this list as we get a chance to visit them, and add more information, so please let us know your favorite place, and why you love it. Send us an email, or drop a comment below.
Upper Bucks (and maybe a little over the border)
The Inside Scoop (Coopersburg), 301 N. Third Street – Route 309, 610.282.1955
Rosemarie’s Italian Ice (Quakertown), 304 W. Broad Street, 215.536.3220 “A million flavors” of ice cream, plus water ice and gelato.
Grida’s (Richlandtown), 36 N. Main St, 215.536.2691 Good old-fashioned walk-up food stand. Great place to hang with friends or pick up to take home. Locally owned for over forty years, with a big menu in addition to ice cream. Soft-serve dipped in chocolate is a favorite.
Sundae School (Hilltown), 401 W. Schoolhouse Rd., 215.723-4123 Housed in the old Pennville Schoolhouse – they even have the names and pictures of those who attended school there. Lots of Hershey’s ice cream flavors as well as smoothies, sundaes, Italian ice, candy, ice cream cakes, and chocolate covered bananas. Very friendly staff with an old-fashioned feel inside and outside seating for hanging out. See our Tidbits post on the Sundae School here.
Owowcow Creamery (Ottsville), at the intersection of Routes 563 & 412, near Rt. 611, 610.847.7070 All natural, organic, small batch, handcrafted ice cream, “Italian” style (think rich and dense) made on-site sourcing ingredients from local farms. Outside seating. Just imagine – you can eat healthy, great ice cream and support local farmers. (see below for their Wrightstown location)
Chubby’s Dairy Barn (Plumsteadville), right behind the Plumsteadville Inn, near the intersection of Route 611 and Stump Road, 215.766.7554 Very family- and community-oriented, serving Nelson’s ice cream (from Royersford). Extremely friendly staff—even have treats for dogs who visit.
The Canalside Cup (Easton), 1610 S Delaware Drive, just outside of downtown Easton, 610.253.1234. Walk-up, family-owned food stand, sells ice cream in addition to grilled and fried foods.
Del Val Creamery @ The Market at Del Val (Doylestown), 2100 Lower State Road Locally made by Uncle Dave’s ice cream in Yardley (who also sells at Shady Brook Farm Market). Made from 100 percent super premium Jersey cow milk, from independently owned Pennsylvania dairy farms and using Shady Brook produce – like raspberries, strawberries and peaches – in the ice cream whenever possible. See our story on the Del Val Market.
Nat’s Pizzeria (Doylestown), 138 W. State St, 215.345.8822. Why have we listed a pizza place amidst all these ice cream parlors? Because I think they have the best Philly water ice that I’ve found in Central Bucks. And I grew up in NE Philadelphia. A big cup for a good price plus the ambience of a Philly summer evening. Sitting outside on the picnic benches, in the humid summer air, watching folks and cars go by — brings back memories of my childhood.
Nina’s Waffles (Doylestown), 30 East State Street, Doylestown, 267.454.7294 Nina’s Waffles started their first store in New Hope and recently opened their second shop in Doylestown. They’ve branched out from their well-known waffles to create their own brand of ice cream. See below to find out more information about their flagship store.
Nonno’s Italian Coffee Parlor (Doylestown), 6 East State Street, Doylestown, 215.348.1111Nonno’s stocks Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream and Palazzolo’s Gelato.
Sweet Pea Homemade Ice Cream (Doylestown), 18 West State Street, Doylestown, 215.340.1575 Own-make ice cream in 30 flavors, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes and pies, and homemade candies.
Sweet Pea Farms (Doylestown), 925 Sandy Ridge Road, Doylestown, PA , 267.404.2534Homemade ice cream in a unique farm market. Fresh produce, flowers, kitchenwares, local honey and jams, and cheeses also.
yogurtree (frozen dessert) (Doylestown), Barn Plaza, 1745 S Easton Road, 215.343.8733 yogurtree is a custom designed and built self-serve frozen dessert cafe in Doylestown and Quakertown, PA with 12 flavors of premium frozen yogurt, ice cream, water ice and dozens of toppings to create your own custom dessert.
Pigadilly’s (Lahaska) Peddler’s Village, Shop #53, 215.794.2122 Sixteen hard and nine soft-serve flavors, gelato, baked goods and other light food. Great Peanut Butter Swirl.
Nina’s Waffles (New Hope), 31 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215.862.1660 Nina’s recently expanded from their well-known waffles to create their own brand of ice cream. They serve traditional flavors like chocolate and cookie dough, and more specialty flavors such as sea salt caramel and key lime raspberry.
Moo Hope (New Hope), 22 South Main St, New Hope, 215.421.1588 Located in the heart of New Hope with their own homemade ice cream.
Dilly’s Corner (Centre Bridge), on River Road (Route 32), north of New Hope, right at the Centre Bridge-Stockton bridge, 215.862.5333 Another local favorite that has been there for years. Ice cream, milkshakes and a grill menu. See our review.
Birchwood Farms (Upper Makefield/ Newtown), 428 Brownsburg Road, 215.598.8633 Super premium organic ice cream available in fourteen “Patriotic Flavors” made from 100% whole, nutritious, raw Jersey milk, sold in quarts from their store.
Owowcow Creamery (Wrightstown) in Carousel Village, 591 Durham Rd. (Route 413), 215.598.3248 All natural, organic, small batch, handcrafted ice cream, “Italian” style (think rich and dense) made on-site sourcing ingredients from local farms. (Also in Ottsville and Lambertville, NJ)
Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar (Newtown) 4 South Sycamore Street, 215.968.3544 The tradition continues. Goodnoe’s was the place to go for ice cream for 40 years, back when Newtown was surrounded by farms. Now the next generation is making ice cream again, using the family recipes. The store sells their homemade hand-dipped ice cream in 12 flavors, offers 15 kinds of sundaes, and milkshakes.
Zebra Striped Whale (Newtown), 12 S. State St., 215.860.4122 This local favorite on State Street in Newtown Boro opened in December 2004. It is family-owned and operated, dedicated to providing customers with premium quality ice cream, coffee, and desserts.
Tanner Brothers Dairy (Ivyland/Richboro), 1070 Hatboro Road, 215-357-1716 Tanner’s had been in business for over 100 years as a working dairy farm so you know the ice cream is fresh. Their produce selection and prices are great too, year-round.
Uncle Dave’s (Yardley) at Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, 215-968-1670 Locally made from 100 percent super premium Jersey cow milk, from independently owned Pennsylvania dairy farms and using Shady Brook produce – like raspberries, strawberries and peaches – in the ice cream whenever possible.
Yardley Ice House (Yardley boro), 77 S. Main St., 215.321.9788 Family-owned and run. Gourmet Italian Water Ice (in 22 flavors), gelati, soft serve custard, milk shakes and malts, ice cream sundaes, blend-ins and ice cream floats.
