Hurricane Preparedness Week
National Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 9th- 15th
Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 9 through 15. This is a designated time to prepare for the potential of a tropical storm or hurricane. Now is the time to ensure your home is secure against storm damage.
Follow these three basic steps to minimize the risk of a property damage:
- Repair gutters and clear them of debris. Any method to divert heavy rain from your property will help, like French Drains.
- Make sure you have a method in place to secure your property’s windows and doors. Check storm shutters if you have them. Be sure you have enough plywood to secure your windows if you opt for that method.
- Determine where you will stow all outdoors items like furniture, that could become a damaging projectile. If you cannot move them indoors, have a way to secure them. Bungee cords and tarps will come in handy.
In the event of a disaster, SERVPRO of Society Hill is ready 24/7 to respond to your emergency!
Detecting Hidden Damage With Thermal Imaging
Visible temperature differences indicate the presence of moisture.
Water leaks can cause serious damage to a structure and are often difficult to detect until it’s too late. The subtle signs are easy to miss until water begins dripping from the ceiling. At SERVPRO of Society Hill, we utilize advanced tools that allow us to detect hidden moisture. Chief amongst these is the infrared camera.
An infrared camera produces thermal images that reveal subtle temperature differences. How? Every object emits infrared light, even cold ones. An infrared camera measures the amount of infrared light that is emitted off of a surface. The measurement is then calculated to determine the temperature. Visible temperature differences indicate the presence of moisture.
However, identifying a pattern that looks like moisture does not always guarantee the presence of water damage. That's why we follow up on infrared findings using another valuable tool; the moisture meter. The meter will confirm whether what we’ve detected is in fact water.
These tools allow us to detect hidden moisture without cutting into walls, which speeds up the testing process helps keeps costs low. That's the SERVPRO difference!
Large Loss Specialists: SERVPRO Franchises Join Forces!
SERVPRO's large-loss specialists can tackle any size disaster.
Last week, SERVPROs of Society Hill, Overbrook and Blue Bell joined forces to tackle a large commercial water loss in Center City, Philadelphia.
A pipe burst in a high rise building resulted in five floors of saturated walls, ceilings, carpets and office furniture. A team of more than thirty crew members quickly arrived on the scene to perform extraction and cleanup. The drying process took several days to complete and required more than 220 air movers and 60 dehumidifiers.
High-rise buildings tend to have more water damage exposure. Thankfully, the elite large-loss specialists at SERVPRO are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
Prevent Water Damage With Clean Gutters
Protect your home with clean gutters.
April showers bring May flowers! That’s right, the welcome warm climate of Spring brings with it torrential rain. Heavy spring downpours fall straight into a home’s gutter system, making functional gutters essential to preventing a costly water damage.
When a home’s gutters are blocked, rainwater is unable to drain. As a result, the excess water travels down the siding and often finds its way inside. As moisture infiltrates the interior, what begins as a steady trickle eventually leads to substantial damage. Over time, water stains to the walls and ceiling are visible. As temperatures warm, the threat of toxic black mold growth is inevitable.
The proven method to prevent water damage from gutters is to clean them at least twice annually, in Spring and Autumn. A Spring gutter cleaning removes the accumulated debris from winter and eliminates the threat of blockage. This ensures your gutters are functioning properly and will increase their overall longevity.
For recommendations on gutter cleaning services in our area, call SERVPRO of Society Hill at 215-772-1203.
Why Is Floodwater Dangerous?
Floodwater often contains dangerous unseen contaminants.
Many of us fear floodwater for the threat it poses to property. But did you know floodwater also poses a serious health hazard? According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, more people are killed in the U.S. by flooding each year than are killed by tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning.
Floodwater is often teeming with dangerous bacteria and contaminants, which can spread infectious diseases, contain chemical hazards and cause injuries. The worst contamination is caused by sewers or drains backing up in urban areas, or runoff from agricultural chemicals and animal waste in rural areas. In addition to microscopic contaminants, murky floodwaters may contain physical dangers such as downed power lines, sharp debris, or wild animals.
If your home is damaged by a flood, you should always assume that the floodwater is contaminated, even if you can’t see any obvious evidence within the water itself. Avoid contact with the water at all costs and contact professionals to assess the damage. At SERVPRO of Society Hill, we have the specialized training and equipment to carefully extract contaminated floodwater and return your home to safety.
