What's your New Year's Resolution?
Have a few ideas? Make a list of what you want to accomplish! It always helps writing things down
It's nearing the end of January. Everyone has kicked in their New Year's Resolution habits, which is awesome! How do we stick to it though? What's you resolution? Is it to lose weight? Eat more vegetables? Drink less? Write more?
I'll tell you mine! I want to be more involved with reading. I am currently reading the book, "IT" by Stephen King. First things first, that book is HUGE. I'm not kidding, it's easily over 1,000 pages long. After I saw the movie, I knew I had to read the book! OK, I didn't see the old movie, but I saw the new one. Either way, I started the book months ago. Still. Not. Done. It is a long book, and it's taking some time! My goal this year to dedicate time every day to just sit down and read. Whether it's a thrilling fiction such as "IT" or a book that could help me in business and in the professional world.
SO, what's your resolution? How will you stick with it? You know how long it takes?
ONLY 21 DAYS
Now, I'm not a scientist, but 21 days doesn't seem too difficult. You can do that! Take only 21 days to stick to your new diet or good habit. That's what i'm doing!
Is your new habit being more organized? Then take 21 days to keep your room clean and organized! After that, it'll be smooth sailing to keep that room clean. Or not, because you simply thrive in chaos :)
What if you want to cook more this year? Instead of ordering out every night you want to cook that delicious chicken in the oven! Be careful though...pay attention to it, because if you don't, it may catch fire...so be safe with your resolutions please!
I'll stick to my resolution if everyone does! Let's make 2018 our year!!!
If you make a mess sticking to your resolution, don't give up! Just call the experts at SERVPRO of Germantown to clean it up. We are in this with you, and trying to stick to our resolutions too!
You know how to reach us, at (215)-536-7989.
"Like it never even happened."
Burr, it's Cold Outside! & so are the Pipes!
The weather outside is definitely frightful this winter! Not only do we feel like our fingers & toes are frozen, but our pipes are frozen! Winter time is not a fun time for our pipes; the cold temperatures cause the pipes to freeze and then from there, they can break. This is where serious water damage can occur.
According to the American Red Cross, pipes that freeze most frequently are:
- Pipes that are exposed to severe cold (ex. Water sprinkler line, outdoor hoses bibs, etc.)
- Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas (ex. Basements, garages, etc.)
- Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little insulation
There are ways to prevent freezing pipes from happening. You absolutely turn the heat up, but your bill will go up too. Here are ways to prevent freezing pipes according to the American Red Cross:
- Be sure to completely drain water from the swimming pool/sprinkler lines
- Open cabinets to let warm air in near plumbing
- Let water drip from faucets during extreme cold weather conditions
- Keep the heat temperature on the property at the same temperature both day & night
Using these strategies can help lesson the likelihood of your pipes breaking. However, sometimes we as humans forget to open the cabinets or let the water drip in faucet. We live in an “on-the-go” society. Here are some ways to thaw out your pipes if they do freeze.
- I know I will be repeating myself, but keep the faucet open! If you open your faucet and only a little drip drop comes out, you could have a freezing pipe. Running water through the pipe by keeping the faucet open will help thaw the pipe!
- Heat, heat, heat!! Use a blow dryer, towels in hot water, space heater on the pipe!
Freezing pipes can cause a lot of stress, we understand that! We want you to be extra prepared in case of a situation such as this. We also want you to stay safe, so if you try doing strategies such as using a space heater, be careful of your surroundings.
This is rough winter, but we will all get through it together! Forbid anything should happen, call the professionals of cleanup & restoration. SERVPRO® of Germantown is here to help. We want you to make sure your home or business is restored with care. You know where to call if you need us: (215)-536-7989.
Back-to-School & Unwelcome Surprises
Is Your School Ready & Mold Free?
runny nose and itchy eyes are just a few of the common symptoms associated with certain allergens. While these symptoms may not seem too serious, for allergy-sufferers, they can be a complete nuisance.
One particularly hard-to-tackle cause of allergies is practically unavoidable because it is every where.