Mom’s Homemade Water Ice & Ice Cream(Langhorne) Pine Watson Center, N. Pine St. Not much online about them but a very popular neighborhood place.
Dairy Delite (Levittown), 972 Woodbourne Rd, 215.547.1636 This hugely popular ice cream place has several locations in Lower Bucks. From what we’ve heard, portions are big and the lines are long.
Gibby’s Ice Cream Store (Levittown), 4010 Veterans Hwy, 215.945.1700 Small, family-owned Levittown landmark serving ice cream and frozen yogurt. The kind of place you grew up with.
Let’s Go to The Hop (Bristol), 2 Pond St, 215.688.3892 Classic “50’s” style Ice Cream shop offering more than just ice cream. Funnel cakes, “Philly Style” sandwiches, fresh cut fries, burgers and more.
And on the other side of the river…
Cravings (Stockton), 10 Risler St, 609.397.2911
Bucks Ice Cream and Espresso Bar (Lambertville), 25 Bridge St, 609.773.0888
Caffe Galleria (Lambertville), 23 North Union St, 609.397.2400
Owowcow Creamery (Lambertville) 237 North Union St, 609.397-2234. All natural, organic, small batch, handcrafted ice cream, “Italian” style (think rich and dense) made on-site sourcing ingredients from local farms. (Also in Ottsville and Wrightstown; see above)
It’s Nutts (Titusville), 1381 River Road, 609.737.0505 Convenient for Bucks County folks in Upper Makefield and Washington Crossing area. Good ice cream, interesting flavors, outside seating right off of River Road/Route 29.
Updated on June 14, 2017
Please let us know of any other ice cream places you feel MUST be included! Email us at: info@BucksCountyTaste.com.
Micro Burst can cause serious flooding
Great information about micro burst from www.weather.gov
Every year we see these smaller weather events cause significant water damage.
What is a microburst?
A microburst is a downdraft (sinking air) in a thunderstorm that is less than 2.5 miles in scale. Some microbursts can pose a threat to life and property, but all microbursts pose a significant threat to aviation. Although microbursts are not as widely recognized as tornadoes, they can cause comparable, and in some cases, worse damage than some tornadoes produce. In fact, wind speeds as high as 150 mph are possible in extreme microburst cases.
There are a handful of factors that cause microbursts to develop, including mid-level dry air entrainment, cooling beneath the thunderstorm cloud base, sublimation (occurs when the cloud base is above the freezing level), and the existence of rain and/or hail within the thunderstorm (i.e. precipitation loading). Some microbursts are driven by a combination of these factors while others may only be driven by one factor. Due to this, microbursts can be subdivided into three primary types -- wet, dry, and hybrid. Cooling beneath the thunderstorm cloud base and sublimation are the primary forcing mechanisms with dry microbursts. Dry microbursts typically occur with very little precipitation at the surface or aloft, hence the dry type. Wet microbursts, on the other hand, are primarily driven by entrainment of mid-level dry air and precipitation loading. Hybrid microbursts possess characteristics of both wet and dry microbursts. They are forced in the mid-levels by dry air entrainment and/or precipitation loading and in the low-levels by cooling beneath the cloud base and/or sublimation.
It's possible that the microburst that produced an 81 mph wind gust at Amarillo on July 22 was a hybrid microburst with an inclination toward the wet side. Before discussing the image below, we need to provide some background information first. The National Weather Service in Amarillo performs an upper air observation by releasing a radiosonde twice a day (currently 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.). These observations are vital for forecasters to assess how the vertical structure of the atmosphere changes with time. The data that are received by these radiosondes can be graphically plotted on a diagram called a Skew-T (Figure 1). Pressure lines are the horizontal lines and they decrease with height; the surface is the brown colored area at the bottom of the image. The bold red line on the Skew-T is the actual air temperature and the bold green line is the actual dew point temperature. As these lines move toward the left, values decrease, and as the lines move toward the right, values increase. It can be seen that as pressure decreases (height increases), the temperature generally decreases. The closer together the temperature and dew point lines are to each other, the greater the amount of saturation. When they are farther apart, it indicates less saturation. On the Skew-T below, the lines are far apart between the surface and roughly 8,000 feet above the surface, indicating this layer in the atmosphere is not very saturated (i.e. a dry layer). Between 8,000 feet and 15,000 feet, the lines are closer together, which implies a layer in the atmosphere that is more saturated (i.e. more moist). This layer is where clouds are most likely to form due to the greater saturation. Between 15,000 feet and 37,000 feet, the separation between the temperature and dew point substantially increases, which indicates a large layer of dry air.
Figure 1. Amarillo Skew-T for the evening of July 22.
The Skew-T for Amarillo at 6 p.m. on the evening of July 22 (Figure 1) was modified for conditions just before the microburst occurred -- an air temperature of 100 F and a dew point temperature of 56 F. Modifying this Skew-T indicates a close match to a what a hybrid microburst Skew-T would look like. Abundant mid-level dry air was present, indicating the potential for this to be entrained into a thunderstorm. There was also a lot of dry air in the lower levels, indicating the potential for cooling below the cloud base. The cloud base was warmer than freezing, so sublimation should not have played a role in driving the microburst. The atmosphere was moderately unstable (characterized by a surface-based CAPE value of 1,591 J/kg), meaning that the air was more than buoyant enough for thunderstorms to develop. This also indicates that updrafts (rising air) within any thunderstorms could be strong enough to cause precipitation loading. Putting all of this information together indicates a high potential for microburst formation, regardless of whether dry, wet, or hybrid microbursts were most favored. Nonetheless, the driving forces for microburst production that were present likely favored hybrid microbursts.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks supports the Quakertown Concert Series
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, Germantown and Pennypack/Bustleton Big Green Tent
The Quakertown Concert Series at The Univest Performance Center continues as announced by Univest.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is proud to be a supporting sponsor. We look forward to The Charlie Daniels Band tonight. The big green tent is ready to go. That thing is everywhere!
See the Quakertown Borough and Univest announcement from May 2018.
Quakertown Borough Announces Univest Performance Center
By: Univest May 7, 2018
The Borough of Quakertown recently announced that Univest Bank and Trust Co. will serve as the official sponsor of the amphitheater at the Park at Fourth, which will now be known as the Univest Performance Center. Starting in June, the Sounds of Summer Concert Series at the Univest Performance Center will feature six concerts from world-class entertainers on select Thursdays throughout the summer.
The 2018 concert line-up consists of the following acts:
June 14: Tommy James & the Shondells
June 28: The Marshall Tucker Band
July 12: The Charlie Daniels Band
July 26: Journey Former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
August 16: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
August 23: The Little River Band
Tickets for the Sounds of Summer Concert Series, presented by Sands Auto Group, will be available for purchase starting Thursday, May 3, 2018 online at http://quakertown.eventbrite.com/.
