Do You Know Where Your Water Shut-Off Valves Are?
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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.
How Can I Prevent Damage in My Retail Space?
SERVPRO responds quickly to your business's fire, water, or mold damage emergencies.
For a business owner, the well-being of your establishment is and should be extremely important to you. Because when a problem arises it will be up to both you and your employees to care of the situation as soon as possible. Here are a few things you, as a business owner, can do to help prevent damage.
Prevent Severe Mold Damage
The best way to prevent mold damage from occurring is to be aware of the conditions in which your business is operating. This is taking note of everything from effective mopping techniques, preventing excess water from lingering, to watching humidity levels throughout the day. If you see any signs of mold growth, it’s crucial to address this as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your business from occurring.
Prevent Severe Water Damage
Similar with mold, water damage occurs due to excessive moisture and water. This may seem like common sense but we sometimes overlook minor issues that appear insignificant. To prevent water from infiltrating and harming your business, make sure to look for signs of excess water on the floor, behind walls, in the ceiling and any other surface. This can be evident by seeing dark or dried water spots, warped flooring, peeling or bubbling paint and wall paper, or noticing an order. It’s important to handle these warning signs before they become a major issue.
Prevent Severe Fire Damage
To prevent fire damage, it’s important to know your business’s fire risks. We strong recommend against allowing employees to light candles. Open flames, dry air and clutter can all eventually contribute to a fire. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets and keep them clear of clutter.
If your business suffers a loss, call SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell and Abington Jenkintown at 215.368.4110.
Why Choose SERVPRO?
At SERVPRO our number one priority is getting your business back in operation as quickly as possible. When disaster strikes your retail space, you need the expertise of a specialized team who is trained to limit business interruption. At SERVPRO our team is able to work around unaffected areas and after hours, allowing you to keep your doors open. Our expert teams have the experience of working with retailers to make sure surfaces, displays and merchandise are restored to preloss condition, and you’re back to business as usual.
Our experience in the retail industry means we’re proficient in the cleanup and restoration of all types of facilities including:
- National Chain Stores
- Shopping Malls
- Small Businesses
- Department Stores
- Specialty Retailers
The retail world is numbers- driven. So is the one company more businesses call on when fire or water damage threatens their bottom line. SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell and Abington Jenkintown. The #1 Choice in Commercial Cleanup and Restorat
How Does SERVPRO Deodorize a Business After a Fire?
Fire damage services by SERVPRO are top notch. Their techs are IICRC certified for fire restoration.
Our technicians battle fire damage with an arsenal of professional deodorizing methods
When a business experiences a fire, smoke can travel quickly through a building. This spreads foul odors into areas not touched directly by the fire. Removing the terrible smell is a vital part of fire damage restoration.
Professional and Experienced Intervention
If your business is impacted by fire damage, it can be devastating. It means loss of business and income if you are closed for any length of time. Water extraction and various restoration processes are used to restore your venture to preloss condition. One of the main things we deal with is the smell. Our technicians use several professional techniques for odor removal, including:
- ULV Fogger – A wet fogging method. Low-pressure air is produced that disperses water droplets throughout to remove odor.
- Thermal Foggers – A dry fogging method. A deodorant solution gets vaporized by the fogger and sprayed into the area.
- Ozone Generator – Ozone is produced by the machine, which oxidizes the odors. Nothing living can be in the area when this method gets used.
Our team follows strict safety protocols when using any of the above methods. For surface material that has lingering smells, special sealants are used to seal in the residue. The surface can then be painted.
For professional commercial fire damage services in your area, contact SERVPRO at 215.368.4110. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Water Removal and Drying Means a Call to SERVPRO!
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A water mishap might seem simple to clean up in your home. Unfortunately, a mop and bucket or the wet/dry vacuum used to clean the garage or workshop are not likely to deliver the results needed quickly or thoroughly enough. The damage moisture, seen and unseen, can do to your dwelling requires professional intervention. Our crews are quick to respond and thorough as they work to mitigate and restore the damage water can inflict.
Floors are one of the components in your home that are most vulnerable from water damage. Advanced water removal and drying techniques mastered by our technicians in IICRC courses produce remarkable results for our residential customers. A key to the best outcome is requesting an assessment as soon as you note the damage. Our crews respond 24/7, every day of the year because water damage increases in severity the longer the wait.
Our seasoned managers and crew lead assess the damage to your house, closely inspecting the floors where the wetness tends to collect. SERVPRO® crews arrive with the equipment needed to address the damage, using pumps and extractors to remove visible water and then utilizing moisture meters to determine the extent of the water migration. We then turn to other strategies to reduce moisture to normal levels in both building materials, contents, and ambient humidity
Depending on any contamination in the water, rugs and carpeting might be removed, for cleaning and drying elsewhere or disposal. Some carpeting responds well to in-place drying, and our workers have the skills and heavy-duty weighted wand extractors to complete that task. You can rely upon SERVPRO’s expertise in deciding the needed action for your floor coverings. We have perfected the "float a carpet" technique for salvaging floor covers that our customers thought were lost.
