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Staying Safe After a Flood

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Flooding occurs when water overflows from a few inches deep to completely engulfing entire buildings. Flooding can happen when rivers and lakes can't handle too much rain or snowmelt or when rain can't be absorbed completely.

It's critical to know the difference between watching and a warning to know what to do to stay safe.

Flood Watch or Flash Flood Watch

Flooding or flash flooding in your area is possible. Pay attention to changing weather and flood conditions, and be prepared to move to higher ground.

Flood Warning

Flooding is occurring or is about to happen. Avoid low-lying areas and, if necessary, evacuate.

Flash Flood Warning 

If a flash flood is occurring or is about to happen, seek higher ground immediately.

Be prepared!

It is essential to be prepared for unpredictable weather. Here are a few to stay safe after a flood:

  •  Return only when the authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
  • Except in an emergency, avoid driving.
  • When cleaning mold or other debris, wear thick work gloves, protective gear, and boots, and use suitable face coverings or masks.
  • Be careful that there could be snakes or other animals in your home.
  • Be cautious of the possibility of electrocution. If you are standing in water, if the equipment is wet, do not touch it. If it is safe, turn off the electrical to avoid a shock.
  • Floodwater can be contaminated or charged with electricity from downed power lines, so avoid wading in it.
  • Only use a generator or other gasoline-powered gear outside and away from windows.

SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions and is available 24 hours a day – Call us today at 215.368.4110.

When Unexpected Damage To Your Home Or Business Occurs Call SERVPRO

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

fire affected bathroom When disasters strike call SERVPRO to get you quickly back home!

Our trained and certified professionals at SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown are ready to help you with all your recovery and restoration needs.

When you are facing disasters such as a storm or fire or flooding, the first thing you need to do is call in qualified, professional help. When dealing with these kinds of damage the cleanup is just the beginning of getting you back into your home or business. Our team at SERVPRO can provide a wide range of repair, restoration, and building services to help you to get your property back to preloss condition.

No Matter What Repairs You Need SERVPRO Can Help

After a storm or fire damages your home or business, it’s important to rebuild areas that are damaged by working from the structural components out. Our team has experience restoring many different types of structures and is qualified to handle the entire process for you. That includes restoring the electrical as well as doing plumbing work. We are also qualified to ensure your HVAC system is working correctly. We can help with roof repair as well as get the damaged tile floor replaced, or deal with any moisture and mold. When you call SERVPRO, you get a team of trained professionals who can handle all of your property damage issues.

Call Our Pros At SERVPRO

You may be unsure about what type of work needs to be done to your home or business and that is quite normal when it comes to property damage. When you call SERVPRO we will help you to get back on track fast. Our trained professionals will perform a detailed assessment.  Call SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown for a consultation and quote for the work you need to be done at your home or business. We’re available for you 24/7 at  215.368.4110.

What To Do First When A Fire Occurs

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

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When a fire strikes your home it can be hard to know what to do first. Once the fire department allows you to get back into your home, what should you do? Damage can continue to happen to your home even after the fire is out so it is important to take steps. This means working with a professional repair and restoration team.

What Does Clean Up Look Like After A Fire?

Fires create many different types of damage. There is water damage that occurs when the fire is extinguished. If left untreated water damage can lead to rot and mold. There are also burned materials and smoke damage that needs to be handled carefully so that more damage does not occur. Anything that is damaged beyond repair needs to be safely removed. The team at SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown is ready to help you. They will assess the damage and create a plan for restoring your home. 

Our Team Can Handle Many Types Of Damage 

Often when a fire hits your home it will affect more than just the floors and drywall. You may also have plumbing or electrical repairs that need to be handled by a professional team. When looking for a repair and restoration team it's important to find one that can take care of all your restoration needs instead of having to hire out each part.  

There is a lot of work to do after a fire. That's why our team at SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown Is ready to provide you with the guidance and support you need. Call our team after a fire to get the help you need. 

Call us 24/7 at 215.368-4110.