Updating and utilizing the amphitheater at the Park at Fourth is a key component to the Borough’s overall revitalization plan, which has already helped stimulate the local economy by attracting new businesses and developers.
“Quakertown Borough Council and Administration are grateful to the generosity Univest Bank and Trust Co. is demonstrating with their involvement in sponsoring the new amphitheater in our Park at Fourth. This type of collaboration between private and public enhances the quality of our community, brings cultural dimension to our parks system, and works to keep the costs for the park improvements out of the borough’s operating budget,” said Quakertown council president Donald Rosenberger. “The Borough is committed to providing our community and surrounding area with top-shelf entertainment at the Univest Performance Center.”
Last year, the Sounds of Summer Concert Series was introduced and immediately attracted thousands of concert goers for its three performances. This year, with Univest’s support, the series has grown, and the Borough is eager to capitalize on this underused property. The Borough is confident that the Univest Performance Center will further help promote tourism, drive awareness of downtown businesses, encourage a local sense of community, and further establish Quakertown as a destination point.
“Univest Bank and Trust Co. is thrilled to be part of the exciting revitalization taking place in Quakertown,” said Mike Keim, president, Univest Bank and Trust Co. “For 142 years, Univest has been committed to supporting the local communities we serve. Uniting neighbors, friends and family while experiencing arts and culture will undoubtedly bring our community closer together. We look forward to a summer filled with great entertainment, fellowship and fun.”
For more information on the Sounds of Summer Concert Series, contact the Quakertown Borough’s Parks & Recreation Department at 215-536-5001.
Emergency Ready Profiles
Can we determine when disaster strikes?
Unfortunately, we can never really know when a disaster will strike. Anything could happen at any moment, so as a business, it is essential to prepare for an emergency.
Why should you prepare for an emergency?
There are a few reasons:
1.Safety! Being prepared means keeping everyone involved safe during an emergency.
2. To minimize damage done to the building. If you understand where the water shut off is for instance, then you can turn off the water during a pipe burst, therefore stopping the source.
3. Save money!! Less damage=less expensive.
SERVPRO® provides an Emergency Ready Profile to help you prepare for disaster.
This FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is designed to organize all of the critical information necessary during a disaster. For example, locations of shut offs for utilities and Emergency Contact information.
Oh, and it is FREE
If you are interested in learning more about this tool, please contact us at (215)-536-7989 or email marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com
Are you prepared? We can help!
Unfortunately, disaster can strike at any moment of any day, any time, or anywhere. Sadly, for this 60,000 sq/ft building in Quakertown, PA, a fire occurred.
An electrical fire is believed to have caused this devastating fire affecting 100% of the inside of the facility. There is a total of 160 rooms and the whole facility needs a heavy cleaning. More specifically, the rooms surrounding the source will need to be fully gutted.
With a devastating disaster such as this, temporary power is necessary, so we provided a generator to power the facility. We use vapor sharks, which attacks odors as well as desiccants, which will lessen the moisture in the area to avoid any other issues. These types of equipment, and more will be implemented during the restoration process.
This kind of loss requires lots of cleaning as well, especially the soot that takes up the entire building. SERVPRO is to the rescue on this, and will make this building "Like it never even happened®."
There is no job too big or too small. We are here to help minimize the stress that comes with these situations.
First Responder Support Month!
Our Marketing Manager and Marketing Assistant at the shooting range with their police academy program!
Here at SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, we thrive on the support of our First Responders!
May is First Responder Support Month, so we want to continue to remind our local fire departments, EMS Departments, and police officers that we appreciate and support them! They put so much on the line for our community, and we want to give back.
What are ways SERVPRO supports our First Responders?
First, we DONATE DONATE DONATE! Whether it is resources or time we make an effort all year long to donate to our First Responders. We do this through the donation of cases of water. Most fire departments are volunteer ran, so donating something as simple as water can go a long way for these organizations. We donate water all year round, and even host an event called "Hydrating Heroes" at the end of year, to donate these cases of water in bulk to all of the fire departments in the Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. All money is raised to purchase these cases through our SERVPRO Golf Outing Classic in September.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks also donates our time to first responders. This means we volunteer at various events our First Responders host such as fire department breakfasts, festivals, and more! We want to help in any way we can, so simply volunteering can go a long way.
We also have been sending our staff to the Citizen's Police Academy with Quakertown Borough Police Department the past couple years. What does this mean? Our staff go to these classes, and learn about the police department, how they operate, and develop more appreciation for them and what they do. This is another way to support your police, and engaging in these classes learning about them. Our staff just complete the classes this week, and they had a wonderful time!
How can you support our First Responders?
There are plenty of ways. You can do something as simple as saying hello and thanking them. If you see a police officer on the street, go up to them and thank them. They will appreciate that!
To go even further, drop them off a basket, or card, or an other goodies! On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in January, bring them coffee in the morning before they start their day! Something as small as that can make someone's day.
Want to go even further? VOLUNTEER! The police departments need Fire Police, the fire departments need volunteer fire fighters, and so much more opportunities!
Remember, this month is First Responder Appreciation Month, National Police Week is May 16th to May 19th, and National EMS Week is May 20th to May 26th!
SERVPRO is a huge supporter for First Responders, and continue to be as involved as possible through donation, volunteer work, and involvement in various organizations such as the Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute (PFESI).
A day at SERVPRO of Upper Bucks
What's a day at SERVPRO of Upper Bucks like?
Well...let's find out! A video touring our facility is posted in our video section as well! Here at our office, we are like a little community. The beauty of working for a company such as SERVPRO, we get the small office environment.
We have our technicians and crew chiefs, who are out doing what we do best--RESTORATION!! They come in every morning and prepare for the day, and then they're out working on jobs! They are essential to our company, but this is not to say our office staff is not important. We all work together to make a great business! We are like a machine, all parts are important and essential to success.
Now, we have our office staff, and they work just as hard to help make our business a success! Watch the video to see what our office staff is doing!
Hey, maybe in the next post, you'll get to meet an office member! You'll also get to meet a crew member...I know the anticipation is probably driving you nuts! Not to worry, that will come soon. This is simply the beginning of many introductions.
As I mentioned the crew comes in every morning where they'll learn where they will work for the day. From there, they're off! Upcoming posts will provide insight on what typically happens on a water job or a fire job.
For now, take a look at the video posted to learn about what our office looks like, and all the happy faces that inhabit it!
Watch out this winter for water damage...with the weather warming up, the snow melting, that means potential for water damage. Make sure you call the clean-up professionals, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks to help you with this stressful time. Our goal is to make your home or business back to the way it was prior to the disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
Call us at (215)-536-7989 if you need us!
