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7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services SERVPRO - Building Emergency Services Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Germantown can help with all of your building emergencies.

SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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A Fast Response Is Crucial

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.

An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

The History of Germantown Philadelphia

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Community The History of Germantown Philadelphia City of Philadelphia

SERVPRO of Germantown is proud to be a part of this great section of our great City of Philadelphia.   
Information from,_Philadelphia  
Germantown, PhiladelphiaThis article is about the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods of Germantown and East Germantown. For an article specifically about the Colonial Germantown Historic District, see Colonial Germantown Historic District.

Germantown is an area in Northwest Philadelphia. Founded by German Quaker and Mennonite families in 1683 as an independent borough, it was absorbed into Philadelphia in 1854. The area, which is about six miles northwest from the city center, now consists of two neighborhoods: 'Germantown' and 'East Germantown'.

Germantown has played a significant role in American history; it was the birthplace of the American antislavery movement, the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the temporary residence of George Washington, the location of the first bank of the United States, and the residence of many notable politicians, scholars, artists, and social activists.

 Today the area remains rich in historic sites and buildings from the colonial era, some of which are open to the public. 


<object91D4-4599-9980-E775044A8C40" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="220" height="212" data-file-width="2400" data-file-height="2310"> Plan of lots in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1689, showing lot owners in 1689 and 1714.

Germantown stretches for about two miles along Germantown Avenue northwest from Windrim and Roberts Avenues. Germantown has been consistently bounded on the southwest by Wissahickon Avenue, on the southeast by Roberts Avenue, and on the east by Wister Street and Stenton Avenue,[4] but its northwest border has expanded and contracted over the years. When first incorporated as a borough in 1689, Germantown was separated from the rural Germantown Township by Washington Lane;[5] later, the border was expanded to Carpenter and East Gorgas Lanes;[6] it was then rolled back to Washington Lane in 1846,[4] and remained there until the borough was absorbed into the city of Philadelphia in 1854.

<object026C-4D31-AB76-C00F5EF85A43" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="220" height="247" data-file-width="453" data-file-height="508"> Modern borders of Germantown and East Germantown, Philadelphia

Today, the western part of the former borough is the neighborhood known simply as 'Germantown' (though is sometimes called 'West Germantown') and the eastern part is the neighborhood of 'East Germantown'. While the boundary between the two neighborhoods is not well-defined and has varied over time,[7] these days 'Germantown' usually refers to the part of the former borough that lies west of Germantown Avenue, up through West Johnson Street, and 'East Germantown' to the part that lies east of Germantown Avenue, up through East Upsal Street.[8][9][10]

The neighborhood of Mount Airy lies to the northwest, Ogontz and West Oak Lane to the northeast, Logan to the east, Nicetown–Tioga to the south, and East Falls to the southwest.

The majority of Germantown is covered by the 19144 zip code, but the area north of Chew Avenue falls in the 19138 zip code.

History and demographics

<object451A-402E-BD70-5CA1016A2405" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="205" height="210" data-file-width="205" data-file-height="210"><object7F06-442C-A6FA-8BD5410662A5" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="170" height="242" data-file-width="623" data-file-height="888"> Pictures from Old Germantown: the Pastorius family residences are shown on the upper left (c. 1683) and upper right (c. 1715), the center structure is the house and printing business of the Caurs family (ca. 1735), and the bottom structure is the market place (c. 1820).

Germantown was founded on October 6, 1683, by German settlers: thirteen Quaker and Mennonite families from Krefeld.[11][12] Today the founding day of Germantown is remembered as German-American Day, a holiday in the United States, observed annually on October 6. On August 12, 1689, William Penn at London signed a charter constituting some of the inhabitants a corporation by the name of "the bailiff, burgesses and commonalty of Germantown, in the county of Philadelphia, in the province of Pennsylvania." Francis Daniel Pastorius was the first bailiff. Jacob Telner, Derick Isacks op den Graeff and his brother Abraham Isacks op den Graeff, Reynier Tyson, and Tennis Coender were burgesses, besides six committeemen. They had authority to hold "the general court of the corporation of Germantowne", to make laws for the government of the settlement, and to hold a court of record. This court went into operation in 1690, and continued its services for sixteen years. Sometimes, to distinguish Germantown from the upper portion of German township, outside the borough, the township portion was called Upper Germantown.

