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Be Storm Prepared!
Be Ready for any Type of Disaster!
There are many different storm disasters that can strike when you're least prepared. Whether its a flood, hurricane, blizzard, or even wildfires, any of these can give no warning before they hit. The time to prepare for a disaster is not as it approaches, or even worse as its happening, the time is now! It does not matter where you live, you will be affected by a storm disaster at some point. When these occur SERVPRO of Society Hill is always ready to make it "Like it never even happened." Here are some tips and information to have you prepared.
- Know your risk. These means understanding what types of weather can affect you based on where you live and your environment. Also check the forecast regularly, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Make sure your shelter plan includes all types of hazards.
- Put together an emergency supply kit, and keep important valuables and papers in a safe dry place.
- A few important items that should always be handy are: bottle water, non perishable food, flashlight, radio, first aid kit, extra clothing, and a whistle to signal for help are some of the necessities.
It's always best to be prepared, so use these tips to get ready for the next big storm!
Preventing Tree Hazards
Fallen Tree on a House
Tree hazards should be a main focus for homeowners. Falling trees can cause major damage to houses. There are aspects to look for as a homeowner that will prevent tree hazards from happening. The first aspect is age. Tree age is important in hazard tree management. Every tree species has an inherent life span. Risk of failure increases with age. Another, aspect is the roots of the tree. Root integrity and health cannot be over emphasized. If the roots are damaged in any way, tree vitality and health are affected and the likelihood of failure increases. The probability of failure increases as the amount of the root damage increases. The final aspect is observing the trunk. If there is any fungi on the tree have it removed. Fungi can increase decaying of the bark and will increase the chance of a falling tree. These aspect will help to prevent trees from falling on top of houses. However, tree hazard are unpredictable. If a tree hazard was to happen to your home contact SERVPRO Society Hill for any tree hazards that happen.
Hurricane Florence Relief
The damage that hurricane Florence left behind was just disastrous! Many families lost everything, and if all was not lost there was destruction all over. People returned home to find chaos and no direction to turn. All though many crews and people have responded to help bring relief to the Carolina's. SERVPRO of Society Hill was one of the many SERVPRO franchises to send out crews to help out in this troubling time. With are experienced staff we are just trying to help out in anyway. No matter how small or big the help may be SERVPRO is up for the task. With the extent of water damage throughout the regions, our team is rapidly working to get that water out and start restoring. Loaded with all the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. This isn't a job that will be done over night, or in a few days. It will take time, but with all the help from countless SERVPRO teams working together. Its only a matter of time before people and families are living their lives again "Like it never even happened."
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is nearly upon us, and no matter how strong a storm is you can almost always count on damage! That's where SERVPRO of Society Hill steps in at a moments notice to help get you back on your feet. Although you will never be able to predict the extent storm. You can always be better prepared to deal with them while you ride it out. Here are some crucial prepping steps that you should take before a hurricane hits.
Preparing for a hurricane
- Stocking up with the essential items such as; extra flashlights,candles,batteries,sanitary water, non perishable food items, and a first aid kit
- Make sure you know the details if an evacuation is necessary. So that you an your family can make it out quickly and safely.
- Boarding up any windows or doors to minimize further damage.
- Generators although not needed can help. They provide electricity to you important household appliances, lights, and more.
- NEVER Run Generators inside the household! Carbon Monoxide gas can be deadly if built up in an enclosed area.
You can never be to prepared for a hurricane an the destruction it may bring! Hopefully these tips will help you get ready, an stay safe when the big one hits.
When storms happen in the northeast part of our area, it is always some kind aftermath of the storm. Whether its down tree branches and power lines. The aftermath damages from a storm from the wind or hail to home or business. Flooding from the rain, in and around the buildings or homes. Power outages or other utility outages. It is a mess that no one wants to tell with, but you can always count on the professional of SERVPRO to regain some peace of mind and to return to normal with our clean up services to the community both residential and commercials. We are here to service your day or night from that aftermath of any storm that comes to Society Hill.