Commercial Services-Property Management
Here at SERVPRO, we're here for both residential & commercial buildings.
Commercial buildings include, but are not limited to: healthcare, education facilities, & retail.
One particular kind of commercial property will be the subject of my post today. Take a guess. It's in the title :)
You got it: PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, Property management is defined as: the management of land and buildings as a business, including keeping buildings in good condition and renting property.
Disaster can strike at any moment, and anywhere. A good chunk of facilities impacted involve property management. A good example of this would be a property manager of an apartment complex. They are in charge of the building, so they unfortunately have to deal with a lot of emergencies such as water or fire damage.
What kinds of facilities do property managers manage? There are several kinds! Here's a couple examples:
1. Multi-level commercial buildings
2. Multi tenant facilities
3. Small Office BUildings
4. Apartment Complexes
We work really hard at these type of facilities to make sure there's as little interruptions to tenants as possible. For example, we had an incident where there was water damage in a multi tenant office building. I mean, there were several kinds of offices in this building. Our team came in and got the job done without interfering with the other tenants. We make sure we take care of your facility with care, but also with professionalism and quality work as soon as possible.
We can do work ranging from odor removal all the way to total project management. We can do that and more! We are available 24/7, so if a water damage occurs at 2:00AM in a tenant office, give us a call!
Here at SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, we are ready to help in any sized disaster at any time! We work with property managers and be sure that they are 100% satisfied with the work put in. Our professionalism and fast-paced work helps minimize interruption for property managers during this stressful time.
Have any questions or need anything? Give us a call at 215-536-7989
"Like it never even happened."
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
SERVPRO Supports our Law Enforcement!
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day-January 9th, 2018
What is that? We'll tell you!
This is a day to appreciate and support our law enforcement. They sacrifice so much to protect the community, so we give back to them and show them we appreciate what they do.
Today, our office went to several police departments in the area and dropped off coffee and donuts (I know, cliche). We want them to know we support them. What are some nice things you can do for your local police?
There's endless possibilities of what you can do to show them you care! It can be as little as a "thank you" or as big as a celebration party for them!
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day may be almost over, but why restrict it to one day of appreciation? Let's make a week out of it! A month! All the time!
Are you stumped on what to do for them? Here are some ideas:
- Shake their hand and thank them
- Bring coffee and donuts
- Bake them cookies (or do what I do and buy them and put them on a plate)
- Throw a party, why not?!
- Make them a card
- Thank you card--have your office sign it, family, friends, what ever you want to do.
- If you have kids or work with kids, make a fun arts and crafts project to make for the police officers--or have adults do it too :).
- Put together a little gift basket
- If you can't do these things, wear blue! Represent our law enforcement and support them.
- Make a poster and hang it up. Be proud of your creation!
- They work long hours, put together a fun basket to help them through the long nights (ex. little comics, snacks, etc.)
There are so many great things you can do to show a police officer you appreciate them. One little act of kindness can go a long way. Maybe an officer had a tough day, and by supporting them, it could make their whole week. These ideas could go on forever, but we will restrict it these 10 for now. If you decide to do something for your local law enforcement, take a picture and send it to us! We want to see what great things our community is doing!!
Send your pictures to marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com. SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is here for our law enforcement and for our community. We hope that delivering our coffee and donuts made someone smile today.
Frozen Pipes: What are they and what do I do if they break?!
Winter months are slowly approaching, and although we had a mild fall thus far, we must begin to prepare for the winter weather ahead. A reoccurring issue, which surfaces every winter, is the fact that our pipes can freeze; once those pipes freeze, they can burst which can cause water damage. Water damage can cause stress on the home or business owner, but there are strategies that can minimize frustration as much as possible.
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, “Frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops.” Frozen pipes become a serious issue during the winter months, especially in regions where the temperature can significantly drop. This decrease in temperature will cause the water to expand, therefore putting pressure on the container it is in. With this much pressure, the pipes can break. Once the pipes break, there can be a water damage emergency situation. What the owner does next will determine the severity of the damage until help arrives.
The primary focus in a water damage situation is safety. There are questions the home/business owners must ask themselves such as, “Is it safe to stay in the house?” There is the concern of electrical and “slip and fall” hazards, which must be watched out for.
If a pipe does break, there are strategies that can be implemented to lesson the water damage. Here is a list of helpful tips that can be done until help arrives:
-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
-Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
-Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
-Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
-Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
-Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
-Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
-Gather loose items from floors.
In a Matter of Minutes...
Have You Checked Your Smoke Detectors Lately?
In a matter of minutes, a home emergency can become a catastrophic loss. An emergency such as a small kitchen fire can quickly turn into a blaze spreading rapidly throughout your home or business. Will you know? Will you be alerted of such a problem before it is too late?
It is these types of scenarios that many individuals hope to never have to experience and therefore, typically do not spend time thinking about, “what if?”
That is why during the month of October, Firefighters and their associated departments host open-houses and fire-safety events with the goal of educating the public about preparedness and what to do in case of an emergency. These open-houses are filled with fire-safety activities and take-homes for kids to constantly remind them of how important preparedness and safety are. Many of the fire companies will even help you to make sure your smoke detectors are in good working condition and if they are not, they will help you to replace them.
In October 2017, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks proudly participated in three of their local fire companies’ open-house events. We were there to help educate about fire-safety and focus on the aftermath in the event of a fire. We spent time with members of our community as well as with many members of our local, volunteer fire departments. Each open-house was unique but the goal for all three was simple: be prepared!
Emergency Ready Bags
A simple grease fire can turn into devastation
Attention Residents in the Quakertown Area: We Need Your Help!
In an effort to support first responders and our neighbors, we are starting an "Emergency Ready Bag" program in our area.
So far, we have asked one local fire department to partner with us on the first round of bags and we hope to see it grow from there.
We will be filling SERVPRO draw-string bags with some of the basic necessities often forgotten about during an emergency. We will then donate these bags to the fire department for them to hand out to any victim(s) of a fire, flood, evacuation or other emergency that may prevent them from staying in their home.
To help make this venture a success, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is humbly asking local businesses to donate any of the items (singular or in bulk) from the list below:
- Wet wipes
- Cotton Swabs
- Shaving cream
- Coloring Books/Crayons
- Diapers (sizes 2/4)
- dog food/toy
***If you have any questions, or are interested in making a donation please contact Sara Langdon at (215)-536-7989***
Back-to-School & Unwelcome Surprises!
Is Your School Ready & Mold-Free?
runny nose and itchy eyes are just a few of the common symptoms associated with certain allergens. While these symptoms may not seem too serious, for allergy-sufferers, they can be a complete nuisance.
One particularly hard-to-tackle cause of allergies is practically unavoidable because it is every where.