24 Hour Service Even on Christmas!

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

christmas tree Happy Holidays!

It's almost the best time of the year again, Christmas! We all love this time of the year whether you like putting up your Christmas tree, putting lights all around your home, or even baking cookies and having hot chocolate by the fireplace. Even with is being the jolliest holiday of the year accidents can still happen. It is important to keep safety at the top of your mind when getting your home ready for this holiday.

“According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires. Though Christmas tree fires may not be common, they can be devastating to more than the house itself. They can destroy irreplaceable photos, mementos, and family heirlooms and even cost lives,” says Isaacson. “To help keep your holidays bright and your home and family safe, use common sense with candles and tree placement, and follow these important home decorating guidelines.”

Common Toilet Issues and Solutions

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Toilet overflow is a common cause of water damage in homes and commercial buildings. Toilet issues are just as common and can also lead to toilet overflow. Here are some tips to solve some toilet issues so that you can prevent toilet overflow.

  1. “Phantom Flushes”
    Sometimes, you hear your toilet to refill randomly like someone had just flushed it. The cause of this is a slow leak from the tank of the bowl. The problem is most likely caused by a bad flap or flapper seat. The solution is to drain the tank and bowl and then inspect the flapper and clean the flapper seat. You should replace the flapper if it is worn out or damaged.
  2. Trickling Water
    If you hear a prolonged hissing noise coming from your toilet, it might be water trickling from the supply line. To check this, inspect the refill tube and ballock or the inlet-valve assembly. The hissing sound is usually caused by water coming through the inlet valve. To solve this issue, check whether the float is sticking or needs adjusting then check the refill tube isn’t too far into the overflow tube. If neither of these solves the problem, you may need to replace the ballcock assembly.
  3. Bowl Empties Slowly

This also known as a weak flush, which is a result of a clogged hole underneath the rim of the bowl. Use a curved piece of wire, such as a coat hanger wire, and gently poke into flush hole to clear out any debris. Be careful not to scratch the bowl.

  1. Clogs
    These are the most common toilet problems that people have. A force-cup plunger is a very effective way to clear minor clogs. For serious clogs, use a closet auger. You would insert the end of the auger into the drain hole and then twist the handle and make sure to try to not scratch the bowl.

If you experience any toilet overflow that may have caused water damage in your property, please call SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown to give you a free estimate at 215.368.4110!

SERVPRO Commercial Services

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Every commercial property experiences wear and tear, including dirt and grime that accumulates from ordinary use. You can count on SERVPRO of Alhambra to make your workspace look its very best. Professional cleaning helps to protect your carpet and upholstery and increase its life-span.  You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Places:

  • Apartment Building
  • Small Office Building
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial

 Services:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Have Any Questions? Call Today – 215.368.4110!

Spring Thunderstorm Preparation

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

lighting The American Red Cross reports that lightning causes more deaths than tornadoes and hurricanes.

While thunderstorms can vary in length and severity, every storm has the capability of  leaving a path of destruction, which can present safety risks to homes and businesses. Examples of the dangerous consequences of thunderstorms include downpours, hail, high winds, flash flooding, and downed trees and powerlines. The American Red Cross reports that lightning causes more deaths than tornadoes and hurricanes. With all this said, thunderstorm preparation is imperative in order to make sure that your residential property is ready for anything this spring. Continue reading to learn more about the steps that you can take to prevent storm damage from thunderstorms:

3 Thunderstorm Safety Tips

If you check out the Red Cross’ website, you’ll find full lists of safety tips for before, during, and after thunderstorms. In this blog, we’d like to highlight three of their tips that can help prevent storm damage. Firstly, because objects outside can be raised off of the ground by strong winds and function as projectiles, it is beneficial to devise a list of outdoor objects that can be brought inside before a thunderstorm. In order to protect your home from flying debris, make sure that your property’s doors and windows are sealed shut before the storm. Installing storm shutters over windows can also be helpful in avoiding unwanted damage. The final tip is to make an attempt to cut back tree branches and shrubbery before thunderstorms roll through your area this spring. Doing so can prevent branches from falling and coming into contact with your residence. 