Tile, concrete, and vinyl flooring often recover well from water damage. Laminate floors frequently require removal and replacement, but the hardwood floors you treasure can return to “Like it never even happened,” condition if SERVPRO employs methods such as drying mats, top and bottom focused air movement, and other carefully considered strategies. Removing surface sealants, drilling holes, and lifting planks to direct warm air flow can all help in the hands of professional water damage technicians. We can even enter crawlspace foundations to dry the floor joists and boards from below.
SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown is ready to bring your floors and their coverings back from water damage caused by a range of sources. Call 215.368.4110 as soon as possible for the most successful outcome.
SERVPRO - Protect Your Family From Water Damage
Make sure to cover all your bases!
Owning a home is full of responsibilities. Mortgage payments, insurance policies, and landscaping are but a few of the items we need to pay attention to keep the roof over our heads. However, sometimes, we are responsible for the homes of our loved ones as well. Have you ever thought that your elderly relative may need professional help in keeping up with his or her home? It is not uncommon for an older person to be unaware of water damage on their property until it is too late.
SERVPRO is here to help. With our Green Fleet, you can rest assured that you are receiving the benefit of formal education in water damage restoration along with the know-how from being out on the field. Our water restoration technicians (WRT) apply the latest methodologies to removing excess water from your home and restoring it to mint condition.
The most crucial step homeowners need to take is calling our 24/7 hotline. The damage to your home worsens with every minute the water is left unattended, potentially causing buckling of wood floors, a saturation of drywall and complete loss of carpet and upholstery. Our goal is to minimize your losses and prevent future problems, such as the proliferation of mold. Depending on the severity of your event, our SERVPRO team may pick one or several tools to extract water from your home. These might include-
-Truck mounted pump
Regardless of the size of the problem, SERVPRO is here to help. Even when you feel like you can handle the extraction and drying yourself, equipment available at your local hardware store could leave behind water deposits invisible to the naked eye, posing a risk for the future.
Protect your home and your loved ones by calling a professional team when there is water damage. SERVPRO is available at 215.368.4110 and ready to spring into action. Call us and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."
Do you know what is in your water?
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Did you know that the water either coming into your home or from your home due to busted pipes or leaks has what we call a “category”? When it comes to handling mitigation in your home it is better to allow the professionals at SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown to deal with the emergency because you have to treat the water correctly to be safe. You never know what is either in your water or what the water has passed through to create contamination.
The information below explains the main types of water damage and could help you identify the problem quickly if it ever happens to you.
Category One: Clear Water
This water is the cleanest, most non-toxic form of water damage. It is potable water, perhaps directly from the tap. It is unlikely to cause you any harm, even if you are exposed for some time. Nevertheless, even clean flooding can lead to electrical and structural faults, so it is safer for you to call in the experts for repairs. Clean water comes from things like a broken water supply line, tub or sinks overflow with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines to name a few. However, once clean water leaves the exit point, it might not remain clean after contacting other surfaces or materials. Although it is considered the "safest" of the categories, it can degrade to category 2 or 3 if left untreated.
Category Two: Gray Water
Gray water damage is a little bit more serious and requires a speedier removal process. This is because it may contain potentially unsafe levels of chemicals, microorganisms, or dirt. Examples of Cat 2 water include, but are not limited to: overflow from dishwashers or washing machines; overflows from toilet bowls with urine; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure and broken aquariums.
If left untreated, it can quickly degrade into category 3.
Category Three: Black Water
Cat 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Cat 3 water can include, but are not limited to: sewage; toilet backflows from beyond the trap; flooding from seawater, rivers or streams, ground surface water, or other contaminated water entering the indoor environment.
The team at SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington is skilled in the safe handling of the different categories through training and protective clothing to eliminate the risk of sickness.
What is Pack-out and Content Restoration?
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When you have fire damage at your home or business, our team can properly catalog your belongings and perform what is called a “pack-out”. Our technicians treat the items from your home or business with respect and empathy while ensuring your belongings are handled with care.
When you have fire damage at your home or business, our team can properly catalog your belongings and perform what is called “pack-out”. Our technicians treat the items from your home or business with respect and empathy while ensuring your belongings are handled with care.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Birmingham can conduct an organized, efficient plan of action. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:
- Quicker remodeling process
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs.
If your belongings are affected by fire damage, we can restore them with content restoration. SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown has the expertise and a "restore" versus "replace" mentality that can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that cannot be replaced. Our team of professionals will pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to preloss condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents including:
- Dry Cleaning -used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to we cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning -An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can not withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning -used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning -Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning -Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
4 Tips for Preparing Your Business for Flood
Prepare you building for flooding.