That’s right! Mold actually consists of microscopic spores that thrive in our air space both indoors and out. This is why mold “removal” is an impossible task. Mold can, however, be managed and remediated if treated properly.
For example, as the fall season is rapidly approaching and schools across the Upper Bucks County are preparing for the upcoming year, some faculty returning early are surprised with a heavy musty smell upon opening the doors after a much-needed summer break. Unfortunately, many school buildings make the decision to cut the AC for the warm-weather months to help reduce costs but many do not consider the fact that mold reproduces even quicker in an environment filled with moisture.
Luckily for our local schools and those across the United States, SERPVRO has highly trained mold technicians prepared to tackle this kind of job. On several occasions, mold has been discovered in one or more areas of a classroom(s) and our teams have completed the job in just one weekend, so come Monday morning, it's "Like it never even happened."
Call us today @ 215-536-7989 for more information or for references on a job well-done at the aforementioned situation!
Preparing Your Family for an Emergency
Prevent This Disaster!
Have You Planned?
Preparing Your Home for an Emergency
Have you ever stopped to wonder what it is like for those who have suffered the loss of everything they own and love in a home fire? Have you ever wondered what it would like be if it were you?
If you have stopped to think about the impact a fire or other related emergency could have on you and your family, then you’re a step ahead! If not, it is time to start emergency planning now because the best thing you can be in the event of an emergency is, prepared.
It is important to keep in mind every second counts and having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death.
Here are some tips to help properly prepare:
- Plan and practice your emergency escape route
- Locate all known and potential exits from your home
- Purchase a home fire extinguisher and store it in a safe, easy-to-locate place
- Install and properly maintain a smoke detector
- Ask your local fire department to inspect your home for fire safety
In addition to the steps mentioned above, SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business. This profile contains all important information such as water and gas shut off locations and key contacts in one convenient location.
If you are interested in getting your home ready for a possible emergency, call us today! (215)-536-7989.
Severe Storms and Weather
Lightning Strikes Close
Did you know?
Lightning strikes kill more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes? (www.redcross.org)
Severe weather is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Severe storms can wreak havoc on your home or business and can be accompanied by flash flooding, damaging winds, fallen trees and power outages.
One of the most common disasters SERVPRO of Upper Bucks remediates is roofs damaged, if not destroyed, by a fallen tree. In fact, as is common throughout the United States, winds may be strong enough to down tree limbs, knock out power, or may even be strong enough to down entire trees onto homes, parked cars, or whatever happens to cross their path, thus producing structural damage to homes and buildings (www.weather.com).
In a more severe circumstance, SERVPRO teams from the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area collectively responded to the victims of Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. Countless homes, stores, vacation retreats and hotels were severely impacted and many of them have required years of repairs and recovery.
Therefore, with the amount of damage that can be done, it is important for you to adhere to any known storm warning or threat of severe weather. Stay indoors, secure your immediate area and if possible, stay up-to-date.
Commercial Cleaning Services
Emergencies can strike at any time! SERVPRO is here to help.
Residential vs. Commercial
To start, water, fire, mold or any other type of damage to any building is never expected or hoped for. However, when these disasters do happen, they affect a business differently than they affect a homeowner.
When an emergency strikes a business, there are numerous things the owner must consider; Are my employees going to be okay? Will they make it through this tough time? How long will my business remain closed and therefore non-profitable? When will I be able to re-open?
Many of these questions can be unnerving and simply too much for a business owner to deal with. In fact, 50% of businesses may never recover after they have suffered a disaster.
To shed some hope though, the SERVPRO of Upper Bucks team is highly trained and equipped to deal with any emergency, any time of the day and any size. We will work diligently to ensure any business can re-open and get back on track.
If you are a business owner and find yourself amidst an emergency situation, call SERVPRO of Upper Bucks: (215)-536-7989.
215-536-7989: Attention Quakertown Residents!
Don't let your sump pump fail!
Sump Pump Failure?
Many homeowners in and around the Quakertown area (yes, that means those of you in Perkasie, Sellersville, and Coopersburg too!) rely on a sump pump to keep their basement from flooding. But have you ever stopped to think what may happen if your sump pump fails?
Will you realize it's not working?
Will you wake up to several inches of water in your basement?
These are questions that many people typically do not consider until it is too late. Be sure to do your routine maintenance and make sure all of the working parts which comprise your sump pump are working properly.
If you do happen to wake up to that unwelcome surprise in your basement, no worries! Just call your local SERVPRO office located in Perkasie and we'll make it, "Like it never even happened." 215-536-7989
You Clean What?
Hazardous clean-up? We have you covered!
Biohazard & Crime Scene Clean Up
Do you ever stop to wonder who has to clean up the scene after a chemical spill or a death/suicide accident?
If not, you are probably like most and lucky enough to not have needed to consider this type of work. However, if you fall into the other category, you know very well that a hazardous scene must be left to the professionals to clean.
Blood borne pathogens, disease, risk of infection and chemical burns are a just a few items to consider when dealing with a biohazard clean-up. Luckily, our team is highly trained and well prepared to protect both themselves and you from any potential harm.
Our team also fully understands that these situations are often extremely difficult and sensitive times in a person's life and therefore demonstrate compassion and empathy while completing the work in a timely fashion.
For more information on biohazard clean-up's, please check out the BIO/Hazmat section of our website.
Also, if you are in the industry, look for the SERVPRO booth at the upcoming PFDA-Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association-Conference & Expo April 23rd through the 26th!
Chambers of Commerce
Check out UBCC's website! http://www.ubcc.org/
What exactly are they?
What is their primary goal?
A chamber of commerce has one, unified goal-to further the interests of those local businesses which are members and advocate for both the local and business community.
Local chambers provide endless opportunities for networking, business development and active involvement through committees, chamber & community events.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks takes great pride in being involved with our local community. We have found that over the years, being actively involved with several of our local Chambers of Commerce has helped us to increase our involvement and meet many other members and neighbors!
The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to, “build strong partnerships within its business community in order to advance the principals of free enterprise and to enhance the quality of life in Upper Bucks County”, has been a particularly strong organization to be a part of. SERVPRO of Upper Bucks has been a proud member since 2006 and supports the chamber through continued membership and support of/at UBCC events such as their annual golf outing, business expo and Upper Bucks Foodie.
The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce is a conduit for success in our local community. Their dedicated team has, time and again, gone above their expected duties to ensure our business as well as others, is promoted and supported effectively.