In 1688, five years after its founding, Germantown became the birthplace of the anti-slavery movement in America.[13] Pastorius, Gerret Hendericks, Derick Updegraeff and Abraham Updengraef gathered at Thones Kunders's house and wrote a two-page condemnation of slavery and sent it to the governing bodies of their Quaker church, the Society of Friends. The petition was mainly based upon the Bible's Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Though the Quaker establishment took no immediate action, the 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery was a clear and forceful argument against slavery and initiated the process of banning slavery in the Society of Friends (1776) and Pennsylvania (1780).

In 1723, Germantown became the site of the first Church of the Brethren congregation in the New World.[14]

When Philadelphia was occupied by the British during the American Revolutionary War, British units were housed in Germantown. In the Battle of Germantown, on October 4, 1777, the Continental Army attacked this garrison. During the battle, a party of citizens fired on the British troops, as they marched up the avenue, and mortally wounded British Brigadier General Agnew. The Americans withdrew after firing on one another in the confusion of the battle, leading to the determination that the battle resulted in a defeat of the Americans. However, the battle is sometimes considered a victory by Americans. The American loss was 673 and the British loss was 575, but along with the Army's success under Brigadier General Horatio Gates at Saratoga on October 17 when John Burgoyne surrendered, the battle led to the official recognition of the Americans by France, which formed an alliance with the Americans afterward.

During his presidency, George Washington and his family lodged at the Deshler-Morris House in Germantown to escape the city and the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. The first bank of the United States was also located here during his administration.

Germantown proper, and the adjacent German Township, were incorporated into the City of Philadelphia in 1854 by the Act of Consolidation.

Italians began settling Germantown in 1880, and comprised an active and vibrant part of the community.[15]

The significant changes that occurred in Philadelphia's demographics at the start of the 20th century caused major shifts in Germantown's ethnic makeup as well. When the first wave of the Great Migration brought more than 140,000 African Americans to the city from the South, long-established Philadelphians started to move to the outskirts. During this time, many German, Scots-Irish, and Irish families moved to Germantown.[16]

During the 1940s, a second mass migration of African Americans from the south to Philadelphia occurred. While the majority of middle-class African American newcomers first settled in North Philadelphia, the housing shortages in this area that followed the end of World War II caused later arrivals to move instead to the Northwest. This led to a wave of new housing construction. To meet the housing needs of the growing numbers of African American families moving into southern Germantown, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority allocated $10.6 million for the creation of public housing.[16]

Between 1954 and 1956 Germantown experienced an influx of lower-income African Americans, resulting in a decline in property values and triggering a "white flight" of the majority of white residents to the suburbs.[17] The demographic shift caused a slow but steady decline in central Germantown's upscale shopping district, with the last department store, a J. C. Penney branch, closing in the early 1980s.[18]

The current demographics of Germantown reflects this shift. As of the 2010 US Census, Germantown proper is 77% black, 15% white, 3% non-white Hispanic, and 2% Asian,[3] and East Germantown is 92% black, 3% white, 2% non-white Hispanic, and 2% Asian.[3]

Eugene Stackhouse, a retired former president of the Germantown Historical Society says that the demographic transition of Germantown into a predominantly black neighborhood was the result of the now illegal practice of blockbusting. "It was a great disgrace. Cheap houses would be sold to a black family, then the realtors would go around and tell the neighbors that the blacks are invading", said Stackhouse.[19] The practice was used to trigger panic selling.[18]


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Germantown is zoned to the School District of Philadelphia, as is all of Philadelphia. Public schools located in Germantown include the Anna L. Lingelbach School (K–8), the John B. Kelly School (K–6), the John Wister Elementary School (K–6), the Hill Freedman Middle School (6–8), the Theodore Roosevelt Middle School (7–8), the Fitler Academics Plus School (1–8), and the Martin Luther King High School (9–12). The Robert Fulton Elementary School and Germantown High School, a regional public high school located in Germantown, were both closed in 2013.

Charter schools

Mastery Charter Schools operates the Mastery Charter Pickett Campus (7-12, MCPC) in Germantown.[20] The school opened in August 2007.[21] The charter system headquarters is located at Pickett.[21][22] Germantown Settlement Charter School (5-8), Imani Education Circle Charter school (pre-K to 8), and the Wissahickon Charter School's Awbury Campus (6th-8th) is located in the neighborhood . The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, a private state-chartered school, occupies the former site of Germantown Academy, which moved to Fort Washington, Pennsylvania in 1965.