Floods can be and are often unpredictable. Heavy rains and overflowing bodies of water are just two common causes of flooding. Different areas of the country have different levels of flood risks. It's impossible to be totally prepared for every possibility, but there are measures you can take to make a significant difference in the event a disaster occurs.
4 Ways to Prepare Your Business for Flood
1. Create an Emergency Kit
Create an emergency kit with all the essentials stocked in case of a flood. It should include a well-supplied first aid kit, medicines, non-perishable food, a can opener, eating utensils, bottled water, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, spare batteries, blankets and any essential phone numbers.
2. Assess Your Insurance
Call your insurance agent to ensure you have enough of the correct insurance type to provide an adequate coverage amount for whatever might occur. See if you can add coverage for flooding, as well as business interruption coverage. This can cover you from property destruction, black water cleanup and sanitization, and lost revenue if the business has to shut down for a while. As water damage restoration professionals return the building to its preloss condition, you can continue to pay your employees.
3. Design an Emergency Evacuation Plan
Some roads will be blocked by high water or debris, such as downed tree limbs during a flood. Check with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for topography maps of your area. This provides a way to plan alternate routes for your employees to navigate home safely.
4. Backup Important Documents and Data
All of your important documents, whether digital or paper documents, must be backed up. These include insurance documents, employee files, vendor contact information, contracts, etc. You should save digital files to the cloud and make copies of paper documents to be kept off-site.
Whether your building's location is particularly susceptible to flooding or not, you must be prepared for flood damage for your employees' safety and the preservation of your business.
What Can I Expect During Storm Damage Restoration?
Be ready for Storm Damage Restoration by following these tips. If any doubt arises, just contact us.
A heavy rainstorm in our area, can quickly wreak havoc on your home. Blowing wind and flooding water are often the main concerns during a storm and tend to cause the most destruction. As a result, wind and rain can lead to roof damage requiring a temporary tarp, water damage requiring tear out, and various other remediation strategies. You must take fast action to minimize loss. This usually involves:
- Notifying your insurance company
- Documenting the damage in detail
- Mitigating damage until restoration can begin
- Calling professionals for cleanup and repair
Once the professionals arrive on the scene, you will be on the road to restoration. Depending on the amount and type of damage sustained, techniques can vary, but you can typically expect some particular aspects as a rule.
Professional Restoration Procedures
When you hire storm restoration experts, they will usually go through standard procedures for water cleanup. You will notice the technicians:
1. Wearing Personal Protective Equipment
Your remediation team will wear personal protective gear for their own safety and prevent cross-contamination to unaffected areas of the house. They will generally wear head coverings, safety glasses, respirators, water-proof coveralls, water-proof gloves, and water-proof shoe coverings or boots.
2. Extracting Standing Water
The team will extract all of the standing water and some of the debris using industrial-grade pumps. This is a quick, efficient method of removing the water to begin the subsequent phases of the restoration.
3. Tearing Out Wet Materials
Everything will probably have to be removed from the affected area. Clearing the space of furniture and other contents will provide more room to work and will make it easier to clean and dry. It will also make it easier to sort out what's salvageable from what's not. This process will include the tear out of wet materials, which often includes carpet, carpet padding, portions of the drywall and sometimes part of the subfloor.
4. Cleaning and Sanitizing
Then, it's time to clean and sanitize the affected area and all of the salvageable contents. If it's not cleaned and sanitized thoroughly, you run the risk of growing bacteria and mold, both of which can be damaging to people, possessions, and even a house's structure.
5. Drying the Contents and Structure
In addition to a thorough cleaning, everything also needs to be dried completely. Even if it's adequately cleaned but left damp, mold spores are virtually everywhere, so mold can begin growing within 24 hours. If the mold gets out of control, it could turn into a worse problem than the water damage itself. Your restoration team will likely use industrial-grade fans, dehumidifiers and heat sources to promote drying.
Next time a strong storm hits your home, you will understand better what actions to take if damage occurs. You will also have a better idea of what to expect from the cleanup crew. Depending on the extent of the loss, it could take a day of work if it requires minor restoration. However, restoration could last several months if there is a lot of damage requiring tear out and structural repair. Either way, they'll make sure they return your home to its previous condition.
Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
Trust SERVPRO with your Biohazard clean up! Call us at 215.368.4110.
SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell and Abington is fully licensed, bonded, and insured to provide biohazard cleanup services. We understand the precise disposal of biohazard waste and are discreet and professional after any trauma or crime scene event. Known nationwide for our professionalism and courtesy. We work with all city agencies and your insurance to provide a smooth hands off process for our clients.
What is Biohazard Cleanup?
Blood and other bodily waste can contain diseases known as bloodborne pathogens. Cleaning of a crime scene or trauma is done by professionals and is covered by most insurance companies. It is important to have a professional licensed mitigator on site to ensure proper cleaning and disposal of affected materials. Trust SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell and Abington to get your property cleaned and decontaminated.