Associated Builders and Contractors
ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter
Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association which represents almost 21,000 chapter members. The goal of ABC is to help its chapter members develop, win work and deliver said work in a safe and ethical manner that creates profit for all parties involved. ABC works hard to better the communities in which they and their members live and work. ABC’s primary activities include but are not limited to; government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, and business development. ABC offers endless opportunities for its members to develop professionally, network and get involved through various committees and events.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks saw the benefit in joining such a prestigious association and garnered excitement among a few other SERVPRO affiliates and collectively joined as a group. We have representatives from SERVPRO who are apart of the workforce development committee as well as the young professionals committee. We take advantage of utilizing ABC East’s beautiful facilities to host our meetings and in the future, continuing education classes.
The ABC Easter PA Chapter, of which we are a part of, represents more than 14,000 construction employees who work for more than 450 member companies. SERVPRO saw this as an excellent opportunity to partner with ABC East and offer our Emergency Ready Profiles, free-of-charge, to the many members and businesses. Follow the link to check out our special offer on ABC’s website!
Look What the Cat Dragged In! Mold?
Mold is everywhere.
No, that is not an exaggeration. Spores of mold are microscopic entities floating in the air which can enter your home or business through a cracked window, open door, AC/heating system and possibly on your pet.
One good thing to keep in mind about mold, however, is that not all molds are dangerous and can be present without causing harm. Mold remediation is useful for those who are prone to allergies or when mold is discovered in a densely populated building such as a school.
There are, however, certain types of mold that must be removed immediately. Black mold, for instance, can be potentially harmful but it does emit an indistinguishable, fowl smell that can lead a professional right to its source!
It is important to begin remediation quickly. SERVPRO follows a strict process to effectively remove mold from an affected area.
- Mold Containment-the affected area is sealed shut as to not release spores
- Air Filtration-cleaning the air of spores
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials-some materials must be thrown away
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- HEPA processes -used to remove mold/mold spores, clean and seal.
Check out our mold remediation section to learn more about the process and mold in general.
Burst Pipes During Winter
Frozen, burst pipe.
What exactly causes a burst pipe?
The cold weather season may be great for those who love to ski or snowboard but those who own/rent a house, may feel less enticed by the decreasing temperatures.
Polar vortexes, frosts and reoccurring cold fronts can cause severe damages to the pipes in and outside your home. While several factors can result in a burst pipe, the main reason is freezing temperatures. When the water inside a pipe freezes, the freezing process causes the water to expand thus creating pressure on the pipe from within. Additionally, trickles of water may still be flowing through and in between the frozen walls of the pipes.
All combined, the pressure becomes too great and the pipe ruptures at a weaker joint or even in the middle at times. As pipes can run from underground, outside and up through your home, the amount of water damage can be extensive and costly.
- Instill a regular seasonal maintenance plan-i.e. disconnect and drain any outdoor hoses before the cold weather; as one of these bursting can cause extensive damage to your entire plumbing system
- For plumbing pipes located in an unheated area of your home or business, consider foam pipe insulation ($50-$200 depending on length)
- If you migrate to a warmer climate throughout any extended time during the winter months; make sure your furnace is set no lower than 55 degrees and the main water supply is shut-off during the time you are away
Check out our water damage section to see how we can make it, "like it never even happened", if you find yourself dealing with a burst pipe!
December 9th, 2016 turned out to be an exceptionally successful and unique day in the SERVPRO world.
Early in the morning on this day, owners and staff from SERVPROs of the Greater Philadelphia region teamed up to accept a delivery of 1,800 cases of SERVPRO-branded water at the SERVPRO of Upper Bucks' warehouse.
The 1,800 cases were intended for donation and distribution. 25-50 cases were allocated to surrounding first responder organizations. First Responders have a high demand for water for use on their apparatus, at their facility, or while responding to an emergency situation.
The 1,800 cases of water arrived promptly at 9 a.m. via tractor trailer and SERVPRO staff were at the ready to unload all 25 pallets and temporarily place them in the warehouse.
After all 25 pallets were safely secured, the distribution began. SERVPRO trucks and vans, in addition to the vehicles of the several first responder organizations who attended that morning to personally accept their donations, filled the two loading docks and front lawn continuously until just remnants of the empty pallets were left. From there, the cases were delivered to almost 100 previously-contacted first responders in the surrounding areas.
One of the attendees that morning later thanked us for the event stating, "I cannot tell you how grateful we are for your organization's generosity!" It's comments like these that make community involvement truly fulfilling.
We hope to continue the spirit of Hydrating Heroes I by hosting another sometime during the warmer weather months. Stay tuned and a sincere thank-you to those who helped make the first one such a success!
When a disaster happens, take care of it right away!
Imagine yourself waking up, coming down the stairs to make your morning brew. You’re yawning, not paying particular attention to your surroundings until, “Splash!”
You’re suddenly ankle deep in a large puddle of water.
But is it just a puddle?
No, you’re awake now and you realize this “puddle” is covering the entire first floor of your home. Where did this all come from? What do you do? Who do you call? The Fire Department? The Police?
You have so many questions with exceptionally little time. Once water has entered your home, extraction becomes an essential, time-sensitive matter.
1, 4, 8...
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks strictly abides to meeting or exceeding the “1,4,8” rule. Within one hour of receiving a new loss, the client will be contacted by one of our compliance staff to schedule a time for our crew chief to come scope the affected areas. Within four hours of scheduling, our highly-trained crew will arrive on-site to begin work. After eight hours, all current job information will be processed, uploaded and relayed to client.
It is with the, “1, 4, 8” rule that SERVPRO of Upper Bucks effectively performs time-management skills. The nature of our business is to help clients get through some of the toughest times they may face. Many of them have just lost their personal belongings or content, or a piece of their being that is otherwise irreplaceable. Because of these reasons, we do everything we can to act promptly and begin the restoration process in order to return a sense of normalcy to our client’s lives as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks' booth at their local fire department's open house!
How You Can Get Involved
Many of your local, volunteer fire departments may be seemingly hard to connect with. After all, many of them are 100% volunteer-run and are generally only on-site if there is a fire or emergency.
So how can you change this dilemma?
If you're in marketing, spend time each week perusing the websites of your local fire departments. Many, if not all of them, will have some sort of an events page or calendar. Keep your eyes peeled for their open houses, fire-prevention week events, breakfasts or dinners. While these events may seem arbitrary, members of various fire departments greatly appreciate any support they can receive.
Getting involved with your local fire departments means you have the chance to meet many members of your local communities.
Don't underestimate the power of branding. It may be hard to recognize support of local community events as being vital to your marketing efforts but trust me, the more your neighbors see the SERVPRO logo, the more likely they are to start recognizing you as trust-worthy members of their community.
So what are you waiting for!? Get out there and provide support in any way you can. Being an involved member of your community, especially through support of your local fire departments, is a great way to grow your business!
Growing Within Our Community
Meeting Our Neighbors
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks has spent almost 20 years in business in their local community. 20 years is a long time to spend within a community, yet we've realized we've neglected the importance of actually taking the time to meet our neighbors and local businesses.
