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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
215-536-7989: Attention Germantown Residents!
Call SERVPRO if your sump pump fails!
Sump Pump Failure?
Many homeowners in and around the Quakertown area (yes, that means those of you in Perkasie, Sellersville, and Coopersburg too!) rely on a sump pump to keep their basement from flooding. But have you ever stopped to think what may happen if your sump pump fails?
Will you realize it's not working?
Will you wake up to several inches of water in your basement?
These are questions that many people typically do not consider until it is too late. Be sure to do your routine maintenance and make sure all of the working parts which comprise your sump pump are working properly.
If you do happen to wake up to that unwelcome surprise in your basement, no worries! Just call your local SERVPRO office located in Perkasie and we'll make it, "Like it never even happened." 215-536-7989
Look What the Cat Dragged In! Mold?
Microscopic mold and allergen spores
Mold is everywhere.
No, that is not an exaggeration. Spores of mold are microscopic entities floating in the air which can enter your home or business through a cracked window, open door, AC/heating system and possibly on your pet.
One good thing to keep in mind about mold, however, is that not all molds are dangerous and can be present without causing harm. Mold remediation is useful for those who are prone to allergies or when mold is discovered in a densely populated building such as a school.
There are, however, certain types of mold that must be removed immediately. Black mold, for instance, can be potentially harmful but it does emit an indistinguishable, fowl smell that can lead a professional right to its source!
It is important to begin remediation quickly. SERVPRO follows a strict process to effectively remove mold from an affected area.
- Mold Containment-the affected area is sealed shut as to not release spores
- Air Filtration-cleaning the air of spores
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials-some materials must be thrown away
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- HEPA processes -used to remove mold/mold spores, clean and seal.
Check out our mold remediation section to learn more about the process and mold in general.
Ho! Ho! Puff?: A Cold Weather Dilemma
The result of a puff back!
Crank up the heat! The colder weather is upon us and your heaters are soon going to be roaring back to life. For many of us, our heating systems will turn on flawlessly and get to work toasting our freezing feet. But for many others, the consequences of having left your heater sit unattended and inactive throughout the warm-weather months; can leave you with a costly and time-consuming mess.
Puff Backs are a result of a misfiring in your furnace. This misfire causes an explosion of soot and debris that shoot back into your home leaving your walls, furnishings, carpets and many other household items, coated in a difficult-to-remove film. The explosion of soot brings to the forefront an underlying, usually simple, problem with the mechanics of your furnace such as a valve or filter in need of replacement.
However, even though the mechanical fix may be relatively simple, you won’t realize just how many things can be affected in your home by a puff back until you have one happen. The soot somehow finds a way into the smallest nooks and spaces of your home leaving you with a very difficult mess to clean up.
The best thing for you to do in this situation is to call in the professionals. The soot and debris are not only hard to clean up but may be dangerous without the proper knowledge due to the chemicals released during the explosion.
SERVPRO has a very unique, hands-on approach to dealing with puff backs which we tailor to every incident. If a puff back occurs on a porous material/surface, for example, then we are able to perform a more abrasive wet-cleaning process. However, if the soot has landed on a non-porous material/surface, then our highly-trained techs will spend the time strenuously cleaning your walls and surfaces with a dry sponge ensuring that everything in your home returns to its pre-damage condition.
Some things you may be able to do to prevent a puff back include;
- Ensuring your oil-heating system is free of dust and debris
- Inspect and provide service to your heating system before you need to use it
- If you hear strange noises or begin to see any soot residue around your furnace, call your heating company immediately
If you are unable to perform those steps or if you find yourself standing in an inch-deep pile of soot and debris, call SERVPRO today and we’ll send our crews out to make it, “like it never even happened!”