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Committed to a Cleaner Community- Philly Spring Cleanup 2021

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Two male SERVPRO employees bump fists. 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

SERVPRO Clean = Market Ready

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Logo 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!

The Certified Mitigation and Restoration Professionals

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees in black short sleeve shirts scrub a ceiling. SERVPRO crew members adhere to cleaning industry standards.

When your property is damaged, turn to the company you can trust. With over 50 years of collective expertise, SERVPRO professionals are highly trained and experienced in mitigation and restoration. We’ve developed the most extensive performance guidelines in the industry. 

SERVPRO franchise owners must agree to 21 guidelines in order to receive insurance client referrals from 1-800-SERVPRO. These include insurance requirements and employee background checks. Each requirement is continually maintained to ensure clients are connected with the best possible service providers.

At SERVPRO of Society Hill, regular training and certification requirements keep our staff up to date on industry standards, ensuring we deliver the quality you expect. We are professionally certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is responsible for setting standards for the cleaning and restoration industry. Franchise professionals and insurance clients are encouraged to continue their education in classes at SERVPRO’S IICRC-approved training facility.

Consistent training is the best way to ensure our customers receive the service they deserve. That’s why our technicians keep their skills sharp through regular completion of e-learning training programs. Certification is awarded after successful course completion and an examination. Modules include: Crew Training, Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning.

SERVPRO of Society Hill is committed to upholding the industry standards that have made SERVPRO a household name nationally. That’s why we emphasize strict adherence to IICRC standards, as well as cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Vandalism Clean Up

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Although some graffiti may have artistic merit, it is plaguing cities throughout the world. These eyesores can hurt property values, and can be associated with an increase in crime.

According to the Bureau of Justice, graffiti is the most common form of vandalism, and its cleanup is burdening businesses and property owners, while taking a chunk out of municipal budgets. American cities spend an estimated $12 billion on graffiti cleanup each year, not to mention countless law enforcement resources.

Some of the most common graffiti targets include schools, businesses, public transportation vehicles and stations, utilities, shopping malls, and government buildings. 

With everything going on in the world today SERVPRO of Society Hill offers Services where we can completely remove and clean the walls and floors of these buildings for affordable and reasonable prices. We understand you want your building and your city looking clean and respectable because your image is crucial to people returning or coming in your doors for the first time. 

Our experienced staff uses chemicals, pressure washers and heat to remove these unwanted tags to make it look fresh, clean and new. We care about your business and your establishment so do not hesitate to call us!

Emergency Ready Profile

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO always tries to prevent what we can and try to do the least damage to property or home when disaster strikes. One big advantage the we have is what we call an ERP. What is an ERP you ask, well it stands for Emergency Ready Profiles. These are very beneficial to property manager and building engineers in large commercial buildings. Having a ready plan in place can save your business and building. A trained professional from SERVPRO of Society Hill will walk through your building with you and fill out all the information needed. After completion all you have to do is download an App on your phone or tablet, and you have all the information one click away. Paper versions are also available. These ERP's come in handy when an emergency occurs and someone not familiar with the building needs important information. Changes and updates can always be made through the App whenever they may occur. This is all done at no charge to you or your building. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Learn About COVID-19

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Society Hill wants you to be educated on the current pandemic that is going on in the world today and ways to keep you healthy. 

In COVID-19, 'CO' stands for 'corona,' 'VI' for 'virus,' and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.

Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested. In the early stages of infection, it is possible the virus will not be detected. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water

Avoid sharing personal items like food and drinks. Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.

SERVPRO wants you to know what we are up against and to stay safe. 

Educate Yourself On Mitigation

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Society Hill wants everyone to understand what consists of a water damage and understand what it takes to get your property back to normal. 

Full restoration consists of two major phases. The first, mitigation, consists of occasional demolition, cleaning and drying out the structure and belongings. This phase usually takes no more than 3 – 4 days.

Causes of water damage include:

  • Bursting or leaking pipes.
  • Issues with the plumbing system.
  • Buildup in areas prone to collecting water, such as crawl spaces, attics and basements.
  • Faulty or malfunctioning household appliances.
  • HVACs (Heating, ventilating and air conditioning units) issues.

If left untreated, water damage can permanently weaken your home's structure or cause you and your family to become ill. Even a little bit of moisture can attract whole colonies of mold or bacteria.