Committed to a Cleaner Community- Philly Spring Cleanup 2021
Working to keep Philly #SERVPROClean!
On Saturday, April 10th, SERVPRO of Society Hill participated in the 14th annual Philly Spring Cleanup event!
Around 750 different cleanup projects took place across the city during this year’s Spring Cleanup. The Streets Department’s signature event is billed as Philadelphia’s largest single day cleanup event. According to Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, “The Philly Spring Cleanup is an opportunity to show the people of Philadelphia what we can accomplish when we work together towards a shared goal.”
Over the course of a decade, more than 11 million pounds of trash and 600,000 pounds of recycling have been captured and removed from city neighborhoods during Philly Spring Cleanup events. The citywide effort has attracted more than 150,000 volunteers since 2008.
Our team was excited to take part in the event, during which thousands of Philadelphians gathered to beautify the city we love!
View more event photos here: Instagram- SERVPRO at Philly Spring Cleanup
Flood Zones: Know Your Risk Level
Are you located in a high-risk flood zone? Each flood zone describes the flood risk for a particular area, which is used to determine insurance requirements and costs.
Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Understanding your home’s exposure to flooding can help you decide whether or not to purchase flood insurance.
In moderate to low- risk areas, the risk of flooding is reduced, but not completely removed. In fact, a third of all flood-related claims come from moderate to low-risk areas. However, property owners in these areas are typically eligible for lower-cost flood insurance, known as Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs).
If you own a property in a high-risk zone and have a federally backed mortgage, you are required to purchase flood insurance as a condition of that loan.
If you’re unsure of your risk level, FEMA’s flood map search tool can help you:
SERVPRO Clean = Market Ready
If you’re preparing to put your Philadelphia home on the market, SERVPRO of Society Hill is here to help it sell.
According to the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), only 10 percent of homeowners keep a house as clean as it needs to be when showing it to potential buyers. Many real estate professionals agree that having a home professionally cleaned before a showing is worth it. Clean homes often sell faster and may result in higher offers. An unclean home is a massive turn-off to potential buyers, who view filthy rugs, marred walls and scummy showers as more work and added expenses.
We offer a variety of residential cleaning services, including:
- Odor Removal
- Carpet & Upholstery
- Ceilings, Floors and Walls
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Drapes and Blinds
Before you list your home, have cleaned by the professionals at SERVPRO of Society Hill!
Part of the Philadelphia Business Community
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
SERVPRO of Society Hill is a locally operated franchise owned by two Philadelphia natives. All of our employees are members of the Philadelphia community. In fact, we could even be your neighbors!
We consider community involvement essential to operating a thriving small business. We love our city and we want to help make it an even better place to live and work. Which is why we are proud to announce our membership in the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce! The Chamber has promoted a healthy business climate in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas for more than two hundred years. Through our involvement in the Chamber, we look forward to supporting initiatives aimed at generating opportunity and promoting a stronger, more diverse and more equitable regional economy!
Selecting a Fire Damage Restoration Company
In the aftermath of a house fire, there are two entities you must deal with in order to restore your home—your insurance company and a fire damage restoration company. When choosing a fire damage restoration company, there are certain factors to consider in order to ensure that the company you choose is reputable, professional, and will perform the work to your satisfaction.
Insurance Claim Help
Insurance claim assistance is one of the most important aspects to consider when selecting a fire damage restoration company. Handling a property insurance claim with your insurance company can be challenging, especially if they attempt to provide you a low appraisal. Insurance companies will often recommend a preferred company to perform the repair and restoration services. However, you are free to choose whichever company you like. You’ll want to select one who will help negotiate your property insurance claim on your behalf, enabling you to get the full value of the repairs.
A reputable company will lend further assistance by providing insurance claim help via strategies and negotiations intended to ensure you receive compensation for everything lost or damaged by fire.
Experience and Assurance
Experience is key. You’ll want to research any company you are considering in order to see how long they have been performing restoration services. Look for reviews that indicate satisfactory performance. Hire a company with expertise. They should offer a warranty on labor and support, and have proper insurance for their own workers and any subcontractors.
Cost and Details
After your property insurance claim has been filed, a competent fire damage restoration company will provide a free consultation and appraisal of the work to be performed. You should receive the complete details of the restoration process, as well as an estimate of how long the work will take. The right company will review these details with you and respond to any questions.
To learn about how SERVPRO of Society Hill works with on your behalf to completely restore your home, call 215-772-1203 today.