Call SERVPRO for Expert Storm Damage Restoration

The three aforementioned tips from the Red Cross can decrease your chances of experiencing storm damage this spring, but there is always a risk with every storm. Weather events are out of our control but, all the while, you can always rely on SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall to be there if the unthinkable happens. No matter where your property is located or how extensive the damage may be- we can handle it all. Trust our professional 24-Hour Emergency services to provide you with the quickest solution possible and make it “Like it never even happened.” You can also find more information about our many services, like our residential Storm Damage Restoration and Commercial Storm Damage Restoration, and the larger SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team by visiting our website.

What To Do After a Storm Has Passed

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Even after the hurricane or storm has passed, its aftermath remains. During seasonal storms, high-speed winds remove materials off of your home causing flying debris, and heavy rainstorms could lead to flooding and water damage. Before leaving the safety and doing anything, you want to ensure that the storm has fully passed. Since the eye of the storm is calm and can span over miles, wait for official confirmation that the storm has fully passed before leaving your safe, interior room. 

After bad weather subsides, you'll want to bring your home back to its former condition as soon as possible. Regardless of the type of damage your property is facing, time is of the essence. The quicker the restoration process is able to begin, the quicker your home will be brought back to normal, lessening the impact to both you and your wallet. Below are a few tasks you can perform immediately to begin the storm damage restoration process: 

What Should You Do After a Storm?

1. Check Your Home for Damage

After the storm has passed, you should check your home and property to learn the extent of the damage, as not all of it will be immediately obvious. Possible damages could be: 

  • Holes in the roof
  • Split seams
  • Missing, broken, or dented shingles
  • Granules collecting in gutters or downspouts
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Dents on vents, gutters, or flashing
  • Cracked windows or broken window panes 

2. Contact Your Insurer

Homeowners' insurance policies typically cover repair costs for fallen trees, wind, hail, and water damage caused by storms, so call your insurer to let them know exactly what happened. You'll need to provide the policy number so be sure to have the paperwork on hand. Once you have filed a claim, an insurance adjuster will be scheduled to come out and visit the property and assess the scope of the damage. 

3. Take Pictures of the Damage 

If possible, go through the property and take pictures of any broken windows, standing water, and any other issues that have been caused by the storm. Make note of any missing siding, toppled trees, and any other exterior damage. Include images of the home prior to the storm damages for comparison, this could also be used to calculate how much money you will need for the storm damage restoration. 

3. Secure the Property 

Emergency service providers can put tarps on the roof to prevent water infiltration and fallen trees from your property. Board up windows to prevent water and pests from getting inside, and remove any debris in the yard that could be potential tripping hazards.  

4. Avoid Additional Home Damage Where Possible 

When it is time to start fixing your home, there may be some areas that you can handle yourself, if you can properly repair some damage you should begin immediately as you also seek professional help for the additional areas. Immediate repairs can help to prevent more damage, so acting quickly is key. 

SERVPRO of Warminster, Lansdale, Blue Bell and Abington Jenkintown is here to help and ready to respond to your storm damage restoration needs. If your home is damaged during a storm, our highly trained technicians will return your home to pre-storm condition and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at 215.368.4110.  

What are Puff Back Fires and How Can They Happen?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Puff back fires happen when your oil burner is running and the product of combustion, natural gas, is released into the air. It can occur when a burner's hot exhaust pipe comes into contact with combustible materials like dry leaves or even just water vapor that already exists in the air. The fire burns through these materials, releasing more heat and gases into the atmosphere and causing a massive explosion that disrupts your heating system.

Causes of a Puff Back Fires

There are several causes of puff backfires. The following are some of them:

Burner is clogged

The most common cause is a clogged burner. It's imperative to check your burners regularly, more than once a month, especially when it's cold outside. If your burner has formed a clog and you don't remove it, your system will not run as efficiently, and the chances of puff backfire increase.