Private schools

Germantown's private schools include the DePaul Catholic School (K–8), Waldorf School of Philadelphia (PreK-8), the High Street Christian Academy (K–4), the Germantown Islamic School, the Green Tree School (special education, ages 6–21), and two Quaker schools: Germantown Friends School and Greene Street Friends School.

Nearby private schools include Mount Airy's Revival Hill Christian High School (9–12), Blair Christian Academy (PreK–12), Islamic Day School of Philadelphia (PreK–5), Project Learn School (K–8), Classroom on Carpenter Lane (K-2), and Holy Cross School (K–8), as well as Chestnut Hill's Springside School (PreK–12), Chestnut Hill Academy (K–12), and Crefeld School (7–12). The William Penn Charter School (commonly known as Penn Charter), the oldest Quaker school in the world, is located in nearby East Falls.

Higher education

La Salle University is in both Germantown and historic Belfield. Its west campus is centered on the old Germantown Hospital buildings and property, which it purchased in 2007.[23] Other universities and colleges close to Germantown include Drexel University College of Medicine's Queen Lane Medical Campus, Arcadia University, Chestnut Hill College, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia University, and Saint Joseph's University.[24]

Other teaching institutions

Settlement Music School, the largest community school of the arts in the United States, operates one of its six branches in Germantown.

Public libraries

Free Library of Philadelphia operates public libraries. The Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library is located in Germantown. The library was given its current name in 2002, after Joseph E. Coleman, a member of the Philadelphia City Council.[25]


The first railroad in Philadelphia was the Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown Railroad, which linked Germantown to a station at 9th and Green Streets in Center City. It opened in 1832, and was initially powered by horses.[26] The inventor Matthias W. Baldwin built his first commissioned steam locomotive for the new railroad. Nicknamed Old Ironsides, it eventually reached a peak speed of 28 mph.[27]

Today two SEPTA Regional Rail lines connect the neighborhood to Center City: the Chestnut Hill West Line with stops at Queen Lane, Chelten Avenue, and Tulpehocken stations; and the Chestnut Hill East Line with stops at Wister, Germantown, and Washington Lane stations.[28]

The neighborhood is also served by bus routes 18, 23 (formerly a trolley line), 26, 53 (formerly a trolley line), 65, H and XH, J, and K.[28]

  • "Old Ironsides", 1832

  • Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

  • Route 23 trolley on Germantown Avenue, 1985

Parks and recreation areas

Germantown has numerous parks and recreation areas. These include:

  • Awbury Arboretum, a historic 55 acre arboretum and estate
  • Carpenter Park
  • Clifford Park
  • Cliveden Park
  • Cloverly Park
  • East Germantown Recreation Center
  • Fernhill Park
  • Germantown Cricket Club (private)
  • Hansberry Garden and Nature Center
  • Happy Hollow Playground
  • Kelly Playground
  • Loudoun Park
  • Vernon Park
  • Waterview Recreation Center
  • Wissahickon Valley Park (bordering), a 1400-acre park that is part of the Fairmount Park system.
  • Wister's Woods Park (bordering)

Historic sites

National Historic Landmark Districts

National Historic Districts

National Historic Landmarks

National Register of Historic Places

Other sites listed separately on the NRHP:

Gallery of historic houses and architecture

For a more complete gallery of contributing properties in the Colonial Germantown Historic District see here

  • Selected historic architecture of Germantown
  • Loudoun Mansion, 4650 Germantown Ave.

  • Winston Commons, 6620-6624 Germantown Ave

  • Original Wakefield Presbyterian Church, 4705 Germantown Ave

  • Market Square Presbyterian Church and Civil War Monument

  • Howell House, at 5218 Germantown Ave

  • Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave.

Other historic sites

National Ice Cream Day

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Community National Ice Cream Day Bassetts Ice Cream Since 1861

A great history lesson on Bassetts Ice Cream

Found at:

1861 — Lewis Dubois Bassett, a Quaker school teacher and farmer, begins making ice cream in his Salem, NJ backyard using a mule-turned churn.

1885 — L.D. begins selling his ice cream from a location at 5th & Market Streets in Philadelphia.

1892 — The Reading Terminal Market opens; Bassetts Ice Cream opens a retail store and moves production into the basement.

1906 — Lewis Lafayette continues operations after the death of his father.