We've recently begun to refocus our attention on what matters most, our community.
Who better to meet than those who put their lives on the line for our protection? SERVPRO of Upper Bucks supports their first responders through participation and support of their events such as; 5K runs/walks, Police Chiefs' meetings and fire department open houses. We also donate cases of water to our first responders for use during their emergency situations.
There is no community event (or building emergency) too big or too small for SERVPRO of Upper Bucks. We are constantly welcoming the opportunity to sponsor and participate in local events. Recently, we have provided our support through volunteerism and donations at several fall festivals, inaugural concerts, Fire Department open-houses and breakfasts, Chamber of Commerce events as well as career-oriented school-sponsored programs.
Our Doors Are Always Open
We are hoping to continue to grow in our community by meeting all of our neighbors at community events and much more! We welcome the opportunity to meet with community members, business leaders, Chamber(s) of Commerce members, Police, Firemen or any one of our neighbors wishing to stop by and learn more about our business!
Give us a call or stop by the office at any time!
If you'd like to see some of the events we've recently participated in, visit our website under the community events section!
We look forward to meeting you, neighbor!
Fire Prevention and Safety
Fire Prevention and Proper Planning are Essential!
Did you know, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were approximately 1,240,000 fires between the years 2003 and 2013? In the year 2013 alone, 3,240 victims lost their lives in a fire-related incident.
Numbers like these are the exact reason fire prevention planning is so vital for every home, school, or business. How long has it been since you last checked your smoke detector(s)? If the answer is, “I’m not sure” or “Probably not in months”, then check yours immediately! Smoke alarms should be checked and monitored at least once a month. While checking, ensure that the batteries are fully charged and/or new. If not, be sure to replace them!
In addition to checking and monitoring your smoke alarms, make sure to check the locations of alarms throughout the home or building. An alarm should be installed on every level of your home or business, paying particular attention to inside/outside sleeping areas. It’s important to ensure that everyone is awakened and alert in the event of a fire because you may have as little as two minutes to respond and evacuate. Early smoke detection from a properly operating smoke detector can help save lives and prevent irreparable amounts of damage.
In addition to checking your alarms, be sure to have your family members, loved ones and employees practice a pre-determined fire escape plan. Being prepared for a fire emergency can make the difference between life and death.
If a fire does occur, respond, leave the building and stay out of the flames. Do not re-enter the blaze for any reason whatsoever!
If you have any more questions regarding fire prevention or how to prepare, call SERVPRO today. We provide free Emergency Ready Plans and have vast fire experience and knowledge.
Ho! Ho! Puff?: A Cold Weather Dilemma
What look like gigantic spider webs are actually soot webs caused by a puff back!
Crank up the heat! The colder weather is upon us and your heaters are soon going to be roaring back to life. For many of us, our heating systems will turn on flawlessly and get to work toasting our freezing feet. But for many others, the consequences of having left your heater sit unattended and inactive throughout the warm-weather months; can leave you with a costly and time-consuming mess.
Puff Backs are a result of a misfiring in your furnace. This misfire causes an explosion of soot and debris that shoot back into your home leaving your walls, furnishings, carpets and many other household items, coated in a difficult-to-remove film. The explosion of soot brings to the forefront an underlying, usually simple, problem with the mechanics of your furnace such as a valve or filter in need of replacement.
However, even though the mechanical fix may be relatively simple, you won’t realize just how many things can be affected in your home by a puff back until you have one happen. The soot somehow finds a way into the smallest nooks and spaces of your home leaving you with a very difficult mess to clean up.
The best thing for you to do in this situation is to call in the professionals. The soot and debris are not only hard to clean up but may be dangerous without the proper knowledge due to the chemicals released during the explosion.
SERVPRO has a very unique, hands-on approach to dealing with puff backs which we tailor to every incident. If a puff back occurs on a porous material/surface, for example, then we are able to perform a more abrasive wet-cleaning process. However, if the soot has landed on a non-porous material/surface, then our highly-trained techs will spend the time strenuously cleaning your walls and surfaces with a dry sponge ensuring that everything in your home returns to its pre-damage condition.
Some things you may be able to do to prevent a puff back include;
- Ensuring your oil-heating system is free of dust and debris
- Inspect and provide service to your heating system before you need to use it
- If you hear strange noises or begin to see any soot residue around your furnace, call your heating company immediately
If you are unable to perform those steps or if you find yourself standing in an inch-deep pile of soot and debris, call SERVPRO today and we’ll send our crews out to make it, “like it never even happened!”
Falling for Winter: Preparing Your Home
Severe Winter Weather
With the cold-weather months approaching, there are some things you can do to protect your home from the threat of winter-related damage.
Living in a climate that progresses through all four seasons puts your home at risk for seasonal damages that may be prevented with proper preparation.
Below is a list of things you can do to help get your home ready to survive the enduring winter weather;
- During the cold winter months, homeowners fret the dreaded heating bill and pile on layers of warm clothes before even thinking about adjusting their thermostat. An easier way? Seal all doors, windows and openings to the home. Weather stripping is a relatively simple technique to use around door and window frames to prevent any drafts from coming in and keep the heat from going out. In addition, if you have any gaps on the exterior of your home, be sure to fix those with some caulk, another relatively simple and inexpensive method to reduce that heating bill.
- During the lovely Fall season, be sure to inspect the exterior of your home for any potential problem areas. For example, examine your roof for any missing or damaged shingles or check your windows for cracks and gaps.
- Clean your gutters! During the Fall, the multi-colored leaves make a habit of landing in your gutters causing your gutters to lose their efficient draining abilities. There are generally no visible signs of standing water in your gutter until it is too late, so be proactive and get them cleaned ahead of time!
- Before the frigid air makes a semi-permanent residence, have your heating system checked by a professional. Whether it is central or furnace heat, a system that is running well is almost always more efficient and will save you time and money in the end!
Now is the time to start protecting your home and embracing for the winter months. If you need help, give us a call at 215.536.7989. Our friendly office staff will be able to set you up with an appointment for our free Emergency Ready Profile.
Water Mitigation-Why It's Important
Don't Wait, Call SERVPRO!
Let’s start by defining mitigation, according to FEMA it is, “the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.” Specifically, water mitigation is a process that reduces or prevents the amount of damage that can be caused by water after a leak, storm, burst pipe, or flood.
These efforts are most effective when mitigation is performed as soon as possible! Why? When water sits in a damaged area for extended lengths of time, the risk for more damage increases drastically. Sitting water can lead to microbial growth, cracks in foundation, irreversible content damage, carpet/flooring damage, etc.
Unfortunately, water-related disasters can occur at any time. The costs and effects of water damage are unpredictable, which is why it is important to begin the mitigation process in a timely manner.