Improper combustion

Another common cause of puff backfires is improper combustion. It occurs when there's not enough air or too much air is being fed into your burner. You must keep the burning process in a particular state to prevent the fire from overly combusting, which can cause a puff to backfire.

Chimney is clogged

There are many ways for a chimney to become clogged, but one of the most common is when too much ash builds up in the bottom. It is caused by an inefficient combustion process in your burner, which results in excessive ash being left over.

Low oxygen levels

Another cause of puff backfires is having too low oxygen levels in your air supply. When oxygen levels are too low, your combustion process cannot burn properly, and a puff will occur. Most boilers or furnaces have a mechanism that detects low oxygen levels and will shut off the device to prevent a fire, but you must check the levels yourself.

Gas leaks

Gas is not very compressible, and when it leaks into the air, it causes an increase in pressure which results in a puff backfire. It is most likely caused by the leak coming from your gas pipe. It could be the result of poor installation or poor maintenance.

Safety Measures

Proper installation and maintenance

You have to have a burner that is properly installed and maintained to avoid puff backfires. The best way to do this is to have a professional install your system because they are better trained. It will also reduce the chances that you have a gas leak or a clogged burner.

Reduce combustible materials

You should decrease the amount of combustible materials around your home. It would help keep your yard neat and tidy to avoid getting a puff to backfire from dry leaves and dead branches.

Proper ventilation

Another preventive measure is to have proper ventilation when using your fireplace or heating system. You should keep the windows open if you are in a room with an operating fireplace. It's also a good idea to keep an exhaust fan on while your system is running.

Use of safety shut-offs

You can also have a safety shut-off installed on your system. It will shut down the oil burner in case of low oxygen levels or a clogged chimney.

Puff back fires are very dangerous and can cause a lot of damage to your home. They are also preventable if you take the proper precautions. There are several reasonable safety measures that you can take, but it's best to have a professional come in and inspect your system if you have any doubts.

Do You Know Where Your Water Shut-Off Valves Are?

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

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One of the things many of us take for granted is our home, or more specifically, how our home just always "works" and doesn't fail us.

Until that unfortunate day when your home does fail you. There are many ways you might experience a breakdown in your home, but one of the most damaging is when your plumbing, piping, or water delivery system fails. Or perhaps it's not even the plumbing itself that failed, but a water-fed appliance, such as your dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, or even your water heater.

It is mind-boggling to see the amount of untold damage and the speed at which damage happens when a pipe or appliance breaks. Think what damage could happen when you are in the home when the failure occurs. Now think how much initial damage and secondary damage will occur if you aren't there? What will happen and how long will it go on if you are gone on for several hours or even out of town over the weekend?

Water will continue to flow through your piping and out at the point of failure until it is stopped, or turned off. Water will continue to pour into your home, damaging the room, the floor, the walls, perhaps the ceiling, and all the contents, furniture, and belongings in that room. And possibly even flowing into and damaging the next room or the floor below.

If ever a pipe bursts or a water-fed appliance fails in your home (or business), the very first step you must take is to turn off the water! This could be a localized shut-off valve, such as below a sink or behind a toilet or refrigerator or other appliance, or you may need to turn off the main water valve to your home.

Unfortunately, very few homeowners (or business owners) take the time to learn where their emergency shut-off valves are, but knowing where the valves are and how to turn them off can greatly minimize the amount of damage done to property and belongings if a pipe bursts or appliance fails. 

Turning your water off before you leave for an extended period of time such as a vacation or the weekend can seem like such a small and unlikely preparation, and yet that act alone can be the difference between avoiding disaster entirely or thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business.

Take the time to educate yourself where these shut-off valves are. Remember to shut the water off before you leave for prolonged periods of time to give yourself that extra measure of protection.

Whether you are home if it happens or not, should disaster strike and you find a burst water pipe or failed appliance has left you with a soggy mess, FIRST SHUT OFF YOUR WATER VALVE, then call on the professionals of SERVPRO of Glenview to mitigate, cleanup, and restore your home or business.