1917 — L.L. dies; his wife, Louise Austin Bassett, assumes management until her son is ready to take over.

1925 — Lewis Lafayette, Jr., the third generation, takes over management of the ice cream store and production at the age of 21.

1935 — L.L., Jr. ships 10 quarts of ice cream, packed in dry ice, via freighter from New York through the Panama Canal to the American Embassy in Tokyo. The voyage takes several weeks but the ice cream arrives in perfect condition.

1959 — L.L., Jr. produces 50 tubs of borscht ice cream for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

1961 — Bassetts celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

1973 — Production moves to 20th & Fairmount Streets in Philadelphia.

1973 — Ann Bassett, great granddaughter of the founder and daughter of L.L., Jr., joins the company.

1975 — Bassetts begins the largest expansion in the company’s 114-year history.

1976 — Ann Bassett is named President after L.L., Jr. retires after 51 years.

1983 — Michael Strange, great-great grandson of the founder, enters the family business.

1986 — L.L., Jr. dies at the age of 82.

1989 — Michael is named President; Ann is CEO.

1994 - Ann Bassett retires, but continues to receive monthly deliveries of Bassetts Ice Cream at her home. 

1996 — Bassetts introduces the Bassetts Ice Cream Sandwich.

2000 — Bassetts introduces website.

2008 – Bassetts Ice Cream is served in China!

2010 – Bassetts introduces six (6) new flavors—Guatemalan Ripple, Matcha, Macadamia Nut, Mango, Peanut Butter Cup and Pomegranate Blueberry Chunk—AND serves ice cream to President Obama at the Bassetts counter in the Reading Terminal Market!

2011 – Bassetts Ice Cream celebrates 150 years!

2011 – Bassetts presents the Bassetts Belgian Chocolate Dipped Super Premium Ice Cream Bar.

2012 – Bassetts introduces the Belgian Chocolate Dipped Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream Bar.

2012 - China partner James Sun opens three new Bassetts locations in China!

2013 - Bassetts announces two new products--Ice Cream Truffles and Ice Cream Cakes.

 Lewis Dubois
Lewis Lafayette
Louise Austin
Lewis Lafayette, Jr.
Ann Bassett
Michael Strange

SERVPRO supports PFESI and First Responders

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Announcement made by PFESI

PFESI welcomes SERVPRO as the new sponsor of the Statewide Advisory Board.

Please thank your local SERVPRO representative for their support of PAs. Emergency Services.

PFESI also thanks Delaware County Firemen's Association for their 3 year renewal of their sponsorship.

The support of fire service organizations is critical to us. If your fire department or county organization is not a sponsor please consider a contribution.

This announcement was made in 2016 and today SERVPRO continues our support of PFESI. This support allows us to make a difference in every community in Pennsylvania.

SERVPRO is proud to support our Community First Responders and Heroes.
You will find us at many events throughout the Commonwealth extending our support in every way possible. SERVPRO wants everyone to know you can count on us prior to an emergency. Please reach out to any SERVPRO and we will provide tips for preparation, prevention, response and recovery from building emergencies.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

Step1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed) Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present) Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Step 6: Cleaning and Repair
Step 7: Restoration

Philadelphia Food at Beaux Arts Building

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Community Philadelphia Food at Beaux Arts Building The Bourse picture provided by

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Sometimes even stunning landmark buildings require a little imagination to bring them back to public attention.

Scheduled to open late this summer, the newly renovated Bourse will broaden the dining options in this well-traveled block of Philadelphia’s Historic District. The Beaux Arts sandstone building, once devoted to the city’s commodities exchange (the first ever in the United States), was redeveloped as The Bourse and turned into an office building and shopping destination in 1979.


  • The revamped Bourse Marketplace is scheduled to open in late-summer 2018.
  • Visitors will find a variety of local artisanal food and drink and retail vendors in the new renovated space.
  • The upgrades aim to position The Bourse as a major dining and shopping destination in Philadelphia.

In the coming weeks, the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places will write the next chapter of its history as an artisan food hall in the spirit of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market and San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

 (Rendering courtesy The Bourse)Once open, The Bourse Marketplace will host 29 food-and-drink vendors and four anchor tenants located in the building’s four corners.

What to Expect

MRP Realty’s $50 million project brings the building back to its 19th-century grandeur.

