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10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Residential Water Damage Specialists Dishwasher overflow causing water damage to residence

Water Cleanup, Damage Repair, and Restoration

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO franchise professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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Upper Bucks 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Philadelphia 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (215) 536-7989

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Upper Bucks has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Upper Bucks

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Hidden Water Damage: Part 3

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

To cap off the last of this 3-Part blog series, detailing the various appliances that cause hidden water damage in both residential and commercial properties, we are going to review the final culprits!

First, we are going to take a look at Dish Washers.

As with most of the other types of appliances in this series, one of the main reasons that hidden water damage is such a factor is because they are never moved and checked regularly! These appliances require a large amount of water and left unattended could cause serious damage. 

We also want to reiterate that some insurance companies do not cover dishwasher related claims, so making sure to cover all the stops could save you a headache in the future!

Next, Air Conditioners.

Mostly all air conditioners have implementations that remove moisture as the machine runs, but any issues with these designs could allow water damage to occur. Make sure to follow all of the company's guidelines and to check regularly for leaks.

Finally, we will review Hot Water Heaters.

The biggest hope we have for our hot water heaters is that they don't blow and last for upwards of 20 years. Seems like a stretch, but making sure the external components do not begin leaking and that the seals and pipes still look good should help allow that to happen!

We hope you enjoyed this blog series; for all of your water restoration needs, call SERVPRO!

Hidden Water Damage: Part 1

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Water pouring out of dishwasher It is important to learn about your appliances so you don't end up with this happening in your kitchen.

In this 3-Part blog posting, we will discuss the many ways unseen water damage can cause some serious issues to house or property. This type of damage isn't discussed as much, as more common types of issues (like floods or burst pipes) are usually mentioned more.

The most common theme behind hidden water damage are household appliances. These usual suspects pose a certain amount of threat to your property if they are left unattended.

The list of appliances we will be discussing are as follows: refrigerators, washing machines, dish washers, air conditioners, and hot water heaters.

Please stay tuned for more information on this type of water damage; you will learn why these types of appliances are typically to blame for costly repairs when they shouldn't be!

Hidden Water Damage: Part 2

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

As we previously mentioned, this 3-Part blog series, featuring different types of appliances that are to blame for hidden water damage, will allow you to have a better understanding of things to look for to prevent costly repairs.

Our first culprit: Refrigerators

Whether you have a built-in ice cube making machine or not, these appliances are usually to blame for water damage in kitchens. One way to prevent this from happening is to pull them away from the walls to check the flooring and the water lines behind them; water lines are usually tangled and all over the place, so trying to avoid the cluttering of these lines should be essential to avoiding water damage.

Next: Washing Machines

It goes without saying that these appliances typically use A LOT of water; so it is understandable that common forms of water damage can be attributed to these appliances. As with the refrigerators, it is recommended to check behind washing machines to check for any leaks or problems with the hoses. 

It is also recommended to replace the hoses every 5 years to avoid any issues/unforeseen repairs.

The last part of this 3-Part blog series will be released shortly!

Water Damage Causes

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

technicians gathering equipment SERVPRO technicians can handle any type of water damage!

Water damage can be a very frustrating issue to deal with, usually because it is unexpected and causes great concern about the integrity of the property.

Excess water contributes to property damage on many levels; while there are many different ways that water damage could occur to your home or property, we wanted to touch on a few that stick out to us.

It is important that you are informed of the various ways water can wreak havoc on your life, so taking precautionary measures to limit some of the following instances of occurring should be a priority:

- Leaking or burst pipes;

- Plumbing system issues;

- Areas susceptible to water buildup (attics, basements, etc.);

- Household appliances that malfunctioned, or not in proper working order;

- HVAC issues;

- Or the most common, natural disasters!

Out of all these things, there isn't one that we wouldn't feel comfortable enough to tackle! We want to make sure that you are satisfied with our work, 100% of the time!

If you have any water damage and need someone to get you back on track, call us to take care of it! We are available 24/7 and can get to you in a moment's notice! (215)536-7989

What To Do If You Have A Burst Pipe Water Damage

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipe burst - image of frozen home This home has had frozen pipes that burst causing water to freeze inside and outside the home.

First and foremost, shut off your water.  A great suggestion from our friend Sean McCabe, owner at SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, Germantown, and Pennypack/Bustleton, “Tag your main water shut off and make sure everyone in your building knows its location.  This is a good practice for year-round emergency preparedness.  Many people don’t know where their water, or gas, or electric shut offs are located and those precious minutes searching for it could be the difference in thousands of dollars in repairs.”  This tip is also helpful if you aren’t physically home and a friend, or neighbor, is trying to turn off your water.  Bright labeled tags can be purchased online for under $2 a piece.  

Upon finding a burst pipe and after shutting off the main water source, call a licensed plumber immediately.   In the event that the water was running for some time and there is pooled water on the floor, call a licensed water restoration company as well.  As tempted as you may be to start to remove any contents affected by the water, please wait for the professionals to do so.  Standing water can hide many hazardous materials including sharp items, tripping hazards, and/or chemicals.  Also, any submerged electrical outlets or appliances are a risk for electrocution or worse.  Once the water and contents are removed, and the pipe repair is complete, the restoration company can also inspect the flooring and walls for any additional moisture and/or repairs needed.

Vacuum Freeze Drying Wet Documents!

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

As to be expected with flooding and water-damaged homes, important documents, like financial statements or paperwork, also get water-damaged and what is usually perceived as unsalvageable. However, SERVPRO offers services that can help you restore your important documents to reclaim their original form.

Utilizing our SERVPRO Vacuum Freeze Drying services is the most efficient and effective option for salvaging water-damaged documents. In fact, our Document Restoration Team uses the same techniques that the Library of Congress uses to dry water-damaged books!

The process, in which an item containing moisture, is frozen and dried using vacuums to achieve sublimation, from exerting a lot of pressure. Sublimation means that solids (ice) turn into gas (water vapor) without becoming liquid first. Think about the carbon dioxide derivation, dry ice; dry ice (solid) sublimates when it is exposed to normal atmospheric conditions, turning into gas directly from its solid stage.

If you have wet documents due to water damage, or have any questions regarding this process, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise today!