Within 1 to 24 hours – When water damage lasts for 1 to 24 hours, drywall begins to bulge and break, furniture begins to swell and crack, and metal surfaces begin to tarnish. Within 2 hours to 7 days – You will experience growth and spread of mold and mildew.

It is safe to say that a water damage should be taken seriously and not let untreated. If you ever have to experience this, be sure to call SERVPRO!

Educate Yourself on Mold

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Society Hill wants you to understand what mold is and how to spot it to keep you safe so you know to call us for a remediation. 

With that definitionMold Abatement means the ending of mold or removing mold from your home or business. Remediation means the action of remedying something, in particular of reversing or stopping environmental damage. ... We are removing the mold which is remediating the mold situation which is ending it, abatement.

SERVPRO Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of moldMold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. 

The cleanup process is the same for Level 1 and Level 2 mold remediation and comprises these steps:

  • Repair the water problem. ...
  • Isolate the contaminated area. ...
  • Suppress dust. ...
  • Remove materials. ...
  • Place materials in plastic bags. ...
  • Clean. ...
  • Clean the affected area and egress. ...
  • Visibility test.

50-200 spores – still very low levels; the toxic mold species Stachybotrys and Memnoniella are the only species to be considered an issue at this level. 200-500 spores – the most common species (Penicillium/Aspergillus, Cladosporium and Curvularia) are not an issue and stay within the normal range.

If you think you have seen any of this make sure you call us out for an estimate!

Have A Fire Damage Plan

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can be very sudden and can happen at any time. Having to evacuate your home because of a fire may be one of the most scary things that can happen to a homeowner. It means that you could be in incredible danger, and it might mean that your home could be completely lost. An evacuation means you have to move quickly and effectively, while making sure that nothing is forgotten. That means having a plan set out ahead of time so you are prepared to go at a moment’s notice. Here at SERVPRO of Society Hill we care about your well being more than just your home being put back together by us after a fire. It is important to us that you take the time out of your day as soon as possible and get together with your loved ones and put a plan in place where you have steps and procedures to get out safely and everyone understands what they must do in case the it does happen. It is better to be safe than sorry and that is why you should chose SERVPRO because we want the best for our customers and hope they never have to experience something worse because there were no precautions. 

We Are The Cleaning Professionals

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

Contact us at (215) 772-1203

Email: office@SERVPROsocietyhill.com 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Society Hill at 215-772-1203

Email: office@SERVPROsocietyhill.com

COVID-19

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Society Hill we care about our customers and we want do do everything we can to keep you healthy. That is why we are going out of our way and working all hours of the day and night to clean and prevent COVID-19 or better know as the Coronavirus. 

We provide preventative cleanings if you want to stay ahead of the curve and suspected and confirmed site cleanings if you believe someone has the virus or been around someone that has contracted it. This cleaning protocol is based on the current CDC guidelines. It can be anything from a common area lobby, a warehouse factory, a health club to even an entire building top to bottom. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy and provide a service that makes people feel some sense of normality so people can go home safe to their loved ones.

These cleanings consist of using specific chemicals that kill the virus and wiping every square in on the area down while wearing PPE to protect ourselves from spreading it. If you have any concerns of the virus then please feel free to call SERVPRO of Society Hill today! 

COVID-19 Proactive Cleaning & Disinfecting

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sign stating "Here to Help". SERVPRO of Society Hill is here to help during these tough times.

The world is experiencing some troubling times in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, and could see it continue in months to come. SERVPRO of Society Hill is here to help in anyway we can in controlling the spread of the virus. We have been getting a lot of calls regarding cleaning/disinfecting larger commercial areas. Here are some guidelines as well as links to information for these cleanings. 

- We can perform proactive and confirmed cleanings. SERVPRO of Society Hill request for proactive cleaning authorization clearly states  "While we will follow these protocols to clean and disinfect, due to the nature of certain surfaces, we cannot provide assurances that all pathogens will be eliminated, including corona-viruses. Of course, any area may be infected later if exposed to someone who is contagious with any pathogen. It is important that you continue to follow CDC’s recommendations found on their website. For example, it is important that you continue to perform routine environmental cleaning. This includes routinely cleaning with effective and approved cleaning agents. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label. In addition, provide disinfectant wipes so that commonly used surfaces can be cleaned before each use." which is basically a limitation of liability so that if someone enters the site after the cleaning and infects it we cannot be held accountable. From everyone at SERVPRO of Society Hill stay safe,wash your hands, and just take it easy in these hard times.