Both the Fourth and Fifth Street entrances have been restored with outdoor seating while the original ceramic tiled floors, inlaid with brass, have been uncovered.

Inside, four anchor tenants and 29 new food stall vendors will create a delicious panoply of options. Among the choices: baked goods, poke, tacos, juices, ramen, Belgian chocolates, charcuterie, pasta, fancy grilled cheese, Latin-Asian fusion fare, Halal Egyptian eats, Filipino comfort food, dumplings, seafood and chicken soup.

 (TAPS Fill Station | Photo courtesy The Bourse)New tenants coming soon to The Bourse include Mighty Melt, Scoop de Ville, Bluebird Distilling, Prescription Chicken, Lalo and TAPS Fill Station (shown).

Some of the best-known local names in vendors include Scoop DeVille, Chaat and Chai, Vera Pasta, Sylva Senat, whose Baby Buns “reimagines” the hamburger, and Lalo, Filipino comfort food from a team of restaurant industry vets. The TAPS Fill Station serves up local cider, beer and wine and Bluebird Distilling offers a cocktail bar and retail spirits. Floral, coffee and tea purveyors round out the lineup.

Get a glimpse at the building’s makeover during the pop-up beer garden on the building’s steps from Friday, June 29th through Tuesday, July 3rd. Operated by BRÜ Craft & Wurst, the limited-time eatery will serve local craft brews, cocktails from Bluebird Distilling and fun bites like soft pretzels and water ice.

Wawa Welcome America adds to the festivities with a Red White and Blue happy hour on Friday, June 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. and for July 3rd’s Historic District Block Party, sponsored in part by Visit Philadelphia.

Stay tuned for more and get ready to eat your way through The Bourse.

Claims Journal Flood Report

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Top Private Flood Insurers and Market Report

During 2017, the private flood insurance market expanded considerably with 50 new carriers. In total, insurers reported direct private flood insurance premiums written of $630 million, an increase of $217 million over 2016.

That’s according to Insurance Journal’s Top Private Flood Insurers 2017 Market Study.

Though the market saw many new entrants, 98 percent of the growth is attributed to five major carrier groups: Assurant, Zurich Re, FM Global, Liberty Mutual and Berkshire Hathaway.

Commercial lines still represent the majority of the private flood insurance business written, with approximately 64 percent of the market, down from 66 percent in 2016.

More findings from the report:

  • The 2017 top five writers of direct written premium for private flood insurance in the commercial market were: FM Global ($263,281,599); Zurich Re ($63,839,162); Berkshire Hathaway ($27,603,275); RSUI ($13,224,505); and Allianz ($11,704,696).
  • The 2017 top five writers of direct written premium for private flood insurance in the residential market were: Assurant ($89,826,939); AIG ($58,245,862); Swiss Re ($41,571,428); Chubb ($9,977,894); and Liberty Mutual Fire ($8,849,770).
  • In 2017, 10 states experienced private flood insurance growth in excess of
    $5 million in new business written. The top five private flood insurance states based on direct written premiums in 2017 are: Florida ($36.5 million), California $23.1 million), Texas ($20.7 million), New York ($20.2 million) and New Jersey ($11.8 million).

The full report can be downloaded for free here: Insurance Journal’s Top Private Flood Insurers 2017 Market Study.

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Commercial Water Loss in Philadelphia

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Earlier this year, a sprinkler line went off inside a building over 300,000 sq/ft in Philadelphia, PA and SERVPRO of Germantown was there to help! 

As usual, we were available at any time, so when we were called, we were there!! 

The water damage done to the building impacted every floor of the building including the basement! The water damage done throughout the building also caused electrical fires as well, so we had to move quickly. 

We were able to extract the water and also provide a generator since there was no power in the building. We not only restored the damage, but we also swept up broken tiles and chemicals from the fire extinguisher to help make the building more presentable.

This loss was so big, that we worked together with other SERVPRO's in the area to ensure the job would be completed quickly.

SERVPRO can handle any commercial loss, no matter the size. We all work together to help you, and to restore your building as quickly as possible, so you can get back to business. 

Have questions? Call SERVPRO of Germantown at (215)-848-8875

Ready for whatever happens...

What's your New Year's Resolution?

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

General 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? 


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 attention to it, because if you don't, it may catch 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!

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Back-to-School & Unwelcome Surprises Is Your School Ready & Mold Free?

Coughing, sneezing,...

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!