There are several steps you can take while you wait for our highly-trained crews to arrive;
- Try to close the main water source or shut off any water sources that may be causing the flooding
- Please stay away from any electrical devices. Shut down your electric breaker to prevent any injuries
- If you can safely gain access, take any curtains or draperies away from water or any wet carpet
- If you can safely gain access, remove items that may cause stain to your wet carpet such as, fabrics, books, papers, plants and shoes
- DO NOT place newspaper on wet carpet to walk on as ink transfers very easily to wet carpet fibers
- Avoid walking on carpet as much as possible to avoid spreading the effected area
Once we arrive, our crews will begin SERVPRO's unique water mitigation process. SERVPRO’s process contains a specialized set of steps to ensure property value is restored to normal;
Step 1: Emergency Contact- Our representatives will guide you through several, important questions that will allow our crews to respond more quickly and efficiently
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment-Once on scene, our crews scrupulously inspect your property’s water damage, which will help them determine the type of water damage and the areas that are affected
Step 3: Water Extraction-Hundreds to thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums.
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification-After the bulk of the water has been removed, our crews use specialized equipment to target any water that is harder to access. Our crews implement a scientific drying method to extract any remaining water and moisture using air movers and dehumidifiers.
Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing-Since water damage also affects belongings, furniture, clothes and many other personal items, our crews will clean restorable items through a process of specialized techniques. Our crews will also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove any odors using air scrubbers and fogging equipment
Step 6: Restoration- This is our last step to ensuring your home or business returns to its pre-water damage condition. This step can be as minor as replacing some drywall panels or as major as reconstruction. Either way, SERVPRO will guarantee it is completely restored and just like new!
SERVPRO’s primary job is to keep the damage caused by the water at a minimum and restore the value of the property to make it, “like it never even happened!”
September is National Preparedness Month!
National Preparedness Month 2016
During an emergency, the last thing you should worry about is having a plan of action. Every minute matters during an unexpected, emergency situation which is why this year’s National Preparedness Month theme is, “Don’t Wait, Communicate!”
Along with our national sponsors, The Red Cross, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks would like to encourage our neighbors to develop a game plan! Each and every household should master a particular set of steps to perform during an emergency and answer important questions ahead of time such as; Who will be in charge of contacting 911? Who will gather everyone in the household? What is the best escape method in an emergency? Etc. These questions are imperative to the safety and well being of our neighbors and families.
We encourage everyone’s focus this month to be towards developing some type of disaster/emergency ready plan. In line with the “Don’t Wait, Communicate!” theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks would like to suggest developing an Emergency Communication Plan. Several steps, listed below, can help get you started on this plan;
- Collect all of your important contact information such as; family doctor, medical facilities, local family members, schools and service providers. Compile all of this information into one, hard-copy, easily accessible sheet.
- Share copies of this sheet with everyone within the household/business. Copies of this sheet can be kept in backpacks, purses, wallets, vehicles, etc.
- Develop a fire/emergency escape plan that includes the safest escape routes, layout of home or business, safe meeting place and what to do if contact is lost.
- Monthly review/practice of all important contact information, location of contact information and emergency escape plan.
As always, SERVPRO is here to help in any emergency or disaster situation. We encourage everyone to take preparedness seriously BEFORE an emergency occurs in your home or business.
Call us today to learn more about National Preparedness Month or about our free Emergency Ready Profiles!
Back To School and Emergency Ready Plans
SERVPRO'S Emergency Ready Plan
With schools across the United States being back in session, one important thought that should come to mind is safety. Does your student, professor or building administration know what to do in case of an emergency?
Imagine you are sitting behind a desk at school in the middle of another mundane lesson when suddenly the emergency alarm begins blaring over the PA system. Everyone in the room goes into a slight panic knowing this alarm signifies some sort of trouble and there was no talk of a scheduled fire-drill. Chaos breaks as there is no leadership or plan in place to deal with an emergency. Valuable time is being lost every second it takes to regain control. Everyone is scared and communication with the outside world is limited. What do you do? How do you survive the potential disaster attacking your building? Who do you call?
Questions like these as well as many others need to be answered well before any kind of an emergency or natural disaster strikes. That is why an Emergency Ready Plan should be in place and be easily accessible to the right personnel. It’s important to understand that an emergency situation can occur at any given time, can be man-made or natural and can severely impact the continuity of business or living arrangements.
SERVPRO’s free Emergency Ready Plan, ERP for short, provides a home, school or business with a detailed report of the building, vital contact information as well as a secure, well-thought out plan of action in case of an emergency. Safety of life is the primary concern in any Emergency Ready Plan.
While disasters of any type cannot be completely avoided, knowing what to do during an unexpected situation can rescue your home, school, or business and return it to normal operations as soon as possible.
For more information, please feel free to give SERVPRO of Upper Bucks a call at our office, (215)-536-7989.
What Do You Do When Stuck With a Severe Storm Aftermath?
SERVPRO is Ready to Help in Any Emergency Situation
Within a 48-hour period, Southern Louisiana was bogged down underneath inches upon inches of flood waters.
The storms struck Louisiana hard. Homes, businesses, churches and the like left their owners at a loss for what to do.
Many, if not most, of the residents were unprepared for such extensive devastation. As the flood waters began to recede, many individuals were finding that flood-related damages are not covered by their insurance.
As many are still bunkered down in Louisiana shelters, the last thing the victims of such a devastating disaster need to worry about are disputes with insurance companies or feeling bewilderd and overwhelmed by where to begin recovering.
The floods in Louisiana are just one example of how damaging natural or unexpected disasters can be. Luckily, help is only a phone call away.
SERVPRO is always ready to spring to action and assist with emergency water mitigation as well as restoring some sense of normalcy to the lives of those affected by storm damage. SERVPRO's are happy to work together in an emergency situation to help aid in the recovery process.
Call SERVPRO and we will do what it takes to make any disaster, "Like it never even happened!"
We Support Our Police
The Pennsylvania FOP, Fraternal Order of Police, is a non-profit organization that represents Police Officers from all across Pennsylvania. Their primary focus is to assist retired officers, provide assistance to the families of those who have fallen in the line of duty and assist disabled or injured law enforcement members.
Early this week on August 8th and 9th, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks was in attendance at the PA FOP State Lodge Convention. The convention had the goal of bringing together all the different members of FOP and informing them of the support PA FOP has provided and what it plans to do.
While there, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks met numerous law enforcement officials and were able to personally connect with them and thank them for all of their service.
In addition, on behalf of SERVPRO, a Kegerator was donated for raffle and raised over $150 to donate to the FOP. Everyone in attendance was exceptionally grateful of our generosity.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks as well as many franchises across Pennsylvania, are striving to show continued support of our first responders and local law enforcement agents.