Types of Damages Water Can Cause
SERVPRO of Society Hill wants you to have an understanding of the different types of water damages.Preventing water damage is the primary challenge for any structure seeking durability. Thermally efficient homes do not dry out as quickly as the energy wasting houses of older generations. Newer, engineered lumber products are less tolerant of frequent wetting. Most damage hides behind finishes, with long term negative impacts on indoor-air quality.The most common and destructive type of water damage is typically rain related and includes many sources:
Water seepage though basement walls.
Leaks through walls at areas like doors and windows
Roof leaks, usually through penetrations and flashing errors
Plumbing leaks, an outlier but relevant
Bulk water leaks come in many forms from the rare catastrophic plumbing failure to the more common hidden leak that causes its damage over many years. Homeowner maintenance goes a long way to preventing and reducing problems. For those building new, we suggest hiring builders who take these matters seriously. We think blower door test results offer a fair measurement for distinguishing between builders for this type of hidden craftsmanship.Uncontrolled, random air leaks are responsible for the second leading cause of water and moisture damage in our homes and buildings. Humid-air will deposit its moisture on cold surfaces which adds up over time to an amazing amount of moisture and resulting damage. This type of damage rarely reveals itself in the ways bulk water intrusion does but it still causes serious problems behind the finished surfaces.Air leaks do most of their damage in the form of energy costs. Reducing air infiltration and ex-filtration is often pointed to as one of the most cost-effective strategies for reducing energy costs and resulting environmental impacts. Increasing comfort is another huge reason to pay close attention to this important issue. Vapor diffusion is a confusing subject. There are two main ways it does damage in our climate.
When moisture reservoir cladding (masonry, fiber cement siding, stucco) gets saturated with rain and the sun or warm outdoor temperatures drive the stored moisture towards the inside. Interior vapor barriers like vinyl wallpaper increases interior vapor drive problems. Expect more damage in our region with masonry against wood common practices.
In the wintertime, when exterior sheathing or framing is cold and interior humidity is too high.Amy has blogs on the subject of wintertime humidity in homes. Keep interior humidity below 40% during cold weather. Exterior sheathing helps keep vulnerable structural members warmer, thus safer from risky dew points.Its common for people to misdiagnose a vapor diffusion problem for one of the first two. When evaluating water damage, suspect number one is bulk water. Most mold inside hidden building cavities, not exposed to bulk water is caused by air leakage.If still unsure about the differences of uncontrolled air movement and vapor diffusion, this blog may help:Breathing Walls?Siding or exterior finish materials that store water can become a problem if not detailed correctly. Selecting the right Weather Resistive Barriers are important along with the right installation details. Rain screens –technically required by code for brick– are an easy way to add durability and reduced maintenance to these types of exterior.Water is lazy but also persistent. It will defy gravity given the right substrates and conditions. It starts in design with features that readily shed water and are less prone to problems. Know and account for the main weaknesses during assembly on site. Prove the project is airtight with a blower door test. These are some of the most important ways of increasing the durability of homes and buildings.
SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly has dealt with our fair share of storms over the years. We all know how devastating something such as a hurricane can be especially when you may live by the water. Flooding and then mold occur and can completely ruin your home, building, or business. SERVPRO takes pride in how we come together across the country to help those in need. We have traveled far and wide for the largest of damages. We understand how important it is to get your life back together so with all the franchises across the country we band together to get towns, cities, states back up and running. With our tractor trailers of equipment and vehicles filled with employees ready to repair everything as soon as possible. We understand your property hold value to you in more ways than one and we want you to have that comfort knowing we care and we go the extra mile to handle a disaster recovery. Just know that you can call SERVPRO of Society Hill for any job no matter how big or how small. We can handle it!
Prepare for the Season
As we enter the end of 2017, we also enter into the bad weather season in Philadelphia. While this feels like holiday fun, we have to stay prepared. As we've begun to experience rain, snow, and sleet here at SERVPRO, we've begun to get calls reporting water damage. With the importance of being quick to respond to salvage what we can. We had to act fast of course to prevent mold, but we ask for your vigilance as well. Before consistent rain hits, clean your gutters and if you are able, get your roof examined for any damage. We would like to have people prepared this season to prevent you from suffering a water damage. But if you do suffer from one, don't stress. You can call us here at SERVPRO of Society Hill at 215 772 1203 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."