We Are The Cleaning Experts!

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tech with full protective white suit on vacuuming during a deep clean. Here we have one of our techs taking full precaution during a proactive cleaning on a commercial building.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of Scoiety Hill, 215-772-1203]

Returning From Vacation To Find A Damaged Home!

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

A house with busted doors and walls with large holes in them. This was what a family returned home to after they got back from vacation. Their house had been vandalized!

Imagine returning home from a wonderful vacation with your family, only to find that your home has been damaged! Weather it was vandalism, water/ storm damage, or fire damage. Most people think it could never happen to them, and don't know who or where to turn to first in the event of such a tragedy. Look no further, here at SERVPRO of Society Hill whatever the damage or loss may be its our duty to restore your house back to normal. These problems occur more often than not, because people don't take the right precautions before leaving there homes for an extended time. Here are a few tips how to keep your house safe when your on vacation.

  • Make sure all doors an windows are locked an secure
  • Have a neighbor or relative keep an eye on your house, and make it appear as if your home is still being lived in
  • Unplug unused electronics to prevent fries 
  • Turn off the main water source in the case of a pipe burst to minimize damage

Following these steps may not stop all accidents from happening, but it will lower the chances greatly!  SERVPRO of Society Hill is always one call away if an incident at your home does occur. 

It's that April Showers Month!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

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.   

Taking Fire damage Head On!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

There are times when the worst happens and you can not control when a fire occurs on in your property. This is a fire started on the roof of Letitia Street in Philadelphia affecting five floors plus common hallways and the lobby. Our crew worked together to keep each tenant satisfied through the process of the cleanup. We chemical sponge brushed the entire structure. We ran vapor sharks and we had air scrubbers with charcoal filters to eliminate odors and performed demolition on anything that could not be restored. This way we could bring in brand new dry wall and kitchen cabinets to replace, remove the odors of the smog, and make it feel like it never happened. We were however able to salvage the floors as we use our top of the line equipment to make the process as quick and cost effective as possible. The picture below shows how hard SERVPRO of Society Hill worked to save the original hardwood floors. With in a total of 3 days we were able to have this home completely restored. Next time you have a fire do not hesitate to call us at 215-772-1203 and know you are in good hands. 

NO Loss or Disaster to Large!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Disaster Support Year Round!

At SERVPRO of Society Hill, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Our commercial loss division is only the best in the restoration business.   Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.  Also seeing that storms and natural disasters can strike at anytime and without notice.  SERVPRO of Society Hill is prepared for the unpredictable 24/7 and 365 days a year.  The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.  There is no worse feeling then thinking you have lost everything.  We strive to get families and business back on there feet no matter the circumstances.  

ERP's and the Readiness They Bring to Handling a Damage

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

ERP's are free of charge, and well worth it!

What is an ERP you ask, well it stands for Emergency Ready Profiles.  These are very beneficial to property manager and building engineers in large commercial buildings.  Having a ready plan in place can save your business and building. A trained SERVPRO of Society Hill will walk through your building with you and fill out all the information needed.  After completion all you have to do is download an App on your phone or tablet, and you have all the information one click away.  Paper versions are also available.  These ERP's come in handy when an emergency occurs and someone not familiar with the building needs important information. Changes and updates can always be made through the App whenever they may occur.  This is all done at no charge to you or your building.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Who To Call On For All Your Restoration Needs!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

When Disaster Strikes That's When SERVPRO of Society Hill Clocks In!

It's 3 o'clock in the morning and there is water shooting in every direction from a burst pipe in your basement.  The water is rising fast, and you think to yourself no one is going to help me at this time of night. While disasters do not work a 9-5, neither does SERVPRO of Society Hill.  We work on disaster time 24 hours a day 7 days a week-even on holidays as well.  Our trained specialists are equipped and prepared to spring into action moments after the call comes in.  Not only do we respond in a quick and timely matter, but the job is done right the first time no if, ans, or buts.  Other companies may leave you waiting until the morning which is going to cause more damage on your property, and your wallet.  So remember no matter the time or circumstance don't panic, call SERVPRO of Society Hill to take care of all your restoration needs.