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Hurricane Preparedness for Drinking Water Utilities from SERVPRO of Society Hill
Drinking water utilities need to take precautions in advance of the arrival of a hurricane. Public water suppliers in the possible path of the storm should prepare for high winds, storm surge, torrential rain, flooding and extended power outages. To help utilities provide continuity of service to its customers before, during and after the storm, the following actions are recommended:
- Water Storage - Fill your storage tanks to help you meet demand during a power outage and to help anchor your tanks during high winds and inundation.
- Back Up Power - Fill fuel tanks for your generators. Exercise each generator under load to be sure it is running properly and power transfer is reliable. Assume a lengthy power outage. Estimate the time that you will be able to meet demand with the back-up power, fuel and water storage you have on hand. Identify several possible locations where fuel can be procured in case your primary supplier becomes unable to deliver.
- Continuity of Operation - Contact all essential employees to place them on alert. Make sure that sufficient staff will be on duty throughout the expected storm duration. Provide enough food and clean water for staff working extended shifts. Have them bring extra dry clothes, and consider providing sleeping arrangements so that extended duty staff do not become overly tired.
- Chemical and Fuel Storage - Check tanks to be sure you have enough essential chemicals (e.g. disinfectant) to get you through the storm. Check tank anchoring to be sure they are protected from wind damage and buoyancy forces (floating or overturning) should they become inundated.
- Water Sources - Identify sources that may become inundated. Prepare to remove sources from service, prior to inundation, that may be susceptible to damage from inundation or intrusion by flood born pathogens or salt water.
- Emergency Communications - Check your emergency communications equipment to be sure it is in good working order. Charge all batteries, or replace with fresh ones. Distribute communication equipment to appropriate staff.
- Public Communications - Be prepared to provide public information as needed. Check contact information with local radio and television stations. If you do not have storage and/or dedicated backup power sufficient for 3 days, consider pre-preparing water conservation advisory notices that can be issued if needed.
- Vehicles - Fill vehicle fuel tanks to be sure they are ready for use in response to the storm. Provide essential equipment (radios, instruments, tools, safety equipment, lights, ropes, etc.).
Here at SERVPRO of Society Hill we are an IICRC Certified Firm.
There are 3 Basic Categories of Water
Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.
Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).
Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.
We want you to be aware of the types of water damages that are out there and have comfort knowing we can take care of you.
Watch Your Leaks
Water leaks within a business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure. SERVPRO of Society Hill understands how disruptive water damages can be for a business. Water leaks can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues.
Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process. Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and assists in reducing losses from business interruption due to a loss. Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become ill! SERVPRO of Society Hill will be able to identify water regardless of where it hides. We offer 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."
The Four Classes of a Water Damage
4 Classes of Water Damage
Classes of water losses are determined by the rate of evaporation based on the type of materials affected by water damage to your property. Determining the Class of Water is an important first step, and will determine the amount and type of equipment utilized to restore your business. There are four IICRC water damage classifications, they are as follows:
Class 1 - Slow Evaporation Rate
Water losses that affect only part of a room or area, or losses with lower permeance/porosity materials (e.g., plywood, particle board, structural wood, vinyl composition tile or VCT, concrete). Little or no wet carpet or cushion is present. Minimum moisture is absorbed by materials, releasing moisture slowly.
Class 2 - Fast Evaporation Rate
Water losses that affect an entire room or carpet and cushion. Water has wicked up walls 12" - 24". There is moisture remaining in structural materials (e.g., plywood, particle board, structural wood, concrete).
Class 3 - Fastest Evaporation Rate
Water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and sub-floor in the entire area are saturated.
Class 4 - Specialty Drying Situations
These consist of wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, stone, and crawlspace). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which requires very low specific humidity.
Call SERVPRO of Society Hill today if you experience any of these at (215) 772 1203
What You Should Know About Your Water Damage
Here is a ceiling that had a leak above from a running pipe. This is what to expect to see wet drywall.
SERVPRO of Society Hill 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 - 215-772-1203
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 Society Hill 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 Society Hill
SERVPRO of Society Hill 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.