That’s right! Mold actually consists of microscopic spores that thrive in our air space both indoors and out. This is why mold “removal” is an impossible task. Mold can, however, be managed and remediated if treated properly.
For example, as the fall season is rapidly approaching and schools across the Upper Bucks County are preparing for the upcoming year, some faculty returning early are surprised with a heavy musty smell upon opening the doors after a much-needed summer break. Unfortunately, many school buildings make the decision to cut the AC for the warm-weather months to help reduce costs but many do not consider the fact that mold reproduces even quicker in an environment filled with moisture.
Luckily for our local schools and those across the United States, SERPVRO has highly trained mold technicians prepared to tackle this kind of job. On several occasions, mold has been discovered in one or more areas of a classroom(s) and our teams have completed the job in just one weekend, so come Monday morning it's, “like it never even happened.”
Call us today @ 215-536-7989 for more information or for references on a job well-done at the aforementioned situation!
You Clean What?
If you don't know who to call, call SERVPRO!
Biohazard & Crime Scene Clean Up
Do you ever stop to wonder who has to clean up the scene after a chemical spill or a death/suicide accident?
If not, you are probably like most and lucky enough to not have needed to consider this type of work. However, if you fall into the other category, you know very well that a hazardous scene must be left to the professionals to clean.
Blood borne pathogens, disease, risk of infection and chemical burns are a just a few items to consider when dealing with a biohazard clean-up. Luckily, our team is highly trained and well prepared to protect both themselves and you from any potential harm.
Our team also fully understands that these situations are often extremely difficult and sensitive times in a person's life and therefore demonstrate compassion and empathy while completing the work in a timely fashion.
For more information on biohazard clean-up's, please check out the BIO/Hazmat section of our website.
Also, if you are in the industry, SERVPRO supported the PFDA-Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association-Conference & Expo in April 2017!
Commercial Cleaning Services
Commercial Property Cleaning
To start, water, fire, mold or any other type of damage to any building is never expected or hoped for. However, when these disasters do happen, they affect a business differently than they affect a homeowner.
When an emergency strikes a business, there are numerous things the owner must consider; Are my employees going to be okay? Will they make it through this tough time? How long will my business remain closed and therefore non-profitable? When will I be able to re-open?
Many of these questions can be unnerving and simply too much for a business owner to deal with. In fact, 50% of businesses may never recover after they have suffered a disaster.
To shed some hope though, the SERVPRO of Germantown team is highly trained and equipped to deal with any emergency, any time of the day and any size. We will work diligently to ensure any business can re-open and get back on track.
If you are a business owner and find yourself amidst an emergency situation, call SERVPRO of Germantown: (215)-536-7989.
Chambers of Commerce
Put your community first and join a local chamber!
What exactly are they? What is their primary goal?
A chamber of commerce has one, unified goal-to further the interests of those local businesses which are members and advocate for both the local and business community.
Local chambers provide endless opportunities for networking, business development and active involvement through committees, chamber & community events.
SERVPRO of Germantown takes great pride in being involved with our local community. We have found that over the years, being actively involved with several of our local Chambers of Commerce has helped us to increase our involvement and meet many other members and neighbors!
The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to, “build strong partnerships within its business community in order to advance the principals of free enterprise and to enhance the quality of life in Upper Bucks County”, has been a particularly strong organization to be a part of. SERVPRO of Germantown has been a proud member since 2006 and supports the chamber through continued membership and support of/at chamber events such as their annual golf outing.
The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce is a conduit for success in their community. Their dedicated team has, time and again, gone above their expected duties to ensure our business as well as others, is promoted and supported effectively.
Preparing Your Family for an Emergency
Prevent This Disaster!
Preparing Your Home for an Emergency
Taking the Necessary Steps
Have you ever stopped to wonder what it is like for those who have suffered the loss of everything they own and love in a home fire? Have you ever wondered what it would like be if it were you?