Stay Up On Your Storm Watch
We all worry about losing power or being stuck somewhere when it comes to storms. Here at SERVPRO of Society Hill we worry about all the above but the most important is keeping the storm outside and keeping your residential house or place of business dry. The last thing you want to do is have to walk down to a basement with four feet of water in there or a second floor ceiling leaking due to a faulty roof that should have been replaced years ago. It can be a very painful process to see your home get torn apart and very uncomfortable as a temporary living situation. With this being said SERVPRO of Society Hill always recommends to stay up on your maintenance of your home or business. A replaced roof or a better sealed basement structure could be the difference between a week of heartache and thousands of dollars rather than just taking the simple precautions. Now we understand there is also the uncontrollable when it gets bad enough such as a hurricane and can destroy anything in its path. In either scenario when the worst happens just know that SERVPRO of Society Hill is on your side.
SERVPRO ofSociety Hill specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. We are the largest company nationwide to handle large losses. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre storm condition.
Faster Response Time
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Which in the end either gets your home back to normal sooner or gets your business up and running for you to continue work and make your profit like it never happened.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Philadelphia, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 215-772-1203
Be Ready For The Storm
SERVPRO of Society Hill specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
What Separates Us?
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. With our location in Philadelphia we get a experienced professional crew out in a timely manner because we understand how important it is for you.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Society Hill Philadelphia, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. There is NO job too big for us because we all work together to help you. Anything from a flooded basement to a burst pipe down 20 floors of a skyscraper, we are there for you. Feel comfortable and safe knowing you can call us 24/7, 365 days a year at 215-772-1203
SERVPRO makes National Preparedness Month Easy: Make Your Emergency Plan With SERVPRO
SERVPRO Makes National Emergency Preparedness Month Easy
We are in the middle of hurricane season. Right now, Asia is experiencing a record-breaking typhoon, and here in the United States, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and visit.
The theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month is “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” and suits well with everything we do at SERVPRO.
Did you know SERVPRO offers a FREE emergency ready profile that anyone can set up using a smartphone or tablet? SERVPRO has ensured making your emergency ready plan is available at the touch of your fingertips through our FREE app available in your app store. Visit ready.SERVPRO.com to learn more.
Of course, in the spirit of being prepared and ready for any disaster that could happen, we hope everyone adds SERVPRO to your contingency plans both at work and home. Protecting your home by knowing our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days each year is a great way to stay prepared. Add our number to your plan: 215-772-1203 and make sure you download our ready app to create your emergency ready profile today!
Louisiana Flooding Disaster leaves 40,000 homes flooded
Flooding in Louisiana SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration
The flooding in Louisiana has left over 40,000 homes affected by water damage. The disaster has been declared a Federal Emergency and over 40,000 claims have been made for FEMA assistance. Thousands have been rescued from their homes as flood waters rapidly rose inside buildings.
Officials expect standing water to remain for several days. After flood waters recede, it becomes possible to extract standing water from buildings. SERVPRO has elite restoration professionals who are specially trained to handle any sized disaster cleanup but specialize in a large disaster such as the flooding in Louisiana. The team can provide help dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. Storm teams are strategically positioned on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.
2014 Flooding in Philadelphia
This was the result of heavy flooding in Manayunk Philadelphia, PA. This storm hit quickly and flooded many homes and cars with mud and water. SERVPRO responded and helped restore units.
BE Storm Smart, Storm Ready
Servere weather can happen any time, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. in 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events across the United States. These events included five servere weather tornado events, a major floor event, and the western drought heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.
Knowing your risk of servere weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others. Be Prepared
Protect Your Property this WINTER
Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow all can cause serious property damage. While you can't control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.
- Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injury.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Ask us about completing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.
Disaster Recovery Team in the Philadelphia Area
SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team
When a natural disaster strikes it can be all too easy to lose hope in light of a severe damage and loss. Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, blizzard or flood – the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery team can provide help fast!
The SERVPRO system has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,500 Franchises nationwide no disaster is too big.
Recently SERVPRO has responded to the following:
- 2013 Chicago Flooding
- 2012 Hurricane Sandy
- 2010 Nashville Flooding
- 2008 Hurricane IKE
- 2007 Chicago Flooding
Even in the face of a disaster, SERVPRO Professionals will strive to help make it “Like it never even happened.”