"I Don't Live Near Hurricanes, I Don't Worry About Flooding"
Here is a photo caused by a roof leak. Be aware this can happen to anyone and SERVPRO of Society Hill is here to the rescue.
With all the natural disasters happening down south such as hurricane Harvey and hurricane Irma, it may be easy to lose track of when there is an emergency other than what you see on television. Please be aware that floods can happen anywhere at anytime. Have you checked your hot water heater lately? Could one of your pipes start leaking through the ceiling down to the first floor from the bathroom? Maybe some rainfall came through the roof? The answer is YES! Unfortunately these damages can happen to any one on any given day or night. These damages can cause a long and painful process for a home owner if not handled properly. Luckily there is SERVPRO of Society Hill to the rescue. With our experienced crew members and vast majority of equipment we can make your disaster look like it never happened and have you living comfortably in your home. We are just a phone call away at 2157721203, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
SERVPRO Goes Pink for October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
SERVPRO Breast Cancer Awareness Month PINK October and research
October is breast cancer awareness month. Every year, more than 100,000 volunteers and activists work through more than 120 Affiliates mobilize more than 1.6 million friends and neighbors every year through events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® - the world's largest awareness and fundraising event for breast cancer. Komen advocates for breast self-awareness as a primary method for fighting breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship. In 2016-2017, BCRF will award $57 million in annual grants to more than 250 scientists from top universities and medical institutions around the globe. In addition, BCRF has established the Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund, a multi-year international program dedicated to metastasis that is the first large-scale global effort to unravel the biology of metastasis, with more than $30 million earmarked to date. It is the largest privately funded project exclusively focused on metastasis in the world. But we still have more to do.
5 Water Damage Clean Up Tips for a Broken Pipe in Your Home
A Burst Pipe can cause lots of damage to your home. Call SERVPRO of Society Hill for help.
You never expect it when a pipe breaks and wreaks havoc on your home. The water damage clean up can be a headache so you always want to be prepared. Here are 5 tips to help you recover quickly when a broken pipe leaks water all over your property. 1. Find the source of the water damage. It's easy to find a faucet left running or sewer backup. However, if water is coming from a hidden pipe in the walls you need to shut off water to the house as quickly as possible. 2. After the panic has settled down, access the level of damage to your home. There are limited things you can do yourself to remove the water from your house but if carpeting, drywall, rugs or the ceiling below have become saturated, call a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO of Society Hill immediately.3. Move Quickly! You need to start mitigating the damage before more damage piles up. Bacteria and hazardous mold spores can begin to grow within hours of the catastrophe. Open windows and turn on as many fans as possible to move air throughout the area. Run a dehumidifier; it will pull moisture out of the air and prevent odors in the future. 4. Use a shop-vac to remove as much water as possible until the professionals show up. The longer the water sits on the floor, the more damage it will create. Move quickly to remove as much water as possible. 5. Take photos for your insurance claim. Your insurance company will probably send out someone to investigate the damage but if you have pictures that show everything how it was the day the damage happened, you will have more evidence and it could smooth out the process. After the damage is cleaned up, continue to move fresh air throughout the affected area and continue running the dehumidifier for several days after. If your damage was caused by a broken pipe, have it fixed by a professional so that you won't be faced with the same situation again in a long time. We all hope to never have to deal with something like this but if you ever do, the professionals at SERVPRO of Society Hill are there to help 24/7 to clean up and restore your home.
For Immediate Services, Call SERVPRO of Society Hill
SERVPRO of Society Hill Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Society Hill proudly serves Philadelphia, Bella Vista Philadelphia, Grays Ferry Philadelphia, Center City Philadelphia, University City Philadelphia, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commerical structure caused by:
- Water Damage
- Fire Damage
- Disaster,storm and flood damage
- Mold Damage
When you have a water damage, dont leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO professionals to help make it, Like it never even happened®.
Frozen/Broken Pipes Cleanup in Philadelphia
As the temperatures drop this winter, we've already seen many pipes start to break. If this happens to you or your business, keep SERVPRO in mind. Our professionals are standing by ready to help!