If you have stopped to think about the impact a fire or other related emergency could have on you and your family, then you’re a step ahead! If not, it is time to start emergency planning now because the best thing you can be in the event of an emergency is, prepared.
It is important to keep in mind every second counts and having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death.
Here are some tips to help properly prepare:
- Plan and practice your emergency escape route
- Locate all known and potential exits from your home
- Purchase a home fire extinguisher and store it in a safe, easy-to-locate place
- Install and properly maintain a smoke detector
- Ask your local fire department to inspect your home for fire safety
In addition to the steps mentioned above, SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business. This profile contains all important information such as water and gas shut off locations and key contacts in one convenient location.
If you are interested in getting your home ready for a possible emergency, call us today! (215)-536-7989.
Severe Storms and Weather
Lighting Strikes Close
Did you know?
Lightning strikes kill more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes? (www.redcross.org)
Severe weather is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Severe storms can wreak havoc on your home or business and can be accompanied by flash flooding, damaging winds, fallen trees and power outages.
One of the most common disasters SERVPRO of Germantown remediates is roofs damaged, if not destroyed, by a fallen tree. In fact, as is common throughout the United States, winds may be strong enough to down tree limbs, knock out power, or may even be strong enough to down entire trees onto homes, parked cars, or whatever happens to cross their path, thus producing structural damage to homes and buildings (www.weather.com).
In a more severe circumstance, SERVPRO teams from the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area collectively responded to the victims of Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. Countless homes, stores, vacation retreats and hotels were severely impacted and many of them have required years of repairs and recovery.
Therefore, with the amount of damage that can be done, it is important for you to adhere to any known storm warning or threat of severe weather. Stay indoors, secure your immediate area and if possible, stay up-to-date.
Associated Builders and Contractors
ABC PA East
Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association which represents almost 21,000 chapter members. The goal of ABC is to help its chapter members develop, win work and deliver said work in a safe and ethical manner that creates profit for all parties involved. ABC works hard to better the communities in which they and their members live and work. ABC’s primary activities include but are not limited to; government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, and business development. ABC offers endless opportunities for its members to develop professionally, network and get involved through various committees and events.
SERVPRO of Germantown saw the benefit in joining such a prestigious association and garnered excitement among a few other SERVPRO affiliates and collectively joined as a group. We have representatives from SERVPRO who are apart of the workforce development committee as well as the young professionals committee. We take advantage of utilizing ABC East’s beautiful facilities to host our meetings and in the future, continuing education classes.
The ABC Easter PA Chapter, of which we are a part of, represents more than 14,000 construction employees who work for more than 450 member companies. SERVPRO saw this as an excellent opportunity to partner with ABC East and offer our Emergency Ready Profiles, free-of-charge, to the many members and businesses. Follow this link to check out our special offer on ABC’s website!
Burst Pipes? Prepare Ahead of Time!
Frozen Pipes? No problem for SERVPRO!
What exactly causes a burst pipe?
The cold weather season may be great for those who love to ski or snowboard but those who own/rent a house, may feel less enticed by the decreasing temperatures.
Polar vortexes, frosts and reoccurring cold fronts can cause severe damages to the pipes in and outside your home. While several factors can result in a burst pipe, the main reason is freezing temperatures. When the water inside a pipe freezes, the freezing process causes the water to expand thus creating pressure on the pipe from within. Additionally, trickles of water may still be flowing through and in between the frozen walls of the pipes.
All combined, the pressure becomes too great and the pipe ruptures at a weaker joint or even in the middle at times. As pipes can run from underground, outside and up through your home, the amount of water damage can be extensive and costly.
- Instill a regular seasonal maintenance plan-i.e. disconnect and drain any outdoor hoses before the cold weather; as one of these bursting can cause extensive damage to your entire plumbing system
- For plumbing pipes located in an unheated area of your home or business, consider foam pipe insulation ($50-$200 depending on length)
- If you migrate to a warmer climate throughout any extended time during the winter months; make sure your furnace is set no lower than 55 degrees and the main water supply is shut-off during the time you are away